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Thomas Cook Flies Britons to Tunisia Three Years After Beach Attack

Voice of America - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 18:30
Thomas Cook flew British tourists to Tunisia on Tuesday for the first time since an Islamist militant killed 30 Britons on one of the North African country’s beaches in 2015. Tourism provides much needed jobs and foreign currency in Tunisia, but it has struggled since the attack in the resort of Sousse killed 39 holidaymakers and an earlier one at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis left 21 dead. The sector accounts for about 8 percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product and the attacks...
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Egypt Arrests Former Anti-graft Chief in Latest pre-Presidential Vote Turmoil

Voice of America - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:15
Egypt's former anti-graft chief was arrested on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the latest development in an upheaval that has roiled the country ahead of next month's presidential election. The lawyer, Ali Taha, told The Associated Press that Hesham Genena was arrested by police at his home in a Cairo suburb and was later handed over to military prosecutors for questioning. The arrest came a day after the military said it would take action to safeguard its "honor and...
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Israeli Judge Orders Closed-Door Proceedings in Trial of Palestinian Teen

Voice of America - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:11
The trial of a teenaged Palestinian girl whose assault on two Israeli soldiers gained global attention opened before an Israeli military court Tuesday, but the judge ordered the proceedings to be held behind closed doors. Ahed Tamimi, who turned 17 in prison last month, appeared fresh and confident as she was led into a courtroom packed with journalists and foreign diplomats.  She briefly acknowledged relatives attending the hearing before the judge ordered everyone except her family...
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Young Kurds Gather for Religious Tolerance Conference

Voice of America - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:54
Young activists across various religious groups of the Kurdsitan Region have gathered this week to discuss religious tolerance and coexistence in Iraq after the Islamic State. VOA’s Rebaz Majid reports.
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Iranian Academics Demand Answers Over Jailed Activist's Death

Voice of America - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 04:45
Leading Iranian academics are demanding answers after officials said a renowned environmentalist had killed himself in prison. Officials told the family of Kavous Seyed Emami, 63, founder of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, that he had killed himself two weeks after he was arrested. Emami, a Canadian-Iranian citizen, was also a respected professor at Imam Sadegh University in Tehran. A group of four academic societies, representing some of Iran's top universities, wrote an...
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Hundreds, Including Children, Killed by Unexploded IS Ordnance in Raqqa

Voice of America - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:55
Explosive remnants of war have killed hundreds of civilians returning to Raqqa after the Syrian city was captured from Islamic State in October 2017, and the number of casualties will rise if international support to demine the city does not step up, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Monday. "The defeat of ISIS in Raqqa was heralded as a global international victory, but international support for dealing with the aftermath of the battle, and notably the deadly legacy of mines, has not...
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Putin Meets Palestinian Leader, Conveys Greetings From Trump

Voice of America - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:35
President Vladimir Putin on Monday passed greetings from U.S. President Donald Trump to the visiting Palestinian leader, who responded that he doesn't want to  cooperate with Washington following its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Speaking at the start of their meeting in the Kremlin, Putin told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he was just off the phone with Trump.  “Naturally, we spoke about the Palestinian-Israeli settlement,” he said “I...
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UN Refugee Chief Urges US, Others to Take in More Refugees

Voice of America - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:38
The head of the U.N. refugee agency on Monday appealed to the United States and other nations to take in more displaced people, speaking from a camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, one of the main host countries. Filippo Grandi also said that the number of Syrians being deported from Jordan to their war-ravaged homeland "decreased dramatically" in recent months, in part because of his agency's appeal for more careful reviews of cases.   Jordan is believed to have...
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US, Israel Differ on Whether They Have Discussed Israel Settlement Annexation   

Voice of America - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:55
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he has had talks with the United States about the possibility of annexing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, but in a rare note of discord between the staunch allies, the White House said his claim was false. “On the subject of applying sovereignty, I can say that I have been talking to the Americans about it for some time,” Netanyahu told a closed-door meeting of lawmakers from his right-wing Likud party. Settlements...
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$88.2B Price Tag for Rebuilding Iraq After Islamic State War

Voice of America - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:27
Kuwait on Monday opened a week of conferences seeking aid for rebuilding Iraq after the onslaught of the Islamic State group, seeking tens of billions of dollars for a nation only a generation ago that invaded it. Authorities estimate Iraq needs $88.2 billion to restore a country smashed after the Sunni extremists seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul and a mass of territory in June 2014. While the U.S. will not make any new direct aid pledges at the conference,...
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Iraq Seeks $100 Billion for Post-IS Reconstruction

