Middle East

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi meets with Basra provincial Council members in Basra, Iraq, Sept. 18, 2018.
In an exclusive interview with the Voice of America's Kurdish Service, Mohammed al-Halbousi, Iraq's speaker of the Council of Representatives, said support of the U.S.-led coalition to ensure a lasting defeat of Islamic State (IS) is crucial as Iraq continues its efforts against the group's insurgency activities.Discussing whether neighboring Iran can meddle in Iraqi politics by pushing for the withdrawal of U.S. troops after the military defeat of IS, al-Halbousi said Iraq does…
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Tue, 04/02/2019 - 21:55
Energy Secretary Rick Perry, left, speaks with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., right, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and committee chairwoman, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, before testifying  April 2, 2019, on Capito
U.S. senators from both parties on Tuesday asked Energy Secretary Rick Perry for details about recent approvals for companies to share nuclear energy information with Saudi Arabia, with the lawmakers expressing concern about possible development of atomic weapons.Saudi Arabia has engaged in "many deeply troubling actions and statements that have provoked alarm in Congress," Senators Bob Menendez, a Democrat, and Marco Rubio, a Republican, told Perry in a letter, a copy of which…
The sun rises as fishermen are seen at the seaport of Gaza City, after Israel expanded fishing zone for Palestinians, April 2, 2019.
As their rickety motorboats puttered out into deep Mediterranean waters for the first time in almost two decades, the Palestinian fishermen prayed for deep-water mackerel and tuna to supplement Gaza's usual shallows fare of sardines, shrimp and crab.This week, as part of Egyptian-mediated efforts to ease the plight of 2 million residents of the blockaded Gaza Strip, Israel has extended the area where it permits Palestinians to fish."Such a distance has been off-limits…
FILE - Iranian oil worker rides his bicycle at the Tehran's oil refinery south of the capital Tehran, Iran.
Three of the eight countries to which Washington granted waivers to import Iranian oil have now cut their shipments from Iran to zero, a U.S. special representative said on Tuesday.While the United States has set a target of driving Iranian oil exports to zero, it granted temporary import waivers to China, India, Greece, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and South Korea."In November, we granted eight oil waivers to avoid a spike in the price of oil. I can confirm today three…
Algerian demonstrators march during a protest in Algiers, Apr. 2, 2019. Algerian protesters and political leaders are expressing concerns that ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's departure will leave the country's secretive, distrusted power stru
The political situation in Algeria gets murky as Algeria's state news agency reports President Abdelaziz Bouteflika told a constitutional body Tuesday he is resigning. Feuding political and military factions appear to be waging a behind-the-scenes tug-of-war to determine the future of the government.Students continued to protest in the capital city, Algiers, against President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika and his government, despite the announcement that he would leave office before his…
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Tue, 04/02/2019 - 13:08
FILE - A Syrian Democratic Forces flag flutters on a damaged building in the twon of Baghuz, Syria, March 23, 2019.
More than a week after declaring victory over Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate, U.S.-backed forces are still trying to clear the terror group’s last stronghold of its fighters.   A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces tweeted Tuesday that clearing operations in the northeastern Syrian town of Baghuz included an ongoing hunt for IS members who have yet to give up the fight.   “SDF combing the area in #Baghouz (sic) and its…
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Tue, 04/02/2019 - 13:04
Cheering supporters try to touch Ekrem Imamoglu, the main Turkish opposition's candidate for Istanbul, after he visited the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the secular republic's founder, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party on Tuesday appealed election results in Istanbul and Ankara, claiming irregularities in the voting cost them mayorships in both cities.Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) won a majority of votes throughout Turkey in Sunday's local elections, but trailed in Istanbul, the country's economic hub, and Ankara, the capital. If the initial outcomes hold, it would be a political setback for the Turkish leader, who…
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Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:45