VOA Daily World News: July 27, 2015
From Washington, this is VOA news. I’m Michael Lipin reporting from Washington. U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Ethiopia on the first ever visit to the country by a serving American leader.
Mr. Obama flew to Addis Ababa on Sunday for two days of talks with African leaders on issues such as terrorism, human rights and the civil war in South Sudan.
Earlier in the day, he ended a landmark visit to Kenya with a speech to thousands of students at a stadium outside the capital.
VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande has more from Nairobi.
I’m sorry we don’t have, seem to have that report, but we will try to get it for you next hour.
We’re staying with Mr. Obama’s visit to Africa. He is due to hold talks on Monday with Ethiopian leaders who have been key U.S. allies in the fight against Somalia’s al-Shabaab militant group.
On Tuesday, the U.S. president is expected to visit the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa before flying back to Washington.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has acknowledged that his military has given up some regions of the country as it battles insurgents.
In a speech broadcast live on state television on Sunday, President Assad said “We must define the important regions that the armed forces hold onto so that they don’t allow the collapse of the rest of the Syrian areas.”
Mr. Assad also said that countries that stand up for their rights ultimately go on to win their battles, as Iran eventually did in its nuclear negotiations with the world community.
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Al-Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for a car bombing outside a Somali hotel that hosts the Chinese and Egyptian embassies in the capital, Mogadishu.
Sunday’s attack killed 13 people and wounded 25 others.
It targeted the Hotel Jazeera near Mogadishu International Airport. The hotel often is used by Somali members of parliament and journalists as well as foreign diplomats.
Local media reported that most of those killed were civilians, including a local TV journalist. Somali officials have released no details about the victims.
Nigerian authorities say a female suicide bomber has killed 14 people at a market in the country’s northeast. Witnesses said the early Sunday blast also wounded around 50 other people.
The attacker struck the entrance of a market in the town of Damaturu, the capital of Nigeria’s Yobe state.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Israeli police and Palestinian rioters have confronted each other at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City.
The Palestinians threw stones and fireworks at Israeli security personnel after Jewish ultranationalists visited the raised platform housing the mosque on Sunday. Israeli police responded to the rioters with stun grenades.
The Israeli security forces briefly entered the Al-Aqsa mosque and locked the demonstrators inside to try to restore calm.
The Jewish ultranationalists’ visit coincided with the Jewish observance of Tisha B’av, the annual day of mourning for the destruction of the historic Jewish temples at the site, which Jews revere as the Temple Mount.
Muslims call the site the Noble Sanctuary, the third holiest site in Islam. Many Muslims consider any visits to the site by Jews to be provocative.
Israeli police arrested several of the rioters.
Afghan authorities say the Taliban militant group has captured a key northeastern military base in overnight fighting which ended with more than 100 Afghan security forces surrendering to the insurgents.
Officials said the fighting in the Tirgaran area of Badakhshan province erupted on Friday night when Taliban fighters staged coordinated attacks on several Afghan security outposts.
A provincial official said border police personnel at the base surrendered to the Taliban because they were besieged and did not get reinforcement from the Afghan central government.
In a statement, the Taliban said its fighters took control of several security installations in the area and captured 110 Afghan national security personnel.
I’m Michael Lipin in Washington.
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VOA Daily World News: July 28, 2015
From Washington, this is VOA news. I’m Molly Johnson reporting. While calling Ethiopia a partner on many issues and hailing the country’s fight against terrorism, President Barack Obama is also urging the country’s leaders to protect human rights and ensure good governance.
VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande has more on the president’s talks with the Ethiopian prime minister in Addis Ababa.
The deadly blast that struck a hotel in Somalia’s capital just as Mr. Obama landed in Ethiopia Sunday was a reminder the U.S. president said of the very real threat facing the region.
“Yesterday’s bombing in Mogadishu reminds us that Terrorist groups like al-Shabaab offer nothing but death and destruction and have to be stopped. We’ve got more work to do.”
It was against this security backdrop that talks between President Obama and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn took place Monday in Ethiopia’s ornate National Palace.
Following Monday’s bilateral talks in the palace, President Obama convened a meeting with the leaders of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and the African Union in hopes of finding a path to peace.
Aru Pande, VOA news, Addis Ababa.
On Tuesday, President Obama will visit the African Union’s headquarters also in Addis Ababa.
Turkey is calling for a meeting of its NATO allies Tuesday to discuss threats to its security and its airstrikes targeting the Islamic State militants in Syria as well as Kurdish rebels in Iraq.
Ankara made the request under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty, which allows countries to ask for consultations when they believe territorial integrity, independence or security is at risk.
On Monday, the U.S. said it is working with Turkey on an attack plan to clear Islamic State insurgents from northern Syria, a campaign that would escalate Ankara’s involvement in the fight against militants in the region.
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The U.S. State Department says widespread human trafficking is helping fuel vast fortunes around the world, but leaving millions of people exploited by unscrupulous labor overseers, sex traders and others “in virtually every country in the world.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says this year’s report needs to be a call to action and is urging governments to strengthen and enforce their laws.
“And by issuing it, we want to bring to the public’s attention the full nature and scope of a $150 billion illicit trafficking industry. We want to provide evidence and facts that will help people who are already striving to achieve reforms to alleviate suffering and to hold people accountable. We want to provide a strong incentive for governments at every level to do all that they can to prosecute trafficking and to shield at-risk populations.”
The report says that human trafficking has no bounds and respects no laws, exists in formal and informal labor markets of lawful and illicit industries, affecting skilled and unskilled workers from a spectrum of educational backgrounds.
A terrorist attack in India’s Punjab state killed at least 10 people and prompted authorities to increase security along the border with Pakistan.
Officials say three to four heavily-armed men dressed in army fatigues first fired on a bus from a stolen car, then headed on to a police complex, opening fire as they stormed that building.
Commandos and police reinforcements rushed to the scene, beginning a nearly 12-hour gunbattle before the attackers were killed. Officials say security forces are now searching the building.
Separately, investigators say five bombs were found on railway tracks between towns, suggesting more assaults were planned. It is not clear who is behind Monday’s attack.
The death toll is now at 18 following Sunday’s bombing of the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu by militant group al-Shabaab.
Five more deaths were reported today, including that of a Chinese embassy staff worker who was injured in the powerful truck bomb blast.
Ambulance services say searchers also pulled four bodies from the rubble of the partially destroyed hotel.
World markets tumbled on Monday after the main Chinese stock market suffered its biggest plunge in eight years.
The Shanghai Composite index lost 8.5 percent while the CSI300 index of the largest 300 listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen shed  8.6 percent.
Shortly after opening, the Dow Jones Industrial, meantime, hit its lowest level in over five months. The NASDAQ Composite also went to its lowest point in four weeks.
The Chinese government’s dramatic efforts to [drop] prop up the mainland’s falling stock markets suffered a serious setback, with these major indices falling.
And Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. A person familiar with the decision tells the Associated Press the U.S. Olympic Committee has severed ties with Boston. The bid soured within days of its start in last January.
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VOA Daily World News: July 29, 2015
From Washington, this is VOA news. I’m Molly Johnson in Washington. Wrapping up the first visit to Ethiopia by a sitting U.S. president, President Barack Obama took time to meet personally with Ethiopians who benefit from U.S. development initiatives.
Anita Powell in Addis Ababa reports on how this East African nation has welcomed him.
Ethiopian farmer Gifty Jemal Hussein beamed as she looked up into the face of President Obama and told him how he changed her life.
Through a U.S. development project started by Obama, she had access to better seeds, which vastly improved her corn harvest.
Mr. Obama said his project called Feed the Future is to work more intelligently, not just to pour in more money.
“With just a few smart interventions, a little bit of help, they can make huge improvements in their overall yields.”
For farmers like Gifty, however, these big ideas have very real consequences. She grinned and offered a one-word response. It means thank you.
