August 1, 2012 A letter to Israel from Egypt's newly-elected President is fake, according to Egyptian officials. The dispute over the authenticity of the letter underscores the difficult relationship between Egypt's new Islamist leadership and neighboring Israel.
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August 1, 2012 In an interview with NPR, the Palestinian prime minister acknowledged that the Palestinian Authority is in the most precarious position it has ever been in. Increasingly isolated, cash strapped and heavily criticized by its own people, Salam Fayyad nonetheless said that while change is needed, the Palestinian Authority must endure.
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Mitt Romney speaks in Jerusalem on Sunday, backing "any and all measures" to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
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July 31, 2012 The Republican presidential candidate says America's national security priority should be preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, a point he made directly during a weekend stop in Israel. But analysts say Mitt Romney's policy descriptions sound much like those of President Obama.
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July 31, 2012 Many analysts suspect that President Bashar al-Assad is losing his grip on power in Syria, and that his fall is now inevitable. But that leaves many difficult questions about what happens the day after. NPR commentator Ted Koppel talks about the tipping point in Syria and what comes next.
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July 31, 2012 To the United States, Iran is a pariah state. To Afghanistan, Iran is a powerful neighbor that could help promote development and stability, and that puts U.S. foreign policy in conflict. On one hand, Washington is looking for every opportunity to contain Tehran. But, if Iran chooses to help achieve the American goal of peace and stability in Afghanistan, the U.S. might have to turn a blind eye.
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July 30, 2012 Mitt Romney's trip abroad accomplished some of what he wanted. In Israel he delivered a hawkish pro-Israel message of support for the conservative government meant to appeal to those U.S. Jews skeptical of President Obama. But his trip also had missteps, notably in Britain but not only there.
July 30, 2012 Questions are growing about the fate of President Bashar Assad's regime. One possibility is the creation of a breakaway region in the northwest coastal mountains dominated by the president's Alawite minority. Analysts say it would be a disaster politically and economically for Assad and the region.
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July 30, 2012 Mitt Romney is now in Poland, on the third leg of his overseas tour. But before he left Israel this morning, comments made at a fundraiser upset members of the Palestinian leadership. Romney was discussing the gulf between the per capita GDP of Israel and the GDP of areas managed by the Palestinian Authority. He pointed out that some economic historians have theorized that "culture makes all the difference." Some have called his remarks "racist." The campaign says Romney's words were taken out of context.
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July 30, 2012 Audie Cornish speaks with Seth Jones of the RAND Corporation about the increasing role that jihadists and foreign fighters are playing in the Syrian conflict.
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July 30, 2012 The London Olympics are underway, and so is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. And that's left many Muslim athletes facing a dilemma — to fast or not to fast? For more on how athletes are dealing with this bind, host Michel Martin talks with Al Jazeera English's Lee Wellings.
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July 30, 2012 Jordan is preparing to shelter tens, if not hundreds, of thousands. In Iraq, Syrians who thought they would be welcomed are finding themselves locked up and prevented from visiting relatives.
July 30, 2012 Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney traveled to Israel over the weekend and waded into two of the most sensitive issues in the region: how to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions, and whether the U.S. embassy should stay in Tel Aviv.
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July 30, 2012 Government troops are battling rebels for control of Syria's largest city, Aleppo. The government launched a major offensive over the weekend to retake neighborhoods held by the Free Syrian Army. Both sides appear to be preparing for a battle that could prove crucial to the outcome of the 17-month-old uprising.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney places a prayer note as he visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday.
July 29, 2012 Mitt Romney is in Israel this weekend, in part to drum up support from pro-Israel groups living in the United States. The Jewish vote makes up only 4 percent of the American electorate, but it's where those votes are located that has both sides spending millions to woo them.
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A Free Syrian Army fighter looks out from the window of a burnt-out police station in Aleppo after it was overrun by rebel fighters last week.
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July 29, 2012 Fighting continues in Aleppo, Syria's largest city on Sunday while accusations of meddling – and pleas to meddle more – are flying on the international stage.
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