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Claiming the Title of United States Marine

NY Times Iraq - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 13:00
In his brutally honest memoir, “Eat the Apple,” Matt Young grapples with his experiences in the corps.
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New Fighting Breaks Out in Syria, Despite UN Cease-fire

Voice of America - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 09:35
New clashes broke out Sunday in Syria’s rebel-held region of Eastern Ghouta. The latest airstrikes have intensified, despite a U.N. resolution over the weekend calling for a 30-day cease-fire. VOA’s Elizabeth Cherneff has the latest on the conflict.
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Christianity's 'Holiest Site' Closed in Protest

Voice of America - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 01:45
Christian leaders in Jerusalem have closed the doors to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, considered the holiest site in Christianity, to protest a new Israeli tax policy and a proposed property law. The Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and the Armenian Apostolic leaders accused Israel of a "systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land". They said the site, that daily draws thousands to the place where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried...
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New Fighting Erupts Near Damascus Despite UN Cease-fire Demand

Voice of America - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 22:57
New fighting erupted Sunday near Damascus in spite of the United Nations' demand for a 30-day cease-fire to allow rescue and medical workers to enter the region. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one child was killed and more than 12 people suffered breathing difficulties after a suspected chlorine attack in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta district near Damascus on Sunday. Russia's defense ministry said "leaders of armed groups are preparing a...
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Syrian Kurdish Leader Detained in Prague on Turkey's Request

Voice of America - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 17:05
Czech authorities detained a former leader of a Syrian Kurdish political party under an Interpol red notice that was based on Turkey's request for his arrest, Turkey's official news agency and a Kurdish official said Sunday. Anadolu news agency said Salih Muslim, former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party, or PYD, was detained on Saturday in Prague. A Kurdish official close to Muslim said the former PYD leader was in Prague attending a conference. After a Turkish participant...
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Syrian Capital, its Suburbs Calm After UN Cease-Fire Vote

Voice of America - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:50
The Syrian capital and its embattled eastern suburbs were relatively calm Sunday despite some violence that killed at least three people, following the U.N. Security Council's unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria, opposition activists and residents of Damascus said.   The activists reported low-level clashes on the southern edge of the rebel-held suburbs, known as eastern Ghouta, and two airstrikes late on Saturday night, shortly after the...
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Iran Will Abide by Cease-Fire Except in Suburbs Held by ‘Terrorists’

Voice of America - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:30
Iran said on Sunday that attacks will continue on Damascus suburbs held by “terrorists,” but elsewhere Iran and Syria will respect a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce to allow aid access and medical evacuation, Iranian news agencies reported. “We will adhere to the ceasefire resolution, Syria will also adhere. Parts of the suburbs of Damascus, which are held by the terrorists, are not covered by the cease-fire and cleanup (operations) will continue there,” the semi-official news...
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Saudis Flock to Country’s First Jazz Festival

Voice of America - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:11
Men and women swayed to music at Saudi Arabia’s first jazz festival on Friday, the second of a three-day outdoor event that showcases the Kingdom’s recent efforts of shedding its conservative image. Locals and foreigners flocked to the festival to watch bands from Riyadh, Beirut and New Orleans. The crowd sang along when Lebanon’s Chady Nashef performed the Eagles’ “Hotel California” — an unusual moment in the Islamic country after the religious police last year condemned concerts that...
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Security Council to Vote on Yemen-Related Resolution That Would Condemn Iran

Voice of America - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 05:09
The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote Monday on a British-drafted resolution that would condemn Iran for violating a U.N. arms embargo by providing missiles and drones to Shiite rebels in Yemen — and commit to future action against Tehran. Kuwait's U.N. Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaiba is the current council president. He told reporters Saturday, "We are still working on the text, but the intention is to adopt it Monday morning.'' Russia's U.N. Ambassador...
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Anti-Deportation Protests Continue in Tel Aviv

Voice of America - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 02:02
About 15,000 protesters turned out Saturday on the streets of Tel Aviv to voice their opposition to the deportation of African asylum-seekers, many of them from Sudan and Eritrea. The demonstration in south Tel Aviv was in the heart of the area where many Africans live after arriving in the city via the bus station there. Over the past 12 years, about 40,000 Africans are estimated to have entered Israel illegally. Earlier this week, Israel began detaining African asylum-seekers who...
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Explosions in Yemeni Port Kill 5 Near Anti-Terrorism Camp

