libya

Libya
3:16 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Teacher Slain in Benghazi Has Austin Ties

The International School Benghazi, photographed Dec. 5, 2013. Gunmen shot dead an American chemistry teacher working at the international school, medical and security sources said on Thursday.
Reuters/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

Update: Smith's Austin Church in Mourning; Listen to One of Smith's Sermons

The Austin Stone Community Church say they are grieving the loss of their friend Ronnie Smith, who was killed jogging in Benghazi, Libya this morning. 

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.

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.

Several archives of Smith's sermons are housed on the community church website. Below is one recording dated June 2010; in its beginning, he discusses a health scare his family faced just before their move to Austin. 

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Middle East
3:06 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Obama, Clinton Receive Bodies of Americans Killed in Libya

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton return to their seats after speaking during the transfer of remains of the four Americans killed in an attack this week in Benghazi, Libya.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 4:42 pm

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.

"They didn't simply embrace the American ideal they lived it," Obama said.

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Politics
9:51 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Director of Anti-Islam Film Still a Mystery

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 3:19 pm

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.

NPR's Carrie Kahn reports on Morning Edition that The Innocence of Muslims was shot in Los Angeles County last August, under the title Desert Warriors. It's full of "choppy dialogue, bad acting and scenes of a buffoonish Muhammad," she says.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Security, Diplomacy A Difficult Balance for U.S.

An armed police officer stood guard on a machine gun-mounted jeep outside the U.S. embassy in Manila, Philippines, amid warnings of a terrorist plot June 6, 2007.
Romeo Ranoco Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 10:07 am

The order to tighten security at all U.S. diplomatic posts around the globe following attacks in the Middle East may be necessary, but it will come at a cost.

There has been an enormous increase in security precautions at American embassies and consulates over the past 30 years, and the bubble that many diplomats now operate under makes it more difficult for them to interact with people in other countries, limiting their ability to gather information and promote the American "brand."

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