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  • Fridays are all something we can appreciate. In less than nine minutes, you`ll see just how much we`ve appreciated them through the years.

  • I`m Carl Azuz. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • First up, the U.S. is looking for support in fighting ISIS, it`s a brutal terrorist organization that`s taking over about a third each of Iraq and Syria.

  • ISIS has murdered scores of people who don`t share its extreme Islamic views.

  • It wants to create a country based on those views and declare war on the Western world.

  • Iraqi forces have been fighting ISIS with support from U.S. airstrikes.

  • President Obama has authorized surveillance flights in Syria.

  • That`s expected to lead the U.S. airstrikes there, too.

  • esterday, the White House held a meeting to discuss other ways to take on ISIS.

  • Let`s start with this sobering thought. ISIS is not just a local Iraqi or Syrian problem.

  • Because in addition to the massive amounts of territory it has captured in Iraq and Syria,

  • it is now already threatening Saudi Arabia. Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. And as Americans, the great concern is that they also have their sites set even further afield.

  • Intelligence officials believe that there are about 1,000 Westerners fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria, among them, about 100 Americans.

  • And it`s a belief of U.S. intelligence officials that they are being trained and encouraged to carry out attacks when they return home.

  • In fact, it`s belief that ISIS veterans have already carried out two attacks in Europe.

  • The fear is that they will carry out many more going forward.

  • Now, U.S. intelligence and counter-terror officials are tracking ISIS veterans as best as they can when they attempt to go home.

  • The trouble is, even they will admit that this is happening as U.S. intelligence capabilities are declining.

  • For one, human intelligence, known as humint in the intelligence community has declined, virtually non-existent in Syria and it`s decreased in Iraq after the U.S. withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq.

  • Much of the intelligence done there by the U.S. military.

  • Two, what`s happening is, what`s called SIGINT, signals intelligence is declining as well.

  • In the post-Snowden era, terrorists don`t communicate the way they used to, on cell-phones, or by email, on Internet websites, and that`s also decreasing the ability of intelligence agencies to track their movements.

  • Iraq and Syria are just two failed states that are now home to terrorist group with international aspirations.

  • There are others in Libya, in Yemen and Somalia.

  • And when I speak to U.S. intelligence officials, they say that nothing keeps them up at night more than the threats emanating from there.

  • Another conflict U.S. officials are watching is in Ukraine. It`s a nation divided between East and West.

  • On one hand, many Ukrainians want closer ties with the European Union, the West.

  • Their new government sees that as the future of Ukraine. But other Ukrainians, especially in some eastern regions are aligned with Russia.

  • Some have been fighting for independence from Ukraine.

  • Western leaders accuse Russia of supporting these rebels with troops and weapons.

  • Russia`s denied that repeatedly. But the U.S. officials says as many as a 1,000 Russian troops cross the border into Ukraine Thursday, to fight alongside the rebels.

  • The U.S. is warning Russia of new sanctions, economic penalties if it doesn`t pull back.

  • Putin`s annexation of Crimea and his support for the pro- Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has raised his popularity with the Russian people.

  • His ratings haven`t been so high since he went to war with another former pro-Western neighbor, Georgia, in 2008.

  • For years, Putin has made keeping Ukraine from joining the European Union and NATO, a major strategic goal. But the recent ouster of pro- Russian president, Victor Yanukovych, has really weakened his influence there.

  • One way to stop Ukraine from joining the West is to make it too unstable by keeping this insurgency running.

  • But sticking with the separatists brings Putin problems on the international front.

  • There`s no smoking gun against Russia for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, but the Western world says Putin`s support for the separatists has led to this tragedy.

  • The U.S. and the Europe have already imposed sanctions against Russian companies.

  • Entire sectors of the Russian economy could be next.

  • It`s already been tittering on the brink of recession for months, and the damage done to Russia`s world image from the conflict will take years to undo.

  • In the choice between appeasing the Russian public and antagonizing the West, it appears Vladimir Putin has no good options.

  • For more than seven weeks in the Middle East, explosions have been almost constant in Israel and Gaza.

  • For more than seven weeks in the Middle East, explosions have been almost constant in Israel and Gaza.

