February 16th, 2011
11:39 PM ET

Amanda Knox parents' libel case 'feels personal,' mother says

CNN Wire Staff

Seattle (CNN) - A libel case against the parents of Amanda Knox "feels very personal," the mother of the American student convicted of murder in Italy told CNN.

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"I wouldn't say the Italian justice system (is after us.) I would say a few people in Perugia, definitely," Edda Mellas said, referring to the central Italian city where Knox was tried for the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

She cited a radio commentator who suggested the authorities' attitude seemed to be: "Maybe if we keep at them they'll go away or go bankrupt or whatever.

"But it's not stopping us," she said.

"It's all about truth and justice and we have done nothing wrong," she said.

"Amanda's allowed to tell her story and she's been saying it hundreds of times since she was arrested," Mellas said. "When we get asked, 'What did Amanda tell you?', we tell the truth: Here's what Amanda said. And that's why we're being charged."

Mellas and her ex-husband, Curt Knox, were indicted Tuesday on charges of libeling police in Perugia, she and the family's Italian attorney said.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
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11:30 PM ET

Police move in to clear protesters from Bahrain's capital

CNN Wire Staff

Manama, Bahrain (CNN) - At least two people were killed early Thursday morning when Bahraini police swarmed into the capital, Manama, to roust protesters from the Pearl Roundabout, emergency hospital services said.

The area had become a magnet for protesters angered by the killing of two demonstrators by security forces earlier this week. After largely leaving the protesters alone for the past two days, hundreds of white-helmeted police swarmed the roundabout about 3:30 a.m. Thursday (7:30 p.m. Wednesday ET).

An ABC reporter was attacked while on the phone, describing the scene for the network. Miguel Marquez could be heard shouting on the audiotape, "Journalist! Journalist! No! No!"

One of the protesters, who asked that he be identified only as "Hussein," said the police came in with no warning.

"We were sleeping," he said. "There were guys, kids, schoolchildren, women, and suddenly they just attacked us with tear gas, stun bombs."

Hussein said many people were wounded in the attack, and he helped take people to hospitals. Police were outside the hospitals as well, he said.

"No one was doing anything," he said. "Kids were sleeping. Women were sleeping. They just attacked us suddenly."

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Middle East
February 16th, 2011
09:49 PM ET

Deadly Protests in Bahrain: Join the Live Chat

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Breaking news. A violent new police crackdown on protesters in the Middle East. This time in the Gulf state of Bahrain and a reporter is caught up in the violence. Plus, the verbal assault against CBS correspondent Lara Logan by another journalist and NYU professor. Nir Rosen's tweets crossed the line. He resigned from the university due to the uproar. Hear what he has to say about his actions. We're Keeping Them Honest.

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.

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Filed under: Live Blog
February 16th, 2011
08:21 PM ET
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05:30 PM ET

CBS correspondent assaulted in Egypt

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - A CBS correspondent was brutally attacked Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square after the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the network said in a statement released Tuesday.

Lara Logan, 39, was covering celebrations for a "60 Minutes" story, the network said, when a frenzied mob of about 200 people surrounded her, her crew and their security team. Separated from the others in the chaos, Logan was surrounded, beaten and sexually assaulted, the statement said.

A group of women and about 20 Egyptian soldiers intervened to rescue the correspondent, the network said.

Logan reconnected with her team and returned to her hotel, CBS said. She returned Saturday to the United States, where she has been hospitalized.

CBS said it would have no further comment and that Logan and her family requested privacy.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Middle East
February 16th, 2011
05:09 PM ET

Beat 360° 2/16/11

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! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

The Obama administration's new Press Secretary Jay Carney arrives to give his first press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 16, 2011. Carney, a former Time magazine reporter, was named as President Obama's new press secretary after Robert Gibbs stepped down. (Photo credit: Jewel Samad/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 360° Winners:

Joey Gardner
“The new Press Secretary already learning to walk back his previous remarks."


Aric Martinez, San Francisco
"Excuse me. There is a gold Camry with it's lights on parked outside...this belong to anyone?"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
February 16th, 2011
02:15 PM ET

Clarence Thomas releases details of wife's past employment

Bill Mears
CNN Supreme Court Producer

(CNN) - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has released newly corrected financial disclosure forms showing his wife's past employment, blaming a misunderstanding for years of omissions of Virginia "Ginni" Thomas' salary at a conservative think tank and other jobs.

Thomas was required to report the information on the annual disclosure forms all federal judges must file. The forms did not disclose how much money Mrs. Thomas was paid.

The updated records go back 13 years and confirm Mrs. Thomas has worked for the Heritage Foundation, the Republican leadership in the House and Hillsdale College in Michigan.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
February 16th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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