Ethnic killings and mass displacement of people are threatening to break the fragile peace agreement between the North and South in Sudan. Just three weeks before the South formally secedes from the North, violence in two border regions have raised fears about the outbreak of another bloody conflict in Sudan. Host Michel Martin speaks with Ambassador Princeton Lyman, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, about the recent outbreak of violence in the regions of Abyei and Kordofan and America's role in resolving the conflicts.
The U.S., the African Union and the United Nations are struggling to stop the violence in two border regions between North and South Sudan as mass killings and unrest are raising fears of another humanitarian crisis. Just three weeks before southern Sudan officially secedes from the North, some residents have been fleeing their homes by the thousands. To learn more about the unrest in Sudan, host Michel Martin speaks with
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the Senate floor this morning. He began his remarks with an update to his colleagues on the three miners who spent yesterday trapped in a Bell County coal mine due to rising flood waters. “Yesterday I came to the floor to report that there were several miners in Kentucky trapped in a mine as a result of floods,” he said. “I want to start today with an update on that situation. I’m happy to report that all three were rescued after spending 14 hours trapped in a Bell County coal mine. They were all reunited with their families last night, which is great news. Their families were waiting for them at the West Cumberland Baptist Church. We’re certainly glad that this particular story had a happy ending.”
After a recent trip to tornado-stricken Alabama to deliver supplies, a Hardin County mission group is planning to return. The group from New Horizon Baptist Church in Glendale took a tractor trailer full of food, housewares, bed linens, water and a variety of other needed supplies to Webster’s Chapel, Ala., and saw first hand the devastation the recent outbreak of tornadoes had on the area. The group will return to the area because of how many people are still without homes.
"Today, I am humbled to announce that after 25 years of service to our country, I am retiring from the United States Navy and leaving NASA, effective Oct. 1," Navy Capt. Mark Kelly just wrote on his Facebook page.
Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), adds that:
In any democracy, governments can lose power following a popular vote. But under the parliamentary system, governments can vote to strip themselves of power.
That's the dynamic behind Tuesday's confidence vote in Greece. In order to keep bailout money coming in from other European countries and avoid default, the Greek parliament has to approve an austerity package that includes tax increases, wage cuts and the sale of some $70 billion worth of government assets.