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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello. you're in the cnn newsroom this saturday, may 14th, i'm fredricka whitfield. saving two of louisiana's biggest cities at the sacrifice of flooding homes and farmland. that's what will likely happen as the u.s. army corps of engineers opens the morganza spillway beginning an hour from now. while opening the gaelts would slowly divert floodwaters from baton rouge and new orleans, areas in yellow could get up to 20 feet of water, in green up to 15 feet. the morganza spillway hasn't been opened in nearly 40 years. but for the u.s. army corps of engineers, it's a necessary move to protect major cities. they're going to open it slowly so people and wildlife are not caught by surprise. >> there's a slow opening for a
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lot of reasons. one is from an engineering perspective. the water will come out of here pretty quickly. you don't want to scour the back side of this structure. from an environmental perspective, ofb yous think there are lots of bear and other wildlife. we want to make sure they have the opportunity to get to higher ground. last but most importantly, from a human perspective, we want to make sure folks have the understanding that water is coming their way and they need to evacuate in accordance with their local evacuation policies and procedures. >> our ed lavandera sat in on that u.s. army corps of engineers briefing last hour. he joins us from the morganza spillway in louisiana. roughly an hour from now, ed, they'll be opening the spillway. how quickly before people would see that run-off of water? >> reporter: well, they've developed a map that will show that. it will take some time. we're about 40 miles or so north of interstate 10. they say it will take about a
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day to get there and possibly as much as three days to get down to morgan city, louisiana, which is right on the gulf of mexico, about 100 miles away. if you look down here, this is the morganza spillway structure. if you look about halfway down, there are a couple of cranes up there. that's where the first gate will be opened today. they will open up one today in about an hour or so. over the course of the next couple days, they will continue to open up more as needed. that's obviously a very fluid situation. they'll have to make those determinations as they see the amount of pressure that's taken off the mississippi river over the coming days. that's one of the things they'll continue to be monitoring. we are told, if you look out this huge wide-open span here, by tomorrow, there will be two to three feet of water everywhere you see here. all that water will make its way south, urging the people in the lowest lying areas to head out.
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the colonel of the army corps of engineers, ed fleming, the man who will be opening up the flood gates talked about what this day means. >> this is a historic day, a historic day not only for the entire mississippi river, but for the state of louisiana. at 1500 this afternoon we will open up the morganza floodway, we'll start with one bay and that will bring about 10,000 cubic feet per second down this floodway. >> reporter: if number you really need to pay close attention to is 1.5 million cubic feet of water per second. that is the threshold, the trigger point along the mississippi river. and once it's reached that point, that's when officials here will need to start taking water off the top. that means there's too much pressure on the levee system near baton rouge and new orleans. right now they're at more than 1.6 million cubic feet per second. clearly it's now time to engage in this plan here and start
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letting the water flow out. that will happen within the hour. fredicka. >> ed lavandera, thanks so much. meantime, let's go north about 200 miles and take a look at these homes right here. we're talking about greenville, mississippi, lake ferguson where, believe it or not, the river is still a day or two from cresting. this will get much worse as the water continues to rise. greenville is right on the river on the arkansas state line. martin savidge is there today. martin, how are people of greenville trying to prepare for what might come? >> reporter: well, right now most of them are standing on the levee using it as a photo opportunity. they do not feel a great sense of urgency because it looks like the levee system here is working well. as we point out, the crest has not arrived, and there still is some damage occurring. you probably can see the roofline off in the distance there. that happens to be the greenville yacht club, completely submerged. if you look over on this side,
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you'll see the green hillside, that's the levee, it's built to 75 feet. the crest expected here monday, 65 feet. so well below that. if you're on the other side of the flood protection system here, you're in very good shape. if you're not, though, you're in very bad shape. take a look. this is one of the casinos that dots the coast here. you can see along the waterfront that that building has been heavily flooded. we took another tour yesterday up what's called lower ferguson lake road. normally that's a drive and a quite beautiful one. now you can't get to it by car. you have to get there by boat. there you five a three to five-mile stretch of homes. all of them, about 90 to 100 homes completely submerged. in some cases, some of these houses are a little above water. that's because they're on stilts, 15 to 17 feet in the air. they thought they built them so that no flood would touch them. unfortunately not the case.