Anita Powell, VOA news, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Turkish military says it launched a new round of airstrikes against Kurdish rebels on Tuesday.
Two F-16 jets hit positions belonging to the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the PKK, in southeast Turkey just hours after NATO voiced support for Ankara’s response to what it called “terrorism” in Turkey.
There are no fresh reports of strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria, which began in parallel with the attacks on the PKK last Friday.
A NATO statement released Tuesday after emergency session read in part “the security of the alliance is indivisible and we stand in solidarity with Turkey.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his forces are pressing their campaign against the militants in Iraq and Syria.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told skeptical lawmakers Tuesday that if the U.S. rejects the internationally brokered Iran nuclear deal there would be “no restraints” on Tehran developing a nuclear weapon.
“It’s a good deal for the world, a good deal for America, a good deal for allies and friends,” Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Congress is beginning a 60-day review of the pact crafted by the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia over months of negotiations.
Tehran agreed to restraints on its nuclear program and international inspections in exchange for lifting U.N. sanctions and Western sanctions that have hobbled its economy.
Lawyers for convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard say U.S. officials have agreed to release him in November after 30 years in prison.
60-year-old Pollard, who was one-time civilian and navy analyst, was arrested in November of 1985 when he unsuccessfully sought asylum at Israel’s embassy in Washington.
Pollard was convicted of passing suitcases filled with military secrets to his Israeli handlers and sentenced to life in prison, a rare instance of one ally spying on another that resulted in a criminal prosecution.
His supporters say he was punished excessively. Some U.S. prosecutors and officials still call him a traitor who should not be released.
There is an intense fight [waging] raging in Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents have made territorial gains in three northern provinces. The rebel advances come just days before a second round of peace talks [before] between the warring sides is to be hosted by neighboring Pakistan. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
The fall of a district called Kohistanat in the Sur-i-Pul province is the latest in a series of battlefield gains the Taliban has made in the past few days.
Provincial officials say hundreds of security personnel guarding the area had to retreat in the wake of a well-coordinated assault from all directions.
The increase in hostilities comes as Afghan government and Taliban officials prepare to meet Friday in Pakistan for a second round of peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Afghanistan.
Among other issues, Afghan officials say they intend to demand the Taliban halt its violent campaign.
Ayaz Gul, for VOA news, Islamabad.
South Korea has declared an effective end to the threat from the MERS outbreak, which killed 36 people and hurt Seoul’s already slowing economy.
Since its discover in May, the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome infected 186 people and forced more than 16,000 others into quarantine.
There have been no new cases reported for the last 23 days.
The outbreak did rattle the country, prompting thousands of schools to shut down and keeping many at home in fear of becoming infected.
The crisis was partly blamed for the performance of South Korea’s economy, which in a second quarter grew at its slowest pace in six years.
Good to have that outbreak under control and clamped down and out.
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VOA Daily World News: July 30, 2015
From Washington, this is VOA news. I’m David Byrd reporting. Afghan government officials say that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead.
Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, the spokesman for Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, said that the Taliban leader died in a hospital in Karachi in 2013. However, he did not say why Mullah Omar died.
President Ashraf Ghani’s office also said that Omar died in 2013, but the Taliban has claimed that its leader is still alive.
Here in Washington, the White House said the reports of Omar’s death appeared credible and that U.S. intelligence agencies are looking into the circumstances of his death.
Turkish warplanes bombarded Kurdish militants in northern Iraq Wednesday hours after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was impossible to continue peace efforts with the Kurds.
Ankara’s fighter jets hit shelters, depots and caves in six areas. It was the biggest assault since Turkey launched strikes last week against the Kurdish militants and Islamic State fighters in northern Syria.
Iraq condemned the air attacks as a “dangerous escalation and an assault on Iraqi sovereignty.”
Turkey’s assaults so far have been heaviest against Kurdistan Workers Party targets in Iraq and in southeastern Turkey. Ankara’s pro-Kurdish opposition has accused Mr. Erdogan of launching, that is, the strikes as revenge for the party’s strong showing in June’s elections which kept him from having a majority in the Turkish parliament.
