September 16th, 2014
05:25 AM ET

Richard Quest to explore how technology changes lives, businesses and the future in 'Tomorrow Transformed'

CNN International is launching Tomorrow Transformed, a new feature strand examining how society and business are changing through innovation and technology, and what this means for the future.

Presented by CNN anchor Richard Quest, Tomorrow Transformed complements CNN's increased business output which expanded this year with the launch of The Business View with Nina Dos Santos and the addition of accompanying feature content such as Future Finance and Smart Business. Starting on September 18, Tomorrow Transformed will air fortnightly during CNN International's Quest Means Business and News Stream. Reaching a global audience, the segments will also air on CNN US.  In addition, a 30-minute programming special highlighting the most innovative stories from the series will air in 2015.   FULL POST

Topics: CNN
September 15th, 2014
12:59 PM ET

Ryan Nobles Joins CNN Newsource as National Correspondent

Ryan Nobles will join CNN Newsource as a national correspondent based in Washington, D.C., it was announced today by Paul Crum, vice president of affiliate services for CNN/U.S.

Nobles joins CNN Newsource from WWBT in Richmond, Virginia, where he served as an award-winning anchor and reporter since 2007. He also served as an anchor and reporter for WTEN (Albany, NY), WHAM (Rochester, NY), and WKTV (Utica, NY). His communications experience includes serving as the Director of Communications/Research for New York State Senator Joseph Griffo; and as the Director of the Oneida County Youth Bureau in Utica.

Nobles has been ranked by The Washington Post as one of the “Best State Based Political Reporters” in 2009 and 2013; and on POLITICO’s “50 to Watch” list in 2011.

“Ryan is a relentless political and news journalist,” said Crum. “His experience will complement CNN Newsource and its offerings for its more than 800 affiliates.”


Topics: CNN
September 14th, 2014
01:56 PM ET

Uber CEO: We'll run your errands

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Uber CEO and founder, Travis Kalanick. With a presence in 200 cities across 45 different countries, Uber has changed the means of transportation.  Kalanick tells Fareed about Uber’s future aspirations to expand their services and to target emerging markets. 


Kalanick on Uber’s growth as a company: when you're doing billions of dollars a year and you're growing 4X year-over-year, and that growth is accelerating, it's pretty unusual.

Kalanick on Uber’s newest ventures: “So in Los Angeles, we're doing something called Uber Fresh, which is you push a button and you get a lunch in five minutes, right. In DC, we're doing Uber Corner Store.  So imagine all the things you get at a corner store. In New York, we're doing Uber Rush, which is messenger service.  And, you know, we like to think of ourselves as being in the business of moving - delivering cars in five minutes.  You push a button, a car comes.  But once you're delivering cars in five minutes, there's a lot of things you can deliver in five minutes. You know, FedEx isn't going to your near - nearest pharmacy and delivering something to you in five minutes.”

A full text of the transcript is available after the jump.


Topics: CNN
September 14th, 2014
01:49 PM ET

WH Chief of Staff: US cannot defeat ISIS alone

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough speaks to Crowley about the fight against ISIS and efforts to build an international coalition.


McDonough on combating ISIS: “the United States, with this coalition effort, Muslim states, Sunni states, part of that effort will, ultimately, not only degrade this capability with ISIL, but destroy ISIL itself, because it really stands for nothing.”

McDonough on aiding Iraqi and Syrian forces “we're using our unique capabilities, airpower, intelligence surveillance, reconnaissance, and our training ability to make sure that Iraqi forces on one side and Syrian opposition forces on the other side of the border can take the fight to ISIL.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

Topics: CNN
September 12th, 2014
06:51 PM ET

Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films Acquire North American Rights to "Sunshine Superman"

World Premiere at the 2014 TIFF; U.S. Premiere at the New York Film Festival on Monday, Oct. 6

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, "the father of BASE jumping," whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular — and dangerous — feats of foot-launched human flight by first-time feature filmmaker Marah Strauch at the Toronto International Film Festival.   Magnolia Pictures has acquired the theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights; CNN Films has acquired the television broadcast distribution rights.

“Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films are the perfect partners for Sunshine Superman, a film about taking risks and following your dreams,” said Director Marah Strauch. “We are very excited to share our film with people all across the country and to be working with a team that understands the power of documentaries that not only change the world, but also entertain.”

