Friday News Roundup - International

Friday News Roundup - International

Secretary of State Kerry pledges new aid for the Syrian opposition. Iran and Western powers set the stage for nuclear negotiations. And Pope Benedict steps down. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Secretary of State Kerry announced a plan to provide the Free Syrian Army with food and medical supplies. The U.S. will also more than double humanitarian aid for rebel-controlled areas. But the administration's first public commitment of support for the armed opposition fell short of their request for weapons. Nuclear talks between six world powers and Iran ended with only an agreement to hold further meetings this spring. Pope Benedict officially entered retirement. And Italy's inconclusive election reignited fears about the European Union's debt crisis. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Guests

Moises Naim

chief international columnist for El Pais and author of the forthcoming book, "The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What It Used to Be."

Courtney Kube

national security producer for NBC News.

Mark Landler

current White House correspondent and former diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times.

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