February 11th, 2013
06:01 PM ET

Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man, says he sees 'fundamental transformation' in America's energy future

Mukesh Ambani is India's wealthiest man and runs a conglomerate with significant energy holdings.  He had not granted a television interview in 10 years prior to speaking recently to CNN's Fareed Zakaria for this weekend's 'FAREED ZAKARIA GPS' program.  Zakaria asked Ambani about his outlook on the global economy, specifically the American economy, and his response included a prediction about America's energy future.  Below, is an excerpt of the interview:

FAREED ZAKARIA, Host 'FAREED ZAKARIA GPS': Tell me, you have a vantage point to look at the global economy. You run India’s largest company. Where do you think we are, um, five years after the financial crisis began?

MUKESH AMBANI, CHAIRMAN, RELIANCE INDUSTRIES: Well, I’m more optimistic than most. And, my view is that this year, we will see the beginning of a recovery, particularly in the U.S. FULL POST

February 11th, 2013
04:09 PM ET

Federico Quadrani to Executive Produce Jake Tapper’s New CNN Program

The 4 p.m. program anchored by Tapper to launch in March

Federico Quadrani will join CNN as the executive producer of the network’s new Washington program anchored by Jake Tapper, it was announced today by Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. Quadrani, who joins CNN from MSNBC later this month, will work on the development of the new 4 p.m. program set to debut this March.

“Federico’s talent for story development and live production will be a perfect fit for Jake’s new program,” said Feist. “Federico’s track record with both network news programs and Washington-based cable news programs make him a terrific addition to CNN as we enter into an exciting time for the network.”

“I’m thrilled to have Federico join me in leading our new team,” said Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent. “In recent years he’s produced incisive political coverage, but his diverse news background is equally important. From his Peabody award-winning live coverage of 9/11 in the ABC News control room through his days producing textured taped pieces and remarkable live shots at NBC’s Today, Federico has built a reputation for finding great American stories and creating compelling content. His voice will help us build the informative, engaging and provocative program we want this to be.” FULL POST

Topics: Jake Tapper
February 11th, 2013
03:35 PM ET

CNN Coverage: Pope Benedict Resigns

Pope Benedict surprised the world by announcing he's resigning "because of advanced age."  CNN’s Chris Cuomo led the network’s morning coverage (video link: http://on.cnn.com/Y4Jry7).  Ben Wedeman, Jim Bittermann, Max Foster and Jose Levy lead the network’s coverage from Rome.  Wedeman is CNN’s senior international correspondent based in Rome since November.  Previously, Wedeman was based in Cairo and led CNN’s coverage of the uprising against then-President Hosni Mubarak.  CNN.com will also have the latest news and analysis on CNN’s Belief Blog.

Topics: Ben Wedeman • Breaking News • Chris Cuomo • CNN • CNN en Espanol • CNN International • Jose Levy • Max Foster
February 11th, 2013
03:17 PM ET

CNN's Coverage of President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Sen. Marco Rubio’s GOP Response to Air Live in Primetime
Guests include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Michigan Gov. Granholm

CNN’s political team of anchors and correspondents will lead the network’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday, Feb. 12 beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Leading the network’s coverage will be anchors Wolf Blitzer, Kate Bolduan, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Jake Tapper. Special guests providing analysis and perspective include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Dana Bash will report live from inside the U.S. House chamber and Jessica Yellin will provide updates from the White House.

Commentary will be provided throughout the evening by chief political analyst Gloria Borger, senior political analyst David Gergen, along with political contributors Cornell Belcher, Donna Brazile, Alex Castellanos, Margaret Hoover, Van Jones and Ana Navarro.

The Republican response, delivered by Sen. Marco Rubio, will also air live following the State of the Union address. FULL POST

February 11th, 2013
02:48 PM ET

Cuomo, Father Beck on pope resignation

CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo and Father Edward Beck discuss the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and his legacy. Father Beck says to take resignation at face value.

Father Beck says, “I think it's a frail man who realizes it. He saw John Paul II and was very close to that whole scene of him deteriorating, and he doesn't want that for himself. He talked two years ago about the possibility of a Pope resigning if in ill health, and he's following through with what he said would be a good thing to do. So, I don't buy the intrigue part of it at all.”

