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Voice of America – Middle East

  • US Puts Visa Restrictions on Uganda, Saying Vote was Flawed
    The United States says it is imposing visa restrictions on "those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda," including during the election in January and the campaign period.Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement said the Ugandan government's actions "represent a continued downward trajectory for the country's democracy and respect for human
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    Published on 04-16-21
    52 mins ago
  • A Conversation about Gun Violence in America
    On this edition of Encounter, Ari Davis, Senior Policy Analyst at The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Nurrah Abdulhaqq, youth leader in the Georgia Chapter of “March for Our Lives” tell host Carol Castiel that despite the surge in gun violence in America, whether mass shootings, homicides or suicides, they are cautiously optimistic that a growing movement for a
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    Published on 04-16-21
    59 mins ago
  • Uncertainty Swirls Around US Pullout from Afghanistan
    Days after U.S. President Joe Biden announced his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan and end the United States' longest-running war, military planners, despite having had months to deliberate, are still working on how to make that happen.The Defense Department on Friday declined to share details about the impending pullout of some 2,500 to 3,500 troops from Afghanistan, saying that preliminary
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    Published on 04-16-21
    1 hour ago
  • State Department Watchdog Says Pompeo, Wife Violated Ethics Rules
    The State Department's internal watchdog has concluded that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife violated federal ethics rules by asking staffers to run personal errands and perform non-official work such as making restaurant reservations, shopping and caring for their dog.In a report released on Friday, the department's inspector general concluded that those requests were "inconsistent" with the
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    Published on 04-16-21
    2 hours ago
  • Final Ruling on Trump Facebook Ban Delayed
    A final ruling on whether to overturn Facebook's ban on former U.S. president Donald Trump will take a bit longer than anticipated, an independent oversight board said Friday.Critics of the social media company and even strong advocates of unfettered political discourse called on Facebook's oversight board to endorse the decision to boot Trump from the platform in the aftermath of
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    Published on 04-16-21
    2 hours ago
  • Details of Funeral Service Planned for Britain's Prince Philip
    Following are details of the funeral this Saturday of Britain's Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's husband, who died on April 9 aged 99.The funeralThe funeral, which will be broadcast live, will take place at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at 3 p.m. local time (1400 GMT).As planned, it will be a ceremonial royal funeral, rather than a state funeral, with
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    Published on 04-16-21
    3 hours ago
  • Member of FIN7 Hacking Group Sentenced to US Prison
    A Ukrainian national arrested for his role in a hacking group that compromised millions of financial accounts was sentenced to a decade in prison, U.S. prosecutors said Friday.Fedir Hladyr, 35, had a high-level role as a manager and systems administrator for a hacking group known at FIN7, authorities said.He was one of three Ukrainians arrested in mid-2018 for hacking more
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    Published on 04-16-21
    3 hours ago
  • Qatar Seeking Virus Jabs for All World Cup Visitors
    Qatar is in talks with coronavirus vaccine makers to ensure all fans attending the 2022 World Cup in the country have been vaccinated, the foreign minister said Friday.The Gulf nation is facing a resurgence of virus cases and deaths despite progress in its mass vaccination programme, forcing authorities to impose a nationwide lockdown."We have been negotiating and talking to the
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    Published on 04-16-21
    3 hours ago
  • Longtime Hong Kong Pro-democracy Activists Sentenced for 2019 March 
    Several longtime pro-democracy advocates on Friday learned their fate for organizing one of Hong Kong's largest-ever street protests during the height of anti-government demonstrations.Nine pro-democracy activists, including media mogul Jimmy Lai, 73, and former lawmakers Lee Cheuk-yan, 64, Leung Kwok-hung, 65, Cyd Ho, 66, and Au Nok-hin, 33, were jailed after being found guilty this month of involvement in an
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    Published on 04-16-21
    3 hours ago
  • US Senator Who Served as Ambassador to Japan Lauds Closer Ties but Issues Warning
    For the man who represented the United States in Tokyo from 2017 to 2019, Friday's visit to the U.S. capital by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is an affirmation of two years of hard work.It is not often that U.S. Republicans and Democrats agree about much these days, but former Ambassador William Hagerty, who came home to launch a successful
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    Published on 04-16-21
    4 hours ago