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November 18th, 2014
05:30 AM ET

Israel: 'We will respond with a heavy hand' after synagogue attack kills 4

Two knife- and axe-wielding Palestinian men broke into a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday morning and killed four Israeli worshipers, Israeli police said.

Police responded and shot and killed the attackers, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN. Authorities said the men were cousins who came from East Jerusalem and also had a handgun.

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November 17th, 2014
09:58 AM ET

ISIS Beheads U.S. Hostage Peter Kassig

Like a wounded animal lashing out in fury, ISIS is betraying hints of desperation in its latest video, which purportedly shows the aftermath of the beheading of U.S. hostage Peter Kassig, analysts said Sunday.

And if there's news worse than the apparent brutal death of Kassig, it's that we should expect even more vicious videos to come from the group, also known by the acronym ISIL, said Haras Rafiq of the Quiliam Foundation, an anti-extremist think tank.

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November 14th, 2014
07:51 AM ET

The Immigration Waiting Game Will End Soon

President Obama, who will act on immigration reform by the end of the year, has not reviewed final administration recommendations on immigration but is aware of the general details in the expected plan, says a senior White House official who is traveling with the President in Myanmar.

"It's not like this is the Academy Awards," said the official, meaning that the contents of the envelope are not a surprise.

Citing his legal authority as chief executive of the United States, Obama said in a press conference in Myanmar Friday that he would act on immigration reform by the end of the year.

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November 13th, 2014
05:20 AM ET

Probe Lands on Comet, but Fails to Anchor

Rosetta mission controllers have confirmed the lander is on Philae, but it is not anchored to the comet. CNN's Fred Pleitgen speaks to Rosetta's mission manager about exactly what happened.

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November 11th, 2014
06:16 AM ET

Who Asked for This? Snow Blankets Upper Midwest, Cold Plunges South

Even though we're still a couple of weeks from Black Friday, there seems to be a pre-season special on snow and cold.

The upper Midwest and Great Lakes are buried in snow, shivering under the icy blanket.

From the Rockies to the heathland, ferocious winds are ripping across the Plains, bringing freezing temperatures as far south as Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle.

Hardly anyone in the eastern two-thirds of the nation will be spared by the time the weekend hits, although they won't have it nearly so bad.

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November 10th, 2014
10:39 AM ET

Arctic Blast This Early is Like Boxer's Punch Before the Opening Bell

Northern central states are astute at fighting driving snow and subzero chill, but the early cold snap this week could hit them like a boxer's punch thrown before the opening bell.

This blast, reminiscent of last January's deep freeze, comes too early for comfort. Leaves are still on the trees, and a snow dump is coming – a foot or more in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The leaves can make the trees accumulate more snow, weighing branches down more than they would if they were bare, CNN meteorologist Tom Sater says.

Snap!

More falling limbs could mean more accidents, downed lines and power outages. But there's more.

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November 10th, 2014
06:07 AM ET

Obama Wades Into Foreign Policy Challenges on Asia Trip

After his party's losses in the midterm elections, President Barack Obama will wade into a mass of foreign policy challenges during his trip to Asia this week.

Obama made America's pivot to Asia a centerpiece of his foreign policy architecture. But some commentators say the President, beset by crises elsewhere, has failed to put words into action.

"The Asia pivot remains more rhetoric than reality," CNN's Fareed Zakaria said. "Having promised a larger U.S. military presence in the Philippines, Singapore and Australia, there is little evidence of any of this on the ground."

Obama arrived Monday in Beijing, where the greater U.S. focus on Asia is viewed with deep suspicion.

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November 7th, 2014
12:34 PM ET

Philadelphia Abduction Suspect Tied to Virginia Rape

She stumbled into the business naked, bleeding and burned.

And in desperate need of help.

This 16-year-old girl thankfully got it, and more than a month later is in good condition at a hospital and undergoing rehab, Charles City County, Virginia, sheriff's Capt. Jayson Crawley said.

And the man accused of doing this to her? Authorities say they think he is now in custody in Maryland, where he was caught coming out of a vehicle with a woman he'd allegedly abducted Sunday night in Philadelphia.

The suspect in both cases is Delvin Barnes, 37.

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November 3rd, 2014
10:22 AM ET

ISIS Brainwashing Children Into Killers?

Chilling video shows how ISIS brainwashes children with propaganda films.

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October 30th, 2014
12:13 PM ET

Yazidi Women Sold, Raped, Enslaved by ISIS

Jana was a 19-year-old in her final year of high school, with dreams of becoming a doctor. Then, ISIS came to her village last August, and her world collapsed.

She described to me in chilling detail, how the jihadis first demanded that members of her Yazidi religious minority convert to Islam. Then they stripped villagers of their jewelry, money and cellphones. They separated the men from the women.

A United Nations report explained what happened next. ISIS "gathered all the males older than 10 years of age at the local school, took them outside the village by pick-up trucks, and shot them."

Among those believed dead were Jana's father and eldest brother.

A different fate lay in store for the women.

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