WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are trying for a public display of unity despite a potential split over arming Ukrainian fighters to wage a more effective battle against Russian-backed separatists.
This past week was filled with more events tied to the Islamic State, including a video released showing the killing of a Jordanian pilot it had held captive since December and the group’s claim that an American woman it had also been holding captive was killed in a Jordanian air strike. On Sunday, U.S. leaders called the Islamic militant group “better organized than al Qaeda” that should be taken “very seriously.” Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Alison Stewart from Washington. Continue reading
Masked revelers turned out in style for the Carnival of Venice, a centuries-old, annual festival, which began as a way for Venetians to let loose in the days leading up to Lent. Nearly three million visitors flock to the islands of Venice every year to partake in the carnival’s gala dinners, parades, masked balls and concerts. Continue reading
Last month’s terror attack at a Kosher supermarket in Paris called attention to rising anti-Semitism in France. This week, attackers slashed three soldiers guarding a Jewish community center in Nice. French authorities believe a small number of radicalized young men from North Africa are responsible for a disproportionate share of these anti-Semitic incidents in France. Special correspondent Martin Himel reports. Continue reading
World leaders have been meeting to try to end the fighting in Eastern Ukraine that intensified recently and threatens to become an even broader conflict. Associated Press reporter Peter Leonard joins Alison Stewart via Skype from Donetsk, where pro-Russian rebels are battling Ukrainian government forces. Continue reading
The Islamic State is claiming that a female American aid worker who had been held hostage since 2013 was killed by a Jordanian airstrike meant to target the militants. So far, the U.S. government has not confirmed the death of Kayla Mueller. Judy Woodruff learns more about the reported victim from Shane Harris of The Daily Beast. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, leaders of France and Germany traveled to Moscow to try to end the war in Ukraine. Hundreds of people took advantage of the brief truce to flee the fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels. Also, Shiite Houthi rebels said they‘ve officially taken over the government in Yemen and dissolved the parliament. Continue reading
In the summer of 2012, Austin Tice was working as a freelance journalist in Syria when he suddenly disappeared. A shaky video showing Tice alive but held by unknown captors remains the only clue about his fate. Now, his parents are urging the U.S. government to improve how they handle the safe return of hostages. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading