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priceless artifacts destroyed. the latest move by i.s.i.s. militants. it's been 50 years since the u.s.'s bloody sunday. one march in selma, alabama. and who can forget that dress, the one that broke the internet. now, it's being used for a worthy cause. we will explain. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm george howell. this is cnn newsroom. we start this hour in iraq. security forces there are making progress on several fronts in the fight against isis. iraqi troops supported by a shia militia, recaptured a town on friday on the southern
outskirts of tikrit. that is seen as a key step. the u.s. military says iraqi forces and tribal fighters with the support of coalition air strikes, have cleared isis from al baghdadi. that area is critical because it's near a key base where the u.s. trains iraqi troops. they also drove isis away from several villages. among all of the gains, leaders and archaeologists are condemning great loss there in iraq. the continued destruction of ancient ruins, continues to happen. the latest strategy to target the city of nimrud. they used bulldozers to destroy price ses treasures. >> built more than 3,000 years ago.
nimrud a called city in northern iraq is the latest target of a wave of cultural vandalism by isis. the iraqi government confirms these excavations have been bulldozed by the radical islamists. >> it's a huge loss and tragedy for the whole of humanity. my reaction is one of anger. we do believe that the destruction of heritage, the deliberate destruction of heritage in iraq has become part of the warfare. >> reporter: no one knows for sure how much of this priceless piece of iraq's history has been destroyed. >> this side has many surprises. many fantastic objects. but unique and rare objects. i would describe nimrud as one of the exciting sites in the near east. >> reporter: nimrud is not the first. in the past week i.s.i.s. vandals took hammers to ancient relics in the mosul museum.
rare, huge beasts guarding city gates, gone. 2,000 years of statues, ancient art embod dig its east meets west culture. >> i believe what is very much at stake is the destruction of the fabric of this result ral diversity. >> reporter: a wave of cultural nihilism that is likely far from over. >> there's a lot more that can be damaged. it's one of the areas world that's been occupied by societies for very long periods of time. among the longest in the world. >> reporter: within weeks of overrunning mosul last summer isis began destroying local shrines. looting of artifacts has been
rampant, too. but the past week mosul, now nimrud is an escalation. irreversible damage. cultural annihilation. nic robertson, cnn. the chief of malaysia airlines is speaking out about losing two planes just months apart. you'll remember 370 vanished en route to beijing last march. and in july, a malaysia airlines plan was shot down over eastern ukraine. 298 people died on that flight. let's go to anna corrine who joins us in kuala lumpur. let's talk about m-370. i understand there's frustration about the timing of this interim report that's set to be released. >> reporter: that's right, george. that report will be released on the one-year anniversary since mh-370 disappeared.
as far as the families are concerned, they say it's highly insensitive, considering the pain they are going through and are still going through one year on. no answers. no trace of this plane. no idea as to what happened to their loved ones who were onboard. family members expressing their anger. that this interim report which will be released by the malaysians. also it's made up by on national committee. onboard that committee, australia, the united states the u.k., france. they were involved because of airfrance 447 back in 2000. and china also involved as well as boeing rolls-royce. the international committee releasing their findings. it's very much a technical investigation. we're expecting a 600-page report. by all accounts george it will be released tomorrow. now, we did catch up with the
chief executive officer of malaysia airlines. and he defended the airline. and its handling of the entire tragedy. he also said he knows what the families are going through because they too, lost crew members onboard. take a listen to what he had to say. >> they say lightning don't strike twice in the same place. but we got hit twice. i mean i could not believe -- i didn't believe the first time i got a call saying we lost another 777. and i said are you sure? i said just call back once you have the confirmation. i got a call half an hour later. they said, at the site of the wreckage. it was blank for a while, literally. but we got to do what we have to do. get ourself back on our feet. and deal with it.
