Middle East

  • 6:29am Apr 04, 2013
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    Risks Increase For Humanitarian Aid Workers In Syria

    David Greene talks to Muhannad Hadi, the World Food Program's regional emergency coordinator for Syria, about the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria. The civil war there has entered its third year, and last month was its deadliest.
  • Syrian refugees are pictured at Kilis refugee camp in Gaziantep, Turkey, on Nov. 1. An estimated 150,000 Syrians are reported to be living in the Turkish border town.
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    10:20pm Mar 29, 2013
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    Syrian Financial Capital's Loss Is Turkey's Gain

    Aleppo was once the financial heart of Syria. But as the country's revolt grinds on, many of the city's most innovative businessmen have moved to the Turkish border town of Gaziantep. An estimated 150,000 Syrians are there — some of whom are putting down roots — raising questions about Aleppo's future.
  • 2:11pm Mar 27, 2013
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    The Fear That Drives Russia's Support For Syria's Assad

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has consistently supported President Bashar Assad through Syria's violent crisis. Fiona Hill, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, argues that Putin's support is linked to Russia's own history.
  • 9:30am Mar 27, 2013
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    President Obama Makes First Official Trip To Israel

    President Obama's past relations with Israel's government have not always gone well. The two nations insist they've reached new levels of security cooperation. They have publicly debated issues ranging from Iran to the Mideast peace process.
  • 11:03am Mar 26, 2013
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    Amid Syria's Crisis, Mental Health Care For Refugees

    There are now more than one million Syrians seeking refuge in camps and towns in neighboring Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Many arrive without access to basic amenities, such as adequate shelter and clean water. Over two years of conflict has also left them with the mental scars of war.
  • 9:26am Mar 24, 2013
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    Obama Leaves Middle East With Mixed Reviews

    President Obama heads home from the Middle East Saturday, after a mixed reception to his four-day visit. Obama spent much of that time in Israel, trying to lay the groundwork to revive the long-stalled peace process with the Palestinians. He also traveled to the West Bank and met with Jordan's King Abdullah. NPR's Scott Horsley has a recap from Amman, Jordan.
  • 9:24am Mar 24, 2013
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    Obama Asks Young Israelis To Push For Peace

    President Obama is urging both Israelis and Palestinians not to abandon long-stalled peace talks. The president has been practicing some low-key shuttle diplomacy this week.
  • 9:19am Mar 24, 2013
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    Israel's E1 Project Could Disrupt Travel For Palestinians In West Bank

    Plans by the Israeli government to build in E1 have been decried by Palestinian officials who claim that building a new settlement between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim would, "effectively cut the West Bank in two." Israeli officials have accused the Palestinians of exaggerating E1's importance, and pro-Israel groups have argued that alternative roads will still run through the area, connecting the northern and southern halves of the West Bank. A trip between Bethlehem and Ramallah that 10 years ago would take 15-20 minutes, will take upwards of 2.5 hours on the new roads.
  • Palestinian Hadar Dibis is an activist from the Shuafat refugee camp, which would be surrounded if the Israelis build the E-1 settlement project.
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    9:19am Mar 24, 2013
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    Israelis, Palestinians Spar Over Controversial Settlement

    Palestinians object to all Israeli settlements in the West Bank. But one in particular, the E-1, is a major source of friction. Israelis say it's merely the expansion of an existing settlement. But critics say the Israelis are building a ring around Palestinian neighborhoods of east Jerusalem, cutting them off from the West Bank.
  • Anti-riot police face off with protesters in Saudi Arabia's eastern city of Qatif on March 11, 2011. Despite bans on the demonstrations, Shiite Muslims in the eastern part of the country have continued to stage protests, demanding political changes.
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    4:27pm Mar 23, 2013
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    In Saudi Arabia, Shiite Muslims Challenge Ban On Protests

    When demonstrators began rising up against Arab governments in 2011, Saudi authorities responded with large spending projects and with tough actions against protesters. However, the Shiite minority in eastern Saudi Arabia persists with regular demonstrations.
  • Residents visit the tomb of a  loved one at the New Kerbala cemetery in the holy city of Kerbala, Iraq, in 2007.
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    6:21pm Mar 21, 2013
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    Face To Face With Death In Iraq

    Um Abbas has spent decades performing the Muslim ritual of washing the bodies of the dead to prepare them for burial. The war years in Iraq were terrible, she says, but in some ways, confronting death every day helped her cope with the country's trauma.