Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson en Kerry Awaits Response From Israel, Hamas On Proposed Cease-Fire <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit<img src=""/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 47221 at As Gaza Fighting Rages, West Bank Palestinians Can Only Watch At least three times a day, Imad Abudayyah, 49, fires up his laptop at the West Bank hotel where he's currently living with his 11-year-old son, Ghassan, to reach out to relatives in the Gaza Strip. Abudayyah says Skype is the only way they can see the family members they have left behind.<p>He is a Western-educated budget expert who is working with the Palestinian Authority on finance reform, a post that makes it easier for him to obtain an Israeli permit to come and go from Gaza. But even for Abudayyah, getting permission is tough these days. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 47031 at As Gaza Fighting Rages, West Bank Palestinians Can Only Watch Israelis Shaken Over Deaths Of Soldiers In one Jerusalem suburb, some Israelis wonder whether the ground invasion will achieve the results they are looking for. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 46876 at In Germany, A Case Against Another Alleged American Spy Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Here's a headline we've heard more than once in the last year. U.S.-German relations hit a new low. And they have again today. Germany's top prosecutor is investigating a German Defense Ministry employee who's accused of spying for the United States. And to complicate matters, this is the second espionage case in Germany in the last week. The first resulted in the arrest of an alleged German double agent. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 45951 at Germany's Battle Over What May Be Its Last Lenin Statue It's easy to miss the controversial bronze statue. It stands in front of a Soviet-style, high-rise apartment in the East German city of Schwerin.<p>Far removed from the ornate city center, this 13-foot-tall depiction of Vladimir Lenin has him looking relaxed. His hands are tucked in his coat pockets and he's gazing off into the distance.<p>But an angry message is scrawled in red paint across the sidewalk at his feet. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 45675 at Germany's Battle Over What May Be Its Last Lenin Statue Got Leftovers To Share? In Germany, There's A Website For That Child psychiatrist Vero Buschmann says she was looking for a way to get rid of leftovers without having to throw them away. At the same time, the Berlin resident wanted to meet new people.<p>She found a nonprofit website in Germany that allows her to do both. On a recent evening, her doorbell rings and she buzzes Franzi Zimmerman in to her fifth-floor apartment.<p>"I have a whole bunch of baked goods I just picked up from the baker," Buschmann tells her 29-year-old guest. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 45083 at Got Leftovers To Share? In Germany, There's A Website For That For German Fans In Berlin Beer Garden, National Pride Is No Problem Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Of course, today's match drew big crowds in both the United States and Germany. We first go to NPR Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson in Berlin, who joined scores of Germans at a beer garden to watch the game on three screens outside.<p>SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Most Germans are uncomfortable displaying national pride because they are sensitive about their country's notorious history. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 44954 at Chancellor's Tough Talk Against Russia Makes Germans Nervous Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene in Miami. Russia and Germany - it's a relationship that involves deep business ties and also a difficult shared history. The close bond might explain why German Chancellor Angela Merkel hesitated at first to take a harsh stance against Russia, when it swooped into Ukraine and annexed Crimea. But now Merkel is getting tougher on Russia, leading the charge for new sanctions. They'll be discussed when European leaders meet tomorrow in Brussels. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 44882 at Ultra-Nationalist Party Surges In Hungary Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>And the far right is poised to do well in Hungary's EU election tomorrow. Candidates blame the EU for many of that country's problems. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Budapest.<p>SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: To many Hungarians, a half-finished World War II monument next to a popular fountain in downtown Budapest highlights the extremist tenor of politics in this former East Bloc country.<p>The plan centerpieces a 25-foot statue of the German Imperial Eagle attacking the Archangel Gabriel. Sat, 24 May 2014 11:47:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 42236 at Ukraine's Oligarchs Still Entwine Business With Politics The leading candidate in Sunday's presidential election is an oligarch. And the interim government is turning to other oligarchs to help restore calm in some crisis-plagued provinces. Thu, 22 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 42009 at Eastern Ukraine Muddles Through Voting On Referendums Separatists in the eastern Ukraine regions of Donetsk and Luhansk asked voters to take part in an unauthorized referendum Sunday on whether to make their region independent. Sun, 11 May 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 41110 at On Victory Day, Fanfare In Crimea And Turmoil In Eastern Ukraine Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. President Vladimir Putin travelled to Crimea today to mark the anniversary of Russia's victory in the Second World War. It was his first time there since the peninsula was annexed by Russia. Fri, 09 May 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40985 at In Ukraine, Two Men Claim To Be The Leader Of Donetsk Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine say they are going ahead with an independence referendum on Sunday. The pro-Western government in the capital, Kiev, argues this vote would be illegal. And this all has many Ukrainians worried about what happens next. This next story shows how far apart the two sides are. Fri, 09 May 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40924 at Spurning Putin's Calls For Delay, Ukrainian Separatists Forge Ahead Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists have decided to go ahead with Sunday's referendum on independence. That's despite Russian President Vladimir Putin urging them yesterday to postpone that vote. Here's the self-declared governor in the eastern region of Donetsk earlier today.<p>VALERY BOLOTOV: (Foreign language spoken)<p>BLOCK: He says 100 percent of his supporters voted to proceed with the poll. Thu, 08 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40890 at Violent Protests Spread From Eastern Ukraine South To Odessa Tensions remain high in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine. Violence has led to the worst death toll since February, including more than 30 pro-Russian separatists who died in a building fire. Mon, 05 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40569 at Deaths And Downed Helicopters In Eastern Ukraine Offensive Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Clashes in Ukraine have left at least 30 people dead in the city of Odessa today. Pro-Kiev and pro-Moscow groups fought in the streets. One of the groups reportedly took refuge in a building that was set on fire amid the chaos. Many who died are said to have fallen or jumped from its windows. This violence in the south comes on the same day Ukrainian troops moved against pro-Moscow militants in the eastern part of the country. The Ukrainian troops were trying to reach a town where a group of European military observers are being held hostage. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40435 at For Separatists, Ballots Are On Their Way — But Plans Are Still Pending Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Pro-Russian separatists are tightening their grip on eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, Ukraine's interim president declared his troops helpless to stop them. And today, there was violence in Donetsk, where pro-Moscow militants stormed the prosecutor's office. In the eastern city of Luhansk, the self-proclaimed separatist governor says ballots are ready for a regional vote on independence to be held in 10 days. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40337 at Ukraine's Acting President: We've Lost Control Of East Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Ukraine's interim president says his military forces have lost control of the eastern part of the country. That declaration today came after masked separatists captured government offices in a key provincial capital. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is in the city of Donetsk in the east where separatists also wield control.<p>And Soraya, that sounds like quite a dramatic declaration from the Ukrainian president. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40244 at Marchers And Mayhem In Eastern Ukraine City Roiled By Protests Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THING CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The U.S. and the European Union hit Russia with more sanctions today on both individuals and companies for refusing to deescalate tensions in Ukraine. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40069 at Heated Words On Air Often Don't Match Events On Ground In Ukraine Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. The government in Kiev accused the Kremlin today of trying to start another world war. This comes as a team of unarmed military observers in Ukraine is said to have been detained by pro-Moscow militants. The group is made up of representatives from several European countries. They've been monitoring growing tensions in eastern Ukraine.<p>Other observers, though, have had more success visiting occupied buildings and checkpoints. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 39861 at