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August 13th, 2009
11:36 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Typhoon Morakot batters Taiwan


Two men carry supplies to a village damaged by mudslides during Typhoon Morakot in Maolin, Kaohsiung county/ (Photo by STR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)


An escaped pig caught by local residents lies along a stream of water flowing along a road in Liukuei, in the typhoon devastated area of Kaohsiung county, southern Taiwan. (Photo by Sam Yeh/Getty Images)

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Filed under: Environmental issues • 360° Radar • Global 360° • China
August 13th, 2009
10:52 PM ET

Pain and hope – 'Daughters for Life'

Program Note: Watch Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish's interview TONIGHT on AC360° 11p ET

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
Daughters for Life

Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish came to the world's attention during the recent offensive in the Gaza Strip, when the respected obstetrician, holed up with his family in their home, gave daily interviews from the battle zone on Israeli television and radio.

Then, on Jan. 16, the last day of the offensive, Israeli fire killed three of his daughters. "My God, my girls," Abuelaish wailed that night on Israeli television, decrying the loss of Bessan, 20, Mayar, 15, and Aya, 14, as well as his niece, Nur Abuelaish, 17. Now he is trying to use his fluent Hebrew and English - and his pain - to appeal for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. What follows is an edited transcript of an interview he did with The Times' Marjorie Miller.

I had returned home on Dec. 25 from Tel Hashomer, the hospital where I work in Israel. That day, they had opened the border for humanitarian aid for the first time in more than a month, which made me realize something bad would happen. At 10 a.m. on the 26th, the airstrikes started.

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Editor's Note: A foundation, with an international mandate, is being established to provide leadership development and educational access to women throughout the middle-east. The foundation honors the memory of Dr. Abuelaish's daughters and serve as a living legacy. For more, check  Daughters for Life 


Filed under: Global 360° • Israel • Palestine
August 13th, 2009
10:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 08/13/09

Thanks for staying up late with us. 360° will be coming your way at 11pm ET, following "Generation Islam." We're following a lot of breaking news. There's word that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been involved in a car accident. Plus, we have new video of that mid-air collision over New York's Hudson River. And, two air traffic controllers have been suspended by the FAA. We'll tell you why.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
August 13th, 2009
07:50 PM ET

Background on the Tea Party Express

Our Country Deserves Better PAC

From August 28th to September 12th, 2009, the Tea Party bus tour will host tea parties in cities across the country. The campaign is paid for the conservative PAC, "Our Country Deserves Better".

  • Click here for the PAC's official website.
  • Click here for the campaign official website.
August 13th, 2009
07:02 PM ET

Bailed-out banks: Meet the pay czar

White House pay czar Kenneth Feinberg.

White House pay czar Kenneth Feinberg.

David Ellis
CNNMoney.com

Just how much is a rainmaker at a bailed-out bank really worth? Or a senior executive at a recently bankrupt automaker for that matter?

Such questions will soon be a subject of discussion at the White House as the biggest recipients of government aid begin submitting compensation plans for their top 100 employees to the Obama administration's recently appointed pay czar.

Seven companies - AIG (AIG, Fortune 500), Chrysler, Citigroup (C, Fortune 500), Chrysler Financial, Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), General Motors and GMAC - are due to submit proposed employment contracts for their 25 highest-paid employees Friday. Compensation proposals for the next 75 most compensated employees are due by Oct. 13.

Kenneth Feinberg, the man charged with handling the task, is expected to rule on the first set of pay plans within the next 60 days. That information is due to be made public by Treasury sometime after, although any announcement may not include details of pay packages for individual employees.

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Filed under: AIG • Bailout Turmoil • Economy • Finance
August 13th, 2009
06:50 PM ET

Beat 360° 8/13/09

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:

A Beatles tribute band pose for photographs as they walk on the zebra crossing used in the photoshoot for the Beatles album Abbey Road outside the Abbey Road Studios in London. Fans of the Fab Four flocked to the most famous pedestrian crossing in Britain for the 40th anniversary of the taking of one of the greatest images in rock 'n' roll history. (Photo credit : Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

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 BEAT 360º WINNERS

Staff:

Joneil Adriano

Desperate to meet their fashion idol, Ali Velshi’s biggest fans flock around the CNN Express.

Viewer

Mark, Toronto, Canada

All they need is love, and a fitness regime.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
August 13th, 2009
06:35 PM ET

Michael Jackson's 'very unusual problems' surprised his new doctor, lawyer says

Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, has had his home and office searched.

Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, has had his home and office searched.

Alan Duke
CNN

Michael Jackson had "some very unusual problems" that Dr. Conrad Murray did not know about when he was hired to be Jackson's personal physician as the singer prepared for his comeback concerts, Murray's lawyer says.

Attorney Ed Chernoff - in comments published in the Los Angeles Times and confirmed Thursday by his spokeswoman - said his client did not know what drugs Jackson might have been taking or if he was addicted.

"When he accepted the job, he was not aware of any specific requirements regarding medications that Michael Jackson was taking or any addictions that he was suffering from," Chernoff told the Times.

Chernoff, in a quote confirmed by his spokesman, said that it was only after Murray moved to Los Angeles in May 2009 that "he realized that Michael Jackson had some very unusual problems."

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Michael Jackson
August 13th, 2009
06:32 PM ET
August 13th, 2009
05:50 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Beyond all that shouting

The battle over health care reform has energized people on both sides of the debate.

The battle over health care reform has energized people on both sides of the debate.

Suvro Banerji
AC360° Intern

For the past couple of weeks, we have seen so many ordinary Americans aggravated by the health care reform bill. We have shown you the protests and the frustration during the town hall meetings. Tonight, though, we will look beyond all that anger and instead, directly reach out to those who frankly aren’t happy. Is this really about health care reform or something else? Uncovering America, Tom Foreman talks with some of the protestors.

The Tea Party Express is organizing more than 30 rallies across the country, opposing the President's reform plans. Mark Williams, one of the key players of the campaign will join us to tell us what he’s trying to accomplish.

Also tonight, we look at Citigroup, a recipient of a massive bailout money under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) reportedly asking to write a bonus check for a $100 million dollars to a single employee. But didn't the Obama administration put restrictions on executive compensation earlier this year? Ali Velshi has the details in tonight’s your money, your future report.

Plus, new video of the mid-air collision over New York’s Hudson River offer stunning new perspective on the accident.

And we will show you a tragic story of a man who suffered an irreparable loss. A Palestine doctor lost three of his daughters and his niece in an Israeli shelling attack. But Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is not filled with hate.. He’s appealing for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Christiane Amanpour has his story in tonight’s 360° Dispatch. Dr. Abuelaish also joins us to talk about his foundation, ‘Daughters for Life” and his message to Israelis and Palestinians who feel violence is the only way to resolve the conflict.

All these stories and much more tonight on 360° at 10pm ET. See you then!


Filed under: 360° Radar • Economy • Health Care • The Buzz
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