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here are some pictures from vicksburg, about 80 miles down river. they're not expected to see the crest until thursday. i believe it's going to be about 57.5 feet. already, they are suffering down there, a lot of flooding, especially the businesses along the banks of the mississippi river and a number of homes. as you pointed out, the tributaries as well, not just the mississippi are backed up. that's causing a lot of flood damage, especially in agriculture. you have three million acres in four states, arkansas alone saying it's got half a billion in damage to the crops down there. fredicka, we want to give a shout-out to two guys who have a very long way to go. these two fellows we found on the levee. they were by moon landing. they work for the army core of engineering. it's their job to follow the crest along stream. they started in illinois weeks ago. they made it down far, moving it at about four miles an hour.
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they stop every half hour, take a measurement, gather the data and transmit it so everyone else knows where the crest is. they will do that all the way down to mile marker zero and the gulf of mexico. they have a long way to go, probably will be doing that all the way to the end of the month, fredicka. >> martin savidge from greenville. let's check in with jennifer delgado in the weather center. more on this situation. it's very frightening for those who operate their homes and businesses. from some of the video we saw, serious evacuations and it looks successfully. a lot of homes very much damaged. >> absolutely. rightfully so. so many people evacuate. that's what you want to do. all the water rushing down is such a dangerous situation. let's talk more about the morganza flood gates. what you're looking at in red, this is actually the flood gate, here is the mississippi river, to help you visualize it a bit
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more. when you open up the flood gate, we'll see more of the water flooding the area you're seeing just to this region to the west. that is going to flood roughly about 34,000 square kilometers. this area for butte he rose, that doesn't have a levee system. as i take you over towards the east, talking about morgan city. you can see populated area. they do have a levee system. everything plays out, it looks like hopefully morgan city will be doing pretty good. keep in mind. pay attention, a little more about morgan city. as i show you a little more about levees. just imagine if there is a levee there and the water gets so high and it over tops the levee, the homes will look like islands. if you have the levee system there and it holds up, it will protect the towns nearby. by opening morganza spillway, that will lead to more
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protection downstream for areas including baton rouge as well as for areas including louisiana, talking about new orleans. just to give you an update on the flooding there, dealing with major flooding for many rivers. on may 19th, vicksburg river at 12.8 feet. then as we go may 21st, 12.2 for natchez. this is major flooding. down towards the south near new orleans we're talking about moderate flooding, and that is better news than major flooding. certainly everybody across new orleans needs to pay attention to this problem with the mississippi. >> they and we will be keeping tabs all day long. thanks so much, jennifer. appreciate that. in other news, the u.s. state department is apologizing for a computer glitch that left thousands believing they had won a green card. millions applied for just 50,000 green cards. officials invalidated the results posted on a website after learning of the mistake. a new lottery will be held come
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july. jury selection in a sensational florida murder trial continues into the weekend. you're looking at live pictures actually right now. lawyers are still trying to seat jurors to hear the murder case against casey anthony. she's accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter three years ago. the little girl was missing for six months before her skeletal remains were found in the woods near her home. haiti has a new president. but before winning office, michelle martelli was just one name on a crowded ballot. we'll tell you how many candidates he beat to win. takea with fruit juice. what? yeah, it's on the label. really? here, there's nothing about juice on the zyrtec® label. what? labels are meant to be read. i'd be lost without you. i knew you weren't allergic to me. [ sneezes ] you know, you can't take allegra with orange juice. both: really? fyi. [ male announcer ] get zyrtec®'s proven allergy relief
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michel martelly hasn't had an easy road to haiti's presidency. in the first round of voting he was one of 19 candidates. it included the wife of a former president, a entrepreneur, an engineer, two former prime ministers. martelly's inauguration is one headline around the world we're watching. the former entertainer once known as sweet mickey was sworn in today. a power outage before the ceremony showed the country still faces problems from last year's earthquake. martelly pledged to wipe out the corruption which has plagued haiti for years. palestinians lobbed stones at israeli police as the two sides clashed in jerusalem today. police fought back with teargas. the violence erupted at the funeral procession for a
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palestinian teenager shot by police saturday. pakistan's parliament is demanding an independent investigation into the killing of osama bin laden. lawmakers are furious that navy s.e.a.l.s carried out the operation with no warning. a joint resolution calls for an immediate end to drone strikes along its border region. the pentagon is also upset about the operation but for different reasons. military officials worry details leaked ability the commandos involved in the raid could en danger their lives. as brian todd reports, they warrant the leaks to stop now. >> reporter: they're the best trained, toughest commandos in the world. now we learn members of the s.e.a.l. team have told the boss they're worried about their own security and that of their families. defense secretary robert gates say the s.e.a.l.s told him that in recent days.
