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pope francis making his way to the predominantly muslim country of turkey right now. why his message of interfaith cooperation could be a particularly tough sell. it's been called a freak accident. the death of cricketer phil hughes has stunned many. and now questions are being raised about the safety of the sport's equipment. a relative calm in ferguson, missouri on thursday. there is hope some parts of the community have begun to heal. and brace yourself. these crowds mean only one thing. black friday has well and truly begun. >> unreal.
they'll be there -- >> i'm happy i'm here and not in those lines. >> me too. thanks for join beiing us in th u.s. and around the world. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm errol barnett. >> in just a few hours pope francis arrives in turkey for a three-day trip. it is only the fourth time a pope has visited the predominantly muslim country. >> you watched live as he boarded a plane ahead of this trip. the pontiff will meet with turkey's president, and he's also expected to denounce violence by islamic extremists targeting christians. cnn's arwa damon shows us how a small community of christian refugees in turkey is trying to hold on to its culture and faith. >> reporter: in istanbul a generation of turkish assyrians has something their parents did not. a school focusing on ensuring their language, dating back to the early years of christianity, is not forgotten. it's the first of its kind in
this predominantly muslim country, a rare positive development for christians in the region. juxtaposed against that of a generation lost. for these syrian christian refugee children the staircase is the playground. blissfully too young to understand all they have already lost and stand to lose in the future. in a cramped room downstairs we ask the young men, among the few that agreed to speak to us, if they have hope. "yes, we have hope," yusuf responds. "that's why we came here. to get out and live another life. to start a new life in another country." "if there was 1% of hope in syria, we would not have left our country," maran adds. in the last decade first al qaeda and then isis have forced the majority of christians to flee iraq and syria. only a fraction remain. deciding to place their faith in god or pay the terrorists a protection tax.
growing numbers, especially from syria, are ending up in turkey, a nation already reeling under the influx of around 1.5 million syrian refugees. the vast majority of them muslim. politically uneasy with a highly controversial and conservative government that its opponents fear will challenge turkey's post-ottoman empire secular identity. and an atmosphere of increased insecurity with isis at turkey's border and its leader, abu bakr al baghdadi, announce the terrorist group's intention to conquer rome and the world. it is against this complex backdrop that pope francis makes what is arguably one of the most challenging trips of its papacy. intended ton only strengthen bridges between sister churches but across religious divides. in a time of chaos in the middle east, in a time where there is muslim-christian fighting, it is a beautiful thing to have a pope visit a muslim country, canon
gordal says. it is a very positive thing, and hopefully this can be a lesson to the world and that it contributes to peace. an optimistic thought. but for these christian refugees, who did not know of the pope's visit until we told them, little solace. georgette lives in constant fear for her son and grandchildren, still in syria. the rest of her children are in sweden. the pain of it all is just too much. she is waiting to join them, as is jalila georgis. all her children are also in sweden and she says she's been waiting for three years to be accepted by the family reunification program. "look, these are my medications. these are all my medications," she says, her eyes filling with tears. "i just want to see my children before i die." arwa damon, cnn, istanbul. all right. now we want to talk about what's been happening in the st. louis suburb of ferguson, missouri. a few protesters braved the cold
on thanksgiving, a holiday in the u.s. and no confrontations were reported there either. >> tensions, though, remain high over monday's grand jury decision to clear the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. the initial reaction was violent and destructive. but as sara sidner reports, some healing has begun. >> reporter: some of monday night's destruction finally accessible in the daylight. >> tell me what democracy looks like! >> reporter: the protesters' call for justice getting lost in the images of destruction created by the few, affecting the many. >> spicy wings. >> reporter: in the wake of the destruction a glimmer of hope. >> we're having fun. >> reporter: at cathy's kitchen where a window was smashed but the rest left intact their doors are now open, less than 24 hours after being vanlized. >> for us here in cathy's kitchen it's about people coming in, smiling a little bit. laughing a little bit.
