March 26th, 2012
10:34 PM ET

CNN prime time: Santorum gets feisty, Obama gets caught

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Romney reacts to Obama open mic gaffe

GOP candidate Mitt Romney wasted no time attacking Obama's now-controversial "open-mic" comment with Russia's leader.

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Santorum explains bulls*** remark

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer why he lashed out at a New York Times reporter.

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Khan: 'We're sick and tired'

Chaka Khan talks to Piers Morgan about the Trayvon Martin case.

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March 26th, 2012
08:46 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Queen Elizabeth surprises

Queen Elizabeth II: a woman of mystery? A couple in England may be pinching themselves after the queen surprised them at their wedding. You gotta watch how the palace's secret plan unfolded. Queen Elizabeth II and First lady Michelle Obama also shocked Royal watchers back in 2009 when the women briefly embraced at Buckingham Palace.  See how the British media called it everything from a breach of protocol to an extraordinary show of affection. And finally, see how a meeting between the always unpredictable Lady Gaga and the queen played out in front of cameras.

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Queen drops in on wedding

The Queen of England unexpectedly drops in on a wedding at Manchester Town Hall.

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First lady's surprising hug

Charles Mosley talks about the significance of Michelle Obama putting her arm around Queen Elizabeth II.

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Gaga meets queen

The queen greets Lady Gaga and neither gags nor goes gaga over her latex outfit. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

Overheard on CNN.com: Northward bound? Canadian province legalizes brothels
Barbara A. White took this photo of maple trees along the Otonabee River in Peterborough, Ontario.
March 26th, 2012
08:18 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Northward bound? Canadian province legalizes brothels

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

People always joke that they are going to move to Canada if XYZ happens. Turns out that the top court in the province of Ontario has legalized brothels, saying Canadian prostitution laws unfairly discriminate against prostitutes and their ability to work in safe environments. So our readers are contemplating whether to stay or go.

Canadian province of Ontario legalizes brothels in landmark ruling

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prairiedoc: "Our Canadian cousins seem to look at the world in more practical ways. While we have politicians who want to regulate woman's bodies, prohibit contraception and otherwise tell us what morality we're to follow or what we can or can't do in our homes, our northern friends have taken a bite out of crime by letting prostitutes legally ply their trade. Couple this decision with Canada's health care program and you have a country and government that makes the US seem to be in the dark ages!"

Some made comparisons to current affairs in the states.

RejctReligon: "Ontario legalizes brothels. The U.S. wants to regulate contraception ... Which country was founded on freedom again?"

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March 26th, 2012
01:20 PM ET

'Excited' Tebow says hello to New York

Nobody, absolutely nobody, could be more excited to be a New York Jet than Tim Tebow.

"Excited" was the word Tebow used frequently and relentlessly at a press conference Monday as he was introduced as the Jets' second-string quarterback and first-string media sensation and quite possibly, the most soft-spoken, humble and likeable guy ever to grace an NFL uniform.

"I'm so excited about being a Jet," he said as he stood alone at a podium in the team's fieldhouse, used for the one-man news conference because of the crush of media that wanted to attend.

“I’m so honored and humble to be a Jet," he continued. "I’m so thankful they wanted me.”

Tebow came to the Jets last week in a trade with the Denver Broncos, who jettisoned Tebow after signing free-agent superstar Peyton Manning.

The Broncos let Tebow go after he took over their starting quarterback position during the 2011 season,  and led the team to the playoffs and a victory over the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers in their first playoff game. Surely the trade would have rankled the Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida.

"There’s no ill will to the Broncos, their coaching staff, Peyton Manning or anybody,” Tebow said. "I'm always gonna root for those guys because we went through a lot together."

"We'll have a lot of great memories for a long time from last season."

Now he seems, well, excited, to make memories in New York.

"I just want to make this team a little bit better because I'm here," he said.

And how will he do that behind starting quarterback Mark Sanchez? He's excited to do whatever is asked of him, even if that doesn't mean getting behind center on Sunday afternoons.

“I’m a football player first and then a quarterback," Tebow said.  “I will give my whole heart to being the best Jet I can possibly be.”

And that includes being a great teammate for Sanchez.

