world http://wnpr.org en Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play http://wnpr.org/post/kerry-presents-proposal-seven-day-truce-gaza <em><strong>Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called reports that Israel's government had rejected a U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:40:00 +0000 editor 25897 at http://wnpr.org Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops http://wnpr.org/post/us-russia-based-artillery-targeting-ukrainian-troops The U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25853 at http://wnpr.org U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops Ukraine's Prime Minister Quits After Allies Withdraw From Coalition http://wnpr.org/post/ukraines-prime-minister-quits-after-allies-withdraw-coalition <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/126978660/ukraine" target="_blank">Ukraine</a>'s prime minister announced today that he is resigning after two parties said they were withdrawing from the ruling coalition.<p>"I am announcing my resignation in connection with the collapse of the coalition," Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, adding Parliament could no longer do its work.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/24/ukraine-prime-minister-resign/13091533/" target="_blank">The Associated Press adds</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The nationalist Svoboda party and the Udar party led b Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:42:00 +0000 editor 25842 at http://wnpr.org White House Adviser: Cease-Fire Should Include Demilitarization Of Gaza http://wnpr.org/post/white-house-adviser-cease-fire-should-include-demilitarization-gaza A top White House adviser says any cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinians must include the demilitarization of Gaza.<p>In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said "that needs to be the end result."<p>"There has to be some way forward that does not involve Hamas having the ability to continue to rain down rockets on Israeli civilians," Blinken said.<p>Asked if this means the U.S. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:49:00 +0000 editor 25764 at http://wnpr.org White House Adviser: Cease-Fire Should Include Demilitarization Of Gaza Train Carrying MH17 Victims' Remains Arrives In Government-Controlled City http://wnpr.org/post/train-carrying-mh17-victims-remains-arrives-kharkiv A refrigerated train carrying the remains of the people who died aboard the downed Malaysia Airlines plane arrived in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 25679 at http://wnpr.org Train Carrying MH17 Victims' Remains Arrives In Government-Controlled City Flight MH17: Black Boxes And Bodies Handed Over; U.N. Calls For Inquiry http://wnpr.org/post/flight-mh17-black-boxes-and-bodies-handed-over-un-calls-inquiry <strong>This post was last updated at 7:10 p.m. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:18:03 +0000 Bill Chappell 25655 at http://wnpr.org Flight MH17: Black Boxes And Bodies Handed Over; U.N. Calls For Inquiry Obama Urges Putin to Push for Unhindered Probe of Plane Crash Site in Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/obama-urges-putin-push-unhindered-probe-plane-crash-site-ukraine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama spoke about the downed plane in eastern Ukraine from the White House Monday morning. He called for international investigators to have "immediate and full access" to the site where a passenger jet was shot down last week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. officials have been seeking to build a case that the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:54:22 +0000 Heather Brandon 25621 at http://wnpr.org Obama Urges Putin to Push for Unhindered Probe of Plane Crash Site in Ukraine Putin: Tragedies Like MH17 Should 'Bring People Together' http://wnpr.org/post/putin-tragedies-mh17-should-bring-people-together <h6><strong>(This post was updated at 12:51 p.m. ET.)</strong></h6><p>Russian President Vladimir Putin says tragedies such as the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 last week should "bring people together" rather than "dividing us."<p><a href="http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/22701">Putin issued the written statement</a> a day after the United States outlined its case against Russia. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/20/333061052/pressure-grows-on-putin-to-secure-access-to-ukraine-crash-site">As we reported</a>, U.S. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000 editor 25613 at http://wnpr.org Putin: Tragedies Like MH17 Should 'Bring People Together' In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire Between Israel And Hamas, Kerry Heads To Egypt http://wnpr.org/post/effort-forge-cease-fire-kerry-heads-egypt U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Egypt today in an effort to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.<p><a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/07/229510.htm">In a statement</a>, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry would meet with Egyptian and other senior officials.<p>"The United States — and our international partners — are deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life," Psaki said. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:04:00 +0000 editor 25609 at http://wnpr.org In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire Between Israel And Hamas, Kerry Heads To Egypt Kerry: Evidence Points Clearly To Rebels Shooting Down MH17 http://wnpr.org/post/kerry-evidence-points-clearly-rebels-shooting-down-mh17 <strong><em>Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>In the most emphatic U.S. statement to date on culpability for the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine that killed 298 people, Secretary of State John Kerry says evidence overwhelmingly points to Russian-backed separatists.<p>In an interview with CNN, he says that U.S. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 editor 25576 at http://wnpr.org Kerry: Evidence Points Clearly To Rebels Shooting Down MH17 Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions http://wnpr.org/post/kremlin-blacklists-13-americans-tit-tat-over-us-sanctions <strong><em>Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Moscow has issued a quid pro quo for sanctions imposed on it by Washington, banning a U.S. congressman and 12 other Americans from entering Russia.