>> reporter: george that was mr. yahya, talking about mh-17. that happened just four months after mh-370 disappeared. malaysia airlines has obviously gone through a tumultuous time over the past 12 months. they're calling on the public to stand behind them and support them moving forward. george? >> leaving so many families hundreds of families in such turmoil, these two flights. anna coren, thank you for the reporting live in kuala lumpur. we'll keep tabs with you. a bomb exploded outside a bank in egypt's nile delta region. it killed at least one person. 11 others were wounded in the blast that happened near mahla al kubra. no word on who might be responsible in that explosion. in the united states the justice department said it found
rampant racism in ferguson missouri's criminal justice system. the report also says there is no forensic evidence that michael brown had his hands up and was surrendering when he was killed. two officers from that police department resigned this week over racist e-mails uncovered in that investigation. a top court clerk was also fired because of the e-mails. one of the e-mails portrayed president barack obama as a chimpanzee. the e-mails were forwarded around the police department. and there are calls for the police department to be disbanded and the chief to quit. >> reporter: if the d.o.j. notes, those e-mails are coming from your city manager and your police chief back and forth. why are they still here? why are they allowed to still be here? >> i think it's important to recognize, that everybody deserves due process.
what we see here right now is there is a finding from the department of justice. a finding which they say admits to probable cause, to believe these things. we're going to do due diligence and hold people accountable as necessary. people that have engaged in practices that is against the policies of the city government the elected officials and therefore the will of the people, we will take all of the appropriate action next. >> president obama said on friday he doesn't think ferguson's racial issues are not unique to that city alone. >> i don't think what happens in ferguson is typical. the overwhelming number of law enforcement officers have a really hard dangerous job. and they do it well. and they do it fairly. and they do it heroically. and i strongly believe that. we need to honor those folks. and we need to respect them and
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that's right for you. it was 50 years ago today. hundreds of people marched peacefully from selma, alabama, to montgomery to demand the right to vote for african-americans. police attacked the marchers. they were led by dr. martin luther king jr. that day. they attacked them with night sticks whips and even a rubber hose wrapped in barbed wire. that day lives in history, infamously known as bloody sunday. president barack obama and more than 100 members of the u.s. congress will be in selma today, to mark the anniversary of bloody sunday. another key figure in bloody sunday is u.s. congressman john lewis. he was a young man that day, marching for civil rights. he said police beat him so badly
on bloody sunday his skull was fractured. and he thought he was going to die. lewis went back to the scene. and he took cnn's athena jones with him. >> the bridge of selma is almost a holy place. it is a place where people gave a little blood to redeem the soul of america. and this city people couldn't register to vote because of the color of their skin. so we had to change that. >> reporter: john lewis, who has spent almost three decades in congress was just 25 years old. >> i can never forget what it felt like to be on this bridge on bloody sunday. we came to the highest point. down below we saw a sea of blue alabama state troopers. and behind the state troopers we saw men on horseback. so we got within hearing distance of the state troopers. >> you're ordered to disperse. go home or go to your church.
>> and they said toopers advance. i thought over and over they're going to arrest us. they came toward us beating us with night sticks. trampling us with horses. i went down on my knees. my legs were knocked from under me. i thought i was going to die. >> reporter: he was carried back to the church where the march had begun. it was there, he issued a challenge to president lyndon johnson. >> i stood up and said i don't understand it. how president johnson can send troops to vietnam but cannot send troops to selma, alabama, to protect people. >> reporter: after bloody sunday president johnson spoke before congress. >> it is wrong, deadly wrong, to deny any of your fellow americans the right to vote in this country. it's not just negroes. but really it's all of us who
must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. and we shall overcome. >> he was the first american president to use the theme song of the civil rights movement. i looked at dr. king. tears came down his face. i started crying. i didn't like for anybody to see me cry. but i cried. president johnson federalized the alabama national guard. called out for the united states military to protect us all the way from selma, to montgomery. >> reporter: on august 6th, president johnson signed the landmark voting rights act ensuring that all citizens could vote regardless of their color. it was bloody sunday that helped make that day possible. it's also why lewis returns to
this bridge every year. >> the vote is powerful. it is the most powerful nonviolence tool we have in the democratic society. i don't want people to forget, that people paid a price. >> reporter: athena jones, cnn, selma, alabama. >> just hair-raising to see that video. see the men marching there. the men and women. you can get much more of this obviously, on cnn.com, on the anniversary of bloody sunday. you can see chilling photos by a legendary civil rights photographer. and you can hear from a woman that was left for dead on the bridge. in the face of pending corruption charges, a u.s. senator says he's not going anywhere. this is senator robert menendez. he is accused of using his seat to push business interests of a supporter and a friend in
