In an exclusive interview, world champion Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao tells CNN his eldest children are most excited about his upcoming bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., saying they would be on the “front row” at the Las Vegas showdown on May 2.
"My son and my daughter, they really wanted this fight to happen…Three years ago [they said] 'Daddy, I want you to fight Mayweather. I want you to fight Mayweather.' I said, 'Why? It's not my fault. He doesn't want to fight.' And now finally now it finally happened. They really, really want to watch the fight."
Speaking to CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn) in Amman, Jordanian Interior Minister Hussein Majali says the war against ISIS is “our war – not the West’s.”
“We look at ourselves as principals in this coalition. This is our war. This is not the West’s war. We are the spearhead of this war.”
Majali continues: “His Majesty – in his latest visit just a few days ago to the States – I think he was promised extra assistance on military hardware, which will make our forces more effective and more sustained.”
On whether he’s satisfied by support from the U.S. and other allies:
“We are extremely satisfied. The United States have gone the extra mile for Jordan.”
On ISIS claim that Jordanian airstrikes killed an American hostage:
“This is another PR stunt by ISIS. They tried to cause problems internally in Jordan and haven't succeeded. They are now trying to drive a wedge between the coalition with this latest low PR stunt.”
Amid active shelling by the Ukrainian military, CNN's senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh (@npwcnn) gets a firsthand look at the devastated Donetsk International Airport.
Walsh recalls flying out of this airport just six months ago, and now very little of it remains.
"Hard to imagine how just six months ago we were here flying out of Donetsk at this – what was then a state-of-the-art terminal. Just look at the destruction and how this symbolizes how far eastern Ukraine has fallen."
In an exclusive interview with CNN's Alex Thomas (@alexthomascnn), Former Real Madrid and Barcelona star Luis Figo (@LuisFigo) announces his intention to run against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.
On why he is entering the race
“I care about football so what I’m seeing regarding the image of FIFA - not only now but in the past years – I don’t like it”
“If you search FIFA on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal, not positive words. It’s that we have to change first and try to improve the image of FIFA. Football deserves much better than this.” FULL POST
Interview to Premiere on CNN’s NEW DAY on CNN/U.S.
FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Global Television Exclusive
President Barack Obama will sit down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for a wide-ranging interview from New Delhi as the President concludes his state visit to India.
Portions of the interview will air first on CNN’s NEW DAY on Tuesday, January 27, beginning at 6:00amET and then air throughout the day on programs across CNN, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, and on CNN.com.
The full interview will air on CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS international affairs program on Sunday, February 1st on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.
Interview topics will include U.S.-India relations, the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, recent terrorism events in the Middle East and Africa, the long conflict in Ukraine, the fall of the U.S.-allied government of Yemen, and more.
In September 2014, Fareed Zakaria was the first person to interview Prime Minister Modi since Mr. Modi’s election as Prime Minister of India.
AIRTIMES FOR NEW DAY
In the United States on Tuesday, January 27 (U.S. Eastern Time):
AIRTIMES FOR FAREED ZAKARIA GPS
In the United States:
Saturday, January 31
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Ukraine is ready to push for more sanctions against Russia, President Petro Poroshenko told CNN’s Richard Quest.
Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos before a meeting between Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday, Poroshenko said there was no room for negotiation.
"Everything was agreed and signed in Minsk," he said, referring to a pact signed in September with the aim of halting the conflict between Ukrainian government forces and separatist pro-Russian rebels.
Ukraine expects Russia to present a plan for implementing the agreement, which calls for an immediate ceasefire, freeing of any hostages, and the withdrawal of armed groups and military equipment from Ukrainian territory.
"The purpose of sanctions is not to hurt Russia. The purpose of sanctions is just to keep Russia to be responsible."
CNN NAMED ‘CABLE & SATELLITE CHANNEL OF THE YEAR’ PLUS ‘CABLE & SATELLITE NETWORK OF THE YEAR’ AT 2014 ASIAN TV AWARDS
CNN also wins Best News Program, Best Current Affairs Presenter and Best Documentary Series
CNN International’s editorial leadership and strength was recognized at last night’s 2014 Asian Television Awards in Singapore, with the network dominating the evening winning five awards.
For the second consecutive year, the network clinched the coveted ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’ title, and was also named ‘Cable & Satellite Network of the Year’. CNN also won ‘Best News Program’, ‘Best Current Affairs Presenter’ and ‘Best Documentary Series’ at the ceremony.
The Best News Program title went to CNN flagship program News Stream. Hosted by CNN anchor Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong, News Stream is a daily hard-news show that uses technology and social media to give viewers a deeper understanding of the day’s top stories.
Kristie Lu Stout was also awarded Best Current Affairs Presenter. The anchor and correspondent is among the network’s most popular Asia-based faces, and also fronts CNN’s monthly On China show. Lu Stout has also led coverage of major breaking news stories for CNN, most recently covering the ‘Umbrella Movement’ pro-democracy protests from the heart of Hong Kong. This is the second Asian Television Award for Lu Stout during her 14 years with CNN International.
A CNN team comprised of senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh (@npwcnn), producer Raja Razek and cameraman Scott McWhinnie gained exclusive access to the front lines in Kobani, Syria.
Escorted by female Kurdish fighters, Walsh and his team witnessed firsthand the intensity of the battle with ISIS, particularly on the eastern front.
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
Global independent study reaffirms CNN’s #1 position in TV and digital across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America
The latest IPSOS Affluent Global survey reaffirms CNN as the leading international news brand, reaching an unrivaled four out of 10 upscale consumers and decision-makers in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
This huge scale of an affluent international audience is larger than all news competitors in every metric across TV and digital platforms.
“In what has been an incredible period for global news, CNN's journalists have been ahead of the competition in reporting a long run of remarkable stories,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide. “These figures show that in all corners of the globe people are coming to CNN more than any other news organization to understand important stories that are defining and shaping our world. This is a huge endorsement from our worldwide audience that when CNN goes there, the eyes of the world follow.” FULL POST