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Algerian Presidency Brings Ouyahia Back as Prime Minister

Voice of America - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:09
Algeria's presidency has recalled veteran crisis manager Ahmed Ouyahia as prime minister, a job he held in the 1990s when Algeria was battling an Islamist insurgency. Ouyahia, 65, will replace Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who held the job for just three months, the office of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Tuesday. Ouyahia will most likely be seen as a steadying influence as Algeria tries to carry out economic adjustments to cope with a fall in oil prices that has slashed state...
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Can Anyone Stop Iran From Taking Over Iraq?

NY Times Iraq - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 17:56
Armed militias, backed by Tehran, look set to dominate and intimidate Iraqi politics for years to come.
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In Iran, Islamic State Seeks to Fan Militancy Among Minorities

Voice of America - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 17:32
Islamic State is seeking to radicalize disaffected ethnic minorities in majority Shi'ite Iran to encourage attacks intended to avenge Tehran's offensive against the group across the Middle East. Sunni Islamic State, in decline in Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for an unprecedented attack on June 7 in which suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran, killing 18 people. The attackers were Kurdish Iranian...
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Israel Arrests Palestinian Cleric on Suspicion of Inciting Violence

Voice of America - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:16
Israeli police on Tuesday arrested a radical Islamic cleric on suspicion of inciting violence and involvement in an outlawed organization. Raed Salah, head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was questioned for allegedly supporting and inciting violence and terrorism, police said. Israel outlawed his group in 2015. Later, a court extended Salah's detention until Thursday. Salah completed a nine-month prison sentence in January for "incitement to...
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Rouhani: If US Continues Threats, Iran Could Jump-start Nuclear Program

Voice of America - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:45
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that his country preferred abiding by the 2015 international agreement on its nuclear program, but that if the United States continued "threats and sanctions," then Iran could quickly revitalize its nuclear activity to a level even higher than it was before the deal went into effect. Speaking to members of parliament in a televised address, Rouhani said the U.S. was not a "good partner." "Those who are trying to go...
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Residents Return to Diverse Iraqi Town Once Controlled by IS

Voice of America - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:48
When Islamic State (IS) fighters took over Bashiqa in June 2014, its mostly Yazidi, Christian and Kurdish residents deserted the town. But now many have returned and started to rebuild after IS was pushed out late last year. For VOA, Kawa Omar reports.
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US Navy Reports Another Tense Encounter with Iran Drone

Voice of America - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 21:53
An unarmed Iranian drone shadowed a U.S. aircraft carrier at night and came close enough to F-18 fighter jets to put the lives of American pilots at risk, the Navy said Tuesday, reporting the second such tense encounter within a week. The Iranian Sadegh drone flew without any warning lights during the encounter Sunday night with the USS Nimitz, said Lt. Ian McConnaughey, a spokesman for the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The drone did not respond to repeated calls over the radio and came...
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Bomb Kills 13 in Southern Yemen

Voice of America - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 21:30
A bomb went off on Monday at a busy district in a southern Yemeni city, killing 13 people and wounding an unspecified number, according to security officials. They said the explosion struck a market in Qataba, in the southern Dhale province, but provided no further details. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but al-Qaida and Islamic State militants are active in southern Yemen. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized...
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Turkey Opposition Leader's Arrest Feared

Voice of America - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:09
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is voicing alarm its leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu could face prosecution and jail in an ongoing crackdown in Turkey, which has seen more than a dozen parliament deputies jailed. “There is a big plot against the CHP,” warned Bulent Tezcan in an interview Monday with Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper, “Any steps taken against the main opposition party may open an era where the ruling party would not be able to have their way in peace,” added...
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Iraqi Shi'ite Militias Pledge to Take Part in Next IS Fight

Voice of America - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 17:33
Iraq's Shi'ite militias announced on Monday they will participate in the next major battle against the Islamic State group after the Iraqi forces' victory in Mosul last month.   The Shi'ite militias did not fight in the urban part of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, but were key in clearing far-flung villages of IS and capturing supply lines in the desert west of Mosul toward Iraq's border with Syria.   The spokesman for the government-sanctioned...
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Cash Crisis Exposes Rift Within Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen

