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. the world on high alert this morning as authorities close in on suspects linked to terror plots. several arrests over the weekend show how wide the web of terror cells has spread. ice danger. frozen roads lead to car pileups across the northeast. it caused flight delays. what can we expect for the remainder of the week? relief could be on the way for middle class. president obama unveiling new tax proposals. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans.
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john berman has the morning off. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. police in europe are on high alert as investigators try to unravel a web of sleeper cells. new arrests include five in belgium and two in france. prosecutors say these suspects were crossing into italy. the officials are seeking extradition of several people arrested in greece following the police shootout in belgium that left two terror suspects dead and one injured. police out in numbers not out seen in 35 years patrolling the streets and embassies. starting by live is ivan watson. ivan what is the latest this morning? >> reporter: good morning, christine. you have european diplomats meaning for the first time in brussels today since the deadly attack on the "charlie hebdo" in paris and the other raids in
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belgium where police were fired upon and two were killed. they were alleged to be plotting to attack belgium police officers. the foreign policy for the european union says counter terrorism efforts are on the top of the meeting agenda. take a listen. >> we start with a discussion on how counter terrorism in europe and other parts of the world. immediate in mediterranean and africa. i'm meeting with the secretary-general. the threat we face in paris and other muslim countries. we need to strengthen our way of cooperating together. >> reporter: christine, the belgium investigators here are
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dealing with the home grown problem, five of the suspects they arrested and charged with participation and terror organization are all belgium citizens, but an inter national problem. greek police arrested one that officials linked to the plot to attack police officers here in belgium. the belgium authorities have requested the extradition of that individual. they have also requested the extradition of two more suspects linked to the plot who were arrested by french authorities while trying to cross the border from france into italy last week. this is an international phenomenon. >> it is. ivan we have these separate issues. belgium and what happened in france. now you have the greek angle to the belgium arrest. is there a feeling -- are investigators saying these are all somehow connected or
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separate sleep cells that are coming alive all the same time. . >> reporter: it is a good question. they have taken care not to link the attacks on the "charlie hebdo" in paris to the jihadist plot to attack police officers here in belgium. they kept those two cases separated. however, belgium investigators have said that there does seem to be a common thread running through the suspects they detained. that is almost all of them have previously traveled to syria and have had membership in the isis militant group. that's similar to the suspects who were involved in those terrible gun battles and those killings in france. >> ivan watson thank you. in france a source with the knowledge of the paris terror attacks tells cnn police are seeking two people whose dna was
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found on amedy coulibaly's belongings. including dna found on a gun magazine. coulibaly killed four hostages in a kosher market before police shot and killed him. three women held in connection with the paris attacks were released on sunday. the prosecutor's office says nine others are still being interrogated. i want to bring in our senior correspondent nic robertson live in paris. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. the dna found on an ammunition clip magazine clip bullets for a weapon inside amedy coulibaly's apartment. that's one of the leads the police are following. whose dna is that? they want to talk to that person. then dna found in a car that french media believes was used by coulibaly as he went to the kosher supermarket that he laid siege to and killed four people on the friday after the "charlie
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hebdo" attack. two key suspect for the police they are now looking for. the popularity of the president here has taken a boost in the polls. up 21 points. prime minister up 17 points. that clearly a validation of the french people they think the government is handling this well. that comes on a day when one of the coulibaly's victims, the french police woman, the day after the attack on "charlie hebdo" she will be buried today. clarissa jean phillipe. christine. thank you, nic. nic was saying the funeral will be held for the officer who killed coulibaly. as he just said she will be laid to rest in martineque.
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right now to a possible truce as the battle intenseifies in yemen. an immediate cease-fire with the government and shi'ite rebels. fighting is still ongoing, but a larger threat as the government deals with this, there are concerns that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula may benefit. our senior correspondent nick paton walsh has the latest for us. explain to our viewers this morning this complicated web and how every one of these moves has an equal and opposite reaction somewhere else. it is incredibly dangerous. >> reporter: every time yemen spirals greater into chaos, it benefits al qaeda in the arabian peninsula.
