Have your coffee ready? Here are some stories we’re keeping a close eye on Friday.
Syria – Talks
— U.S., Russian negotiators work in Geneva; Kerry and Lavrov meet with U.N. envoy on possible peace conference
— Obama: Welcomes amir of Kuwait
Syria – Other
— Human Rights Watch accuses Assad regime and militias of mass killings in May that left 248 dead
India – Rape
— Four men sentenced to hang in New Delhi rape and murder of woman in Dec., 2012
— Authorities urge thousands around Boulder and Eldorado Springs to evacuate as rain keeps falling
— Death toll remains at three, but rescuers still struggling to get to some areas and some towns remain cut off
— California’s legislature passes a bill late Thursday to grant driver’s license to immigrants in country illegally
— A Second bill allows the undocumented to become lawyers in wake of Sergio Garcia case
— Three friends of Tamerlan Tsarnaev due to answer charges of helping him avoid arrest
Economy / Markets
— Top White House economic adviser Gene Sperling to leave in January and be replaced by Jeffrey Zients
Other News / Briefings
— Russia fire: 37 die in blaze at mental hospital in Novgorod
— Al Qaeda: leader Ayman al-Zawahri, in latest audio tape, urges small attacks to disable the U.S. economy.
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