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UN Agencies Help More Somali Refugees Return From Yemen

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:29
The U.N. refugee and migration agencies have helped 116 Somali refugees return home from war-torn Yemen, although conditions in parts of Somalia remain unsafe. The boat, which sailed from Aden, Yemen on Saturday arrived in the port of Berbera in Somalia the day after. Among its passengers were female heads of households, several students hoping to resume their educations, and a critically ill patient traveling with his family. Since the so-called assisted spontaneous return program...
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Chinese Car Makers Poised to Fill Gap in Iranian Market as US Sanctions Bite

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:08
China appears poised to fill the gap in Iran left by French automakers who closed their Iranian operations before the reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. The Chinese move could open yet another dispute between Washington and Beijing, adding to the acrimony between the two, which are locked in an escalating trade dispute. European automakers French automaker Renault, which had an eight percent share of the Iranian automotive market, the 12th largest in the World, announced...
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Trump Reimposes Iranian Economic Sanctions

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:47
The United States has re-imposed economic sanctions against Iran, targeting a wide range of sectors including automobiles, its trade in gold and other precious metals, and its currency. Top Trump administration officials said the measure is designed to put significant financial pressure to "counter the blatant and ongoing malign activities” of the Iranian regime and ultimately seek a new agreement that would address the Iranian threat. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has more.
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Trump Reimposes Iranian Economic Sanctions

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 08:17
The United States has reimposed economic sanctions on Iran that were originally put in place to pressure the country to limit its nuclear program and later lifted under a 2015 international agreement. President Donald Trump has been a frequent critic of that deal and withdrew the United States from the agreement three months ago, setting in motion the reimposition of the sanctions effective at midnight Monday. Earlier in the day he assailed Iran as "a murderous dictatorship that...
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Some Arabs Eager to See New US Sanctions Hit Iran

Voice of America - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 21:59
With new U.S. sanctions on Iran due to go into effect Tuesday, Iranians are bracing for the repercussions, while neighboring Arab states are eager to see the sanctions place pressure on their regional nemesis. Various proxy wars between Shi'ite Iran and the Sunni-Arab Gulf States in places such as Yemen, Syria and Iraq have created a bitter rivalry that has left each side rejoicing at the misfortunes of the other. Hilal Khashan, who teaches political science at the American...
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Trump Reimposes Economic Sanctions on Iran

Voice of America - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 20:06
U.S. President Donald Trump has reimposed economic sanctions against Iran, effective at midnight Monday, assailing Tehran as "a murderous dictatorship that has continued to spread bloodshed, violence, and chaos." Trump, acting three months after he withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 international accord restraining Iran's nuclear development program, said the new sanctions target the Islamic Republic's automotive sector, its trade in gold and other precious metals, along...
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Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador Over Criticism

Voice of America - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 16:27
Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador on Monday and froze “all new business” with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom’s arrest of women’s rights activists — yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh’s new assertive foreign policy. The sudden and unexpected dispute bore the hallmarks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old future leader whose recent foreign policy exploits include the war in Yemen and Lebanese Prime Minister...
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Iraq Completes Recount of Ballots from May Election

Voice of America - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 16:17
Iraq's election commission has completed its recount of ballots from May's parliamentary elections, which were marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities. The commission said Monday it didn't recount votes from eastern Baghdad because of a fire at a warehouse where ballot boxes and electronic counting equipment were stored.   It did not say whether the recount had altered the results or when the new count would be made public. Shi'ite cleric Muqtada...
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US to Resume Iran Sanctions

Voice of America - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 05:28
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iran has to start behaving like what he calls a "normal country," as the United States prepares to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. "This is just about the Iranians' dissatisfaction with their own government and the president's (Trump) been pretty clear. We want the Iranian people to have a strong voice in who their leadership will be," Pompeo told reporters Sunday. He said the White House would give details Monday about...
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Saudi Expels Canadian Envoy, Recalls Its Envoy Over 'Interference'

Voice of America - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 02:21
Saudi Arabia announced Monday it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy while freezing business ties with Ottawa, over what it called "interference" in its internal affairs. The move follows vigorous calls by Canada for the immediate release of human rights activists swept up in a new wave of detentions. "The kingdom of Saudi Arabia... will not accept interference in its internal affairs or imposed diktats from any country," the foreign...
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Iran Eases Currency Rules, Hoping to Buoy Rial Ahead of Sanctions

