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Could Cameron go the way of Lord North?

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In ten days, Scotland holds a referendum on independence; if the 'yes' campaign wins, some say it would be hard for Cameron to stay on as Prime Minister, having presided over the breakup of the United Kingdom. Could he face the same fate as Lord North, who in 1782, was forced from office after he lost the American Colonies? Christiane Amanpour has the story.

For Scotland unionists, ‘there is no room for complacency’

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With just ten days until Scots vote on independence - and with a poll showing a slight lead for the independence campaign for the first time - “there is no room for complacency,” conservative Member of Parliament and former Defense Secretary Liam Fox told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “There’s no panic,” he said. “But I think there’s a genuine feeling at Westminster that the No campaign has focused too much on the negative.” A ‘yes’ vote on September 18th would mean a bitter divorce after a marriage of 307 years; up until now, the ‘no’ campaign has kept a comfortable lead in the polls. Political and business titans warn of grave consequences for the Scottish economy, public services, and national security should Scotland leave. But after this weekend’s YouGov poll, critics say unionists must step up their game in the final stretch if the union is to be preserved. “It’s caused something of a minor political earthquake here at Westminster. I hope that it’s simply a strong wake-up call for those who’ve not been paying attention.” “It’s very, very important that the ‘no’ campaign give a positive reason for staying in the union,” Fox said.

If walls could talk

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Imagine a world where a village's walls speak to all people of all languages. Click above to watch.

West must include Syria stronghold in ISIS fight, says NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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Click here to watch Amanpour's full interview with Rasmussen. The West must include ISIS’s Syria stronghold in its effort to defeat it, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Friday. There is “no doubt that Syria and Iraq should be looked upon as a whole. Many of the problems originate from the internal conflict in Syria. There is a clear spill over to the region.” “And that’s why I think the international community will have to address these problems as a whole.” The United States said at the conclusion of a NATO summit on Friday that it would seek to assemble a coalition to confront ISIS. President Barack Obama has said that the goal is to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. But the White House has not said yet whether Syria, a country President Obama has long been wary of becoming involved in military, would be included its efforts. “It has been very hard to see a military solution to the conflict in Syria,” Rasmussen said. “And still I think a long-term, sustainable solution will take a strong political and diplomatic effort.” “But the bottom line is that we have seen the rise of this terrorist organization, the Islamic State, that has committed horrific atrocities, and now I see it as an obligation for the international community to stop it, to defeat it, and take the necessary steps to that end.”

NATO: Judge Russia by actions, not words

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As Ukraine and Pro-Russian separatists agreed to a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the deputy NATO military commander said Moscow must be judged by its actions, not its words. "If [the ceasefire] is the portent of a peaceful solution to this conflict in eastern Ukraine that's welcome news. But I think we need to judge things by actions and not by words,” General Adrian Bradshaw told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Friday. “I'm afraid during this crisis in the past we've heard words said which haven't been reflected by actions on the ground. So we need to just ensure that people are being genuine here."

New Russia sanctions to be ‘deeper and more significant’

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A new round of Western sanctions against Russia, yet to be approved, will “be deeper and more significant” than those already on the books, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. The sanctions being discussed are “fairly substantial measures that are going to have fairly substantial impact on critical sectors of the Russian economy.” Bildt would not go into further details about the measures, because they are still under discussion. He spoke with Amanpour from Wales, where NATO is holding what is likely its most significant meeting since the end of the Cold War. The military alliance is getting back to its roots – collective defense – as the West grapples with how to deal with a Russian intrusion into Ukraine and ISIS radical militants. “We are trying to understand what can be done in order to stop the Russians,” Bildt said.

Iraq president pleads for help in ‘very vulnerable situation’

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Iraqi President Fuad Masum appealed for international support to fight ISIS in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. “If there is cooperation and coordination between Iraq and the United States, and the neighboring countries, I believe that that organization can be quickly wiped out.” NATO has not received any request for support from Iraq, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday, but any application would be “considered seriously.” Amanpour put that to President Masum. “From here, and through this interview with you, I request … support for Iraq, to fight those terrorists, because Iraq now is in a fragile situation, very vulnerable situation.” “And when that organization defeats Iraq, it can proceed to other countries.”

