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Libyan Oil Workers at El Sharara, Other Fields Demand Salary Increase

Voice of America - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 14:30
A number of workers at Libya's largest oilfield, El Sharara, and two other facilities are demanding a salary increase by two-thirds at a time when the OPEC country's oil output is surging. The comments are the first sign of dissent at the 315,000-barrels-per-day (bpd) field in southern Libya since it reopened this month. State guards and tribesmen had closed El Sharara in December in an apparently successful attempt to clinch salary payments and development funds. Workers at...
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Netanyahu Cutting Short US Trip After Rocket Attack

Voice of America - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 09:59
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump Monday, then immediately fly back home, cutting short his trip in response to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu had been scheduled to have dinner at the White House Tuesday and also give an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a major U.S. lobbying group for the Jewish state. He pledged in a statement announcing the change in his trip that Israel would respond with...
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Yemeni Children Victimized by 'World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis'

Voice of America - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 03:33
March 26 will mark the fourth anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition campaign to oust the Houthi rebels from parts of Yemen they had occupied. The fighting has caused what the UN calls "the world's worst humanitarian crisis," displacing people from their homes, creating food shortages, a growing civilian death toll and undermining children's development. The UN estimates that about 10 children die every day in Yemen from preventable diseases caused by hunger. VOA's...
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Israel Strikes Gaza After Border Bombs

Voice of America - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 01:11
Israeli aircraft targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after Palestinians there threw explosive devices at the border fence during "riots," the army said. Also Sunday, the health ministry in Gaza announced the death of a Palestinian wounded previously in clashes with Israeli forces. Palestinians in Gaza had thrown a number of explosive devices toward the border fence with Israel, one of which set off air raid sirens in the south of the country late Saturday,...
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Looking for Election Boost, Israel's Netanyahu in US to Meet with Trump

Voice of America - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 21:37
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington looking for an electoral advantage from U.S. President Donald Trump's expected formal recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights. Netanyahu, facing corruption charges and a tough re-election contest April 9, is meeting Monday with Trump at the White House and having dinner there on Tuesday, sandwiched around a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a major U.S. lobbying group for...
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Fight Against IS: The Price of Victory

Voice of America - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 20:29
In October 2016, Umm Aysha and her three children huddled on the ground outside a bombed-out shopping plaza with a crowd of other women, all wearing the black veils required by Islamic State militants. They were on the outskirts of Mosul city in Iraq, fleeing a battle as Iraqi, Syrian and coalition forces pummeled IS across the region from neighborhood to neighborhood, city to city and village to village. “Our house was bombed,” she told VOA, explaining why she fled. That battle...
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Israel’s PM to Meet Trump 3 Weeks Before Election

Voice of America - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 20:05
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump this week in Washington. The meeting comes as Netanyahu's Likud party is lagging in opinion polls ahead of elections next month. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, former chief of staff, Benny Gantz are speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting this week in Washington. But only Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump and attend a...
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Moroccan Teachers Stage New Demo Over Benefits

Voice of America - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 18:52
Thousands of teachers flooded the streets of the Moroccan capital on Sunday to demand better conditions after a nighttime protest dispersed by riot police left dozens wounded. Teachers on temporary contracts have been on strike since March 3 demanding permanent employment arrangements that would improve their rights and benefits, especially over retirement. On Saturday night baton-wielding riot police used water cannons to disperse a protest by several thousand young teachers who...
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Iraq Parliament Sacks Governor Over Deadly Ferry Capsize

Voice of America - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 18:31
Iraq's parliament on Sunday sacked the governor of a northern province where 100 people died in a ferry disaster that sparked a wave of grief and anger. Most of those killed when the boat sank Thursday in the Tigris River in Mosul were women and children headed for a Mother's Day picnic on the Kurds' Nowruz New Year holiday. Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi wrote to parliament on Saturday calling on legislators to fire Nineveh provincial governor Nawfel Akoub, citing...
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Syrian Fighters Clear Explosives in Area Retaken from IS

