violence http://wnpr.org en Dozens Killed As Libyan Militias Battle For Tripoli's Airport http://wnpr.org/post/47-killed-libyan-militias-battle-tripolis-airport At least 47 people have been killed in fighting over the past 24 hours between rival Libyan militias battling for control of Tripoli's international airport.<p>The country's health ministry said late Sunday that the fighting also wounded 120 people. The Associated Press reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The weeklong battle over the airport is being waged by a powerful militia from the western city of Zintan, which controls the facility, and Islamist-led militias, including fighters from Misrata, east of Tripoli. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:18:56 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 25617 at http://wnpr.org Dozens Killed As Libyan Militias Battle For Tripoli's Airport At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday http://wnpr.org/post/fighting-rages-gaza-us-seeks-cease-fire <strong><em>Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>A spokesman for Hamas claimed Sunday that the group has captured an Israeli soldier. Reuters quotes Israel's ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, as saying that no Israeli soldier has been kidnapped.<p>It's the latest development in a bloody day of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25577 at http://wnpr.org At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday What To Watch In Israel's Ground Invasion Of Gaza http://wnpr.org/post/what-watch-israels-ground-invasion-gaza Israel has unleashed repeated military offensives in the Gaza Strip since 2000 and has never been able to permanently suppress Palestinian rocket fire or seal off the territory's smuggling tunnels.<p>So why is Israel launching another major ground incursion now, and is there any reason to think the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/07/11/330752487/israel-and-gaza-struck-by-rockets-bombs-and-a-sense-of-deja-vu" target="_blank">outcome will be different this time</a>?<p>"After we discovered we could not take care of Gaza tunnels with airstrikes alone, we launched a ground operatio Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:11:00 +0000 editor 25524 at http://wnpr.org What To Watch In Israel's Ground Invasion Of Gaza Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases http://wnpr.org/post/border-agency-chief-opens-about-deadly-force-cases The new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he is reviewing scores of incidents in which agents have used deadly force.<p>R. Gil Kerlikowske made that statement during an exclusive interview with NPR's <em>Morning Edition</em>. It was his first extended conversation about controversial incidents in which the Border Patrol has killed civilians without apparent accountability. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 25497 at http://wnpr.org Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases Connecticut Colleges Vary on Policies to Handle Dating Violence http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-colleges-vary-policies-handle-dating-violence <p>One in three women nationwide say they've been in an abusive dating relationship while in college.</p><p>With that in mind, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and Hartford Hospital <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/2014_campus_report.pdf" target="_blank">have released a report examining what policies exist at state colleges and universities to address the problem</a>.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25482 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Colleges Vary on Policies to Handle Dating Violence Israeli Ground Operation In Gaza Continues http://wnpr.org/post/israeli-ground-operation-gaza-continues <strong>This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET:</strong><p>U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Middle East on Saturday in hopes of finding a way to stop the fighting between Israel and Hamas.<p>"Israel has legitimate security concerns, and we condemn the indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Israel that ended yesterday's temporary cease-fire," Jeffrey Feltman, deputy U.N. secretary-general for political affairs, told the Security Council on Friday. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:40:00 +0000 editor 25499 at http://wnpr.org Israeli Ground Operation In Gaza Continues Israel Launches Ground Offensive In Gaza http://wnpr.org/post/israel-launches-ground-offensive-gaza Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the army to send ground forces into Gaza Thursday night.<p>"We are hearing reports that so far the operation has been concentrated in the north," reports NPR's Emily Harris, who is in Gaza.<p>Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, called the invasion "a dangerous step. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:39:35 +0000 editor 25470 at http://wnpr.org Israel Launches Ground Offensive In Gaza A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins http://wnpr.org/post/mortars-rock-shaky-5-hour-truce-between-hamas-and-israel <strong>This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET: Ground Offenses Begin</strong><p>Israel has sent ground forces into Gaza on Thursday, which we are covering in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/17/332347143/israel-launches-ground-offensive-in-gaza" target="_blank">this post</a>.