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.

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  1. Reynardine Greencastle

    Of course they missed a "real opportunity". Bin Laden had given the Bush administration such a "real opportunity" to launch the war they really wanted, pass the legislation they really wanted, and command the dumb, rabid loyalty they really wanted, that they had to give him a "real opportunity", too.

    November 12, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Warrior

    Do we really know that,? what if we have him and are holding him to get intel all this time. Hmmm, let's see, the guy is very tall, on dialysis, unhealthy, and we can't find him.?. – we might have him, because once everyone knows we got him, he has to be flown to america and trialed for crimes against humanity. No more hard core intel will be given. And he won't be there in the middle east. Just a thought. God bless america

    November 12, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. brithaniel Bluemountain

    I knew I'd find you here Greencastle! How outlandishly presumptious you are! Feathering such outrageous governmental conspirotial plots! Oh Sir Greencastle, you have more than surely done your fair share of uncovering grand schemes here this bright and crisp morning. I recommend, nay, I would delight in spotting you a tea or 2 by lunch hour.

    November 12, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Clinton's cigar

    Bush Bush Bush. . .you people are getting old in beating up on Bush. Get something new to focus on once your refills start to kick in, K? Maybe if Clinton wasn't so preoccupied getting his schlonging from Monica back in the 9Os we wouldn't have had all of this crap to deal with in the first place.

    November 12, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    1) CNN, please tell me something I did not already know.
    It just proves never give your enemy a brake.Kill him when you have the chance.l
    2) Is that Russian officer still alive?

    November 12, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brithaniel Bluemountain

    Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa, yeah lets get past Bush already but Clintons affair 12 years ago is fair game. If HW Bush kept his eye on the ball maybe things turn out differently.

    November 12, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brithaniel Bluemountain

    and Reagan too

    November 12, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brithaniel Bluemountain

    and Carter, we didnt start the fire

    November 12, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Upset tummy

    Basically they all suck... Let's keep it simple

    November 12, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Brieske

    Northern Alliance soldiers and our CIA were on the side of mountain looking at Osama Bin Laden outside his compound. They had him sighted in and were ready to blow his head off. The CIA agent called Langley. Put him on hold while they reached President Clinton. Clinton asked if there were children there. Well yes of course there were. Terrorists use women and children as cover when they travel. They know Americans put protecting innocent women and children ahead of killing terrorist men. Clinton instructed Langley to tell the CIA agent NOT to kill OBL.
    On 9-11, Osama Bin Laden murdered hundreds and hundreds of innocent women and children. Many of them sat on passenger jets and cried because unlike a better way of not knowing one is about to die, they knew. They had many minutes to sit in agony with the realization, my life is about end and what will happen after I die.
    I don't know whose head I would rather see blown off more Bill Clintons or Osama Bin Ladens. Both are Hell bound.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. MasterOfUniverse

    You're all a bunch of partisan sheep. All your leaders have failed you, yet you quibble over which failure was greater. Your jobs and security have been sold to the highest bidder. Your children have been sold into slavery by corporate America. Promiscuity is promoted to the highest degree so the rich can have their pick of your daughters. Yes let's blog about it instead of actually starting a revolution to take our country back.

    November 12, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Squidly

    This all sounds like fun! I think I'll run for president! Will you vote for me?

    November 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cesar

    Clearly overvalued @ 80,000,000 bucks for an old vase. Maybe like $5,000,000, ok.

    November 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daniel

    It's quite dubious that Usama bin Laden will ever be found since he's most probably dead from nephritis. As for this "Colonel Shcherbakov",he's living in the lap of luxury somewhere in the U.S. under an assumed ID. I wonder just how many $M dd the C.I.A. pay him. Anybody willing to sell their own country can't be much!!!

    November 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    For The answer to any and all of your questions, You need to ask Leon Pantta Bill and HIllary Clinton.
    Thank you For Making MY Life ,My Wars<My choices Much easier.
    It Does Suck To Be you.

    November 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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