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Week In The News: Ukrainian Invasion, Burger King Tax Trouble, A Gaza Ceasefire

War moves over Syria, Ukraine. Burger King moves to Canada. Nine-year-olds and Uzis. Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News, David Sanger of the New York Times and On Point’s own Jack Beatty on a busy week of headlines.

Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.  (AP)

Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation’s security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that “Russian forces have entered Ukraine,” as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP)

A hot news week for the end of summer.  And a president saying let’s calm down.  In Ukraine, US officials say maybe a thousand Russian troops now across the border.  Ukrainians say “full-scale invasion.”  In Syria, US air power now scoping potential ISIS targets for bombing.  But there’s no strategy yet, says President Obama.  And no US military path in Ukraine.  At home, a funeral for Michael Brown.  Burger King bolts for Canada.  A nine-year-old kills with an Uzi in Arizona.  An earthquake in Napa.  This hour On Point:  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Margaret Talev, White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. (@margarettalev)

David Sanger, national security correspondent for the New York Times. (@SangerNYT)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Accuses Russia of Invasion — “A senior official of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said that more than 1,000 Russian troops were fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, by far the largest such force ever reported by the Western alliance. But he stopped short of calling it an invasion, saying it represented an ‘incursion’ apparently aimed at preventing Kiev’s forces from defeating pro-Russian rebels, rather than a broader assault on Ukraine.”

Bloomberg News: Ebola Cases May Surpass 20,000, WHO Says in Updated Plan — “More than 20,000 people may be infected with Ebola before the outbreak in West Africa is controlled, and curbing the epidemic will cost at least $490 million, according to a World Health Organization plan.”

Los Angeles Times: Gaza truce holds as Israelis debate what was won and lost — “Under Tuesday’s accord, Hamas gained little beyond the terms of an Egyptian truce proposal that had been in place since the early weeks of the conflict. Under the cease-fire pact, material for reconstruction will be allowed into the territory, and fishermen will have access to a six-mile offshore zone. But the group’s demands for a seaport and an airport will have to wait for substantive negotiations set to begin in a month.”

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