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Israel Bans Activities In Jerusalem Connected To Palestinian Authority Government

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:18:00 -0500

Palestinians still have aspirations for a capital in part Jerusalem. Something that could strengthen Palestinian claims in the city would be national political institutions, but for decades Israel has worked to limit those — whether they're offices for leadership or even theatrical performances.

Pence Heads Off On Delayed And Scaled-Back Mideast Visit

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:04:01 -0500

The vice president's three-nation trip was supposed to happen in December. Pence wants to focus on security matters and the persecution of Christians, but he will also have to soothe allies.

Self-Immolation Rises As Desperate Tunisians Seek Escape From Poverty

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:10:00 -0500

When a fruit seller set himself on fire, it helped start a revolution in Tunisia seven years ago. Since then, the suicide method has grown more common, especially among young, unemployed men.

Pence Begins Mideast Tour In Cairo For Talks With Egypt's President

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:00:00 -0500

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Cairo Saturday. He and Egypt's president will talk about everything from fighting terrorism to protecting religious minorities.

This Man Has Freed Hundreds Of Yazidis Captured By ISIS. Thousands Remain Missing

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:11:00 -0500

His phone rarely stops ringing. Most calls and messages are from other Yazidis in Iraq's Kurdistan region, asking for help to find their relatives. Others are from people threatening to kill him.

How An American Rose To The Upper Ranks Of ISIS

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Seamus Hughes, deputy director at George Washington University's Program on Extremism, about their two-year investigation that revealed an American in the upper ranks of ISIS.

U.S. Freezes More Than Half Of Aid To U.N. Agency For Palestinian Refugees

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:29:00 -0500

The funding freeze comes weeks after the U.S. was soundly rejected in its attempts to block a resolution in the U.N. that called for countries not to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

New Phase Begins In Saudi Arabia's Anti-Corruption Crackdown

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

It appears Saudi authorities may soon move businessmen and princes held on corruption charges from detention in a luxury hotel to a prison. The move comes amid a series of changes in the kingdom.

Syrian Family May Have To Move Again To Escape Government Forces

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

David Greene talks to Abdul Kafi Alhamdo, an English teacher who fled Aleppo for the countryside in 2016. Advances by Syrian government forces have him worried he may have to uproot his family again.

In Egypt, Potential Candidates Prepare To Enter Presidential Race

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:34:00 -0500

Filing to run for president of Egypt begins this weekend, but potential candidates say they're afraid of the consequences of taking on hardline President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who looks to run again.

What Effect ISIS' Declaration Of War Against Hamas Could Have In The Middle East

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:19:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Tareq Baconi, a visiting scholar with Columbia University's Middle East Institute, about ISIS' declaration of war against Hamas. The two organizations have a history of animosity that could rock an already volatile region of the Middle East.

Tunisia Celebrations And Protests Mark 7 Years Since Revolution

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:41:00 -0500

Sunday marks the seven-year anniversary of the ousting of Tunisia's dictator. While Tunisians are celebrating the event, vast economic problems still persist throughout the country.

Syria Violence Sends Thousands of Civilians Fleeing 'De-Escalation Zone'

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:29:41 -0500

More than 100,000 civilians have had to flee homes and refugee camps because of violence in Idlib province. "Barrel bombs are just falling on the heads of these people," says a civil defense worker.

Trump Administration Says U.S. Will Stay In Iran Nuclear Deal For Now

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

The Trump administration has decided to keep the U.S. in the nuclear deal with Iran for now. The administration once again threatened to drop out of agreement at a later date.

President Trump To Decide Whether To Waive Sanctions On Iran

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:02:00 -0500

The president has said he is reluctant to continue to waive sanctions. Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal worry reimposing sanctions would lead to Iran resuming its nuclear weapons program.