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U.S. lawmakers pressed top administration officials Wednesday for details on the international inspection regime that will enforce a landmark nuclear pact with Iran.
Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain vented his frustration at Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz over Congress’s inability to review agreements between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“First of all, I personally have not seen those documents.”
“Which is astounding, to be honest with you, that is absolutely astounding that you have not seen the documents about the requirement for verification.”
“All I can say is that the agreement requires their cooperation with the IAEA, and this is the standard practice of the IAEA.”
Senators of both parties also pressed the secretaries on Iran’s financial windfall from sanctions relief stemming from the nuclear pact and its desire and ability to use new revenue to buy weapons.
The Republican-led Congress has less than two months to review the nuclear accord. The votes could come in September and both chambers are expected to reject the deal.
President Obama has promised to veto any legislation that overturns the agreement.
A two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress would be needed to override a presidential veto.
Desperate migrants once again rushed the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais, France, in a renewed effort to get to England Wednesday.
French authorities deployed more than 100 riot police to bolster security personnel.
Hundreds of migrants have been trying night after night to rush the railway tunnel leading to England. Authorities in Calais said they encountered more than 1,500 migrants on Tuesday night after 2,000 attempted the crossing the previous night.
French media reports a Sudanese man died trying to cross early Wednesday. He is believed to have been hit by a truck. That brings to nine the number of people who have died trying to cross into England since early June.
Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago. Malaysia, the Netherlands, Australia, Ukraine and Belgium had expressed their support for such a tribunal.
Ukraine and the West suspect the plane was shot down by either Russian soldiers or Russian-backed separatists. Moscow has repeatedly denied that.
Meanwhile, investigators are looking into whether a piece of airplane debris found on a French Indian Ocean island is part of another Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared without a trace in March of 2014.
The two-meter-long piece looks like part of a wing and it was discovered on a beach on Reunion Island between Madagascar and Mauritius.
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VOA Daily World News: July 31, 2015
From Washington, this is VOA news. I’m David Byrd reporting. The Taliban has formally confirmed the death of the group’s founder, Mullah Omar.
The Islamist movement statement Thursday says that Omar died of illness, but it gave no details of when or where, saying only that his health deteriorated over the last 15 days of his life.
Taliban leaders in the city of Quetta have chosen a successor Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, who had been Omar’s deputy.
A Pakistani statement earlier Thursday said the next round of Afghan peace talks have been postponed at the request of the Afghan Taliban.
Qazi Khalilullah is the Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman: “Efforts are being made for facilitating the second round of peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and Afghan government.”
Khalilullah said that Pakistan remains hopeful the Taliban leadership will stay engaged in the peace process.
Investigators in Toulouse, France, will start examining a piece of aircraft debris to determine if it is part of a Malaysian Airlines jet that mysteriously vanished in March of 2014.
The two-meter-long fragment was found Wednesday on a beach in Réunion Island.
Azharuddin Abdul Rahman is Malaysia’s director of Civil Aviation: “This is the most credible lead that we have to date of any part of the aircraft that we can locate or we can identify, so our visit, our investigation will come to fulfill an outcome.”
Experts say they believe the results will be positive, based on the shape and the holes that connect the piece to other parts of the plane.
The U.S. economy advanced a solid 2.3 percent in the April-to-June period after a harsh winter with a small gain.
The Commerce Department reported Thursday that a surge in consumer spending and new export gains pushed the world’s largest economy ahead in the second quarter.
The agency also reversed an earlier estimate concluding that the American economy grew a tepid 0.6 percent in the first three months of the year rather than shrinking 0.2 percent.
U.S. consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the country’s economy, picked up markedly during the spring months, advancing 2.9 percent compared to the 1.8 percent growth in the January-to-March period.
An al-Qaeda affiliate abducted an American-trained rebel commander and seven of his fighters in northern Syria just days after they deployed in the war-torn country.