some people come in and they're crying a little bit. it's a place to heal and what better way to do that than with food? >> reporter: they can do that because peaceful protesters stopped looters from trying to break into the business that was his wife's long-time dream. cathy's kitchen, the restaurant named after her. >> they didn't allow looters to vandalize the building. the new place that we're opening, the barbecue place, we estimated it got about $22,000 in damage. they broke out 25 of the windows. >> reporter: jerome jenkins is also a coach, teaching many of the young men in this town about basketball and life. he says this community could have been saved from the devastation that hit his street and west florissant. >> my first reaction was the disappointment for my governor more than what was happening because we had an opportunity for this not to happen. >> reporter: he mostably blames the governor for not ordering the national toward to the streets earlier to stop the destruction. >> don't you think, though, there is some personal responsibility that needs to be taken by the police that
actually did this and committed the crimes? >> well, we have to look at it from another point of view. everybody out there that are protesting are not protesters. we also have criminals involved. as you guys have seen, we even have homeless people involved. this is the first time in society where a criminal feels he has a voice, and he's angry too. so what do you expect a criminal to do? this is an opportunity that a criminal, all he has to do is look in the past and realize that they're not going to do anything. so he gets to march up and down the street for once in his life and rob and steal without being penalized. >> reporter: sara sidner, cnn, ferguson, missouri. >> one thing happening on this black friday in the u.s. is that protesters are using social media to urge a nationwide boycott of retailers on what is the biggest shopping day of the year. this is after anger, right? over the ferguson decision. it's also threatened to overshadow the macy's thanksgiving day parade in new
york. that's what this footage is from. seven people were arrested after they tried to disrupt the parade in protest of michael brown's death. now, coming up later this hour, we'll bring you an in-depth report on this man. take a look. his name is shawn parcells. he assisted in one of the autopsies on michael brown's body back in august. now people are accusing him of being a fraud. why he says that's actually not true. later this hour. it is getting cheaper to fuel up your car these days. i have certainly noticed. and especially after oil prices hit four-year lows on thursday. the plunge followed opec's decision to maintain oil production levels despite a 30% decline in prices since june. this was a departure for the cartel, which usually cuts production to drive prices up. >> there was pressure to make that cut as well. but opec's largest member, saudi arabia, was firmly against it.
this all comes as bad news for oil-producing nations that desperately need the cash that would have been generated by higher prices. but opec's secretary-general says there's no need to worry. >> four years or four years and a half we have a very decent price. so now price decline. that does not mean we should really rush and do something. we have to wait and see how the market will settle. >> for a closer look at opec's decision and its impact let's turn to our expert on all things, nina dos santos. live in london. why did opec decide ton cut right now? >> yeah, natalie, good morning. opec is basically in a bind between losing market share and its market share is already shrinking as you see, more oil being pumped online by the united states because of its own shale oil boom over there. and the other thing they have to consider is of course price.
the pendulum swung definitely in favor of market share here because they decided to maintain their current pumping capacity at a ceiling of over 30 million barrels of oil a day for these 12 members here. they already pump a little more than that. they already have a tough time getting their members to police their own targets for the reasons that errol just mentioned there. because every extra bit of cash that comes into their revenues is badly needed. they definitely err on the side of market share to keep their momentum going, refusing to turn off some of these pumps but that's really difficult for a number of opec members. why? because they've been budgeting for the oil price and about $100 a barrel to balance their budgets. and now what we're seeing if you take a look at the oil prices in today's session a really sharp sell-off. remember this commodity was well over $100 a barrel six months ago. take a look at the plunge for brent crude in particular. this is the largely european traded contract which is the very aektive one to these kinds
of opec decisions as you can see. currently trading down just shy of $72 on the barrel. that is way down from what we've seen about six months ago. if we look at wti, which is the west texas intermediate contract, natalie, this is the main united states contract. remember that over in the united states where you are the benefits of lower gas prices are passed on far more rapidly toward consumers and this is where we're really seeing the reaction. look at that. way below $70 a barrel. many analysts say it could fall even perhaps as far as 60 and even below that ceiling, and if that does happen, boy, that will give the u.s. economy another boost. >> it's been amazing at the pump. you just look and go oh, my goodness, is this the correct price for this gasoline? we used to say opec and everyone would jump. today, though, it is opec losing some of its relevance, nina? >> opec still has about 80% of the world's proven oil and gas reserves but it only pumps about
40% of the world's crude at the moment. and the decision we saw this week really raises some credibility issues for opec. many people will be asking themselves, especially the members within opec themselves that wanted the price to rise and supply to be cut, they'll be asking themselves what really is opec's role here? because opec was set up to try to police supply to try to keep prices high for its members. one school of thought dictates that what saudi arabia is trying to do is protect its business model in the long term, keep the prices low to ride out the current shale oil gas boom in the united states, but a lot of people skeptical about whether or not this will come at the cost of severe disruptions for opec down the line as koufrnts like nigeria and iran feel the bite. the current oil price today stands at even a third of what iran had budgeted for.