Voice of America - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 23:46
Two suicide car bomb attacks Saturday on a camp used by anti-terrorism forces in Yemen's port of Aden killed at least five people and wounded several others. Soldiers were among the five bodies brought to the city's main Juhouriya hospital, according to the Reuters news service, after the attacks on the area known as Gold Mohr in southwestern Aden. The government of Yemeni President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi has been struggling to contain separatists in Aden, who have launched...
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UN Security Council Demands 30-day Syria Cease-fire

Voice of America - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 22:30
The U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded Saturday that all parties in Syria implement a nationwide cease-fire for at least 30 days and lift sieges on areas, including eastern Ghouta. Council unity came after days of intense and difficult negotiations to find language that Russia would support. Those efforts, guided by the drafters of the resolution, Sweden and Kuwait, continued until the final moments before the vote. "We are convinced that this resolution cannot end...
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Turkey: Early Opening of Jerusalem US Embassy ‘Extremely Worrying’

Voice of America - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 20:22
The Turkish government called it "extremely worrying" the U.S. will open an embassy in Jerusalem this coning May instead of by the end of next year as had been previously announced. "This decision shows the U.S. administration's insistence on damaging the grounds for peace by trampling over international law, resolutions of the United Nations Security Council on Jerusalem," Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Saturday in a statement. Vice President Mike Pence...
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24 Killed in New Syrian Government Airstrikes East of Damascus

Voice of America - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 17:28
Another wave of airstrikes pounded the Syrian rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta Saturday, killing at least 24 people and increasing the civilian death toll over the past week to more than 500, including more than 120 children, a Britain-based monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and witnesses said Saturday the week-long bombing campaign by the Syrian government and Russia has been so relentless that first responders have not had the chance to count...
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IOM Appeals for $194M to Help Syrians Displaced by War

Voice of America - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 16:47
The U.N. migration agency is appealing for nearly $194 million to provide essential aid to three million Syrian war victims displaced internally or as refugees in neighboring countries.  The money also would support the communities hosting them. Nearly seven years of conflict in Syria has taken a heavy toll.  The United Nations reports about one-half million people have been killed and more than 18.5 million civilians both inside and outside the war-torn country are in need of...
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Syrians in Ghouta Tweet for Their Lives as Bombs Rain Down

Voice of America - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 13:55
“For God’s sake help us!” reads a message on Twitter attached to a video showing two small girls, bleeding and crying in a smoky, chaotic house. It is part of a social media campaign surrounding the crisis in Ghouta, Syria, where more than 400 civilians have been killed in the past six days, according to Human Rights Watch. “I’m in the center of the city,” said Mahmoud Bwedany, a 20-year-old activist and student in Ghouta, speaking on a Whatsapp call Friday evening from the basement of...
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Young People Build Multicultural Bridges in Iraq

Voice of America - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 09:59
After the defeat of ISIS, the cultural melting pot the extremists left behind has become polarized and fragmented. Healing that divide is the goal of the Middle East Sustainable Peace Organization, which organized a program to promote coexistence and tolerance among different religions and ethnic groups in Iraqi society. As Rebaz Majeed reports, the program teaches young people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds the skills of living peacefully with one another.
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With Islamic State Defeated, Iraqis Look to Rebuild Mosul

Voice of America - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 09:48
In June 2014, Islamic State fighters seized the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. It took the U.S.-backed Iraqi military three years to liberate the city, finally defeating the terrorists last July. Last week, the international community raised $30 billion in financing to rebuild IS-liberated areas in Iraq, including Mosul, the country's second largest city and crucial to its recovery. VOA's Margaret Besheer has more on what's needed for Mosul from the Kuwaiti capital where the...
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US to Move Embassy to Jerusalem in May

Voice of America - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:41
The United States says it will open a new embassy in Jerusalem in May to coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary. The State Department said Friday that the new embassy would be located in a building that currently houses the U.S. consular operations in Jerusalem, before moving to a separate annex by the end of 2019. The move followed a December announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump that the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and planned to...
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UN Envoy Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire in Syria

Voice of America - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 23:45
The U.N. special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is calling for an immediate cease-fire in Syria to stop the relentless bombing by the Syrian government, with support by its Russian ally, of civilians trapped in the besieged city of eastern Ghouta.  Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, has been subjected to what the U.N. special envoy for Syria calls horrific bombardment for the past six days.  A U.N. spokeswoman in Geneva, Alessandra Vellucci, says...
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