Scott Neuman

Scott Neuman works as a Digital News writer and editor, handling breaking news and feature stories for NPR.org. Occasionally he can be heard on-air reporting on stories for Newscasts and has done several radio features since he joined NPR in April 2007, as an editor on the Continuous News Desk.

Neuman brings to NPR years of experience as an editor and reporter at a variety of news organizations and based all over the world. For three years in Bangkok, Thailand, he served as an Associated Press Asia-Pacific desk editor. From 2000-2004, Neuman worked as a Hong Kong-based Asia editor and correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He spent the previous two years as the international desk editor at the AP, while living in New York.

As the United Press International's New Delhi-based correspondent and bureau chief, Neuman covered South Asia from 1995-1997. He worked for two years before that as a freelance radio reporter in India, filing stories for NPR, PRI and the Canadian Broadcasting System. In 1991, Neuman was a reporter at NPR Member station WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL. He started his career working for two years as the operations director and classical music host at NPR member station WNIU/WNIJ in DeKalb/Rockford, IL.

Reporting from Pakistan immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Neuman was part of the team that earned the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Wall Street Journal for overall coverage of 9/11 and the aftermath. Neuman shared in several awards won by AP for coverage of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

A graduate from Purdue University, Neuman earned a Bachelor's degree in communications and electronic journalism.

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11:47am

Fri March 20, 2015
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Nigeria's President Hopes To Push Back Boko Haram In A Month

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:05 pm

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during the inauguration ceremony of the 750 megawatt power station in the southwestern Ogun state, Nigeria, last month. In an interview with the BBC Friday, he said he hopes to retake all territory seized by Boko Haram within a month.
Jiang Xintong Xinhua/Landov

Speaking a week before he faces voters, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says he hopes that all the territory in the country's north that has been seized by Boko Haram extremists can be "retaken in a month" after a string of victories for government troops.

"I'm very hopeful that it will not take us more than a month to recover the old territories," Jonathan told the BBC. "They are getting weaker and weaker by the day."

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10:28am

Fri March 20, 2015
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Solar Eclipse Wows Parts Of Europe, Middle East And Russia

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 4:05 pm

A drone flies in the foreground of the partial solar eclipse in Vienna, Austria.
Joe Klamar AFP/Getty Images

People throughout Europe, as well as parts of the Middle East, Russia, Africa, Asia and South America, got a stunning view of a partial solar eclipse Friday. A very few lucky ones at sea and in the high Arctic caught a glimpse of the same event as a total eclipse, as the moon passed in front of the sun.

Sky and Telescope magazine wrote earlier this month:

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9:12am

Fri March 20, 2015
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Scores Killed In Mosque Attacks In Yemen

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 5:53 pm

A wounded girl reacts as she is carried by a man out of a mosque that was attacked by a suicide bomber in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday.
Khaled Abdullah Reuters/Landov

Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET

Suicide bombers in Yemen attacked two mosques during Friday prayers in the capital, Sanaa, killing at least 137 people and wounding hundreds more.

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6:05pm

Thu March 19, 2015
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Australia Taking Over Local Government On Tiny, Bankrupt Island

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:47 am

The old government buildings and remains of the penal colony in Kingston, the capital of Norfolk Island, located about 1,000 miles northeast of Sydney, in a photo taken in 2006.
Reuters/Landov

Australia has announced that it is revoking self-government on tiny Norfolk Island, where ancestors of the original HMS Bounty mutineers settled in the mid-19th century.

The move was announced after it became clear that the island, a former penal colony with just 1,800 inhabitants, was facing bankruptcy.

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3:42pm

Thu March 19, 2015
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Netanyahu Says A Palestinian State Is 'Unachievable' Today

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:55 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington earlier this month. In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, Netanyahu said a separate Palestinian state is unachievable "under the present circumstances."
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fresh from victory in parliamentary elections this week, says he wants to clarify remarks he made on the campaign trail that appeared to write off any possibility of a Palestinian state on his watch.

"What I said was that under the present circumstances, today, it is unachievable," Netanyahu says in an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep to be aired Friday. "I said that the conditions have to change."

