Turbulence in the Middle East, especially Syria, has created the worst refugee crisis in decades. In the past two weeks, hundreds have drowned in separate attempts to sail to safety in Europe. Judy Woodruff speaks with Michel Gabaudan of Refugees International about why refugees risk everything for the journey and how the work of traffickers is getting easier. Continue reading
The use of American troops to battle the Islamic State has not been ruled out, according to Gen. Martin Dempsey during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored that the U.S. air campaign will not be limited to Iraq, prompting questions about attacks from the Syrian government. The NewsHour’s Quinn Bowman reports. Continue reading
How effective will new U.S. aid and military support be in fighting Ebola? Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations and Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown Law School join Judy Woodruff for a deep dive into the plan. Then special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro offers an update from Nigeria, a country that has been relatively successful in controlling the deadly virus. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, a car bomb exploded near the U.S. embassy in Kabul, wounding nearly 20 soldiers and civilians and killing three NATO troops, including reportedly two Americans. Also, U.S. airstrikes hit Islamic State targets outside Baghdad as part of its expanded campaign. Continue reading
The United States will offer 3,000 troops and financial help to health care systems in West Africa that are overwhelmed by Ebola. President Obama announced that U.S. forces will build new treatment facilities, airlift hundreds of thousands of home health kits and train and treat health care workers. Meanwhile, the WHO predicts that infections will double every three weeks. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
President Obama will announce today a surge of U.S. support including hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of military personnel to countries in West Africa suffering from the Ebola epidemic. The effort is a response to the World Health Organization’s requests for the United States to take ‘command and control’ of the chaotic situation, a White House senior adviser told the press late Monday evening. More than 2,400 people have died so far from the Ebola virus.
Patrice Juah’s shop in Liberia is an explosion of color. Brightly printed garments in violet, turquoise and daffodil yellow hang in neat rows along the walls. Her business is one of the many threatened by the Ebola crisis. Continue reading
BREAKING: Israeli military says mortar fired from Gaza hits southern Israel, first time since war's end.
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 16, 2014
According to the Associated Press, the Israeli military says mortar fired from Gaza exploded in southern Israel. The military says the mortar fired did not cause any injuries or damage, while Hamas denies knowledge of any attack. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The nation’s top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama’s expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — More of the world’s children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday. Continue reading