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From Greece, A Message In A Bottle Reaches Isolated Gaza

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:00:50 -0400

Vacationers from England tossed the bottle into the Mediterranean. It floated nearly 500 miles and into the net of a Palestinian fisherman. He said it was the first piece of mail he had ever received.

From Israel, Quiet Efforts Are Underway To Aid Civilians In Syria

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:03:00 -0400

The two countries have fought each other in the past and technically remain in a state of war. But both the Israeli military and private organizations are quietly delivering humanitarian aid.

Sympathy, Secrecy, Strategy: How Some Israelis Offer Support To Syrian Civilians

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Some Israelis are quietly providing aid to Syrian civilians next door, despite concerns of some Israelis that Syria is an enemy country.

Despite Rift, Saudi Arabia Says It Will Allow Qatari Pilgrims To Conduct Hajj

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:21:00 -0400

Qatar has been isolated by neighboring countries in a heated diplomatic standoff. But Saudi Arabia has announced it plans to open its border to allow pilgrims from the tiny Gulf country.

As Tunisia Weighs Women's Rights Proposal, Some Of The Staunchest Opponents Are Women

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:30:00 -0400

Tunisia's president is pushing for his country to become the first in the Arab world to ensure equality between men and women in inheritance laws. Currently, a man's share equals that of two women.

Refugees From Raqqa In Northern Syria Want 'Just To Stay Alive'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:18:00 -0400

The International Committee of the Red Cross visited northern Syria and found 200,000 displaced people living in difficult camp conditions. Rachel Martin talks to Ingy Sedky, a group spokeswoman.

News Brief: Bannon's Magazine Interview, 'Daily Stormer' Moves To Dark Web

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:18:00 -0400

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon talked to the liberal magazine: The American Prospect. Web hosting companies have blacklisted The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi site, from registration services.

Israel's Netanyahu Faces Criticism For Delayed Reaction To Charlottesville Rally

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:43:00 -0400

For three days, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an outspoken critic of anti-Semitism around the world — said nothing about the anti-Jewish chants and Nazi swastikas paraded in Charlottesville, Va.

Tillerson Calls Out Key Persian Gulf Allies In Religious Freedom Report

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:29:00 -0400

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the annual religious freedom report on Tuesday, singling out some key US partners from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain. This comes after Tillerson has faced criticism for downplaying human rights.

White Helmets Rescuer Among Several Killed In Syria Attack

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:33:00 -0400

A noted rescuer with the U.S.-backed White Helmets was among several killed in Syria this weekend in an attack on one of the group's offices. It could have been a criminal gang that stole their vans and equipment.

In Turkey, Syrian Workers Struggle To Obtain Official Employment

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:33:00 -0400

Turkey hosts about 3 million refugees from Syria and most work in jobs off-the-books for little pay. A government plan to bring them into the formal market has barely taken hold.

In Egypt, A Rising Sea — And Growing Worries About Climate Change's Effects

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:33:16 -0400

"In the winter, the sea attacks us," a fisherman says. "We are afraid the village will sink into the sea." The World Bank says Egypt is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change's effects.

Unearthed Canaanite Graves Shed Light On Descendants In Lebanon

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:55:11 -0400

DNA analysis of an ancient burial ground shows that today's Lebanese are genetic descendants of the biblical Canaanites. That has some Lebanese re-evaluating their fractured identity.

Train Crash In Egypt Kills More Than 40 People

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:07:00 -0400

A train from Cairo hit the back of another train stopped near a station outside Alexandria. More than 120 people were injured, according to the country's health ministry.

U.N.: More Than 600,000 Syrians Have Returned Home In 2017

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:34:00 -0400

The U.N. migration agency says that number is comparable to the number of returns spanning the entire year in 2016. But new displacements are considerably higher than returns.