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Obama: May Be Time For A Pause In Mideast Peace Talks – NPR

Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I’m Scott Simon. The Obama administration’s recent efforts to try to steer Israel and Palestine into – and the Palestinians into a lasting peace accord have […]

20 Million in Mideast to Get Polio Vaccine – New York Times

20 Million in Mideast to Get Polio Vaccine – New York Times

The region was polio-free for 10 years, until a Pakistani strain was detected in sewers in Egypt in January. It has since been found in sewers in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. Last month, 10 paralyzed children in Syria were confirmed to be polio victims. Children there and in parts of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon […]

Kerry Tries to Reassure Mideast Allies on Iran – New York Times

Kerry Tries to Reassure Mideast Allies on Iran – New York Times

“The time to oppose it is when you see what it is, not to oppose the effort to find out what is possible,” Mr. Kerry said at a news conference after meeting with the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and the foreign minister, Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan. “We have […]

US envoy to Mideast: Washington must be ready to step up Iran sanctions – Jerusalem Post

The United States and its allies must be prepared to escalate sanctions against Tehran if it continues to build its nuclear program while making clear to the Iranians that they will not be “let off the hook” by the agreement currently being negotiated in Geneva, former US envoy to the Middle East Dennis […]

Kerry Takes Personal Approach to Mideast Peace – New York Times

Kerry Takes Personal Approach to Mideast Peace – New York Times

In the last 24 hours, Mr. Kerry’s aides warned that he might fly back to Israel after his stop in Jordan, then minutes later said that was a false alarm. The next morning they confirmed that he would, in fact, travel to Tel Aviv on Friday for breakfast with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after dinner […]

Iran Talks Strain Mideast Alliances – Wall Street Journal

Iran Talks Strain Mideast Alliances – Wall Street Journal}

Mideast allies crave leadership from US – Boston Globe

Seemingly everywhere he turns these days, President Obama is facing criticism of his foreign policy leadership. And the critics aren’t the usual suspects — Russia, China or the Castro brothers — but some of America’s very best friends. NATO allies, led by Germany, are furious over the Snowden allegations. Israeli leaders, backed ironically by the […]

Vaccination campaign against polio, other diseases begins in Mideast – CNN International

Vaccination campaign against polio, other diseases begins in Mideast – CNN International

(CNN) — Health officials announced Friday a campaign to vaccinate more than 20 million children against polio and other diseases across much of the Middle East. “The headline is the Middle East is reinfected,” said Dr. Bruce Aylward, the World Health Organization’s assistant director-general for polio, emergencies and country collaboration. The announcement, by WHO and […]

Arab League to Convene Emergency Meeting on Mideast WMD-Free Zone – National Journal

WASHINGTON — The League of Arab States is convening an emergency meeting this Sunday to coordinate a consensus position for upcoming talks about eliminating weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East. The urgent gathering comes amid reports that modest progress was achieved last month during multilateral consultations in Switzerland that included representatives from Israel, […]

Saudis reject Security Council seat, angry over Mideast inaction – Reuters

By Angus McDowall RIYADH | Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:50pm EDT RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia turned down a coveted seat on the United Nations Security Council on Friday in a rare display of anger at the failure of the international community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues. […]