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Russia-Saudi Cooperation Limited Despite Big Energy, Military Deals

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 02:49
Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz's groundbreaking visit to Russia this week saw billions of dollars signed in investment deals in energy and defense that will deepen ties between Moscow and Riyadh, despite their confrontational past. But analysts say self-interests and Middle East alliances will hamper the forming of a deeper partnership. During this first trip to Russia by a Saudi king, the two sides agreed on billions of dollars in projects involving space exploration,...
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2 Guards Killed, 3 Injured in Attack on Peace Palace, Saudis Say

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 00:10
The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia warned  U.S. citizens to exercise caution Saturday in the area around Jeddah's Al-Salam Palace, or Peace Palace, after reports of an attack there. Saudi Arabia's interior ministry said Saturday that two Saudi guards were killed and three more were injured when a man drove up to the western gate of the royal palace in Jeddah and began shooting. A spokesman for the ministry said members of the Royal Guard fatally shot the attacker. The...
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Turkish President Announces Start of Military Operation in Syria

Voice of America - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 23:47
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced the start of Turkish military operation into Syria's Idlib province. "There is a serious operation in Idlib at the moment, and this will continue," Erdogan announced in a speech Saturday to his party members. The military offensive is aimed at ending the jihadist control of the Idlib area. Much of Idlib is controlled by the jihadist Tahrir al-Sham alliance, which is made up of large elements of a former al-Qaida...
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Concern Grows That Closing Taliban Office in Qatar Could Undermine Peace Talks

Voice of America - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 22:38
The Afghan government reportedly has sought the closure of the Afghan Taliban office in Qatar, citing the inefficiency of the office as a reason behind its request to the U.S. and Qatari officials. There has been no official confirmation of such a request being initiated by the Afghan government. But a senior official with knowledge of discussions between senior Afghan officials and their American counterparts, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told VOA the Afghan government did...
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Seeing Trump Through a Glass, Darkly

NY Times Iraq - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 22:30
My Republican friends think I’m missing something. Am I?
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US Approves Possible $15B Sale of THAAD Missiles to Saudi Arabia

Voice of America - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 04:58
The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defense system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday, citing Iran among regional threats. The approval opens the way for Saudi Arabia to purchase 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radars. “This sale furthers U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the long-term...
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US Ambassador to Turkey Criticizes Arrest of Local Consulate Employee

Voice of America - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 01:28
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass is criticizing the arrest of a local U.S. Consulate employee in Istanbul, saying it was motivated by "revenge rather than justice" on the part of elements within the Turkish government. Bass made his comments Friday in the case of Metin Topuz, who was taken into custody Wednesday on terrorism charges. "There is a big difference between pursuing justice and pursuing vengeance in terms of the rule of law and the democratic norms that...
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‘Game Over.’ Iraqi Forces See Beginning of the End for ISIS

NY Times Iraq - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 01:27
Celebrations break out in Hawija, where U.S.-backed forces drove ISIS from its last major urban stronghold in Iraq.
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UN Report Verifies Shocking Toll Children Suffered in 2016 Conflicts

Voice of America - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 00:58
The United Nations says thousands of children in 20 conflict situations around the globe were killed, maimed, recruited, abducted or sexually violated in 2016. The annual blacklist on children in armed conflict names and shames abusers. Issued Friday, the report verifies more than 4,000 serious violations by government forces from nine nations and 11,500 violations by 55 nonstate armed groups, including the Islamic State group, the Taliban, Boko Haram and al-Shabab. In those...
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Al-Qaida Releases Call for Jihadist Unity, Purportedly From Leader

Voice of America - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 22:38
Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is urging followers around the world to unify against what he calls the "international satanic alliance." In a 28-minute undated audio-video message that surfaced Wednesday, al-Zawahiri said, "We are facing the fiercest attack in the history of Muslims. The Crusaders, atheist Russia, China, Rawafidh [rejectionists], secularists and the treacherous rulers have all joined hands against us." VOA could not independently verify the...
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Analysis: In an Age of Anger, Nationalism Re-emerges

