Not forgotten: Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) keeps the spotlight on Jacob Ostreicher, the American imprisoned in Bolivia, with another hearing of his House Foreign Affairs Committee panel on human rights. Smith even took the highly unusual step of visiting Ostreicher in jail last month and accompanying him to court.
In other news:
Iran has allowed the Taliban to open an office in the country and discussed furnishing it with surface-to-air missiles. [The Wall Street Journal]
More than half of India's population lost power this week in the largest blackout in history. [The New York Times]
The U.S. has given a Washington-based group clearance to provide direct financial assistance to the Syrian rebels. [Al Monitor]
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