CNN's Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgenCNN) reports live from Damascus, Syria on the "Geneva II" peace conference, which was announced earlier today by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
It is not clear which parties will attend the U.N.-brokered meeting on January 22 in Geneva, Switzerland, a subject that helped push back the conference for months.
"When we talk to people on the ground here in Damascus, many of them will tell you they simply want the fighting to end,” Pleitgen reports. “They want some sort of negotiated solution, however that solution might look.”
CNN's Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgencnn) gets rare access to the inspectors and laboratory that collected the chemical weapons evidence in Syria.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) lab, which is based in the Netherlands, analyzed the samples collected by U.N. inspectors following a gas attack on August 21 on the outskirts of Damascus.
While the inspectors are not allowed to talk specifically about their investigation in Syria, Dr. Hugh Gregg, Head of OPCW Laboratory, tells Pleitgen their routine analysis – the Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GCMS) – can see samples that "have been there for weeks or months."
In a sit-down interview in Damascus, Syrian Information Minister Omran al Zoubi tells CNN's Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgenCNN) that he wants the U.S. to present proof that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian military.
"If the United States administration has proof that we used chemical weapons, then they should present this proof to the rest of the world," al Zoubi says. "If they don't have this proof or evidence, then how are they going to stand up to American public opinion and to world public opinion and explain why they are attacking Syria?"
Al Zoubi adds the sentiment on the streets in Syria is that America is "making a big mistake."
CNN's Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgencnn) travels to the front line with a Palestinian militia fighting with the Syrian army, and reports on the fierce fighting taking place in the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk.
CNN correspondent Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgencnn) continues to report from Damascus on heightened tensions surrounding alleged Israeli airstrikes and reports on the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria.
In an exclusive interview with CNN Sunday, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad said the attacks on the nation's military research facility amount to a "declaration of war" by Israel. Watch that interview here.
Last week, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi told CNN exclusively that his government had not, and "would never use" chemical munitions - "if we had them." Watch that interview here.
In a CNN exclusive, CNN's Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgencnn) reports from Saidnaya, a predominantly Christian town outside Damascus that is standing firmly behind President Bashar al-Assad.
"I don't know why, but we love the president very much," said Housam Azar, a Saidnaya resident and organizer of the town's militia. "Sure, there have been mistakes, but we love the president a lot."
Watch Fred's report here.
"I've never, in 26 years of forecasting, ever, seen anything like this," said Chad Myers, weather anchor and severe weather expert, while reporting on Superstorm Sandy.
Myers, along with CNN's Jason Carroll, Ed Lavandera, David Mattingly, Frederik Pleitgen, and John Zarrella, report for a new CNN documentary this weekend investigating the factors that made the impact of superstorm Sandy so devastating. The documentary also offers insights from researchers and scientists on climate change, potential solutions to limiting the impact of future storms on critical infrastructure like power grids, and the potential impact of reductions in the funding of satellite systems that aid meteorological storm predictions.
CNN Presents: The Coming Storms encores Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET&PT on CNN/U.S.
CNN’s intrepid storm correspondents will report for a comprehensive investigation on the lessons learned by Superstorm Sandy – and what Americans need to do to prepare for the next inevitable weather test. The one-hour investigative documentary, The Coming Storms will debut Sunday, Jan. 06 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT and replay on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT.
CNN’s Jason Carroll investigates the impact of the storm surge and flooding, particularly to lower Manhattan, Staten Island, and New Jersey, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. He also reports on climate change and how it may make storms more dangerous and more damaging. CNN’s David Mattingly reports from Breezy Point in Queens, New York on potential engineering solutions to address the powerful storm surges associated with superstorms, and investigate the vulnerability of the nation’s power grids, communications and transport systems – and what municipalities are and are not doing to safeguard our infrastructure from storm damage. CNN’s Ed Lavandera investigates what New Orleans has done in the deadly wake of Hurricane Katrina to make sure that city won’t go underwater again – and what we can learn from them. CNN’s John Zarrella reports on threats to our eyes in the sky, satellites which are crucial to warning people that a storm is coming. FULL POST
CNN's Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgencnn) meets Liron Be'er, the 13-year-old boy behind a new app called Color Red, which gives users in southern Israel an alert when a rocket alarm goes off. The app has already been downloaded more than 130,000 times since the conflict began.
CNN continues to cover the deadly attacks in Israel and Gaza with reporters positioned all around the Middle East.
Reza Sayah reports from the Rafah border crossing in Egypt, where Egyptian demonstrators are beginning to enter Gaza.
Christiane Amanpour discusses the international community's response to Israel-Gaza conflict.
Fred Pleitgen reports live when a rocket hits Ashkelon, Israel.
Behind the scenes at CNN's International Desk during the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Ben Wedeman reports on the Israeli Defense Force calling up 16,000 reservists for active duty.
Fred Pleitgen reports on a rocket hitting the outskirts of Tel Aviv.
CNN's Fareed Zakaria tells Piers Morgan Israel is justified in responding to rocket attacks.
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks to CNN about the "incredibly difficult and tense" situation between Israel and Hamas.
CNNI anchor/correspondent Hala Gorani's Q&A on the Gaza strikes.