September 6th, 2010
09:09 PM ET

Dutch paper: Van der Sloot admits extortion

Joran van der Sloot admitted in an interview with a Dutch newspaper that he extorted money from the family of Natalee Holloway, but his attorney in a Peruvian murder case suggested Monday that his client's comments may have been mistranslated.

Attorney Maximo Alteza said he is not involved in the case of Holloway, the Alabama teenager who disappeared in Aruba after going out on the town with van der Sloot, and was reluctant to comment on van der Sloot's interview with The Telegraph.

"Maybe there were some mistakes in the translation," he said. Alteza said van der Sloot was not paid for the interview.

"I wanted to get back at Natalee's family," van der Sloot said from prison in the Dutch interview. "Her parents have been making my life tough for five years."

"When they offered to pay for the girl's location, I thought: 'Why not?'" he said.


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August 9th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

4,000 miles = Historic Amazon River hike

British explorer Ed Stafford finished his two-year, 4,000-mile trek along the Amazon River on Monday, completing a feat never before accomplished, his publicist said.

He started the hike at Camana, Peru, on April 2, 2008, before ending it Monday at Maruda Beach, Brazil.

Four months after beginning, he was joined by Peruvian forestry worker Gadiel "Cho" Sanchez Rivera. Sanchez intended only to guide Stafford for five days through a dangerous area near Satipo, Peru, but stayed to the end of the expedition.

The 859-day journey took Stafford through three countries and a place in his body and soul he never imagined.


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June 30th, 2010
02:31 PM ET

Van der Sloot files appeal in Peru

Joran van der Sloot's attorney on Wednesday filed an appeal to a ruling that upheld his confession and detention in the death of a Peruvian woman, his attorney said.

Attorney Maximo Altez filed the appeal in the morning, he said.

Ricardo Flores, the father of murder victim Stephany Flores, was also expected to appear before a judge Wednesday to give a formal statement, family members told CNN.


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June 23rd, 2010
05:27 PM ET

Van der Sloot claims his rights were violated

Joran van der Sloot has filed a complaint with Peruvian police claiming that his constitutional rights and his right to a defense were violated after his arrest in connection with the killing of a Peruvian woman.

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June 21st, 2010
09:09 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf oil, van der Sloot, Mexico violence

Gulf oil disaster - A federal judge will hear arguments Monday from companies seeking an end to a temporary moratorium on deepwater drilling, while oil continues gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from a ruptured undersea well. The six-month ban, instituted by the government last month, halts all drilling in more than 500 feet of water and prevents new permits from being issued. But a company that provides boats and equipment to the offshore drilling industry said in a lawsuit the government has no evidence that existing operations pose a threat to the Gulf.


June 17th, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Holloway, Flores families in touch over possible case links

The family of Natalee Holloway, left, has been in touch with the family of Stefany Flores, right, whose cases may be linked by suspect Joran van der Sloot

Missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway's mother talked to the family of a murdered Peruvian woman whose case may be linked to her daughter's, the Peruvian family told CNN sister network In Session.

Beth Holloway gave the Flores family her "sincere, sincere condolences" when they spoke for the first time Wednesday, Enrique Flores told In Session's Jean Casarez.

Flores's sister Stefany was killed May 30. Joran van der Sloot, who is being held in connection with the killing, was twice arrested but never charged in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005.

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June 15th, 2010
11:53 AM ET

Aruba, Peru to swap notes on Joran van der Sloot

Officials hope any details they share involving Joran van der Sloot, middle, and the murder of Stephany Flores, right, will help in the Natalee Holloway investigation.

Aruban and Peruvian authorities have agreed to "help each other" in the murder investigation of Stephany Flores - in which Joran Van der Sloot is the prime suspect, Aruban government spokesman Taco Stein told CNN Tuesday.

Investigators hope the cooperation will lead to new information about the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in 2005 in Aruba. Van der Sloot is also a suspect in that case.

Following a phone meeting with Peruvian judge Carlos Morales on Tuesday morning, Stein said Peruvian authorities have agreed to allow Aruban investigators into Peru once a formal request has been made. He did not indicate when that more formal request would take place or when Aruban investigators are expected to arrive in Peru, but described the meeting as a "positive start" to information sharing.


