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Voice of America – Middle East

  • At least six people were killed when a car bomb exploded in the center of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday night, residents told a Reuters reporter at the scene. The bomb exploded near the Tibesti hotel, the city's biggest. Ambulances were rushing to the scene. No more details were immediately available. Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city, is controlled
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    Published on 05-24-18
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  • France and Russia want to create a coordination mechanism between world powers to push ahead with finding a political solution in Syria, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday. Macron said the idea was to coordinate efforts carried out by the Astana process that comprises Russia, Turkey and Iran and the "small group," which was initiated by France, and comprises
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    Published on 05-24-18
    7 hours ago
  • An international media rights group says European powers seeking to preserve the Iran nuclear deal should use their talks with Tehran to press for an end to its harassment of journalists. In a report published Thursday, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said the current international focus on Iran's economic ties with Europe "could represent an opening to engage
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    Published on 05-24-18
    7 hours ago
  • Lebanon's outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been named to form a new government following consultations by President Michel Aoun with top members of parliament at the presidential palace in Baabda. Hariri said Thursday that he would try to form the government quickly after listening to the demands of various political factions. He told journalists the main tasks of the
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    Published on 05-24-18
    8 hours ago
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is not pushing for a regime change in Iran, but to achieve global consensus on how to get Tehran to "behave like a normal nation." Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday the administration is "well along" with plans to impose previous and new sanctions against Iran with a
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    Published on 05-24-18
    10 hours ago
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday Iran is complying with restrictions on its nuclear program in accord with the 2015 international agreement. The inspectors' assessment is the first since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the pact. The United Nations atomic watchdog said Tehran is staying within limits on the level to which it can enrich
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    Published on 05-24-18
    11 hours ago
  • The United Nations — in a joint report by the UN Human Rights Office and the U.N. Support Mission in Libya — condemns widespread, indiscriminate attacks by all armed groups in Libya against healthcare facilities and personnel, saying they could constitute war crimes. The U.N. agencies have recorded 36 attacks on medical facilities, personnel or patients between May 2017 and
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    Published on 05-24-18
    14 hours ago
  • The prospect of firebrand Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wielding the greatest influence of any Iraqi leader over the formation of a government in Baghdad would have prompted panic in Washington years ago. In the wake of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and ouster of Saddam Hussein, al-Sadr’s Mahdi army butchered Sunni Muslims in Baghdad and resisted Coalition forces. In inflammatory
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    Published on 05-24-18
    15 hours ago
  • A Syria war-monitoring group says at least 12 pro-government fighters were killed in airstrikes the previous night in the country’s east. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says none of the fatalities were Syrian nationals but foreign fighters. Syria’s government forces have relied on support from the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group and also regional militias organized by Iran to
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    Published on 05-24-18
    19 hours ago