exchange for gifts. menendez tells reporters friday he has conducted himself appropriately and in accordance with the law. an announcement from prosecutors by the u.s. justice department to pursue criminal charges could come within weeks. when she was u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton signed the department memo discouraging the use of personal e-mail accounts for official business. but now, she is under scrutiny herself for the very same thing. clinton has since handed over thousands of those e-mails to try to prove she did something wrong. as cnn's rihanna keillor reports, the controversy is not going away. >> reporter: the firestorm over hillary clinton's use of personal e-mail while secretary of state, dominated the state department briefing friday. >> i'm not the spokesperson for her office. people may have been confused about this week. >> reporter: reporters asked if clinton failed to follow the e-mail rules she signed off on. an internal department cable from 2011 said employees should
avoid using personal e-mail to conduct government business. but state department spokeswoman, marie hart called them helpful tips. it's not regulations. >> reporter: in 2012 a scathing inspector general report admonished u.s. ambassador to kenya for using personal e-mail to conduct government business at the same time clinton, his boss was doing the same. he told cnn he was surprised at the double-standard. at clinton's request, the state department will look at 55,000 e-mails the obama department asked her to turnover last year. an aide says she turned over anything she did at the state department. but they're taking her word for it when she says she's handing over what's relevant and keeping what's not. the white house says clinton abided by the federal records
act, as the e-mail policy clinton did not follow. >> did members of the administration receive e-mails from hillary clinton while she was secretary of state? >> that i don't know. i do know that obviously, the president has a firm policy that e-mails should be kept on government systems. he believes in transparency. >> reporter: some political observers wonder if the controversy leaves an opening for any other potential democratic candidates to challenge clinton's expected run for president. former maryland governor martin o'malley is traveling in the coming weeks to materially states of iowa and new hampshire. >> it is real. >> reporter: and passing on a chance to run for the senate seat that barbara mckuls. >> who is going to go unknown to beating her for the presidency? how would that happen? how would that ever happen?
across parts of italy. really strong winds in that part of the world. >> this has made headlines in the weather center for about two days. just because it's leaving scenes like this. it's pushing up vessels and ships aground across the adriatic. that's how strong and how violent this localized wind pam known as the bora winds is. it's done something incredible in the northern parts of italy. look at this footage. we teased it earlier before the commercial break. this is several hundred skiering being air-lifted from cable gondolas. they narrowly escaped what was a potential of a terrifying fall there from about 100 feet up. in is in the italian dolomites. the wind came through over a tree and landed on one of the cables. this prompted fears that the
cables could snap. that's why they initiated the rescue attempts. fortunately the hundreds of skiers that were rescued were all brought down by safely by hospital or by cable. the wind gusts across this region, near the coast of croatia, 162 kilometers purr hour. the dolomites, that was 130 kilometers per hour. and the bora winds continue for the next 42 to 48 hours. parts of greece and certainly across the adriatic into parts of italy. this is all thanks to a part of pressure gradients, forming behind the mountain line. this low pressure system we've been discussing moves in a westerly direction. this is in the meteor lodge come
world as retrograding. you see the onslaught of moisture continuing. we have the possibility of strong winds for this season. and even an isolated tornado. and the possibility of large hail exists especially where you see the shading of raid. double-check your flight plans if you're heading to greece. we have snowfall across parts of bulgaria. could exceed 25 to 30 centimeters. active here across the central mediterranean. looks as if the active weather will continue through the course of the weekend. george? >> derek, thank you so much. as we watched the cold snowy weather in the u.s. here's another situation that the weather did not help. federal investigators are now examining the flight recorders of that jet that skidded off the runway at new york's la guardia airport on thursday. it was an icy, snowy runway you'll remember. they hope to have answers about what exactly went wrong with
that delta jet by monday. but for the airline industry it's already clear. a lot has been going dangerously wrong with these runways. cnn's tom foreman reports. >> reporter: a smashed nose cone. a badly damaged wing. how nearly disastrous this crash was. and new information is pushing the question was it avoidable? amid the snow and ice, the incoming pilot asked about the runway. and was told two other flights had just landed safely. >> braking action reported good by an airbus and a regional jet. >> reporter: but another refused to take off. >> a quarter-inch is a little much for us to go. >> reporter: the jet swooped down started skidding and slammed into an earthen wall feet from the icy bay. raising many questions for investigators. >> the question is a judgment issue. and the question is whether the