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June 14th, 2010
09:17 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf disaster, Arkansas floods, van der Sloot

Gulf oil - President Obama will visit the Gulf states affected by the oil spill Monday and Tuesday. On his fourth visit to the Gulf region since the disaster began April 20, Obama will make stops in Theodore, Alabama; Gulfport, Mississippi; and Pensacola, Florida, according to senior administration officials. After returning from the two-day trip, Obama will make a televised statement from the Oval Office on the night before he is scheduled to meet with top BP officials.

In response to the government's order for BP to step up efforts to collect more oil from the runaway well, BP said it has a plan to contain more than 50,000 barrels of oil per day by the end of this month, according to a letter obtained by CNN. With estimates changing over the past few days about how much oil actually is spewing each day, BP began deploying pressure sensors on its ruptured undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday in an effort to fine-tune estimates.


June 11th, 2010
09:33 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories during the last 24 hours, according to Newspulse.

Van der Sloot charged in Peru murder: Joran van der Sloot was charged with murder Friday, acting "with ferocity and great cruelty" in the slaying of a 21-year-old student in Lima, Peru, according to court documents.

Mobster says Amanda Knox is innocent:  A jailed Italian mobster claims he can prove American student Amanda Knox, her former boyfriend and a drifter are innocent of murdering Knox's British roommate because he knows who the real killer is - his brother.

Crews contact missing teen sailor: Australian authorities on Friday made contact with a 16-year-old American girl who triggered a distress signal while attempting to sail solo around the world.

16 dead, 36 missing in Arkansas flooding: At least 16 people died at a federal campground in Arkansas after heavy rain and flash flooding Friday, and many more could be trapped in the area, state authorities said.

Van der Sloot says he knows location of Holloway's body, official says: Joran van der Sloot told investigators that he knows where Natalee Holloway's body is, but he would neither identify the location nor say what happened to her the night of her disappearance, Peruvian police official told CNN.

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June 11th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Van der Sloot charged with murder

Joran van der Sloot was charged with murder Friday in the slaying of a 21-year-old student in Lima, Peru, according to court documents.

Van der Sloot, a 22-year-old Dutch citizen, is suspected of killing Stephany Flores Ramirez last month.  Ramirez was found beaten to death in a hotel room registered in van der Sloot's name.


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June 11th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf oil, van der Sloot, teen sailor, World Cup

Gulf oil disaster - Researchers have doubled estimates of how much oil has been spewing from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, reporting Thursday that up to 40,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons) a day may have escaped for weeks. Well owner BP has been able to capture a varying percentage of that oil, first with a siphon inserted into the well riser and since June 3 with a cap that allowed workers to draw nearly 16,000 barrels to a ship on the surface Wednesday.

The change in estimates comes as a delegation of U.S. senators head to the heart of coastal Louisiana on Friday to assess the damage caused by the growing BP oil disaster. Sens. Benjamin Cardin, David Vitter, Jeff Merkley and Barbara Mikulski will be in Grand Isle, Louisiana, one of the early areas hit by the slick created by the underwater gusher.


June 9th, 2010
01:44 PM ET

Source: FBI agent passed money to van der Sloot

[Updated at 7:48 p.m. ET] A representative for Natalee Holloway's mother who paid $25,000 for information on the whereabouts of her remains last month was an undercover FBI agent, a federal law enforcement official told CNN.

However, the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Birmingham, Alabama, said Wednesday that the FBI did not supply the money.

"Some news accounts have suggested that the FBI provided $25,000 in funds that were transmitted to van der Sloot. This is incorrect. The funds involved were private funds," the FBI and U.S. attorney's office said in a statement.

An Interpol document says van der Sloot faces criminal charges in Alabama because he allegedly tried to extort money from Holloway's mother. U.S. authorities filed extortion and wire fraud charges against van der Sloot this week.

