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Turkey's President Recommends Extending State Of Emergency

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:43:00 -0400

Thousands of people have been arrested or dismissed under the current state of emergency after a failed coup attempt July 15. The date has been declared a national holiday for "democracy and freedom."

U.S.-Saudi Relations Appear To Enter A New Phase

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:09:00 -0400

The vote to override Obama's veto of a Sept. 11 lawsuit bill pits lawmakers from both parties against Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, the Senate has cleared the way for arms sales to the kingdom.

The Day Shimon Peres Returned To His Boyhood Village

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:09:00 -0400

Like many founding fathers of Israel, he was born in Eastern Europe. After the Soviet Union collapsed, he returned in 1992 searching for his old family home.

The U.S. Is Sending 600 More Troops To Iraq

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:28:00 -0400

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says the increase, which brings the American total to about 5,000, anticipates a major operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

In Israel, Mourners Come To Terms With Shimon Peres' Complex Legacy

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0400

After former Israeli President Shimon Peres' death, the country has been somber in remembrance. Leaders and mourners marked the passing of one of Israel's last remaining founders.

In Recent Violence, Aleppo's Civilians Find Themselves In Regime Cross-Hairs

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0400

The Syrian regime and Russian forces have been bombarding the city of Aleppo, often hitting civilian targets in the process. An attack on a bread line is among the latest.

Congress Overrides Obama's Veto On Sept. 11 Lawsuit Bill

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:58:00 -0400

The legislation allows families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue the Saudi Arabian government. The override is the first of Obama's presidency.

Shimon Peres, The Last Of Israel's Founding Leaders, Dies At 93

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:09:00 -0400

Peres served as prime minister three times, launched the country's nuclear program and won the Nobel Peace Prize. But his grandest goal, an Israel at peace with its Arab neighbors, eluded him.

Syrian Regime Continues Massive Assault On Aleppo's Rebel Areas

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:34:00 -0400

The Syrian government and Russian air force are pounding Aleppo's rebel areas, while rebel fighters battle back. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are in the middle of an intensifying humanitarian disaster.

Fact Check: Trump And Clinton Debate For The First Time

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:48:00 -0400

NPR reporters and editors annotated Monday night's debate as it happened. Read the final fact check, analysis and context here.

Young Syrian With A Dream Risks His Life To Film New Netflix Doc

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:21:00 -0400

Khaled Khateeb wants to show the world the heroic efforts of the White Helmets — a search-and-rescue group in Syria that's the subject of a new Netflix documentary.

U.N. Security Council Fails To Act After Emergency Meeting On Syria

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:57:00 -0400

The aerial bombardment of eastern Aleppo by Syrian regime and Russian warplanes has reached a new level of ferocity. The attacks killed hundreds, overwhelmed hospitals and destroyed neighborhoods.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Meets With Clinton And Trump

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:18:00 -0400

Trump affirmed his support for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a position that would reverse long-standing U.S. policy. Clinton committed to enforcing the nuclear deal with Iran.

Aleppo Under The Most Intense Air Bombardment Since Syrian War Began, U.N. Says

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:15:00 -0400

The U.N. Secretary-General said he was "appalled by the chilling military escalation," and that the bombing of densely populated urban areas may amount to war crimes.

After Aiding Injured Israelis, A Palestinian Is Targeted For Abuse

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:30:00 -0400

When an Israeli family was ambushed in their car in the West Bank, two Palestinians came to their aid. One is paying a price now, seen as aiding the enemy.