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June 21st, 2010
12:25 PM ET

Video: Largest mass poisioning in history?

Dan Rivers
CNN Correspondent

A new study shows 77 million Bangladeshis are being exposed to water containing arsenic.


Filed under: Health Care
June 21st, 2010
12:18 PM ET

South Africa activists stage 'Poor People's World Cup'

Mark Tutton
CNN

(CNN) - South African activists are staging a "Poor People's World Cup" to protest the exclusion of poor communities from the FIFA tournament.

The Cape Town-based Anti-Eviction Campaign (AEC) says it is staging the event because most South Africans are not benefiting from the official World Cup.

It says poor people can't afford match tickets and claims traders are being stopped from trading near stadiums, and that people were evicted from their homes in the run up to the competition.

AEC coordinator Ashraf Cassiem told CNN, "It's an attempt by poor people in Cape Town to bring to attention their plight as a result of the World Cup and the effect it has on communities.

"It's a platform created by poor people, for poor people, to expose the evictions and displacements affecting poor people in a negative way."


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Filed under: South Africa
June 21st, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Map: Impact of the oil disaster

The oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has wide environmental and economic consequences. Click on the map to see the impact.


Filed under: 360° Radar
June 21st, 2010
11:55 AM ET

Opinion: Is America tuning out Capitol Hill?

Julian E. Zelizer
Special to CNN

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At my local gym Thursday, one of the television sets showed the live CNN broadcast of Rep. Henry Waxman questioning BP CEO Tony Hayward about how so much could have gone wrong.

The problem was, most people at the gym weren't watching. Some of them were tuned in to the other television sets on the wall that broadcast the World Cup. Yet others had their eyes glued to the music video stations that play continuously throughout the day near the Nautilus machines.

The runners on the treadmills had their eyes on the small television monitors on their equipment, each set on the particular show that interested them - in most cases, not news channels. Near the coffee bar, two men spoke to each other as each stared down at their Blackberries, oblivious to the hearings showing right over their head.

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Filed under: Opinion
June 21st, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Brave few break Mexico drug war's code of silence

Karl Penhaul
CNN

Reynosa, Mexico (CNN) - Maria Jesus Mancha had just come from burying her son.

It took her about 20 minutes to drive to the cemetery from her house in a lower middle-class neighborhood in the Mexican border city of Reynosa. In just half that time she could have driven across the border into Texas.

That's how close the frontlines in Mexico's drug war are to the United States.

Mancha says Reynosa is not so much a city under fire in the drug war as a city where security officials have cut a deal with the devil and now work with or for the cartels.

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Filed under: Mexico
June 21st, 2010
11:38 AM ET

Opinion: To stop political damage, stop the spill

Bruce E. Cain
Special to CNN

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Presidents rarely command their fate completely but sometimes they are more helpless than usual. Such is President Obama's situation at the moment. His Nobel laureate Energy Secretary and other government scientists lack the expertise and tools to stop the Deepwater well from leaking oil into the Gulf and must depend on BP to finish the job.

While this is the reality Obama must accept, it is not the image he wants to project. He is constrained by two facts about American public opinion. The first: People do not want to believe that America, the greatest nation is the world, is powerless in the face of crisis.

The second: Presidents get far more blame and credit than they deserve for circumstances that are largely beyond their control, like economic conditions or natural disasters. When events are going well, that is a good thing: but when they are not, it is the ultimate political nightmare.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Opinion • President Barack Obama
June 21st, 2010
11:14 AM ET

South African doctor invents female condoms with 'teeth' to fight rape

Faith Karimi
CNN

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(CNN) - South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers was on call one night four decades ago when a devastated rape victim walked in. Her eyes were lifeless; she was like a breathing corpse.

"She looked at me and said, 'If only I had teeth down there,'" recalled Ehlers, who was a 20-year-old medical researcher at the time. "I promised her I'd do something to help people like her one day."

Forty years later, Rape-aXe was born.

Ehlers is distributing the female condoms in the various South African cities where the World Cup soccer games are taking place.

The woman inserts the latex condom like a tampon. Jagged rows of teeth-like hooks line its inside and attach on a man's penis during penetration, Ehlers said.

Once it lodges, only a doctor can remove it - a procedure Ehlers hopes will be done with authorities on standby to make an arrest.

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Filed under: Crime
June 21st, 2010
11:07 AM ET

Monday's Telethon: A Two-Screen Experience

By Eric Kuhn
CNN Audience Interaction Producer

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Tune in and log on this Monday, June 21, for a special LARRY KING LIVE telethon focusing on what you can do to help the Gulf Coast. "Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help," which airs on CNN between 8 – 10 PM ET, is going to be a great two-screen experience, so pull out your laptop!

During the telethon, Larry will check in with Ryan Seacrest, who will be hosting a special “Social Suite” with celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, Pete Wentz, Deepak Chopra, Chelsea Handler, Jenny McCarthy, Tyson Ritter and Edward James Olmos.

Before and during the broadcast, we are encouraging people to participate on their favorite social media platform to help spread the word, have conversations and share ideas about how you can help.

Here is how you can participate


Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Larry King
June 21st, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Want more jobs? Fix the broken patent system

David Goldman
Staff writer, CNNMoney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - After decades of inaction, lawmakers are finally closing in on a sweeping overhaul of America's antiquated, underfunded and extremely broken patent process. The popular move could help spur much-needed innovation and job creation - but first, it has to get through a Senate logjam.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill in April that would patch a litany of problems with the patent system, which hasn't had a major reform in more than five decades. Two months later, the measure still has no timetable for the Senate-wide vote needed to move it through Congress.

"I don't know why this hasn't gotten floor time," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said in a recent interview. "This has nothing to do with ideology. We need an updated patent system to create and protect jobs, and it wouldn't add a penny to the deficit."


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Filed under: Economy
June 21st, 2010
10:09 AM ET

Van der Sloot: 'I was tricked'

CNN Wire Staff

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Joran van der Sloot was "tricked" into confessing to the murder of a Peruvian student, Stephany Flores Ramirez, he says in a Dutch newspaper article published Monday.

Peruvian police told him that if he signed the papers they gave him, he would be transferred to the Netherlands, he told De Telegraaf in a jail interview.

"In my blind panic I signed everything, but never knew what was written on them," he said.

He is scheduled to appear in a Peruvian court Monday for a hearing into the death of Flores, 21.

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Filed under: Crime
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