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Mosul Woman Raising 23 Grandkids Orphaned by IS

Voice of America - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 02:20
When Iraqi forces announced the recapture of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants in July 2017, the joy of victory and the hope for a return to normalcy echoed across the country. But for Sana Ibrahim, who lost all of her children during IS rule, things would never be the same again. Now, at 61, Ibrahim has to take care of 23 grandchildren left behind from her three sons and two daughters killed in the brutal conflict. "IS destroyed us and left us nothing," said Ibrahim,...
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China, Germany Defend Iran Business Ties as US Sanctions Grip

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:26
China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump’s warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States. The comments from Beijing and Berlin signaled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalize businesses from third countries that continue to operate there. “China has consistently opposed...
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Scattered Protests, Heavy Security Across Iran After New Sanctions

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 21:15
Scattered protests, along with a heavy police presence in many places were reported Wednesday across Iran, one day after the first round of new U.S. economic sanctions went into effect. The Iranian parliament voted to remove Labor Minister Ali Rabie during a raucous debate Wednesday on new economic policies to tackle unemployment and bolster the weak economic situation in the country, a day after new U.S. economic sanctions went into effect. Tuesday, the hardline leader of Iran's...
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Turkish Officials in Washington as Tensions Escalate

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:52
A Turkish diplomatic delegation is visiting Washington for discussions about the ongoing detention in Turkey of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson. The trip comes at a time of escalating U.S.-Turkish tensions, which are threatening to trigger a financial crisis in Turkey. VOA Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
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Oral Cholera Vaccination Campaign in Yemen Falls Short

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:33
More than one-quarter million people in Yemen have been immunized against cholera. But, the three-day oral cholera vaccination campaign, held by the World Health Organization and U.N. children's fund between August 4 and 6, has fallen short of its mark by half. The World Health Organization reports more than 3,000 local health workers have reached 266,000 people above the age of one with oral cholera vaccine. This is about half of the one-half million people WHO and partners had hoped...
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Damascus: Syria's First Lady Starts Breast Cancer Treatment

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:47
Syria's presidency says first lady Asma Assad has begun treatment for breast cancer. The presidency posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday a photo of President Bashar Assad sitting next to his wife in what appeared to be a hospital room with an IV in her left arm.   The statement posted with the photo says the "malignant tumor" was discovered in its early stages and wished her a speedy recovery.   Such public announcements are uncommon in the Arab world,...
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Saudi Arabia Crucifies Myanmar Man Convicted of Murder

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:48
Saudi Arabia says it executed and crucified a man from Myanmar convicted of killing a woman and carrying out other crimes. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on the execution Wednesday, saying it was carried out in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.   It said Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen entered a Myanmar woman's home firing a gun and then stabbed her to death. He was convicted of robbing her home and another home, attempted rape, and stealing firearms and...
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IOM Appeals for $45M Aid for Horn of Africa Migrants

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:46
The International Organization for Migration and partners are appealing for $45 million to provide humanitarian and developmental aid over a three year period for 81,000 vulnerable migrants moving to and from the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Yemen may be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. But that has not deterred thousands of impoverished, conflict-ridden migrants and refugees mainly from Ethiopia and Somalia from crossing the Gulf of Aden into Yemen with the support of...
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US Braces for Possible Cyberattacks After Iran Sanctions

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:34
The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald Trump, cybersecurity and intelligence experts say. Concern over that cyber threat has been rising since May, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal, under which the U.S. and other world powers eased economic sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program. The experts say the threat would intensify following Washington's move...
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War Without End

NY Times Iraq - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:00
The Pentagon’s failed campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan left a generation of soldiers with little to fight for but one another.
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Iran Weighs Response as US Sanctions Bite

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:49
As Iranians awoke Tuesday to renewed U.S. sanctions that had been lifted by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, the question on everyone's mind remained: What happens now?  From deciphering President Donald Trump's tweets on Iran — including one demanding “WORLD PEACE” — to trying to figure out how much their cratering currency is worth, Iranians appear divided on how to respond. The same goes for their theocratic government, which for now is abiding by the atomic...
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Egyptian Politician Calls for Referendum on Government

