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>> yes, they're shouting, hands up, don't shoot, in protest of what they say happened in ferguson, missouri. officials promised change in response to the people's protest after a police shooting left an unarmed american teenager dead. freshwater and food. thousands of iraqi refugees who narrowly fled islamic militants found safe haven in all places war-torn syria. and punches in ukraine. we'll tell you what's behind this political brawl.
hello and a big welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. glad you're still with us. i after days of violent protests, things were peaceful in ferguson, missouri. >> police say they will identify the officer whose shooting of an african-american teenager sparked all of this unrest. as you can see there, there is still anger in this community, but it's far more subdued than what we've seen earlier in the week. missouri's governor announced thursday the highway patrol could take over crowd control. witnesses say they have a much better understanding of crowd control. ferguson police were criticized for being too heavy-handed. as we just reported, police will identify who shot michael brown in the coming hours on
this day. authorities had resisted demands for the name of the officer to be released, saying there had been death threats against the police department. but as the outcry over brown's death grew louder, one of his relatives has been urging restraint. >> we want justice to be served for michael brown. we appreciate all of the support from the community. we support all of the supporters who have gone out marching and standing alongside. we do not want any looting or violence going on at all. the demonstrations peacefully, we love that. please keep showing us your support with peaceful demonstrations and please continue to pray for us, because this has been a long, tough journey for my family. we just ask that you guys continue to pray and bless us with your prayers. >> and the protests broke out in the aftermath. police claim the unarmed
18-year-old attempted to grab the officer's gun during a confrontation. eyewitnesss, however, say brownbacked off and he had his hands in the air when he was shot. >> he's supposed to be off to college right now. as protests continued, cnn spoke with the state officer now in charge of security for the city of ferguson. he happens to be african-american. he says he's from this area in particular. here he talks about being more conciliatory toward the demonstrators. >> this is my community. i walk down here, people i went to church, people i went to school with, and people that i feel are a part of this. and the frustration is in my home, too. have i a young son that's 21, young daughter that's 23. i have to ask the same questions that parents out here have to ask. >> those are? >> can my sons and daughters walk the streets and feel safe? my son and daughter walk the streets with pride. i'm going to make sure they do
everything they can. michael brown's parents, i can't imagine losing a son and my heart goes out to them, and i guarantee you that everyone here will have a chance to speak their minds. they can stay as long as they want. only thing i ask is we keep our streets clear. if you want to stand on the sidewalk, stay on this lot, can you stay as long as you want. >> captain johnson there taking a much more personal approach. putting himself in the victim's families' shoes. protesters noticing that. missouri's governor says he's committed to turning things around in ferguson. the federal government is bringing in a team to investigate brown's death. we have more reaction from what's going on in the community. >> reporter: four straight nights of outrage and confrontation. looting on sunday. tear gas on monday.
>> you'll be subject to arrest. >> reporter: escalation on tuesday. and chaos on wednesday. police arrest two journalists. one television crew is hit with tear gas. moments caught on tape, presidential accusations of bullying. >> there's also no call for police to use excessive force against peaceful protesters or throwing protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their right. >> reporter: social media show a powerful and disturbing image of officers on the ground. >> it's being painted sideways from what's happening on the ground. it's s.w.a.t. team out there. police. we're doing this in blue. >> reporter: opinions forged in this highly emotional case may be hard to shake with just words. >> when you have this level of
hostility, you're going to have entrenched ideas and suspicions. >> reporter: connie rice is a civil rights activist and attorney who worked to inform the l.a. police department after the rodney king riots in 1992. >> when you have that flash point, it's hard to get beyond it because you don't have the setup for a smooth, trustful resolution. >> reporter: missouri governor jay nixon now calls for a change of tactics as the state patrol takes over the policing of ferguson. >> i know that ferguson will not be defined as a community torn apart by violence. it will known as a community that pulled together to overcome it. we renew to bring peace to the families of ferguson. >> reporter: each night demonstrators are more defiant, prompting stronger police reaction -- >> get out of here! your last warning. >> reporter: and further blurring their public image from protector to oppressor. david mattingly, cnn, ferguson,
missouri. >> as david mentioned, some journalists complained they've also been treated roughly by police during the ferguson protests. two reporters were detained, who were simply in a mcdonald's. and also this scene wednesday. a tv crew from al jazeera america say police shot tear gas in their direction. you see the canister there, essentially exactly where the reporter and producer were standing. shortly after the chemical was dispersed, officers could be seen doing this. putting down the lights. appearing to dismantle the crew's equipment. two reporters, as i mentioned, were briefly detained at area mcdonald's restaurant by an officer who refused to identify himself. these heavy-handed tactics being reversed somewhat late thursday as protests and police response are much more calm.
