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Iraq
2:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Obama Plans To Send Advisers To Iraq, Leaving Air Strikes On Table

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:12 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama announced today that the U.S. will send up to 300 special forces advisers into Iraq. He says they'll gather intelligence and assist Iraqi security forces. This comes as radical Islamists continue to march toward Baghdad. And as NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports, the president also is not ruling out airstrikes.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: President Obama is clear about this...

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Latin America
2:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Off The Pitch, Brazilians Mark A More Political Clash

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:12 pm

One year from million-strong protest marches in Brazil, Brazilians are marking the anniversary with more demonstrations. There are fewer protesters than a year ago, when Brazilians expressed their anger over World Cup costs and the government's neglect of housing, health, transportation and employment issues at home.

Iraq
2:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Obama Lays Out Iraq Proposals, But What Lies Beyond?

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:12 pm

Before the White House press corps Thursday, President Obama laid out his proposal for a U.S. military response in Iraq. He said he's prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to support Iraq's security forces, leaving open the possibility of targeted air strikes in the future. Melissa Block talks to retired Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero about Obama's plan.

Afghanistan
2:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Before Votes Are Fully Counted, Fraud Claims Roil Afghan Election

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:12 pm

It was not long before the legitimacy of Afghanistan's presidential election was called into question. Within hours of polls' close, candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed the vote was rigged in favor of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah has suspended his cooperation with elections commissions and called for a halt to vote counting. His claims of fraud — engineered by former President Hamid Karzai, he says — set the stage for an impending political crisis.

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Parallels
1:11 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

New King Ascends Spanish Throne, With Hopes For A New Era

King Felipe VI greets well-wishers as he arrives at the Royal Palace in Madrid for his coronation ceremony on Thursday. His father, the former King Juan Carlos, abdicated after a 39-year reign.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:12 pm

As police helicopters hovered overhead, Spain's new king rolled up to Parliament in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce.

Felipe VI saluted Spanish troops lined up outside, as the country's national anthem blasted from speakers. He wore a navy blue military uniform and a red sash, representing the highest rank in Spain's armed forces. It had been bestowed upon him an hour earlier, by his father.

He ducked inside Parliament, took an oath and was proclaimed king. It was the first-ever royal handover in Spain's democratic era.

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Parallels
12:42 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France

Women from the Roma community push a shopping trolley containing water toward their camp in Sucy-en-Brie, near Paris, in a photo from 2012.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:12 pm

A vigilante attack against a Roma teenager has shocked France and put pressure on the French government to improve conditions for the ethnic minority. Human rights advocates say the rise of a xenophobic climate in the country may have contributed to the attack.

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Parallels
12:07 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

How The Kurds Could Benefit From Iraq's Crisis

The Kurdish areas of northern Iraq have remained peaceful despite the recent surge in fighting. Here, a member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces directs traffic at a checkpoint in Kalak, in northern Iraq.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:01 pm

The current crisis in Iraq has focused on the Sunni-Shiite conflict, but relatively little has been heard from the other major ethnic group in Iraq, the Kurds. And that's just the way the Kurds would like it.

The Kurds have been seeking an independent state for a century but have been stymied at every turn. As the Shiites and the Sunnis slug it out, the Kurds are demonstrating, so far at least, that they can maintain peace and stability in their semi-autonomous region in the northeastern part of the country.

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Iraq
10:13 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Iraq Turmoil: How Extremists Use Social Media To Gain Support

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 12:12 pm

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The Protojournalist
9:20 am
Thu June 19, 2014

1,000 Words: Afghans Engage In A Dangerous Game

David P Gilkey NPR

The "Horsemen of Afghanistan" playing Buzkashi — a dangerous contest in which riders vie for a goat carcass — in the northern city of Sheberghan near the Tajikistan border.

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The Two-Way
5:20 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Iraq Battles Militants For Key Oil Refinery In Beiji

Iraqi army soldiers parade during a recruiting drive for men to volunteer for military service in Baghdad on Thursday. The country's leaders are urging Iraqis to help battle insurgents who have mounted an aggressive campaign in the north.
Karim Kadim AP

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 6:54 am

In an attempt to stop the juggernaut advance of the Sunni extremist group ISIS, Iraq's central government says the fight for the country's largest oil refinery is far from over. A military official says 40 militants have been killed.

