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April 27th, 2011
08:27 AM ET

U.S. Ambassador to U.K. shares his royal wedding invite

American Morning's Kiran Chetry spent time with the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Louis Susman while in London this week. Ambassador Susaman is the only U.S. government representative invited to Friday's Royal Wedding.

Chetry asks Ambassador Susman his thoughts on U.S. action in Libya and how the United States should proceed in Syria with rising violence on the ground there. Ambassador Susman points out the differences, and tells Chetry every foreign policy situation must be analyzed "country by country."

And, he reveals the royal invite–the invitation itself!

Watch two excerpts of Kiran's interview with the Ambassador below:

Filed under: World
April 27th, 2011
08:22 AM ET

Rubin: Administration having 'rough time explaining' foreign affairs

(CNN) - Terror reigned in the Syrian city of Daraa on Wednesday as intermittent gunfire rang out overnight and snipers held their positions on rooftops, a witness there said. Five people were killed by sniper fire on Tuesday, including a 6-year-old girl. Half a world away, United Nations Security Council will be briefed Wednesday on the crisis in Syria when it meets in a private session, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Syria's ambassador to the United Nations rejected Tuesday a call for an independent investigation into the reported killings of hundreds of demonstrators by government forces.

Today on American Morning, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin explains why the situation in Syria is complicated for the United States and why it is different than Libya. Rubin, currently executive editor of the Bloomberg View, also describes what the events in Syria could mean for Iran and the balance of power in the region.

Filed under: U.S. • World
April 26th, 2011
09:42 AM ET

U.S. interest in Libya different from Syria

(CNN) – The crackdown on anti-government protesters by Syrian forces escalated in recent days as demonstrators, emboldened by weeks of protests, called for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. The crackdown culminated with the raid in Daraa where thousands of troops reportedly stormed the city and opened fire on demonstrators.

The United States is lobbying the United Nations to address Syria's human rights abuses. On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council is expected to take up the issue, and Washington is seeking to block Syria's efforts to join the  U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, where members are meeting Friday.

How will the United States react to Syria, and why is President Obama handling the Syria situation differently than Libya?

Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, a former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco and presidential advisor on the Middle East, talks to AM’s Christine Romans and Ali Velshi about U.S. foreign policy response to unrest in the Middle East.

Filed under: Libya • Middle East • U.S. • World
April 26th, 2011
09:19 AM ET

U.S. State Department urges Americans to leave Syria

The U.S. State Department is urging Americans in Syria to leave the country, as the government's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters there has intensified, killing 11 Monday.

Fawaz Gerges, Director of the Middle Easter Centre at the London School of Economics, speaks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about the situation in Syria.

Filed under: U.S. • World
April 26th, 2011
08:41 AM ET

Britain takes different deficit approach

Both have global economies, but the United States and Britain are taking different approaches to solving the global recession.

Newsweek columnist and historian Niall Ferguson joins AM’s Kiran Chetry live in London to talk about Britain’s approach and how some of those decisions could translate into strategies for recovering the U.S. economy. Ferguson also addresses China’s economy and how it’s monetary policies are having rising influence on the global stage.

Filed under: Economy • World
April 26th, 2011
08:24 AM ET

London prepares for nearly one million spectators on wedding day

How will police keep safe the nearly one million spectators who will be lining the London streets on Friday for the Royal Wedding?

Roy Ramm, former commander of specialist operations at New Scotland Yard, shares how security is preparing for the big day, how the weather will affect screenings, and how they will react if a disruption occurs.

The planning, Ramm tells AM's Kiran Chetry, has been going on for months. He explains the precautions taken and who police have already pre-screened as potential disruptors.

Filed under: World
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