Mark Memmott http://ualrpublicradio.org en Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Move http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/israel-halts-peace-talks-after-palestinian-unity-move One day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was calling off his side's participation in the next session of peace talks with Palestinian leaders, Israel's Cabinet has endorsed that decision and "unanimously decided to cut off contacts," <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/israeli-fm-lashes-out-palestinian-unity-deal" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>.<p>The impetus, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/23/306149843/after-bitter-split-palestinian-factions-pledge-to-reconcile" target="_blank">as we reported on Wednesday</a>, is the announceme Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:23:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22268 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Saddened Students Return To Ferry Disaster Victims' School http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/saddened-students-return-ferry-disaster-victims-school Students at Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, began the difficult process of resuming classes on Thursday, eight days after <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">a ferry disaster</a> claimed the lives of more than 200 of their classmates.<p><a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2014/04/24/72/0302000000AEN20140424004451315F.html" target="_blank">According to South Korea's Yonhap News</a>, the seniors (or third-year year students):<p><blockquote><p>"Made way ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22262 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Saddened Students Return To Ferry Disaster Victims' School Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/jobless-claims-bounce-earlier-weeks-low-levels After <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304065214/jobless-claims-stay-near-7-year-low" target="_blank">two straight weeks</a> in which the figures tracked near their lowest levels in seven years, the number of first-time applications for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week.<p><a href="http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf" target="_blank">The Employment and Training Administration says</a> there were 329,000 such claims filed, up by 24,000 from the previous week's slightly revised figure.<p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/24/us-usa-economy-idUSBREA Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22257 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels Stowaway Teen's Father Was Shocked To Hear Son Was In Hawaii http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/stowaway-teens-father-was-shocked-hear-son-was-hawaii The father of a teen who last weekend survived a 5 1/2-hour flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger jet says:<p><blockquote><p>"When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy."<p></blockquote><p>Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi also <a href="http://www.voanews.com/content/voa-exclusive-teen-stowaways-father-says-allah-protected-his-son/1899731.html" target="_blank">tells Voice of America's Somali service</a> that he was confused at first when police from Hawaii called on Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:39:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22258 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Stowaway Teen's Father Was Shocked To Hear Son Was In Hawaii No Breakthrough: 'Object Of Interest' Isn't From Missing Jet http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/no-breakthrough-object-interest-isnt-missing-jet A large piece of metal found earlier this week on the coast of western Australia, which investigators had called an "object of interest" in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the 239 people who were on board, is apparently not connected to the missing jet.<p><a href="http://www.jacc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/april/mr036.aspx" target="_blank">The Australian Transport Safety Bureau reports</a> that "after examining detailed photographs of material washed ashore 10 kilometers east of Augusta, it is satisfied it is not a lead in relation to the search."<p>So, the "weeks of false lead Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:33:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22255 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Three Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/three-americans-dead-after-shooting-kabul-hospital <h6>This post is being updated.</h6><p>Three American citizens were killed Thursday at a Christian organization's hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, when an Afghan security guard opened fire. Another American citizen was reportedly wounded.<p>One of those killed was an experienced pediatrician from Chicago who had been working at the hospital for seven years, according to media reports. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:49:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22254 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Three Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital 7 Weeks Before World Cup, Rio Is Rocked By Riot http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/seven-weeks-world-cup-rio-rocked-riot "A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone," <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_BRAZIL_RIO_VIOLENCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>.<p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/22/world/americas/brazil-rio-copacabana-protests/" target="_blank">CNN says that</a> "residents from the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela took to the streets of Copaca Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22203 at http://ualrpublicradio.org 7 Weeks Before World Cup, Rio Is Rocked By Riot Government Will Try To Persuade Sherpas To Stay On Everest http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/government-will-try-convince-sherpas-stay-everest The news from high up the world's tallest mountain continues to be confusing, with some reports implying that a boycott by Sherpas means there will be no climbs to the summit this year and others indicating that there will still be attempts to reach the top.<p>Based on what we can glean from various news accounts, it appears that some expeditions have indeed canceled their climbs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:08:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22200 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Government Will Try To Persuade Sherpas To Stay On Everest Death Toll Rises, Hopes Fade At Site Of Korean Ferry Disaster http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/death-toll-rises-hopes-fade-site-korean-ferry-disaster The already slim hope that anyone might still be alive aboard the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">South Korean ferry that sunk a week ago</a> was all but extinguished Wednesday with the news that divers have found no air pockets in key areas of the ship.<p>That word came as the number of bodies recovered from the Sewol edged above 150. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22198 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Death Toll Rises, Hopes Fade At Site Of Korean Ferry Disaster Stowaway Teen May Have Been Trying To Reunite With His Mom http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/stowaway-teen-may-have-been-trying-reunite-his-mom The latest word about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/22/305824651/wheel-well-stowaway-was-runaway-kid-with-a-bad-idea" target="_blank">teenager who survived a ride Sunday from California to Hawaii</a> in the frigid wheel well of a jet is that he may have hoped to eventually get to Somalia to be with his mother.<p>Because he's a juvenile, authorities and news outlets have not named the teen. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22195 at http://ualrpublicradio.org