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they're looking for ways to step up security for the team and is frustrated about leaks on the raid. >> frankly, a week ago in the situation room, we agreed we wouldn't release operational details from the effort to take out bin laden. that fell apart on monday, the next day. >> reporter: we learned about the s.e.a.l.'s secret stealth helicopters, their head cameras and an intelligence safe house nearby. >> the legislative branch, friends and relatives need to shut the [ bleep ] up. >> reporter: he says future operations could be compromised by the details. security at home is also a big worry. >> has there been information pout out in the public that would compromise the security of the s.e.a.l.s now, the identities, et cetera? >> i don't think so. but i think the concern is they
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there could be if people continue to dig. where the achilles heel lies is friends and acquaintances, someone who is proud of them. that gets into a public domain which gets picked up by a report and broadcast. >> reporter: their identities are classified. but the base where the team is stationed is known. they're widely reported to operate out of this facility near virginia base. the unit is covered with such a degree of sec see, the military doesn't acknowledge that it's here or it even exists. that code goes beyond operational security at the base. the s.e.a.l. community protects them, too. we went to several places in the virginia beach area where they're known to frequent. several restaurant and bar owners wouldn't talk to us, didn't want us filming their establishment. one bar owner told us off camera, if the s.e.a.l.s are there and a fight breaks out, the s.e.a.l.s slip out. brian todd, cnn, virginia beach, virginia.
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the hunt for osama bin laden spanned the terms of three u.s. presidents. who were the architects of such a resounding success. cnn investigates how the plan was conceived, planned and carried out. watch our dvr "inside the mission, getting bin laden" tonight at 8:00 eastern. two islamic leaders, a father and son from two south florida mosques are among six people charged for allegedly sending money to a known terror group overseas. susan candiotti joins us live from new york. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: certainly as you indicated, among those charged, two imams, a father who is 76 years old and his 24-year-old son. each is the religious leader of a mosque, one in miami and one in margate, which is near ft. lauderdale. investigators say the elder spearheaded the alleged conspiracy. six people are indicted for raising at least $53,000 in
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donations to help the pakistani taliban. prosecutors call that money the tip of the iceberg of their 3-year-long investigation. that terrorist organization is linked to a number of attacks including last year's convicted times square bomber, a suicide attack only yesterday in pakistan and another 2009 suicide attack that killed seven u.s. soldiers at a military base in pakistan. court papers state that when one of these emmanuels heard of the attack, he declared his wish that god bring death to 50,000 more. the fbi and prosecutors say they track add string of suspicious transactions from the u.s. to pakistan and at this point won't say who the donors are. authorities stress that the two south florida mosque communities are not under indictment. investigators say the money was sent to help terror groups carry
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out attacks overseas and to schools that train children to become jihadists. they're expected in court on monday in south florida. if found guilty, they face up to 15 years in prison. in his words, the u.s. attorney in miami tells cnn that the elder imam, quote, is no man of peace. george lucas, you know his name from the movies, the movie maker he is, director. he's a major force now behind improving education. find out what he's doing to make schools better. thank you. do you have an english menu? no english. [ speaking chinese ] [ gasps, speaks chinese ] do you guys like dumplings? i love dumplings. working with a partner you can trust is always a good decision. massmutual -- let our financial professionals help you reach your goals.