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10:54am

Thu March 19, 2015
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Japan, China Hold Security Talks, Hoping To Defuse Tensions

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 12:06 pm

Liu Jianchao (second right), China's assistant foreign minister, shakes hands with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama (second left) during a meeting in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.
Liu Tan Xinhua/Landov

China and Japan have agreed to set up a "maritime communications hotline" as a means of defusing tense naval standoffs as vessels from both sides patrol in waters near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea.

The issue is part of a broader security meeting – the first between Beijing and Tokyo since 2011. It comes as relations between the two countries — still marred by Japanese aggression in World War II – slowly improve, according to officials.

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9:38am

Thu March 19, 2015
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Thai Court Charges Ex-Premier Yingluck With Negligence

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 12:05 pm

The Office of the Attorney-General of Thailand holds a news conference on Thursday about the Supreme Court's decision to accept a criminal charge against Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Li Mangmang Xinhua/Landov

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will stand trial for her role overseeing a populist rice-subsidy program that was mishandled, costing the government billions of dollars.

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4:38pm

Sun March 8, 2015
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Selma Gathering Re-Enacts March Across 'Bloody Sunday' Bridge

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 6:35 pm

Mercedes Binns, who has been to Selma 17 times because of its civil rights history, walks on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, on Sunday in Selma, Ala.
Bill Frakes AP

Updated at 6:30 p.m. EDT

A day after President Obama spoke in Selma, Ala., to mark the 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' — a police crackdown on the 1965 voting rights march — tens of thousands of people gathered to trace the footsteps of the original protesters who were met by state troopers firing tear-gas and swinging truncheons at the foot of the Edmund Pettus bridge.

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3:25pm

Sun March 8, 2015
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What Was This Man Doing On The Roof Of The British Parliament?

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 4:04 pm

A trespasser stands and walks along the roof at House of Commons early Sunday morning in London. The unidentified man was taken into custody after spending about eight hours wandering around the roof of the Palace of Westminster.
Keith Hewitt Getty Images

A 23-year-old man whom police have not identified was arrested early Sunday in London after spending the night wandering around on the roof of the British parliament building.

The man was on the top of the Palace of Westminster, where both houses of Britain's parliament meet, for about eight hours, reports said. He was carrying no signs or banners and appeared to have no political agenda.

The U.K.'s Sunday Express reports:

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12:35pm

Sun March 8, 2015
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Thousands In Israel Gather In Anti-Netanyahu Rally

People shout slogans during a rally in Rabin's square in Tel Aviv, Israel, late Saturday.
Ariel Schalit AP

Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv to call for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ouster in upcoming parliamentary elections.

As NPR's Emily Harris reports, the gathering did not endorse a specific alternative: "Many of the Israelis filling Rabin Square in central Tel Aviv Saturday night said they didn't know who they were going to vote for. But most ... were against Netanyahu."

The Associated Press calls the rally "the highest profile demonstration yet in the run-up to the election."

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9:47am

Sun March 8, 2015
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MH370 Had Expired Battery On Black Box 'Pinger,' Report Says

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 10:54 am

About 30 people believed to be relatives of Chinese passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that went missing a year ago, protest near the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing on Sunday.
Kyodo/Landov

An interim report released on the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 shows that the battery for the locator beacon on the Boeing 777's so-called black box was more than a year out of date at the time the plane loast contact with ground controllers over the Gulf of Thailand.

"According to maintenance records, the SSFDR ULB battery expired in December 2012," the 584-page report said (see below). "There is no evidence to suggest that the SSFDR ULB battery had been replaced before the expiry date."

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8:38am

Sun March 8, 2015
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More Arrests In Killing Of Russian Opposition Leader

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 1:47 pm

Police escort the suspects in the killing of Boris Nemtsov into a court house in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday. A total of five people have been arrested over the weekend in connection with the killing of the fierce opponent of President Vladimir Putin.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

A day after announcing the arrest of two suspects in the killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, investigators said three more individuals had been detained and that at least two of them are being arraigned in a court in Moscow.

NPR's Corey Flintoff reports that authorities are revealing few details about the case.

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5:04pm

Sat March 7, 2015
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Boko Haram Reportedly Swears Allegiance To The Islamic State

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 2:14 pm

Nigeria's Boko Haram has reportedly announced formal allegiance with the self-declared Islamic State, according to an English-language translation of an Arabic message posted to Twitter.

