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what authorities say happened to the students, and how some police officers may have been involved. president obama ups the anti-in the coalition effort to defeat isis by sending more u.s. manpower.
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details on the new effort to balance the scales on genders in that country. we begin with new developments in the case of the 43 missing students in mexico that have been missing since september. they may have found the charred remains, and officials say gang members confessed to killing them. >> reporter: badly burnt human remains, teeth and bone fragments. a gruesome discovery located in a river in southern mexico. the mexican attorney general says authorities are dealing with a massive homicide, and he said the victims could be 43 students that disappeared in late september. the students from a rural teacher's conference are in the late teens or early 20s, and an order by the city's mayor, police abducted the students and
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turned them over to the gang, and the gang that has deep ties to the mayor reportedly killed the students and burnt the bodies before throwing the remains in the river. the identifying the bodies will be a huge challenge. he said the remains are so badly burnt that obtaining reliable dna samples to identify the victims will be extremely difficult. as a result, he said, officials have not been able to determine for certain that these are the students' remains. the mexican attorney general said so far 74 suspects have been arrested and police are looking for at least ten more. this investigation, he said, it is still wide open and no effort will be spared to punish those responsibility. among those arrested are the mayor and his wife. authorities suspect he ordered the students stopped because he would disrupt an event led by his wife.
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>> translator: the findings offend all citizens of society. the capture of those that ordered it, is not enough. we will arrest everybody to participate in the crimes. >> but the parents of the missing cold cnn they don't trust the investigation. to public that news with any scientific news is highly irresponsible, they said, by phone. the samples will be sent to a lab in austria to identify the remains. >> there have been protests throughout mexico city. thousands are demanding answers from the authorities. the united states is stepping up its battle against isis by increasing its military presence in iraq. the white house is sending up to 1,500 more troops in the next
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few weeks to serve in not combat roles. president obama is requesting more money to fund the mission. our correspondent has details. >> reporter: iraqi forces in battle against isis, and they took the retaking of a keyboarder crossing in syria, and the president is doubling the number of u.s. forces on the ground, and the orders will put them closer to the frontlines, adding two operation centers in more volatile areas beyond baghdad and rebil. their role is not changing. advi advise, assist and train. >> there is no intent to put the trainers out in the field with these units once they are trained. >> reporter: to finance the
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expansion the president is asking dock for nearly $4 billion to help fight against isis. the president was briefed on the pentagon's request ahead of his meeting today with congressional leaders. >> we have to make sure our efforts against isil are properly funding. >> today the cost of the air campaign against isis has already totaled more than $700 million, and the price tag of more than 800 air strikes and over 2,000 guns. >> they will make a proposal, and we will have appropriations look at it. >> senior administration officials won't say if this is the final deployment of u.s. forces, but they say there are
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no current plans to extend the commitment beyond 3,000 troops. the united nations stay iran is not cooperating when it comes to the nuclear program. it is concerned about whether iran is trying to develop a nuclear payload for a missile. they want access without delay to all of its nuclear sites, and the u.s. is trying to open channels with iran regarding the fight against isis. and then on alert after a week of violent protests in jerusalem. 30 people are wounded after street battles with israeli security forces on friday. our international correspondent, nic robertson, has more. >> reporter: clashes developing
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after nightfall. youths are burning tires and throwing firecrackers at israeli police. earlier riots through a neighborhood, a palestinian refugee camp. at least 30 people were hit by israeli police rubber bullets. this neighborhood, home to a member of hamas, the man whose actions this week helped to spike tensions when he drove his van into israeli border guards at a trance stop, and he was shot and killed. friday, a second person dying of injuries sustained in that attack, and a 17-year-old israeli religious student. security tight all day. much focusing on the lightning rod of the current violence.
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the mosque revered by jews. now it's reported that one is regening consciousness and communicating with them. protests rumbled on, and tensions, and each event fueling the next. apparently unconnected to that chain of discontent, discord. nic robertson, cnn, jerusalem. a lot of people fear the recent violence there could be the beginning of another fight. afghan women enjoying rights
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over the past decades. see why there is so much concern and meet the people determined to keep moving forward. police finally arrest a suspect in the killing of a california family four years after the murders. that's coming up.
