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Attacker Stabs 2 Tunisian Police Officers

Voice of America - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:57
Tunisian police on Wednesday arrested a suspected Islamist militant who stabbed two officers in front of the parliament building in Tunis. The interior ministry said the attacker was known to authorities, and that after the stabbing he said he considered the police to be "tyrants." One of the victims had a neck wound and was taken to the hospital and admitted to the intensive care unit. Tunisia has boosted security at strategic sites after other deadly attacks in recent...
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Bahrain Imposes Entry Visas on Qatar Nationals, Residents

Voice of America - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 01:15
Bahrain said on Tuesday it would impose entry visas on Qatar nationals and residents in what it called a security measure. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of financing terrorism. Doha denies that and says the boycott is an attempt to rein in its support for reform. “The new measures aim at preventing harming the security and stability of the kingdom of Bahrain particularly in light of the...
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Cleared of Islamic State, Raqqa Remains a Deadly Battlefield

Voice of America - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:15
Syrians hoping to return home to Raqqa now that the city has been liberated from the clutches of the Islamic State terror group are being told to wait indefinitely. Coalition officials say the problem comes from potentially thousands of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and booby traps littered across the city, some already taking a toll. “Civilians deaths have already been reported by some of those who have tried to return,” Major General James Jarrard, commander of Special...
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World Bank Approves $400 Million to Rebuild Liberated Iraqi Areas

Voice of America - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 23:56
The World Bank on Tuesday approved $400 million in additional funding to help rebuild services to Iraqi areas recaptured from Islamic State militants after a three-year military campaign, the global development bank said. The World Bank also said it would fund studies on how to involve the private sector in the reconstruction of Mosul's airport and restore public transport terminals as well as parts of the railway network. "The package represents an additional financing to the...
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Prime Minister: Iraq to Pay Kurdish Peshmerga, Civil Servants

Voice of America - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 22:55
The Iraqi government plans to soon start paying the salaries of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and civil servants working for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday. The semi-autonomous KRG has been struggling to pay the Peshmerga and its employees since 2014, after Baghdad stopped payments to it because of a dispute about oil-sharing revenue. "We will soon be able to pay all the salaries of the Peshmerga and the employees of the...
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Iran Says Supreme Leader Limits Ballistic Missile Range

Voice of America - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 22:47
Iran’s supreme leader has restricted the range of ballistic missiles manufactured in the country to 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles), the head of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday, which limits their reach to only regional Mideast targets. The comments on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s orders appear to be an effort by Iranian authorities to contrast their missile program, which they often describe as being for defensive purposes, against those of countries like North Korea, which...
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Lebanese Army Gets Two A-29 Light-attack Aircraft From US

Voice of America - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 22:18
The United States delivered two A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft to Lebanon's army on Tuesday, a sign of continued U.S. support despite Israeli accusations that the Lebanese military is controlled by Hezbollah. The planes will be used as armed observation aircraft, a security source in Lebanon said, and represent a big upgrade for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). Earlier this month, U.S. ally Israel said Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Shi'ite Muslim movement, had gained...
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Access to Food 'Precarious' for Syrians Stranded Near Jordan

Voice of America - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:35
The U.N. humanitarian chief called for immediate “life-saving” access to 50,000 displaced Syrians stranded on the sealed border with Jordan, as aid officials reported a sharp drop in food supplies in the remote desert camp since Syrian government forces advanced toward the area in the summer.   Black market prices for food have soared and malnutrition is on the rise among young children in the Rukban camp, the officials said.   Mark Lowcock, the U.N. official, told the U.N....
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Somalia Remains World's Worst for Unsolved Journalist Murders

Voice of America - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:45
Somalia is the world's worst country for unsolved murders of journalists for the third straight year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. In its 10th annual Global Impunity Index, released Tuesday, the committee said more than two dozen journalists were murdered over the past decade in Somalia, where a prolonged civil war continues. After ranking third last year, Syria, in the throes of a more than six-year civil war, claimed the second worst spot on the index,...
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Libyans Accuse Egypt of Bombing Civilians in Darna

Voice of America - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:32
Lawmakers and forces controlling an eastern Libyan city have accused the Egyptian air force of conducting deadly airstrikes, leaving a dozen civilians dead including an entire family.   Lawmaker Hamad al-Bandaq said Tuesday the fighter jets bombed a house in al-Fatayah district in eastern Darna late Monday, killing at least 12 people. Most of them were women and children who were paying a visit to their sick relative, he said.   A second airstrike bombed a shepherd and his...
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