April 16th, 2012
08:05 PM ET

Iran comes to American's rescue

By Todd Sperry

An American who suffered a heart attack last week during a commercial flight from Dubai to Seattle, Washington, is expected to return to the U.S. Tuesday after being treated in Iran, State Department officials told CNN Monday.

He is doing well and is receiving good medical care in Iran, the sources said.

The 52-year-old man from Seattle was on an Emirates flight when the plane declared a medical emergency over Iranian airspace. The flight diverted to Tehran, the capital, according to the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency.

"Despite international sanctions against the Iranian people, which also endanger their lives ... we helped an American citizen in our country," ISNA quoted the public relations chief for Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, Abbas Mosayebi, as saying.

Friday's apparent good will gesture by Iran follows ones by the U.S. This year, the U.S. Navy has reported a string of rescues of stranded Iranian sailors in the Persian Gulf. Last month, the U.S. Navy said it had rescued a survivor from an Iranian cargo vessel that sank in the gulf, killing at least three other crew members.

- CNN's Elise Labott contributed to this report.

April 16th, 2012
06:15 PM ET

Is Iran playing the U.S. and its allies?

With international talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program now underway, the United States and its allies are cautiously confident that Iran is serious in its willingness to negotiate.

That stands in contrast to Israel whose prime minister said Iran has been given a "freebie" to continue its enrichment programs. And an Israeli television network brodcast a supposed blueprint of how Israel's military would attack Iran's nuclear sites.

CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty reports.

Filed under: Iran • Israel • Nuclear • Security Brief • Security Clearance on TV
Karzai blames attacks on "intelligence failure"
April 16th, 2012
05:28 PM ET

Karzai blames attacks on "intelligence failure"

By Adam Levine

Afghanistan's president said the attacks this weekend in his country represent a "serious intelligence failure" by NATO and other allies.

President Hamid Karzai made the comment about the coordinated attacks in Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan in an interview with Christiane Amanpour during the premiere of her new CNN International program, “Amanpour."

"This is indicative, ma'am, of serious intelligence failure, especially an intelligence failure of our allies in NATO and others, because of the equipment that they have, because of the resources that they have, because of the time that they've spent in this part of the world," Karzai said in the interview, which aired Monday. FULL POST

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Filed under: Afghanistan • ISAF • Kabul • Karzai • Military
April 16th, 2012
01:11 PM ET

Military widens investigation into Cartagena misconduct

Update:   In response to a question from CNN's Barbara Starr, Gen. Martin Dempsey said the military leadership was "embarrassed"  by what happened in Colombia.

"What we do know is that we distracted, several of our members distracted the issue from what was a very important regional engagement for our president," the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at a Pentagon press conference.  " So we let the boss down 'cause nobody's talking about what went on in Colombia other than this, this incident. So to that extent we let him down."

By Barbara Starr

The U.S. military investigation into alleged misbehavior by personnel in Colombia has now widened beyond the five service membersoriginally identified, according to George Little, Pentagon press secretary.

“We believe there may be more than five,” Little told reporters. He could not say how many more military personnel might be involved, but he indicated the personnel might come from more than one branch of the military.  Pentagon officials had originally thought only Army personnel were involved.

As many as five others military personnel may have been involved, according to two U.S. officials.


Filed under: Military
April 16th, 2012
10:39 AM ET

Hunting down Taliban in Afghanistan

As the Afghanistan recovers from this weekend's coordinated attack by insurgents in Kabul and elsewhere, Nick Paton Walsh accompanies U.S. and Afghan forces on a manhunt for most-wanted militants in the Taliban heartland.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Taliban
April 16th, 2012
05:51 AM ET

Norway mass murder suspect claims self-defense

By Diana Magnay

The man accused of killing 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in Norway last summer claimed self-defense on Monday.

"I acknowledge the acts but do not plead guilty, and I claim I was doing it in self-defense," Anders Behring Breivik told a court in Oslo, Norway.

Breivik made the remarks as he went on trial for the July 22 killings to which he has admitted.


Read more of the CNN.com story here.
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Filed under: Norway • Terrorism