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Ankara Faces Mounting Pressure Over Syria Operation

Voice of America - Sat, 03/03/2018 - 00:44
The Turkish military says eight Turkish soldiers and 13 others were wounded in fighting in northern Syria's Afrin enclave in one of the deadliest days for the Turkish military since it launched "Operation Olive Branch" against the Syrian Kurdish militia, YPG, in January. "May God grant peace to our martyred soldiers in Afrin. All my condolences to their loved ones," tweeted Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin. In a sign of the continuing cross-party...
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UN Rights Chief: Bring Perpetrators of Crimes in E. Ghouta to Justice

Voice of America - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 23:01
The U.N. rights chief is calling for perpetrators of crimes in eastern Ghouta, a besieged enclave in Syria, to be held accountable and for an independent investigation into recent events. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein opened a special session on the situation in eastern Ghouta at the Human Rights Council in Geneva Friday with a litany of incidents that have taken place in the Damascus suburb, which has been under siege for half a decade. Zeid spoke about...
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Militants’ Bodies Still Rot in Old Mosul Amid Rebuilding Efforts

Voice of America - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 21:27
Crushed under rubble and burned out cars, dozens, or perhaps hundreds, of corpses of Islamic State militants still lie where they fell in the battle for Mosul’s Old City that ended last July..   In the final throws of the fight, Iraqi authorities dug tirelessly, searching for the bodies of civilians. Over the course of the months-long war, thousands of the dead were recovered. About 70 people were pulled from the wreckage alive.   Authorities, however, made a point of ignoring...
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8 Months Later, Hundreds of Militant Bodies Still Rot in Old Mosul

Voice of America - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 20:59
Nearly eight months after Iraqi and coalition forces captured Mosul’s Old City from Islamic State militants, hundreds of bodies of militants still litter the streets of destroyed neighborhoods and lie mangled in the rubble. VOA’s Heather Murdock is on the scene in the Old City of Mosul in Iraq.
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Suit Calls Navy Board Biased Against Veterans With PTSD

NY Times Iraq - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 17:22
Many veterans who were kicked out of the service for behavior linked to stress disorders have discharges that disqualify them from benefits. But a Navy board rejects the vast majority of their applications for discharge upgrades.
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Israeli Police Question PM Netanyahu

Voice of America - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 13:19
Police questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday for the first time as part of an investigation into a corruption case involving the country's telecom company Bezeq, Israeli media reported.   Army Radio and other media said police entered Netanyahu's residence on Friday and questioned him for five hours, while Netanyahu's wife, Sara, was being questioned at a police station near Tel Aviv, her attorney told Reuters. Police allege that Bezeq’s news site,...
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17 People Killed in Turkish Air Raids in Syria

Voice of America - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 12:29
Turkish warplanes attacked two positions of pro-Syrian government forces overnight, killing at least 17 people in the northwestern Kurdish enclave of Afrin, the British-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday. The Observatory said the airstrikes took place late Thursday in the village of Jamaa. The dead included three members of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, while the others were pro-Syrian militias who entered Afrin last week to help repel a Turkish...
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Egyptian Teen Offers Hope to Disabled With New Exoskeleton

Voice of America - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:42
An Egyptian teenager has turned cables and sheets of aluminum and metal into a robotic exoskeleton that he says can one day help the disabled walk. Faith Lapidus reports.
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FIFA Chief: Iran Promises to Let Women Access Football Stadiums ‘Soon'

Voice of America - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 08:03
The head of football's world governing body, FIFA, says Iran has assured him that it will "soon" allow women to attend men’s football matches in the country. FIFA president Gianni Infantino was speaking Friday at a FIFA equality conference in Zurich, a day after his attendance at a men-only football match in Tehran prompted criticism from rights activists. Infantino, who also met with Iranian leaders including President Hassan Rouhani Thursday in the capital, said he was...
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Russia's Humanitarian Corridor in Syria a 'Joke,' State Department Spokeswoman Says

Voice of America - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 04:33
Russia’s idea for a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from a besieged Damascus suburb is “a joke,” the U.S. State Department’s spokeswoman said Thursday. “What needs to happen instead is a nationwide cease-fire that was voted upon unanimously at the United Nations last Saturday,” Heather Nauert told reporters. “Fifteen countries supported it, let me remind you. So did Russia.” The 30-day cease-fire in eastern Ghouta approved by the Security Council was “clearly not working,”...
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Possible Breakthrough in Delivery of Aid to Syria's Eastern Ghouta

Voice of America - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 20:36
A senior U.N. official says he has received indications Syrian authorities may grant permission for U.N. humanitarian convoys to enter the besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta to deliver desperately needed aid to civilians.  Except for a small delivery of aid for 7,000 people in mid-February, the nearly 400,000 residents of eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, have been without humanitarian assistance for many months.   Special Advisor to the U.N. Special...
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