On the Radar: Syria, Missouri flood threat, 'birther' probe, Arkansas storms
Syrians carry the casket of Lt. Fadi Ismail through the streets Monday of the western city of Jableh after days of unrest.
April 26th, 2011
09:42 AM ET

On the Radar: Syria, Missouri flood threat, 'birther' probe, Arkansas storms

U.N. panel may look into Syria allegations - The U.N. Security Council could take up the issue of alleged human rights abuses in Syria on Tuesday, a day after witnesses said thousands of troops invaded the heart of the country's recent protests and carried out a bloody crackdown.

A U.N. diplomat said a draft Security Council statement sponsored by France, Portugal and the United Kingdom condemned the violence and called for restraint. It also supported U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for an independent investigation on the matter.

A final statement could be agreed upon by Tuesday, the diplomat said.

Levee breaked feared in Missouri - Police in southeastern Missouri were going house to house Tuesday ordering people to evacuate ahead of an imminent "catastrophic failure" as the Black River threatened to break through a compromised levee.

"A lot of people are getting very worried that they're going to see higher levels than they've ever seen before," said Aaron Luke of Nashville, who visited family in the Poplar Bluff area over the weekend.

Born in the USA - A new CNN investigation reveals what most analysts have been saying since the "birther" controversy erupted during the 2008 presidential campaign: President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Period.

While the president has made light of the controversy, the question remains political red meat for some of his critics. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll showed that nearly 75% of Americans believe Obama was definitely or probably born in the United States. More than four in 10 Republicans, however, believe he probably or definitely was not born in the U.S.

The U.S. Constitution says only "natural born" citizens can become president - a vague clause that some members of the birther movement contend disqualifies Obama because, they insist, he was born outside the United States.

Thousands without power in Arkansas - Almost 67,000 customers were without power in Arkansas on Tuesday morning after a rash of severe weather tore through the state a day earlier, killing at least seven people and destroying more than a dozen homes.

The weather also spawned a tornado that struck Little Rock Air Force Base, military officials said, and prompted Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe to declare a state of emergency.

Royal wedding - Didn't get an invite? We've got you covered.  Read all about the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who will tie the knot Friday. For full royal wedding coverage, including a wedding guest list, CNN.com's "Unveiled" blog has it all.

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  1. Cesar

    What I find to be repulsive here is just how the right-wing fanatics keep on harpring about Syria and Libya while at the same time remain stone silent over Yemen and Bahrain. This smacks of a double standard. Then again the reason for this is that both Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen and the King of Bahrain are stooges of the West,whereas Mohammar Qaddafy and Bashir al Assad are not!

    April 26, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. mcmurdo

    If you help them out they'll just turn on you. Islam is a religion of death and destruction.War and violence is all they know just sit back and let them destroy themselves like the Afghans, Pakistanis, Libyans, Yemenis and the Iraqis are doing. If "infidels" get involved it won't make a bit of difference. These people blow each other up on a daily basis.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. jj

    i wonder what barney frank has to say about this lol

    April 26, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Outsider

    That's a really silly comment. How can you possibly label millions of people bad because of a group of religious extremeists? I suppose the "Christian" Pastor Terry Jones and other Christian extremeists are exempt from your reasoning? Pastor Jones has caused bloodshed and death. He is the same as an Islam suicide bomb extremeist.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Outsider

    History, history. One could very well say Christianity is a religion of death and destruction.

    Maybe, what we ought to ponder is the fact that "organized religion", from the very beginning, has spurned fanatics/extremeists. And, this organized religion is responsible for wars, death and destruction. People want to believe in one true God. Organized religion takes that one universal God and corrupts the fact to say their God is better than another religion's God.
    So maybe, in part, you are right. But it's wrong to say it's just Islam. It's all organized religion and history shows Christians were some of the worst. Organized religion is extremeism and hypocrisy. Without it, maybe we could all believe in that one universal God and live in peace/harmony.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. IKHAN

    @ mcmurdo
    sure Islam is a religion of death & destruction. Look how the 80 million people were killed by Muslims in WW11. How they decimated hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians by the most horrible means possible by nuking Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands killed in Korean, Vietnam wars. All because of this violent religion Islam.
    Hundred thousand civilian Iraqis killed by us invading their land. Scores of people killed in Afghanistan on a daily basis, while we are their occupying their land.
    Look how muslims developed horrible weapons of death & destruction. Nukes, chemical & biological . Cluster bombs, mines, stealths and drones. All for killing others.
    Oh! you are so an authority on Islam.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Outsider (Jorma)


    Beautifully said!

    April 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Can we NOW put the birther issue BS away and focus on how to get our country out of the troubles it's in, both here and overseas? Or are the 4 out of 10 republicans going to continue to beat this dead horse?

    April 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mad Hatter

    They're gonna whip it and whip it good.

    April 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. IKHAN

    perhaps if they used the whip on themselves they would wake up to real issues facing this nation.

    April 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. meee

    Only way to get over the idiotic birther issue is not to report on it but these morons like to stir pot that why when one of their reporters are killed i write and demand proof theyre dead. .so far none have done so why not? i want proof

    April 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. meee

    I also demand proof of live birth of trumps hair

    April 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Outsider (Jorma)


    Absolutely agree. It's beyond ridiculous. I like to see this much attention devoted to getting us out of Afghanistan and now Libya. And cutting the defense budget to nothing.


    It's a orange colored wig, purchased at a wig shop in NY. I'm sure The Donald has the sales receipt.

    April 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Thank you,Outsider(Jorma). I agree.

      April 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Really, now who in their right mind would part your hair to that extreme like that. come to think of it most successful ppl do.

      April 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. i rock

    Pakis will get us they are the devil

    April 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey

    Think about Trump's hair again: when you see him on the street or in a crowded room, you know instantly who he is.
    "You have to have a look."
    Hello banasy, Jazzzz, Cesar (if you're real), and Jorma Outsider, who does wonderful PR for Finland.
    Vodka as "white wine," huh.

    April 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
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