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    • Russian FM presses US's Tillerson over Syria probe
      In the call with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson which "took place at US initiative," Lavrov raised the probe proposal made by Russia and Iran at the global chemical arms watchdog, the OPCW, said the Russian foreign ministry.Western nations have acc…
      - 1 day ago, 22 Apr 17, 1:30am -
    • Kuwaiti opposition leader freed from prison
      Barrak, 61, walked free from Kuwait's central prison to a frenzied reception by relatives and supporters who broke through a security cordon and surrounded his vehicle.The former lawmaker, who served six consecutive terms from 1999 to 2012, openly cr…
      - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 6:24pm -
    • Canada sets new sanctions against Syria after chemical attack
      The measure follows an initial round of sanctions announced last week, Canada's first against Syria and its president, Bashar al-Assad, since 2014, when a conservative government was in office in Ottawa.The United States -- which fired 59 cruise miss…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 4:38pm -
    • Lebanon's Hezbollah says Israel boosting border defences
      The powerful Shiite group, which fought a devastating war with the Jewish state in 2006, brought dozens of journalists on a rare and highly-choreographed trip to the demarcation line between Lebanon and Israel."This tour is to show the defensive meas…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 6:08am -
    • Rouhani among 6 candidates selected for Iran election
      The other candidates selected were hardliners Ebrahim Raisi and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, conservative Mostafa Mirsalim, former minister Mostafa Hashemitaba and Rouhani's ally and vice-president Eshaq Jahangiri.Both Ahmadinejad and his close ally Ham…
      - 2 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 7:35pm -
    • Iran bans popular live election debates
      "Based on a decision by the Election Campaign Monitoring Commission, the election debates of the candidates will be broadcast pre-recorded," interior ministry spokesman Seyed Salman Samani said.President Hassan Rouhani, who has registered to run for…
      - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 3:24pm -
    • Pentagon chief pledges support for Egypt's Sisi
      The brief visit, with Mattis later setting off to Israel, came after Sisi hit it off with Trump during a White House meeting earlier this month.Sisi's visit marked a shift in relations after Trump's predecessor Barack Obama had given the Egyptian lea…
      - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 12:06pm -
    • Trump administration to review Iran sanctions relief
      The notification came as the White House certified that Iran was complying with its commitments under the deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, which is known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action."Iran remains a leading state sponsor…
      - 4 days ago, 19 Apr 17, 4:50am -
    • Mosul operation has displaced nearly half a million
      Iraqi forces began the country's biggest military operation in years on October 17 last year and recaptured the east side of the city in January.But an assault launched the following month on the part of Mosul that lies west of the Tigris river has s…
      - 6 days ago, 17 Apr 17, 3:45pm -
    • Saudi seeks 10% renewable energy in six years
      Khaled al-Falih said his country, the world's biggest oil exporter, will also sell renewable energy and its technology abroad.At a forum seeking investment in the sector, he announced "30 projects to be implemented" in order to reach a goal of about…
      - 6 days ago, 17 Apr 17, 12:14pm -

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    • BreakingMonitor: Airstrikes Knock Out Hospital in Northern Syria
      Activists monitoring Syria's long-running civil war said Saturday that airstrikes had seriously damaged an underground medical center in Idlib province, just kilometers from the site of a deadly chemical attack that sparked international outrage and…
      - 6 hours ago, 22 Apr 17, 11:12pm -
    • Israeli Leaders to Mattis: A 'Welcome Change' of American Leadership
      U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis visited Israel Friday on his Middle East tour to discuss regional security. VOA correspondent Carla Babb is traveling with the secretary, who received a warm welcome from Israeli leaders hopeful for a tougher appr…
      - 1 day ago, 22 Apr 17, 4:26am -
    • US Nearly Silent on Iran’s Presidential Election as Policy Toughens
      U.S. officials who have been toughening their stance toward Iran in recent weeks have said almost nothing about its presidential election, now less than one month away.And, some Iran observers say the silence regarding the May 19 vote could be a re…
      - 1 day ago, 22 Apr 17, 1:25am -
    • Israeli Leaders Tell Mattis They Sense 'Welcome Change' in US Leadership
      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking Friday during U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' visit to Jerusalem, said that Israelis "sense a great change" has occurred in America.Mattis' stop marked the first visit to Israel by a Cabinet me…
      - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 9:43pm -
    • IS Official Linked to Istanbul Nightclub Attack Killed in Syria, US Says
      An Islamic State terrorist tied to the deadly New Year's Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub was killed this month by U.S. ground forces in Syria, U.S. military officials said Friday.U.S. Central Command confirmed the death of Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, w…
      - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 9:15pm -
    • Qatari Hunters Kidnapped in Iraq Freed After Complex Regional Deal
      A group of Qatari falcon hunters who were kidnapped in southern Iraq in 2015 are reportedly free after a complex regional deal that included a swap between rebels and regime forces in four Syrian towns, Iraqi and Syrian sources told VOA."The releas…
      - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 8:05pm -
    • Lebanese PM Asks UN to Help Seek Permanent Truce with Israel
      Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri asked the United Nations on Friday to help Lebanon and Israel move towards a permanent ceasefire and end what he called Israel's "continuous  violations" of Lebanese territory.Israel and Lebanon's Shi'ite Hez…
      - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 7:40pm -
    • Russian Has Become 'Second Language' Taught in Syrian Schools, Official Says
      Russian has become the "second language" taught in Syrian schools, and President Bashar al-Assad's children are studying Russian, Syria's ambassador to Russia was quoted as saying Friday."The decision by Assad that the Russian language become the c…
      - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 6:18pm -
    • Charity Worker Freed in Egypt Meets Trump
      An Egyptian-American aid worker who was freed Thursday night after spending almost three years in an Egyptian prison met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday morning.Aya Hijazi and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, an Egyptia…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 5:29pm -
    • US Defense Secretary Reiterates Support for Israel
      U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reiterated his country’s support for its “longtime friend and allyâ€� Israel while meeting Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Mattis and Netanyahu agreed that both countries hav…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 2:32pm -
    • Mattis: Syria Still Has Chemical Weapons
      U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that Syria had dispersed its warplanes in recent days and retained chemical weapons, an issue that would have to be taken up diplomatically.The United States launched dozens of missiles earlier this…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 9:50am -
    • Charity Worker Freed in Egypt, Returns to US
      An Egyptian-American charity worker freed after nearly three years of detention in Egypt returned Thursday night to the United States, the White House said. Aya Hijazi, 30, and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, an Egyptian, arrived in the Washington…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 3:43am -
    • Hezbollah Border Tour Illustrates Standoff With Israel
      With their Kalashnikovs and anti-aircraft missiles pointing outward, the Hezbollah militants peered at journalists from an orange grove in a village on the Israeli border."No photos!" a Hezbollah official ordered after almost all had taken pictures…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 1:42am -
    • Former President Ahmadinejad Barred From Iran Elections
      Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running in next month's presidential election.The Guardian Council, a clerical body tasked with vetting the candidates, on Thursday did approve the candidacy of incumb…
      - 2 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
    • Might IS, al-Qaida Team Up in Iraq?
      As its losses mount in Iraq, will a less potent Islamic State merge with its precursor, al-Qaida?That speculation ramped up this week after Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi told Reuters he had information from Iraqi and regional contacts that "the…
      - 2 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 9:50pm -
    • Childrens' Rights Groups Urge UN Chief to Blacklist Saudi Coalition for Yemen Attacks
      Two children’s rights groups are calling for the U.N. secretary-general to put Saudi Arabia on a U.N. blacklist of countries that violate children’s rights, for its military actions in Yemen. Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict,…
      - 2 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 7:30pm -
    • US Envoy to UN Takes Aim at Iran, Hezbollah
      The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations took aim at Iran and its proxy militia Hezbollah on Thursday, saying the United States would act against this “growing menace." At the monthly meeting of the U.N. Security Council that focuses on the…
      - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 5:05pm -
    • Syrian Army Advances Along Vital Highway in Rebel-Held Hama Province
      The Syrian army advanced into the town of Taybet al Imam in Hama province on Thursday, expanding its territory along the strategic western highway between Damascus and Aleppo, the army and rebels said.The government forces were backed by heavy Russ…
      - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 3:52pm -
    • Trilateral Talks on Syria Postponed After US Backs Out
      U.S., Russian and U.N. trilateral talks on Syria scheduled for Monday have been postponed, says U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.De Mistura says he does not know why the United States has decided against attending the meeting early n…
      - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 2:51pm -
    • Redesign of Iranian Nuclear Plant Set to Begin
      Companies from China and Iran this weekend will sign the first commercial contracts to redesign an Iranian nuclear plant as part of an international deal reached in 2015 over Iran’s nuclear program, China’s Foreign Ministry said Thursda…
      - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 9:43am -