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Syrian Airstrike Hits Marketplace Near Turkish Border, Killing More Than Two Dozen

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:58:05 -0400

The airstrike in northwest Syria comes after a rebel rocket reached a Damascus neighborhood earlier this week, killing 35 people.

Feds Drop Prosecution Of 7 Turkish Bodyguards Involved In Assault Of Protesters

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:51:22 -0400

The charges were dropped a day before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Turkish President Erdogan in a bid to ease tensions. The State Department says the timing was coincidental.

How Global Politics Made Yemen's Humanitarian Disaster

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:03:00 -0400

The war in Yemen is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Reporters were recently given access to a part of the war zone, where the conflict has become a bloody battleground.

Palestinian Teen Agrees To 8 Months In Prison After Slapping Israeli Soldier

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:59:00 -0400

Video of Ahed Tamimi's confrontation with Israeli soldiers went viral. Many Palestinians consider her a symbol of defiance, while many Israelis see her instead as a provocateur.

Israel Acknowledges Having Bombed A Suspected Syrian Nuclear Reactor In 2007

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:50:00 -0400

The revelation confirms long-held suspicions that the raid destroyed what Israel believed to be a nuclear reactor. Israeli officials made clear they intend this announcement to send a message to Iran.

Trump Paid Royal Visit From Saudi Crown Prince

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:21:00 -0400

President Trump greeted the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and praised their growing friendship and increasing arms deals.

Saudi Crown Prince Has Made Aggressive Foreign Policy Moves

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0400

Prince Mohammed Bin Salman meets with President Trump. Steve Inskeep talks to Prince Turki al-Faisal, former head of Saudi Intelligence, about the war in Yemen and other issues involving Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia: The White House Loves It. Most Americans? Not So Much

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:03:00 -0400

As the Saudi crown prince travels across the United States, he will have one major hurdle: polls show more than half of Americans have unfavorable views of his country.

Turkish-Led Forces Oust Kurdish Fighters In Afrin, Syria

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:02:00 -0400

The government in Turkey says Turkish forces have taken over the city center of Afrin in northern Syria. An advocacy group says nearly 200,000 people have been displaced by the righting.

Why Yemen's Nearly 3-Year-Old Civil War Remains Mostly Out Of Headlines

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:02:00 -0400

Yemen has been in a war that is being fought, in large part, by regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Steve Inskeep travels to the frontlines to meet with fighters and displaced civilians.

Saudi Prince Will Court Trump In Visit — And Tech Execs And Hollywood, Too

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:16:00 -0400

Mohammed bin Salman is coming to the U.S. this week. His ongoing PR campaign seeks to diversify Saudi Arabia's economy and reset its image abroad, but some of his actions have undermined that goal.

Turkish Forces Seize Syrian City Of Afrin

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:58:00 -0400

The Turkish military has taken control of Afrin, a city in northwestern Syria. An advocacy group says nearly 200,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.

Saudi Prince May Have Trouble Finding U.S. Investors After Anti-Corruption Campaign

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:14:00 -0400

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince begins a tour of the U.S. next week to try and drum up foreign investment. That may be a hard sell after 200 princes and wealthy businessmen were detained at a luxury hotel in Riyadh for three months as part of the prince's anti-corruption campaign.

U.S. Military Helicopter Crashes In Iraq, Killing 7 People

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 01:47:00 -0400

There are no survivors from the crash of the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter. U.S. military officials say the aircraft went down after hitting a power line in western Anbar province.

Syrian War Enters 8th Year, Trailing Smoke And Suffering In Its Wake

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:47:00 -0400

Civilians outside Damascus and in Afrin marked the dark anniversary as they have all the others: by trying to survive.