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24
OCT

Kurds in Syria Mourn Loss of Lives and Territory

Kurdish people in northeastern Syria are mourning the loss of lives and territory as they try to regroup after recent battles and ponder an uncertain future.  VOA's Heather Murdock has this report from Qameshli and Tal Tamer in Syria
24
OCT

US President Trump Announces Syria Deal with Turkey 'Permanent' 

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a permanent U.S.-brokered ceasefire in Syria Wednesday and lifted sanctions he imposed on Turkey, saying Ankara had agreed to halt its offensive on Syrian Kurds. But U.S. lawmakers remain deeply concerned about the situation in northeastern Syria, especially about the consequences of Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the region.  VOA's congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson has more from Capitol Hill.
21
OCT

Egypt Resumes Archaeological Excavations After Years of Slow Activity

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.
19
OCT

Aid Workers Tell of Turkey's 'Barbaric' Actions in Syria

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.
18
OCT

Pence: Turkey Agreed to a 5-Day Cease-fire in Syria

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.
 
07
OCT

Iraq's PM Announces Reforms in Response to Deadly Protests

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.
04
OCT

Iraq's PM Promises to Listen t Grievances After Deadly Protests

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.
 
03
OCT

Iraq's Violent Protests Raise Fears Over Country's Future

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.
02
OCT

One Year After Journalist's Murder, Case Being 'Ignored'

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.

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