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as israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu gets ready for his controversial capitol hill visit, we'll look at why today's speech is coming upper such heavy fire. happening right now, mourners paying respects to a slain kremlin critic. and you'll hear from the man who roared this video of a deadly police shooting in l.a. hello and a warm welcome to our viewers wherever you you may be watching. i'm zain asher. >> i'm errol barnett. this is "cnn newsroom."
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we are just a few hours away from the israeli prime minister's controversial speech in front of the u.s. congress. benjamin netanyahu's expected to blast ongoing nuclear talks with iran weeks before the deadline for a deal. >> on monday, mr. in the the in the prefaced his congressional speech while speaking to a pro-israel lobby. the prime minister downplayed the tensions with the white house. >> israel and the united states will continue to stand together because america and israel are more than friends. we're like a family. disagreements in the family are always uncomfortable. we must always remember this we are family. >> now plenty of movers and shakers in d.c. want to be at the speech on tuesday, but dozens of congressional democrats are skipping mr. netanyahu's speech. senator warren was on the list of those boycotting the meeting. lawmakers refused to hear mr.
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netanyahu criticize u.s. foreign policy in such a high-profile forum. >> the prime minister's visit comes amid ongoing talks if switzerland on iran's nuclear program. you've got six world powers including the united states secretary of state john kerry and iran's foreign minister. they are working right now hammer out a deal. all along, president barack obama has been highly critical of mr. netanyahu's stance on the iran talks. >> when we first announced this interim deal, prime minister netanyahu the made all sorts of claims. this of going to be a terrible deal, this of going to result in iran getting $50 billion worth of relief. iran will not abide by the agreement. none of that has come true. >> fred pleitgen will join us in a moment with reaction. first orrin lieberman.
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israeli sources seem to suggest that sensitive information about the ongoing nuclear talks may be mentioned in prime minister netanyahu's speech. wondering what's being said about that where you are this morning. >> reporter: that's about as much as we've learned about the sensitive information. we saw this out actually from our cnn team on the flight over to washington, traveling with netanyahu. since then netanyahu hasn't really referenced or given any hint as to what information he might reveal. perhaps after the conciliatory tone we heard in his speech he could decide up until the last moment before his speech before congress what sensitive details he has and which he chooses to share in front of congress. >> over the weekend and yesterday we heard from former israeli commanders urging netanyahu to cancel his speech. i'm wondering if any other voices of dissent have emerged, this being the big political story there. >> reporter: in these latest couple of days, it's been fairly
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quiet for israeli politicians not known for being bashful about sharing their opinions and criticism. it seems now with netanyahu on the international stage say that want to show a united israel. that said some of the politicians on the world media say he should come back having given the speech. and netanyahu's chief rival for the next prime minister has scheduled a response a rebuttal outside of the -- the communities outside of gaza for right after netanyahu's speech. they are getting ready to show and to -- to show the world criticism from here in israel. >> all right. that's our orrin lieberman joining us live from jerusalem ahead of prime minister netanyahu's speech. thanks. now the view from iran. i want to go to fred pleitgen who joins us from tehran. fred benjamin netanyahu's planned speech before congress has been highly publicized
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highly criticized as well. i'm curious what's been the reaction in tehran to netanyahu's planned speech before congress in the u.s.? >> reporter: that's interesting because of course netanyahu's speech yesterday and the one that he's going to get today are not going to be broadcast by any iranian tv channels. yet, people here in tehran -- we went out earlier today, everybody knows what he said yesterday. and everybody has an opinion about what he's going to say today. it's interesting because there were many people who said they believe that netanyahu was going to try and derail these talks, going to try and derail any sort of grammy there are many people who seem to have more hope that an agreement might be reached before but there's a great deal of skepticism. the iranian government came for. the chief of staff of president rohani has come and said that netanyahu's speech will no doubt in his mind divide israel and its allies. he said it would divide israel
