CNN celebrated three wins at the 2014 Association for International Broadcasting awards, hosted at the LSO St Luke’s in London on Wednesday night.
For the second year running, CNN was awarded the prize for best ‘Live Television Journalism’, this time for its reporting on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine.
CNN also won in the 'Short News Report’ category for its coverage of a shooting which took place during clashes between Ukrainian security forces and protestors in Kiev’s Independence Square.
The climax of the evening, however, was the naming of Richard Quest as the 'Television Personality of the Year.' Quest, whose dynamic and distinctive style has made him a unique figure in the field of business broadcasting, was at the ceremony to personally receive the award. FULL POST
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CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Barham Salih, former prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan and former deputy prime minister of Iraq, about the strength of ISIS, the role the Peshmerga could play in fighting ISIS, and the prospects for Kurdish independence.
Salih on the Iraqi army: “At the end of the day, the military needs to be a professional institution, the type of leadership that we have had in Iraq over the past few years has politicized the army, has divided the army on sectarian lines and simply was not able to stand up to the challenge.”
Salih on the Peshmerga’s fight against ISIS: “Kurdistan has emerged as the most reliable partner of the international coalition in the fight against ISIS.”
Salih on Kurdish Independence: “Every Kurd wants independence. That's a - that's a reality of it. But I genuinely do believe that the Kurds will be the ones who will have least problem with a united Iraq, a decent Iraq. To date, the Kurds want Iraq to succeed, a democratic federal Iraq will be good for the Kurds and we want to be partners in making Iraq a success.”
A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
CNN correspondent Nima Elbagir (@nimacnn) visits Thomas Eric Duncan's neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia where he contracted the Ebola virus.
While there, she speaks to the leader of a local Ebola task force, who says they suspect Duncan came in contact with almost 100 people before departing for the U.S.
Duncan is currently in critical condition in a Texas hospital.
"Do you hear the people sing?" The full-throated roar of many, many young people in Hong Kong demanding democracy:
An example of how the pro-democracy sit-in is affecting daily life in Hong Kong:
In a CNN Exclusive, an ISIS fighter tells Arwa Damon (@arwaCNN) that U.S. airstrikes are not effective.CNN exclusive: ISIS fighter says U.S. airstrikes aren't effective
As former U.S. President Bill Clinton prepares for the 2014 annual meetings of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, Fareed Zakaria spoke with him about the recent plans announced by President Barack Obama on the U.S. contributions to the Ebola outbreak in Africa, and what he feels the U.S. should do about the terrorist group ISIS.
The wide-ranging interview will air inside the Sunday, Sept. 21st edition of CNN's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS.
Fareed Zakaria GPS Airtimes Sunday Sept. 21, 2014
All Times Eastern
CNN International: 3:00p.m.
CNN/U.S.: 10:00a.m., encore at 1:00p.m.
FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Global Television Exclusive
Premieres Sunday, Sept. 21
As he prepares for his first address before the world stage of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will sit down with Fareed Zakaria for a global exclusive and wide-ranging interview to air on CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS international affairs program on Sunday, Sept. 21.
The interview was taped on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Prime Minister’s official residence at 7 Race Course Road in New Delhi, and marks Modi’s first since he was elected Prime Minister of India.
Prime Minister Modi discusses India’s economic growth, relations with China and the United States, terrorism, and more.
In India on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 (Indian Standard Time):
In the United States on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 (Eastern Time):
In a report that first aired on Erin Burnett OutFront Tuesday, CNN's Karl Penhaul (@karlpenhaul) talks to Yosef Abobaker about the ISIS fighters who abducted him and American journalist Steven Sotloff in Syria in August 2013. Abobaker, who was working as Sotloff's fixer, was eventually released while Sotloff remained in captivity until his beheading earlier this month.
When asked whether U.S. officials tried to interview him about their abduction, Abobaker says nobody reached out to him to discuss his experience.
"Nobody tried to contact me and I tried to help. Nobody come to me and ask me any questions from the (U.S.) government...Nobody contact me or ask me about their conditions. And they can find me – it's easy. But no, nobody tried to contact me."
In an interview with CNN’s Hala Gorani, Syrian official Bouthaina Shaaban says Syria is ready to work with the U.S., but warns against any "act of aggression” by the U.S.
“We are ready to be part of any coalition against terrorism, and any strike on Syria without coordination with the Syrian government is considered an aggression against Syria.”
Shaaban, who is the political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, also says Obama’s strategy against ISIS has “many loopholes” and “leaves a lot to be desired.”
“The strategy that I read by Obama has many loopholes and leaves a lot to be desired. He would benefit a lot from cooperating with the Syrian government against terrorism because we have been truly fighting terrorism for the last four years. The four points he outlined as his strategy will not work simply because they are not based on reality.”