Middle East

Tamara Awaysa, 17, left, Wassan al-Sayyed,17, center and Massa Halawa,16, right, pose for a photo with their mentor Yamama Shakaa in the West Bank city of Nablus. For the 11th graders from the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the ticket of admission to th
Four Palestinian high school friends are heading to California this week to pitch their mobile app about fire prevention to Silicon Valley’s tech leaders, after winning a slot in the finals of a worldwide competition among more than 19,000 teenage girls.For the 11th graders from the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the ticket of admission to the World Pitch Summit signals a particularly dramatic leap.They come from middle class families that value education, but…
FILE - An aerial view shows sinkholes in the abandoned tourist resort of Ein Gedi on the Dead Sea shore, Nov. 28, 2017. Israel is heading into its fifth consecutive year of drought, putting three celebrated biblical bodies of water at risk.
For years, public service announcements warned Israelis to save water: Take shorter showers. Plant resilient gardens. Conserve. Then Israel invested heavily in desalination technology and professed to have solved the problem by tapping into the abundant waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The once-ubiquitous conservation warnings vanished.Now, a five-year drought is challenging that strategy, as farmers struggle and the country’s most important bodies of water shrink.
In this picture taken by a citizen journalist, Iranian security forces dressed in black confront anti-government protesters in Iran’s third-largest city, Isfahan, during demonstrations that began on July 31, 2018 and continued for a second day on Aug
Sporadic protests were taking place in cities in Iran for a fourth day, with demonstrators attacking a Shiite seminary west of Tehran, according to Iranian news agencies and social media Saturday, as Iranians brace for a return of U.S. sanctions.Hundreds have rallied in cities across the country, including Tehran, Isfahan and Karaj, according to videos posted on social media, to protest against high inflation caused in part by a plunging rial over fears of the reimposition of…
FILE - A Yemeni woman suspected of being infected with cholera, receive treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa, on July 24, 2018.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns Yemen may be on the verge of another cholera epidemic, which could be deadlier than previous ones because of widespread malnutrition in the war-torn country.Yemen has had two major waves of cholera epidemics in recent years.
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Fri, 08/03/2018 - 13:52
In this photo sent by an Iranian citizen journalist and verified by VOA Persian, a crowd of anti-government protesters marches in the city of Karaj, adjacent to Tehran, Aug. 2, 2018.
Anti-government protests by Iranians fed up with their nation's economic woes have spread to 10 major cities, posing the biggest challenge to Iran's Islamist rulers since January's nationwide demonstrations.Images and reports sent by citizen journalists in Iran and verified by VOA Persian confirmed that street protests took place on Thursday in the capital, Tehran, and nine other cities: Ahvaz, Hamedan, Isfahan, Karaj, Kermanshah, Mashhad, Shiraz, Urmia and Varamin. Earlier…
Michael Lipin
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 20:37
FILE - Israeli soldiers look at the Syrian side of the Israel-Syria border on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel, July 7, 2018.
Israel killed seven militants in an airstrike on the Syrian-held Golan Heights, preventing a "grave incident," Israel Radio said Thursday without citing sources.The Israeli military confirmed carrying out an airstrike overnight, saying it had targeted "several armed terror operatives in the southern Syrian Golan Heights" overnight. The military's statement did not elaborate on any casualties.
In this picture taken by a citizen journalist, Iranian security forces dressed in black confront anti-government protesters in Iran’s third-largest city, Isfahan, during demonstrations that began on July 31, 2018 and continued for a second day on Aug
Several hundred Iranians have staged a second day of anti-government street protests in Iran’s third-largest city, Isfahan, in a sign of persistent public anger about the country’s economic woes. Video clips verified by VOA Persian and sent by residents showed the protesters marching and chanting opposition slogans on Wednesday in Isfahan’s northern district of New Shapur, the same area where hundreds of anti-government demonstrators had marched the day before. Residents…
Michael Lipin
Wed, 08/01/2018 - 18:26