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US to Iranian Protesters: You Will Not Be Forgotten

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 03:54
The United States is promising support for protesters in Iran, condemning Iranian officials for a crackdown that has left 21 people dead and more than 1,000 others under arrest. A White House official Thursday said the U.S. would look for "actionable information" and seek to impose new sanctions against those responsible for stifling protests that began just last week. The State Department also said it would not stand by idly. "We have ample authorities to hold...
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Watchdog: Russian Airstrikes Kills Civilians in Syria

Voice of America - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 01:50
Nearly 30 civilians, including children, have been killed by airstrikes in the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, outside the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Britain-based watchdog Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which closely monitors the Syrian civil war, said most of the airstrikes were carried out by Russian jets. There was no immediate confirmation by the Russian military, which is providing air support to government forces fighting rebels. A government forces base, the...
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US Sanctions 5 Entities Tied to Iran Missile Program

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 20:08
The U.S. Treasury placed sanctions Thursday on five Iranian-based entities either owned or controlled by the company responsible for developing and producing Iran’s solid-propellant ballistic missiles. “These sanctions target key entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, which the Iranian regime prioritizes over the economic well-being of the Iranian people,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. The five sanctioned entities -- all owned or controlled...
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A Young Woman and Her Hijab: Symbols of Iran's Unrest

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 19:40
As protests continue across Iran for the seventh day, one woman is being hailed as a "hero" after a video of her removing her hijab in an apparent protest was posted on a social media site. The footage shows the woman standing on a box, waving the hijab at the end of a stick like a white flag. The video of the woman's defiant gesture was posted on Twitter by Armin Navabi, a former Muslim from Iran and author of Why There Is No God. "This woman in Iran took...
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Egypt Detains Female Singer for Video Inciting Debauchery

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 18:57
Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention of a little-known female singer over a racy video posted online, the second female singer to face legal action within a month. The prosecutors charged Laila Amer with violating public decency and inciting debauchery in the video, titled "Bos Omak," or "Look at Your Mother" a pun on a popular Arabic profanity. She was arrested Wednesday. Amer appears in the three-minute clip belly dancing and making provocative...
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Chinese Democracy Advocates Identify With Iranian Protests

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 15:39
The protests in Iran are resonating with democracy advocates in and outside of China, many of whom have expressed hope that a similar uprising could come to the tightly ruled country and put an end to tight controls on civil rights and freedoms. At the same time, Chinese authorities have moved quickly to tighten censorship controls online and limit discussions of the anti-government demonstrations. “The higher the pressure from the government, the faster it is actually accelerating the...
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LIVE BLOG: Iran Protests

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 14:00
FOR THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN FARSI: Please follow @VOAIran and 1/4/2018 9:42 p.m. -- Despite the Iranian government's comments that said anti-government protests were dwindling, Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi said the protests were continuing, and she urged her countrymen to press on with their demonstrations in interviews published Thursday, RFE/RL reported. "People are still in the streets. Even if they go home, their anger would...
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Iran Deploys Thousands of Security Forces Against Protesters, Shows Restraint

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:48
The Iranian government has taken a lesson from the Arab Spring in responding to the worst anti-government protests the country has seen in nearly a decade. Heavy-handed tactics by Arab governments against popular uprisings in 2011 led to the overthrow of regimes in Egypt and Libya and sparked a civil war in Syria. Iran had its own Arab Spring-inspired demonstrations in 2011, but police deployed in relatively small numbers and refrained from using deadly force, leading the protests to...
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Novelist, Holocaust Survivor Appelfeld Dies in Israel at 85

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:06
Aharon Appelfeld, a prolific Israeli novelist and Holocaust survivor whose works examined the lost world of European Jews and the new lives they pursued in Israel, died Thursday. He was 85. Writing in Hebrew, the Romanian-born Appelfeld penned more than 40 books and was one of Israel’s most widely translated authors. Appelfeld’s “Blooms of Darkness,” the tale of an 11-year-old boy hidden from the Nazis by a prostitute, won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in London in 2012....
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Russian Jets Suspected in Deaths of 20 Civilians