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we heard in the last hour the shelling exchange of artillery intensifying. it is concentrated around the presidential administration and every yemeni official. let me wind back a bit to how we got to this morning. the president's chief of staff reported two days ago that the fear that most government officials could be abducted. people they are facing are facing opponents here. the houthi tribes and militia. they would detain a staff and the government puts some streets on lockdown to defend the key officials. the houthis did not like that. they were attacked. the government said it was the houthis who attacked them. the president is safe in his house. it is hard for people to come to him and him to meet political opponents and try to negotiate a
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cease-fire. the roads are blocked. right now, we are hearing the battle and hour in yemen on the streets. a cease-fire is declared, but we are hearing it is not holding here. >> how is that deteriorating conditions going on? draw that thread that connection. >> reporter: as we all know failing states turn to failed states and then it is very easy for al qaeda. like in afghanistan during the taliban for a foothold. it gets harder for yemeni officials. losing hundreds in the fighting here. it gets harder for the yemens to see through the chaos and look for targets and stop al qaeda. today is a massive escalation to civil conflict. perhaps a change of power at the capital here. a real fear that things are changing dramatically hour by
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hour. as that sectarian divide with the sunni and shi'ite begins to rise here many sunnis are helping them and that makes their job easier. >> nick paton walsh, thank you. we will look at the battle against terrorism tonight with two cnn special reports. at 9:00 p.m. jake tapper goes inside the paris attacks. then at 9:30 "the war within islam." looking at what can be done to eradicate violence. ten minutes past the hour. below freezing conditions on the roads in the northeast. this was the scene on interstate 76 outside philadelphia. up to 50 cars involved in the chain-reaction crash. one person died. the same scene played in the northwest. 100 people slammed into each other in northeast oregon.
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a man sandwiched between two semis. he survived. that is a terrifying picture. "new day" will speak with him live about the crash at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. back to cold weather with more storms in the forecast for the northeast. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri for an early look at your weather. >> good morning, christine. let's take a look at what is happening here. we had a messy scenario on sunday with the hundreds of accidents in the northeast. temperatures in the 20s. rain showers. a lot of slick conditions. the storm system on the move. pushing to the canadian maritime. certainly get some action with 4 to 10 inches in northern vermont and new hampshire. 1 to 4 inches there. and freezing rain is possible across the region. about 500,000 people under that warning. the storm will push out of here with residual moisture. it will be gusty over the metro cities across the northeast.
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new york city the average is 32. it stays at or above average or it will feel windy and colder. possibly for flurries on wednesday morning with wet weather moving in. high pressure large and in charge across the southeast. temperatures mild from atlanta to dallas. pushing close to 70 in the next 24 hours. changes in the weather. another cold spell ahead of the next couple of days. you see the storm as it exits the picture. we will watch this as we head to the middle of the week. pedram thank you. a time for an early start on your money. european shares are higher. the european central bank meets this week. asian shares are lower. china's benchmark closing 8% this morning. three are penalized for breaking rules on margin trading.
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the u.s. stock market is closed for the dr. martin luther king jr. holiday. triple digits for the dow are almost the norm. we are seeing that in commodities like oil and copper. analysts expect more big swings in the future. 12 minutes past the hour. much more on the terror raids we have been following. how worried should we be? and president obama about to unveil new tax proposals aimed at giving a boost to middle class families. will those plans make it past congress?
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we are following all of the developments in europe. investigators searching for links between terror sleeper cells. perhaps as many as 20 of them in northern europe. police conducted raids in the past several days in belgium, france and greece. for the insight on the raids, let's turn to the managing director of the holiquom foundation. when you look at the 20 cells, it is remarkable what the investigators are trying to determine right now. do you think they are all related or they are separate cells all seemingly to operate at the same time? >> i think they are separate cells. i think what the common denominator is they believe the call to jihad and terrorist activities that both isil and al
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qaeda called for. al qaeda doing it for the last 12 or 13 years or more. i think there are a number of people who are in europe who may not have any allegiance to one particular group or had allegiance to one group and moved on. they want to try to cause as much fear and panic and so-called revenge for what they consider to be activities that we are undertaking in iraq and syria to defend the people in that area. >> what do you make of the police response and investigators response? we are talking about investigations and sweeps in at least three countries at this point. obviously maybe more. do you think the police sponsor the investigators response has been correct? >> absolutely. one of the problems that mainland europe faces is that we have something called the shengan visa. that means traveling from one country in europe to another.
