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Syria Peace Talks Take A Break

The Syria peace talks in Geneva adjourn with no breakthroughs or substantive signs of progress. But international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says there is some common ground between the government and its opponents, and he announced that the talks will resume on Feb. 10.

Assad Regime Slows In Handing Over Chemical Weapons

The U.S. and international monitors are expressing concern over delays in the the handover of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. Many experts now suspect that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime may be dragging its feet.

Afghan Security Agreement Is Still Unsigned — Who's At Fault?

Delays continue to beset a proposed bilateral security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan. The pact would govern U.S. troops if they remain in Afghanistan past 2014. Deadlines have come and gone, but still no agreement has been signed by the two parties. Now, the situation seems to have deepened into a political standoff between the Pentagon and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. To understand how it got to this point, Robert Siegel turns to Sean Carberry, reporting from Kabul, and Tom Bowman, NPR's Pentagon correspondent.
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John Rizzo: Thirty Years As The CIA's Lawyer

As one of the most prominent CIA lawyers in U.S. history, John Rizzo oversaw some of the agency's most controversial programs, from interrogation techniques that included waterboarding to targeted drone strikes. He joins Kojo to discuss his 30-year career with the American spy agency.


Honoring A Japanese-American Who Fought Against Internment Camps

On Thursday, Illinois and three other states are honoring Fred Korematsu, the late civil rights activist. Korematsu, a Japanese-American, was arrested for not relocating to an internment camp following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He challenged the arrest and his case was heard by the Supreme Court.

The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Syrian Opposition Group Treads New Territory In Geneva

The opposition group Syrian National Coalition took considerable heat from inside Syria when it decided to meet with government representatives at the Geneva peace talks. But after several days, coalition members say they're pleased to find their star is rising among Syrians. The talks have also been a kind of trial by fire for the coalition, which says its ability to make its case is improving daily. Syrians also seem fascinated to see government officials caught in face-to-face confrontations with the opposition.

Is The U.S. Leaving A Leadership Void In The Middle East?

Robert Siegel explores the question with NPR's Michele Kelemen and Deb Amos, of whether the United States is disengaging diplomatically from the Middle East and whether that's creating a power void.