July 29th, 2013
03:09 PM ET

Mideast Peace Talks Begin Tonight

Hope and fear across the Middle East today.

The hope? Peace talks set to begin tonight in Washington between top Israeli and Palestinian officials. (Watch above video)

The fear? The situation in Egypt becoming more volatile as the military plans to clear our pro-Morsy demonstrators from East Cairo.

In Egypt, there was more bloodshed overnight, CNN's Reza Sayah reports. In the city of Rafah, one soldier was killed and 8 wounded in an attack on a military coup. Over the weekend more than 70 Egyptians were killed in Cairo, most of them supporters of deposed President Morsy.

"This conflict is getting closer and closer to a decisive stage," he says. "You have the Muslim brotherhood and supporters of the ousted President on one side, the military back interim government on the other, they've been in a deadlock... and what could be coming is more bloodshed." Watch:

For more details on the developments in the Mideast, CNN's Chief International Correspondent Christiant Amanpour weighs in:

"So many people do have hope that this time there may be a small window of opportunity..." she ways. Watch:

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July 29th, 2013
12:27 PM ET

Weiner And Filner Fight Calls to Drop Out of Race and Resign

Disgraced politician Anthony Weiner may be refusing to drop out of the New York City Mayoral race, but his campaign manager has had enough.

And as CNN's Dana Bash reports, “it's never a good day when the guy running your campaign runs for the door.”

Democratic strategists like President Obama's campaign guru continue to advise Weiner to follow suit.

"I think that he is delusional at this point and doesn't understand the situation,” David Axelrod told NBC’s Meet The Press. “He's not going to be mayor of New York. He should go away."

The frontrunner in the mayoral campaign, Christine Quinn, also made it clear she thinks Weiner is unqualified.

"When you see scandal after scandal like this, what it does is create even more distrust and maybe even disgust in government,” she said on Meet The Press.

Bash says several democratic strategists who want Weiner out are hoping at some point his campaign cash runs out and he'll have to call it quits.

But Weiner, who started this mayoral race with $4.5 million in the bank left over from his congressional campaign said yesterday, “You're stuck with me.”

“I think it’s just one thing after the other,” says CNN Political Commentator Ana Navarro, about the details emerging in the scandal and now this latest loss to his campaign.

“He thinks that it’s going away, that he’s past it,” she says, “ I think he is very wrong.”

Meanwhile on the West Coast, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner refuses to resign, instead seeking "intensive counseling" in response to sexual harassment allegations.

Also a Republican Strategist, Navaro weighs in on that. Watch:

“It's got to be a very frustrating things for democrats who last cycle we saw them label republicans as waging a war on women for what Akin and Murdoch said. In these guys, you've got people doing things, not just saying,” she says.

“So it kind of puts a kink in the democrat armor of the entire women narrative.”

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July 29th, 2013
12:18 PM ET

Thief Makes Off with Millions In Jewels

Update: This morning on "NewDay," find out why this jewelry heist – which now estimated to be at $136 million – may be the biggest in history.

Join us from 6-9am ET on CNN and be sure to follow along on Twitter!


A major jewelry thief in Cannes, France is shocking authorities for being all to daring to get away without being stopped.

The Ritz Carlton hotel, the setting for the iconic movie "To Catch a Thief," was the site of one of Europe's biggest jewelry heists Saturday morning when a thief walked away with millions of dollars worth of jewels from the swanky hotel.

“You can imagine the shock and surprise when a man armed with a gun was able to enter the hotel and steal millions of dollars in jewelry,” reports CNN’s Erin McLaughlin.

“Police say a robber whose face was covered by a hat and starve threatened to shoot visitors and guests during the hold-up,” she says.

“Authorities this morning are looking for surveillance footage of the crime.”

While not a single shot was fired and no one was hurt, the questions being raised are how this could have happened and why there wasn’t more security.

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July 29th, 2013
12:08 PM ET

Ring Found in Falls

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," Lelonnie Alexander and her lost wedding ring.

While taking a photo in Michigan at a waterfall, the rushing water took her ring right off.

Lelonnie, heartbroken, filed a police report, and also took to social media to get the word out. All that water, and that little ring... gone forever right? Enter 12-year-old Caden Gersky.

Caden, who was vacationing with his family nearby, saw the social media update, grabbed his snorkel, went for a swim and found it!

"My son likes to look for things in the water," says John Gersky, Caden's father. "He came running, I couldn't believe it."

Caden's dad returned the ring to a grateful Lelonnie and for his efforts, Caden received a $200 reward.

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