CNN's Nick Paton Walsh (@npwcnn) reports from Slaviansk, a town in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian militants took control of Ukrainian armored personnel carriers Wednesday.
"It feels very calm here. We wouldn't have been able to do this broadcast like this to you a couple days ago. People, I think, really feel now that tension has passed, perhaps the moment is over," Walsh reports.
"What happens now? Does this stay part of Ukraine or does it become a separate republic or does it become part of Russia? Those are the big questions. But this armor changing hands without violence quite a nightmare for the Kiev central government."
UAE ports and logistics company Gulftainer is sponsoring CNN Marketplace Middle East FaceTime vignettes in an exclusive campaign to build brand awareness in support of the company’s growth and imminent entry into the United States market.
The sponsorship, which started on 11th April, is part of a multi-media campaign with CNN International for Gulftainer, the largest terminal operator in the Middle East. The company recently announced a new brand identity alongside a plan to begin operations on North America’s Eastern Seaboard. Gulftainer has grown its Brazil and Lebanon operations in addition to acquiring Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO) in Saudi Arabia. CNN International was selected as the exclusive media platform for this campaign due to reach of the CNN network, its premium global audience and the relevance of the content. FULL POST
Series To Launch this Fall
For more than a decade, Mike Rowe has been nationally known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” as host and the executive producer of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs (2005-2012). He traveled to all 50 states and completed 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads, coal mines, and oil derricks. He initiated a hands–on way to pay tribute to a nation of unsung heroes, conclusively demonstrating that fun and hard work are two sides of the same coin and confirmed the value of delayed gratification, sacrifice, hard work, good humor and optimism. He is now on a brand new mission and he will bringthat mission to CNN beginning this fall.
CNN's Anna Coren (@amcoren) meets Naghma, a young Afghan girl married off last year by her father in order to cover a debt.
Naghma, whose story was picked up by the international community, was eventually released from her marriage to the moneylender's 19-year-old son after an anonymous donor paid off her father's $2,500 debt.
The now seven year old is trying to get into the Afghanistan National Institute of Music to pursue an education, the only chance she might get at changing the course of her life.
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‘Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta' is CNN's monthly programme which offers viewers a global look at the world of medicine, hosted by CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent. FULL POST
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.
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CNN's Andrew Stevens (@andrewcnn) reports from Perth, Australia on the Royal Australian Air Force search for possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Earlier today, a CNN photographer was onboard the RAAF C-130J Hercules aircraft, which was tasked with dropping data buoys into the search zone.
CNN's senior international correspondent Ivan Watson (@ivancnn) speaks to Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk about the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
"I still believe that there is only one solution of this crisis, a peaceful one," Yatsenyuk said. "But we offer peace, and Russia offers war."
CNN's Saima Mohsin (@saimamohsin) joins an aerial search and rescue mission for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It was the first time Malaysian Minister of Defense and Transportation Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and the Chief of Defense Force have been out to survey this massive operation.
"I just want to find the plane – at all cost. As long as we are still standing and people are out there praying for us, we will continue to persevere. I will not stop...this is what I promised the families," Hussein said.
According to Nielsen Fast National data, the premiere of CNN Original Series: Death Row Stories was #1 in cable news last night (9-10:00pm) averaging 255k in the key demo adults 25-54 rating, outperforming the combined delivery of MSNBC (117k) and FOX (103k). In total viewers, CNN placed second with 719k, a +196% advantage over MSNBC’s 243k. FOX averaged 990k in total viewers at 9pm.
CNN also showed the most growth at 9pm vs. the prior four Sundays, increasing +99% among adults 25-54 (255k vs. 128k). MSNBC declined 19% (117k vs. 145k) and FOX was off 9% (103k vs. 113k).
In prime time (8-11:00pm) last night, CNN was also top-rated in the key demo 25-54 with 201k, while MSNBC placed second with 175k and FOX was third with 139k. FULL POST