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Need to Know News:  Syrian government to free 2,130 prisoners in exchange for 48 Iranians; U.S. may remove all troops from Afghanistan after 2014
January 9th, 2013
09:51 AM ET

Need to Know News: Syrian government to free 2,130 prisoners in exchange for 48 Iranians; U.S. may remove all troops from Afghanistan after 2014

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For January 9, 2013 – Syrian government to free 2,130 prisoners in exchange for 48 Iranians, U.S. may remove all troops from Afghanistan after 2014 and a possible swift end for Harry and Taylor...

• Syrian government to free 2,130 prisoners in exchange for 48 Iranians: "A prisoner exchange involving thousands of Syrian and Turkish captives and at least 48 Iranians was under way Wednesday in Damascus, Syria, according to a Turkish charity organization that has been involved in previous prisoner swaps in Syria."

U.S. may remove all troops from Afghanistan after 2014: "The Obama administration is considering the possibility of removing all U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission officially finishes at the end of 2014, White House officials said Tuesday."

• NRA will participate in White House gun violence meetings: "A representative of the National Rifle Association will participate in a meeting this week with Vice President Joe Biden's gun violence task force, a spokesman for the gun lobbyist said on Tuesday."

New TVs driven by software and streaming, not pixels: "Televisions are getting wider and thinner, their edges shrinking to make room for displays that pack in more and more pixels. But the real evolution of the TV set isn't taking place with the glossy hardware. It's happening inside."

• Possible swift end for Harry and Taylor: "Although it seems like we were just talking about Taylor Swift and Harry Styles as they toured northern England for Swift's 23rd birthday, it appears their (puppy) love-fest has ended."

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  1. Tan Vampire

    The 2nd Amendment, Batman Shooting & High Fructose Corn Syrup

    January 9, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Diana Wild

    It occurred to me that Mr. Jones confused his usual platform, talk radio, with the more constrained platform of a show such as yours. Mr. Jones is used to having control of the floor to the point of being able to press a button to shut off a caller when he hears a point that he does't have a response for. Talk radio shows like Mr. Jones' are all about the opinion of the host and those who support him/her. So it doesn't surprise me at all that he prepared himself to take and keep the floor on your show. I was disgusted by the disrespect he showed for you personally. Please keep up the good work.

    January 9, 2013 at 10:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Robert

    why would you believe anything that Piers says

    Reported BBC NEW on may 14 2004

    Editor sacked over 'hoax' photos
    The Mirror board said Morgan would be stepping down immediately
    Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been sacked after the newspaper
    conceded photos of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake.

    In a statement the Mirror said it had fallen victim to a "calculated and
    malicious hoax" and that it would be "inappropriate" for Morgan to

    The Queen's Lancashire Regiment (QLR) said the Mirror had endangered British troops by running the pictures.

    Roger Goodman, of the QLR, said the regiment now felt "vindicated".

    Mr Goodman added: "It is just a great pity it has taken so long... and that so much damage has been done in the meantime."

    The Daily Mirror... apologises unreservedly for publishing the pictures
    and deeply regrets the reputational damage done to the QLR and the Army in

    Mirror statement

    At a news conference in Preston on Friday afternoon, the regiment
    demonstrated to reporters aspects of uniform and equipment which it said
    proved the photographs were fake.

    The regiment's Brigadier Geoff Sheldon said the vehicle featured in the
    photographs had been located in a Territorial Army base in Lancashire
    and had never been in Iraq.

    He said the QLR's reputation had been damaged by the Mirror and asked
    the newspaper to apologise because the evidence they were staged was

    The Conservatives said they hoped lessons had been learned from the row.

    Deputy leader and foreign affairs spokesman, Michael Ancram, said:
    "Looking at the facts objectively, this is the right thing for Piers
    Morgan to have done.

    January 10, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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