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(CNN) – The hermit kingdom North Korea has supplied the world with hilarity over the years, but it is downright frightening to think that right now a rogue nation that is holding American prisoners and tested nuclear weapons might not have anyone calling the shots.
Leader Kim Jong Un was a no show Friday, at a national holiday ceremony marking the creation of the country's ruling party, adding to the speculation that either his health, or his grip on power, is in decline.
Korea chair with the Center for Strategic and International Studies Victor Cha, who handled North Korea in the national security council, joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.
(CNN) – Fears of Ebola are growing in Europe. Seven more people have been hospitalized and are being monitored for the disease in Spain, where nurse's aide Teresa Romero, the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa in this current outbreak, is fighting for her life.
The World Health Organization updated the death toll from the frightening virus Friday, saying Ebola has now killed more than 4,000 people, with more than 8,000 confirmed cases.
CNN's Isa Soares reports.
(CNN) – ISIS fighters are taking control of more and more key parts of the Syrian border city of Kobani, and a United Nations envoy tells Reuters that thousands of people "will most likely be massacred" if the city falls.
Human rights groups say Islamic extremists now control almost half the city – including the governmental square and the surrounding security zone. ISIS released a video that reportedly shows its forces inside Kobani, fighting Kurdish and Free Syrian Army forces. CNN has not independently confirmed the authenticity of the video.
Meantime on the other front of the war, Iraq, sources tell CNN that they are concerned that Anbar province, just west of Baghdad, could soon fall to ISIS too.
CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.
(CNN) – Money is the lifeblood of politics, but information isn't far behind.
So what happens when a fundraiser happens at the same time as a committee hearing? You do the math.
On the campaign trail this year, many challengers are hauling out the attendance records posted by incumbents, and asking: Why were you absent?
CNN's Jake Tapper reports.
(CNN) – A United Nations envoy said thousands could be massacred if the Syrian border town of Kobani is allowed to fall.
Former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) said the U.S. should do something to prevent that crisis, but cautions there is no easy solution.
"There's not easy access to (Kobani) except through Turkey. You can't get forces there by just parachuting them in from Fort Bragg and expect to make a significant difference. Over time, they've got to have mobility, they've got to have logistics, they've got to have fire support," Clark said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
"This would be reopening a chapter that was closed. This is like Iraq War redux," he said.