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VP Pence Vows US Solidarity With Iranian Protesters

Voice of America - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 00:10
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has vowed the United States will stand with Iranian anti-government protesters for the long haul, and he said President Donald Trump stands ready to back the uprising with more than just words. "President Trump's unapologetic willingness to stand with the courageous people of Iran, I know, is giving hope to the people on the streets of the cities of that country," Pence said in a VOA interview. "And we're going to continue to support...
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McMaster: Iranian Protestors “Have Our Emotional Support”

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:52
U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says the Iranian people “are expressing frustration about a regime that pays more attention to exporting terrorism” than meeting the needs of its own people. In a wide-ranging interview with VOA Contributor Greta Van Susteren, McMaster said protesters in Iran “have our emotional support” and criticized the Iran nuclear deal as “fundamentally flawed.” McMaster also defended President Trump’s tweet criticizing Pakistan, saying “the President is...
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One Difference Between 2009 vs 2018 Iran Protests? 48 Million Smartphones

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:11
In 2009, the world watched as Iranians marching in the streets turned to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to organize and share information. The technology-assisted protests were dubbed the first “Twitter revolution." Flash forward to 2018 and technology again is playing a role in demonstrations sweeping cities across Iran. But much has changed in the intervening years when it comes to the communication tools used by Iranian citizens for organizing and publicizing...
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US Judge Rules Iraqi Detainees Get Chance at Release

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 20:41
Iraqi nationals under threat of deportation and currently in detention should have the opportunity to win their release, a U.S. District Court has ruled. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith in Detroit, Michigan, ruled Tuesday that hundreds of Iraqi Chaldeans who have been held in detention centers around the country for at least six months should be given bond hearings. Goldsmith ordered immigration judges to hold the hearings and release the detainees unless they are a public safety...
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Trump Vows New Support for Iranian People

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 20:20
U.S. President Donald Trump promised new support for the Iranian people Wednesday, even as Iran's state media reported that tens of thousands of pro-government demonstrators staged rallies across the country after days of anti-government protests. "Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government," Trump said in a Twitter comment. "You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!" It was not immediately...
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How Iran Protests Play into Middle East Power Struggles

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 20:12
"Part of me is feeling hope," said Arash Azizi, a New York University researcher, far from his home in Iran. "We see the rising up of the downtrodden." "But I am even more worried than hopeful," he added. More than 20 people have been killed and 450 arrested since a protest movement in cities and towns across Iran began in late December, and analysts say if it continues, the impact many not just be in Iran, but across the region. Mostly peaceful...
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LIVE BLOG: Iran Protests

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 15:39
1/3/18 8:41 a.m. --  President Donald Trump has issued another tweet about anti-government protests in Iran, saying he has "such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government."  1/3/18 7:42 a.m. --  VOA's Persian service tweeted a photo of protesters gathered in front of the Iranian consulate in Hamburg, Germany in a show of support for anti-government protests taking place across Iran. 1/3/18 6:31 a.m. -- ...
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Agencies: Russian Military Helicopter Crashes in Syria, Two Dead

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 13:27
A Russian military MI-24 helicopter crashed in Syria on Dec. 31 due to a technical fault, killing both pilots, Russian news agencies cited the Ministry of Defence as saying on Wednesday. The helicopter crashed en route to the Hama air base, RIA news said, citing the ministry.
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Palestinians 'Will Not Be Blackmailed' by Trump

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:33
A senior Palestinian official said Wednesday the Palestinians "will not be blackmailed" by U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to cut aid funding. Trump wrote on Twitter that the U.S. sends hundreds of millions of dollars each year and gets "no appreciation or respect." "They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have...
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Pro-Government Rallies Follow Days of Protests in Iran

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:19
Pro-government demonstrators staged rallies across Iran Wednesday, after days of protests against the government and economic problems. Iranian state television showed video of crowds waving Iranian flags and chanting in support of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Khamenei has blamed other governments for driving the anti-government protests that began last week and have left at least 21 people dead. "In recent days, enemies of Iran used different tools, including...
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Haley Says Will Seek UN Action on Iranian Protests

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:03
U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the world must not be silent in the face of political protests against the Iranian government and must help ‘amplify’ the protesters’ voices. VOA Correspondent Margaret Besheer has more from the United Nations.
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On Streets of Tehran, Iranians Feel Protesters' Pain

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 06:11
As Iranians take to the streets in the biggest demonstrations in nearly a decade, residents of the increasingly tense capital say they sympathize with the protesters' economic grievances and anger at official corruption. The Associated Press spoke to Iranians in Tehran on Tuesday, the sixth day of protests that have seen at least 21 people killed and hundreds arrested across the country. The protests, which have erupted in several cities, are the largest since those that followed the...
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Iranians, in Calls to VOA, Reject Government's Claims About Protests

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 05:35
Iranian citizens are pushing back against accusations by Iranian officials that some people involved in the days-old nationwide protest movement have attacked government symbols at the behest of foreign agents. Callers in Iran who spoke to Tuesday's edition of VOA Persian's Straight Talk program angrily denounced assertions by several Iranian officials that some protesters had resorted to violence since the daily anti-establishment demonstrations began last...
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Anti-government Protesters Chant, March in Tehran

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 05:24
Anti-government protesters march in Tehran's Valiasr Intersection, Jan. 2, 2018.
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Iran: An Elected President, But an Appointed Supreme Leader in Charge

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 04:15
Iran's government is under heavy criticism from protesters filling the streets in the largest such uprising since 2009.  The protesters — motivated by unemployment, inflation and a lack of change after the lifting of international sanctions in 2015 — are speaking out against Iran's leaders, and in some cases they're even praising the government overthrown in 1979 by the Iranian Revolution.  Iran's government is known as an Islamic republic,...
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Trump Threatens to Cut Off US Aid to Palestinian Authority

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 04:00
Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to threaten to cut off U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority, asking why the U.S. should make "any of these massive future payments" when the Palestinians are "no longer willing to talk peace."   Trump, in a pair of tweets, said the U.S. pays "the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or...
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A 'Martyr' Sniper Becomes a Hero to Iraq's Shiites

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 02:10
Ali Jayad al-Salhi, a veteran sniper in an Iraqi militia, was killed in fighting with the Islamic State group in 2017. He was then vaulted into legend, virtually becoming a new saint for the Shiite community. Posters of al-Salhi adorn storefronts, homes and car windows in his home city of Basra and other Shiite areas. One bakery sells cakes adorned with an image of his face. Poems praise his valor and piety. His rifle, with which he's said to have killed nearly 400 IS militants, is...
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Displaced Yazidis Seek Aid for Their Five Blind Children

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 01:51
Jundi Ammar Alias fled his hometown Sinjar in Iraq with his wife and five blind children in 2014 during an Islamic State genocide campaign against the Yazidi religious minority. He tells VOA about the harsh conditions his family members have been encountering during their displacement.
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White House Spokeswoman: Endgame is for Iranians to have 'basic human rights'

Voice of America - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 00:00
Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, asked if the Trump administration wants regime change in Iran, said that seeing Iranians "actually given basic human rights" and for the country to stop sponsoring terrorism was something the world would like to see.
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Profile: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Voice of America - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 23:37
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is frequently described as a relative moderate, was re-elected last year. He is the seventh president of Iran and has served in that position since Aug. 3, 2013. In 2013, Time magazine included the 69-year-old Rouhani in its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. The long-time member of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's inner circle emerged a few years ago as an historic figure as he took action to normalize relations...
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