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Israeli Judge Says Airlines Can't Reseat Women At Request Of Men

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:33:00 -0400

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men sometimes refuse to sit next to women — including on planes. Now an Israeli court says airlines cannot ask a person to change seats based on gender.

Humanitarian Aid Is 'Broken,' Says Former U.N. Official

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:25:00 -0400

The way we offer assistance to people fleeing conflict no longer works, says Paul Spiegel, a former director of program management at the U.N. refugee agency. He has a few ideas about how to fix it.

Trump Administration Faces Pressure To Not Deport Detained Iraqi Christians

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:27:00 -0400

Many of the nearly 200 Iraqis currently under detention are from the minority Chaldean Christian community, which faces severe persecution in Iraq.

Red Palm Weevils Wreak Havoc On Palm Plantations Across The Globe

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:23 -0400

Thanks to globalization and climate change, the pest has spread to 60 countries, attacking coconut, date and oil palm plantations, and costing millions of dollars in damages.

Turkey's LGBT Community Pushes Ahead With Plans For Pride Parade

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0400

On Sunday, members of Turkey's LGBT community are to hold a pride parade — if the authorities let them. The parade has been canceled for the last two years, reportedly due to security concerns.

News Brief: Police Acquittal, Trump Rally, Kushner In Middle East

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0400

An-ex Milwaukee police officer was found not guilty in the shooting death of a motorist. President Trump returned to the campaign trail. Presidential adviser Jared Kushner is working on peace talks.

ISIS Destroys Historic Mosque In Mosul As Iraqi Forces Close In

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:10:00 -0400

Iraq's military said ISIS destroyed the 12th century al-Nuri mosque in Mosul's Old City, where ISIS fighters remain. Iraq's prime minister called it "a formal declaration of their defeat."

'Wall Street Journal' Fires Jay Solomon Over Ethical Lapses

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:16:00 -0400

Evidence emerged of Solomon's involvement in prospective business deals with one of his key sources. He was the Wall Street Journal's chief foreign affairs correspondent at the time of his firing.

What To Know About Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince And The Issues He Will Face

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:22:00 -0400

Mohammed bin Salman is now first in line to the throne. At 31, he has already reshaped his country's role in the region. His biggest test will come as he tries to wean the kingdom off an oil economy.

Saudi Arabia's Beef With Qatar Reflects Long Simmering Tensions

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:30:00 -0400

Two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia announced it had closed its border and cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Qatar. Other Gulf countries joined in, and the tiny gas-rich monarchy became a pariah seemingly overnight. But tensions have been simmering for some time. To understand what's happening to Qatar, Planet Money traces the long, dramatic relationship between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two brother monarchies.

Saudi King Names 31-Year-Old Son As New Crown Prince

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:30:00 -0400

Mohammad Bin Salman, son of Saudi Arabia's king, is the new crown prince and first in line to the throne. The person he replaced is his older cousin, who had been a widely respected interior minister.

Saudi King Deposes Crown Prince And Names 31-Year-Old Son As New Heir

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:44:00 -0400

Saudi Arabia's new successor to the throne is 50 years younger than the current monarch. He's known for his social and economic views, as well as leading the Saudi military.

Jared Kushner Makes First Attempt At Reviving Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Jared Kushner and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt are in Israel to try to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Steve Inskeep talks to Yossi Klein Halevi, a columnist who met with Greenblatt.

Australia Halts Airstrikes In Syria After Russian Military Threat

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:02:00 -0400

Named Operation OKRA, the Australian Defense Force's effort to fight the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria includes about 780 personnel.

Russia To Target U.S. Aircraft Flying Over Syrian Government Airspace

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

A U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday. Rachel Martin talks with Daniel Fried, a former senior career U.S. diplomat, about the rising tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Syria.