By Dominique van Heerden
“I reject absolutely any allegation made against me”, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview following four days in police custody in connection with the 1972 abduction and killing of mother of ten Jean McConville.
He was released without charge on Sunday.
“I am innocent of any involvement whatsoever in any conspiracy or of any of the events including the abduction, the killing, or the burial of Mrs Jean McConville” he told Amanpour, adding that he went to the Police Services of Northern Ireland voluntarily.
“When this became a matter of public speculation two months ago I contacted PSNI through my solicitor and said I was available to talk to them.”
Adams, 65, has long denied having any role in the death of McConville, a widow who was killed by the IRA four decades ago because the group believed she was a spy for the British army.
Part two of Amanpour's exclusive interview with Venezuelan President Maduro. Translation was provided by the President.
Part three of Amanpour's exclusive interview with Venezuelan President Maduro. Translation was provided by the President
In this exclusive interview, CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Click above to watch.
English translation was provided by the President’s office. The transcript of Amanpour's full interview with President Maduro is available here.
Part one of Christiane Amanpour's exclusive interview with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Part two of Christiane Amanpour's exclusive interview with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Part three of Christiane Amanpour's exclusive interview with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
The transcript of Christiane Amanpour's full interview with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev can be found here.
By Mick Krever, CNN
The killings portrayed in photos allegedly proving torture of prisoners by the Assad regime are “crimes,” but it is not clear who is responsible and the claims must be proven in court, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview that aired Wednesday.
“These are crimes, of course,” Medvedev told Amanpour at his office outside Moscow, but the case “should have firm proof legally.”
“I know there are a lot of victims, and that's very sad, but that does not mean that the existence of victims or victims in a particular place is the proof that those are the victims of the regime and not the bandits who were doing something or any other force.”
The investigation alleging that the Syrian regime is murdering prisoners on a mass scale, first reported by Amanpour on Monday, was authored by a team of international legal and forensic experts and based on thousands of photographs provided by a Syrian defector.
The defector claimed to have worked as a photographer at a military hospital that received dead bodies from detention centers.
Amanpour showed Medvedev gruesome pictures of emaciated corpses and torsos covered from neck to groin in bludgeon wounds.
“You know, in my university where I was studying law, I was taught that until the fact of guilt is proved in court, a person cannot be claimed guilty,” he said.
“We cannot say that Assad is a criminal without investigation,” he told Amanpour. “So probably this other trial should be held on the territory of Syria after the conflict subsides. It's the right of the Syrian people.”
Assad regime systematically tortured to death prisoners, including by forced starvation, new report by renowned experts alleges.
Experts analyse a new report by renowned experts that alleges the Assad regime systematically tortured to death prisoners.
How will the Syrian regime respond to the new report by renowned experts alleging torture? CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.
By Mick Krever and Schams Elwazer, CNN
(CNN) – A team of internationally renowned war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts has found "direct evidence" of "systematic torture and killing" by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, the lawyers on the team say in a new report.
Their report, based on thousands of photographs of dead bodies of alleged detainees killed in Syrian government custody, would stand up in an international criminal tribunal, the group says.
CNN's "Amanpour" was given the report in a joint exclusive with The Guardian newspaper.
READ THE FULL REPORT HERE.
Malala Yousafzai talks to CNN's Christiane Amanpour about the Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala Yousafzai describes her shooting to CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
Malala Yousafzai tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that she wants to be Pakistani prime minister.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Malala Yousafzai about how she will react to a Nobel Peace Prize win.
Christiane Amanpour's interview with Malala Yousafzai, The Bravest Girl in the World, will air Sunday, October 13 at 7pm ET, and reair during Amanpour's normal Monday timeslot.
By Mick Krever, CNN
When Malala Yousafzai woke from the coma the Taliban put her in, she was aware of only a few things.
“Yes, Malala, you were shot,” she told herself.
