October 12th, 2014
12:35 PM ET

Former PM of Kurdistan "Every Kurd wants independence"

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.

Topics: CNN • CNN International • CNN Politics • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iraq • ISIS
October 12th, 2014
12:34 PM ET

McCain ISIS "is winning, and we're not"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) join Candy Crowley to discuss the advancement of ISIS in the Anbar Province and Ebola in the US.


Senator McCain on Ebola: “my constituents are not comforted. There has to be more reassurance given to them. I would say that we don't know exactly who's in charge. There has to be some kind of czar.”

Senator McCain on the battle against ISIS: “First of all, they're winning and we're not. And the Iraqis are not winning, the Peshmerga, the Kurds are not winning, and there's a lot of aspects of this. But there has to be a fundamental re-evaluation of what we're doing because we are not - we are not degrading and ultimately destroying ISIS.”

Senator Sanders on US involvement in Iraq and Syria: “What I do not want, and I fear very much, is the United States getting sucked into a quagmire and being involved in perpetual warfare year after year after year.”

A full transcript of the interviews are available after the jump.

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 44 & 45
'Alpine Edge' returns for a new series in October
October 10th, 2014
11:34 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 44 & 45

Alpine Edge

Christina Macfarlane hosts ‘Alpine Edge’ from Sölden, Austria
Christina Macfarlane hosts ‘Alpine Edge’ from Sölden, Austria
Friday 24 October at 0500 BST/ 0600 CET, 1230 BST/ 1330 CET and 2230 BST/ 2330 CET
Saturday 25 October at 0030 BST/0130 CET, 0600 BST/ 0700 CET, 1700 BST/1800 CET and 2200 BST/2300 CET
Sunday 26 October at 0030 GMT/ 0400 CET, 0700 GMT/ 0800 CET, 1600 GMT/ 1700 CET, 2030 GMT/ 2130 CET
‘Alpine Edge’ airs during ‘World Sport’

‘Alpine Edge’ returns with a new series in October, capturing the thrills and spills of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, taking viewers inside some of winter sport’s most prestigious venues.

The first show features the World Cup season opener in Sölden, Austria. From ski, to singing, the programme goes behind the scenes with members of the American ski team for a jam session with their very own girl group.


Topics: CNN
October 9th, 2014
03:21 PM ET

Recalls, the NFL, driverless cars: Poppy Harlow sits down with first female CEO of Big 3 automaker, GM's Mary Barra

After 10 months at the helm of General Motors, CNN’s Poppy Harlow sits down with the first female head of a Big 3 automaker, Mary Barra. Among the topics discussed were GM’s recalls, the NFL and driverless cars.

In the in-depth interview, Poppy asked Barra if the NFL and Roger Goodell took the right steps when responding to the recent crisis. Barra said that it was "completely unacceptable," adding “I think they have an opportunity to not only make very important changes that will set the tone for the NFL, but also to do something that has more far reaching implications."

When asked if she would consider pulling advertising dollars from the NFL sponsorship if she doesn’t see changes, Barra tells Poppy that she believes “they will do the right thing,” without giving specifics.

Topics: CNN • CNNMoney • Poppy Harlow
Cartier selects CNN International for a unique global branded content campaign
October 8th, 2014
04:50 AM ET

Cartier selects CNN International for a unique global branded content campaign

Cartier is sponsoring CNN Ones to Watch – a major new feature show debuting on CNN International this autumn.

The sponsorship is a key component of an exclusive global Cartier campaign on CNN International, CNN US, CNN en Espanol and CNNArabic.com platforms, including spot advertising, vignettes and digital components. CNN worked closely with Zenithoptimedia France to bring the advertising proposition to Cartier and coordinate the operation.

Cartier chose CNN for this integrated advertising campaign due to the quality of content that Cartier will be associated with and the network’s unrivalled reach amongst a global upscale audience, particularly luxury consumers and male high income earners. The launch of the activity with CNN coincides with Cartier unveiling a new brand campaign aimed at the luxury men’s watch market at the Watches & Wonder exhibition in Hong Kong.

CNN Ones to Watch will be a monthly show on CNN starting on 10th October. It is an entirely new concept that will spot the next big stars from across a range of artistic and cultural fields; from modern dance to classical music, filmmaking to architecture and sculpture. All episodes will be headlined by a recognised master of their craft who will choose our ‘ones to watch’ and explain why their careers are on an upward trajectory. The masters will also be the viewers’ guide into how their metier is evolving and what a contemporary audience demands of its new talent. The first episode will focus on portraiture and feature esteemed artist Jonathan Yeo creating a new portrait of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet Artistic Director and Lead Principal Dancer, in his role as ‘master’. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
October 7th, 2014
10:26 PM ET

AC360 Video: Nima Elbagir Reports From Liberia; New Indication Ebola Victim May Not Have Lied on Travel Forms

Did Thomas Eric Duncan lie on a Liberian Health Authority form about whether or not he had been in contact with an Ebola patient? This question, and others surrounding Duncan’s departure from Liberia and travel to the United States, have been circulating.