Tebow said he and the Jets starting QB are good friends who get along well, and should make each other better.

"We'll be stronger together than we would be apart," he said.

Meanwhile, New York is, you guessed it, excited to have Tebow.

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Gotta Watch: Shocking singers
March 26th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Shocking singers

If you're a fan of TV talent shows, then you'll know the moments I'm about to describe. It's the moments that make you, at home, stand up and cheer. You're cheering because you're moved, you're moved because it's that human moment of identifying with the underdog, and you're hooked because you get to see the once-jeering judges eat humble pie. And then there's the amazing singing that follows suit. In today's Gotta Watch, we look at key moments in reality singing shows that have captured the imagination and spirit of fans.

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"The next Pavarotti"

Jonathan Antoine's booming opera voice leaves judges on "Britain's Got Talent" pronouncing him the next Pavarotti.

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2011: Meet South Korea's answer to Susan Boyle

Move over Susan Boyle, "Korea's Got Talent" has found its next global talent sensation.

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2009: First 'Got Talent' star speaks

First "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts looks back on his win 2 years later.

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2009: Singer wows 'Idol' judge Cowell

47-year-old Susan Boyle's performance on "Britain's Got Talent" leaves the audience stunned and brings one judge to tears.

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Rallies, 'scream-outs' planned coast to coast in support of Trayvon Martin
Residents rally and chant during a Million Hoodies March on March 21 in New York City.
March 26th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

Rallies, 'scream-outs' planned coast to coast in support of Trayvon Martin

A month ago Monday, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen, died at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer, stirring outrage and protests nationwide.

The African-American teen was fatally shot on February 26 as he walked to his father's fiancée's house in Sanford after a trip to a convenience store. Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman told police he shot the teen in self defense, and he has not been charged.

The 17-year-old's death fueled calls for justice nationwide that continue to grow daily. On Monday rallies are planned from coast to coast to pay tribute to Martin or bring attention to the issue. Below is a list of some of the largest planned rallies.

iReport: Why you marched for Trayvon

12:00 p.m. ET: Eatonville Townhall

Location: Eatonville, Florida

Roland Martin will be hosting a town hall put on by the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, in conjunction with the family and representatives of Trayvon Martin.

The forum is being held prior to the National March for Justice on March 26. The event begins at noon at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Eatonville, Florida. Members of Trayvon Martin's family as well as their attorneys will be present along with state Representative Dwayne L. Taylor (D-Daytona Beach), NAACP Florida President Adora Obi Nweze, and Jerry Girley, president of the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association.

12:30 p.m. ET – 1:30 p.m.:  Remembering Our Lost at Carnegie Mellon University 

Location: Academic Mall at Carnegie Mellon; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Details: A "Rally for Justice" that will be held at the Academic Mall, the main lawn on campus, to seek justice for Trayvon and all others who have been racially profiled or stereotyped, according to the student group organizing the rally.

"Please join the Black Graduate Student Organization at Carnegie Mellon University as we rally for justice and remembrance of Trayvon Martin," a note on the group's Facebook page says. "This event is open to the public and all university students in Pittsburgh. We seek justice, not only for his family and friends, but in honor of all racially profiled, stereotyped, and unjustly convicted citizens of this country, whose voices have long been suppressed and whose lives are often subject to overt discrimination and criminalization in a biased justice system. We are Trayvon."

3:00 p.m. ET: "Emergency Scream-out"

Location: Hall of Justice; 850 Bryant Street; San Francisco, California

The is touted as a "scream-out" because the organizers say at this point speaking out is not enough.

"This event is in solidarity with families and advocates in Florida who will be holding a rally for Trayvon Martin on the same day," according to a Facebook event page created by POOR Magazine and the Prensa POBRE & Idriss Stelly Foundation, which are sponsoring the event.

The rally will take place at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco.

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March 26th, 2012
11:03 AM ET

Oil discovered in Kenya

Kenya has finally struck oil after decades of exploration, the country's president announced Monday.

President Mwai Kibaki called the discovery a "major breakthrough," though it will take more than three years before the country can become an oil producer.

