March 3rd, 2014
08:01 PM ET

West may ultimately have to accept Crimea as part of Russia

By Jim Sciutto
The names involved in the escalating crisis in Ukraine - Crimea, Sevastopol, Simferopol - make it sound far away and far removed from America's allies and its interests. But the tensions there in fact hit very close to home for the United States.
     
First, Ukraine is not a distant empire but an integral part of Europe. Its capital, Kiev, is just a short flight from cities Americans visit all the time: Rome, Frankfurt, Paris.
Pakistan launches military operation against militants
February 25th, 2014
08:21 PM ET

Pakistan launches military operation against militants

By Jim Sciutto

With Pakistan suffering from terrorist attacks "left, right and center," a senior Pakistani government official said Tuesday a massive military operation is underway in North Waziristan to "close the chapter" on the Haqqani network in Pakistan.

When the operation is complete, the Haqqani network will "reach a conclusion" in Pakistani territory, the official said.

A recent wave of terror attacks has claimed more than 200 lives in the last month alone, according to the official.

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Sources: Airlines warned to beware of possible shoe bombs
The shoes used in a failed attempt to blow up a passenger plane in December 2001 are displayed at a 9/11 exhibit in 2011
February 19th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Sources: Airlines warned to beware of possible shoe bombs

By Evan Perez and Jim Sciutto

The U.S. government has warned airlines to pay particular attention to the possibility of terrorists attempting to hide explosives in shoes, a result of new intelligence, according to two people familiar with the situation.

The officials stressed there is no specific threat or known plot.

Intelligence collected by the United States and other countries has indicated terror groups have been working on new shoe-bomb designs, the sources said Wednesday.

That knowledge prompted the Department of Homeland Security to warn airlines to be on the lookout for possible explosives hidden in shoes on flights from overseas to the United States, they said.

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February 12th, 2014
06:48 PM ET

OPCW: Only 11% of chemical weapons removed from Syria

By Salma Abdelaziz and Jim Sciutto

Syria has shipped out 11% of its chemical weapons stockpile - falling far short of the February 5 deadline to have all such arms removed from the country, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told CNN Wednesday.

The slow pace of removal prompted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to warn last month that all options remain available to force compliance.

The OPCW is now in touch with senior Syrian officials to discuss a new schedule going forward.
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January 15th, 2014
01:54 PM ET

Source: Missing U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl seen in video

By Jim Sciutto

The U.S. military has obtained new video apparently made by those holding the lone American prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

A U.S. military official told CNN the clip shows the Wood Valley, Idaho, native in diminished health from the effects of close to five years in captivity.

He was seized in Afghanistan in June 2009 and is believed held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Pakistan, the official said.

The so-called proof-of-life video, the first of him in nearly three years, has a reference to December 14, 2013.

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Iran sanctions bill moves toward veto-proof majority in Senate
January 10th, 2014
12:54 PM ET

Iran sanctions bill moves toward veto-proof majority in Senate

By Jim Sciutto

The Obama administration's efforts to negotiate a final deal with Iran over its nuclear program faces a potential new hurdle as the Senate moves toward a veto-proof majority supporting legislation authorizing new economic sanctions on Iran.
The bipartisan proposal introduced by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, now has 59 senators who have formally committed to support it, a senior Senate aide tells CNN.

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Senators propose new Iran sanctions bill, White House opposed
December 19th, 2013
03:42 PM ET

Senators propose new Iran sanctions bill, White House opposed

CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday that would authorize new economic sanctions on Iran if it breaches an interim agreement to limit its nuclear program or fails to strike a final accord terminating those ambitions.

The proposal led by by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, emerged despite Obama administration appeals for Congress to defer pursuing new sanctions with diplomatic efforts ongoing.

Obama: Iran nuclear deal limits ability to create nuclear weapons
November 23rd, 2013
11:53 PM ET

Obama: Iran nuclear deal limits ability to create nuclear weapons

Geneva, Switzerland (CNN) - A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program that slows the country's nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions while a more formal agreement is worked out.

The agreement - described as an "initial, six-month" deal - includes "substantial limitations that will help prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon," U.S. President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address.

The deal, which capped days of marathon talks, addresses Iran's ability to enrich uranium, what to do about its existing enriched uranium stockpiles, the number and potential of its centrifuges and Tehran's "ability to produce weapons-grade plutonium using the Arak reactor," according to a statement released by the White House.

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Kerry to join other top diplomats for Iran nuclear talks
November 22nd, 2013
03:46 PM ET

Kerry to join other top diplomats for Iran nuclear talks

By CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto

In a possible sign of a breakthrough, several top diplomats - including those from the United States, Russia, the European Union and Iran - met in or headed to Geneva on Friday for talks on Tehran's nuclear program.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Secretary of State John Kerry would depart for the Swiss city "later today with the goal of continuing to help narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement." The American diplomat is expected to land there around 7:45 a.m. Saturday (1:45 a.m. ET), according to a Western official.

 

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October 25th, 2013
06:05 PM ET

EU leaders warn U.S. spying scandal may hamper fight against terror

European leaders warned Friday that reports of widespread spying on world leaders by the U.S. National Security Agency have raised "deep concerns" among Europeans and could affect the cooperation needed for effective intelligence gathering.

"A lack of trust could prejudice the necessary cooperation in the field," the leaders said in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of a two-day European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that Madrid has summoned U.S. Ambassador James Costos over the matter. The U.S. Embassy in Madrid declined to comment, saying that Rajoy's statement stands for itself.
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