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Drought Raises Questions About Israel’s Water Strategy

Voice of America - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 03:31
For years, public service announcements warned Israelis to save water: Take shorter showers. Plant resilient gardens. Conserve. Then Israel invested heavily in desalination technology and professed to have solved the problem by tapping into the abundant waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The once-ubiquitous conservation warnings vanished. Now, a five-year drought is challenging that strategy, as farmers struggle and the country’s most important bodies of water shrink. It’s a confounding...
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Israel Seizes Swedish Activist Ship Bound for Gaza Strip

Voice of America - Sat, 08/04/2018 - 17:10
Israel's navy Saturday seized a Swedish-flagged sailboat carrying activist passengers that was trying to breach the long-standing blockade of the Palestinian Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said the vessel, named "Freedom for Gaza," was "intercepted in accordance with international law." The 12 passengers, from Sweden, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Spain, are in custody and will be flown home, an Israeli Immigration Authority spokeswoman said. The...
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Turkey to Freeze 2 US Officials' Assets

Voice of America - Sat, 08/04/2018 - 15:28
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced retaliatory measures Saturday against the U.S., following the U.S. sanctioning of two senior ministers for the ongoing detention of an American pastor. Erdogan announced the measures while speaking at a women's party meeting in Ankara. "We have shown patience until yesterday evening. Today I am instructing my friends that we will freeze the assets of U.S. secretaries of justice and interior in Turkey" Erdogan said. "Those...
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Reports: Protests Continue Across Iran; Seminary Attacked

Voice of America - Sat, 08/04/2018 - 11:43
Sporadic protests were taking place in cities in Iran for a fourth day, with demonstrators attacking a Shiite seminary west of Tehran, according to Iranian news agencies and social media Saturday, as Iranians brace for a return of U.S. sanctions. Hundreds have rallied in cities across the country, including Tehran, Isfahan and Karaj, according to videos posted on social media, to protest against high inflation caused in part by a plunging rial over fears of the reimposition of crippling...
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Palestinian Killed at Gaza Border; Hamas Leaders Discuss Truce

Voice of America - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 23:42
One Palestinian was killed and dozens of others were injured Friday in protests at the border between Israel and Gaza, as Hamas leaders met to discuss a truce with Israel. The Israeli army estimated that 8,000 protesters turned out to demonstrate against Israel's 11-year blockade of Gaza, put in place after Hamas gained political control of the territory's parliament in 2007. Several exiled Hamas leaders entered Gaza on Thursday to attend a meeting of the group's...
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WHO: Yemen May Be on Verge of New Deadly Cholera Epidemic

Voice of America - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 20:52
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns Yemen may be on the verge of another cholera epidemic, which could be deadlier than previous ones because of widespread malnutrition in the war-torn country. Yemen has had two major waves of cholera epidemics in recent years. The World Health Organization reports that an increasing number of cases in several heavily populated areas over the past few weeks indicate the country may be on the cusp of a third major wave of this deadly...
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Iran Protests Spread to 10 Cities in Widest Unrest Since January

Voice of America - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 03:37
Anti-government protests by Iranians fed up with their nation's economic woes have spread to 10 major cities, posing the biggest challenge to Iran's Islamist rulers since January's nationwide demonstrations. Images and reports sent by citizen journalists in Iran and verified by VOA Persian confirmed that street protests took place on Thursday in the capital, Tehran, and nine other cities: Ahvaz, Hamedan, Isfahan, Karaj, Kermanshah, Mashhad, Shiraz, Urmia and Varamin. Earlier...
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Navy Chief to VOA: US Closely Watching Iran's Gulf Exercises

Voice of America - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 01:47
The United States is closely watching Iranian naval exercises in the Persian Gulf and will maintain freedom of navigation through a strategic waterway that Iran has threatened to block, the head of the Navy told VOA on Thursday. "They're doing this exercise. We're monitoring it closely," Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations,  said in an exclusive interview. "Certainly, we'll continue to maintain freedom of navigation through that very...
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UN to Convene Yemen Peace Talks in Geneva

Voice of America - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 00:12
The United Nations special envoy to Yemen is planning to invite the warring parties to Geneva next month to discuss a framework for peace talks. Martin Griffiths told the Security Council that "a political solution" to end the war in Yemen was "available," and urged world powers to support the new push for peace negotiations. Griffiths said the Sept. 6 talks "will provide the opportunity for the parties, among other things, to discuss the framework for...
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Aid Group: Thousands of Yemeni Children Fleeing Fighting

