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U.S. Suspects Syria Is Preparing To Launch Another Chemical Attack

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:41:00 -0400

The White House announced late Monday night that Syria is preparing to launch an attack using chemical weapons, and warned of grave consequences if it does so.



White House Releases Unexpected Statement About Syria

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:40:00 -0400

The Trump administration says it believes the Assad regime in Syria could be preparing to wage another chemical weapons attack. There's been no official reaction from the Assad government.



News Brief: Cost Of GOP's Health Bill, Travel Ban Gets A Reprieve

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:57:00 -0400

The CBO says the Senate health bill will cost 15 million people their health insurance coverage next year. The Supreme Court says it will decide the fate of the travel ban during its next term.



White House Suspects Syria Is Preparing For Another Chemical Attack

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:11:00 -0400

A statement says the observed "activities" recall those before an April 4 strike that killed civilians, including children. It warns the Assad government that it would "pay a heavy price."



Turkish Police Crack Down On Istanbul Pride Events

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:30:00 -0400

Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at dozens of LGBT activists, who had gathered to hold a gay pride parade in defiance of an official ban from local authorities. This is the third year in a row that gay pride events were banned. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Laura Ozlen, one of the organizers of the march in Istanbul.



Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:42:00 -0400

World health authorities say the war-torn nation now has upwards of 200,000 suspected cases, and that number is increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. A quarter of those who have died are children.



Saudi Arabia And Neighboring Arab Nations Present Demands To Qatar

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:32:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Bernard Haykel, professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, about the conditions laid out for Qatar by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf neighbors for normalizing relations.



Neighboring Arab Nations Slap Qatar With 13-Point List Of Demands

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:17:00 -0400

If Qatar wants to end a recent diplomatic standoff, Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states say the country has 10 days to comply with a steep list of demands, including shutting down Al-Jazeera.



Diplomatic Row Between Qatar And Neighbors Escalates

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:02:00 -0400

Qatar is facing renewed isolation from its neighbors in the Middle East. A group of countries led by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait want Qatar to shut down Al-Jazeera and cut diplomatic ties to Iran.



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.