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  • Morocco's Istiqlal party elects new leader
    Morocco's oldest political party Istiqlal has elected former finance minister Nizar Baraka as its new leader, the party said on its website.On Saturday, Baraka won 924 votes, largely beating his predecessor as head of the party Hamid Chabat, who secu…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Oct 17, 6:50am -
  • Trump says will not move US embassy to Jerusalem for now
    "I wanna give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem," Trump said on former governor Mike Huckabee's TV show, referring to efforts to forge a peace between the two sides that has eluded career diplomats for decades."We'…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Oct 17, 2:22am -
  • Row breaks out in Iraq over Kurdish flag on Talabani coffin
    A row has broken out over the use of the Kurdish flag rather than Iraq's colours at former president Jalal Talabani's funeral, at a time of Iraqi-Kurdish tensions.Social media is abuzz with chatter over the choice of flag at Friday's funeral in Sulai…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Oct 17, 5:23pm -
  • Israel to ease holiday restrictions for Palestinians
    On Tuesday, the army said crossings from the West Bank and Gaza into Israel would be closed to Palestinians for 11 days until midnight on October 14.But on Friday they decided those with pre-existing work permits would be allowed in "according to the…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Oct 17, 5:15pm -
  • ISIS: Defeating the virtual caliphate
    The jihadist propaganda machine will continue to exist in hidden corners of the dark web, inciting sympathisers to action, they say."Defeating ISIL on the physical battlefield is not enough," General Joseph Votel, the top commander for US military fo…
    - 15 days ago, 6 Oct 17, 1:56am -
  • Israel denies Turkish claim of involvement in Kurd vote
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denied Turkish claims of covert involvement in Iraqi Kurdistan's recent independence vote, reiterating however his "sympathy" for the Kurdish people.On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdog…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Oct 17, 10:22am -
  • Norway agrees to host Israeli nuclear whistleblower
    Norway has agreed to host former Israeli nuclear technician and whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, his Norwegian wife has told local television."We made a request for family reunification as that's exactly the case here, for spouses and a family to be a…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Oct 17, 8:20am -
  • Iran puts economic squeeze on Iraqi Kurds
    Iraq and Iran have turned to economic weapons in retaliation for Iraqi Kurdistan's independence referendum, with Baghdad closing the Kurds' airspace to international flights and Tehran freezing trade in fuels.After the autonomous Kurdish region's con…
    - 20 days ago, 30 Sep 17, 5:45pm -
  • Iraq cuts Kurdistan air links with outside world
    The Iraqi government cut autonomous Kurdistan's direct air links with the outside world indefinitely on Friday, partially isolating the northern region after it voted a massive "yes" in an independence referendum.The move increases the pressure on th…
    - 21 days ago, 30 Sep 17, 5:31am -
  • Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive in historic decision
    King Salman's decree, which takes effect next June, is part of an ambitious reform push that runs the risk of a backlash from religious hardliners.Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world to ban women driving, and it was seen globally as a symb…
    - 23 days ago, 27 Sep 17, 3:43pm -

VOA News

  • BreakingAfghanistan Mosque Bombings Kill 60
    Officials in Afghanistan say a suicide blast inside a crowded Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Kabul has killed at least 40 worshippers and wounded dozens more.Eyewitnesses and security officials told VOA the bomber walked into the Imam Zaman Mosque on Fri…
    - 48 mins ago, 20 Oct 17, 7:13pm -
  • BreakingLebanese Court Issues Death Sentence Over 1982 Gemayel Assassination
    Lebanon's top court on Friday sentenced Habib Shartouni to death for the 1982 assassination of president-elect Bashir Gemayel, an event that was a turningpoint in Lebanon's 15-year civil war.Shartouni, a member of the Syrian Socialist Nationalist P…
    - 4 hours ago, 20 Oct 17, 4:27pm -
  • BreakingUS-backed Syrian Force Declare Victory Over IS in Raqqa
    A U.S.-backed Syrian force declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence.At a press conference held inside the city Friday, the Kurdish-le…
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 17, 10:24am -
  • Russia to Control Iraq Kurdistan’s Main Oil Pipeline
    Russian energy major Rosneft has agreed to take control of the main oil pipeline in Iraq’s Kurdistan, further boosting its role as the main international investor in the semi-autonomous region.The move is an apparent part of a broader strate…
    - 14 hours ago, 20 Oct 17, 6:24am -
  • Senate Republicans Plan Iran Nuclear Deal Strategy
    Senate Republicans plan to introduce legislation that would add new conditions to the legislation that gives them review authority over the Iran nuclear deal, a longtime lawmaker says.Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, told V…
    - 19 hours ago, 20 Oct 17, 1:17am -
  • Graham: Senate Republicans Plan Iran Nuclear Deal Strategy
