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Police detain alleged IS commander in Turkey
"Authorities say the top Isis figure in Turkey is in custody NPR's Peter Kenyon reports. He had been planning attacks, Turkey, Turkey's interior minister sue them on soil who identified the suspect as Mahmoud. Ogden and says, he was detained as part of a police operation that is still ongoing. So elusive plans describing future attacks inside Turkey were also seized in the raid and suspected Isis fighters detained along with us and are being interrogated. So. Described Austin is the Isis emir for Turkey. He says, computers and other digital material seized in the raid suggests the group was planning to kidnap Turkish politicians and attack businesses in Turkey Turkey's been targeted by Isis, in the past including an attack at an Istanbul nightclub on new. Year's Day twenty, seventeen that killed thirty, nine people.
Iranian Report Details Chain Of Mistakes In Shooting Down Ukrainian Passenger Plane
"Months after Iran fired on the Ukrainian passenger plane near Baghdad's international airport. A report from Iran Civil Aviation Organization reveals more details about what happened. NPR's Peter Kenyon has more A report from Iran's Civil Aviation Organization blames a misaligned missile battery and miscommunication for firing on a Ukrainian passenger jet in January. Officials in Tehran were silent for days after the attack before admitting it was responsible. At the time. Iranian officials blamed human error for the deadly strike, which killed 176 people. Tehran also said its forces were on highest alert because Iran had just launched a ballistic missile attack against the base in Iraq, where U. S soldiers were present. After months of delay the black boxes aboard the flight or due to be decoded later this month. Peter Kenyan NPR NEWS
Turkey Court Sentences U.S. Consulate Employee to Over 8 Years in Prison
"Turkey's state news agency says a court has sentenced an employee of the U. S. consulate in Istanbul to eight years in prison on terrorism charges and here's Peter Kenyon reports that sentence comes despite US assertions that the charges are baseless the arrest and trial of consulate employee Metin Topuz has been a source of tensions between Ankara and Washington he was charged with assisting a terrorist organization in his defense spoke who said his job required him to have contact with police authorities some of whom were later charged with supporting a U. S. based cleric Ankara blames for a failed twenty sixteen coup attempt to abuse is already served more than two years in prison secretary of state Mike Pompeii you issued a statement saying there was no credible evidence against abuse and the decision quote undermines confidence in Turkey's institutions Peter Kenyon NPR news
Iran missile hit on own ship in exercise kills 19, wounds 15
"Around around the navy says nineteen sailors were killed Sunday when a naval support ship was hit by a missile fired from another Iranian vessel during naval exercises in the Gulf of Oman and fears Peter Kenyon says at least fifteen others are reported to be wounded they're running state television says the friendly fire incident occurred near Iran's southern Jask port during a routine naval exercise the support vessel was reportedly setting up targets as part of the exercise but hadn't cleared the area when a missile was fired from another warship Iran routinely conducts exercises in and around the strait of Hormuz a vital waterway for world oil production the incident comes amid elevated tensions between Tehran and Washington president trump has ordered the military to shoot Iranian boats out of the water if they harass American vessels Peter Kenyon NPR news
33 Turkish soldiers killed by airstrike in northwestern Syria
"Greene of violence in northwestern Syria has been a humanitarian crisis for months now with a million Syrians huddling in camps near the Turkish border as they flee a Syrian and Russian offensive into rebel territory one L. conflict there between Turkey Russian and Syrian forces could be spiraling dramatically Turkey which supports the rebels says at least thirty three of its soldiers were killed in the Syrian airstrike that instantly doubled the number of Turkish casualties in February Turkey says it's killed many Syrian forces and will now step up its attacks let's talk through what's happening with NPR's Peter Kenyon who joins us from Istanbul hi Peter hi David so what is the latest hearing this escalation well it's Turkey's worst one day loss of license you got involved in this conflict some four years ago is being blamed on the Syrian military but of course Russia is Syria's closest and biggest ally in this conflict Turkey is you mentioned has been supporting some of the rebel groups who tried to oust Syrian president Bashar al Assad from power with rush's big help Damascus effectively beat that effort back many rebels have wound up mast in northwest it live province and that's where the regime has been focusing its attacks now this latest incident one concern and could this lead to some kind of direct conflict between Russia and Turkey which is a NATO ally in NATO convened an extraordinary meeting of the north Atlantic council today after his request NATO says it's looking into what kind of support it can provide but Turkey specific call for a no fly zone in Syria has not gotten any takers so far but I mean you had Turkey's president erdo one meetings late into the night with with his security team I mean could they be coming up with some sort of major response here that they could really escalate things it's certainly possible everyone says Turkey will not take one step back from it live on Chris promising the Syrian regime will pay a heavy price now the action to back that up is what we're waiting to see the military's talking about going after some two hundred targets in Syria not a lot of detail yet Turkey has also leveled another threat saying refugees desperate to escape the conflict may soon be on their way toward Europe again at last time that happened European countries as some major protests about the flood of refugees hastily put together a multi billion euro deal with Turkey had to keep them here and not send them on to Europe now that threat is back on the table perhaps it's a spur to get Europe more involved in de escalating the situation everyone also spoke with Russian leader Vladimir Putin by phone and they reported that more needs to be done but it's not clear what exactly that means okay so the leaders of Russia Turkey speak as you said I mean one big concerns if this became a larger conflict between Russia and NATO ally for the moment Turkey blaming Syria for all this what what does that tell us about where this might be going too well the Syrian military is being blamed clearly Russia along with Iran is the major allied to Syria Russia's defense ministry is saying its forces weren't responsible and it also says Moscow never even knew Turkish forces were in that area Turkey's defense minister explicitly rejects that saying Moscow knew very well Turkey is not interested in conflict with the bigger Russian military that's pretty clear does that mean there's room for talks and kinda go she Asians possibly although they've already tried that Turkey and Russia help come up with the so called Astana process cease fire for a while but then it fell apart secretary general of the U. N. is calling for another ceasefire but right now Moscow sending two warships towards the Syrian coast just remind us what the overall situation this part of Syria I mean it's it's it's a humanitarian disaster yes and one that could get even worse as the Syrian military attacks a million people have been fleeing toward the Turkish border freezing winter weather aid groups say let the men Turkey says no we need a safe zone inside Syria but northwest Syria right now seems anything but safe Peter Kenyon reporting from Istanbul Peter thanks thanks David it's time now for StoryCorps on this final Friday black history month we have a conversation with the first African American woman to join the Coast
Iranians vote in parliament elections favoring conservatives
