Oscar Pistorius sat through a tough week of emotional testimony in his murder trial. Several witnesses took the stand including the former Olympian's neighbor's who say they heard a woman's screams coming from the house. But Pistorius's lawyers tried to make the case that he mistook his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar, and it was actually Pistorius screaming. Nick Valencia has the latest.
Anderson discussed this with criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin who says Pisotrius' defense "is he screams like a girl."
Ebony Wilkerson is now facing three counts of attempted first-degree murder for driving her three children into the Atlantic Ocean. Witnesses say the kids called for help, screaming that their mother was trying to kill them. Wilkerson denies trying to harm anyone, but rescuers say she tried to stop them from saving the children. Nick Valencia has the latest on the case.
Anderson discussed this with Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Catherine Birndorf who says in Wilkerson's mind "she may have thought she was helping her kids."
It initially appeared that President Putin made the decision to invade Ukraine with little warning. But now the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency says there was evidence more than a week in advance and the Obama Administration was warned. Anderson discussed this with former CIA officer Bob Baer, The New Republic's Julia Ioffe and World Policy Journal Editor-in-Chief David Andelman.
We are learning new details about President Obama's phone conversation today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It comes as a tense and violent standoff between Russian and Ukrainian troops at a military base in Crimea ends without a single shot fired. Anna Coren is in Crimea and has the latest.
A controversial referendum on Crimea rejoining Russia threatens to escalate Ukraine's battle over sovereignty. A video emerges that might further inflame tensions between pro-Russian and pro-Western protesters. John Kerry meets with his Russian counterpart for a second day. Anderson takes a look back at the last 24 hours of the Ukraine crisis.
Anna Coren speaks to Anderson on the phone from Crimea after she was told to stop broadcasting or check out of her hotel. She reports there is a great deal of hostility in the area, but there is also celebration over the news of a referendum on rejoining Russia.
President Obama and President Putin spent about an hour speaking on the phone this evening. According to former national security adviser Stephen Hadley, talk of "diplomatic solutions and off-ramps" is likely having little impact on Putin's plans in Crimea. Hadley also says there is nearly nothing the U.S. can do to stop Crimea from rejoining Russia; at this point the best strategy may be to de- legitimize the referendum.
The Pentagon is sending more fighter jets to Lithuania to beef up NATO's mission patrolling the skies over the Baltic. This comes as Russia orders defense drills right on the Ukrainian border. Senior national security correspondent Jim Sciutto and retired Army Major General James "Spider" Marks look at how the military picture is shaping up across the region.
There are plenty of Ukrainians who want to be part of Russia. In Crimea, lawmakers voted to make that a reality. Within days they plan to let the public vote on the issue. Some say this could be part of Putin's plan to create a new Russian empire. But Professor emeritus of Russian studies at NYU and Princeton Stephen Cohen disagrees and says the west pushed Putin to invade.
More than 100 Ukrainians lost their lives last month during the violent protests in Kiev's Independence Square. Protesters are still living in camps set up there. Anderson asks what it means to them if Crimea votes to rejoin Russia.
Ukrainian activist Kateryna Kruk explained to Anderson why the issue is so close to the hearts of the Ukrainian people.
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