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Deported With A Valid U.S. Visa, Jordanian Says Message Is 'You're Not Welcome'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:28:00 -0500

He landed in Chicago for a graduation celebration trip after President Trump's travel ban took effect on citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries. He was held overnight in a cell and then sent back.



Car Bomb Kills More Than 50 People Near Syrian Town Captured From ISIS

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:02:00 -0500

At least 34 of the dead reportedly were civilians. The blast happened just north of al-Bab, at a checkpoint crowded with people who had fled the fighting and were preparing to return to their homes.



Lawyer Calls For Fate Of Prisoners To Be Included In Syria Peace Talks

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:02:00 -0500

Activists say more than 300,000 people have been detained over the course of Syria's civil war. A Syrian lawyer is trying to get the plight of detainees on the agenda at peace talks.



Russian Defense Minister Says His Military Has Tested 162 Weapons In Syria

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:26:00 -0500

Sergei Shoigu praised Russia's military prowess in Syria, noting that of 162 weapons tested, 10 performed below expectations. Human rights groups say Russia's campaign has come at a horrific cost.



Jordanian Man Deported During First Days Of Trump's Travel Ban

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:26:00 -0500

A Jordanian man was one of scores who lawyers say was coerced into giving up his visa at a U.S. airport during the first days of President Trump's travel restrictions. He's back in Amman.



These Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Tell Intimate Stories Of Syria's Civil War

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:26:00 -0500

Three of the five films in the documentary short category show Syrians affected by the years-long conflict, including a group of civilian rescue volunteers, fleeing refugees and a resettled family.



Sen. McCain Makes Unannounced Trip To Syria To Meet With U.S. Forces

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:52:00 -0500

John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, went to Syria last week to discuss the campaign for defeating militants from the Islamic State.



In Israel, Some Wonder Where The Outrage Is Over U.S. Anti-Semitic Acts

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:02:00 -0500

Some Israelis criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for offering a less forceful response to anti-Semitic acts in the U.S. than elsewhere. Some say he wants to keep pressure off President Trump.



Syrian Country Band Criticizes Trump's Travel Ban In New Song

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

There's a country music band based in Istanbul with Syrians and Americans. Their latest tune is about President Trump's immigration order.



Egypt's Beloved Koshary Is A Modern Mystery In An Ancient Cuisine

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:00:20 -0500

Widely considered the national dish, no one knows quite where it came from. But you can find this flavorful carb-packed treat anywhere from mama's kitchen to food carts and elaborate eateries.



Muslim Brotherhood, Mainstream In Many Countries, May Be Listed As Terrorist Group

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:01:00 -0500

The Trump administration is considering listing the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. It's banned in some countries but considered a mainstream political group elsewhere in the Mideast.



Israeli Soldier Who Killed A Wounded Palestinian Is Sentenced To 18 Months

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:32:00 -0500

Sgt. Elor Azaria's defense team says they'll appeal the decision. Tuesday's sentencing hearing drew demonstrators who support Azaria.



At This Palestinian University, Students Are Losing Hope In A 2-State Solution

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Palestinians at a West Bank university say they fear the idea of a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel is dead after President Trump's meeting with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu.



Trump's Sons Heading To Dubai As Business Interests Continue To Expand Overseas

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:52:00 -0500

The president's eldest sons will cut the ribbon on a new Trump golf course in Dubai this weekend. The Trump family stands to profit, while U.S. taxpayers pick up the tab for Secret Service protection.



Schools Begin To Open After ISIS Is Ousted From Mosul

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:31:55 -0500

The sounds of kids in regular schools can be heard again in the eastern side of the Iraqi city of Mosul. ISIS was forced out the area Iraqi forces a couple months ago.