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Rights Workers Fear Tougher NGO Crackdown in Turkey

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 17:14
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled his election manifesto this week for June’s snap parliamentary and presidential elections. Pacing the stage of an Istanbul sports stadium filled with flag-waving members of his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, the Turkish leader included in his expansive to-do list a pledge to usher in an era of greater democracy and social justice. His record in government, however, belies his social justice pledge, say civil society leaders...
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Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem Days Away

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 16:50
With the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem only days away, the embassy changed its Twitter handle to reflect the move from Tel Aviv. In a Twitter post on Thursday, however, the embassy said its new Twitter handle was USEmbassyJerusalem, when, in fact, the correct one is @usembassyjlm. Despite the inevitable problems that occur during large relocations, the embassy is slated to open on Monday — fulfilling U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign promise to move the...
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UN Resumes Airlifts of Migrants From Libya to Niger

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 15:44
The United Nations' refugee agency says it has airlifted 132 vulnerable migrants from Libya to Niger, the first group to be flown out after a two-month halt in such evacuations.   The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says the group of refugees and asylum-seekers was flown from Tripoli to Niger's capital, Niamey, on Thursday. UNHCR's humanitarian evacuation program had been halted in early March amid concerns from Niger's government that migrants were arriving there...
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How the Supreme Court Grasps Religion

NY Times Iraq - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 12:45
We’ll soon find out as the justices prepare to rule on the travel ban and a baker who refused to accommodate a same-sex wedding.
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Syrian Refugees Showcase Innovation Ideas

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:18
No matter where they live, young people are capable of coming up with fresh ideas about how to improve life in their communities. At a recent exhibition, held in the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, teenage Syrians showcased inventions geared toward making refugee camps more livable. VOA's George Putic has more.
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What Americans Know and Don't Know About the Holocaust

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 10:59
A new survey by the organization seeking restitution for victims of Nazi persecution found Americans lack knowledge about the Holocaust, the systematic state-sponsored persecution and murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The survey found more than 90 percent believe children should learn about it at school. Recently, a museum exhibit on how the U.S. reacted to the genocide, which took place more than 70 years ago, opened in Washington. Anush Avetisyan has more.
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First Post-IS Iraq Elections: New Era or Same Old Scene?

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 10:47
Iraq's voters will choose from thousands of candidates May 12, voting in the first new national parliament — and, ultimately, prime minister — since the government declared victory over Islamic State militants last year. And as alliances shift at home and around the world, analysts say this election could be the beginning of a new power structure in Iraq. Reporting from Baghdad, VOA's Heather Murdock is on the scene.
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Trump Says Iran Will Agree to Negotiate on Nuclear Deal

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 10:35
U.S. President Donald Trump says Iran is likely to engage in new negotiations on its nuclear program. Trump told reporters Wednesday the United States will impose some of the strongest sanctions on Iran ever and that the United States will work toward a deal with Tehran that will ensure the world's safety. Iran has rejected suggestions to renegotiate any part of the 2015 agreement. Britain, France and Germany say they will continue to uphold the agreement with Iran. VOA's Zlatica...
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Israel Attacks Iranian Targets Inside Syria

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 02:17
Israel said Thursday its fighter jets struck dozens of Iranian military targets inside of Syria overnight in response to rockets attacks by Iranian forces on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Israeli military said its airstrikes focused on intelligence sites, weapons storage and logistics centers, and that the jets also destroyed several Syrian air defense systems. It also warned it would “not allow the Iranian threat to establish itself in Syria” and said Syria’s government will...
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Appeals Court Bars U.S. From Transferring American ISIS Suspect

NY Times Iraq - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 01:57
In a major war powers decision, an appeals court has blocked the government from forcibly transferring an American detainee to another country.
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First Post-IS Iraq Elections: New Era or Same Old Scene?