"This is the first time Kenya has made such a discovery and it is very good news for our country," Kibaki said at a state function in Nairobi.

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March 26th, 2012
09:45 AM ET

Gunman in Afghan army uniform kills 2

A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform killed two international service members in southern Afghanistan on Monday, NATO said, before coalition forces shot him dead.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force did not provide additional details on the incident.

It happened in front of the main gate of the Provincial Reconstruction Team's headquarters in Lashkar Gah, a city in Helmand province, the provincial governor's office said in a statement. The PRT is a British-led effort to help the Afghan government and includes staff from the United States, Denmark, and Estonia.

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March 26th, 2012
08:54 AM ET

Syrian opposition groups gather in Turkey, try to unify voice

Disjointed factions of the Syrian opposition are meeting Monday in Istanbul in an effort to form a unified voice ahead of the next week's "Friends of Syria" conference.

Turkey and Qatar urged opposition groups to attend the conference, which they said "will bring all major opposition groups and figures committed to a peaceful political transition in Syria," according to an invitation sent to prospective attendees.

The meeting comes as the reported death toll from a government crackdown mounts inside Syria. At least 14 people were killed across Syria on Monday, the opposition Syrian Network for Human Rights said.

The goal of Monday's conference is "for all forces and parties of the opposition not to be a union, but at least to have a united purpose," said Amar Qurabi, leader of the National Change Current opposition group.

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March 26th, 2012
07:50 AM ET

Monday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination remains up in the air.  Watch CNN.com Live for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Affordable Care Act supporters briefing - The Supreme Court hears arguments today on the legality of President Obama's health care reform plan.  And while TV cameras are barred inside the high court, there will be plenty of action outside, with supporters holding a briefing, followed by a rally at 10:00 am ET.

12:40 pm ET - Romney in California - It's a somewhat quiet day on the campaign trail, as GOP hopeful Mitt Romney holds an event in San Diego.  Rival Rick Santorum is expected to be outside the Supreme Court to express his opposition toward the Affordable Care Act.

1:30 pm ET - TSA screening hearing - With plenty of negative press abound regarding questionable TSA screening incidents, many may be wondering if the TSA is doing its job.  Two House committees will discuss the issue this afternoon.

2:00 pm ET - GOP lawmakers discuss Affordable Care Act - Members of the Republican Policy Committee will hold a briefing on the Supreme Court's consideration of the Affordable Care Act's legality.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


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March 26th, 2012
04:54 AM ET

Syrian opposition groups gather in Turkey, try to unify voice

Disjointed factions of the Syrian opposition are meeting Monday in Istanbul in an effort to form a unified voice ahead of the next week's "Friends of Syria" conference.

Observers of the Syrian crisis have bemoaned a lack of unity among the various Syrian opposition groups as they struggle to topple President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

The goal of Monday's conference is "for all forces and parties of the opposition not to be a union, but at least to have a united purpose," said Amar Qurabi, leader of the National Change Current opposition group.

At least nine people were killed across Syria on Monday, the opposition Syrian Network for Human Rights said. The dead include four men gunned down in Homs when residents tried to retrieve two bodies, the group said.

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March 26th, 2012
03:02 AM ET

Calls for justice rage on a month after Trayvon Martin's killing

A month ago Monday, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen, died at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer, stirring outrage and protests nationwide.

The African-American teen was fatally shot on February 26 as he walked to his father's fiancee's house home in Sanford after a trip to a convenience store. Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman told police he shot the teen in self defense, and he has not been charged.

The 17-year-old's death fueled calls for justice nationwide that continue to grow daily.
Martin's parents will address a city meeting at noon Monday, one that is expected to be attended by Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing, among others.

The meeting comes a day after the city held a candlelight vigil, a somber event that included quiet chants of "No justice, no peace" as flames flickered.
The case has sparked a national debate over the Florida "stand your ground" law and concerns about racial profiling. Martin was black and Zimmerman is a white Hispanic.

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Pakistan lawmakers to debate end to U.S. drone strikes
A Pakistani parliamentary panel has called for an end to U.S. drone strikes.
March 26th, 2012
02:31 AM ET

Pakistan lawmakers to debate end to U.S. drone strikes

Pakistan's parliament reconvenes Monday to debate a committee's recommendation that the United States stop drone strikes inside its territory and apologize unconditionally for airstrikes last year that killed two dozen soldiers.

