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World health care, pirates & handshakes

June 29th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

The latest edition of Amanpour is online: Part 1 Health care around the world – Comparing Swiss healthcare which is a model for the changes in US health care. Part 2 Couple held captive speak – The South African couple held captive by Somali pirates for 604 days gives first interview. Part 3 Handshakes throughout history – A look at the history of handshakes and what they represent for reconciliation.

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Healthcare around the world

Swiss healthcare is considered by some to be a model for the changes in U.S. health care.

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Couple held captive by pirates speak out

The South African couple held captive by Somali pirates for 604 days give their first interview.

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Handshakes throughout history

A look at the history of handshakes and what they represent for reconciliation.


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South African couple held captive: 'Like being on death row'

June 28th, 2012
06:15 PM ET

By Lucky Gold

“I was asleep when Debbie woke me up telling me there’s a boarding party arriving.  And the next thing she said – it’s pirates.”

So began the gripping narrative of Bruno Pelizarri and Deborah Calitz, a South African couple kidnapped off the coast of Tanzania by Somali pirates back in October 2010, and only freed last week after nearly two years of intense negotiations.

Now back in Pretoria, South Africa, they appeared Thursday on CNN's Amanpour – their first interview since being released.  Bruno recounted the terrifying moment when he had to face the pirates:  “What do you do?  What do you say?”  Somehow remaining calm, he “put a pair of jeans on and went on deck to face them.”

“It felt like it was a dream,” said Deborah.  “It wasn’t real.  There was more fear in their (the pirates’) eyes than we had.”
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Where in the world can you get universal health care?

Where in the world can you get universal health care?
America doesn't have universal health care coverage -- but Thailand, Rwanda, Chile and Brazil do.
June 28th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

By Madison Park, CNN

America doesn't have universal health care coverage, but nearly 50 countries have attained universal or near-universal health coverage by 2008, according to the International Labor Organization. Here are more examples of countries have implemented near-universal health care:

Brazil – Free health care coverage is recognized as a citizen's right in Brazil.

Rwanda – Since establishing a national health plan in 1999, Rwanda has insured about 91% of its population with health care.

Thailand – The WHO uses Thailand as an example of a low- or middle-income country that has been able to extend health coverage to all citizens.

Moldova – The Eastern European country became independent with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. By 2004, it began a mandatory health insurance program.

Kuwait – The level of health care is comparable to average European standards, according to the WHO.

Chile – The Chilean constitution guarantees rights to health protection.

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U.N. in Syria is ‘dressed up, but has nowhere to go’

June 28th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

The full-length edition of the Amanpour online: PART 1 A handshake for old foes Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams discusses healing sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. PART 2 Syrian opposition armed and organized Syrian opposition has taken a fight directly to the capital, Damascus. PART 3 How Nora Ephron inspired women Actress Rita Wilson tells how Nora Ephron inspired the women around her.

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A handshake for old foes

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams discusses healing sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.

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Syrian opposition armed and organized

Syrian opposition has taken a fight directly to the capital, Damascus.

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How Nora Ephron inspired women

Actress Rita Wilson tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour how Nora Ephron inspired the women around her.


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Handshakes through history

June 28th, 2012
10:34 AM ET

Yesterday, a former IRA rebel commander and the Britain's Queen joined hands for a historic handshake. But it was by no means the first handshake with huge symbolism. Here are a few of the most consequential handshakes through history.

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June 27, 2012
Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness watched by First Minister Peter Robinson (C) at the Lyric Theatre on June 27, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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September 22, 1938
German dictator Adolf Hitler shakes hands with British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain at Hotel Dressen in Godesberg, 22nd September 1938. The two met to discuss the German occupation of Sudetenland. FULL POST


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A handshake for old foes

June 27th, 2012
06:38 PM ET

By Mick Krever

(CNN) - Seven years after the IRA lay down its arms, its former commander has shaken hands with the British Queen.

And Gerry Adams, longtime leader of the IRA’s former political wing, Sinn Fein, was concise in describing the meeting.

“The only way you can build peace is actually to show leadership, and Martin did that,” Gerry Adams told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

He was referring to Martin McGuinness, who met in private with the Queen before a historic public photo-op. FULL POST

Angela Merkel: Savior or destroyer?

June 27th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

You can watch the full-length edition of the Amanpour online now: Part 1: Future Syrian action “will not go unanswered” Turkey’s ambassador to the U.S. talks about Syria downing a Turkish jet. Part 2: Angela Merkel: Savior or destroyer? European authorities have unveiled their vision for a closer fiscal union in the eurozone. Part 2.5: U.S. & Europe rescue Berlin. A look back at the Berlin Airlift, 64 years ago.

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Testing time for Syria's neighbors

Turkey's ambassador to the U.S. talks about Syria downing a Turkish jet.

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Eurozone: Closer fiscal union

European authorities have unveiled their vision for a closer fiscal union in the Eurozone.


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Turkey: Future Syrian action “will not go unanswered”

June 26th, 2012
05:32 PM ET

By Mick Krever

(CNN) – A Turkish diplomat on Tuesday gave a stark warning to his embattled neighbor, Syria. The threat came in the wake of the downing of a Turkish jet by the Syrian military.

“This type of action in the future will not go unanswered,” Namik Tan told CNN’s Ali Velshi.

In the wake of the Syrian military shooting down a Turkish jet, the Turkish ambassador to the U.S. put out a stark warning to his embattled neighbor.

Syria’s actions were “a grave violation of international norms,” he said. FULL POST

FULL-LENGTH EDITION: Amanpour inside Egypt

June 26th, 2012
10:16 AM ET

Part 1: Female and Christian VPs in Egypt The policy adviser to Egypt’s president-elect tells Christiane Amanpour there will be female and Christian vice presidents. Part 2: Prominent Egyptian woman speaks out A former state broadcaster in Egypt gives Christiane Amanpour her perspective on the outcome of Egypt’s election. Part 3: CNN’s Cairo bureau chief reflects. Ben Wedeman looks back at his time serving before, during and after Egypt’s revolution

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Female and Christian VPs in Egypt

Policy adviser to Egypt's president-elect tells Christiane Amanpour there will be female and Christian vice presidents.

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Prominent Egyptian woman speaks out

A former state broadcaster in Egypt gives Christiane Amanpour her perspective on the outcome of Egypt's election.

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CNN's Cairo bureau chief reflects

CNN's Ben Wedeman looks back at his time serving before, during and after Egypt's revolution.


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Morsi Adviser: Female and Christian VPs in Egypt

June 25th, 2012
04:45 PM ET

By Samuel Burke

There’s been a dramatic change of fate in Egypt: Mohamed Morsi was once a prisoner under President Hosni Mubarak. Now Morsi is president-elect of Egypt, at the very same time Mubarak is serving his sentence in the notorious Tora Prison. Now Egypt’s minorities wait to see how their fates will change – among them, Coptic Christians and women.

Monday, Morsi’s policy adviser, Ahmed Deif, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that to allay minority fears, Morsi will execute a strategy of “inclusiveness, inclusiveness, inclusiveness.”

Deif said one of Morsi’s first steps will be to appoint a vice president who is Christian and another Vice President who is a woman. FULL POST

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