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Gaza Palestinians Fear Bleak Ramadan Ahead

Voice of America - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 22:42
On the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, many Gazans on Wednesday were worried about how they will put food on the table. With dozens of Palestinian protesters killed in recent weeks during a border face-off between demonstrators and Israeli troops, and with 80 percent of Gaza's 2 million population dependent on aid, the mood is bleak. "It is sad and depressing. In every home there is an injured person, in every home there is a martyr. All the mothers are sad, there is...
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OPCW: Chlorine Likely Used in Syria Attack

Voice of America - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:45
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Wednesday its investigators have determined chlorine was likely used in a February attack in northern Syria. The group based its report on interviews with health workers and witnesses as well as tests of samples from the site of the attack in the Saraqeb area of Idlib province. At the time, medical groups and first responders reported civilians had signs consistent with chlorine gas, including breathing problems and the...
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US on a Collision Course with EU Allies Over Iran Sanctions

Voice of America - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:01
President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal puts the United States on a collision course with some of its closest allies in Europe. Trump has directed maximum sanctions be applied to companies that continue doing business with Iran, causing alarm, especially in France and Germany, where companies like Airbus and Volkswagen have signed multimillion dollar contracts with Tehran. VOA’s diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports.
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Israel at 70: Images of Victory, Violence

Voice of America - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:57
Seventy years since the day of Israel's founding, wildly contrasting images of victory and violence showcased the contradictions that bedevil the Jewish state. Deadly protests flared along the Gaza border, where troops killed dozens of Palestinians, while politicians feted the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a symbol of ironclad alliance with Washington. And with improbably odd timing, seemingly oblivious to both, crowds gathered in liberal Tel Aviv to exult over the winner of a...
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Europe, Iran Work to Save Nuclear Deal

Voice of America - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 03:45
European and Iranian foreign ministers are working to salvage the nuclear deal, after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the pact. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said European and Iranian officials held talks to address various challenges — from maintaining and deepening economic, transport and financial relations, to protecting European companies doing business with Iran in light of promised U.S. economic sanctions against the Islamic...
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Gazans Mark 'Nakba' With Protests, Grief

Voice of America - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:30
A dirt road about 500 meters from Gaza's border with Israel — home of Kafa Ibrahim al-Najar, a 34-year-old father of two — was unusually quiet Tuesday morning. Between their house and the heavily guarded fence is a protest camp that often is packed with demonstrators. "Today is a silent moment for the people who died," al-Najar said. On Monday, 58 people died and more than 2,700 were wounded in Gaza protests, according to Palestinian officials. But by late Tuesday...
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US Strikes Supportive Note as Former Foe Leads in Iraqi Election

Voice of America - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:10
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that the United States stands by Iraqis' electoral choices, despite the surprise success of populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who fought U.S. troops during the Iraq War. Mattis praised Iraq's move toward democracy. "The Iraqi people had an election. That's a democratic process at a time when many people doubted that Iraq could take charge of themselves," he told reporters. With official results from...
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Gaza Protests Continue as Palestinians Mark 'the Disaster'

Voice of America - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:10
Protests continued in Gaza on Tuesday, a day after Palestinian officials said 58 people were killed and more than 2,700 were injured in demonstrations across the Palestinian Territory on Monday alone. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Gaza.
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British Prisoner in Iran Dealt Blow in Early Release Bid

Voice of America - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 00:55
The husband of an Iranian-British woman jailed in Iran for alleged spying says she could be charged with an additional crime in the coming days, dashing her hopes for an early release from prison. In a Tuesday interview with VOA Persian from London, Richard Ratcliffe said his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, told him of the potential new charge in a phone call a day earlier from Tehran's Evin prison. Ratcliffe said his wife told him that her father had learned of the potential new...
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Russia to Host Syria Peace Talks in July

Voice of America - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 22:57
Russia, Turkey and Iran will hold the next round of their Syrian peace talks in July in the Russian city of Sochi, not in the Kazakh capital Astana like their previous meetings, the three countries said Tuesday. The Syrian rebels said they would boycott the talks due to Russia's role as host. Since they began last year, the trilateral meetings have taken place in Kazakhstan, which is not involved in the Syrian war — unlike Russia, which backs President Bashar al-Assad and has helped...
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Algeria's Ailing Leader Makes Rare Public Appearance