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welcome back, everyone. the man accused of killing an entire u.s. family is charged
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with the deaths of the mcstay family which included two young children. months earlier he did a tv interview with cnn declaring his innocence. we take a look at what we know about the suspect in this brutal crime. >> you were the last person he saw? >> definitely. >> chase merit talking about his final meeting with joseph mcstay, the day they suddenly vanished. the interview was january of this year. the mcstay's had disappeared four years earlier on february 4th, 2010. merit was mcstay's business partner and a close family friend. the two met for lunch that day, and nobody ever heard from joseph mcstay again. >> did joey have enemies you knew of? >> none. everybody loved joseph.
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>> any idea why somebody would want to harm him and his family? >> there is nobody that i know of in his entire life that i am aware of that would have any reason to hurt him. >> know one, say police, except merit himself. they say he murdered the entire mcstay family. >> the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma, and based on the entire investigation and the evidence obtained, investigators believe these murders occurred at their residents in fall brook. >> the remains were found in two shallow graves in the mojave desert. by then nearly four years passed, all the while loved ones were wondering what happened and who could wipe out an entire family, including two small children? was it drug related? could it be the cartel? or did the killer know the
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mcstays? >> when you took a polygraph test, what did it show? >> i don't know. >> you passed the polygraph? >> apparently. after i took the polygraph test, law enforcement has not contacted me at all since. so i kind of simply assumed apparently that resolved any issues they may be looking at with me. >> did detectives ask you if you killed joseph mcstay and his family? >> i don't recall them asking me that? >> not directly? >> no, i don't recall them being that direct. >> they began to begin the family ran away to mexico. somebody had searched passports and mexico on the family's home computer, and they discovered
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this, surveillance video at the border, showing a family of four crossing into mexico. another clue the family may have gone to mexico. their trooper was found parked steps from the border at a strip mall. a neighbor surveillance camera captured the suv leaving the mcstay's home the night they disappeared, the question still nearly five years later is why we asked merit what he thought about the family's remains being discovered in the desert in a spot not far from where he lives. >> were you surprised the remains were found in the desert in victorville? >> yeah, because i live in astaira. >> nearby? >> probably 20 miles or so. >> did you ever expect this is how it would end in the desert like that? >> in the desert? i had no clue.
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>> in your gut, what do you think happened? >> i have absolutely no clue. i think that if i were to guess, just like anybody else, i would think it was probably random. because i don't -- i honestly don't believe that family had anything to do with it. >> incredibly chilling, and hopefully that will be closure at least for the families of the victims. international troops pulling out of afghanistan next month and some activist fear freedoms will not continue for the women. >> the change in season marking the end of the year, and the end
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of america's war in afghanistan. by the 31st of december, all u.s. and nato troops will have withdrawn, except for a residual force of less than 10,000, who will stay on to assist until the end of 2016. a decision that has many people concerned, especially the women of afghanistan. >> i think if the war continued to expand, women and girls could be the victim, and they will be deprived of their basic rights and they would be victims in the way of taliban interpretation of islam. >> since the fall of the taliban in 2001, women's rights have dramatically improved. millions of girls go to school, and thousands attend university, and the country has female members of parliament. despite these gains, women and girls face human rights violations on a daily basis,
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with domestic and sexual violence, an epidemic. there are positive signs afghan society is refusing to go back to the days of the taliban. last month, one person was sentenced to 20 years for raping a girl. >> he is a single guy, and he should be given 100 lashes and let him marry her. the judge said, no, she was a child, you raped her, you are getting 20 years in prison and you are not getting what the koran says. that was the most significant part for me. >> the president there has always brought hope. while he is a strong supporters of women's rights, it his wife who is breaking with tradition, appearing by her husband's side and giving interviews. >> i am glad she wants to be involved in the aspects of afghan life. i think it's a very positive
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step. we afghan women need a role model like that, so visible. >> already it seems women are feeling empowered, like this young filmmaker driving a car, a taboo in afghanistan, when normally only men are behind the wheel. >> women living in afghanistan, not easy, but i believe that if women like me, this car, big changes, it would be good for maybe the next generation. >> it sheds hopes and aspirat n aspirations for afghan women desperate for a brighter future. >> so much progress has been made. the united states agents for international development, us aid, is launching a project to make sure afghan women have a better future. the promote initiative is what it's called and it will train 75,000 women to become leaders
