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Voice of America – Middle East

  • Trump Meets Victims of Religious Persecution at White House
    U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made religious freedom a centerpiece of his foreign policy, met Wednesday with victims of religious persecution from countries like China, Turkey, North Korea, Iran and Myanmar.Trump counts evangelical Christians among his core supporters and the State Department is hosting a conference on the topic this week that will be attended by Vice President Mike
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    Published on 07-17-19
    45 mins ago
  • Protesters Arrested Trying to Stop Giant Hawaii Telescope
    Police have begun arresting protesters gathered at the base of Hawaii's tallest volcano, Mauna Kea, to stop the construction of a giant telescope on what they say is their most sacred ground.Protest leader Kealoha Pisciotta told The Associated Press that police had arrested 30 elders, called kupuna in Hawaiian, on Wednesday.  Some of the elders used canes and strollers to
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    Published on 07-17-19
    1 hour ago
  • Air Force ‘Highly’ Discourages People From Storming Area 51
    The U.S. Air Force has a warning for the more than 1 million people who have signed up to "storm Area 51" in search of aliens as part of an internet joke that has gone viral. “Any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged," the Air Force said in a statement Wednesday. The Air Force said it does not discuss
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    Published on 07-17-19
    2 hours ago
  • US Solar Industry Urges Congress to Extend Tax Credits  
    Nearly 1,000 solar energy companies have sent a letter to Congress, urging it to extend the tax credits for solar energy projects, which begin to phase out starting next year."If you want to show a commitment to addressing climate change, you extend the solar ITC [investment tax credit]," Solar Energy Industries Association President Abigail Ross Hopper wrote.She called the solar tax
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    Published on 07-17-19
    3 hours ago
  • US Heat Wave Just Warming Up for Long and Scorching Weekend
    The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend.Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on relatives and neighbors. Officials also are concerned about smog, which is exacerbated by the heat
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    Published on 07-17-19
    3 hours ago
  • Lawyer: We Hope Trump,  Khan Will Discuss Shakil Afridi 
    The lawyer and family of Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani physician who helped the United States track down former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, told VOA that Afridi continues to suffer in prison under dire conditions.Qamar Nadeem, Afridi’s lawyer, expressed optimism that the fate of his client would be discussed during the planned meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Pakistani
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    Published on 07-17-19
    3 hours ago
  • GOP Senator Blocks Bill Boosting 9/11 Victims Fund  
    A Republican senator blocked a bipartisan bill that would have made sure that a fund providing compensation to 9/11 workers would remain viable until 2090. Rand Paul of Kentucky questioned the bill's 70-year time frame and said any new spending should be offset by corresponding cuts so the U.S. government's $22 trillion debt does not continue to grow. "It has long been
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    Published on 07-17-19
    4 hours ago
  • House Holds 2 Trump Officials in Contempt in Census Dispute
    The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.The House voted 230-198 to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt. The vote, a political blow to the Trump administration, is
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    Published on 07-17-19
    4 hours ago
  • House Votes to Block Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia
    Congress is heading for a showdown with President Donald Trump after the House voted Wednesday to block his administration from selling billions of dollars in weapons and maintenance support to Saudi Arabia.Trump, who has sought to forge closer ties with Riyadh, has pledged to veto the resolutions of disapproval that passed the Democratic-led House largely along party lines. Two of
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    Published on 07-17-19
    4 hours ago
  • Trump Veto of F-35s for Turkey Could Force Ankara to Buy Russian Aircraft 
    U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to block the sale of the advanced F-35 jet to Turkey means Ankara may look elsewhere to replace its aging air force.Trump's veto in response to Turkey’s acquisition of Russian missiles could prompt Ankara to turn to Moscow again.Trump's announcement followed the first deliveries of Russia's S-400 air defense missile system to Turkey. Washington had
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    Published on 07-17-19
    5 hours ago