According to a monitoring group, fighters with the rebel militia Division 30 were snatched Tuesday night by jihadists mounting a checkpoint near the Syrian town of Zahart al-Malkia, about 40 kilometers northeast of Homs.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident happened as the fighters were “returning from a meeting in the city of Azaz in northern Aleppo province to their headquarters.”
The observatory said the fighters had met with other rebel factions about a coordinated assault on the Islamic State.
An Egyptian court has postponed a session Thursday where it was due to announce a verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists charged with supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Al Jazeera said it is “extremely angry” that the Cairo court postponed the verdict for Canadian national Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste. A new session is expected to take place next week.
The proceedings have been delayed several times, including Thursday’s postponement that court officials attributed to the judge in the case being sick.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has opened a probe into the killing of Cecil the lion earlier this month as the American dentist who is accused of killing it remains in hiding amid global disdain for the slaying.
In a Twitter post, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it has begun the investigation and has not been successful in reaching the dentist, Walter Palmer of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The agency urged Palmer or his representative to contact U.S. officials immediately.
It also called the killing of Cecil the lion tragic and said it will “go where the facts lead” in its investigation.
A source close to the case told the Reuters news agency that the Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the killing under a U.S. law that bars the trading of wildlife that has been illegally killed, transported or sold.
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VOA Daily World News: August 1, 2015
From Washington, this is VOA news. I’m David Byrd reporting. The World Health Organization says a new vaccine has proven effective against the deadly disease, Ebola.
Researchers say that the experimental vaccine has so far been 100 percent effective in trials conducted in Guinea.
WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan says that the new vaccine could be what she called “a game changer.” “It will change the management of the current Ebola outbreak and future outbreaks.”
The Ebola outbreak that swept through West Africa last year has killed more than 11,000 people. Most of the victims were in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The United States is calling on the Taliban’s new leaders named Friday to succeed the late Mullah Omar to take part in what the U.S. sees as an extremely promising opportunity for what’s called “a genuine peace” with the Kabul government. From Islamabad, Ayaz Gul has the details.
The Taliban broke off the scheduled meeting in Pakistan Friday with representatives of the Afghan government on short notice. Members of the group said they needed to settle leadership questions following confirmation of the death of Mullah Omar.
The disclosure this week by both the Afghan government and the Taliban that Mullah Omar actually died more than two years ago complicated the situation, raising questions about who in fact was leading the insurgents all that time.
The Taliban acted relatively quickly and announced Friday that Mullah Akhtar Mansoor is its new chief but that declaration did not bring up the question of further peace talks with the Afghan government.
Ayaz Gul, for VOA news, Islamabad.
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Suspected Jewish settlers firebombed two homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank Friday, burning to death a Palestinian toddler and wounding several of his family members.
Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner called the arson attack near the northern city of Nablus “nothing short of a barbaric act of terrorism.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received a phone call from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu called the overnight attack “reprehensible and horrific.”
“We are shocked and outraged. We condemn this. There is zero tolerance for terrorism wherever it comes from, whatever side of the fence it comes from, we have to fight it and fight it together.”
Hundreds of people joined protests and there were sporadic clashes between Israelis and Palestinians as news of the 18-month-old child’s death spread.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization said it holds Mr. Netanyahu’s government fully responsible for the attack.
Security issues will be a focal point for Secretary of State John Kerry as he meets with Egyptian officials in Cairo this weekend on the first leg of a five-nation tour of the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
A senior State Department official said Friday the U.S. is “deeply concerned” about unrest in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, where an Islamic State-affiliated militant group has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly attacks.
In a Friday briefing, the official said Egyptians are facing serious threats from Islamic State-linked militants and the U.S. needs to support the country’s efforts to achieve stability.
The official said security would be among the issues that Mr. Kerry would discuss with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Sunday.
Reports from the town of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria say at least five people are dead after a suicide bomber struck in Gamboru market on Friday.
Though no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, the region is a hotbed of Boko Haram activity.
