Having to deal with the 'now what?' on Syria
April 10th, 2012
10:55 PM ET

Having to deal with the 'now what?' on Syria

By Jill Dougherty

No one in the Obama administration seems ready to say out loud that the Syria peace plan has failed, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came close.

Asked whether the six-point plan on which U.N. and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan supposedly won agreement from Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is failing, Clinton told reporters the plan has not achieved a main goal of stopping the attacks.

"In fact, the violence has only got worse over this last week" she told reporters at the State Department.

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"Hill"arious: Hillary Clinton embraces parody site
Image posted on 'Texts From Hillary' of the creators meeting the Secretary of State
April 10th, 2012
07:25 PM ET

"Hill"arious: Hillary Clinton embraces parody site

By Elise Labott

Hillary Clinton can often be found on the road checking her BlackBerry. When Moammar Gadhafi was caught by Libyan rebels last year, she was captured on tape receiving the news on her BlackBerry.

Now, the new online sensation, "Texts from Hillary" Tumblr, imagines what the secretary of State is chatting about.

The blog, which recently went viral, features photos of Clinton on her BlackBerry with imagined conversations over text between the secretary and various politicians and other notables, also shown in photos using their phones.

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April 10th, 2012
03:59 PM ET

Annan: Stopping Syria violence "at risk"

Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria, told the U.N. Security Council that he was "gravely concerned at the course of events" in the crisis-ridden Middle East nation, after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad failed to withdraw troops from cities and towns by Tuesday's deadline. (For the latest Syria developments click  here)

In a letter, Annan said the Syrian government should have used the days ahead of the deadline to send a "powerful political signal of peace."

Annan wrote the letter as Syrian troops pounded cities across the nation, opposition activists said. Annan said he was not giving up on the peace plan he brokered, but the fresh violence as the deadline came and went blighted hopes for success.

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Filed under: Arab Spring • Assad • Diplomacy • Free Syrian Army • Middle East • Syria • UN Security Council • United Nations
Bin Laden replaced on FBI most wanted list
April 10th, 2012
02:47 PM ET

Bin Laden replaced on FBI most wanted list

By Carol Cratty

A former private school teacher and camp counselor facing child pornography charges was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list Tuesday.

The May 2011 raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan which killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden opened up the spot on the Top Ten list which Toth now fills. FULL POST

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • FBI • Living With Terror • Osama bin Laden • Terrorism
Next step in 9/11 terrorism trial set for May 5
The World Trade Center in New York City burns on September 11, 2001. The alleged mastermind of the attacks will be arraigned next month. CNN Photo
April 10th, 2012
02:01 PM ET

Next step in 9/11 terrorism trial set for May 5

Larry Shaughnessy

The chief judge for the Guantanamo Bay military commissions has assigned himself to preside over the trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and four other men. Army Col. James Pohl will preside over the arraignment of the five suspected terrorists beginning on May 5.

Mohammad, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi are accused of the "planning and execution of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., resulting in the killing of 2,976 people," a Defense Department statement said. The charges include murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians and civilian objects, hijacking aircraft and terrorism.

If convicted, all five suspects could face the death penalty.

Pohl is already presiding over the trial of Rahim al Nashiri, the only other military commission trial underway at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He's also been involved in the criminal cases stemming from the Abu Ghraib scandal and was the investigating officer in the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of killing of 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.

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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • al-Nashiri • Gitmo • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed • Legal • Military Commissions • Nidal Hasan • Terrorism
April 10th, 2012
06:19 AM ET

Court: 5 terror suspects can be sent to the US

By the CNN Wire Staff

The European Court of Human Rights ruled against five terror suspects Tuesday saying that they can be extradited to America despite their claims that they will be poorly treated.

The court ruled that the suspects would not get "ill treatment" in super-maximum security prisons if they are extradited to the United States and convicted in American courts, according to a statement from the European Court of Human Rights.

The court still needs to make a decision on one other suspect connected to the case.

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U.S. plans for North Korean 'two-step'
Satellite image of site where North Korea is believed to be preparing for a nuclear test. (DigitalGlobe/April 1, 2012)
April 10th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

U.S. plans for North Korean 'two-step'

By Elise Labott

As North Korea prepares to commemorate the 100th birthday of its late founder Kim Il Sung with the launch of a satellite into orbit, the United States is bracing for more drama the day after.

It's what administration officials refer to as the North Korean "two-step," in which one daring act by Pyongyang is followed by another. This time, Washington and its allies are expecting North Korea to conduct a third nuclear bomb test shortly after the launch.

In April 2009, North Korea followed up a long-range missile test with a nuclear test. Then, after North Korea sunk the South Korean navy warship Cheonan in March 2010, it topped itself later that year by shelling South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea off the countries' west coast.

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