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Egypt government suppressing ‘any voice of dissent,’ says targeted academic

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Three years to the week since Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak was forced from power, the country seems to have come full circle. As the country’s first democratically elected leader, Mohamed Morsy, faced a Cairo courtroom months after he was forced from power, Egypt’s generals gave their blessing for Field Marshall Abdul Fatah el-Sisi to run for president. Mubarak’s military-backed rule may, three years later, become el-Sisi’s military rule. “In order to implement its [roadmap] they are suppressing any voice of dissent, mine included,” Egyptian academic Emad Shahin told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. Shahin himself is an exemplary case of the state of Egypt today. He was accused two weeks ago of espionage and conspiracy to undermine national security, but says he has not seen any concrete charges.

Mexico’s position as an emerging market

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CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks to Mexican Finance Minister Luis Vildegaray about why Mexico's economy looks promising.

Ukraine under siege

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As protests continue in Ukraine, CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks to opposition MP Lesya Orobets about negotiations with the government.

Ballet legend Carlos Acosta winds down classical dance career

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At the top of the dance world sits Britain's Royal Ballet; and at the top of that sits Principal Dancer Carlos Acosta, from Cuba – the first Cuban to ascend such heights. Amanpour first met him when he joined back in 1999, and he has since gone on to take his sensational athleticism and classical moves to every major ballet company in the world. But for how much longer? Acosta tells Amanpour that the time has come for him to hang up those ballet slippers; he may only perform one more season. After a career that started in the slums of Havana, where his father enrolled him in dance school when he was nine just to keep him out of trouble, he's a family man now with an infant daughter and soon-to-be-wife. And he has just written his first novel "Pig’s Foot,” about a dysfunctional dynasty in Cuba which debuted to great reviews. Click above to watch their full interview.

Turkey to Assad: Transition out or face the ICC

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The transcript of Christiane Amanpour's full interview with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu can be found here. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should take peace talks seriously and transition out of power, or face the International Criminal Court, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. Responding to photos that allegedly prove systematic torture and killing by the Syrian regime, Davutoglu, said “those photos are clear evidences … this is a crime against humanity.” Davutoglu spoke with Amanpour from Montreux, Switzerland, where world powers are trying to broker an improbable peace in Syria. Amanpour was the first to report, with the Guardian on Monday, on an investigation alleging that the Syrian regime is murdering prisoners on a mass scale. The investigation was authored by a team of international legal and forensic experts and based on thousands of photographs provided by a Syrian defector. “All of those who committed this crime must be accountable,” Davutoglu said. “We should not be doing the same mistake like what happened in Srebrenica.” “In Srebrenica some people tried to turn their eye and some tried to ignore Srebrenica for some time. But Srebrenica has happened and it was a shame for international community.”

EXCLUSIVE: Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev says acts portrayed in Syria torture photos are ‘crimes’

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The transcript of Christiane Amanpour's full interview with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev can be found here. The killings portrayed in photos allegedly proving torture of prisoners by the Assad regime are “crimes,” but it is not clear who is responsible and the claims must be proven in court, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview that aired Wednesday. “These are crimes, of course,” Medvedev told Amanpour at his office outside Moscow, but the case “should have firm proof legally.” “I know there are a lot of victims, and that's very sad, but that does not mean that the existence of victims or victims in a particular place is the proof that those are the victims of the regime and not the bandits who were doing something or any other force.” The investigation alleging that the Syrian regime is murdering prisoners on a mass scale, first reported by Amanpour on Monday, was authored by a team of international legal and forensic experts and based on thousands of photographs provided by a Syrian defector. The defector claimed to have worked as a photographer at a military hospital that received dead bodies from detention centers. Amanpour showed Medvedev gruesome pictures of emaciated corpses and torsos covered from neck to groin in bludgeon wounds. “You know, in my university where I was studying law, I was taught that until the fact of guilt is proved in court, a person cannot be claimed guilty,” he said. “We cannot say that Assad is a criminal without investigation,” he told Amanpour. “So probably this other trial should be held on the territory of Syria after the conflict subsides. It's the right of the Syrian people.”

Bill Gates: The world is a better place than it’s ever been

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To look at news headlines, it’s easy to get an impression that there’s nothing good in the world – it’s all protests, and car bombs, and civil wars. To Bill Gates, the world’s foremost philanthropist, the headlines are hiding the truth. “By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been.” he writes in his annual Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation letter. “The good things are kind of quiet,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Tuesday. “For example, poor countries getting richer – when I was born, most of the world was poor, and the rich countries were the exception. Now most people live in countries that are middle income.”

Blair ‘sickened’ by alleged Syria torture photos

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Former British Prime Minister is “sickened” by gruesome photos that allegedly prove the torture and killing of thousands of prisoners by the Assad regime in Syria, he told CNN’s Hala Gorani, sitting in for Christiane Amanpour. Amanpour broke the story in an exclusive report Monday. It is based on the work of renowned war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts who say a Syrian defector has provided the “smoking gun” of the Syrian regime’s “killing machine.” “What’s happening there, and those pictures and those scenes that we saw, are just evidence of it – what is happening there is not going to stop at the borders of Syria,” Blair said. “And that’s what we’ve got to realize, I’m afraid.”

EXCLUSIVE: Russia’s Medvedev on Syria talks, Sochi security

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In an exclusive interview, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Iran should attend a new round of Syria peace talks, a day after its invitation from the UN was rescinded. Medvedev and Amanpour also spoke about security concerns surrounding the upcoming winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia; the Prime Minister said that he was aware of the threats, and his country would take them into account during the Games. Christiane Amanpour's full interview airs Wednesday on CNN International at 7pm GMT.

Democracy is going to the dogs

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In an arena that has long been a bastion of privilege and pedigree, participants can sniff a new whiff of freedom. Imagine a world where democracy is literally going to the dogs. In New York next month, the legendary Westminster Kennel Club will be hosting its 138th annual dog show – part beauty contest, part cut-throat competition – to determine America's top dog. It's the canine crown jewel, famously parodied in the classic comedy film Best in Show.

Government surveillance stifles innovation, says Randi Zuckerberg

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Making people feel like they are under surveillance is “one of the worst things you can do to stifle innovation,” Randi Zuckerberg – former Facebook marketing director and sister of its founder, Mark – told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. “These companies are all free,” Zuckerberg said. “All they have is the trust of their users…As soon as people don't trust the platforms, they're not using it, they're off to the next one and everyone loses.” From her perspective as a mother, however, she suggested government surveillance was not all bad. “As a mom who wants to protect children online, there could definitely be some benefits,” she said.

Meet the first gay Nigerian to come out on TV

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In 2004, Bisi Alimi did an extraordinary thing. He went on national television and told his fellow Nigerians that he was gay. Alimi lived in a country not only where open discussion of sex and sexuality is considered déclassé, but where 98% of his fellow citizens now say they do not approve of homosexuality. “There were so many things we don’t talk about,” Alimi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. “My career was on the line, I was going to be outed by the media.” It was better, he decided, to come out of the closet on his own terms. “I have a responsibility to stand up for the community, to give a face to the community, to demystify the old arguments that there are no homosexuals in Nigeria,” he said.

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