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Afghanistan ‘on the right track’ for unity government, says ambassador

September 18th, 2014
03:24 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

After months of deadlock over its presidential election, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Kingdom told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday that the country is “on the right track” to forming a unity government.

“Today the president” – Hamid Karzai – “met with leaders figures of the country, and tomorrow these figures, these leading personalities are slated to talk to both candidates to encourage them to reach a final agreement as soon as possible,” Mohammad Daud Yaar said.

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah is in a stalemate with former Finance Minister and World Bank executive Ashraf Ghani. Both claim they won April’s presidential election.

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Filed under:  Afghanistan • Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode

Moderate Syria opposition pleads for support, but not troops

September 18th, 2014
02:54 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

As the U.S. Congress moves towards authorizing training and weapons for the moderate Syrian opposition, the former commander of the Free Syrian Army pleaded for support but said there was no need for international troops on the ground.

“We don’t need ground troops from any country in the world. We are able, if we receive enough support, to fight against ISIS,” Former Free Syrian Army Commander General Salim Idriss told CNN’S Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

“We have a large number of fighters who are ready to fight and more than five thousand now are ready in the suburbs of Aleppo and suburbs of Idlib.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Latest Episode • Syria

Scotland's indelible mark on the world

September 17th, 2014
04:06 PM ET

A day before Scotland's independence vote, historian Ewen Cameron takes Christiane Amanpour on a historic tour of Edinburgh.

Click above to watch.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Scotland • United Kingdom

David Steel makes the case for Scotland in the union

September 17th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

David Steel, founder of the current Liberal Democrat party and former speaker of the Scottish Parliament strongly believes that Scotland belongs in the United Kingdom.

He told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour why – click above to watch.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Scotland • United Kingdom

Scottish nationalist: It’s now or never

September 17th, 2014
03:37 PM ET

Scotland’s landmark independence referendum, due to open for voting in just hours, is a “one-off opportunity,” Scottish Member of Parliament Marco Biagi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in Edinburgh.

“This isn’t the kind of choice that we get very often. This isn’t like an election.”

“This is a one-off chance to really do things differently in Scotland, and to fundamentally change the kind of society we are living in – to get the governments we vote for, to protect our public services, and to have governments that pay attention to Scotland not just once every three hundred years when an opinion poll suggests we might vote for independence, but every day.”

Click above to watch Amanpour’s full interview with Biagi.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Scotland • United Kingdom

UK moving towards ‘American model,’ says Gordon Brown in last pitch for Scotland to stay in the union

September 17th, 2014
02:58 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Hours after a fiery last-ditch speech for Scotland to stay in the union, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an international exclusive interview that the United Kingdom is moving towards an “American model” of government.

“Never in the history of the island itself have we seen so much decentralization of power, so much of a transfer of power, from Westminster or London to one nation in the United Kingdom.”

“Britain can no longer think of itself as a centralized state, a unitary state, of undiluted Westminster sovereignty. That has changed. And in some sense we’re moving closer towards the American model of government.”

Nationalists and Unionists threw all their efforts into campaigning Wednesday, the last hours before Scots go to the polls.

Brown set the political and social media worlds alight early in the day, with a speech many said could be career-defining.

“There’s a good kind of change,” he told Amanpour, and a “bad kind of change.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Scotland • United Kingdom

Pentagon explains deployment to fight Ebola

September 16th, 2014
04:13 PM ET

Pentagon Spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby on Tuesday told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the Ebola outbreak is something that “we’ve been tracking for quite a while.”

“We understand the threat, we understand how dangerous this disease is, and we want to chip in just as much as we can.”

To that end, the American government announced on Tuesday that it was hugely stepping up its efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak, sending about 3,000 military personnel, setting up medical facilities and training local health workers.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Ebola • Latest Episode

Ebola doctors welcome U.S. effort, emphasize growing problem

September 16th, 2014
03:22 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The organization that has led the effort to fight Ebola on Tuesday said newly announced American aid is dearly needed, but stressed that the outbreak is far from under control.

“We’ve been calling this outbreak unprecedented for six months, and it’s only in the past few weeks that the international community seems to be beginning to mobilize.” Medicins Sans Frontiers General Director Christopher Stokes told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

With 530 beds across the three countries most affected – Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea – Medicins Sans Frontiers, or Doctors Without Borders, represents 80% of the Ebola-fighting capacity, Stokes said.

“We’ve been denouncing for months the international inaction – we’ve called it a coalition of inaction around Ebola.”

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Scottish have been ‘fed a load of pap’ by nationalists, says former UK PM John Major

September 16th, 2014
03:13 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Exactly 36 hours before Scotland begins voting on an independence referendum, former British Prime Minister John Major made an impassioned plea for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom, telling CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the Scottish people had been hoodwinked.

“The Scottish nation have frankly, and I don’t say this lightly, have been fed a load of pap by the Scottish nationalists in the belief that everything will be alright on the night. Well it won’t. There are very serious problems that Scotland will face if they go down this route.”

Scottish nationalists have faced up no none of the realities that would face their country should Scotland become independence, Major said.

“Whenever the realities are placed before them they say people are lying. They say, ‘We can get straight into the European Union.’ Well the European Union say they can’t. So they say the European Union is lying.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Scotland • United Kingdom

In Scotland referendum, avoiding the big issues

September 16th, 2014
12:03 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The pro-independence movement in Scotland has both avoided talking about matter of serious economic consequence in its campaign, and convinced the pro-unionist campaign to long avoid the issues as well, the editor of the Financial Times said on Monday.

“I think that it was a brilliant tactic by [independence leader] Alex Salmond to make that case, that you can't come up here and … make your arguments in favor of no, because that will be bullying,” Lionel Barber told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“That meant that a lot of these practical, concrete questions about how the currency would work, what about pricing, were not made until the very last minute.”

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