Gunfire, Explosions Heard in Libyan Capital

TRIPOLI— Clashes broke out in a district and a suburb of Libya’s capital on Saturday, home to groups opposing an alternative government controlling Tripoli and parts of western Libya, residents said. The North African country is in the [...]

Israel to Transfer Frozen Tax Funds to Palestinians

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, WEST BANK— Israel said on Saturday it would transfer $470 million of withheld tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority following talks between a senior Israeli military officer and Palestinian officials. In December, Israel [...]

Pentagon: Sunni Tribesmen ‘Important’ in Anbar Strategy

PENTAGON— As thousands of Iraqis continue to flee the contested area around Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, the Pentagon says Sunni tribesmen are critical to efforts to secure the area. Days after the Islamic State group captured three [...]

US Urges Greece to Work Out Details

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has urged Greece to go through “every line” in its budget to draft a reform plan to satisfy its international creditors. Lew, speaking in Washington Friday, said he believes that is the level of detail [...]

Family Waits to Hear Charges Against Reporter Jailed in Iran

The Iranian trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is set to start soon, but Rezaian has yet to meet with his lawyer, and his family still does not know the exact charges against him. His brother, Ali Rezaian, told VOA’s Persian [...]

Australia-Cambodia Resettlement Agreement Raises Concerns

BANGKOK— The United Nations Children’s Fund is voicing concern about the decision by Australia to transfer asylum seekers detained on the Pacific Island of Nauru to Cambodia, possibly as early as Monday. UNICEF’s concerns come amid growing [...]

Afghan Military Chief, in Pakistan, Urges Increased Cooperation

ISLAMABAD— Hours after a suicide bomber in Jalalabad, Afghanistan killed at least 33 people and wounded scores of others, Afghan’s military chief, in an unprecedented speech in neighboring Pakistan, called for both nations to redouble [...]

President Ghani: IS Militants Claim Afghan Suicide Blast

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Saturday that killed at least 33 people in eastern Afghanistan. Officials say more than 100 other people were wounded in the attack in [...]

Iran, Saudis on Collision Course over Yemen

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia continued to escalate Saturday, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slamming Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. “You planted the seeds of hatred in the hearts” of people [...]

Iraqi Forces Retake Most of Baiji Refinery

BAGHDAD— Iraqi forces retook most of the country’s largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex in northern Iraq this week. A spokesman for [...]

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