the u.s. and united nations are welcoming nuri al maliki's decision to step aside. >> al maliki made the announcement thursday after weeks of pressure both from inside iraq and around the world. many hope the new prime minister designate haider al abadi will help bring an end to the militant group a sis. >> . >> translator: i announce to you today, today,withdraw my nomination for prime minister. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry released this statement. this milestone decision, he said, sets the stage for historic and peaceful transition of power in iraq.
we urge mr. abadi and all iraqi leaders to move expeditiously to complete this process, which is essential to pulling the country together and consolidating the effort of iraq's many diverse communities against the common threat posed by islamic state of threat. >> there are now reports isis militants, just coming into cnn, are on the move once again. >> they do have their work cut out for them from the political sector. they're said to be advancing south and west of the oil-rich city of kirkuk. the city has been a kurdish strong hoeld since iraqi forces abandoned their bases two months ago. >> meanwhile president obama says the isis siege of mt. sinjar has been broken. tens of thousands of iraqi yazidis were forced to take shelter on the mountain to escape isis fighters, as you may remember. >> thousands of people have fled from iraq into war-torn syria. the u.n. says 15,000 yazidis who
came down from mt. sinjar are now taking shelter in a camp near the iraqi border. senior international correspondent ivan watson is there. >> reporter: the exodus of kurdish yazidis from iraq fleeing the isis militant offensive is an international phenomenon now. this refugee camp is located in syria, about an hour's drive away from the border. there are at least 5,000 families, i'm told, living here. the camp sprang up nine, ten days ago. there is an aid operation under way here. there is food being distributed. there are high energy biscuits, some tents being distributed. we see a lot of volunteerism from kurds on this side of the border as well as international agencies as well. but just as the isis militants
moved into iraq from syria, now you have huge populations of yazidis fleeing across borders where they're being welcomed by the kurdish population on the syrian side of the border, as well as the faction that ruled this part of syria. it's called -- around the world it's well known as kurdistan workers party, pkk, but to make it more confusing, here it's known as pyd. in any event, the important thing to note, people have been made homeless and they're now living here in baking, scorching hot sun. i cannot stress enough what the august temperatures are like right now. for the time being, these tents, the food distribution, the fresh water people are getting, some medical care, it's basically a band-aid. it's to help people, some of
whom have marched hours and hours through the desert. some losing some loved ones along the way. but if this war continues, if the loss of homes continue, then you have a large population of people on two sides of a border, who have to find some kind of a new future. it will be a destabilizing factor, a further destabilizing factor for this conflict-ridden region. ivan watson, cnn, at the refugee camp in kurdish-controlled syria. >> ivan has even more compelling reporting on this. a programming note for our international viewers. you can tune in this weekend for that report from ivan as he flies on board an iraqi military helicopter rescuing refugees from mt. sinjar. "flight from terror" airs saturday at 2 p.m. in london, 3:30 in central europe. international aid
organizations and governments from around the world are stepping up their efforts to get help to the growing mass of refugees. our gary tuchman got a behind the scenes look at the u.s. mission. >> reporter: this huge aircraft flew on the most recent humanitarian mission over northern iraq. an eight-person crew loading eight tons of food aboard this u.s. air force c-130. flying out of a base in southwest asia. the u.s. military asking us not to disclose the exact location. but the location where the plane flies to is well known, mt. sinjar, where so many yazidis have been trapped. where the most important part of this mission takes place. the release of emergency provisions that are attached to mini parachutes. over the last week, there have been seven of these missions. the air force and army working together. >> we delivered 35,000 gallons of water and 114,000 meals.