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:35
Suspected Russian jets killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens early Thursday when they dropped bombs on two residential buildings in a besieged rebel enclave east of the Syrian capital, residents and a war monitor said. At least four bombs flattened the buildings in the town of Misraba, wounding more than 40 people, they said, while at least 10 people were killed in aerial strikes in nearby towns in the last rebel stronghold near the capital. The Syrian Observatory for Human...
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VOA Interview: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:59
VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren interviews General H.R. McMaster, national security advisor, at the White House, Jan. 2, 2018, concerning events in Iran and Pakistan.
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In LA's 'Little Persia,' Hoping for Change in Iran

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:17
Iranian Americans are closely watching protests in Iran, where a government crackdown on demonstrators has led to the deaths of 21 people and the arrest of more than 400 over the past week. Thousands of counter demonstrators have marched to support the regime. Many in the Iranian community of Southern California, the largest outside Iran, are hoping for a peaceful resolution, and reform. The largest concentration of Iranian immigrants in Los Angeles is found in the Little Persia...
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US, Iranian Leaders Spar Over Week of Protests

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:28
Wednesday in Iran brought demonstrations both against and in support of the government, while the United States promised new support for the Iranian people and Iran’s representative to the United Nations accused the United States of “flagrant acts of intervention.” The unrest has been going on for a week with protesters rallying against economic problems and also calling for government reforms. At least 21 people have been killed and authorities have arrested hundreds of...
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Chicken Waste Could Generate Power Plant Electricity

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 09:43
Coal-fired power plants release greenhouse gases into the air, causing pollution and contributing to climate change. But as much as 10 percent of the coal used in power stations could be replaced ... by chicken waste. VOA's Deborah Block has a report.
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Russian Report: 7 Russian Planes in Syria Damaged by Rebel Attack

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 08:10
The Russian news agency Kommersant is reporting that at least seven Russian planes were damaged or destroyed by rebel shelling in Syria, in one of the worst attacks since Russia began its military operation there. The Hmeymim air base in western Syria, near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, was targeted for an attack that damaged — according to Kommersant — at least four Su-24 bombers, two Su-35S fighter jets, and an An-72 transport plane, as well as an ammunition...
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In Little Persia, Immigrants Closely Watching Iranian Protests

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 06:41
Iranian Americans are closely watching protests in Iran, where a government crackdown has led to the deaths of at least 21 people and the arrests of more than 400 over the past week. Thousands of counter-demonstrators have marched in support of the regime. Mike O’Sullivan reports that in the Iranian community of Southern California, the largest outside Iran, most are hoping for a peaceful resolution, and reform.
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Iranians Say Attendees at Pro-government Rallies Were Coerced

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 05:51
Iranians reacted dismissively to a series of pro-government rallies held in the country Wednesday, saying they appeared to have been coerced, in contrast to the spontaneity of a weeklong anti-government protest movement that has posed the biggest domestic challenge to Iran's ruling clerics in eight years. In the Wednesday edition of VOA Persian’s Straight Talk program, callers in Iran who said they witnessed the pro-government rallies told the hosts they believed the...
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Report: Saudi-Led Coalition Cuts Yemeni Rebel Supply Route

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 05:48
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen has cut off one of their major supply lines, the United Arab Emirates state news agency WAM reported. The fighting Wednesday also killed dozens of rebels in the area northwest of Yemen's third largest city, Taiz. WAM said Yemeni forces, backed by UAE troops, raided the area near the Red Sea to try and secure the gains made there last month by the coalition.  The Houthi rebels seized Yemen’s capital of...
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US Mulls New Economic Sanctions on Iran

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 05:10
To sanction or not? Western intelligence officials are split on whether a new round of U.S. economic sanctions will help anti-government protesters in Iran or work to the benefit of the Iranian authorities by feeding into their claims that the unrest has been fomented by foreign enemies. President Donald Trump is reportedly considering imposing severe sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its commercial entities. So far, the Guard's domestic paramilitary arm...
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Pence: People of the United States Want Iranians to Achieve Democratic Future

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 05:01
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has promised unwavering U.S. support for the people of Iran. In an interview with VOA Wednesday, Pence was critical of the previous administration for doing what he said was too little to support Iranians protesting the controversial 2009 election. Observers say the current unrest is a result of long-simmering discontent with the country's repressive regime and signals its demise. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.
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