"Iraqi government officials say an elite special operations force is holding off ISIS militants at the Beiji refinery 160 miles north of the capital," NPR's Deborah Amos reports from Erbil. "But local police report ISIS is tightening a grip on the facility."

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World
4:56 am
Thu June 19, 2014

United Nations Launches Review Of Peacekeeping Efforts

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

U.N. peacekeepers are in some of the world's most violent places. Linda Wertheimer talks to Herve Ladsous, U.N. under-secretary-general for Peacekeeping Operations about the changing mission.

Sports
4:16 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Spaniards Can't Hide Disappointment In World Cup Elimination

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

In a major upset, the world's champion soccer team, Spain, lost to Chile 2-0, and has been eliminated from the World Cup tournament. It was one of the worst performances for a reigning world champion.

Iraq
3:18 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Sunni Insurgency Threatens To Plunge Iraq Into Sectarian War

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

Islamist Sunni militants reportedly control most of Iraq's largest oil refinery, as they vow to push on to Baghdad. Meanwhile, there is a growing call for Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki to step down.

NPR Story
3:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

U.S. Program Hopes To Inspire Young Africans To Be Tomorrow's Leaders

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

President Obama is organizing the first of its kind African summit in Washington. In the run-up to that high-level gathering, young African leaders are in the U.S. for a leadership training program.

The Two-Way
6:11 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Onetime Auschwitz Guard Arrested In Philadelphia On German Warrant

The Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I in Poland, circa 1945. Writing over the gate reads "Arbeit macht frei" (Work Sets You Free). Johann Breyer has admitted to working as a guard at the camp but says he only supervised work parties outside the gates.
Uncredited AP

An 89-year-old man accused of aiding and abetting the killing of 216,000 Jews as a Nazi camp guard at the concentration camp located in Auschwitz, Poland, during World War II, has been arrested in Philadelphia.

Johann "Hans" Breyer, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1952, was arrested by U.S. authorities Tuesday night. He is being held without bail.

The Associated Press says:

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It's All Politics
4:44 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Iraq's Meltdown Troubles U.S. Political Waters

Before talking about the situation in Iraq, President Obama bantered with (from left to right) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:25 pm

Iraq has a long history of roiling American politics. And that doesn't appear about to change anytime soon.

With the Shiite-led Iraqi government losing control of large parts of its country to the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS, the question of who lost Iraq is starting to reverberate through Washington the way "who lost Vietnam" and "who lost China" did in earlier eras.

That all of this is happening during a midterm election stirs even more politics into the mix than if the current violence and ISIS inroads had occurred last year.

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Defending Champ Spain Knocked Out Of World Cup

Spain's goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, fails to save an attempt by Chile's Charles Aranguiz at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
Manu Fernandez AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:12 pm

Chile beat Spain, 2-0, in group play Wednesday, knocking the defending champs out of soccer's World Cup.

Both goals came in the first half: Eduardo Vargas scored in the 20th minute and Charles Aranguiz in the 44th.

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Middle East
3:21 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

In Support For Kurds, Does Turkey Hope For A Redrawn Middle East Map?

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:08 pm

One actor with an eye on Iraq's ongoing violence is Turkey. For more on Turkey's complex relationship with Iraq, as well as its interests in Iraqi Kurds, Robert Siegel speaks with Hugh Pope of the International Crisis Group.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Afghan Presidential Candidate Alleges Vote Fraud

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. Abdullah has accused his opponent of election fraud.
Massoud Hossaini AP

Although the results of Afghanistan's elections aren't due until next month, already one of the two presidential candidates is calling foul.

Abdullah Abdullah says the vote counting must stop immediately because the head electoral official has allowed fraud and must be suspended.

