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May 28th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/28/09

Tonight on 360°, is Mexico losing the war against the drug cartels? This week Mexican police arrested 10 mayors and 17 other officials in a crackdown on corruption. Plus, there was that escape of 53 inmates from a Mexican prison in one of the most daring drug cartel operations in recent times. Fake police officers entered the jail and helped the inmates leave, walking past guards. No questions asked.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
May 28th, 2009
09:35 PM ET

Video: Tour of Swat Valley

The Pakistani military gives journalists a tour of the battlefront in Swat Valley and what the Pakistani military says is a Taliban training camp and bunker. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.


Filed under: Ivan Watson • Pakistan • Taliban
May 28th, 2009
09:29 PM ET

The drug war shifts – people keep dying

Tania Lozoya was shot dead in Juarez, Mexico earlier this month.

Tania Lozoya was shot dead in Juarez, Mexico earlier this month.

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

Earlier this week, Mexican government officials announced a major corruption bust. Ten mayors and 17 other officials were arrested, suspected of having ties to one of Mexico’s most violent drug syndicates. It was a shift from what we have seen in Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s war on drug cartels. Until recently, we have seen much of the war fought by military force and beefed up police forces, but little done on the actual corruption of many in local governments who are rumored to be bought off by Mexican Drug cartels.

Yet, despite the military force in border towns and arrests of government officials, people continue to die. In one sad case, an innocent, promising 15-year-old girl was killed.

Tania Lozoya was shot dead in Juarez, Mexico earlier this month. She wasn’t over the border partying, she wasn’t doing anything she wasn’t supposed to be doing. She was not involved with the drug cartels. She was with family celebrating a cousin’s baptism when a gun battle broke out between suspected drug traffickers near the party. A stray bullet hit Lozoya in the neck and she was killed.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Ismael Estrada • Mexico
May 28th, 2009
09:05 PM ET

Pakistan in chaos?

Editor's Note: Pakistan looked like it might be descending into chaos over the past 48 hours. Several bombs went off in two major cities on Thursday, just hours after the Taliban warned people to flee. That's on top of attacks in another city the day before that killed more than two dozen people. All this despite - or because - the Pakistan army launched an offensive to push militants back from the capital. Is Pakistan - a nuclear power and key U.S. ally, with an army long focused on India, not on an insurgency - in imminent danger? We spoke with CNN's Reza Sayah, in Islamabad.

Pakistanis look Thursday at the rubble of a police building in Lahore hit by a suicide bomb on Wednesday.

Pakistanis look Thursday at the rubble of a police building in Lahore hit by a suicide bomb on Wednesday.

1. Reza, what is the latest.. is Pakistan's stability deteriorating?

A: Taliban becoming more daring..and dangerous.. stepping up bombings of govt buildings..of civilian targets.. in key cities that were thought to be under control.. showing how much power and control they wield by threatening bombings, and carrying them out, with the government or military unable to stop them

2. It wasn't supposed to be this way, right? Pakistan launched a major offensive against the Taliban, and push them back from the capitol. Isn't it working?

A: The Pakistan military did attack the Taliban in the Swat Valley, northeast of Islamabad. The problem is the Taliban isn't a conventional military.. they don't wear uniforms.. they look like civilians.. so it's not clear who the enemy is.. So the army has just swept hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.. setting off a massive refugee crisis.. the army SAYS it has killed 1200 militants and captured more.. but if you look at the pictures, you can't tell who those people are.. there's no proof they're Taliban..

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Pakistan • Reza Sayah • Taliban
May 28th, 2009
08:30 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Kissing Convert

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on AC360°, a change of faith. Father Alberto Cutié, the Florida Catholic priest who admitted to an affair and breaking his vow of celibacy, is joining the Episcopal church to be with the woman he loves.

Cutié made that announcement at a news conference today with his fiancé by his side.

"I will always love and hold dear the Roman Catholic Church and all its members who are committed to their faith and have enriched my life. I have decided to become part of this new spiritual family of the Episcopal church one with in many in the umbrella of Christianity as I have been saying and writing for years instead of focusing on our differences lets work together so that all may come to believe in the loving and good God even in the midst of this changing world," he said.

He also talked about the photos that surfaced of him with his now fiancé that sparked the scandal.

"Through the photos, it looked like a frivolous thing on the beach, you know, and that's not what it is. It's something deeper than that."

The Episcopal Bishop of Southeast Florida also spoke today. "We believe that this is the best place for Father Alberto Cutié and have welcomed him and his fiancé into our church. He will help us spread the word that the Episcopal church not only offers sacramental catholic worship tradition but is also a community of faith promises thoughtful debate of what God is calling us to do and to be followers of Christ," Bishop Leo Frade said.

What do you think of Cutié's decision?

He already has an new assignment. He'll deliver the sermon this Sunday at the Church of Resurrection in Biscayne Park.

Join us for this story and much more starting at 10pm ET.  See you then!


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
May 28th, 2009
07:57 PM ET

Why South Koreans don’t worry about Kim Jong Il

Despite a declaration of war from North Korea, many South Koreans seem unfazed.

Despite a declaration of war from North Korea, many South Koreans seem unfazed.

Sohn Jie-Ae
CNN Seoul Correspondent

Despite its declaration of war, North Korea is just not on the minds of many South Koreans.

People on the streets of Seoul have been calm, and going about business as usual. No sign of fear.

And overnight - at 4 A.M. - 200 South Korean soccer fans were fixated on a movie screen, watching a soccer match between Manchester United and Barcelona.

