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Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-7pm ET on CNN.

Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-7pm ET on CNN.

September 12th, 2013
08:09 PM ET

Ground Control to Major Frog

3, 2, 1... a frog blasts off with a moon probe. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on one small leap for a frog and one giant leap for frogkind.


Filed under: Animals • Jeanne Moos • NASA
September 12th, 2013
08:04 PM ET

Bashar al-Assad's cousin speaks out

Wolf Blitzer asks Ribal al-Assad, cousin of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, which side in the conflict used chemical weapons and whether the U.S. should arm the rebels.


Filed under: Bashar al-Assad • Chemical weapons • Syria
September 12th, 2013
07:47 PM ET

Bipartisan anger over Putin's op-ed

"I almost wanted to vomit."

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers in both parties responded with anger to Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed piece. CNN's Dana Bash reports.


Filed under: Congress • Dana Bash • Syria • Vladimir Putin
September 12th, 2013
07:41 PM ET

Putin's swipe at Obama increases tension

Tense diplomatic relations between Russia and the U.S., including some personal attacks by Pres. Vladimir Putin, appear to complicate the Syria crisis further. CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the latest in the negotiations.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Jim Acosta • Syria • Vladimir Putin
September 12th, 2013
07:30 PM ET

American: 'Iran forced me to confess'

CNN has been following the story of Amir Hekmati for years: An Iranian American and former Marine arrested, charged with espionage, and sentenced to death by the Iranian government while visiting his grandmother and other relatives.

Although he was granted a retrial, no one had heard from Hekmati–until now. In a letter he sneaked out of prison and to the State Department, he says that his confession was made under duress. CNN's Brian Todd reports on the details Hekmati reveals in his letter and what chances he has of being released.


Filed under: Amir Hekmati • Brian Todd • Iran
September 12th, 2013
07:11 PM ET

Syria signs chemical weapons ban

News that broke in The Situation Room: Syria's ambassador to the United Nations says that the country is now a "full member" of the Chemical Weapons Convention, an international treaty that banned chemical weapons in 1997. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh looks at what happens next for the al-Assad regime's stockpiles.


Filed under: Bashar al-Assad • Chemical weapons • Nick Paton Walsh • Syria