In his first television interview during his historic trip to the United States, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. During the interview President Rouhani delivered his first English-language message to the American people, saying “I would like to say to American people: I bring peace and friendship from Iranians to Americans.”
In the wide-ranging interview President Rouhani tells Amanpour that plans were in the works to meet with President Obama at the UN. He also discussed his country’s nuclear policy, saying that he has full authority to negotiate a nuclear deal. On the Holocaust, Rouhani said it was “reprehensible and condemnable.”
The full interview will air on Amanpour. on CNN International at 2pm and 5 pm ET.
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“The Bravest Girl in the World” will air on CNN Sunday, October 13th at 7 pm ET
CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will host a special broadcast event on Malala Yousafzai, the 16 year old girl shot by the Taliban because she wanted to go to school. The Bravest Girl in the World, airing on CNN Sunday, October 13th at 7 pm ET, will reveal a Malala you haven’t seen before, featuring material exclusive to CNN. Malala tells her story – of campaigning for girls’ education, of the day she was shot, of her struggle to recover from her injury – but most of all, of her dreams and her drive to help millions of other girls go to school.
The program will include an interview with Malala, her father Ziauddin Yousafzai and a special introduction from Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the United Nations. The interview will take place in front of a live audience at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on October 10th.
At age 15, Malala was shot at point-blank range by the Taliban while riding the bus, because she insisted on going to school. Miraculously, the bullets aimed at her head did not penetrate the brain. Following several surgeries, she is once again waging her campaign for girls’ education. On July 12th - her 16th birthday – she gave a powerful call to the world to stand up for girls in her first speech since the shooting. FULL POST
CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta from London on Wednesday. In a wide-ranging interview, Letta, who just recently was sworn in to his office on 28 April 2013, discussed his chief ministerial priorities, whether Italy would seek a bailout from the E.U., the state of Italian economic reforms, and his own headline-making personal austerity.
Letta also commented on the controversial racist description of one of his top ministers, Cécile Kyenge, made by one of Italy’s most prominent Senators, Roberto Calderoli, who said she resembled an orangutan and that her success in Italy encouraged illegal immigrants to come to Italy. Integration Minister Kyenge is an Italian citizen who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Of this matter, Letta told Amanpour:
AMANPOUR: Italy has a very prominent first black member, black cabinet member, and we were quite shocked to hear one of the senior Italian parliamentarians refer to her as an orangutan. Should he be out of a job? Is that the kind of person we want as a parliamentarian in Italy?
LETTA: No, he has to go out from his job. And I asked him to resign. It was a shock for Italy and for, of course, all the public opinion. You know my choice to ask Cécile Kyenge to be minister was a choice very clear for the country. Italians has - they have to understand that the internal integration is one of the main issues for the future. And the message was very clear. Of course, there are today problems and I asked to this Member of Parliament to resign, is a shame, is really a shame. And I will continue to ask him to resign.
Tonight on CNN International's AMANPOUR, Christiane Amanpour interviewed the communications advisor for embattled Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Sondos Asem. Ms. Asem discussed why President Morsi will not step down from office voluntarily, despite enormous demonstrations across the country and calls for his resignation.
Former U.S. Defense Secretary and former CIA Director Robert Gates spoke with CNN's Christiane Amanpour about his view that the U.S. should be very cautious about offering military support for the Syrian rebels trying to topple the Assad regime inside Syria. Sec. Gates describes that Americans should be prepared for a lengthy association with Syria if the U.S. engages in military aid to rebels in Syria or associating with other nations undergoing revolution, telling Amanpour in his interview:
"In 250 years on the history of revolution, beginning with our own, ours is the only one that actually turned out reasonably well in the early decades. In every other case, the most radical, the most ruthless, the most violent and the best organized have been the winners in those revolutions, have come out on top."
Gates also spoke about his views on the NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, who is now presumed to be in transit status at a Russian airport:
"Frankly, these are the tools that we use to protect the American people. You've always had this debate in this country over the proper balance between freedom and security. But 35 years ago, after the scandals of the CIA, we established these oversight mechanisms that under presidents is different, as Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama and George W. Bush have been continued.
And under Congress' control, both by the Republicans and the Democrats, to override all of those institutional safeguards. For an individual to take upon himself doing this is a formula for chaos and anarchy."
"A beautiful game that transformed a nation that day and in so doing transfixed the world," CNN host and chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour recalled the 18th anniversary of the rugby game that became a watershed moment in South African history on today's AMANPOUR on CNN International.
On June 24, 1995, the South African rugby team, the Springboks won the nation's first-ever Rugby World Cup. When then-President Nelson Mandela presented the winning team captain, Francois Pienaar, their trophy, the mostly white crowd in the stadium spontaneously erupted in surprise chants of "Nelson!" It was a moment memorialized in a Hollywood film, and much more importantly, in the hearts and minds of South Africans – Black and White.
AMANPOUR airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm and 5:00pm Eastern. The full transcript for this edition of AMANPOUR may be found here: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1306/24/ampr.01.html.
From Moore, Oklahoma, CNN's Brian Todd spoke with CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour about why a lack of tornado safe rooms for public schools apparently has played a role in the casualties for some children.
Todd attended a press briefing with the Mayor of Moore earlier today who was asked to confirm that some of the children that perished did so in schools without safe rooms. Although schools do have drills for weather emergencies, the mayor acknowledged that funding played a role in recent years to not build safe rooms for public schools.
AMANPOUR airs daily on CNN International at 3:00pm and 5:00pm Eastern. The full transcript for this program may be found here.
Christiane Amanpour welcomed culinary expert and new CNN host Anthony Bourdain to "Amanpour" on Friday, April 12.
Bourdain recently visited Myanmar, the Congo, and Libya to sample the life, food, and culture of those former conflict nations for his new CNN program "Parts Unknown." Amanpour asked Bourdain about his thoughts on the relationship between food and culture and what people can learn about each other by learning more about other nations through tourism.
"Parts Unknown" premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S. The program will also air globally on CNN International. Please check regional listings for airtimes.
"Amanpour" airs weekdays at 3:00pm and 5:00pm on CNN/International. All times Eastern.