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January 18th, 2013
05:20 PM ET

In Mali, echoes of Libyan intervention

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

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(CNN) - Edwige Depagne-Sorgho says she's always felt at home in Mali. People are helpful and chatty, she says but recently she's noticed changes. Life in the capital of Bamako goes on, but tension fills the air. She wrote about the changes on CNN's iReport.

Originally from neighboring Burkina Faso, Depagne-Sorgho's work takes her to Mali. She does emergency communication with Plan International, a British aid organization that assists Malian children displaced by the fighting.

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CNN Radio News Day: January 18, 2013
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (3-R) speaks with US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (2-L) before a meeting at number 10, Downing Street, in central London on January 18, 2013.
January 18th, 2013
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 18, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • It's day three of a bloody hostage crisis in Algeria. The country's special forces have been staging an aggressive assault against Islamist militants who took hundreds of Algerian and foreign workers hostage at a remote gas field. Algerian State TV reports hundreds of the captives has been freed.  Brian McFaul says his brother, Irishman Stephen McFaul, escaped while traveling in a convoy of jeeps:

"The Algerian army had bombed the jeeps. And out of five jeeps that were bombed, four of them were hit and wiped out and they were, obviously lost their lives. But lucky enough for my brother, he was in the jeep that crashed and he was able to make a break for freedom."   FULL POST

CNN Profiles: Inaugural time travel
The inauguration of Abraham Lincoln on March 4, 1861.
January 18th, 2013
12:06 PM ET

CNN Profiles: Inaugural time travel

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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(CNN) - To paraphrase what Senator Charles Schumer said about tickets to the inauguration, this week's CNN Profiles is not for sale. This edition of CNN Profiles is a chance for people from all 50 states to get a deeper understanding of the presidential inauguration, not, as Schumer would say, "for scalpers to make a quick buck."

That's why we're introducing you to American History Professor Leo Ribuffo.

He leads us on a journey to inaugurations past to help shed light on the one around the corner.

I never knew, for example, that George Washington intentionally kept his inauguration low key, or why. Professor Ribuffo teaches us.

I never knew that Andrew Jackson had to escape his inaugural festivities through the back door of the White House, or why. Professor Ribuffo teaches us.

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January 18th, 2013
12:03 PM ET

God is all over inauguration

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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(CNN) – With inaugurations, U.S. presidents come and go. But through all of them, including the ceremony this Monday, God alone has maintained a consistent role.

This includes the oath of office, the bibles most presidents use in swearing that oath, and starting with George Washington’s first inaugural address, the speeches of the presidents.

Don Ritchie is the US Senate historian:

[3:06] “every inaugural address, except for [Washington’s] second inaugural address, has [a reference to God or an almighty power.]”

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January 18th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Common ground: gun owners and Obama

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – Gun owners and enthusiasts may not be on the same page as President Obama when it comes to gun control, but they are in the same book.

[:34] “I’m for a universal background check for everybody.”

Russ Bacon owns High Desert Guns in Minden, Nevada. He sells everything from pistols to high-capacity clip rifles.

He and others who attended the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the largest gun show in the world, said that all potential gun buyers should go through background checks. That includes weapons bought privately from friends and family.

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