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U.S. Capitol Briefly Placed On Lockdown After Apparent Suicide

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Police say a gunman was "neutralized" by a self-inflicted wound. No one else was reported to have been hurt in the incident, which occurred during Washington, D.C.'s annual Cherry Blossom festival.

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Kansas Man Arrested For Alleged ISIS-Inspired Bomb Plot

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The FBI conducted a sting operation in which the alleged would-be bomber, 20-year-old John T. Booker Jr., was provided inert bomb-making materials.

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Obama, Castro Shake Hands Ahead Of Historic Meeting Saturday

Saturday, April 11, 2015

In a moment some have looked forward to for more than 50 years, the presidents of the U.S. and Cuba met at the annual Summit of the Americas.

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Army Reviewing Rape Charges Against U.S. Troops In Colombia

Saturday, April 11, 2015

After some prominent scandals involving U.S. security officials in Colombia, new allegations of sex crimes are getting some traction there.

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Biden Says ISIS 'No Longer On The Move' In Iraq

Thursday, April 09, 2015

NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman offers this analysis of the vice president's speech Thursday on U.S. Iraq policy.

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Tom Cotton: Military Action Against Iran Would Take Only 'Several Days'

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The senator accused President Obama of holding up a "false choice" between his framework on Iran's nuclear program and war. He also seemed to diminish what military action against Iran would entail.

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U.S. Service Member Killed In Shooting In Afghan City Of Jalalabad

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Two other American troops were wounded when a man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire, a Pentagon official said. The shooter was shot and killed.

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An Edward Snowden Statue Was Replaced By A Hovering Snowden Image Last Night

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

After a bust of Snowden was installed in a Brooklyn park and then removed by authorities, some artists projected a photo of his face there last night, using ashes and light.

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Debate: Has The President Exceeded His War Powers Authority?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

President Obama has launched a sustained, long-term military campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Four legal experts debate whether he had the constitutional power to do so.

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Can Obama Turn Pariahs Into Partners?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The president's tenure has been marked by outreach to nations that previous U.S. presidents, Republican and Democrat alike, ostracized for decades. It may take years to see if this approach succeeds.

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All Things Considered

Framework Deal Raises Questions About Inspection Of Iranian Nuclear Sites

Monday, April 06, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block interviews David Albright, a former nuclear inspector and founder of the Institute for Science and International Security.

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Technical Details Of Iran Nuclear Deal Show Evidence Of 'Compromise'

Friday, April 03, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Gary Samore, executive director for research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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All Things Considered

Iran's President Calls Nuclear Deal An Important Step To Better Ties

Friday, April 03, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times about Iranian reactions to the nuclear framework reached this week.

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Negotiators Work To Sell Skeptics On Iran Nuclear Deal

Friday, April 03, 2015

The unexpected detail of the preliminary nuclear deal announced Thursday is rippling through the political world. Now negotiators must sell the deal to skeptics in Congress, Israel and the Arab world.

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Netanyahu: In Any Final Deal, Iran Must Recognize Israel's Right To Exist

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Israeli prime minister, who has long called Iran an existential threat, reiterated his opposition to the framework agreement Iran reached with six world powers over its nuclear program.

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Two Women Arrested In Bomb Plot, American Al-Qaeda Member To Face Charges

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Two women who were roommates in Brooklyn, N.Y., have been arrested in a homegrown terrorism plot.

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The Iranian Nuclear Talks: It Isn't Just About The Nukes

Thursday, April 02, 2015

President Obama has sought a less hostile relationship with Iran. The nuclear framework agreement points to the possibility of broader cooperation that could reorder the Middle East.

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How Congress Is Reacting To The Iran Framework

Thursday, April 02, 2015

President Obama says he welcomes a "robust debate" on the Iran framework from Congress and the American people. He's already getting one.

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Iranian Nuclear Talks Enter Overtime As Debate Continues On Key Issues

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger about differences in the American and Iranian approaches to the talks.

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Obama Releases Frozen Military Aid To Egypt

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Delivery of the F-16s, Harpoon missiles and M1A1 Abrams tank kits was suspended in 2013 after a military-backed coup. The White House cited national security as the reason for its decision today.

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