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  1. Standoff Islamist Rebels in Philippines Hold 100 Hostage Bullit Marquez/AP

    1. Islamist Rebels in Philippines Hold 100 Hostage

    While all eyes have been on Syria, Islamist rebels in the Philippines are having their own moment. 200 fighters from the Moro National Liberation Front, a separatist organization, began a six-day standoff with authorities Monday when they took over 100 people hostage. So far, 22 people, including 15 militants, have been killed in sporadic fights between rebels and troops. Although the group's leader agreed to a truce on Friday, by Saturday the group of fighters was still holding its position, exchanging gunfire with troops sent in to end the standoff. The country's vice president said he planned to fly in on Saturday to assist with negotiations.

    September 14, 2013 10:58 AM

  2. Diplomacy Kerry Makes a Deal on Syria Arms Harold Cunningham/Getty

    2. Kerry Makes a Deal on Syria Arms

    This is what you might call a "reset." John Kerry and his Russian counterpart have agreed on a six-point plan to coerce Syria into giving up its chemical weapons. Under the agreement, Syria must first hand over a list of its stockpile within a week. By mid-2014, all of the chemical weapons must be removed or destroyed. If Syria doesn't comply, Kerry says, a U.N. resolution with a threat of force could go into effect. "There can be no room for games," Kerry said.

    September 14, 2013 7:10 AM

  3. Insurgency Attack on U.S. Consulate in Afghanistan AFP

    3. Attack on U.S. Consulate in Afghanistan

    An attack near a U.S. consulate in Afghanistan killed seven people, including two security guards, and wounded 20 on Friday morning. The attack, in the western city of Herat, began when a group of five suicide bombers detonated a van near one of the consulate's auxiliary gates around 5:30 a.m. Fighters then attacked the consulate itself, resulting in an hourlong firefight that killed several attackers. Although the glass of the consulate and several surrounding buildings was shattered, the main gates were not breached.

    September 14, 2013 10:56 AM

  4. Turning Point

    4. Syrian Opposition Elects New Leader

    Is the situation in Syria about to turn a corner? Just hours after the U.S. and Russia negotiated a chemical-weapons deal with the Syrian government on Saturday, the opposition in the country elected a new leader. Moderate Islamist Ahmad Tumeh was elected provisional prime minister of the Syrian National Coalition in hopes that he will boost the group's credibility in the eyes of other countries. Tumeh, a former political prisoner, received 75 out of 97 votes cast.

    September 14, 2013 5:39 PM

  5. Cutbacks NPR Offers Buyout to Employees Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    5. NPR Offers Buyout to Employees

    Are Science Fridays doomed? NPR announced Friday that in an effort to decrease staff by 10 percent, the company is offering buyouts. The scheme aims to eliminate the radio outlet's $6.1 million deficit. The company also announced that Paul Hagga, a current board member, will take over as temporary president and CEO until a permanent candidate is found, starting September 30. Okay, NPR. Just don't take away our Radiolab.

    September 14, 2013 11:00 AM

  6. poor taste Microsoft Pulls Anti-Apple Ads via

    6. Microsoft Pulls Anti-Apple Ads

    No one likes a bully. On Friday, just a few hours after posting, Microsoft pulled a series of online video advertisements mocking Apple's recently unveiled iPhone offerings. The videos showed an interpretation of "meetings" taking place at Apple's headquarters, including a person resembling the late Steve Jobs, but were shortly criticized and mocked on social media. The video was "intended to be a lighthearted poke at our friends from Cupertino. But it was off the mark, and we've decided to pull it down," a Microsoft representative told CNET.

    September 13, 2013 6:40 PM

  7. Rescue Stranded Coloradoans Airlifted from Flood Zone RJ Sangosti/Getty

    7. Stranded Coloradoans Airlifted from Flood Zone

    One if by land, two if by...air? A massive flood that began in Colorado Wednesday continued into Friday as authorities sent in helicopters to rescue stranded residents of the small mountain village of Jamestown. The town, which lies in a canyon, was isolated by flooding that left no land-based way for its remaining 295 citizens to evacuate. Meanwhile, the National Guard sent trucks to Lyons, a city to the northeast, with more airlifts expected to follow. Food and clean water were dropped to residents still awaiting rescue as the flood rapidly accelerated into parts of an area the size of Connecticut. The rescues continue into Saturday.

    September 14, 2013 11:02 AM

  8. Remain Silent Bloomberg Will Not Endorse a Successor Spencer Platt/Getty

    8. Bloomberg Will Not Endorse a Successor

    If you were waiting for a higher power to tell you whom to vote for, you may be out of luck. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the surprising announcement on Friday that he is endorsing ... no one. Not sure if his endorsement would actually help anyone, Bloomberg said, "I don't want to do anything that complicates it for the next mayor." More tellingly, his preferred candidate, Christine Quinn, lost in the Democratic primary, and Bloomberg has no relationship with either Democrat Bill de Blasio or Republican Joseph J. Lhota. But a lack of endorsement leaves a burning question: which candidate will protect our rights to giant sodas?

    September 14, 2013 11:22 AM

  9. Oops 40,000 Federal Employees Don't Get Paycheck Getty

    9. 40,000 Federal Employees Don't Get Paycheck

    Everyone just loves talking about the government's mistakes. But this one hits a little closer to home than most: on Friday, a mistake by a federal payroll center led to 40,000 government employees not seeing a paycheck deposit in their bank accounts. The center, which serves 23 different agencies, quickly issued an apology and assured employees that the money would materialize by Tuesday at the latest. On a less hopeful note, it clarified that the government isn't authorized to compensate for overdrafts. So much for going out on the town this weekend.

    September 14, 2013 11:26 AM

  10. things just got real Kanye West Charged with Battery, Theft Abdeljalil Bounhar / AP Photo

    10. Kanye West Charged with Battery, Theft

    Dare we say he deserves what's coming to him? After TMZ published a now-infamous video of Kanye West pushing and yelling at a photographer outside Los Angeles International Airport, the rapper has been charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft. The papparazzo, who was sent to the hospital, later acquired attorney Gloria Allred, who claims he was badly injured. West will be arraigned Oct. 10, and if convicted, faces a maximum of one year in jail.

    September 13, 2013 9:53 PM

  11. Star Turn Colin Firth to Voice Paddington Bear Jason Merritt/Getty

    11. Colin Firth to Voice Paddington Bear

    Marmalade sandwich, anyone? Colin Firth told the Daily Mail on Thursday that he will be voicing Paddington Bear in a new live-action movie. The most British of bears is already the star of a beloved series of picture books, in which he is known for his politeness and habit of keeping a stash of his favorite sandwich under his hat. In his turn on the silver screen, Paddington will be computer-animated with the help of motion-capture devices on Firth's face. Also set to star in the film are Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Mr. and Mrs. Brown, Paddington's adoptive family, and Nicole Kidman as an unspecified villain.

    September 14, 2013 11:30 AM

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