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European Allies Warn US Over Tensions With Iran

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 20:28
Top officials from the European Union are calling on the United States to use "maximum restraint" and avoid military escalation with Iran. "[U.S. Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo heard very clearly from us — not only from myself but also from the other ministers of EU member states — that we are living in a crucial, delicate moment where the most relevant attitude to take — the most responsible attitude to take — is and we believe should be that of maximum restraint and...
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Ships 'Sabotaged' off UAE Coast

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 20:17
Carla Babb at the Pentagon and Edward Yeranian in Cairo contributed to this report. Saudi Arabia says two of its oil tankers suffered "significant damage" in a "sabotage attack" early Sunday off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. No details, however, about the specifics of the damage were released. The kingdom's energy minister said one of the tankers had been on its way to the Saudi port of Ras Tanura to pick up oil to deliver to the United...
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Iran Sentences British Council Employee for Alleged Espionage

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 19:31
Iran has sentenced an employee of the British Council to 10 years in prison on espionage charges, the country's judiciary spokesman said Monday. The woman, an Iranian citizen, was found guilty of cooperating with British spy agencies while working for the British Council - charges she "quickly and clearly" confessed to, Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told a press conference. Esmaili did not identify the woman, but a London-based British Council...
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UN Envoy to Mideast Warns of War Between Israel, Hamas

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 18:03
The U.N. envoy to the Mideast said Monday that the recent ceasefire between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel was the "last chance" to prevent an all-out conflict. A Qatari envoy arrived the same day in the Palestinian enclave with cash to help cement the truce, which halted the worst round of fighting between the two sides in years. After a spate of violence killed 25 Palestinians, including 15 civilians, as well as four Israeli civilians earlier this month, Nickolay Mladenov,...
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Saudi Ship Facing Arms Protests Leaves Spanish Port

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:27
Spanish arms control activists say a Saudi ship they suspect is carrying weapons for possible use in Yemen has left the port of Santander and is on its way to Genoa, Italy. Spanish arms control activists say a Saudi ship they suspect is carrying weapons for possible use in Yemen has left the port of Santander and is on its way to Genoa, Italy. Alberto Estevez of the Control Arms Coalition of human rights and aid groups, which is trying to stop arms reaching conflict zones, has told The...
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Iranian Students Protest Mandatory Headscarf Rule

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:02
Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says university students have held a campus protest against authorities' increasing pressure on women to wear mandatory headscarves in public. The report says the students — both men and women — briefly scuffled with another group of Tehran University students who support the country's conservative dress code. The headscarf, or hijab, is required in public for all women in Iran. Those who violate the rules are usually sentenced to two...
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After Caliphate's Fall, IS Insurgents Still Spread Fear

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 14:14
It was a chilly January evening, and Khadija Abd and her family had just finished supper at their farm when the two men with guns burst into the room. One wore civilian clothes, the other an army uniform. They said they were from the Iraqi army's 20th Division, which controls the northern Iraqi town of Badoush. In fact, they were Islamic State group militants who had come down from the surrounding mountains into Badoush with one thing on their mind: Revenge.   Around 13 more...
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Center Works to Empower Yemen’s Women and Girls

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:40
Yemen's four years of devastating civil war have taken the hardest toll on women and girls. Many have become widowed and must support their families alone without the needed skills or education. In one remote desert village, the U.S. aid group International Rescue Committee has established a center for teaching skills and empowerment to vulnerable women and girls.  Intekab Ali Abdulwasi, a mother of five girls, fled fighting in her home in Taiz to the remote village of Raz...
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Ships 'Sabotaged' Off UAE Coast

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 08:46
Saudi Arabia says two of its oil tankers suffered "significant damage" in a "sabotage attack" early Sunday off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. No details, however, about the specifics of the damage were released.  The kingdom's energy minister said one of the tankers had been on its way to the Saudi port of Ras Tanura to pick up oil to deliver to the United States. The United States issued a warning early Monday about alleged "acts of...
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Uncertain Future Awaits Displaced Syrian Yazidis in Lebanon

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 04:15
Concern is growing among hundreds of Yazidis who fled their homes due to the Turkish intrusion of northwestern Syria to neighboring Lebanon, as the religious minority faces a possible forced return by Lebanese authorities. An estimated 500 Yazidis fled the town of Afrin in early 2018 during the Turkish Operation Olive Branch against the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces. They say they fear being targeted by Islamist militants if they return home. One of the refugees, Ronahi Hassan Alias, said...
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Murder Charge Dropped Against Jewish Suspect in Arson Attack on Palestinians

