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A Recap Of Trump's First Week Abroad As President

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:52:24 -0400

After visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Rome and Brussels, President Trump wrapped up his first international trip since taking office today in Sicily with other G7 leaders.

5 Takeaways From Trump's First Foreign Trip As President

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:19:00 -0400

President Trump returned to the U.S. late Saturday. Here's a look at key moments and key issues during his weeklong trip overseas to the Middle East and Europe.

At Least 28 Dead, Many Wounded, After Attack On Christians In Egypt

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

There was another deadly attack on Christians in Egypt Friday as gunmen opened fire on two buses taking worshippers to mass. At least 28 people were killed in the attack.

At Beirut's First Pride Week, A Chance To Celebrate — And Take Stock Of Challenges

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:07:00 -0400

In Lebanon, the LGBT community has made important strides in recent years. But activists say there's still much to be done to achieve equal rights. The first Beirut Pride week was earlier this month.

After 2016 Assault, A Coptic Christian Grandmother In Egypt Fights For Justice

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:52:00 -0400

Friday's deadly assault was the latest attack against the Coptic Christian minority. A 70-year-old woman who was stripped and dragged through the streets last year is pursuing justice in court.

In Egypt, Gunmen Open Fire On Coptic Christians

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:52:00 -0400

The attack occurred in Minya, a province some 160 miles south of Cairo where many of Egypt's Christians live.

Attack On Coptic Christians Kills At Least 28 In Egypt

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:42:00 -0400

"Those traitors breached all the religious principles and humanitarian values," says Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam. Egypt carried out strikes in Libya on militants officials said were involved.

Manchester Bombing Probe Focuses On Libya And ISIS' Presence There

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Sudarsan Raghavan, the Cairo bureau chief for The Washington Post, about the links between the Manchester suicide bomber and Libya.

Police Investigate Manchester Bombing Suspect's Connection To Libya

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with reporter Suliman Ali Zway about the suspected Manchester bomber's roots in Libya and the status of the Islamic State in that country.

Trump Avoids Major Slips On International Religious Tour

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:51:00 -0400

Trump's trip "was a kabuki dance through a minefield," one analyst said. "Any president would have difficulty handling it."

Aid Workers In Yemen Express Alarm At U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Saudi Arabia got praise and an arms deal from President Trump last weekend. But there was little mention of Yemen, where a Saudi-led military campaign is causing civilian casualties.

'Peace Is A Choice,' Trump Says During Appearance With Palestinian Leader

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:55:00 -0400

The president provided few specifics about how a deal might be achieved in a peace process that has been stalled for years. He said it could "begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East."

Beirut Has Become A Relative Refuge For Members Of The LGBT Community

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

Over the past year, Lebanon has made strides in the legal battle to decriminalize homosexuality. Speaking at Beirut Pride week, members of the community say there's still a long way to acceptance.

After Meeting Israeli Officials, Trump Talks With Palestinians

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

President Trump on Tuesday visited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem. It's part of Trump's effort to get some momentum for starting an Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

A Palestinian Point Of View On Trump's Attempt At Middle East Peace

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

David Greene talks to Diana Buttu, former legal adviser to Mahmoud Abbas, about why she's skeptical of President Trump's ability to help Palestinians and Israelis advance toward lasting peace.