World News http://wamc.org en Thai Army Declares Martial Law But Says It's No Coup http://wamc.org/post/thai-army-declares-martial-law-says-its-no-coup Thailand's army has declared martial law less than two weeks after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/07/310371675/thai-court-removes-prime-minister-yingluck-from-office">Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was thrown out of office</a> by the country's Constitutional Court.<p>The Associated Press reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The army said in a statement that it had taken the action to 'keep peace and order,' and soldiers entered several private television stations that are sympathetic to protesters.<p>"A ticker on Channel 5, an army station, however, denied the military was taki Mon, 19 May 2014 23:48:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 90821 at http://wamc.org Thai Army Declares Martial Law But Says It's No Coup U.S. Coast Guard Calls Off Atlantic Search For 4 British Sailors http://wamc.org/post/us-coast-guard-calls-atlantic-search-4-british-sailors The first person to sail single-handedly and nonstop around the world has joined others in urging the U.S. Coast Guard to resume a search for four missing British yachtsman who disappeared aboard a 40-foot sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean last week.<p><a href="http://www.robinknox-johnston.co.uk/">Sir Robin Knox-Johnston</a>, who completed his record-breaking circumnavigation in 1969, has joined the families of the crew in asking the U.S. Mon, 19 May 2014 22:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 90817 at http://wamc.org U.S. Coast Guard Calls Off Atlantic Search For 4 British Sailors Russia Says It Has Ordered Its Troops Away From Ukraine Border, Again http://wamc.org/post/russia-says-it-has-ordered-its-troops-away-ukraine-border Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops amassed along the Ukrainian border to return to their permanent bases, <a href="http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/7195">the president's office announced in a statement</a> on Monday.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/05/19/russia-ukraine/9272269/"><em>USA Today</em> translated</a> that statement as saying:<p><blockquote><p>"In connection with the completion of the planned spring phase of training troops ... on the ground in Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions ... Mon, 19 May 2014 13:09:43 +0000 editor 90754 at http://wamc.org Russia Says It Has Ordered Its Troops Away From Ukraine Border, Again North Korea Steps Up Nuclear Activity Ahead Of Obama Visit http://wamc.org/post/north-korea-steps-nuclear-activity-ahead-obama-visit President Obama arrives in Japan on tomorrow amid reports that North Korea might carry out a fourth underground nuclear test to coincide with the president&#8217;s trip.<p>The reports about the possible test come from the South Korean Defense Ministry, which says it has spotted several activities related to a possible nuclear test in Punggye-ri in North Korea.<p><strong>Jim Walsh</strong>, an expert on North Korea and international security, discusses this with <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now’</a>s</em> Jeremy Hobson.<p><h4>Guest</h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://web.m Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:56:53 +0000 editor 88746 at http://wamc.org 'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia http://wamc.org/post/stop-supporting-men-hiding-behind-masks-biden-tells-russia <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxZUI218HHc</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:07:59 +0000 Mark Memmott 88740 at http://wamc.org 'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia Anti-Semitism's Role In Crimea http://wamc.org/post/anti-semitisms-role-crimea <p>Did anti-Semitism play any role in the recent events in Ukraine, and Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region? Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 87172 at http://wamc.org Anti-Semitism's Role In Crimea U.S. Official: Beijing Preparing For 'Short, Sharp' War With Japan http://wamc.org/post/us-official-beijing-preparing-short-sharp-war-japan China is stepping up war games in preparation for a possible conflict with Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, a tiny island chain in the East China Sea claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo, a senior U.S. Navy official says.<p>Captain James Fanell, deputy chief of staff intelligence and information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, made the remark <a href="http://news.usni.org/2014/02/18/navy-official-china-training-short-sharp-war-japan">at a conference put on by the U.S. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:21:34 +0000 Scott Neuman 84352 at http://wamc.org U.S. Official: Beijing Preparing For 'Short, Sharp' War With Japan French President Angry Over Report On Love Life http://wamc.org/post/french-president-angry-over-report-love-life <div><p></p><p>French President Francois <font color="red">Hollande</font> is threatening legal action over a magazine report saying he is having a secret affair with a French actress.</p><p><font color="red">Hollande</font>, in a statement obtained by The Associated Press, says he "deeply deplores the attacks on respect for privacy, to which each citizen has a right."</p><p>It says he is weighing possible action, including via the courts. He did not address the alleged affair.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:11:45 +0000 Jaired Crofut 81581 at http://wamc.org French President Angry Over Report On Love Life Iraq Holding Off Offensive Against Al-Qaida http://wamc.org/post/iraq-holding-offensive-against-al-qaida <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Iraqi forces are holding off on an all-out offensive to retake two cities from al-Qaida.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Analysts warn that civilian casualties could incite Sunni anger and push moderate tribal leaders to side with the extremists.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Iraqi military officials say they have enough troops to recapture Fallujah and Ramadi, but they are waiting for additional shipments of U.S. drones and missiles.</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:58:49 +0000 Jaired Crofut 81580 at http://wamc.org Iraq Holding Off Offensive Against Al-Qaida SAfrica: 'Mistake' Made Hiring Mandela Interpreter http://wamc.org/post/safrica-mistake-made-hiring-mandela-interpreter <p></p><div><p>JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African deputy Cabinet minister says "a mistake happened" in the hiring of a sign language interpreter for the Nelson Mandela memorial service who experts say was signing gibberish on stage next to world leaders.</p><p>The Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities (Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu) said Thursday that government officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie&nbsp; but that they "have vanished into thin air."</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:36:14 +0000 Jaired Crofut 79676 at http://wamc.org SAfrica: 'Mistake' Made Hiring Mandela Interpreter