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September 24th, 2013
07:43 PM ET

Meet the new Iranian president

He was elected only months ago, but he is already starting to change the face of Iran on the world stage. Hassan Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator and national security adviser, is Iran's new president, and he made his big debut at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday by asking the world to say, "yes to peace and no to war."

Who is this man, and can the U.S. really trust his charm offensive? CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Be sure to catch Christiane Amanpour's interview with Pres. Hassan Rouhani on AC360, tonight 8 pm ET.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • Hassan Rouhani • Iran
September 24th, 2013
07:35 PM ET

How terror group recruits in the U.S.

More than 40 Somali Americans have been recruited by the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Al-Shabaab, according to a Congressional hearing in 2011. The problem dates back to as early as 2008, and at least three young American men are believed to have carried out suicide bombings in Somalia over the last couple of years. Although Somali American communities like Minneapolis's are "100% against terror," analysts say there is a trend of young men fighting for the organization overseas.

But why? Who would give up a comfortable life in America to fight a jihad thousands of miles away in eastern Africa? CNN's Brian Todd explores how Al-Shabaab has successfully recruited so many young men.


Filed under: al-Shabaab • Brian Todd • Nairobi Mall Shooting • Somalia