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Pandas to the rescue in U.S./China tensions?

Pandas to the rescue in U.S./China tensions?
December 3rd, 2013
11:49 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Tensions between the U.S. and China may be rising in the East China Sea, but to see the First Ladies of those countries, it’s nothing a few pandas can’t solve.

American First Lady Michelle Obama and her Chinese counterpart, Peng Liyuan, took to YouTube in separate videos on Sunday to mark the naming of the newest giant panda born in the U.S.

Sunday marked 100 days since a giant panda cub was born at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington. In keeping with tradition, the cub – whose gender is not yet known – was only now given a name, Bao Bao.

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What was President Obama's message on Syria?

September 11th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Mick Krever is the Digital Producer of “Amanpour”

If you watched President Obama’s speech on Syria last night and wondered “what was his message?” you’re not alone.

The original goal was to convince the American people, and the U.S. Congress, to authorize him to use military force against Syria in response to President Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

But what the world saw was not a full-throated endorsement of that goal, but rather a melange of mixed messages.

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Imagine a letter

September 5th, 2013
09:35 AM ET

By Dan Wright, CNN

Dan Wright is the Executive Editor of “Amanpour.”

Today it emerged that ahead of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg His Holiness the Pope had written to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the topic of Syria.

He said: “I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties.”

It’s an emotional appeal for peace, but it’s also significant that it comes in the form of a letter. It comes on the back of a similar missive, this time from the Syrian Parliament – addressed to the speaker of the British Parliament – invoking Shakespeare to encourage MPs to vote against military action in Syria. Which they did. Similar letters have gone to the French Parliament and the UN.

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