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even more from allies than it has before. he believes especially the european ones. something that mr. netanyahu addressed in his speech where he said that that is not going to be the case. that israel and the united states are still very big allies even though they have this disagreement on the iranian nuclear program. so here there is going to be people who will watch this very closely. right now everything that has to do with nuclear negotiations is something that people here on the streets watch very closely. a very person topic. if you sort of -- if i sort of look at public opinion from the little sample that we've gotten it seems people want an agreement but fundamentally feel that iran should have the right to use technology and to develop nuclear technology. >> meanwhile, benjamin netanyahu's planned speech before congress is certainly a divisive issue as you mentioned. i'm curious when you talk to people there in tehran is there any fear whatsoever that if
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israel isn't happy with the final nuclear deal that israel could end up acting unilaterally? any fear when he talked to people in tehran? >> reporter: that fear is always there. that's certainly something that people always have. i think right now there's less fear of any israeli unilateral action that this deal could fall apart in the final minutes of it. and i think that there are many who feel that perhaps the authorities here might be -- have too tough a stance on this to have a deal come through. and that's something that weighs heavily on people's minds. i think fundamentally if you speak to people on the ground what they'll tell you is that for them the key issue right now and main thing is to get the sanctions eased or get the sanctions gotten rid of altogether. they say one of the thing that they've been yearning for for so many years of economic development is investment in this country. they say it's something they need. however, of course as i said
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they fundamentally believe that iran should have the right to have nuclear technology. people here, however, saying right now economically they simply want these sanctions to go away. that's why so many are hoping that some sort of dole will come through. and again, they're watching what mr. netanyahu says very very closely, zain. >> and the sanctions have hit the iranians hard. many thanks to our fred pleitgen and orrin lieberman. thank you both. we pressure it. we turn to moscow where a memorial service for russian opposition activist boris nemtsov is underway. you're looking at live pictures here where you see foreign diplomats and dignitaries among hundreds of mourners paying their final respects to the former deputy prime minister. >> he was gunned down while walking across a bridge near the kremlin on friday night. no one's been arrested and conspiracy theories are swirling around who is behind this killing. let's get to our senior correspondent, matthew chance now. he's been spending the morning
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at that memorial service. and matthew, we're one hour into services today. tell us about what you've seen and heard while you've been there. >> reporter: obviously a very somber mood inside the memorial service. i've just come from inside a few minutes ago where we were listening to the eulogies being begin by various dignitaries including the former prime minister of russia saying that he believes that boris nemtsov was killed because he refused to conform, kill for his political views in revenge for those views. we also said that he believed the killers of boris nemtsov would be brought to justice if not under this regime then under the next. so some powerful words there. the u.s. ambassador here in russia also addressing the mourners saying that boris
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nemtsov walk remembered as a great russian patriot. so obviously a great deal of praise in memorial of boris nemtsov. the kremlin for its part i should say, has vowed to bring the killers of boris nemtsov to justice. i think it's also fair to say that russia has a patchy record on getting to the bottom and resolving these kinds of political killings. you've got the sense speaking to people inside that memorial that there was a lot of skepticism. this the killers in the near future the real killers would be brought to justice. so i think there's a whole massive trust gap obviously that has been exposed boy this tragic killing. >> and to that end, president putin quickly stated that nemtsov's death was a 100% provocation. many people fining that a strange conclusion to make so early. what is the latest on the
