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  • April 2, 2012  

    Met with heavy skepticism by U.S. officials, Syria’s government signaled Monday plans to stop fighting by next week, according to Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. Judy Woodruff, the University of Oklahoma’s Joshua Landis and Al Arabiya News Network’s Hisham Melhem discuss the possibility of peace in Syria. Continue reading

  • March 30, 2012  

    In other news Friday, the Obama administration is moving ahead with tough new sanctions on Iran, issuing a statement saying there was enough oil in world markets to allow countries to rely less on Iran’s supply. The U.S. also imposed sanctions against Syria, targeting three of the country’s top defense and security officials. Continue reading

  • March 29, 2012  

    Arab League leaders gathered in Baghdad for the first time in decades Thursday to attend a summit where U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to translate his commitments to peace into action. Margaret Warner reports and GlobalPost’s James Foley recounts the fighting in Saraqeb. Continue reading

  • March 29, 2012  

    President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday that Syria “will spare no effort” to make the peace plan proposed by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan “a success,” but said rebels must first cease their “terrorist acts.” Margaret Warner and NPR’s Kelly McEvers discuss the Syria debate at the Arab League summit in Baghdad. Continue reading

  • March 28, 2012  

    Israeli leaders say time is running short for diplomatic and non-military responses to Iran’s nuclear program. Margaret Warner asks experts and journalists how an Israeli military strike against Iran might be carried out and what the repercussions could be. Continue reading

  • March 27, 2012  

    Reports from Syria Tuesday suggested a possible breakthrough — that President Bashar al-Assad had accepted Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan amid new estimates by the U.N. that the death toll in the uprising had reached 9,000. John Ray of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

  • March 7, 2012  

    Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that plans for talks about its nuclear program were progressing at a meeting in Vienna — a sign of confidence prompted after the U.S., France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China agreed to Iran’s offer of a diplomatic initiative. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • March 7, 2012  

    President Obama said Tuesday he still hopes Iran’s nuclear threat could be resolved diplomatically. Jeffrey Brown explores potential diplomatic solutions to growing tensions between the U.S., Iran and Israel with the Brookings Institution’s Suzanne Maloney and The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Mehdi Khalaji. Continue reading

  • February 22, 2012  

    In other news Wednesday, a team from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency ended a two-day mission to Iran, but the delegation’s head said talks failed to yield any significant progress. Also, nearly 50 people were killed in Argentina when a commuter train crashed at a Buenos Aires station. Continue reading

  • February 16, 2012  

    While killings continue in Syria, the United Nations demanded change Thursday with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accusing the government of “crimes against humanity.” Also, a non-binding General Assembly resolution called for President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading