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Turkey Vows to Resist Attacks Against Its Forces in Syria

After 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in strikes in Syria, fears have risen of open conflict with Russia.
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Turkish Soldiers Killed In An Air Attack, Turkey Blames Syria

Turkey says more than a dozen of its troops were killed in a Syrian airstrike. Turkey faults Syria, and avoided blaming Russia, amid a month of fighting around Idlib province.
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As Israel Votes Again (and Again), Arabs See an Opportunity

Arab leaders hope to improve on their strong showing in the last election, when they nearly helped topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Five Places to Visit in Amman with a Hometown Fashion Designer

Nafsika Skourti is an authority on what’s worth visiting in the Jordanian capital. She shares the places that inspire her.
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In Syria and Libya, Trump Is Torn Over 2 Wars, and 2 Strongmen

After an airstrike on Turkish forces by Russia or its Syrian proxies, President Trump may be forced to pick between Moscow and Ankara.
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Airstrike Hits Turkish Forces in Syria

The Turkish army suffered mass casualties in an airstrike, Turkish officials say, an attack that could dramatically shift the course of the Syrian war.
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Coronavirus Outbreak In Iran Has Tehran Residents Doubting Government Response

On the street in Tehran, people are wondering if their country has the capacity to deal with the coronavirus outbreak — and whether news of it was suppressed.
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Iranian Vice President Hit With Virus

Masoumeh Ebtekar, President Hassan Rouhani’s deputy for women’s affairs and the highest-ranking woman in the government, was at least the sixth Iranian official to test positive.
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U.S. Maintains Pressure on Iran, Stalling Diplomacy While Expecting Attacks

Nearly two months after the death of Iran’s most important general, the Trump administration insists its “maximum pressure” campaign is working. Many allies are skeptical.
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Trump’s Plan Backs Israeli Settlements. So Why Are Settlers Unhappy?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expected the U.S. peace plan would gain him votes in Monday’s election. It might not work out that way.
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Afghans React To Weeklong Partial Truce — A Rare Peaceful Moment

The current reduction in violence is the longest partial truce for Afghanistan in nearly two decades. Some Afghans explain what these days mean to them.
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Civilian Casualties And Refugee Crisis Intensifies As Syrian Army Moves In On Idlib

Syrian and Russian armed forces are advancing quickly on rebel areas, killing civilians and intensifying suffering as nearly 1 million refugees huddle in camps near Turkey. Little relief is in sight.
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Mubarak’s Three-Decade Rule Is Brushed Aside in War-Hero Burial

A funeral for Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s former ruler, highlighted his military record but sought to play down his position as the country’s longest-serving president.
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Israel Takes Strict Approach To Control The Spread Of Coronavirus

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, Israel is banning the entry of foreign nationals who have been in China, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and South Korea over the last two weeks.
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Children Freeze to Death as Syrian Assault Prompts Mass Exodus

The Syrian government’s attack on a rebel-held province has created one of the worst humanitarian emergencies of a brutal nine-year war.
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Israel’s ‘Zombie’ Voters Stagger to a Third Election, but Figure on a Fourth

Their malady has been given a name: ‘acquired political helplessness.’
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In Mubarak’s Legacy, Egyptians See the Failings of the Arab Spring

The death of Hosni Mubarak underscored how Egyptian hopes for democracy following his ouster in 2011 have been crushed under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
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The Legacy Of Hosni Mubarak And The Arab Spring

Michele Dunne, Middle East program director at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, speaks with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about the late Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and the Arab Spring.
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U.N.: Humanitarian Crisis In Syria Reaches 'Horrifying New Level'

As fighting escalates in northwest Syria, the U.N. estimates that thousands of Syrians are being displaced every day.
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Mubarak, Egypt's Ousted President, Is Dead At 91

For many Egyptians, Mubarak became the symbol of all that was wrong with their country. His nearly 30-year rule is recalled as a time of repression and economic stagnation for all but an elite few.
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Military Offensive In Syria's Idlib Province Creates Humanitarian Crisis

NPR's Noel King talks to Mark Lowcock, U.N. under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordination, about what renewed fighting in northwest Syria has done to civilians.
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Coronavirus Live Updates: Markets Reel as Virus Spreads Across the World

New outbreaks in Europe, Asia and the Middle East prompted a second day of sliding stock prices. Nearly 80,000 people in 37 countries have been infected and at least 2,600 have died.
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‘Recipe for a Massive Viral Outbreak': Iran Emerges as a Worldwide Threat

Long a regional crossroads, Iran is spreading the new coronavirus to a host of neighboring countries. Many are ill-equipped to cope.
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Spreading Across Continents, a Lethal Virus Tests a Fraying Global Order

New outbreaks in Europe and the Middle East are accelerating amid concerns that the global response is fractured and uncoordinated.
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Reduction Of Violence In Afghanistan Bolsters Hope For Further Peace Agreement

On Friday, the Taliban agreed to scale back attacks for seven days. If the deal holds, the U.S. and the Taliban will sign an agreement Saturday to begin the process of withdrawal of U.S. troops.
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3 Countries See Rapid Acceleration Of Coronavirus Cases

The Coronavirus is spreading, and worries are intensifying in three more hot spots: Italy, Iran and South Korea. The World Health Organization says the window to contain it is narrowing.
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Israeli Bulldozer Wrests Gaza Militant’s Body From Palestinians

A failed attempt to plant a bomb at the border cost a Palestinian militant his life. But the seizure of his body drew harsh criticism within Israel.
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