The Palestinians have been firing rockets at Israel for years, but the volleys had been confined to the sparsely populated south of the country. The attack directed at Jerusalem is seen as a powerful symbolic blow.
Musicians from all genres celebrated the thirteenth annual Latin Grammys Thursday night. Host Michel Martin speaks with Felix Contrearas and Jasmine Garsd, co-hosts of NPR's Alt.Latino podcast, about the big winners and some hidden gems, too.
Cross-border violence escalated between the Israeli military and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. But there's also a messaging war taking place on Twitter, with both sides live-tweeting their military operations. Host Michel Martin discusses the implications with NPR's senior strategist Andy Carvin and Greg Myre, NPR digital editor for international news.
"We are deeply sorry that this could happen," company spokeswoman Jeanette Skjelmose says. The Swedish furniture giant says some of its representatives were aware of what was happening. The work was done during the Cold War.
More rockets were fired at Israel from Hamas-controlled territory. Sirens are blaring in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, Israel has aimed airstrikes at more targets in Gaza. And Egypt's prime minister, on a visit to Gaza, said his country would "spare no effort ... to stop the aggression."
A Japanese spa resort has made quite a splash with a pool spiked with Beaujolais Nouveau — the first vintage of the season from the famous French wine region. The fresh and fruity drink is released the third Thursday of November. The spa near Mt. Fuji celebrated with wine in glasses as well.
Jordan's monarchy has largely dodged the waves of unrest that began with the Arab Spring. But this week, angry protestors flooded the streets after the king announced gas hikes to cover deficits caused by declining aid from Persian Gulf states. For the first time, there are cries to oust the king.
Residents across Israel's south tensely awaited the next round of hostilities Friday morning, as fighting between Israel and Gaza entered its third day. Thursday night, sirens warning of an impending rocket attack sounded in Tel Aviv for the first time in two decades.
When Egypt's prime minister visits the Gaza Strip, he's expected to express solidarity with the Palestinians. The area, controlled by Hamas, has been the source of rocket fire against Israel. Israeli officials have responded with airstrikes.
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