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After A Spike In Infections, Lebanon Reimposes Strict Orders To Stay At Home

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Middle Eastern country had relatively few cases and had relaxed its shutdown. Residents will be asked to avoid outings except for emergencies.


Factories In Syria Ramp Up Production Of Hydroxychloroquine Amid Soaring Demand

Monday, May 11, 2020

"Hydroxychloroquine is included in the [Syrian] national case management guidelines for COVID-19," though there's no evidence that it's effective, a World Health Organization representative tells NPR.


Migrants Are Among The Worst Hit By COVID-19 In Saudi Arabia And Gulf Countries

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Even with stringent lockdowns, the coronavirus has spread through migrant communities in some Middle Eastern countries where foreign workers live in cramped quarters.


Environmental Activists Say Lebanon's Government Has Failed To Regulate Polluters

Friday, November 22, 2019

Lebanon is suffering from environmental devastation. With activists alleging the government is failing to regulate the polluters, some Lebanese citizens are taking matters into their own hands.


Advocates Try To Raise Environmental Awareness In Lebanon

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

From its seas, to rivers, to its air quality, Lebanon is ruining itself. Scientists say the country should be a cautionary tale of what happens when governments prioritize business over environment.


Questions Remain Over What Will Happen To ISIS Members, Families In Detention Centers

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

As Kurds strike a deal with the Syrian regime, foreign ISIS women in a panic to escape are reaching out to smugglers. This comes as ISIS circulates messages to coordinate help for escaped "sisters."


Rocking Against Censorship In Lebanon

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Rock bands in Lebanon recently held a concert to protest what activists see as a shrinking space for free speech.


Syrian Opposition Fighters Withdraw From Stronghold In Idlib Province

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Syrian government forces are advancing into a strategic town, forcing opposition fighters to leave. The province has been a refuge for many Syrian civilians, but now it's threatened.


Syrian Government On The Verge Of Taking Back Important Town From Rebels In Civil War

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

An important rebel city falls in Syria as the government's relentless attack on the last rebel province turns one of the last corner's in the civil war.


A Mother's Journey To Get Her Daughter And Grandson Back From ISIS

Thursday, August 15, 2019

An Austrian woman struggles to get her daughter out of Syria, where she went as a confused teen with her husband to live under ISIS.


In This Omani Village, Locals Say Supernatural Creatures Are Behind Strange Events

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

An oasis town in the country of Oman is famous for its tales of spirits and jinns — possibly a result of its history as a fortress town surrounded by dangerous desert.


Mashrou' Leila Performance Canceled At Lebanon Music Festival

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

After objections by Christian leaders in Lebanon, organizers of a festival there canceled an upcoming appearance by Mashrou' Leila, a popular band with an openly gay lead singer.


Strait Of Hormuz: Scene Of Human Conflict And Natural Beauty

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The narrow waterways of the Strait of Hormuz have recently been the scene of confrontation but they're also a highway for traders, smugglers and dolphins.


U.N. Calls Libyan Migrant Shipwreck The Worst This Year After Scores Die

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Refugee agencies say scores of migrants have drowned off the coast of Libya, again highlighting the failure by regional leaders to address the dangerous migrant sea route.


How Oman Has Become A Key Diplomatic Player In The Middle East

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Oman has emerged as a quiet facilitator of dialogue, including between Iran and the U.S. "We always keep a focus not on the negative, but on the positive," says Oman's incoming U.N. ambassador.


Leaders In Oman Try To Reduce Tensions Between U.S. And Iran

Monday, July 08, 2019

The country of Oman is surrounded by conflict but has managed to stay neutral. It is now trying to lessen the tension between the U.S. and Iran.


How Oman Is Becoming A Sort Of 'Middle Eastern Switzerland' Between The U.S. And Iran

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Oman plays an important role in trying to bridge relations between the U.S. and Iran and its incoming ambassador to the United Nations says he still has hope conflict can be averted.


How Crop Fires Have Become The Latest Weapon Of War In Syria

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Syrians already suffering from war are seeing their source of food go up in flames amid widespread crop fires that appear to be intentionally set.


Thousands Of Refugees Returning To Syria End Up Detained, Imprisoned, Tortured

Monday, June 24, 2019

President Bashar al-Assad has called on the millions of Syrians who've fled the brutal civil war to return home, but thousands who have come back end up imprisoned and often tortured.


Forced To Demolish Their Own Homes, Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Seek New Shelter

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Lebanon requires refugees to live in shelters made of canvas or wood. A new military decree directs them to demolish concrete walls over 3 feet high by July 1. Many don't know where they'll live next.