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Tourism To Israel Is On The Rise, With More U.S. Evangelical Christians Visiting
U.S. Jewish views of President Trump and the Israeli government are under strain, but support for Israel among white evangelicals is strong as they continue to visit Israel in record numbers.
Face Recognition Lets Palestinians Cross Israeli Checkposts Fast, But Raises Concerns
Israel has begun using the technology at its West Bank checkpoints to verify Palestinians' identities as they cross into Israel. The new system means shorter wait times but is drawing criticism.
(Image credit: Sebastian Scheiner/AP)
Australia Joins U.S.-Led Maritime Force Protecting Persian Gulf Shipping
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Canberra would commit a frigate, patrol plane and specialist defense force personnel to the security flotilla escorting commercial shipping from Iranian attacks.
(Image credit: Getty Images)
Lack Of Understanding Between U.S. And Iranian Leaders Has Consequences
NPR's Steve Inskeep sits down with conservative writer and newspaper editor Amir Mohebbian in Tehran to understand what Iran's ruling establishment thinks of escalating tensions with the U.S.
Iran: When They Were Optimists
NPR's Steve Inskeep is in Tehran revisiting familiar faces. They're people he interviewed years ago, when Iran had a nuclear agreement with the U.S. What's happened since the U.S. left the deal?
U.S. Warns Countries Not To Do Business With Iranian Oil Tanker In The Mediterranean
An Iranian oil tanker recently released by authorities in Gibraltar is making it's way across the Mediterranean Sea possibly toward Greece. The U.S. is telling countries not to deal with it.
U.S. Sanctions Cut Off Iranians' Access To Medicine, Iran Says
The U.S is working to increase pressure on Iran, and many Iranians are struggling. The State Department is challenging Iran's charges that the U.S. is cutting off access to cancer drugs.
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Lack of funds forces UN to close down life-saving aid programmes in Yemen
The United Nations announced on Wednesday that it is being forced to close down several humanitarian programmes in Yemen because money pledged by Member States to pay for them has “failed to materialize”.
Urgent need for ‘restraint and genuine dialogue’ in Middle East to avoid major confrontation
Briefing the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, the Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General, Maria Luiza Viotti, said on Tuesday that “restraint and genuine dialogue are urgently needed”, in order to avoid a major confrontation, which would have disastrous consequences, even well beyond the region.
‘No time to lose’ UN envoy tells Security Council, ‘Yemen cannot wait’
One month ago, the United Nations top Yemen envoy told the Security Council the country was facing “a crucial moment” in the course of its long and bloody conflict, and on Tuesday, he again urged members to acknowledge that recent infighting around the Government stronghold of Aden were “a clear sign” that the conflict must be brought to a swift, peaceful end.
‘Quash’ convictions and release women jailed for protesting against wearing veils in Iran, urge UN rights experts
Decades-long prison sentences handed down to three women protesting the strictly enforced wearing of veils in Iran, have drawn alarm and condemnation from six United Nations independent human rights experts.
Three more humanitarian workers killed in Syria, with civilian death toll ‘rising every day’
An attack in the south of Syria’s restive Idlib province that led to the deaths of a paramedic, an ambulance driver and a rescue worker, were added to the grim total on Thursday of more than 500 civilian fatalities documented in the country by the United Nations, over the past three and a half months alone.
UN food aid to Yemen will fully resume after two-month break, as Houthis ‘guarantee’ delivery
Life-saving food aid distribution is set to resume to 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, following guarantees by Houthi opposition forces that the supplies will reach those who need them most, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.
In wake of ‘collapsed’ agreement, new wave of violence threatens millions in Syria’s Idlib
Following the collapse of the latest truce in Idlib at the start of this week, the Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the UN’s Syria Envoy urged Member States on Thursday to increase their support for “critical humanitarian needs” in the country’s last opposition-held enclave.
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