Michele Kelemen http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Kerry's Aim In Egypt: First, Get Israel And Hamas To Cease Fire http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kerrys-aim-egypt-first-get-israel-and-hamas-cease-fire Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The death toll continues to climb as Israel presses on with its ground operation in Gaza.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Palestinian Ministry of Health says more than 600 Gazans have been killed - a quarter of them children. And Israel says 27 of its soldiers and two civilians have died.<p>MONTAGNE: Israel and the Hamas militant group both say they will not stop fighting until their primary objectives are met. Israel says it wants to destroy the tunnels Hamas has built from Gaza into Israel. Hamas wants the blockade of Gaza to end. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 38250 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-offers-aid-search-nigerian-girls-it-too-late Nigeria is offering a $300,000 reward for anyone who can find the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/05/06/310100085/boko-harams-local-fight-suddenly-gets-international-scrutiny">Islamist group Boko Haram</a>. The U.S. is also pitching in with hostage negotiators and intelligence experts. President Obama says <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/06/310125233/u-s-sending-team-to-help-with-search-for-abducted-nigerian-girls">the U.S. Wed, 07 May 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 35942 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late? In Ukraine, West's New Diplomatic Options May Be Few http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ukraine-wests-new-diplomatic-options-may-be-few Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. won't sit idly by while Russia fans the flames of instability in Ukraine. But so far, U.S. and European sanctions haven't changed Russia's calculations. Kerry blames Russia for failing to calm the crisis. Russia says Ukraine should stop its offensive against separatists in the east. Wed, 07 May 2014 01:04:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 35921 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Syria Is On Track To Meet Chemical Weapons Deadline http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/syria-track-meet-chemical-weapons-deadline Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This is about as close as we're going to get to good news out of Syria. The country is on track, we're told, to meet a deadline to give up its chemical weapons arsenal. The most dangerous chemicals in Syria's declared stockpile are supposed to be removed by Sunday, yet Syria now faces suspicion that it's using less toxic chemicals, possibly chlorine. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Secretary of State John Kerry counts the chemical weapons deal he negotiated with Russia as one of his diplomatic wins in his first year in office. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 35593 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Russia Cautions Against A Return Of Cold War Rhetoric http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/russia-cautions-against-return-cold-war-rhetoric Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Ever since Russia annexed Crimea, NATO has been watching and waiting for Russia's next moves. This morning, NATO's military commander, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said Russia has the forces it needs along Ukraine's border to carryout a full scale invasion of the eastern part of that country within a matter of days. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 34941 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Yatsenyuk Appeals For International Aid For Ukraine http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/yatsenyuk-appeals-international-aid-ukraine Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk takes his case to the United Nations on Thursday, as he tries to build support for his country in its territorial conflict with Russia. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:47:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 34381 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ukraine's Interim Prime Minister To Visit White House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ukraines-interim-prime-minister-visit-white-house Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Ukraine's interim prime minister meets with President Obama today at the White House. That visit comes at a time when Ukraine's territorial integrity is under threat. The country's region of Crimea is expected to vote this weekend to secede and join Russia. U.S. efforts to resolve this diplomatically with Moscow have gone nowhere. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 34347 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/more-ambassador-posts-are-going-political-appointees The nominee to be U.S. ambassador to, say, Hungary should be able to explain what the U.S. strategic interests are in that country — right?<p>But Colleen Bell, a soap opera producer and President Obama's appointee to be U.S. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:07:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 33705 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees Obama Administration Sharpens Its Language Toward Syria http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-administration-sharpens-its-language-toward-syria Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Bashar Assad's regime of using starvation as a weapon of war. Critics say the U.S. has not done enough to stop the violence, but Washington doesn't have many options. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 33566 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kerry: 'No Other Alternative' To Ending Violence In Syria http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kerry-no-other-alternative-ending-violence-syria Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>The U.S. and other world powers have agreed on a plan with Iran to start rolling back parts of the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief. Secretary of State John Kerry says the deal goes into effect later this month.<p>SECRETARY JOHN KERRY: As of that day, January 20th, for the first time in almost a decade, Iran's nuclear program will not be able to advance. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 32959 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org