February 2nd, 2012
05:54 PM ET

Gates on 2012: "I think that who I vote for will remain my private business."

CNN chief national correspondent John King sat down with former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates just one day before he is installed as the College of William & Mary’s 24th chancellor. King interviewed Gates about the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan, his thoughts on 2012 politics and more

King anchors John King, USA, live from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA., today. Tune in to CNN at 6 p.m. ET for King’s interview with Gates and more.

Please credit all usage of the interview to CNN’s John King, USA FULL POST

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February 2nd, 2012
01:41 PM ET

King sits down with Robert Gates and anchors John King, USA, live from the College of William & Mary

CNN chief national correspondent John King will anchor John King, USA, live from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA., today at 6 pm ET, just one day before former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates is installed as the school’s 24th chancellor. King will have an exclusive sit-down interview with Gates and will get reaction to yesterday’s announcement that the U.S. and NATO will end the combat mission in Afghanistan next year.


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Join Dr. Drew for a LIVE medical mystery chat
February 2nd, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Join Dr. Drew for a LIVE medical mystery chat

What is happening to the residents of Le Roy, New York? When a handful of teenage girls started showing Tourette-like symptoms, their parents knew it was more than a just hysteria. Could it be Conversion Disorder? Could it be something in the environment?

Many people have posted their thoughts and questions about this medical mystery. Today, HLN’s Dr. Drew will sit down and answer viewer questions during a live 30 minute chat on Facebook. Join the discussion Thu, Feb 2 at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT. Additional information can be found at: http://www.hlntv.com/article/2012/02/01/medical-mystery-facebook-chat

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February 2nd, 2012
09:00 AM ET

General "Spider" Marks: We're going to have a presence in Afghanistan for a long time

This morning on Early Start, CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield spoke with General James "Spider" Marks about U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan.

Marks says, "What we're going to have in Afghanistan is a presence that's almost in perpetuity. We're going to have a presence in Afghanistan for a long time. So, my point is, we will continue to have incredible intelligence operations taking place. There are a lot of bad guys that need to be taken out, identified, rounded up, interrogated, pushed to the side. We have to help the Afghan government do that and will be allowed to do that."

Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield & Zoraida Sambolin airs week mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.

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Christiane Amanpour to become centrepiece of new CNN International line-up launching this Spring
February 2nd, 2012
05:34 AM ET

Christiane Amanpour to become centrepiece of new CNN International line-up launching this Spring

Christiane Amanpour returns to CNN Worldwide this spring and will broadcast her signature programme, ‘Amanpour’, in primetime inEuropeand throughout the world in more than 200 countries and territories, as the centerpiece of a new CNN International lineup, it was announced today by Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International.

Each weeknight on CNN International, ‘Amanpour’ will deliver the definitive international news and interview program that CNN’s worldwide audience has come to expect of the preeminent global journalist. 

‘Amanpour’ will air weekdays at 2000 GMT / 2100 CET and replay 2200 GMT / 2300 CET.

The half-hour show will air twice during European primetime, providing viewers with an additional opportunity to tune in for a distinct take on the challenging issues facing the world.

Liza McGuirk, an award-winning producer who has more than two decades of experience in television journalism both producing and reporting, will be the executive producer of ‘Amanpour.’ McGuirk will be based in New York along with Amanpour.

In the unique relationship announced in December, Amanpour’s primary role is as global affairs anchor for ABC News blazing a trail in international reporting for American viewers, in addition to her new programme on CNN International reaching a vast global audience.  She will continue her courageous reporting in war-torn countries for all ABC News programmes, platforms and online, including her unmatched ability to land major and rare exclusive interviews with world leaders – including last year’s only interviews with Moammar Gadhafi and Hosni Mubarak. As global affairs anchor for ABC News, her ongoing assignments range from the uprisings in the Middle East toIran's nuclear program to the Eurozone crisis.  Amanpour will also report on new conflicts, natural disasters and humanitarian crises, anchor four primetime specials on ABC and continue ‘Around the World with Christiane Amanpour’, her recently launched video series for ABCNews.com and Yahoo News.

“We are delighted to see ‘Amanpour’ return to the heart of CNN International’s lineup,” said Maddox. “Christiane has proven herself time and time again to be the leading international journalist in television news and with Liza’s commitment to producing compelling television, ‘Amanpour’ will showcase the very best CNN has to offer.”
“I’m thrilled that Christiane’s powerful, utterly original journalistic voice will once again be heard around the world, and I look forward to helping her shape an important program at a time of great global change,” said McGuirk.

‘Amanpour’ will be at the centre of a dynamic new lineup featuring existing programmes, ‘International Desk’, ‘Quest Means Business’, ‘Connect the World’ with Becky Anderson and ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ as well as a new weekday news programme anchored by CNN’s Isha Sesay, who also appears on ‘Anderson Cooper 360°’.

With the launch of ‘Amanpour’, CNN International is once again offeringEurope’s primetime audience a destination programme featuring one of the world’s most distinguished journalists. Known for her tough questions and extraordinary depth of knowledge, Amanpour will focus on international stories shaping the news agenda, delivering sharp analysis to an audience of more than 280 million households in more than 200 countries and terriories around the world with CNN International.

