June 24th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Video: CNN on Damascus streets

Editor's note: CNN is allowed into Damascus for the first time since protests began. CNN's Hala Gorani reports on the mood there.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Middle East
Syrian regime faces EU condemnation; more protests unfold
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives a speech at Damascus University in Syria on June 20, 2011.
June 24th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

Syrian regime faces EU condemnation; more protests unfold

(CNN) - The European Council strongly condemned Syria on another deadly day of protests Friday, saying the "regime is calling its legitimacy into question" by opting for a "path of repression instead of fulfilling its own promises on broad reforms."

This comes as another day of demonstrations unfolded across Syria, leading to the deaths of 10 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group. Another person died Friday from injuries in another demonstration a couple of days ago, bringing the death count to 11.

The European Council - made up of the heads of the state or government of European Union member states - deplored the "ongoing repression and unacceptable and shocking violence the Syrian regime continues to apply against its own citizens."

It also expressed grave concern about reports of Syrian military activity near the Turkish border at Khirbet al-Jouz and urged "maximum restraint."

This comes after the Council of the European Union voted Thursday to expand sanctions against Syria by freezing the assets of seven people and four businesses with connections to the regime.

The detail was published in the European Union's Official Journal on Friday, and the restrictive measures were hailed by British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

"These measures are carefully targeted and focused on those responsible for violent repression. Contrary to the Syrian authorities' claims, the economic problems Syria is facing are a direct and predictable consequence of the Syrian authorities' decision to choose repression over reform," Hague said.


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June 24th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Winklevoss v. Facebook lawsuit lurches on

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Several billion years from now, scientists predict that the universe may end in heat death. That looks like the only thing that will kill off the Winklevoss twins' legal crusade against Facebook.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss on Wednesday abandoned their plans to appeal to the Supreme Court for an unwinding of their 2008 settlement with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

But the zombie litigation still won't die. On Thursday, the twins filed a motion in a Boston federal court on a separate case alleging that Facebook "intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence" - namely, online instant messages that they say help prove their claims. That case, which started with a copyright infringement complaint, has been pending since 2007.

Neel Chatterjee, counsel for Facebook, said in an e-mail that "these are old and baseless allegations that have been considered and rejected previously by the courts."

The genesis of the dozens of court filings began in 2004, when the Winklevoss twins and a third Harvard classmate, Divya Narendra, filed suit against Facebook and Zuckerberg. The three alleged that Zuckerberg had stolen the idea for Facebook from them - an idea dramatized last year in the Oscar-nominated movie "The Social Network."

FULL STORY on CNNMoney.com

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June 24th, 2011
09:15 AM ET

President Obama backs rights for gay couples in New York fundraiser

(CNN) - President Barack Obama took his act to New York on Thursday as the featured attraction at three back-to-back fundraisers, where he touted his progressive credentials, including support for equal rights for gay couples.

Obama kicked off his evening at the LGBT Leadership Council gala at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. After condemning discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, the president drew rigorous applause when he addressed same-sex couples.

"I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every couple in this country," Obama said.

The president, who during the 2008 campaign said he wouldn't promote same-sex marriage but did support civil unions, did not use the word "marriage" in his speech. His speech came amid some frustration that Obama, even given his efforts to rescind the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibiting gays from serving openly, has not gone far or fast enough in backing gay rights.

In his speech, Obama acknowledged that the "change" he'd promised wouldn't be easy, nor would it always be quick.

"I did not run for president to do easy things," he said. "It was time for us to do hard things, the big things, even if it was going to take time."

About 600 people paid $1,250 apiece to attend the event. They included Jane Lynch of "Glee" and the night's master of ceremonies, Neil Patrick Harris of "How I Met Your Mother."

June 24th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

The CNN Freedom Project: Demi Moore sees plight of sex slaves

Editor's note: Actress Demi Moore partners with CNN Freedom Project for a compelling documentary. A passionate advocate for victims of human trafficking herself, Moore travels to Nepal to meet 2010 CNN Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala and some of the thousands of women and girls Koirala’s organization has rescued from forced prostitution. Premieres Sunday, June 26 MORE DETAILS & TIMES

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) – Dawn breaks in Nepal, a nation whose natural beauty brings tourists from across the globe.

Sun glints off the Himalayas and in the ancient capital, Kathmandu, trekkers gear up for a day of sightseeing and adventure.

Amid the beauty is devastating poverty which provides fertile ground for one of man’s horrors – human trafficking and sexual slavery.

Nepal is a major hub for traffickers luring girls into brothels in India with promises of well-paid – or at least better paid – jobs.

Fighting the traffickers is a small, dedicated band whose limited resources are stretched.

They work with border guards trying to stop women being taken across the border, and in India’s red light districts rescuing women from prostitution, and in Nepal’s villages educating girls about the dangers.

FULL STORY on The CNN Freedom Project blog

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June 24th, 2011
12:54 AM ET

The RidicuList: Daily Caller

Editor's note: For misunderstanding an earlier RidicuList, Anderson Cooper adds conservative website The Daily Caller to The RidicuList.

Earlier: Hutchison-Stodden critics added to The RidicuList

June 24th, 2011
12:49 AM ET

Crime & Punishment: Anthony testifies about Web search

Editor's note: Cindy Anthony testified Thursday that she did some Web searches that are evidence in the case against her daughter.

Related: I searched for chloroform on computer, Cindy Anthony testifies

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June 24th, 2011
12:44 AM ET

AC360 Follow: CNN reporter reacts to clarification

Editor's note: CNN's Gary Tuchman weighs in on remarks by Anthony family attorney Mark Lippman.

Related: Anthony family attorney clarifies comments

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June 24th, 2011
12:35 AM ET

AC360 Follow: Anthony family atty clarifies comments

Editor's note: Anthony family attorney Mark Lippman speaks with Anderson Cooper about an earlier interview with CNN's Gary Tuchman.

Related: Attorney explains Cindy Anthony testimony about chloroform

Earlier: Parents don't believe Anthony's innocent, attorney says

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Crime & Punishment
June 24th, 2011
12:28 AM ET

Video: Cooper asks 'Have you been kidnapped?'

Editor's note: In the middle of a discussion about same-sex marriage, Anderson Cooper has a question for Jeffrey Toobin.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Jeffrey Toobin
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