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‘Enough is enough,’ says wife of former Morsy aide jailed in Egypt

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Sarah Attia moved to Toronto to offer her family security, after her husband – Khaled Al-Qazzaz – was imprisoned following the military takeover in Egypt almost a year ago. He vanished among many others close to the Morsy government. Until recently, the international community has remained largely silent but a letter smuggled out of an Egyptian jail and published by the New York Times has enabled Al-Qazzaz to question the Egyptian military and the world. Attia talked to Amanpour from Canada and told her that she is haunted by fears of what the article could mean for her husband. "I've been waking up every day since this letter was published, really worrying what could happen to him next." Though she now lives in fear, there came a point when Attia and her husband could no longer stay silent. "We all reached a point where we said enough is enough - we can not sit down and do nothing anymore. Khaled has been behind bars in Egypt's worst prisons for almost a year now." Sarah and Khaled have four young children. Amanpour asked what they think about why their father was imprisoned. "They know that their father was doing a good thing," said Attia. "He used to tell them that I'm working on making Egypt a better place."

‘There was fraud committed on both sides’ says U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

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Afghanistan is in a state of paralysis. On the day of this interview the new Afghan President was supposed to be inaugurated, instead the country remains in a political deadlock. Is the nation going to be able to take significant steps forward any time soon? The United States Ambassador to Afghanistan, James B. Cunningham, seems to think so. "There's actually been quite a bit of progress," he told Christiane Amanpour. "What they've agreed is that there will be a president; there will be what's called a chief executive officer, not a prime minister, because that position doesn't exist under the Afghan constitution. It may later, but it doesn't now." "All the details of how to do that are what they're sorting out right now." Amanpour asked about the probability of a candidate being inaugurated by the new designated date of September 2nd. "I think it's possible," said the diplomat. "It's an important opportunity for a president to be declared and to get him on to the international stage at the NATO summit a few days later." "We'll keep trying to help them reach that goal"

‘Ukrainians don’t wish to reside in [a] police us of a,’ says boxer Klitschko

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Champion heavyweight boxer and Ukraine’s foremost opposition leader Vitali Klitschko told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday that “Ukraine is [the] most corrupt country in Europe.” Large crowds gathered yet again in Ukraine on Tuesday calling for the resignation of their government. Earlier in the day, the opposition lost a no-confidence vote in parliament in an attempt to topple the government. “Ukrainians don’t want to live in [a] police country,” Klitschko said from a noisy Independence Square in Kiev. Somebody must take responsibility for police abuse, he told Amanpour.

‘A mosaic’ of militias wreak havoc in Libya

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Libya is being gripped by the worst violence since the fall of Colonel Gadhafi in 2011. Rival militia groups are taking over large swathes of the country, fighting for power, territory and oil wealth, and successive weak governments have been unable to disarm them. In Tripoli, two different militant groups are firing rockets and mortars at each other as they try to take control of the city's airport. Civilians are also being caught up in the fighting, with hospitals now warning they are running out of drugs. Last week the country's foreign minister went to the U.S. to plea for international help. But Chris Stephen, a journalist for the Guardian newspaper, says the international community does not seem eager to help. “The feed you get from diplomats is that there are so many sides, like a sort of mosaic,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. “Three years ago with the rebels against Gadhafi, so it was – for NATO it was easier to know who to bomb.”

‘Civilized future’ of Ukraine at stake, says acclaimed Ukrainian writer

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After months of protests, the very “civilized” future of Ukraine is at stake, acclaimed Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov told CNN’s Hala Gorani, sitting in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday. “There are lots of things at stake,” he said from Kiev. “The European, or the civilized, future of Ukraine; but most of all, actually, is the question of rule of law.” “For 23 years there was no rule of law in the country, nobody was respecting the laws, and actually the laws were used to punish the enemies.” President Yanukovych, in power since 2010, is using those same tactics to punish his enemies, Kurkov said. There is no sign that protestors, hunkered down since November in far-below-freezing temperatures, are ready to quit.