    Senate Republicans plan to introduce legislation that would add new conditions to the legislation that gives them review authority over the Iran nuclear deal, a longtime lawmaker says. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, told VO…
    - 20 hours ago, 19 Oct 17, 11:54pm -
  • Tillerson to Attend First Meeting Between Saudi Arabia, Iraq
    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is heading to the Middle East on Friday, attending a landmark meeting between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and exploring ways of improving relations between the two countries.   The inaugural Coo…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 17, 4:51pm -
  • Rival Parties Trade Blame Over Kirkuk Amid Fears of Kurdish Split
    Iraqi Kurdistan’s two main political families and their supporters traded accusations of blame Wednesday for the Iraqi army’s easy takeover this week of the city of Kirkuk and other disputed areas in northern Iraq, which the Kurds seize…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 17, 4:39pm -
  • Turkey Seeks Nigeria's Support Against US-Based Cleric
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged cooperation with Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram but said he expected the African nation's support against a movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 17, 2:22pm -
  • At UN, US Envoy Cites ‘Laundry List’ of Iranian Bad Behavior
    U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley lashed out Wednesday at Iran for what she called a “laundry listâ€� of bad behavior, and she criticized the U.N. Security Council for not holding Tehran accountable.“Every six months the Security Council…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 1:13am -
  • A Saudi Arabian First: Spokeswoman at Kingdom's US Embassy
    Saudi Arabia is trying to portray itself as ready to join the ranks of modern, tolerant societies. And to help make that case in Washington, the kingdom is relying on the first woman to serve as the Saudi Embassy's official spokeswoman.Saudi-born F…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 2:24pm -
  • With Islamic State Pushed Out, What's Next for Raqqa?
    They raised a flag in Paradise Square, a notorious traffic circle in which the jihadists had staged brutal public executions, including beheadings, leaving severed heads on display for days afterwards.  And then the victors doughnut-spun armored veh…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 2:10pm -
  • State Department: Kirkuk Crisis 'Not Over by Any means'
    Iraq's military said Wednesday its forces recaptured control of more areas from Kurdish fighters, including the Mosul Dam, after carrying out an operation to reclaim the city of Kirkuk and oil fields in the northern part of the country.The military…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 7:20am -
  • Could Iran Be Big Winner in Kirkuk Dispute?
    The U.S.-led coalition to defeat Islamic State says local forces have retaken 87% of the territory once held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. But as the terror group’s defeat becomes imminent in Iraq, Iraqis are starting to shift their focus to a mo…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 5:38am -
  • Israel Says No Talks with a Palestinian Government that Includes Hamas
    Israeli forces raided Palestinian media companies in the West Bank overnight in an operation the military said was carried out in response to incitement of violence against Israelis.Eight companies were ordered to shut down for six months and two p…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 2:33am -
  • Kurdish Officials Blame Iran as Disputed Territories Fall to Iraqi Forces
    Officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government are accusing Iran of playing a key role in the fall of disputed territories in northern Iraq including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, a claim rejected by Iranian officials.This week the Iraqi government…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 1:44am -
  • US Lawmakers Hail Islamic State's Defeat in Raqqa
    U.S. lawmakers hailed the apparent liberation of Raqqa, Syria, as a major milestone in the fight against Islamic State, but cautioned that the terrorist group retains the ability to mount attacks in Europe and elsewhere, and that the ultimate defeat…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 17, 10:45pm -
  • US Fears Iran, IS Could Be Big Winners in Clashes over Kirkuk
    U.S. officials are increasingly worried tensions between Iraq's government and Iraqi Kurdish officials are playing right into the hands of the two forces Washington most wants to contain in the region: the Islamic State terror group and Iran.So far…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 17, 8:32pm -
  • New Day, New Government: The Rapid Takeover of Kirkuk
    “Call someone Arab inside the city and then you can go in,â€� the Iraqi Special Forces soldier told my Kurdish colleague as we pulled into the main entrance of Kirkuk city.“Really? But we are journalists!â€� my colleague repli…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 17, 6:19pm -
  • UN Report: Inequality, Denial of Reproductive Rights Threaten Development
    A U.N. report warns gender inequality and the denial of reproductive rights and family planning threatens development goals, weakens national economies and will undermine efforts to eliminate poverty by 2030.In its annual State of World Population…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 17, 6:00pm -