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  • BreakingHouse Condemns Iran’s Persecution of Baha’i Minority
    The U.S. Baha’i community has welcomed a resolution by the U.S. House of Representatives condemning Iran for “state-sponsored persecutionâ€� of minority Baha’is in the Islamic Republic.The House resolution, which also conde…
    - 4 hours ago, 15 Dec 18, 3:08am -
  • BreakingAustralia Recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's Capital 
    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Saturday that his government had decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but wouldn't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement. He said Australia would recognize Eas…
    - 4 hours ago, 15 Dec 18, 2:56am -
  • BreakingFighting Breaks Out in Yemen's Hodeidah After Truce Deal
    Fighting broke out on the outskirts of Yemen's port city of Hodeidah on Friday, residents said, a day after a ceasefire agreement was reached by the warring parties at U.N.-sponsored peace talks.The main port used to feed Yemen's 30 million people…
    - 9 hours ago, 14 Dec 18, 9:47pm -
  • BreakingPompeo: US to Hold Saudi Journalist's Killers Accountable
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that he had noted the historic rebuke of longtime ally Saudi Arabia by U.S. lawmakers.The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a resolution to end American support for the kingdom's military intervention…
    - 10 hours ago, 14 Dec 18, 9:01pm -
  • BreakingUN to Begin Work on Monitoring for Yemeni Port Truce
    The U.N. Security Council voiced its support Friday for progress made at intra-Yemeni talks this week in Sweden, with the council set to work on a resolution endorsing a deal for a cease-fire around the port city of Hodeida. â€œWe plan to endo…
    - 12 hours ago, 14 Dec 18, 6:47pm -
  • US, Turkish Presidents Talk as Ankara Ratchets Up Syria Tension
    The Turkish and U.S. presidents spoke by telephone Friday, as Ankara threatens to attack a key Washington ally in the U.S. effort against Islamic State in Syria. The White House said U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip…
    - 12 hours ago, 14 Dec 18, 6:29pm -
  • Iraq Summons Turkish Ambassador Over Airstrikes
    Iraq's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Turkey's ambassador to protest Turkish airstrikes on Kurdish militia positions in northern Iraq.The ministry said in a statement Friday that it had rebuked Turkey over two air raids on Iraq's Sinjar and…
    - 14 hours ago, 14 Dec 18, 4:40pm -
  • Lebanese Wary as Israel Destroys Hezbollah Border Tunnels
    As Israeli excavators dug into the rocky hills along the frontier with a Lebanese village, a crowd of young Lebanese men gathered to watch.The mood was light as the crowd observed what Israel says is a military operation — dubbed "Northern S…
    - 16 hours ago, 14 Dec 18, 2:56pm -
  • Israeli Troops Arrest dozens in West Bank
    A Hamas official in the West Bank says Israeli forces have arrested dozens of Hamas activists, including lawmakers, in overnight raids.The arrests come in the wake of a pair of deadly shootings this week believed to have been carried out by Hamas a…
    - 21 hours ago, 14 Dec 18, 9:43am -
  • Jailed Iranian's Death Angers US, Rights Activists
    The death of a previously little-known Iranian dissident who was on a hunger strike to protest his detention by Iran has sparked an outcry from the United States, rights activists and other social media users.Family members told VOA Persian that pr…
    - 22 hours ago, 14 Dec 18, 9:07am -
  • US Senate Votes to End Backing for Saudi War Effort in Yemen
    The U.S. Senate has dealt a historic rebuke to Saudi Arabia, a longtime U.S. ally, passing a resolution to end American support for the kingdom's military intervention in Yemen's civil war. It also passed another measure condemning the killing of dis…
    - 23 hours ago, 14 Dec 18, 7:28am -
  • UN Pushes for Peace in Yemen
    A first-round of intra-Yemeni peace talks ended in Sweden Thursday with agreement on a cease-fire for the critical port city of Hodeida and plans for a prisoner exchange. VOA U.N. correspondent Margaret Besheer reports on Yemen's dire situation and h…
    - 24 hours ago, 14 Dec 18, 7:06am -
  • Western Officials Discuss Hezbollah's Latin Efforts
    A U.S.-led Western Hemisphere ministerial on counterterrorism this week discussed Hezbollah's activities in Latin America, with some analysts suggesting member countries are stepping up efforts to prevent the Lebanese militant group from funneling fu…
    - 1 day ago, 14 Dec 18, 2:34am -
  • US Senate Votes to End Backing for Saudi War Effort in Yemen
    The U.S. Senate on Thursday dealt a historic rebuke to Saudi Arabia, a longtime U.S. ally, passing a resolution to end American support for the kingdom's military intervention in Yemen's civil war and another measure condemning the killing of a dissi…
    - 1 day ago, 13 Dec 18, 10:48pm -
  • China-based Oil Firm Settles Iran Sanctions Violations, US Says 
    China-based Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services Group Co. Ltd. has agreed to pay more than $2.7 million to settle allegations it did business with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday. The department cited…
    - 1 day ago, 13 Dec 18, 8:25pm -
  • Report: Journalists Faced Intimidation, Prison in 2018
    A multipronged crackdown on the press continued throughout 2018, the Committee to Protect Journalists concludes in a report published Thursday.Imprisonment, intimidation and allegations that journalists produce “fake newsâ€� surged in 20…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Dec 18, 4:47pm -
  • Shooting Near West Bank Settlement Kills at Least 2 Israelis
    A Palestinian gunman got out of a car and opened fire at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement on Thursday, killing two Israeli soldiers before speeding away, the Israeli military said.The military said the assailant also wounded two other peop…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Dec 18, 2:41pm -
  • AP Analysis Reveals Iran Hackers Hunt Nuclear Workers, US Targets
    As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deepl…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Dec 18, 2:35pm -
  • Yemen Rival Parties Agree to Hand UN Control of Hodeida
    Talks between Yemen's two opposing sides outside the Swedish capital, Stockholm, ended Thursday with a key agreement to hand control of the key Red Sea port of Hodeida to the United Nations. But delegates failed to agree on reopening Sana'a Airport o…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Dec 18, 9:05am -
  • UN Pushes for Peace in Yemen
    The U.N. secretary-general will be in Sweden Thursday to attend the final day of the first round of intra-Yemeni peace talks. António Guterres will be showing his personal support to the process, which is being led by his special envoy, Martin Griff…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Dec 18, 7:50am -