Suspect charged in New York stabbing, carjacking spree
February 13th, 2011
10:09 PM ET

Suspect charged in New York stabbing, carjacking spree

A man suspected in a series of stabbings and carjackings in New York was charged Sunday night with the murders of four people, authorities said.

Maksim Gelman (pictured) was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court on four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of assault, two counts of robbery and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, Brooklyn District Attorney's office spokesman Jonah Bruno said.

He will be back in court Monday, at which point he'll have a lawyer appointed for him, according to Bruno.

As he was led away from Brooklyn's 61st precinct to an awaiting police cruiser earlier Sunday, Gelman was deluged with questions from gathered media and hostile shouts from the crowd. After uttering an expletive, he said, "This
was a set-up, man."

Authorities said Saturday that Gelman allegedly stabbed three people to death, hit and killed a man with a car, slashed at least five other people and carjacked two vehicles before he was wrestled to the ground early Saturday
while attempting to break into the cab of a subway car.

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Rallies across Italy protest Berlusconi's sex scandal
A demonstrator hits a pan with the face of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over the weekend in Rome.
February 13th, 2011
10:05 PM ET

Rallies across Italy protest Berlusconi's sex scandal

Thousands of Italians took to the streets in some 200 cities across the country Sunday in protest of Prime Minister's Silvio Berlusconi's alleged behavior toward women.

The largest gathering was in Rome, where organizers said 100,000 people gathered, under the slogan, "If not now, when?" In Milan, organizers estimated that 60,000 people gathered. Protests also took place outside Italy, including marches in Tokyo and Geneva.

Sunday's demonstrations were the biggest anti-Berlusconi rallies since the most recent sex scandal broke in January, when Milan prosecutors said they were investigating whether the prime minister abused his power by helping an underaged female, who he had allegedly paid for sex, get out of jail on a theft charge.

Berlusconi has denied that he had sex with the underaged female. A string of sex scandals have dogged him.

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Japan: Economy slips to third in world, behind U.S. and China
February 13th, 2011
10:02 PM ET

Japan: Economy slips to third in world, behind U.S. and China

Japan has slipped to the world's third largest economy, falling behind the blistering speed of China's manufacturing growth, according to Japanese figures released Monday.

Japan's cabinet office released its nominal gross domestic product figures for 2010. Japan's economy was valued at US $5.4742 trillion while China was at US $5.8786 trillion.

Japan's economy did grow in 2010, but only by 3.9%, according to the government. China's is expected to grow more than 10%. At the speed China is growing, Japan's government predicts China will overtake the United States as
the world's largest economy in less than 20 years.

China has expanded domestic industries and infrastructure, driven by a surge in exports. Multinational corporations have expanded in China, taking advantage of low labor costs.

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
February 13th, 2011
07:36 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Just days after massive protests forced the ouster of longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians still are trying to hash out what comes next, and other governments in North Africa and the Middle East are bracing for public demands for change in their own countries. In Egypt, the military has dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution, telling citizens it will be in charge for six months or until elections can be held. And new protests have erupted in Cairo, with police and bank workers demanding higher pay. How will Egyptians adapt to change, and when will life and the economy there get to something approaching normal? Here's a look at this and some of the other stories we plan to follow this week:

Egypt takes its first steps in 30 years without Mubarak

A council of generals has taken over the most populous Arab nation, and it now has to grapple with the economic problems that fueled the revolt, including massive youth unemployment and underdevelopment. It also has to deal with activists who are pushing for a swift transition to a representative government. Some protesters remain in Cairo's Tahrir Square - the epicenter of mass protests that began January 25 and led to Mubarak's ouster last week - vowing to keep protesting until Egypt is under civilian rule, though the military on Sunday tried to move people out.

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Egypt: Police officers protest; banks to close for two days
Volunteers sweep up in Tahrir Square on Sunday following days of unrest that culminated in the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
February 13th, 2011
07:20 AM ET

Egypt: Police officers protest; banks to close for two days

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied since January 25 on the streets of Egypt's major cities, calling for economic reforms, railing against corruption and demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. After daily street demonstrations, Mubarak decided to step down from the presidency of Egypt on February 11 and assigned the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to run the affairs of the country. Check out our full coverage and the latest tweets from CNN correspondents on the ground.

Developments, as confirmed by CNN, on the revolution in Egypt:

[Update 9:29 p.m. in Cairo, 2:29 p.m. ET] РHundreds of Egyptian police officers and National Bank staff protested on Sunday. The police said they want higher pay, shorter hours, better benefits and more respect; bank staff said they wanted better pay and the resignation of some top executives.

[Update 7:00 p.m. in Cairo, 12:00 p.m. ET] - Egyptian banks will be closed for two days, state television announced Sunday after protests by workers at the country's National Bank.

[Update 2:45 p.m. in Cairo, 9:45 a.m. ET] - Egypt's parliament is dissolved, Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said in a statement Sunday.

[Update 2:15 p.m. in Cairo, 7:15 a.m. ET] РAfter throngs of Egyptians put their lives on hold for more than two weeks, Egypt began its first regular work day Sunday without longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak as president.

РFor the first time since demonstrators took control of Cairo's Tahrir Square - the epicenter of mass protests that brought down Mubarak's nearly 30-year regime - traffic was flowing freely through the area Sunday morning.

РMembers of the army Sunday started to move people who had been camped out in the center of Cairo's Tahrir Square.

РAt least 17 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum of Cairo are missing following a break-in, the country's minister of antiquities said Sunday. It was unclear whether the anquities chief was referring to a previously reported break-in on January 28, or another incident at the museum.

РUniformed police officers joined demonstrations in Cairo on Sunday morning. Demonstrators carried officers on their shoulders amid cheers of "police and people are one."

РIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that his country's government welcomes the Egyptian military's pledge to continue to honor its peace agreement with Israel. "We believe that it is the cornerstone of peace and stability, not only between the two countries, but in the entire Middle East as well," Netanyahu said, speaking at the start of Israel's weekly Cabinet meeting.

РIn Yemen, a group of anti-government protesters marched toward a presidential palace and chanted, "First Mubarak, now Ali," referring to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

РHundreds of employees of the National Bank of Egypt  - some wearing suits - protested at the main offices near the Foreign Ministry on Sunday, demanding better compensation packages and the resignation of some bank executives.

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Egyptian artifacts missing after break-in
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February 13th, 2011
05:48 AM ET

Egyptian artifacts missing after break-in

At least 17 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum of Cairo are missing following a break-in, the country's minister of antiquities said Sunday.

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