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Ancient tragedy gives hope to Syrians

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At the Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, an ancient tragedy is giving hope to Syria's tragic generation today. Christiane Amanpour reports – and draws on her own experience, watching a production of “Hair” in war-torn Bosnia, in 1993.

Exclusive: Training with Afghanistan’s elite commandos

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As international forces draw down in Afghanistan, CNN's Anna Coren had exclusive access to Afghanistan's Red Berets - an elite commando unite - the forces who have been trained by the U.S. Military to take on the Taliban. Click above to watch.

Full interview: Ashraf Ghani

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Click above to watch Christiane Amanpour's full interview with Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani.

Russia could invade Ukraine 12 hours after order, says NATO commander

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Russian troops could invade Ukraine within 12 hours of getting an order, General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. “It’s my opinion that they could move within 12 hours of a go,” General Breedlove said from NATO headquarters in Brussels. “So essentially they could move right away if given the go.” General Breedlove said that there are now 40,000 Russian troops massed on Ukraine’s eastern border. But even that number, he said, doesn’t tell the full story. “This is a combined-arms army, with all of the pieces necessary should there be a choice to make an incursion into Ukraine,” he said. Forces are “supported by fixed-wing aircraft [airplanes], rotary aircraft [helicopters] – all of the logistics required in order to successfully make an incursion if they needed.”

Afghanistan’s leading presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani vows to sign security agreement

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You can watch Amanpour's full interview with Ghani here. Afghanistan’s leading presidential candidate, Ashraf Ghani, vowed on Wednesday to sign a security agreement that would keep foreign troops in the country after their scheduled withdrawal at the end of 2014. “I find the instrument to guarantee Afghanistan’s sovereignty,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “My commitment is to sign the agreement so that the intentional forces that are needed to support the building, equipping and training of Afghan security forces are in place.” In an interview with Amanpour also on Wednesday, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Philip Breedlove, said he expected international forces to remain in the country after 2014. Ghani, a former World Bank official, came back to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban in 2001 to help with the transition to democracy. He is now campaigning for president on a platform of beefing up security and the economy, and stamping out corruption that he calls a “cancer.” He also, he told Amanpour, wants to change Afghanistan’s regional role as one “from rivalry to cooperation.” “There is no competitive advantage in the game of nations,” he said. Click above to Watch Amanpour’s interview with Ghani. Amanpour has also interviewed the other two leading presidential candidates in Afghanistan; you can watch those interviews here.

NATO Commander: Troops will stay in Afghanistan post-2014

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International forces will remain in Afghanistan after the currently scheduled withdrawal at the end of the 2014, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Philip Breedlove, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. “I think you will see a very large ISAF combat mission changed to a smaller but continued resolute support, train, advise and assist mission at the end of the year,” General Breedlove said, referring to the International Security Assistance Force. “NATO’s mission doesn’t end [after 2014]; NATO’s combat mission ends, but our train, advise, assist mission begins, and this is very important to remember.” Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who will soon end his term of office, has refused to sign an agreement to keep foreign security troops in the country after 2014. Amanpour has interviewed all three leading presidential candidates – Abdullah Abdullah, Zalmai Rassoul, Ashraf Ghani – and each one has told her that he is in favor of signing a deal.

Full interview: General Philip Breedlove

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Click above to watch Christiane Amanpour's full interview with General Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

World Bank President Kim Yong Kim says his is a ‘a very different bank’

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From Ukraine to Russia, Tunisia to Egypt, it’s the economy, stupid, as Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign famously put it during his 1992 campaign. How to get nations into better health, and thus greater wealth? That is the herculean task of Jim Yong Kim and the institution he leads, the World Bank. “Twenty years ago I was actually on the streets protesting against the World Bank,” Kim said. “I was part of the ’50 years is enough’ movement, and we wanted to shut down the World Bank on its 50th anniversary.” Now, as president of the organization, he says it is “a very different bank.” “Twenty years ago the World Bank wasn’t focussed so much on health and education,” he said. “The World Bank was saying, ‘Well, let’s just make the economy grow, and then once the economy grows then we can think about health and education.’”

