Friday's global agenda: Rebel opposition in disarray ahead of international talks on Syria

Trade, not aid: The International Monetary Fund opens a conference today on whether to give Malawi an extra $157 million as the southeastern African country seeks to wean itself off U.S. and other foreign aid. [The Wall Street Journal]

In other news

China is imposing massive restrictions ahead of its once-in-a-decade power change during the 18th Party Congress, which starts next Thursdsay. [The New York Times]

The UN is accusing Syria's rebels of war crimes. [BBC]

The defense minister's ensnarement in a corruption probe is fueling speculation in Russia. [The Washington Post]

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