August 23rd, 2013
05:01 AM ET

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner could resign today

Bob Filner, the embattled mayor of San Diego, is expected to step down Friday, after weeks of growing calls for his resignation and a torrent of sexual harassment claims.

His resignation is dependent on the San Diego City Council accepting a proposed mediation agreement - a matter they'll take up during a closed session on Friday, an official familiar with the negotiations told CNN's Lindy Hall.

"It is still our understanding that his resignation is part of the deal that the San Diego City Council needs to sign off on during (the) closed session," the official said.

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Filed under: Politics • U.S.
August 23rd, 2013
04:58 AM ET

U.N. urges probe of chemical weapons claim

United Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said Friday that allegations the Syrian regime used chemical weapons should be investigated immediately, saying such a "crime against humanity should result in serious consequences for the perpetrator."

Ban, speaking in South Korea, said he had called on the Syrian government to allow a U.N. inspection team currently in Syria to examine previous claims of chemical weapons use swiftly to access the site of the latest alleged attack.

He is also sending the U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, to Damascus to press the case for an urgent investigation.

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Filed under: World
August 23rd, 2013
04:14 AM ET

Female photographer gang raped in Mumbai

A 23-year-old photographer was gang-raped by five men in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai, police said Friday, the latest shocking report of sexual assault to make headlines in the South Asian nation.

The attack took place Thursday evening in a deserted area of the Shakti Mills district in Mumbai, said the city's police commissioner, Satyapal Singh.

The unidentified female victim and a male colleague were on assignment in the area for a print publication when some of the men approached them and asked if they had permission to take photographs, Singh said.

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Filed under: India • World
August 23rd, 2013
02:37 AM ET

WWII vet, 88, beaten to death by teens

An 88-year-old World War II veteran was brutally beaten and left for dead by two teens outside a lounge in Spokane, Washington, where he loved to go play pool.

The motive? Police don't have one. The teens appeared to have picked him at random, authorities say.

Delbert Belton, a retired aluminum company worker, served in the Pacific. There, friends say, he took a bullet in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa.

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
August 23rd, 2013
12:49 AM ET

Bo Xilai trial resumes after first-day drama

The trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai resumed Friday, a day after the charismatic former top official mounted an unexpectedly resolute defense against the prosecution's accusations of bribery.

Once a rising star in the upper echelons of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, Bo is now on trial on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

His dramatic downfall - laced with tales of murder, corruption and betrayal - set off the party's biggest political crisis in decades.

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Filed under: China • World