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4:04 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Syria Grants Rare But Scripted Glimpse To Western Journalists

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 6:53 pm

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Ahead of the Geneva talks, the Syrian government actually granted rare visas to a handful of Western journalists to enter Syria.

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen is one of those reporters. He's in the Syrian capital Damascus. I asked him what message the Syrian government is trying to convey.

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Middle East
4:04 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Syrian Government, Opposition Begin Peace Talks With 'Half Steps'

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 6:53 pm

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

After months in the making, Syrian peace talks began today in Geneva. Leaders from the Syrian government and the opposition met face-to-face today in the first ever direct negotiations between the two sides. The goal: to end the violence that's killed more than 100,000 people.

NPR's Deborah Amos is in Geneva, and she joins us to talk about the day's events. Hi, Deb.

DEBORAH AMOS, BYLINE: Hi.

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World
4:04 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Three Years After Uprising, Egypt Remains Deeply Divided

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 6:53 pm

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Kelly McEvers, in for Arun Rath.

Today marks the first time the two sides in the Syrian conflict have sat together for talks. Today also marks three years since a revolution ousted a dictator in Egypt. Since then, Egyptians have experienced the first free elections in decades, the toppling of an Islamist government and a resurgent military-led government.

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Mediator: 'Haven't Achieved Much' At Syrian Peace Talks

U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, center, arrives for a press briefing at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday.
Anja Niedringhaus AP

U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has acknowledged that the first day of face-to-face talks between representatives of Syria's government and the opposition coalition failed to yield anything in the way of results.

"We haven't achieved much," Brahimi said following the day's discussions. "But, we are continuing."

"The situation is very difficult and very, very complicated, and we are moving not in steps, but half-steps," he said.

The Associated Press described the talks, which are set to resume on Sunday, as "painstakingly choreographed."

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The Two-Way
2:33 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Nearly 30 Killed As Egypt Celebrates Revolution's Anniversary

Anti-military protesters run away from tear gas fired by riot police near the Ramsis square, downtown Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday.
Amru Salahuddien Xinhua/Landov

Thousands of Egyptians poured onto the streets to celebrate the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising that brought an end to President Hosni Mubarak's regime, but the festivities were marred by violence as security forces crushed counter-demonstrations aimed at the military.

At least 29 protesters were killed, according to health officials.

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