Never in her worst nightmares did Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff imagine such a crushing soccer defeat, she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
"My nightmares never got so bad, Christiane," she said through an interpreter. "They never went that far. As a supporter, of course, I am deeply sorry because I share the same sorrow of all supporters. But I also know that we are a country that has one very peculiar feature. We rise to the challenge of adversity."
Brazil, she said, will recover from this "extremely painful situation." She added "Being able to overcome defeat I think is the feature and hallmark of a major national team and of a great country."
Lebanon could collapse under the weight of the massive influx of Syrian refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres warned in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that aired Thursday.
Without economic and financial support, and an increased effort to share the burden of Syrian refugees, “Lebanon [does] not [have] the possibility to go on with the present situation,” Guterres said.
Angelina Jolie, a special envoy for the UNHCR, is highlighting the plight of Syrian refugees.
She recently visited with a family living in a Lebanese refugee camp, speaking with a young child, Hala, and her five siblings.
WATCH Antonio Guterres on looming crisis:
After weeks of threatening to revoke CNN’s press credentials and ability to report from Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro sits down for an in-depth exclusive interview with Christiane Amanpour. The interview will air worldwide across CNN’s networks and platforms, including CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español and CNN.com.
The interview will begin airing on CNN today, Thursday, March 6th. The full interview is scheduled to air on CNN International’s Amanpour, Friday, March 7th at 2 pm (ET) and 5pm (ET).
CNN en Español will broadcast a special on Friday, March 7th at 10:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday March, 8th at 7 pm (ET), and Sunday, March 9 at 8:30 a.m. (ET), 11:30 am (ET), and 8:30 p.m. (ET). CNN en Español continues to be a source of information for Venezuelans and continues to broadcast in Venezuela. FULL POST
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.
Nima Elbagir (@NimaCNN) talks with Christiane Amanpour speaks with Nima Elbagir in Nairobi, Kenya about the siege by Al-Shabaab of a mall.Few answers as Westgate Mall siege drags on in Nairobi
“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."