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Trump Says Keeping Syrian Refugees In Region Is 'Best Way To Help Most People'

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:37:00 -0400

President Trump stood beside Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Rose Garden on Tuesday and said the United States is helping by supporting refugees' needs close to home.

Removal Of Metal Detectors At Holy Site Do Little To Quell Palestinian Protests

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:33:00 -0400

Israel removed metal detectors from a Jerusalem holy site to ease tensions with Palestinians. But plans for a new security system have prompted more protests.

Turkish State New Agency Reveals Locations Of U.S. Troops In Syria

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:01:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Roy Gutman, a freelance reporter based in Istanbul, about his article in the Daily Beast about Turkey's leak of secret locations of U.S. troops in Syria.

New Report Shows 64 Of 195 Countries Aren't Meeting A Basic Vaccination Target

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:21:00 -0400

The goal is to reach 90 percent of children with the DTP vaccination — a child's first scheduled immunization. Some countries are barely at 50 percent.

Israel Dismantles Controversial Metal Detectors At Jerusalem Holy Site

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:19:00 -0400

It remains to be seen whether Muslim worshippers will accept the "advanced technology" that Israel plans to implement in their place, after days of protest over the security measures.

Iran's Enormous Book Garden In Tehran Houses More Than Just Books

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Bloomberg reporter Golnar Motevalli, who explains why Iran — a country better known for its censorship — has built what it claims is the world's largest bookstore in Tehran.

Fox News And 'New York Times' Clash Over Paper's ISIS Reporting

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The New York Times and Fox News are engaged in a spat over the cable network's accusations that the paper's reporting in 2015 tipped off an ISIS leader that the U.S. was close to tracking him down.

Trial Opens For Opposition Journalists In Turkey

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

In Turkey, which is in a state of emergency, the purge continues. Seventeen journalists are on trial amid the government's broader crackdown on the media.

News Brief: Trump Urges Repeal Of Obamacare; Turkish Journalists On Trial

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

President Trump pressures Senate Republicans to keep their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. In Turkey, 17 journalists from the country's oldest independent newspaper go on trial.

Israel: Metal Detectors Will Be Removed From Jerusalem Holy Site

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:12:00 -0400

The prime minister's office says security forces will use other technology around a mosque complex where two Israeli police officers were killed. Angry Muslim worshippers prayed next to the machines.

Morning News Brief: Russia Probes, Louisville Clinic Protests

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

House and Senate investigations into any links between Russia and the Trump campaign continue. Protests erupt outside Kentucky's last clinic that performs abortions.

With New Security Measures, Tensions Remain High In Jerusalem's Old City

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:41:00 -0400

After attackers killed two police officers at a site holy to both Muslims and Jews, Israel installed metal detectors, setting off protests and violence. Israel is now considering alternative security.

The Call-In: Iraq, Then And Now

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:30 -0400

We hear from veteran Charles Diamond who served in Mosul, Jane Arraf compares Mosul today to before ISIS, and former Obama administration official Andrew Exum talks about the U.S. military's role.

For New U.S. Mideast Peace Envoy, It Will Be A Long Road To 'Ultimate Deal'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:04:00 -0400

For years, Jason Greenblatt was chief legal officer at the Trump Organization. Now his job is to help bring peace to the Middle East. His closeness to Trump may help, but it's no guarantee of success.

3 Palestinians Killed In Violent Clashes With Israelis Near Jerusalem Religious Site

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:00 -0400

In a day of intensifying violence, three Palestinians were killed during a wave of clashes with Israeli forces. Later a Palestinian stabbed to death three Israelis in a West Bank Jewish settlement.