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Algeria Army in Spotlight as North African Nation Faces Popular Uprising

Voice of America - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 05:31
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's days seemed numbered Wednesday, as the country's ruling party and top labor union joined cascading calls for the ailing 82-year-old leader to resign. But the biggest catalyst may have come the day before, when the head of Algeria's powerful armed forces, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, demanded that a constitutional process be set in motion to determine whether Bouteflika, rarely seen in public and confined to a wheelchair since a 2013...
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US Approved Secret Nuclear Power Work for Saudi Arabia

Voice of America - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 04:40
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has approved six secret authorizations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, according to a copy of a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The Trump administration has quietly pursued a wider deal on sharing U.S. nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia, which aims to build at least two nuclear power plants. Several countries including the United States, South Korea and Russia are in competition for that deal,...
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US Envoy to Iran: More Sanctions, No New Oil Waivers

Voice of America - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 04:36
The United States will redraw government maps consistent with Washington’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The move comes days after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Monday officially granting U.S. recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. VOA’s State Department correspondent Nike Ching sat down Wednesday with Brian Hook, the State Department’s special representative for Iran, to discuss U.S. actions affecting Israel and...
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US to Redraw Maps to Show Golan Heights as Israeli Territory

Voice of America - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 03:00
The Trump administration says it will update U.S. government maps to reflect President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. In a Wednesday email responding to questions from VOA Persian, a State Department spokesperson said the map changes would be "consistent" with a March 25 proclamation signed by Trump, saying the U.S. "recognizes that the Golan Heights are part of the State of Israel."  In a separate...
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Erdogan: Time Has Come for Hagia Sophia to Be a Mosque 

Voice of America - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 02:23
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that it was time to rename Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia as a mosque, saying that it had been a "very big mistake" to convert it into a museum. "Hagia Sophia will not be called a museum. It will be taken out of that status. We will call Hagia Sophia a mosque," Erdogan told A Haber television during an interview.    "Those who come to Hagia Sophia will visit Hagia Sophia...
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Egyptian Mediators Rush to Gaza Strip as Cease-fire Holds 

Voice of America - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 00:03
Egyptian mediators rushed to the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and Hamas' supreme leader emerged from his hideout as an unofficial cease-fire between Israel and the Islamic militant group appeared to take hold.    The Egyptian delegation sought to cement the truce that ended two days of heavy fighting between the bitter enemies. They face a key test on Saturday, when Hamas is planning a mass demonstration to mark the one-year anniversary of weekly protests along the Israeli...
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Iran President Visits Flood-hit Zones as Death Toll Hits 43

Voice of America - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 22:57
President Hassan Rouhani travelled to flood-hit zones of Iran for the first time Wednesday after nine days of heavy rains that have inundated most of the country and killed 43 people. The authorities have been struggling to cope with flooding after extreme rainfall which at times has been equivalent to half of the average annual levels within 24 hours. The disaster, which one government minister blamed on climate change, struck in the middle of Iranian New Year break, with many relief...
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Ship Reported Hijacked Near Libya by Migrants Rescued at Sea

Voice of America - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 22:43
Migrants hijacked a cargo ship in Libyan waters Wednesday and forced the crew to redirect the vessel north to Europe, according to Italian and Maltese authorities. As the vessel headed in a direction leading to the island nation of Malta and Italy's shores, both countries vowed to keep the hijacked ship out of their territorial waters. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini identified the ship as the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1 and said the crew had earlier rescued migrants...
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Are We on the Brink of Another Arab Spring?

Voice of America - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 15:01
Are anti-government protests in Algeria the herald of an Arab-spring sequel? Some regional autocrats appear to fear so and are cracking down on even the mildest of dissent, say analysts. For weeks now in Algeria, tens of thousands of protesters drawn from all walks of life have been chanting the Arab-spring mantra, “The people want the regime to go.” Their hopes of seeing an end to the 20-year-long autocratic rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who’s rarely been seen in public...
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Save The Children: 7 Killed in Airstrike on Yemen Hospital

Voice of America - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 04:55
A hospital in a rural area of northwest Yemen was hit by an airstrike Tuesday killing seven people and wounding eight others, Save the Children said. The international aid organization, which supports the hospital, said in a statement sent to the Associated Press that four of those killed were children and two adults are unaccounted for. Save The Children said a missile struck a petrol station near the entrance to Kitaf rural hospital, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the city of...
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Erdogan, AKP Seek to Win Key Kurdish Vote with Promises of Reconstruction, Peace

