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With the five-day cease-fire between Turkish and Kurdish forces in northern Syria set to expire Tuesday night, some fighting is reported to be continuing. VOA’s Heather Murdock has this report from Tal Tamar and the outskirts of Ras al-Ayn in Syria.
Egypt has unveiled the contents of 30 ancient wooden coffins recently discovered in Luxor in what officials call the country's largest archaeological find in more than a century. Officials say the 3,000-year-old coffins shown to the media Saturday are just a small part of what is yet to come as the archeological excavations resume after years of decline. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
Zana Omar reports for VOA from Qamishli that the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent traveled to Ras al-Ayn to extract the wounded civilians from the hospital there that had been under siege from the Turkish incursion into the region — both before and after the cease-fire.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence hailed a deal he reached with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara as a temporary cease-fire of Turkey's military assault against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. But some former U.S. national security officials and lawmakers are rejecting the deal, criticizing the Trump administration for abandoning its long-time Kurdish allies that fought as a key part of a coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. VOA'S Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington.
As fighting intensifies and more players join the battles in northeastern Syria, aid organizations are fleeing the violence in the face of a worsening humanitarian crisis. VOA’s Heather Murdock has this report from the region.
The White House announced Sunday that U.S. troops will pull out of northern Syria as Turkey moves forward with a military offensive. The decision has led to condemnations from Congress, clarification from the Pentagon and fear from local allies. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports.
Iraq’s leaders announced a new reform plan on Sunday following days of protests that have killed more than 100 people in less than a week. The cabinet met through the night Saturday in an effort to respond to protests that started on Tuesday in the capital Baghdad and quickly spread to other southern cities. The protests that started peacefully on Tuesday with protesters demanding jobs, better services and an end to widespread corruption became increasingly violent as the authorities used force to disperse protesters. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi promised to listen to people's grievances in a televised address after three days of deadly protest in Baghdad and several other cities. Hundreds of protesters rallied in the capital for a third consecutive day Thursday, defying a curfew, to call for jobs, improved services and an end to widespread corruption. About 30 people have been killed so far and hundreds others have been injured in clashes between the police and protesters. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports the authorities authorities have extended a curfew in several southern cities as the death toll rises.
In recent days, anti-government protests have engulfed Baghdad and some other cities in Iraq. Security forces have opened fire, killing dozens and wounding hundreds. A curfew has been imposed in the capital and the internet has been cut off in several regions. The United States has urged authorities to exercise restraint. As the country stands on the brink of descending once more into violence, there are fears of a return to sectarian conflict. Henry Ridgwell reports from a recent London conference on the uncertain future of Iraq.
Marking the one-year anniversary of the killing of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the United Nations special rapporteur and Khashoggi’s fiancé both warn the international community: only action — not words — will send a message that no one can get away with murder. VOA’s Ramon Taylor reports.
For kids all over the world, the coming of Fall means the beginning of school year. For some children though, it is a reminder that they are far away from their own schools and homes. VOA’s Newroz Rasho visited children starting their school year in Shahba refugee camp near Afrin, Syria in this report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard.
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