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race for a lasting calm in the middle east. there are just 16 hours left in the current cease-fire agreement and the clock is ticking down-to-earth extend the current truce or put a more lasting deal into place. there is a glimmer of hope in the negotiation table this morning. israel says it is ready to extend the current deal unconditionally, while palestinian officials say there has been some progress at the talks. to talk about this we're joined by reza sayah in cairo, egypt, and former ambassador to israel and egypt daniel kertser. he also participated in peace talks in the region up until 1994. reza, i want to start with you on the latest on these talks. >> yes, carol. these indirect negotiations resumed roughly three hours ago here in cairo. this morning, according to palestinian officials it's thee eking to the egyptian mediators who spoke to the israelis last
night. you get the sense 8:00 a.m. friday the end of the cease-fire approaches the drama is building, the pressure is building on these two sides to make something happen. one palestinian delegate sounding optimistic, telling cnn they are making progress, saying i'm not sure how or when it will come, but we hope for a break-through. when we asked them about the possibility of extending the cease-fire beyond friday morning, this palestinian official told us they're hoping for a longer term agreement beyond just a cease-fire, and that seems to be where this sticking point is, whether to extend the cease-fire or not. the israelis have made it clear that's what they want. they want the cease-fire, the negotiations to continue. however, some palestinian delegates, notably hamas, don't seem to be on board. their position is they didn't come here to ekxtend the cease-fire. they want some of their core demands met and addressed, including the lifting of the
blockade, the opening of some of the border crossings. of course, israel has its demands as well, among them the disarming of hamas, the demilitarization of gaza, and it was interesting last night, president obama in his question and answer session with reporters, he suggested that he supports the demilitarization of gaza as well. here's what he had to say. >> i have no sympathy for hamas. i have great sympathy for ordinary people who are struggling within gaza, and the question then becomes, can we find a formula in which israel has greater assurance that gaza will not be a launching pad for further attacks. >> clearly president obama making an effort to distinguish between the palestinian civilians who are being killed in gaza and hamas.
of course, world opinion has grown against the civilian death toll. president obama made sure that he addressed that, but he also clearly made sure not to upset the israelis by condemning hamas and their actions. so critical hours ahead. much of the world watching to see in these final hours these two sides can reach some sort of agroemt eement or extend the cease-fire. >> reza sayah reporting live from cairo, egypt. daniel, it is a tad strange egyptian mediators are shuffling between the two parties to work out a deal. why can't everybody sit in the same room and hash things out? >> well, israel, as you know, carol, does not accept to negotiate with hamas, and hamas is part of the palestinian delegation, and so the egyptians have found a way through this shuttle diplomacy of conveying messages back and forth. it also allows the egyptians a chance to fine-tune some of what they're hearing, so that they
can act as a real intermediary. until now the egyptians have done a pretty good job but the crunch time is yet to come. >> the united states is sort of playing on the sideline this is time around. it sent this small state department team just in case it's needed. should the united states even be there? >> well, the united states can play a useful role, as dictated by the egyptians as a help mate. normally in these kinds of situations, at some point israel will turn to the united states for what might be called off the table considerations. another, what can the united states do that helps israel achieve its objectives that may not be achievable inside the negotiating room. so it's not a bad idea to have our team standing by, but the lead is certainly egypt's at this point. >> yesterday on al jazeera, a senior hamas official says hamas' finger is still on the trigger if palestinian demands are not met. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu echoed that sentiment
yesterday, listen. >> translator: we're ready for any case that the cease-fire will be broken. the idf is in the area to be able to respond to any scenario. in any case around the territories around gaza, our forces will remain, forces that were not there before the operation, to be able to be better protecting the area. >> should the two sides be talking like this during negotiations? >> well, carol, it's not unusual that we're seeing a multidimensional game being played out. both sides are preparing for a renewal of violence, even as they are making demands at the negotiating table. there's also a bit of a game of political narratives, who won, who lost, who is blaming the other side. so this is going on in a variety of flora and dimensions and
until the cease-fire becomes concretized it's wise for both sides to continue to prepare. the israelis cannot let their guard down, and hamas clearly wants to see some political gain from this. so you're going to see these kinds of various dimensions being played out over the next 24, 48 hours. >> so you've been involved in these kinds of negotiations for a long time. so, in your opinion, will anything really change? because we always hear this time it's different. is it? >> no, it's not been different yet. this is the fourth engagement between israel and hamas since 2006, and unless there's some fundamental change in the relationship between israel and the palestinian community generally, we're fated to see this recur and i'm talking about the idea of a two-state solution. it may not be possible to use