port authority whether the federal aviation administration and whether the pilots made the right decisions on that day. >> reporter: the incident has renewed concerns about la guardia, where traffic is high and runways short. in 1996 another jet hit pilings at the end of the same runway and crashed. ntsb investigators called it pilot error. but listen to rick take who has close to 40 years of airline experience. >> la guardia's one of the runways, when you're coming in you have to have your a-game with you. and you have to be right on. and everything you're doing because there's not a lot of room for error. >> reporter: recent runway accidents have the whole industry on-edge. last year a private jet crashed trying to take off outside boston killing seven. >> how many more do we have down? >> reporter: in 2013 an asiana airlines jet hit a seawall in san francisco, killing 3 and injuring 181. and in 2006 a plane in kentucky
steered on to a runway too short for takeoff. and 49 people died. the latest faa numbers show 1,200 dangerous runway incursions last year alone. that's more than three a day. and more than enough to have the airline industry looking for some answers. tom foreman, cnn, washington. veteran actor harrison ford remains in a hospital following a crash. he crash-landed his vintage plane he was piloting in a golf course. the 72-year-old was conscious and talking after reporting engine failure. then crashing in that course that you see there. in the u.s. state of california. this happened yesterday, on thursday. just days after the slaying of a russian opposition figure in the heart of moscow fellow kremlin critic is now speaking out, saying he's not afraid. and he won't stop. then a group in south
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world. you are watching cnn newsroom. i'm george howell. the headlines this hour i.s.i.s. has destroyed cultural treasures. this time bulldozing the site of the ancient syrian city of nimrud in iraq. the extent of the damage there is not clear. this incident comes a week after isis militants destroyed artifacts in the mosul museum. at least one person is dead after a bomb explosion in egypt's nile delta region. egyptian state media reports 11
other people were wounded in the blast outside a bay the. the person killed was a police sergeant. there's no word on who might be responsible for that bombing. brazil's top court will investigate dozens of politicians in connection with a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal. the scam may have funneled money from state-run oil company, petrol bus. the fate of iran's nuclear program does not just concern politicians. but it has the country's religious leaders worried. many do not trust the u.s. even though they want sanction relief. fred pliken has this story. >> reporter: death to america. death to israel.
thousands chant at the friday prayers in tehran. a show of force by this country's religious conservatives. iran has a powerful and large religious community. those negotiating on behalf of iran will not be able to sign any nuclear deal without the backing of this deal. that will be hard. many attending the sermon are skeptical of the negotiations. >> this guy is making a fool of himself by going and saying we will negotiate with the u.s. and the u.s. is tricking. this is not right. they did not have a good faith negotiation on the part of the u.s. >> translator: unfortunately, we've seen that we cannot trust the americans, this young mullah says. they have shown that the nuclear issue is an excuse. they want to take everything away from us. our religion our dignity. and this one says, the americans
want too much. that's why we're not optimistic. and there's many times when the u.s. has not been honest. for now, iran's highest thortd says he supports negotiations. but he also says he wants a good deal for iran. i will agree to a deal that's practical, he said. of course not with a bad deal. the americans repeatedly state they believe no deal is better than a bad deal. we are of this opinion, as well. and many attending friday prayers say additional sanctions and even military confrontation don't scare them. >> the reason we are progressing is because of the sanctions. not despite of the sanctions. you see? we are a great nation. everybody you see here they're ready to go to war. we're not afraid. >> reporter: many iranians do want sanction relief as fast as possible. but strong hardliners say they
would rather continue under sanctions than make concessions to the west. now, on to ukraine, where a large watchdog group says a cease-fire with pro-russian separatists is holding. but barely. the head of the organization for security and cooperation in europe says there have been violations. but they've been mostly small arms fire. and that both sides have been moving back their larger weapons from the front lines. meanwhile, a police commander and his wife were injured on friday, in a car blast in the city of karkiev. police found bomb remnants at the scene. but it's unclear who placed it there. a long-time opposition figure is vowing to fight against president putin, despite the recent slaying of critic boris nemtsov. he was released from a jail on friday after being detained for
15 days for distributing opposition leaflets. he spoke of nemtsov's death, saying this act of terror hasn't achieved its goal. he was a leading organizationer behind the street protests in moscow in 2011. the daughter of boris nemtsov says her dad died as a hero. it's been a week now. while his grieving daughter won't blame president putin, she says he shares political responsibility. cnn's matthew chance has the this story. >> reporter: he was one of russia's most prominent opposition figures. gunned down in the shadow of the kremlin. but boris nemtsov was also a father. and for the first time in an television interview, his bereaved daughter is speaking out. >> i loved him more than anyone else in my life. though i'm a grown-up daughter.
