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Celebrating Mandela's 95th birthday

July 18th, 2013
03:50 PM ET

Christiane Amanpour celebrates Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, and speaks with South African film producer Anant Singh.


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The Kardashians meet Downton Abbey

July 18th, 2013
10:20 AM ET

The Kardashians meet Downton Abbey

The Kardashians of Britain?

In attention, maybe, says Sarah Lyall, outgoing London correspondent for the New York Times.

But, she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, “they're not going to go on and talk about what the labor was like and how hard it is to lose the baby weight and does Kanye want to see me breastfeeding.”

For 17 years, Lyall has been decoding Britain for Americans. She even wrote a book about it: “The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British,” published in 2008.

Obsession with the Royal Family, said Lyall, extends even the sophisticated readers of her New York Times.

“They're obsessed with it,” she said. “It's unbelievable. It's Downton Abbey in the Royal Family.”

Indeed the British, Lyall explained, still struggle with many of the same issues portrayed in Downton Abbey, the hit British TV show.
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