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CNN Radio News Day: March 21, 2013
US President Barack Obama waves after speaking on US, Israel and Mideast relations at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Jerusalem, on March 21, 2013, on the second day of his 3-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
March 21st, 2013
04:32 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 21, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • The second day of U.S. President Barack Obama's trip to Israel and the Middle East began with two rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel. That was the backdrop for the President's meeting with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, and it set the stage later for the President's speech to young people packed inside the Jerusalem Convention Center.  There, he laid-out his vision of a Jewish state and Palestinian state, existing side-by-side. CNN's Sara Sidner in Jerusalem says that part of the President's speech struck her the most:

"The majority of Israelis actually do want the Palestinians to be able to form their own state, they do recognize that peace between these two neighbors who live so close together, so tightly inner-woven in so many ways, has to happen in order for the people here in Israel, in order for the Jewish people, to be able to live peaceful lives."

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March 21st, 2013
12:11 PM ET

Iraqi refugee: 'mistake for American army to leave'

By Jonathan Binder, CNN

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(CNN) - Musadaq Alsamawi was able to escape Iraq with his family in 2009.  He lived there all his life and, before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, he was a farmer and veterinarian living in southern Baghdad.

Ten years ago, he supported the U.S. mission in Iraq because, he says, he felt his country would be better off with out Saddam Hussein:

[1:10] "All the people welcomed America to help us to release this dictator from our country. All the people thinking very good about America. They are welcome to come to our country to release our country from this regime." FULL POST

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March 21st, 2013
10:47 AM ET

Tracking homicides case by case

By Libby Lewis, CNN

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(CNN) - Chicago has the highest homicide rate in the nation with over 500 reported murders last year. Such murders are about to get easier for Chicagoans to track. In about a week, the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper will roll out its version of Homicide Watch. The paper’s licensed the software of the award-winning website, Homicide Watch D.C., one that tracks every single homicide case in the city.

Craig Newman, the Sun-Times’ managing editor, said the paper wants to deal differently with what he calls a public health epidemic in Chicago:

[5:26] "We have too many young people killing young people and disenfranchised communities all over the city. The idea behind Homicide Watch is that it’s reporting these crimes, but not casting any judgment. Whether it’s a gang crime, or a crime of passion or a run-of-the-mill homicide, it’s a place where all the facts are laid bare.
And people can have a place to have a community, and the survivors can talk to each other and people can interact."

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