U.N. Gaza Inquiry Chairman: ‘The International Criminal Court is sitting in the wings’

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by Henry Hullah The war between Israel and Hamas has left both sides accused of committing war crimes as Gaza lies shattered. In less than two months a reported 17,000 homes were destroyed while tens of thousands have been left destitute and without a place to live. On top of this, Israel is confiscating around 1,000 acres of Palestinian land near Bethlehem. Human rights expert Professor William Schabas is chairman of a U.N. inquiry in to the conflict. He's received criticism in this role and the Commission of the Inquiry he is leading has been labelled a 'Kangaroo court' by the spokesperson for the Israeli foreign minister. Schabas seemed optimistic about the prospect of speaking with unenthusiastic officials. "They can't prevent us doing an inquiry by refusing to give us access." "I'm hopeful that we're going to convince Israel to cooperate with the inquiry. You know, five or six years ago, there was a controversial inquiry that was presided over by Richard Goldstone." "He later said that if he had known things when the report was being prepared that he later learned, the report would have been different. I think that's a powerful lesson for Israel about the interest it has in actually coming forward and cooperating with the inquiry."

ISIS killings highlight lack of Iraq intelligence assets, says former UK Intel Chief

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The brutal ISIS killings of two American journalists, and the threat to kill a British hostage, highlight the fact that America and Britain have very little intelligence capability in the country, former UK Security and Counter-Terrorism Minister Pauline Neville-Jones said Wednesday. “One of the things I think that looking back it was certainly a mistake, was that when both the U.S. and U.K. left Iraq, the intelligence assets were removed at the same time,” she told CNN’s Michael Holmes, in for Christiane Amanpour. “That has meant there is a real hole in our collective knowledge of what’s been going on on the ground.” “That has to be restored, because, you know, you don’t in the end conduct really successful military operations of any kind in the absence of good intelligence. So that’s urgent, important, and I think it’s underway.” All eyes are on the U.K. as Western leaders step up their rhetoric on ISIS. Not only is a British national threatened with being the next to die, the executioner of the two American journalists speaks with a London accent in videos released by ISIS. British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday said the U.K. “will not be cowed by these barbaric killers.” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said America would follow ISIS “to the gates of hell.”

‘Stay tuned,’ on American plans against ISIS, says State Department

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Click here to watch Amanpour's full interview with McGurk. As ISIS released a video Tuesday showing the beheading of a second American, a top State Department official told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour to “stay tuned” on U.S. plans to combat the organization. “We are putting the features in place, developing a broad regional coalition, a broad international coalition, working to get a new Iraqi government stood up, working to get our plans in place. So stay tuned,” Brett McGurk, Deputy U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, told Amanpour. “Obviously ISIS is a very sophisticated organization. You cannot just go in militarily and start dropping bombs, and hope that it’s going to work out. You have to have a very sophisticated approach to this.” Just weeks after beheading American journalist James Foley, a British-accented ISIS militant executed another U.S. journalist, Steven Sotloff. The executioner says the U.S. is “paying the price” for intervention, in the form of airstrikes, against ISIS; he threatens the life of a British captive, David Haines.

ISIS likely to execute British captive, says terror expert

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​"They are masters of terror," radicalization and terror expert Peter Neumann told Christiane Amanpour in reaction to a new ISIS video that showed their second execution of an American reporter. It was a threat they had made following the murder of another American journalist, James Foley, and brutally delivered on. "Had they not made good on this particular threat, they would not have been taken seriously." Amanpour asked if they will follow through with their latest threat in the video to execute a British national. "Tragically, it probably is likely that they will execute a British person at some point in the future unless something dramatic happens."

Neither protests nor military is threat to Pakistan government, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif says

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With the military on the streets of Islamabad trying to restore order amid protests calling for the resignation of Pakistan’s prime minister, that country’s defense minister says that neither the protesters nor the military poses a threat. “There is absolutely no threat,” Khawaja Asif told CNN’s Michael Holmes, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Monday. “The government was never under threat. It's just a perception. We still enjoy overwhelming majority in the parliament.” “These protesters and their leaders, they claim that they have the support of the Pakistan Army or the intelligence agencies, which is totally incorrect.” “It is purely a political dispute.” Two separate groups of protesters are camped out at Pakistan’s parliament, calling on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. He was elected just last year, and took office in the country’s first-ever democratic transition of power.

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