CNN's Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgenCNN) reports live from Damascus, Syria on the "Geneva II" peace conference, which was announced earlier today by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
It is not clear which parties will attend the U.N.-brokered meeting on January 22 in Geneva, Switzerland, a subject that helped push back the conference for months.
"When we talk to people on the ground here in Damascus, many of them will tell you they simply want the fighting to end,” Pleitgen reports. “They want some sort of negotiated solution, however that solution might look.”
“Operation Finally Home” and “Wine to Water” Premiere in December on CNN
Improvised explosive devices. Roadside bombs. Close combat. Many men and women leave the United States to serve in the military to protect their country and face the brutal side effects of war. Too many return without limbs, emotional stability, jobs or direction. 2010 CNN Hero Dan Wallrath makes a difference in the lives of these wounded soldiers by building them mortgage-free accessible homes.
Millions of people die each year as a result of the absence of clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities, while the most vulnerable population are kids under the age of 5. This issue touched the heart of 2009 CNN Hero Doc Hendley, who makes it his mission to save lives by providing clean water to more than 250,000 people in developing nations around the world.
For the first time, CNN and Zero Point Zero Production are producing one-hour specials based on past CNN Heroes, showcasing their extraordinary work and impact. “Operation Finally Home: A CNN Heroes Special Presentation” airs on Sunday, December 8 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN, with re-airs at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., and on Sunday, December 15 at 7 p.m. “Wine to Water: A CNN Heroes Special Presentation” airs Sunday, December 15 at 8 p.m. ET, with re-airs at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., and on Saturday, December 21 at 7 p.m. Both specials will also air on CNN International and CNN en Español.
The video of a dance off between 11-year-old Detroit Pistons fan Antwain Alexander and NBA usher Shannon Sailes, went viral. The two visited “New Day” to battle some more and debut choreography. Alexander said he was “born with smooth moves.”
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Armed Services Committee member, told “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan that he is “very worried” about the nuclear deal with Iran because it’s “so far away from the end game.” Senator Graham said that Iran could still go nuclear with this deal in place, and Congress is going to “weigh in more aggressively” by passing more sanctions in the next couple of weeks to force Iran to stop enrichment and dismantle reactors.
Sen. Graham said, “[Congress] is going to come up with a new round of sanctions that really defines the end game. I think there’s bipartisan support to dismantle the plutonium reactor and to stop enriching in Iran completely.”
When Bolduan asked Sen. Graham what the alternative is, he replied, “Sanctions that get them to the table. And once they get to the table, to let them know, ‘Here’s your alternatives. If you want a commercial piece of a nuclear power program, Lindsey Graham agrees, that is an acceptable outcome. Have a commercial nuclear reactor, just let the international community control the fuel cycle. You’re insisting on the right to enrich. Given your behavior, you’ve abandoned that right. One, there is no right and we’re not going to give it to you.' Once you get them to the table, you let them know what the final deal will look like and say, ‘take this or else.’”
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President Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken told CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo that the Iran nuclear deal is the first step in stopping the advancement of its program. Blinken stressed that pressure on Iran “is not going away” and addressed why he thinks Israel and other nations may have a problem with the deal.
Blinken said, “In terms of Israel, we understand Israel has the right to be skeptical. An Iranian bomb would present an existential threat to Israel. And we have the exactly the same goal, which is to prevent Iran from getting a bomb. There may be tactical differences in how we get there. I think Israel would’ve preferred not to do this first step. If we could’ve negotiated a comprehensive deal right away in a matter of days, we would’ve done that. But because its complicated, because it takes time, we wanted to make sure that Iran couldn’t use that time to advance its program. This stops the program in its tracks. Rolls it back, gives us time to see if we can negotiate a comprehensive deal.”
“… Some of our Arab friends, for example, are concerned that if we get a deal with Iran on its nuclear program, a comprehensive deal, then we’ll be satisfied and we’ll forget about all of the other things Iran does that they don’t like and that we don’t like,” Blinken said. “And the fact is we won’t. We’ll continue to confront what Iran is doing around the world that is a problem for us and a problem for some of our partners. But that’s their concern; we’ve reassured them that’s not the case.”
Tuesday 10 December at 1600 GMT / 1700 CET
Duration: 1 hour
Every year on the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, CNN focuses on peace and those who strive to achieve it through its coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Since 1995, CNN’s Jonathan Mann has hosted the exclusive award interview live from Oslo, Norway, and this year he will be meeting members of the weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the chosen recipients of the prize. As always, the interview will air live on CNN International from Oslo Town Hall. FULL POST
CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with the spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mark Regev, who spoke to Wolf Blitzer about the historic deal between Iran and the P+5 nations that negotiated temporary sanctions relief in order to slow Tehran’s nuclear program.
A transcript is available after the jump.
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Union about a deal struck between the U.S., Germany, China, France,Russian Federation, the United Kingdom (P+5) and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program early this Sunday morning. The deal negotiates some sanctions in order to slow the country's nuclear development program. Tune in to State of the Union with Candy Crowley on Sunday at 12pm ET to see the full interview.
Transcript and video available after the jump.
There are new questions about video evidence in the death of Kendrick Johnson. He is the 17-year old from Georgia whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school's gym. Authorities ruled the case an accident, but Kendrick parents have always believed their son was murdered. There are serious questions about sloppy forensic work and the poor treatment of Johnson's remains.
Doubts deepened after CNN obtained hundreds of hours of surveillance video from the school.
CNN’s Victor Blackwell has more on what this video says and what it doesn't say about Kendrick Johnson's death.
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) told “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo that changing the filibuster rules will improve how the Senate works.
Sen. Kaine said, “There's no reason that changing this to majority rule on appointments will create ill will. State legislative bodies, Senates do this every day. They find ways to work together, people of goodwill will find ways to work together here.”
“I have worked in a legislative body that operated by majority rule and we worked together fine,” Sen. Kaine said. “This will not make anything worse. You can work together in a majority rule situation, just like you can with filibusters, holds and clotures. I actually believe that the Senate rules were impeding us working together. And look, the Senate this year has passed historic immigration reform. We passed a historic Marketplace Fairness Act last week, we passed the historic bill that guarantee LGBT Americans couldn't be discriminated against in the workplace. The Senate is doing things. We are reaching across the aisle and solving problems. This will not change that in one respect.”
“New Day” airs weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m. ET on CNN.