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Iraq
7:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Kurdish Forces Step In Behind Fleeing Iraqi Troops

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 11:12 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

As many Iraqi forces abandon their posts in the far north of the country, the Kurdish Regional Government has moved in to try to fill that vacuum. The flag of the autonomous region now flies over the oilfields in Kirkuk. Now this move widely expands the territory that is claimed by the Kurds.

We are joined now by the foreign minister of the Kurdish Regional Government, Falah Mustafah Baktir. Mr. foreign minister, thanks very much for being with us.

FOREIGN MINISTER FALAH MUSTAFAH BAKTIR: Thank you. It's my pleasure.

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Latin America
7:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Ecuador Fights 'Bad Left' Notoriety

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 11:12 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Hillary Clinton calls for a new approach to Latin America in her new book out this week, and she told NPR that that began with an attempt to try to normalize relations with Cuba so the issue wouldn't get in the way of relations with others.

HILLARY CLINTON: It's really important that we pay more attention to our own hemisphere. And there's some great opportunities that we can pursue if we take a more creative, more collaborative approach to working with the rest of the hemisphere.

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Iraq
7:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Is ISIS Violence A Sign Of A Permanent Sunni-Shiite Rift?

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 11:16 am

The conflict in Iraq is rooted in long-running ethnic and religious divisions. Middle East analyst Phebe Marr tells NPR's Scott Simon why political reconciliation appears nearly impossible.

Iraq
7:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Militants Advance Toward Iraq's Capital

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 11:12 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. President Obama is weighing a range of options to try to respond to the rise of radical Islamist fighters in Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, now controls a wide stretch of territory in Iraq's Sunni heartland, and they are threatening to march on Baghdad. Now this is a group that is so extreme, even al-Qaida's leadership has distanced itself from them.

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Latin America
7:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 11:12 am

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The Two-Way
4:24 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Afghans Head To Polls Despite Violence

An Afghan woman inks her finger during the presidential election at a polling station in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday.
Rahmat Gul AP

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:19 pm

Afghans chose between two former government ministers in a presidential election that will be the first transfer of power by ballot in Afghanistan's history.

The winner of Saturday's balloting, as Arab News puts it, "will inherit an unfinished war and an economy in the doldrums."

Abdullah Abdullah, an ophthalmologist and former foreign minister, is the presumptive frontrunner, earning 45 percent of the vote in April's first round of voting.

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Iraq
4:05 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

With Iraq In Turmoil, Kirkuk's Leader Says Region Is Calm

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:23 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: As ISIS militants have rolled south through Iraq, closing in on Baghdad, there's a very different story in the northern city of Kirkuk. There Kurdish peshmerga soldiers have taken over after the Iraqi army fled.

Kirkuk is a huge prize. It's got rich oilfields, and for years, the city has been hotly contested between Kurds and the Iraqi government. I'm joined now by the Kurdish governor of the Kirkuk province, Dr. Najmaldin Karim. Dr. Karim, welcome to the program.

GOVERNOR NAJMALDIN KARIM: Thank you.

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Latin America
3:12 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

For Mexico, Action On The Pitch Means Stillness In The Streets

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:06 am

Mexico took to the field on the second day of the World Cup, and the nation shut down to watch. Nearly everyone, from vendors to politicians, took the day off to watch their team beat Cameroon 1-to-0.

Iraq
3:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Even Amid Onslaught, Hints That Violence In Iraq Could Escalate

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:23 pm

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Afghanistan
3:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Fledgling Afghan Media Seek Line Between Journalism And Activism

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:20 am

When a popular Afghan journalist was killed shortly before the April election, his colleagues stopped reporting Taliban statements and downplayed violence on election day. Some say it was an acceptable display of nationalism; others see it as a sign that the young media need to get tougher and more objective in covering the runoff election.

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