this confrontation to immediately get there, but unless we can find a way back to the table and to resolve the underlying dispute, this is going to look like the "rocky" movies, sequel after sequel of violence and counterviolence until both sides are exhausted to the point where they have to negotiate peace. >> daniel kurtzer, thanks for your inside. we appreciate it. >> my pleasure. >> thank you. ukraine is fighting for its life and anticipating a russian invasion. those 20,000 russian troops still poised along the eastern border within ukraine. the fighting has become so fierce between the military and pro-russian berebels, international investigators say a cease-fire around the mh-17 crash site has now been scrapped. in the meantime russian vitriol directed at the united states and president obama has intensified. first the foreign minister tweeted pictures of president putin holding a cheetah, and president obama holding a poodle, and then there is this,
a laser light show in moscow showing president obama eating a banana, and also wishing him happy birthday. putin's government did not put this out but the u.s. embassy this is projected onto the u.s. embassy in moscow, and president putin slapped sanctions on the united states and other countries, in short he says, keep your food. we don't want it. phil black is in moscow to tell us more. hi, phil. >> reporter: hey, carol. as recently as a week ago the russian government was saying we don't do tit-for-tat sanctions but now they've clearly thrown that policy completely to one side and you're right, they're saying no to western food. and this is really significant. for the next year, they are banning all imports of beef, pork, fruit, vegetable, poultry, seafood, cheese, milk in all forms, fresh, frozen, processed, whatever, and this applies to the united states obviously, the
european union, australia, canada and norway. this is significant because russia is not capable of feeding it self. its domestic agriculture industry cannot meet that demand. so this means russia must try and boost that, its ability and its efficiency to feed its own people and it's going to have to look for imports from other markets as well, probably asia, probably south america, otherwise it could face food shortages, it could face food increases in prices, and that could ultimately blow back against president putin and his government. carol? >> i was just going to ask you, there's some kind of poll that's out in russia shows president putin's approval ratings at 87%. is that accurate? >> reporter: it's huge. it is record levels, almost daily here we read about new polls that put it well above 80%. it is riding on the back of the ukrainian crisis, russia's grab of crimea earlier this year.
there is a very strong nationalist sentiment on the streets of moscow and across this country at the moment, and you can bet that is what president putin is counting on by taking this action, because as i say, there is risk involved here. if the russian people begin to suffer, if consumers begin to find it much tougher here, then that could cause a political price. you could see potentially the government's approval ratings tumble very quickly, but in the short term, president putin is betting, if you like, that he can handle, he can manage this, he can balance what is a very tricky situation between inflicting harm back on those western countries, which are sanctioning russia, and still managing that food supply situation here in the country. carol? >> phil black reporting live from moscow this morning. checking out top stories at 12 minutes past the hour, the deadly ebola outbreak is getting worse. more than 900 deaths now and 1,700 cases reported in four african countries. liberia has now declared a state
of emergency. here at home, the director of the cdc is set to go before members of congress today about tackling the threat. it comes after the cdc issued its highest alert for the global crisis, a level one. and bank of america is going down in the record books, but probably not in the way it wants. the bank is nearing a deal with the justice department to pay out more than $16.5 billion over allegations it misled mortgage investors in the run-up to the financial crisis. that would be the largest mortgage fraud settlement in history. poppy harlow joins us with more. good morning. >> good morning, carol. this is coming to us from some sources very close to the deal. we don't know when exactly we'll get the announcement but it looks like bank of america will pay that $16.5 billion fine because of misleading investors, borrowers, leading up to the financial crisis about the quality of its loans. this is a record. if you add it on to what else this bank has paid related to the mortgage crisis, that brings
their total payments to $72 billion in penalties. let's look where this money is going to go, $9 billion will go to u.s. treasury, the government, the rest about $7.5 billion to try to help homeowners, refinance, get lower rates, et cetera. carol, when we talk about this, the big question always comes up, so what else? what about criminal charges? frankly, it's unlikely that anyone is going to be criminally prosecuted from the bank, because if the justice department could have brought those criminal charges, they would have. instead, they threatened to file a lawsuit, a lot of back and forth between the bank's ceo and attorney general eric holder. this looks like they've come down to a big amount of money, but an amount of money that the bank can afford. the justice department would have gone forward likely with criminal charges if they could have. you're looking at the numbers there, we're expecting this deal any day now, $16 billion the latest penalty for bank of america in terms of really cleaning up the mess of the whole financial crisis, carol, we'll keep you posted on this. it is a big number.
to put it in perspective for you, 2013 profit of bank of america was $11.4 billion. this fine $16.5 billion. >> wow. poppy harlow reporting live for us, thanks so much. still to come in "the newsroom," pushing back against hamas. president obama standing by israel as it faces down a threat from the terror group. be a sound sleeper, or...l you a mouth breather? well, put on a breathe right strip and instantly open your nose up to 38% more than allergy medicines alone. so you can breathe and sleep. shut your mouth and sleep right. breathe right.