Voice of America - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 15:18
U.S.-backed Syrian fighters cleared explosives in the last area retaken from the Islamic State group on Sunday, a day after declaring military victory over the extremists and the end of their self-styled caliphate. A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who goes by the nom de guerre Mervan The Brave, said Baghuz village where the militants made their final stand is "full of all kinds of explosives." He said SDF forces were clearing the area and have detonated...
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US-Backed Forces in 'Clearance Operations' after Declaring End to IS Caliphate

Voice of America - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 19:30
U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces were conducting "clearance operations" Sunday in the last area retaken from Islamic State, a day after declaring the end of the terrorist group's self-declared caliphate. The U.S.-led coalition that has been fighting IS said SDF forces are working to identify any remaining militants previously hidden that might still be in the area and eliminate any remaining Islamic State weapons caches. For consecutive nights, bombs rained down on...
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Thousands of IS Escapees in Dire Straits at Syrian Camp

Voice of America - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 18:01
The United Nations reports thousands of people, mainly women and children, are continuing to flee to al-Hol Camp from Baghuz amid reports that U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have seized control of Islamic State’s last stronghold in eastern Syria. According to the U.N., more than 74,000 people, 90 percent of them women and children, now are residing at the al-Hol Camp. Many are family members of IS fighters. Spokesman for the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Jens...
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Timeline of the Battle Against IS

Voice of America - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 11:12
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IS in Syria Defeated, Caliphate Gone, US-Backed SDF Says

Voice of America - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 09:29
U.S.-backed forces raised their flag over the northeastern Syrian town of Baghuz and said the self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State terror group was finally dead. The long-anticipated announcement Saturday by the Syrian Democratic Forces followed several waves of coalition airstrikes that repeatedly lit up the night sky. The targets were several hundred hardened IS fighters who had been clinging to scraps of land along the Euphrates River and along a mountainous ridge on the...
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Could Venezuela Crisis End Hezbollah's Presence There?

Voice of America - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 03:01
As the political and humanitarian tumult in Venezuela unfolds, analysts say illicit activities by Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in the South American country could be disrupted. Since the beginning of the crisis in January, many observers have been wondering about the future of the Lebanese militant group and its activities in Venezuela, particularly with growing U.S. sanctions on the Venezuelan government. For years, the government of embattled President Nicolas Maduro has...
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Israeli PM Netanyahu Says He Will Sue Political Rivals for Libel

Voice of America - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 01:27
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday he would sue two of his main political rivals for libel, claiming that they labelled him a traitor over a graft scandal involving a German submarine deal. In a video published on his Facebook page, Netanyahu said he instructed his attorneys to take legal action against former armed forces chief Benny Gantz and ex-defense minister Moshe "Bogie" Yaalon. Both are from the centrist Blue and White party which is seeking...
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US-backed Force Says It's in Control of IS Syria Encampment

Voice of America - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:01
A spokesman for U.S.-backed forces fighting the Islamic State group in Syria says his fighters are in control of an encampment in the village of Baghouz where IS militants have been besieged for months. Mustafa Bali, of the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, says clashes however are continuing elsewhere in the village in eastern Syria as IS militants continue to fight back. Bali says on Twitter on Tuesday that controlling the encampment in Baghouz marks...
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Sweet Stunt Skyrockets Sales at Egyptian Family Juice Shop

Voice of America - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 08:28
[[A juice shop in Egypt has come up with a stunt that spiked sales so much that the family-owned store's business is booming as never before. Arash Arabasadi reports.
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UN Palestinian Agency Urges Donors to Match 2018 Funds

Voice of America - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 06:48
The head of the U.N. agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees on Monday urged donors who filled a $446 million hole in its budget last year after the Trump administration drastically cut the U.S. contribution to be equally generous this year. "Last year we had an extraordinary crisis and an out of the ordinary response," Pierre Krahenbuhl said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Our humble request to all the donors is: Please keep your funding levels at...
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Algerian Envoy Seeks to Explain Unrest at Home to US Authorities

Voice of America - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 03:40
Diplomacy always involves delicate balancing acts, but seldom more so than for Algeria's ambassador to the United States, Madjid Bouguerra. As ever-larger crowds march through the streets of his homeland demanding an end to the rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the veteran diplomat — who has served in Washington since 2015 — finds himself trying to reconcile his role as the president's envoy with his feelings as a self-declared Algerian patriot. “I am ambassador of...
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