May 5th, 2010
11:07 AM ET

Pakistan is 'epicenter of Islamic terrorism'

Fareed Zakaria | BIO
CNN Anchor, “Fareed Zakaria – GPS”

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The suspect in the Times Square bombing attempt was caught as he was seeking to flee to Pakistan, a nation that analyst Fareed Zakaria calls the "epicenter of Islamic terrorism."

"It's worth noting that even the terrorism that's often attributed to the war in Afghanistan tends to come out of Pakistan, to be planned by Pakistanis, to be funded from Pakistan or in some other way to be traced to Pakistan," said Zakaria. He added that Pakistan's connection with terrorist groups goes back decades and has often been encouraged by that nation's military for strategic reasons.

Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old naturalized citizen of Pakistani descent, had recently been trained in bomb making in Pakistan's Waziristan province, according to a federal complaint filed in court Tuesday. CNN reported Tuesday that Faisal Shahzad's father is a retired vice-marshal in the Pakistani Air Force.

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Filed under: Fareed Zakaria • Pakistan • Terrorism
May 5th, 2010
10:55 AM ET
May 5th, 2010
10:48 AM ET

Don't forget the plight of Haiti's children

Shaquille O'Neal
Special to CNN

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When the January 12 earthquake hit Haiti, I watched hour upon hour of coverage on CNN. Like everyone else in the world, I saw images that were among the most horrifying caused by a natural disaster in our time.

I have never been to Haiti. Like many, I have friends and even family members of Haitian descent. But what occurred to me and most others were the questions: "How could this happen and be so destructive?" "Why the lack of infrastructure?" "Why the lack of preparation for disaster?" No country could be totally prepared for that kind of disaster, but Haiti and its people seemed to be particularly disadvantaged against Mother Nature's might.

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Filed under: Haiti • Haiti Earthquake • Opinion
May 5th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

Smallest leak on damaged oil well capped, BP exec says

CNN Wire Staff

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Crews working to stem the tide of oil in the Gulf of Mexico capped one of the three leaking points Wednesday, a BP executive said.

John Curry, director of external affairs for BP, said the leak that was capped was the smallest of three. Curry said the pipe was cut off and sealed with a slip valve.

BP, which owns the damaged well, is responsible for the cleanup and costs of the massive oil spill.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
May 5th, 2010
10:09 AM ET
May 5th, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Video: Death of a white supremacist

Randi Kaye | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Randi Kaye
May 5th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

Video: Oil slick creeping toward shore

Gary Tuchman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Gulf Oil Spill
May 5th, 2010
08:57 AM ET

Dear President Obama #471: "Who'll volunteer for Tennessee?"

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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Reporter's Note: The President is facing a variety of urgent matters at the moment, from the Gulf oil spill to the attempted terror strike. But I’m using my daily letter to the White House to point out one more.

Dear Mr. President,

Sometimes big news stories just get steamrolled by even bigger stories. It’s not right and it’s not fair, and it’s happening to Tennessee right now. The flooding is absolutely awful, and we owe the people there more attention. In between doing research and stories on the attempted terror attack in New York, and the oil spill in the Gulf, I looked at some of the pictures from Nashville this afternoon and I could not believe my eyes.

I don’t know how much time you have spent there, but it really is a lovely state full of very nice folks, and Nashville is a blast. I went there a few years ago with one of my daughters on our way to Space Camp in Alabama and we had so much fun. The Country Music Hall of Fame (now surrounded by water,) Hatch Show Print (ditto,) Ryman auditorium (uh…that too,) and of course the Grand Ole Opry (which is just plain under water.)

We stayed at the mind-blowingly huge Gaylord resort right next to the Opry, and had seats ten or twelve rows back from the stage. Porter Waggoner was still alive and it was a thrill to see him, along with a mesmerizing parade of other terrifically talented musicians. Song after song, act after act; we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

We ate barbeque, rode around Vanderbilt University, spent a fascinating afternoon at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and chatted with a songwriter who appeared there to explain his work to a hundred of so of us in one of the theaters. Oddly enough, I was talking to my wife a couple of weeks ago about taking the whole family for a visit.


May 5th, 2010
06:57 AM ET
May 5th, 2010
06:46 AM ET

Beat 360° 5/4/10

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! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill May 4, 2010 in Washington, DC. The press conference was focused on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and on future coastal drilling policies. (Photo by Alex Wong/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.

Beat 360° Winners:

Chuck Hadad
"And to the people of the Gulf Coast, I say, like so many law-makers have said before me, this is the world’s tiniest violin …"

Adam from New York
"Senator Menendez admits to watching this much of last night's "Real Housewives of New Jersey" second season premiere."

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