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Ebola containment within reach, says Sierra Leone President

October 24th, 2014
11:54 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Despite a slow international response and a country struggling to emerge from war, Sierra Leone may soon be able to control the outbreak of Ebola, President Ernest Bai Koroma told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

“The response we had expected was not in on time, and that created a situation [in] which we had the virus way ahead of us. We are now trying to cope.”

“There has been an increase in international response. And I believe the structures we are now putting in place – very soon we will get to the point wherein we will be able to contain the virus.”

The World Health Organization estimates that there have been 3,706 Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and 1,259 deaths since the outbreak began.

Ebola “transmission remains intense in Sierra Leone,” WHO says, and has now documented cases in every district of the country.

The government has come under criticism for not treating patients in their homes, and only at large facilities.

“We don’t treat people at home as a matter of government policy. In fact, we do appeal to families to bring out sick people. And what we have a challenge on is limited bed capacities in our treatment centers.”

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Children's author unites generations with his war stories

October 24th, 2014
11:39 AM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

It is rather unusual for a children’s author to fill his books with war and violence, but for beloved writer Michael Morpurgo, conflict became the common thread in his creations.

“I care about war because I'm a war child. I was born in '43 and grew up with the Second World War, the damage that had wrought on people and societies and families and buildings… and I've played in bomb sites. I grew up with all that world of war around me,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Thursday.

His best-selling novel-turned-blockbuster and stage play War Horse, which is about the First World War, only became a phenomenon 25 years after the book was written in 1982.

"The National Theatre picked it up really because Tom Morris discovered my book. In fact, his mother said one day, 'Tom, you should read this book. It’s quite good'. And luckily he listened to his mother, made the play,” Morpurgo said.

The First World War is also the subject of his latest novel, Listen to the Moon, a powerful journey based on the sinking of the American civilian liner the Lusitania.

“There were 1,200 people drowned on the Lusitania in May 1915 after Germany boat put a torpedo in her side. She sank in 18 minutes; the Titanic took three hours. The loss of life was really terrible.”

The award-winning English writer explained that while he does just write for himself, his ultimate goal “is to try to tell stories that have some kind of universality, that they touch the lives of older people and parents and children at the same time.”

All dressed in red for a children’s event, Morpurgo thinks it’s important not to forget the child inside all of us.

“We grow a thicker skin and sometimes more wrinkled skin and we change shape. But nonetheless, a child is there inside us all. And we'd better not lose it,” he said, showing off his red outfit and his “amazing yellow socks.”

Over five million people have now seen War Horse on stage worldwide. “It's been on in Germany for a year, in Berlin and London at the same time, about this war that happened 100 years ago. And to me, that is the most moving thing. If there's any justification for writing any of my stories, it's that, that we are listening to the story about reconciliation and these two capitals, where these people came together and did this appalling thing.”

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‘No evidence at the stage’ Ottawa shooter had wider Jihadi ties, says Canadian foreign minister

October 23rd, 2014
03:07 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

There is “no evidence at this stage” that the suspect in Wednesday’s shootings in Ottawa had connections to a wider group of Jihadis, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

“Obviously there’s an investigation going on, and we hope to learn more in the, in the coming days,” he said.

Amanpour asked whether Canada had “ruled out” Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s ties to a network of Jihadis.

“I think that’s something the authorities are looking at right now,” he said.

Several American sources have told CNN that Zehaf-Bibeau had “connections” to jihadists in Canada, though it is not clear how deep those connections might have been.

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World Bank President says restricting travel for Ebola-affected countries not the solution

October 22nd, 2014
03:13 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The world has coalesced around a “much better strategy” in the Ebola fight, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday, but emphasized that there should be no move towards restricting travel to and from the most-affected West African countries.

“It’s extremely important not to isolate these three countries,” he said. “One of the things as a medical doctor – and especially for Ebola – one of the greatest tools we have is to elicit what we call a ‘travel history’ – where have you been.”

“And if we isolate these three countries then we’re going to lose the travel history, because there’s going to be such a temptation to lie about where you’ve been, especially if you’ve been in these three countries.”

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Scooters banned from Rome's city center

October 21st, 2014
02:54 PM ET

Imagine a world without scooters zipping through the center of the Eternal City. Christiane Amanpour has the story.

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

Identity politics drive criminal justice systems, from South Africa to America

October 21st, 2014
02:49 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The trial of Oscar Pistorius highlights the power of identity politics, an American civil rights lawyer who defends the disenfranchised told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, as Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison.

“It's a dynamic that we see frequently,” Bryan Stevenson said. “When people come into the criminal courts with another identity, with another status, they tend to fare much better.”

“This young man was a respected Olympian, an athlete who was well respected and adored and that meant that he was going to get the presumption of innocence that we offer, that we say we give to everybody but that not everybody gets.”

That is particularly true of the many disenfranchised and often innocent people Stevenson represents in the U.S., a country with its own very troubled relationship to race and justice.

The organization he founded, the Equal Justice Initiative, is headquartered in the heart of the American South – Montgomery, Alabama. His new book, “Just Mercy,” is a memoir told through the stories of the cases he has fought.

“Our system treats you better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent, and that's because wealth, not culpability, tends to shape outcomes."

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Confronting religious extremism

October 21st, 2014
10:06 AM ET

As ISIS commits terrible crimes in the name of Islam, Christiane Amanpour speaks with two experts on the religion.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Islam • Latest Episode • Syria

Using comedy to counter ISIS

October 20th, 2014
02:47 PM ET

The fight against ISIS is not only being fought on the battleground - it is also being waged through comedy, on Iraqi TV. Click above to watch.


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Saudi extremist funding ‘has been stopped completely,’ claims Prince Alwaleed

October 20th, 2014
02:31 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

With the scrutiny of the world on ISIS’s alleged Gulf funders, billionaire Saudi businessman Alwaleed Bin Talal insisted in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday that his country has completely clamped down on the practice.

“Yes, we had a weakness over there, whereby some unfortunately some extremists in Saudi Arabia…did fund certain extremist elements in Syria. But Saudi Arabia has taken very strict rules to stop that from happening. And yes, right now all this has been stopped completely,” he said.

Qatar has come under the most scrutiny in its alleged funding of extremists like ISIS, as Amanpour discussed with that country’s emir last month.

But wealthy patrons in Saudi Arabia have also been under the spotlight, especially now that the country (along with Qatar and several other Gulf nations) have joined the American coalition against ISIS.

The clampdown, Alwaleed said, is “better late than never.”

“I think we are hopefully doing some good and positive by halting at least the ISIS move now into northern border, the border of Syria.”

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On the frontlines with war crimes investigators

October 17th, 2014
10:40 AM ET

They are the humanitarian frontline – the Emergencies Team.

In times of war and crisis, it is often the “E-Team” that is first on the scene. Human Rights Watch’s emergency investigators gather evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses from Syria to Iraq and across the globe.

They are the subject of a new documentary, “The E-Team.”

“I wanted people to know what is behind this line in the report that says ‘Syrian government has committed war crimes,’” Anna Neistat, an investigator who stars in the film, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“I just wanted people to understand that it's not that we roll out of bed in the morning and come up with these types of accusations, but that actually it's days and months and years of meticulous work in the field, putting all this evidence together, that allows us to make these kind of conclusions.”

Click above to watch Amanpour’s full conversation with Neistat and director Ross Kauffman.


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