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22
JAN

Protests in Iraq Continue Despite Violence and Division

Protests in Iraq continue despite recent violence and deepening divides following an exchange of attacks between the United States and Iran inside Iraqi territory earlier this month.  On Friday, mass demonstrations are expected against U.S. military involvement in Iraq, as well as for the basic rights protesters have been demanding for months. VOA’s Heather Murdock has this report from Baghdad.
18
JAN

Social Enterprise Project Connects African Asylum Seekers, Israelis in the Kitchen

The 37,000 African asylum seekers in Israel live in limbo. They are allowed to work and their children go to Israeli schools, but they have no official status and live on the fringes of Israeli society. Now a new social enterprise project aims to help them share their stories and culinary culture with native Israelis. Linda Gradstein reports from Tel Aviv.
14
JAN

Will Iran Protests Spark Popular Uprising?

Days of angry protests in Iran over the military's accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner appear to signal a deeper discontent with the government.  The demonstrations began after the Iranian government acknowledged it shot down the aircraft killing all 176 passengers on board, most of them Iranian. The incident appears to have redirected public anger away from America's targeted killing of a top Iranian general and more toward Iran's leadership — and their political repression as the country's economy struggles under U.S. sanctions. VOA's Brian Padden has more on whether the protests signal the beginning of a popular revolt.
 
13
JAN

Ceasefire Raises Hopes of Libya Peace Deal as Turkey Readies Military Deployment

Russia says good progress has been made in talks in Moscow over a ceasefire in Libya – but a breakthrough deal has yet to be signed between the rival forces. Russia, which supports strongman Khalifa Haftar in the east of the country, helped broker a ceasefire alongside Turkey, which plans to deploy troops to defend Haftar’s rival, the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli. As Henry Ridgwell reports, more and more foreign powers are getting involved in the conflict – and while hopes have been raised of a longer-term peace deal, there is also a danger the intervention could backfire.
13
JAN

Anti-Government Protests Erupt After Iran's Admission It Shot Down Plane

Iranians joined protests on the streets of Tehran and other cities for the second day in a row Sunday, following the Iranian government’s admission that it shot down a Ukrainian Airlines passenger jet Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board. The government had previously insisted that allegations of a missile strike were Western propaganda. As Henry Ridgwell reports, Iran’s government is facing growing pressure both from abroad and at home -- but it’s not clear if the protests will develop into bigger anti-government demonstrations.
13
JAN

Anti-Government Protests Erupt After Iran's Admission It Shot Down Plane

Iranians joined protests on the streets of Tehran and other cities for the second day in a row Sunday, following the Iranian government’s admission that it shot down a Ukrainian Airlines passenger jet Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board. The government had previously insisted that allegations of a missile strike were Western propaganda. As Henry Ridgwell reports, Iran’s government is facing growing pressure both from abroad and at home -- but it’s not clear if the protests will develop into bigger anti-government demonstrations.
11
JAN

Pompeo Defends Killing of Iranian General, Says He Recommended It to Trump

The United States is hitting Iranian companies and eight senior officials with new sanctions, in response to Iranian missile attacks against bases housing US forces in Iraq. Pressed for the rationale behind killing a top Iranian general last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted General Qassem Soleimani was plotting attacks on US facilities. Pompeo is front and center in the current Middle East crisis, as President Donald Trump's most powerful and influential national security adviser. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
11
JAN

Pompeo Defends Killing of Iranian General, Says He Recommended It to Trump

The United States is hitting Iranian companies and eight senior officials with new sanctions, in response to Iranian missile attacks against bases housing US forces in Iraq. Pressed for the rationale behind killing a top Iranian general last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted General Qassem Soleimani was plotting attacks on US facilities. Pompeo is front and center in the current Middle East crisis, as President Donald Trump's most powerful and influential national security adviser. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
10
JAN

Two Documentaries Chronicle Horrors in Syria Through Women's Eyes

Two award-winning documentaries capture death and destruction in the war-torn Syrian cities of Aleppo and Eastern Ghouta through the eyes of women. Waad al-Kateab's film "For Sama," and Feras Fayyad's film "The Cave," document civilians' struggle to survive in devastated cities where doctors in makeshift hospitals tend to throngs of injured and dying people. VOA's Penelope Poulou interviewed both filmmakers and has more.
08
JAN

Lebanese Revolution Fueled by Social Media

Since October, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese citizens have taken to the streets of Beirut to protest what they say is  a corrupt political system that has failed to provide even the most basic of services. But without much media coverage, protesters are using social media to get the word out. VOA's Betty Ayoub reports. 

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