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it is quite fluid and transparent. you don't have to show any documentation. it is very easy for a lot of these terrorists or cells to be linked and travel easily. i think the response finally is getting to the grips of causing and really bringing about better inter-country cooperation. obviously what happened in france is a horrific tragedy and affects all of us. we are having better cooperation from the different european police forces and intelligence agencies. >> it seems like now what they are trying to do is track people and find people and watch movements of people. see where the people who have been coming back from syria and figure out where they are going. you talk about the european union. they have freedom of movement and so many suspects are french citizens and belgium citizens.
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it makes it that much more difficult. what about the core of this? it how much attention is being paid to the policies and environments causing people to be attracted to these movements? >> i think what herein lies the problem. the countries in europe are all reacting in different ways. at the crux of what they need to do there has to be a twofold response. the first part of the response obviously catch the people that we suspect may be preparing to carry out terrorist activities and also look at the people that have been identified as coming back from iraq and syria. in some cases, not having gone there in the first place and provide deradicalization. ultimately we want to win this struggle long term. we as a society need to get involved in the battle of ideas.
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we need to look at the root causes of what drives these youngsters and individuals to the radicalization. it is the jihadi number. they feel is at war with everybody else and vice versa. secondly the theological justification of not only does god want you to do this, but god will reward you. we really need to do that. if we want to win this battle we can't do it purely through legislation or through criminality. we must as europe and the rest of the west as well get a grips with the battle of ideas. if we don't do that, we will never win this long term. >> what causes the attraction to the jihadi narrative. thank you so much.
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nice to see you. president obama gives his annual state of the union address and he wants to make sure middle income earners to benefit. he wants the cuts paid for with the fee increases. we will have more on that right after the break.
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president obama gives annual state of the union address to
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congress and markquee proposal is the tax cuts for the middle class. michelle kosinski has the latest from the white house. >> reporter: let's talk about that. he wants to cut rates right now. the rate is 20%. he wants to raise it to 28%. he wants to impose a fee on large financial institutions. this was big talk on the sunday morning shows. a senior advisor was on "meet the press" and republican congress member was on cnn's "state of the union." you will hear here they were on different pages. >> a proposition now the economy is in a stronger place, we need to double down with waste stagnation and declining economic mobility. we should ask the wealthy to pay a little more. >> it is a non starter. we are not just one good tax
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increase away from prosperity in the nation. this nation had its all-time high highest of receipts coming into the treasury. will they be better off or small businesses better off with more taxes and more government? no. >> reporter: here are the tax cuts that president obama ultimately wants to offer. he wants a tax credit for dual income families and trip the child tax credit. we will hear a lot about this as republicans and president obama wrangle over tax reform. >> erin mcpike, thank you. the secret service is investigating who fired multiple gunshots outside a car outside the sealed perimeter of joe biden's home. agents have been searching the
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area for bullets and shell casings. a second shooting nearby a short time later. for the first time boko haram insurgents have crossed the border and attacking a village in cameroon and killing 3 and kidnapping 80. the super bowl xlix is set. tom brady and the patriots crushed the colts in the game. the seahawks staged a fourth quarter rally to beat the green bay packers to earn their second straight trip to the super bowl. the super bowl will be held in arizona on february 1st. the seahawks will be the first team to repeat since the
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patriots did it in 2003 and 2004. authorities cracking down over fears of imminent sleeper cells. we have security forces stepped up. we are live on the ground.
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crackdown on terror. authorities across europe arrests suspects believed connected to sleeper cells. deadly ice dangers. hundreds of accidents halting traffic across the northeast after a flash freeze sent cars spinning. are we in for more hazardous conditions? president obama announcing plans to tax the highest u.s. earners to help the middle class. will republicans consider this proposal? welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman has the morning off. police across europe are on high alert. investigators trying to unravel a web of suspected sleeper cells. new arrests include five in belgium, two more in france.