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and it launches today. the leader is live. enormous progress has been made since 2001, and take me through what challenges still are there for the women, and i am talking about education and initiatives, and tell us how your initiative will resolve these issues? >> we learned as the united states of america that for 2% to 3% of the cost of the war, we were able to have a large scale development that made a huge difference for women and girls. 3 million girls in school. the fastest reduction in maternal mortality rates anywhere on the planet. but there are real challenges. i met with intrapreneurs and scientists and leaders and students, all of whom describe it's still too different to
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start a business. i met with one female intrapreneur whose business burned to the ground because she was a woman and trying to work with men. we launched the largest investment the united states made with women and girls anywhere in the world, a $200 million plus program to help women and girls of afghanistan have a brighter future. >> you said there were 3 million girls in school. i believe education is the key to a future to promote women in afghanist afghanistan. what is the difference between the current president and the last president? >> i was with both president,
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and the ceo, when we launched the program together. both of them showed their fight for the rights. this new investment of the united states is making will help 75,000 afghan women become leaders, seek leadership positions in government, in business, and we will help fund more than 3,500 women-headed small businesses. these are the types of roles for women that can help transform society and help make sure that afghanistan stays on a path that allows for peace, prosperity and security in its future. >> just quickly, you know, the u.s. is set to withdrawal most of its troops from afghanistan in december of this year n. about a month. how will that impact change in terms of women's rights in
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afghanistan, if at all? >> well, there are concerns that the security transition will make it difficult for women and girls here in afghanistan, and that's precisely why we are making this very unique and very creative investment that is getting afghan institutions, both major universities in kabul, and businesses and government, all to come together and say let's train women in business, politics, and let's make sure they get to go all the way through graduate school, and let's have a cadre of 75,000 women leaders that can set the tone for this country and its future, and that will insure the security, the transition of american troops will not diminish in any way america's commitment to women and girls in afghanistan. in fact, today we laid out a multi-year commitment that is, in fact, enhancing what we are
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doing on behalf of women and girls throughout this country. >> will training 75,000 women, and we're certainly behind you. thank you, we appreciate it. the iraqi military is making key gains in the battle against isis, and a top iranian general is being given much of the credit. his history with the united states has some questioning his intentions. that story ahead.
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the death of actor robin williams has been officially ruled a suicide. alcohol and illegal drugs were not involved in the comedian's death back in august. williams was found dead in his california home. he was 63. his widow says williams was struggling with depression and early signs of parkinson's disease when he took his own life. let's go out to the weather. i am hearing about storms across the mediterranean, and winds of 95 miles per hour? >> yeah, and even higher wind gusts and we will get to that in a second. i want to show you a picture coming out of venice, italy. one of my holiday destinations. this is what it looked like on friday in st. mark's square,
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underwater, people making the best of the situation and making their own boots out of what it looks to be trash bags. and they have a phenomena winds. and tide levels were about 110 centimeters where they should be. a saw roebga wind is a dry wind that originates off the eastern parts of the african continent, and that moves across the mediterranean, and that basically just streams the strong winds there. there is venice, and the low pressure system responsible for the wind. it just had a compounding affect allowing the water to innodate st. mark's square. this storm has been responsible for hefty rainfall. we had 85 millimeters in the
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six-hour period on friday morning. this storm is very similar to a hurricane, if you ask me. in fact, you can see the well-defined eye. it's not a hurricane in this part of the world, but we will call it a medicane. it's a rare phenomenon. it's a dry climate across this region, and we only had 99 recorded tropical features like this between 1948 and 2011. this is what we discussed a moment ago. early on friday, 104 kilometers per hour. we get a break from the weather near rome for a day or so and then the active weather picks up again. we are expecting rainfall totals to exceed 300 millimeters in about a four-hour day, and we will look for the possibility of flooding across northeastern italy. >> the storms are hitting the
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best vacation spots in europe. we were talking earlier about your best vacation spot. i love mexico. >> we both have our hearts. outside of ukraine, new accusations that the russian military may have crossed the border once again. that's coming up.
