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(CNN) - President Obama swiftly condemned the terror attacks at a synagogue that left four rabbis and a policeman dead in Jerusalem this morning, but implored both sides to back away from the very violent ledge where they're teetering.
"Too many Israelis have died. Too many Palestinians have died. And at this difficult time, I think it's important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and to reject violence," Obama said in a brief statement.
(CNN) - European nations are increasingly acquiescing to terrorists' ransom demands, despite private pressure on their governments and at the determinant of American citizen hostages, says investigative journalist and former Taliban hostage David Rohde.
"There has been private pressure put on these European governments but it hasn't worked. The record government paid, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, is a government paid $40 million a couple of years ago for the release of four French hostages in West Africa. That's $10 million a head," Rohdes told CNN's Jake Tapper. "The problem is not just that these European states are paying, it's that they're paying more and more. The expectations from these groups is that they can get huge ransoms and when you're talking $10 million, no family, no organization can pay that large a ransom."
Meteorologist Chad Myers explains Thunder Snow... and how long we can expect the extreme weather to stick around.
(CNN) - In our politics lead, a pending standoff between the republican congress and the democratic president surrounding this question: is an executive order on immigration illegal?
Insiders suggest that President Obama may sign at least one executive order as early as this week, opening a path to legal residency for millions of people in the country illegally.
In addition to all the questions about what this will do to an already staggeringly dysfunctional Washington D.C., the question arises: does he even have the legal authority to take this step without congressional approval?
(CNN) - A terror attack in Jerusalem has left three American rabbis and a British one dead, butchered during their morning prayers, along with a policeman who was critically wounded in the attack and eventually succumbed from his wounds.
Israeli police are still piecing together the details of the attack, but the pictures convey abject horror from inside a place of worship: the hallway streaked red from the carnage, holy garments used in prayer strewn across the floor, sitting in pools of blood.