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Voice of America – Middle East

  • Puerto Rican Activists Demand Removal of Monuments to Spanish Colonizers
    Demonstrators around the U.S. have been calling in recent weeks for the removal of confederate monuments honoring slaveowners who fought against Union troops in the American Civil War.  VOA’s Arash Arabasadi reports of a similar movement south of the mainland in Puerto Rico, where activists call for the removal of statues honoring Spanish colonizers.
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    Published on 07-12-20
    2 hours ago
  • Press Watchdogs Urge Azerbaijan, Tajikistan to Unblock OSCE Appointment
    Dozens of press freedom watchdogs are calling on Azerbaijan and Tajikistan to cease efforts to block reappointment of the OSCE's (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) top media rights official.   French diplomat Harlem Desir, who was appointed the inter-governmental body's press freedom representative in 2017—one of OSCE's top four positions—has been lauded by international rights groups as a
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    Published on 07-12-20
    3 hours ago
  • Gunfight With Militants Kills 4 Pakistani Troops Near Afghan Border 
    Pakistan said Sunday a counterterrorism raid in a former militant stronghold near the Afghan border has killed four soldiers and four “terrorists."The deadly shootout took place near Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan district, said the army’s media wing.It added that intelligence information led security forces to a "terrorists’ hideout”, about 8 kilometers southwest of Miranshah.“As soon as the troops
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    Published on 07-12-20
    4 hours ago
  • Florida Reports New Record with Over 15,000 New Coronavirus Cases  
    The U.S. state of Florida set a new record, reporting over 15,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in one day Sunday. The number by far beat previous records of single-day increases in a U.S. state. The previous record was seen in California on Wednesday when the state recorded 11,694 new cases. Florida now has nearly 270,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has
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    Published on 07-12-20
    5 hours ago
  • US Education Chief Presses for Reopening Schools 
    U.S. education chief Betsy DeVos on Sunday pressed local communities throughout the country to reopen schools with five-day-a-week, in-person instruction in the coming weeks, saying it was entirely safe even as the number of coronavirus cases surges to new highs.  DeVos, in appearances on talk shows on Fox News and CNN, disputed advice from health experts and state and local
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    Published on 07-12-20
    5 hours ago
  • Trump Rips Private Texas Border Wall Built by his Supporters
    President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized a privately built border wall in South Texas that's showing signs of erosion months after going up, saying it was "only done to make me look bad," even though the wall was built after a months-long campaign by his supporters.The group that raised money online for the wall promoted itself as supporting Trump during
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    Published on 07-12-20
    6 hours ago
  • Hong Kong Casts Symbolic Protest Vote 
    Nealry 600,000 people cast their votes in an unofficial primary in Hong Kong Sunday to determine which pro-democracy leaders will run for office in September. The vote, seen as a protest against controversial new security laws imposed by Beijing, was organized by the opposition party to determine who would run in September elections for Hong Kong’s legislative council. Hundreds of thousands of
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    Published on 07-12-20
    7 hours ago
  • Nearly 600,000 Vote in Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Primaries
    Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents turned up over the weekend to vote in an unofficial primary election held by the city’s pro-democracy camp as it gears up to field candidates for an upcoming legislative poll. The primaries were held two weeks after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the semi-autonomous territory in a move widely seen as
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    Published on 07-12-20
    7 hours ago
  • Taliban: Calls for Halting War Before Afghan Peace Talks ‘Illogical’
    Afghanistan’s Taliban has dismissed as “illogical” escalating domestic and foreign calls for the insurgent group to cease hostilities before the commencement of intra-Afghan peace negotiations.The long-delayed dialogue is stipulated in a landmark deal the United States and the Taliban sealed in February aimed at ending nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan, America’s longest. The peace talks are tied, however,
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    Published on 07-12-20
    7 hours ago
  • 4 Killed in Protests Calling for Mali’s President to Resign 
    Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has dissolved the country’s constitutional court, after four people were killed in street protests over the weekend. 
    FILE - Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita poses for a picture during the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, June 30, 2020.Additionally, Keita said Sunday he would follow ECOWAS recommendations to re-run
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    Published on 07-12-20
    8 hours ago