War & Conflict

  • Crimea's parliament declares independence; US expected to announce sanctions
    President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday that Crimea's vote "would never be recognized" by the United States, as he and other top U.S. officials warned Moscow against making further military moves toward southern and eastern Ukraine.March 17, 2014
  • Crimea: Exit polls support split from Ukraine to join Russia
    Polls closed Sunday evening after a day of reportedly high turnout. Preliminary results aren't expected to be announced until late Sunday or Monday. Russian lawmakers and other officials are being quoted saying that they will work to absorb Crimea very quickly, perhaps by the end of March.March 16, 2014
  • US rejects Crimea vote, cites Russian intimidation
    The U.S. rejected the Crimea secession referendum Sunday as illegal and readied retaliatory penalties against Russia, while shifting sights to deterring possible military advances elsewhere in Ukraine that could inflame the crisis.March 16, 2014
  • US warns Russia on moves near east, south Ukraine
    Repeating that the United States will not recognize the results of the Crimea vote and will, with the European Union, impose penalties on Russia if it annexes the strategic region, senior U.S. officials warned that any Russia moves on east and south Ukraine would be a grave escalation requiring additional responses.March 16, 2014
  • Venezuela in turmoil for lack of flour, milk and diapers
    Student-led demonstrations have been roiling Venezuela for more than a month. At least 28 people have been killed and dozens wounded in confrontations between security forces and those who have taken to the streets.March 16, 2014
  • Crimeans vote on splitting from Ukraine to join Russia
    The ethnically Russian region is expected to favor secession. Russian President Putin has said he will respect the voters' decision, but annexation could trigger tough sanctions.March 16, 2014
  • Minnesota man seeks son's return from Ukraine
    A Maple Grove man is at the center of an international custody battle that's left his 4-year-old son in an unsettled place -- Ukraine.March 15, 2014
  • Russia vetoes U.N. Security Council resolution on Crimea
    One day before Crimea holds a referendum on leaving Ukraine, Russia vetoes a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have declared the referendum in Crimea invalid.March 15, 2014
  • Tim O'Brien on award-winning Vietnam War book, 'The Things They Carried'
    Minnesota native Tim O'Brien, speaking about his award-winning book about his Vietnam War experience, "The Things They Carried." His book is the subject of a one-man play at the History Theatre in St. Paul, March 15-April 6, 2104. Tim O'Brien gave this talk in Blaine in 2010 as part of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library's "Club Book" series.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 13, 2014
  • Annette Atkins on rooting out 'the enemy among us' in World War I
    History professor Annette Atkins speaks at the Minnesota History Forum January 18, 2014 about the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety, which was formed during World War I to protect Minnesota. But it also believed it was protecting Minnesota from immigrants that were disloyal. At that time, 25 percent of Minnesotans were German-born. Atkins presents this story within the context of its time.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 12, 2014
  • Kayla Williams on the struggles veteran couples face after service
    The Iraq veteran joins us to discuss her book and some of the pressing issues facing veterans at home.The Daily Circuit, March 12, 2014
  • Edward Snowden speaks to SXSW
    The former National Security Agency contractor who has leaked large amounts of classified information about the agency's electronic surveillance programs is speaking to the South By Southwest Interactive forum.March 10, 2014
  • Three spots in a world of trouble
    From three directions, Venezuela, Syria and Ukraine create new challenges for U.S.The Daily Circuit, March 10, 2014
  • Ukraine: Crimea rejects talks with Kiev; violence reported
    The violence comes as Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk plans a visit to the United States, a trip that he announced during a cabinet meeting Sunday, reports NPR's Emily Harris. No details about that visit were made public, but it is believed to be scheduled for this week.March 9, 2014
  • Ukraine: Military standoffs and high tensions reported
    Members of pro-Russian forces and Ukraine's military have engaged in several tense standoffs in the largely autonomous region of Crimea, but they have also avoided violence in what's widely seen as a dangerous and uncertain situation. Diplomats are still working to find a possible solution.March 8, 2014

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