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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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Iraq
3:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Obama Rules Out Ground Troops; What Else Can U.S. Do In Iraq?

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

President Obama said that he will help the Iraqi military break the momentum of the militants on the march to Baghdad. The Pentagon said that one possible option could include airstrikes. But the president said that any military help must include political solutions from the Iraqi government, which has helped fuel the unrest by failing to reach out to its Sunni minority.

The Two-Way
2:47 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

ISIS: An Islamist Group Too Extreme Even For Al-Qaida

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria celebrate on vehicles taken from Iraqi security forces in Mosul, Iraq, on Thursday.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 6:26 pm

The Sunni militant group ISIS, known for its brutal tactics and harsh interpretation of Shariah law, is pushing farther into Iraq. The organization is considered so extreme that even al-Qaida leaders want nothing to do with it.

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