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  • Solar solution brings water to besieged Syria town
    Douma lies outside the capital Damascus, in the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, and has been under a suffocating government siege since 2013.Residents have had no electricity for four years, relying instead on generators for everything from light…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 7:05am -
  • New heir to Saudi throne holds power beyond his years
    The son of King Salman has risen to become Saudi Arabia's most influential and prominent figure since being named second-in-line to the throne in early 2015.He symbolises the hopes of a youthful local population, more than half of which is under 25.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 6:48am -
  • Saudi king ousts nephew, names son as crown prince
    His appointment completes a gradual removal of powers from Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, who has been fired, with his rise symbolising the hopes of Saudi's youthful population, more than half of which is under 25.According to a royal decree issued by the o…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 5:45am -
  • Iraq forces push into Mosul Old City, warn IS 'surrender or die'
    Iraqi forces launched the operation Sunday to retake the district, the last part of Iraq's second city still held by IS after a months-long offensive.Commanders say the jihadists are putting up fierce resistance and there are fears for more than 100,…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jun 17, 2:52am -
  • America's widening role in Syria's civil war
    The United States insisted Monday it wants no broader role in Syria's civil war, and seeks only to destroy the Islamic State group, but the weekend incident shows the limits of America's ability to stay disengaged.With myriad competing forces quickly…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jun 17, 9:50pm -
  • Qatar demands blockade to be lifted for talks to begin
    Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani called measures imposed against Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and others "an act of aggression"."We have to make it very clear for everyone, negotiations must be done in a civilised…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jun 17, 4:22pm -
  • Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide
    Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in Syria, South Sudan and elsewhere left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016, the UN said Monday.That number marks a jump of just 300,000 from the end of 2015, but…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jun 17, 2:45pm -
  • Al Jazeera Twitter account suspended
    A spokesman for the channel said the cut may have been due to a technical problem and that all Twitter accounts affected were back online."Most of our Arabic accounts were blocked, but they are now up-and-running," the spokesman told AFP, adding that…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jun 17, 10:06am -
  • Baghdadi 'The Ghost': world jihad's low-profile boss
    The Russian army said Friday that Baghdadi may have been killed in a May 28 air strike near the jihadists' Syria stronghold of Raqa, although there was no immediate confirmation from his Islamic |State group or the US-led coalition battling IS in Syr…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Jun 17, 9:35am -
  • Morocco urged to free protesters in restive Rif region
    The statement comes a day after a court sentenced 25 demonstrators and suspected members of the grassroots protest movement to 18 months in jail each, according to their defence attorney.On Thursday the Civil Initiative for the Rif, which includes Mo…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Jun 17, 7:06pm -

VOA News

  • BreakingEgypt Expands Media Crackdown; Rights Groups Lament Plight of Press
    Rights groups warn that rulers across the Middle East are stepping up efforts to silence political dissent, detaining journalists, shuttering newspapers and blocking news sites.Egypt added seven sites to its blacklist last weekend, including Turkey…
    - 45 mins ago, 22 Jun 17, 9:30pm -
  • BreakingOn The Scene: Mosul, Iraq - June 22
    VOA reporter Heather Murdock reports from Mosul, Iraq where soldiers from the Iraqi special forces are inspecting the damage after fighting, June 22, 2017.