that's going to knock their finances seriously out of line. and if this situation continues and the oil price continues to fall what some people expect here is that opec will have to have an extraordinary meeting perhaps in february to address another falling oil price. >> all right. we'll wait and see when that happens. nina dos santos, as always, thank you. australian cricket fans are facing a tough weekend ahead as they remember phil hughes. we'll see how they plan to honor their fallen hero coming up. also ahead this hour the trults of a trial for an ebola vaccine are in. find out what it might mean for this current outbreak. that's coming up.
it is friday evening, in australia where cricket fans will spend this weekend remembering one of the game's fallen stars. there are tributes nationwide for batsman phil hughes who died thursday two days after being hit in the head by a ball. some matches are being canceled and players across the country are being asked to wear black arm bands. >> statistics say it's clearly a freak incident, but one freak incident is one freak incident too many. that of course puts us in a position of looking into that, and we will immediately in consultation with the manufacturers and the other safety providers or regulators look into it to make sure that these things are addressed and
improved, and it's a matter of interest not just for us here in australia but for cricketers all over the world. >> considering sutherland's comments there we asked an expert about what kind of changes could make cricket safer. >> well, i think there are issues of technique again that it's very uncommon to get hit in the back of the neck. so that could be a factor. and players of course are taught to duck away from the delivery if they can't play it. but i guess once you're committed to play it, if you don't keep your eye on the ball you'll get hit in the front of the head, which of course would be safe. so the key was that phillip seems to have -- he moved his head away and wasn'ting watching the ball, and that probably was the problem. all these things, there's a combination of factors. so it was a technical problem, and then i would guess there might well be something that was
slightly wrong with the vertebral artery that it could rupture. i'm not saying that is the case. but it's very seldom when you have a tragedy like this that you can explain it simply on the basis of one factor. >> well, according to peter ruckner, the darkt for the australian cricket team, the ball that struck hughes caused his vertebral artery, which you can see here in red, to compress. the artery then split with the bleeding flowing up into the brain, sms that is frequently fatal. a study published in the european spine journal found the injury is common in patients with head and neck injuries. brazilian football legend pele is in the intensive care unit at a hots in sao paolo, brazil. but officials there say the 74-year-old's condition has improved. he's apparently been battling an infection since he had surgery recently to remove kidney stones. a statement on pele's twitter feed says, "i want to take this opportunity to let you know i'm
doing fine." we hope so. in mexico a disturbing find is rattling the families of those 43 missing college students. 11 bodies were found in guerrero state thursday. the victims have not been identified, and it's not yet known if there's a connection to the students who disappeared in september but the discovery of the remains came on the same day mexico's president proposed giving the state control over local police forces. he is under growing pressure to do something about complaints of police brutality and corruption. u.s. scientists say human trials of an experimental vaccine against ebola have delivered promising results. research has been fast tracked because of the outbreak in west africa, which has claimed more than 5,000 lives now. more on the vaccine's results and its promise from our naima al bagar. >> reporter: finally some good news in the war against ebola.
