December 11th, 2011
06:17 PM ET

Panama's ex-ruler Noriega returns home after 22 years

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega arrived Sunday evening in his home country, nearly 22 years after U.S. forces forcibly removed him from office.

The 77-year old was expected to head straight to prison to serve time for crimes committed during his rule. He will be flown to and housed in an individual cell in El Renacer, a medium-security facility in Gamboa, the government said.

Noriega arrived at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City.

"I think it has historic and symbolic significance," said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, about the former leader's return.

"It's a sense of closure for the Panamanian people. He clearly was a dictator for six years and presided over assassinations, disappearances and killing of opposition leaders. And so I think that it's something that was unfinished business and I think it's important for Panama to have a sense of closure," he said.

Noriega's extradition process began Sunday morning with a flight from Paris to Madrid. He was in Spanish police custody during a four-hour layover before leaving Madrid Sunday afternoon on a flight to Panama City, a spokesman for Spain's airport authority said.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: Manuel Noriega • Panama
Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
December 11th, 2011
05:42 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to cover this week:

Former Penn State coach due in court

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for a preliminary hearing, where his alleged victims are expected to testify.

A grand jury report made public last month detailed 40 charges of rape and molestation against the former coach in a child sex abuse scandal that, at the time, involved eight alleged victims.

Sandusky was arrested for the second time Wednesday and charged with four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, allegedly involving two men who were boys at the time of the encounters.

All of the alleged victims came into contact with Sandusky through his Pennsylvania charity, The Second Mile.

Each count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. The former coach also faces one new count of indecent assault and two counts of endangering a child's welfare, each punishable by up to seven years behind bars and $15,000 in fines.

Sandusky's former boss, renowned head coach Joe Paterno, who was fired in November, was admitted to a hospital Sunday morning after fracturing his pelvis in a fall at home Saturday night, a source close to the Paterno family said. Paterno also is being treated for lung cancer.

Syrian opposition: Bloodbath could be imminent in Homs

The Syrian government has warned protesters in the city of Homs to stop demonstrations, hand in weapons and surrender defecting military members by Monday night or face bombardment, an opposition leader said.

The Syrian National Council, the country's leading opposition movement, had warned earlier of a potential bloodbath at the hands of the Syrian regime in Homs.

"If the world continues to watch, then the massacre of Hama in the '80s will be repeated," said Lt. Col. Mohamed Hamdo of the Free Syrian Army. Hamdo referred to 1982, when Syria's military - acting under orders from current President Bashar al-Assad's father, Hafez al-Assad - launched an assault on the city, killing thousands.

FULL POST

Post by:
Filed under: Ahead of the curve
December 11th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Protesters attack employees at Syrian Embassy in Jordan, official says

About a dozen protesters attacked employees at Syria's embassy in Jordan on Sunday, an embassy official said.

After posing as citizens who said they had business at the embassy, the group of about a dozen people started hitting employees with sticks, leaving one unconscious briefly, said Syria's vice ambassador to Jordan, Mohammad Abu Serreah.

The group arrived when the embassy opened at 9 a.m., Serreah said. They were dressed inconspicuously, some in suits and others casually. After entering the building, they took off their jackets to show that they were wearing t-shirts in support of the Syrian opposition, he said.

Officials asked the group to leave the embassy, but they refused - and then began attacking some employees with sticks, Serreah said.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: Arab Spring • Jordan • Syria
December 11th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

Source: Former Penn State coach Paterno in hospital after fracturing pelvis

Joe Paterno was admitted to a hospital Sunday morning after fracturing his pelvis when he slipped and fell at his home the previous night, a source close to the Paterno family said.

The injury will not require surgery, the source said. But since the former Penn State football coach is being treated with chemotherapy as he battles lung cancer, doctors have decided to keep him in the hospital.

Paterno lost his job as the Nittany Lions coach, a position he'd held for 46 years, amid criticism that he hadn't done more when a sexual assault allegation surfaced regarding his long-time defense coordinator, Jerry Sandusky.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: College football • Jerry Sandusky • Joe Paterno • Penn State
Join the conversation: CNN Heroes
December 11th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Join the conversation: CNN Heroes

"CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" aired at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Sunday live on CNN. It will re-air on December 17 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT, December 24 at 7 p.m. and December 25 at 6 p.m.

By Jacque Wilson, CNN

Televised award shows normally celebrate athletes and entertainers for their latest career accomplishments. But Sunday night, the roles were reversed. Celebrities such as Jerry Seinfeld, Ice Cube and Miley Cyrus joined CNN in honoring 10 everyday people who are changing the world. (Meet the Top 10 Heroes)

The issues the Top 10 Heroes tackle are some that span the globe - health, poverty, war, disability. And they tackle them with hard work, commitment and sometimes the most simple solutions: a bar of soap, a soccer ball, a meal, a buddy on the Internet.

