Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour

@CNN Chief International Correspondent and host of @CNNi's nightly global affairs program. Catch it all at

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Ahead of tomorrow’s CatSong Festival, tune in tonight for my conversation with the one and only @YusufCatStevens . We discuss his life, Tea for the Tillerman, his return to music, and get a special performance... Tonight on @cnni  and @PBS .

There have been multiple mass gatherings in New York, including religious ceremonies – and now the Supreme Court has blocked Governor Cuomo’s rules against in-person religious services. @NYCMayor  @MayorBdB  says “the court has made a huge mistake here.”

Good news: Egypt are reportedly releasing jailed members of the human rights group @EIPR , who had been arrested on spurious charges. We covered their plight earlier this week with @hossambahgat  and @Jeky_Kelly .

Author of 'Long Time Coming', @MichaelEDyson : "Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Elijah McClain, George Floyd and the like are martyrs because their cause has been taken up. They have been made sacred in the aftermath of their deaths."

It was a very serious brush with tuberculosis in the 1960s that led to a turning point in the career of @YusufCatStevens : "I had to go back to sort of square one, and it was just me... kind of reviewing my life and thinking about the future."

For @YusufCatStevens , it was a swim in Malibu that led him to the initial discovery of his Islamic faith: "At that moment -- I used that time just to call out to God. I said, 'God, if you save me I'll work for you. That was it, and then a little wave came from behind me."

It was the atrocities in Bosnia that motivated @YusufCatStevens  to return to music after a famously lengthy absence, "When Bosnia happened, it was a wake-up call... I saw these people and they were still singing, and it just struck me so hard that we need music. We really do."

We were so fortunate that @YusufCatStevens  ended our interview with an impromptu rendition of his classic 'The Wind.' The perfect way to end the week. Watch below:


A reflection on President Trump’s comments last night: The last President I covered who refused to accept the vote count in an election was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, 2009.

“Why are you killing us?” A CNN investigation has exposed what really happened at Lekki toll gate in Lagos last month, casting doubt on the Nigerian government’s official narrative. WATCH:

Houston Police Chief@ArtAcevedo : “Let me just say this to the President of the United States, on behalf of the police chiefs of this country: please, if you don’t have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut.”

@falzthebahdguy  is part of Nigeria's #EndSars  protests. Is he afraid for his life? He says no. "We have a seriously high level of poverty, there’s unemployment. We’re in a critical state because of how much corruption… we continue to see… What kind of life am I living anyway?”

CNN crew has been released. Governor has apologized. For the record: arresting journalists is the kind of thing that happens in dictatorships and authoritarian regimes. We live in a democracy.

No Mr President, we at CNN are not "dumb bastards" for covering Covid. Listen to why we do. h/t @brikeilarcnn 

#EndSARS has grabbed the world’s attention, highlighting police violence in Nigeria. @falzthebahdguy  has been part of protests since the start and explains the abuses: “They beat people up, they torture people, they murder, they commit armed robbery – it’s everything.”

NEW: Venezuela’s in English, gives this message to the American people: We want to reconstruct “our country, our liberty.”

@edyong209 : “A country that, 7 months into a pandemic, still cannot ensure that its healthcare workers have enough gowns and gloves and protective equipment is not going to be able to distribute a vaccine in an efficient way. It simply isn’t.”