Witnesses inside Syria say security forces have once again fired on protesters. That comes less than a day after President Obama demanded that Syria stop shooting demonstrators and open a dialogue with the opposition. Anti-government and human rights groups said some two dozen people were killed Friday — and many more wounded.
The Cannes Film Festival comes to an end this weekend. Woody Allen, Lars von Trier and Terrence Malick debuted new films. But controversy off the screen threatened to overshadow the glitzy French event. For more, Michele Norris talks with Los Angeles Times journalist Steven Zeitchik.
A radio host named Harold Camping says the world is going to end Saturday. Other Christian leaders are mostly dismissing this idea. Michele Norris speaks to one such pastor, the Rev. Brooks Morton of First United Methodist Church in Idalou, Texas. He once believed in a previous judgment day prediction, but this time around, he's prepping a sermon for Sunday.
Robert Siegel speaks with Mohammad Shtayyeh, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization negotiating team. He talks about his reaction to President Obama's speech on the Middle East, the negotiations between Hamas and Fatah to create a unity government, and the campaign for Palestine to be recognized as a state by the U.N.
And here is what President Obama actually said yesterday about the 1967 lines.
President BARACK OBAMA: We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines, with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.
Woody Allen's new film, Midnight in Paris, is a romantic comedy starring Owen Wilson. He plays Gil Pender, a Hollywood screenwriter, on a trip to Paris with his fiancee. He yearns for what he considers the city's golden age, Paris of the 1920s, when American writers like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald lived there. One night while wandering the streets, Gil is transported back in time and finds himself face to face with those literary giants. Robert Siegel talks with actor Corey Stoll about playing Hemingway on the screen.
It's been 60 days since President Obama notified Congress that he was ordering up U.S. military operations against Libyan forces. According to the War Powers Act of 1973, Congress should have acted during those 60 days, either to authorize continued military action, or to oppose it — because only Congress has the constitutional power to declare war. Instead, Congress has yet to take any action on Libya.
At the White House Friday, there was what looked to be a quite frosty meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leader is angry with the way President Obama has tried to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Both men put on their game faces Friday as they sat in front of the cameras — acknowledging their differences and the difficulties that lie ahead.
Since Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested last weekend for an alleged sexual assault on a Manhattan hotel maid, there's been attention paid to the culture at the International Monetary Fund, which he headed.