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digital technology is all around us, your phone, your computer, your camera. now legendary filmmaker george lucas is making sure it gets in all of our schools. here is this week's "perry's principles." >> "star wars" creator george lucas conquered the empire with the power of the force. now he's conquering education with the power of the internet. >> education is the single most
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important job that the human race have. >> reporter: a free non-profit site highlights what works in schools with blog, articles and videos. >> we're looking for ways for students to deepen their knowledge and work with their own knowledge so they can become the authors of their own learning. >> so often you find people know their education system could be better, but they're not always sure exactly in what way. what we've tried to do with edutopia.org is to shine a spotlight on education and show people with the power of video what it looks like and how it's taking place. >> one of the biggest challenges that i see in education is that when a school is successful, people begin to say that that can't be replicated. >> we try in our coverage to show tips and strategies that can be adapted, that can be extended to other environments. >> like in southern california where michelle smith lives. >> my son is dyslexic. there were a lot of challenges he was facing in a traditional
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school setting. i started self-educating myself on the charter schools. >> reporter: using clips from edutopia she submitted the vision she had for a new school and won over the school board. >> this is context middle school 2011. >> so often with education, it's about what's wrong, the problems in education. yet there's this force of people out there on the front lines. >> steve perry, san francisco. it has been 64 years since jackie robinson broke major league baseball's color barrier. today mlb marks how far baseball and our country has come. atlanta is hosting the civil rights game this weekend. and the city's centennial olympic park is trying to spur interest in the game among young people. jennifer mayorly joins us now with more on the celebrations taking place, the events. you have batting cages there,
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kids who are getting coaching on their swing. what else? >> reporter: so much going on. they're playing right behind me. baseball and the civil rights movement really go hand in hand. so manufacture o the baseball grates, jackie robinson, hank aaron, paved the way for the players that came up behind them. one is right behind us. that's terry harper there in the white. otis nixon in the red behind him. these former braves all-stars are helping these kids. imagine playing with all-stars being a young person. baseball also played an important role in the life and success of "grey's anatomy" star jesse williams. we had a chance to check in with him today. >> it's a great opportunity to have connection with the kids that might be a part of baseball. it was a big part of my life growing up. anything that offers a historical perspective and the sacrifices made on the way. >> of course, we oor honoring
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some of the people that paved the way. hank aaron, you say you like him? >> absolutely. hank aaron is legendary, beyond legendary. an opportunity to be in the same room as him is very unique and exciting. i think we can help communicate that to the young people out here as to how we got here. >> one of the things they're trying to do today with want nah play is get the youth reinvigorated in baseball. what's your message to them? >> baseball was a huge part of my life growing up, i played year-round, traveling. it played a big part in me being disciplined, accountable. it's the beautiful combination of individual, being a task manager for yourself but also being on a team. you learn how to balance a team sport but also handling your responsibility. hitting is one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult things in sports. you a team to fall back on to be your support system. i think it's a lovely
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combination of the two. >> reporter: and williams is out talking to the kids, hoping they take those messages along with them when they leave today. this baseball game behind me, that's just the beginning, leading up to the culmination of this entire weekend with the civil rights game tomorrow at turner field, braves versus the phillies. fredicka? >> all eyes will be on that. thanks so much, jennifer, appreciate that. the flooding in the mississippi delta, it presents a lot of tough questions for the u.s. army corps of engineers. find out how it decides which communities to protect from the floodwaters. where do you go to find a business
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how is it decided which homes and communities to save, which ones to sacrifice? a moment we'll go in depth with the u.s. army corps of engineers as they deal with the flooding along the mississippi river. first a look at some of the other top stories. two islamic leaders in south florida and a relative in california were arrested to day, charged with providing support to the pakistani taliban. that's the terrorist group with close ties to al qaeda responsible for attacks on the pakistan-afghanistan border. three other people in pakistan were also indicted. >> we need to stand up to california -- >> thousands of california teachers were ending their week of protests against education
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budget cuts throughout the state. the teachers are calling for an extension of the state's expiring tax hikes to stave off deep cuts to tools. an autopsy is being conducted today to find out what killed new york rangers player derrick bug guard. his body was discovered yesterday in his mississippi department. he started in minnesota before joining the rangers. he was just 28 years old. turning now to the flooding along the mississippi river. the water is way up on the tennessee-missouri state line. dyersburg, tennessee, there's still people there who remember the last time the water came up this far. that was 1937. one man was helping his uncle salvage whatever he could. >> he has nowhere to go. he's going to have to try to fix it. hopefully we can make it livable again. it's a lot of work. >> he's taking it pretty hard.
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he's getting ready to retire. you know, fixed income, things like that. it's tough. >> all week cnn has been going in depth with the troubled waters. right now -- we're watching the morgan zap spillway north of baton rouge. the u.s. army corps of engineers is expected to open it in about 30 minutes. casey wian takes a look at how the u.s. army corps of engineers decides which areas to spare. >> reporter: major general michael walsh of the army corps of engineers made the most controversial call yet in response to the historic flooding along the mississippi river. he ordered missouri's bird's point levee blown up diverted water from several towns, but flooding 130,000 acres of farmland, wiping out an estimated $3 million in crops.
