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Likelihood of China/Japan warfare rising, warns former State Division authentic

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Tensions between China and Japan, at their worst in half a century, are making conflict “much more likely now than it’s probably been in years,” the former top U.S. State Department official for East Asia told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. If a conflict were to break out, Kurt Campbell said, it would likely be a “small skirmish, probably easily contained.” But the larger context, of "what is really the two great countries of Asia, China and Japan" is hard to ignore. "Tensions between the two countries are greater now than they've been probably in a half century." The two countries have long been loggerheads over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea – the Chinese call them Diaoyu and the Japanese call them Senkaku. The heat was turned up, however, when China declared an “Air Defense Identification Zone” over the chain of islands. The U.S. military responded by sending two unarmed B-52 bombers through the heart of the contested airspace. America must make clear to China, Campbell said, that the drawing of a military air zone “is deeply provocative.”

Syrian-American physician, combating polio and conflict wounds, describes former classmate: Bashar al-Assad

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A Syrian-American doctor who spoke with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the difficulties of providing medical care in that war-torn country and the outbreak of polio, also described what it was like to attend medical school with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – a former classmate. There’s always a “different side” of dictators, Dr. Zaher Sahloul said on Tuesday. “When he was in medical school, he was a humble person. He was accessible.” “I had a couple of meetings with him after he became a president,” Dr. Sahloul said. “He was very humble, and he mentioned one time that he preferred to be a physician.”

Karzai pursuing ‘private pursuits’ in suspending safety deal, former Afghan FM and presidential candidate says

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai decided suddenly this weekend not to sign an agreement to keep international troops in his country after their scheduled pull out next year. His move, former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday, was the result of a desire to force the selection of a hand-picked successor in presidential elections next April. Abdullah is himself a candidate in that campaign. “These negotiations between Afghanistan and the United States are being delayed not because of the content of the bilateral security agreement,” Abdullah said, “but primarily because of the personal feelings or personal interests of President Karzai.”

‘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.

Former Miss World helps rape survivors

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Former Miss World Linor Abargil traveled the world to talk to survivors of rape. Filmmaker Cecilia Peck documents her journey in "Brave Miss World," and she joins Lawrence O'Donnell, along with one of the women Linor met along the way, Morgan Carpenter, to talk about how difficult it is for rape survivors to find justice.

Former Miss World tells rape story

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Former Miss World Linor Abargil was abducted and raped just seven weeks before she won her title in 1998.  Ten years later, she decided to tell her story in order to help other women tell theirs.  Filmmaker Cecilia Peck documents her journey in "Brave Miss World" and she joins Lawrence O'Donnell to preview the film.

‘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.”

Former Iraqi PM Allawi on engulfing violence

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CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi about the violence engulfing his country.

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