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Confrontation Over Kirkuk In Iraq Reignited After Kurdish Independence Vote

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:43:00 -0400

Iraqi troops have wrested control of Kirkuk from the Kurds, who have held it for the last three years. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with New York Times reporter David Zucchino about the situation on the ground in Iraq.

Trump Looks To Congress To Fix 'Flaws' In Iran Nuclear Deal

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:44:00 -0400

Rachel Martin talks to Michael Anton, spokesman for President Trump's National Security Council, about the Iran nuclear deal. NPR's Scott Detrow weighs in on what Anton had to say.

Trump Won't Certify Iran Nuclear Deal, Gets Praise And Criticism

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 07:57:52 -0400

President Trump's refusal to decertify — but leave in place — the Iran nuclear deal gives Iran and other world players a wide range of possible options and reactions.

In Jerusalem, Municipal Issues Have Political Overtones

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 07:57:52 -0400

Israel says they're just zoning laws, but Palestinians say the rules for building in Jerusalem lead to home demolitions intended to weaken their presence in a city claimed by both sides.

International Affairs Expert Says Not Recertifying Iran Deal Is A Mistake

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:28:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Vali Nasr, Dean of Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, about what happens now that President Trump says he won't recertify the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump Says He Won't Recertify Iran Nuclear Deal And Tells Congress To Take Next Steps

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:28:00 -0400

President Trump announced he is not recertifying the Iran nuclear deal, but he's not actually pulling out of it. Instead, he's sending it to Congress and asking them to decide on the next steps.

Trump's Refusal To Recertify Sets Off Reconsideration Of Iran Nuclear Deal

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:00:00 -0400

President Trump's decision not to recertify the Iran nuclear deal opens the door for Congress to reevaluate the agreement. Foreign affairs analyst Jonathan Wachtel says the time is right to do so.

Transcript: Trump's Remarks On Iran Nuclear Deal

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:41:12 -0400

The president called the 2015 agreement "unacceptable," but he has so far not pulled the U.S. out of it. Here are his full remarks, delivered on Friday from the White House.

Trump Calls Iran Nuclear Deal 'Unacceptable,' But Leaves U.S. In It For Now

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:30:48 -0400

"We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran's nuclear breakout," President Trump said on Friday.

Trump Announcement Expected To Detail New Approach To Iran Nuclear Deal

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:51:00 -0400

If the Trump administration fails to certify Iran's compliance with the deal, what does that mean for the U.S. relationship with Iran? European allies are strongly opposed to unraveling the accord.

Trump Takes Tougher Line On Iran's Nuclear Program

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:28:00 -0400

The president says he won't recertify the 2015 nuclear deal, giving Congress the option to reimpose sanctions and rewrite parts of the agreement.

News Brief: Trump Ends Health Care Subsidies, Iran Deal, California Fires

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:07:42 -0400

The Trump administration says it will end cost-sharing payments designed to help low-income Americans get health care. Trump is also expected to make an announcement on the future of the Iran deal.

Palestinian Play 'The Siege' Finally Gets U.S. Premiere

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:08:00 -0400

The Siege is one of a number of plays depicting a Palestinian point of view that has been cancelled after pressure from American Jewish groups. One esteemed theater in New York reportedly planned the play, then quietly dropped it from the schedule. Now, it's finally getting its U.S. premiere.

Rival Palestinian Groups Hamas, Fatah Reach Deal Over Control Of Gaza

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:22:00 -0400

If the Egyptian-brokered deal succeeds, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza will be reunited under one leadership for the first time since Hamas wrested control of Gaza 10 years ago.

Trump Leaves Top Administration Positions Unfilled, Says Hollow Government By Design

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:57:00 -0400

With a Cabinet post awaiting a nominee and hundreds of senior government positions unfilled, Trump says he is draining the swamp. Others say he is leaving "substitute teachers" in charge.