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U.S., EU slam Russia with more sanctions for stoking unrest

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


After the European Union announced broader sanctions against Russia’s banking, defense and energy sectors, President Obama also deepened American penalties in a bid to force Moscow to pull back its support of Ukrainian separatists. Meanwhile, dozens of civilians, pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops were killed in fighting of the past day. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


News Wrap: Israel bombs Gaza power plant

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


In our news wrap Tuesday, Israel widened the scope of its military barrage in Gaza, with strikes on its only power plant, the home of the leader of Hamas and a Hamas-run TV station. There were reports of possible cease-fire agreements, but efforts were eventually quashed. Also, police in China reportedly shot and killed dozens of gang members who had used knives to stage attacks on two towns. Continue


Why longer school days can be more fun for students

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


At Middle School 223 in the Bronx, the fun starts at the end of the regular day. All sixth graders are offered extracurricular activities like African drumming, latin dance and chess, plus personalized help in reading and math. John Tulenko of Learning Matters Television reports on the growing interest in extending the school day with special programs. Continue


Full episode | July 29, 2014

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Tonight on the program, we take a look at Ukraine, where the U.S. announced deeper sanctions against Russia to urge the country to pull back on its support of Ukrainian separatists. Also: the NCAA agrees to settle numerous concussion lawsuits, how longer school days can benefit students, the effect of surveillance on reporters and their sources and a bipartisan push for criminal justice reform. Continue


The Old and New Cities of Beichuan

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POV
PBS


Explore and compare the old Chinese city of Beichuan, ruined in 2008 by a devastating earthquake, and the new city built 15 miles away just two years later, as seen in Fallen City. Zoom in to see the Google Maps imagery of the destroyed city and important places in the lives of Fallen City's subjects. Zoom out to view other nearby cities and landmarks. Continue


Veterans Writing Project founder Ron Capps

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The former professional military officer and diplomat offers a sobering reminder of the cost of war with his memoir, "Seriously Not All Right." Continue


"There Is No Other Alternative"

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FRONTLINE
PBS


Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is now facing mounting international pressure to resign -- but senior U.S. officials have had their doubts about his ability to unify the fractured country for some time. "Losing Iraq," U.S. television’s first big-picture look at how we arrived at the current chaos, premieres July 29 on PBS and at pbs.org/frontline. Continue


Exclusive: David Petraeus Explains His Bold Move

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FRONTLINE
PBS


In this excerpt from FRONTLINE’s "Losing Iraq," Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.) discusses putting Sunni insurgents on the U.S. payroll in 2007 — a move he says he initiated without getting approval from the president. "Losing Iraq," U.S. television’s first big-picture look at how we arrived at the current chaos in Iraq, premieres July 29 on PBS and at pbs.org/frontline. Continue


Netanyahu: Israel should prepare for ‘prolonged campaign’

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A Palestinian park and hospital were hit by Israeli strikes that killed nine children, among others. Meanwhile, four people were killed in a mortar strike by Hamas in southern Israel, and Hamas militants reportedly fired on Israeli soldiers using an underground tunnel near the border. Gwen Ifill reports on the growing calls for a true cease-fire and how both sides are responding. Continue


Foreigners, diplomats flee Libya amid security crisis

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


In Libya, rival militias fighting for control of Tripoli airport set ablaze a major fuel depot. Some Western governments, including the U.S., have pulled their personnel from the country, as factional violence and regional rivalries unravel the gains of the 2011 revolution. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports. Continue


How will new NCAA head injury guidelines affect players?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The National Collegiate Athletic Association agreed to settle a number of cases brought in a class-action head injury lawsuit. The proposed settlement, which must still be approved by a federal judge, would create a $70 million fund for concussion testing and diagnosis of current and former athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to Rachel Axon of USA TODAY Sports about some lingering questions about the deal. Continue


Russia’s response to MH17 crash shifts EU sanction attitudes

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what changed the attitudes of the Europeans toward imposing tough sanctions, American reluctance to give Ukraine sophisticated weapons and accusations that Russia has violated a Reagan-era nuclear treaty. Continue


Rand Paul, Cory Booker team up for REDEEM Act

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The political odd couple of Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have introduced new legislation in hopes of reforming the nation’s criminal justice system. They join Judy Woodruff to discuss why former prisoners should be given more opportunity to re-enter the workforce, the chances of this bill becoming law and the benefits of reaching across the aisle. Continue


Losing Iraq

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FRONTLINE
PBS


U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011, ending America’s military commitment in the country. Now, chaos is once again engulfing Iraq. The team behind "The Lost Year in Iraq," "The Torture Question" and "Bush's War" takes a look at how we got here, what went wrong, and what happens next. Continue


Singer-songwriter Philip Bailey

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The multiple Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recounts inspirational stories from his memoir, "Shining Star." Continue


Charlie Rose Interviews Khaled Meshaal

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Charlie Rose: The Week
PBS


In a U.S. TV exclusive, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal joins Charlie Rose for an hourlong conversation about the ongoing conflict with Israel, who's to blame for the latest attacks and whether there is any hope for peaceful coexistence in the future. Continue


"The Americans Had Their Man"

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FRONTLINE
PBS


When he was elected Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki was so inexperienced that President Bush himself scheduled frequent video conferences to school him in the art of politics. FRONTLINE’s "Losing Iraq," U.S. television’s first big-picture look at what went wrong and how we arrived at the current chaos, premieres July 29 on PBS and at pbs.org/frontline. Continue


Lawmakers announce bipartisan breakthrough on VA reform

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise on how to improve patient care in the VA health care system. The $17 billion proposal would provide money for vets to seek out private care if their access is limited, hire additional doctors and nurses and lease new clinics around the country. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Florida Rep. Jeff Miller join Judy Woodruff to discuss the deal. Continue


News Wrap: Violence prevents access to MH17 wreckage

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


In our news wrap Monday, heavy fighting between government troops and rebels in eastern Ukraine prevented an international police team from reaching the wreckage of the downed Malaysian airliner to secure the crash site. Also, a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, upholding a district judge’s decision from last February. Continue


Medical workers use education to combat Ebola outbreak

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 670 people and spread to four countries. Among those now infected are two American aid workers and the lead Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone. Gwen Ifill interviews Dr. Estrella Lasry of Doctors Without Borders about factors, including fear and hostility, that are hindering efforts to stop the outbreak. Continue


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