Tonight on AC360, CNN’s Nima Elbagir reports that it wasn't until days after Duncan left Liberia that they began to suspect the pregnant woman who he had helped might have been a victim of Ebola.

Elbagir, who is on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia, confirmed this report with the Liberian health official in charge of contact tracing in this case.

“It could quite possibly be, the Liberian health officials told us, that he didn't realize he might have contracted Ebola until he walked into that clinic in Texas, Anderson,” Elbagir told Anderson.

Topics: CNN
CNNMoney Names Most Innovative Cities
October 7th, 2014
08:44 AM ET

CNNMoney Names Most Innovative Cities

CNNMoney released an exclusive report today identifying the Most Innovative Cities in America. Budgets are tight and Washington is gridlocked, so it increasingly falls to local communities to address today's most pressing issues. CNNMoney’s report highlights the people and programs that are working to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities for the people who live in these cities.

To identify the 10 most innovative cities, CNNMoney asked dozens of experts in urban planning to name the five most innovative cities with populations above 150,000 and explain why they were innovative. This exclusive report considers everything from transportation and technology to education and jobs.

Did your city make the list? Explore the Top 10: money.cnn.com/InnovativeCities and take the quiz to find out which innovative city you connect with.

Topics: CNN • CNNMoney • CNNMoney.com
October 7th, 2014
07:13 AM ET

On AC360: Partner of Ebola Victim Thomas Duncan Pleads for Help From Quarantine

Louise, the partner of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, spoke with Anderson Cooper again from quarantine in an undisclosed location. During the call, Louise repeatedly pleads for the American government to help, stating that Duncan’s condition has been “elevated from critical to worse.”

In the interview that aired exclusively on AC360, Anderson asks Louise for updates on their quarantine and health conditions as well as the status of Duncan’s treatment.

“I am worried. I am sad. You don’t know how frustrated I am. I’m just asking God and asking the American government – the same medicine they’re giving people that come from Liberia… the people with Ebola that came… please help him save his life. He is too young to die,” said Louise.

Anderson also asks about the circumstances surrounding Duncan’s departure from Liberia and travel to the United Statues.

Watch part 2 of Anderson's interview

Topics: CNN
October 6th, 2014
03:33 PM ET



“ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME” kicks off Sunday, October 12th, with a two-hour primetime special airing Tuesday, October 21st at 9 pm ET

Storytelling is at the core of what CNN does, and in a week-long series beginning Sunday, October 12th, thirteen of the network’s prominent hosts and anchors set out on a journey to find their ROOTS. A project one-year in the making, these journalists embark on an emotional journey across continents as they discover never-before-known details of their family histories.

ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME will kick-off on Sunday, October 12th at 9 pm ET with a special episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and will air across the network throughout the week, culminating in a two-hour special on Tuesday, October 21st at 9 pm ET. The following is the broadcast schedule for ROOTS:

SUNDAY 10/12
Anthony Bourdain – (9 pm ET) This investigation into the puzzling history of the Bourdain’s great, great, great, grandfather, Paraguayan émigré Jean Bourdain, serves as a springboard to his first tour of this South American country. In Paraguay, Bourdain explores both jungle and desert land, a rich culture, and savory local dishes that include Bife Koygua, Bori Bori, and Sopa Paraguaya.

MONDAY 10/13
Michaela Pereira – (6am ET on New Day) Michaela Pereira’s adoption journey began when she was very young—just three-months-old in Canada. Although she “hit the jackpot” with her adoptive family, she also knows that much of what you see in front of you—the color of her skin, the curl of her hair—comes from her biological parents. After a brief search years ago led to closed doors, Michaela embarks on her roots journey again—this time not in pursuit of her birth parents, but for the place that her ancestors came from—in St. James Parish, Jamaica.

Anderson Cooper – (8pm ET on AC360) Many people know Anderson Cooper as having come from one of America’s most famous families – the Vanderbilts. But growing up, Anderson was always drawn to the southern roots of his father, Wyatt Cooper. Anderson travels to Mississippi where his father grew up and discovers ties between the poor farming family and the rich Vanderbilts that existed before his parents ever met. FULL POST

October 6th, 2014
01:09 PM ET

CNN Special Report: "VANISHED: The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370"

CNN Special Report airs Tuesday, Oct. 7th at 9pm ET

In the middle of the night on March 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and 239 people on board vanished without a trace.  The world watched as the most extensive search in aviation history turned up nothing.

Now, seven months after its disappearance, the CNN Special Report Vanished: The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will go back to the beginning, retracing the key moments of Flight 370.

In the hour-long special report, CNN’s Martin Savidge asks aviation experts – including CNN’s Richard Quest and Australian ATSB commissioner Martin Dolan – the questions we all want to know:  What happened on board Flight 370?  How could a modern airliner go missing?  And will we ever find it? 

Vanished: The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 airs Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on CNN. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
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