War & Conflict

  • 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
  • Funeral Monday for Marine killed in Afghanistan
    A funeral procession for Erickson is scheduled to start from Owatonna Degner Regional Airport shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday.March 7, 2014
  • Analyst compares Ukraine upheaval to 9/11
    Ian Bremmer describes the unfolding events as "seismic."The Daily Circuit, March 7, 2014
  • Wounded soldiers go from war in the desert to 'murder ball on ice'
    Sled hockey, popularized by war veterans, might be the fastest sport in the Paralympics; players strap on to a tiny sled perched a few inches off the ice, balanced on one double-runner skate. They use two short sticks like ski poles to fly across the ice. Then the sticks flip around, with a hockey blade on the tip.March 7, 2014
  • U.S. knew of 'imminent' move in Crimea, top official says
    "I think for easily seven to 10 days leading up to the Russian troops as we see them now in the Crimea, we were providing very solid reporting ... where we move from one level of a condition of warning, which I would just describe ... as sort of moderate to one where we believe things are imminent," Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn tells Morning EditionMarch 7, 2014
  • Army brigadier general pleads guilty to adultery
    Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, 51, a former deputy commander with the 82nd Airborne Division, admitted to an extramarital affair, "inappropriate relationships" with two other women. He also pleaded guilty to possessing pornography while stationed in Afghanistan, a violation of orders in the conservative Muslim country.March 7, 2014
  • Crimea to vote to split from Ukraine, join Russia
    Crimea's parliament rammed through what amounted to a declaration of independence from Ukraine, announcing it would let the Crimean people, 60 percent of whom are ethnic Russian, decide in a March 16 referendum whether they want to become part of their gigantic neighbor to the east.March 6, 2014
  • EU slaps initial sanctions on Russia
    The European Union suspended talks with Russia on a wide-ranging economic pact and a visa agreement Thursday in response to its military incursion into Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, threatening tougher sanctions unless Moscow swiftly defuses the crisis.March 6, 2014
  • Obama says Crimea separation vote would break law
    Speaking from the White House, Obama said any decisions on the future of Crimea, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine, must include the country's new government.March 6, 2014
  • Will protests lead to divided Ukraine?
    Although Ukraine may be closer to a split than at any time in its post-Soviet history, there are many reasons it won't come to pass, argues a Michigan State historian.The Daily Circuit, March 4, 2014
  • Putin says those aren't Russian forces in Crimea
    Russian soldiers have not occupied government buildings and surrounded Ukrainian military bases on the Crimean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday during a news conference near Moscow at which he gave an account of recent events that contradicts reports from the ground. Instead, he told reporters that the heavily armed men are "local self-defense forces."March 4, 2014
  • Who's behind the mass stabbing in China?
    Police say they shot and killed four suspects and captured an injured female suspect at the Kunming Rail Station, the scene of the massacre. China's Ministry of Public Security said the eight-member gang was led by a man named Abdurehim Kurban.March 3, 2014
  • The future for Afghanistan
    If Karzai won't sign agreement, Obama says, then the Afghans are on their own.The Daily Circuit, March 3, 2014
  • Fallen Minn. Marine returning to Dover AFB
    The U.S. Department of Defense Monday said 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson died Feb. 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.March 3, 2014

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