Hasan's attorney asks for another delay in court-martial
Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is charged in shootings that killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas has been moved to a jail in Bell County, Texas, a deputy said Friday, April 9, 2010. Courtesy Bell Co. Sheriff's Office
April 4th, 2012
05:09 PM ET

Hasan's attorney asks for another delay in court-martial

By Larry Shaughnessy

A judge will consider another delay in the court-martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the military psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.

During a pretrial motion hearing at the base Wednesday the judge, Col. Gregory Gross, said the defense request for the delay will be discussed at a hearing next week, along with a motion regarding three potential defense witnesses.
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U.S. to ease Myanmar sanctions, open relations
Myanmar's president Thein Sein
April 4th, 2012
04:36 PM ET

U.S. to ease Myanmar sanctions, open relations

By Jill Dougherty

Responding to Myanmar's parliamentary elections, which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called a "dramatic demonstration of popular will," the Obama administration is taking several significant steps to normalize relations with the country.

In an announcement at the State Department Wednesday, Clinton said the administration is consulting with Congress, with European and Asian allies and others on the U.S. response. She said the United States is prepared to seek agreement from the government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, for an ambassador to the country and to establish an in-country mission by the United States Agency for International Development.

In addition, the U.S. would seek to enable American-based private organizations to pursue activities including building democracy, improving health and education, and facilitating travel to the United States for select government officials and members of parliament.
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U.S. investigators visit Afghan shooting site
April 4th, 2012
03:55 PM ET

U.S. investigators visit Afghan shooting site

By Barbara Starr

Army criminal investigators have now completed their first visit to the outpost where Staff Sgt. Robert Bales served and the two villages where he is alleged to have killed 17 Afghan civilians, according to a US official.

The official declined to be identified or discuss what evidence had been gathered due to the sensitivity of the investigation. The Army will also not say when investigators were there or if they are going back, due to concerns over their safety in the vicinity of the villages.

It was the first visit by U.S. investigators, who had been staying away out of respect to angry villagers.  CNN's Nic Paton Walsh reported last week that the American investigators had not been able to return to the crime scene. FULL POST

NEW SATELLITE IMAGE: More activity at North Korea launch facility
April 4th, 2012
03:49 PM ET

NEW SATELLITE IMAGE: More activity at North Korea launch facility

By Adam Levine

A new image of the North Korean  launch pad at Tongchang-dong Space Launch Center (see photo above the story) shows what IHS Jane's Defense Weekly analyst Allison Puccioni says is "specific activity" on the pad, as well as at the rocket checkout assembly facility. The March 31 image was provided to CNN by GeoEye.

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Puccioni compared the new image to a GeoEye image from March 20th and  March 28th. She notes the gantry on the umbilical tower has changed directions and more vehicles and objects are seen parked around the launch tower. What are likely fuel containers have been uncovered and stacked behind the fuel system, according to Puccioni. FULL POST


Filed under: Asia • FIRST ON CNN/EXCLUSIVE • North Korea • Satellite imagery
Afghan night raids by the numbers
April 4th, 2012
01:24 PM ET

Afghan night raids by the numbers

By Adam Levine

Afghanistan and the United States may soon reach a deal over night raids that could increase Afghan control over and participation in the controversial operations, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports from Kabul.

Night raids are deeply unpopular among Afghans, but  Gen. John Allen, who commands U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, recently told Congress how vital and frequent those raids are. FULL POST

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Military restarting 9/11 trial at Guantanamo
April 4th, 2012
01:15 PM ET

Military restarting 9/11 trial at Guantanamo

The United States on Wednesday announced charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and four others accused of involvement in the plot.

"If convicted, the five accused could be sentenced to death," the Defense Department said in a statement. FULL POST


Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • Gitmo • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed • Terrorism
Moscow steams about Washington funding for democracy groups
April 4th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Moscow steams about Washington funding for democracy groups

By Jill Dougherty

Moscow warned that the Obama administration's support for democracy-building organizations in Russia is complicating relations between the two countries.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, in an interview with Interfax News Agency, said "This activity is reaching a scale that is turning into a problem in our relations."

"We really are concerned that Washington is funding certain groups and movements in Russia," Ryabkov said in the interview published Tuesday.

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North Korea’s rocket began life underwater
Schematic drawing of a Taepo-Dong 2 missile by Charles Vick of GlobalSecurity.org
April 4th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

North Korea’s rocket began life underwater

By Larry Shaughnessy

If North Korea launches a missile in the next couple of weeks, as it has promised, it will be the result of international cooperation stretching from Moscow to Tehran and, perhaps, Beijing.

Experts who track North Korea's space program expect the communist regime will roll out a somewhat improved version of the Taepodong-2 (or the Unha-2 as North Korea refers to it) missile it last tested in April 2009.

The Taepodong-2 has never had a completely successful launch but, according to David Wright of the Union of Concerned Scientists, "We can go back and model that (2009) trajectory pretty well. The trajectory certainly appears to be the kind of trajectory they would have used for a satellite launch."

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