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August 20, 2014 2 Comments

In Liberia, Ebola Quarantine Sparks Riots

NPR photographer David Gilkey is in Liberia’s capital Monrovia and discusses what he saw this morning as the riots began.

August 20, 2014 2 Comments

Officials In China Shed Properties As Anti-Corruption Campaign Continues

NPR’s Frank Langfitt discusses the Chinese real estate market, and how officials are selling properties at steep discounts.

August 20, 2014 Comment

James Foley Remembered For His ‘Extraordinary Courage’

U.S. officials have confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of the American journalist.

August 20, 2014 Comment

Obama: World ‘Appalled’ By Killing Of James Foley

Speaking from Martha’s Vineyard, the president commented on the video showing the killing of journalist James Foley by ISIS militants.

August 19, 2014 Comment

British MP Say Iraq’s Future Is Up To Iraqis

Rory Stewart, who served as a provincial governor in Iraq during the war, believes the West is partly to blame for the situation in Iraq today.

August 19, 2014 Comment

Report: Lax Safety Culture Contributed To Worst Rail Disaster In Canada's History

A year after the train derailment and explosion that killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, a new report highlights what went wrong.

August 19, 2014 Comment

Conservationists Urge Action As African Elephants Reach Tipping Point

A study out this week says more African elephants are being killed each year than are being born.

August 19, 2014 Comment

A Look At U.S. Military Options In Iraq

Retired Admiral William Fallon, who was head of United States Central Command during the Iraq War, discusses the current conflict.

August 18, 2014 Comment

Conflicting Claims Mark Fighting In Iraq

Iraqi and Kurdish forces claim they have retaken a strategically crucial dam, but the Islamic State says it’s still in control of the facility.

August 15, 2014 Comment

Panama Canal Turns 100

As the canal marks its centennial, we discuss its current expansion and potential competition from Nicaragua and Egypt.

August 15, 2014 Comment

There Are Strange Bedfellows In The Fight In Iraq

Fighting alongside Kurdish fighters are people with links to a Turkish group the U.S. considers a terrorist organization, the PKK.

August 15, 2014 Comment

Ukraine Says Russian Military Vehicles ‘Eliminated By Ukrainian Artillery’

Ukraine’s statement comes after NATO confirmed what it called “an incursion” of Russian vehicles into Ukrainian territory overnight.

August 15, 2014 Comment

India’s New Prime Minister Says Country Shamed By Rape

Narendra Modi used the country’s Independence Day to make some unprecedented public comments about sexual assault.

August 15, 2014 Comment

Ebola Outbreak Is Worse Than Previously Thought

NPR’s Jason Beaubien joins us from Liberia, which the United Nations says is now the epicenter of reported cases.

August 14, 2014 2 Comments

Virginia Sen. Kaine On The U.S. Intervention In Iraq

Senator Tim Kaine, who is on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, weighs in on the humanitarian and military efforts.

August 14, 2014 Comment

Pope Calls For North And South Korean Peace

On the first day of the first papal visit to Asia in nearly 20 years, the Pope Francis urged dialogue between the long-divided countries.

August 13, 2014 Comment

Japan’s GDP Slumps

The economy contracted at an annual rate of 6.8 percent in the second quarter, after rising almost that amount in the first quarter.

August 13, 2014 Comment

Debate Over Iraq Heats Up In The U.K.

Some of Britain’s leading military voices are saying the United Kingdom needs to do more about the crisis in Iraq.

August 13, 2014 Comment

U.S. Military And Humanitarian Effort Continues In Iraq

Thousands of Yazidis remain stranded on a mountain top in northern Iraq, while Kurdish fighters below battle ISIS.

August 13, 2014 Comment

Refugees Struggle As Iraq Tries To Form New Government

The BBC’s Rami Ruhayem joins us from Irbil with an update on the stranded Yazidis and government turmoil.

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August 19 4 Comments

Abandoned Homes In Buffalo, N.Y. Selling For $1

Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1, as part of the "Urban Homestead Program."

August 19 Comment

A Look At U.S. Military Options In Iraq

Retired Admiral William Fallon, who was head of United States Central Command during the Iraq War, discusses the current conflict.

August 18 37 Comments

More Americans Are Flocking To The South

A New York Times interpretation of census data finds the South is seeing significant in-migration for the first time.

August 18 11 Comments

As Pot Laws Relax, Restrictions On Research Still Tight

The firing of a University of Arizona doctor highlights the complexity and politics of marijuana research.