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(CNN) - It is a government cloaked in secrecy, which made North Korea's decision to grant a CNN crew rare access to three American captives all the more stunning.
Kenneth Bae, Matthew Miller and Jeffrey Fowle were each presented for five minute interviews with CNN's Will Ripley. Bae pleaded for help from the US government. Miller described his situation as "urgent." And Fowle acknowledged he was desperate to get back to his family.
The men all say they were speaking freely, but that notion is being met with heavy skepticism and with good reason. North Korea has long used its detainees as pawns in a bizarre chess match with US officials.
So just what exactly does their government hope to gain by granting these interviews and how should the Obama administration react?
Philip Yun, former North Korea Adviser under President Clinton and Executive Director of Ploughshares, joined CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.
(CNN) – The United States will need to take a page from British Prime Minister David Cameron and "balance civil liberties with security" in order to protect the homeland from terrorist attacks, says Democratic Congressman Engel.
"I think it's a necessary idea. You always have to balance the civil liberties with security, and I think that the Prime Minister is trying to find a happy medium," the ranking minority member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee tells CNN's Dana Bash. "I think they're balancing it. I think we're going to have to balance it. We have to do something to try to prevent these potential attacks."
Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) - Three Americans detained in North Korea spoke out about their conditions and pleaded for U.S. help in interviews with CNN.
Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle were presented to CNN's Will Ripley at a Pyongyang hotel Monday. Each was given five minutes for an interview.
All three men said they hope the U.S. government will send an envoy to North Korea to help get them out of their situations, similar to how former President Bill Clinton helped secure the release of two journalists in 2009.
A YouTube video has emerged showing alleged Islamist militants in Libya partying in the pool at an abandoned U.S. annex.
CNN has not been able to confirm the authenticity of this video yet, but this potentially embarrassing scene could be a metaphor for how visibly absent the U.S. has been since bombing Moammar Gadhafi out of power three years ago, leaving militias and terror factions a largely lawless country to fight over.
CNN's Nic Robertson reports.
(CNN) - Responding to fears about ISIS, the British raised their terror threat level from substantial to severe on Friday, though they say there's no intelligence indicating an attack is imminent. The US has not issued any kind of terror alert here in the states and President Obama has taken a shellacking from critics for stating bluntly that "we don't have a strategy yet" for dealing with ISIS in Syria.