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ABC News Crew Shot At in Eastern Ukraine

ABC News foreign correspondent Muhammad Lila and his team were shot at by a sniper, part of a group of armed gunmen near Mariupol, in Southeastern Ukraine not far from the Russian border. Lila documented the situation on Twitter. He says the 60, or so, gunmen had no identifying marks or insignias, which is typical, but “also no identifying call numbers/signs visible,” which he says is unusual.

Once the crew got to safety, Lila said he was reviewing the footage and captured the “exact moment” a sniper took his shot and the moments later as gunmen “come storming right at us.” Last week, a crew from CBS News was detained for several hours by pro-Russian militants. CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward talked about it on CBS This Morning Friday. Lila sent one more Tweet — a selfie — of the ABC News team following the shooting.

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The Ticker: Inside Iran, Fusion/Lauer, Romney

  • ABC News is presenting a series of “Inside Iran” reports on air and online this week. In his first reporting trip to Iran, Muhammad Lila is talking to people throughout the country about religious, cultural and political influences shaping their day-to-day lives. The reports will include a live blog and a Google Hangout from inside an Iranian classroom.

  • Mitt Romney, who has granted only a handful of interviews since the 2012 Presidential election, will appear on “Meet the Press” this week to talk about the Obamacare rollout.

Network Correspondents Converge On Syria And Surrounding Countries

All eyes are turning to Syria, as escalated rhetoric suggests that a U.S. attack could be imminent. Unlike Iraq, which saw correspondents reporting while embedded with U.S. troops or from the balcony of their hotels, it is not nearly as clear whether U.S. networks will have the same presence in Syria.

It seems as though the situation is fluid for pretty much every network, so things will likely change before any potential U.S. action. That said, some outlets have people in place inside Syria, while others are working on it. Interestingly, two U.S. networks (NBC and ABC) are relying on UK correspondents for reports out of Damascus.

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer arrived recently in Damascus (see photo to above), and is expected to be there for some time. She reported for the “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning.” NBC News’ Richard Engel reported from Syria earlier this week, and is currently on the Turkey/Syria border. ITN’s Bill Neely is in Damascus (NBC and ITN share some content and correspondents), and has been reporting there for NBC, and Ayman Mohyeldin is reporting from Beirut. ABC News has chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran and Middle East correspondent Alexander Marquardt reporting from Beruit, Lebanon, Muhammad Lila from Antakaya, Turkey, Matt Gutman from the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Molly Hunter from Jerusalem and the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen contributing to ABC News coverage from Damascus.

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ABC News Correspondent Caught In Crossfire Between Taliban And U.S./Afghan Forces

ABC News correspondent Muhammad Lila and his producer Matt McGarry found themselves caught in the crossfire between the Taliban and a team of U.S. and Afghan military troops. Lila and McGarry were embedded with the U.S. and Afghan troops when they came under fire. The full report will air on “ABC World News” and “Nightline” this evening.

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Nick Schifrin Moves to ABC News London

ABC News correspondent Nick Schifrin will move to ABC’s London bureau next month from his post covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. Schifrin joined ABC News 10 years ago as a desk editor and worked his way up to become a producer in New York before taking on his first overseas assignment in India.

Schifrin was the first Western journalist to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden last May, getting the first look inside bin Laden’s secret compound and the bedroom where Navy Seals took him out.

Muhammad Lila, who joined ABC News in January, will take over as the correspondent covering Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the surrounding region.

A note from ABC News president Ben Sherwood after the jump…

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New Global Hires at ABC News

Mark Greenblatt

ABC News has hired two new correspondents, brought back a third, and upped a fourth for posts around the world.

News president Ben Sherwood has hired Mark Greenblatt as a New York-based correspondent. Greenblatt joins from CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston where he was an investigative reporter. ABC is also bringing back into the fold Gloria Riviera, formerly a London correspondent who will now be based in Beijing. Riviera’s husband, former ABC Newsman Jim Sciutto just started his new job as chief of staff to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, (whose wife Mona Lee Locke, incidentally, is a former local TV news reporter).

ABC News has also hired Muhammad Lila from the CBC as the new Digital Correspondent for South Asia, based in Islamabad. And Kirit Radia, a one-time ABC News desk assistant who worked his way up to producing at the White House and State Department, has been named ABC’s new Digital Correspondent in Moscow.

Sherwood’s note after the jump…

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