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 02:13
Israeli prosecutors have dropped murder charges against a Jewish suspect in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents. Under a plea bargain, the unnamed suspect pleaded guilty to a racially motivated conspiracy and staking out the Palestinian village with a codefendant. Prosecutors will seek a five-year prison sentence. They agreed not to pursue the more serious charge of murder, noting the suspect was a minor at the time of the attack. The other suspect,...
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UAE: Sabotage on 4 Commercial Ships in Gulf of Oman

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 02:00
The United Arab Emirates says four commercial ships were subjected to "sabotage operations" Sunday near its territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman. Authorities gave no details, however, on what kind of sabotage they suspect or to whom the ships belong, other than saying they were of different nationalities. They say no one was hurt and no chemicals or fuel were spilled from the ships. The UAE did deny Iranian and Lebanese news reports of explosions at the port of Fujairah...
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Report: Iran Commander Calls US Military in Gulf a Target, Not a Threat

Voice of America - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 00:29
A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the U.S. military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represented a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported. The U.S. military has sent forces, including an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, to the Middle East in a move U.S. officials said was to counter "clear indications" of threats from Iran to its forces in the region. The USS Abraham Lincoln is replacing another...
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Center Empowering Yemen’s Women and Girls

Voice of America - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 23:13
Yemen's four years of devastating civil war have taken the hardest toll on women and girls. Many have become widowed and must support their families alone without the needed skills or education. In one remote desert village, the U.S. aid group International Rescue Committee has established a center for teaching skills and empowerment to vulnerable women and girls. Reporter Neha Wadekar visited the village of Raz Amran in January and has this report.
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UN: Houthi Withdrawal From Key Yemen Ports on Track

Voice of America - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 21:33
The U.N. said Sunday that the redeployment of Houthi forces from key ports in Yemen "went in accordance with established plans:. "All three ports were monitored simultaneously by United Nations teams as the military forces left the ports and the Coast Guard took over responsibility for security," Michael Lollesgaard, the chair of the U.N.'s Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), said in a statement. "In the following days, activities are expected to focus on...
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Syria Says Insurgent Shelling Kills 6 Civilians in Northwest

Voice of America - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 17:54
Insurgents fired rockets into a government-held Christian town in northwestern Syria on Sunday, killing six people, including five children who were playing near a monastery and wounding several others, state media and a local priest said. State TV said the shelling just before noon caused widespread material damage to the town of Suqailabiyah. It said the dead also included a 35-year-old woman. State news agency SANA said Syrian troops had retaliated by firing shells toward...
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Iranian Media Say Reformist Magazine Closed by Authorities

Voice of America - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 15:00
Iranian authorities shut down a reformist magazine that had urged negotiations with the United States, local media reported Sunday. The weekly magazine Seda was handed a suspension order Saturday by a court in Tehran, the reformist newspaper Arman reported. Seda's most recent front page had shown a U.S. aircraft carrier fleet and the caption "At the crossroads between war and peace." The magazine called for "high-level engagement" between the U.S. and Iran,...
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Pompeo to Meet With Putin, Lavrov Amid Tensions

Voice of America - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 13:06
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov this week, as the two countries clash over a number of issues including Venezuela, Iran, and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.   Pompeo heads to Moscow Sunday, in his first visit to Russia as chief U.S. diplomat.   Top U.S. officials, including Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence, have accused Russia of working against Venezuela’s...
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Lebanon’s Former Maronite Patriarch Sfeir Dies

Voice of America - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 10:20
Lebanon’s former Maronite patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, who wielded considerable political influence during the country’s civil war and was an ardent advocate of a Syrian troop withdrawal, died Sunday, the church said.  Sfeir, who would have turned 99 on May 15, died about 3 a.m. (0100 GMT) “after days of intensive medical care,” said a statement by the Maronite church.  He became the leader of the church in 1986 until he resigned in 2011, because of his declining...
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Generic Drug Companies Accused of Price Gouging

Voice of America - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 09:42
Forty U.S. states have filed a lawsuit against 20 pharmaceutical companies that make generic drugs, accusing the companies of participating in a scheme to inflate drug prices, sometimes by as much as 1,000%. "We have hard evidence that shows the generic drug industry perpetrated a multibillion dollar fraud on the American people," said Connecticut Attorney General William Tong. "We all wonder why our health care and specifically the prices for generic prescription drugs,...
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