Voice of America - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:55
The Iraqi government's hope of raising close to $100 billion to reconstruct areas devastated by the Islamic State group appeared dim Monday, as an international reconstruction conference kicked off in Kuwait. "The government has faced major and dangerous challenges," Mahdi al-Alak, the head of Iraq's Cabinet of Ministers, said of the country's more than three-year struggle to defeat the terrorist group. At one point, IS controlled as much as a third of Iraq's...
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New Wave of International Conflict Complicates Syria War

Voice of America - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:20
“We are always afraid of being bombed,” says 12-year-old Habib, perching on the edge of a park bench bearing the Turkish border town’s name, Reyhanli. “But our parents are even more scared.”   His tone is joking, but his friends don’t laugh. “One rocket dropped next to my house two days ago,” adds another 10-year-old boy. Like many of the other children playing in the town square, these boys are Syrians who fled airstrikes and Islamic State militants before traveling to Turkey last...
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UN: Human Rights Declaration Still Relevant

Voice of America - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 20:50
The United Nations is embarked on a year-long campaign to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the U.N. General Assembly on December 10, 1948. Campaigners say the declaration is as relevant today as it was when drafted seven decades ago. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted in Paris in 1948 by a diverse group of countries under the leadership of former first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt. The...
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Activists Worldwide Press Environmental Demands

Voice of America - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:55
Industrial pollution is making life difficult in Iran, adding to a long list of economic and political grievances, according to Hamid Arabzadeh, an Iranian-born environmental health expert who teaches at UCLA. Pollution is among the reasons for the protests in Iran in December and January, Arabzadeh said. The pollution “started with water resources,” he noted. “It led to air pollution, and now in some of the very large cities in Iran, people literally don’t have the air to...
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Tillerson Calls for Transparent, Credible Elections in Egypt

Voice of America - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 18:11
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson began a five-nation visit to the Middle East in Egypt, where he called for next month's presidential elections to be transparent and credible. His talks Monday with his counterpart Sameh Shoukri touched on topics including economic and military cooperation, and the fight against terrorism. In a joint news conference at the old foreign ministry compound, Tillerson and Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukri highlighted bilateral issues, including the...
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Iranian-Canadian Dies in Custody in Tehran After Crackdown

Voice of America - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 16:16
An Iranian-Canadian university professor detained in Tehran has died in custody, activists and a family member said Sunday, marking the latest suspicious death of a detainee in Iran after a crackdown on dissent following nationwide protests.   They identified the professor as Kavous Seyed-Emami, a 63-year-old professor of sociology at Imam Sadeq University in Tehran and the managing director of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Foundation. His son and the New York-based Center for Human...
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Tillerson: Up to North Korea to Engage in Talks

Voice of America - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:50
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday any possible negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs can only happen if North Korea shows it is ready to engage in meaningful talks. "I think it’s too early to judge," Tillerson said during a visit to Egypt. "As we’ve said for some time, it’s really up to the North Koreans to decide when they’re ready to engage with us in a sincere way, a meaningful way. They know what has to be on the...
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US Wants Foreign Fighters in Syria to Face Justice at Home

Voice of America - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:53
The United States is urging allied nations to help deal with the growing number of foreign fighters that are being held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, saying the militants should be turned over to face justice in their home countries. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to raise the issue during a meeting in Rome this week with other members of the coalition that is fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The SDF is currently holding thousands of IS...
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Iran: Rouhani Calls for 'Year of Unity' on Revolution Anniversary

Voice of America - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 22:54
As Iran commemorates the 39th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, president Hassan Rouhani is caling for "a year of unity", just weeks after widespread anti-government protests throughout the country. "I request that the 40th year of the revolution, the coming year, be the year of unity.  I ask conservatives, reformists, moderates and all parties and all people to come and be together," he told a crowd Sunday in Tehran. "Our revolution was victorious...
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Tillerson Aims to Strengthen US-Egyptian Commitment to Fight Terrorism

Voice of America - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 20:37
Building on Vice President Mike Pence's recent visit to Cairo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to strengthen a shared commitment between the United States and Egypt to fight terrorism. Tillerson is in Cairo to begin a five-country Middle East trip. He is also visiting Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Kuwait from February 11-16.   The chief U.S. diplomat is meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to discuss other regional...
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