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Russia and West Clash Over Blaming Syria for Chemical Use

Voice of America - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 05:37
Russia clashed with Western nations Tuesday over a report blaming Syria for a deadly chemical weapons attack, with Moscow dismissing its findings as "mythical or invented" and the U.S. backing its finger-pointing at President Bashar al-Assad's regime. The debate in the Security Council during a meeting on the report reflected the sharp differences between Russia, Syria's most important ally, and Western countries that have backed Assad's opponents. It also raised...
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EU: US Lawmakers Aim to Comply with Iran Nuclear Deal

Voice of America - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 04:24
U.S. lawmakers signaled they plan to ensure the United States complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal despite U.S. President Donald Trump's misgivings about the pact, the European Union's foreign policy chief said Tuesday. "I got clear indications that the intention is to keep the United States compliant with the agreement," the EU's Federica Mogherini said at a press conference on a visit to Washington. Trump on Oct. 13 dealt a blow to the pact by refusing to...
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Trade, Politics, Religion Draw Turkey to Sub-Saharan Africa

Voice of America - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 02:50
With more than three dozen embassies and billions of dollars in trade, Turkey has quietly built strong ties across Africa over the past decade. In September, the opening of a base in Somalia expanded that presence to include military power. Turkey already had a long history of engagement with north African countries, said David Shinn, an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. In 2016, Turkey conducted more than $10 billion in trade...
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Hariri Exit and Fallout Worry Lebanon, Signal Bolder Saudi Arabia

Voice of America - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 02:45
Saudi Arabia's escalating rhetoric in the wake of the shocking resignation of Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri signals an escalation in the Saudi-Iranian struggle, it has been claimed. Sunni regional power Saudi Arabia now has accused the Lebanese government of "declaring war" against it, further stoking fears of regional instability following Hariri's unexpected exit. His departure is widely seen as imposed by his backers in the Saudi Arabian monarchy —...
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Bolder Saudi Moves to Confront Iran Echo Across Region

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 23:53
Saudi Arabia is more aggressively confronting its rival Iran on multiple fronts. It's a policy that risks sharpening several conflicts in the Middle East, even though so far it has failed to score any successes in stemming Tehran's influence. The bolder steps are largely seen as the work of the son of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has consolidated his power. Under his leadership, the kingdom has shown a readiness to shake up the region, launching a military...
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Bin Laden's Son Calls on Followers to Rise in Rebellion

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 23:24
Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza, is calling for followers to "rise in rebellion ... against the agents of the Americans" and "to incite the masses ... until the preparations are complete & the masses are ready for an uprising." He also is calling on Muslims to "take revenge on the Americans" for killing his father, the founder of al-Qaida. Hamza, said to be about 28, made the comments in a speech released Tuesday by al-Qaida's as-Sahab Media...
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British Foreign Secretary Faces Calls to Resign Over Iran Detainee Comments

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 23:07
Britain's foreign secretary faces calls to resign after saying a British-Iranian woman currently in jail in Iran had been training journalists' in the country when she was arrested. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in 2016 and her family and employers say she was on vacation visiting family. As Henry Ridgwell reports, Iran has already picked up on Boris Johnson's comments to justify its actions.
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Syria Signs on to Paris Climate Agreement

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 21:54
Syria on Tuesday announced its intentions to sign on to the Paris Climate Agreement during talks in Bonn, Germany. Syria's representative at the talks, M. Wadah Katmawi, said the country passed a law last month declaring its decision to join the accord. "I'd like to assure you that the Arab Syrian Republic supports the implementation of the Paris accord in order to achieve global objectives and reflect the principles of justice and joint responsibilities that are assigned...
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UN: Saudi Blockade of Yemen's Ports Causing Humanitarian Catastrophe

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 20:14
The United Nations is calling for an immediate halt to the Saudi Arabian coalition's blockade of life-saving commercial goods into Yemen. The coalition closed all land, sea and air ports in Yemen following a ballistic missile launch by Yemen's Houthi rebels near Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, Saturday.   The United Nations reports humanitarian operations in Yemen are blocked because of the port closures. U.N. Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs...
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US Opposition to Iraqi Kurdish Independence Stokes Turkish Hopes