  • Relative silence settled over the region in the past few days.

  • No missiles from Israeli airstrikes, no rockets from the Hamas-controlled territory of Gaza.

  • It`s a truce, and as of last night, it was holding.

  • The most recent flare up between Hamas and Israel killed about 2200 people.

  • Previous cease-fires have come and gone.

  • One thing that sets this one apart is that it`s open-ended, there`s no expiration date.

  • It doesn`t resolve any major issues between the two sides, but they both agreed to negotiate in the days ahead.

  • From northwest to southwest, it`s time to see who`s watching on the CNN STUDENT NEWS Roll Call.

  • From Tacoma, Washington, we`ve got the Koats (ph), with the K.

  • Hello to our viewers at Keithley Middle School.

  • We`ll make a quick stop in the land of 10,000 lakes at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Good to see the Millers. And at Hagerman Municipal Schools in Hagerman, New Mexico, it`s the Bobcats who round out today`s roll.

  • Thanks to all of you who made a request on Thursday`s transcript page.

  • All right, charging stations. They popped up in officers, airline terminals, parking lots for electric cars.

  • MIT workers in the research company had been developing technology that merges a charging station with a park bench.

  • It`s not cheap. While an everyday bench is anywhere from 160 to 900 bucks, these could sell for thousands.

  • Here`s a look at an early project that eventually led to a new kind of bench.

  • One that`s giving folks a charge around Boston, Massachusetts.

  • I`m Sandra and I live in the city of Boston.

  • We are here at MIT media lab. We made the future for every park bench, a connected solar powered charger.

  • Cities of the future need to be designed around the human being, around us.

  • We are seeing more and more efforts for sittable (ph) cities.

  • We hacked a lot of things together that normally don`t make sense.

  • We took six solar panels, three lithium ion batteries, a waterproof plug, and then we have batteries sensing.

  • So, what does it mean, we actually noticed when and how many people are charging off of solar energy and we can communicate that into the cloud.

  • So, what does it mean, we actually noticed when and how many people are charging off of solar energy and we can communicate that into the cloud.

  • So, the bench right now is actually connected to the Internet.

  • Before I was the anchor of CNN STUDENT NEWS, I was a news writer. And I always thought that when I got on air, one thing I`d say regularly was how I felt about Fridays.

  • Here`s how that turned out in the years that followed.

  • Great? No. Excellent? No. Stupendous? Not quite. Fridays are awesome.

  • Fridays are awesome.

  • You know what`s not as awesome as Fridays? Stagnation.

  • Fridays are awesome.

  • Fridays are totally sweave (ph).

  • If I may quote myself.

  • Fridays are awesome.

  • Fridays.

  • I`ve got a special message, Fridays are awesome.

  • Awesome.

  • Fridays are acceptable.

  • Fridays are awesome.

  • You know why Fridays are awesome? You`ve made it to Friday. Awesome.

  • Fridays are awesome.

  • Fridays may be awesome.

  • Awesome. Fridays are awesome.

  • It`s the most awesome day of the week.

  • Pretty awesome. Not as awesome as Fridays.

  • You know it. Fridays are always awesome. It`s almost as awesome as Fridays.

  • Fridays awesome. Oh, it`s Friday all right. Fridays are awesome.

  • You guys are awesome. Fridays are awesome.

  • We know that Fridays are awesome. Fridays are awesome. Awesome.

  • Fridays are awesome.

  • Even when they are freezing, Fridays are awesome.

  • Fridays are awesome.All right, forgive Fridays, that was awesome.

  • Of course, some don`t think so. Shrimp, fish, chicken and catfish all hate Fridays.

  • Many vegans won`t touch fried eggs, and if you hate ghost stories and horror movies, you are not going to like fright days.

  • But even those of you who hate puns, love Fridays because they mean too more days until pun days.

  • Though next pun day are Monday, we will not be on the air. We`ll be off for the Labor Day holiday.

  • So, hope you enjoy it, and we`ll see you on Tuesday our next news day. What? I`m Carl Azuz.

Fridays are all something we can appreciate. In less than nine minutes, you`ll see just how much we`ve appreciated them through the years.

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