In our news wrap Thursday, bombings and mortar fire rocked mostly Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad. At least 50 people were killed in a wave of terror attacks by Islamic State forces. Also, Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying asked demonstrators to end protests, offering to hold talks next week, but pro-democracy rallies continued through the night. Continue reading
In September, writers and readers gathered at Storymoja, an annual literary festival in Africa. A celebration of books and ideas, it was also a time to remember Ghanaian poet Kofi Awooner, one of the 67 victims of the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi one year ago. Jeffrey Brown reports on new voices of African literature and the future of literacy in Kenya. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U.S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State group. That’s a potentially serious flaw in its strategy to ultimately defeat the militants.
Several viewers wrote in this week, questioning our math in an Ebola update that aired on Tuesday’s PBS NewsHour. Continue reading
NEW YORK — Individual Americans, rich or not, donated generously in response to many recent international disasters, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and last year’s Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The response to the Ebola epidemic is far less robust, and experts are wondering why. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, Kurdish fighters made progress in pushing back Islamic State forces in the Syrian border town of Kobani, with help from coalition airstrikes. Also, Hong Kong riot police and protesters clashed overnight. One man was severely beaten and at least 45 people were arrested. Continue reading
During the Iraq war, American soldiers were unknowingly exposed to old chemical weapons long abandoned by Saddam Hussein’s regime. The story of the troops who were injured trying dismantle the contaminated weapons has been kept secret until now. Judy Woodruff learns more from C.J. Chivers of The New York Times about his investigation. Continue reading