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prosecutors say those two are crossing into italy. this morning, belgium officials are seeking extradition of someone caught in greece. two suspects dead there and one injured. police out in numbers. numbers not seen in 35 years. patrolling the streets and guarding embassies and the national jewish museum. standing by live in brussels is senior international correspondent ivan watson. good morning, ivan. >> reporter: good morning, christine. we are getting the identity of one of the suspects of that belgium police raid thursday night in the town of verviers. two suspects opened fire on police and killed in a gun battle. a third man arrested at the time. his defense attorney is identifying him as marwan abali.
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he is being charged with participation in a terror organization with possession of explosives and weapons and with armed rebellion. the defense attorney insists that his client is innocent of any kind of terrorism charges. he says that the man was actually arrested and was in the apartment that was raided by police thursday night only because he traveled there to deliver a pair of shoes. he says that his client this abali, the suspect, has no criminal record and had been working as a prison -- as a security guard. the man hails from the brussels neighborhood. we were there yesterday. that is a neighbor that has very
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high unemployment rate. we talked to the mayor of the neighborhood and she said that police had to beef up security around government buildings there and beef up security for the police themselves. recall that the alleged plot that was foiled by belgium police was a plan to attack belgium police officers and the suspects were found to be in possession of police uniforms in addition to weapons and explosives. christine. >> that is troubling for investigators trying to unravel this. thank you, ivan watson in brussels. in france a source with knowledge of the investigation into the paris terror attacks tells cnn police are seeking two people whose dna was found on amedy coulibaly's belongings.
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including dna found on a gun magazine. coulibaly killed four hostages in a kosher market before police shot apparentnd killed him. i want to bring in senior correspondent nic robertson live from paris. good morning, nic. tell us about the people they are seeking. the idea of getting the dna off a gun magazine and the car he drove. remarkable. >> reporter: it is. look the dna found on this gun magazine ammunition clip bullets for a weapon. for the police leads them to believe this person was actually handling weapons. we know that amedy coulibaly had a number of weapons with him and in his apartment. this is a very important lead for the police. the presumption would be that this person had knowledge of the weapons and potential knowledge of the attack and certainly a
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close associate of coulibaly that is important to track down. the other dna found in a vehicle that has been widely reported in french media as a vehicle that is believed that coulibaly used to get to that kosher supermarket where elatehe later killed four people. very important leads. how is the government handling this here? the perception is 10,000 police on the streets to improved security here when there are concerns of potentially other sleeper cells and potential for other attacks. the large number of troops unseen really in recent history, on the streets here measured by the french population as a prudent and smart move by the government. the statistics we are hearing in a poll show that the president has jumped 21 points in his approval rating. the prime minister jumping 17 points. additional security that measures the government is
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taking seems to get validation and support of the french public. >> we were just talking to a guests a few moments ago. the jihadi narrative is resonating among the young men and women in paris and belgium. maybe each in greece. around europe. in populations that have been one generaltions or two generations born in europe. what are they doing to attack that part of the story? >> reporter: well a poll in belgium today said 86% of the population of the poll of 1,100 people 86% of the population there believes anyone who joins the jihadist fight should be stripped of their nationality. there should be counter terrorism laws to combat this. the public mood in europe is very much with their government
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taking strong action against people who want to join the fight in the middle east or whatever or bring the fight back to their home countries or lone wolf attacks. you have in jihadist forums in the past 24 hours calls for attacks by lone wolves against gas stations. you know, people here feel that threat is real. they want their governments to take strong action against it. christine. >> nic, thank you so much for that in paris. today a funeral will be held for the police officer gunned down by amedy coulibaly. the day before he murdered the four people in the supermarket. clarissa jean-phillippe will be laid to rest in martinique. cnn will have a look at the terrorism. jake tapper will have a look an
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"inside the paris attacks" and then chris cuomo will have "the war with islam." below freezing temperatures and nasty conditions on the roads in northeast. this was the scene outside philadelphia. up to 50 cars involved in the chain-reaction crash. we are told one person died there. the same scene played out in the northwest. 100 people slammed into each other on i-84 in eastern oregon. the crash left one washington areas man sandwiched between two semis in his crumpled chevy pickup truck. he survived and he will stop by "new day." he will speak to michaela at 8:30 a.m. back to cold weather here with the storms in the northeast. i want to get to meteorologist pedram javaheri for an early look at your weather. >> good morning, christine.
