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Pakistanis to vote despite violence

May 9th, 2013
03:59 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour examines violence in Pakistan just ahead of the country's first ever democratic transition of power.


Filed under:  Latest Episode • Pakistan

Combating sexual assault in the military

May 9th, 2013
12:55 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

The sexual abuse of women serving in all branches of the U.S. military has soared to a new level of outrage.

In an alarming confirmation that women are risking sexual assault just to serve their country, a Pentagon survey released this week reports that it's happened to more than six percent of women on active duty last year – an increase from previous years.

The military has again been rocked this week after the Air Force officer in charge of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program was himself arrested and charged with sexual abuse. Now, both Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and President Barack Obama are weighing in, vowing to really enforce a zero-tolerance policy.

"I want them to hear directly from their commander in chief that I've got their back," President Obama said. "We're not going to tolerate this."

But only a fifth of all these cases ever get to trial.  FULL POST


Filed under:  Latest Episode

Exploring Syria's chemical weapons stockpile

May 9th, 2013
11:36 AM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN 

Evidence of chemical weapons use gets harder to find with each passing day in Syria.

The Assad regime is blocking U.N. special investigators from entering the country as the Obama administration continues to seek concrete proof.

“It is publicly known that Syria has the largest active chemical weapons program in the world," President Obama's former chief adviser on all matters relating to weapons of mass destruction, Gary Samore, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.    FULL POST


Filed under:  Latest Episode • Syria