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In Southern Syria, Rebels Say U.S. Support Is Critical

After a string of defeats, Syrian rebels have scored rare victories around Dera'a, a key battlefront near Damascus. Rebel commanders say those gains could be lost without a dependable arms supply and promised U.S. aid. So far, those weapons haven't materialized.

Israel's Internal Battle Over Ultra-Orthodox Soldiers

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are exempt from military service in Israel, but a proposed law would change that. It would be a major social shift that is part of the larger question concerning the role of the ultra-Orthodox in Israeli society.

Sweeping Parts Of Southern Seas Could Become A Nature Preserve

Diplomats from 24 nations and the European Union are meeting in Germany next week to discuss creating a nature preserve that could be larger than three times the size of Texas. Stretches of water around Antarctica are relatively pristine and home to thriving ecosystems.

Why Doctors Oppose Force-Feeding Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

Doctors say a viral video demonstrating force-feeding helps expose the unethical treatment of Guantanamo detainees subjected to the procedure. Force-feeding is wrong, doctors say, because prisoners of sound mind have a right to refuse medical intervention, including nourishment.

Residents Search For Answers After Deadly Train Explosion

In Lac Megantic, Quebec, locals are waiting impatiently for answers following Saturday's train explosion that left 50 people dead. The provincial government in Quebec is blasting the railroad at the center of this disaster for responding too slowly — and requesting more aid from Canada's federal government to help the rural town rebuild.

Russia Convicts Dead Man Of Tax Evasion In Symbolic Case

A Moscow judge has found Sergei Magnitsky and his boss, investor William Browder, guilty of evading about $17 million in taxes. Trouble is, Magnitsky died in jail in 2009 and Browder is safe in Britain. The unusual exercise of trying a dead man seems to be an effort to rebut Browder's claims that Magnitsky was jailed in revenge for uncovering a $230 million tax fraud perpetrated by Russian officials. Magnitsky's supporters say he was beaten and mistreated during his year in pre-trial detention, and that he died from medical neglect.

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.