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terrorism
July 31, 2014
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It turns out that Bill Clinton had Osama bin Laden on his mind mere hours before al Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Speaking to a group of Australian businessmen on Sept. 10, 2001, Clinton said he once had the opportunity to kill bin Laden, but decided not to because it would have led to the deaths of innocent civilians. An audio recording of the remarks was released for the first time today by Australian media.

Here's what he said (h/t MSNBC):

And I'm just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden — he's very smart guy, I've spent a lot of time thinking about him — and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn't do it. [MSNBC]

Clinton tried and failed to kill bin Laden a couple times in the 1990s, launching missile strikes at his residences in Sudan and Afghanistan. In this speech, he appears to be referring to a famous missed opportunity in 1998, when he balked over concerns about collateral damage. Ryu Spaeth

celebrations
3:57 a.m. ET

On Sunday, Princess Charlotte was christened at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, the same church where her grandmother, Princess Diana, was baptized.

Her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, pushed her to the church in a pram once used by Queen Elizabeth, and it was the first time the Duke and Duchess were seen in public with both Princess Charlotte and her older brother, Prince George, the BBC reports. Thousands of people greeted the family upon their arrival, along with guests Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Michael, Carole, Pippa, and James Middleton.

Princess Charlotte wore a replica of the christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841, and the silver gilt Lily Font, usually shown as part of the crown jewels at the Tower of London, was used during the ceremony. Later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a tea, serving slices of a tier from their wedding cake as the christening cake. While the day was all about Princess Charlotte, Prince George — as usual — stole the show, as the pictures below attest. Catherine Garcia

travels with the pope
3:20 a.m. ET
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On Sunday, Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador, the first stop on his tour of South America that will include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay.

The pontiff, born in Argentina, is visiting three of the poorest and smallest countries on the continent just weeks after releasing his encyclical calling on leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" due to climate change. "From the peak of Chimborazo to the Pacific coast, from the Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos Islands, may you never lose the ability to thank God for what he has done and is doing for you," he said upon his arrival. "May you never lose the ability to protect what is small and simple, to care for your children and your elderly, to have confidence in the young, and to be constantly struck by the nobility of your people and the singular beauty of your country."

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets as Pope Francis made his way to Quito, Reuters reports, with many waving flags featuring his picture and others throwing gifts. On Monday, he will deliver a mass in the coastal city of Guayaquil, and on Wednesday, he will fly to Bolivia to visit the Palmasola prison and is expected to speak up for the rights of indigenous people. While in Paraguay, the pope will meet with several social activists. Catherine Garcia

love and marriage
2:36 a.m. ET
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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis tied the knot this weekend, a source tells People.

Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, met while filming That '70s Show, which ran from 1998 to 2006. In August, Kunis told W magazine, "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show. We all get movie star crushes. I'm marrying mine." The pair began dating in 2012, and became parents to daughter Wyatt Isabelle in October. It's the first marriage for Kunis, and the second for Kutcher, who divorced Demi Moore in 2013. Catherine Garcia

This just in
2:20 a.m. ET
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The finance minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, announced on his website that he has resigned from his post, one day after 61 percent of voters backed his "no" campaign, rejecting the bailout terms set by creditors.

"Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached," he wrote in a blog entry posted early Monday. "It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution — to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms."

Varoufakis said that the reason why he was leaving his position was due to a "certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted 'partners,' for my ... 'absence' from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement." He added, "I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum. And I shall wear the creditors' loathing with pride." Catherine Garcia

Boko Haram
1:49 a.m. ET

A suicide bomber killed at least five people at a church in Nigeria Sunday, the latest in a string of attacks carried out over the past week by Boko Haram.

The worshippers were killed as they entered the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum, the BBC reports. More than 200 people have been killed since Tuesday, including more than 97 people gunned down in the village of Kukawa on Wednesday and 48 men shot after prayers in two villages near the town of Monguno. On Thursday, two female suicide bombers killed several people as they attacked a village in Borno state.

Since Boko Haram first started launching attacks in 2009, at least 17,000 people, primarily civilians, have been killed. Catherine Garcia

John Oliver dives shallow
1:15 a.m. ET

Due to the 4th of July holiday, there wasn't a new Last Week Tonight Sunday, but host John Oliver was nice enough to give his fans a little something to tide them over until July 12. In a web only clip, Oliver did the opposite of what he normally does — instead of covering one topic over 15 minutes in a deep dive, he looked at 15 topics in one minute for a series of shallow dives. He touched on everything from banjos ("they're just guitars whose parents are cousins") to bagels ("donuts that gave up on their dreams"), and hinted that next week, it's very likely he'll be back to business, taking on the TPP. Watch the clip below (warning: there's a bit of strong language and some risqué images). Catherine Garcia

recalls
12:28 a.m. ET
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After Listeria was found in a sample of chicken freeze-dried patties, pet food maker Stella & Chewy's voluntarily recalled several products for dogs and cats.

The company has a full list of recalled dinners and treats on its website. "The health and safety of our customers and their pets is always of the utmost importance to us," Stella & Chewy's said on Facebook. "We are accountable for everything we make and highly committed to the quality and integrity of our products. We are working with the FDA to further investigate and quickly address the situation."

Listeria causes flu-like symptoms in healthy people, including headache and nausea, and can be deadly for children and the elderly. Stella & Chewy's says that there have been no reports of illnesses in people or animals. Consumers who have pet food that is part of the recall should throw it away or return the item to where they purchased it for a full refund. Catherine Garcia

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