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Dozens Of Firefighters Killed In Tehran Building Collapse

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:27:00 -0500

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Thomas Erdbrink, the New York Times Tehran bureau chief, about the firefighters killed in the collapse of one of Tehran's best known high rise buildings.

American Airstrikes Destroy Group Of ISIS Military Camps In Libya

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:27:00 -0500

American B-2 stealth bombers destroyed a nest of ISIS military camps in Libya late Wednesday, the Pentagon said. It's the latest in a long series of American airstrikes designed to set back the progress of the terror group's efforts to spread from its home base in Iraq and Syria. Libya has been in chaos since U.S. and European militaries helped depose its onetime ruler without replacing him with a viable new government.

High-Rise Collapses In Tehran, Killing Firefighters Working Inside

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:47:00 -0500

The Plasco building, Iran's oldest high-rise, caught fire Thursday morning. As firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, the 17-story structure crumbled on top of them.

After 8 Years Of Unbroken War, Obama Hands Over Conflicts To Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:50:00 -0500

President Obama is the first president to serve eight years with the U.S. at war nonstop, from beginning to end. Donald Trump now inherits ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

After Years Of War, Trump Stands To Inherit Ongoing Conflicts

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:33:00 -0500

President-elect Trump will inherit ongoing conflicts with no end in sight when he takes the oath of office — a brutal fight against the Islamic State and a never-ending stalemate in Afghanistan.

Suspect In Istanbul Nightclub Attack Has Confessed, Say Turkish Officials

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:26:00 -0500

The suspect was identified as a citizen of Uzbekistan born in 1983. Istanbul's governor says Abdulgadir Masharipov was trained in Afghanistan and appeared to have entered Turkey illegally.

10 Guantanamo Prisoners Freed In Oman; 45 Detainees Remain

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:23:00 -0500

Under President Obama, the detainee population has gone from 242 to 45. But he hasn't closed Guantanamo as pledged, and Donald Trump has called for more suspects to be sent to the prison in Cuba.

Egyptian Court Rules Against Government Bid To Give Two Islands To Saudi Arabia

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:46:00 -0500

The ruling is an embarrassment for Egypt's government, and a cause for celebration for protesters who saw the proposed handover as an incursion on Egypt's sovereign territory.

Can The Iran Nuclear Deal Survive Its 2nd Anniversary?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:58:00 -0500

Analysts are looking back on the Iran nuclear deal. It was a year ago that sanctions were lifted, prisoners exchanged and the inspections of Iran's nuclear program came under full operation.

Paris Summit Urges Two-State Solution To Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:11:00 -0500

The conference, attended by 70 diplomats including Secretary of State John Kerry, nevertheless did not include leaders from the two sides the diplomats mean to reconcile: Israel and Palestinians.

Iraqi Troops Edge Deeper Into Mosul — With Caution

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:41:00 -0500

After four months of fighting, Iraqi forces have reached the Tigris River that divides Mosul. But it's been slow going and there's plenty of fighting ahead in the densely packed city in northern Iraq.

Study: What Was The Impact Of The Iconic Photo Of The Syrian Boy?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:06:00 -0500

Researchers from the University of Oregon wanted to know if the emotional response to the image translated into greater charitable support for Syrian refugees.

In England, An Effort To Preserve Ancient, Epic Assyrian Poetry

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:36:00 -0500

Driven to save his culture, an ethnic Assyrian living in Britain is recording ancient tales of adventure sung by modern-day bards. The songs echo stories from ancient Greece to the Bible.

How A Grieving Father Created The Model For Anti-Terror Lawsuits

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

After Steve Flatow's daughter was killed in a terrorist attack, he wanted justice. He embarked on a legal quest to get the right to sue a country: Iran.

Close Call: U.S., Russian Planes Nearly Collide Over Syria

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:29:00 -0500

NPR'S Kelly McEvers speaks to Wall Street Journal Pentagon reporter Michael Phillips about how American and Russian jets have nearly collided over Syria.