>> it's been a herculean effort but a successful effort. >> reporter: however, for now, the missions have come to a halt with president barack obama giving credit to soldiers and airmen -- >> because of these efforts we don't expect an additional operation will be needed to evacuate people off the mountain and unlikely we'll need humanitarian airdrops on the mountain. >> reporter: a former congressman from ohio, one of the leaders of these missions. a squadron commander. >> this is one of those opportunities we have to serve and actually improve the conditions of people who are in great need. and that always makes us feel very proud. >> reporter: the c-130 is a workhorse in military's aviation fleet. this plane when empty weighs 83,000 pounds. because it takes troops and dangerous missions, it has multitude of safeguards.
it's built to maximize crew member survival. there's an escape hatch, in case the plane goes down in water or hostile territory. these planes performed flawlessly during this humanitarian operation, which proves this mission was very rewarding. >> i know i speak with the air men and women i serve with, it made it feel like it's worth all the training and sacrifices we give for this country, that we're able to improve the conditions of people we were trying to help. >> reporter: gary tuchman, cnn, in southwest asia. our special coverage continues next in ukraine. >> that's right. donetsk is seeing its most intensive fighting yet with artillery hitting near the city center. we'll bring you a live report on this and the humanitarian crisis there after the break.
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taking place in ukraine's parliament today. the man you just saw on the receiving end of that punch is a radical party mp. what does he do? he's been calling his independent colleague there a, quote, pot bellied fatty. something you should never say. and accusing him of ignoring the plight of the soldiers fighting in the east right now. >> and those soldiers are continuing to fight. the civilians in the east who haven't already fled the fighting we are told are in the midst of a serious humanitarian crisis. red cross officials say they've now made contact with that russian convoy we've been telling you about that's been the subject of a lot of speculation. hundreds of trucks, white painted trucks from russia, are now parked in the rostov region of russia. many questions about what is exactly in those trucks? will ripley is covering all
these developments for us from ukraine's capital, kiev. russia's been saying the trucks are carrying humanitarian aid. we know that it's needed. what's the latest from there, the situation? >> reporter: well, natalie, i'll tell you, we may be getting close to having some answers now about the contents of that convoy because we have some breaking developments happening right now. last night cnn did confirm ukrainian border guards were headed toward this russian convoy. reuters is reporting the the ukrainian guards have crossed into russia. at this moment are inspecting the contents of those trucks. they were parked overnight in the rostov region of russia, 40 kilometers from the border with ukraine. if the inspection goes well and ukrainian border guards are satisfied the content is, in fact, the humanitarian aid russia insisted it is all along, then we're told they're close to working out a deal where that aid will be transferred to the authority of the red cross and delivered into the battle-torn
areas of donetsk, where there's been near continuous fighting for two weeks now. we know the red cross has established a base camp in the luhonz region. rebels controlled the pharmacies in that area, according to the governor of the region. people, including civilians injured in these attacks couldn't get the medical. are bringing in food, water, sleeping bags and other provisions for people essentially living in their basements without any utilities or communication with the outside world for almost two weeks, natalie. >> and all the while while we see what we believe is humanitarian aid being brought in by russia, we have this inflamed quote by vladimir putin about the fighting that's going on in that region. >> reporter: yeah.
