libya http://kut.org en Teacher Slain in Benghazi Has Austin Ties http://kut.org/post/teacher-slain-benghazi-has-austin-ties <p><strong>Update: Smith's Austin Church in Mourning; Listen to One of Smith's Sermons</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://austinstone.org/">Austin Stone Community Church</a> say they are grieving the loss of their friend Ronnie Smith, who was killed jogging in Benghazi, Libya this morning.&nbsp;</p><p>The church says Smith was preparing to fly home this month to spend time here over the Christmas holidays. Smith grew up in Detroit and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.</p><p>The church confirms Smith's wife and son were not in Libya when he was shot. The church says Smith remained in Libya to help his students with their midterm exams. Smith and his family moved to Libya in December 2011.</p><p>Several archives of Smith's sermons are housed on the community church website.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Below is one recording dated June 2010; in its beginning, he discusses a health scare his family faced just before their move to Austin.&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123419304&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:16:40 +0000 KUT Staff 9319 at http://kut.org Teacher Slain in Benghazi Has Austin Ties Obama, Clinton Receive Bodies of Americans Killed in Libya http://kut.org/post/obama-clinton-receive-bodies-americans-killed-libya In a somber ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland a short time ago, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received the bodies of the four Americans killed in an attack on the American consulate in Libya.<p>"They didn't simply embrace the American ideal they lived it," Obama said.<p>He said that the four dead — Ambassador Christopher Stevens, State Department information management officer Sean Smith and security personnel Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were both former SEALS — believed in the American diplomatic mission and they knew and accepted the danger that came Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:06:11 +0000 Eyder Peralta 5082 at http://kut.org Obama, Clinton Receive Bodies of Americans Killed in Libya Director of Anti-Islam Film Still a Mystery http://kut.org/post/director-anti-islam-film-still-mystery The past 24 hours have produced a few answers — but many more questions — about the anti-Islam film that became a flashpoint across North Africa and the Middle East this week.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/09/13/161050145/anti-islam-filmmaker-still-a-mystery">NPR's Carrie Kahn</a> reports on <em>Morning Edition</em> that <em>The Innocence of Muslims</em> was shot in Los Angeles County last August, under the title <em>Desert Warriors</em>. It's full of "choppy dialogue, bad acting and scenes of a buffoonish Muhammad," she says.<p>The head of the agency that coordinates filming in L.A. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:51:37 +0000 5072 at http://kut.org Security, Diplomacy A Difficult Balance for U.S. http://kut.org/post/security-diplomacy-difficult-balance-us The order to tighten security at all U.S. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:03:18 +0000 5070 at http://kut.org Security, Diplomacy A Difficult Balance for U.S.