FROM Greg Myre
The Newest Countries in the World Countries all around the world are watching Scotland’s independence vote closely -- some more closely than others. If the Scots decide to break away from the U.K., it could spur separatist movements from Spain to Canada to Turkey to... Texas?
Assassination Attempt Pushes Palestinians Closer to the Brink On the nineteenth anniversary of its organization, Hamas, which leads the Palestinian government, has accused the rival Fatah faction of trying to assassinate Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh. This following yesterday's seven-hour stand-off during which Israel refused to let the Prime Minister return to the Gaza Strip from Egypt after discovery of millions of dollars in cash which could be used for terrorist attacks.
Death Toll Rising in Gaza after Israeli Raid Israeli troops, tanks and helicopter gun-ships assaulted the northern Gaza Strip today to destroy rocket launchers that have struck Israel 300 times this year. Both Palestinian factions called the deaths of at least eight people a "massacre." We hear more about today's assault as well as response from Israeli and Palestinian officials.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.