September 24th, 2012
05:43 PM ET

Mash-up: Ahmadinejad addresses riots

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Piers Morgan interviews Iranian president

During an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slammed an anti-Islam film that has provoked a violent reaction in the Muslim world. Ahmadinejad denounced the online film, "Innocence of Muslims," which portrays the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, child molester and killer. However, he also said random violence is not a good response.

[W]e condemn any type of extremism. Of course, what took place was ugly. Offending the Holy Prophet is quite ugly. This has very little or nothing to do with freedom and freedom of speech. This is the weakness of and the abuse of freedom, and in many places it is a crime. It shouldn't take place, and I do hope the day will come in which politicians will not seek to offend those whom others hold holy. We also believe that this must also be resolved in a humane atmosphere, in a participatory environment, and we do not like anyone losing their lives or being killed for any reason, anywhere in the world.

Readers weigh in on Ahmadinejad

The Iranian president also talked about his country's tensions with Israel, and about homosexuality, which in 2007 he said did not exist in Iran. As always, his remarks sparked passionate responses from CNN readers, to wit:

Ethan Marsh
Ahmadinejad is obnoxious because he portrays himself as this enlightened, reasonable person who thinks everyone should just be left alone to do whatever they want in their own country. But he is as hypocritical as any other world leader, if not more so. He complains here about a world where Israel can threaten Iran over suspected nuclear ambitions, yet Iran refuses to recognize Israel as a state and has said that he wants the current Israeli political regime to cease to exist. Iran also funds and supports militants on Israel's border who have thousands of rockets aimed at Israeli population centers. The idea that Iran just wants to live in peace and security with its neighbors is a fiction. I'm not saying Israel is not militaristic as well, but at least they don't pretend they're not.

wakeup7509
I am an American, and no big supporter of Ahmadinejad; however, any U.S. and Israeli foreign policy of sanctions and pre-emptive attack based on falsified information is completely wrong. An attack on Iran only stands to endanger Israel and the Iranian people. An attack on Iran could quite easily be the catalyst for WW3 and nuclear destruction should China and Russia become involved. Only the severely brainwashed would believe that containment, and undiplomatic solutions are the best course, continuing down this path of aggression could very well lead to a major world depression once the Strait of Hormuz is threatened, and at worse resulting in death and destruction worldwide, including America.

Horse shows off painting skills

Among the horses being auctioned this week in Dixon, Illinois, was Justin, a 9-year-old stallion from Indiana who has a skill you don't often see in horses: Justin can paint, CNN affiliate WQAD reports.

Buzzy guests at ritzy NYC hotel

Hundreds of bees have checked in to New York's famous Waldorf Astoria hotel - and that's considered a good thing. Find out why:

SEALs celebrate 50th anniversary

CNN iReporter Tony Perri sat up-close as race cars whizzed by and a parachuting team dropped in to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Navy SEALS at the Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival last weekend in California. His well-done video shows footage of the races, the U.S. Navy Parachute Team "Leap Frogs" and an interview with one of the members of the parachuting team.

"The best part was having the front-row seat within just a few yards as the Navy SEALs landed," he said. "As one of them landed, he walked right over to me and I got to ask him a few questions. That was the biggest thrill."

On the horizon: Obama @ U.N.; court announces orders

President Barack Obama is scheduled as one of the first speakers Tuesday morning at the 67th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly. French President Francois Hollande and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai are among those who will address the General Assembly in the afternoon.

The U.S. Supreme Court will announce which cases it will take on during the coming year. Oral arguments would likely be held in early 2013. Among the big issues are various same-sex marriage challenges and the insanity defense.

September 25 anniversaries

A Seattle WaMu branch in September 2008.

1789 - Congress adopts the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, and sends them to the states for ratification. New Jersey is the first state to ratify.
1956 - The first trans-Atlantic telephone cable, connecting Newfoundland and Scotland, is activated.
1957 - U.S. Army troops escort nine African-American students as they integrate all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor is sworn in as the first female Supreme Court Justice.
1992 - NASA launches the Mars Observer. Communication with the robotic probe was lost in August 1993, three days before the craft was to enter Mars orbit.
2008 - Savings and loan Washington Mutual collapses, the largest bank failure in U.S. history. Most of its assets are sold to J.P. Morgan Chase.

September 25 birthdays

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas

• TV interviewer Barbara Walters, 83

• Actor Michael Douglas, 68

• Actor Mark Hamill, 61

• Actress Heather Locklear, 51

• Basketball player Scottie Pippen, 47

• Actor/rapper Will Smith, 44

• Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 43

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  1. Climp Jones

    how is CNN doing with cover up reporting(s) since their bumping to the curb of Fareed Zakaria?