‘Clear as day’ Iran would enrich after nuclear deal says ‘positive’ former U.S. professional

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It’s “as clear as day” that under any nuclear deal, Iran will continue to enrich fissile material, the former U.S. official on non-proliferation Mark Fitzpatrick told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. “There’s going to be some enrichment at the end of the day of any deal that’s done,” Fitzpatrick said. “Iran is just simply not going to capitulate no matter how many sanctions they face.” Though the details of on-going nuclear talks between Iran and world powers are scarce, most agree that a deal would include the temporary removal of some economic sanctions in exchange for assurances that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons – though the country would likely still be allowed to enrich uranium for civilian and research use. Though the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – to which Iran is signatory – allows for nuclear enrichment, numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions have called on Iran to halt all enrichment activity. Fitzpatrick said he is “unusually optimistic” that the pieces are in place for a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

‘Clearly’ Russia’s economy has suffered, IMF chief Christine Lagarde says

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There have “clearly” been consequences for the Russian economy because of the crisis in Ukraine, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. The IMF said Wednesday that the Russian economy was in recession, and is expected to grow by only 0.2% in 2014. “If you look at the monetary policy, if you look at the capital flows, if you look at their own forecast, there have been consequences on the Russian economy as a result of the geopolitical situation, the uncertainty, and the sanctions that have been decided,” Lagarde told Amanpour. In a key sign of international support for Ukraine, the International Monetary Fund approved a $17.1 billion bailout for the country on Thursday. The bailout, Lagarde, said, is “obviously not without risk, but it's a necessity to respond to a member's request.”

‘Embarrassingly old math’ used to pinpoint plane route

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The implementation may have been new, but the technique a British satellite company used to say that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean is “embarrassingly old math,” Inmarsat Senior Vice President Chris McLaughlin told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “It’s a technique for the first time, but the technology is ancient,” he said. “It’s a method of trigonometry.” “It’s not a new technology. It’s an old technology. It’s called science.” Why then, Amanpour asked, had it taken so long to report this information? “We reported on the Tuesday the 11th our suggestion of the north/south route,” he said. “It is an immensely complicated thing to have to go into the network and look at other flights and build a picture, and that has taken the last six or seven days, which our engineers have been working very hard on to create a model. It hasn’t been done before.” Click above to watch the whole interview, and hear how McLaughlin says issues like this could be solved “tomorrow.”

‘Inherently incredible’ that UK intelligence is breaking regulation, says MP and former security secretary Rifkind

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Brits have little reason to worry that their intelligence agencies are breaking the law, Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. “When criminals break the law they are hoping to have financial gain, make a lot of money. That’s what crime is all about,” Rikfind said, who is also a former UK defense secretary and foreign secretary. “We’re talking about intelligence agencies. The heads of these agencies are very senior public servants. What personal benefit do they get from breaking the law? They would be committing a crime; they would end up being prosecuted if it was found out.” “I can’t prove it never happens, but I find it inherently implausible in any rational basis.”

‘Iraq will never be the same’ after fall of Mosul to ISIS, says U.N. representative

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Warning that Iraq “will never be the same” after Mosul fell to ISIS, the head of the U.N.’s mission in Iraq warned on Tuesday that the country’s next government must act quickly to heal political rifts. “ISIS has been very clever in using the fault-lines that exist within Iraqi society and implanting itself pretty much a cancer would in a human body,” Nikolay Mladenov told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour. “It needs to be dealt with at a security level, but it also needs to be addressed, the problem needs to be addressed at a political level.”

‘Mission impossible’: Meet Hamdeen Sabahi, the only man challenging El-Sisi for Egypt’s presidency

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It’s ‘mission impossible,’ Egypt style. Egyptians will go to the polls next month to elect a new president, but the election of former military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi seems all but assured. There is only one man who is taking on the task of challenging el-Sisi: Hamdeen Sabahi. “Our Egyptian people [are] used [to] accomplishing mission impossible,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour through an interpreter on Wednesday. “We did that on January 25th and on June 30th. And my mission seems to some impossible like the two others I mentioned.”

‘No armed forces resolution’ in Syria, admit individuals on either side of conflict

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Amanpour's full interview with Brahimi can be seen here. People on both sides of Syria’s civil war now agree that there is no military solution to the conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. special envoy for Syria, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. “Some time ago, both sides were absolutely certain that they are winning,” Brahimi said. Now, “individuals on each side tell me that there is no military solution.” The U.N. announced on Monday that new Syria peace talks would be held in Geneva, Switzerland, in January, but the full list of attendees is still unknown. One of the more contentious invitees is Iran, which has said that if invited it would “participate without any preconditions.”

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