<p>NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports that the Foreign Ministry in Moscow says <a href="http://www.mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/newsline/17F7FAE2FCA8AAE644257D1A003F84EF">the new blacklist</a> is in response to U.S. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25569 at http://wnpr.org Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site http://wnpr.org/post/dutch-premier-decries-utterly-disrespectful-behavior-mh17-crash-site <strong><em>Updated at 3:10 p.m. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25568 at http://wnpr.org Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/obama-evidence-mh17-hit-missile-rebel-held-area-ukraine <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbyZYgSXdyw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPu1dhje3Po</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25498 at http://wnpr.org Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine Obama Calls for a Ceasefire in Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/obama-calls-ceasefire-ukraine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama said one American was killed on a downed plane in Ukraine on Thursday, and that the airliner was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists. He called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, where he said heavily armed and trained separatists receive Russian support.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:36:55 +0000 Heather Brandon 25517 at http://wnpr.org Obama Calls for a Ceasefire in Ukraine U.S. Officials: Malaysian Airliner Likely Shot Down http://wnpr.org/post/us-officials-malaysian-airliner-likely-shot-down <strong>This post was last updated at 6:40 p.m. ET.</strong><p>A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 passengers and crew aboard has crashed in eastern Ukraine in an area of the country that has been wracked by a separatist insurgency.<p>The airline's senior vice president and European chief, Huib Gorter, told reporters the plane was carrying at least 154 Dutch, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, six Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos and one Canadian. The nationalities of 47 passengers had yet to be determined. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:40:52 +0000 Bill Chappell 25456 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Officials: Malaysian Airliner Likely Shot Down Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down One Of Its Warplanes http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-says-russia-shot-down-one-its-warplanes <strong>This post updated at 10:15 a.m. ET.</strong><p>A Ukrainian government spokesman says one of its warplanes was shot down in the country's east by a Russian air force jet, as the U.S. and Europe stepped up sanctions on Moscow over its support of separatist rebels.<p>Ukraine says a ground-attack <a href="http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/su-25.htm">Su-25</a> was downed by an air-to-air missile Wednesday evening over the eastern region of Luhansk. The pilot reportedly safely ejected before the plane crashed. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:30:12 +0000 Scott Neuman 25444 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down One Of Its Warplanes Germany Wins World Cup Over Argentina With Late-Game Goal http://wnpr.org/post/germany-wins-world-cup-over-argentina-late-game-goal In a tense match that saw a lot of action but no score for more than 90 minutes of play, Germany was finally victorious over Argentina to take home the 2014 World Cup title on Sunday with a 1-0 win.<p>In a game that at times seemed more like a rugby match or WWE bout — with head injuries, flying knees and even an eye rake — both teams displayed hardy defenses and a hungry offense.<p>Two early opportunities from Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain failed to put them on scoreboard. One sailed wide, but the other found the back of the net only for Higuain to be called offsides. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Steve Mullis 25217 at http://wnpr.org Germany Wins World Cup Over Argentina With Late-Game Goal Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Escalates; LIRR Strike Looms; World Cup Preview http://wnpr.org/post/israelipalestinian-conflict-escalates-lirr-strike-looms-world-cup-preview <p>Once again, violence has escalated in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine. Rockets are now reaching northern Israel and that government is responding with barrages of its own rocket attacks on Palestinian targets.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We talk with a local professor who recently returned from the region and studies this on-going conflict.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25120 at http://wnpr.org Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Escalates; LIRR Strike Looms; World Cup Preview Israel Continues Gaza Offensive, Hints At Ground Operation http://wnpr.org/post/israel-strikes-gaza-hamas-rockets-show-increased-range <strong><em>Update at 2:42 p.m. ET</em></strong><p>Israeli leaders are signaling that a ground invasion might be imminent as the offensive on Gaza intensifies, killing at least 53 people and wounding 465 others.<p>The toll comes from the Palestinian Authority's Health Ministry.<p>Reporter Daniel Estrin tells NPR's Newscast unit that Israel's military struck at least 200 Hamas targets on the second day of its offensive on the Gaza Strip. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:23:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 24973 at http://wnpr.org Israel Continues Gaza Offensive, Hints At Ground Operation Reports Of New Fighting Rattle Ukraine's Truce As Kerry Urges Russia To Help http://wnpr.org/post/reports-new-fighting-rattle-ukraines-truce-kerry-urges-russia-help An exchange of mortar fire has been reported in eastern Ukraine, where government troops and pro-Russian separatist forces had been observing an uneasy cease-fire in the past week. The news comes as Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia could face sanctions if it doesn't help end the violence.<p>Russian state news media are reporting explosions near the airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, where the armed groups reportedly absorbed and returned mortar fire. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:31:44 +0000 Bill Chappell 24310 at http://wnpr.org Reports Of New Fighting Rattle Ukraine's Truce As Kerry Urges Russia To Help Kerry Meets With Iraqi Prime Minister In Baghdad Amid ISIS Crisis http://wnpr.org/post/kerry-meets-maliki-baghdad-isis-crisis-ramps As Sunni militants make gains against Iraq's Shiite-led central government, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid a previously unannounced visit to Baghdad to meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday.<p>Maliki has been criticized for not being more inclusive of Sunnis and Kurds in his government — a change the Obama administration is calling for as part of any plans for military support.<p>"The Obama administration has been hard-pressing the Iraqi leader to create a more inclusive government," NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Baghdad. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:42:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 24092 at http://wnpr.org Kerry Meets With Iraqi Prime Minister In Baghdad Amid ISIS Crisis U.S. Captures Suspected Ringleader Of Attack In Benghazi http://wnpr.org/post/us-captures-suspected-ringleader-attack-benghazi The United States has captured a militant suspected of leading the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.<p>Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured by American troops in coordination with law enforcement. Kirby said Khattala was captured Sunday and that all U.S. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:37:00 +0000 editor 23778 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Captures Suspected Ringleader Of Attack In Benghazi Obama: 275 Troops Will Go To Iraq As Militants Take Ground http://wnpr.org/post/militant-group-advances-iraq-taking-another-northern-town President Obama has informed Congress that 275 U.S. Armed Forces personnel will go to Iraq to provide security for the U.S. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:53:00 +0000 editor 23697 at http://wnpr.org Obama: 275 Troops Will Go To Iraq As Militants Take Ground North Korea Says It Has Detained Another U.S. Tourist http://wnpr.org/post/north-korea-says-it-has-detained-another-us-tourist North Korea said Friday that it has detained an American tourist, which if confirmed would bring the number of U.S. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:40:12 +0000 Camila Domonoske 23187 at http://wnpr.org North Korea Says It Has Detained Another U.S. Tourist Israel Criticizes U.S. Decision To Deal With Palestinian Government http://wnpr.org/post/israel-criticizes-us-decision-deal-palestinian-government Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's troubled by the U.S. decision to maintain ties with the new Palestinian unity government, which includes the militant group Hamas.<p>"I'm deeply troubled by the announcement that the United States will work with the Palestinian government backed by Hamas," he <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/netanyahu-tells-ap-he-is-troubled-by-us-decision/2014/06/03/7e9655da-eb17-11e3-b10e-5090cf3b5958_story.html">told The Associated Press</a>, saying the group has murdered "countless innocent civilians."<p>Both Israel and the U.S. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 22991 at http://wnpr.org Israel Criticizes U.S. Decision To Deal With Palestinian Government Cashel Man http://wnpr.org/post/cashel-man <p><em>Cashel, Ireland, 2,000 B.C. </em></p><p>In ancient Ireland, bogs were sacred<br />areas; a cool wetland mirage meters<br />deep of peat during demoralizing<br />drought. Greenish-brown landscape<br />of mystery, insufferably slow plant<br />growth. What must a farmer have<br />thought as his wife offered a vessel<br />of golden butter to appease a merciless<br />deity? He plunges his hand deep into<br />the bog, brings a handful of drenched<br />soil to his eyes, squeezes and watches<br />as his hairy forearms stain a deep rust.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:00:13 +0000 Sean Frederick Forbes 22980 at http://wnpr.org Cashel Man For One Soldier At Tiananmen, A Day 'Never Forgotten' http://wnpr.org/post/one-soldier-tiananmen-day-never-forgotten Hour after hour passed as Chen Guang stood, gun trembling in his hands, behind the doors of Beijing's Great Hall of the people, waiting for the order to clear Tiananmen Square of its student protesters.<p>It was 1989, and Chen was a 17-year-old soldier from a small town whose life was changed by his role in the bloody crackdown. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 22893 at http://wnpr.org For One Soldier At Tiananmen, A Day 'Never Forgotten' U.S. Soccer Star Landon Donovan Fails To Make World Cup Cut http://wnpr.org/post/us-soccer-star-landon-donovan-fails-make-world-cup-cut Landon Donovan, the all-time leader in scoring and assists for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team, will not be part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster in Brazil, U.S. Soccer says.<p><a href="http://www.espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1830254/landon-donovan-maurice-edu-left-world-cup-squad?cc=5901">ESPN writes:</a> "Donovan, 32, has played for the U.S. in the past three World Cups dating back to 2002. Thu, 22 May 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 22365 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Soccer Star Landon Donovan Fails To Make World Cup Cut Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In Attack By Separatists http://wnpr.org/post/ukrainian-soldiers-die-attack-separatists Pro-Russian separatists attacked a military checkpoint in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing at least 13 soldiers and wounding about 30, according to Ukraine's acting prime minister. Thu, 22 May 2014 12:34:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22307 at http://wnpr.org Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In Attack By Separatists Coup In Thailand: Military Seizes Control Of Country http://wnpr.org/post/coup-thailand-military-seizes-control-country Thailand's army is now running the country. Two days after declaring martial law — and saying it wasn't staging a coup — the military has changed its mind, Thailand's army chief says.<p>Gen. Thu, 22 May 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22303 at http://wnpr.org Coup In Thailand: Military Seizes Control Of Country