he called it bloody chaos. he was speaking in crimea yesterday. crimea, of course, the territory russia annexed earlier this year. the fact that putin was even there, infuriating to the government here in kiev. a lot of people here are calling putin's remarks about wanting to bring the situation under control a bit hypocritical given we get constant reports -- these are denied by russia, constant reports that weapons are being smuggled in and have been for quite some time, helping the rebels continue their fight. you're talking about military large weapons being smuggled into this area. one official here in kiev put it this way, he said it's like somebody who's starting a fire intentionally at night and then coming back in the daytime with a small bucket and offering to help put it out. and sadly, the fighting does continue, natalie. we just got a new report of 11 more civilians who were killed in donetsk just yesterday. one can only hope that this
comes to a head soon and then there's some sort of a resolution so that all of these people can start rebuilding their lives. >> yes. so we could certainly see from the tempers flaring in parliament that a lot of people trying to figure this out and put an end to it. will ripley there for us in kiev, ukraine. thank you. now, we move on to this after the break. robin williams did struggle with addiction and depression during his life. >> we're learning about what he may have been dealing with just before his death. his widow says he had a disease that was weighing on his mind. we'll have more about her revelations right after this. ou. do you guys have identity theft protection? [ male voice ] i'm sorry, did you say identity distribution? no. protection. identity theft protection. you have selected identity distribution. your identity will now be shared with everyone. thank you. no, no, no -- [ click, dial tone ] [ female announcer ] not all credit report sites are equal. [ male voice ] we're good in here, howie. yeah, have a good night, brother. experian.com members get personalized help
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welcome back, everyone. actor robin williams was in the early stages of parkinson's disease, this information coming via his widow. williams was found dead monday in a suspected suicide. he was 63 years old. p his wife of three years, you see her on the left, susan schneider, released a statement on thursday saying, quote, robin's sobriety was an act and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety, as well as early stages of parkinson's disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly. so, it's our hope in the wake of robin's tragic passing that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing. so, they may feel less afraid. twitter now says it's reviewing its policies to protect users, this comes in the
wake of robin williams' daughter being driven off the social media site after abuse in the wake of her father's apparent suicide. we talked to you about this yesterday. zelda williams canceled twitter and instagram accounts after she says she was sent photoshopped images of her father. which is just disgusting. twitter says it has suspended some accounts and will not tolerate that kind of abuse. it will be another rainy day in parts of asia thursday. let's see if more rain is on the way. ivan cabrera joins us with more. i'm sure the answer is yes. >> yes. not only yes but the same places that have been flooded the last couple of weeks. it's been incredible out there. some totals behind me, you'll be able to see, and this wouldn't be bad if it was just yesterday, but these kind of numbers were yesterday, the day before and the day before that.
and it kept going. 66 millimeters in lusi, china. and fogang, china, 111 millimeters. you see the rain in a band and extends up to korean peninsula into japan. it's not going to move but we'll have more rain there over the next couple of days. unfortunately, that's just a set up. let's take a look at pictures on the ground. i'll show you which areas have been hit particularly hard. we're talking about guanxi province. some homes just destroyed. some people taken out by a boat. unfortunately, those scenes have been repeated over the past several months. east asia rainy season has been quite something. a lot of areas getting a lot of rain. some not so much. in fact, we have quite a discrepancy with some provinces
now receiving enough rainfall. further south, that's where it's been. behind me, you'll see that. yes, more rain is on the way. same areas here. we're looking at very heavy rainfall. especially the afternoon. the boundaries you get converging, the heating instability in the afternoon and the thunderstorms pop and they just hang out and rain out until nighttime and then we do it again the following day. that's what we have going across china and extending into japan. of course, they've been hit hard because of the latest couple of typhoons. now this boundary is hitting them again with very heavy rainfall there. so, likely flooding that we normally wouldn't get with this, but just because of what they've had recently, the potential is there. >> i imagine the ground is so saturated right now. can't handle much more. ivan, thanks much. just ahead for you on cnn, iraq's prime minister has agreed to step down. this man has been picked to be the country's new prime minister. more on the daunting task he faces ahead.