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investigation, and what is russian media suggesting as far as leads and motives here? >> reporter: not just strange but lots of people close to boris nemtsov, a lot of opposition supporters here finding those remarks quite offensive. to try and make it that this killing was directed toward damaging the russian government. soy yes, the investigation is proceeding. no one's been arrested, which i think is key. and there's a lot of pressure on the government obviously to come one some strong leads and to make some arrests. the investigative commune that's been assembled to investigate the crime says that it is following all sorts of leads. looking into possible motives. the opposition politics of course, being a main one. also has business interests the fact that by birth boris nemtsov of jewish, one area which
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they're looking into as well. and also of course, is his political views about the opposition to the conflict in ukraine and annexation of crimea last year. they're investigating all these strands, but so far, you know no progress has been made at least no one publicly has stated if there has been any progress. >> meanwhile it add to that already high fear in the country among those in civil society who speak out against the putin regime. matthew chance just outside the memorial service for boris nemtsov as it continues there today. we'll see you later. thanks very much. and nemtsov's girlfriend the key witness in the case is not attending the services. a ukrainian official says that she's flown home to kiev after more than two days of questioning boy russian police. for the first time we're hearing directly from the 23-year-old model who was walking home with
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nemtsov when he was shot. >> where did boris' killer appear from? >> translator: i don't know. i didn't see because this was happening behind my back. >> translator: by description did this person react immediately? >> translator: when i turned i only saw a light colored car. but i didn't see the make or number that was leaving. >> also snep sat down with her mother. there you see her there. in the next half-hour, we'll be asking whether she was ever nervous about her daughter dating a prominent critic of the kremlin. first here on "cnn newsroom," she was supposed to be the first woman put to death in the u.s. state of georgia in 70 years. her execution of put on hold just a few hours ago. we'll explain why coming up. plus why hillary clinton's e-mail account is now coming under scrutiny.
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duritskaya. welcome back. a woman set to die by lethal inject in the u.s. state of georgia has had her execution postponed. kelly renee gise their dano was
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to die but it was postponed when the drugs used in the procedure appeared cloudy. >> about 200 people attended a vigil. she was convicted of plotting her husband's death in 1997. she will be the 16th woman to be executed in the u.s. since 1977. according to the death penalty information center. new surveillance video is shedding more light on the fatal shooting of a homeless man by police in los angeles. >> there are so many questions including whether the man reached for an officer's gun. it is clear that there was a struggle and that it escalated quickly. here's kyung lah with more. >> reporter: this is how the fatal confrontation ends captured by anthony blackburn on his cell phone. >> i heard officers say, "he's going for -- going for my gun." that's when the officers backed up and five shots rang out. >> reporter: we're learning how
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this unfolded. video from an overhead security camera obtained by cnn and seen for the first time today revoles a more complex picture. the video shows a man known among l.a.'s homeless as africa apparently dealing with drugs from his tent. the skpapd only real currency of skid row's economy. he gets in a fight with the man next to him, violently kicking the tent and the man. about 25 minutes passed on the video before a number of officers arrived. at first they talked calmly to africa. when africa dives into the tent officers draw their weapons. 30 second later, africa comes out swinging at police. on anthony blackburn's video, you hear the sound as officers use tasers which police say doesn't subdue him. you hear an officer say africa is reaching for his gun. homeless africa died on the sidewalk outside a shelter.