The FBI and U.S. attorney's office in Birmingham arranged for a meeting where van der Sloot was paid $10,000 in cash and another $15,000 in a wire transfer for information van der Sloot allegedly promised would lead to Holloway's body in Aruba, a source familiar with the case said. The meeting took place in May, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Birmingham.

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June 8th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

Officials: Girl saw Holloway info on van der Sloot laptop

Authorities say Joran van der Sloot has confessed to killing a Peruvian woman.

[Updated at 11:28 a.m.] Joran Van der Sloot told police he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez last week when she found some information on his laptop computer that tied him to the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway five years ago, Peruvian authorities said Tuesday.

"I did not want to do it," van der Sloot is said to have told authorities. "The girl intruded into my private life."

[Posted at 11:08 a.m] Joran van der Sloot, the longtime suspect in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager in Aruba, is slated to take Peruvian authorities on a re-enactment Tuesday at the hotel room where the body of a young woman he has confessed to killing was found last week, officials said.

Van der Sloot offered a tearful confession Monday night to killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez, Peruvian authorities said.


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June 8th, 2010
09:41 AM ET

On the Radar: Confession in Peru, iPhone 4, oil disaster

Joran van der Sloot -  Unexpected developments in the Joran van der Sloot case: Police in Peru say the suspect admitted to murdering a young woman after she looked at his computer and began asking questions about his role in the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway. Van der Sloot was a suspect in the Holloway disappearance in Aruba five years ago but never was charged.'s Ashley Fantz takes a look at the victim in the Peruvian case, Stephany Flores Ramirez, and talks to her family about the slaying. Relatives said they were horrified when they Googled van der Sloot's name and realized who he was. As this case unfolds, CNN will bring you the latest details.

Gulf oil disaster - President Obama is taking heat from critics on how he's handled the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. But he says he was on top of the spill weeks ago and has been getting advice from the best minds in the field. He bluntly defended his administration's response to the undersea gusher fouling the Gulf, telling an interviewer Monday that he has met with experts to learn "whose ass to kick."


June 4th, 2010
09:39 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil disaster, Joran van der Sloot, Gaza aid

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Gulf oil disaster - President Obama, who told Larry King he is furious about the oil spill, will be making a third trip to the Gulf Coast today to get an update on the oil spill and examine the cleanup. BP capped the well last night and plans to successively close four vents at the top of the containment cap Friday, hoping to stem oil that is still escaping into the Gulf of Mexico, Doug Suttles, the company's chief operating officer, said.

We could get information today about whether BP's latest attempt to stop the oil is a success. We'll be giving you the latest updates on the story throughout the day.


June 3rd, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Interpol: Joran van der Sloot arrested in Santiago

Joran van der Sloot is being investigated in connection with the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez, right, and was a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

[Updated at 1:13 p.m.] Joran van der Sloot has been arrested and is in police custody in Santiago, Chile, an Interpol spokesperson in Santiago told CNN.

Van der Sloot, who was previously considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, is the main suspect in this week's slaying of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez, officials said. She was was found Wednesday in a Lima, Peru, hotel room registered to van der Sloot. Chilean police told CNN that paperwork showed that van der Sloot entered Chile on Wednesday.

Peruvian Interior Minister Octavio Salazar Miranda said Thursday that Peru has made arrangements with Interpol to extradite van der Sloot.

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June 2nd, 2010
02:34 PM ET

Peru cops: Holloway suspect van der Sloot wanted for murder again

Joran van der Sloot was a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway


Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man once considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, is the suspect in the killing of a woman in Peru, Peruvian police officials said Wednesday.


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May 25th, 2010
07:20 PM ET

American jailed in Peru for helping rebels is freed

Lori Berenson, a U.S. citizen jailed in Peru since 1995 for helping leftist rebels, has been granted conditional release, a judge announced Tuesday.

Berenson has served 15 years of a 20-year sentence for aiding Peruvian rebels in a 1995 plot to overthrow Peru's congress.

Judge Jessica Leon Yarango made the announcement in a televised court hearing after Berenson's lawyer made the request.

- Journalist Maria Elena Belaunde contributed to this story from Lima.

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