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Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action — Kathy Babcock's involvement with immigration issues began with a knock on her door. Three days after she moved to Green Valley, Arizona, two Mexican migrants who had crossed the border knocked, asking for food and water.
Jul 24, 2014

Volunteers on both sides of issue help save lives of migrants illegally crossing the southern US border…

Column: Russians Grapple with Conflicting MH17 Accounts — There's a fascinating debate among two Russians playing out on my Facebook newsfeed. It all started when I posted a news item from our sister broadcaster RFE/RL: "Ukraine Separatist Social Media Site Claims Plane Downing." It was a fairly straight-forward account of a post on Ukrainian separatist leader Igor Girkin's VK page, claiming to have "just downed a plane" somewhere near Torez, Ukraine.

Arizona Inmate Latest to Die in Apparently Botched Execution — Governor Jan Brewer of the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona has ordered an investigation after the execution Wednesday of a condemned inmate by lethal injection took nearly two hours. Witnesses present at the execution of Joseph Wood said the convicted killer repeatedly gasped for air shortly after was injected with an overdose of a sedative and painkiller combination.

Kerry to Stay in Middle East Amid Progress on Gaza Cease-fire — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will spend another day in Egypt Thursday as he works with regional foreign ministers and heads of state to end violence in the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 700 Palestinians. Thirty four people, mostly soldiers have died on the Israeli side.
Jul 24, 2014

Kerry to Stay in Middle East Amid Progress on Gaza Cease-fire #Israel #Gaza #Hamas

Iraq Militants Kill 60 in Convoy Attack — Iraqi officials said militants have killed at least 51 prisoners and eight policemen in an attack on a convoy north of Baghdad. The attack Thursday happened as the convoy was carrying prisoners from a military base in the town of Taji, about 20 kilometers from the capital.

Gaza Violence Continues as Officials Search for Cease-Fire — Israel's military continues to hit the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and tank fire, while Hamas rockets fly into Israel amid efforts to secure a cease-fire to end the fighting. Palestinian health officials said the Israeli attacks killed at least 20 people early Thursday.
Jul 24, 2014

Gaza Violence Continues as Officials Search for Cease-Fire #Israel #Gaza #Hamas

Air Algerie Flight Goes Missing — An Air Algerie flight has gone missing during a trip from Burkina Faso to Algiers. Spanish airline Swiftair said its plane, which was being operated by Air Algerie, did not arrive at its destination Thursday and that no contact with the aircraft could be made.

South Sudan Blames Rebels ‘Intransigence’ For Stalled Peace Talks — South Sudan's foreign minister says the stalled peace negotiations between the government in Juba and opponents of the administration are due to the intransigence of representatives of the rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar at the talks in neighboring Ethiopia.
Jul 24, 2014

South Sudan Blames Rebels ‘Intransigence’ For Stalled Peace Talks…

Column: Ukraine Crisis Could Impact US Elections — Reaction in the United States to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over rebel-held areas of Ukraine continues to be harshly critical of Russia and the separatist rebels they back in eastern Ukraine. The intense focus of international outrage over the incident and the challenge facing the administration of President Barack Obama suggests the crisis could be a factor in U.S.

North Korea Insists Leader is Nothing to Joke About — In the United States, mocking political leaders is national pastime that most Americans enjoy. Even the targets of ridicule usually laugh along or ignore it. In North Korea, poking fun at the Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, appears to be viewed as an existential threat.

US Ambassador Calls for LGBT Rights — The U.S. ambassador to Australia said it should not be a crime to be a member of the LGBT community. Ambassador John Berry told the 20th international AIDS Conference that the fight against the disease cannot be won by relegating segments of the population to the shadows.
Jul 23, 2014

#AIDS2014 it is running under the head of LGBT rights - but in there is HIV CRIMINALIZATION… @AIDS_conference

Is Air Travel Safe? — Despite last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner over eastern Ukraine with the loss of all on board, aviation experts insist air travel worldwide remains, by far, the safest mode of transportation. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Notice to Airmen Tuesday, banning U.S.