welcome back to our view otheers in the u.s. >> i'm errol bar nette errol ba. new information about a russian convoy. reuters news agency reporting ukrainian border guards have crossed into russia to begin inspecting cargo on more than 260 trucks. a border guard spokesman says a number of guards are there as well. we'll keep tracking this developing story. well, still simmering ferguson, missouri, police say they will release the name of the officer who shot dead that unarmed teenager, michael brown. that is expected to happen in this coming day. more on the protests in ferguson just ahead here. iraqi prime minister nuri al maliki has agreed not to seek
another term in office. that clears the way for prime minister-designate haider al abadi to try to form a new government. many blamed al maliki for not doing enough to end the growing sectarian violence. more on our top story. nour nuri al maliki's decision to step down. a tough tefk for the new prime minister, haider al abadi. >> he doesn't have much time to talc tackle this tough task. he has less than a month to form a new unitarian government. >> that is a job many say mr. al maliki has failed to do. senior international correspondent nick paton walsh. >> reporter: after days of anxiety here in baghdad, nuri al maliki, prime minister for eight years, said in a speech on state television that he would now be stepping down in favor of the man he calls his brother, prime
minister-designate haider al abadi. let's talk about what he said and why he said it. this speech containing lots of sel self-justification, self-pity, how his body couldn't take any more wounds for iraq. and he's stepping down to prevent innocent blood being lost. saying he wanted the federal court to rule on the legality of his successor being nominated. many think, perhaps, the final moments of stepping down came after pressure from former backer, iran, of course washington, many other western powers suggesting he step aside. saudi arabia saying that, too. many shia allies as well and shia religious leaders say he's past political history. many think he's been holding out the past few days because he wanted some sort of safer exit, perhaps guarantee of his future
safety. no explicit ideas about that in this speech, but as long as it was, he was flanked by political allies and that suggested to the iraqi people his legacy here will be one of good, as though many will see him responsible for many of the sectarian division since the u.s. forces left here, that has allowed the sunni community to be marginalized, sunni politicians hard to have their voices heard, for isis to advance across the north of the country. maliki's political history to haider al abadi to try to stitch this country back together again. the white house national security adviser susan rice commending al maliki stepping aside and welcoming abadi to that complicated task. he has to move fast, bridge the gap with the sunnis here. barack obama thinks he can do it. he said hours before that speech from al maliki, he had spoken with abadi, hoping to see those
divisions healed quickly. perhaps then westerners can come back into the fight but a difficult task for prime minister-designate haider al abadi. >> let's see what middle east/north africa eurasia group joining us this morning. we know al maliki alienated himself during his tenure while trying to consolidate his power. how he is leaving his party, the d darwa party? how open is it to bridging that divide now and ruling iraq as a whole? >> i think many of iraq's problems have really been blamed on maliki, but perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration. there were structural problems with the iraqi political system
where that has really given shias dominant power in setting and shaping policy. maliki was part of that. the darwa party maliki belongs to has very similar policies but under the current environment i expect moderate reforms from abadi. some form of appeasement of the sunni community and engagement with sunnis. this is a difficult task. abadi will face real challenges in keeping the community from insurgency, ending isis. it will be a difficult task. >> where nuri al maliki was accused of pillaging and consolidating power for himself, haider al abadi is coming into office at a time where isis militants are at baghdad's door. they were able to make stunning gains in the north of the country and now dominate a third of it. surely there's more incentive, more pressure now for this
incoming government to create a more inclusive plan. would you say iraq's relationship with the u.s. has changed because of all of this? >> i think president obama was just not going to provide the government in baghdad, the central government, with sufficient military support under a maliki government. that was the red line, i think, for president obama. this creates an opening for the obama administration to provide more robust support. let's be clear here. i think it will be limited u.s. air power to prevent isis from expanding. but without boots on the ground it's hard to find a short solution for isis. when we had 180,000 soldiers in iraq, the insurgency was still strong and took time to beat it. i think with an isis challenge, what we're likely looking at, two to three years before any significant progress is made even with u.s. military support.
>> you know, every analyst we've had on cnn essentially says the same thing. isis will not be eliminated without a more substantial u.s. presence but that doesn't seem to be on the table. there's no u.s. appetite for that. what kind of timeline do you think we're looking at as far as the threat isis poses? i mean, we have less than a month to get the new government formed. some of our analysts telling us isis is, of course, looking to exploit the instability in baghdad and maybe take the airport, some other key targets. so, how long will isis remain a major threat to iraq's stability? >> i think we need to get used to the isis threat. i don't believe that at this stage either the capital baghdad or the kurdish capital erbil are under any direct threat. i think with u.s. support, with the shia militias, with iranian support, i think these strategic areas are more or less safe. not from terrorism but from -- from a conventional attack and isis taking over these cities.
beyond that, i think that there is no really expectative strategy that can create successes for kurds or the central government against isis. minor ones, yes. but given the u.s. is actually reluctant to engage in the middle east and obama is not going to authorize any grand intervention in iraq, not after his own troops from there, i think we have to be modest with our expectations. >> and they're also very well funded after robbing the bank in mosul. thank you for joining us on cnn live from our london bureau where it's past 8:39 in the morning. we appreciate it. our other top story comes from the united states. protests in ferguson, missouri, over the police shooting death of an unarmed teenager are calming down. >> hands up clm. >> hands up!