Topics: Breaking News • Chris Cuomo • CNN
February 11th, 2013
12:00 PM ET

Clint Romesha on the Medal of Honor: "It's not about me...it was everybody that day up at COP Keating."

In An American Hero: The Uncommon Valor of Clint Romesha, anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper chronicles the compelling story of former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha, who led the courageous battle when Combat Outpost Keating was attacked by the Taliban on Oct. 3, 2009. Tapper traveled to Minot, N.D., to again sit down with Romesha to talk about his uncommon valor and remarkable service to his country. A highlight and a video link from the interview are after the jump; a full transcript of the special is posted on http://on.cnn.com/U6aqxa. Read more from Tapper on CNN.com about his special: http://on.cnn.com/YddFzE.

President Obama will award Staff Sgt. Romesha the Medal of Honor today at 1:30 p.m ET, CNN’s Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer will anchor the network’s coverage around the ceremony.

Topics: Jake Tapper
February 11th, 2013
10:39 AM ET

Cuomo, Costello discuss progressive vs. traditional views of Catholic Church after pope resignation

In light of Pope Benedict XVI announcing his resignation on February 28th, CNN Anchors Chris Cuomo and Carol Costello talk about the future of the church.

Cuomo says, “When you make this decision about how do we move forward, well it assumes that these are almost political questions. But they’re not; they’re religious. And there’s so much adherence to the code. That the religion is what it is. And you live by those rules because that’s what the faith is about. And it gets very deep and confusing. Well, what is faith? What is the church? What should be the right rules? And maybe the expedience of the moment, if we just adjust to the times, you lose some sense of what the faith is at its core. Now that’s certainly the Orthodox position. On the other hand, you’ve got lots of Catholics from my generation who want to see it be more inclusive and inviting and would hope for that in the new pope –”

“Especially when it comes to women and contraception,” Costello said. She added, “That is very important to Catholic women. Almost 98% of Catholic women have taken birth control at some point in their lives.” FULL POST

Topics: Breaking News • Carol Costello • Chris Cuomo • CNN
February 11th, 2013
07:15 AM ET

'Mozambique or Bust' – a CNN Freedom Project documentary debuts Friday, Feb. 15

Narrated by Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino

**First airs: Friday, 15 February at 1130 US/ET ** 1630 GMT ** 1730 CET**

Coming to CNN International this month, ‘Mozambique or Bust’ is an extraordinary story of how a housewife, Kimba Langas; a truck driver, Rick Youngquist; a businessman, Paul Jarzombek, and a pastor, Dave Terpstra, joined the fight against modern-day slavery in Africa with an unconventional weapon: bras.

In February 2012, the CNN Freedom Project highlighted the efforts of “Free the Girls,” a small Denver-based charity that collected donated bras in the U.S. for sex trafficking survivors to sell in the used clothing markets of Mozambique. Bras are a luxury item there, and selling them provides the survivors with a sustainable income.

When CNN first reported the story, “Free the Girls” had collected more than 20,000 bras but could not afford to ship them to Africa.  Paul Jarzombek, COO at LR International, saw the story and took action, his shipping company travelled the bras from Chicago to Maputo for free, triggering a chain reaction of additional kindness and goodwill.

‘Mozambique or Bust’ is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking. Through this, she promotes and participates in information and prevention campaigns to educate the general public and target audiences on human trafficking, helping disseminate information to the public about UNODC's work.

Mike McCarthy, senior vice president for programming, CNN International, said: “This is a story about how jobs and entrepreneurship can help keep vulnerable women independent as they continue their journeys away from sex trafficking.  These four people demonstrate how anyone can make a difference in the fight against human trafficking – in their own communities, or half a world away.   We are especially pleased that Mr. Jarzombek was moved to his extraordinary generosity after seeing our reports on CNN, and we’re extremely pleased that Mira Sorvino has helped us tell this story.  Her longtime commitment and understanding of the issues inform her narration in ways we hope will inspire others who see this program.”


Topics: CNN • CNN Freedom Project