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Iran Faces Banking Turmoil After US Nuclear Deal Exit

Voice of America - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 01:13
Some Iranians had been cashing in their savings even before U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement he would pull out from the international nuclear deal with Iran, straining a banking system weighed down by bad loans and years of isolation. An official with Iran's biggest state-owned Melli Bank told Reuters savings had declined by an unspecified amount, although he said this was a temporary phenomenon and that they would recover once the uncertainty over Trump's decision...
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Ramadan Food Prices in Egypt

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:48
With Egypt’s economy growing at a healthy 5 percent, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi won an easy reelection this year. But his hold on power may be imperiled as Egyptians struggle to cope with rising food prices that have come alongside economic reforms and austerity measures mandated by the International Monetary Fund. This month, IMF officials called on Egypt to deepen those reforms in order to secure continued growth. Positive growth figures, however, mean little to average...
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That Feeling When You Miss the Early 2000s

NY Times Iraq - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:22
Longing for the post-9/11 years, the mere summer of our discontent.
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Iraq's Sunnis Voting Without Hope in First Election Since Islamic State

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:14
At the gates of Tikrit under a giant billboard of a Shi'ite militia commander, hundreds of Iraqi Sunni Arabs wait in the scorching sun for hours to be searched before being let into the city that was once the power base of Saddam Hussein. Treated as Islamic State sympathizers by Iraq's Shi'ite dominated security forces and militias, the Sunnis near Tikrit say they feel disillusioned and alienated ahead of a May 12 election to elect a new prime minister. Under Saddam, power...
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US Withdraws from Iran Nuclear Deal; Allies Say It's Not Dead Yet

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:07
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday the nuclear deal six world powers reached with Iran nearly three years ago is “not dead,” even after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the accord. Speaking to RTL radio, Le Drian said French President Emmanuel Macron and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani were to speak to each other Wednesday, and that the foreign ministers of France, Britain and Germany would discuss the situation with Iranian...
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US Urges Post-Election Lebanon to Uphold Regional Policy

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:57
The United States on Tuesday urged Lebanon to uphold a policy of staying out of regional wars and a U.N. Security Council resolution that sought Hezbollah's disarmament, after the Iran-backed group and its allies won more than half the seats in Sunday's election. The United States views Hezbollah as a terrorist group and is critical of its role in the Syrian conflict, but has given Lebanon substantial military support. "As Lebanon looks ahead to...
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Netanyahu Opposition to Iran Deal Not Shared by All Israelis

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 19:55
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an outspoken opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, but some in Israel's security establishment see it as a least-bad option that should be preserved. President Donald Trump is set to announce Tuesday whether the U.S. will exit the 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers.   The agreement lifted painful economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. Netanyahu has been a leading critic of the deal, saying it did...
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Iraq's Kurdistan Region to Hold Elections on Sept. 30

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 18:45
The semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, which voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence last year in a referendum rejected by Baghdad, will hold an election on Sept. 30. A Kurdistan Regional Government media official said KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani had approved the date. The vote should elect both a parliament and a president for Kurdish regions which have gained self-rule in 1991, when a U.S-led coalition forced Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army to withdraw...
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Migrants Sue Italy Over Collaboration With Libyan Coast Guard

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 16:53
Italy’s collaboration with Libya to stop migrants from crossing the Mediterranean is facing a legal challenge.  A lawsuit filed in the European Court of Human Rights asserts that Italy’s work with the Libyan coast guard has forced thousands of people to return to Libya against their will, subjecting them to inhumane conditions.   Seventeen Nigerian migrants who survived a deadly sea crossing in November last year have filed the lawsuit.  They say Italy is violating...
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Netanyahu: Iran Deploying Arms in Syria to Threaten Israel

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 15:38
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Tuesday of deploying "very dangerous weapons" in Syria as part of a campaign to threaten Israel. Iran, "openly calls, daily, for the destruction, the elimination of Israel from the face of the earth and practices unmitigated aggression against us," Netanyahu told reporters during a visit to Cyprus. "It is now seeking to plant very dangerous weapons in Syria — for the specific purpose of our...
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The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio

