Christiane looks into why tornadoes repeatedly hit this particular region of the United States
Pope Francis has a 13th-century name, but thanks to a Chicago man, he has a 21st-century domain.
Christiane Amanpour explains in the video above.
By Mick Krever, CNN
Thor Halvorssen started with an idea: “We need to get him out.”
The target: Bahraini activist Ali Abdulemam, who for years had been in and out of government detention for his reform-agitating website.
Halvorssen, founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, realized that the only way to get Abdulemam out alive would be to smuggle him.
“It wasn’t so much as having one plan, as it was having a plan that would have many, many options built in,” Halvorssen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.
He and his team consulted a member of the Danish Special Forces, he said.
Their original plan bears a striking resemblance to the Oscar-lauded political thriller Argo: Send an entourage of celebrity entertainers to Bahrain, get Abdulemam into the mix, and sneak him out on a private jet.
In a historic election – the country's first handover of power from one elected government to the next – Pakistanis have chosen to return Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to power.
In the video above, Christiane Amanpour speaks with Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the U.S., about what the election means and the challenges facing the new government.
The following is a statement from the Bahraini government on escaped Bahraini activist Ali Abdulemam, as obtained by CNN.
Ali Abdulemam was not tried in court for exercising his right to express his opinions. Rather, he was tried for inciting and encouraging continuous violent attacks against police officers. Abdulemam is the founder of Bahrain Online, a website that has repeatedly been used to incite hatred, including through the spreading of false and inflammatory rumors.
One man is trying to educate the entire world for free.
It all started in 2004, when financial analyst Salman Khan posted some math tutorials for his cousin on YouTube.
About ten years later, his teachings have become known as Khan Academy, a website with more than 4,000 lessons on subjects ranging from basic math to economics – even art history.
Six million people visit the site each month and now Khan wants to reinvent the way children learn in classrooms around the world.
In the video above, CNN's Christiane Amanpour takes one of Khan's tutorials.
Frederick, Maryland (CNN) – In front of a mirror, Aesha Mohammadzai sees what is possible.
There, in the center of her face, is a nearly complete piece of herself - a piece she's been missing since the day she was mutilated nearly four years ago.
Since August 2010, when her image appeared on the cover of Time magazine, she's been known for what she didn't have. Her Taliban husband and in-laws hacked off her nose and ears as punishment for running away.
Her disfigured face became a symbol for oppressed women in Afghanistan, a reminder of what might come in spades if the Taliban regains control. (FULL STORY)
By Juliet Fuisz, CNN
Many of us believed that the ban on ivory, more than two decades ago, had ended the illegal ivory trade and saved Africa's elephants.
But instead, the magnificent creatures are again in danger of extinction because of a resurgent soaring demand for ivory half a world away in China.
Twenty-five thousand elephants were killed in 2011 – poaching levels that had not been seen in more than ten years.
The U.S. government describes a new sort of ivory organized crime that spurs on these massacres by heavily armed militias. In many parts of the African continent, murder rates now exceed population growth, meaning that the African elephant could simply disappear altogether.
In the video above Christiane Amanpour previews a National Geographic documentary called "Battle for the Elephants," in which reporter Bryan Christy investigated how Asia's booming ivory industry is keeping African poachers in business.
By Samuel Burke, CNN
The Bangladesh factory collapse two weeks ago has, at last count, killed over 1,000 people.
The country’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has laid part of the blame for that tragedy on the Western retailers that flock to that country to take advantage of cheap labor.
Minimum wage in Bangladesh is a measly $38 a month, but the heartbreaking images of people being pulled out of rubble could be a catalyst for Western consumers and retailers to insist on better conditions for workers there.
The Walt Disney Company has already pulled out – but is that the right way to make things better? Some of the biggest retailers in the world, like Walmart, H&M, Gap and JCPenney still remain. FULL POST
CNN's Christiane Amanpour examines violence in Pakistan just ahead of the country's first ever democratic transition of power.
By Samuel Burke, CNN
The sexual abuse of women serving in all branches of the U.S. military has soared to a new level of outrage.
In an alarming confirmation that women are risking sexual assault just to serve their country, a Pentagon survey released this week reports that it's happened to more than six percent of women on active duty last year – an increase from previous years.
The military has again been rocked this week after the Air Force officer in charge of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program was himself arrested and charged with sexual abuse. Now, both Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and President Barack Obama are weighing in, vowing to really enforce a zero-tolerance policy.
"I want them to hear directly from their commander in chief that I've got their back," President Obama said. "We're not going to tolerate this."
But only a fifth of all these cases ever get to trial. FULL POST