Renee Montagne

Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: A judge in New Delhi has just delivered his guilty verdict for four men who raped and murdered a young woman on a city bus back in December. It was one of the most high profile cases in Indian history. The horrific crime stirred a national debate over the country's lax prosecution of crimes against women and became an international issue as well. We talk to NPR's Julie McCarthy who was at the courthouse. Good morning. JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: Good morning,...

In London, Prime Minister David Cameron had planned to get backing from Parliament Thursday – approving a possible military intervention. Instead, he's been forced to back down. The Labour Party announced it would vote against military action in Syria.

Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant is back in the news more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a series of meltdowns. New leaks found this week prompted regulators to consider raising the alert level there in Japan. NPR's science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel joined us to explain. Geoff, good morning. GEOFF BRUMFIEL, BYLINE: Good morning. MONTAGNE: Why raise the alert level? BRUMFIEL: First, I think it's worth just saying a few...

A UPS cargo plane crashed near the airport in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday morning. The pilot and co-pilot were both killed.

Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: So now the challenge for Major League Baseball: Winning back the trust of fans. The suspensions themselves were a start but there is a wrinkle because, as we've heard, Alex Rodriguez is appealing his 211-game ban. It means the narrative in baseball will continue to be about suspicions rather than the play on the field. Joining us now to talk about the league and its efforts is NPR's Mike Pesca. Good morning, Mike. MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello. MONTAGNE: This is...

Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Major League Baseball appears set to hand down suspensions to several players implicated in performance enhancing drug use. New York Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez is the biggest name by far on that list and he also faces the longest suspension. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us now for an update. Good morning. MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello. MONTAGNE: So what length of penalty does Alex Rodriguez face? PESCA: Well, from what we're hearing, and we're being told that this...

Transcript LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: And I'm Renee Montagne. Nineteen American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa are still closed this morning and will remain closed all week. That after U.S. intelligence picked up a threat of terrorist attacks by al-Qaida and its affiliates. Over the weekend, the State Department issued a travel alert to Americans warning of planned attacks. News of the...

Transcript DAVID GREENE, HOST: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: And I'm Renee Montagne. As of this morning, Panama still doesn't know quite what to do with that North Korean cargo ship its impounded. The ship was going through the Panama Canal on its way from Cuba to North Korea. And when Panamanian authorities looked inside under thousands of bags of Cuban sugar, they found parts for missiles, jets and radar systems. Here to help sort out this...

Transcript DAVID GREENE, HOST: The best players in major league baseball take the field tonight in New York. Fans voted for their favorites in the American and National Leagues. The All-Star game is an exhibition - or mostly an exhibition - and there is a real prize. The winner gets home-field advantage during the World Series. The game also offers a chance to check on how teams are doing midway through the season. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Here to talk all things baseball is NPR's Mike Pesca....

Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: In Syria's ally Iran, people are voting for president today. It is Iran's first presidential election since the stunning vote in 2009. Back then, a surprisingly early declaration of victory for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked a wave of protests, followed by years of government repression. This time around, six candidates are contending for power amid widespread skepticism about the election, and intensive security on the streets. MORNING EDITION's Steve...

Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: There are no big surprises in this morning's job report from the government. The unemployment rate increased slightly on moderate job growth. It met or slightly exceeded expectations. This is one of the most significant economic indicators we look at every month, and joining us to discuss the Labor Department's report is NPR's Yuki Noguchi. Good morning. YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Good morning. MONTAGNE: What can you tell us about these numbers? NOGUCHI: There were...

Transcript STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: All right, through much of this week, we've been hearing from young Afghans on the future of their country after NATO troops withdraw in 2014. Yesterday, our colleague Renee Montagne met with the American general who commands coalition forces in Afghanistan. They traveled to a special forces base where young Afghan men - and a few women - are being trained. (SOUNDBITE OF HELICOPTER) RENEE MONTAGNE, BYLINE: Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford was making what's called a...

Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne, in Kabul, Afghanistan. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: And I'm Steve Inskeep, in Washington, with David Greene. Renee's been in Afghanistan as the United States prepares to substantially draw down its presence in that country, which puts the focus on the Afghans who will try to run the country next. Renee's been reporting on a generation that's poised to take over: younger political and business leaders, a group...

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