Voice of America - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 22:40
Algeria's president has visited the construction site of the future Great Mosque in Algiers, in a rare public appearance of the 81-year-old ailing leader. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been debilitated by a stroke for years, appeared in television footage in a wheelchair Tuesday.   After praying at a mosque belonging to a religious brotherhood outside the capital, Bouteflika visited the gigantic construction site of the Great Mosque.   The presidential project has been...
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Lots of Women Check Out Saudi Car Show

Voice of America - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 22:33
A car show in the Saudi capital is drawing in many women, who beginning next month will be allowed to drive in the kingdom as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's modernization plans. The event also attracted banks ready to offer financing for female buyers. "Anything related to cars these days is attracting Saudi Arabian women. I want to know more about cars and prices," said Shaimaa al-Fadl as she climbed into a car at the exhibition...
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S. Africa Withdraws Envoy to Israel Amid US Embassy Move Protests

Voice of America - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 22:30
South Africa recalled its ambassador from Israel on Tuesday, after Israeli forces killed around Palestinians 60 protesters during demonstrations against the U.S. embassy's move from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem.   South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation condemned the actions of Israeli forces against pro-Palestinian protesters in Gaza, saying, “The victims were taking part in a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the...
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Haley: Hamas Cause of Deadly Gaza Violence, Not US Embassy Move

Voice of America - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 20:52
The United States defended Israel’s actions to suppress sometimes violent demonstrations at its Gaza border at the United Nations Tuesday in the face of widespread criticism from other countries. U.S. Ambassador NikkI Haley said Israel had used "restraint" in response to deadly clashes with Palestinians and blamed the Hamas militant group for the violence. But U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, speaking to council members from...
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Palestinians Rally for Gaza Funerals

Voice of America - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 19:45
Thousands of Palestinian mourners rallied in Gaza Tuesday at funerals for the first of dozens of protesters killed in border clashes with Israeli security forces, an assault U.N. human rights officials condemned as "appalling." Many of the mourners waved Palestinian flags and some called for revenge against Israel for the 60 who were killed and the 2,700 wounded on Monday. Mourners walking to two funerals in southern Gaza shouted, "With souls and blood we redeem you...
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New US Sanctions Target Iran's Money Transfers to Hezbollah

Voice of America - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 19:14
The United States on Tuesday blacklisted Iran’s central bank governor Valiollah Seif and its international department assistant director Ali Tarzali for allegedly sending millions of dollars to Lebanon-based Shiite militant group Hezbollah. A statement from the U.S. Treasury Department said Seif and Tarzali helped Iran’s Revolutionary Guards' Qods Force (IRGC-QF) exploit the international financial system to fund its activities abroad. “Iran’s Central Bank Governor covertly...
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Iran, Saudi Arabia and Modern Hatreds

NY Times Iraq - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 18:00
By withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement, President Trump has added fuel to the Saudi-Iran rivalry and sectarianism in the Middle East.
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Syrian Government Seizes Last Rebel Enclave in Homs

Voice of America - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 17:01
Syrian government forces are in full control of the last rebel enclave in Syria's largest province after "overpowering terrorism" following the evacuation of thousands of armed men and civilians, an officer told state-run TV Tuesday. The rebels have agreed to surrender the northern countryside of Homs province to the government under a deal reached in early May. According to the deal, thousands of rebels and civilians who refuse to live under government control were to be...
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Study: Russian Support Gave Assad Half of Syria

Voice of America - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 16:59
Airstrikes against Syrian rebels have gone up 150 percent since Russia intervened in the conflict in 2015, helping the regime triple the territory under its control, a report published on Tuesday showed. The analysis by IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center (JTIC) also found that just 14 percent of the strikes were against the Islamic State group. It found that the Syrian state had increased the area under its control from 16 percent of the country in September 2015 to 47...
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Europe, Iran Seek to Save Nuclear Deal after US Pullout

Voice of America - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 16:38
Major European powers sought Tuesday to keep Iran in a landmark international nuclear agreement even after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the pact and promised tough economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Foreign ministers from Britain, France and Germany — signatories of the 2015 deal to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons — held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, amid concerns that the sanctions will also damage European...
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