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let's look an whatt what is happening here. we had rain showers across the area and temperatures in the 20s. the system is pushing into the canadian maritimes. if you are tuned in across new england, you will get action with 4 to 10 inches in northern vermont and new hampshire with 1 to 4 inches. and freezing rain in the afternoon hours in the region. 500,000 people under the advisoryies and warning. it will be very gusty over much of the metro cities across the northeast. look at new york city. the aftermathverage is 32. it will be windy and feel colder than this. even a possibility for flurries on wednesday morning with some wet weather moving in. high pressure large and in charge across the southeast. you deserve it in atlanta. pushing close to 70 degrees in the next 24 hours. changes in the weather. another cold spell ahead of us in the next couple of days.
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another storm drops in and we get shots of storms in the next few days. we will watch this for the middle of the week. thank you. big news for your money. the president's retirement accounts are a reality. he announced the starter retirement accounts last year in the economy. now you can sign up. these are savings accounts for the millions of low and middle income americans who do not have a employer sponsored retirement program. they charge no fees. backed by the government. the investment is risk free but don't expect huge returns. my-ra are an investment in government bonds. a shooting near the vice president's home put authorities on alert. now an investigation is on the
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way over who fired the shots and if they were targeting the biden residence. and boko haram spreading the reign of violence taking hostages. will more countries be forced to get involved in the terror group?
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president obama gives the annual state of the union address to congress and white house aides out in force pushing the president's marquee
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proposal. the president wants to make sure middle income earners benefit from the issues in the economy. that plan had republicans out in equal numbers to say not a chance. cnn's erin mcpike at the white house. >> reporter: christine, president obama is unlikely to get what he wants here. he wants to raise tax rates on capital gains and dividends. he wants to raise it to 28%. he wants to impose a fee on large financial institutions. as you can imagine, this was big talk on the sunday morning shows, dan pfeiffer was on "meet the press" and jason chafin was on different places. >> the economy is in a stronger place. we need to double down with wage
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stagnation and declining economic mobility. we should ask the wealthy to pay a little more. >> it is a non starter. we are not just one good tax increase away from prosperity in the nation. the nation had the highest number of receipts coming into the treasury. will small businesses be better off with more taxes and bigger government? >> reporter: here are the tax cuts president obama wants to offer. a tax credit for dual income families. he wants to triple the child tax credit to $3,000. this is just a starting point. we will hear a lot about this over the next few months as republicans and president obama wrangle over tax reform. >> erin thanks for that. secret service and the fbi investigating who fired multiple gunshots from a car outside the
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sealed perimeter around joe biden's house in delaware over the weekend. the vice president and his wife were not at home at the same. agents have been searching for bullets and shell casings. police reported a second shooting nearby a short time later. it not known if they are related. some 250 ayazidis are released this morning. once they were freed, the yazidis walked to a checkpoint south of kirkuk. most freed were children sick or elderly. it is likely they were slowing down the islamic militants. is the reason for being released. the first time the boko haram crossing the border attacking a village in cameroon. killing three and kidnapping 80. this as thousands of troops from chad are beginning to arrive in cameroon to help in the battle against boko haram.
