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Will Election Change US Policy on Iran?

Since his election in 2016, President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear agreement and imposed tough sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. How might the relationship between Washington and Tehran change after the U.S. election on November 3? Henry Ridgwell reports.Camera: Henry Ridgwell  
Produced by: Henry Hernandez 

In Nagorno-Karabakh’s Fragile Cease-fire, Some Look for Normalcy

Last Saturday’s Russian-brokered cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh has been broken with fresh shelling in the last few days. However, in this report narrated by Jonathan Spier, Pablo Gonzalez in Stepanakert, the main city controlled by ethnic Armenian separatists in the enclave of Azerbaijan, the truce – albeit imperfect – has given at least some respite to residents.Camera: Pablo Gonzalez   Producer:  Jonathan Spier  

Trump Remains Popular in Israel as US Election Looms

Israelis and Palestinians are closely following the U.S. elections. For many in Israel, incumbent Donald Trump is the most pro-Israeli U.S. president in history. Some in the Jewish state fear that a Joe Biden victory could mean a change in U.S. foreign policy – one that Palestinians would welcome. Linda Gradstein reports for VOA from Jerusalem.Videographer: Ricki Rosen

2 Years After Khashoggi Murder, Advocates Still Calling for Justice

Two years after the brutal murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, rights advocates and U.S. lawmakers say the fight for justice is not over.  VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington.
Produced by: Mary Cieslak

As COVID-19 Cases Surge, Israelis Head for New Lockdown

Israel starts a three-week national lockdown Friday after the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reached a new high of almost 5,000 per day. Several hospitals report that they have no room for new coronavirus cases. While the virus infection is widespread around the country, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish and Arab Israeli communities are the hardest hit. Linda Gradstein reports for VOA from Jerusalem.
Camera: Ricki Rosen    Produced by: Mary Cieslak

Trump Hails Abraham Accords as 'Smart Door' to End Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the signing of the “Abraham Accords” at the White House Tuesday, a deal that normalizes Israel’s relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Experts say the accords signify a shift away from the decades-long regional strategy that in exchange for diplomatic recognition, Israel must provide concessions to the two-state solution towards an independent Palestinian state. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has the story.

School Year Starts in Syria Amid Growing Fears of COVID-19

For many young people, fall is the end of summer fun and the start of the new school year.  But 2020 is no ordinary year with the coronavirus pandemic affecting everyday life around the world.  Students in some countries who may already live in conflict zones face the challenge of in-person learning in the era of COVID.  VOA’s Arash Arabasadi reports.Camera: Reuters 
Producer: Arash Arabasadi 

Israel’s Space-Age Weapon Pops Explosive Balloons from Gaza

Amid an escalation of tensions between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas government, Palestinians have launched hundreds of incendiary devices carried by balloons over the border into Israel. Now, Israel has developed a laser defense system – the first of its kind in the world – to shoot them down. Linda Gradstein reports from Kibbutz Kisufim near Israel’s border with Gaza.
Camera: Ricki Rosen, Agencies, Courtesy
Produced by: Barry Unger

Women Run a Local Produce Market in Northern Syria

In Syria, a society dominated by men, a group of women entrepreneurs has opened a small produce market in Amuda, a town in the northeastern part of the country.  The market, entirely run by women, represents a challenge to what is normally a male-dominated economic activity. VOA’s Zana Omer visited the market and filed this report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard.Videographer: Zana Omer.

Verdict in 2005 Hariri Killing Leaves Many in Lebanon Disappointed

Many observers had predicted that verdicts in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri would touch off disturbances in Lebanon, but none of that happened on Tuesday when those verdicts came. As Anchal Vohra reports from Beirut, many Lebanese are more worried about other pressing matters — like how to rebuild their lives after a recent massive explosion — and earning a living at a time when their country is suffering a debilitating economic crisis.Camera: Tilo Gummel  Produced by: Rob Raffaele

‘Stop Partying’: Libyan Doctors Warn Public as Coronavirus Cases Surge

Doctors in Libya are braced for a surge in serious coronavirus cases, as the infection rate has jumped in recent weeks. Latest figures suggest there are around 8,500 cases in the conflict-torn country, though the true figure is likely to be much higher. As Henry Ridgwell reports, authorities are urging people to adhere to social distancing to slow the spread of the disease.Camera:  Henry Ridgwell      Produced by: Rob Raffaele 

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