"In Iran they're voting for parliament today now turn out for this phone has been in question and there are a couple reasons for that first there is not much variety politically among the candidates on the ballot and second reports of a couple of deadly cases of coronavirus have people jittery about gathering in crowds NPR's Peter Kenyon is in Tehran he's been out in those crowds today Peter hi Mary Louise so when I said there's not much variety on the ballot that is because it is tilted toward hardline candidates is that right how come well that is right and this tilting was done by a group known as the guardian council which is charged with vetting candidates for office when they did that for these elections are running media report the council simply struck off the list some seven thousand moderate and reform candidates thereby immediately eliminating any chance of those factions making significant gains in parliament this year so really the only question now is how many hard liners will be joining or rejoining the parliament and there's also been some moves by critics of the regime to just tell people boycott and use that as a way of registering her displeasure with the regime that was yes that that was the reformist mantra don't show up boycotted which of course solidifies the hardliners gains but it's also a form of protest yes much does today's election actually matter I think most Americans are aware that around is ultimately ruled by a by a supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei so how much power does Iran's parliament actually have they have some they do have a role in the system despite the supreme leader's high ranking final say on everything in recent years parliament in fact has been seen as kind of an arbiter between the hardline supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his supporters on the one hand and the more pragmatic president Hassan Rouhani and his moderate and even reformist backers on the other Rouhani said limited success pushing his agenda and he course was badly hurt when the trump administration came into Washington and pulled out of the twenty fifteen nuclear agreement which had been his crowning foreign policy deal so now it'll be worth watching to see if the people who voted to honey and twice will now step back and let the hardliners returned to a bigger share of influence at least in the legislature so pain is a picture of Alexion day in a row and you've been out talking to people what's the atmosphere well no shortage of opinions everybody wanted to talk that was not an issue as I'm sure you've experienced it yourself you can find all manner of use on the streets here I have one here for you from a ban as a seventy six year old woman she told me she gets a lot of satisfaction out of voting for a hardline conservative legislators well I run ins don't call them hardliners by the way they call them principle us and that means standing up for the principles of the nineteen seventy nine Islamic revolution but Bennett says she likes these principles because of the way they stand up to the United States and its allies here's how she put it I support a hundred percent support their babies stand against America begins that is right against all these nonsense political at Palmers but the other major wave of opinion in Tehran is about the urgent need for lawmakers to start doing things to improve the lives of the people here turnout was also down this time back in twenty sixteen it was over sixty percent and this time the estimate is is going to come in at about fifty percent of eligible voters and meanwhile there's this other factors to Orion's who reportedly have died of corona virus what has been the effect of that on on the elections and then just generally in the country well it big news of the day everyone's talking about it the cases were actually down in the city of Qom they weren't here in Toronto but they have sparked fear that it could spread that certainly has a habit of doing that and some anger as well people are asking why the government didn't report these cases until after the victims were dead there's some concern the virus might have spread farther and faster because the alarm wasn't sounded soon enough and there's worries of course about the health system being able to deal with the corona virus
Iranians vote in parliament elections favoring conservatives
"Kelly in Iran they're voting for parliament today now turn out for this phone has been in question and there are a couple reasons for that first there is not much variety politically among the candidates on the ballot and second reports of a couple of deadly cases of coronavirus have people jittery about gathering in crowds and Pierce Peter Kenyon is in Tehran he's been out in those crowds today Peter hi Mary Louise so when I said there's not much variety on the ballot that is because it is tilted toward hardline candidates is that right how come well that is right and this tilting was done by a group known as the guardian council which is charged with vetting candidates for office when they did that for these elections are running media report the council simply struck off the list some seven thousand moderate and reform candidates thereby immediately eliminating any chance of those factions making significant gains in parliament this year so really the only question now is how many hard liners will be joining or rejoining the parliament and there's also been some moves by critics of the regime to just tell people boycott and use that as a way of registering her displeasure with the regime that was the yes that that was the reformist mantra don't show up boycotted which of course solidifies the hardliners gains but it's also a form of protest yes much does today's election actually matter I think most Americans are aware that around is ultimately ruled by a by a supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei so how much power does Iran's parliament actually have they have some they do have a role in the system despite the supreme leader's high ranking final say on everything in recent years parliament in fact it's been seen as kind of an arbiter between the hardline supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his supporters on the one hand and the more pragmatic president Hassan Rouhani and his moderate and even reformists backers on the other Rouhani said limited success pushing his agenda and he course was badly hurt when the trump administration came in to Washington and pulled out of the twenty fifteen nuclear agreement which had been his crowning foreign policy deal so now it'll be worth watching to see if the people who voted to honey and twice will now step back and let the hardliners returned to a bigger share of influence at least in the legislature also paints a picture of Alexion day in a row and you've been out talking to people what's the atmosphere well no shortage of opinions everybody wanted to talk that was not an issue and I'm sure you've experienced it yourself you can find all manner of use on the streets here I have one here for you from a vein as a seventy six year old woman she told me she gets a lot of satisfaction out of voting for hardline conservative legislators well I run ins don't call them hardliners by the way they call them principle is and that means standing up for the principles of the nineteen seventy nine Islamic revolution but Bennett says she likes these principles because of the way they stand up to the United States and its allies here's how she put it I support a hundred percent support their babies stand against America begins that is right against all these nonsense political at Palmers but the other major wave of opinion in Tehran is about the urgent need for lawmakers to start doing things to improve the lives of the people here turnout was also down this time back in twenty sixteen it was over sixty percent and this time the estimate is this going to come in at about fifty percent of eligible voters and meanwhile there's this other factors to Orion's who reportedly have died of corona virus what has been the effect of that on on the elections and then just generally in the country well it big news of the day everyone's talking about it the cases were actually down in the city of Qom they weren't here in Tehran but they have sparked fear that it could spread it certainly has a habit of doing that and some anger as well people are asking why the government didn't report these cases until after the victims were dead there's some concern the virus might have spread farther and faster because the alarm wasn't sounded soon enough and there's worries of course about the health system being able to deal with the corona virus outbreak NPR's Peter Kenyon they're reporting from Tehran thank you Peter thanks very
Iranians mark revolution anniversary amid high tension with US
"Iran's marking the forty first anniversary of its Islamic revolution in Paris Peter Kenyon tells us president Hassan Rohani addressed a large crowd today calling for public support of the government amid high tensions with the US state television dubbed this year's anniversary so the money don in remembrance of general customs of the money killed in a U. S. drone strike in January president Hassan Rouhani urged crowds in Tehran to ensure a big turn out for parliamentary elections next week despite anger over economic hardships that led to street protests in a violent crackdown by security forces NPR's Peter Kenyon reporting Rohani is call for support comes just months after security forces killed an estimated three hundred people in crackdowns on protest over depressed economic conditions and rising prices as the U. S. ratcheted up sanctions on Iran faltered on its twenty fifteen nuclear
Passengers say crumpled plane landed very fast in Istanbul
"Flights have resumed at one of his doubles to airports after a plane skidded off a runway Wednesday and peers Peter Kenyon reports Turkish officials say three people were killed and more than a hundred were being treated for injuries the Pegasus airlines plane carrying a hundred seventy seven passengers and six crew according to Istanbul's governor flew from Izmir to Istanbul Sabiha Gretchen airport attempting to land in windy rainy conditions the plane skidded some fifty to sixty yards before ending up in a ditch cracking its use a large into three pieces and catching fire luminary figures given for the number of people killed or injured appeared to account for nearly everyone on board the aircraft officials not great announced that an investigation has been launched it's the second such incident for Pegasus airlines