North Korea's threats were not keeping these South Koreans from cheering on the first Korean, in fact the first Asian, playing in the European championship finals.

"Park Ji-Sung! Park Ji-Sung!" The crowd chanted his name while waving the red and yellow flag of his team, the world-famous "Man U".

I asked one fan for his thoughts about North Korea and his eyes seemed to glaze over as he tried to re-channel his thoughts to a subject that he obviously had not been thinking about. A long pause. "I don't have any," he finally said.

I'm getting a lot of that as we gauge reaction in the streets.

Even non-soccer fans aren't discussing North Korea. The news everyone is talking about is the suicide death of former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun.

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May 28th, 2009
06:24 PM ET

Sotomayor – too much empathy?

Bill Mears
CNN Supreme Court Senior Producer

Quite a bit of talk today about ‘”empathy” and whether that is a desirable quality in a judge/justice. Is there a pattern in Sotomayor’s rulings that would signal such sympathies? Here are samples from my research…

Cases where "empathy" or lack of it could be cited by opponents:

2000 – Ruled partly in favor of Yvette Cruz, Hispanic woman who alleged a co-worker at Coach Stores made lewd remarks and subjected her to sexual harassment. Upheld the harassment claims, but Sotomayor rejected the woman's claims she was fired because of her ethnicity.

2001 – She sided with a federal prisoner who sued a contractor running the facility because guards allegedly made him climb stairs, despite knowing he had a heart condition. He later had a heart attack. The man was in a halfway house for securities fraud. Sotomayor concluded, under her reading of a 1971 Scotus precedent, contractors could be sued the same as federal employees. Scotus later reversed.

2005 – Judge allowed a class action suit by Merrill Lynch shareholders who alleged fraud by company officials. Scotus in 2006 unanimously overturned, concluding federal law gave enforcement power to SEC, leaving no venue for lawsuits under state fraud laws.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
May 28th, 2009
05:45 PM ET

Blasts in northwest Pakistan kill 8, including children

Smoke billows from a fire at the site of a marketplace bomb in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Thursday.

Smoke billows from a fire at the site of a marketplace bomb in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Thursday.

CNN

A series of explosions in northwest Pakistan killed eight people Thursday night, and two suspected militants died in a gunbattle with Peshawar police on a rooftop, authorities said.

Peshawar is the capital of North West Frontier Province, an area where the military has launched a massive operation against Taliban militants.

The carnage began early in the evening when timed explosive devices on two parked motorcycles exploded back-to-back, killing five people at two crowded, adjacent bazaars, said Shafqat Malik, Peshawar bomb disposal squad chief. He told a local TV station each device weighed about 3 kilograms (7 pounds).

Two children were among the dead, according to the district coordination officer of Peshawar District, Sahib Zada Muhammad Anis Khan.

Khan said at least 74 people were wounded in the attacks, which occurred about 5:45 p.m. in central Peshawar. The markets, Qissa Khawani and Kabari, are part of the larger Khyber Bazaar. The Kabari Bazaar sells DVDs, music cassettes and televisions.

After the bazaar attacks, several of the suspects fled to a rooftop where there was a gunbattle between them and police. Two of the suspected militants were killed, and two were taken into custody, police said

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Pakistan • Taliban
May 28th, 2009
05:39 PM ET

The call to ministry should not include celibacy

Editor's Note: Father Alberto Cutie, an internationally known Catholic priest who admitted having a romantic affair and breaking his vow of celibacy, is joining the Episcopal Church to be with the woman he loves, he said Thursday.

Father Alberto Cutie broke the celibacy vow and joined the Episcopal Church.

Father Alberto Cutie broke the celibacy vow and joined the Episcopal Church.

Joe and Joan Koechler
Voice of the Faithful

Our first thoughts are congratulations to Father Cutié. We are sure he thought long and hard in coming to his decision. He can now be married and remain in ministry.

In the history of the Church, the celibacy requirement for priests is "relatively" recent – only in the last thousand years! The early Church, as shown in the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, evidences a married leadership (including Peter). (And note, there is no reference to "priests" in the New Testament.)

The Bishop of Miami noted that celibacy does have a role. It allows for total dedication of life to ministry. However, try to tell anyone with a career that marriage prevents dedication to that career. The reasons for celibacy are probably more nuanced. At the time the formal rule of celibacy was declared there were issues of property inheritance and gross abuses related to sexuality. And there had been a long theological theme going back to St. Augustine equating sexual relationships with baser instincts and evil inclinations, but needed for procreation.

Our conviction today is that the Catholic Church needs to recognize that the call to ministry is not restricted to a celibate clergy. And we need to recognize that the call to ministry comes from our communities as in the early Church where ministers were appointed by the local community with the subsequent blessing of the local Church leaders. Our tradition confirms this: our Eastern Rite churches have married clergy. The current practice of accepting Anglican and Episcopal priests into Catholicism with their wives and families moves us in the direction of a married clergy. The practice of most religions shows the value of a married clergy. Frankly, sometimes we believe that the current rule is meant to place marriage in a secondary role as a church sacrament, no matter what documents exist that extol the sacramental nature of marriage. (If you want confirmation that marriage has a second class status in our church, look at office of married deacon re-established after the Second Vatican Council – if a deacon's wife dies he may not remarry!)

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May 28th, 2009
05:07 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/28/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City poses with Elmo at the 7th annual gala benefiting Sesame Workshop at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 27, 2009 in New York City.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE: Check out our Beat 360° Winners!

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