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‘Traumatization is everywhere,’ says Red Cross President in Gaza

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There is a deep feeling of trauma in Gaza, Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen from Gaza City. “Traumatization is everywhere,” Maurer said. “I was shocked indeed by the impact of the shelling over the past couple of weeks on the neighborhood, but also a couple of hours later to see the children, women, and men who have been exposed to that shelling in hospitals – to see how wounded they were, and how difficult it was to cope with the numbers and the seriousness of the wounds of all those civilians who were in the hospitals I visited.” Maurer was able to visit Gaza because of a shaky cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that seems to have held after going into effect early Tuesday. During his visit, he tweeted that he had “never seen such massive destruction ever before” – strong words for the president of the Red Cross, who has no doubt seen quite some destruction in his time. “Even if we are on the first day of a seemingly holding cease-fire, my clear opinion is that much more will have to be done over the days and weeks to come to scale up our operations in terms of health response, water and sanitation, sewage, economic livelihoods,” Maurer told Pleitgen. “A lot has been disrupted over the past couple of weeks.” “In terms of response, I was on the one side positively surprised by the quality of work, by the engagement.” “It will be a challenge. We are certainly motivated, and even more so after this visit today, to put as good as possible our resources into mobilizing this response.” “We will have objective difficulties; we will have to engage with the Israelis in order to channel as much aid as possible through the crossing.”

‘When you do run for president…’

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Hillary Clinton, with a little prodding from Jimmy Kimmel and an audience at a Clinton Global Initiative forum over the weekend, answered the question of whether or not she’d be running for president in the future.

A ‘lawless’ president?

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The president’s critics won’t drop their new attacks that he’s circumventing the Constitution, and Rev. Sharpton has a response.

After stunning World Cup loss, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pledges country will recover

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It was a stunning loss for a country that views soccer as a religion. If Brazil has been shell-shocked since its 7-1 rout by Germany in the semifinals of the World Cup, the President who staked so much on the Cup, Dilma Rousseff, pledged in an exclusive interview with Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday that the loss will not shake the national psyche. “There is one hallmark and feature about football,” she told Amanpour at the presidential palace in Brasilia. “It is made of victories and defeats. That’s part and parcel of the game.” “And being able to overcome defeat I think is the feature and hallmark of a major national team and of a great country.” Brazil, like so many other middle-income countries around the world, has been engaged in the great project of modernization, and lifting millions out of poverty. Rousseff has had a long education in Brazilian politics – first as a left-wing guerrilla battling Brazil’s military dictatorship, then as right-hand woman to the heavyweight of Brazilian politics, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Despite the country’s deep-seated passion for soccer, its move to host the World Cup was controversial. Brazilians across the country turned out in the streets to protest the vast sums the government spent on stadiums and how they were built. Rousseff was booed and jeered as she watched the opening match pitting the host nation against Croatia. Now as she gears up for re-election in October, can President Rousseff push forward with Brazil’s grand transformation?

Amanpour asks Venezuelan President Maduro about mediation

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has agreed to talks with the opposition – with the Vatican as mediator, Reuters reports. CNN's Christiane Amanpour asked President Maduro about this very idea - of having the pope as mediator - when she interviewed him exclusively last month in Caracas. Click above to watch. And you can see the rest of Amanpour's interview with President Maduro here.

Amid violence, Somali President pitches country as irresistible investment

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Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has a pitch. “There is no investment without risk,” the president of Somalia – a country nearly synonymous with “failed state” – told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Tuesday. “In Somalia, the level of risk right now we have – some people may claim that it's high, but it's not. It's a security situation that is improving. It is a state-building program that is improving. And there is a very bright future for Somalia and for the partners in Somalia.” Optimism may as well be a job requirement for the leader of Somalia – especially for one who is pitching his country to investors at the first-ever U.S.-Africa summit in Washington. When Mohamud was elected president in 2012, it was the first election the country had held on home soil in several decades.

An Emmy for President Obama?

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Ari Melber reports that the episode of Between Two Ferns featuring President Obama is nominated for an Emmy, putting the president on a potential path to a rare "EGOT" (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), after his audiobook Grammy.

Arizona Sen. president: ‘We made a mistake’

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Arizona's anti-gay bill is now in the hands of Gov. Jan Brewer. State Senator Steve Pierce tells Chris Hayes "we made a mistake."

Asking the president big questions

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Chris Matthews finishes the show by previewing the kinds of questions he is going to ask President Obama tomorrow.

Bachmann: U.S. isn’t ready for women President

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Rep. Michele Bachmann's already on the defensive, attacking Hillary Clinton's potential Presidential candidacy, due to gender. Ari Melber and panel discuss.

Bosnian president calls floods ‘the worst thing’ country has faced since war

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The devastating floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina – and throughout the Balkans – are “the worst thing” the country has faced since its deadly civil war two decade ago, President Bakir Izetbegović told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. The cost of the damage will be measure in billions of euros, he told Amanpour. “Hundreds of square kilometers [are] under water; in some parts, in some cities, in some villages in Northern Bosnia there is two or three meters of water,” he said. “So the rivers are out and now it looks like lakes.” The flooding has already killed at least two dozen people in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Massive swaths of Croatia are also submerged. Along with the damage and death caused by floods, many are also concerned about the deadly minefields left in place from the war. “In this moment, there is still water, and still we cannot exactly say what happened with minefields,” President Izetbegović said. “But for sure they will be displaced. Also the warning marks are removed.”

Brazil President: ‘My nightmares never got so bad’

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Amanpour's full interview with President Rousseff airs Thursday at 2pm ET, 3pm Sao Paolo, 8pm CET on CNN International. (CNN) - Never in her worst nightmares did Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff imagine such a crushing soccer defeat, she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. "My nightmares never got so bad, Christiane," she said through an interpreter. "They never went that far. As a supporter, of course, I am deeply sorry because I share the same sorrow of all supporters. But I also know that we are a country that has one very peculiar feature. We rise to the challenge in the face of adversity. We are able to overcome." Brazil, she said, will recover from this "extremely painful situation." "Being able to overcome defeat I think is the feature and hallmark of a major national team and of a great country." Dilma Rousseff e a derrota do Brasil

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