the first human trials of an experimental vaccine have been called by the "new england journal of medicine" an unqualified success. >> there still are some unanswered questions. we know from some of the preliminary work that went on in animal studies previously that the antibodies that are generated in response to the vaccine don't last as long as we would like. there was a clear reduction over a fairly long period of time. >> reporter: glaxosmithkline has said that by the end of 2015 they could have as many as 1 million doses ready to go but in west africa the need is growing and the need is very much present. the united nations has said that a december 1st deadline to contain as many as 70% of ebola patients safely and to bury as many as 70% of those bodies of those who have died from the disease safely will not be met.
it's very much a disheartening blow to the scaled-up international response, to bring this epidemic under control. nima elbadir, cnn, london. winter weather knocked out the power for tens of thousands of americans trying to cook a turkey on the thanksgiving holiday. not sure what happened with that. up next more on where the cold front is headed.
welcome back. israeli authorities say they've broken up a hamas terror plot to attack civilians. they say targets included jerusalem's biggest football stadium and its light rail system. security officials say they arrested 30 hamas operatives back in september and confiscated rifles, am snigs, and explosives. they say the network was based in the west bank but included recruits trained in jordan, gaza, and syria. israel says hamas leaders in turkey were the ones calling the shots here. a reuters news agency quotes a hamas spokesman as saying the group has no information about these israeli claims. now, torrential rain has brought flooding to northern gaza city, forcing hundreds of people from their homes.
as we've been telling you these past few hours. the u.n.'s relief agency has declared a state of emergency there as well. people throughout gaza are already struggling to rebuild after a heavy israeli bombardment earlier this year, you may remember. >> that's just not right. they don't even have homes yet. well, that winter storm that hit the northeastern u.s. this week has left tens of thousands of homes without power, and for some it may not be back on until later today. authorities in maine and vermont say wet snow on power lines left many people trying to prepare their thanksgiving dinners in the dark. well, the meal must go on. so i'm sure they found a way, right? >> that's true, actually. >> nor'easter? i'm saying what nor'easter. i'm just trying to figure out how i can get in between my weather hits and take advantage of those black friday specials. >> good luck with that. >> people have been lined up for hours. >> i'm just still eating. i've got my to go plate behind me. >> she's not kidding. there is food back there.
>> the good news is temperatures are going to start increasing and that nester we were talking about a couple days ago, that's out of here. let's talk about it. we've got plenty to discuss here but first and foremost we will just quickly touch on what was the nor'easter that's brought the snowfall and travel headaches for the busiest travel day of the year across the eastern seaboard of the united states. you can see in our latest radar throughout that region that only a few flurries remain. the storm system quickly exiting to the northeast. a warm front moving through the country before a cold front comes by the middle of the weekend but we're going to see warming temperatures along the east coast from washington to new york city as well as boston. forecast temperatures from saturday into sunday, especially over the eastern half, there is a cooldown, however, with another set of cold air that comes through, but that's not until next week. so worry about that then. what about the rest of the country? we actually have a storm system over the pacific northwest that's going to bring a significant amount of rain and snow even from northern california all the way to
washington. by the way, we're monitoring a storm system for california that could bring six to ten inches for that area, which is good news. obviously, they've had a drought over the past several years, they'll take whatever they can get. obviously, we don't like to see that much rainfall in a short period of time. we'll keep you up to date on that. another rainy part of the world is across parts of europe. experiencing plenty of wet weather from spain to morocco. and that is where we've also had reports of water spouts and tornadoes as well. impressive rainfall totals coming out of that region with more wet weather to come. you can see the storms churning across that area, heavy rains, severe winds and the possibility of a water spout or a tornado, believe it or not. look at the storm system just churning about. wet weather for an already saturated morocco. remember we've been talking about some of the flooding taking place there. we'll look out for the possibility of more flooding as upwards of 150 millimeters of rainfall expected within the next 48 hours across that region. that's all the time we have from the world weather center.
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you are still watching cnn, and we love that. >> yes. don't -- >> don't go anywhere. welcome back, everyone. i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm natalie allen. our top stories this hour. >> right now pope francis is on his way to turkey. during his three-day trip he'll meet with turkey's president, and he's expected to denounce violence by islamic militants targeting christians there. christians are among the hundreds of thousands of refugees who've fled to turkey to escape isis in iraq and syria. the head of cricket australia says it's too soon to say when the next test series will go forward following the death of batsman phil hughes. the 25-year-old died thursday after being hit by a ball during a match in sydney. certainly a freak accident. in mexico a disturbing find is rattling the families of 43 missing college students.