He says election monitors from his campaign witnessed massive ballot-box stuffing and other irregularities that could throw the June 14 election to his opponent, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

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Global Health
2:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

As Death Count Rises, Health Officials Work To Stem Ebola's Spread

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:08 pm

The World Health Organization is reporting that the Ebola virus has yet to be contained in West Africa. It's one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in decades — with over 500 cases, some 330 of which ended in death.

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Sports
2:22 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

In Brazil, Predictions Of Doom And Gloom Give Way To Minor Annoyances

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:32 pm

Brazil's World Cup preparation endured some heavy criticism leading up to the games. Stadiums were still under construction, Internet connections were sketchy and transportation faced major challenges. A week into the tournament, NPR's Russell Lewis has traveled to three airports and three cities so far. He talks to Melissa Block about what has worked and what remains a challenge.

Europe
2:22 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

From Ukraine's President, A Promise Of Truce — With Conditions

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:08 pm

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And I'm Robert Siegel. Ukraine's new president says he will order a unilateral cease-fire in the East of his country. That's where government troops have been fighting pro-Russian separatists. The announcement today came after Petro Poroshenko discussed the crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin. NPR's Corey Flintoff has this update from the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

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Iraq
2:22 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

How ISIS, Endowed By Conquest, Stocks Its War Chest

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:08 pm

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If ISIS does control that Iraqi oil refinery, it would fit a pattern. ISIS appears to be as well-endowed economically as any such group can be endowed by conquest, by plunder and by voluntary contributions. How do they make their money? Joining us to talk about ISIS's finance is Juan Zarate. He is the former assistant secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes. And he's now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Good to see you again.

JUAN ZARATE: Robert, good see you.

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Iraq
2:22 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

ISIS Presses Its Advance, Attacking Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:08 pm

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Shots - Health News
1:14 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Doctors Aren't Sure How To Stop Africa's Deadliest Ebola Outbreak

A health worker from Doctors Without Borders examines Ebola patient Finda Marie Kamano, 33, at her home in Conakry, Guinea, in April. The outbreak that began in February is still spreading in West Africa.
Sylvain Cherkaoui/Cosmos/Courtesy of Doctors Without Borders

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:24 am

When an Ebola outbreak lasts for months and continues to show up in new cities, health officials take notice.

That's exactly what's happening in West Africa. An outbreak that started in Guinea last February has surged in the past few weeks. It's now the deadliest outbreak since the virus was first detected in 1976.

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Africa
12:31 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Violence And Chaos Continue In Kenya And Nigeria

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 12:55 pm

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The Two-Way
5:39 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Militants Attack Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery As Sectarian Clashes Spread

An Iraqi boy and other civilians look at the aftermath of a car bomb in Baghdad's Sadr City on Wednesday. The violence in the Shiite district comes as Sunni militants advance in northern Iraq.
Karim Kadim AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:06 am

The Sunni militant group that has stormed across Iraq invaded the country's largest oil refinery today, hitting it with mortars. The government is using limited air attacks to strike back at ISIS, which now controls large areas of Iraq's north.

"The oil refinery in Beiji has been under siege since the militant fighters of ISIS seized the town of Beiji in their sweep through northern Iraq," NPR's Deborah Amos reports from Irbil, Iraq. "In an offensive at dawn, ISIS fighters attacked the refinery with machine-gun fire and mortars, according to Iraqi security forces."

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Africa
4:12 am
Wed June 18, 2014

U.S Captures Suspected Ringleader Of Benghazi Attack

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:09 am

The U.S. had filed criminal charges against Ahmed Abu Khattala last year. Now that he has been taken to a secure location outside Libya, he is expected to be sent to the United States to stand trial.

Iraq
3:30 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Iran Monitors Fast-Moving Islamic Insurgency In Iraq

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:09 am

The U.S. has engaged Iran in talks on responding to the crisis in Iraq. Randa Slim of the Middle East Institute talks to Renee Montagne about the reaction in Iran to events across the border in Iraq.

Africa
3:20 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Bitter, Incomplete Divorce Blamed For South Sudan's Fighting

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:09 am

What happened after Africa's biggest country split in two? Renee Montagne talks to James Copnall about his book, A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan's Bitter and Incomplete Divorce.

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