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Energy Giant Shell Inks Oil Deal With Iran

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:00 -0500

Royal Dutch Shell has signed an agreement to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, despite the nuclear deal's uncertain future. It's the largest energy company to return since sanctions were lifted.

Plane Crashes In Northern Pakistan; 48 People Are Believed Dead

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:29:00 -0500

Those onboard included former pop singer Junaid Jamshed, according to local media. Pakistan's aviation agency says the crash seems to have been an accident, not the result of an attack.

As Syrian Government Forces Advance, The War Could Be At A Turning Point

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:25:00 -0500

After more than five years of fighting, President Bashar Assad's military is making significant advances against rebels in Aleppo and is subduing the restive suburbs of Damascus.

Civilians Face Heightened Danger As Iraqi Forces Fight To Retake Mosul

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500

As the number of injuries and deaths increase for civilians in Mosul and Iraqi troops trying to liberate them from ISIS, it raises questions about guidance that civilians should stay in place.

Researchers Confident Mysterious Pair Of Mummified Knees Belonged To Queen Nefertari

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:02:00 -0500

Italian archaeologists found a pair of mummified knees in Nefertari's tomb in 1904. For the first time, tests indicate that the knees belonged to the great queen herself.

Christian Refugees Fleeing ISIS Grounds Flock To Parish Of Jordan Priest

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:41:29 -0500

A Catholic priest in Jordan has turned his parish into a haven for Christian refugees from ISIS areas of northern Iraq. It's a home for them before many go to the west.

Yemen Crisis: Humanitarians Need 'Unconditional Access' To Reach The Food-Insecure

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:35 -0500

The civil war in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people and left most of its population in need of humanitarian assistance. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Muhannad Hadi, Middle-East regional director for the World Food Program, who recently returned from a visit there.

Moroccan TV Tutorial: How To Cover Up Bruises From Domestic Abuse

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:30:00 -0500

The station has since apologized for the segment. But researchers say it reflects local attitudes toward domestic violence.

For Aleppo Residents Under Siege, A Risky Journey To Relative Safety

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:43:00 -0500

Civilians in the rebel-held side of the city are fleeing for their lives, dodging crossfire along the front line to reach the regime-held part of the city. "It was all so sudden," one woman tells NPR.

Syrian Regime Makes Advances In Rebel-Held Area Of Aleppo

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:14:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ambassador Ryan Crocker, a veteran diplomat who has served in the Middle East, about the situation in Syria as the regime makes advances in the part of Aleppo under rebel control.

Returning To Damascus, A City Changed By War

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 -0500

NPR's Peter Kenyon recently spent a week in Damascus after an 8-year absence. He found a changed city and strong strains of anti-American feeling. But the U.S. isn't the only target of Syrian anger.

PHOTOS: Mass Exodus From Aleppo's Rebel Stronghold As Regime Forces Close In

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:09:00 -0500

More than 50,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo in the past four days, according to a monitoring group. This battle for the city could mark a turning point in Syria's war, now in its sixth year.

ISIS Drove Them From School. Now The Kids Of Mosul Want To Go Back

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:24:00 -0500

A boy from Mosul, now in an Iraqi camp, quit school after ISIS took it over. "The children were terrified," says his mother. "They should be playing, and instead it was blood, blood everywhere."

Pentagon Finds Human Errors Led To Strikes On Syrian Government-Aligned Troops

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:02:00 -0500

More than three dozen airstrikes hit what the coalition thought was an ISIS position in September. But they turned out to be killing troops loyal to the Syrian government, prompting an investigation.

In Syria, Pro-Regime Forces Advance On Aleppo's Rebel Territory

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:06:00 -0500

After years of virtual stalemate, the Syrian government has made its largest advance into rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo. It changes the map in the Syrian civil war.