11 bodies partially boundary and some even decapitated were found in guerrero state on thursday. the victims have not yet been identified, and it's not known if there's a connection to the students who disappeared in september. well, the frifg holiday in the u.s. seemed to bring more calm to the streets of ferguson, missouri. people maybe just stopping for a moment, catching their breath, enjoying their fleemgz. >> yeah. that could be the case. >> national guard troops were out thursday turning people away from stores that are still closed after this week's sxrienlt destructive protests over the michael brown case. >> those protests erupted after a grand jury decided not to charge brown's killer, a white police officer. protest organizers say they plan to return to the streets night after night. a man who assisted with one of the autopsies of michael brown gave a news conference and many interviews about his findings. >> but now he's the subject of scrutiny himself. as questions emerge about his
qualifications. elizabeth cohen has this story. >> reporter: the ferguson, missouri case created a media star out of an assistant pathologist. but a cnn investigation shows he may not be exactly what he appears to be. out of the death and violence in ferguson, missouri this summer a turn to be a media star for a man named shawn parcells. >> first of all, i'm professor shawn parcells. >> reporter: he dazzled with details on the private autopsy of michael brown. >> two gunshot wounds to the head indicating that mr. brown was bending over as they were coming down. >> we're back with shawn parcells, who assisted in the autopsy of michael brown. >> now shawn parcells. >> even here on cnn. >> shawn parcells, thank you very much. >> he's appeared in the media time and again as a forensic pathology expert. we know he assisted dr. michael baden in the private autopsy commissioned by michael brown's family. baden said he was a good assistant. parcells is not a doctor.
he calls himself a forensics medical consultant, a medical investigator and a professor. but is he what he says he is? >> so you call yourself a professor. >> yes. >> where are you a professor? >> i'm at an adjunct professor at washburn university in to pique o., kansas. >> reporter: but that, as far as we can tell, isn't accurate. we contacted washburn university. they say while he has spoken to nursing students he's not now and never been an adjunct professor there. >> washburn university states that's not true. >> i have a contract that states it is true. >> can you show us that contract? >> i can. >> but he never showed that contract saying he was an adjunct professor. he later said it was proprietary. >> i see him as a fraud. that's the best word i would say describes shawn parcells to me. >> manipulator. >> very good con artist is the way i'd put it. >> reporter: in missouri deputy sheriffs grant gillett and justin jeffers say shawn
parcells performed an autopsy in a criminal case without a doctor present. >> sew introduced himself as a pathologist, as a medical doctor. >> that is correct. >> and he seemed believable? >> very well. >> yes. >> you two are both experienced law enforcement officers. and even you were duped. >> that's right. >> the deputies say without a medical doctor's signature on robert forrester's autopsy report it's not valid. >> it's been more than two years since the crime. can you move forward with the prosecution? >> we cannot move forward at this time with with that case at all. >> why not? >> because the autopsy was not performed legally. so we cannot use any evidence found from the autopsy in a court of law to be used to prosecute any skuspects on the case. >> reporter: that means according to the deputies bobby forrester, accused of killing his grandfather, was set free and he went on to beat up his grandmother. shawn parlsz says he never told
the deputies he's a doctor. >> they want to think i'm a doctor, that's their issue. people assume stuff all the time and they may never ask. it's bad that they're assuming and that they never ask. >> reporter: parcells, who has a bachelor's degree, says he's supervised by medical doctors but sometimes they're not present when he performs an autopsy procedure. >> so you do autopsies where there's not a pathologist or an m.d. anywhere in the room? >> at times. sometimes the pathologist is there and sometimes they're not. >> you're not an m.d. >> i'm not an m.d. >> but it's legal for you to be cutting up bodies, taking organs out, making observations? >> yes. >> reporter: this even though a letter on his own company's letterhead states unequivocally that during each and every forensic autopsy conducted the attending pathologist is present at all times. "we always have the attending pathologist present and directing the autopsy examination." and if you think that's shocking, the owner of this