Voice of America - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 00:33
Iran will ease foreign exchange rules, state TV reported on Sunday, in a bid to halt a collapse of the rial currency that has lost half its value since April due to fears about U.S. sanctions likely to be imposed this week. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an agreement to lift sanctions in return for Iran limiting its nuclear program caused a run on the rial as companies and savers bought hard currency to protect themselves from the economic sanctions that could be...
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8-Year-Old Boy with Disability Trains to Become Professional Swimmer

Voice of America - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 22:47
An Egyptian boy born with a disability is making waves in the swimming pool. His arms are short from a rare disease, but that’s not stopping him from chasing his dream. Arash Arabasadi reports.
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News Agency: Saudis to Issue Visas to Iran Interests Section

Voice of America - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 19:20
Iran's state-run IRNA news agency is reporting that Saudi Arabia has agreed to issue visas to the head of Iran's Saudi Arabian Interests Section and its staff.   Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian protesters attacked its embassy and consulate in Tehran over the execution of top Saudi opposition cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr   The Sunday report quotes an unnamed source as saying that Saudi Arabia agreed to issue the...
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UN: Attacks on Yemen's Port of Hodeidah Would Be Catastrophic

Voice of America - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 16:18
United Nations aid agencies are renewing appeals to Yemen's warring parties to spare the Port of Hodeidah, warning attacks against the vital lifeline would be catastrophic. The United Nations warns that Yemen, where the world's worst humanitarian crisis is unfolding, would suffer even more if the vital Port of Hodeidah were attacked and ceased to operate. More than three years of civil war have destroyed the country's economy, forced more than two million people to flee...
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Egypt Says Troops Have Killed 52 Militants in Sinai

Voice of America - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 15:34
Egypt says its security forces have killed at least 52 suspected militants in recent days in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula. The military said in a statement Sunday that another 49 suspected militants have been arrested. It says it destroyed 26 hideouts and weapons depots, and dismantled 64 explosive devices. The military says airstrikes destroyed 32 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert and in the south. It wasn't possible to independently...
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Iran Gets Airplanes Ahead of Renewed US Sanctions

Voice of America - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 14:49
Iran acquired five new commercial aircraft on Sunday, a day before the U.S. begins restoring sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord with world powers.   The arrival of the ATR72-600 airplanes at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport represented perhaps the last benefits Iran will see under the nuclear deal after President Donald Trump withdrew from it in May. Economic woes are sparking sporadic, leaderless protests across the country.   The rhetoric...
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Israeli PM Defends Jewish Nation-State Law after Protest

Voice of America - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 14:44
Israel's prime minister is defending a divisive new law enshrining the country's Jewish character after tens of thousands of people demonstrated against it in Tel Aviv. Benjamin Netanyahu said at Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting that the law doesn't harm any citizens, and is needed to "ensure the future of Israel as the state of the Jewish people for generations to come."   Members of Israel's Arabic-speaking Druze minority, which is known for...
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Reports: IS Executes Hostage From Syria’s Sweida 

Voice of America - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 12:20
The Islamic State group has executed one of a number of hostages it took last month in multiple attacks on Syria’s southern province of Sweida, according to a Syrian watchdog and local media. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and news outlets report IS has circulated images showing that the group executed a young man. The French news agency (AFP) reports that the victim’s relatives say he was abducted from his village, along with his mother. On July 25, scores of IS militants...
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Palestinian Girls Will Pitch Their App to Silicon Valley 

Voice of America - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 11:02
Four Palestinian high school friends are heading to California this week to pitch their mobile app about fire prevention to Silicon Valley’s tech leaders, after winning a slot in the finals of a worldwide competition among more than 19,000 teenage girls. For the 11th graders from the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the ticket of admission to the World Pitch Summit signals a particularly dramatic leap. They come from middle class families that value education, but opportunities have been...
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Reflecting the Perfection of Allah Through Calligraphy

Voice of America - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 09:30
Places of worship are built by design to reflect religiosity. They strive to depict beauty through paintings, colored glass or by the images that portray deities and stories from their holy books. But beautifying mosques presents a different challenge. In Islam, beauty is often depicted in the ornate calligraphy used to display passages from the Quran. VOA’s Rebaz Majeed spent a day with a Kurdish calligrapher who designs mosque interiors in Sulaymaniyah in Iraq. Bezhan Hamdard narrates.
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