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After Promising Military Aid, U.S. Sends Little To Syrian Rebels

Weeks have passed since President Obama promised aid to the Syrian rebels on a heightened scale, but there's been little evidence of such aid so far and most Americans remain opposed to a broader U.S. role in the conflict.

U.S. Wants Egypt To Have An Inclusive Political Transition

As the Obama administration slow-walks a decision on whether to call the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi a coup, which would lead to an aid cut off, U.S. officials are also in the awkward position of trying to encourage the Muslim Brotherhood to accept Morsi's ouster and return to the political process. President Obama has spoken by phone to the leader of Qatar, which had bankrolled the Morsi government. He's also been talking to Gulf leaders who were quick to step in to help Egypt after the Islamist government was toppled. The message to all is to back an inclusive and stable Egyptian system, though there are competing interests from regional players.

Report Finds Major Waste In Afghanistan Reconstruction

Reports from the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction show mind-numbing spending decisions on military facilities that will never be used. In addition there are details about multi-million dollar waste incinerators that are sitting idle — while troops continue to inhale unhealthy air from open burn pits. Robert Siegel talks to the special inspector general behind the reports, John Sopko, a former Capitol Hill counsel and organized crime prosecutor.
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Diplomacy and the Edward Snowden Case

NSA leaker Edward Snowden remains holed up in Moscow International Airport, weighing offers of asylum from several countries. We explore the diplomatic and legal issues around the case.


China Unveils Massive Building — With Fake Beach, Fake Sun

The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, China, boasts shopping malls, luxury hotels — even a Mediterranean village. Inside, you can fit 20 Sydney Opera Houses, four Vaticans and three Pentagons.

If Egypt's Political Crisis Looks Bad, Check Out The Economy

Egypt's new government must restore stability and security before it can tackle the bigger problems: unemployment, huge fuel and food subsidies, and an overly regulated private sector that has benefited from crony capitalism. But the challenges it faces are not uncommon in the wider Arab world.

Why We Aren't Assuming Snowden Is On That Jet To Havana

Seeing that an Aeroflot flight from Moscow was taking a very direct route to Cuba set off speculation. But it turns out that weather is a more likely reason for the path the plane is taking than the chance that the "NSA leaker" is on board.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Egypt's military government calls for the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders. President Barack Obama considers pulling all troops from Afghanistan after 2014. And the U.S. warns China on cyber theft. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


What Should The U.S. Be Doing In Egypt?

Many Egyptians see U.S. conspiracies everywhere in their country and demand that America leave Egypt alone. In the U.S., many pundits say the Obama administration is standing on the sidelines and needs to get more involved.

With President Morsi Out, Gulf States Open Their Checkbooks

In Egypt, many are hopeful that with the Islamist president out of power, stability will return — and so will foreign investment. Already, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are pumping billions into Egypt now that the Muslim Brotherhood is no longer in power. And miraculously, the fuel shortages and power cuts that were plaguing the nation seem to be gone.