funeral home says parcells promised to arrange for an autopsy on the remains of an unidentified body but didn't show up for more than a week. maggots appeared. and where's that body now? phelps county deputy coroner lennox jones would love to know. he says he's not heard from parcells in more than a year. when we asked parcells where's the body we got a barrage of on sents. >> lennox jones says he's never heard back from you. >> he has. holy [ bleep ]. excuse my language. but i've got [ bleep ] e-mails to prove him and i going back and forth and the fact he ignores me. he's a [ bleep ]. you want to be truthful? he is a [ bleep ] head. and i am sorry to cuss like this on your cameras. but this particular case miss mez off. >> reporter: parcells adds the coroner can pick up the body from his morgue in topeka any time. why haven't they gone after him? dr. mary case, chief prosecutor for st. louis county says prosecutors might be worried. they says some of them may have
used his autopsy reports to get convictions, convictions they don't want overturned. >> you could be a problem for that prosecuting attorney if that prosecutor has prosecuted somebody based upon shawn's findings. of course. that's a problem. >> for the prosecutor. >> for the prosecutor. >> reporter: so no one wants to go after him. >> no one has. no one has to this point. >> reporter: a county in missouri did file a complaint with the state's medical licensing board saying they expected a pathologist to be at the procedure, but instead parcells did it on his own. the board closed the case without taking any action and wouldn't tell us why. back to you. >> thanks, elizabeth. parcells insist the forrester death investigation was "doomed from the start" because the man's body was embaumd prior to the autopsy and the sheriff's department never turned over records needed for the autopsy report to be completed. the sheriff's office says parcells never asked for such
records. >> very strange. very strange story there. all right. now to some news out of afghanistan. the taliban have claimed responsibility for two attacks in kabul on thursday. a suicide car bomb hit a british embassy vehicle killing five, including one british national. four children were among the more than 14 people wounded in this blast. gunmen also targeted a guest house for foreigners. authorities say at least two of the three attackers were killed. a syrian opposition group says the government is continuing its air assault on the steve raqqa. it says the latest strike from this video you can see here killed at least seven people including three men and a child. raqqa is the self-declared capital of isis militants. now, investigators in india say two teenage girls who were found hanging from a tree died from suicide, not murder. the video we're about to show
you is very graphic. it shows you the scene right after the girls were found. >> you can imagine the reaction to their conclusion that these girls hung themselves. a brother of one of the girls says the new report is completely wrong. sanima udas in new delhi where a lot of other people share that opinion. >> reporter: two girls hanging from a mango tree, swaying in the wind for some 15 hours, reigniting outrage over crimes against women in india. six months on the country's top investigating agency, the central bureau of investigation, says based on some 40 forensic reports the two girls were not gang-raped or murdered as claimed by local authorities. the investigators say the girls in fact committed suicide. they say there was no male dna found on the girls' bodies and no major issues or signs of conflict. this contradicts autopsy findings six months ago, which found the girls had been raped
and murdered. five people were accused of the crimes. police say three of them even confessed to raping thing girls. reactions to the new report has been strong, with many people openly questioning the findings. the country's leading women's rights organization has rejected suicide as the cause of death. on social media mainly reactions of disbelief. one person tweeted, "why will two girls climb up a mango tree and hang themselves together?" another, "from murder, rape, honor killing, to now suicide. what is going on?" the family members of the two girls say they don't believe the new findings and will approach the country's supreme court and the prime minister to seek justice. the central bureau of investigation, though, says its investigation is now complete. but the questions and controversies surrounding the death is just beginning. sunimo odas, cnn, new delhi.
