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Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko: The world must choose sides

July 21st, 2014
03:10 PM ET

In the wake of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, "every country, including Russia," must determine whether it is "together with the terrorists or together with the civilized world," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Poroshenko said, "Every country and every person, and every leader should find out their own place."

"We know exactly" where a missile was shot that hit the plane Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard, and where the flight crashed, he said. "And all this territory is firmly controlled by Russian-supported terrorists."

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Russia • Ukraine

Israel shelling of Gaza hospitals ‘needs to be questioned,’ says Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni

July 21st, 2014
02:55 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Israel’s shelling of hospitals in Gaza “needs to be questioned,” Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“So we are questioning this and we will make all the facts found public,” she said.

The Shuhada Al-Aqsa hospital in central Gaza was hit by shelling, leaving five people dead - one patient and four relatives, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

“We are not trying and we are not punishing the Palestinian people for what Hamas is doing,” Livni said. “We are trying to target these tunnels, the places in which they hide weapons and missiles.”

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Monitors say access to Malaysia Airlines crash site limited

July 18th, 2014
04:05 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Bodies at the Ukrainian crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are already “starting to partially decompose in the hot sun,” a member of the first investigative team to arrive at the scene told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Friday.

“It basically looks like one of the biggest, or the biggest, crime scenes in the world right now, guarded by a bunch of guys in uniform with heavy fire power, who are quite inhospitable,” Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s special monitoring mission for Ukraine, said in an exclusive interview.

“We saw a lot of debris,” he said. “The debris doesn’t look like it’s been manipulated in any way, but there’s lots of it. The crash area is very, very big.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Ukraine

Why did reporter quit Russian TV station?

July 18th, 2014
04:02 PM ET

Why did reporter Sara Firth quit her job on Friday at RT (Russia Today)?

“The truth is the truth,” she tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “And facts are facts. And they exist. And I wish that RT would acknowledge that sometimes.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Russia • Ukraine

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif: 'It’s a historic opportunity for all of us'

July 17th, 2014
04:38 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Talks between world powers and Iran over that country's nuclear program are "a historic opportunity for all of us to end a rather prolonged chapter," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday in Vienna.

A Sunday deadline is looming for negotiators to reach agreement on a comprehensive solution on Iran’s nuclear program; Iran, in return, is seeking broad sanctions relief and access to international markets. It now seems likely that Sunday’s deadline will not be met and may have to be extended.

"I think we have made enough serious discussion for us to think about the feasibility of continuing these discussions," Zarif said. "I think Secretary Kerry made that recommendation. I have made the recommendation."

“The point is whether it is possible to make a deal, we're not talking about a bad deal or a good deal, but a doable deal. A lasting deal.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iran • Latest Episode

Humanitarian crisis … in America?

July 17th, 2014
06:36 AM ET

By Mick Krever and Claire Calzonetti, CNN

All around the world tonight, children will not sleep in their own beds.

It's a troubling reality of the devastating humanitarian crises affecting places like Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Congo.

But it's also happening somewhere you may not expect: the United States.

A surge of unaccompanied children are now sitting in detention centers and shelters near the U.S.-Mexico border; the American government has apprehended nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border since October.

On the frontlines of that crisis is Bishop Daniel Flores.

“I think it's impossible for most people in the United States to imagine both the conditions that they're coming from in their country in terms of just the fear of a violent death, or the conditions that they experienced as they passed through the interior of Mexico, where there's a great deal of preying upon these youth,” Flores told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Immigration • Latest Episode • U.S. Politics

With Dutch court ruling, justice delayed but not denied

July 16th, 2014
03:29 PM ET

The Netherlands is liable for the killings of more than 300 Bosnia Muslim man and boys in July, 1995, a Dutch court ruled Wednesday.

It happened in the village of Srebrenica, where in all more than 7,000 were killed in a genocidal spasm, by Bosnian Serb forces.

Christiane Amanpour has the story. Click above to watch.


Filed under:  Bosnia • Christiane Amanpour • Imagine a World • Latest Episode

Ukraine blames Russia for ‘continuous inflow of weapons and heavy weaponry’

July 16th, 2014
03:21 PM ET

Click here to watch Amanpour's full interview with Klimkin.

By Mick Krever, CNN

As conflict intensifies in Eastern Ukraine, that country’s foreign minister on Wednesday accused Russia of massive interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

“We have continuous and intentional destabilization of Donetsk and Luhansk,” Pavlo Klimkin told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“They keep saying their influence is limited, but it’s also about continuous inflow of weapons and heavy weaponry from Russia.”

“We have inflow of weapons, of mercenaries, of heavy weaponry – tanks, everything.”

“And as you know, you can probably buy Kalashnikov in a kind of shop on the black market, but you can’t buy tanks or you can’t buy anti-air missiles there.”

Just three weeks ago, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared a unilateral cease-fire and he told Amanpour that he believed peace was possible in a matter of weeks or months.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Russia • Ukraine

Man who ‘discovered’ Maliki explains what went wrong

July 16th, 2014
10:49 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

In 2006 Iraq, Ali Khedery needed a problem solver.

The American occupation was in its fourth year, and the country was in disarray. Militias were gaining power in the country, and there was real concern about radical Islamists.

Khedery, as U.S. Special Assistant in Baghdad, found Nouri al-Maliki, leader of the Dawa party.

“We believed we needed a Shiite Islamist prime minister to crush the Shiite Islamist militias, along with Al Qaeda,” Khedery told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. “And that is exactly what Nouri al-Maliki did from 2006 until 2008.”

Khedery was the longest continuously serving U.S. official in Baghdad.

But as Iraq’s violence ebbed, America’s bet on al-Maliki began to backfire, according to Khedery.

“By 2010, after violence had been reduced 90 percent since pre-surge highs, I lobbied the White House – including Vice President Biden and senior administration officials – that they needed to withdraw their support from Prime Minister Maliki.”

“We had very clear indications at that time that Maliki was trying to build a Shiite theocratic state around his political party and around himself,” just as Saddam Hussein had consolidated power around himself a couple of decades earlier.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Latest Episode

Ex-Israel Intelligence chief Efraim Halevy calls for talks with Hamas: ‘There are worse options than Hamas’

July 15th, 2014
03:15 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The former Israeli Intelligence Minister called for negotiations with Hamas in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“Hamas is a very bad option, undoubtedly. But there are worse options than Hamas,” Efraim Halevy, former Mossad chief, said.

“And we already know what some of them might be, especially one of them: the ISIS – which is operating now in the northern Iraq and central Iraq – has its tentacles in the Gaza Strip too.”

Halevy said that just as in Europe, ISIS is recruiting in Gaza.

An Israeli cease-fire on Tuesday lasted six short hours; the Hamas rocket fire never stopped, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered that attacks on Gaza be intensified.

It is “inconvenient politically,” Halevy said, for both Israel and Hamas to admit that they negotiate. But the truth, he said, is that they have already been doing it for years.

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