Voice of America - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 01:00
A crowd gathered by a police vehicle at the entrance to the historic old market in central Baghdad. "What's going on?" asked Mohammad, a local journalist.   "They caught a thief," an onlooker said. Young men strained to see police load the accused into a van. "And he wasn't even a member of parliament!"  Others in earshot guffawed.     On May 12, Iraqi voters will have a chance to replace their national parliament for the...
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Five Top ISIS Officials Captured in U.S.-Iraqi Sting

NY Times Iraq - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 23:20
After an aide to the Islamic State’s leader was captured in Turkey, the C.I.A. and Iraqi intelligence used him to lure other operatives, Iraqi officials say.
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Hamas Leader: Next Week's Protests to Be 'Decisive'

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 23:10
The Gaza leader of the Hamas militant group on Wednesday said that a mass protest on the Israeli border will be “decisive,” vowing that he and other top officials were “ready to die” in a campaign to end Israel's decade-old blockade of the territory. In a speech to hundreds of Gazan youths, Yehiyeh Sinwar said Hamas has rejected international proposals to stop the weekly, often violent gatherings, which culminate in Monday's mass demonstration. “We can't stop these...
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Europe Vows to Defend Its Interests in Iran

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 22:18
A transatlantic diplomatic tussle appears to be looming after European leaders pledged to defend their countries' commercial interests in Iran, following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Fellow signatories Russia and China also said they would stick with the accord. Washington says it will begin phasing in sanctions on Iran in the coming months. Henry Ridgwell reports.
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OPEC Source: Saudi Arabia Will Not Act Alone to Fill Any Iran Oil Shortfall

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 21:29
Saudi Arabia is monitoring the impact of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on oil supplies and is ready to offset any shortage but it will not act alone to fill the gap, an OPEC source familiar with the kingdom's oil thinking said. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday abandoned a nuclear deal with Iran and announced the "highest level" of sanctions against the OPEC member. The original agreement had lifted sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear...
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Trump: 'Very Severe Consequences' if Iran Starts Nuclear Weapons Program

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 20:49
U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran Wednesday there would be "very severe consequences" if it starts developing nuclear weapons in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from a 2015 international pact aimed at restraining Tehran's nuclear program. In brief comments at the White House, Trump said the United States would "very shortly" reimpose economic sanctions in an attempt to force Iran to negotiate new terms on the deal, its ballistic missile tests and military...
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Europe Pledges to Defend Interests in Wake of US Pull-out From Iran Nuclear Deal

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 20:08
A transatlantic diplomatic tussle appears to be looming after European leaders pledged to defend their countries’ commercial interests in Iran, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Fellow signatories Russia and China also said they would stick with the accord. Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Oscar-Winning Iranian Urges Tehran: Let Banned Director Go to Cannes

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:30
The double-Oscar winning filmmaker who opened the Cannes Film Festival has made a last-minute plea to Iran to let a fellow Iranian director – who is officially banned from working and traveling - come to the premiere of his own film. Seated alongside Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, the stars of his new movie, Asghar Farhadi said Iran should allow acclaimed director Jafar Panahi to attend the festival where they both have movies competing for the Palme d'Or. "I think...
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All Eyes on Israel as Mideast Tensions Spike

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:18
Right up until until the final hours, America’s European allies held out hope they could dissuade President Donald Trump from withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear accord. As the announcement deadline loomed, however, their hopes appeared ever more forlorn and desperate. Now in the wake of Trump’s decision Tuesday to pull the U.S. out of a deal alongside America’s main European partners that was signed by Barack Obama in 2015 — in which Tehran agreed to nuclear curbs in return for...
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Israel Welcomes Trump's 'Bold' Decision to Leave Iran Deal

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:08
Israel has welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, but the move is raising tensions in the region. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been one of the world's most vocal critics of the Iran deal, saying it clears the way for the Islamic Republic to acquire a nuclear bomb. He described Trump's decision to pull out of the agreement as "historic." "Israel thanks President Trump for his courageous...
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