the sister of north korean leader kim jong un is being referred to as a senior party official by pyongyang state media. this is quite interesting because kim yo jong is in her 20s and is often seen near her brother at political events. we've highlighted her in some pictures here for you. the news of her promotion comes
just weeks after kim jong un resurfaced following more than a month out of the public eye. sama mosan is live in seoul following these developments. what's interesting is when he reemerged with that cane by his side and we were wondering what was wrong with his health and what really happened, she may have actually played a role in the whole stagecraft of that. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely, errol. she is incredibly young. we don't know too much about her. but what we do know is very interesting. she is believed to have been sxhind leading the propaganda wing of the workers' party. and as you say, when we saw him disappearing, re-emerge iing, ft limping, dragging his leg and then with a cane, apparently this was her idea. according to people in the know who have spoken to cnn, they say
that she was orchestrating this as a form of propaganda to say look at how hard my brother, kim jong un, your leader, is working for the people of north korea. so it was a way of turning around the mystery surrounding his disappearance in their favor. she's been given many similar roles of responsibility. she's considered incredibly reliable, both under her father's leadership, who incidentally kim jong il had said that had she been a male he would have named her a successor. and then alongside her brother as well since he came to power. she's been what we might describe as the equivalent of a white house chief of staff. she's privy to policy making. she's privy to intelligence briefings. as we said, the propaganda wing as well. she's young. she's obviously incredibly feisty. and she's been given this incredible position of power. a deputy director of the central committee of the workers' party. and we're just really learning more and more about her right now.
errol? >> would you say that kim jong un's inner circle is shrinking or is it just being reshuffled? there were reports earlier this year about his uncle being possibly executed as well as this purge happening in other branches of the government. so are those who he can trust just diminishing, getting smaller? >> reporter: it's really not very clear because it's such a secretive state as to who remains in place and what's happening inside north korea. but we do know that yes, he arrested and within a few days ordered the execution of his own uncle, an incredibly senior and powerful man within the workers' party. that happened last december. stories started emerging through christmas and the new year about that happening. virtually immediately 37 and then of course we've seen people who are considered allies and the close entourage and the inner circle of his uncle of the
workers' party were also being targeted. there's certainly been some kind of downsizing going on in north korea, and now we're seeing his sister come to the fore. he is perhaps addressing his inner circle, keeping those he trusts most close to him. and by the way, why is she so close to him? because they do have seven siblings. kim jong il, their father, had relationships with four different women out of which seven siblings came, but crucially, kim jong un and kim yo jong share the same mother. they are incredibly close. he will rely on her and want to keep her as close as possible. and what experts tell us is those people who watch north korea very closely is that without kim or the other visible at any one time it will be very hard to hold that tight grip on the leadership in north korea. and that is why if we don't see him we will be sure to see her. errol? >> very good point there. a quarter to 6:00 in seoul, south korea.
sima moson with the latest out of north korea. thank you. it is friday evening in brisbane, australia. if you're watching, good evening, brisbane. this time yesterday, though, the city saw some of the strongest storms in nearly three decades. >> they came in with what seemed like a vengeance. but did they head out with a whimper? it wasn't too bad, rioght? or was it? the suspense is killing me. >> it was relatively strock. equivalent to category 1 hurricane in terms of the wind gusts. 140-kilometer per-hour wind gusts coming out of that region. very, very strong. this was yesterday at about this time. in fact, happening locally at 4:45 in the evening. you can see it on the zliet loop across this region.
the storm moved through but not before leaving that reported wind gust at archer field airport. 25 kilometers south of brisbane. you can see exactly what was happening on the ground throughout brisbane. it was rather impressive. we actually had some destruction. in fact, we encountered some airplanes overturned on the tarmac. and also some destruction in the city center as well with localized flooding. basical basically, what happened was two individual storms that merged together to form one of the strongest storms in nearly a decade or three decades, rather. let's talk about what's happening in the south china sea. moving on very quickly because we have what is some tropical development on the western half of the philippines. and this is going to move into central and southern vietnam by sunday. if you're traveling to ho chi minh city or perhaps to the north near hanoi, we are expecting heavy rain to start to
inundate this region thanks to our tropical disturbance. here is on our latest satellite imagery not a lot of organization to this storm but nonetheless you can start to see some rotation as it nears the vietnam coast. and again, sustained winds at the moment actually up by 10 kilometers per hour since the last update. it is going to strengthen over the next 24 hours before making landfall. we'll be keeping a close eye on this for being a windmaker and obviously a rainmaker as it eventually impacts the region. all right. that's all the time we have from the world weather center. we've got more news and headlines coming up after the break.
