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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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  • 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."

  • Cyprus could be just four days away from economic collapse and a one-way ticket out of the euro zone. The European Central Bank is keeping the tiny Mediterranean island nation alive with emergency funds. But those funds run-out Monday. So what went wrong? And what does it mean for the rest of the world?  British business tycoon Lord Digby Jones says if Cyprus banks fail, it could cause a domino effect in the other ailing euro zone countries:

"If you've got your money invested in a bank in Spain or Italy or Portugal or Ireland,  you're gonna go, 'Well, if they can do that, they'll do it again', and suddenly you've got runs on banks in bigger economies."

  • In Washington D.C., a crime-tracking website is serving as a touchstone for families pulled into the underside of the city. 'Homicide Watch D.C.' tracks and documents every murder, and provides a community forum for those hit hardest by the tragedies. Laura Amiko started the site after moving to D.C., and experiencing the aftermath of a murder in her neighborhood:

" You wonder about your neighbors and you want to know what's happening in their lives. And that there's this tragedy that I couldn't seem to put a finger on how my new community was feeling that, and what was being done."

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