>> there were no violent clashes with police thursday. the reason, in part, might have been that missouri's governor put the state police in charge of crowd control. demonstrators had positive things to say about those officers compared to the local police, who were criticized for being too heavy-handed. rallies demanding justice for brown were held across the united states yesterday, including this one in new york. brown's family says they support the rallies as long as they are peaceful. almost immediately after the killing of michael brown, social media lit up with facebook posts, tweets and videos, some helped tell the story police didn't want told. but others were filled with inaccuracies and even outright hate as cnn's jean casarez shows us. >> reporter: always on, unfiltered, a technological eyewitness to history. the smartphones, text messages
and social media of ferguson, missouri. front and center in this crisis. >> as you know, particularly with social media, there is so much information out there. we're urging anyone and everyone with any information at all that pertains to this, by all means, contact us. >> reporter: all of that information can be tucked away through. some of it dramatic. like this video taken moments after the shooting. then there's this, the group anonymous tweeted out what they say is the name of the officer who shot 18-year-old michael brown. the problem, they didn't get it right. the st. louis county police department responds. twitter suspends the account. >> with any new technology there's the threat of misinformation, of wrong facts and data being spread. >> reporter: with no filter, information can go worldwide with the touch of a finger, making an investigation more challenging. >> unfortunately, i think it's a double-edged sword. on one hand i think evidence that is recorded, created by
individuals who are there, i think it can be tremendously powerful and helpful, but it can also be misleading and hurtful. >> on social media you can sense so much anger, so much outrage and a little bit of fear as well. these websites amplify people's emotions. >> reporter: it is one reason why police in washington state are asking citizens to think twice before tweeting when they see officers at work. for fear of disrupting investigations. attorney c.j. lawrence couldn't believe it when he saw one social media response to this picture of michael brown. which some interpreted as him holding up a gang sign. >> look at him, in the street with his pants saggy. i don't feel sorry for him at all. and i was shocked by that. >> reporter: lawrence tweeted out a picture of himself with president clinton and separately with a bottle of booze, asking which picture would get more attention, #iftheygunmedown has
gone viral, showing perceptions can cloud reality. police vow to use every source of information at their disposal to get to the truth. >> one thing that i have pledged is that we will do a full, fair, complete and impartial investigation into this. nothing will be left untouched. >> reporter: or in this case, unsaid or unread. jean casarez, cnn, new york. well, maybe the pope might have something to say about bullying online one day. he certainly doesn't shy away from anything. >> very good point. >> coming up here, his second day of his visit to south korea. >> yeah. tens of thousands have turned out to see the pope ahead of a major speech at asia's young people, people like the car he's driving around. details after this short break.
you're seeing some 50,000 people cheering for the pope. it is pope francis' second day in south korea. he was holding mass there in the country's world cup stadium, packed to the rafters with worshippers. pope francis will focus on the future of the church today when he addresses young catholics from south korea and all of asia. paula hancocks joins us now from seoul with more about what we might expect him to say to the
region's youth. paula? >> reporter: natalie, this is really the reason he came to south korea. this is the main thing that he accepted when he was invited to this country, was to be part of asian youth day. now, this is where youth from around asia, catholic young people, come to south korea and celebrate. so, it is obviously a very important part of the catholic church to be regenerating their followers, making sure the young population is interested in the catholic church. certainly in this country, that does appear to be the case. and across asia there are a lot of youths that have come here, thousands, to come and see the pope. also in a little while we're expecting there to be some kind of a q&a session with the pope. there will be questions asked of him from these young people and he will be discussing with them. we understand from the vatican, this is the sort of thing he does enjoy. he enjoys communicating. he likes to be speaking to young
people. he likes to be speaking with the crowd. so, certainly this could be interesting to watch. a little earlier we also heard him speak in english. once again, he had a very large mass of 50,000 people. you can see the pictures there of when he arrived inside the world cup stadium. there was a lot of excitement from 50,000 people there, chanting, viva papa. very excited to see him. he did give a short speech at the end in english where he basically spoke to the ferry victims, those killed in the ferry sinking back in april and the survivors and relatives of those killed, offering them sympathy and giving them some hope. >> that's very nice. quite a warm reception there in south korea. as you have reported earlier to us, catholicism growing there in asia. but, however, if he were to go to china, let's say, it would be a very different kind of trip.
