international relations http://wnpr.org en Netanyahu: Israel Is Prepared For 'Long Operation' In Gaza http://wnpr.org/post/netanyahu-israel-prepared-long-operation-gaza Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday dismissed international calls for an immediate cease-fire in the country's conflict with Hamas in Gaza.<p>"We need to be prepared for a long operation until our mission is accomplished," Netanyahu said in televised remarks.<p>He defined that mission the same way Israeli officials have since launching a ground offensive in Gaza: taking out the tunnels Hamas uses to infiltrate Israel.<p>"Israeli citizens cannot live with the threat from rockets and from death tunnels — death from above and from below," Netanyahu said, adding that Israelis would Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:35:24 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 26048 at http://wnpr.org Netanyahu: Israel Is Prepared For 'Long Operation' In Gaza The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight http://wnpr.org/post/reasons-why-israels-military-such-tough-fight Ever since its sweeping victory in the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel has been regarded as the dominant military power in the Middle East. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:04:06 +0000 Greg Myre 25970 at http://wnpr.org The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight Gaza Conflict: What To Know For Friday http://wnpr.org/post/gaza-conflict-what-know-friday <em><strong>Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>As the conflict between Israel and Gaza approaches the three-week mark, the fighting seems to have only intensified. At least 119 Palestinians <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/24/334857126/gaza-conflict-day-17-heres-what-you-need-to-know">were killed Thursday</a>, making it the bloodiest day of the war.<p>Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo and has handed over <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/25/335178840/kerry-presents-proposal-for-seven-day-truce-in-gaza">a proposal for a seven-day truce</a>. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:10:04 +0000 editor 25889 at http://wnpr.org Gaza Conflict: What To Know For Friday 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 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 Murphy: Europe Should Impose a "Crippling Round of Sanctions" Against Russia http://wnpr.org/post/murphy-europe-should-impose-crippling-round-sanctions-against-russia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday at the White House, President Obama urged Russian President </span>Vladmir<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Putin to order Russian separatists in Ukraine to allow international investigators unfettered access to the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight </span>MH17<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:18:31 +0000 Ray Hardman 25643 at http://wnpr.org Murphy: Europe Should Impose a "Crippling Round of Sanctions" Against Russia 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 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 Ukraine Accuses Rebels Of Destroying Evidence At MH17 Crash Site http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-accuses-rebels-destroying-evidence-mh17-crash-site <strong><em>Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>International investigators say armed rebels have limited their inspection of the Eastern Ukraine site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight that killed nearly 300 passengers and crew, as Kiev accused pro-Russian separatists of destroying evidence at the scene.<p>Malaysia Airlines on Saturday released a <a href="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2014/07/19/mh17-pax-and-crew-manifest.pdf">list of names of the dead</a> from Thursday's crash. All 298 aboard the Boeing 777 were killed. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 L. Carol Ritchie 25549 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine Accuses Rebels Of Destroying Evidence At MH17 Crash Site 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 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 What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer http://wnpr.org/post/whats-causing-latest-immigration-crisis-brief-explainer It's turning into the largest influx of asylum seekers on U.S. soil since the 1980 Mariel boatlift out of Cuba.<p>Since October, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That's nearly double last year's total and 10 times the number from 2009.<p>President Obama has called on Congress to supply nearly $4 billion simply to deal with the problem. In the meantime, U.S. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 24984 at http://wnpr.org What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer Israel Expands Attacks On Gaza As Rockets Target Israeli Cities http://wnpr.org/post/israel-expands-attacks-hamas-gaza <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hmmdz-RI6A</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 24898 at http://wnpr.org Israel Expands Attacks On Gaza As Rockets Target Israeli Cities Israel Says Bodies Of 3 Students Have Been Recovered http://wnpr.org/post/israel-says-bodies-3-students-have-been-recovered Israeli officials say they have found the bodies of three teens captured earlier this month.<p>Yeshiva students Gil-Ad Shaer,16, Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were kidnapped late at night on June 12 from a hitchhiking point in Gush Etzion. Fraenkel is a dual Israeli-American citizen. <strong></strong><p>"All of Israel mourns with these brave families who will forever hold a special place in the collective hearts of our nation," Deputy Minister of Defense Danny Danon said in a statement. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:58:00 +0000 editor 24516 at http://wnpr.org ISIS Declares Caliphate As Iraq Fights To Retake Tikrit http://wnpr.org/post/isis-declares-caliphate-iraq-fights-retake-tikrit Extremist Sunni group ISIS has announced a plan to rule the territory it has carved out of Iraq and Syria in recent months, in a declaration that touches on public services, salaries and compensation for damages from the violence.<p>The plan was unveiled as Iraq's central Shiite government tries to retake the city of Tikrit, in its first major operation against the insurgents.