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Voice of America – Middle East

  • The leaders of Egypt and Sudan have agreed to mend ties, frayed by repeated failures to reach a deal over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia, and the revival of a longstanding dispute over a border territory held by Cairo and claimed by Khartoum. In a two-day visit to Sudan, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with President Omar
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    Published on 07-20-18
    6 hours ago
  • Nearly four months of Palestinian protests on the border of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and Israel are raising concerns of yet another war. Israel has been fighting brush fires on the Gaza border every day for more than three months, thanks to a primitive but effective new Palestinian weapon. Militants are sending burning kites across the frontier, torching vast areas
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    Published on 07-20-18
    7 hours ago
  • Syrian rebels agreed to surrender their last pockets of control in southwest Quneitra province to the government, state media reported Thursday, making way for Damascus to re-establish its authority along the Israeli frontier. The deal, confirmed in its general outlines by a monitoring group and opposition activists in Quneitra, will put the Syrian government face-to-face with Israel along most of
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    Published on 07-19-18
    20 hours ago
  • An exiled Iranian news outlet focusing on Iran's Gonadabi Dervish minority says six community members have received prison terms of five to seven years for joining anti-government protests earlier this year.  In a Thursday post on its Telegram channel, Majzooban Noor said a revolutionary court convicted the six men to a combined 38 years in prison at the Great Tehran
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    Published on 07-19-18
    22 hours ago
  • Iraq's government may have muddled its way through violent street protests in the country's oil-rich south with promises of jobs and better services, but the root causes of this month's unrest remain almost intact and it could be just a matter of time before popular discontent boils over again. In its bid to end the protests, Iraqi authorities have deployed
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    Published on 07-19-18
    1 day ago
  • The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East says he has not received new guidance from the Pentagon on military cooperation with Russia in Syria following the Helsinki summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We have received no specific direction at this point,” U.S. Army General Joseph Votel, who leads U.S. Central Command, told reporters
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    Published on 07-19-18
    1 day ago
  • Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient pottery manufacturing workshop dating to more than 4,000 years ago. Thursday’s statement by the Antiquities Ministry says the workshop is situated close to the Nile River in Aswan province in southern Egypt. It says the workshop, the oldest pottery workshop in the Old Kingdom, belongs to the 4th Dynasty, spanning 2,613 to 2,494
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    Published on 07-19-18
    1 day ago
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, calling him a "true friend of Israel" despite the outcry over the visiting leader's past remarks that have been interpreted as anti-Semitic. Orban and Netanyahu held a joint press conference in Jerusalem following the Hungarian premier's arrival in Israel the day before. The four-time Hungarian prime minister
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    Published on 07-19-18
    1 day ago
  • Israel has passed legislation that has been welcomed by Jewish nationalists but condemned by Arab citizens. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, approved a new law that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it is a "historic moment in the history of Zionism and …the State of Israel." Netanyahu said Israel's enemies have
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    Published on 07-19-18
    1 day ago
  • A state of emergency imposed in Turkey following the failed 2016 coup to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expired. The end of the decree, which came in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning, marked a pledge made by President Erdogan during his successful re-election bid last month. More than 75,000 people have been detained under the emergency decree and
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    Published on 07-19-18
    1 day ago