>> reporter: well, that's right. it's unlikely at this point he would be invited to china. he did actually come over chinese air space, which was interesting because his predecessor was not allowed to do that. he did give a courtesy telegram as he was coming over china air space and basically passed on his good wishes to the president. so, of course, that's some kind of communication between the two. the very fact that they have this kind of communication is significant because there is a fair rift between the vatican and the chinese catholic church. the catholic church there, of course, loyal to china, to the state, not to the vatican itself. so, it was interesting to note there was some kind of relationship, or at least the courtesy telegram between the two. >> paula hancocks will be covering his remarks for us there today. thank you. well, pope francis' trip marks the first time in 25 years a pope has visited the korean
peninsu peninsula. according to the vatican, there are 4.4 million catholics in south korea, that's about 10% of country's population. there are 36 bishops and more than 4800 priests. the latest information on the ebola virus. nigerian athletes have pulled out of the youth olympic games in china. they're protesting new preventive measures being taken there against the spread of the ebola virus. nigerians allege they were quarantined, isolated and barred from training alongside other athletes. this comes as european officials meet in the next few hours to discuss the eu response to the ebola response. the world health organization, meantime, says the number of reported cases and deaths in west africa has been vastly underestimated. >> a long way to go there. cuba may be cash-strapped these days, but it can still put on a great show. straight ahead, the island keeps up with summer tradition
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back nearly 500 years on the island. we take in the dancing and music on the streets of havana. ♪ >> reporter: it's not just the summer heat that causes temperatures to rise during carnival in cuba. ♪ >> reporter: this is a time for cubans to cut loose. this grandmother is 62, but still has moves. i love the music, she tells me, because it's cuban music. celebrated for over 400 years in cuba, carnival has seen better days. following the cuban revolution, officials moved the festivities to summer to boost productivity during the spring. their harvest, the island's battered finances.
this celebration takes place as cubans battle gang rape and cholera. they still pack the seaside venue to see the show. >> it's in sad shape and no one will know what happens as island's aging leaders need power. on this night there's no concerns about the future to dampen the spirit of the party. havana's carnival may lack to rio's, but supporters here say they make up for it with their passion. a cuban just needs a can and a stick, he says, and a love for everything around us to make due. because our hearts are this big. ♪ >> reporter: carnival is an event for locals. for 25 cents they see shows put
on by tropicana nightclub. which costs more than what cuban workers earn in several months. the tropicana show is the high point, she says. the public doesn't have access to the caberet. when the float arrives, there's celebration from the crowd. a chance to enjoy night and music before a return to hard realities. that is, until next year's carnival. cnn, havana. >> i want to be there. >> i tell you what -- >> what does our favorite cuban think about what we just saw? >> yeah. ivan cabrera needs to be there. >> i left cuba when i was 7 and i was lucky enough to live on the street where the parade -- >> oh, so you recognize this street? >> well, yes. >> that's cool. >> and those girls would throw the confetti at us. so excited. and, yeah, and then --
>> and now you're here. >> the unsightly tractor blowing them along. what are you going to do? all right. here we go. in the european continent will have rainfall here. this was a big deal in russia. still trying to capture pictures. baseball size hail. that will hurt coming down. but it's pushing further east, so i think we'll be in better shape, at least the areas that got it. heading up toward moscow, showers and thunderstorms. cool, showery in northwest. not in paris, london, looking pretty good. it will be cooling down. temperatures falling back where they should be this time of year. a little bit of fall out there, taste of fall. but this is the big deal, the area from bucharest to moscow, there's where we'll have showers and storms. some pictures, i'll leave you with that, because we like to
leave with good news here. crowded beach in albania you have to crowd in the last of summer. won't be long before we say good-bye to summer. look at this. oh, yes, the dogs getting in on us. good times there. i've never seen dogs do that, though, all at the same sometime like that. good times in italy. >> very cute. thank you, ivan. >> thank you, ivan. that wraps it up for our special coverage. i'm errol barnett. >> before we go, we want to show you pope francis arriving and visiting with youth. he will be addressing them for their special youth day in just a short time. we'll bring you his comments. >> that's right. the second day of his five-day tour. following this and the world's other big stories on cnn. stay with us throughout the day. natalie and myself, we'll see you later.
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