Europe puts Iran on notice as it grasps for a diplomatic solution
"Much of the U. when Iran crisis we've seen playing out in recent days still centers around the twenty fifteen nuclear deal going to take a look now at whether that deal is indeed doom president trump pull the US out of it two years ago reimpose sanctions that it lifted in turn around started to break parts of the geo European partners in the dealer caught in the middle they want to say the deal but gave a ran a warning this past week on Wednesday and bears Peter Kenyon looks and where it stands nonproliferation experts are wondering if the end is near for a complicated piece of diplomacy that's all I run significantly cut back on its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief James Acton co director of the nuclear policy program at the Carnegie endowment for international peace says the signs aren't good well the deal is not dead yet but I think realistically it's not like me to survive very much longer acting since he's been pessimistic about the deal's future ever since president trump pulled the U. S. out of the agreement and twenty eighteen saying around needed to negotiate a much tougher and longer lasting agreement act in says after that it was only a matter of time before Ron stopped abiding by its commitments as well now he says the running attacks on US military personnel and bases in the rock and especially the killing of a running in general customs of the money and push things even closer to the breaking point I think over the long term that assassination probably will speed up the demise of the deal by so those screening U. S. Iranian relations in creating incentives in within around for it to pull out of its remaining commit other nonproliferation expert you're taking a slightly more optimistic view Laura Rockwood longtime nuclear safeguards official with the I AEA the international atomic energy agency now directs the group open nuclear network in Vienna she says rhetoric aside what Iran has actually done today doesn't add up to a sprint to acquire nuclear weapons first she says around is still cooperating with I AEA inspectors second around is also not threatened to pull out of another important agreement the nuclear nonproliferation treaty Rockwood says her cautious optimism could change if Tehran starts enriching to a higher level of purity say to twenty percent or more if you're wrong words to enrich uranium about twenty percent which is considered high enriched uranium probably not high enough or weapons grade but it's more than what they need that would send a very bad signal at stake is a deal designed to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon for at least a decade Rockwood says most of around violations can still be reversed fairly easily what would really set alarm bells ringing would be a move to stop allowing the inspectors to see what's going on and around to nuclear sites incredibly important it's fundamental if they were to choose to were not great with the I AEA this would send an extremely back message the latest pressure on the deal came Wednesday from Europe Britain France and Germany announced their invoking the deals dispute resolution mechanism which amounts to a formal accusation that arounds breaching the agreement that prompted around supreme leader Ayatollah Ali come in a during his first Friday prayer sermon in eight years to blast those European countries as enemies of Iran M. whose comment on was issued as bad as good as it today everyone knows the clearly he said after waiting for one year how many and it it became clear that day the Europeans are actually servants of the U. S. servants of the U. S. he repeated it for emphasis the European move could lead to more sanctions on Iran which is what the US wants meanwhile the German defense minister is confirmed at the White House threatened its European allies with punitive trade tariffs if they didn't formally accuse Arron of violating the nuclear deal now they've done so and they're waiting for Iran's
Europe’s Gamble: Can It Save Iran Deal by Threatening to Kill It?
"Much of the U. when Iran crisis we've seen playing out in recent days still centers around the twenty fifteen nuclear deal going to take a look now at whether that deal is in de dum president trump pull the O. S. out of it two years ago reimpose sanctions that it lifted in turn around started to break parts of the deal European partners in the dealer caught in the middle I want to say the deal but gave a ran a warning this past week on Wednesday and bears Peter Kenyon looks and where it stands nonproliferation experts are wondering if the end is near for a complicated piece of diplomacy that saw run significantly cut back on its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief James Acton co director of the nuclear policy program at the Carnegie endowment for international peace says the signs aren't good well the deal is not dead yet but I think realistically it's not like me to survive very much longer acting since he's been pessimistic about the deal's future ever since president trump pulled the U. S. out of the agreement and twenty eighteen saying around needed to negotiate a much tougher and longer lasting agreement act in says after that it was only a matter of time before Ron stepped abiding by its commitments as well now he says the running attacks on US military personnel at bases in Iraq and especially the killing of a running in general custom so the money have pushed things even closer to the breaking point I think over the long term that assassination probably will speed up the demise of the deal buy a further straining U. S. Iranian relations and creating incentives in within around for it to pull out of its remaining commit other non proliferation expert you're taking a slightly more optimistic view Laura Rockwood longtime nuclear safeguards official with the I AEA the international atomic energy agency now directs the group open nuclear network in Vienna she says rhetoric aside what Iran has actually done to date doesn't add up to a sprint to acquire nuclear weapons first she says Iran is still cooperating with I AEA inspectors second around is also not threatened to pull out of another important agreement the nuclear nonproliferation treaty Rockwood says her cautious optimism could change if Tehran starts enriching to a higher level of purity say to twenty percent or more if you're Ronald words to enrich uranium about twenty percent which is considered high enriched uranium probably not high enough or weapons grade but it's more than what they need that would send a very bad signal at stake is a deal designed to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon for at least a decade Rockwood says most of around violations can still be reversed fairly easily what would really set alarm bells ringing would be a move to stop allowing the inspectors to see what's going on at Iran's nuclear sites incredibly important it's fundamental if they were to choose to not cooperate with the IAEA this would send an extremely bad message the latest pressure on the deal came Wednesday from Europe Britain France and Germany announced their invoking the deals dispute resolution mechanism which amounts to a formal accusation that Iran's breaching the agreement that prompted around supreme leader Ayatollah Ali come in a during his first Friday prayer sermon in eight years to blast those European countries as enemies of Iran M. whose comment on what is it as bad as good as the today everyone knows the clearly he said after waiting for one year how many and it it became clear that day the Europeans are actually servants of the U. S. servants of the U. S. he repeated it for emphasis European move could lead to more sanctions on Iran which is what the US wants meanwhile the German defense minister is confirmed at the White House threatened its European allies with punitive trade tariffs if they didn't formally accuse Arron of violating the nuclear deal now they've done so and they're waiting for Iran's
European leaders say they are triggering a dispute mechanism over Iran's failure to live up to terms of nuclear deal
"Coleman three European nations are planning to trigger a mechanism for resolving disputes in implementing the twenty fifteen nuclear deal with Iran appears Peter Kenyon reports the move comes at a time of high tension between Iran and the United States under the terms of the agreement any signatory can invoke the dispute mechanism if it is a problem with the implementation of the agreement Britain France and Germany say they're taking that step in the wake of several Aronian moves to suspend their commitments to limit their nuclear program as agreed under the deal Iran is now in reaching more nuclear fuel among other things in response to president trump's move to pull the U. S. out of the deal and levy sanctions on Iran and he you official says the intent is to preserve the deal but the move comes in a moment of extraordinary tension between Washington and Tehran including the accidental shoot down by Iran's military of Ukrainian