Voice of America - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:30
About 3,000 Yemeni children are fleeing every day from the port city of Hodeida as fighting between a Saudi-led coalition and Yemen’s Shiite rebels continues to rage along the country’s west coast, an international aid group said Thursday. Save the Children estimated that 6,238 people — half of them children — leave Hodeida on average “every single day.” But their trek to safer areas is perilous as families often find themselves “having to brave minefields, airstrikes and being forced...
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Israel Kills 7 Militants in Overnight Strike on Syrian Golan

Voice of America - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 14:30
Israel killed seven militants in an airstrike on the Syrian-held Golan Heights, preventing a "grave incident," Israel Radio said Thursday without citing sources. The Israeli military confirmed carrying out an airstrike overnight, saying it had targeted "several armed terror operatives in the southern Syrian Golan Heights" overnight. The military's statement did not elaborate on any casualties. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war...
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Fields Medal Stolen from Kurdish Mathematician in Rio

Voice of America - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 04:59
A winner of the Fields Medal, often called the “Nobel Prize of mathematics,” had his prize stolen shortly after receiving it during a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Caucher Birkar, a Kurdish refugee from Iran teaching at Cambridge University, put the gold medal, worth around $4,000, in a briefcase and soon afterward realized that it had been stolen, according to event organizers. Four mathematicians shared this year's honor. Security officials at the Riocentro venue,...
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Reports: Iran Preparing for Major Military Exercise

Voice of America - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 04:40
Iran is preparing to soon begin a massive military exercise in the Persian Gulf that could demonstrate Tehran’s ability to shut down the Strait of Hormuz. Iran recently threatened to block the strait, which is a key passageway for Middle East oil tankers going from the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea.  “We are aware of the increase in Iranian naval operations within the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman,” said Navy Captain Bill Urban, the chief spokesman at Central...
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Anti-Government Protests Persist in Iranian City

Voice of America - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 01:26
Several hundred Iranians have staged a second day of anti-government street protests in Iran’s third-largest city, Isfahan, in a sign of persistent public anger about the country’s economic woes.  Video clips verified by VOA Persian and sent by residents showed the protesters marching and chanting opposition slogans on Wednesday in Isfahan’s northern district of New Shapur, the same area where hundreds of anti-government demonstrators had marched the day before.  Residents...
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UN Calls on Saudi Arabia to Release Human Rights Activists

Voice of America - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:05
The U.N. is calling for the immediate release of human rights activists arrested in Saudi Arabia. The crackdown against human rights defenders and activists, including women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia, began in mid-May and shows no signs of letting up. The U.N. human rights office says at least 15 government critics have been arbitrarily detained.  Agency spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani says eight have been temporarily released pending a review of their...
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Russia: Iran-backed Forces Withdraw From Golan Frontier

Voice of America - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:03
Russian President Vladimir Putin's envoy to Syria said Wednesday that an agreement with Israel that includes Russian guarantees ensures that Iran-backed fighters will remain more than 80 kilometers (50 miles) away from Syria's frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.   Alexander Lavrentyev told the Russian Interfax news agency the agreement was reached in order not to "irritate" Israel. He didn't elaborate on when the agreement was forged or for how...
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Japan Vows to Rescue Journalist Believed Held in Syria

Voice of America - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 14:58
Japan's government said Wednesday it's doing its utmost for the rescue of a Japanese journalist believed to be held in Syria after a video of a man appearing to be him was posted on the internet. Freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda was last heard from in Syria in June 2015.   Chief Cabinet Spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference that he believed the man in the video was Yasuda. Suga refused to give further details about the rescue efforts.   "The...
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Iran's Parliament Summons Rouhani as Economy Falters Under US Pressures

Voice of America - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:08
Iranian lawmakers have given President Hassan Rouhani one month to appear before parliament to answer questions on his government's handling of Iran's economic struggles, state media reported on Wednesday. It is the first time parliament has summoned Rouhani, who is under pressure from hardline rivals to change his cabinet following a deterioration in relations with the United States and Iran's growing economic difficulties. Lawmakers want to question Rouhani on topics...
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Iran Guard Chief: No Talks With 'Great Satan'

Voice of America - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 04:15
The head of Iran's most powerful military body on Tuesday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's offer of direct talks with Iranian leaders, saying Tehran never would allow talks with what he called the "Great Satan." The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Mohammad Ali Jafari, made the comment in an open letter published by Iran's state-controlled Fars News Agency. In the letter, Jafari said Iran never would allow talks with the...
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Justice Dept. Investigating Claims That Drug Companies Funded Terrorism in Iraq

NY Times Iraq - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:12
In a filing, AstraZeneca said the case was related to a suit that accused five companies of giving the Iraqi health ministry drugs and devices that were then sold to fund attacks.
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