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What we’re watching

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Here are some of the stories PBS NewsHour expects to develop throughout the day.

Latest on Syria

  • As experts debate whether the Syrian chemical weapons deal brokered between Russia and the United States will pan out, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria that “threat of force remains” if the regime doesn’t follow through.

  • Meanwhile, Syria’s Minister for National Reconciliation Ali Haidar told the Russian news agency RIA that the agreement was “an achievement of Russian diplomats and the Russian leadership” and “a victory for Syria won thanks to our Russian friends.”

More from Haidar via Reuters:

“We welcome this agreement. From one point of view, it will help Syrians exit the crisis, from another, it has prevented a war against Syria, having taken away the pretext for one from those who wanted to unleash (it)”

Costa Concordia will be righted

From Giglio Island in Italy, the Associated Press reports the final go-ahead has been given to right the partially-submerged Costa Concordia from waters off Tuscany, in what the news agency called a “make-or-break engineering feat that has never before been tried in such conditions.”

Reflecting on the 1963 16th Street church bombing

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street church in Birmingham, Alabama. Religion and Ethics Newsweekly on PBS has a video look at how the event stands out as “a witness to the violence and suffering of the civil rights era.”

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