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. ET: Hostilities Resume</strong><p>A temporary cease-fire had brought relative quiet to Gaza for a few hours earlier in the day, as Israel and Hamas agreed to hold their fire for five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time, for humanitarian reasons. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25434 at http://wnpr.org A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins Israeli Official: Chance Of A Ground Invasion Of Gaza 'Very High' http://wnpr.org/post/israeli-strike-gaza-beach-reportedly-kills-4-boys <strong>This post was updated at 3 p.m. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25379 at http://wnpr.org Israeli Official: Chance Of A Ground Invasion Of Gaza 'Very High' After Peace Deal's Failure, Israel To 'Expand And Intensify' Campaign http://wnpr.org/post/israel-resumes-airstrikes-gaza-cease-fire-chance-slips-away <strong><strong>This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25305 at http://wnpr.org After Peace Deal's Failure, Israel To 'Expand And Intensify' Campaign Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues http://wnpr.org/post/israel-shoots-down-drone-clash-hamas-continues Exchanges of rockets and airstrikes continue between Israel and militants in Gaza, one week after violence broke out in the area. The Palestinian death toll is being reported at 172; no Israelis have reportedly died in the fighting.<p>From <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.604898">Haaretz</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Since the start of the operation, more than 700 rockets have fallen within Israel. Only a fraction landed in urban regions. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25240 at http://wnpr.org Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues 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 On Opposite Sides Of Israeli-Gaza Border, Feeling The Same Fears http://wnpr.org/post/opposite-sides-israeli-gaza-border-feeling-same-fears More than 50 Palestinians have been killed and 450 wounded in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/09/330059942/israel-strikes-gaza-again-as-violence-and-death-toll-escalate">Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip</a>. Meanwhile, rockets continue to fly toward Israel from Gaza, but so far, no Israelis have been reported killed.<p>For people living in and around the Gaza Strip, this conflict has turned daily routines upside down. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 25019 at http://wnpr.org On Opposite Sides Of Israeli-Gaza Border, Feeling The Same Fears 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 In Iraq, More Than 1,000 Were Killed In June http://wnpr.org/post/iraq-more-1000-were-killed-june The United Nations has some grim news on Iraq this morning: It says at least 1,075 people were killed in June as Sunni militants <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/10/320613630/insurgent-group-claims-large-part-of-iraqs-second-largest-city">overtook some significant cities in the country</a>.<p>Most of the deaths, the U.N. reports, were civilians. <a href="http://www.omaha.com/news/world/un-at-least-killed-in-iraq-in-june/article_874fd980-b3a7-50c6-9a87-93c708f17d83.html">The AP adds</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"According to the U.N. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 24170 at http://wnpr.org In Iraq, More Than 1,000 Were Killed In June Recent Homicides Lead Advocates to Discuss Prevention http://wnpr.org/post/recent-homicides-lead-advocates-discuss-prevention <p>The recent murders of two Connecticut women spurred a roundtable discussion Thursday organized by <span style="line-height: 1.5;">the state child advocate and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:25:18 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 23991 at http://wnpr.org Recent Homicides Lead Advocates to Discuss Prevention Blumenthal Proposal Aims to Fix Loophole in Restraining Order Law http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-proposal-aims-fix-loophole-restraining-order-law <p>U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has introduced legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence who obtain a temporary restraining order against their abuser.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:12:49 +0000 Ray Hardman 23983 at http://wnpr.org Blumenthal Proposal Aims to Fix Loophole in Restraining Order Law Obama: U.S. to Send 300 "Military Advisers" to Iraq http://wnpr.org/post/obama-us-send-300-military-advisers-iraq <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama said the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military actions in Iraq if they would help fight a growing threat from extremist militants. He also said the U.S. is ready to send as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:23:11 +0000 Tucker Ives 23916 at http://wnpr.org Obama: U.S. to Send 300 "Military Advisers" to Iraq Iraq Battles Militants For Key Oil Refinery In Beiji http://wnpr.org/post/iraq-battles-militants-key-oil-refinery-baiji 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.<p>"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. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23908 at http://wnpr.org Iraq Battles Militants For Key Oil Refinery In Beiji What's Next For Iraq? http://wnpr.org/post/whats-next-iraq <h6><strong>This post was updated at 9:40 p.m. ET to reflect the Obama administration's pressure on the Iraqi government.</strong></h6><p>A week ago, it would have been difficult to find anyone in the U.S. arguing for renewed U.S. military action in Iraq. Now there's a furious debate about what the U.S. