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Trump Outlines Mideast Peace Plan That Strongly Favors Israel

President Trump called the plan, which would discard the longtime goal of granting the Palestinians a full-fledged state, a “win-win” for both sides.
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White House To Unveil Mideast Peace Plan — Despite Palestinian Rejection

President Trump said Monday that the Palestinians "probably won't want [the plan] initially," but "I think in the end they're going to want it."
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Someone Tried to Hack My Phone. Technology Researchers Accused Saudi Arabia.

From a suspicious text message I received, technology researchers concluded that hackers working for Saudi Arabia had targeted my phone with powerful Israeli software.
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Trump Calls His Mideast Peace Plan The 'Deal Of The Century'

NPR's Steve Inskeep talk to Natan Sachs of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution about President Trump's Mideast peace proposal which will be released Tuesday.
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Trump Administration To Release Mideast Peace Plan

Israelis and Palestinians are poised for the expected release of the Trump administration's Mideast peace proposal. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to reporter Naomi Zeveloff in Tel Aviv.
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News Brief: Impeachment Trial, Trump Peace Plan, Weinstein Trial

The Trump legal team is about to wrap up the president's defense in the Senate impeachment trial. President Trump on Tuesday releases a Mideast peace plan. And, Harvey Weinstein's trial continues.
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Netanyahu Withdraws Immunity Bid, Shifting Election Battleground

The Israeli prime minister will face voters on March 2 as a defendant in a criminal case, but without weeks of potentially humiliating parliamentary discussion on the subject.
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Asylum Seekers Find a New Route to Europe, Flowing Into a Divided Cyprus

The tiny island now hosts the most refugees per capita in the European Union.
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Gantz Makes the Best of Being a Third Wheel at the White House

In an unusual diplomatic moment, President Trump met with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his challenger, Benny Gantz, on the eve of releasing a Middle East peace plan.
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A Closer Look At The 72 Hours After A Ukrainian Airliner Was Shot Down In Iran

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Farnaz Fassihi of The New York Times, who has pieced together an extensive chronology of the 72 hours after a Ukrainian airliner was shot down in Tehran.
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Mideast Peace Plan to be Released on Tuesday, Trump Says

The president made the announcement while meeting with Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He will meet later Monday with Benny Gantz, Mr. Netanyahu’s opponent in Israel’s March 2..
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U.S. Plane Goes Down In Afghanistan, Prompting Wave Of Questions, Contradictions

A U.S. official tells NPR that two people died when the aircraft went down in Ghazni province. The official blamed mechanical problems — but the Taliban claims to have shot it down.
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Cease-Fire in Libya Collapses Despite International Efforts

Fighting has started anew and foreign shipments of arms have resumed, blasting apart attempts by world leaders to broker a truce.
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Mortar Attack Damages Part of U.S. Embassy Compound In Baghdad

"This is a fairly regular occurrence, small rocket attacks or mortars fired into the Green Zone, but they very rarely actually hit the embassy. This one did," NPR's Jane Arraf reports.
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U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Is Hit by Rocket Fire

For the second time in a week, rockets targeted the American Embassy in Baghdad. The Iraqi government promised a strong response.
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Trump’s Mideast Plan Is Seen Mainly as an Election Lift for Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel returns this week to the White House, where President Trump is expected to lay out the details of a plan that is three years in the making.
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Police Set Fire To Iraqi Protesters' Tents As Shiite Cleric Withdraws Support

Iraqi security forces swept out anti-government protesters occupying public squares in Baghdad and set fire to encampments after a powerful Shiite cleric removed his support for the protesters.
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Anatomy of a Lie: How Iran Covered Up the Downing of an Airliner

For three days, Iranian military officials knew they had shot down a Ukrainian jetliner while the government issued false statements, denying any responsibility.
NYTimes.com - Published

Gantz to Meet Trump on Peace Plan, but Alone, Not With Netanyahu

Seemingly cornered into an awkward meeting with his political rival and the U.S. president, Benny Gantz finds a way to avoid aiding Benjamin Netanyahu — without offending the White House.
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Gantz Will Meet Trump Separately From Netanyahu to Discuss Peace Plan

The surprise announcement means Benny Gantz will avoid an awkward three-way meeting with President Trump that Benjamin Netanyahu had sought to orchestrate at the White House.
NYTimes.com - Published

Iraqi Security Forces Storm Tahrir Square, Clash With Protesters

The security forces fired live bullets and tear gas and setting ablaze tents where demonstrators have been living. At least one protester was killed and dozens wounded.
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Iraq Police Crack Down on Protests as Influential Cleric Withdraws Support

Security forces took back bridges and squares in Baghdad and Basra after the prominent Shiite cleric, Moktada al-Sadr, said he would no longer intervene on protesters’ behalf.
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Pentagon Says 34 U.S. Troops Suffered Brain Injuries From Iranian Missile Strike

More than half the American troops diagnosed with concussions were transferred from the Iraqi base that was attacked to Germany or the U.S.
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Behind The Suspected Saudi Arabian Hacking Of Jeff Bezos' Phone

NPR Ari Shapiro speaks with researcher and activist Iyad el-Baghdadi about his role in uncovering evidence that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked the phone of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
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Pence’s Trip Lets Him Change the Topic, but Impeachment Intrudes

The vice president’s trip to Israel and Italy gave him ample opportunities to counterprogram the news back home. But impeachment is a hard topic to outrun.
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Protesters Mass in Baghdad, Demanding U.S. Leave Iraq

A national march against the presence of United States forces, organized by a populist Shiite cleric and armed groups with ties to Iran, drew vast numbers.
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Iraqis Demonstrate Against U.S. Troop Presence In Iraq

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis marched in Baghdad Friday calling for the departure of U.S. troops. The peaceful march was organized by the militia of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
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'Like A Prisoner Being Let Free': Israel-Hamas Truce Lends Hope To Gaza's Jobless

Even before President Trump's peace deal comes to light, an informal arrangement between Israeli and Hamas leaders eased some restrictions on travel and trade out of Gaza.
NPR - Published

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