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November 12th, 2010
12:02 PM ET

Aung San Suu Kyi – a life of sacrifice


Aung San Suu Kyi could be on the cusp of freedom.

Crowds of reporters gathered today near her home, as rumors swirl she is about to be released. And, as CNN has been reporting, about five to six police trucks were parked outside her home today, with one seen entering the compound.

She has spent most of her last 20 years under house arrest.

A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi is a pro-democracy icon known the world over, and a major figure in Myanmar’s long struggle for democracy.

But her brave campaign has come at tremendous personal cost.  She has not seen her two sons in more than ten years, and has never met her grandchildren.

Stay with CNN as we continue to monitor the expected release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

November 12th, 2010
10:46 AM ET

The News Phenomenon that is Justin Bieber

I’ve been with CNN for three and a half months now, and I must mournfully admit that – in that time – Justin Bieber has made a greater contribution to the network’s output than I have. I’d like to say I’m not bitter. But I can’t and I won’t.

In the 100 days it has taken me to learn the news input system and annoy the entire newsroom with my shrill Scottish brogue, Justin Bieber has:

Frankly, this represents obscene overachievement from one so young. But, that said, if Mr. Bieber keeps going at this rate, he will provide plenty of fodder for News Stream’s “Over and Out There” feature. And if this happens, I will eventually, inevitably fall victim to the Bieber Fever.

Justin Bieber. Truly a newsmaker for our times.