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German Arts Advocate Kidnapped in Baghdad

NY Times Iraq - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 23:07
Hella Mewis started an arts center in the Iraqi capital, and supported anti-government protesters last fall. It was not clear who abducted her.
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‘Our Role Is to Reduce Their Grief’

NY Times Iraq - Sat, 07/18/2020 - 14:03
None of Iraq’s existing graveyards wanted the bodies of Covid-19 patients. So Shiite leaders created a burial ground for them that is also open to Sunnis and Christians.
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Southern Iraq’s Toxic Twilight

NY Times Iraq - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 18:54
Burning Gas and Poisoning the Air
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Colin Powell Still Wants Answers

NY Times Iraq - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 12:00
In 2003, he made the case for invading Iraq to halt its weapons programs. The analysts who provided the intelligence now say it was doubted inside the C.I.A. at the time.
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The Killing of Qassim Suleimani Was Unlawful, Says U.N. Expert

NY Times Iraq - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 23:10
The United States provided no evidence that its fatal January drone strike against General Suleimani was in response to an imminent threat, said a United Nations special rapporteur.
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Family and Friends Mourn Killed Iraqi Analyst

NY Times Iraq - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 22:30
The family of Hisham al-Hashimi, an outspoken Iraqi security analyst who was assassinated in front of his home, held a funeral for him in Baghdad on Tuesday.
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Killing of Security Analyst Seen as Message to Iraqi Government

NY Times Iraq - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:53
The analyst, Hisham al-Hashimi, was a proponent of government efforts to rein in the Islamic State and Iraq’s Shiite militias. Suspicion fell on both groups.
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Iran Issues Death Sentence for Opposition Journalist

NY Times Iraq - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 17:57
Ruhollah Zam once ran a popular news service that helped share information about the widespread protests in 2017. He had been exiled in France until October, when he traveled to Iraq and then disappeared.
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US Carrier in Persian Gulf Region Seen as Clear Signal to Iran

Voice of America - Sat, 06/08/2019 - 22:46
Under a starry sky, U.S. Navy fighter jets catapulted off the aircraft carrier's deck and flew north over the darkened waters of the northern Arabian Sea, a unmistaken signal to Iran that the foremost symbol of the American military's global reach is back in its neighborhood, perhaps to stay.  The USS Abraham Lincoln, with its contingent of Navy destroyers and cruisers and a fighting force of about 70 aircraft, is the centerpiece of the Pentagon's response to...
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Libyan Coast Guard Intercepts 22 Migrants 

Voice of America - Sat, 06/08/2019 - 21:29
Libya's coast guard said Saturday that it had intercepted nearly two dozen Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast.    Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said a wooden boat carrying at least 22 African migrants, all men, was intercepted Friday north of the Bouri offshore oil field, around 105 kilometers (65 miles) from Tripoli.    He said the migrants were given humanitarian and medical aid and then were taken to a refugee camp in...
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Thousands Flee Devastating Floods in Southwest Libya

Voice of America - Sat, 06/08/2019 - 13:55
The U.N. refugee agency reports heavy flooding has devastated whole neighborhoods in the city of Ghat in south-west Libya forcing thousands of people to flee for their lives.  The U.N. refugee agency reports heavy flooding has forced more than 2,500 people to flee their homes.  It says the torrential rains, which began nearly two weeks ago have ravaged the town of Ghat, killing four people, including three children and injuring more than 30 others. The UNHCR reports the...
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About 8,000 Ethiopian Jews Waiting to Immigrate to Israel

Voice of America - Sat, 06/08/2019 - 08:46
About 8,000 Ethiopian Jews want to move to Israel and join their families already living there. But they accuse the Israeli government of delaying their immigration for racist reasons, accusations the government denies. Linda Gradstein has more from Jerusalem.
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Five Countries to Join UN Security Council Ranks in January 

Voice of America - Sat, 06/08/2019 - 02:55
Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam were elected Friday to two-year terms on the U.N. Security Council. The five will join the 15-nation body responsible for maintaining international peace and security on Jan. 1, 2020. There is usually little suspense in the General Assembly for the vote, as regional groups typically pre-select a candidate from within their bloc to run uncontested. This year, Tunisia, Niger and Vietnam ran unopposed. So did Saint...
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Attacks on Civilians, Infrastructure in Syria Might Be War Crimes

Voice of America - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 20:00
The United Nations is demanding an immediate end to indiscriminate attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure in northwest Syria, warning the warring parties their actions might amount to war crimes.  U.N. agencies say an intense military escalation by Russian-backed Syrian forces and armed rebels in northwest Syria is having a catastrophic impact on the civilian population. Agencies confirm at least 160 civilians have been killed and hundreds more wounded in fighting over...
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New US Sanctions Target Iran's Petrochemical Industry

Voice of America - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 20:00
The United States on Friday imposed new sanctions on Iran targeting the country's petrochemical industry, including its largest petrochemical holding group, over its financial support for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Treasury Department said. Washington is pressuring Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile program and for waging proxy wars in other Middle Eastern countries. The new measures follow a round of sanctions imposed last month that targeted the...
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Northwest Syria Battles Rage After Rebel Counterattack

Voice of America - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 19:24
Battles intensified in northwest Syria on Friday after insurgents mounted an attack to repel an army offensive that has pounded the country's last major rebel stronghold for weeks. State news agency SANA said the army absorbed the new attack and reinforced its frontline positions after fierce clashes with militants overnight. It said insurgents fired shells at a village in the northern Hama countryside. Insurgent factions said they seized three key villages in the Hama countryside...
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Syria Uses Familiar Tactic in Rebel Idlib: Bombing Civilians

Voice of America - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 16:53
The father could hardly bear seeing his 18-month-old daughter's panic every time the Syrian government warplanes flew over their home. Every day for a month, she ran to him to hide in his arms, tearful and breathless. Abdurrahim had refused to flee his hometown throughout years of violence, and he was determined to hold out through the new, intensified government offensive launched in April against Idlib province, the last significant territory held by Syria's rebels. But now...
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US Commander Says Mideast Buildup Prompted Iran 'Step Back'

Voice of America - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:22
Iran has chosen to "step back and recalculate" after making preparations for an apparent attack against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region, but it is too early to conclude the threat is gone, the top commander of American forces in the Mideast said Thursday. In an interview with three reporters accompanying him to the Gulf, Gen. Frank McKenzie said he remains concerned by Iran's potential for aggression, and he would not rule out requesting additional U.S. forces to...
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Seaweed Could Help Produce Biodegradable Plastic

Voice of America - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 07:45
Efforts to recycle discarded plastic have not reduced piles of single-use products from landfills, and China will no longer import plastic waste for recycling. The United Nations says more than 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean every year. Plastics are increasingly killing marine life and birds, threatening ecosystems and harming humans. Researchers are working to develop biodegradable materials to replace the durable plastic. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports on one such project in...
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UAE, Norway, Saudi Arabia: ‘State Actor’ Likely Attacked Oil Tankers

Voice of America - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 05:25
The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Norway said Thursday that a preliminary investigation into a coordinated attack on four of their oil tankers in an Emirati port last month was likely carried out by a state actor. In a joint statement, they said limpet mines were used in the May 12 coordinated attacks, which left large holes in the hulls of the four tankers, but did not cause more extensive damage or oil spills. Limpets are a type of naval mine that attach to their target with...
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