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The legacy of James Brady

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Imagine a world where a presidential press secretary becomes more than a mouthpiece or a punching bag – he becomes a hero. CNN’s Fred Pleitgen has the story of James Brady, who died Monday at the age of 73. Click above to watch.

Sierra Leone ‘not able to deal’ with Ebola outbreak, says Doctors Without Borders

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Sierra Leone’s government “is not able to deal with this outbreak” of Ebola, an emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen from the epicenter of the largest-ever outbreak of the virus. “We need much more help from international organizations – the WHO, the CDC, other organizations – to come to support the government,” Anja Wolz said from Kailahun, Sierra Leone. There is a desperate need for international organizations “to send more infection control specialists, to send more epidemiologists here in Kailahun District.”

Century after start of WWI, Serbia strives to ‘be a part of the solution’

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Ceremonies are taking place across Europe to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. Fifty heads of state gathered in Belgium to remember the German invasion, and Britain's declaration of war on Germany. It was also supposed to be “the war to end all wars,” but a hundred years later, tensions in Europe are ratcheting up yet again, particularly between Russia and the West. One country that is close to both sides is Serbia: a traditional ally of the Kremlin that is also looking to join the European Union. “No one needs any more crisis in the heart of Europe,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Monday. “No one needs any more problems, any more clashes, any more fights.”

Israel calls ‘hypocrisy’ in international criticism

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Criticism of Israel from some of its staunchest allies smacks of hypocrisy, the Israeli intelligence minister told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Monday. “Sometimes I feel there is some hypocrisy in the criticism,” Yuval Steinitz said. “Maybe [the] United States, Britain, France, and NATO forces can teach us from their experience how to minimize collateral damage – for example, in their experience in Belgrade; their experience in Iraq; in Fallujah in Iraq; or in Afghanistan.” “The IDF is doing more than any other armed forces, including Western armed forces, to minimize collateral damage.”

Could Israel face war crimes charges?

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“Today the world stands disgraced.” That is how the head of United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which runs shelters for Palestinians, reacted to the shelling of a Gaza school that was serving as a U.N. shelter for 3,000 Palestinians. Twenty people were killed, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. The United Nations blames Israel for the attack. Israel has not given a direct explanation, but says many Hamas rockets misfire and fall within Gaza; it also says that Hamas purposefully fire weapons from civilian areas and that the Israeli military does not target civilians. UNRWA says that it had sent the school’s GPS coordinates to Israel 17 separate times to ensure it would remain safe. “You see the Israelis shifting over the last several days to ground weapons,” CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr says. “You see them using tanks, mortars, artillery.” “The real pinpoint accuracy comes if you’re going to go back to relying on airstrikes, because that type of munition – bombs out of aircraft – these days are guided to their target by a laser using GPS coordinates.” Even the United States, Israel’s closest ally, said Thursday that the shelling of the school was “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible.” Could Israel face war crimes charges?

Difficult road ahead for MH17 investigators

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As Australian and other investigators reach the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine for the first time in more than a week, that country’s foreign minister laid out the difficult task ahead. For one, there could be as many as 80 bodies still at the crash site, Julie Bishop told CNN’s Jim Clancy, in for Christiane Amanpour. “Our first priority is to locate bodies and remains, remembering this is two weeks since this plane was shot down,” she said. “We know how many body bags were transferred from Kharkiv to the Netherlands, but we don't know how many bodies or remains are still on the site.” “We won't know until our investigative teams are on the site and combing the crash site for remains. And that's the grisly and sobering task that they must undertake from now on.” “We need to be on the site for probably weeks.”

In Israel, ‘many people just feel like nobody understands them’

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Growing international condemnation of Israel’s conduct in its offensive against Hamas in Gaza seems to have totally backfired in Israel, The New York Times’ Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Jodi Rudoren, told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday. “Many people just feel like nobody understands them,” Rudoren said. Indeed, the Israeli public is overwhelmingly supportive of the operation in Gaza – 95% according to a recent poll by the Israel Democracy Institute. (Rudoren said the numbers she had seen were somewhat lower.) In her two years covering Israel, Rudoren said she has been examining what effect, if any, the criticism writ large of Israel – from European countries, among others – would have on public opinion. “I think we've really seen that it's just reinforced this notion that nobody outside of Israel really understands what they're going through, that they're surrounded by enemies, and that they have no choice but to defend themselves”

Why has Turkish social media exploded with images of Turkish women laughing?

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Turkish social media has exploded with Tweets and Instagrams of Turkish women laughing. Why? Hala Gorani explains. Click above to watch.

‘Pointless’ sanctions will have no effect in Ukraine, says Russian commentator

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American and European sanctions imposed on Russia over its alleged backing of separatists in Ukraine are “pointless,” Dmitry Babich, a political analyst at the international Russian state broadcaster Voice of Russia told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday. “It’s not immediately clear how these sanctions can bring what we all desire – peace in Ukraine,” Babich said. Russia, he said, sees the conflict in Ukraine as a genuine civil war, not a Russian creation. “For thirty years, Russia and America were not able to stop the flow of arms and fighters from Pakistan to Afghanistan,” he said. The “Russian-Ukrainian border is huge; it’s thousands of miles. And there are many people in Russia who want to fight in Ukraine. There are lots of people with fighting experience from Afghanistan, from Chechnya, from Moldova.”

U.S. aimed to not disrupt Russian energy sales with new sanctions, says American official

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The United States aimed to not “disrupt current sales of Russian oil and gas” in imposing a new round of sanctions against Moscow, a top U.S. official explained Wednesday. “Europe depends on it; we didn’t want to disrupt markets, have prices rise, and give the Russians a sanctions premium, so to speak,” U.S. Coordinator for Sanctions Policy Daniel Fried told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour. “So we deliberately chose to go after longer-term production. And of course, this is a message to the Russians, very clearly, that if they keep going down the path of aggression towards their neighbors, and the export of arms, fighters, and chaos, their future is going to be very cloudy indeed.”

Why a New York judge holds Argentina’s economic future in his hands

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A country that just weeks ago was at the heights of world cup fever could be facing an economic crash. But this is not a case of ill-advised economic policy or financial malfeasance. Indeed, economic journalist Felix Salmon told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, it is a crisis that appears to be unprecedented. “Inflation is high, unemployment is bad, but we’re not anywhere close to Armageddon,” Salmon, senior editor at Fusion, said. “Argentina has the means to pay its debts and it has the willingness to pay its debt. The only reason why it’s not paying its debts is because the U.S. courts aren’t allowing it to do so.” You would be forgiven for doing a double-take there. Yes, a U.S. Federal Court in New York may cause Argentina, a hemisphere away, to default on its debts.

For children of Gaza, trauma can be worse than war itself

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For many children in Gaza, war is all they know. “In the past six years, three wars happened in Gaza,” Rifat Kassis, director of Defence for Children International told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Tuesday. “So we are talking about a generation who only experienced war and violence.” And there are a lot of children in Gaza – about 43% of the population is under the age of twelve. The United Nations says that more than two hundred children have been killed in this conflict, now three weeks old. “When there is no place in Gaza where you can feel secure, when you lose your parents or one of your parents – this loss of the protection, this loss, the separation feeling from your parents, this is actually worse than the war activity itself,” Kassis said. UNICEF says that about 200,000 children “are in need of immediate psychosocial support.”

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