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union rescue mission. he did not want the help. africa told this man who goes by the name nick g. an ecodrug dealer and ex-skid row homeless person all he wanted was one thing. >> he wanted to go back home. he was very depressed. very depress. he had a good side. a good heart. >> reporter: how long did he live here? >> at least weeks. i recognize him from weeks. >> reporter: weeks? >> yeah. but time flies here. >> reporter: andy bales doesn't blame the lapd who in a news conference showed pictures of the officer's gun, proof, they say, shows a struggle over the weapon. the chief of police says officers did all they could given the circumstances. >> reality is this is much more than a problem that the police alone can solve. >> reporter: the reverend agrees. for you this is a bigger issue. >> the fact we allow people precious human beings to live in the untenable situation that is
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skid row and then we have officers trying to keep peace in this untenable environment. >> reporter: two of the police officers were wearing body cameras. this video is not being released while the investigation continues. the los angeles police department's chief says that when the probe is completed, that video will be made public. kyung lah, cnn, los angeles. that video extremely heartwrenching and difficult to watch watch. in another story, the mayor of cleveland, ohio is, apologizing for a legal document that blames a 12-year-old boy for his own death in a police shooting. >> tamir rice of playing with a pellet gun at a park near his home last november. as you see in the security footage, an officer shot him within second of arriving. the officers he didn't know the boy's gun of fake. in responding to a lawsuit from the family the city said tamir's injuries were "directly and approximately caused by the
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failure of plaintiffs' descendant to exercise due care to avoid injury." >> this is not the character or personality of the city of cleveland. this is not to be that insensitive to family or even to victims. it's not our character or personality. once is became known to me that this happened that we immediately went to how can we correct this. >> important that you see the boy of just 12 when he was killed. the mayor also said it was standard wording for such documents, and they would be changed. tamir's mother said her son never stood a chance. >> the whole world's seen the same video like i seen. and i think the world is saying you guys never gave him a
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chance. with that being said, it can never be justified. >> the rice family says it wants an apology for the officer's lack of proper training. >> she may have been the top u.s. diplomat but hillary clinton did not have an official e-mail account while she was secretary of state. instead, she reportedly used her personal e-mail account. that is apparently against government rules. >> surprising to hear that. officially personal e-mail can only be used in emergencies. and when it is the messages must be archived. clinton spokesman told "the new york times" that she had every expectation that her messages would be saved for posterity. since her e-mail recipients were using government accounts. >> a little hot water for that. rvelg we're going to take a short break, when we come back, isis is threatening a major social networking site. ahead, why the militants say they are now at war with twitter. [alarms blaring] ohhhhh...
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welcome back everyone. in west freak, the islamist terror group boko haram has released yet another gruesome video. we're only showing one image from that video. but a lot of viewers may find it disturbing. >> now this is what we call a still from the footage. goes on to show the beheadings of two men. boko haram say they were spies. one of the men in the video identifies himselfa a farmer who
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was gathering information for police. now the six-minute video has subtitles in english arabic and french. right now iraqi forces are fighting to retake the isis stronghold of tikrit. an iraqi victory could pave the way for more attacks against isis positions particularly in the country's second largest city mosul. cnn's ian lee joins me from cairo. explain to viewers what the significance of recapturing tikrit would be. >> reporter: zell tikrit is on the road to mosul, one of the largest cities. so the province on the way toward mosul, this is quite a test for the iraqi mary. they've been training with the u.s. military personnel. they're going to go into tikrit trying to take it to get isis fighters out of there.
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it's not going to be easy. isis is professional when it comes to improvised explosive devices. they're very good, and it's been difficult for the iraqi army the peshmerga to go up against that. they've sustained heavy casualties. it's not going to be easy. if they are able to take the city, it lead the way to taking the province that would cut off mosul, the second largest city controlled by isis and the anbar province west of bagdad. fires will have a harder time getting to the anbar province. probably the most crucial key to the battle is if they win, how will they treat the sunni population there. tikrit is almost -- almost entirely predominantly sunni. this army going in, the iraqi army is predominantly she amp we'll be watching closely --
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shia. we'll be watching closely how the army treats the civilians. a lot of them have fredled. will they treat them kindly and with respect. this will be watched by other sunni militias that are fighting isis around the country. if the shia predominantly shia iraqi army treats the inhabitants of the city poorly the militias who are fighting isis and other parts will take note of that as well. >> okay. so if the iraqi army succeeds in recapturing tikrit it tells you something about their chances of taking back mosul. also worth noting the u.s. isn't helping the iraqi army when it comes to taking back tikrit. ian lee from cairo. we appreciate it. thank you. errol? isis supporters are threatening twitter's founder and its employees. they claim jack dorsey and his social media site have started a war by shutting down that promote isis. twitter's terms of service
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forbid hate speeches and posts that promote terrorism. the company is working to confirm whether the threats are serious. >> that is frightening. in a few hours, benjamin netanyahu will be front and center in the u.s. congress. what we're expecting to hear from him and what president obama has to say about it. plus prince william's first tour of asia is coming to an end. we'll bring you highlights from the royal visit.
