May 3rd, 2013
09:21 PM ET

American sentenced to prison in North Korea

A man with a "big heart", his sister says, who traveled to North Korea frequently.  So, who is Kenneth Bae, and why has North Korea sentenced the Korean-American Kenneth Bae to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea? CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.


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May 3rd, 2013
08:21 PM ET

FIRST ON CNN: Sources: U.S. believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria

By Barbara Starr

The United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials tell CNN.

U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data showing Israel most likely conducted a strike in the Thursday-Friday time frame, according to both officials. This is the same time frame that the U.S. collected additional data showing Israel was flying a high number of warplanes over Lebanon.

One official said the United States had limited information so far and could not yet confirm those are the specific warplanes that conducted a strike. Based on initial indications, the U.S. does not believe Israeli warplanes entered Syrian airspace to conduct the strikes.

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May 3rd, 2013
04:17 AM ET

More tests will take North Korea closer to nuclear missile, Pentagon says

By Jethro Mullen, CNN

If North Korea continues with its controversial missile and nuclear tests, it "will move closer" to its objective of reaching the United States with nuclear weapons, according to a Pentagon report.

During recent heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Pyongyang repeatedly threatened the possibility of nuclear attacks against the United States and South Korea, prompting questions on the progress of its weapons program.

North Korea's secretiveness has made it hard for Western intelligence agencies to gauge exactly what is going on inside its research facilities.

Many clues have come from the regime's large-scale tests such as the long-range rocket launch in December and the underground nuclear detonation in February.

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