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>> sick to your stomach. farming is all i've ever done. >> certainly i know many of the people who own land there, and i was talking with them. they understood the difficulty of the decision that had to be made. >> reporter: the army corps now faces a class action lawsuit from farmers. >> what we have here is a situation that's of questionable moral ambiguity. how do you choose one set of homes and livelihoods over another? >> reporter: the corps says it
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was a difficult situation and there were no good options. >> their sacrifices are going to benefit hundreds of thousands of people all through this region. >> reporter: the congress gave them that power after the devastating mississippi river flood of 1927 which left hundreds dead and at least 500,000 homeless. >> the entire mississippi delta was under water at that time. so congress did two things. they granted them the authority and gave them a mission to do flood control. but they also gave them immunity
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from anything that they do that happens to be wrong. >> reporter: subsequent major floods in 1937 and thereafter brought criticism, but nothing like the aftermath of hurricane katrina. in 2009 a federal judge ruled that the corps' failure to maintain a shipping channel led to massive flooding in new orleans. >> they need to be evaluated, need to be investigated got to make sure this doesn't happen again. >> reporter: congressman benny thompson was part of a congressional inquiry into the corps. he met with army corps officials this week. >> before katrina, they were a closed operation, kept it to themselves, and that was an issue. but i've seen some effort on the corps' part since then to reach out. >> reporter: now the corps seems eager to show their work as the flood of 2011 moves south. this is flood water from the mississippi river and one of its tributaries, the yazoo river eecd in the coming o river days to overflow this levee. what the army corps of engineers has been doing is laying nearly four miles of this polyurethane sheeting on what was the dry side of this levee. the idea is it will help prevent erosion from damaging farmland on the other side. working to save farms here, forms there gone and more tough choices to come. casey wian, cnn, vicksburg, mississippi. fighting floods is only part of the corps emission. up next, see what else it does and why it's battling congress.
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water. u.s. army corps of engineers is front and center when flooding strikes. that's only part of its mission. casey why nan reports it's having to do it all with less. >> reporter: for years this is how the army corps of engineers researched the impacts of flooding in the mississippi river delta, models built to scale to see what would happen, for example, if a barge tried to pass through flood gates. now it's using high-tech tools such as this computer simulator providing a realistic river boat pilot's view. >> by far the biggest change is we've gone from the types of models you see here to a combination of computer models and physical models of this type. >> reporter: the corps's research and development center in mississippi studies everything from wartime infrastructure needs to from the
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military to preventing juvenile salmon from being killed by turbines. president obama's 2012 budget proposes cutting the corps budget 18% compared to 2010. >> we're doing fewer new projects, using a larger proportion of our money to operate and maintain the infrastructure that we're responsible for, just like these levees that are holding back the mississippi river. >> reporter: the corps says it will probably need to ask congress for more money to pay for the work it's doing now along the mississippi. it's used to doing that. in fact, critics say its projects are too dependent on earmark spending requests by congressmen. >> for the most part they're good and valid projects. there is a very small percentage that probably are best not in our budget. >> reporter: now congress has eliminated earmarks, and south carolina senator jim demint introduced a bill he says is
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intended to deplight size the corps' budget. neither demint nor the corps would discuss the proposal oovps. even with pressure from some lawmakers, shrinking budgets and a daunting challenge from mother nature, the corps is preparing for what comes after this year's historic flooding. >> there's going to be an extraordinary concern about the main purpose that the corps of engineers has which is the saving of human life. what we will be looking the do is to understand evermore effectively how the water moves in the main channel, in the mississippi river, how long will it be before people can get back into their homes and reclaim their lives. >> that was casey wian reporting. the u.s. army corps of engineers will open one bay of the morganza spillway at the top of the hour and we'll take you there live as it happens. tens of thousands of people risking their lives to flee the
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an arrest warrant may be issued for libyan leader moammar gadhafi. an official close to the international criminal court tells cnn to expect a formal announcement on monday. it's the first time the icc investigated alleged crimes against humanity while the
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conflict in question was on going. the conflicting raging in libya has sent a wave of desperate people fleeing the violence in their homeland, getting out is one thing, but then there's the question of where will they go. watch this report from cnn's ivan watson. >> reporter: they come by sea, leaky, wooden fishing boats jammed full. some women and children all desperate to escape north africa, all willing to risk their lives to get to this tiny island on the edge of europe. >> the sea is very difficult, some people -- as for me, i vomited so much. i'm happy i'm here. >> reporter: for years most of the boat people comp to lampedusa were fleeing poverty an unemployment. now there's a new driver, the
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grinding war in libya. >> it's very dangerous. i can't say. i have to escape. >> reporter: it's only noon and this is already the third fishing boat crammed with my grantsz and refugees to land in lampedusa in just one morning. on friday, more than 1200 refugees from libya landed in a single day. >> we have experienced this reality everywhere in the world. every time you have a war, you have civilians who try to escape. >> reporter: the united nations says more than 30,000 migrants and refugees have landed here in just the last three months. >> this is russian roulette. you don't know at this point if you can reach the other side of the mediterranean. it's terribly risky. >> reporter: look what happened last sunday.