    September 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Ahmedinjad said, about the violence and what said about free speech: "It shouldn’t take place, and I do hope the day will come in which politicians will not seek to offend those whom others hold holy."
    Politicians didn't make fun of their Holy Prophet; ordinary citizens did.
    But in reality, *their* politicians did nothing to stop their ordinary citizens from committing the violence either.
    Blaming OUR politicians is just another way of the double-speak that this man is so well-known for.

    September 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Ahmadinejad in no way represents the main stream peaceful muslim that Malcom X portrayed after joining the Islam faith.
    Under his administration basic human rights have deteriorated for detained dissidents, has shown no tolerance for peaceful protests, and according to one news agency he stated the following
    "In the world, there are deviations from the right path: Christianity and Judaism. Dollars have been devoted to the propagation of these deviations. There are also false claims that these [religions] will save mankind. But Islam is the only religion that [can] save mankind."
    With his history, he has in NO way reflected Gods traits.

    September 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Good lord, he's a politician who serves at the pleasure of the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. What he says echoes the party line. He walks a fine line...among the power brokers and his boss. Whatcha think he's gonna say?

      September 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Lol. @ Pt, Some of his own appointed administration according to the Human rights group was the source of which those allegations of mistreatment came from.

      September 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AmericanBritishWEAKSTREETCRED

    Talk about a fashion victim: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s sagging pants cost him a seat on a Southwest Airlines flight, reports Fox News.

    September 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      He did it again?
      Because this is old news.

      September 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Rehab bound?

      September 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cobra Jim

    I know many will disagree with me, but just wait two more months. President Obama will have been reelected and the elections will be over. Most people will be happy and back to doing their normal things. Just wait. Things will be ok and you will be happy again.

    September 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hetman Ute

    Hi, Casper. I am Hetman Ute, the leader of my tribe. I used to read comic books. I had Casper, Wendy, Hot Stuff, Ritchie Rich, Uncle Scrooge, and many others. I never sent away for those Sea-Monkeys. Did you?

    September 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. paulstewart2

    The combination of Ahmadinejad, Bibi, and Osama are going to set the world ablaze in a religious war...

    http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13034180-osama-bin-laden-reaches-to-libya-and-pakistan-from-from-his-watery-grave

    While the Iranian leadership's ambitions are with mal intent and must be stopped; it must be done well. At the right time, with the right tools. Bibi wants to play at American politics like its some game. Sorry Bibi, it is a dangerous game and we could all get burned......

    You need to work with President Obama, rather than try to subvert him.....

    Is our Mittens learning? Sheesh, Obama is no apologist, just ask Osama. Mitt and the GOP seem to be willing to say anything anywhere, and at any time, regardless of its veracity and its impact on the United States.

    http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13034180-osama-bin-laden-reaches-to-libya-and-pakistan-from-from-his-watery-grave

    http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13017922-its-the-dishonesty-stupid

    September 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Aw.
    Michael Douglas turned 25 the same day his lovely wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones was born.
    Kismet.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. talkic.com

    Take him out while we have the chance.

    September 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. inkyh

    You can no more trust Ahmadinejad than the man in the moon. They are surely working on a nuclear weapon,
    and no sensible human being could blame Israel for doing whatever it must to defend its citizens.

    September 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      "They are surely working on a nuclear weapon" ?? And you know this how??

      September 25, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Ahmadinejad (AlmondJoyDine), better think twice before he bums money off me for cigarettes. He's never addressed an assh0le before. He better watch it or I'll wring his towel out with my Monte Carlo.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jose M. Pulido

    Why does Piers Morgan waste his time talking to that narrow-minded Iranian puppet? Talking to a Muslim is like talking to a Neanderthal; I take it back, a Neanderthals probably had more sense of natura laws and human rights, especially for women than this scruffy-looking Iranian o-alled president.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jose M. Pulido

    Why does Piers Morgan waste his time talking to that narrow-minded Iranian puppet? Talking to a Muslim is like talking to a Neanderthal; I take it back, a Neanderthals probably had more sense of natural laws and human rights, especially for women than this scruffy-looking Iranian so-called president.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kim

    I'm so tired of those smelly as Muslims wash your butts and go find a real religion called hygiene.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • You're so rude

      You're what the rest of the world calls, 'the ugly American'.

      September 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ronvan

    Just looking at this "THING" makes my skin crawl! You cannot beleive one word IT says! IT will be the cause of another war and many deaths!! To "take this thing out" would be benefiting mankind!

    September 25, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
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