Middle East
11:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Iraq Violence: Is There an End In Sight?



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10:44 am
Mon June 16, 2014

The Key Sticking Points In The Iranian Nuclear Talks

Iranian employees pose for a picture at the newly opened heavy water plant in Arak, in 2006. Iran is negotiating with six world powers on the fate of the plant and other issues concerning its nuclear program.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 12:13 pm

Iran and six world powers are meeting in Vienna this week in their latest attempt to hammer out a comprehensive nuclear agreement by July 20.

That's when a six-month interim agreement expires. It can be extended for up to another six months, though all sides say they're aiming for an agreement this summer.

Iran is negotiating with the so-called P5 plus one, which consists of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Mon June 16, 2014

In Escalation, Russia Cuts Gas Supplies To Ukraine

Naftogaz Chairman Andrew Kobolev speaks to reporters Monday outside the government building in Kiev, Ukraine.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 11:31 am

Escalating a long-running conflict, Russia said it has decided to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine on Monday.

The move comes after the two sides failed to find common ground on the price of natural gas in light of Ukraine's outstanding gas bill. Perhaps more importantly, it marks another chapter in the conflict between the two countries, which flared after a popular uprising in Ukraine ousted pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych.

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5:52 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Afghan Voters Defy Taliban Threat; Vote In Presidential Runoff

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:46 am

Afghans went to the polls on Saturday to vote for a successor to Hamid Karzai who's ruled since 2001. Former foreign minister Adbullah Abdullah faced off against former finance minister Ashraf Ghani.

5:26 am
Mon June 16, 2014

In Iraq, Conflict Involving Sunni Militant Group Escalates

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 6:56 am

A Sunni militant group has captured swaths of Iraq including Mosul and the province surrounding it. Late Sunday, there were reports that the group had also seized Tal Afar.

4:18 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Satao, Legendary Tusker In Kenya, Killed By Poachers

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 6:56 am

The beloved elephant was killed by ivory poachers despite monitoring efforts. Renee Montagne talks to Richard Moller, the founder of Tsavo Trust, which works for the survival of Africa's elephants.

4:16 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Pakistan Launches Military Operation To Root Out Militants

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:48 am

The offensive is in North Waziristan, a tribal area in the mountains bordering Afghanistan, and a haven for the Taliban and other militants. Tens of thousands of residents are pouring out of the area.

4:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Gulf Neighbors Struggle To Deal With Militant Advance In Iraq

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:43 am

The takeover of much of Iraq — one of the hubs of the Middle East — by extremist militants has shaken the region. How do Iraq's neighbors see the conflict rippling throughout the area?

NPR Story
4:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Maliki Government Blamed For Militants Advance In Iraq

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 6:56 am

Linda Wertheimer talks to Reuters Baghdad Bureau Chief Ned Parker about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's time in office, and how his policies have contributed to deteriorating security conditions.

4:13 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

On The Field And In Politics, Socrates' Legacy Lives On

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 5:38 pm



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