July 16th, 2014
02:21 PM ET

THE WAR COMES HOME – A Soledad O’Brien Report Premieres Aug. 12 at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S.

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Moving new CNN Special Presentation Explores Hope for Vets Struggling with Post Traumatic Stress

Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ready to resume the lives of promise they had left behind. For both veterans, within months of coming home, their relationships were crumbling, their children were frightened of their rages, and suicide became a choice they both thought could be a solution for their anguish. Then, a new program that treats post traumatic stress gave them hope. Produced by Soledad O'Brien’s Starfish Media Group in association with MediaStorm, THE WAR COMES HOME, follows the journeys of these two young men who came home from war, and their personal battles to recover from the effects of the wars that came home with them.

The one hour special, THE WAR COMES HOME, debuts Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 9:00pm and will encore at 12:00am, and on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7:00pm. All times Eastern on CNN/U.S.

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July 15th, 2014
12:45 PM ET

CNN Honored with 11 News and Documentary Emmy Nominations

CNN Worldwide has been honored with eleven nominations for the 35th Annual News and Documentary Awards. CNN’s diverse nominations include:

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Anderson Cooper 360

Boston Bombing Victim Vows to Dance Again

 

Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis

Anderson Cooper 360 

Guns Under Fire: An AC360 Town Hall

 

Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story

CNN Newsroom

CNN's Coverage of Typhoon Haiyan

 

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming

CNN Films

Escape Fire

 

Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Anderson Cooper 360

Rehab Racket

 

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form

CNN Films

Girl Rising

 

Outstanding Video Journalism: News

Mark Phillips, CNN – Reporting from Afghanistan and the Philippines

 

Outstanding Lighting Directions & Scenic Design

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

 

Outstanding Newscast or News Magazine in Spanish

CNN en Español

Panorama Mundial

 

Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in Spanish

CNN en Español

Pope Election

 

Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Episodic

CNN Films: Blackfish 

In addition to these eleven News and Documentary Emmy nominations, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy have been nominated for a combined nine Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards. FULL POST

July 14th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Air strikes pound Israel-Gaza border

CNN's Wolf Blitzer reports from the region as the Israel-Gaza crisis continues.

July 14th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Fmr. U.S. Mideast envoy: Kerry was naive

Sec. Kerry was naive to announce a bid to reach a peace deal in nine months last July, says Gen. Anthony Zinni (Ret.).

Malala Yousafzai talks to CNN's Isha Sesay about #BringBackOurGirls, turning 17
July 14th, 2014
03:49 PM ET

Malala Yousafzai talks to CNN's Isha Sesay about #BringBackOurGirls, turning 17

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai sits down with CNN's Isha Sesay (@IshaSesayCNN) in Abuja to discuss her meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan about the 200+ girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Nigeria more than 90 days ago.

On what President Jonathan told her
"He made me two promises. The first one he made was that he'd definitely meet the parents of those girls and listen to what the parents say. It's very important because the parents need support, and he hasn't met the parents yet so it would be the first meeting. It's a great success for me because I want to raise the voices of those parents.

The second promise was that he would make sure these girls are soon released, and he would try his best. He said that he has many solutions, and he would find the best solution for it."

On cruelty of Boko Haram
"In Swat, it's a very difficult situation of Talibanization and terrorism where we were not allowed to go to school and we are girls. Education was totally banned and women were not allowed to go to market.

But here, the situation is - is like - it's the same. They are against education, but here they - they seem like more cruel. They have crossed the limits of cruelty and harshness. And we see that girls are now deprived of their families. They are away from their homes and it's - it's - I can't even imagine it. And those girls are suffering through it."

On turning 17
"I'm 17 and I feel that I have more and more responsibility as I grow older. I can see myself more responsible, and I think that I should continue my campaign for girls education as well as focus on my education because I believe that education will empower me and it will strengthen me to give me more and more courage."

WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE: http://cnn.it/1yinmkC 

Full transcript after the jump.
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Topics: Isha Sesay • Nigeria
July 14th, 2014
03:37 PM ET

CNN Original Series "The Hunt with John Walsh" Captures #1 Spot & CNN's highest rated premiere episode

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The series premiere of CNN Original Series, "The Hunt with John Walsh" is 
best premiere episode ever; ranks #1 in Total Viewers (989k) and P25-54 (330k) among all cable news networks 

  • "The Hunt" is the best premiere episode ever for a CNN Original Series in P25-54 (330k).
  • "The Hunt with John Walsh"captured 989k Total Viewers and 330k P25-54 (Sunday, July 13, 9-10 p.m. ET/PT), ranking #1 among all cable news networks;
  • "The Hunt" beat FNC by +21% (815k) and MSNBC by +174% (361k) in Total Viewers;
  • "The Hunt" outperformed FNC by +141% (137k) and MSNBC by +63% (203k) in P25-54;
  • vs. prior four Sundays, CNN grew 89% in P2+ and +96% in P25-54.

Hosted by John Walsh, a passionate victim’s rights activist and television personality, The Hunt exposes stories of ongoing domestic and international criminal investigations of fugitives, and is produced by the Peabody and Emmy award winning Zero Point Zero Production Inc (Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown).

All data based on Nielsen Fast National

July 14th, 2014
09:30 AM ET

Alisyn Camerota Joins CNN as Anchor

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Veteran anchor and reporter Alisyn Camerota has joined CNN Worldwide as an anchor.  She begins today.  Camerota comes to CNN after 16 years at FOX News Channel, which she left in March.

“I have been a fan of Alisyn’s for a very long time, and couldn’t be happier that she has agreed to come to CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.  “She is not only a seasoned journalist with a great curiosity and passion for the news, but she has a presence on camera that I think is very hard to find.  I can’t wait to have her on the air at CNN.”

Camerota will contribute to all programs across CNN.  A permanent role will be announced in the coming months.

"From the moment Jeff Zucker shared his vision for innovative storytelling at CNN, I wanted to be part of it,” said Camerota.  “I know the power of cable news and it's exciting to be going to the place that invented it and continues to be the standard bearer for stories of international import.  I've always admired the fine work of the journalists at CNN and I'm honored to join their ranks."    FULL POST

July 13th, 2014
12:45 PM ET

WH Press Secy. Josh Earnest's First Sunday Interview

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest spoke to Stelter in his first Sunday television interview as a CNN EXCLUSIVE about President Obama’s decision to not visit the border.  Additionally, Earnest also discussed his experience as the new White House Press Secretary at this crucial time in the Obama presidency.

On the topic of the media’s focus on President Obama not visiting the border during his trip to Texas, Earnest explains that there are other things that the President has done to address the immigration issue, “The President has asked for additional resources from Congress to make sure we have the capacities to deal with the problem. Prior to that, the President made some unilateral decisions about moving resources from the interior of the country to the border that could be leveraged to try to address the need there…those are all policy-based solutions to a difficult problem. Those don't lend themself to sexy pictures.”

A transcript and video from the interview is available after the jump.

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July 13th, 2014
12:33 PM ET

EXCLUSIVE: Sen. McCain: Conditions in the Middle East 'more dangerous than any time in the past'

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), member of the Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to Crowley in a CNN EXCLUSIVE interview about the Israel-Palestine conflict and the U.S.’s role in the crisis. Additionally, Sen. McCain also discussed the situation at the border and the issue of immigration in the U.S.

On the topic of Middle East tensions, Sen. McCain said to Crowley, “I would argue that, given conditions in the Middle East, this might be more dangerous than any time in the past, not only conditions domestically within Israel, but also the fact Egypt is not really playing the role they traditionally have, countries like Qatar and others that could play a role.”

Also in the interview, while speaking about the security at the U.S. border, Sen McCain said to CNN, “Every nation has the requirement to secure its borders. Our borders are not secure, no matter what they say."

Videos and a transcript of the interview are available after the jump.

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July 13th, 2014
10:46 AM ET

Swedish FM Carl Bildt: POTUS handle on Ukraine crisis 'better than he's given credit for'

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Prime Minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt.  Bildt speaks with Fareed about Russia's continued tension with Ukraine and how the West- particularly President Obama- has responded to the situation. In addition, Bildt also reveals his thoughts about how this crisis may play out over the next two years.

While discussing President Obama's handle on the Ukrainian situation, Bildt said to Fareed, "...nothing is perfect, but I think it's been better than he's given credit for."

A transcript and a web exclusive video from the interview are available after the jump.

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