Morsy expresses sorrow for the 'lost lives and bloodshed' in unrest
Egyptian president Mohammed Morsy addresses the nation via television on Thursday, December 6.
December 6th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Morsy expresses sorrow for the 'lost lives and bloodshed' in unrest

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy expressed sorrow for the "lost lives and bloodshed" in recent political unrest in a speech Thursday night and said "the only way is dialogue to reach a consensus to secure the interests of this country."

His speech comes a day after violent protests outside his presidential palace that left six people dead and at least 672 wounded.

What's driving Egypt's unrest?

Addressing "those who oppose me" and his supporters, Morsy condemned violent protests, saying those guilty "will not escape punishment."

Read more for the latest information on the developing story out of Egypt.

McAfee taken to hospital after lawyer reports convulsions
December 6th, 2012
03:11 PM ET

McAfee taken to hospital after lawyer reports convulsions

[Updated at 3:11  p.m. ET] Software pioneer John McAfee was being transported to a Guatemala City hospital in an ambulance Thursday after his attorney reported he had convulsions.

[Posted at 1:38 p.m. ET] Guatemala has rejected American software mogul John McAfee's bid for asylum, presidential spokesman Francisco Cuevas said Thursday.

McAfee, wanted for questioning in neighboring Belize in connection with the death of his neighbor there, was on the run for weeks and was detained in Guatemala on Wednesday on suspicion of entering the country illegally, officials said.

His lawyer, Telesforo Guerra, filed a formal request for asylum with Guatemalan officials Wednesday.

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December 6th, 2012
02:58 PM ET

Pepper spray, arrests follow protests at Michigan capitol building

The capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, is currently "locked down" and is in" exit only" mode because the capacity of the building has been exceeded, Michigan State Police officials told CNN.

Large protests were taking place inside and outside the capitol building because of a push by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to seek "right to work" status for the state.

Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk told CNN that there are a couple thousand people inside the capital. Another 1,000 to 2,000 people are milling around the area, Adamczyk said.

Multiple protesters were arrested today when they tried to rush the state Senate chambers, Adamczyk said. Michigan State Police spokeswoman Shannon Banner told CNN that eight people were arrested. They face potential charges of assault and/or disobeying a lawful order from state police.

During the melee outside the Michigan State Capitol today, one trooper used O.C. spray,  more commonly known as mace, against a group of protesters who attempted to rush the chambers, Adamczyk told CNN.

 

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Attack not best way to stop Syria's chemical weapons, Clark says
This is a file photo of Clark, who headed all NATO forces from July 1997 to May 2000.
December 6th, 2012
12:47 PM ET

Attack not best way to stop Syria's chemical weapons, Clark says

The best way to ensure Syria doesn’t use chemical weapons against rebels is not military action, but offering Syria’s president a way out of the country and persuading him to take it a former NATO supreme commander says.

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark told "CNN Newsroom" on Thursday that concerned nations could attack Syrian military targets, but such a move wouldn’t immediately halt every chemical weapons threat.

"You could take out the airfields if (the weapons) are uploaded … but nothing is going to be 100% effective," Clark said. "The most effective preventive weapon is to use this as greater leverage against the Russians and Chinese to cut all support for Bashar Assad, get him out of the country, get him into some kind of asylum situation somewhere, and sort this out."

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Reports: UK publicist Max Clifford held over sex offenses
Publicist Max Clifford arrives at the High Court to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on February 9, 2012 in London, England.
December 6th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

Reports: UK publicist Max Clifford held over sex offenses

Celebrity publicist Max Clifford was arrested Thursday by police investigating sex abuse allegations sparked by a scandal involving a now-deceased TV host, British media reports said.

His lawyer confirmed that Clifford - who is famous in Britain for representing celebrities and members of the public willing to sell kiss-and-tell stories - was being questioned by police, but did not say what it regarded.

"Max Clifford is being interviewed by police. Mr. Clifford will assist the police as best he can with their inquiries," said lawyer Charlotte Harris, at law firm Mishcon de Reya.

London's Metropolitan Police said a man in his 60s was arrested on suspicion of sexual offenses Thursday morning in Surrey, outside London, in connection with the inquiry involving late television personality Jimmy Savile.

But the force declined to name the suspect, in line with policy.

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Jim DeMint will step down from Senate
December 6th, 2012
10:35 AM ET

Jim DeMint will step down from Senate

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina will resign from his Senate seat as of December 31 to take over as head of the Heritage Foundation, CNN has learned.

Elected in 2004, he was re-elected in 2010. His term was not up until 2016. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor. A special election will then be held in 2014 for the last two years of his term.

This story is developing. For more information you can follow the story on our Political Ticker blog.