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:23
Emboldened by the United States' firm opposition to the Iraqi Kurdish  independence referendum in September, Turkey is pushing to persuade Washington to abandon its support for Syrian Kurdish militia, YPG, as it fights  the Islamic State militant group. Washington's robust opposition to its long time ally, the Iraqi Kurds, came as a welcome surprise in Ankara. Turkey fears the establishment of any Kurdish independent state would fuel the secessionist demands of the...
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An Iraqi Town Where Muslims, Jews and Christians Coexist, in Theory

NY Times Iraq - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 18:27
Behind a wall, in a garden, at the foot of an old stone staircase, is the underground tomb of Hazana of Amadiya, a Jew celebrated by some Muslims and Christians, too.
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Iran Denies Saudi Claim it Launched Missile from Yemen

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 18:21
Iran is denying claims from the Saudi Arabian crown prince that Iran committed a “direct military aggression” against Riyadh when Yemeni rebels launched a missile at a Saudi airport. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, while speaking Tuesday with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, called the allegations by Saudi Arabia contrary to reality and dangerous. Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also speaking with Johnson, accused its archrival of...
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Lebanese PM Who Resigned from Saudi Arabia Visits UAE

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:29
In a new twist in the saga of Lebanon's prime minister who resigned over the weekend from Saudi Arabia, Saad Hariri's office said he visited the United Arab Emirates briefly on Tuesday for a meeting with a top official before returning to the kingdom. Much is unknown about Hariri's unexpected resignation, which stunned the Lebanese, threw its government into disarray and prompted a frenzy of speculation. One of the rumors is that Hariri has been under house arrest in Saudi...
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Egypt's President Says he Supports 2-term Limit

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:10
Egypt's leader said in a television interview that he does not favor amending constitutional provisions that bar the president from staying in office beyond two, four-year terms. General-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was elected to office in 2014, a year after he led the military's ouster of Egypt's first freely elected civilian but divisive president, Mohamed Morsi of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. He has strongly suggested he would seek a second term in office...
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Memories of Raqqa

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:38
Syrian children tell some of the horrors they experienced in the final days of IS in Raqqa
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Trump Praises Saudi Purge, Voices Confidence in King, Crown Prince

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 06:30
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed a move by Saudi Arabia's future king that tightened his grip on power through the arrests of royals, ministers and investors in an anti-corruption purge. The endorsement cemented a U.S.-Saudi relationship that has improved dramatically under Trump's presidency, partly because of both leaders' vision of confronting Riyadh's arch-rival Iran more aggressively in the region. Trump tweeted on Monday that he had "great...
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Saudi Economy Vulnerable as Corruption Probe Hits Business Old Guard

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 03:30
Two weeks ago the glitzy Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh was the site of an international conference promoting Saudi Arabia as an investment destination, with over 3,000 officials and business leaders attending. Now the hotel is temporarily serving as a luxury prison where some of the kingdom's political and business elite are being held in a widening crackdown on corruption that may change the way the economy works. By detaining dozens of officials and tycoons, a new anti-corruption...
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Saudi Arabia Accuses Iran of 'Act of War' for Missile Launch from Yemen

Voice of America - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 00:45
Saudi Arabia says its archrival Iran may have committed an "act of war" when Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a missile at Riyadh. The Saudis intercepted the missile fired at King Khalid International Airport Saturday. The Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthis says it has the "right to respond to blatant military aggression" by Iran. "Iranian interventions in the region are detrimental to the security of neighboring countries and affect...
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Egyptian Rights Lawyer Says He'll Run for President in 2018

Voice of America - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 23:42
Egyptian human rights lawyer and opposition leader Khaled Ali said Monday he would challenge President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the 2018 presidential election, provided he is not barred from the contest. Ali is the first person to announce he is running against Sisi, a former military commander who led the ouster of former President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood more than four years ago. Ali told a news conference he would have a socialist platform, aiming to end austerity and...
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Lebanon PM Quits, But State Won't Accept His Resignation

Voice of America - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 23:31
Lebanon's president appealed for national unity on Monday after Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri quit in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia, plunging the coalition government and country into political crisis. After Hariri's shock announcement, political uncertainty deepened further when Lebanon's parliamentary speaker said it was still too early to say whether the government had actually resigned or to talk about the formation of a new government. President Michel Aoun has said he...
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