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Aid Workers In Yemen Express Alarm At U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Saudi Arabia got praise and an arms deal from President Trump last weekend. But there was little mention of Yemen, where a Saudi-led military campaign is causing civilian casualties.

'Peace Is A Choice,' Trump Says During Appearance With Palestinian Leader

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:55:00 -0400

The president provided few specifics about how a deal might be achieved in a peace process that has been stalled for years. He said it could "begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East."

Beirut Has Become A Relative Refuge For Members Of The LGBT Community

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

Over the past year, Lebanon has made strides in the legal battle to decriminalize homosexuality. Speaking at Beirut Pride week, members of the community say there's still a long way to acceptance.

After Meeting Israeli Officials, Trump Talks With Palestinians

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

President Trump on Tuesday visited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem. It's part of Trump's effort to get some momentum for starting an Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

A Palestinian Point Of View On Trump's Attempt At Middle East Peace

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

David Greene talks to Diana Buttu, former legal adviser to Mahmoud Abbas, about why she's skeptical of President Trump's ability to help Palestinians and Israelis advance toward lasting peace.

Turkish Businessman With Ties To Michael Flynn Hosts Conference At Trump Hotel

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

The Turkish businessman who paid Michael Flynn $530,000 to lobby for the Turkish government is heading up a conference held at the Trump International Hotel, a few blocks from both the White House and the FBI. The event comes at a time when all of Trump's tangled interests are being scrutinized, but that doesn't seem to bother the participants.

Trump Continues Criticism Of Iran On Middle East Trip

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Vali Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, about President Trump's comments regarding Iran during his Middle East trip, and what they mean to the U.S. relationship with Iran and other countries.

President Trump Makes Historic Visit To Old City Of Jerusalem

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

President Trump visits Jerusalem's Old City on Monday, stopping at two religious sites and leaving locals to debate his impact.

Here's The Deal With That Glowing Orb — And Plenty Of Notes On What It Isn't

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:30:00 -0400

It seemed an innocuous gesture: President Trump joined two other world leaders in laying their hands on a lit-up globe at an event in Saudi Arabia. Then, Twitter caught wind of it.

Iran Prison Atlas' Database Keeps Track Of Iranian Political Prisoners

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:45:00 -0400

The organization, United For Iran, publishes the Iran Prison Atlas. It's a website collecting information about Iranians described as political prisoners.

Do Iranian Photojournalists Still Face Strict Restrictions?

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Iranian photojournalist Maryam Majd about what has and hasn't changed for journalists under the presidency of Hassan Rouhani, who has been re-elected for a second term.

Trump Harshly Criticizes Iran During Speech In Saudi Arabia

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Karim Sadjadpour, Iran analyst at the Carnegie Endowment about how President Trump portrayed Iran during his remarks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, over the weekend.

Trump Aims To Get Israelis And Palestinians Talking Again

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:04:00 -0400

President Trump arrives in Israel on Monday for a whirlwind visit with Israelis and Palestinians. He wants to get the Israelis and Palestinians to the same negotiating table.

Trump To Meet With Israelis And Palestinians While On Middle East Trip

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Donald Trump is in Israel — the second leg of his first overseas trip as president. David Greene talks to Israeli columnist Chemi Shalev, who writes for the newspaper Haaretz, about Trump's trip.

Morning News Brief: Trump Moves On To Second Stage Of Foreign Trip

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:04:00 -0400

The president, beset by investigations at home, visits Israel after receiving a royal welcome in Saudi Arabia. He urged Muslim leaders to "drive out the foot soldiers of evil" and combat extremism.