November 12th, 2010
06:41 AM ET

World update: Hunt for bin Laden missed 'opportunity'

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Friday:

German intelligence - August Hanning, the former head of the German Intelligence Service, tells Nic Robertson just how close the western allies were to Bin Laden at Tora Bora, all those years ago, and that they missed a "real opportunity" to capture him. 

Russia spy ring - A colonel in Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, identified as "Colonel Shcherbakov," gave the United States information on a Russian spy ring in the United States that was broken up this past June, according to a report in the respected Russian newspaper Kommersant. Read the full story

Teenage sleep - Phil Black headed out to Monkseaton High School in the North of England to look at how the school has decided to embrace teenage sleeping patterns and adjust the school hours to suit the pupils, rather than trying to drag them out of bed early in the morning.

Mushroom magic - Visitors to Berlin's Museum for Contemporary Art can book a night in an installation created by artist Carsten Hoeller ... an installation that includes a hotel room floating on a platform shaped like a mushroom, inspired by a mythical elixir derived from so-called "magic mushrooms." Diana Magnay reports.

Gaza activists - Strofades IV, a Gaza-bound ship, has docked in the Greek port city of Peiraias, the country's merchant marine ministry said Friday. The ship was part of a Gaza-bound convoy sponsored by the independent activist group, Road to Hope. The group said that the incident took place after the ship owner "went berserk" in an argument with an Egyptian broker. The captain sailed back to Greece carrying the activists and seven Libyans.

$80,000,000 vase? - A brother and sister who unearthed a Chinese vase in a clear-out of a suburban house in London were stunned when it sold for a world record-breaking £43 million. The 18th-century piece of Qianlong-era porcelain was expected to fetch between £800,000 and £1.2 million when it went under the hammer on Thursday. But the total price, including commission and VAT on the commission, was £53,105,000.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. phil

    @Masterofblah blah balh....Revolution you say? Did you think about how expensive revolution is? We've lost our jobs and homes. We simply can't afford to revolt. And I doubt French banks will loan US people money to revolt since the North never did pay them back.

    November 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    i find americans Revolting every day. americans are not going to do anyhting.
    excpet run thier mouths as they hide and blame every one else.

    November 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dude

    Ya, what dr bad says... Everyone knows that american r not likely to mount the horse and charge the enemy camp. We will give up our young men to fight for your women and children cause the u won't do it yourself dr bad

    November 12, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 517blingdongding

    You guys. Dr. Bad is a little upset tonight. She needs her meds. Please donakt egg her on.

    November 13, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. cesar

    @Jim: How do you know all this?

    November 13, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    I like how dr. bad just casually strolls in the room. People standing around chatting. And he just walks in. The first words out of his mouth are "I hayt fuking amerikan swine". Only in cyberspace and playstation do we find such daring. We know what happens to these little pukes here in reality.

    November 13, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
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