Mohamed Fahmy is a producer with Al Jazeera English and his job has landed him in jail. His crime: speaking to Muslim Brotherhood members. Since the ouster of President Morsi, opposition channels have been shuttered, and according to the committee to protect journalists, security forces have been given free rein to target anyone viewed as sympathetic to the Brotherhood.
A long delayed Syrian peace conference is to begin in Switzerland on Wednesday. In 2012, Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart issued a joint call for talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to reach agreement on a transitional government with "full executive authority." For the U.S., that means Syria's president would be out of power. But the Russians don't see it that way, arguing only the Syrian people can decide on their leader.
New urban waterways are making a come back. Cincinnati is following the lead of Seattle, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and other cities by bringing back a buried stream that has been underground for a century. Uncovering these streams have environmental and economic benefits.
President Obama has a couple tools at his disposal that let him bypass congressional approval — and he's using them to advance his economic agenda. The administration says the president is still willing to work with Congress, but some on Capitol Hill are taking issue with the executive tactic.
Three-time Olympic skier Kris Freeman has had a successful career filled with challenges; first and foremost managing diabetes while becoming an elite competitor in a physically taxing sport. But this past year, Freeman encountered another obstacle when his relationship with the national ski team abruptly ended.
Attacks on undocumented day workers have frustrated police agencies for years. Workers carry wads of cash and rarely report the crimes. In a controversial move, some banks have been stepping in to help some of the workers open bank accounts to make them less of a target.
In South Sudan, the fighting that began in December continues between groups loyal to two powerful rivals: President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, his former Vice President. Renee Montagne talks to Tufts University professor and South Sudan expert, Alex De Waal, about the roots of the conflict.
Jerry Brown says the state is facing possibly the worst drought it has ever seen since record keeping began about 100 years. For more on the drought and its impact, Renee Montagne talks to Michael Hanemann, professor of agricultural and resource economics at University of California, Berkeley.