A Scissor Kick Films, Flimmer Films, and Submarine Entertainment Production, SUNSHINE SUPERMAN will make its U.S. debut next month at the prestigious New York Film Festival. CNN Films will broadcast the film exclusively on the network in 2016, following a 2015 theatrical release by Magnolia. FULL POST

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 40 & 41
'CNN Business Traveller' goes on a tour of Nordic design hotels (Credit: Skt Petri Hotel)
September 12th, 2014
10:30 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 40 & 41

CNN Business Traveller

The Skt Petri Hotel in Copenhagen (Credit: Skt Petri Hotel)

The Skt Petri Hotel in Copenhagen (Credit: Skt Petri Hotel)

Thursday 9 October at 0930 BST/1030 CET
Friday 10 October at 0630 BST/0730 CET
Saturday 11 October at 0730 BST/0830 CET and 1630 BST/1730 CET
Sunday 12 October at 1130 BST/1230 CET
Duration: 30 minutes

Travelling is all about experiencing culture, and today, hotels are not only about functionality, but also beauty. In this month’s ‘CNN Business Traveller’, host Richard Quest takes a tour of the Nordic countries, with their distinctive take on design, to discover the importance of art to the traveller.

Quest begins in Copenhagen, where the SKT Petri Hotel (pictured) encapsulates simplistic Danish design, before continuing on to the Thief in Oslo. Here, Petter Stordalen, one of Scandinavia’s most recognisable entrepreneurs, and CEO of Nordic Choice Hotels, takes the programme for a tour – with a visit to the hotel’s inbuilt art museum, and a meeting with the hotel’s very own art historian. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
September 12th, 2014
07:10 AM ET

Diane Foley tells Anderson Cooper: "Our Country Let Jim Down"

When her son, journalist James Foley, was kidnapped in Syria by ISIS, Diane Foley, along with the rest of her family, became tireless advocates for his safe return. For 21 months, they showed strength and grace, even as they learned the very worst happened to him.

Diane Foley spoke exclusively to Anderson Cooper about the son she loved and the James Foley Legacy Foundation. She also candidly discussed her belief that the U.S. government did not do enough to bring James and Steven Sotloff home safely.

She explained the situation saying:

'Jim was killed in the most horrific way. He was sacrificed because of a lack of coordination, lack of communication, and a lack of prioritization.'

Watch part 2 of Anderson's interview with Diane Foley.

Topics: CNN
September 11th, 2014
07:05 PM ET

National Security Advisor Susan Rice responds to James Foley's mother

National Security Advisor Susan Rice responds to James Foley's mother, Diane Foley, on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:

"Well, Wolf, I've gotten to know Diane Foley well. And she and I have met on a number of occasions when I was ambassador in New York and here in Washington at the White House. She's an extraordinary woman. She did an job on behalf of her family and with her husband and - and other children, to do everything possible, leave no stone unturned to try to bring Jim home safely.

 We're all heartbroken that there was not possible. But I and others in the U.S. government worked very hard with Diane Foley and her family to try to be supportive, to try to provide what information we could. And, of course, as you know, the president ordered a very daring and very well-executed rescue operation when - on the only occasion we had what we thought was fresh and we hoped actionable intelligence about the whereabouts of Jim Foley and the other hostages.

Unfortunately, they were no longer there. But I think that effort, which involved hundreds of American personnel in a very sophisticated effort, underscores the importance that we attach to doing everything we possibly can to bring Americans in captivity back home."







September 11th, 2014
04:46 PM ET

CNN's Hala Gorani speaks to Assad adviser about Obama's ISIS speech, strategy

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.”

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September 11th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

A Double Agent Speaks: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA, a CNN Special Report

CNN Special Report airs Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 9pm ET

The world’s most dangerous terrorists. Intelligence gathering. Betrayal and assassination. "Double Agent Inside al Qaeda for the CIA", a CNN Special Report, will encompass all of this and more; a thrilling spy story about a man who claims he was a radical-Islamist-turned-double-agent in a race against time to thwart attacks by al Qaeda.

In the hour-long special report, CNN’s senior international correspondent Nic Robertson interviews Morten Storm, the Danish former boxer, motorcycle gang member and outdoor enthusiast who became a sworn member of al Qaeda, after gaining the trust of terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki.

Robertson’s interview with Storm acts as the narrative thread for a riveting spy saga. After abandoning his hard-lined ideology, Storm claims he became an agent for the CIA and other intelligence agencies. Never-before-seen video, audio, and correspondence is woven throughout, detailing Storm’s claims that for half-a-decade, he moved back and forth between two worlds and two identities.

The special report, which airs Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 9pm ET, follows the release of Storm’s memoir titled AGENT STORM: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA (Atlantic Monthly Press), co-authored by CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank and CNN journalist Tim Lister.

Topics: CNN
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