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Pentagon questions true target of Russia’s Syrian strikes

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Russian military aircraft bombed a number of sites in Syria today, deepening its involvement in that nations civil war. But there are conflicting reports about exactly what Russia was targeting. Hari Sreenivasan has this report. HARI SREENIVASAN: This amateur video purports to be the first evidence of Russian warplanes in action over Syria, plumes of smoke rising over cities as fighters streak across the skies. The assault began hours after...


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.


Egypt’s president on fighting Islamic State, U.S. relations

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioThe post Egypt’s president on fighting Islamic State, U.S. relations appeared first on PBS NewsHour.


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.


In Syria, Russia may fight an Islamic State commander it’s battled before

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: New reports surfaced today that the U.S. and Russia will begin military-to-military talks about Syria, even as Vladimir Putin moves to bolster his old ally Bashar al-Assad. But will Russia also be fighting a man they have battled before? Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. MARGARET WARNER: The man is Abu Omar al Shishani, the Islamic State military commander for the Northern District of Syria, seen here last August as...


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.

News Wrap: Wildfires scorch hundreds of homes in Northern California

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: A firestorm roared across Northern California today, leaving at least 400 homes in ruins and one person dead. The Valley Fire has swept across 95 square miles north of the Napa Valley region. And southeast of Sacramento, the Butte Fire has burned another 135 homes. Between them, the two fires have forced 23,000 people out of their homes, and left crews struggling to hold the line. Middletown, California was an ashy, gray ghost town today. The...


Buried underwater, Ancient Egyptian artifacts rise to the surface in Paris

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: An exhibition of Egyptian artifacts discovered in ancient cities buried underwater has opened to the public in Paris. The exhibit at the Arab World Institute features 250 artifacts from a pair of ancient cities discovered 15 years ago. It took seven years of underwater excavation to retrieve the artifacts, from a 40 square mile area of the Mediterranean Sea near Alexandria, Egypt. The objects covered in sediment and partially protected by...


News Wrap: Al-Qaida rebels capture key Syrian air base

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: The United States is moving to take more of the many thousands leaving Africa and the Middle East. The Associated Press reported today the Obama administration will accept at least 5,000 additional refugees next year. Meanwhile, Europe faced a fight over a proposal to relocate 160,000. We will have much more after the news summary. In Syria, al-Qaida rebels and others have captured a key air base in a new blow to the Assad government. Their...


News Wrap: Released from jail, Kim Davis attends rally

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: The human drama engulfing Europe showed no sign of ending today. Instead, the divide deepened, between rich and poor nations, over how to handle the crisis. And there was new trouble in southern Hungary as throngs of people tried to cross from Serbia. We will have a report from the scene after the news summary. A county clerk in Kentucky was released today after five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples. The...


Refugees break through police at overflow camp in Hungary

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Hungarys government called in buses today to ferry crowds from its southern border with Serbia to a registration center, but that move did little to ease tensions, as the flood of migrants and refugees into Europe continued unabated. The NewsHours William Brangham reports tonight from that border region, in Roszke, Hungary WILLIAM BRANGHAM: For hundreds of people fleeing Syria and other parts of the Middle East, their journey had come to a halt...


What increased Russian support for Assad could mean for Syria

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioALISON STEWART: The biggest catalyst for the mass migration to Europe is Syrias civil war, which is believed to have killed 250,000 people and driven an estimated 11 million Syrians from their homes. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russias foreign minister this weekend about reports of Russia increasing specific types of support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assads regime. Kerry says the increased support could escalate the conflict and the refugee...


Behind the dangerous trade of migrant smuggling

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioALISON STEWART, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: One way migrants get to and through Europe is with the help of smugglers who offer passage on rickety boats, by taxi and truck, and even by chartered aircraft, all for a price. A truck with 71 dead migrants found along an Austrian highway last week called attention to the dangers of smuggling. In the Libyan coastal city of Zuwara yesterday, 300 people protested the human trafficking and the rash of migrants dying...


Thousands take to Beirut streets, bolstered by ‘You Stink’ campaign

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: Lebanon has seen mass protests again this weekend. Thousands gathered in the capital city of Beirut yesterday to demand changes in the government, and have the garbage picked up, something that hasnt happened in a month. Protesters call their campaign You Stink. Lebanon is a country of 4.5 million people without a president, without legislative elections for six years, and with a government many describe as dysfunctional. Joining me now from...


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...


A protector of Syria’s ancient past executed by Islamic State militants

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: The world learned of another brutal Islamic State killing in Syria, this time, the victim an archaeologist who reportedly refused to give up his countrys famed artifacts. Alex Thomson of Independent Television News has this report. A warning: Some of the images may be disturbing. ALEX THOMSON: You cannot speak of Palmyra, they say, without speaking of Khaled Asaad, the father of this place who for 50 years researched and welcomed the people of the...