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world. it's 4:30 here in atlanta. in the headlines at this hour. the students missing in mexico
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since september are believed to have been killed by a local gang. three gang members told police they killed the students, burned their bodies and dumped them in a river. a mayor allegedly ordered police to kidnap the students and give them to the gang. and a fourth teenager wounded in last month's school shooting in washington state now died. hospital officials say the 15-year-old passed away, and he was the cousin of the student that opened fire in the school cafeteria, killing himself. and then the united states defending up to 1,500 more troops to serve in combat roles in the fight against isis. u.s. president, obama, is asking congress to fund the mission. and there are concerns about how deeply the u.s. is getting
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involved in iraq at all. >> mission creep is when the mission changes, or morphed into something that it didn't start out to be. this is in keeping that is security assistance and advising and a assisting capability for the iraqi forces to help them get better in the battlefield and space, and of course, supporting humanitarian missions. these advisers will be doing the same thing the advising teams on the ground are doing right now, but they will be doing it in different places. and anbar, and in north baghdad province, but it's the same job. what is new is we are going to put trainers in certain sites around iraq, and we are still figuring out where those sites will be, and they are going to be training up to 12 iraqi brigades, and nine iraqi security force brigades, and we
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have not done that yet so that's new but it's in keeping with the mission we are been assigned inside iraq. >> also in the battle against isis, a top iranian general is said to be the mastermind of recent victories by the military, and he is credited with pushing back, and his history with the united states has some questioning his intentions. >> reporter: in recent weeks, the iraqi pheulg terry has made key gains against the force in syria and iraqi. iranian general, ghasem soleimani, the leader of special operations. when iraqi troops pushed back militants in the key town last month, iranian state media and
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iraqi news sites, many suggested he masterminded the mill tree. he is credited with leading troops in key wins against islamic state forces. cnn has not independently verified the claims that iran denies it has deployed troops in iraq, but reports signal iran's growing influence in orchestrating military strategy in iraq against the islamic state. ghasem soleimani is a brilliant man, and he is a mysterious figure from the iraq state, and now he is fighting on the same side as the u.s. washington accused ghasem soleimani and his guards of training militia that went on to
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train deadly attacks against deadly forces. two years ago, the u.s. accused him of helping a strategy to crash the anti-government up rising. israel has accused ghasem soleimani of advising missions by hezbollah. he is open to working with the u.s. if it advances iran's interest, just as he did in 2001 when he reportedly supported iran u.s. corporation against the taliban in afghanistan. ghasem soleimani and the islamic republic's strategy appears to be in line with the u.s., and leaving washington and the west whether to welcome this strange new bedfellow or remain skeptical of his long-term intentions.
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russian tanks and armored vehicles have once again crossed into eastern ukraine and that's is raising new fears of what could happen next. these pictures you see on the screen are from august, and that's the last time ukraine accused russia of reaching its border. >> reporter: they are burying the dead after a fragile september cease-fire freyed. they laid to rest two teenagers in a shelling attack on wednesday. the teens are two of more than 4,000 of who have been killed in what looks like a proxy war between vladimir putin and ukraine's government. separatists have been battling ukraine for months, and all this after russia annexed crimea
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earlier this year. while there have been sanctions against russia coupled with the shooting down of a passenger plane by the rebels, critics say the consequences have been insufficient. and russian tanks are again rolling across the border between the two countries. >> translator: military equipment consisting of 32 tanks, and 16 artillery systems, and 30 trucks carrying ammunition and fighters was reported. >> reporter: the heavy equipment came through one region, and the kremlin called the reports unfounded and provocative. but vladimir putin was throwing his weight around knowing no country outside of ukraine is willing to sacrifice one soldier to stop him. >> he is calculating he can get away with this, and he can get away with doubling down and
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continuing to take more territory in ukraine. >> the nato secretary said earlier this week that they were aware of a buildup of putin's troops on the border. >> they continue to support the separatists by training them, by providing equipment, and supporting them also by having special forces, russian special forces inside the eastern parts of ukraine. >> reporter: the apparent uptick in military action comes one week after rebel elections where only pro russian separate i-s were on the ballot, and one week before the g-20 is set to meet. >> we are not there yet, and it's going to detour putin, and we have to find the right approach that detours him from stops him from further aggression. while sanctions are important,
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they are not sufficient. >> reporter: will the international community respond? >> the violence continues despite the truce signed on september 5th. right now germans have been out from under the shadow of more than a quarter of a century. straight ahead, we go live to the city celebrating 25 years, living without the berlin wall. that's coming up. so guys -- it's just you and your honey. the setting is perfect. you know what? plenty of guys have this issue, not just getting an erection, but keeping it.
