April 22nd, 2010
09:22 AM ET

Alleged slur sparks violence at Indonesia shipyard

An alleged slur against an Indonesian worker sparked violence including the burning of cars seen here.

An Indian manager's alleged slur toward a Indonesian worker spurred violence at an Indonesian shipyard Thursday, leaving at least nine people injured and 12 cars burned, police said.

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April 22nd, 2010
09:11 AM ET

On the Radar: Elian Gonzalez, financial reform, Earth Day

Elian Gonzalez, now 16, is a student at a Cuban military academy in Matanzas.

Elian Gonzalez - It's been 10 years since federal agents seized Elian Gonzalez, then 6, from his family's home in Miami, Florida, and returned him to his father in Cuba. Today,  the house in Miami has been converted into a virtual shrine to the boy's brief life in the United States, and Elian, now 16, is a student at a Cuban military academy in Matanzas. CNN’s Shasta Darlington reports on Elian’s life in Cuba, including an interview with his grandmother. CNN’s John Zarrella and Kelly Marshall report on the house-museum in Miami and look at how the Elian saga still resonates with the Cuban-American community there.

Obama heads to Wall Street - President Obama travels to Wall Street for a scheduled 11:55 a.m. ET Thursday speech in which he plans to say the financial crisis was the result of "a failure of responsibility from Wall Street to Washington." The president will urge Congress to pass financial regulatory reform.

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April 22nd, 2010
08:42 AM ET

Belgian PM offers to resign amid political dispite

[Updated at 8:55 a.m.] Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme has offered to resign amid a political dispute, the press office of the Belgian parliament said Thursday.

The Belgian king has not yet accepted the prime minister's offer, the Royal Palace press office said. King Albert II and Leterme were meeting on Thursday afternoon, the office said.

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April 22nd, 2010
08:40 AM ET

IDF probing explosions, rocket found in Jordan

Authorities in Israel want to know whether a rocket was fired toward a southern Israeli resort city near Jordan and Egypt on Thursday.

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April 22nd, 2010
08:21 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

10:00 am ET - NASA budget hearing - NASA administrator Charles Bolden testifies on next year’s proposed budget for the space agency.

11:00 am ET - Global poverty initiative - Microsoft's Bill Gates and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announce an international commitment to fight global hunger and poverty.

11:00 am ET - 'Fit Kids Bill' briefing - Fitness expert Richard Simmons joins lawmakers and activists in supporting federal legislation aimed at renewing the emphasis of physical education in schools.

11:55 am ET - Wall Street reform remarks - President Obama discusses efforts to pass financial reform legislation in a speech on the campus of Cooper Union in New York.

3:00 pm ET - Second UK political leader debate -  British political party leaders hold their second of three debates ahead of next month's UK general election.

4:30 pm ET - Connect the World: The UK election debate - CNN’s Becky Anderson and her panel review the second of three planned debates among the leaders of Britain’s three main political parties.

5:30 pm ET - Obama's Earth Day address - President Obama delivers remarks commemorating Earth Day at the White House.


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April 22nd, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Stewart Brand

Thursday is the 40th annual Earth Day, and it began as an idea by the late U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who said he was inspired by Vietnam War teach-ins. But the environmental movement owes much of its early steam to the advocacy - and musings - of Brand.

The author and entrepreneur was born in 1938, served in the U.S. Army, and in 1968, published the original "Whole Earth Catalog." You know the photograph of the Earth that became the logo for all things environmental? Such an image of the Earth never existed before Brand thought it up in 1966 while under the influence of LSD.

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April 22nd, 2010
07:36 AM ET

Sailor not guilty of Iraq charges

A military jury found U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Julio Huertas not guilty of all charges, a military spokesman said Thursday.

This verdict came during a court-martial where Huertas was accused of charges in connection with the mistreatment of a detainee.

Huertas and two other Navy SEALs - Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe and Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe - were accused of assaulting a detained Iraqi.

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April 22nd, 2010
07:16 AM ET

Pope accepts Ireland bishop's resignation

Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of a third Irish bishop Thursday.

Bishop Jim Moriarty offered his resignation in December amid criticism after the publication of the Murphy report on clerical sex abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese.

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April 22nd, 2010
06:18 AM ET

World update: Belgium expected to ban the burqa

Belgium could become the first country in Europe to ban face coverings worn by observant Muslim women.

An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Thursday:

Veil backlash - The Belgian parliament is expected to push through a vote to ban the wearing of the Muslim veil in public in the country. The move comes after Switzerland voted to ban the building of further minarets and a French parliamentary committee recommended a partial ban on Islamic face veils. Read the full story

Election debate - As the leaders of the UK's three main political parties prepare to clash again Thursday in the second of three televised debates, a surge in support for Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats has thrown the British election campaign wide open.  Watch the debate live on CNN.com

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April 22nd, 2010
05:37 AM ET

Canadian who attacked Oasis guitarist gets house arrest

A man who attacked Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher during a Toronto concert has been sentenced to house arrest for a year, but avoided jail time, Canada's national news agency said.

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April 22nd, 2010
04:02 AM ET

Authors turned rockers raise money for Haiti

By day, they write. By night, they rock.

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April 22nd, 2010
03:05 AM ET

Fans asked to honor McLaren with 'moment of mayhem'

Malcolm McLaren, best known for managing the Sex Pistols and for helping kick off the '70s punk revolution, will be buried Thursday in London.

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April 22nd, 2010
01:36 AM ET

Rwandan opposition leader arrested, '94 genocide cited

A Rwandan court will decide Thursday whether to grant bail to a presidential hopeful arrested on charges that include collaborating with a terrorist organization and "genocide ideology," referring to mass killings of hundreds of thousands in 1994.

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April 22nd, 2010
01:06 AM ET

Suit alleges Catholic officials covered up abuse

A Mexican citizen who says he was sexually abused by a priest as a child is suing the Roman Catholic Cardinal of Los Angeles and Mexico's top-ranking Catholic cleric, alleging they aided and abetted the abuse by moving the priest between dioceses as allegations piled up against him.

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April 22nd, 2010
01:04 AM ET

Judge 'will not permit headbutts' in Blagojevich case

A federal court judge in Chicago laid down the law Wednesday in the case of the U.S. government vs. former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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