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:09:43 +0000 editor 23846 at http://wnpr.org What's Next For Iraq? Militants Attack Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery As Sectarian Clashes Spread http://wnpr.org/post/militants-attack-iraqs-largest-oil-refinery-sectarian-clashes-spread 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.<p>"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. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:15:59 +0000 Bill Chappell 23831 at http://wnpr.org Militants Attack Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery As Sectarian Clashes Spread Explosion In Nigeria Hits Gathering Of World Cup Fans http://wnpr.org/post/explosion-nigeria-hits-gathering-world-cup-fans An explosion has rocked a northeastern Nigeria town where people had gathered to watch World Cup soccer on television, security officials say.<p>There were reports of casualties, but it was not immediately clear how many or whether anyone had been killed. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 23819 at http://wnpr.org Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City http://wnpr.org/post/calm-or-violent-chaos-life-under-isis-depends-city People in northern Iraq are getting their first taste of life under ISIS — the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that captured the large Iraqi city of Mosul last week with shocking speed.<p>The Sunni extremist group holds much of the mainly Sunni areas of northern and western Iraq.<p>Over the weekend it launched a bloody takeover of Tal Afar, an ethnically and religiously mixed Iraqi city near the Syrian border.<p>All across the city of Mosul are black flags with the words "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the state of Ninewa." They're a proclamation that the group — Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 23735 at http://wnpr.org Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City Militants Attack Kenyan Town, Leaving Dozens Of People Dead http://wnpr.org/post/militants-attack-kenyan-town-leaving-least-48-people-dead Kenya saw another deadly attack when armed militants stormed a small coastal town Sunday night, leaving at least 48 people dead.<p><a href="http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/thecounties/article/2000124923/48-people-killed-in-mpeketoni-town-attack">Kenya's Standard Digital reports</a> that police warned the death toll could climb higher. The Standard adds:<p><blockquote><p>"Mpeketoni is now like a ghost town as many residents are missing and there is more gunfire being witnessed. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:40:00 +0000 editor 23709 at http://wnpr.org Militants Attack Kenyan Town, Leaving Dozens Of People Dead 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 Obama: Options Open For Response To Militant Gains In Iraq http://wnpr.org/post/militants-make-gains-iraq-amid-report-us-rebuffed-calls-help <strong><em>Updated at 7:30 p.m. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:40:00 +0000 editor 23493 at http://wnpr.org Obama: Options Open For Response To Militant Gains In Iraq Obama: Country Needs To Do Some 'Soul Searching' On Gun Control http://wnpr.org/post/obama-country-needs-do-some-soul-searching-gun-control Just hours after another school shooting<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/10/320680875/reports-of-shots-fired-at-oregon-high-school"> left two dead and one injured</a>, President Obama was asked what he's going to do about these kinds of incidents.<p>"The country has to do some soul searching about this," Obama said. "This is becoming the norm, and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me."<p>Obama went on for about seven minutes. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:12:00 +0000 editor 23402 at http://wnpr.org Obama: Country Needs To Do Some 'Soul Searching' On Gun Control The Bodyguard Blanket: Sensible, or a Sign of Resignation? http://wnpr.org/post/bodyguard-blanket-sensible-or-sign-resignation <p>A new product is out called the <a href="http://bodyguardblanket.com/" target="_blank">Bodyguard blanket</a>, designed to provide protection for children and teachers while at school. It's a bullet and tornado-projectile resistant item, resembling a yoga mat, that a child or adult can fasten around the shoulders and waist.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:12:25 +0000 Heather Brandon 23369 at http://wnpr.org The Bodyguard Blanket: Sensible, or a Sign of Resignation? Karachi's Airport Reopens, One Day After Terrorist Attack http://wnpr.org/post/karachis-airport-reopen-one-day-after-terrorist-attack One day after it was the scene of a terrorist assault that left at least 23 people dead, the largest airport in Pakistan reopened for business Monday afternoon.<p>Gunmen who were reportedly disguised as security guards attacked Karachi's international airport in the middle of the night Sunday, and several explosions were heard in the fighting that followed.<p>The 10 attackers are among the dead at Jinnah International Airport, officials say. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23282 at http://wnpr.org Karachi's Airport Reopens, One Day After Terrorist Attack Central African Republic Bans Texting, Citing Need For Order http://wnpr.org/post/central-african-republic-bans-texting-citing-need-order The Central African Republic is an impoverished, troubled country. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:15:01 +0000 Camila Domonoske 23107 at http://wnpr.org Central African Republic Bans Texting, Citing Need For Order