The announcement, which was made on ABC, grants new legitimacy to the rebel coalition and marks a new phase in U.S. efforts against the Assad regime. Britain, France, Turkey and several Gulf Arab nations have already recognized the coalition as effectively being a government in exile.
Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Rageh Dardery, a spokesperson for the Foreign Relations Committee of the Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party, which is the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm. They discuss Egypt's current political crisis.
Battling cancer, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has for the first time named a successor — his vice president. The charismatic, socialist leader with aspirations of regional leadership is in Cuba undergoing a fourth round of surgery. Vice President Nicholas Maduro is a former bus driver who rose through the ranks of his union to national prominence. In an emotional speech, Chavez appealed to his countrymen to elect Maduro to the highest office when Chavez can no longer govern. Audie Cornish talks to Juan Forero.
Supporters and opponents of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi were on the streets of Cairo again on Tuesday, staging demonstrations in different parts of the capital. With the dueling camps separated, the chances of violence have decreased, but there was some early Tuesday in the city's iconic Tahrir Square. Morsi's opponents are demanding that he postpone a scheduled referendum on a draft constitution they see as flawed. But the president insists the vote will go ahead as scheduled on Saturday. Audie Cornish talks to Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
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