"We announce our allegiance to the Caliph ... and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease," according to a translation of a message purporting to be by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. "We call upon Muslims everywhere to pledge allegiance to the Caliph."

It was not immediately clear if the message was a video or audio only.

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4:08pm

Sat March 7, 2015
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Obama: 50 Years After 'Bloody Sunday,' March Is Not Yet Over

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 4:36 pm

President Obama speaks near the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., on Saturday, to mark the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march.
Gerald Herbert AP

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET

President Obama, speaking in Selma, Ala., at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march that witnessed hundreds of demonstrators attacked and beaten by police, said the nation was much closer to racial equality, but that the march is not over yet.

"There are places, and moments in America where this nation's destiny has been decided," the president said at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where Alabama state troopers converged on protesters on March 7, 1965.

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12:23pm

Sat March 7, 2015
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This Just (Flew) In: The Formerly 'Extinct' Jerdon's Babbler

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 1:14 pm

Birders and scientists who thought Jerdon's babbler had gone the way of the passenger pigeon now have something to crow about: it turns out that the sparrow-sized tan-colored bird is still among us, despite having been written out of the birding guides in 1941.

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10:38am

Sat March 7, 2015
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Protests After Police In Wis. Kill Unarmed 19-Year-Old Black Suspect

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 6:35 pm

Protesters from the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition marched toward the scene of Saturday's shooting.
Galen Druke Wisconsin Public Radio

Updated at 4:00 p.m. ET

A fatal police shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old black man in Madison, Wis., following what officials say was an altercation with an officer, has sparked outrage among some in the community, who turned out to protest the killing.

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9:03am

Sat March 7, 2015
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Malaysian Official: Search For MH370 To Continue Through May

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 7:37 am

Sgt. Trent Wyatt, a crew member of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion, looks out in the search for MH370 over the Indian Ocean in April of last year. A Malaysian official says the search will continue through the end of May 2015, but if nothing is found, it is "back to the drawing board."
Richard Wainwright AP

The undersea search for wreckage from MH370, the airliner that disappeared over Asian waters a year ago, will go on through the end of May, Malaysia's transport minister says. But, if nothing turns up by then, the effort to learn the fate of the Boeing 777 goes "back to the drawing board," he says.

Speaking on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the plane's disappearance on March 8, 2014, Liow Tiong told reporters in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur: "By the end of May, if we still can't find the plane, then we will have to go back to the drawing board."

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8:08am

Sat March 7, 2015
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Russia Arrests 2 In Connection With Nemtsov Murder

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:35 am

A portrait of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov and flowers photographed on Friday at the site where he was killed on February 27, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background.
Maxim Shemetov Reuters/Landov

Two suspects are in custody in connection with last week's murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on a Moscow street, but it is not clear whether either of the detained are alleged to have fired the fatal shots.

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5:28pm

Fri March 6, 2015
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Snowden: Asylum In Switzerland A 'Great Political Option'

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:29 pm

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden appears on a live video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by the ACLU Hawaii in Honolulu on Feb. 14.
Marco Garcia AP

Edward Snowden wants Switzerland to grant him asylum.

The NSA leaker made the remark as he spoke to an audience in Geneva via a video link from Moscow, where he has been living in exile to avoid U.S. prosecution on espionage charges.

"I would love to return to Switzerland, some of my favorite memories are from Geneva. It's a wonderful place," Snowden told the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, where the Oscar-winning documentary about his case, Citizenfour, was screened.

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3:33pm

Fri March 6, 2015
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North Korean Diplomat Stopped In Bangladesh With $1.4 Million In Gold

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:23 pm

Customs authorities in Bangladesh would like to know what a top North Korean diplomat was doing with $1.4 million in gold in his luggage as he arrived on a flight from Singapore to Dhaka.

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2:19pm

Fri March 6, 2015
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DOJ Indicts 3 Men Accused Of 'Largest Data Breach In History'

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:16 pm

Three men, two from Vietnam and one from Canada, who allegedly participated in a scheme to harvest a billion email addresses have been charged in what the Department of Justice describes as the largest data breach in the history of the Internet.