Iranian military acknowledges it shot down Ukrainian Boeing 737 jet by mistake
"The Iranian military says it shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet near Tehran's airport on Wednesday NPR's Peter Kenyon reports the acknowledgement follows days of denials Iran's military says it mistook the Ukrainian passenger jet for a hostile target and opened fire as it appeared to be approaching a sensitive military area Iran's president apologized but the foreign minister added that it happened at a time of crisis caused by U. S. adventurism a reference to the US airstrike that killed Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani all one hundred seventy six people on board the flight were killed fifty seven of them Canadian Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau says he spoke today with the runny and president Hassan Rouhani and demanded a thorough investigation we need full clarity on how such a horrific tragedy could have occurred families are seeking justice and accountability they deserve closure Ukraine's president valo D. me as a Lansky says Iran's acknowledgement of responsibility is a step in the right direction but he wants those responsible to be held
Iranian military acknowledges it shot down Ukrainian Boeing 737 jet by mistake
"Iran has dropped its denials regarding Wednesdays downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet near to Ron's airport in peers. Peter Kenyon says Iranian military. Now says it shot down the plane. Iran's military says it mistook the Ukrainian passenger jet for a hostile target and opened fire as it appeared to be approaching a sensitive military area. Iran's president apologized but the foreign minister added that it happened at a time of crisis caused by US adventurism a reference to the US. Air Strike that killed. Iran's top General Qasim Suli money top officials with Ukraine International Airlines airline spoke to reporters in today. The airlines president and Vice President denied suggestions that the plane had veered off course and said that Iranian authorities should have closed closed. The Airport
Ukraine Airlines plane crash: What we know so far
"And peers Peter Kenyon reports that Iranian officials suggest the passenger plane had mechanical problems the Ukraine international airlines Boeing seven thirty seven was bound for key when it went down near term problems imam Khomeini International Airport and burst into flames a transportation officials said one of the plane's engines caught fire before the crash he grins president said there were no survivors and added they were trying to confirm the death toll he offered condolences to the families of the victims Iranian state TV blamed unspecified technical problems for the crash emergency services officials told running TV that the fire was too intense to allow rescue
Turkey's parliament approves sending troops to Libya in support of UN-backed government
"Turkey's parliament has voted to send troops to Libya where the U. when recognize government in Tripoli requested on cars assistance NPR's Peter Kenyon reports Turkey's president Reggie tapered once said he favored a positive response to Libya's request for military assistance and lawmakers agreed passing the resolution easily Turkey supports the government of prime minister fires also Russian Tripoli which is under attack by forces loyal to warlord Haley for half star who control much of eastern Libya it's not clear the Turkish parliament's approval will necessarily mean an immediate troop deployment the parliamentary approval is good for a year and officials say the initial support is likely to come in the form of military advisers training drones and other
Turkey detains pilots over Ghosn's escape through Istanbul
"According to Turkish media reports seven people have been arrested in connection with the escape of X. Nissan had Carlos Ghosn from Japan NPR's Peter Kenyon reports due to face charges of financial misconduct gone bolted from Japan landing in Istanbul before heading to Beirut Turkey's Interior Ministry launched an investigation into any possible Turkish role in his escape four of those detained reportedly our
7 dead, 64 rescued after migrant boat capsizes in Turkey
"Eastern Turkey a boat carrying migrants as capsized in lake von killing seven people according to provincial officials and Paris Peter Kenyon reports sixty four migrants were rescued the governor's office in Turkey's bid list province says in a statement that the migrants were from Pakistan Afghanistan and Bangladesh the north shore of the lake is near Turkey's border with Iran a frequent crossing point for people trying to make their way to Europe it wasn't immediately clear why the migrants attempted to cross the lake instead of travel by land the rescue passengers were taken to hospitals or shelters Turkey has been sheltering millions of migrants from Syria Iran Afghanistan and other countries president Richard type bear to one has warned that he might quote open the gates and send another wave of people toward Europe
"peter kenyon" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"It's morning edition from NPR news. I'm Noel king. And I'm Steve Inskeep. If you accept their statements at face value, the United States in Iran agree. Yeah. That's right. Iran says it doesn't want a war or a nuclear weapon, the US says in return that Iran better not want. Those things Morgan Ortega's is State Department spokesman. We continue to call on the Iranian regime, not to take a nuclear weapon to abide by their commitments to the international community. But all those words come alongside certain actions. Iran says it plans to break one of the limits on nuclear activity that had agreed to in a deal in two thousand fifteen the United States withdrew from that deal. But once Iran to keep it, and now the US is sending an additional thousand troops to the region. NPR's Peter Kenyon has covered Iran for years. He's in Istanbul, and he's on the line. Either Peter, I Steve. So let's move through the way people around the world are reviewing our viewing these actions. What? The Middle Eastern nations are on neighbors affect say about the US moves. I well, the ones that are Washington's regional allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fully on board with this pressure campaign. So sending more troops will be welcomed there on the other hand, you've got a country like a rock. It's got important trade links with Iran electrolytic things like that. So they'll be concerned in Baghdad about the potential for these tensions to boil over to the point where Iran Iraq trade suffers so, so some concern in some countries, and you say the potential for tensions to boil over, we should be clear about where we are. We have two countries that have pushed and pulled against each other before they're doing that again. We don't know if it's heading for war, but their warlike moves. What about reaction to Iran's announcement that it's going to go beyond the amount of enriched uranium to supposed to have on hand? Well, some see this is a fairly predictable response, Iran, usually response to pressure with defiant, statements, even at significant economic cost at the moment, Tehran remains a long way from having a nuclear weapon that was the intent of the nuclear agreement to keep Iran far from weapons capacity. So that should it ever tried to break out as they say, in Tena weapon, the outside world would have plenty of time to step in as for this announcement Byron being potentially dangerous. Certainly the main danger would seem to be to what's left of the nuclear deal. And so let's talk about that deal recall where we are the United States withdrew from the deal. It says it wants a maximum pressure on Iran to put some kind of more extreme limits on its nuclear program European countries that were part of the deal have wanted to stay in where did these developments, leave the Europeans in an increasingly difficult spot. I would say none of the other signers of this deal that's Britain France, Germany, as well. As Russia and China, none of them support this American pressure campaign. They think the deal was working U N inspectors routinely, verified around compliance, why go back to confrontation and uncertainty. Senior Chinese diplomat is warning against a Pandora's box about to be opened in the Middle East. But European efforts to save the deal have to have a mechanism and so far that alternative payments game. They've been working on has not impressed running officials so far. Now, if a run does breach, the agreement Steve EuroPol funded even tougher to save it. Well, how much how much pain is this maximum pressure campaign causing inside Iran? It's a bit of an opaque situation as always there, but the economy is clearly suffering, even Ron's, elite revolutionary guard corps designated a terrorist group by Washington is reportedly feeling some pain president, Ronnie today is repeating Iran's message that it doesn't intend to wage war with any nation, but he says, we're facing a group of politicians with little experience. Meanwhile, the troop, build up and economic pressure. Continues. Peter, thanks. You welcome. Sti. That's NPR's. Peter kenyon. All right. Last night, one.