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you are watching "cnn newsroom." we appreciate you staying with
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us. i'm errol barnett. >> yes, we do. i'm zain asher. the headlines this hour. the white house is warning israel's prime minister not to reveal any secrets to congress on tuesday. benjamin netanyahu plans to outline what he believes is the beginning of a pact with iran on its nuclear program. mr. netanyahu and president barack obama disagree on how to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons:this hometown in moscow hundreds of mourners lining up in the cold to pay their final respects to boris nemtsov. a smems underway for the prominent opposition activist. -- a memorial service is underway for the prominent opposition activist. he'll be laid to rest later today. and a woman on death row in the u.s. state of georgia has had her execution postponed. she was scheduled to die machine evening, but her execution was put on hold because the drugs used in the procedure appeared cloudy. she convicted of plotting her
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husband's killing back in 1997. she would be the first woman put to death in georgia it about 70 years. hillary clinton reportedly did not have an official e-mail account in her time as u.s. secretary of state. instead she used her personal account, an apparent violation of rules put in place to archive all communications. clinton's spokesman told "the new york times" that she expected her messages to be saved since the recipients were using their government accounts. and in just a few hours, we could find out what's to be included in a potential nuclear deal with iran. >> israel's prince william is expected to re-- israel's prime minister is expected to reveal details that the white house wishes he wouldn't. more now on benjamin netanyahu's contested speech before the u.s. congress. >> reporter: president obama sought to preempt the israeli leader's speech to congress saying a deal with iran is the best way to keep israel safe. >> if they do agree to it it
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would be far more effective in controlling their nuclear program than any military action we could take any military action israel could take and far more effective than sanctions. >> reporter: he accused the prime minister of never giving the negotiations with iran a real chance. >> prime minister netanyahu made all sorts of claims. this was going to be a terrible deal. this was going to result in iran getting $50 billion worth of relief. iran would not abide by the grammy. none of that has come true -- the agreement. none of that has come true. >> reporter: now the israeli leader is hours away from launching a full-out suitland obama's policy toward iran. prime minister netanyahu said he's not attacking the president. >> my speech is not intended to show any disrespect to president obama or the esteemed office that he holds. i have great respect for both. [ applause ] >> reporter: he spoke to a friendly audience to dial down tensions, but his remarks to congress will be provocative.
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aides say the prime minister will lay out what he knows about the iranian nuclear agreement on the table and warn about the dangers to israel the u.s. and the world if the deal goes forward. >> israel and the united states agree that iran should not have nuclear weapons. we disagree on the best way to prevent iran from developing those weapons. >> reporter: netanyahu will also urge congress to press the obama administration to push back the march 24th deadline for a political framework, allowing more time for negotiations on a tougher deal. the white house put out its ambassador to the town meetings assure israel and its -- to the united nations to assure israel and its friends the united states will "take whatever steps noes protect its close ally." >> we believe diplomacy is the secured trout ensure our aim. >> reporter: even the president handicapped the chances of a deal. >> it is probably still more
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likely than not that iran doesn't get to yes. i think that to -- in fairness they have been serious negotiators. and thrive got their own politics inside of iran. it is more likely this we could get a deal now than perhaps three or five months ago. but there are still some big gaps that have to be fill. for an analyst's view on the prime minister's upcoming speech we're joined by gill hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst at the jerusalem post. good morning to you. thanks for joipg us. >> what do you make of israeli sources suggesting sensitive information in the speech? what is the reaction? >> reporter: netanyahu is a master communicator he knows how to sneak such a way that he won't be accused of relaying sensitive information, you but he'll be able to convey to the
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senators and congressmen what a bad deal is so that when it would be presented to them by the president of the united states they would go back to netanyahu's sweep and say wait a second, this is something problematic. if he can outline what cannot be in a deal what would endanger america and what will endanger israel, then he's accomplished his goal. >> and he is of course making his view clear. there are concerns the controversy comes from those who feel that while mr. netanyahu is bolstering his own positioning and of course ahead of local elections there, he may be damaging the special relationship that the u.s. and israel share with one another. what are people saying about that where you are? do some feel that this is all about local posturing before an election? >> reporter: you know netanyahu's opponents in this election are saying that this is a campaign speech for him.
