Bottom of the Hour Newscast with Ali Swenson

  From Columbia Radio News, I’m Ali Swenson. President Donald Trump is in Southern California today. He’s touring a section of border fence that was recently replaced. DONALD TRUMP Our country is full, our area is full, the sector is full, we can’t take you anymore, I’m sorry, it can’t happen. So turn around, that’s […]

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As Brexit Tensions Boil Over Abroad, a Separatist Movement Brews at Home

    HOST INTRO: Yet another Brexit deadline was missed today. British lawmakers had to negotiate a plan to leave the European Union. But with tensions high and no resolution in sight, they got a two-week extension to decide for good whether the UK wants in or out. Meanwhile, as Ali Swenson reports, there’s another separatist […]

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Bottom of the Hour Newscast with Andrea Salcedo

  From Columbia Radio News  in New York, I’m Andrea Salcedo. Venezuelan troops have killed at least one person and wounded several others today in an indigenous village near Brazil’s border. This is the first act of violence in the midst of efforts to bring humanitarian aid into the South American country. Venezuelan President Nicolas […]

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New York City Cubans Reflect on Castro’s Death

More than a week ago, Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90. While the island’s inhabitants tearfully mourned their leader, exiled Cuban communities in the US celebrated the death of a dictator. In Miami, residents took to Little Havana’s streets crying tears of joy, singing, banging pans and waving their flags. But New York, where more than seventy thousand residents are Cuban, saw mixed reactions. Danya Hajjaji has the story.

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Security Experts Concerned About White House Proposal to Cut Counter-Terrorism Funds

In the wake of the attacks in Brussels, New York City has stepped up its security. The NYPD has deployed special heavily-armed counterterrorism teams to major landmarks and transportation hubs across the city. But at the same time, President Obama is proposing to cut counter terrorism funds nearly in half. As Laura Gamba reports, that has security experts concerned about safety in the city. (18)

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Rolling Stones Rock Cuba

Several hours from now, the Rolling Stones will take the stage – in Havana, Cuba. It will be the biggest rock show the country’s seen since communists took over in 1959. More than a half-million people are expected to attend and it’ll be projected on 10 jumbo screens. All a big deal in a country that once banned Rock ‘n Roll. The concert marks the end of a historic week for U.S.- Cuba relations. Tim Padgett covers Latin America for WLRN, a public radio station in Miami. He just got back from Cuba.

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After Terrorist Attack Kills 148, Reactions from Nairobi


CHARLOTTE: Gunmen from Al-Shabab, an Al-Qaida affiliate based in Somalia, killed 148 people at a university in Kenya yesterday. That’s the group’s deadliest attack in the East African country.

ARIEL: I spoke with Murithi Mutiga, a freelance journalist for The New York Times who has been covering the attack’s aftermath. We talked over a shaky Skype connection, as he reported outside of a Nairobi hospital.

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Iranian-American Novelist Porochista Khakpour Explains the Powerful Impact of Iran Deal Towards Progress


Iran and six partner nations reached a framework agreement on its nuclear program on Thursday. There was an upbeat mood surrounding the announcement, following eight days of intense debate Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. Iranian-American novelist, Porochista Khakpour, talks about her initial reaction to the agreement and why this is such a momentous moment for both Iran and the United States.

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India Reinforces Army Forces on its Border with China

A few weeks ago, the Indian government announced that it would increase the armed forces surveilling its Tibetan border by approximately 25% by the end of 2015.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police is in charge of guarding the frontier with China, and was created in 1962 after a war opposing the two countries.

This new Indian deployment of armed forces comes only a few weeks before Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is expected to visit the Chinese President, Xi Jinping. Regarding the controversial territory of Tibet, India and China remain friendly, but cautious.

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Wikimedia Files Suit Against NSA


This Wednesday, Wikimedia and eight other organizations sued the NSA. The lawsuit challenges the agency’s widespread use of mass surveillance online. I spoke with Michelle Paulson, senior legal counsel for Wikimedia, about how they believe the NSA’s program is damaging to privacy and even freedom.

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Weighing The Long Term Effects Of A Military Intervention

President Obama is asking Congress to give him the power to take military action in the Middle East. He is seeking approval to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS. But it seems like Congress doesn’t want to grant these war powers to the President. Gregoire Molle explores what are the long-term worries of a decision that needs to be taken soon.

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