On Thursday Nigeria’s army said it had rescued 59 women, children and old men being held hostage by the Islamist militant group.
The man charged with the shooting deaths of nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, has pleaded not guilty to 33 federal charges.
Dylann Roof entered the plea Friday during a brief arraignment in a federal court in Charleston, even though his defense attorney said that Roof wants to plead guilty.
The attorney said he could not advise his client to plead guilty until prosecutors say whether or not they will seek the death penalty.
Roof faces federal charges including hate crimes and obstructing the practice of religion. He also faces murder and attempted murder counts in the state of South Carolina.
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VOA Daily World News: August 2, 2015
From Washington, this is VOA news. I’m David Byrd reporting. The Afghan Taliban has released a recording reputed to be from its new leader.
The message from [Mullah Mohammad] Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, that is, is intended to reassure Taliban leaders, elders, clerics and scholars that the Taliban’s jihad would continue until the Islamic system is brought to Afghanistan.
In the recording, Mansoor says the Taliban leadership will make all efforts to maintain internal unity at all costs.
Mansoor’s emphasis on maintaining unity in the Taliban ranks gives credence to reports that his appointment has caused rifts in the Islamic insurgent group.
Haroun Mir is an Afghan political analyst: “We still don’t have actual statements coming out from the Afghan government. We are hopeful that President Ghani will return to Kabul. He makes statements about this new event and about the future of the peace process.”
Mansoor replaces Taliban founder Mullah Mohammed Omar, whose death was confirmed by the Taliban earlier this week.
Thousands of Israelis protested across the country Saturday against extremist violence that left a Palestinian toddler burned live and six gay rights marchers stabbed.
President Reuven Rivlin told a crowd of marchers in Jerusalem that flames of hatred had spread throughout the country.
Suspected Jewish extremists firebombed the home of a Palestinian family in the West Bank town of Duma on Friday. An 18-month-old boy was burned to death in his bed and his parents and brother were seriously hurt.
That came just one day after a right wing Orthodox man stabbed six people marching in a gay pride parade.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo for talks about security issues and extremism, including the threat posed by Islamic State jihadists.
Kerry arrived late Saturday in the Egyptian capital, his first stop on a five-nation tour of the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
The VOA correspondent traveling with the secretary said he had no formal meeting scheduled Saturday but he is expected to meet Sunday morning with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri.
The security issues will be a focal point throughout Kerry’s trip, according to the State Department.
Yemen’s exiled Prime Minister Khaled Bahah made a brief but important visit to the newly-liberated southern city of Aden on Saturday.
Bahah, who is also Yemen’s vice president, toured war-damaged buildings and visited people wounded in the fighting.
The prime minister flew to Aden from Saudi Arabia, where the internationally-backed Yemeni government fled, after Iranian-backed rebels seized Sana’a last year and then Aden [in this] in March of this year.
A Saudi-led Arab coalition has been carrying out airstrikes to drive the Houthis out and restore the government.
The president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region has called on the Kurdistan Workers Party to “withdraw” from Iraq’s Kurdish territory to prevent civilian casualties during Turkey’s airstrikes.
Massoud Barzani said in a statement the PKK should withdraw its fighters from the region to ensure the civilians of Kurdistan do not become a victim of that fighting and conflict.
The statement also condemned Turkey’s airstrikes against civilians, following reports of casualties and property damage during bombing campaigns in the northwestern region of the country.
The PKK has waged a decades-long insurgency against Turkey in a conflict that has left nearly 40,000 people dead.
Zimbabwean wildlife authorities have suspended hunting of several species of big game after an American dentist killed a popular lion that was [in a] outside of a park.
Emmanuel Fundira is the president of the Safari Operations Association. He said that the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority had tightened the controls after Cecil the lion was killed during an illegal hunt.
“Hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in areas outside Hwange National Park has been suspended with immediate effect. All such hunts will only be conducted if confirmed and authorized in writing by the director-general of the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.”
Cecil, who had a distinctive black mane, was wearing a tracking collar as part of a university research project.
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