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the palestinians in gaza. but despite its democratic election into power, the u.s. classifies hamas as a terror group, and israel says the same. matthew chance is here with a look at the political power swinging back against hamas. >> carol, benjamin netanyahu clearly stung by this international condemnation of israel's military action in gaza, talking about how he wants to defend the actions of his soldiers there and of course, laying the blame for the many hundreds of people, palestinians, who lost their lives in that campaign in the gaza strip, at the feet of the palestinian militant group hamas. >> i have no sympathy for hamas. >> reporter: president obama standing up for israel, nearly 2,000 palestinians have now been killed in gaza. >> it is important to remember that hamas acts extraordinarily irresponsibly when it is
deliberately siting rocket launchers in population centers. >> reporter: the president echoing points made by israeli prime minister netanyahu on wednesday. >> the responsibility for this tragedy belongs with hamas. >> reporter: netanyahu speaking for the first time since the 72-hour cease-fire. prime minister says hamas uses civilian deaths in gaza as pr fodder, something the palestinian militant group denies. >> tragedy of gaza is that it is ruled by hamas. they want civilian casualties. >> reporter: he's pushing back against international criticism of how they waged war, accused of striking homes, schools, and u.n. shelters. >> nearly everyone says that they support israel's right to defend itself but there are those who refuse to recognize or to let israel exercise that right. they would allow hamas to attack with impunity because they say they're firing from schools or from mosques or from hospitals
and israel should not take action against them. that's obviously a mistake. >> reporter: u.s. officials have criticized israel's use of force, calling on it to investigate at least one incident, in which a u.n. refuge was hit, killing ten people. netanyahu says not firing into gaza would validate and legitimate the use of human shields by hamas. carol, moral or not, the focus is on trying to extend that 72-hour truce to try to make sure even more people don't lose their lives. carol? >> matthew chance reporting. all right, we understand that the secretary of state john kerry is making a surprise visit to afghanistan. we understand it's wheels down. he is there in country right now. we want to bring in general spider marks and the timing no accident here, right? it comes a few days after an american general was killed in kabul. >> oh, absolutely, carol.
i think it's the right thing to do, a senior military officer has been killed in the line of duty in combat, and it's absolutely appropriate that one of our senior leaders in this administration go to afghanistan, not only to shore up for those soldiers that are there, those troops that are there, but also to ensure that this relationship that exists with afghanistan is not in any way impeded or is going to be derailed regardless of what we might think that his presence needs to be there to make sure that everybody understands the united states still remains strong, we need afghanistan and still remains strong with us. >> the timing even more interesting because, of course, general harold greene's body has come back to the united states. c-17 cargo plane landed at dover air force base a short time ago. you can see the general's flag-draped coffin being carried to a transport vehicle and it will be taken to where the family wishes, and this must be such a difficult day for the family. actually let's pause for a moment.
not call this a ceremony but they call it a solemn event. before the moment you just witnessed while the casket was on board the c-17 transport plane, general odierno and the army's chaplain said a prayer over the casket and then they joined the general's family. you see the transport vehicle is ready to pull away from dover air force base. what will happen next, general marks? >> well, first of all, most importantly, you focus in on the family. general greene certainly will be taken away, there will be an autopsy. there will be a determination of death. we probably know that right now, and then he will be turned back over to his family for final resting. but the real focus right now needs to be on that family and the rest of the army. in times like this, in a crises like this, it is phenomenal how the real bonds that hold organizations together are strengthened, not ironically,
not counter intuitively, but there really is a coalescing and a single kind of a purpose, and a focus on what the army is trying to accomplish and what this family needs to do, to move forward. so it's all about at this point honoring this great soldier and then moving forward, celebrating his life and his contributions and his sack faces and focusing in on the organization and ensuring that the family can move forward. and it's very personal. my wife's father was killed in vietnam, so this is very, very tough. >> i can only imagine the family did not want to appear on camera at all but they were certainly at that solemn event. >> sure. >> as we mentioned before the secretary of state john kerry is in afghanistan at this moment. what should he say to the troops? >> his only message to the soldiers should be, thank you. your sacrifices are mint, your focus is magnificent, you make us proud every day and america is behind you, and that should be an unequivocal message.
