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3 Palestinians Killed In Violent Clashes With Israelis Near Jerusalem Religious Site

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:00 -0400

In a day of intensifying violence, three Palestinians were killed during a wave of clashes with Israeli forces. Later a Palestinian stabbed to death three Israelis in a West Bank Jewish settlement.



Iraqi Kurds Schedule Independence Referendum For September

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:00 -0400

In September, Iraqi Kurds have scheduled an independence referendum. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Joost Hiltermann of the International Crisis Group about the prospects for Kurdish independence.



Tensions Spike In Jerusalem's Old City Over Metal Detectors At Muslim Shrine

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:01:00 -0400

Worshippers who refused to pass through the metal detectors chose instead to pray next to them.



Family Of Austin Tice, Journalist Held In Syria, Press For His Release

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:43:00 -0400

The family of missing journalist Austin Tice calls attention to his years-old kidnapping and asks for pressure and attention to bring his release.



U.S. Ends Laptop Ban On Flights From Middle East

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:35:00 -0400

The ban originally affected 10 airports and nine airlines, mostly Middle Eastern carriers. Meanwhile, the U.S. has issued additional security requirements affecting some 280 international airports.



'Khichuri': An Ancient Indian Comfort Dish With A Global Influence

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Also called khichri, the dish goes back centuries and is universally loved across South Asia. It is also considered the ancestor of the British kedgeree and Egyptian koshary.



What To Expect When The Biggest Oil Company In The World Goes Public

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Saudi Aramco, the largest oil company in the world, is owned by the Saudi government. And it's set to go public in the coming year.



'Washington Post': Trump Ends U.S. Aid To Syrian Anti-Government Forces

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0400

Washington Post reporter Adam Entous talks about his report that President Trump will end U.S. assistance for anti-government forces it has helped fight the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.



Palestinians Protest Metal Detectors At Holy Site

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:56:04 -0400

Palestinians are angry with Israel for installing metal detectors at a site that is holy to both Jews and Muslims. The new security comes after a shooting there Friday.



Military Officials Brief Senators On ISIS Fight

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:56:00 -0400

Military officials, including the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will hold a closed door meeting with senators about the state of the battle against ISIS.



Iran's Foreign Minister Discusses Sanctions, Bashar Assad

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:56:00 -0400

Several journalists were invited to put questions to Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday in New York. He talked about sanctions and the war in Syria.



Morning News Brief: Trump Meets Putin Again; Protests At Jerusalem Holy Site

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:56:00 -0400

The White House waited to disclose a second meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G-20. Also, tensions have increased outside a holy site in Jerusalem following a shooting.



Why It's So Hard To Stop The World's Looming Famines

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:14:00 -0400

Millions of people in Yemen and sub-Saharan Africa are facing food shortages and severe malnutrition. Host Audie Cornish talks with Justin Forsyth of UNICEF about the crisis.



Woman In Saudi Arabia Arrested For Wearing Skirt, Crop Top In Video

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:54:00 -0400

The Snapchat video went viral over the weekend. The woman's outfit would be unremarkable in the U.S., but Saudi Arabia has a conservative dress code for women. The woman has since been released.



Do-It-Yourself Farmer Grows Strawberries In The Air

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:50:00 -0400

The West Bank resident liked the elevated, computerized planters funded by USAID. But he wanted to figure out a way to build the system without relying on grants.