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 22:50
An Egyptian politician has called for a referendum on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government. Masoum Marzouk, a former diplomat, announced a road map this week that would include the suspension of the constitution and the dissolution of parliament if Egyptians were to vote against the government. He said that if the government did not respond positively to his initiative, a popular conference'' would be held in Cairo's Tahrir Square — epicenter of the 2011...
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US Declines to Intervene in Saudi-Canada Diplomatic Dispute

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 21:13
The United States on Tuesday declined to get involved in a diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia, two of its closest allies. Both countries have recalled each other's ambassadors after Canada criticized the Saudis for arresting human rights activists. "Regarding Canada, we have raised that with the government of Saudi Arabia. They are friends. They are partners. Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together. We can't do it for them," State...
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UN Agencies Help More Somali Refugees Return From Yemen

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:29
The U.N. refugee and migration agencies have helped 116 Somali refugees return home from war-torn Yemen, although conditions in parts of Somalia remain unsafe. The boat, which sailed from Aden, Yemen on Saturday arrived in the port of Berbera in Somalia the day after. Among its passengers were female heads of households, several students hoping to resume their educations, and a critically ill patient traveling with his family. Since the so-called assisted spontaneous return program...
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Chinese Car Makers Poised to Fill Gap in Iranian Market as US Sanctions Bite

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:08
China appears poised to fill the gap in Iran left by French automakers who closed their Iranian operations before the reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. The Chinese move could open yet another dispute between Washington and Beijing, adding to the acrimony between the two, which are locked in an escalating trade dispute. European automakers French automaker Renault, which had an eight percent share of the Iranian automotive market, the 12th largest in the World, announced...
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Trump Reimposes Iranian Economic Sanctions

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:47
The United States has re-imposed economic sanctions against Iran, targeting a wide range of sectors including automobiles, its trade in gold and other precious metals, and its currency. Top Trump administration officials said the measure is designed to put significant financial pressure to "counter the blatant and ongoing malign activities” of the Iranian regime and ultimately seek a new agreement that would address the Iranian threat. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has more.
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Trump Reimposes Iranian Economic Sanctions

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 08:17
The United States has reimposed economic sanctions on Iran that were originally put in place to pressure the country to limit its nuclear program and later lifted under a 2015 international agreement. President Donald Trump has been a frequent critic of that deal and withdrew the United States from the agreement three months ago, setting in motion the reimposition of the sanctions effective at midnight Monday. Earlier in the day he assailed Iran as "a murderous dictatorship that...
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Some Arabs Eager to See New US Sanctions Hit Iran

Voice of America - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 21:59
With new U.S. sanctions on Iran due to go into effect Tuesday, Iranians are bracing for the repercussions, while neighboring Arab states are eager to see the sanctions place pressure on their regional nemesis. Various proxy wars between Shi'ite Iran and the Sunni-Arab Gulf States in places such as Yemen, Syria and Iraq have created a bitter rivalry that has left each side rejoicing at the misfortunes of the other. Hilal Khashan, who teaches political science at the American...
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Trump Reimposes Economic Sanctions on Iran

Voice of America - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 20:06
U.S. President Donald Trump has reimposed economic sanctions against Iran, effective at midnight Monday, assailing Tehran as "a murderous dictatorship that has continued to spread bloodshed, violence, and chaos." Trump, acting three months after he withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 international accord restraining Iran's nuclear development program, said the new sanctions target the Islamic Republic's automotive sector, its trade in gold and other precious metals, along...
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Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador Over Criticism

Voice of America - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 16:27
Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador on Monday and froze “all new business” with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom’s arrest of women’s rights activists — yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh’s new assertive foreign policy. The sudden and unexpected dispute bore the hallmarks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old future leader whose recent foreign policy exploits include the war in Yemen and Lebanese Prime Minister...
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