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"Killing of hinge Muslims by boomy soldiers story, prompted the rabid mission of guilt from the army to the reporters, the prestigious Pulitzer prize, the BBC's Nick being the national weather service is predicting more heavy rain today for parts of central and upper planes, the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are flooding, and so are their tributaries. You're listening to. NPR? The Trump administration says it's going to impose tariffs of between ten and twenty five percent on billions of dollars in Chinese goods. U S. Trade Representative Robert lighthizer says China has reneged on some of its trade commitments. He wouldn't give details of his allegations in Turkey opposition figures. Are slamming a decision by the country's election council to wipe out the results of the Istanbul mayor's race and order a rerun election in June NPR's. Peter Kenyon reports president Reggie type air ruling-party challenge. The results after its candidate lost the March thirty first vote opposition politician extra Imola has been acting as stumbles mayor for weeks now, but the supreme election council voided his victory and said June. Twenty third is the date for another vote the opposition People's Republican Party condemned the decision as caving in to political pressure one up -sition paper called it a coup and position party official said air was turning the country into a dictatorship. The decision races the most painful defeat from the municipal elections for the ruling party, which is controlled assemble for a quarter century beginning with air to wants times, the city's mayor Peter Kenyon NPR news is danville. Experts from the marine mammal center are examining the corpse of dead gray whale that washed ashore Monday in San Francisco. This is the ninth whale that's appeared dead in the bay area in the past two months. The experts say they suspect the whales are having trouble. Finding enough to eat as warmer oceans changed. Their food supply chains, I'm korva Coleman. NPR news in Washington support. Fran PR comes from tirerack family owned and operated for forty years since nineteen Seventy-nine tirerack has been committed to helping people find the right tires wheels..
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"That date. Peter kenyon. NPR news is dental Florida's governor is asking President Trump to increase the federal government's portion of the cost of recovering from hurricane Michael. And paris. Greg Allen reports the request comes after meteorologists upgraded Michael to a category. Five storm governor. Rhonda Santa's wrote a letter to President Trump just hours after the National Hurricane Center said it's post storm analysis showed Michael headwinds of one hundred sixty miles per hour when it made landfall in October on Florida's panhandle that makes it one of just four category. Five hurricanes to make landfall and the continental US since record keeping began the saddest asking the president to increase the federal share recovery costs from seventy five percent to ninety percent a move. The governor says would save Florida hundreds of millions of dollars in his letter notes that after Hurricane Andrew in nineteen Ninety-two the federal government adjusted share to cover one hundred percent of the cost hurricane Michael the governor rights should be no different. Greg. Allen NPR news Miami. Mexico's homicide rate is surging again with record numbers of murders. In the first quarter of the year, James flares reports from Mexico City, the violence also reached parts of the country that are traditionally more peaceful. This stock I quote homicide statistic. Almost eight thousand five hundred Motors. Mostly connected to drug cartels is cliff. Red flag indication might Nici of the crisis facing the Mexican government with low arrest rates, even low at convictions because most people are terrified.
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"Live from NPR news in Washington, I'm Lakshmi Singh. In the first such public confirmation. A Turkish prosecutor says Saudi journalist Jurmala kashogi was strangled within minutes of entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Washington Post columnist had gone to the consulate to pick up marriage. Documents are Tober second NPR's. Peter Kenyon has more a statement from the prosecutor's office confirms much of what investigators have leaked to the media since kashogi disappeared on October second prosecutors say showed you was strangled his body dismembered and disposed of investigators have searched the consulate and other Saudi diplomatic properties as well. As nearby sewer systems. The statement also says a series of meetings with the Saudi chief prosecutor has produced no results after weeks of denials, the Saudis acknowledged kashogi was killed in a premeditated operation, but have refused to say where the body is. Peter kenyon. NPR news Istanbul. The suspect behind the recent series of pipe. Sent a prominent critics of President Trump apparently started plotting the attacks in July in a letter Justice department. Prosecutors tell a Miami federal judge that Caesar say ox searched for his targets addresses online and had photos of many of them on his cellphone. Authorities say no one was hurt. But the pipe bombs were real and they warn others could surface Indonesia's. Search operation may have turned up more debris from the line airplane that crashed into the Java sea on Monday, but the head of the country. Search and rescue agency says the strong currents have been preventing searchers from recovering the airplane's flight data and cockpit voice recorders investigators hoped. The black boxes reveal what caused a two month old Boeing seven thirty seven to go down shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, one hundred eighty nine people were on board. No one survived. President Donald Trump is reinforcing his pledge to end automatic citizenship for children born to non citizens in the United States NPR's Windsor, Johnston reports the heightened Reta. Eric on illegal immigration comes less than a week before the midterm elections in a tweet Trump promised to keep the country safe and said, the matter will be settled by the United States Supreme court. Trump is pledged to use executive action to end automatic birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed under the fourteenth amendment. White house. Press secretary, Sarah Sanders, says Trump is being forced to take action on the matter because Democrats in congress won't the.
