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Mass Diphtheria Vaccination Campaign Set to Begin in Yemen

Voice of America - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 18:53
In Yemen, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners will kick-off a long-awaited mass vaccination campaign next week to contain the continued spread of diphtheria. The WHO says 1.4 million people in 41 districts that have reported diphtheria cases during the last month will be vaccinated against the potentially fatal disease.  It says the mass campaign will target children and adolescents up to the age of 15.   The latest official count of suspected cases of diphtheria...
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Palestinian-American Brings #MeToo Campaign to West Bank

Voice of America - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 11:56
A young Palestinian-American is the driving force behind a nascent #MeToo movement in this patriarchal corner of the world, selling T-shirts, hoodies and denim jackets with the slogan “Not Your Habibti (darling)” as a retort for catcalls and writing down women’s complaints from her perch in a West Bank square. Yasmeen Mjalli wants to encourage Palestinian society to confront sexual harassment, a largely taboo subject. “What I am doing is to start a conversation that people are really...
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Tunisian Media Protest Pressure by Police to Whitewash News

Voice of America - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 01:53
Scores of journalists held a sit-in Friday in the Tunisian capital to protest what they say is growing pressure to film, photograph and write only what puts security officers and the government in a good light, reviving memories of the era before Tunisia kicked off the Arab Spring seven years ago.   Videos from around the North African country showed journalists joining the day of action by sitting in front of local government offices. The president of Tunisia’s journalists’...
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Germany Alarmed by ‘Kindergarten Jihadists’

Voice of America - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 20:27
"Put on a thick jacket,” the 18-year-old son of Albanian immigrants instructed the 12-year-old German-Iraqi boy over the Internet on how to carry out a Christmas market attack last year in the Rhineland town of Ludwigshafen. “Then go behind a hut and light and run,” he advised. Fortunately, the crude nail-bomb device failed to work and the 12-year-old was arrested by police in December trying for a second time to pull off an attack, this time outside Ludwigshafen’s city...
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Pentagon Chief: No Evidence of Recent Sarin Gas Use by Syria

Voice of America - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 19:31
The U.S. has no evidence that the Syrian government recently has used deadly sarin nerve gas on its citizens but is looking into reports of its alleged use from people on the ground, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Friday. “We’re looking for evidence of it since clearly we are dealing with the [Bashar al-]Assad regime that has used denial and deceit to hide their outlawed actions,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. Syria has denied using illegal...
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US Imposes Sanctions that Aim to Cripple Hezbollah Militant Group

Voice of America - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 18:40
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on seven businesses and six people Friday that aim to disrupt the Lebanon-based Hezbollah militant group. The Treasury Department said the sanctions are "the first wave" of penalties designed to weaken Hezbollah financier Adham Tabaja, who has been designated by the U.S. as a global terrorist, by targeting companies based in Lebanon, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It said the companies support Tabaja by...
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90 Migrants Drown as Boat Capsizes Off Libya

Voice of America - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:41
The International Organization for Migration says at least 90 migrants have drowned after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya early Friday morning.  Most of the migrants are believed to have been Pakistanis. The U.N. migration agency says 10 bodies reportedly have washed up on Libyan shores - two Libyans and eight Pakistani nationals.   The agency says information about this latest tragedy is still sketchy and an investigation is underway. IOM spokeswoman Olivia...
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Artifacts of Egyptian Boy King Who Died at 19 Being Restored

Voice of America - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:42
Ancient artifacts belonging to Egyptian King Tutankhamun are being restored. The items, including clothing, toys and furniture, will be displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt, now under construction. It is slated to open later this year, four years ahead of schedule. VOA Correspondent Mariama Diallo reports.
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Reporter's Notebook: Touring with Turks in Their Battle for Afrin

Voice of America - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 02:17
As our white armored bus rumbles across the Turkish border into Syria, the roads become muddy as journalists snap pictures of the war-torn countryside. This bus, and the one in front of us, is packed.   We are on a tour arranged by the Turkish government of the outskirts of Afrin, where their forces have been fighting Kurdish forces for nearly two weeks. The bus drivers are Syrian policemen, who currently live in refugee camps. When we arrive at our first stop, the town of Soran,...
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Palestinian President to Address UN Security Council

Voice of America - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:26
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will address the U.N. Security Council on February 20, the council president announced Thursday. Abbas will attend the routine monthly meeting on the Middle East, which focuses on the Israel-Palestinian issue. "He is the president of the state and he is directly concerned by the topic that will be discussed," said Mansour Al-Otaibi, Kuwaiti ambassador and Security Council president for February. "I think that it is very good...
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Seven Years After Egyptian Uprising, Democracy Seems Distant Hope

Voice of America - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 23:46
Seven years ago, thousands of Egyptians took to the streets in protest against the government led by President Hosni Mubarak. When Mubarak was forced out of office, and democratic elections put the country’s first civilian leader in decades in office, there was hope for lasting political change. This week, however, Egypt’s current president sternly warned the opposition that he won’t tolerate their plans to organize a boycott of national elections, after independent candidates dropped out...
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Egypt Starts Radar Scans for Secret Rooms Behind Tut's Tomb

Voice of America - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 23:24
Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists are starting radar scans of the tomb of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun in the southern city of Luxor.   The ministry said Thursday the scans will be carried out over a week to check for the existence of any hidden chambers behind the tomb.   Egypt carried out previous scans as part of the quest but the findings were inconclusive. The tomb of King Tut, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, was discovered in 1922 in the...
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Lebanon Blasts Israel Over Oil Exploration Near Border

Voice of America - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 23:19
Lebanon's energy minister vowed Thursday that Beirut will go ahead with oil and gas exploration near its maritime border with Israel, despite Israeli claims to the field that provoked wide condemnation in the tiny Arab country. Cesar Abi Khalil's comments to The Associated Press came a day after Israel's defense minister described as "very provocative" Lebanon's offshore oil and gas exploration on the countries' maritime border and suggested that Lebanon had...
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Turkish Forces Advance in Kurdish-controlled Afrin, Syria

Voice of America - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 22:29
As fighting in Syria's Afrin region nears the end of its second week, soldiers say the battle is moving slowly, with both sides heavily armed and civilian casualties occurring in and around the war zone. VOA's Heather Murdock is with Turkish and Syrian opposition forces in Soran, in northern Syria.
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Syria Facing Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since 2015

Voice of America - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 21:32
U.N. humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland  warns Syria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis since 2015. He is calling for a humanitarian pause to allow the delivery of life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in besieged areas. Egeland says the last time a U.N. aid convoy reached a troubled area was November 28. That delivery, he notes, was only for 7,000 people in a country where hundreds of thousands are being denied food, medicine and other essential...
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HRW: East Libyan Groups Targeting Displaced Families, Preventing Returns

Voice of America - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 20:24
Armed groups, some linked with prominent Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, are preventing thousands of displaced families from returning to the eastern city of Benghazi, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report published on Thursday. Groups affiliated to Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) have seized property from displaced families, and tortured, abducted or arrested people who tried to resist, HRW said it had heard from their relatives. The LNA did not immediately respond to a...
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Arab League Head Says US Aid Cut for UN Agency Puts Stability at Risk

Voice of America - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 20:05
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Thursday that a cut in U.S. funding for a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees will put the stability and security of the region at risk. The United States, by far the largest contributor to UNRWA, announced on January 16 that Washington would withhold $65 million of $125 million it had planned for the agency this year. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from U.N. member states. U.S. President Donald...
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Report: Iranian Police Arrest Women Partaking in Anti-Hijab Campaign

Voice of America - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 19:51
Iranian police say they have detained 29 women they described as "deceived" who removed their obligatory Islamic veils in protest. The Thursday report by the private Tasnim news agency, which is close to the government, said the detainees were taking part in an anti-hijab campaign known as "White Wednesdays." Under the campaign advocated by foreign-based Farsi language satellite TV networks, participants should take their white-colored scarves off on...
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Man Convicted of Murder Over Van Attack on Muslims in London

Voice of America - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 19:37
A man who drove a van into a crowd of worshippers near a north London mosque after expressing far-right and anti-Muslim opinions was convicted Thursday of murder and attempted murder. A jury at London's Woolwich Crown Court deliberated for about an hour before finding 48-year-old Darren Osborne guilty of the June 2017 attack in the city's Finsbury Park neighborhood. A 51-year-old man, Makram Ali, was killed and nine people were injured when a rented van ploughed into...
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UN Asks for Billions to Help Children in Conflict Areas

Voice of America - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 19:29
There are an estimated 2.2 billion children in the world. In a recent report, the United Nations says urgent action is needed to ensure that millions of them have some kind of future to look forward to. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
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