it shouldn't be qualified. he shouldn't get into any other type of message or how the administration wants to move forward. what he needs to do is embrace this organization, isaf, as it exists in afghanistan today. thank you for all that you do, we are here for you and moving forward. let's focus in on today, on our next missions that are coming up, and we are here for you and you are here for the afghan people and america is proud of what you do, end of statement. what are your questions? >> i want to go to athena jones now, also covering this event. athe athena, tell us more about secretary kerry's visit to afghanistan. >> reporter: good morning, carol. we know this was an unannounced trip by secretary kerry, going in hopes of brokering peace between two of the afghan presidential candidates. the election has not been finalized. secretary kerry arranged for an audit but the reason that this needs to be finalized is in
order to sign the bilateral security agreement, that's the bsa we've heard so much about. we know that america's plan is to pull most troops out by the end of this year, but to leave a residual force behind to help with training, to help with preparing the afghans to take over security for themselves. that cannot happen without this bsa, without this agreement. we know that president karzai has said he's not going to sign any agreement like that, so they have to make sure they know who the president is going to be and make sure the new afghan president signs this agreement in order for the u.s. to leave these residual forces minbehind. it's interesting this dignified transfer is taking place in the context of the continued struggles in afghanistan and the struggles come to this agreement. we know that these attacks, there have been more than 100 since 2007. the peak year was 2012, and you know, one of our national security contributors, peter
bergen, said that the killing of general greene is an ominous sign for what the u.s. troops will face even if they reach that security agreement and begin to draw-down so many troops and only leave about 10,000 behind. that is the context in which this is taking place, what secretary kerry is going to be trying to do on this trip to afghanistan. carol? >> all right, athena jones, general spider marks, thanks so much. i'll be right back. "vocce vanduccos!" "when your favorite food starts a fight"
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taking a look at some top stories, 34 minutes past the hour an israeli government official tells cnn israel is willing to extend a gaza cease-fire unconditionally. talks in cairo, egypt, between the israeli and palestinian sides have yet to yield a break-through, less than 16 hours remain in the current truce. an investigating officer today resumes questioning of sergeant bowe bergdahl about his disappearance in afghanistan five years ago. civilian former attorney for the taliban prisoner spoke to cnn about yesterday's proceedings. >> it was a comfortable meeting.
sergeant bergdahl had the right, of course like any member of the service to decline to answer questions. he waived that right. he answered every question that was put to him. >> bergdahl is back on regular duty at headquarters of the u.s. army north in texas. president obama signs a bill today to reform the va health system plagued by poor care and long wait times. the $16 billion, well that $16 billion is included in the bill, it includes money to pay private doctors for vets who can't get prompt care. it also includes funding for more va doctors, medical staff and clinics but the reforms come too late of course for some families. cnn's drew griffin is in phoenix. good morning, drew. >> reporter: good morning, carol. i would call this bill the no more excuses bill. it does set aside a huge chunk of money, $10 billion set aside to the va, which basically says, listen, any hospital that has a backup, any hospital that has a list, if you cannot handle
servicing a veteran, then give him the money, send him outside the va system to a private health care facility to get care for that veteran. that is the basic nuts and bolts of this. you also talked about the hiring of doctors and nurses, if there is a capacity problem with doctors and nurses, it gives the va the power to spend $5 billion recruiting and hiring more medical staff, and also gives them some money to open up more clinics, more space, get the physical space they would need to make sure that all these veterans get services. it's really no more excuses. here's all the money you could possibly need. let's get rid of any wait list for any veteran that is out there right now. >> that would be just great. you're in phoenix today because people died because of delays in care. so what are the victim's families saying about this? >> reporter: you know, this as
you said, this is too little too late and everybody here in phoenix and san antonio, in cheyenne, wyoming, all over the country that we've been talking to, the victim's families say okay, this is nice, but where is the accountability? the people that created this problem that they believe contributed to the deaths of their loved ones are still in power. nobody is getting canned. nobody, as they say, is getting put in jail for this. they want not only this emergency funding, they want accountability. who is going to be accountable for what has already happened. they, carol, are still waiting for that. >> all right, drew griffin reporting live this morning. i'll be right back. day in our country lack access to healthy food. for the first time american kids are slated to live a shorter life span than their parents. it's a problem that we can turn around and change. revolution foods is a company we started to provide access to healthy, affordable, kid-inspired, chef-crafted food.