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12:58pm

Fri March 6, 2015
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FDA Approves First Of New Type Of Generic Drugs

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 4:40 pm

Swiss drugmaker Novartis' logo is seen behind scaffolding at the company's plant in the northern Swiss town of Stein, shown in January. The company's "biosimilar" drug Zarxio has received FDA approval.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters/Landov

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first in a class of generic drugs that are made from living cells instead of chemical compounds.

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11:56am

Fri March 6, 2015
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Tajik Opposition Leader Shot Dead In Istanbul

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:27 pm

Umarali Kuvatov, an outspoken critic of Tajikistan's autocratic president, was killed by a single shot to the head on a street in Istanbul, where he had been living in exile, according to Turkish media reports.

Kuvatov, 47, a businessman turned government opponent, was head of the Group 24 opposition movement. He had accused Tajik President Emomali Rahmon of corruption and nepotism.

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8:52am

Fri March 6, 2015
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Nearly 300K New Jobs In February; Unemployment Dips To 5.5 Percent

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:41 am

Job applicant Rafael Ferrer, 49, (left) greets a representative of the Hilton Bentley Miami Beach hotel during a job fair at the Hospitality Institute in January.
Lynne Sladky AP

The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department's monthly survey, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent. The latest strong data beat expectations and follow a robust jump the previous month — a sign that the nation's economy is finally picking up steam.

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4:01pm

Thu March 5, 2015
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Thousands Reportedly Flee Battle In Tikrit

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:49 pm

A Shiite fighter sits on a military vehicle in the town of Hamrin in Salahuddin province on Thursday.
Reuters/Landov

Thousands of refugees have fled fighting in Tikrit, according to the U.N., as Iraqi forces backed by Shiite militias and Kurdish peshmerga battle to expel extremists from the self-declared Islamic State from the city.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that ISIS militants have set fire to oil wells in Iraq's north in an effort to slow government forces.

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1:24pm

Thu March 5, 2015
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Ringling Bros. Says No More Circus Elephants By 2018

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 2:45 pm

Elephant acts at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be phased out by 2018, the circus' parent company said today. The elephants will retire to a conservation center in Polk City, Fla.
Tamika Moore AL.com/Landov

What's the "Greatest Show On Earth" without elephants? Starting in 2018, anyone attending the iconic Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus act will find out.

Citing public concern about the elephants and how they are treated, the circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment, announced today that it would phase out use of the animals in its shows within three years.

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12:01pm

Thu March 5, 2015
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Plane Skids Off Runway At New York's LaGuardia; 6 Injured

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 3:35 pm

A Delta jet which skidded off the runway at LaGuardia airport is attended by emergency personnel in New York City, on Thursday.
Reuters/Landov

Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET

A Delta flight carrying 130 passengers and crew skidded off a snow-covered runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, slamming through a fence on the side of the tarmac. Six people were hurt, an official says.

Authorities initially reported no injuries from the accident. Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo later said that six people had been injured, but that none of the injuries was life-threatening.

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10:02am

Thu March 5, 2015
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Winter's Final Punch? Forecasters Say Maybe

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 7:01 pm

Snow begins to fall Thursday morning along the National Mall, in Washington, D.C. The federal government closed its offices because of a new round of winter weather.
Andrew Harnik AP

Tired of winter? It could be the season's last gasp or just wishful thinking: an area ranging all the way from Texas to the Mid-Atlantic was under a weather alert, with as much as 10 inches of new snow possible in the northern reaches.

The Weather Channel says:

"All told, roughly 83 million people were under some kind of warning or advisory for winter weather.

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8:22am

Thu March 5, 2015
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North Korea: Attack On U.S. Ambassador Is 'Deserved Punishment'

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 1:27 pm

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Seoul, South Korea, after the attack.
Yonhap EPA/Landov

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET

North Korea is calling an attack on U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert by a knife-wielding political activist "deserved punishment" for America's joint military exercises with Seoul. Meanwhile, Lippert, who has received stitches to his face and undergone surgery on his arm after the assault, says he is "doing well."

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4:41pm

Sun March 1, 2015
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Kerry Tries To Calm Tensions Over Netanyahu Visit

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Secretary of State John Kerry, apparently hoping to patch a rift sparked by GOP lawmakers' decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without first consulting the White House, says the administration doesn't want the speech to become a political football.

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