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Libya ‘is not complete chaos … yet’

July 28th, 2014
03:37 PM ET

By Mick Krever and Ken Olshansky, CNN

As chaos rocks Libya, the EU envoy to that country expressed cautious optimism that the unrest could be alleviated.

“The only reason for hope at the moment is that it’s not complete chaos. At least it’s not complete chaos yet,” Bernardino Leon told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Monday.

Libya is caught in the throes of what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calls "free-wheeling militia violence” – a war between heavily armed militias who swear no allegiance to any central authority, even though most are on the government payroll.

The firefight at Tripoli’s main international airport has spread to Libya’s largest refinery; a fire there threatens to engulf 6.6 million liters of fuel.

Staff at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli evacuated at dawn Saturday. The U.N has already pulled out and other countries are following suit.

Gorani asked Leon, “Is Libya a failed state?”

“To answer this we should wonder first of all whether Libya has ever been a state,” he said.

“It is important to remember that it is not only about combat in Tripoli, but there are also combats in the east.”

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Filed under:  Latest Episode • Libya

A family quarrel that cost the lives of millions

July 28th, 2014
03:07 PM ET

Exactly one hundred years ago, the First World War did not begin.

On July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia – retribution for the assassination of Austria’s heir to the throne in Sarajevo, one month before.

Over the next week, Europe’s royals – all relatives – spoke as the clock ticked down to Armageddon. Russia’s Czar Nicholas and Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm, cousins, exchanged affectionate telegrams, signing off “Nicky” and “Willy.” Meanwhile, King George V of Great Britain was working behind the scenes.

Hala Gorani has the story. Click above to watch.


Filed under:  Imagine a World • Latest Episode

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on illegal migration: In short, it’s a crisis

July 24th, 2014
04:16 PM ET

By Henry Hullah

Juan Orlando Hernandez is a relatively new leader of his nation - his tenure began just six months ago - but already he is facing a problem that has received huge international attention: the exodus of civilians emigrating from Central America to the U.S.

Amanpour asked the President how migration became a crisis in his country.

"This problem got out of proportion from a year ago and this has surprised us. The causes are multiple. One of them is the violence caused by drug trafficking, poverty, of course, the lack of opportunities. But, for us, this is an enormous challenge."

Hernandez is set to speak to U.S. President Barack Obama about the immigration crisis this week. Amanpour asked what he would say:

"The crime that comes from drugs, the violence, the lack of security that comes from Central America has a cost for the United States, it's not a benefit," President Hernandez said. "In short, it's a crisis for Central America and it's a crisis for the U.S., so let's work together to solve it."

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Honduras • Immigration • Latest Episode

Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten: We are united in our grief

July 24th, 2014
03:30 PM ET

by Henry Hullah

When Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down there were 298 people on board - almost forty of them Australian.

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten told Amanpour that the Australian government will call for answers to this tragedy in one voice.

"On this matter there is no internal political debate in Australia. We are united in our grief and we are united to get to the bottom of what's happened."

It is a point of union in the otherwise contentious arena of Australian politics.

But the opposition leader has not taken his focus off other issues that impact Australia and its future, particularly climate change.

Prime Minister Tony Abbot's current leadership has led to a unique unwinding of global warming legislation by becoming the first country to repeal a carbon tax law.

It is a decision Shorten vehemently opposed and one he fears will affect people far sooner than they think if no action is taken.

"It's not just for our children and their children. For the current generation climate change is real, and governments will need to act."​


Filed under:  Australia • Christiane Amanpour • Climate • Latest Episode

‘A mosaic’ of militias wreak havoc in Libya

July 23rd, 2014
03:23 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Libya is being gripped by the worst violence since the fall of Colonel Gadhafi in 2011.

Rival militia groups are taking over large swathes of the country, fighting for power, territory and oil wealth, and successive weak governments have been unable to disarm them.

In Tripoli, two different militant groups are firing rockets and mortars at each other as they try to take control of the city's airport. Civilians are also being caught up in the fighting, with hospitals now warning they are running out of drugs.

Last week the country's foreign minister went to the U.S. to plea for international help.

But Chris Stephen, a journalist for the Guardian newspaper, says the international community does not seem eager to help.

“The feed you get from diplomats is that there are so many sides, like a sort of mosaic,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. “Three years ago with the rebels against Gadhafi, so it was – for NATO it was easier to know who to bomb.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Libya

U.S.: Russia’s ‘actions, incredibly, are heading towards escalation of the crisis’

July 23rd, 2014
03:21 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Far from the moderating role Russian President Putin says he is seeking, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine on Wednesday said that Russia is “escalating the military confrontation.”

“The fact is, we have worked through every diplomatic channel available to us. We have exercised economic leverage,” Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt said.

“But so far, and sadly – although there have been occasional positive statement from Moscow – the actions are going in the wrong direction at this point. The actions, incredibly, are heading towards escalation of the crisis.”

The Netherlands on Wednesday paid solemn respects to the first of the victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 to be flown to Holland.

In Ukraine, where so many of the victims remain – some not even yet found – the conflict rages on. Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down in areas controlled by pro-Russian rebels, the Ukrainian government says.

“It’s simply incredible, but it’s an established fact that even after the shootdown of the Malaysian Airlines flight you still have heavy weapons, tanks, rocket systems moving across the border from Russia, enflaming the conflict, escalating the military confrontation, at a time when President Poroshenko has made very clear his desire to find a political solution,” Ambassador Pyatt said.

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

In hardship, acting in good faith

July 23rd, 2014
07:10 AM ET

In times of hardship, ordinary people around the world reach across religious lines. Christiane Amanpour has the story.


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

Russia: It’s decision time ‘for everybody’

July 22nd, 2014
03:05 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The downing of MH17 was indeed a "game-changer" as many Western leaders have called it, Vladimir Chizhov, Russian ambassador to the EU, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

"I agree it's a game-changer," he said. "It should serve as a wake-up call for everybody to stop instigating violence, stop supporting the Ukrainian government in its military campaign against civilians."

In the past 24 hours, Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken tentative steps to quell the mounting public outrage over the botched recovery and investigation of the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine.

Nonetheless, Putin has said that in fact Ukraine is at least indirectly to blame for the downing of the civilian airplane, because, he alleges, of its continuing offensive against pro-Russian separatists.

"I think it's a time of decision for everybody, including those Western countries that have been supporting Ukraine," Chizhov said.

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

American teen recounts savage beating by Israeli police that helped spark crisis

July 22nd, 2014
02:48 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

A Palestinian-American teenager whose savage beating by Israeli police helped set off the current crisis described his shocking ordeal in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“They kicked me in the face. They kneed me in the face. They punched me in the face,” Tariq Khdeir said. “They were beating me like they had no – they didn’t know what they were doing. Why would they be beating me like that?”

Amateur video of Khdeir’s beating went viral and caused widespread outrage; Israeli authorities say they have suspended one of the police officers involved in the case.

Khdeir was born and grew up in the United States; he was in the West Bank visiting family when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and found dead in the West Bank.

Khdeir’s cousin, Mohammed Abu Khedair, was murdered in what was largely seen as a retaliatory attack for the Israelis’ death.

“I asked if he needed anything from the bakery,” he told Amanpour. “And he said sure, and I went to the bakery and I bought him some things.”

“And I came back and I found the cop car there. And then the cops told me … ‘You can’t get closer to the scene.’ And Mohammed wasn’t there.”

Israel finds Hamas are no longer amateur fighters

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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
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