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Voice of America – Middle East

  • Somalia to Push for Voter Registration Ahead of 2021 Elections
    Somalia's National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) has announced plans to register millions of Somalis to participate in what would be the country's first popular elections in more than a half-century.NIEC Chairperson Halima Ismail Ibrahim told VOA that the commission would start registering voters in March 2020 in a campaign that could last months to reach voters in Mogadishu and the regions.She
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    Published on 11-15-19
    32 mins ago
  • 5 Protesters Dead in Violence Over Key Baghdad Squares
    Iraqi security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas in renewed clashes with anti-government protesters in central Baghdad on Friday, killing three people, while Iraq's top Shi'ite religious leader warned its government to heed calls for sweeping political reforms.Separately, a bomb placed under a car exploded near a central square, killing two protesters and wounding 10 others, police and hospital
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    Published on 11-15-19
    46 mins ago
  • Rough Transcript of First Trump-Zelenskiy Call Released
    President Donald Trump on Friday released the summary transcript of his April congratulatory call with Ukraine's president-elect, the latest salvo in the White House effort to blunt Democratic allegations that Trump abused his power by pressuring a foreign leader to get involved in U.S. politics.The new account of Trump's call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy differs significantly from the initial summary of
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    Published on 11-15-19
    2 hours ago
  • Venezuela’s Guaido Urges Mass Rallies Saturday
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has seen an ally forced from office and protests rattle leaders across Latin America in recent weeks, while he has enjoyed a period of relatively smooth sailing, expounding his socialist dream in nightly television addresses and attending international conferences. But opposition leader Juan Guaido is determined to disturb Maduro's comfort, and has called on Venezuelans across the crisis-torn nation
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    Published on 11-15-19
    2 hours ago
  • Basic Necessities
    VOA Connect Episode 96 - Join us as we look at access to the basics. Whether it's groceries in rural villages, feminine products for disadvantaged women, or the job market for newly released felons, there are people out there helping others, and themselves.
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    Published on 11-15-19
    2 hours ago
  • I Support the Girls
    Many women often can’t afford bras or feminine hygiene products.   Dana Marlowe, founder and CEO of I Support the Girls, provides these products that women need. She talks to us about the menstrual taboo and how a trip to a lingerie store changed the course of her life and many underprivileged women around the world.  Camera/Producer: Lisa Vohra  
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    Published on 11-15-19
    2 hours ago
  • Lebanon Protests Continue as Officials Promise New Government, Reforms
    TRIPOLI, LEBANON — "See this?" said Jalal, 21, emptying the pockets of his pants while his two friends open their wallets. Between them were mobile phones and cigarette lighters, but no money. "This is what it means to be a young man in Lebanon," he said.The men were demonstrating at one of the many roadblocks erected during the wave of
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    Published on 11-15-19
    3 hours ago
  • 2019 May Be Deadliest Year for Migrants in Americas, UN Agency Says 
    The International Organization for Migration said Friday that 2019 might be the deadliest year for migrant deaths in the Americas since it began keeping records six years ago. The U.N. agency said 695 people have died this year while making the treacherous journey across the central Mediterranean Sea, the world's deadliest migrant corridor. It said that’s one-sixth the number of deaths recorded
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    Published on 11-15-19
    3 hours ago