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"If you're out and about on the freeways this morning already some brake lights out there starting out in the corona area. Westbound ninety one past the seventy one erect taking out the left two lanes definitely causing delays opera hadn't Serena's westbound ninety one before Norwalk boulevard. Earlier wreck just pulled over to the right shoulder. But you are seeing some slowing as you head over towards six five. Meanwhile, a Montclair westbound ten pass Monte vista. A wreck reported there going to be sunny today looking for highs in the seventy save your lawn the coast up to mid eighties inland. It's five. Oh seven. It's morning edition from NPR news. I'm Noel king. I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. It would be going too far to say that Turkey's president has disclosed everything he knows about the murder of a journalist, but registered tie up air to one has put definite accusations on the record today is addressing a meeting of his ruling party. He's been talking of the death of Jamal kashogi who walked into a Saudi consulate in Turkey on October. Second and never emerged. One says this death was a premeditated killing by Saudi Arabia kashogi native nation, which his writings criticized the Saudi government, I said it knew nothing of his disappearance. And then said kashogi died in a fight and that is still investigating NPR's. Peter Kenyon joins us from Istanbul either Peter hasty, so what evidence hazard one put on the table. Well, ee says the evidence that they have so far strongly suggests that this was a planned operation, basically dismissing the Saudi story that it was an accident. One new thing that he said is that part of the evidence that they have is that the Saudi team that showed up in advance of the killing scouted out some areas. Possibly for disposal of a body, including a forest in northeast Istanbul. And then he also in his remarks called on Riyadh to allow the eighteen people. They've arrested in connection with kashogi death to be prosecuted in Turkey, and they have all gone back to Riyadh or Saudi Arabia. So they would have to be extradited. The Turkish president also says this evidence they've got so far raises big questions, including on whose orders was this killing carried out. Why was there such a delay in allowing the consulate and other properties to be searched? And why has the Saudi explanation of what happened changed so many times? So all points to the fundamental question. Was it a rogue operation as Riyadh suggests or was the leadership involved. Okay. So some new information they're affirming on the record that the Turks believed the Saudi team scouted places to dispose of a body did air to one confirm any of the other various news reports about bits of damning information. Well, probably the biggest thing that has come out. So far in anonymous reports from investigators is the claim of audio possibly even video evidence to back up the the Saudi investigation to the claim it look into the Saudi involvement in this. No official has said on the record that that tape. Exists. No one has denied it. So that that's still remains unresolved. Why would it be the president of Turkey personally? Giving us information about this as opposed to prosecutor investigators some lower level officials. Well, it's big is the basic answer the world attention to this has been huge. There's no sign of it fading air to one has decided that he needs to be involved in be seen to be involved. He was at pains in his remarks today to assure people there will be no cover-up, and this is although at the same time, we have to notice a joint investigation with the Saudis that has raised some eyebrows. So far investigators though have shown no sign of going easy. Andrea well is air to on. Who is no fan of a free press jailed, many journalists is he using this case to get at the Saudis in some way. Well, that's certainly an aspect of this. I mean, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are longtime regional allies big differences in foreign policy on religion turkeys. Also, an important NATO ally to the US the Saudis and the Israelis our big allies. So this could be an opportunity for air to onto raise Turkey star as a key Muslim power vital mid-east player any big jolt to the Saudi status, of course, would be a big change for the US foreign policy. Peter, thanks very much as always appreciate the update. Thanks to you. That's NPR's. Peter kenyon. Who reports regularly from Istanbul. Congressman Tom McArthur, a Republican from New Jersey ran in two thousand sixteen on a pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act that helped him win reelection in a district that President Trump also one but following through on his promise could cost MacArthur his seat NPR's. Kelsey Snell has the story. Congressman Tom McArthur story might seem like a lot of other suburban Republicans running in two thousand eighteen he's in a bare knuckle fight for reelection against a democrat who decided to run for office after Republicans tried to roll back the Affordable Care Act, but MacArthur is more than just a Republican who ran on repealing ObamaCare. He is the only congressman in New Jersey still running after actually voting to do it. And this election is a referendum on that vote. That much is clear within minutes of turning on a television or radio here. Congressman Tom.
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"City status should be resolved in peace talks now today a large celebration is planned with his railly's and us officials in jerusalem but thousands of palestinians are expected to demonstrate and confront isreaeli troops on the border between gaza and israel and that could be deadly all right we are going to talk with npr correspondents in both places i to jerusalem where npr's peter kenyon is at the site for this new embassy where the ceremony is going to take place later today hey peter i rachel so let's just begin with what's supposed to go down there who's going to be attending who's gonna talk well people are going to be gathering at the former us consulate which has a new sign now announcing it's now the embassy in jerusalem ambassador david friedman is here he'll be leading the proceedings in what some think is a sign of controversy surrounding this decision by president trump to move the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem a lot of international envoys are staying away there was a reception last night at the israeli foreign ministry and most foreign diplomats didn't attend this is something of a symbolic move meaning most of the embassy staff we're going to stay in tel aviv the embassador commute between the two cities as he's done for years except instead of working out of a hotel room you'll have an office now there will be some protests outside we're told there's been some controversy about one of the speakers the texas baptist pastor is previously insulted both judaism and islam saying all jews will go to hell and describing a slum as a heresy from the pit of hell i'd be surprised if he repeats those comments today yeah for sure so so today has significance in and of itself because its may fourteenth it's the seventieth anniversary of israel's independence what's what's been going on in jerusalem over the past couple of days what has it felt like well on the jewish israeli side a lot of celebrating obviously yesterday was jerusalem day it's an annual holiday marking the unification of.
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"Npr's peter kenyon has more they're both reporting that an israeli private intelligence firm known as black cube was engaged in an effort to discredit some of these supporters of the nuclear agreement some of its proponents the observers account links aides to donald trump to that effort former british foreign secretary jack straw told the guardian that these allegations are extraordinary and appalling and smack of desperation on the part of the deal's opponents it didn't succeed obviously this campaign and we should say npr hasn't independently confirmed the allegations npr's peter kenyon west virginia holds its primary election tomorrow former massey energy ceo don blankenship is running for senate but his ads attack senate majority leader mitch mcconnell of kentucky and contain an apparent ethnic slur against mcconnell's wife dave missed it of west virginia public broadcasting reports flagship is seeking the west virginia seat now held by democratic incumbent joe manchin but his ad takes aim at gop senator mitch mcconnell of kentucky the ad insinuates mcconnell was tied to cocaine by way of his wife's father who owns a shipping company which was once implicated in a drug case the china people remark refers to mcconnell's wife and transportation secretary elaine chao filed for the race after serving prison time for violating federal mind safety standards he finished his one year of supervised release wednesday the day after the primary election for npr news i'm dave mitch in morgantown west virginia meanwhile president trump is tweeting this morning that blankenship cannot win the election you're listening to npr the trump newspaper publishing company has agreed to recognize union representation for its publications in the chicago area trunk officials had fought this and a similar union drive at the loss angeles times trunk lost that effort and sold the la times weeks later now the chicago tribune and it's copublications will have union representation along with subsidiary units a national law that requires chain restaurants to list calories on menus and menu boards goes into effect today npr's alison aubrey reports calorie counts will be posted for all items on the menu including alcoholic beverages congress passed a law eight years ago requiring chains with twenty outlets are more to post calories the rationale is that easy to use nutrition information posted at the point of ordering can help us make more.
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"Term on monday npr's lucian kim in moscow iran's president says his administration is not responsible for the blocking of the popular messaging app telegram in iran and pr's peter kenyon has more ruhani posted to social media that the blocking of telegram in iran was a decision made at the highest levels of the system and he made clear that he opposes the move his post said quote the filtering and blocking of telegram was not carried out by the government which does not approve of it millions of iranians used telegram to share messages videos and news the app has been blamed by thority for enabling widespread protests around the country late last year ruhani's been struggling against hardline forces in iran who are seen as closely aligned with supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei peter kenyon npr news is bull the president's news lawyer is clarifying why a payment was made to adult film star stormy daniels rudy giuliani says it was an effort to protect the trump family this is npr in a sign of warming relations on the peninsula north korea has readjusted its time zone to match south korea's previously there was a half hour difference north korea's central news agency said kim jong own made the decision to unify his nation's time zone with south korea and japan at a northsouth summit where he said it was a painful wrench to see clocks with different times a nasa lander is on its way to mars after successful launch this morning as npr's camilla domino ski reports insight mission will explore the interior of the red planet before dawn on saturday and atlas five rocket took off from vandenberg air force base in california too.