NY Times Iraq - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:00
Can Washington’s “Russia hands” help explain why the post-Cold War relationship has gone off the rails?
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Trump to Announce Whether US Staying in Iran Nuclear Deal

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:57
President Donald Trump is set to announce Tuesday his decision on whether to keep the United States in the nuclear agreement struck between Iran and a group of world powers three years ago. The president had given himself until Saturday to make a choice about continuing to waive U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's oil sector and central bank. Those measures, along with others imposed by the European Union and other individual nations, were originally put in place to pressure Iran to give...
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Trump To Announce Iran Nuclear Deal Decision Tuesday

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:20
President Donald Trump is set to announce Tuesday whether the U.S. will leave the Iran nuclear deal - several days ahead of a May 12th deadline. Iran and several of United State’s closest allies are bracing for a possible decision to quit the deal, with analysts saying this would have far-reaching consequences. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more from the State Department.
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Rebels Begin Evacuation of Syria's Last Besieged Enclave

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 03:45
Hundreds of rebels left the last major besieged opposition enclave in Syria on Monday, with thousands more expected to follow, responding to months of pressure by a Russian-backed government offensive, the army, rebels and residents said. A first convoy of buses with hundreds of rebels and their families, accompanied by Russian military police, departed from the city of Rastan, starting a weeklong evacuation from towns and villages in an enclave between the cities of Homs and...
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Turkish Court Rules US Pastor to Remain in Jail, Stoking US-Turkish Tensions

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 02:00
A Turkish court ruled for the continued detention of an American pastor in the face of growing U.S. pressure for his release. Andrew Brunson faces 35 years behind bars on terrorism and espionage charges, in a case condemned by U.S. President Donald Trump. The pastor's jailing is becoming the focal point of wider simmering U.S.-Turkish tensions. The U.S. State Department has labeled the charges "groundless and without credible evidence." Brunson's ongoing detention will...
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Egypt Approves Law to Govern Popular Ride-Hailing Apps

Voice of America - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 01:22
Egypt's parliament has approved a law to govern popular ride-hailing apps Uber and Careem, which had faced legal challenges stemming from regulations designed for traditional taxis. The new law, as described Monday by state news agency MENA, establishes operating licenses and fees. It requires licensed companies to store user data for 180 days and provide it to Egyptian security authorities upon request. Uber and Careem welcomed the move. "This is a major step forward for...
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US Navy Jets Begin Sorties Against IS in Syria

Voice of America - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 23:53
A U.S. naval strike force led by aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman began sorties on May 3 against Islamic State in Syria, continuing missions by a U.S.-led coalition against the militants. The force joined the U.S. Sixth Fleet on April 18, nearly a week after the United States, Britain and France launched air strikes targeting what Western powers said were Syrian chemical weapons installations. The Navy said it was a scheduled deployment to support coalition partners, NATO...
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We Collected and Published ISIS’ Internal Documents. What Questions Do You Have?

NY Times Iraq - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 23:29
Our journalists and top newsroom lawyer will answer questions about our recent investigation into internal Islamic State files taken from Iraq.
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Paraguay to Move its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Voice of America - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:51
Paraguay will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of May, a Paraguay government spokesman and the Israeli foreign ministry said Monday, following the United States and Guatemala. The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest disputes between Israel, which says the city is its eternal and indivisible capital, and the Palestinians, who want the eastern part of the city as the capital of their own future state. "Paraguay President Horacio Cartes plans to come to...
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Trump, Pence Will Not Attend US Embassy Opening in Jerusalem

Voice of America - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:04
Neither President Donald Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence will be in attendance when the U.S. opens its embassy in Jerusalem next week.   The White House says Trump is instead sending a high-level delegation to the ceremony marking the formal recognition by the U.S. of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Trump ordered the move last year, fulfilling a key campaign promise but drawing condemnation from many U.S. allies, who say the move makes it more difficult to achieve peace between...
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