August 17th, 2011
09:20 AM ET

Riding with Afghanistan's security force

A new report released this week raised fresh doubts about a key aspect of the US strategy in Afghanistan: building the Afghan security force.  In Kabul, CNN's David Ariosto headed out on patrol with members of the force to get a first hand look at the training and patrolling effort.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Hot Spot Dispatch
July 1st, 2011
04:39 PM ET

Moroccans vote in watershed referendum

By Senior State Department Producer, Elise Labott

Today Moroccans voted in a referendum on new constitution which King Mohammed VI has promised will if approved usher in an era of greater freedoms.

I just returned from Morocco, where there is some reason to be hopeful that amid the uncertain course of the Arab Spring, there may be some blossoms of progress.

While I was there King Mohammed VI unveiled the new constitution, developed in coordination with a variety of political parties and civil society groups. The new, elected government that would result from this constitution would be accountable to parliament, have an independent judiciary and provide equal rights for women and minorities.
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July 1st, 2011
08:40 AM ET

Morocco referendum: what's at stake

CNN's Elise Labott reporting from Morocco on supporters and opponents of the constitutional reforms that go to a referendum Friday. Her full report

July 1st, 2011
08:28 AM ET

Moroccans vote on weakening King's powers

Moroccans began voting Friday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that would weaken the king's powers and boost those of the government. Full story here


Filed under: Hot Spot Dispatch • Morocco
June 8th, 2011
09:57 AM ET

UN Security Council takes up Syria as refugees flee

The U.N. Security Council is planning to tackle the Syrian crisis on Wednesday, an effort to grapple with nearly three months of anti-government demonstrations and a brutal regime crackdown against the protesters.

The 15-member body will be briefed by a U.N. official on the subject and huddle over a new proposed resolution on the situation in the country.

A recent French-British resolution failed to please Russia, one of the permanent members of the council, and some other members. As a result, diplomats have tweaked the resolution language to make the measure palatable to Russia and all members.

It was not clear precisely when a vote on the resolution would happen, though Britain and France have said they would like it to take place by Friday. FULL POST


Filed under: Diplomacy • Hot Spot Dispatch • Syria
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