i'm 30 years old. i'm turning 31 on the 26th of march. so we were very close. and i think that he died a hero. >> reporter: he was walking home with his ukrainian girlfriend last friday night, when a gunman fired four shots into his back. the surveillance video is grainy. but this is the moment russia lost one of its strongest opposition voices. and zahanna lost her dad. >> i believe the authorities have the political responsibility for his murder. it ice evident because it's cruel, it's bare-faced murder in the heart of russia. in moscow, in the city center. >> reporter: do you blame putin directly for the killing? >> i cannot blame him directly i
would say that our authorities including the president of russia has political responsibility as the head of state. >> reporter: even so many days after the killing, you can see the flowers are still here. the tributes are still being laid. president putin has vowed to find the killers, calling his murder a disgrace. but so far, no arrests have been made. and zhanna told me even the family has not been told any progress. do you have faith that the authorities will bring those responsible to justice? >> no. it's a short answer. no. i don't believe in that. and i think that it's now we have -- russia has crossed the line because after this murder. and people will be frightened to express their ideas, which
contradicts to their official standpoint. >> reporter: despite his politics zhanna told me her father never believed his life was in real danger. even this fierce critic of putin's russia it seems, underestimated how bad things had become. matthew chance cnn, moscow. we have some news just in to the cnn newsroom. russian law enforcement has arrested two men suspected of involvement in the murder of opposition figure boris nemtsov. that's according to the director of the federal security service, who was quoted in russian state media. he says the two suspects were taken into custody earlier. and russian president vladimir putin has been informed of these arrests. two people arrested in the murder of boris nemtsov. it's one of the greatest aviation mysteries ever. after one year authorities are still searching for malaysia flight 370. that plane vanished in a gap,
while switching air space. the investigation has raised a lot of questions about how air traffic controllers communicate. david mulko takes a look at that story. >> reporter: cleared for takeoff. spoken hundreds of times a day. up in the control tower at hong kong international airport. as the plane climbs out, it's handed from the tow to the air traffic control center. responsible not just for the space around the airport, but for the entire region. each colored strip, each dat on the screen a piece of this delicate puzzle. >> she has to control the outbound traffic, the inbound traffic and the overflying traffic. >> reporter: that's a lot of planes. mh-370 began its journey like other flights. the boeing 777 takes off from
kuala lumpur. and flies here there air space all comes together. at 1:19 a.m. the plane is handed off by kuala lumpur. two minutes later, the plane disappears from radar. at this simulator in hong kong we learn that transfers like this happen hundreds of times a day. >> on 125. >> reporter: usually, you say good-bye. >> yeah. >> reporter: at this spot in the ska, which is neither here nor there, it's up to the pilots to make contact with the next region. in mh-370's case ho chi minh city. if you're expecting a flight to come into air space and it doesn't show up what do you do? >> if we're certain that the aircraft was coming towards us we will try our best all of the effort to get them to contact. >> reporter: call the plane?
use an emergency frequency. talk to the airline. you'll talk to the neighboring region doing all that in a matter of minutes, right? >> yeah. we won't wait for long. >> reporter: according to this report released by malaysian authorities, vietnamese authorities called kuala lumpur after 17 minutes. but it took hours of back and forth, before kuala lumpur launched a search for the plane. >> what we had here was something that was really off people's radar screens, as far as the imagination. a little bit of ineptitude and a healthy dose of confusion. >> reporter: extraordinary circumstances in a part of the world that safely handles thousands of flights every day. back in the tower, controllers work quickly but calmly. >> contact tower south. >> reporter: guiding each plane and its precious cargo on its journey. david molko, cnn, hong kong.
