May 20th, 2013
10:27 PM ET

Top U.S. Marine faces extraordinary allegation

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on an extraordinary allegation being leveled against the nation's top Marine, Gen. James Amos, stemming from that infamous video of Marines urinating on corpses in Afghanistan.  The complaint against Amos was first reported by the Marine Corps Times.

Warning: the images contained in this piece may be disturbing.

Survey shows little improvement in religious freedom
Secretary of State John Kerry
May 20th, 2013
06:18 PM ET

Survey shows little improvement in religious freedom

By Paul Courson

There has been little improvement in religious freedom worldwide but some positive changes were seen in Turkey and Vietnam, according to an annual State Department survey of nearly 200 countries.

Secretary of State John Kerry, a former U.S. senator who helped push the law mandating the original report 15 years ago, helped announce the findings on Monday in the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.

"This report is a clear-eyed, objective look at the state of religious freedom around the world. And when necessary, yes, it does directly call out some of our close friends, as well as some countries with whom we seek stronger ties."

Government repression in China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia has kept all three countries on a list the report calls "Countries of Particular Concern."

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Kerry: To bring light to world, U.S. must go 'where it's dark'
September 11, 2012 attack on U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya
May 20th, 2013
04:19 PM ET

Kerry: To bring light to world, U.S. must go 'where it's dark'

By Paul Courson

Secretary of State John Kerry tried to reassure diplomatic workers on Monday that security improvements are underway at American missions around the world where they are likely to be deployed.

The measures include plans for a rapid evacuation contingency if conditions turn deadly, as they did last September during a terror attack on the U.S. post in Benghazi, Libya.

In opening remarks at a "Security Overseas Seminar" at the Foreign Service Institute, Kerry said there's a balance between making contact with the local populations the United States is trying to serve, and protecting Americans working in hostile regions.

"Diplomacy and security needs do not have to be trade-offs," he said, declaring that "if we are going to bring light to the world, we have to go where it is dark."

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May 20th, 2013
03:52 PM ET

Navy launches drone from air craft carrier

An unmanned jet is catapulted from the deck of an aircraft carrier making naval history.  The bat-winged X-47B flew some pre-determined maneuvers before landing at a naval air station on shore.

The next milestone will be landing the prototype back on board the carrier.

The Navy eventually plans to build armed versions of the stealth plane which will give the Navy long range strike and reconnaissance capability without risking the lives of pilots.