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June 5th, 2013
08:59 PM ET

Fort Hood shooter's defense: Protecting the Taliban

A military judge told Major Nidal Hasan that he has until Monday to prepare his defense. And that defense centers on Hasan's belief that he was protecting Taliban leadership in Afghanistan from the U.S. military.

Chris Lawrence reports.


Filed under: News • Terrorism
June 5th, 2013
08:37 PM ET

GOP rankled by Susan Rice's promotion to National Security Adviser

President Obama took a swipe at his Republican critics by announcing he's promoting Susan Rice to serve as his national security adviser.

It's a promotion that doesn't require congressional approval.

Which is a good thing if you remember what happened when Obama considered nominating Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to take over for Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

"I am dead set on making sure we don't promote anybody that was an essential player in the Benghazi debacle," Sen. Lindysey Graham (R-SC) said in November.

OutFront tonight: One of Ambassador Rice's most vocal critics, Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz.


Filed under: Libya • News • Politics
June 5th, 2013
02:33 PM ET

American woman allegedly gang-raped in India

Authorities in India say a 31-year-old American woman was gang-raped just outside Manali, a popular tourist destination.

The woman was reportedly hitch-hiking back to her resort, when she got into a truck with a group of men around 1 a.m. who, allegedly took her to an isolated area and raped her.

Indian police raid 'hideouts' in search for American woman's attackers

No information has been released on the victim's condition and police are currently searching the area for the alleged perpetrators.

This horrible event is just the latest in a string of rapes in India.

  • In December, a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped on a bus – she died of her injuries.
  • In March, a Swiss tourist was raped by 6 men.
  • In April, two young children were raped in separate incidents in New Delhi.

Those attacks sparked public protests demanding better protection for women and the Indian government passed new laws against rape.

And yet these rape cases continue.

Erin Burnett asks what will it take for the "rape culture" to change.


Filed under: E-Block • News
June 5th, 2013
02:21 PM ET

Oscar Pistorius back in court

Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was back in court for a 20-minute pretrial hearing. He's accused of premeditated murder in the death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius hearing: Not just another day at court

Robyn Curnow tells Erin Burnett what the judge decided.


Filed under: International • News • OuterCircle • Pistorius Case
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