What We're Following This Morning

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Syria talks: Officials from 17 countries are meeting today in Vienna to discuss the Syrian conflict. The U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, which all support groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad, are there. Attending the meeting for the first time is Iran, Assad’s closest ally. It joins Russia, Syria’s other major ally. Update: More here

Guantanamo transfers: Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, has been freed and will be returned to the U.K. later today, Philip Hammond, the country’s foreign secretary, said. The announcement comes a day after American defense officials announced the repatriation of Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz, another detainee, to Mauritania.

Shutdown averted: As Matt reported, Senators passed a two-year budget deal that will raise the debt ceiling until March 2017 and keep the federal government open. President Obama is expected to sign the measure today.

American arrested in Iran: The New York Times is reporting on the arrest in Iran of Siamak Namazi, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen. Namazi is an advocate of closer relations between the two countries, and his arrest is the first of an American citizen since the nuclear deal struck between Iran and six world powers, including the U.S. Update: More here

Hillary Clinton email dump: There’s another batch of the former secretary of state’s correspondence that’ll be released this evening. You can find previous emails here.