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Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:47amWarplanes from the Saudi-led coalition struck the Yemeni cities of Aden and Ibb early today despite a claim by Riyadh that it had ended the military operation known as Operation Decisive Storm. Saudi Arabia and nine Arab allies began bombing Yemen on March 25. The United States provided intelligence and logistical support for the attacks and accelerated the sale of new weapons to its Gulf allies. Earlier this week, the United States deployed two additional warships off the coast of Yemen. The bombing began after Houthi rebels seized control of the capital Sana'a last year and deposed President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. On Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said the humanitarian situation in Yemen is "catastrophic." We speak to Toby Jones, associate professor of history and director of Middle Eastern studies at Rutgers University.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:14amProtests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray have entered their fifth day. The 27-year-old African-American man died Sunday from spinal injuries, one week after Baltimore police arrested him. His family and attorney say his voice box was crushed and his spine was "80 percent severed at his neck." A preliminary autopsy report showed Gray died of a spinal injury. Video shot by a bystander shows Gray screaming in apparent agony as police drag him to a van. Another witness said the police bent Gray like a pretzel. While the police union has described the protesters as a lynch mob, former Black Panther Eddie Conway says Gray is the one who was lynched. "There was a lynch mob. There is a body. There was a death without a trial, without a jury, without a sentence. There was an execution. That's lynching," Conway says. "They're blaming the victims. They're blaming people that suffered the lynching for protesting."
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00amYemen: Saudi-Led Strikes Continue amid "Catastrophic" Situation, Report: European Plan Would Deport Most Migrants, Chile: Thousands Evacuated as Volcano Erupts, Japan: Radioactive Drone Lands on Roof of Prime Minister's Office, Senate Set to Approve Loretta Lynch After Trafficking Bill Passes, Report: FCC Move Could Derail Comcast-Time Warner Merger, Senate Panel OKs TPP Fast Track Despite Creative Move by Sanders, McConnell Introduces Bill to Extend NSA Bulk Spying, Baltimore: Witness Says Police Bent Freddie Gray Like a Pretzel, Michael Brown's Family Sues City of Ferguson, California: Union to Shut Down Ports to Protest Police Brutality, Video: U.S. Marshal Smashes Woman's Phone as She Films Police, Clinton Foundation to Refile Tax Returns After Errors Revealed, Judge Approves NFL Head Injuries Settlement, South Carolina: Transgender Teen Wins DMV Settlement, Louisiana Governor Jindal: Firms Won't Deter "Religious Freedom" Bill, New York: Environmentalist Swims Polluted Gowanus Canal
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:49amAs we continue to mark Earth Day, we look at a new report that finds killings of environmental activists on the rise, with indigenous communities hardest hit. According to Global Witness, at least 116 environmentalists were killed last year -- more than two a week. Three-quarters of the deaths occurred in Central and South America. Just recently, three indigenous Tolupán leaders were gunned down during an anti-mining protest in northern Honduras, which has become the most dangerous country for environmental activists. We speak to Billy Kyte, campaigner for Global Witness and author of their new report, "How Many More?"
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:42amThe Asia 2015 Goldman Prize has been awarded to Myint Zaw, a Burmese journalist and activist who used photographs and art to organize protests against a dam on the Irrawaddy River that would have displaced 18,000 indigenous people and impacted millions more.