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Voice of America – Middle East
  • Standing next to at a massive pile of white rocks where his daughter’s house once stood, Jamil Mohammad Ahmed stared in disbelief.   “My daughter and her husband are under there,” he said. “And their little girl.”   “My son-in-law’s mother and father are under there. My family,” he added. ​Airstrikes and mortars crashed down only a few blocks away
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    Published on 06-26-17
    1 hour ago
  • A high-profile group of Jewish leaders cancelled a gala event with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to protest his government's decision to scrap plans for a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall.   The stunning move reflects an unprecedented gulf that has erupted between Israel and the Jewish diaspora over how Judaism can be practiced in Israel. Most
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    Published on 06-26-17
    5 hours ago
  • Donald Trump may be uniquely suited to push for Middle East peace: the Israelis as well as key Arab players, each for their own reasons, are all looking like admirers who seek to please. But out-of-the-box thinking will be needed nonetheless. Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner was in the region last week to hear ideas about a final-status deal. According to
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    Published on 06-25-17
    11 hours ago
  • Iraqi government forces expect to achieve a final victory over Islamic State in Mosul within just a few days. But experts warn a military victory alone is no guarantee to lasting peace in the region. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, they urge Baghdad to work on developing cooperation among various groups living in the region.
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    Published on 06-25-17
    13 hours ago
  • Israel's government formally suspended plans on Sunday for a mixed-gender prayer space at Jerusalem's Western Wall, bowing to opposition from Orthodox Jewish politicians to reforms at one of Judaism's holiest sites. The decision will put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at odds with the Conservative and Reform movements of Judaism that have large followings outside Israel but will smooth his relations
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    Published on 06-25-17
    14 hours ago
  • Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the historical heart of Mosul on Sunday in their fight to retake it from Islamic State militants, with one Baghdad commander saying that 65 to 70 percent of the Old City had been liberated. Lieutenant ColonelSalam al-Obeidi said, "There is less than a square kilometer left to retake." He estimated that there were only "a
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    Published on 06-25-17
    22 hours ago
  • The Israeli military said Sunday that it had attacked a series of targets belonging to the Syrian regime after projectiles from the neighboring country landed in its territory for the second day in a row. The military "targeted two artillery positions and an ammunitions truck belonging to the Syrian regime," after "errant fire" from Syria hit the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights
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    Published on 06-25-17
    23 hours ago
  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that it "will be very difficult" for Qatar to meet some of the demands that Saudi Arabia and three of its allies are making on Doha, but urged that they negotiate an end to the Persian Gulf diplomatic standoff. Tillerson, in a statement a day after Qatar rejected the demands as unreasonable
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    Published on 06-25-17
    1 day ago
  • Turkish police stopped protesters and attempted to disperse those marching for LGBT rights in Istanbul Sunday, a day after the governor banned the march. The French press agency, AFP, reported rubber bullets being fired to break up the crowds. Organizers of the march had vowed to gather in Taksim square despite the event being banned by the Turkish government for
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    Published on 06-25-17
    1 day ago
  • Three years after Islamic State was ousted in Iraq’s Salahuddin province, 12,000 Sunni residents of Sulaiman Bek are unable to return home because Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces militiamen turned the town into a military base. VOA’s Dlshad Anwar reports.
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    Published on 06-25-17
    1 day ago