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  • Vietnam vet receives Purple Heart, 44 years late
    Fred Jenness received his Purple Heart on Monday, 44 years after he earned the medal fighting in Vietnam.December 24, 2013
  • Vanishing adviser reappears as Iran policy player
    Minnesota native Jake Sullivan is seen as Hillary Clinton's likely pick for White House national security adviser, should she run for president and win.December 23, 2013
  • 'Jihad tourism': From Germany to the Syrian battlefield
    Authorities say there is little they can do under German law to stop people from traveling to Syria. It's especially easy for these recruits to get to Syria, says Boris Rhein, the interior minister in the German state of Hesse, where Frankfurt is located. They can fly to Turkey, take a bus to the Syrian border and then cross on foot.December 23, 2013
  • 'Huge win for victims of sexual assault' in defense budget
    Sexual assaults in the military and the way such cases are handled have been growing problems. The number of such assaults is thought to have increased by a third since 2010. There were an estimated 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact in the military in 2012.December 20, 2013
  • South Sudanese in U.S. warn against ignoring conflict in their homeland
    Minnesota is among a handful of states with large populations of people with roots in South Sudan. That community here is mobilizing to speak out against the violence erupting in South Sudan. Tom Crann spoke to Augustino Ting Mayai, who came to the U.S. as one of the so-called "lost boys" -- children displaced by the civil war there. Ting Mayai is Director of Research at the Sudd Institute, which advises the South Sudanese government on a variety of topics. He's a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and he's spent the last two years living and working in South Sudan's capital.December 20, 2013
  • Three trouble spots around the globe
    We check on developments in Ukraine, North Korea and the Central African Republic.The Daily Circuit, December 18, 2013
  • Veterans the government won't help
    Those who left the military on bad terms find doors closed to them.The Daily Circuit, December 17, 2013
  • America Abroad: Deradicalizing Terrorists
    This program from the America Abroad series explores methods for countering violent extremism by reaching disaffected young males before they become radicalized. With reporting from London and Minneapolis, the city with the greatest number of Somalis in the United States.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, December 16, 2013
  • 200K rally against government in Ukraine
    About 200,000 anti-government protesters converged on the central square of Ukraine's capital Sunday in a dramatic show of morale after nearly four weeks of daily protests, but the rally was shadowed by suggestions that their goal of closer ties with Europe may be imperiled.December 15, 2013
  • Photos: Ukrainian opposition presses with massive rally
    About 200,000 anti-government protesters converged on the central square of Ukraine's capital Sunday in a dramatic show of morale after nearly four weeks of daily protests, but the rally was shadowed by suggestions that their goal of closer ties with Europe may be imperiled.December 15, 2013
  • White House: Man seized in Iran in 2007 was not working for CIA
    A day after The Associated Press reported that an ex-FBI agent who went missing in Iran seven years ago was on a rogue mission for the CIA, the White House has reiterated its long-held position that Robert Levinson was not on the U.S. payroll when he disappeared.December 13, 2013
  • 'Bad paper' military discharges: The challenges of an other-than-honorable exit from service
    Veterans with "other than honorable" discharges lose benefits like the GI Bill for school or a VA home loan. But they also can't get VA health care and disability compensation, even for the PTSD that may have caused the bad discharge. Such veterans have a few avenues of appeal, but none is simple.December 13, 2013
  • Missing American in Iran was on unapproved mission
    For years, the U.S. has publicly described a retired FBI agent who vanished in Iran as a private citizen. But that was just a cover story. An Associated Press investigation reveals that Levinson was working for the CIA.December 12, 2013
  • Kim Jong Un's uncle, formerly North Korea's No. 2, is executed
    North Korea announced Friday that Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un and formerly the second most powerful man in the country, has been executed after being found guilty of treason by a military tribunal.December 12, 2013
  • Help is hard to get for veterans after a bad discharge
    More than 100,000 troops left the service with other-than-honorable discharges in the last 10 years. The consequences of a bad discharge can last a lifetime, disqualifying veterans from benefits and health care. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Quil Lawrence about his series on these former members of the military.December 12, 2013

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