[Updated 10:26 p.m. ET]

[Updated 10:14 p.m. ET]

[Updated 10:09 p.m. ET] The show has ended but it will re-air on December 17 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT, December 24 at 7 p.m. and December 25 at 6 p.m. Please check out our story on the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year.
FULL POST


Filed under: CNN Heroes
December 11th, 2011
07:50 AM ET

Official: Israel envoy to return to Egypt after attack

Israel's new ambassador to Egypt is due to report to his post in Cairo on Monday, a government official said, three months after Israel pulled diplomatic staff out of the country in response to the storming of its embassy.
Career diplomat Yaakov Amitai will take the post, an Israeli government official said.
But the Israeli embassy offices in Cairo remain closed until a new and secure location can be found, said the official, who asked not to be identified because it is a sensitive diplomatic issue.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: World
December 11th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

Syrian opposition: Bloodbath by government could be imminent in Homs

The Syrian government has warned protesters in the city of Homs that it has a 72-hour deadline to stop demonstrations or face bombardment, Lt. Col. Mohamed Hamdo of the opposition Free Syrian Army said Saturday.
The deadline would come Monday night.
The Syrian National Council, the country's leading opposition movement, had warned earlier of a potential bloodbath at the hands of the Syrian regime in Homs.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: World
December 11th, 2011
04:29 AM ET

General: Iran won't return U.S. drone it claims to have

Iran will not return an unmanned American drone it says violated its airspace, one of Iran's top generals said Sunday, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency.

"No nation welcomes other countries' spy drones in its territory, and no one sends back the spying equipment and its information back to the country of origin," said Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the Armed Forces.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: World
December 11th, 2011
03:34 AM ET

U.S. admiral reveals plan to triple number of armed Afghans paid to protect villages

The head of America's special forces has revealed a likely controversial plan to triple the number of armed Afghans paid by NATO to protect their villages under a plan once described as "a community watch with AK-47s".
In a rare meeting with journalists Saturday, Adm. William H McRaven, the architect of the daring U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, said the plan could go into effect  over the next two years.
The number of Afghan Local Police, or ALP, could go up from 9,800 to 30,000, if the Afghan government supports it.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: U.S. • World
December 11th, 2011
02:37 AM ET

Officials: U.S. forces vacate Pakistan base by deadline

All U.S. forces have vacated a military base in Pakistan, meeting a deadline set by Islamabad after a NATO airstrike killed dozens of soldiers, local military officials said Sunday.

Pakistan requested U.S. forces to vacate the Shamsi Airbase by December 11  in response to the November 26th attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in the northwest of the country.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: World
December 11th, 2011
01:35 AM ET

Death toll in India blaze goes up to 91

Six hospital managers arrested on negligence charges are in custody for questioning after a hospital blaze killed 91  people in eastern India, authorities said Sunday.
A local court sent the six to 10-day police custody, inspector P.S. Mukhopadhyay said.
The six worked at the five-story Kolkata hospital that erupted into flames at 4 a.m.
Video of the scene showed crowds of people wearing face masks rushing patients out onto the street in stretchers.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: World
December 11th, 2011
12:52 AM ET

Delegates at climate talks agree to extend efforts of Kyoto Protocol

An agreement reached Sunday in South Africa will help tackle the challenges of climate change for years to come, the United Nations' chief said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the decision reached by parties of the Climate Change Convention in Durban, South Africa, which agreed to extend efforts set forth in the Kyoto Protocol.

FULL STORY

Filed under: Uncategorized
December 11th, 2011
12:40 AM ET

Lowe's pulls advertising from TLC's 'All-American Muslim'

Lowe's has pulled its advertising from the reality TV show "All-American Muslim," which the retail store called a "lightning rod."

"All-American Muslim" is an eight-part series that follows five Muslim families living in Dearborn, Michigan.

"Lowe's has received a significant amount of communication on this program, from every perspective possible. Individuals and groups have strong political and societal views on this topic, and this program became a lightning rod for many of those views. As a result we did pull our advertising on this program," the company said in a statement Saturday.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: U.S. • World
December 11th, 2011
12:26 AM ET

State media: Earthquake kills 2 in southern Mexico

A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico on Saturday night, killing two people and startling residents as far away as Mexico City, state media reported.
It struck in Guerrero state at 7:47 p.m. local time, about 100 miles south-southwest of the capital, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The agency had previously put the quake's magnitude at 6.7.
One person was killed when a rock fell on a vehicle, while another was crushed by a collapsed house, the state-run Notimex news agency reported, citing civil protection officials in Guerrero.

FULL STORY
Post by:
Filed under: World