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  • UN-backed Syria peace talks to restart in Geneva
    UN envoy Staffan de Mistura tried to strike an optimistic note when the previous round ended last month.He insisted government and rebel negotiators had agreed on a "clear agenda" and that "everything is ready" for the talks to move forward.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Mar 17, 3:51am -
  • Amnesty condemns US and UK over Yemen arms
    The rights group said the two countries had together sent more than five billion dollars (4.6 billion euros) worth of arms to Riyadh since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015.That was more than 10 times their humanitarian aid to Y…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Mar 17, 12:51am -
  • Sharp rise in Israeli settlement projects in 2016
    Ground was broken on 2,630 housing units last year compared with 1,884 in 2015, figures from Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics showed.Anti-settlement NGO Peace Now called it "the second highest number of construction starts in the past 15 years".
    - 1 day ago, 22 Mar 17, 4:40pm -
  • Trump wishes Iranians happy New Year
    In a statement, the outspoken Iran critic sent "best wishes to all those around the world celebrating the wonderful ancient holiday of Nowruz."This year Persian New Year, or Nowruz, falls on Tuesday, March 21.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 3:14pm -
  • China's Xi calls for peace in meeting with Netanyahu
    "A peaceful, stable and developing Middle East is the common interest of all parties... China appreciates that the Israeli side will continue to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian issue on the basis of the 'two-state solution'," Xinhua news agency quoted…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 1:51pm -
  • Syria rebels launch fresh assault on east Damascus
    An AFP journalist in east Damascus and a monitor both reported a large explosion at dawn followed by fierce clashes, shelling and government air strikes on opposition positions.The renewed fighting in the capital, which saw rebels and jihadists make…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 8:42am -
  • Intense strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault
    In the north of the country, meanwhile, a Kurdish militia said the Russian military is to train Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group.Rebels and allied jihadists, led by former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front, early Sunday attacked g…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 1:36am -
  • US poised to curb electronic devices on Middle East flights
    A tweet from Saudi Airlines and one -- subsequently deleted -- by Royal Jordanian airlines informed their customers of an imminent cabin ban on electronic devices larger than a cellphone.Royal Jordanian said all such devices -- including laptops, tab…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Mar 17, 11:43pm -
  • European and North African ministers seek to curb Libya migrant flows
    One year after a controversial deal with Turkey to stop migrants setting out across the Aegean Sea for Greece, the European Union is seeking to reach a similar accord with conflict-hit Libya, despite fierce opposition from human rights campaigners.Ju…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Mar 17, 8:17pm -
  • UN wants probe into refugee boat attack off Yemen
    "Many questions remain unanswered on the circumstances of this horrific event," the head of the UN refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, said in a statement."We call on all parties to the conflict to make proper inquiries to ensure accountability and to pr…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Mar 17, 4:01pm -

VOA News

  • BreakingInside the State of Islamic State
    Iraqi forces are battling for Mosul's Old City, closing in on the al-Nuri Mosque, where the self-proclaimed Islamic State's leader declared a "caliphate" in 2014. VOA's Heather Murdock goes inside IS "government" buildings, revealing some of the inne…
    - 10 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 6:42pm -
  • Syrian Troops Besiege IS Held Northern Stronghold
    Syrian government forces are besieging the last Islamic State stronghold in the northern province of Aleppo, weeks after launching an offensive to free the entire province from militants.The push on Deir Hafer comes as U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian…
    - 14 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 1:51pm -
  • Iranian Leaks About Missing American Led Levinson Family to Sue Iran
    A U.S. lawyer for the family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran 10 years ago says the family is suing Tehran for damages based in part on leaked information from Iranian sources.“Iran, like the United States, leaks information,” sai…
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 7:16am -
  • Tillerson: Degradation Not the Goal, We Must Defeat ISIS
    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was at the center of a major strategy conference of 68 members of the international coalition to defeat the Islamic State. Tillerson made clear the coalition's fight against IS would be a top priority under the T…
    - 22 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 5:45am -
  • Trump Sends Holiday Greetings to Iranians