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fierce fighting in ukraine. ukraine's government now saying it reclaimed almost all of the area at the airport. this is the view of the airport. this as thousands attended a rally in kiev when thousands were killed last week. kiev blames the attack on pro-russian separatists. the faa is investigating a near disaster at jfk over the weekend. a jetblue flight barrelling down the runway after being cleared for takeoff when the pilot hit the brakes. another pilot crossed the runway. the plane crossed without authorization. the closest the planes came to each other was 2,800 feet. another incident. this time a cause of a smoke conditions to force the delta
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jet from atlanta to japan to return after takeoff. a pilot on another plane reported smoke from the delta's landing gear after it departed from the atlanta's hartsfield-jackson airport. the super bowl xlix is set. it is featureing the two best teams. the patriots crushed the colts, 45-7. in the nfc, the seahawks staged an improbable fourth quarter rally to beat the packers, 28-22. defending champs and patriots will meet in super bowl xlix on february 1st. the seahawks will try to become the first team to repeat as super bowl champs since the patriots did it in 2003 and 2004. pope francis making history during his visit to the philippines. record crowds turned out despite
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torrential rain. this is a viral video you can't miss. a police officer grooving to taylor swift caught an dashon dash cam. so what does the pop star have to say about this video in?
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pope francis is in mid air on his way back to rome following the five-davisy visit to the philippines.
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millions of filipinos ignored driving rain to see the pope. cnn's anna coren has this report. >> reporter: christine, millions of people gathered in manila's park behind me to watch the pope celebrate his final mass wrapping up his trip to asia. the authorities were hoping for a papal milestone. 6 million people turned out in the pouring rain to see the pope. one describing his faith to me as waterproof. it has been 20 years since the last visit to this country. last by pope john paul ii in 1995 when 5 million celebrated mass. his message has been to look after the poor preserve the family and protect children. >> we need to see each child as a gift to be welcome.
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cherish and protect. we need to care for our young people and not condemn them to a life on the streets. >> reporter: earlier, pope francis had harsh words for officials and the church to end corruption to stop the economic growth from the country from trickling down to the nation's poor. his mission of mercy and compassion has touched the hearts of filipinos. this is the third largest catholic population in the world. he has received a rock star reception everywhere he's been. hundreds of thousands of people have lined the streets every single day just to catch a glimpse of the pope and his motorcade which filipinos are describing as a once in a lifetime experience. >> anna coren, thank you for that in manila. the west african nation of
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mali has been declared ebola free. the u.n. officials say it has been 42 days before new cases of the virus. according to the world health organization, the ebola epidemic is over in mali. it did not hit mali as hard as sierra leone and senegal. five people died and two others recovered in mali. taylor swift has responded to the video that people cannot stop watching. ♪ cause the player going to play play play and the haters ♪ >> dover's police department released this video of the officer to "shake it off." the video was a hit online. swift released the quote lol. the sass. "american sniper" with an
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unbelievable opening weekend. bradley cooper and clint eastwood celebrating again. we will have an early look on your money next.
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an early start on your money. $2.06 for a gallon of regular. it is pushing more people to buy suvs. hybrid sales start to suffer at $2.77. with gas below $2, the trend is expected to accelerate. big cars are back. uber trying to make nice in europe. finding itself at odds with regulators and center of controversy. now they are making a promise. work with us and we will create 50,000 jobs in europe. uber says the expansion will take 40,000 cars off the road and increase passenger safety with better background checks for uber drivers. "american sniper" made box
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office history starring bradley cooper made $90.2 million. that number will get bigger because of the long holiday weekend. the film was nominated for six academy awards. 59 minutes past the hour. "early start" continues right now. the world on high alert this morning as authorities close in on suspects linked to terror plots. several arrests over the weekend show just how wide the web of terror cells have spread. ice danger. frozen roads leading to deadly car pile ups across the northeast. the treacherous weather causing flight delays. what can we expect this week? relief could be on the way for middle class families. will the tax proposals make it
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past the republican controlled congress? good morning. i'm christine romans. john berman has the morning off. police on high alert as investigators try to unravel a web of suspected sleeper cells. new arrests include five in belgium. two more in france. prosecutors say they were crossing into italy. this morning, belgium officials are seeking extradition of one of several people arrested in greece. following friday's police shootout in belgium that left two terror suspects dead and one more injured. police are out in numbers. numbers not seen in years. in brussels we have ivan watson with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, christine. european diplomats and foreign ministers are gathering in brussels for the first time

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