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president obama had lunch with congressional leaders on friday, days after republicans won control of both the house and the senate. now, the president promised he would not take party affiliations into account when reviewing ideas, but opponents of the affordable care act are questioning the tax credits given to people who bought coverage. oral arguments will begin next year. over the past 25 years, an entire generation of young germans growing up without any memory of the berlin wall whatsoever, so what could the wall and this anniversary of its
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demise mean. take a look. >> it limited their movements and their dreams. covering this commemorations, we spend a lot of time looking at the history and the past, and i want to pause for a moment and take a look at the future, the future of the post-wall generation. i found them here in the european school of management and technology where berlin's next generation of intrapreneurs is learning in the very building that used to house the east berlin government. it still has the remanence of the communist dream. now a building nurturing capitalism. does it feel like the post wall generation is doing better or has better opportunities? >> i would say we have better opportunities right now, of course. i don't want to be fenced and i am glad i have an opportunity to live wherever i want to live. >> is this post-wall generation, do they have a different concept
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of failure or are they still stuck in the past? >> i employed one guy that grew up in east europe, and we were having a discussion on salary, and i asked, what is the salary you are expecting, and he said, what do you mean? don't we all earn the same? he still had that kind of mind-set, and i think it still takes 25 years to overcome all of this heritage from east germany and have a more western kind of thinking. >> what does berlin, this city, want to offer intrapreneurs they can't get someplace else? >> i say berlin is a little africa in germany. things work like they do in the rest of germany, but it's just so much more free to do things and explore things than what the rest of germany is. >> this generation has a better opportunity in your view? >> i truly believe so. i was born in berlin.
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i was born in east berlin. i was 9 years old when the wall came down, and the right time for me when i was old enough to basically think what i can do with my life, i had the opportunity to go, and for example, go on an exchange to the u.s. and travel and understand the world with the freedom that i had at the time. >> it's a generation that doesn't -- that is aware of the past and you can't escape the past here, it's on every street corner and it's amazing and fun and gives the place such vibrants, and the new generations are completely focused on the future. >> the utopian dreams of the communist fell along with the wall, and a new generation is poised to succeed with a future they can call their own. >> it was a trip down memory lane for a lot of berlinists.
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but joining us is cnn's frederick. 1989 represented such a turning point in the history, the collapse of the soviet union. talk to us about the celebrations going on. angela merkel, she grew up in east germany, and gorbachev was there as well. >> yes, he is going to do an interview with zain later today, he is somebody that fostered german unification. there were two things that people were screaming, they were saying open the border, and the other thing was saying gor be go gorvid. many people were thinking that there would be a reform to east germany, and then what happened was events just simply started snowballing and that led to
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german unification. the bait in the german parliament with the emotional speech from angela merkel, and there was a little scandal in that session as well. there was an activist and song writer from the former east germany who had a very tough time under the east germans, and he attacked the social faction and said there were a remanence of an era he was glad was long gone. by and large, these celebrations are loving them very much. there's a lot of people walking around here, and a lot of people taking pictures of what you saw behind me, and it's the longest sketch of what used to be the berlin wall. it stretches for 1.6 miles, and it's a place where artist came in 1989 when it was still the german republic, and the
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paintings have endured until today and are now the attraction that many people come to, zain. >> you mentioned gorbachev's policies, and it was a key part of the history here. >> reporter: yeah. >> you can still get parts of the german -- the berlin wall, excuse me, just south of berlin. some of it was destroyed, but some of it is pieces of art. you went there, right? >> i went there, yeah. most of it was destroyed. one of the things -- i remember being a part of that in 1989, and most people wanted to get rid of the berlin wall as fast as possible. so a lot of it was destroyed and some of it was, of course, turned into art almost immediately, and there's a lot standing around here, and some of it survived like what you see behind me here, and some of it was brought there to store construction material for a while, and recently that company
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noticed they still had all the segments of the berlin wall, it was 200 that they still had, and they said we should let artists pain the on them, and that's what they did, let artist paint on them for a small fee, and if you managed to sell it within six months, then you make a contract between yourself, the buyer and the company that still owns the pieces and these art pieces go all over the world, in fact, zain, i know that one went very close to the cnn headquarters in atlanta to the international school there and i believe it arrived there a couple days ago. so they are still there and they are still going across the world and sending the message of a unified germany, and obviously freedom that was not only brought on by east and west germans, but also by the allied power, and including and foremost, the united states. >> must be such an emotional time for a lot of berlinists, and people who separated from
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their jobs. thank you, we appreciate it. thank you. we're just kicking off an entire weekend of special coverage here on cnn for our international viewers. it's later today starting at 8:00 today in berlin, and 7:00 in london, and for the viewers in the united states and around the world, join us tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in berlin for the start of the day's ceremonial events. we will hear from chancellor, angela merkel, on her country's historic day. we will have more after this break.