Voice of America - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 03:14
Turkey’s ruling AKP Party with its message of services, jobs, and construction is seeking to defeat the country’s main pro-Kurdish HDP party in Sunday’s local elections. One of the main battlegrounds is Diyarbakir, the central city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, a center of a decades-long insurgency by separatists. Dorian Jones reports.
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Erdogan, AKP Vie for Key Kurdish Votes With Promises of Reconstruction, Peace

Voice of America - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 23:30
Turkey’s ruling AKP, with a message of services, jobs, and construction, is seeking to defeat the country’s main pro-Kurdish HDP in Sunday’s local elections.  Diyarbakir, the largest city in the country’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, is the center of the battle for power. Baglar is Diyarbakir’s largest district and a long time stronghold of the pro-Kurdish movement. Huseyin Beyoglu, in his bid to win the mayorship, is seeking a breakthrough for the AKP. "People of Baglar...
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US Sanctions Network Supporting Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Voice of America - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 20:55
The U.S. on Tuesday imposed new sanctions on a network of 25 individuals and entities in Iran, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates it accused of laundering more than a billion dollars and euros that were used by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and defense ministry to fund terrorism in the Middle East. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement the U.S. was "targeting a vast network of front companies and individuals" in the three countries "to disrupt a...
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Algerian Army Chief Wants President Declared Unfit to Lead

Voice of America - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 18:44
Algerian Army Chief of Staff Ahmed Gaid Salah, widely considered the country's main powerbroker, told cadets during a nationally televised speech that ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika should be declared "incapacitated," triggering article 102 of the constitution, in order to find a peaceful solution to the current political crisis. Should the article be enacted, the head of parliament would take over as acting head of state for 45 days, before the president is...
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Back in Israel, PM Consults With Military on Gaza Violence

Voice of America - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 18:23
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned home from Washington on Tuesday, heading straight into military consultations and vowing further action after a night of heavy fire in which Israeli aircraft bombed Gaza targets and Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel.   Netanyahu rushed back to Israel to deal with the crisis after a meeting with President Donald Trump, canceling an address to the AIPAC pro-Israel lobby group and meetings with congressional leaders....
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Syrians Protest Trump's Decision on Golan Heights

Voice of America - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 15:38
Thousands of Syrians gathered Tuesday in different cities to protest President Donald Trump's formal recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, a move that sparked widespread international condemnation, including from a number of U.S. allies.   Ambassadors from the five EU members of the U.N. Security Council — France, Germany, Britain, Poland and Belgium — issued a joint statement saying that they don't recognize Israel's sovereignty over the...
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UN Chief Urges Calm as Israel Responds to Gaza Rocket Attacks

Voice of America - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 10:15
The U.N. Secretary-General appealed for calm Tuesday in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli war planes carried out airstrikes earlier in the day in response to continued rocket fire from the Palestinian territory. "First of all, we were clear in the condemnation of the rocket attack, but now we believe that it is absolutely necessary to avoid any scaling up and to have restraint," Antonio Guterres told reporters. "Our appeal is for restraint in the present moment, for the people...
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Israeli Missile Defense Chief: 1st Test of Arrow 3 Over Alaska Coming Soon

Voice of America - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 09:37
Israel’s missile defense chief says his nation will soon use U.S. airspace for the first time to conduct a flight test of a system designed to protect the Jewish state from a long-range Iranian missile strike.  Moshe Patel, director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization, spoke about the planned test of the Arrow 3 system at the annual AIPAC conference of American pro-Israel activists in Washington on Sunday.  “Arrow 3 is too big for the state of Israel,” Patel told an...
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Saudi Arabia Denounces US Recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli Territory

Voice of America - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 08:15
Saudi Arabia denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Israel's 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency said early on Tuesday. "Attempts to impose fait accompli do not change the facts," the statement said. It said the Golan Heights was an "occupied Syrian Arab land in accordance with the relevant international resolutions." "It will have significant negative effects on the peace process in the...
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Trump’s Golan Heights Declaration a Boon to Netanyahu

Voice of America - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 05:48
President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday, and signed a proclamation to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Even though Netanyahu's visit was cut short by rocket attacks from Gaza, many see the White House meeting as Trump's political endorsement of a close ally seeking a fifth term in Israeli elections two weeks from now. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this report.
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