<p>And it precedes by one day the Iraqi Parliament's first meeting since its April 30 elections; Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has been widely criticized during this crisis, has resisted calls to form a unity govern Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:32:26 +0000 Bill Chappell 24502 at http://wnpr.org ISIS Declares Caliphate As Iraq Fights To Retake Tikrit 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 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 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? ISIS Rebels Drive Closer To Baghdad; U.S. Considers Options http://wnpr.org/post/isis-rebels-drive-closer-baghdad-us-considers-options The extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is tightening control of Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, attacking the strategic city of Baqouba, less than 40 miles from Baghdad. The U.S. is sending up to 275 military personnel to bolster its embassy in the capital; President Obama is also reportedly weighing airstrikes.<p>"ISIS is one of the most extreme Islamist organizations globally," NPR's Leila Fadel reports from northern Iraq, for our Newscast unit. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23771 at http://wnpr.org ISIS Rebels Drive Closer To Baghdad; U.S. Considers Options Iraq War Veterans Reflect on New Crisis http://wnpr.org/post/iraq-war-veterans-reflect-new-crisis <p>Throughout the U.S. occupation of Iraq, there was concern about what would happen to the country when combat forces left. Over the last year, m<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ilitant extremists have slowly taken over the country and now President Barack Obama is weighing his options. "</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces," Obama said on Friday.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 23706 at http://wnpr.org Iraq War Veterans Reflect on New Crisis Iraq Says It Has Halted Militant Group's Advance On Baghdad http://wnpr.org/post/iraq-says-its-halted-militant-groups-advance-baghdad The Iraqi government says it has halted a militant group's advance on Baghdad.<p>As <em>The Telegraph</em> reports, the Iraqi army started engaging the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, after it made a rapid advance in which it captured the key city of Mosul.<p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10900739/Iraq-crisis-US-sends-aircraft-carrier-to-the-Gulf.html"><em>The Telegraph</em> adds</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"In Iraq, Maj Gen Qassim al-Moussawi, a spokesman for the military's commander-in-chief, promised to recapture all rebel-held areas, including Mosul Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:40:00 +0000 editor 23678 at http://wnpr.org Iraq Says It Has Halted Militant Group's Advance On Baghdad 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 Who Are The 5 Guantanamo Detainees In Prisoner Swap? http://wnpr.org/post/who-are-five-guant-namo-detainees-prisoner-swap As part of a prisoner swap to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/31/317680946/captors-release-u-s-soldier-taken-hostage-in-2009">the United States agreed to transfer five Guantánamo detainees to Qatar</a>.<p>NPR's Tom Bowman received a list of the prisoners being released from a Pentagon official. According to documents leaked to the organization WikiLeaks, all five prisoners were high-ranking Taliban officials. Some were considered high-risk and "likely to post a threat to the U.S., its interests and allies."<p>U.S. Sat, 31 May 2014 21:09:00 +0000 editor 22855 at http://wnpr.org Transcript And Audio: President Obama's Full NPR Interview http://wnpr.org/post/transcript-and-audio-president-obamas-full-npr-interview <em>NPR's Steve Inskeep</em> <em> interviewed President Obama on Wednesday about foreign policy, including his approaches to Syria, Ukraine and China, as well as his remaining White House priorities and his effort to close Guantanamo Bay prison. <em>A full transcript of the interview follows:</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 09:02:00 +0000 editor 22698 at http://wnpr.org Transcript And Audio: President Obama's Full NPR Interview America's Strength Extends Beyond Its Military, Obama Says http://wnpr.org/post/americas-strength-extends-beyond-its-military-obama-says American leadership in the 21st century will be defined in part by the nation's military strength, "but only in part," President Obama said in a wide-ranging interview with NPR about his foreign policy priorities.<p>Echoing themes he expressed <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/28/316679829/obama-emphasizes-importance-of-alliances-in-foreign-policy-address" target="_blank">during a speech Wednesday</a> to West Point graduates, Obama emphasized the importance of international norms and alliances in addressing challenges such as Russia, China and Syria.<p>While acknowledging th Wed, 28 May 2014 22:00:00 +0000 editor 22690 at http://wnpr.org America's Strength Extends Beyond Its Military, Obama Says Ukraine Retakes Airport, After Airstrikes And Dozens Of Deaths http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-retakes-airport-after-airstrikes-and-dozens-deaths Pro-Russian rebels who had taken over an international airport in Donetsk have been pushed back, Ukraine's government says. Violent clashes erupted Monday and Tuesday; at least 35 people have died.<p>From Kiev, NPR's Peter Kenyon reports for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"The battle for Donetsk airport appears to symbolize the government's tougher stance on the pro-Russian insurgents in the east. Tue, 27 May 2014 11:52:53 +0000 Bill Chappell 22563 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine Retakes Airport, After Airstrikes And Dozens Of Deaths CIA Says It Will No Longer Use Vaccine Programs As Cover http://wnpr.org/post/cia-says-it-will-no-longer-use-vaccine-programs-cover A White House official says the CIA will no longer use vaccine programs as cover for spy operations, answering health experts' complaints that it had hurt international efforts to fight disease.<p>The CIA famously used a vaccination program as a ploy to gain information about the possible whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. That effort didn't succeed, and the doctor involved was sentenced to a prison term. Tue, 20 May 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22164 at http://wnpr.org CIA Says It Will No Longer Use Vaccine Programs As Cover Former Ambassador To Russia: Putin Has No Master Plan For Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/former-ambassador-russia-putin-has-no-master-plan-ukraine When Russian President Vladimir Putin started vilifying the U.S., and state-controlled media took his cue, Michael McFaul was portrayed as one of the American villains. McFaul was the American ambassador to Russia from January 2012 to February of this year. He planned to leave just after the Sochi Olympics, which ended up coinciding with the Ukrainian Parliament voting to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from office, leading to Russia's annexation of Crimea.<p>McFaul is a Russian scholar who has returned to his teaching job at Stanford University. Thu, 15 May 2014 21:25:00 +0000 editor 21931 at http://wnpr.org Former Ambassador To Russia: Putin Has No Master Plan For Ukraine