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but they're not undermining his effort to prevent the nuclearization of iran. on that they support him wholeheartedly. they say of course this helps him politically. and it does. making iran the issue of the campaign and not the economy is helpful for netanyahu. then again, this is netanyahu's issue. he spoke about preventing the nuclearization of iran to congress back in 1996. and so they know that it's not only politics and netanyahu is sincere when he make it clear that he believes that he's the only one who can prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons and save the world. >> yeah. it's not necessarily that we're going to hear anything new from the prime minister but the timing of all of this rubbing some the wrong way. gill hoffman from jerusalem. chief political correspondent and analyst for the "jerusalem post." thanks for your time. now we're going to speak about this more in depth with our own fareed zakaria joining us from new york. and host of "fareed zakaria
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gps." first, what do you think of the issue of sanctions as far as what's in this deal? is iran likely to get its wish for all sanctions to be lift at once? >> no there's almost no prospect that that will happen. remember, the sanctions are essentially, the american sanctions are ten acts of congress as i understand, which would mean there would have to be ten acts repealing them or one omnibus repeal. but there's almost no prospect that that would happen from a republican congress at this point. so that's not going to happen. the president can unilaterally waive some of those sanctions, weaken. then of course there are the international sanctions. sanctions puts on by the u.n. so iran could get some sanctioned relief. but the idea that it will get a repeal of all sanctions, particularly the u.s. ones which are the most punitive, which are the ones that have hit the iranian economy the hardest is highly unlikely. >> and what do you make of the
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possible being reported now that prime minister netanyahu might reveal classified information about this deal just in order to make a point about how good it is? >> i think it's wrong. i think it's frankly disgraceful if in fact he were to do that. let's give him the benefit of the doubt and not say he's going to do. i think the episode is a very bad precedent. to have the opposing party when it controls congress inviting a critic of the president's foreign policy to present that criticism in a joint session of congress is unprecedented, and it's a bad idea going forward. there's an article in the "washington post," an op-ed that made this point and said imagine if the democratic congress or democratic senate had asked jacques chirac the president of france, to come and explain why george w. bush's policies on iraq were all wrong. how will we have felt? imagine if during the reign -- during president reagan's two term one of his many critics --
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and he had dozens of them around the world -- had been invited by the democratic congress to speak to a joint session of congress how would we feel? the president is the lead conductor of diplomacy. for congress to play the role of allow somebody to come and giving them in institutional platform to criticize american foreign policy strikes mia a bad idea. >> that was our fareed zakaria speaking earlier. what was interesting is despite the controversy around netanyahu's speech fareed believes the nuclear deal only has about a 30% chance of being reached in the first place. despite prime minister netanyahu making his position clear, fareed believes that each side is -- they're so far opposed at this moment that a deal is not likely. >> in the speech tomorrow, there will be a number of democrats missing the speech. it's going to be interesting to see the reaction in the room. by the way, cnn has correspondents in washington israel and iran covering prime
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minister netanyahu's speech. we'll have live coverage that begins at 10:00 this morning on the east coast. and that by the way, is 3:00 london time here on cnn. you won't. to miss it. still to come for you here on "cnn newsroom," afraid for her daughter. hear from the mother of boris nemtsov's girlfriend and why she is concerned. i'm only in my 60's. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical
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roughly 11:45 in moscow. watching live pictures as boris nemtsov and dignitaries there surround his open accet. mourners have been filing in to see his body nearly two hours now. nemtsov's funeral in an additional few hours. we'll have live coverage on cnn. meanwhile, boris nemtsov's girlfriend is back if kiev. anna duritskaya was walking with him when he was gunned down. >> before the young woman returned home, her mother spoke with cnn. she was very worried about her daughter. here's our diana magnay with more. >> reporter: there's one key witness in boris nemtsov's murder his girlfriend of 2.5 years, 23-year-old ukrainian model anna duritskaya. "i turned around and saw a car, a light colored car. but i didn't see the license plate or the brand."
