Middle East

FILE - Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, left, visits Turkish troops at the border with Iraq, in Hakkari province, June 19, 2020.
Regional rivals are engaged in increasingly bitter diplomatic sparring as Ankara threatens to expand its Iraqi operations to strategically important region used by Iranian-backed militia
Dorian Jones
Tue, 03/02/2021 - 06:57 PM
With Islamic State Gone, Iraqi City Mounts Comeback for Pope's Visit
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City destroyed during IS occupation now welcomes Pope Francis
VOA Journalist Arash Arabasadi
Tue, 03/02/2021 - 06:03 PM
This picture taken on June 23, 2019 shows a general view of the July 15 Martyrs Bridge, or  Bosphorus Bridge, as seen from a…
Officials say first freight train will leave Istanbul Thursday and is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on March 16 
Ayaz Gul
Tue, 03/02/2021 - 01:46 PM
Houthi rebel fighters attend a funeral procession for Houthis who who were killed in recent fighting with forces of Yemen's Saudi-backed internationally recognized government, in Sana'a, Yemen, Feb. 16, 2021.
US officials say Iran’s support for rebel groups has also destabilized broader region
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Tue, 03/02/2021 - 01:36 PM
FILE - Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Reporters Without Borders says US intelligence supports its complaint
Lisa Bryant
Tue, 03/02/2021 - 12:08 PM
FILE PHOTO: Vigil is held at Saudi Embassy for Journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Press freedom group cited the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
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Tue, 03/02/2021 - 08:06 AM
U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as…
Inauguration Day action by Biden also has done little to boost US visa issuances to Iranians in past six weeks as other obstacles to Iranians entering US remain
Michael Lipin
Tue, 03/02/2021 - 05:40 AM
Israel Worries About Possible New Iran Nuclear Deal
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Biden administration and European officials continue efforts to reopen negotiations with Iran about a new nuclear deal
Linda Gradstein
Mon, 03/01/2021 - 10:38 PM
A panel of 11 Israeli Supreme Court judges wearing face masks hear arguments against the legality of Prime Minister Benjamin…
After 15 years, Israel’s Supreme Court has decided non-Orthodox converts are Jewish and entitled to citizenship
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Mon, 03/01/2021 - 10:23 PM
A girl carries a canister of cooking oil she received from the local charity Mona Relief at a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts of Sana'a, Yemen March 1, 2021.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says famine is bearing down on Yemen and 16 million people are expected to go hungry this year
Lisa Schlein
Mon, 03/01/2021 - 03:18 PM
Foreign prisoners, suspected of being part of the Islamic State, lie in a prison cell in Hasaka, Syria, January 7, 2020…
People arbitrarily detained in Syria have been forcibly disappeared, subject to torture, sexual violence or death in detention 
Lisa Schlein
Mon, 03/01/2021 - 01:56 PM
A woman looks as she sits with her children at a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, March 1, 2021.
Five million on brink of starvation; children are especially vulnerable  
Margaret Besheer
Mon, 03/01/2021 - 01:11 PM
This photo released on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran shows centrifuge machines in Natanz…
Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said if US truly wants to begin renegotiating nuclear deal, the path is clear: US must effectively remove the sanctions
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Mon, 03/01/2021 - 10:49 AM
Wives and children of IS fighters are detained in al-Hol Camp in Syria, Feb. 18, 2020. (Heather Murdock/VOA)
A group of French women who joined the Islamic State group continue a hunger strike as part of their demand for France to repatriate them and their children, but it is a tough proposal for French politicians as presidential elections approach
Nicolas Pinault, VOA French to Africa journalist
Mon, 03/01/2021 - 09:19 AM
FILE PHOTO: A mural of Pope Francis is seen on the wall of a church upon his upcoming visit to Iraq, in Baghdad, Iraq February…
Francis, 84, will become the first pope to visit Iraq when he begins a packed three-day trip on Friday
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Mon, 03/01/2021 - 09:15 AM

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