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"A house in a turkish border town today and pierce peter kenyon reports the provincial government reports the attack left two people dead and eleven wounded the rockets crossed the border at the tone of kill us in the governor's offices the rocket that hit a private home lift four children among the wounded the attacks come after turkey launched a military operation against syrian kurdish fighters in northwest syria turkey sees the kurdish fighters as terrorists despite the fact that the us has trained and armed them for the battle against isis in syria turkey's president says the operation will continue until the border area is cleared of kurdish fighters and isis militants washington has urged a speedy end to the operation peter kenyon npr news istanbul elton john is embarking on a farewell tour around the world npr's andrew limbong says the seventy year old music icon has announced he is retiring from touring other than john says he wants to stop scoring and spend time with his husband and two kids in two thousand fifteen david ally sat down with a skull schedule unless oh i'd want wanna miss too much of this elton john has been playing shows in pouring since the '60s in two thousand thirteen he told whyy widespread share that even though he appreciates that lifestyle no matter where i am in the world who was with food to two coming home because such where i wanna be at the stage my luck he is the latest in a number of music artists who have recently announced their retirement from tori including neil diamond and slayer angela mbang npr news the dow was up nine points this is npr general electric's accounting practices are now under federal investigation the securities and exchange commission is looking into a multi billion dollar insurance charge this adds to setbacks a g e as the industrial giant attempts to reverse steep losses san diegobased qualcomm is being hit with a one point two billion dollar fine by european union regulators from brussels harry shuts teri schultz reports a twoyear investigation found qualcomm paid apple not to use competitors chipsets for five years qualcomm gave apple reduced prices plus billions of dollars to use only qualcomm base chip chipsets to connect iphones.
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"Listeners like you who donate to this npr's station this is morning edition from npr news i'm rachel martin and i'm david greene the un security council is holding another emergency meeting today about the situation in syria the latest cause of concern is open warfare between two american allies over the weekend turkey sent fighter jets and ground troops into syria to target kurdish fighters it did this to send the message that they are not willing to accept kurds in the uslead coalition it's battling isis and there are reports of casualties on both sides and there's peter kenyon is with us from is and peter what drove turkey to act here what turkey's complained for quite some time about american support for these p pg kurdish fighters as they are known as part of the key fighting group it's called the syrian defence forces they've been battling isis in syria the pentagon armed and trainees kurdish fighters because they're good they get results that turkey sees them is aligned with its own kurdish militants in southeast turkey and oncro warned it wouldn't allow this to continue this kurdish force on the other side of the border and now it's acting on that occasion and there seems to be a lot of concern here beginning with a security council meeting this emergency meeting later today so what what what exactly is the fear while france called for the meeting because this operation has alarmed along with a number of other countries including some that don't agree on much both egypt and iran for instance condemn this incursion now russia takes a slightly different approach it's syria's biggest ally of course they blame the us foreign minister sergei lavrov says washington infuriated turkey with its unilateral actions in syria as for the kurdi council it's not clear what it lost to do or what it has the votes to do but it's pretty clear that this is not a good sign for this coalition which is supposed to be fighting islamic state forces well and and the us is at the centre of all this because they're trying to to work with two different sides here who don't often get along so is the trump administration responding to what's happening now well secretary defense said james mattis said turkey did alert washington before launching this attack guy he went on.
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"Iran all but took the side of his country's protesters haass on rouhani spoke after days of demonstrations and essentially told his cabinet that the ruling class in iran is out of touch that internet censorship is a problem that people want more freedom that they're not just protesting about the economy it was an especially francs statement in a country where people often speak in euphemisms and metaphors encode if they talk politics at all npr's peter kenyon is covered iran for years he's on the line i peter hasty how significant are ruehe ruhani's comments at their important it's not often you here and around the president say one cannot force one's lifestyle on the future generations or ask whether you can buy freedom with some economic improvements while people state cut off from the internet door they said the restrictions i mean it's unusually plane and direct speaking by the standards of iranian political discourse certainly abut making a tough speech is one thing taking tough action is of course another we'll look trying to figure out what's going on here we should remember i guess that there are different factions in iran's government summer more moderate door reformist as they say some are much more conservative or hardliner and it's sounds with remarks like that like real hani is aligning himself with the reform people and taking aim at the more conservative factions is that really what's happening certainly the latter taking aim at hardliners yes they'd been constantly attacking him since his reelection last may and they've been frustrating his efforts to revive the economy to some extent and hardliners including the supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei combination his very latest remarks continue to blame all this unrest and the us and britain on outside agitators but also what rouhani was doing with these remarks was refocusing anger away from himself and he was the target remember some of these protests well as hardliners and now he's saying no let's look at the other side the conservatives add these protests in essence took on the entire theocratic system and that's not what ruhani's about he's not about changing that but this is him trying to seize the high ground i asked the ron analyst alley by as at the international crisis group and he says rouhani really needs to pivot from.
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"And wednesday saying bannon had little to do with his presidency bannon has not spoken publicly since this book came out i think there also a lot of questions about why trump ramped it up to eleven on his response the steve bannon you know they have a complicated relationship trump has long been frustrated by by reports of a ban it's high influence in his orbit but we should point out when he says that bannon wasn't that influential trump essentially make him coach chief of staff at the beginning of his administration npr scott detrow antigovernment demonstrations are continuing in iran despite efforts by the government to block communications and pierre's peter kenyon reports progovernment rallies are being staged for the second day the most popular messaging platform in iran telegram remains restricted but even so videos of protests and clashes with security forces are being posted to social media this video which could not be verified appears to show our man in a was on the ground with blood on and around his head another man shouts they're hitting people a week after antigovernment protests began in the conservative city of mashhad rallies continued in several cities though not in great numbers and the capital tehran progovernment marches are also being staged with participants denouncing violence large progovernment rallies are promised for friday peter kenyon npr news istanbul you're listening to npr news this is wnyc in new york good morning i'm carrie nolan on the roads today adan well the roads looked pretty good on the rails expect delays on new jersey transit as workers periodically clear ice from the tracks northbound foreign five trains are running local eat the f d n and q trains are running local in both directions and alternate side parking is suspended today three cars on an amtrak train headed to new york from miami derailed in savannah georgia late last night and amtrak spokespersons says there'd been no reported injuries and it's unclear whether the derailment was caused by the fierce winter storm and rare snowfall in georgia mayor de blasio says new.
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"Has not spoken publicly since this book came out i think there's also a lot of questions about why trump ramped it up to eleven on his response to steve bannon you know they have a complicated relationship trump has long been frustrated by by reports of a bannon's high influence in his orbit but we should point out when he says that bannon wasn't that influential trump essentially make him co chief of staff at the beginning of his administration npr scott detrow antigovernment demonstrations are continuing in iran despite efforts by the government to block communications npr's peter kenyon reports progovernment rallies are being staged for the second day the most popular messaging platform in iran telegram remains restricted but even so videos of protests and clashes with security forces are being posted to social media this video which could not be verified appears to show our man in a was on the ground with blood on and around his head and other man shouts they're hitting people a week after antigovernment protests began in the conservative city of mashhad rallies continued in several cities though not in great numbers and the capital tehran progovernment marches are also being staged with participants denouncing violence large progovernment rallies are promised for friday peter kenyon npr news istanbul you're listening to npr nenas president trump has dissolved his controversial election integrity commission he formed the group after claiming he would have won the presidential popular vote in 2016 if not for millions of illegally cast votes he never provided any evidence for the claim trump still created the commission which drew legal challenges trump tweeted this morning blaming democratic states for failing to turn over vital information to the commission but many states were blocked by law from sharing the voter data violinist robert man has died the ninety seven year old was one of the founders of the juilliard string quartet npr's honest does he hits yuccas reports he passed away at home monday in manhattan rubber man started his group with other returns he eyes in 1940's six.
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"To target trump for criticism over his threat to withhold money from countries that voted for the resolution calling it quote quite ugly inexcusable peter kenyon npr news istanbul stocks are trading slightly lower today on this lighter than light trading day the dow is down thirty three points the sp 500 off a point and the nasdaq composite is down six you're listening to npr from kqed news i'm devin katayama unemployment rates dropped to a record low four point six percent in california in november the labor department's report on state unemployment showed rates fell in twenty three other states this the positive sign for us economic growth over the past twelve months twenty seven states have added payroll jobs with the highest absolute gains in texas with a number of jobs climbed by more than three hundred thirty thousand california was second in job additions with more than two hundred eighty eight thousand california's unemployment rate is still higher than the national rate which is four point one percent and here's some more on the state the population of california is approaching forty million after growing by nearly three hundred thousand people last year that puts the state at around thirty nine point six million people all nine bay area counties saw an increase santa clara alameda and contra cost are still the most populous counties in the region a significant portion of the increases were due to births and immigration bart has a new board president the agency's directors selected colleague robert rayburn to lead the board for the coming year he's a longtime bicycle advocate to to the barred ford seven years ago to represent alameda and parts of oakland and san leandro san francisco state transit expert jason henderson says and it could use his tenure to help iron out the systems issues with bikes bar needs to do a better job of making itself welcome to bicycles safer more secure bicycle parking and better waves of getting bikes down to the train at i think he would bring a lot of good thinking to that riverine seat on the board is one of four that will be up for election.
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"And before the election in september 2016 am ran into july trial snyder npr news washington at least five hundred thirty people have been killed in the monday earthquake that struck the border between iraq and iran more than eight thousand people have been heard the tremor was felt widely in iraq but most of the deaths and injuries are in iran and pierre's peter kenyon says the region in iran as well known for tremors iran is no stranger to earthquakes it sits on top of many fault lines i mean there was one back in two thousand three in bomb that killed twenty six thousand people uh so every time this happens of course you see calls for better construction more higher standards and in the cities there have been improvements but in places like this remote mountain villages mudbrick construction might still predominate standards have not improved at the same rate npr's peter kenyon on wall street the dow jones industrial average is down sixty three points the nasdaq is down twenty you're listening to npr congressional republicans in washington are pressuring alabama republican roy more to drop out of his senate campaign a fifth woman has come forward to allege that more sexually assaulted her when she was sixteen years old more has released a statement saying the allegation is absolutely faults he has denied four other allegations of sexual assault including initiating sexual contact with a 14yearold u s catholic bishops who assembled for their annual meeting are taking a strong stand on behalf of immigrants and against racism and tom shelton says the president of the bishops decried what he called the forces of division in america the catholic bishops have criticised harsh immigration policies before but at their annual meeting their carbons have been especially sharp cardinal daniel denardo the conference president said the forces of division prey on our fear of the unfamiliar those sentiments he said are rooted in an unfounded.
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"To take satellite phones to all of puerto rico's towns and cities iran is conducting a military exercise on its border with kurdishcontrolled northern iraq and is closing its airspace to flights from there npr's peter kenyon reports it's the latest sign of opposition to a kurdish independence referendum that set for tomorrow garage revolutionary guard corps launched a military exercise in the country's northwest home to iran's own kurdish minority population commercial flights to and from northern iraq have also been cancelled next door in turkey the military's also conducting exercises on its border with iraq in our group his warned of sanctions if the vote goes ahead the kurdish regional government has made clear these threats will not derail monday's referendum kurdish leaders have said that a yes vote will not mean secession but the beginning of hopedfor negotiations on an independent kurdistan peter kenyon npr news istanbul this is npr president trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the us today his ninety day ban on visitors from six muslimmajority countries expires today the department of homeland security as proposed stricter and more targeted rules local officials in southern california are set to try out a shark alert system as more sharks are sited close to the shore the system is already being used in western australia danielle carson reports marine biologists think there been more shark encounters because they are protected species so they're population is thriving the pie look program would install six louise and sonar sensors on the ocean floor along a stretch of water in newport beach if a buoy to texas shark it would send an alert to lifeguards newport beach chief lifeguard rob williams says depending on the size or behavior of a shark they would put up warnings or close the beach altogether anything that we can do to educate ourselves will also benefit us in helping the public and be include the technology doesn't come cheap each bui could cost at least sixty thousand dollars and another million to run the pilot program for npr news i'm danielle carson in pasadena california the us mexico and canada are starting a third round of nafta negociations this weekend canadian officials say negociations will intensify in an effort to seal the deal by the end of the year and while the us is.
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"Peter kenyon npr news istanbul meanwhile us secretary of state rex tillerson is calling on all parties to continue talks and lower the rhetoric he says the us allies and partners are stronger when they work together toward the goal of stopping terrorism in london officials are testing some six hundred buildings for fire safety after a high rise fire in london earlier this month killed at least seventy nine people are officials say so far sixty high rise buildings tested across england have failed larry miller has more from london the government says exterior cladding informants relation with all building so for tested were combustible around six hundred highrise residential blocks urgently smith samples of the materials tests on them are expected to take at least a week some local councils of introduced 24hour firesafety patrols in north one in three thousand residents of a public housing complex evacuated friday have been given temporary accommodation it could be six weeks before they're allowed to return home insisting the evacuee asian was necessary london marisa the con says you can't play russian roulette with people's lives officials say most of the failed buildings will not need to be evacuated while the cladding is removed for mpr news i'm larry miller in london and you're listening to npr news from washington theses wnyc in new york work i'm lance lucky today's pride parade also doubled as a demonstration against the trump administration with some participants saying it's time the march return to its roots as a political protest sarah walled bodies with a coalition called rise and resist she says the event has become too much of a spectacle and to corporate or not just our right we demand rights we deserve rights and we can't have a far said a celebration without acknowledging the struggle the march including groups representing black lives matter gays against guns and mourners for the victims of the pulse nightclub shooting in orlando one year ago the senate's democratic minority leader says his party needs to la learn a lesson from last week's failure to pick up a democratic how seat in georgia speaking on abc's this week new york senator chuck schumer said the law shows the democrats are not clearly articulating their economic message democrats need a strong bold sharpedged and common sense economic agenda policy platform message that appeal to the middle class that resonate with the middle class schumer also said the odds that senate.