July 3rd, 2010
10:23 PM ET

Ahmadinejad: U.S. sanctions attempt to hinder Iran's progress

New U.S. sanctions on Iran show the West does not understand
the Islamic republic and "are aimed at preventing Iran from becoming an industrial pole and achieving its rightful place," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech Saturday, according to Iranian media.

But, he said, Iran has mastered the art of overcoming obstacles and
"nothing can stop the progress of our industry," Iran's state-run Press TV reported, citing the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.

The speech represented Ahmadinejad's first since U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law new sanctions on Iran. Last week, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved the sanctions over Iran's nuclear program.

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July 3rd, 2010
06:44 PM ET

Large-scale skimmer begins testing in Gulf

A ship billed as the world's largest skimming vessel has begun testing its effectiveness in the Gulf of Mexico, a spokesman for its owner, Taiwanese company TMT Shipping, said Saturday.

The A Whale has been assigned a 5-mile-by-5-mile area to test its
capability, spokesman Bob Grantham said, citing Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft. Testing is expected to continue Saturday and Sunday, with initial results probably available Monday, Grantham said.

The skimmer works by "taking in oily water through a series of vents, or jaws, on the side of the ship and then decanting the intake," Grantham said. "In many ways, the ship collects water like an actual whale and pumps internally like a human heart."

The testing area is just north of the underwater oil gusher, the
statement said.

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July 3rd, 2010
06:08 PM ET

Report: Cuban hunger striker 'in danger of dying'

Cuban opposition activist and longtime hunger striker Guillermo Farinas is "in danger of dying," state media reported on Saturday.

In a rare move, a Cuban state-run website - Cubadebate - published an interview with Armando Caballero, head of intensive care at Arnaldo Milian Castro University Hospital where Farinas is being treated.

Caballero said Farinas is "conscious [and] oriented," but his frail condition has doctors "on edge," according to the website.

Caballero also said that Farinas has gained weight because of vitamins and nutrients being fed to him intravenously, despite the fact he has abstained from solid food for more than 120 days. The article touted the high level of care the 48-year-old psychologist and writer has reportedly been receiving at the hospital near his home in Santa Clara.

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July 3rd, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Authorities seize sub built for transporting tons of cocaine

A fully functional submarine built for the primary purpose of transporting massive amounts of cocaine has been seized by Ecuadorian authorities with the help of U.S. drug enforcement agents.

A drug-trafficking organization built the sea-worthy vessel that is now being held near the border of Ecuador and Colombia, and one individual has been taken into custody, authorities said. The investigation into the group and the submarine, which was seized Friday, is ongoing.

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Filed under: Justice
July 3rd, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Suspected Munich massacre mastermind dead, reports say

Abu Daoud, the man who claimed to be the mastermind behind the massacre that marked the 1972 Munich Olympics, has died, according to the official news agency of the Palestinian Authority.

On September 5 of that year, Palestinian terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes who were taken hostage.

Daoud, also known as Mohammed Oudeh, died Friday night, the WAFA news agency reported Saturday. He was 73.

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Filed under: Gaza • Terrorism • World
July 3rd, 2010
02:29 PM ET

Slain Florida officers remembered at funeral; suspect denied bond

Hours after the arrest of a suspect, thousands of friends, family and fellow officers gathered Saturday to pay tribute to two slain Florida policemen.

An emotional funeral unfolded inside a Tampa church as suspect Dontae Morris, arrested on Friday, appeared in court for the first time. He was denied bond, CNN affiliate Bay News 9 reported, and is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Morris surrendered after a third party tipped off police, said Police Chief Jane Castor. Police also arrested 22-year-old Cortnee Brantly, the woman believed to have been driving the car at the time of the shooting, Castor said.

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July 3rd, 2010
12:58 PM ET

Iraq rejects Turkish plea for intervention against rebels

The Iraqi government on Friday said it rejected Turkey's calls for intervention in its conflict with the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.

Iraq's role is as part of a joint security committee with Turkey and the United States to find "appropriate mechanisms" to deal with the PKK threat, and not "playing policeman," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said.

The PKK has been battling the Turkish government since the early 1980s.

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Filed under: Iraq • Turkey • World
July 3rd, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Officials try again to dock stray vessel to space station

Officials with the International Space Station have agreed to a second docking attempt for a wayward Russian supply craft scheduled for Sunday afternoon. The unmanned cargo spacecraft failed to dock as scheduled Friday.

The Progress cargo vessel, a resupply craft, was trying to dock with the space station when a technical problem occurred about 20 minutes before the scheduled docking time, NASA spokeswoman Lynette Madison said.

The vessel flew about two miles past the space station.

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July 3rd, 2010
12:09 PM ET

Passengers stranded after French station struck by lightning

Thousands of travelers in France were stranded Saturday after lightning shut down a main train station Saturday, the first day of the summer holiday for students.

Lightening struck an electrical facility in Bretigny-sur-Orge, on the outskirts of Paris, forcing the closure of the Austerlitz station and affecting 40,000 travelers, a French National Railway official told CNN.

"We think by this evening we will know if the station will be operational," said Sebastine Barbe.

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Filed under: France • Travel • Uncategorized
July 3rd, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Biden arrives in Iraq for Independence Day

Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq with his wife Saturday to celebrate the Fourth of July with American troops, the White House said.

Biden is expected to also meet with Iraqi political leaders, including Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. He will also meet with former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, whose political coalition narrowly won an election in March. Political factions are still negotiating who will hold key posts in the new government.

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Filed under: Iraq
July 3rd, 2010
11:51 AM ET

Supply craft docking at space station scheduled

Officials with the International Space Station have agreed to a second docking attempt for a wayward Russian supply craft scheduled for Sunday afternoon. The unmanned cargo spacecraft failed to dock as scheduled Friday.

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