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as tension mounts in eastern ukraine the world watches for vladimir putin's next move. 20,000 troops are amassed along the border and some fear an invasion by the russian military. what would that look like and how big is that military? here's cnn's jim sciutto. >> reporter: the renewed focus on russia's military started with its annexation of crimea in southern ukraine, but you should really look back six years ago to 2008 when russia imvieded another former soviet state, georgia. there's a view in russia that that's when the world started taking russia seriously again because for years, russia had seen itself as being far behind
hopelessly behind the west in military terms, and that's a problem that russia's leadership wanted to correct. in recent years russia started what many military analysts call a massive rearmament. $730 billion over ten years in military terms we're talking about 100 new warships, 600 new war planes, 1,000 new helicopters to go along with what remains the largest nuclear arsenal in the world, larger even than the u.s. now, the focus is not on another cold war necessarily, really on what russia calls the near abroad, those are the former soviet republics like ukraine, like georgia, that russia wants to expand, reassert its influence once again, and it feels it needs in order to do that to expand its military again. but you have to put this in a larger context. today russia's military is about a fifth the size that it was during soviet times. in terms purely of soldiers, there were 2 billion soldiers in
the soviet army, about 800,000 in the russian military today, but it has the intention of adding to those ranks, setting a goal of adding about 400,000 troops to the russian military. what does this mean for u.s./russian military relations? will it change the relationship? very likely. that is a risk that u.s. officials in the administration in the state department and elsewhere are wrestling with today. >> that was jim sciutto reporting. russia's military relationship with the united states and its economic relationship very much in decline. still to come in "the newsroom," the once powerful big box store. is it about to collapse? walmart gets a high-profile downgrading on wall street, as it looks to shift its business online. we'll talk about that next.
big box stores like walmart are starting to lose a bit of their lustre. wall street king maker goldman sachs downgraded walmart to neutral this month saying customers are moving away from the retail giant and headed online or to smaller stores and walmart isn't alone in its struggles. the mega retailer's stock is down more than 5% this year. target? target's down more than 8%. another big box mainstay, sears, closed more than 1,100 stores in the last year alone.
let's talk about this. i'm joined bien kren money business correspondent alison kosik and senior tax policy expert at the heritage foundation curtis dubay. welcome to you both. alison, these are seemingly the last two big box stores still standing. is it just a matter of time before they disappear? >> i this i that may be taking it a little too far. looking at walmart, it is the biggest retailer in the world. i think what you're going to wind up seeing with walmart is that you're going to see a lot of changes with walmart. first and foremost, its recent head of its u.s. division, bill simon, was shown the door. the new guy starts actually on august 9th, and what you're really going to see is walmart starting to focus on its online presence, because that's really where it's at. what you're seeing is customers wanting convenience, they're finding out that they can find as cheap as you can find walmart find it online with amazon and amazon is the big contender.
you look at global online sales between amazon and walmart, walmart is falling down on the job there. walmart has $10 billion in sales for the year. $68 billion for amazon. that's stiff competition for walmart. online presence is what walmart is after at this point. >> curtis, can you hear me yet? >> yes, i can. >> oh, good. we couldn't hear you to are a moment but now we can and i'm glad. so alison just mentioned that walmart is trying to compete with amazon but it's lagging far behind what amazon has, what, what did you say, $67 billion compared to $10 billion on walmart. can walmart possibly make that up? >> well, you know, i think it's probably premature to downgrade them. walmart, target, the big box retailers are still well-run companies but they're behind amazon. amazon is much further along in the online retail space. i think they can catch up and they still have certain advantages. people are big in the
supermarket market, and people are still going to go to stores to shop. and they still have the big, a big presence in the market. people will continue to go to physical stores but i think they have to catch up in terms of ho amazon really does have a great big head start. >> and even on the ground, in the physical store itself, like people tend to gravitate maybe towards smaller stores and that might be a reason, alison, while walmart and target are thinking of putting these mini stores in places instead of the giant stores they have now? >> right. sometimes you walk into the giant stores and you go for that one item, say i'm going for the paper towels of the day and they're just not on the store shelves it's frustrating to go there and find the store shelves are empty. that has been a problem for walmart as well. it hasn't been keeping its shelves stocked. last year a lot of customers once loyal, not loyal anymore. hundreds wrote in on e-mails
