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Wounded warriors compete in the UK's Invictus Games

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

"Invictus" is the latin word for "unconquered," and It's the perfect name for a sports event for injured veterans. More than 400 athletes from 13 countries will be going for gold at the first edition of the Invictus Games in London, which started on Tuesday.

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PRI's The World

Toyota's most loyal customers may be Libyan militias

Monday, September 08, 2014

There's such a thing as bad publicity after all: Toyota pickup trucks are a common sight on Libya's battlefield, and the company is trying to limit the kinds of trucks it sells in Libya to get its name out of the line of fire. But Libyan fighters still have plenty of ways to use their favorite pickups.

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PRI's The World

NATO sets up a 'rapid reaction force' to counter Russian aggression

Friday, September 05, 2014

With a tentative ceasefire in effect in Ukraine, NATO leaders are taking action to deter further Russian aggression. Their steps includes setting up a multinational, rapid reaction force that could be sent to places like Ukraine within hours — though some wonder if it will be strong enough to hold back Russia.

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PRI's The World

NATO takes aim at Russia's attacks — online

Thursday, September 04, 2014

With Russia's military intervening in Ukraine, NATO has plenty to discuss at this week's summit. But one aspect of the conflict with Russia goes beyond Ukraine. It lies in cyberspace. And NATO is set to ratify a measure that would directly confront Russian and others on the virtual battlefield.

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PRI's The World

President Putin calling for peace is like an arsonist offering to put out a fire, a reporter says

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a seven-point peace plan with Ukraine, but only after his government helped cause the chaos and bloodshed.

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The Takeaway

Putin Power Play Puts NATO In Tough Spot

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Russian leaders say they plan to revise their military doctrine to allow for the Kremlin to rapidly deploy forces to Eastern Europe in response to NATO.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A General Against Military Action

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Anthony Zinni, retired Marine Corps general, former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command, and author, discusses his views on the ways the U.S. decides to take military action.

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PRI's The World

If Putin picks a fight with NATO, what's the West willing to do about it?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

With Russian troops invading eastern Ukraine, NATO is preparing its own military response — of a kind. The alliance is expected to announce the creation of a rapid reaction force that could send 4,000 soldiers to Eastern Europe within hours. But is that enough to deter Vladimir Putin?

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PRI's The World

Tripoli's airport has become ground zero for military clashes in Libya

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The crisis in Libya is deepening after a powerful militia opposed to the country’s current government took control of the capital’s airport a week ago. Libya’s House of Representatives says Tripoli as a whole has fallen in the hands of what they call “terrorists.” However, the militias that overran the capital were former rebel groups who have been on government payroll since the end of the revolution.

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PRI's The World

Ukraine seeks NATO membership as Russia moves troops across the border

Friday, August 29, 2014

In an emergency meeting Friday, NATO condemned Russian military action in Ukraine and accused Moscow of violating Ukraine’s sovereignty. Now, Kiev has announced its intention to seek NATO membership. But it's still not clear what Western countries can do to stop Russia's invasion.

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PRI's The World

Sending the Texas National Guard to the border might be money poorly spent

Friday, August 29, 2014

Texas Governor Rick Perry ordered 1,000 National Guard soldiers to the border, saying the deployment is needed to stop cross-border drug smuggling. But the move is getting mixed reviews from locals and law enforcement officials, who argue it's a job for police.

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PRI's The World

Ukraine faces up to a Russian invasion, while Moscow keeps denying it

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Russia says its soldiers aren't fighting in Ukraine, but evidence keeps piling up that Russia has invaded — even in Russia itself. That's caused some protests in Russia and disappointment in Ukraine, where people are feeling abandoned by the outside world.

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PRI's The World

Kurdish soldiers are paying for their weapons out of their own pockets

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Kurdish peshmerga forces have proven to be the most effective army in Iraq for battling ISIS. But in order to keep up the fight, they have to buy their own guns.

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PRI's The World

Haitian moms demand UN help for the babies their peacekeepers left behind

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Departing peacekeepers in Haiti have left their mark in at least one way — pregnant Haitian women. There’s an effort underway to check paternity, but it’s up to the peacekeeper’s country to decide what to do about it.

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The Takeaway

Police Departments Lose Military Equipment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Over 150 police departments have been suspended from a controversial Pentagon program that transfers military equipment to state and local police. Among the reasons—they lost weapons.

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PRI's The World

Radio and phone intercepts provide insight into the conflict in Ukraine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The conflict in Ukraine has been an arena of intense propaganda and deception. Ukraine is now giving radio and phone intercepts to journalists.The BBC's Olexei Solohubenko talks about how he uses this material.

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Studio 360

Patricia Lockwood's “List of Cross-Dressing Soldiers”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The poetry star famous for her funny and raunchy Twitter feed also writes serious poems. While in our studio, she read one inspired by her brother’s tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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PRI's The World

As peace talks start, Ukraine and Russia are still pressing for battlefield advantage

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for peace talks on Tuesday, even as their respective armies continued to fight along the Russian-Ukrainian border. Ukraine believes that it's close to military victory over pro-Russian separatists, but an influx of Russian soldiers may change that.

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WNYC News

What NJ Police Are Doing with Mine-Resistant Trucks

Friday, August 22, 2014

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Last year, police departments in New Jersey received $20 million in donated military equipment from the federal government. The next step: figuring out how, and why, to use it.

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PRI's The World

After he criticized the Gaza-Israel war, a young Israeli and his girlfriend face isolation

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In the midst of the ongoing and divisive war in Gaza, some Israelis have made their anti-war sentiments known. Sometimes, though, that's easier said than done. A left-leaning couple in Jerusalem shares their story of ostracization after vocalizing their anti-war opinions.

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