Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 12 June 2014
In Iraq Islamic militants have seized a large parts of the country and arereported to be 70 miles from Baghdad. Government forces have stalled the militants' advance near Samarra, a city just north of Baghdad.
It’s a major shock to the government of Nouri al Malachi .... the Iraqi army effectively capitulated to the insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS.)
Joining Sean was Fawaz Gerges of the London School of Economics and Patrick Cockburn of the London Independent.
Starting next month, we will be hosting a regular book club here on the Today show.
We will be joined by a panel of readers to discuss a new novel every month, and we will also be visiting book clubs around the country to find out what you think of the book.
Joining Sean to announce our inaugural book club selection is author John Boyne.
After all the hype, the strikes, the protests and the bribes, the big day has finally arrived.
World Cup 2014 kicks off tonight with an opening ceremony and a marquee match tonight between Croatia and host country Brazil.
But is the country ready for the off?I
Sean was joined from Brazil now by sports journalist Ewen McKenna, and we’ll speak shortly with Irish soccer legend Ronnie Whelan.