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survivors of this record-breaking storm are still trying to rebuild more than 70,000 people still live in the danger zone fearing what could happen next. one filmmaker takes a look back at the dreaded days when the typhoon hit and his life was completely changed. >> the storm came around quarter to 6:00, and originally it was expected to make landfall around 12:00, noon. so everybody was caught off guard, including the international media who were here to cover the event. all of us were trapped inside buildings and hotels, and nobody was able to go out and actually
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cover what was going on. as the water came in immediately, and nobody could move. i was with my mom on the phone when the water hit. she said, we're okay. we're safe. the last thing she said, she could hear people banging at the door. i know now they were not people. it was the water rushing. the phone was cut, and that was the last time i heard from my mom. when the phone went off, the water rose. they couldn't find the bodies of my parents, and i ended up trying to validate everything that happened to us, and we were all in shock. when we got out, the devastation was just too much for all of us. we didn't know where to begin. it was -- this is also the first time we saw bodies out in the
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streets. it was a very difficult day. human nature takes over. i could see thousands of people walking in both directions, stunned, not knowing where to go. i could see in their eyes that they were all dazed. we were all trying to stay alive. there were families, children. we simply had no time to grieve for the first ten days. i decided i am going home. i am holding a memorial not only for my parents, but for all of us who lost families and relatives to the storm. i designed the candlelight memorial, and told everybody to do it at the same day and time,
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and it's not every day we all lost family members at the same time. the documentary, it shows the commitment to the community. despite everything we had to go on it and document to the people, and we had a shared experience and the collective experience we had galvanized a community and galvanized a people. >> that is so hard to watch that without getting emotional. one of the worst weather disasters in history. let's turn now to some heavy flooding in east africa. we have details. >> yeah, that's right, zain. heavy rains in somalia displaced about 21,000 people so far. let's take a look at google earth. this is the area in question as we zoom into south central somalia. you can see this region, it's a
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small town located within the shawbel river. i want to show you a satellite image that shows the progression of the flooding throughout this area. over the past year, because it's seasonal rainfall, and they typically get rain but they have seen so much in a short period of time. this is what it looked like a year ago. this is the shawbel river. this is the area where the flooding took place, and that's becoming more of a humanitarian problem in that region as well, people looking for urgent assistance. we are going to switch gears to the remanence of nuri that continues to deepen across here. this is going to bring heavy rains and strong winds to the islands, and it's going to drastically alter our weather patterns across america. cold arctic blast settling in
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for the next six to ten days, while the western half of the u.s., including los angeles warms up. you can see the arctic air just building. that's the remanence of nuri on the other side of the tv screen, but look at the cold influx of air throughout the upper midwest, we are talking about temperatures running anywhere between 10 and 20 degrees farenheit below average for this time of year, and especially into the second half of next week. look at the temperatures for rapid city. it's not a typo. 17 degrees? wow, i hope you have coats. >> chicago, never bend there, it's too cold. that does it for our special coverage at this hour. coming up in our next hour, the former navy s.e.a.l. that claims to have killed osama bin laden said he doesn't care if people believe him or not. hear his interview straight ahead. you are watching cnn.
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