Voice of America - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:41
Yemen's Central Bank says the Saudi-led coalition is "strangling" the economy by preventing planes from flying in newly-minted cash, reflecting a struggling between the government and the United Arab Emirates, key members of the military alliance.   Both are at war with the Shi'ite Houthi rebels, who control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sana'a. But the UAE is believed to be at odds with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi over his embrace of a...
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Syrian Rebels Head Home; US Gives Lebanon Combat Vehicles

Voice of America - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:20
Hundreds of Syrian rebels and civilians started leaving the Lebanon-Syria border area Monday after a deal was reached for their departure following days of delay, the media arm of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said.   In Beirut, meanwhile, the United State handed over to the Lebanese army eight Bradley Fighting Vehicles, part of a total of 32 that will be delivered over the coming months in U.S. support for the Lebanese military.   At the border, buses carrying members...
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Third of Syrian Refugee Kids Not in School, Despite Pledges

Voice of America - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:38
Since his family fled civil war in Syria five years ago, 15-year-old Ali al-Sbehi hasn't set foot in a school. Instead, he has put in 12-hour shifts in a supermarket, a fast food stand and now a coffee shop, enduring abuse from employers, back-breaking work and low pay because he is the sole breadwinner for his family of eight. "I have no future," said the lanky teen with narrow shoulders, offering a sober assessment of his prospects. Ali is among more than half a...
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Lebanon's Hezbollah Says US Can't Hurt it, Dismisses Sanctions

Voice of America - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 03:33
The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah on Sunday dismissed the prospect of tougher U.S. sanctions against his group, which is backed by Iran, and said the U.S. administration had no way to harm it. "The American administration, with all available and possible means, will not be able to damage the strength of the resistance," Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address to mark the anniversary of the end of Hezbollah's 2006 war with Israel. Nasrallah said Lebanon was...
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US Condemns Murders of 7 Syrian White Helmets

Voice of America - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 02:09
The United States is condemning the murders of seven Syrian White Helmet civil defense members in rebel-controlled Idlib province. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert calls the murders sad and horrifying. "These cowardly acts of masked men took the lives of civilian volunteers who work tirelessly as first responders in order to save lives in incredibly dangerous environments," she said in a statement. Nauert says the U.S. sends it condolences to the families of...
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Egypt's Railway Authority Chief Resigns Over Fatal Crash

Voice of America - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 00:41
Egypt's transport minister said Sunday that he has accepted the railway authority chief's resignation over a deadly train crash near the coastal city of Alexandria that killed 43 people and injured scores. Hesham Arafat announced at a news conference after meeting the prime minister Sunday that he had accepted Medhat Shousha's resignation. The crash took place on Friday when a train coming from Cairo, Egypt's capital, crashed into the rear of another that was waiting at...
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Iran Parliament Approves Increase in Funding to Its Missile Program

Voice of America - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 23:22
Iranian legislators voted Sunday on a bill to increase spending of the country’s missile ballistic program. The overwhelming support for the bill comes after tensions between Iran and U.S. President Donald Trump who imposed new sanctions on the Iranian government. “The Americans should know that this was our first actions,” Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said. Larijani announced the vote, which received 240 yes votes out of 247 lawmakers, and said the bill aims to “confront...
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2 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq in Combat Operations

NY Times Iraq - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 22:53
Five other soldiers were wounded, the United States military said, adding that “initial reports indicate the incident was not due to enemy contact.”
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Iran Lawmakers Raise Missile, Guard Spending to Challenge US

Voice of America - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 15:38
Iran's parliament voted overwhelmingly Sunday to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, chanting "Death to America" in a direct challenge to Washington's newest sanctions on the Islamic Republic.   The lawmakers' vote comes amid growing anger in Iran over U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to renegotiate the nuclear deal struck with world powers in 2015. While they stressed the...
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Kuwait Says Oil Spill Strikes its Waters in Persian Gulf

Voice of America - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 15:14
Kuwait battled Sunday to control an oil spill off its southern coast that stained its beaches, threatened to damage power plants and water stations and left long black slicks in the Persian Gulf.   It remained unclear where the spill originated, though Kuwait said it didn't look like the spill came from its oil fields. They offered no estimate for the number of barrels of oil spilled, though footage from Kuwait's Environment Public Authority showed oil tarring the beaches and...
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