At times, Russian President Vladimir Putin claims there are no Russian troops in Crimea, but at other times he justifies the invasion as protection from "Nazis and anti-Semites" inside Ukraine. That's leaving many to wonder where he is getting his information. After speaking to President Putin last weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel described him as "in another world." Jim Sciutto takes a closer look.
As a former National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush, Stephen Hadley has met with Putin and knows how the Kremlin operates. Anderson spoke with him and former CNN Moscow correspondent Jill Dougherty.
Bullets flying in Crimea today. Russian forces opened fire, but the warning shots sailed over the heads of unarmed Ukrainian forces. Since the invasion there has been no open fighting and no loss of life. Anderson takes a look at the situation in Ukraine over the last 24 hours.
Anderson spoke with CNN's Ben Wedeman who is in Crimea along with former CNN Moscow correspondent Jill Dougherty in Kiev.
Word today that opposition leaders and the Ukrainian government reached an agreement to stop fighting and resume talks. It comes after a night of violence that claimed the lives of more than two dozen police and protesters. Anderson takes a look at the deadly violence and the diplomatic effort to bring peace.
Anderson discussed all of this with Nick Paton Walsh in Kiev, Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta and former CNN correspondent Jill Dougherty who is currently with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Violence erupts in the heart of one of Eastern Europe's major cities. Ukrainian security forces moved in against protesters in the capital of Kiev. Anderson discussed the developing situation with Phil Black in Kiev along with former CNN correspondent Jill Dougherty who is now a fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
The State Department is working to authenticate a new video that surfaced showing Warren Weinstein, an American abducted by al Qaeda in Pakistan in 2011. In it, Weinstein pleads with President Obama to “take the necessary actions to expedite” his release and to help return him to his family in the United States. CNN’s Jill Dougherty reports.
Sources tell CNN that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is in the final stages of planning for an unspecified operation. The State Department is issuing a global alert for Americans traveling abroad for the entire month of August. Also, as a precaution, 21 U.S. embassies will close on Sunday. Anderson discussed the situation with terrorism analyst Paul Cruikshank, national security analyst and former White House Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend, and also CNN’s Dana Bash and Jill Dougherty.
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Jill Dougherty and Elise Labott
Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is considering whether it should cut diplomatic ties with Libya, a senior U.S. official told CNN on Tuesday.
"Whether to maintain relations or sever them is under review," the official said.
Cutting ties would send a strong message that the United States no longer considers the government of Moammar Gadhafi to be legitimate.
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both said in recent days that Gadhafi has lost his legitimacy to rule the Libyan people and should leave power.
According to the senior U.S. official, the last high-level communication with Gadhafi's government was last week, when Clinton spoke with Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa.
However, the official also said there was "still some utility" in reserving channels of communication with the Gadhafi government, noting that some American citizens remain in Libya and there could be a need to talk to Libyan officials about humanitarian activity.
"There may be instructions one has to give to Libya depending on what happens going forward," the official said.
The official added that the United States still considered Ali Aujali to be the legitimate Libyan ambassador to the United States, even after the Gadhafi regime notified Washington that Aujali no longer represented its interests.
Last week, Aujali said he no longer represented the regime because of Gadhafi's brutal repression against the Libyan people. But he said he still represented the Libyan people and told the State Department he would remain a liaison to the Libyan opposition.
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Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday that his government is "not happy" with the U.S. response to Israel's raid on an aid flotilla carrying humanitarian goods bound for blockaded Gaza.
"We expect full solidarity from the United States," Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said before a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "We are not happy with the U.S. statement from yesterday."
Davutoglu called on the United States to condemn the attack, express solidarity with the families of the victims and exert pressure on Israel to free prisoners taken during the raid.
CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent
To understand how the suspect in the botched terror attack was able to board a plane, you have to understand how the counterterrorism system that President Obama says failed is supposed to work.
The president says the clues were there, and that a fuller, clearer picture of 23-year-old Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab would have emerged if all the bits and pieces had been shared and put together.
"The warning signs would have triggered red flags, and the suspect would have never been allowed to board that plane for America," Obama said.
The president has ordered a top-to-bottom investigation of the failed terrorist attack on Christmas Day. The preliminary report is expected Thursday.
One of the key questions is why wasn't the suspect's visa revoked.
The suspect, a Nigerian national, was supposedly on the terrorist watch list. Six weeks ago, his father warned the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria that his son was becoming radicalized and had gone to Yemen.
The father provided the embassy with his son's name, birth date and passport number. That information was sent in a routine, unclassified cable known as a visa VIPER to the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington.