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Voice of America – Middle East

  • Growing Calls for China to Release Rights Lawyer from Compulsory Quarantine 
    One day after his release from prison, Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang told friends that he is being watched by state agents — fueling calls at home and abroad for China to stop using the pandemic as an excuse to extend his incarceration.   The European Union said, in a press statement, that it expects Wang’s release to be “unconditional, with particular regard
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    Published on 04-06-20
    2 hours ago
  • Rockets Target Foreign Oil Field in Iraq 
    Officials in southern Iraq say three rockets landed near the site of a foreign oil field Monday.  The rockets targeted the Burjesia area of Basra, Iraq’s main southern city. Authorities say a rocket launcher was found nearby after the attack.   The strike caused “no significant damage,” according to the Associated Press. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.  Reuters reports the site of the attack “has been
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    Published on 04-06-20
    3 hours ago
  • Japanese Prime Minister Declares One-Month State of Emergency for Tokyo, 6 Other Prefectures  
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will declare a 30-day state of emergency in parts of the country in response to the rising confirmed cases of coronavirus. Prime Minister Abe announced his intentions Monday during a televised speech after meeting with a special task force created to deal with the outbreak.  Abe said he will formally impose the declaration Tuesday
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    Published on 04-06-20
    4 hours ago
  • Coronavirus Forces Afghans to Leave Iran 
    An Associated Press report says at least 200,000 Afghans living in Iran have been returning home in recent weeks because of Iran’s COVID-19 outbreak.The account says the Afghan nationals in Iran are exiting “a country that is one of the world’s biggest epicenters of the pandemic to an impoverished homeland that is woefully unprepared to deal with it.” 
    Published on 04-06-20
    4 hours ago
  • US Military Helps in Efforts to Fight Coronavirus
    The U.S. President expects rough weeks ahead in the fight against the coronavirus as the number of people who die will likely increase. At the same time, White House officials says they are also hopeful that they will start seeing a stabilization of cases across large metropolitan areas where the outbreak began. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has the details on what the U.S.
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    Published on 04-06-20
    4 hours ago
  • A Neuroscientist Idea Hopes to Make a Difference in the Battle Against COVID-19
    In the middle of the deadly, worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Michael Wells, a 34-year old neuroscientist, wanted to be useful
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    Published on 04-06-20
    5 hours ago
  • Rwandan, Armenian Genocides Remembered in April
    Two major genocides are being memorialized in April...the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda and the Armenian genocide of a century ago. A husband-and-wife team of researchers are now publishing oral testimonies from the Rwandan atrocities. Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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    Published on 04-06-20
    5 hours ago
  • Cambodian Businesses Remain Open, Double Down on Protections Against Coronavirus
    As the number of coronavirus infection cases rises in Cambodia, businesses that cannot afford to close enact strict hygiene standards but remained worried about the future. From Phnom Penh, VOA’s Phorn Bopha and Khan Sokummono filed this report, narrated by Chetra Chap.
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    Published on 04-06-20
    5 hours ago
  • President, No Big Coronavirus Related Economic Stimulus in Mexico
    Mexico’s President said there will not be a big economic stimulus package related to the coronavirus pandemic, although the country is facing a crisis unlike anything before. Andrés Manuel López Obrador struck an optimistic tone Sunday, uncommon elsewhere nowadays, as the COVID-19 has drastically slowed the economy around the world. "This crisis is temporary, transitory and will soon return to normal. We will defeat the coronavirus, we will revive the economy and Mexico will continue to
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    Published on 04-06-20
    5 hours ago
  • US Health Officials: Shocking US Coronavirus Death Toll Just Ahead 
    U.S. officials warned Sunday of a difficult upcoming week as the nation deals with the toll of the coronavirus outbreak. “This is going to be the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told “Fox News Sunday.” “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going
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    Published on 04-06-20
    7 hours ago