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Lebanese internet freedom activist and U.S. permanent resident Nizar Zakka speaks to VOA Persian at his home in Washington, June 24, 2019. Iran released him from four years in prison on June 11.
In VOA Persian interview, Nizar Zakka shares new details of interactions with other detainees at Tehran’s Evin prison, one of whom he identified as a little-known Iranian who also has U.S. residency
Michael Lipin
Mon, 07/01/2019 - 22:50
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas after their talks in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 10, 2019. Zarif warned the U.S. on Monday that it "cannot expect to stay safe"…
Iran says it surpasses uranium stockpile limit in 2015 nuclear accord
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Mon, 07/01/2019 - 20:20
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi issued a decree heavily curbing the powers of mostly Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias, July 1, 2019.
The militias, which helped Iraqi and US-led international coalition forces to drive out occupying Islamic State militants, have broad influence in Iraqi politics.
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By Reuters
Mon, 07/01/2019 - 20:11
Debris, burnt-out cars and bullet casings remain a day after the battle on the road out of Gharyan, Tripoli. (H.Murdock/VOA)
Libya's eastern forces threaten further strikes on Tripoli
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Mon, 07/01/2019 - 19:41
FILE - Mossad director Joseph (Yossi) Cohen gestures as he addresses a budgeting conference hosted by Israel's Finance Ministry in Jerusalem, Oct. 22, 2018.
Joseph Cohen, the chief of Israel's Mossad spy service, said many Arab countries "cannot stand Iran's thuggish behavior"
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By Reuters
Mon, 07/01/2019 - 17:41
Mourners carry the body of Mohammed Obeid, a 20 year-old Palestinian killed in a clash with Israeli police on June 27, during his funeral in east Jerusalem, Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Ilean)
Shooting sparked three consecutive nights of clashes between Israeli security forces and residents in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya
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Mon, 07/01/2019 - 12:42
FILE - Islamic State members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, March 10, 2019.
US military says it has struck an al-Qaida leadership and training facility in northern Syria where attacks threatening Americans and others were being planned
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Mon, 07/01/2019 - 08:44

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