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Voice of America – Middle East

  • Solomons Recognized Beijing in Latest Diplomatic Blow to Taiwan
    The Solomon Islands announced Saturday the establishment of diplomatic relations with China, becoming the second Pacific island nation in as many days to switch its diplomatic recognition from Taiwan.The moves are part of a long-term effort by Beijing to undermine Taiwan's recognition as an independent nation and come as a blow to its president, Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election
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    Published on 09-21-19
    2 hours ago
  • Naftogaz Chief: Ukraine Can Still Supply Gas to Europe in Early 2020 Without Russia Deal
    The head of Ukraine's state-owned oil company says Kyiv will remain able to supply Europe with natural gas from its subterranean storage units even if European Union-mediated talks don't pan out.“We are fully confident that Ukraine can maintain gas supply ... at least during the first quarter of 2020,” Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev said Friday at a public event in
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    Published on 09-21-19
    3 hours ago
  • Hong Kong Protesters Burn Flag, Police Fire Pepper Spray
    Protesters burned a Chinese flag and police fired pepper spray during a march Saturday in an outlying district of Hong Kong in renewed clashes over anti-government grievances.   Police accused protesters of spraying water at officers during the march by several thousand people in Tuen Mun in Hong Kong's northwest. Reporters saw at least one person arrested.   The event
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    Published on 09-21-19
    3 hours ago
  • Dozens Arrested in Paris ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests
    Dozens of demonstrators were arrested at yellow vest protests in Paris on Saturday as more than 7,000 police were deployed to quell any violence by the movement and its radical, anarchist "black blocs."There were also fears that the demonstrators could try to infiltrate a march against climate change in the French capital.The yellow vest movement erupted 10 months ago and
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    Published on 09-21-19
    3 hours ago
  • Dozens Arrested in Egypt After Rare Anti-Sissi Protests
    Rare small protests were staged overnight in Cairo and other Egyptian cities calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, but authorities quickly dispersed them and arrested dozens, a security source said.Hundreds of citizens took to the streets late Friday to protest, chanting slogans including "Leave, Sissi!" and holding up placards.At least 74 were arrested overnight, a security source
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    Published on 09-21-19
    4 hours ago
  • ‘I Want a Future’: Global Youth Protests Urge Climate Action
    Young people afraid for their futures protested around the globe Friday to implore leaders to tackle climate change, turning out by the hundreds of thousands to insist that the warming world can't wait any longer.Marches, rallies and demonstrations were held from Canberra to Kabul and Cape Town to New York. More than 100,000 turned out in Berlin.   Days before
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    Published on 09-21-19
    4 hours ago
  • Relief and Rescues in Houston Area After Imelda Leaves 4 Dead
    Emergency workers used boats Friday to rescue about 60 residents of a Houston-area community still trapped in their homes by floodwaters following one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history.At least four deaths have been linked to the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda, which deluged parts of Texas and Louisiana and drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey two years ago.
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    Published on 09-21-19
    5 hours ago
  • Activists do Dirty Work of Clearing Trash on World Cleanup Day
    Thousands of activists fanned out across beaches and rivers throughout Asia Saturday, picking up rubbish and drawing attention to the amount of trash that is dumped worldwide, a day after millions marched to urge world leaders to act on climate change.The volunteers turned out for World Cleanup Day, an initiative that has sent millions into the streets and cleaning up
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    Published on 09-21-19
    7 hours ago
  • More Sanctions as Trump Shows Military Restraint on Iran
    U.S. President Donald Trump announced new sanctions Friday on Iran's central bank, calling them the most severe sanctions ever imposed on a country. But it appears that he wants to avoid military action against Tehran, in response to recent cruise missile and drone strikes against Saudi Arabia's oil facilities. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this story.  
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    Published on 09-20-19
    9 hours ago
  • Will US Republicans Feel the Heat from Climate Change?
    Francis Rooney is a Republican congressman from a conservative Florida district who opposes federal funding for abortions and supports President Donald Trump’s plans for construction of a wall along the Mexican border.But he also recently co-sponsored a carbon pricing bill and is one of a handful of lawmakers from his side of the aisle who have bucked orthodoxy and acknowledged
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    Published on 09-20-19
    10 hours ago