Navy moves destroyers ahead of possible North Korea missile launch
File photo of the USS Benfold. Photo/DVIDS
December 6th, 2012
10:24 AM ET

Navy moves destroyers ahead of possible North Korea missile launch

The Navy is moving some warships into position to monitor a possible upcoming North Korean launch of a long-range ballistic missile, Defense Department officials said Thursday.

The USS Benfold and the USS Fitzgerald - both guided missile destroyers - are moving into positions, although the Navy declined to give their exact location. They are being sent to monitor for a possible launch and "provide reassurance to allies," according two Defense Department officials.

It's possible two additional ships will be sent in the next few days, the officials added.

North Korea appears to be working toward its goal of launching a rocket later this month, with a recent satellite image showing preparations continuing around the site.

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December 6th, 2012
08:01 AM ET

Clinton spearheads new diplomatic push on Syria

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting Thursday with key players as part of a new U.S. diplomatic push on Syria, amid reports that the government of President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing to use chemical weapons.

Clinton is holding talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov while in Dublin for an international security conference.

She also will meet with both Lavrov and the U.N. special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, later in the day, a senior State Department official said.

CNN reported Monday that Syrian forces battling rebels in fierce fighting had started combining chemicals that could be used to make deadly sarin gas for weapons. NBC reported Wednesday night that Syria is loading chemical weapons into bombs.

December 6th, 2012
07:32 AM ET

Tanks deployed near presidential palace after deaths mount in Egypt protests

The fallout from President Mohamed Morsy's sweeping power grab in Egypt has spiraled into more deaths, another key defection and a scene that resembles a war zone.

Tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled into the area near the presidential palace Thursday, trying to bring some calm to the country's latest center of turmoil.

Piles of rubble and burned cars littered the streets. The front doors of nearby storefronts were smashed in.

Five people have been killed and 446 injured in deadly clashes between pro- and anti-Morsy demonstrators outside the palace, the Egyptian health ministry said Thursday. At least 35 police officers are among the injured, the state-run MENA news agency reported.

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Catherine leaves hospital after acute morning sickness treatment
Britain's Prince WiIliam, the Duke of Cambridge, with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as they leave the hospital.
December 6th, 2012
06:13 AM ET

Catherine leaves hospital after acute morning sickness treatment

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, left hospital Thursday morning, three days after being admitted for acute morning sickness.

She emerged from the hospital accompanied by her husband Prince William and was driven away by a waiting car.

A St. James's Palace spokesman said: "The Duchess of Cambridge has been discharged from the King Edward VII Hospital and will now head to Kensington Palace for a period of rest.‬‪

"Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank the staff at the hospital for the care and treatment The Duchess has received."

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Germany agrees to send Patriot missiles, troops to Turkey
(File photo) Soldiers of the German Army Bundeswehr stand next to a cargo plane in Kabul, Afghanistan on November 12.
December 6th, 2012
02:53 AM ET

Germany agrees to send Patriot missiles, troops to Turkey

The German Cabinet has agreed to send Patriot missiles and up to 400 soldiers to Turkey to deter the Syrian civil war from spilling into the country.

The cabinet decision, made in a special session today, follows a move by NATO foreign ministers Tuesday  to approve Turkey's request for such missiles.

Errant Syrian artillery shells struck the Turkish border town of Akcakale and killed five Turkish civilians in October.

Turkey asked NATO to deploy Patriot missiles along its border to bolster its air defenses against Syrian threats.

In addition to Germany, the United States and Netherlands - both of which have Patriot capabilities - have signaled they would be willing to contribute missiles.

“Any deployment will be defensive only. It will in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation," the NATO statement said.

The decision was made as news surfaced about fears of Bashar al-Assad's government using chemical weapons.

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December 6th, 2012
02:28 AM ET

Military plane crashes in South Africa

Rescue crews searched for survivors Thursday after a South African military plane crashed in the mountains as it headed to an airport near the rural hometown of Nelson Mandela.

A military spokesman declined to comment on the plane's mission or the number of people aboard.

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December 6th, 2012
02:16 AM ET

Suspect in New York subway death charged with murder

A suspect in the death of a man who was struck and killed by an oncoming New York subway train has been arraigned and charged with second-degree murder in the case.

Naeem Davis, a 30-year-old homeless man, is accused in the death of 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han, who was struck by a train after he allegedly was shoved onto the tracks during an altercation at a New York subway platform.

Davis, who has been in police custody since Tuesday, is being held without bail.  He is scheduled to be back in court December 11.

A photo of the victim, desperately clawing at the platform shortly before he was struck, was published this week by the New York Post, embroiling the paper and the photographer in a controversy over whether the picture should have been taken and published.

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