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"I have 29 children": The 'mothers' to Ethiopia's most vulnerable kids
December 11th, 2013
08:06 PM ET

"I have 29 children": The 'mothers' to Ethiopia's most vulnerable kids

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (CNN) – On the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the dusty crowded neighborhood of Akaki, I've just been treated to a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. The beans are roasted and the coffee boiled in front of you then served piping hot with a heaping spoonful of sugar and a side of freshly popped corn.

As I step out onto the dirt road to leave, one of my hosts wants to ask a question: do I know anyone who can donate some wheelchairs, so adults don't' have to carry disabled children on their backs to school anymore?

I wish I did.

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Filed under: Ethiopia • HIV/AIDS • Impact Your World
December 11th, 2013
07:56 PM ET

Urgent situation on International Space Station

News that broke in The Situation Room: For the second time this year, one of the pumps that cools the International Space Station has failed. NASA says the crew is not in imminent danger, but as CNN's John Zarrella reports, they will have to conduct a space walk to fix the malfunction.

December 11th, 2013
07:48 PM ET

Imposter interpreter at Mandela memorial?

On a stage filled with world leaders and dignitaries, including Pres. Barack Obama, one man was signing along for the world's deaf audience. But look closely, and it seems like he is making up gestures and pantomiming randomly. Now, the Deaf Federation of South Africa wants an investigation into who this "fake" interpreter was and who vetted him.


Filed under: Brian Todd • Nelson Mandela • Sign language
December 11th, 2013
07:38 PM ET

$7 for a gallon of milk? Blame Congress

Existing subsidies for dairy farmers are set to expire at the end of the year, and consumers across the country could see prices soar to as much as $7 per gallon - unless Congress can get its act together and pass a farm bill. CNN's Athena Jones reports.


Filed under: Athena Jones • Consumers • farm
December 11th, 2013
07:29 PM ET

The new Obama doctrine?

In his 2008 run for president, then-Senator Barack Obama promised that he would reach out to anyone who wanted to engage, including America's foes - and today, he's got a nuclear deal with Iran and a handshake with Cuba. Is Pres. Obama shifting his foreign policy to a reliance on diplomacy and discussion? CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.


Filed under: Cuba • foreign policy • Iran • President Obama • Situation Room
December 11th, 2013
07:11 PM ET

Secret new stealth drone exposed

What lives at the U.S. military's top secret base, Area 51? A new stealth drone, with incredible new capabilities like 24-hour fly time, advanced sensors, radar photography, and wiretapping. CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the covert military project the U.S. Air Force won't even acknowledge exists.


Filed under: Situation Room
December 11th, 2013
06:58 PM ET

New details of Asiana flight's final seconds

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have released new video and surveillance recordings that prove the plane's tail hit a sea-wall and raise questions about pilot automation. CNN's René Marsh reports.


Filed under: Asiana Airlines Flight 214 • NTSB • Rene Marsh