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Can Russia make a difference in Syria’s war?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: We are going to turn to our next segment, which is talking to two guests about what is going on in Syria and the Russian involvement. And Im just going to preface that by saying, as we have been reporting, last month, Russia started to beef up its military support to the regime in Syria. It started sending supplies and equipment, even sending attack aircraft, as this recent satellite image shows. So, the question is, what impact will Russias...


President Obama At The UN And Prospects For US Cooperation With Russia In Syria

This week, President Barack Obama is addressing the UN General Assembly and meeting with world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. We look at new tests for U.S. leadership, prospects for cooperation in Syria and the fight against ISIS.


What's It Like To Be A Dictator's Kid? 'They're All Marked,' Author Says

In Children of Monsters, Jay Nordlinger looks at the lives of, among others, Romano Mussolini, Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi and one man who claimed to be Hitler's son.


Readers’ Review: “The Alchemist” By Paulo Coelho

The best-selling book by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. A discussion about how an allegory about a Spanish shepherd searching for treasure in Egypt became a worldwide publishing phenomenon translated into more than 80 languages.


Friday News Roundup – International

Secretary of State Kerry says the U.S. is ready to hold military-to-military talks with Russia about Syria. Croatia becomes the latest flash point in the European migrant crisis. And Mexico presses Egypt for a full investigation into the recent killing of tourists. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


Syrian Refugee Crisis: N.H. Reacts

As migrants from Syria and other countries pour into Europe, President Obama says the United States will take ten thousand. And so Americans are... Daily call-in program from NHPR. N.H. News, policy, politics.

Friday News Roundup – International

Greece’s prime minister announces his resignation and asks the main opposition party to form a new government. Islamic State militants claim responsibility for a bombing in Cairo. And the International Atomic Energy Agency rejects a report that claims Iran will inspect one of its own military sites. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


News Wrap: Three firefighters die in wildfire ‘hellstorm’ in Washington state

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: This was Wall Streets worst day in a year-and-a-half, as the Dow Jones industrials plunged nearly 360 points. The sell-off was driven by growing turmoil on Chinas markets and falling energy prices. It accelerated late in the day, as programmed selling kicked in. In the end, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 358 points to close below 17000. The Nasdaq fell 140 points and the SP 500 dropped 44. The declines on the Dow and the SP amounted to...


Shields and Brooks on GOP debate standouts, Schumer’s Iran deal rejection

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: And to the analysis of Shields and Brooks. Thats syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks. Welcome, gentlemen. So, the first debate among, David, 10 of the 17 Republicans running for president last night, whats your assessment? DAVID BROOKS: It was great. It was a great debate. Trump brings the party, and I hope he stays. Maybe in the general, they can stick him in. I thought he was he livens the atmosphere....


Kerry visits Persian Gulf to sell allies on Iran deal

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Secretary of State John Kerry was in the Persian Gulf today, trying to sell the Iran nuclear deal to Gulf Arab allies. Publicly, at least, the mission seemed like an easier lift than his recent to visits to Capitol Hill, but opposition in some parts of the region remains strong. Kerry arrived in Qatar with the message that a nuclear deal might change Irans aggressive actions in neighboring states. JOHN KERRY, Secretary of State: Obviously, we...


Rebel commander says Americans on the ground in Syria calling in airstrikes

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: But, first, the Pentagon has denied reports that al-Qaida linked fighters have abducted several U.S.-trained Syrian rebels outside of Aleppo, Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that the men were taken by members of the al-Nusra Front. In May, the U.S. military launched a program to train up to 5,000 so-called moderate rebels per year. So far, theyre nowhere near that number. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson caught up...


Advocates warn genital cutting may increase during summer months

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioMEGAN THOMPSON: When Aissata Camara was 13, she immigrated to Queens, New York, from the West African Country of Guinea. She fit in, went to high school and college in the city, and earned a master’s degree at New York University. But there was a part of her life she told no one about, something she thought people here would not understand. She was subjected to female genital mutilation. AISSATA CAMARA: It was very lonely. Because who spoke to me about it?...


Amid brutal attacks, ISIS giving charity to civilians

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News Wrap: Syrian government troops fight militant attack in Aleppo

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: The heaviest fighting in months raged in the Northern Syrian city of Aleppo today, as government forces tried to repel a coordinated attack by rebels. More than a dozen Islamic militant groups, including al-Qaidas affiliate in Syria, launched the assault on government positions overnight. President Bashar al-Assads troops called in airstrikes that killed at least 35 rebel fighters. Elsewhere, Islamic State-affiliated fighters in Egypt claimed...


News Wrap: Finance minister warns Greeks against austerity vote

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: The latest look at the U.S. job market shows progress is still coming in fits and starts. The Labor Department today reported a net gain of 223,000 jobs for June. In turn, the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, the lowest in seven years. That was largely because so many people gave up trying to find a job. The proportion of Americans working or looking for work is now the smallest in 38 years. We will focus on why thats the case later in...


Islamic State militants launch coordinated assault on Egyptian forces

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Islamic State militants fought for hours with Egyptian government troops today in the Northern Sinai Peninsula. When it was over, 100 militants and more than 60 soldiers had reportedly been killed. The lengthy battle began after the Islamic State forces launched a massive coordinated assault on army and police positions. For more on this, I spoke with Reuters correspondent Yara Bayoumy in Cairo. Yara Bayoumy, thank you for talking with us....


Terror attacks hit Tunisia's economy

Last week saw the second deadly attack on Western tourists in Tunisia in four months, dealing a severe blow to the industry that is the country's economic mainstay. Siona Jenkins is joined by Erika Soloman and Roula Khalaf to discuss what the government can do to tackle the jihadi threat.


News Wrap: Puerto Rico struggles with $72 billion in debt

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: The financial turmoil in Greece sent Wall Street to its biggest losses of the year today. It was part of a worldwide sell-off after Greek bailout talks failed and the Greek government shut down banks. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 350 points to close below 17600. The Nasdaq fell 120 points, and the SP 500 slid 44. We will have a full report from Greece right after the news summary. Puerto Rico is also drowning in debt, and now, its...


State Dept.: Three attacks share ‘common thread of terror’

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: We return now to the deadly attacks in North Africa, in the Middle East and in France today. William Brangham recounts a bloody day overseas. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Three attacks, three different continents, dozens dead. It was a day filled with terror, from a beach in Tunisia, to a mosque in Kuwait, to a factory in France. The killings in the Tunisian resort of Sousse was the countrys worst terror toll ever. A gunman disguised as a tourist...


This is what a civil war looks like

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Today in Geneva, Switzerland, talks ended between Yemens exiled government and Houthi Shiite rebels, who control that countrys capital. The negotiations failed to reach even a temporary cease-fire. Tonight, we take a close at the personal cost of the conflict, but first a bit of background. The latest turmoil can be traced back four years to the Arab spring, when an uprising ultimately led to the ousting of then President Ali Abdullah Saleh....