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EXCLUSIVE: To win release of MH17 bodies and black boxes, Malaysia PM ‘had to act alone’

September 24th, 2014
03:02 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is speaking out for the first time on the “unconventional” backdoor negotiations he led to get MH17’S black boxes and victims’ bodies out of eastern Ukraine.

“Sometimes,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview that aired Wednesday, “you have to work the back channels.”

When Malaysian Prime Minister Najib came to the United Nations last year, he could never have imagined that two of his country's planes would soon suffer disasters.

“If you can imagine, he said, “just four months after MH370 disappeared, and all of a sudden, middle of the night, you know, a message comes across: Look, we've just lost a plane; it’s off the radar.”

“I was in a state of disbelief.”

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

From Mumbai to Mars

September 24th, 2014
02:52 PM ET

Imagine a world where one of Earth's worse polluters has ignored the cost to this planet to go exploring another.

India celebrates a remarkable achievement that has taken them to infinity and beyond.

Christiane Amanpour has the story, click above to watch.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Climate • Imagine a World • India

John Kerry: The fight against ISIS is 'going to go on'

September 24th, 2014
09:13 AM ET

Click here for part one of the full interview, and here for part two.

By Leigh Ann Caldwell, CNN

(CNN) - In an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Secretary of State John Kerry echoed President Barack Obama, saying it will take time for airstrikes to degrade ISIS.

"There's a definitely a second day and there will be a third and more. This is going to go on," Kerry said Wednesday.

The United States conducted a second day of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq since the expanded military campaign against ISIS.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Syria

Iraqi leader: U.S.-led military campaign against ISIS welcome if 'they do it right'

September 24th, 2014
03:50 AM ET

Click here to watch Part 2 of Amanpour's interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi.

By Greg Botelho, CNN

(CNN) - Iraq's prime minister said Tuesday he is happy to see the United States and its Arab allies striking ISIS targets in Syria, so long as they "do it right this time."

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Iraq has "paid a heavy price" for polarization in the region and instability in Syria, saying ISIS fighters have inflicted tremendous pain, suffering and losses on his people after crossing into Iraq. He expressed hope the airstrikes will do what U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed: degrade and destroy the group, which calls itself the Islamic State.

It's good some Arab nations have joined the American-led military campaign, al-Abadi added, though he said he wished they had understood and acted on the danger posed by ISIS sooner.

"We have warned ... this is going to end in a bloodbath if nobody stops it," he said. "Nobody was listening."

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

Why France refuses to call militants ‘ISIS’

September 23rd, 2014
03:43 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

For France, “ISIS” is the wrong name for the Sunni militants who control large portions of Iraq and Syria.

“In French they want to be called État Islamique, Islamic State, but it’s a double mistake,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Tuesday. “A, they are not a state; they would like to be a state but they are not. And they are not representative of Muslims.”

“We call them Daesh, by the Arab word.”

“Daesh” is a term reportedly despised by the militants, because it sounds like another Arabic word that means “to trample on” or “crush.”

“You have to name things correctly,” Fabius said. “These guys are murderers; they are throat cutters.”

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

Air campaign in Syria may take more than a year, says Pentagon Press Secretary

September 23rd, 2014
03:38 PM ET

By Henry Hullah

United States and Arab strikes against ISIS in Syria were just the start of a campaign that is set to go on much longer, U.S. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon Press Secretary, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“For us it’s more important to get this training and equipment done right then it is to get it done fast.”

“It’s going to take three to five months, now that we have the authorization and the funding to do it, to recruit and to vet a proper set of trainees, and then it’s going to take eight to twelve months to get them into the field in a confident way.”

“It’s going to take some time, which is why in the intervening months we’re going to continue to put pressure of ISIL from the air across the region.”

“We’re not turning a blind eye to ISIL’s spread inside Syria which why we conducted these strikes against them last night and why we’re going to continue putting pressure on them going forward.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Syria

Bahrain: ‘Our region cannot withstand this deviated cult’

September 23rd, 2014
03:27 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

ISIS is a “deviated cult” that cannot be tolerated - or withstood, as he put it - in the region, Bahrain’s foreign minister told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“We urge every cleric and every place of scholarship in the Muslim religion to really stand out and say clear words, and very clear terms, that this is not Islam, and they are not Muslims – this is a very deviated cult,” Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa said.

Bahrain was one of five Arab allies that joined with the United States in Tuesday’s early hours to strike at ISIS targets in Syria – the first U.S. military intervention in Syria’s three-year conflict.

Al Khalifa confirmed to Amanpour that Bahraini participated militarily in the operation, using F16s to strike targets.

Bahrain will continue to be part of the coalition for “as long as it takes,” he said.

“We know that this is a threat to sovereignty and integrity of countries. There is a declared state that transcends borders. We know that this is something that targeted civilians, and displaced them in the hundreds of thousands – attacked mosques, churches, people of different sects and religions – Yazidis, Christians, Muslims, Shiites, Sunnis.”

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

Finding Eden: The photography of Sebastiao Salgado

September 23rd, 2014
12:26 PM ET

In a world where the Damocles Sword of climate change hangs precariously above our heads, Sebastiao Salgado has made it his goal to galvanize people to protect the planet through his photographs of pristine areas untouched by modern civilization.

The photographer explained to Christiane Amanpour at the New York exhibition of his work, that the project was "a kind of a state of a union of the planet. It's the cross-section of what we must have reserved. If you want to survive, as a species, we must protect what these pictures represent and we must rebuild part what we destroy if we want to survive, as a species."

But the land is not as sacred for some as it is for Sebastiao Salgado. Telling the program of a time he was attacked by a hostile subject created by a hostile environment.

"For the first time in Zambia we were attacked by an elephant. An elephant attacked our car."

"These guys that killed the elephants inside of the national parks, they come by car. And elephants now know that when they see a car, they are in danger. And they attack."

It's an exhibition that has crossed the world, and Sebastiao Salgado's estimates about two million people have seen it. So what could they take away from it?

"Everything around us is alive, very alive. All of these mountains, all of these rivers, all of these trees, they are as alive as we are. We are an animal. We are part of the animal species. We are part of all this. We are nature."


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Poaching

EXCLUSIVE: Abdullah hails new Afghan unity government, says ‘failure will turn into a failure for everybody’

September 22nd, 2014
03:47 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Afghanistan’s new unity government was based on “the need of the country” and is “in the best interest of the country,” Abdullah Abdullah, who will now take on the new role of chief executive, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Monday.

It was Abdullah’s first interview since signing a landmark power-sharing deal on Sunday with his rival in the presidential election, Ashraf Ghani. The deal ends months of deadlock.

Ghani, a former finance minister and World Bank executive, will become president and Abdullah, a former foreign minister, will have a role like that of an “executive prime minister,” he told Amanpour.

“It is a national unity government by all … sense of it,” he said. “It is a partnership between two teams.”

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Filed under:  Afghanistan • Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode

Where do Scotland and UK go from here?

September 20th, 2014
04:36 AM ET

Christiane Amanpour talks to British Members of Parliament Bernard Jenkin and Menzies Campbell about how the UK moves on from the failed referendum vote.

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