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she told russia shah's dodge tv. her mother in kiev said anna called moments after nemtsov was shot. "she was crying and saying boris had been killed and he's lying next to me. she was in such shock, she couldn't say anything else." nemtsov and duritskaya had been dining together at a restaurant that night. then the fateful stroll toward home. "anna suggested getting a taxi, but bore diswanted to walk across the bridge. she was holding his hand and heard a clapping noise. boris became soft and fell on the ground." nemtsov was more than 30 years older than anna. protective her mother says of a young model making her name in moscow. she was going out with an outspoken critic of the kremlin. did that concern her?
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was she scared for her safety, for his safety? were you scared for her safety? "she asked him not to be so open so straightforward. but it was impossible to change him. he was a strong man who did what he considered of the right thing to do. my anna was much younger. she's not involved in politics in any way. she just loved him." diana magnay kiev. members of a canadian church are worried about their pastor who hasn't returned from a humanitarian trip to north. the reverend entered north korea from china at the end of january. he was supposed to return to canada on february 4th. his toronto-based church says he's made more than 100 trips to north korea and speaks fluent korean. the church says the canadian government is trying to help them find the reverend. venezuela telling the u.s. to downsize its staff at the embassy from 100 to 17.
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the foreign minister says washington will have 15 days to decide which employees can stay. the diplomatic rift between the country has widened in recent months. and former cuban president futurecast has finally met with the cuban five. the intelligence agents served long prison sentences in the united states. they were released in a prisoner swap last year. their photo was published monday along with an article written by castro himself. he praised the men as heroes. after all of our discussion business snow the sun has been shining an unusual amount for many parts of the u.k. our meteorologist -- >> we'll take a trip back soon. >> has it written all over it -- >> he's making me miss home. >> no one's complaining across the u.k. an unusual amount of sunshine. this comes after a year ago and an unusual moon of rain. look at the perspective. it was all about the floods back
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in the winter of 2014. but in 2015 from december through february the area's indicated in the orange and brown, that is 30% plus of average in the way of sunshine. they keep this for the u.k. the officials in the weather world. you take a look on the eastern side of the country. unusual amount of sunshine. and compare it again to the winter of 2014 the western side of the country had tremendous cloud cover and, well, a below average when it comes to what occurred there via sunshine. a lot of rainfall in place, as well. we had plenty of sun, the next send days holds much the same for london. the numbers prove it as far as what's happened here. the usual amount. disparity here with high pressure large and in charge across the area. look to the north, stratocumulus clouds speckled like clouds. any time you see that cool air going to be filtering in. typically you get the air in place. you have clearing take place. that will be the scene over the next couple of days in place. not the case in southern california. at least not throughout the next couple of hours.
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look at the scenes. isolated thunderstorms from santa barbara southward toward laguna beach. a water spot for the past 24 or so hours offshore. funnel clouds, hail thunderstorms. a lot of areas have seen burn spots. certainly a concern when it comes to heavy rainfall and flash flooding a concern. winter weather radar picking up snow showers in the higher elevations above 4,000 feet. could get as much as four inch of snow across the region. look at the broad perspective. over 120 million people dealing with wintry weather across the united states. more ice in the forecast some more snow in the forecast. then guys let's show the video. if you haven't seen it yet it is funny, yet interesting. this is in southern california's huntington beach. the past 24 hours. >> hail -- >> yes. this is what people were doing, breaking out the surf and hanging out on about an inch of hail that accumulated here. even made some hail balls and hail men, as well. >> fun for babies. >> the whole world's gone topsy tufby.
