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Tillerson Tries To Ease Tension With Turkey

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:02:47 -0500

The U.S. and Turkey differ over Syria. The U.S. supports and arms Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, seeing them as key allies against ISIS. Turkey considers them terrorists.

Netanyahu Lobbied The U.S. For 'Fight Club' Producer Milchan But Denies Bribes

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:43:33 -0500

Israeli police recommended the prime minister be charged with allegedly accepting expensive gifts for favors from billionaires including Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

For His Book 'Directorate S,' Journalist Steve Coll Dives Into Pakistan's Spy Agency

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, about his new book, Directorate S: The C.I.A and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016. The book picks up the narrative of the CIA from where Coll's previous book Ghost Wars left off.

U.S. Military Mission In Syria Endures As ISIS Nears Defeat

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:16:00 -0500

Up to 2,000 U.S. troops are in Syria defending Kurdish allies. The threats come from regime forces, Iran, Turkey and even Russia.

Yazidi Women Finally Go To School, Defying Former ISIS Rulers — And Their Own Parents

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:13:28 -0500

Some villagers considered it improper for girls to go to school. Now, after surviving the reign of ISIS, young Yazidi women in Iraq's Kurdistan region are getting an education.

News Brief: Rob Porter Scandal, Future Russian Interference, Netanyahu Investigated

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:03:33 -0500

The FBI director said the agency completed its investigation of Rob Porter in July, contradicting the White House. Also, intelligence officials warn of more Russian election interference.

Israeli Police Call For Netanyahu's Indictment

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:03:00 -0500

Israeli police have recommended that prosecutors indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges. He denies the allegations and vows to stay in office.

'Dozens' Of Russian Mercenaries Reportedly Killed In U.S. Airstrikes In Syria

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 02:22:00 -0500

The reports follow a fierce counterattack by U.S. B-52 bombers, gunships and fighters in Syria's oil-rich Deir el-Zour province, an ISIS stronghold.

Israeli Police Recommend Corruption Charges Against Prime Minister Netanyahu

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:05:00 -0500

Israeli police announced that they're recommending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu face charges for corruption. Prosecutors will now decide whether to file a case, but Netanyahu says the police are biased against him.

Israeli Police Push For Prime Minister Netanyahu's Indictment On Corruption Charges

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:13:00 -0500

After more than a year of investigations into bribery, fraud and breach-of-trust allegations, officials have recommended that prosecutors pursue the cases.

Trial Set To Start For Young Palestinian Activist Who Struck An Israeli Soldier

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:20:00 -0500

A high profile trial begins on Tuesday in an Israeli military court. The defendant is a Palestinian teenager from the West Bank seen on video slapping and kicking Israeli soldiers. She's being portrayed as a symbol on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Retaliation: Israel Launches Airstrikes In Syria After Fighter Jet Crashes

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:12:00 -0500

Rachel Martin talks to Aaron David Miller, a former State Department adviser, about Israel's airstrikes on Syrian defense targets after Syria shot down an Israeli fighter jet over the weekend.

Gilded Prison No More: Riyadh Ritz Reopens

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 13:56:00 -0500

The luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia's capital city opened its doors for business Sunday. For more than three months it had held dozens of prominent Saudis in an anti-corruption purge.

Israeli Airstrikes Kill 6 In Syria After Israel Says It Intercepted Iranian Drone

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:33:00 -0500

Israel said it attacked several targets in Syria after intercepting an Iranian drone that had been launched from Syria. A monitor group said at least six allies of the Syrian regime were killed.

How I Moved My Cat From Israel To Pakistan

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:00:24 -0500

NPR's Islamabad correspondent faced a thorny problem when she moved from Jerusalem to Pakistan: how to transport her pet between countries that lack diplomatic links and don't recognize each other.