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two suspects are under arrest after a shooting in mali that left five people dead including a representative of the european union union. it happened at n the capital, at a nightclub that's popular for westerners. one french citizen, a belgian and three from mali are among the dead. france's president francois hollande condemned the attack. you may have seen pictures of mohammed emwazi. he's been identified by the united states as the isis militant jihadi john. we have amateur video to show you from his teenage years. it offers no new clues, possible clues of his barbary to come. >> reporter: one boy shows off
fancy footwork. and someone calls out the name to match the now-famous face. mohammed emwazi confirmed to be jihadi john the masked murderer. you see him throw a playful punch. in front of the camera he covers his face. emwazi was shy but not a problem student, says his former head coacher. she describes the moment she heard her former student was the man behind the mask for isis. >> he was reserved. didn't have a huge circle of friends. but had a few good friends. was bullied a little bit because he was quiet. and he was reserved. but generally, he was fine. >> knife, will continue to strike the necks of your people. >> reporter: it was his distinctivedistinct distinctive british voice that led to him being identified. his described as being a polite
young man. a student at westminster university and in kuwait. recorded audio recording in 2009 released from cage u.k. >> this is the wrong thing. what happened was wrong. >> reporter: but for the people who knew him it is difficult to fathom that the football-loving teenager they knew as mohammed emwazi has emerged as the man behind the mask. the story of a south african teenager who was kidnapped at birth and recently reunited with her family has captivated the nation. the teen's biological father says his daughter is broken after her ordeal. we look at how she was found 17 years after her abduction. >> reporter: it was in this neighborhood that stephanie nurse grew up. just a few miles away from her biological parents. raised by an accused kidnapper. >> the type of life the child had was a great life.
>> reporter: nurie lives down the road. now, she stands accused. when she was just days old, from the hospital where she was born. the girl's true identity, discovered 17 years later, when she was enrolled at the same school as her biological sister. the resemblance, so striking that police were called in for dna tests. on friday her biological importants were at the capetown court, to hear the judge grant bail. no contact with the potential witnesses, including her own husband, and the girl she's raised as her own for the past 17 years. >> the accused would like to get this finalized as quickly as possible. so that all parties are considered in this matter including the interest of the
minor child. >> reporter: the woman's lawyer wouldn't comment on a potential plea. only they're looking for a speedy conclusion. >> where are the biological parents out? their child is not dead. she's not missing anymore. but they must deal with -- it's not an easier way of saying this. there's an open-ended issues they are dealing with. >> reporter: for now, she remains in the care of minister fritz's department. >> she's an incredible young girl. she's very very feisty. assertive. a young person. >> reporter: a young woman in a her biological parents are desperate to get to know. >> came alive. and that's all i can say. emotional moment. our daughter's back. and that's it. >> reporter: after a childhood spent in the care of an alleged kidnapper, just months before her 18th birthday, it will be up
to her where to decide where she spends her future. brent swails. a group in south africa is using a hit to talk about this violence. how this dress could change the conversation, ahead. if you can clear a table without lifting a finger... you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® for powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin. because it starts working faster on the first day you take it. zyrtec®. muddle no more™.
its colors. it took the internet by storm last week. but now, that image is being used to start a more serious conversation. cnn's hala gorani has the story. >> reporter: it was the dress that divided the internet. black and blue? or white and gold? it felt like it was the only question that people cared about last week. >> i thought it was white and gold. >> i thought it was black and blue. >> reporter: at its peak the dress had 145 page views per minute according to tumblr. within 4 days 73 million clicks. now, the meme is being used the make a more serious point. the salvation army in south africa asks why is it so hard to see black and blue. driving home the brutal statistic that one in six women in south africa is a victim of domestic abuse. >> we all enjoyed the idea that we could look at this dress and see different things. but i think to look at it again,
with new eyes and to see this image that depicts somebody who is suffering domestic violence has the power to really reach people that otherwise wouldn't take notice of this message. and we would certainly encourage people to take advice to seek help if they're suffering domestic violence. >> reporter: the salvation army was not the only organization trying to capitalize on the buzz. others jumped in with varying success. digital media experts say companies should involve themselves in thesiane ianonline conversation and need to be quick on the mark. >> the companies set up to respond in social media are going to be the more successful ones. it's about having people that understands the medium the internet. and really understands the tone and the voice and the language of it. and then it's about having a great idea. >> reporter: a powerful message. and a clever idea. old-fashioned ingredients that are still vital in the new media
age. >> that was cnn's hala gorani reporting on that. hindus across india, are celebrating the arrival of spring with the festival of fol colors. people threw color powders, and sang and danced in the streets. some play before lord krishna the hin god of love and joy. the festival is primarily observed in nepal. but has gained popularity with non-hindus in south asia. that's the news from cnn in atlanta. the news continues in a moment. we'll get the latest of an arrest of two suspects in connection with the death of russian opposition leader, boris nemtsov. next.
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