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AL-ABADI, HAIDER H-EYE -dehr al ah-BAH-dee
AL-HUSSEIN, ZEID RA'AD ZAYD    RAHD ahl   hoo-SAYN
AL-SISSI, ABDEL FATTAH AHB-dehl    FAH-tah    ah  SEE-see
DUTERTE, Rodrigo roe - DREE - go doo - TARE - tay
EBOLA EH-boh-lah The virus that was first found here is pronounced by many as ee-BOH-lah. This is the preferred VOA pronunciation for the disease.
ERDOGAN, RECEP TAYYIP reh-JEHP   t-eye-YIHP   ERR-doh-ahn
EREKAT, SAEB SAH-EHB   eh-rah-KAHT
FIVE, Kaci Kullmann KAH-see COOL-mahn FEE-va
GHANI, ASHRAF ahsh-RAHF   gah-NEE
HERZOG, ISSAC (YITZHAK) EYES-ihk HEHRT-zawg (yiht-SAHK)
HOUTHI HOO-thee
MADURO, NICOLAS nee-koh-LAHS   mah-DOO-roh
MASSOUM, FOOUAD foo-AHD   mah-SOOM
NETANYAHU, BENJAMIN (BINYAMIN) behn-yah-MEEN   neht-an-YAH-hoo
PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA prah-YOOT chahn oh-CHAH
Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein ZAYD - RAHD al hoo - SAYN
PUTIN, VLADIMIR vlah-DEE-meer   POO-tihn
ROIVAS, TAAVI TAH-vee ROY-vuhss
ROUHANI, HASSAN hah-SAHN   roh-hah-NEE
SALAM, TAMAM tah-MAM sah-LAM
SCHINAS, Margaritis mahr - gahr - EE - tis SKEE - nuhs
SHEKARAU, IBRAHIM ee-BRAH-heem   sheh-kah-RAH-OH
TAALAS, Petteri PET - TER - EE TAHL - ahs
TSARNAEV, DZHOKAR joh-HAHR (ts)ahr-N-EYE-ehv
TSARNAEV, TAMERLAN tah-mehr-LAHN (ts)arh-N-EYE-ehv
UBAIDAH, AHMED UMAR ABU AHH-mehd OO-mahr AH-boo oo-BAY-dah
VAZQUEZ, TABARE tah-bah-RAY   VAHS-kehss
WIDODO, JOKO (JOKOWI) JOH-koh WEE-doh-doh (joh-koh-WEE)
YANUKOVICH, VIKTOR VEEK-tohr   yah-noo-KOH-vihch
YATSENYUK, ARSENIY ahr-SEHN-yee   yaht-sehn-YOOK