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After the announcement of American Alan Gross being released from a Cuban prison, President Obama announces an end to an approach he says "for decades has failed" U.S. interests.
December 16th, 2014
08:35 PM ET

Prince George's shoes flying off shelves

He can't talk, he can barely walk, and already he's a trendsetter. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on what sold royally after Prince George wore them.


Filed under: International • Jeanne Moos • News • Royal Baby
December 16th, 2014
01:14 AM ET

New York City on alert after Sydney attack

Three people are dead after a gunman entered a Sydney, Australia chocolate shop taking the 17 people hostage. The siege lasted 16 hours, ending when police stormed the building after hearing gunfire. The victims: two of the hostages, a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman. The gunman was also killed.

It's the latest in a string of lone wolf terror attacks in major world cities this year. Officials now fear it could happen in the U.S.

Deborah Feyerick is OutFront from New York City.


Filed under: International • News • Sydney siege
December 10th, 2014
10:05 PM ET

U.N. official demands prosecution for U.S. torture

The United States is drawing criticism from around the world after the Senate Intelligence Committee unveiled its report on CIA torture.

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights Ben Emmerson called on the U.S. to prosecute those responsible for crimes outlined in the report. Emmerson said the program was "a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush administration, which allowed ... systematic crimes and gross violations of international human rights law."

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke with John Yoo, the man who wrote the legal justification for the interrogation tactics used on detainees captured after the 9/11 terror attacks.


Filed under: International • News • Terrorism • Torture Report
December 9th, 2014
09:26 PM ET

Fmr. CIA official: CIA torture report provides ISIS propaganda material

On Tuesday, the FBI and Homeland Security warned federal and local law enforcement to be on guard for violent extremists reacting to an explosive report on the CIA's use of torture.

The report charges that the agency's enhanced interrogation techniques were even more brutal than previously stated and didn't work in obtaining actionable intelligence.

The report details torture that included mock executions, threats of sexual abuse of detainees and even threats of sexual abuse of their family members. Prisoners were kept awake for more than seven days at a time. One prisoner was chained to the floor and left to freeze to death, while others were hooded, then beaten while being dragged.

The report says the techniques were not only "deeply flawed" but they often yielded "fabricated" information - hallucinatory detainees saying anything to make it stop.

The CIA fired back, saying the program was "effective" and substantially helped them obtain crucial information in the war of terror.

Senator John McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam defended the report, while passionately condemning torture.

McCain makes passionate defense for torture report's release

"I know from personal experience that abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence," McCain said on the Senate floor.

But with the FBI's warning of retaliation from violent extremists reacting to the CIA report, should it have been released?

OutFront, Hank Crumpton was deputy director of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center. He was in charge of CIA operations in Afghanistan after 9/11 when his team of 100 CIA agents helped crush the Taliban. He spent 24 years in the CIA and worked for then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


Filed under: International • Terror Attack • Terrorism • Torture Report
December 9th, 2014
08:34 PM ET

Prince William and Kate endure a royal soaking

Prince William and his wife, Kate, will be flying home Tuesday night as their first trip to New York City comes to an end. But in terms of the weather, their last day in the Big Apple was a bit of a royal pain in the neck. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.


Filed under: International • Jeanne Moos • News
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