September 23rd, 2013
08:53 PM ET

Family pleads for release of former U.S. Marine held in Iran

For the first time since taking office, Iran's new president Hassan Rouhani is in New York for this week's U.N. General Assembly.

And there is a lot riding on this week's visit, because Rouhani has signaled that he's more willing to work with the West than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

But does his talk of change add up?

Today, Tehran announced it has freed 80 political prisoners out of what's estimated to be a couple hundred.

One prisoner Iran did not release was former United States Marine Amir Hekmati.

He's been behind bars for more than two years, accused of being a spy.

Our Drew Griffin is OutFront with an exclusive interview with Hekmati's family.

Filed under: International • Iran • News
September 23rd, 2013
08:49 PM ET

Sen. Ted Cruz pushes to filibuster bill defunding Obamacare

In just a week, the federal government is set to run out of money because Congress can't seem to reach a deal.

This week, a House bill to fund the government but defund Obamacare heads to the Senate.

It has no chance of passing but Senator Ted Cruz is not backing down - he wants to filibuster.

OutFront: CNN's Dana Bash who spoke to Senator Cruz.

Filed under: Government Shutdown • News • Politics
September 23rd, 2013
08:30 PM ET

How Kenya mall attack unfolded

Officials tell CNN al Qaeda-linked militants are holed up in an upscale mall in Kenya. They have slaughtered more than 60 people, wounding nearly 200 others, including Americans.

The horror began Saturday when extremists stormed the mall with guns and grenades, going store to store shooting non-Muslim men, women and children.

Kenyan authorities say they have taken control of the shopping complex, but believe there may still be several gunmen inside holding hostages.

Here is what we know:

  • At least 62 people are dead including citizens of Kenya, Great Britain, France and Canada.
  • 65 people remain missing or unaccounted for.
  • Kenyan authorities say they have killed at least three of the terrorists and have arrested 10 others suspected of being involved in the attacks.
  • The Somalia-based al Qaeda-linked group, Al-Shabaab, is claiming credit of the massacre.
    It's the deadliest terror attack in Kenya since al Qaeda blew up the U.S. embassy there in 1998 killing 213 people.

Filed under: International • Kenya mall attack • News
September 23rd, 2013
08:24 PM ET

Kenya mall attack witness: It was a 'scene of terror'

Night fell Monday in Nairobi with no clear resolution of the standoff between Kenyan forces and terrorists at Westgate Shopping Mall.

Security forces are expected to again storm the upscale Westgate Mall in last ditch effort to take out the remaining gunmen that are believed to be in there.

Kenyan police vow to 'finish and punish' Westgate Mall terrorists

It's been three days since 10 to 15 members of the al-Qaeda-linked terror group Al-Shabaab overtook the mall - killing at least 62 civilians.

More than 200 people got out alive. And according to authorities at least three of the terrorists and 10 others suspected of being involved in the attacks have been arrested.

More stories are also emerging of those who witnessed and survived the siege.

OutFront: AFP reporter Nichole Sobecki. She went inside the mall just moments after the attack happened.

Filed under: International • Kenya mall attack • News
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