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you've got sunshine -- turvy. you've got sunshine and then hail -- who would have thought? >> thanks a lot. good stuff. we'll take a break. when we come back prince william is the first british royal to visit mainland china in almost 30 years. we'll have highlights of his asia tour coming up. ♪ turn around ♪ ♪ every now and then i get a little bit hungry ♪ ♪ and there's nothing good around ♪ ♪ turn around, barry ♪ ♪ i finally found the right snack ♪ [ female announcer ] fiber one. [ male announcer ] you wouldn't leave your car unprotected. but a lot of us leave our identities unprotected. nearly half a million cars were stolen in 2012, but for every car stolen 34 people had their identities stolen.
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welcome back. prince william's high-profile trip to asia is winding down. he's the first senior british royal to visit china in almost 30 years. he also spent time in japan on this trip. >> yeah. in shanghai on monday, the duke of cambridge took in a football training session and attended a movie premiere. he saw "the paddington." earlier he spoke at the great festival of creativity a showcase of british businesses in everything from film and art to theater and in education, as well. want to bring in our max foster from london who's going to join with us highlights from prince william's asia tour. first of all i know that prince william met with president xi jinping. what did the two discuss when they sat down together? tripoli's really just saying we hope that the bond will flourish between the two countries, and obviously the president asked william about his upcoming baby. everyone talking about that wherever he goes. this of a significant meeting. we knew he was going to be meeting a high-ranking official but didn't realize it was going
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to go this high. normally someone in his position only second in line to the throne wouldn't be afforded this honor in the great hall there. it was very unusual, quite unexpected, but in the previous leg of the tour, he did meet the emperor of japan. he did meet the prime minister of japan. perhaps it got upgraded as a result of that. but a triumph really for prince william. this is really soft diplomacy at its best. the foreign office wanting to boost ties between the countries and often politicians. and to enter into murky wurts this because our -- murky waters this because of bringing up human rights in other forum. members of the royal family can't get involved in politics. a useful tool for the british government. he did so successfully. it's also a key moment for building or rebuilding trust between the british royal family and china. this in the past, prince charles has made gaffes as has prince
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phillip. prince william, the next generation, perhaps an opportunity to rebuild those ties because the british royal family is closely followed in china. it's remarkable really. they're a big story there. so the chinese realize they are an important cultural institution, not just in the u.k. and around the world but in china. >> and max, are there any specific business deals that we should look for in the future that were born or came out of this trip specifically? >> reporter: that is what today was about in shanghai. a great exhibition called -- it was organized boy the british government. it's about getting british business into the chinese economy, particularly focusing on the creative industries which is where britain's strong now. certainly i've received endless press releases from companies that have gone there saying that they feel confident this has helped them increase ties with japanese businesses themselves. you have to work closely together. they can just go in they have to, with with chinese businesses on many occasions. what the palace was keen to
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emphasize to me is that this is part of a long-term process. building ties between britain and the british royal family and british business and china into the long-term future and there's one more day of the tour left. this is where it becomes personal for prince william. this is great passion, tackling poaching in africa. a lot of the products that are poached in africa end up in the market in china. he wants to send the message this you shouldn't be consuming these goods. we should gain this diplomatically sensitive. he hope to tackle it on the final leg of the tour. >> a jam-packed agenda. max foster leading us through it all live from london. >> got the to hear prince william practice his mandarin which is pretty good. thank you very much for watching everyone. i'm zain asher. >> i'm errol barnett. please stay with cnn. "early start" is next for those of you in the u.s. >> for those watching elsewhere, "cnn newsroom" with max foster begins after this. i'm only in my 60's... i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out
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