The Parliamentary Committee on National Security, a group of 18 members of parliament members responsible for reviewing relations with the United States, made the recommendation in a report to lawmakers Tuesday.

"No overt or covert operations inside Pakistan shall be tolerated," the report said.

Lawmakers had until Monday to study the committee's conclusions. The joint session of the parliament will now decide whether to act on them.

Hiader Abbas Rizvi, a committee member, said he expected the recommendations to be approved, but not before several days of debate.

"We kept in mind both the angles, domestic demands and the requirement by the international community, while compiling our recommendations," Rizvi said. "We were optimistic, progressive, but of course patriotic Pakistanis at the end while we were compiling the recommendations."

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Official: North Korea moves long-range rocket to launch pad
A new satellite image of a North Korean launch pad reveals a new rail extension but little on-site activity ahead of a controversial rocket launch planned for April.
March 26th, 2012
02:03 AM ET

Official: North Korea moves long-range rocket to launch pad

Just hours after the United States warned that North Korea would achieve nothing with threats or provocations, Pyongyang moved a long-range rocket it plans to test fire to a launch pad Monday, a South Korean defense ministry official said.

If the rocket is launched, South Korea is prepared to "track its trajectory," said the official, who did not want to be named.

"There are concerns that parts of the rocket may fall within South Korean territory," he said. "If that were to happen it would threaten lives and cause damage to the economy. To guard against that, they (the military) will be tracking the orbit."

The official did not say what steps South Korea would be forced to take if it determined the rocket was falling within in its territory.

The rocket was moved to a launch pad in the northeastern portion of Dongchang-ri, a village in northwest North Korea, the official said.

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James Cameron plunges solo to deepest spot in world's oceans
Filmmaker James Cameron inside his single-pilot submersible, the Deepsea Challenger.
March 26th, 2012
02:02 AM ET

James Cameron plunges solo to deepest spot in world's oceans

Oscar-winning director James Cameron resurfaced Monday after plunging to the deepest known point in the world's oceans in his one-man submersible.

"@JimCameron has surfaced! Congrats to him on his historic solo dive to the ocean's deepest point," said a tweet from his DeepSea Challenge team.

The filmmaker reached Challenger Deep, which is part of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, near Guam, at 7:52 a.m. Monday (5:52 p.m. ET Sunday), said Ellen Stanley, a spokeswoman for the National Geographic Society that is working with Cameron on the project.

At more than 10,900 meters (about 35,800 feet), the Mariana Trench is deeper than Mount Everest is tall. And it has had only two previous human visitors: U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh and late Swiss explorer Jacques Piccard who descended to that spot in 1960.

The man behind the blockbuster hits "Titanic" and "Avatar" went down in a high-tech vessel, the Deepsea Challenger, which he and a group of scientists and engineers constructed in Australia over the past eight years.

Outfitted with special cameras and robotic arms, Deepsea Challenger is able to dive vertically at speeds of 500 to 700 feet per minute and can withstand immense pressure - up to 16,000 pounds per square inch.

The descent took two hours and 36 minutes.

"Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt," he tweeted. "Hitting bottom never felt so good."

Cameron then spent hours at the bottom of the trench collecting samples for research that will allow scientists around the world to learn about the habitat and life forms at that depth.

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Illness forces Suu Kyi to suspend campaigning
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi campaigns in February.
March 26th, 2012
12:10 AM ET

Illness forces Suu Kyi to suspend campaigning

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has suspended campaigning for Myanmar's upcoming by-elections after falling ill, her party said Sunday.

Nyan Win, the spokesman for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, said the rigors of crisscrossing the country to attend election rallies had taken a toll on the 66-year-old old Nobel Laureate.

"She was sick, but her health condition has improved now," he said. "She still feels a bit tired."

Suu Kyi, who was released from years under house arrest in 2010, is expected to resume travel once she feels better.

Her party has submitted candidates for all 47 seats up for grabs in the April 1 by-elections, after boycotting previous elections.

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