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says his is a ‘a very different bank’

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From Ukraine to Russia, Tunisia to Egypt, it’s the economy, stupid, as Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign famously put it during his 1992 campaign. How to get nations into better health, and thus greater wealth? That is the herculean task of Jim Yong Kim and the institution he leads, the World Bank. “Twenty years ago I was actually on the streets protesting against the World Bank,” Kim said. “I was part of the ’50 years is enough’ movement, and we wanted to shut down the World Bank on its 50th anniversary.” Now, as president of the organization, he says it is “a very different bank.” “Twenty years ago the World Bank wasn’t focussed so much on health and education,” he said. “The World Bank was saying, ‘Well, let’s just make the economy grow, and then once the economy grows then we can think about health and education.’”

Is Darren Aronofsky’s Noah an environmentalist?

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Is the Noah portrayed in Darren Aronofsky’s new film about Genesis’ great flood an “environmental wacko”? To listen to the fringe critics, the answer is yes. But Aronofsky – whose film has swept the box office in its first days of release – says he stayed true to the Bible. “It's in Genesis,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Tuesday. “Noah is saving the animals; he's not out there saving innocent babies, he's saving the animals, he's saving creation.” “It was very clear to us that there was an environmental message. To pull that message out of it, we think, would have been more of an editing job than just sort of representing what's there.” Make a film about the Bible, expect controversy. Make a film about the Bible after a lifetime of directing bleak films about death, drug addicts, and crazed obsessives – expect lots of controversy. In his perhaps surprising turn to the Bible – he says Noah has been a “patron saint” for him since he wrote a Noah-themed poem at age 13 – Aronofsky has steered well clear of the childhood tales of happy animals living on a ship in harmony. His flood is dark and deadly, shot in tones of grey and black. But if there’s a surprise for Aronofosky, it’s how much the biblical epic has been welcomed.

Is Darren Aronofsky’s Noah an ‘environmental wacko’?

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Is the Noah portrayed in Darren Aronofsky’s new film about Genesis’ great flood an “environmental wacko”? To listen to the fringe critics, the answer is yes. But Aronofsky – whose film has swept the box office in its first days of release – says he stayed true to the Bible. “It's in Genesis,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Tuesday. “Noah is saving the animals; he's not out there saving innocent babies, he's saving the animals, he's saving creation.” “It was very clear to us that there was an environmental message. To pull that message out of it, we think, would have been more of an editing job than just sort of representing what's there.” Make a film about the Bible, expect controversy. Make a film about the Bible after a lifetime of directing bleak films about death, drug addicts, and crazed obsessives – expect lots of controversy. In his perhaps surprising turn to the Bible – he says Noah has been a “patron saint” for him since he wrote a Noah-themed poem at age 13 – Aronofsky has steered well clear of the childhood tales of happy animals living on a ship in harmony. His flood is dark and deadly, shot in tones of grey and black. But if there’s a surprise for Aronofosky, it’s how much the biblical epic has been welcomed.

Former Egypt official touts reconciliation, puts onus on Brotherhood

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Egypt must reconcile and stamp out violence, Former Egyptian Finance Minister Samir Radwan told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, while putting the onus for that reconciliation on the once-again-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. “The first challenge is the political stability of the country,” he said. “This is a very daunting task because certainly the Muslim Brotherhood, who lost the power, are not willing to come to terms with that loss. And they continue to raise a big fight, using – resorting to violence.” The man who spearheaded the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsy was the very leader Morsy had appointed to lead the military: Field Marshall Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. El-Sisi has now resigned from the military and declared his candidacy for president; elections are set for May 26. He was pictured on Monday riding around Cairo on a bicycle, having traded his uniform for a more populist track suit. “He has opened the door for an inclusive society,” Radwan said. Many, of course, disagree with that statement – chiefly members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Last week, in one fell swoop, an Egyptian court sentenced 528 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death on charges related to violent riots last August.

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