we've got the scene for you. appleton, wisconsin. shoppers lined up as early as wednesday and camped out overnight to get my present. they were hoping to save money at the gift sales, which actually started in some stores yesterday. thanksgiving day holiday historically, as you know, black friday, that's today, is one of the biggest days of the year for retailers but it's no longer a one-day event and you can go online too. >> it's some people pushing back to thanksgiving. this year the national retail federation predicts about 140 million consumers are likely to shop over the entire weekend coming up. but did you ever wonder how the name black friday came about? >> yeah.
and i've already gotten. i knew at one point. the term has changed quite a bit over the years. here's a quick history lesson for you. >> reporter: sounds kind of scary. and it was. black friday first referred to the collapse of the u.s. gold market in 1869. a century later philadelphia police used black friday to describe chaos and congestion. downtown streets were clogged were hordes of shoppers headed to the big department stores. retailers hated the term. but then try dream reinvented. it was the day their profits went from red to black. so they said. black friday started catching op in the '80s and '90s. pushed by the growth of big block stores. today it's all about bargains, and black friday's dark roots are for the history books. >> how do you know what to buy, right? well, new york is a favorite destination for many holiday travelers. department store window displays, that's the key to help
you make that key decision during the holiday season. >> they're just so lovely as well 37 cnn's vanessa jurkevich takes us behind the scenes to see how the displays at macy's are made. >> reporter: 20 sculptors, five painters, five graphic artists and one elaborate story. that's macy's recipe for their six holiday windows. >> our windows are a combination of old school artistry, basically sculptures, creating these beautiful scenes. plus digital and mechanical artistry. >> reporter: it takes a village to create one of macy's windows. the design team starts working a year in advance. and they've gotten good because they basically invented window dressing back in 1870. they were the first retailer to do it in new york city. and it's been bringing shoppers through the door ever since. >> what kind of investment is this? >> for us it's a gift to the
city. and we feel you that really don't put a price on a gift. >> reporter: but it's a pretty pricey gift. analysts suggest it can cost up to $150,000 each. and that's not including labor. but once you see what goes into it, that may not seem so crazy. at a warehouse in brooklyn dozens of santa's helpers paint, sculpt, and drill around the clock. >> so this is where all the magic happens. >> this is where the magic happens. >> reporter: reindeer are made from 3-d printers, the displays from styrofoam, and there are 1,000 l.e.d. lights. they even let me in on the fun. >> i have so many dreams of going to the moon so, this is such a thrill for me. >> reporter: when the windows are complete, they're taken apart, boxed up and taken to herald square where they have to fit through this small door and into this 12 1/2 by 7 1/2-foot space. >> after each piece is loaded in
one by one, this is what it's like to be standing in one of these windows. and millions and millions of tourists and new yorkers will get to see exactly this. >> reporter: how can you measure whether or not these windows ray success or a hit? >> we are looking at the way the children react to our windows. and many of us have seen the children come right up to the glass and putting their faces against our glass, and then that's how we know that this was a success. >> reporter: ah, the magic of the beautiful holidays, and then the rush of the crowd. that's what we're going to see today. thanks for joining us here on cnn. i'm natalie allen. >> natalie allen will be hold things down here over the weekend. >> you have a nice weekend, sir. >> i'll see you all next week. coming up next, though, another special hour of our coverage. max foster is in london with all latest on all our top stories. have a great day. >> happy black friday. my name's louis,
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. pope francis steps out of his christian comfort zone to bring different words together. we are live and waiting for his arrival. i'm max foster in london. also ahead, as fans mourn the loss of phil hughes, chiefs are working hard to stop the repeat of the freak accident that killed him. plus. i don't understand why we're in denial. i don't understand why we don't want to believe this. i don't want to believe it. >> the latest woman to accuse bill cosby of sexual assault is speaking out as a long time ally breaks ties with the embattled comedian. pope francis is