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In Afghanistan, Coalition Bombs Falling at Record Pace

April 24, 2018 by · Comments Off on In Afghanistan, Coalition Bombs Falling at Record Pace 

VOA – The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan dropped more bombs during the first quarter of 2018 than it has in the same period in any of the last 15 years, according to Pentagon data. The increased bombing is the latest evidence the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan is significantly intensifying since U.S. President Donald Trump announced his new military strategy for the country in August. Coalition planes dropped 1,186 weapons on Afghanistan during the first three months of 2018, according to figures released by U.S. Air Forces Central Command. The previous record (1,083) was set during the height of the war in 2011. The U.S. has not released 2001 to 2003 airstrike data.

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Iran Would Discuss Prisoners if US Showed Respect, Zarif Says

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Iran Vows ‘Expected, Unexpected’ Moves if Nuclear Deal Dies

April 22, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran Vows ‘Expected, Unexpected’ Moves if Nuclear Deal Dies 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday Iran’s atomic agency was ready with “expected and unexpected” reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to do. “Our Atomic Energy Organization is fully prepared … for actions that they expect and actions they do not expect,” Rouhani said without elaborating in a speech carried by state television, referring to a possible decision by Trump to leave the accord next month. The deal reached between Iran, the United States and five other world powers put curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Iranians: Surge in Foreign Drug Prices Causing Hardship

April 18, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iranians: Surge in Foreign Drug Prices Causing Hardship 

VOA – Iranians say prices of foreign pharmaceuticals have surged in recent weeks because of the strengthening U.S. dollar, causing hardship for the sick and inciting anger toward people seen as profiting from the situation. In Tuesday’s edition of VOA Persian’s Straight Talk call-in show, callers from inside Iran accused the government of failing to deal with the problem. The Iranian rial weakened to a record low of 60,000 to the dollar on the free market last week, on concerns that the United States may soon impose once again tough economic sanctions against Iran. Authorities responded by attempting to unify Iran’s free market and official exchange rates at a new level of 42,000 rials to the dollar.

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Fired FBI Director Comey Calls Trump ‘Morally Unfit to be President

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US Says Syrian Chemical Weapons Program Crippled

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VOA – Military planners and U.S. President Donald Trump are hailing the U.S.-led airstrikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities as a complete success, with every missile hitting its target. The United States, France and Britain launched the strikes early Saturday morning, dropping 105 missiles on three Syrian chemical weapons facilities — one in the capital of Damascus and two others near Homs, near the border with northern Lebanon. U.S. military officials said all of the missiles hit their targets within minutes of each other, reducing the facilities to rubble.

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Angered by Water Shortages, Iranians March for 3rd Day

April 13, 2018 by · Comments Off on Angered by Water Shortages, Iranians March for 3rd Day 

Iran’s third-largest city of Isfahan has seen a third consecutive day of street protests against worsening water shortages in the country. A social media video labeled as filmed Thursday in Isfahan’s eastern district of Khorasgan shows a group of protesters gathered on a street and marching peacefully through an adjacent park. VOA’s Persian service monitored the video as it circulated on the Telegram instant-messaging service. In the video, Iranian police stand behind barriers opposite the protesters as a man using a megaphone is heard calling on people not to chant anti-government slogans. Iranian police have made similar appeals to water-shortage protesters in Isfahan in recent days. Later in the clip, as the protesters walk through the park, they chant: “Don’t fear, we are together.” Social media videos posted earlier this week and monitored by VOA’s sister network RFE/RL showed what activists said were peaceful water protests being staged in Isfahan on Wednesday and Tuesday.

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White House: Trump Has Authority to Fire Special Counsel

April 11, 2018 by · Comments Off on White House: Trump Has Authority to Fire Special Counsel 

VOA – The president has the authority to fire the special counsel appointed to look into ties between his campaign and Russia, the White House asserted on Tuesday. “We’ve been advised that the president certainly has the power to make that decision,” replied White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked during a briefing whether it is within President Donald Trump’s power to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Many legal experts say that the president would have to take such an action through Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who could refuse to comply.

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How to Find Out What Facebook, Google Know About You

April 10, 2018 by · Comments Off on How to Find Out What Facebook, Google Know About You 

VOA – As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies in front of Congress about the company’s practices this week, Americans are waking up to just how much personal information tech companies have collected about them. Facebook said it will begin notifying 87 million people this week whose information was handed to political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica without their knowledge. Facebook has also instigated several changes to make it easier for users to control their data.

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Iran Caught in Global Cyber Attack That Left US Flag on Screens

April 8, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran Caught in Global Cyber Attack That Left US Flag on Screens 

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