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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- Heavy fighting is being reported today in Syria around the towns of Aleppo, Homs and even in the capital city of Damascus. Some 200 people were reported killed in the conflict in just the past two days alone. While rebels claim to be making advances, Bashar al-Assad's Deputy Foreign Minister tells CNN's Frederik Pleitgen the rebellion has failed:
"We are winning. We have already won. You are in Damascus, you are aware of what is happening around Damascus. (The rebels) threatened to have Damascus more than one year ago, and they are not there. We are still here."
- South African police have charged famed athlete Oscar Pistorius, better known as the "Blade Runner," with murder. The double amputee who competed in the London Olympics is accused of shooting his girlfriend, 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, Thursday morning at his upscale home in Pretoria. Hagen Engler, a former editor at FHM magazine, worked with Steenkamp on several occasions:
“Reeva was just a great, fun presence of a person, you know. I worked with her shooting magazine features. She was a bikini model, a beautiful, gorgeous girl. But she had like a, sort of like a wicked guy’s type of sense of humor. So she got it and she kind of understood the industry she was in. Really intelligent, always fun to work with.”
- It's no Armageddon, but the planet will have a close encounter with an asteroid tomorrow. Luckily it will miss the earth by about 15 minutes, but CNN's Jonathan Binder decided to find out just how close of a call it will be and what would happen if the unthinkable should occur. So he talked with Dr. Bruce Betts of the Planetary Society, the world's largest space interest group:
"(The Asteroid)...is a close reminder that we do live in this cosmic shooting gallery."
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