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one of the overloaded boats hit the rocks off the coast. italian rescue workers struggled to save hundreds of people, but not all made it. italian villagers held a funeral service for three passengers from that doomed boat. no one even knows their names. in the past few months the un estimates hundreds of boat people died attempting this journey across the mediterranean. faceless victims of a dangerous voyage who never got a funeral. ivan watson, cnn, lampedusa, italy. other international news now including a criminal court ruling in iran. michael holmes from cnn international here with more on that. >> very disturbing story, this one. what happened was back in 2008,
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ma jid was convicted of throwing acid in the face of a woman who he wanted to marry him and never been interested. there's the woman there. she met him in college. he came up to her, he tried to want to take her out, wanted to marry her. she never had anything to do with him. said no, no, no. one day, november 2004 she's walking along the street, just gotten off the bus. he comes up behind her. she felt somebody behind her. she turned around. he throws acid in her face. on her hands, her eyes, blinded. under islamic law you can literally call for an eye for an eye. as part of his punishment, she said she wanted him to be blinded. she was going to do the binding herself, five drops of acid in each eye. she was going to do it herself. it was going to happen today. she decided she wouldn't do it. she's worried about getting acid
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on herself. a doctor was going to do it. it was meant to happen today -- saturday. it was put off for reasons unknown. the family all showed up for this thing to occur. it was put off for reasons unknown. the family is saying they've been told to come back tomorrow. it could happen tomorrow. literally -- this is an unusual sort of punishment. you have amnesty saying to the iranians, look, whatever the crime, it's inhuman to do this for a punishment. they've been calling on them to have a jail term, whatever you like. but don't carry out this sort of punishment. >> are we at an impasse? >> the court has ruled that this will happen. so he at this stage, according to the legal proceedings, this will happen. whether it happens tomorrow, we don't know. the family has said they have been told to come back tomorrow. she's unrependent about it. she says i want this to happen.
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every day in vietnam, an estimated 23,000 children are living on the streets. an hero of the week is an australian who moved to vietnam and is now giving those kids a chance for a brighter future. here in hanoi, kids come to the streets hopen it would be better than poverty in the countryside, knut they find things are worse here. ucan identify kids who are living and working on the streets. they may get detained by the authorities. they may get beaten up. there are gangs selling heroin. we're finding kids being tricked and sold into prostitution. and it was just a case of i can help so i should help. my nak is michael, i work in vietnam with street kids, trying to get them off the streets and back into school and into safe homes. when we started out, our goal was to get them back to school.
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to do that, we realized we would have to take that place of providing an income, food, providing the shelter. our center is where the kids know to come. this is where they feel safe. they can join in our activities. they can talk to the staff, and we have to make sure they're working toward education or getting a job or improving their health. we also have to be careful if the child has a family the family is as involved as possible. it's an amazing feeling getting to watch these kids go from being malnourished and completely lacking kfz to wanting to make a change. i grew up in poverty and i thought, i could do something good with my life cif only someone would give me a chance. now i'm a guy who can help these kids and give them a chance. >> since 2004, michael and his blue dragon children's foundation have helped more than
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remember that sunday evening when we learned osama bin laden had been killed? president obama didn't let on that a defining moment of his precedency was just hours away. we're talking about that moment tonight in a one-hour special called "inside the mission, getting bin laden." here's a bit of it from chris lawrence. >> the president of the united states. >> april 30th, 2011. >> it's wonderful to be here at the white house correspondence dinner. just in case there are any lingering questions, tonight for the first time, i'm releasing my official birth video.
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>> but behind the laughter, it was the defining moment for obama's presidency. >> little did we know what he knew, which was we were just a few hours away from killing osama bin laden. >> just hours earlier, the president made a final phone call to the vice admiral. >> it was very dramatic because the president basically said godspeed. we have given you all we can to get the job done. now it's up to you and your men. >> 7,000 miles away, at a u.s. military base in afghanistan, a handful of america's elite commandos are gearing up for the most important mission of their lives. capturing or killing osama bin laden.

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