November 8, 2013 |
BEIRUT - An outbreak of polio among children in war-torn Syria has prompted a mass immunization campaign that aims to vaccinate 20 million children in seven Middle Eastern nations and territories, the United Nations and the World Health Organization said Friday. An emergency drive to prevent the transmission of the crippling ailment and other preventable diseases has already resulted in the vaccination of 650,000 children in Syria, including 116,000 in the northeastern province of Dair Alzour, where the polio outbreak was confirmed a week ago, the international agencies said in a statement.
June 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two years into a civil war that shows no signs of ending, the Obama administration is considering resettling refugees who have fled Syria, part of an international effort that could bring thousands of Syrians to American cities and towns. A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families. The State Department is "ready to consider the idea," an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure.
April 20, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Divisions between Syrian rebels and their foreign supporters came into focus Saturday as a leading opposition group demanded international military action - including drone strikes - to halt missile attacks and alleged chemical-weapons use against Syrian civilians. At a meeting intended to smooth differences between the rebels and supporters, the Syrian National Coalition criticized its Western and Middle Eastern backers for failing to stop attacks by President Bashar Assad's forces that it said are imperiling thousands.
December 8, 2012 |
As a child in Hebrew school, I was taught the story of the Hanukkah miracle: When the Jews in the land of Israel defeated the foreigners, the priests seeking to rekindle the temple's eternal light found enough ritually pure oil for only one day. Miraculously that oil lasted for eight days. Since then, Jews have been celebrating Hanukkah every year by lighting candles every day for eight days. Children in Israel play with dreidels inscribed with the first Hebrew letters of the phrase "a big miracle happened here "; in Washington, D.C., my birthplace, our dreidels had the first letters of "a big miracle happened there . " Until I lived in Israel, I associated the holiday with latkes, or potato pancakes.
December 8, 2012
Hanukkah kubanah with fig jam (pull-apart Middle Eastern bread) Total time: 5 hours, plus about 2 hours rising time Servings: 8 1 envelope active dry yeast (¼ ounce or 2¼ teaspoons) 1/3 cup lukewarm water (about 110 degrees) 2 tablespoons sugar, divided 1/3 cup fig jam or other jam or jelly 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 cup mild olive oil, divided 3/4 cup hot water (about 150 degrees) 3 cups flour (about 13.6 ounces)
November 21, 2012 |
With a single gun linked to the fatal shootings of three Brooklyn shopkeepers since July - each of Middle Eastern descent - New York police have asked for help from FBI experts who profile serial killers. The latest killing took place Friday night, when Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78, was gunned down inside his boutique in the Flatbush neighborhood. "In the past three nights, police officers and detectives were here questioning, trying to get a clue, trying to investigate," Abraham Shokirian, a son-in-law of Vahidipour, said in a phone interview Tuesday.