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June 28th, 2013
06:39 AM ET

Contentious testimony for star witness in Zimmerman trial – George Howell reports

Testimony resumes today in murder trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, charged with the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

But many are still talking about the dramatic, sometimes contentious debate between the prosecution's star witness and the defense team trying to discredit her.

CNN's George Howell is covering the trial and has the latest.

June 28th, 2013
06:35 AM ET

NSA leaker waiting on safe passage to Ecuador from Russia – Phil Black reports

CNN is following the trail in Russia today where NSA leaker Edward Snowden is holed-up this morning.

Snowden, considered a fugitive from justice in the U.S., is believed to be waiting for safe-passage to Ecuador, but the government there says it won't be forced into a decision concerning Snowden's asylum request.

CNN's Phil Black is following developments live in Moscow.

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June 28th, 2013
06:22 AM ET
June 28th, 2013
06:09 AM ET

Nelson Mandela's health critical but stable – Robyn Curnow reports

Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in a South African hospital today. Outside, well-wishers sang and prayed, as word emerged that the 94-year-old's condition had stabilized.

CNN’s Robyn Curnow reports that the anti-apartheid leader’s condition does however remain critical but stable this morning. She is live in Pretoria with the latest.

“It's important to note Nelson Mandela is still on life support,” Curnow reports. “He needs help breathing.”

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June 27th, 2013
06:09 AM ET

Scenes of joy after Supreme Court decision caught on TV – Jeanne Moos reports

The Supreme Court decision striking down a key part of DOMA and also opening the door to gay marriage in California is being cheered all over the country.

CNN's Jeanne Moos says it led to some amazing moments, just made for TV.

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June 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Martin friend takes stand in murder trial – George Howell reports

A key witness tells her story in day three of the murder trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, charged with killing her unarmed friend Trayvon Martin.

Rachel Jeantel was on the phone with Martin just before he was fatally shot.

CNN's George Howell is in Sanford, Florida with details from the court.

June 27th, 2013
05:21 AM ET

History at the Supreme Court – Joe Johns reports

“Early Start” begins this morning with history, at the Supreme Court.

In a decision that is likely to change the lives of millions of Americans, the high court threw out a law banning the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court ruled that marriage rules are up to the states and also opened the door for gay unions to resume in California.

CNN’s Joe Johns has more on the story, reporting that proponents took to the streets, celebrating what's being called a major victory for gay rights.

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June 27th, 2013
05:19 AM ET

President Obama in Senegal – Brianna Keilar reports

President Obama is in Senegal today for the first leg of his trip to Africa.

CNN’s Brianna Keilar is traveling with the president and joins "Early Start" live from the capital of Dakar with details on his trip.

June 26th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

President heads to Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa in diplomatic trip

President Obama heads overseas to Africa today. His trip will take him to Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa, making it his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office.

CNN reporters around the globe are following the agenda.

The president will spend seven days on the continent as he plans to meet with the leaders of those countries to focus on diplomacy and bridge building. But he has no plans, for now, to see ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela.

June 26th, 2013
06:50 AM ET

Graphic testimony and pictures in day two of trial of Zimmerman trial – George Howell reports

Day two of the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida included graphic testimony about the murder scene and images not previously made public of the teenager dead on the ground.

CNN’s George Howell is covering the trial.

“It was too much for Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton,” Howell says. “The parents of Trayvon Martin had to leave the courtroom, leaving jurors and the public to see…the lifeless body of their 17 year old son.”

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