    - 4 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 6:42pm -
  • BreakingIraqi Miltary: IS Destruction of Mosque Signified End of Group's Power
    Iraqi generals say Islamic State's destruction of the iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul is a sign that the militant group's power in the city is coming to an end.Soldiers in Mosul tell VOA that IS wanted to destroy the mosque in advance of an Iraqi an…
    - 4 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 5:51pm -
  • BreakingQatar Issue May Affect China's Soft Power as Biggest Property Buyer
    China's soft power as the world's biggest property buyer is under severe strain due to a government crackdown on capital flight and the Qatar controversy, which is expected to drive a lot of Arab money into the property market in western countries.…
    - 9 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 1:06pm -
  • Egypt Census Workers Detect Another Baby Boom
    Census workers going door to door in Egypt's teeming neighborhoods and crowded towns are discovering a new country - of more than 20 million people born in the last decade alone.Family planning efforts have lapsed over the past decade, particularly…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 7:34am -
  • Pentagon: Islamic State Problem ‘Not Getting Better’ in Afghanistan
    The United States military has spilled its blood, spent immense amounts of cash and even dropped a munition called the “Mother of All Bombsâ€� in an effort to root out Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan.But despite these eff…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 6:32am -
  • US Interrogates Detainees in Yemen Prisons Rife With Torture
    Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme - including the “grill,'' in which the victim is tied to a spit like a ro…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 6:26am -
  • Iraqi General: Bombing of Mosul’s Grand Mosque a ‘Historical Crime’
    Islamic State fighters on Wednesday blew up Mosul’s Grand Mosque of al-Nuri, one of Iraq’s most important architectural and religious landmarks, as security forces closed in on the historic site, according to Iraqi and U.S. commanders.…
    - 17 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 5:38am -
  • Night of Destiny Prayers in Old Cairo, Egypt
    Muslims gather at Amru Ebn Alaas mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Cairo for Ramadan night of destiny prayers in old Cairo, Egypt, June 21, 2017.
    - 19 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 3:27am -
  • In Iraq, Children Dying, Suffering in 'One of the Most Brutal Wars'
    “My son Momin liked to play with his spinning top all the time,â€� says Zamin Makhool, 28, sitting on the floor of her sweltering tent with wet concrete floors in a refugee camp near Mosul. “He was four years old and he was carrying…
    - 22 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 12:15am -
  • Kushner Kicks Off Mideast Peace Push
    Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, made his first solo visit Wednesday to the region, holding separate meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to try to restart long-dormant peace talks.There…
    - 22 hours ago, 21 Jun 17, 11:59pm -
  • Iran Escalates Involvement in Syria With Anti-IS Missile Strike
    Iran’s missile strike this week against Islamic State targets in Syria is escalating its military involvement in Syria and likely will heighten tensions between the U.S.-led coalition and Russian and Iranian forces aligned with the Syrian regi…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 8:45pm -
  • Islamic State Blows Up Iconic Mosul Mosque
    Mosul’s iconic al-Nuri mosque and its leaning minaret, known as al-Hadba, or “the hunchback,â€� are no more, destroyed by the Islamic State as Iraqi forces worked to eradicate the terror group from one of its last strongholds in the…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 8:44pm -
  • Iran's Khamenei Reportedly Ordered Missile Strikes on IS Targets in Syria
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered weekend missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, Revolutionary Guards said, contradicting a previous report that they were authorized by the country's security council.The Guards fired…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 8:00pm -
  • UNICEF: In Iraq, Children Suffering, Dying in 'Brutal' War Conditions
    More than 1,000 children have been killed in Iraq since 2014, when IS militants swept into the country, claiming territories, including Mosul and other major cities, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF. More then 5 million chil…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 7:51pm -
  • US Says Gulf States Have Prepared List of Demands for Qatar
    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Saudi Arabia and its allies have prepared a list of demands for Qatar, and he emphasized the United States looks forward to the diplomatic dispute between the Gulf states "moving toward a resolution.""We h…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 7:36pm -
  • Germany Files Espionage Charges Against Alleged Turkish Spy
    German prosecutors have filed espionage charges against a man accused of spying for Turkish intelligence on a Kurdish politician and activists. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that the indictment against 32-year-old Mehmet Fatih S., whose full…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 6:03pm -
  • UN Chief Calls for Protection of Civilians in Raqqa
    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for special consideration to be taken for civilians trapped in Raqqa, Syria, as U.S.-backed forces prepare to take action to remove Islamic State jihadists from the city.Guterres…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 5:15pm -
  • Egypt Sends Fuel to Power-Starved Gaza, Undercuts Abbas
    Egypt on Wednesday trucked 1 million liters of cheap diesel fuel to the Gaza Strip's sole power plant — a rare shipment that temporarily eased a crippling electricity crisis in the Hamas-ruled enclave but also appeared to undercut Palestinian…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 4:46pm -
  • Analysts: Appointment of New Saudi Crown Prince Is No Surprise
    The appointment of Saudi King Salman's son, Mohammed bin Salman, to be the new crown prince, replacing his cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, had long been rumored, but may have been precipitated by acute regional tensions, including the war in Yemen, the i…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 3:34pm -