Friday News Roundup - International

Friday News Roundup - International

The United Kingdom closed its embassy in Syria as opposition forces retreated from Baba Amr in the face of an onslaught from government artillery and snipers; North Korea agreed to suspend nuclear testing in exchange for U.S. food aid; and Iran prepared for its first parliamentary elections since 2009. Shashank Bengali of McClatchy Newspapers, Elise Labott of CNN and Michael Hirsh of National Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Syrian forces took control of a rebel stronghold in the city of Homs. The government said it would allow relief workers into Homs today following a weeks-long siege. In Afghanistan two more American soldiers were killed over the Koran-burning incident that sparked outrage at the U.S. North Korea agreed to suspend its nuclear program in exchange for food aid. European leaders signed a new debt treaty. Voters in Iran headed to the polls today for parliamentary elections. And Russians go to the polls on Sunday to elect a president. Vladimir Putin is expected to win despite widespread protests against his rule. Shashank Bengali of McClatchy Newspapers, Elise Labott of CNN and Michael Hirsh of National Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Guests

Michael Hirsh

chief correspondent, National Journal magazine; author of "Capital Offense: How Washington's Wise Men Turned America's Future Over to Wall Street."

Elise Labott

CNN foreign affairs reporter.

Shashank Bengali

national security editor, McClatchy Newspapers.

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