India trip
7:15 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Maine Sen. Angus King Traveling to India Next Week

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Sen. Angus King will travel to India next week along with Democratic Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

King and Kaine will leave for the country on Monday and meet with senior Indian defense and foreign affairs officials as well as members of Parliament and others. They're scheduled to return the following Saturday.

They will visit New Delhi and Mumbai, where they will meet with Indian and American business leaders as well as honor the victims of the country's 2008 terror attacks.

12:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Maine Sen. King: Khorasan 'Very Serious Threat'

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King, who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the Khorasan group of al Qaeda is among the most dangerous of the radical organizations in the Middle East, and he says air strikes targeting them are warranted since they are targeting the U.S. and its allies.

"They are really focused on aircraft, and they are focused on building bombs that can be smuggled on aircraft through airport security," King says. "And, secondly, they are attracting foreign fighter with western passports."

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12:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Syria and Washington Politics — Hard to Agree

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford in an interview with the PBS NewsHour.

Robert S. Ford, who served 30 years in the U.S. Department of State and Peace Corps, addressed how domestic politics and U.S. strategy intersect in Syria in this talk delivered at the University of Maine.

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7:04 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Scots Reject Independence in Historic Vote

By Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, The Associated Press

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain's economic and political establishment, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who faced calls for his resignation if Scotland had broken away.

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Scotland independence vote
4:25 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

USM Professor in Scotland to Witness Historic Independence Vote

USM English Professor Nancy Gish.
Credit Courtesy University of Southern Maine

Tomorrow is an historic today for Great Britain, as the Scots vote on whether to become completely independent from the United Kingdom, ending a union that goes back more than 300 years. It's a debate which ought to be of particular interest to Mainers, says University of Southern Maine English Professor Nancy Gish, because as compared to other states, Maine has the highest percentage of inhabitants who claim Scottish ancestry. Gish is a devotee of Scottish literature, and has gone to Scotland to witness events.

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8:30 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Mitchell Calls for US to Mediate Peace Agreement in Middle East

As special U.S. Envoy to the Middle East, Sen. George Mitchell, left, meets with then-Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak at Hakirya, Tel Aviv, April 23, 2010.
Credit David Azagury / U.S. Embassy, via Creative Commons

Former Maine Sen. George Mitchell has made a new, public appeal for Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a peace agreement, and for the U.S. to play a mediator role. It came in a series of three Boston Globe essays published last week.  Mitchell says settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is part of a broader, political solution to the problem of radical Islamists, like those who've declared an "Islamic State" on land in Syria and Iraq.  And he says it's possible the current Mid East leaders could be the ones to strike a deal.

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10:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Asia: The Three Nots

Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation
Credit The Heritage Foundation

Dean Cheng brings detailed knowledge of China’s military and space capabilities to bear as The Heritage Foundation’s research fellow on Chinese political and security affairs. He specializes in China’s military and foreign policy, in particular its relationship with the rest of Asia and with the United States.

Cheng has written extensively on China’s military doctrine, technological implications of its space program and “dual use” issues associated with the communist nation’s industrial and scientific infrastructure.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Judge In Pistorius Trial Rules Out Murder

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius cries while the verdict is being read during his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, on Thursday.
Kim Ludbrook/Pool EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:35 am

Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee Olympian accused in the shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, has been acquitted of the most serious charge of premeditated murder.

But South African Judge Thokozile Masipa has yet to announce her final verdict in the jury-less trial, although she has hinted that culpable homicide would be a "competent verdict."

As tears streamed down Pistorius' face, Masipa told the court in Pretoria that the athlete did not plan to kill Steenkamp on the night he fatally shot her through a closed bathroom door.

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5:04 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Portland Kurds Closely Monitoring Clash with Islamic State

Mustafa Rostampour (from left), Reza Jalali and Ghomri Rostampour.
Tom Porter MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — A small group of Kurdish immigrants in Maine is closely monitoring violence and upheaval happening more than 5,000 miles away.

Fighters from the Kurdish Peshmerga are playing a frontline role in the fight against militants from the armed group Islamic State. Ethnic Kurds can be found mostly in four countries: Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq, and it's in Iraq where they have the closest thing to their own country in the Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, in northern Iraq.

And it's the KRG that's at the forefront of the war against the Islamic State.

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James Foley
2:58 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Mass to be Held in Remembrance of Slain Journalist

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) _ A mass in remembrance of journalist James Foley has been scheduled for Sunday in Rochester, New Hampshire.

The Foley family said a Holy Mass of  "Healing, Hope and for Peace'' is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary on 189 North Main St.

A memorial Mass will be held at the church for Foley on Oct. 18, on what would have been his 41st birthday.