March 14th, 2013
01:38 PM ET

Iran confronts U.S. drone over Persian Gulf

Iranian military aircraft targeted a U.S. Predator drone over the Persian Gulf this week, administration officials said. It was the latest in Iranian efforts to thwart the U.S. military's airborne intelligence collections efforts in the region.

Three administration officials have separately confirmed details of the incident, although the Pentagon has not publicly acknowledged it.

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U.S. commander: Karzai comments increase risk
March 14th, 2013
01:18 PM ET

U.S. commander: Karzai comments increase risk

The commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan is warning his top commanders of new risks of attacks due to rising tensions between NATO forces and the Afghan President Hamid Karzai (pictured), an ISAF official told CNN Thursday.

The personal e-mail that Gen. Joseph Dunford sent Wednesday is not a formal threat advisory, said the official, who did not want to be identified.

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Carnival to fly passengers home
A view of the Carnival Dream deck as it sits at dock in St. Maarten on Thursday.
March 14th, 2013
12:28 PM ET

Carnival to fly passengers home

A month after one of its ships was crippled in the Gulf of Mexico, Carnival Cruise Lines is dealing with another ship problem, this time at port in the Caribbean.

The Carnival Dream suffered a generator failure while docked at Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Although power has been restored and facilities are functioning again, the ship still can't leave its port. Passengers say that for a time on Wednesday, some toilets stopped working and no one was allowed to leave even though the ship was docked.

Carnival says it is working to fly all passengers on one of its cruises back to Florida.

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March 14th, 2013
09:59 AM ET

Marathon day expected in Ohio rape trial

More prosecution witnesses are expected to testify Thursday in a marathon 11-hour session in the rape trial of two Steubenville, Ohio, football players accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

The case against the teenage defendants caught national attention, in part because some of the alleged abuse was captured in cellphone images circulated in text messages and on the Internet. Critics have accused community leaders of trying to paper over rampant misconduct by players of the highly regarded Steubenville High School football team and have suggested that other students took part in the assaults or failed to do enough stop them.

The trial, which started Wednesday, is moving quickly to accommodate the schedule of visiting Judge Thomas Lipps, who is presiding over the trial without a jury. A verdict is expected by Sunday.

You can watch live footage of the trial here, or read about the case here.

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March 14th, 2013
09:36 AM ET

Police: Suspect in N.Y. shootings dead

A long standoff following a deadly upstate shooting spree is over, and the suspect is dead, police say.

Kurt R. Myers, 64, was dead after he and an FBI tactical team fired shots in a building where Myers was hiding, New York State Police spokesman Lt. Jack Keller said.

Myers is suspected of killing four people and injuring two others in a 10-minute shooting spree in Herkimer County, New York, on Wednesday morning, state police said.

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Prince Charles: Arabic hard to learn
March 14th, 2013
07:39 AM ET

Prince Charles: Arabic hard to learn

Prince Charles is learning Arabic but said he's having a difficult time of it.

At a networking event Thursday in Qatar for alumni of UK universities, he complimented guests on their impeccable English.

Qatar's energy minister inquired if Charles spoke any Arabic.

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Israel's new gov't excludes ultra-religious
March 14th, 2013
05:06 AM ET

Israel's new gov't excludes ultra-religious

Israeli politicians have reached an agreement on a new government that excludes ultra-religious parties, which have almost always been a part of the ruling coalition.

The main ultra-orthodox Shas Party will join the Labor Party in the opposition rows of the Knesset, Israel's parliament. It leaves the governing coalition with no party that traditionally trumpets the concerns of the poor.

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March 14th, 2013
05:04 AM ET

Kids young as 8 used as bombers in Pakistan

A separatist group fighting the Pakistani government for years has deployed a new weapon in its arsenal, police said: child bombers.

Police in the southwestern Balochistan province say they have arrested a group of children as young as 8 that the United Baloch Army has been using to carry out attacks.

"All the children belong to extremely poor and down-trodden families," officer Zubair Mehmood told a crowded news conference Wednesday.

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France: We must arm Syrian rebels now
French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius addresses members of parliament on March 12, 2013 in Paris.
March 14th, 2013
03:47 AM ET

France: We must arm Syrian rebels now

With the carnage in Syria mounting out of control, there's only one thing left to do, France says: Lift a European Union embargo and start arming rebels.

"We must convince our partners, particularly in Europe, that we have no other choice but lift the arms embargo in favor of the (opposition) Syrian Coalition," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius wrote in an op-ed for the French newspaper Liberation.

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March 14th, 2013
03:14 AM ET

Pope's first full day: Mass with cardinals

[Updated at 8:15 a.m. ET] A man of many firsts, Pope Francis will spend part of his first full day celebrating Mass with the cardinals who elected him.

When Jorge Bergoglio stepped onto the balcony at the Vatican on Wednesday evening to reveal himself as the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, he made history as the first non-European pope of the modern era, the first from Latin America, the first Jesuit and the first to assume the name Francis.

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March 14th, 2013
01:48 AM ET

Khmer Rouge official dies in Cambodia

It was one of the worst genocides since the Nazi era. The brutal Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975 and terrorized the population for four years, killing more than one million people, according to Georgetown University.

One of its infamous leaders died Thursday, escaping judgment for war crimes at the hands of a tribunal.

Ieng Sary passed away at a hospital in the capital Phnom Penh at age 87, a United Nations-backed court for Cambodia said. He was the foreign minister under Khmer Rouge dictator Pol Pot, otherwise known as "Brother number 1."

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March 14th, 2013
01:46 AM ET

Plan to embalm Chavez body may have a snag

The plan to embalm the body of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may have hit a snag.

Scientists in a preliminary assessment have determined that the process might be "quite difficult," acting president Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday

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March 14th, 2013
01:45 AM ET

After 143 days in space, astronauts return

After 143 days in space, three astronauts will depart the International Space Station late Thursday for a return flight to Earth in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, NASA said.

One American and two Russians will land in Kazakhstan less than four hours after undocking from the ISS. They are scheduled to land at 10:57 a.m. local time Friday (11:57 p.m. ET Thursday).

Russian space modules are capable of landing on land and do not require a body of water to splash down in. Two parts of the spacecraft will burn up in the atmosphere, leaving only the Descent Module carrying the three crew members, according to NASA.

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