In our news wrap Tuesday, Shiite militiamen — allied with the Iraqi army — massed near Ramadi to ready a counterattack, days after the Islamic State captured the Iraqi city. Also, in a historic peace-making gesture, Britain’s Prince Charles shook hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in Galway, Ireland, 36 years after an IRA bomb killed the prince’s great-uncle. Continue reading
There’s a battle being waged for Syria’s history, where four years of war have devastated cultural heritage sites and looting occurs by all sides of the conflict. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs reports on the flagrant destruction of relics, the big business of smuggling antiquities and what’s being done to stop it. Continue reading
On Friday, Ireland will vote whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage. If Ireland votes “yes,” it would be the 20th country to legalize gay marriage completely, and the first to do so by a national popular vote.
The Islamic State’s black flag flew in Ramadi after Iraqi troops and civilians fled the capital of Anbar province on Sunday, leaving behind stockpiles of weapons. The loss of Ramadi is a setback for both Iraq and for American efforts to contain the militant group. In response, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called in powerful Shiite militias to fight in the largely Sunni region. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
What does the fall of Ramadi mean for the fight against the Islamic State group? Gwen Ifill talks to former State Department official Vali Nasr and retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army intelligence officer, about weaknesses of the Iraqi Army and what it might take to defeat the militant group. Continue reading
Islamic State fighters have taken control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi after that country’s forces fled. The city is now the first major urban center seized by insurgents in Iraq since ISIS launched attacks last year. The Wall Street Journal’s Nour Malas joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Baghdad. Continue reading
Malaysian officials initiated emergency, high-level talks with neighboring countries Sunday, hoping to address the more than 5,000 refugees that have been stranded at sea as they try to escape ethnic persecution and poverty in Myanmar and Bangladesh. But none of the Southeast Asian countries are welcoming the refugees, even as food and water supplies aboard the boats dwindle. Aubrey Belford of Reuters joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Koh Lipe, Thailand. Continue reading
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in South Korea where he will be discussing security issues amid fresh fears of North Korean belligerence and delivering a speech on cyber policy. Continue reading