Middle East

4:05pm

Tue June 25, 2013
Middle East

Dozens Dead After Clashes With Radical Cleric In Lebanon

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 11:46 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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Calm has been restored in southern Lebanon for now. Clashes between the army and followers of a radical Sunni cleric have left dozens dead over the past two days. It's been called the most violent spillover from the conflict in Syria to a neighboring country. And now, a manhunt is under way for that cleric, Ahmed al-Assir.

NPR's Kelly McEvers traveled from Beirut to the scene of the violence today in Sidon, also known as Saida in Arabic.

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7:06am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Qatar's Emir Transfers Power To His Son

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 8:26 am

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, left, and his son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, right, await France's President Francois Hollande prior to a welcoming ceremony earlier this month.
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Qatar's monarch, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, handed over the reins of power this morning to his 33-year-old son, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Bloomberg reports:

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11:55am

Mon June 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Saudi Arabia Shifts Weekends To Friday And Saturday

Saudis visit the Flowers' Festival in Riyadh.
Hassan Ammar AFP/Getty Images

By royal decree, Saudi Arabia's weekend is shifting to Friday and Saturday as opposed to Thursday and Friday.

As our friend Ahmed Al Omran explains at Riyadh Bureau, King Abdullah ordered the change "for the sake of putting an end to the negative effects and the lost economic opportunities" that emerge from being on a different schedule as your neighbors.

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7:04am

Thu June 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

Outbreak In Saudi Arabia Echoes SARS Epidemic 10 Years Ago

Saudi men walk to the King Fahad hospital in the city of Hofuf on Sunday. In eastern Saudi Arabia, where outbreaks of the MERS virus have been concentrated, people have resumed their habits of shaking hands and kissing.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

A detailed analysis of how the disease called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome spread through four Saudi Arabian hospitals this spring reveals disturbing similarities to the SARS pandemic that terrified the world a decade ago.

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3:27am

Wed June 19, 2013
Middle East

U.S. To Test The Waters With Iran's New President Rohani

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 7:40 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

When Barack Obama became president and offered his hand to Iran, that country's elites reacted skeptically. Many said he was a new face, but still represented Iran's great enemy. Now, Iran will have a new face, winner of last week's presidential election, Hassan Rohani. He says he wants better relations with the outside world, so it's America's turn to wonder just how much Rohani could really change in Iran's confrontation with the U.S. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports on the evidence so far.

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