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What the world is telling Obama now

November 8th, 2012
07:21 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

It's no surprise that David Cameron was the first world leader to congratulate Obama on his reelection Tuesday, considering the two countries' “special relationship” – the term coined by Winston Churchill half a century ago.

But the British Prime Minister also sees big challenges ahead. Cameron has pointed to the global economy and Syria as two issues that need to be tackled immediately.

“I want to talk to Barack about is how we must do more to try and solve this crisis,” Cameron said in Jordan Wednesday.

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Wednesday, Britain's Ambassador in Washington D.C., Sir Peter Westmacott, says the U.K. is starting to talk more intensively to some of the opposition elements there; and that the United States is taking the initiative to bring together some of the opposition elements inside and outside Syria.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iran • Israel • Latest Episode

Mending fences with Obama: Israel says it follows U.S. lead on Iran

November 8th, 2012
07:08 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

Israel is signaling a major change in tone toward U.S. President Barack Obama now that he has won reelection.

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, gave what could only be described as a ringing endorsement of the Obama administration’s handling of Iran’s nuclear program. It has been a very contentious issue between the two allies, with the U.S. fearing Israel might unilaterally strike Iran’s nuclear sites and drag the U.S. into an regional war.

But Ayalon told Amanpour that despite past differences with the Obama administration over Iran, “I think today we can safely say that we are very much on the same page and will continue to follow the lead of the U.S.”

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What Russia wants from Obama

November 8th, 2012
10:55 AM ET
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What Russia wants from the U.S. now

Russian official Alexei Pushkov tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour what his country wants from Obama's second term.

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What Russia wants from the U.S. now

Part II: Russian official Alexei Pushkov tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour what his country wants from Obama's second term.

By Mick Krever, CNN

To congratulate U.S. President Barack Obama on his reelection, Russian Prime Minister Demitry Medvedev did what any other self-respecting 21st-century denizen would do: He took to Twitter.

“@BarackObama Congratulations!,” he Tweeted Wednesday morning.

Given the state of U.S.-Russian relations in recent years, it may seem an overly joyful reaction.  FULL POST


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