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Taliban Was Able To Penetrate Afghanistan Military Base Before Attack

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:24:14 -0400

Journalist Ahmed Rashid talks about Friday's attack on an Afghanistan military base. More than 100 people are reported dead making it the deadliest attack there since 2001.

Iran's Incumbent President Set To Face Hard-Line Challenger

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:34:00 -0400

The field has been chosen for the Iranian presidential election in May. The pragmatist incumbent president will face a hard-line challenger, and the race could impact the international agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program.

Armed Conflicts Exacerbate Famine In South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia And Yemen

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:34:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, about the on-the-ground scene of famine in South Sudan and other countries.

Egyptian-American Aid Worker Returns To U.S. After Release From Cairo Jail

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:34:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Mohamed Soltan, an Egyptian-American who was previously imprisoned in Egypt for political reasons, about the release of Aya Hijazi, the Egyptian-American aid worker who was imprisoned in Egypt for nearly three years.

Where Erdogan's Victory In Turkey Referendum Vote Leaves The Opposition

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with novelist, essayist and activist Elif Safak following the referendum vote in Turkey that expanded the president's powers.

In Departure From Obama Strategy, Mattis Prioritizes Military Cooperation On Egypt Trip

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is stressing efforts against Iran and changing the U.S. tone in the region with visits to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel. Human Rights are lower on the agenda.

White House Shouldn't Try To Reverse Iran Nuclear Deal, Parsi Says

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Trita Parsi, an Iran scholar, who warns of dire consequences if Trump officials renege on the nuclear accord and reverse a pledge to ease sanctions against Tehran.

This Islamic School Helps Students Build Their American And Muslim Identity

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The Al Fatih Academy in Virginia is one of about 270 Islamic schools in the U.S. The staff aim to give their students a well-rounded education and promote civic awareness.

Emirates Airline Cuts Flights To U.S., Citing Trump's Security Rules

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:01:00 -0400

Emirates said the recent restrictions on visas and electronic devices had dampened consumer demand. The Dubai-based carrier will pare back flights to five of the 12 U.S. cities it serves.

Trump Administration Sends Mixed Signals About Iran Nuclear Deal

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:30:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Iran expert Raymond Tanter, who served on the National Security Council under President Reagan and was involved in arms control talks from 1983 to 1984, about the Trump administration's re-examination of the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran Sticks To Nuclear Deal, But U.S. Says It Will Review Sanctions

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:28:00 -0400

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tells Congress that the Trump administration will take another look at sanctions to see if lifting them was in line with U.S. national security interests.

Mattis Travels To Saudi Arabia

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:07:00 -0400

Defense Secretary James Mattis is traveling to Saudi Arabia at the start of a trip to several countries in the Middle East. We look at what the trip means for U.S. foreign relations.

Gunmen Attack Popular Religious Tourism Site In Sinai

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:36:00 -0400

Egyptian authorities say no tourists were involved but one security officer was killed and four others injured. The ancient monastery is about 130 miles from the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh.

Tech Is Dominating Efforts To Educate Syrian Refugees

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Half of private donors to Syrian students are funding educational technology, a report says. It's not necessarily what schools need, one co-author says, considering they may lack reliable electricity.

Egypt Clears Aid Worker Of Abuse And Trafficking Allegations

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:04:00 -0400

After three years in detention, Egypt has cleared Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American aid worker accused of child abuse and human trafficking. The case was emblematic of Egypt's crackdown on aid groups.