Voice of America - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 22:07
One hundred years ago, the flamboyant, rabble-rousing Italian poet and playwright Gabriele D'Annunzio marched into the disputed city of Fiume on the Adriatic with 2,000 squadristi and set up a farcical Italian regency, appointing himself Duce. For 15 months, D'Annunzio rehearsed rituals that later would be imitated to tragic effect by Benito Mussolini — the stiff-armed Roman salute, balcony speeches punctuated by Achilles' war cry from Homer's epic The Iliad, rhetorical...
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Trump Set to Decertify — But Not Scrap — Iran Nuclear Deal

Voice of America - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 20:46
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement next week but stop short of completely scrapping the deal, according to media reports. Trump will declare it is not in U.S. national security interests to certify the 2015 deal that Washington reached with Iran and five other countries, say officials quoted in the reports. The move would launch a 60-day period during which Congress must decide whether to reimpose some or all of the economic sanctions that...
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The Iran Nuclear Deal Explained

Voice of America - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:58
On October 12, U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce whether his administration still finds Iran in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. Here's a look at what could happen if he chooses not to certify Tehran's compliance. What is the Iran nuclear deal? In July 2015, the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany) agreed with Iran on a landmark deal to prevent Tehran from building a...
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Iraqi Kurdistan Receives Body of Late President Talabani

Voice of America - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 16:07
Thousands of mourners gathered in the Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah to pay their respects to late Kurdish leader and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who was to be buried Friday in the town that was the seat of his political power. Talabani, once a champion of Kurdish self-rule, is being remembered as a national statesman after accepting the largely symbolic office of the presidency two years after the 2003 U.S. invasion toppled Saddam Hussein. He held the post from 2005 to 2014 despite...
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Jalal Talabani’s Enduring Struggle

NY Times Iraq - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:11
This fierce Kurdish nationalist was the first democratically elected president of post-Saddam Hussein Iraq.
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American Held as ISIS Suspect, Creating a Quandary for the Trump Administration

NY Times Iraq - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 13:00
Officials are facing pressure to decide whether to charge the man with sparse evidence or hold him in indefinite wartime detention, which the military has not done since 2008.
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WHO, Others Pledge to End Cholera

Voice of America - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:00
The World Health Organization is sending 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine to Bangladesh to help prevent a major outbreak of cholera in the crowded Rohingya refugee camp that sits on the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar. At least a half-million Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar, have crossed the border to escape a military crackdown in their villages. In Yemen, a massive and deadly cholera epidemic has affected almost 800,000 people, and the World Health Organization expects that...
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WHO Pledges to End Cholera

Voice of America - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:00
The World Health Organization is sending 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine to Bangladesh to help prevent a major outbreak of cholera. On Oct. 3, the WHO said it could have acted faster to fight a massive, deadly cholera epidemic in Yemen. The announcements came after the agency announced a plan to end cholera in the near future. More from VOA's Carol Pearson.
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UN: More Than 8,000 Children Killed, Hurt in Conflicts

Voice of America - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:40
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday it’s unacceptable and appalling that more than 8,000 children were killed and injured in conflicts last year from Syria and Yemen to Congo and Afghanistan and urged combatants to do more to protect boys and girls. The U.N. chief said in his annual report on Children and Armed Conflict, obtained by The Associated Press, that the United Nations verified 3,512 child casualties in Afghanistan, more than 40 percent of the total and “the highest...
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UN Blacklists Saudi-led Coalition for Killing Children in Yemen

Voice of America - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:27
The United Nations blacklisted a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition on Thursday for killing or injuring 683 children in Yemen and attacking dozens of schools and hospitals in 2016, even as it said the coalition had taken action to improve child protection. The blacklist attached to the U.N. annual report on children in armed conflict also named the Iran-allied Houthi rebel group, Yemen government forces, pro-government militia and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula for violations against...
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