    President Donald Trump, who has sought to ban travelers from Iran and other Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, issued a holiday greeting Wednesday to Iranians celebrating the New Year holiday known as Nowruz.Trump, who has als…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Mar 17, 1:23am -
  • Netanyahu, Pence to Headline Annual Israeli Policy Conference
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to headline the 2017 meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee next week in Washington.The AIPAC Policy Conference, which regularly sees attend…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Mar 17, 8:45pm -
  • Russia Deals Major Blow to Turkey's Syria Policy
    Russian and Turkish soldiers are facing off over the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin.  Ankara says the area that borders its territory is under the control of PYD ‘terrorists’ affiliated with the Kurdish insurgent group the PKK.  But Moscow, lik…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Mar 17, 7:00pm -
  • ICRC: Only Months Left to Avert Famine in Africa and Yemen
    A three- to four-month window remains to avert a famine that could potentially kill millions of people in three African countries and Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross warns. The Swiss humanitarian agency said speed was of the es…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Mar 17, 5:45pm -
  • Monitor: Airstrike Kills 33 Civilians in Northern Syria
    A Syrian war monitor said Wednesday an airstrike believed to be carried out by a U.S.-led coalition has killed at least 33 people at a school near the key city of Raqqa.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the airstrike happened early T…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 9:55am -
  • Russia Underplayed Losses in Recapture of Syria's Palmyra
    Russia's force in Syria has suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, a tally that shows the fight in Syria is tougher and more costly than the Kremlin has discl…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 9:03am -
  • Iran Steps Up Supplies to Houthis, Including 'Kamikaze' Drones
    They are nicknamed "kamikaze" drones. Houthi forces and those aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen are using them to target the missile-defense systems of Saudi-led coalition forces, weapons analysts say.According to a study by…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 8:01am -
  • Battling IS, Kurdish Fighters Court Russia And US to Forge New Future
    Kurdish commanders in northern Syria said this week Russia is building a military base there, and will help train its fighters. Moscow disputed the claims, but analysts say it is a sign of the Kurds’ growing role in the region.Across the border,…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 6:58am -
  • Battling IS, Kurdish Fighters Court Russia, US to Forge New Future
    Kurdish commanders in northern Syria said this week Russia is building a military base there, and will help train its fighters. Moscow disputed the claims, but analysts say it is a sign of the Kurds’ growing role in the region. Across the border, I…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 6:41am -
  • Australia Close to Resettling 12,000 Syrian Refugees
    Australia is close to resettling the 12,000 refugees from the war in Syria and Iraq it promised to urgently take more than a year ago, an official said Wednesday.All 12,000 have been issued visas and more than 10,000 have already been brought from…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 6:36am -
  • Israel Plans Mass Evacuation If War Erupts Again
    If Islamic militants in Gaza or Lebanon go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty.Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 12:50am -
  • Kurdish Commanders Say Russia Building Anti-IS Base in Syria
    The possible increasing role of Russia in the military future of Syria came into dispute Tuesday after Moscow denied a claim by Kurdish forces that Russia is building a military base in a predominately Kurdish town in northwestern Syria.Kurdish com…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 9:55pm -
  • Global Coalition Against IS Explained
    The Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State was formed in September 2014 with the expressed aim of degrading and defeating Islamic State.The threat:According to the U.S. State Department, IS presents a global terrorist threat. It has recruited…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 8:35pm -
  • Tillerson Taking 'New Ideas' to Global Meeting on Countering IS
    After keeping a very low public profile in his first couple of months on the job, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in the spotlight Wednesday and Thursday at a gathering in Washington aimed at countering the Islamic State terror group.  Th…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 8:15pm -
  • First US Carrier Returns to Gulf Since Trump Inauguration
     A U.S. aircraft carrier passed through a strategic waterway separating Iran from U.S.-backed Arab states on Tuesday for the first time since President Donald Trump took office two months ago.Nearly 20 smaller Iranian boats looked on as the USS Ge…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 7:45pm -
  • Iran's Khamenei Warns He Will Confront Any Interference in May Election
    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Tuesday he would confront anyone trying to interfere in Iran's May presidential election, in which conservative hardliners will seek to defeat moderate President Hassan Rouhani.Khamenei referred to ma…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 6:58pm -