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Syrians around the world are casting their early ballots in a presidential election scheduled for this Tuesday. For months there has been a growing sense that the tide is turning in Bashar al-Assad’s favor.
As Middle East correspondent for National Public Radio, Deborah Amos has reported extensively on Syria from inside and out. She joined CNN’s Hala Gorani, sitting in for Christiane Amanpour, for an election preview.
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At least 14 people, including a general, were killed Thursday when a Ukrainian military helicopter was shot down by "terrorists" near Slovyansk, according to the country's acting president. This is a major blow to the Ukrainian military which on Monday toughened its approach to pro-Russia separatists in the country's east.
On tonight's program Hala Gorani, sitting in for Christiane Amanpour, spoke to Serhiy Taruta, the Kiev-appointed governor of Donetsk. Taruta told Gorani about ongoing negotiations with the rebels and how he hopes to bring calm to the region.
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By Dominique van Heerden
“I reject absolutely any allegation made against me”, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview following four days in police custody in connection with the 1972 abduction and killing of mother of ten Jean McConville.
He was released without charge on Sunday.
“I am innocent of any involvement whatsoever in any conspiracy or of any of the events including the abduction, the killing, or the burial of Mrs Jean McConville” he told Amanpour, adding that he went to the Police Services of Northern Ireland voluntarily.
“When this became a matter of public speculation two months ago I contacted PSNI through my solicitor and said I was available to talk to them.”
Adams, 65, has long denied having any role in the death of McConville, a widow who was killed by the IRA four decades ago because the group believed she was a spy for the British army.