saying we go to the stores, what we go there for it isn't there so we're going to shop elsewhere. also you talk about convenience. yeah, running in and getting a couple of things, that's hard to do in these big box stores so i think you're going to see the way that walmart does business, i think you're going to see that change. >> curtis, would it be such a bad thing to see those giant super stores go away? >> i don't think they're going to go away, but i think alison is on to something. i think they're going to go to smaller spaces. but they're still going to be saddled with these big stores around the country, walmart, target, best buy, they have these great big showrooms that they're not going to be able to use anymore. that's going to be a problem and they're going to be saddled with that real estate for a long time. it's always a good thing when the economy is evolving and things are -- we had that dynamism, but i just don't think they're going to go away. they have such a big presence and i think that they understand that the -- that people are shopping more and more on-line and they'll evolve. they'll evolve with the economy and figure out how to compete
with the amazon model to move into the amazon prime type model that amazon has that's so popular. i think they're going to be getting on that in the very near feature. i think amazon will get some competition. >> we'll see. alison, curtis, thank you very much. checking some top stories at 52 minutes past. chicago turning to the state police to stop the wave of gun violence. 40 illinois state troopers will work with chicago police departments fugitive unit. governor pat quinn pledged his support saying the state will do whatever is necessary to protect the public. in iraq, thousands of christians are fleeing for their lives as isis militants seize the country's largest christian city. pope francis now urging the international community to help end the violence. the foreign minister for the iraqi kurdish regional government is calling for american intervention to halt the advance of the terror group. >> this is something way beyond
the capacity of the iraqi air forces. we need the united states and nato to interfere because we are fighting on behalf of all those who are against terrorism. and i believe the united states has a moral responsibility to support us because this is a fight against terrorism and we have proven to be pro-democracy, pro-west and pro-secularism. >> isis, the terror group, has thrived and mutated during the civil war in syria and the security in iraq. a major announcement from buckingham palace. the prince apparently will not be quitting his day job any time soon. in fact, he is continuing his passion for flying and will become an air ambulance pilot next spring. he's going to be flying search and rescue missions both day and night. cnn's max foster has more for you. >> reporter: prince william left his job in the royal air force last year so he could spend more time with his family but now that prince george is 1, his
father is ready to go back to work. prince william is currently in what the palace describes as a transitional year. focusing on his royal and charitable work. but now he's decided what to do next. he's going back to work as an air ambulance pilot and a spokesman says the prince is hugely excited and motivated. it will also make him the first direct heir to the british thrown to take a civilian job. the palace says he will be donated his salary to charity. the prince will start training this autumn and is expected to qualify as a pilot next year. he'll do everything expected of a regular pilot, including night shifts, except that he'll be released for his key public duties. here's one of his future colleagues. >> once actually on the job, get as close as i can to the patient, once they're in back in the helicopter, i close the helicopter down and then provide
security for the helicopter if it needs it. >> reporter: security is a concern that would have been considered carefully by the palace. a worry it could expose the helicopter and the crew to undue interests. perhaps even hoax calls. though it wasn't a big problem in his previous role as a military search and rescue pilot. >> every day you come into work and you don't know what's going to happen. it's quite exciting in that sense. it's unpredictable. it's great you get to go out and save someone's life hopefully or at least make a difference to someone. >> reporter: william was involved in more than 150 search and rescue operations as a military pilot. often out at sea. the east ang lee yan air ambulance service is one of the busiest in the u.k. and operates over a diverse area. the job will also allow william to remain as a hands on dad to his son and heir prince george, who's just turned 1. the young family are currently
renovating their idyllic country home on the queen's estate which is a short drive from the two airports that william will be working from. the prince has always been keen on a role beyond his public duties as long as he's second in line to the throne. and this new job will allow him to balance both positions and have his family close by. i think kate, the duchess, is also going to be happier spending more time in the countryside. here in london she's been hounded by photographers. she feels under siege in the palace and this country house is idyllic and very, very private, carol. >> max foster, reporting from london, the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a break. ♪ ♪ ♪ ben!
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this is cnn breaking news. and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we do begin with breaking news this morning. secretary of state john kerry has just arrived in afghanistan on an unannounced trip. he's there to help settle a bitter election dispute between the two presidential candidates. for more let's go to athena jones at the white house and also joining us our global affairs correspondent. alyssa, i would like to start with you, will john kerry talk to the troops, do you think? >> i think if he does, it might be a short mention, carol. it's really a very short visit, just a few hours. he's really there to meet wi