She thought back to her dreams – of lying on a stretcher, being in some distant place far from home and school – and realized that they weren’t dreams, but recollections.
“The nurses and doctors, everyone was speaking in English,” she recalls. “I realized that now I am not in Pakistan.”
All Malala Yousafzai wanted was to go to school.
Watch Amanpour's interview with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on CNN International on Wednesday at 1400 ET / 2000 CET
By Mick Krever, CNN
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday delivered his first English-language TV message to the American people in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
"I would like to say to American people: I bring peace and friendship from Iranians to Americans," he said.
Rouhani is in many ways the "it" man of this U.N. General Assembly, where Western leaders are trying to gauge whether his diplomatic overtures will translate into concrete policy changes.
He has recently exchanged letters with U.S. President Barack Obama, and there had been suspicion brewing in diplomatic circles that the two leaders would meet face-to-face, informally, at the United Nations in New York.
"There were some talks about it," Rouhani told Amanpour through a translator. "And preparation for the work was done a bit as well."
Christiane Amanpour's exclusive interview with President Hamid Karzai. Part 1: U.S. troop immunity.
Christiane Amanpour's exclusive interview with President Hamid Karzai. Part 2: The American presence in Afghanistan.
By Samuel Burke, CNN
In the only interview that President Hamid Karzai granted while he was in the United States, he expressed confidence to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the Afghan people will accept the United States’ demand for immunity for American troops left in place there after the 2014 withdrawal.
In a joint press conference with President Obama on Friday, Karzai had stated that he would take the issue to his people, but now he has said that immunity is likely to become a reality.
“I can tell you with relatively good confidence that they will say ‘alright, let’s do it,” Karzai told Amanpour about selling the issue to Afghans. “And I’m sure that they will understand.”
At the press conference, President Obama said that he had stressed to Karzai that “the United States already has arrangements like this with countries all around the world, and nowhere does the U.S. have any kind of security agreement with a country without immunity for our troops.”
In the final stages of the U.S. intervention in Iraq, President Obama was unable to obtain a similar agreement, propelling him to withdraw all U.S. forces from that country in December 2011.
Karzai rejected the notion that has been floated that the U.S. might leave “zero troops” in Afghanistan after the pullout is completed at the end of 2014.
CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour travels to six countries on four continents to examine the intersection between religion and politics and the effects of Christianity, Islam and Judaism on politics, culture and public life. For the first time the reports, God's Jewish, Muslim & Christian Warriors, are available online:
Christiane Amanpour travels to Iran, the country where America first experienced Islamic fundamentalism in 1979.
Christine Amanpour explores the influence of Egyptian author Sayyid Qutb who has inspired the likes of Osama bin Laden.
Christiane Amanpour explores how Iranian women welcome Islam in their political lives, but reject fundamentalism.
Christiane Amanpour looks back at the 1967 Six Day War that put the heartland of biblical Judaism under Israeli control.
The U.S. claims Jewish settlements are an obstacle to peace, but continues to give Israel generous foreign aid.
Christiane Amanpour examines how influential Evangelical Christians have transformed U.S. politics.
Christiane Amanpour speaks with influential pastor Greg Boyd who wants to separate church and politics in the U.S.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour looks at how Christians and Jews have joined forces to influence America's foreign policy.
ARCHIVE: In 2005 Christiane Amanpour interviewed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad just ahead of a U.N. report on the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
A rare and exclusive interview with a Castro. Mariela Castro is the niece of Fidel Castro and daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro. In this exclusive interivew with CNN's Christiane Amanpour she opens up about her fight for acceptance of gays in Cuba, as well as the political future of the country.
Raul Castro's daughter Mariela talks about her fight for gay rights and Cuba's political future.
In the second part of this rare exclusive interview, Mariela Castro talks about the political future of the island.
Raul Castro's daughter Mariela talks about the actions Cuba has taken over the years in response to the AIDS epidemic.