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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- Syria's complicated and bloody civil war has now become more complicated. That's because of Hezbollah's recent alignment with the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Hezbollah has been dubbed a terrorist group by the United States and other western countries. In an interview, al-Assad switched gears :
"Arabs have forgotten the real enemy is Israel, and engage themselves in fighting amongst themselves. We remind Arab nations through their achievements and victories, that our enemy remains in the same place."
- Today Queen Elizabeth visited the military barracks that housed soldier Lee Rigby in London. He was the British soldier killed by attackers only a few hundred yards away on May 22. A plea came from Rigby's parents to urge people seeking revenge to remain calm – a plea made in response to a rash of anti-Muslim incidents. A call for calm also from British actor and comedian Russell Brand, who wrote a moving article in the U.K.'s Sun newspaper. Brand is a guest this week on CNN Radio's opinion podcast The Big Three:
“When people are selecting where to designate the blame, often a pre-existing template is deployed."
- Times are tough and nobody knows that more than the city of Detroit. And like anyone, when you are strapped for cash, sometimes you have a old-fashioned yard sale to get rid of what you don't need anymore. Detroit is roughly $16 billion in the hole, and its appointed emergency manager Kevin Orr might be looking to sell the city's renown art collection. He recently asked the Detroit Institute of Art for an inventory to see what it's worth. Detroit actually owns the art, unlike most city's where a non-profit owns the collection. Law professor Laura Bartell says the city is desperate and all options should be on the table:
“He has got to look at what assets Detroit has, what they are worth, and whether they should be sold.”
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