March 7, 2020

Jordan challenges stigma attached to cancer in the Middle East

Abigail Roberts/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Twenty years ago the word "cancer" was taboo in Middle East culture. But in 1998, King Hussein of Jordan challenged that stigma by appearing on a live CNN interview without the traditional headscarf, revealing his hair loss from his battle with lymphoma and speaking proudly to the nation of Jordan. Before 1997, a cancer diagnosis often meant a death sentence for middle- and lower-class Jordanians. If, for example, a patient found a tumor, the family wouldn&#..
March 6, 2020

Turkey and Russia agree to ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province

omersukrugoksu/iStock(MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to establish a ceasefire in the Syrian province of Idlib, following talks in Moscow. Putin and Erdogan announced the ceasefire at a press conference after almost six hours of talks in the Kremlin. Under the deal, Russia and Turkey will ensure a ceasefire begins from midnight Thursday along the existing line of contact in Idlib, where Syrian government forces, backed by Moscow,..
March 6, 2020

Duchess Meghan poised to focus on female empowerment after royal exit

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- In one of her final engagements as a working member of Britain's royal family, Duchess Meghan is focusing on women at an event Sunday to mark International Women's Day. It is a high-profile choice that reinforces the theory that Meghan is poised to amplify her voice as an advocate for women's rights once she and Prince Harry relinquish their roles as working royals on March 31. In their new roles, Harry and Meghan plan to launch a new nonpr..
March 6, 2020

Egypt’s oldest pyramid reopens to public after 14-year restoration

Hatem Maher/ABC News(CAIRO) -- Egypt's oldest pyramid, rescued from collapse, reopened to visitors Thursday after a 14-year restoration project. The 4,700-year-old step pyramid, built in the 27th century B.C. for third dynasty pharaoh Djoser, is deemed the oldest stone structure of its size in the world. The ancient structure was badly damaged in a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Egypt in 1992 and was at risk of collapse more than a decade ago. Located in the Saqqara necropolis in the anc..