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'With Ash On Their Faces': The Story And Struggle Of The Yazidi

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:10:58 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Cathy Otten about With Ash on Their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State, her book about the history and personal stories of the religious minority.

Palestinians Threaten To Suspend Talks If U.S. Closes PLO Mission

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:25:51 -0500

The U.S. says the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C., must close because the Palestinians violated U.S. law by calling for Israel to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Meets Macron In Paris

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:34:00 -0500

He has been at the center of concern that he was being detained. He announced from Riyadh on Nov. 4 that he was resigning.

Saudi Arabia Faces Pressure To End Blockade As Crisis Worsens In Yemen

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:02 -0500

Aid workers are still reporting difficulty providing food and medical assistance to almost 20 million people after the Saudis agreed to lift a blockade of land, air and sea routes into Yemen Monday.

Pentagon Says It's Staying In Syria, Even Though ISIS Appears Defeated

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:51:00 -0500

The U.S. is keeping its troops in Syria and continues to press for a political settlement to that country's civil war. It's far from clear whether the U.S. has sufficient leverage to achieve that.

Many Syrian Refugees Face Challenges In Turkey

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:51:00 -0500

As the Syrian conflict grinds on in its seventh year, millions of refugees are hanging on in neighboring countries as refugees. Syrian migration from Turkey to other parts of Europe has dropped, but millions of Syrians are settling in for troubled lives in Istanbul and elsewhere around the country.

With 20 Million Yemenis In Need, Aid Groups Say 'Clock Is Ticking' To End Blockade

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:41:00 -0500

Between a massive cholera outbreak, a desperate food shortage and deadly airstrikes, 11 million children need aid — aid that can't get through due to the Saudi-led blockade, three major agencies say.

Lebanon's Saad Hariri Accepts Invitation To Visit France

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:36:00 -0500

Since abruptly resigning in Saudi Arabia, the prime minister has not returned to Lebanon, drawing suspicion he is being held against his will. Now, Hariri's apparently heading to France before Beirut.

After Deadly Earthquake, Iran Declares A National Day Of Mourning

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The death toll continues to rise in one of the worst earthquakes to hit Iran and a nearby region. The 7.3 magnitude quake hit along the border with Iraq and was felt as far away as Turkey.

Iran Calls Off Search For Survivors In Quake-Struck Region

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:56:00 -0500

The quake, with its epicenter in neighboring Iraq, has killed at least 430 people in both countries, according to official figures.

Rescue Workers Continue To Search Through Rubble Following Earthquake In Iran And Iraq

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:57:00 -0500

Rescue workers in Iran are trying to dig out survivors from the rubble after a major earthquake struck along its border with Iraq yesterday. Hundreds are dead, and thousands are injured and in need of shelter.

After Lebanese Leader's TV Appearance, Doubts Grow About His Future — And Lebanon's

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:25:00 -0500

If Saad Hariri's Sunday TV interview with his political party's channel was meant to end rumors that he is being coerced by Saudi Arabia, it didn't work. Hariri resigned as prime minister Nov. 4.

Questions Still Swirl Around Lebanese Prime Minister's Resignation

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Lebanon's prime minister gave his first television interview since suddenly resigning last weekend, a move that set off rumors that Saudi Arabia had orchestrated his departure from government.

Scores Killed When Strong Quake Hits Near Iran-Iraq Border

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Iranian state media reports that hundreds of people are dead and nearly more than 1,000 injured in that country alone. The quake struck at night and officials say the death toll was likely to rise.

Strong Earthquake Hits Near Iran-Iraq Border, Killing More Than 400

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:06:00 -0500

Officials say hundreds have been killed in both countries and more than 6,000 have been injured.