May 9th, 2011
11:53 PM ET

The RidicuList: Italy

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper explains why Italy has earned a spot on AC360's RidicuList.

May 9th, 2011
11:50 PM ET

Video: How al-Obeidy fled Libya

Editor's note: CNN's Nic Robertson reports on how Eman al-Obeidy fled from Libya after 8 weeks of being unable to leave the country.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Middle East
May 9th, 2011
11:44 PM ET

Video: Flooding moving toward New Orleans

Editor's note: CNN's Chad Myers explains what is going on with the overflowing banks of the Mississippi River.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Weather
May 9th, 2011
11:36 PM ET

Video: Pakistanis need 'deep reflection'

Editor's note: CNN's Anderson Cooper and Fareed Zakaria discuss U.S.-Pakistan ties and Pakistan's history of links to militants.

Filed under: Fareed Zakaria • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan
U.S. to be allowed to question bin Laden wives, report says: Join the Live Chat
Amal al-Sadah's passport, which a relative said was obtained for the purpose of marrying bin Laden in Afghanistan in 2000.
May 9th, 2011
09:47 PM ET

U.S. to be allowed to question bin Laden wives, report says: Join the Live Chat

Tonight on AC360°, a week after Osama bin Laden's death, a report that the U.S. will be allowed to question his three wives who have been in Pakistani custody since the U.S. raid that killed the most wanted terrorist on the planet. And, also on Monday, CNN confirmed the identities of the three women.

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May 9th, 2011
07:19 PM ET

Father of alleged Libyan rape victim says she is in Qatar

(CNN) - The father of the woman who was dragged away by officials loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi after telling journalists that some of his troops had beaten and raped her said Monday that his daughter is in Qatar.

Eman al-Obeidy, who garnered worldwide attention for her vocal allegations against Gadhafi's regime, had told CNN she fled Libya, fearing for her safety.

Her father declined to provide further details about her whereabouts, but said he spoke to her Monday and she told him she is in Qatar.

Al-Obeidy told CNN in a previous interview that she crossed into Tunisia on Thursday with the help of a defecting military officer and his family.

She said she left Tripoli in a military car, wearing a head cover that hid everything except one eye.

Al-Obeidy said she entered at the Dahibah border crossing disguised "in the local manner" and was not challenged. She described the trip from Tripoli as "very tiring."

Along the road to Tunisia, the car she was in was stopped several times at checkpoints, al-Obeidy said. The military officer would show his permit and they would be allowed to continue, she said.

Al-Obeidy said she was able to make the crossing by using a refugee document.

European diplomats drove her from the border region to Tunis, and gave her sanctuary there while she considered her future, according to Western diplomatic sources.

She said she was afraid she was being followed and might still be in danger, adding that she hoped she could obtain protection from a Western government.


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May 9th, 2011
06:25 PM ET

Source: U.S. needs permission to interview bin Laden wives

Abbottabad, Pakistan (CNN) - Pakistan will allow the United States to question or take into custody the apparent wives of Osama bin Laden only if their "country of origin has been asked for permission," a senior Pakistani intelligence source told CNN on Monday.

Pakistani officials have said bin Laden's family members will be repatriated to their home countries after initial interrogations. One of bin Laden's wives is from Yemen, the official said, while a well-placed U.S. official who would not speak on the record said the other two are from Saudi Arabia.

All three were taken into Pakistani custody after the May 2 raid by U.S. commandos that killed bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda terrorist movement. The raid succeeded in scratching the man behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington off the U.S. most-wanted list, but it has strained ties with a key American ally in the battle against al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The 29-year-old Yemeni wife, Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah, was wounded during the raid. The U.S. official identified the other two women as Khairiah Sabar, also known as "Umm Hamza," and Siham Sabar, or "Umm Khalid."

The official identified the other men killed in the raid as bin Laden's son Khalid; two couriers, known around the town of Abbottabad by the aliases Arshad Khan and Tariq Khan. The official would not provide their real names.

"Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd," Gilani said. "We emphatically reject such accusations. Speculative narratives in the public domain are meant to create despondency. We will not allow our detractors to succeed in offloading their own shortcomings and errors of omission and commission in a blame game that stigmatizes Pakistan."

Updated: 6:25 p.m.

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May 9th, 2011
06:15 PM ET

Army Corps battles rising Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans

New Orleans (CNN) - Waging war against flooding of historic proportions that has already affected thousands of people in eight Midwestern and Southern states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a spillway Monday north of New Orleans in an effort to calm the rising Mississippi River.

A crowd gathered near the entrance to the Bonnet Carre spillway to watch workers using cranes slide open the gates to the flood control system, which was built beginning in 1929 after a devastating flood two years before. The spillway, like another that could be opened next week, is designed to divert floodwater away from New Orleans and slow the raging river to protect the low-lying city.

While the river's highest levels may still be days away, a decision to open the second flood control structure - the Morganza Spillway - may not be, Gov. Bobby Jindal said. People with property that would flood if the spillway is opened should not dally, Jindal warned.

"My advice to our people is not to wait, to get prepared now," Jindal said.

Upstream in Memphis, Tennessee, residents and authorities had prepared all they could Monday as they anxiously waited for the Mississippi to crest Tuesday morning at a near-record 14 feet above flood stage.

"It's sort of torturous, we've been waiting so long. It's hard keeping peoples' attention. It's warning fatigue, if you will," Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. said. "But we're ready for it."

The river is the highest it's been at Memphis since 1937, when it crested at 48.7 feet - 14.7 feet above flood stage. That flood killed 500 people and inundated 20 million acres of land, said Col. Vernie Reichling, the Corps' Memphis District commander


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Beat 360° 5/9/11
Singer/dancer Paula Abdul and producer Simon Cowell arrive at the first round of auditions for Fox's "The X Factor" at Galen Center on May 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
May 9th, 2011
06:11 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/9/11

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

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"Paula: We are so much hotter than J-Lo and Steven Tyler."


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"Randy called us all 'dawg,' that doesn't mean you're supposed to follow me like a puppy."

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May 9th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Letters to the President: #840 'The nervousness of new money'

Reporter's Note: President Obama has been pitted, in economic terms, against Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan. Which means each is no doubt studying the other’s plan for the budget, just as the president studies my daily letter to the Oval Office. Ha!

Dear Mr. President,

I was listening to a presentation by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan on the radio over the weekend, (Yes, I had a long drive to contend with. No offense to the congressman…) and he said one thing which I suspect you, me, and the lamppost would all agree with: The uncertainty of our economic future is making a lot of business folks hesitant to kick the economy up a notch.

Think about it. You have a big re-election coming up. It is not a certainty that you’ll win. So if the first lady decides she wants to slap some new curtains up in the Lincoln bedroom in October, are you going to say, “Sure. Knock yourself out.”? I suspect not. Most likely you’ll say something like, “You know, Michelle, that’s a fine idea. But I’m pretty sure Mitt’s going to fight us for them if things don’t turn out so well next month. What do you say we hold off until December?”

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