Amanpour and McGuirk have previously collaborated on a number of projects for CNN, including the award-winning 1999 documentary aboutIran, Revolutionary Journey. In June 2008, McGuirk launched the Sunday morning news and discussion programme ‘Fareed Zakaria: GPS,’ which was nominated for an Emmy after just months of being on air.  Most recently she served as the executive producer of ‘Parker Spitzer’. She also worked at CBS News for eight years, including four years producing and writing segments for the late ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent Ed Bradley. McGuirk reports to Mike McCarthy, senior vice president of programming for CNN International.

Amanpour spent more than 25 years reporting from around the globe for CNN. Most recently, she was CNN's chief international correspondent and anchored ‘Amanpour’ on CNN International from September 2009 to April 2010. In the summer of 2010, Amanpour joined ABC News and became host of ABC News’ ‘This Week’, where she was the only Sunday morning anchor nominated for an Emmy award. Her body of work has earned nine News and Documentary Emmys, four George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow award, an inaugural Television Academy Honor and nine honorary degrees.

CNN International’s new European primetime lineup: (all times GMT)
1800 GMT International Desk
1900 GMT Quest Means Business
2000 GMT Amanpour
2030 GMT new Isha Sesay-anchored show
2100 GMT Connect the World with Becky Anderson
2200 GMT Amanpour (encore)
2230 GMT World Sport
2300 GMT Piers Morgan Tonight

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CNN exclusive with Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby
February 2nd, 2012
05:05 AM ET

CNN exclusive with Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby

“If one person dies, our conscience cannot take that.” – CNN speaks exclusively to Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby on the Syrian Massacres


In an exclusive and candid interview with CNN anchor and correspondent Hala Gorani, Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby explains why he thinks the international community felt compelled to intervene in Libya but is not ready to do so in Syria, citing both the lack of oil and the global economic situation as potential reasons. He also discusses why Russia is opposing U.N. intervention in Syria and explains that "once the people will go on the street, you have to yield to their demands".






HALA GORANI, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT:  What is exactly the language that’s bothering Russia right now?  When you’re in discussions with Russian representatives at the U.N., what is bothering them and what can be removed, as far as you’re concerned?


NABIL EL-ARABY, ARAB LEAGUE SECRETARY-GENERAL:  Well, I’ll tell you what they say, I mean, and they have said it already.  They do not want any reference to military intervention and no one is speaking about that.  They don’t want any reference to sanctions, and no one speaks about sanctions as such.  They don’t want the Arab peace plan, which says that the president delegates power to the vice president.  We didn’t ask that the president should step down, but only to delegate powers to the vice president, which actually, according to their constitution—


GORANI:  You know, there is a joke now that says Bashar al-Assad is going to demote himself to vice president.



GORANI:  Because that’s how seriously people are taking this, you know?

EL-ARABY:  I didn’t…

GORANI:  Right.  They’re saying it’s just toothless.  It’s going to lead to nothing.  This regime is going to continue to employ violence, because it’s the only way it knows to deal with opposition.  Do you think that’s true?

EL-ARABY:  Well, up to now, it’s true, but you have to refer that to the world we are living in.

GORANI:  And if this resolution is passed and Russia removes every little reference to possible sanctions, possible intervention, possible pressure, then what good will that resolution do?


EL-ARABY:  It will still put pressure on the Syrian government, because they realize that Russia cannot stand up forever.  And they are under great pressure now.  And you know, Russia does not want to be against the people.


GORANI:  Time is running out.  I mean, today, 70—


EL-ARABY:  Yes, yes, people are dying.  And even one – if one person dies, our conscience cannot take that.


GORANI:  But in a country of 23 million, 6,000 people have died.  This is just a shocking—


EL-ARABY:  It’s awful.  It’s awful.  But you tell me, what can be done?  And more than that, you are going to a universal organization, which is responsible for world peace.  Security Council is the organ vested with the primary responsibility for the peace and security in the world.  You cannot go further than that.


GORANI:  People will say, why was Libya a case that the international community thought required intervention because a massacre was about to take place – I’m quoting people.  Whereas Syria is a country where a massacre is taking place, and there is no intervention.  Why?


EL-ARABY:  Well, I’ll try to answer but it’s not – my view, personally, but I’ll give you some examples.  First of all, at one time, Gadhafi’s Saif al-Islam threatened that he was going to wipe out the whole city of Benghazi.  And they had the means to do that.  Secondly, you can say that the – as I said to you, political location is different here and there, between Syria and Libya.  Thirdly, in Syria, there is a regular strong army.  In Libya, there was no army, just some militias headed by Gadhafi’s sons, which, I mean, is completely different.  And maybe there is no oil in Syria.


GORANI:  So what are you saying when you say maybe there’s no oil in Syria?  That the economic motivation was there?


EL-ARABY:  Could be.  Could be.  But anyhow, we can add to that that this is an election year in the United States and there are elections in France.  And Europe is not in the – I’m not going to say bankrupt, but is not in the best economic situations to enter into such a venture.


GORANI:  When you look at Syria, what – I mean, you say you have hope, but what then gives you hope?  What aspect of what’s happening right now is giving you hope?


EL-ARABY:  The fact that such, I mean, the regime itself is under pressure from the international – and they cannot go on forever.  And once the people go to the street anywhere, and actually I told – I am saying this in public because I told the leadership in Syria, that once – the lesson from Egypt and from the others, but I speak as my own country – at that time I was foreign minister, as you know – that once the people will go the street, you have to yield to their demands. 

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