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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

World Views: April 26, 2013

This time last week Americans were just starting to learn about the troubled Russian region of Chechnya after authorities released the identities of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Rebecca Cruise discusses women in combat and the U.S. drone program with NPR's Rachel Martin. Before taking over the host's chair of Weekend Edition Sunday, she reported from both Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as the network's national security correspondent.

World Views
11:38 am
Fri April 26, 2013

What You Should Know About the Troubled Russian Region of Chechnya

Monument to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Chechnya in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Russia.
Credit Gilad Rom / Flickr

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the West Thursday for refusing to declare Chechen militants terrorists and for offering them political and financial assistance in the past, in light of the revelation that Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had Chechen roots.

The U.S. has urged the Kremlin to seek a political settlement in Chechnya and provided humanitarian aid to the region during the two separatist wars that began in 1994.

"Violence and conflict has happened in Chechnya for centuries," University of Oklahoma College of International Studies Dean and KGOU’s World Views host Suzette Grillot says. "This goes back to the 16th Century when there's been war after war after war. So it's been a volatile region for some time."

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9:21 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

'The Hunt Is Over': Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

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Police say they've captured Suspect #2 in Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Gunfire and explosions have been heard in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Mass., and police have converged on the area. The events there follow the shooting death late Thursday of a campus police officer at the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
11:40 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Oklahoma City Prepares For Memorial Marathon

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Since 2001, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum has held the marathon to commemorate the bombings in that city, which killed 168 people and injured more than 800 others. But given the events at the Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City marathon organizers are cautiously evaluating security plans and making their decisions one day at a time.
In the next two weeks, more than 30 marathons are scheduled in the United States, in cities big and small. Among them is the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, April 28.
OKC Memorial Marathon
5:35 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

OKC Marathon Will Go On As Planned, Officials Discuss Security

Team Oklahoma Christian begins the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon - May 1, 2011
Credit Oklahoma Christian University / Flickr

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says there have been no threats or heightened security in the aftermath of a bombing at the Boston Marathon - but that senses are heightened.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says there are currently no plans to call off this year's Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon - but said events will be monitored daily.

"Obviously this time of the year on the calendar is a heightened alert in Oklahoma City. It has been for 18 years," Cornett says, referencing the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. 

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