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May 13th, 2014
10:13 PM ET

U.S. sends surveillance planes, satellite images to help search for abducted Nigerian girls

The United States is now providing manned Defense Department aerial surveillance planes over Nigerian territory and sharing commercial satellite images with Nigeria as part of efforts to find the girls, two senior Obama administration officials told CNN's Elise Labott on Monday.

There are calls for the United States to send special forces to save the girls kidnapped by terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Congressman Peter King (R-NY) told CNN's Erin Burnett that he'd support President Barack Obama putting boots on the ground in Nigeria.

Scared but alive: Video purports to show abducted Nigerian girls

But could the U.S. send troops to Nigeria to save the girls without losing American lives?

OutFront, Ali Soufan is a Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent who Investigated and supervised a number of high-profile terror cases, including the East Africa Embassy Bombings, the attack on the USS Cole, and the events surrounding 9/11.


Filed under: International • News • Nigeria abducted girls • Terrorism
May 13th, 2014
09:59 PM ET

At least 166 dead in Turkish mine explosion

(CNN) - A fire caused by a transformer explosion in a coal mine in western Turkey has left 166 people dead, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said Wednesday.

The Natural Disaster and Emergency Coordination Directorate said 80 injured people have been rescued and eight uninjured people were rescued. Crowds gathered around the rescue operation in the post-midnight darkness Wednesday.

Earlier, Manisa Mayor Cengiz Ergun told CNN Turk that the death toll was 157. CNN Turk aired the rescue of one miner to a cheering crowd.

More than 200 workers were still stranded late Tuesday, according to preliminary findings by Turkey's Manisa Natural Disaster and Emergency Coordination Directorate.

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Filed under: International • News
May 13th, 2014
09:51 PM ET

After 'prank' video went viral, Internet buys house for homeless man

Here's an update to a feel-good story that was captured on tape.

In the video, a prankster with a good heart brings a homeless man to tears after he gives him a lottery ticket and he cashes it in, winning $1,000.

The video has since gone viral, prompting so much support from fans who want to further help the homeless man named Eric, YouTube prankster and producer Rahat Hossain has been able to crowdfund $40,000 to get Eric a home and much more.

Lotto "prank" leads to big win for homeless man

The money covers rent, utilities, gift cards to restaurants and more for a full year.

In interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Eric talks about another incredible update.


Filed under: Jeanne Moos • News
May 13th, 2014
09:46 PM ET

China mulls building high-speed train from China to U.S.

It's an engineering feat that could make the great wall look small: a high-speed train from China to the U.S.

According to a report in the Beijing times, Chinese officials are considering building a high-speed rail line that would start in northern China, go up through Russia and connect through Canada into America.

The proposed line would be more than 8,000 miles long. That's like travelling from New York to Los Angeles almost three times.

It would have an underwater tunnel that stretches 125 miles - four times longer than the tunnel connecting England and France.

Is China really about to overtake the U.S.?

CNN's Tom Foreman takes a closer look at how the construction of high-speed rail from China to the U.S. could be done.


Filed under: China • International • News
May 13th, 2014
09:40 PM ET

Has Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria been found?

The Santa Maria - the flagship of Christopher Columbus' fleet from 1492 - may have finally been found.

500-year-old mystery: Wreck off Haiti may be Columbus' flagship Santa Maria

An underwater explorer says he believes he has found the remains of the infamous ship, stuck in a reef off the coast of Haiti, less than 15 feet below the water's surface.

CNN's Miguel Marquez has the details.


Filed under: International • News
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