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Situation in Syria: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee gets a closed-door briefing on the latest regarding the situation in Syria at 10 a.m. 

Chinese rights: U.S. Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner and Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for International Organizations and Conferences Chen Xu wrap up the second day of their annual U.S.-China human-rights dialogue in Washington. [Associated Press]

Making friends: The House Foreign Affairs panel on Europe and Eurasia holds a hearing on U.S. engagement in Central Asia, home to a booming energy sector and increased competition for influence with Russia and China. Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs Robert Blake will testify, along with several think-tank experts.

Combating global hunger: Reps. Sam FarrSamuel (Sam) Sharon FarrMedical marijuana supporters hopeful about government funding bill Marijuana advocates to give away free joints on Capitol Hill DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion MORE (D-Calif.), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and James McGovern (D-Mass.) partner with a U.S. affiliate of the U.N.'s World Food Program and several nonprofits to release a report on the “Roadmap to End Hunger” at a Capitol Hill reception this evening. The report outlines investments in emergency programs, safety nets, nutrition and especially agricultural development needed to boost U.S. leadership in the effort to end hunger worldwide.

Empowering women, Day 2: The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) hosts an International Women’s Economic Summit with its graduating class at the United States Institute of Peace. Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Overnight Finance: GOP celebrates as final tax vote nears | Senate expected to pass bill tonight | Why the House needs to vote again | Panel rejects Trump pick to head Ex-Im | All major banks pass Fed 'living will' test Trump congratulates House GOP on passing tax bill MORE (R-Wash.) and the Afghan and Rwandan ambassadors are scheduled to speak at lunchtime.

In other news

U.S. intelligence gaps are impeding efforts to support the rebels in Syria. [The Washington Post]

The violence in Iraq is spill-over from the sectarian tensions in Syria, the Iraqi government said. [The Wall Street Journal]

Gunmen attacked a NATO convoy in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing a driver in the first attack since the supply route to Afghanistan was reopened after a seven-month blockade. [The New York Times]

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