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singapore mourns as the country's founding father passes away. u.s. senator ted cruz kicks off the 2016 race for the white house. farewell to a king. thousands turn out to watch as richard iii finally gets a proper sendoff and a new final resting place. hello, and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. this is "cnn newsroom." the man known as singapore's
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founding father has died. lee kuan yew was 91. >> for more than 30 years lee served as the city/state's prime minister. afterwards he remained active working as an elder statesman throughout the world. >> well wishers from around the world are paying their respects. u.s. president barack obama said that he sought out the former prime minister's insight in shaping his own asia policies. more on yew's career and controversies. >> reporter: a sparkling skyline and world-famous harbor singapore declared independence from malaysia just 50 years ago and since then has transformed from a sleepy port into one of the wealthiest nations. all this credited largely to the visionary lee kuan yew, the founding father of singapore and its prime minister for more than three decades. and this is the legacy he leaves behind. shaping an island nation into what he called a first world oasis in a third world
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association. sleek, modern with world-class education and transport systems. so sparkling clean even you chewing gum is banned. singapore isson onson often -- is often ranged as one of the best cities to live in. yew's pro-business and low tax policies encouraged foreign investment to thrive and his zero tolerance to corruption created trust in a region where business and bribery often go hand in hand. today the city of five million people punches far above its weight on the world's economic stage. with one of the top growth per capita rates worldwide, ranked by the world bank as the number-one country to do business in. lee kuan yew's critics say singapore's stable has come at a cost. accusing the former leader of building an authoritarian state with little patience for disent and allowing cronyism to mar the democratic principles. lee kuan yew always defended his approach saying he just did what he had to to maintain social
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order and protect the prosperity of singapore. cnn, singapore. singapore's current prime minister who is also lee kuan yew's son has declared a week of mourning. cnn has more from hong kong. the news of mr. yew's passing came after an illness. today must be a somber one for people in singapore. what are people saying? what is the plan for mr. lee's funeral? >> reporter: that's right. people in singapore obviously mourning the loss of what is effectively their founding father. that is how he is considered. and if anybody has ever been to singapore, they will know what an incredible city it is. compared to other countries in southeast asia it really has gone from a third world city to a first world city. it is an economic financial hub.
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it's a powerhouse in the region. there's no denying that lee kuan yew is responsible for that. he is considered a visionary. he knew where he wanted to take singapore, and he did that despite the critics, despite harsh techniques but he got the job done as you say people knew that he was sick he was admitted to hospital back in february with pneumonia. and his health has been deteriorating last week. we got word that he is ill. his death comes as no surprise but still a sad day. condolence coming in from all over world leaders, global leaders, i want to read you some of them now. japan's prime minister abe saying he's built the foundation of the prosperity of singapore today. he was a great leader of asia. and we heard from the ifm managing director who said "he
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was a visionary statesman whose uncompromising stand for meritocracy, and efficiency transformed singapore into one of most prosperous nations in the world." singapore is one of the least corruption countries in asia. it's because of that that it's become this financial hub with foreign investment. t the largest coptarian port and biggest producer of oil rigs. this of something that lee kuan yew wanted achieve. also i want to read something that the late margaret. thattish said in 2004. she said "mr. lee almost single-handedly built up singapore into one of the single most success stories of our time." >> a leader who as many are saying single-handedly created singapore and made it what it is today. this week will be about looking
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back and honoring that. you do wonder what's next. you have mr. lee's son, the current prime minister, in charge. where is he expected to take the country? >> reporter: yeah. let's remember that lee kuan yew has not been prime minister since 1990. of course he played a prominent role behind the scenes. as you say, his son is the prime minister. very much following in his father's footsteps. lee kuan yew was very much a unique man. he ruled with an authoritarian fist even though singapore of considered a democracy. that is what his critics said. there was this authoritarian rule, and because of that he was able to achieve so much. critics say the freedom of the press was cracked down. . you also had strict rule like finding people for -- fining
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people for spitting and spitting gum. he implemented the death penalty and made no excuses for that. other critics described singapore as a nanny state. if anything lee kuan yew relished that. he said if it's a nanny state so be it but it makes singapore a better place to live. he stood by what he did, how he ran singapore, but also what he achieved. as far as his son is concerned, he certainly will continue to rule in a similar vein making sure singapore remain a success. >> i think people will be happy to hear that. anna thanks. turning to another story we're watching closely. u.s. officials are investigating an online threat calling for attack against u.s. troops on american soil. a hacking association posted the names, photos, and addresses of about 100 u.s. service members
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on line. >> u.s. military officials are urging soldiers to be careful, careful,careful -- being careful shoring personal information on the web. >> the military has to start rethinking. you can't just have facebook pages and twitter and all this with your military uniform on and all this information about yourself because it -- you know if you are known to be a service member on facebook and then check in somewhere, now these operatives these home-grown operatives may know where you are if they're able to get in your facebook page. >> the obama administration has stead takes these threats seriously. u.s. defense department officials along with the fbi are working to determine the validity of that post. there are growing fears isis or other extremists will exploit the power vacuum in yemen. >> and underscoring that fear are new images of the moment a suicide bomber struck a mosque in sanaa on friday.
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[ chanting ] [ explosion and screaming ] >> just a horrifying scene at one of the two mosques that were targeted. both were frequented by shia rebels. nearly 140 people were killed in the attacks. isis has claimed responsibility. meantime houthi rebels took over a key national airport in yemen's cultural capital on sunday. official in the area say one person was killed and 82 others wounded when the rebels fired at protesting residents. the u.s. military pulled the last of its personnel out of yemen saturday night. >> as andy rose reports, there are concerns in washington about the effects of that withdrawal. >> he's developed -- these developments in yemen greatly disturb me because of their potential to attack the united states. >> reporter: the state department says the deteriorate deteriorating security situation has forced the u.s. to pull
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about 100 navy s.e.a.l.s and army delta force members from the country. officials called the move a temporary relocation. house homeland security chairman michael mccall told abc this week he's worried about the consequences of a u.s. withdrawal. >> we will have no intelligence footprint or capabilities to monitor what aqap and isis and the shia militants are doing in the region. without good sbarns plots against the homeland without that intelligence we cannot effectively stop it. >> reporter: historically the united states has worked with yemen's government to combat al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. the terrorist group is based there. recent internal strife has rocked that relationship. the u.s. closed its embassy in sanaa in february. [ explosion ] >> reporter: friday yemen's state-run news agency reported at least 137 people were killed in two separate explosions at mosques in the capital. hundreds more were injured.
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isis claimed responsibility though cnn hasn't confirmed that. the incident prompted this response from the white house. >> we're seeing extremists try to capitalize on the chaos and instabilities inside of yemen to carry out acts of violence. >> reporter: sunday the united nations security council met to discuss the situation. the adviser to the secretary general on yemen urged all side to avert a civil war. i'm andy rose reporting. france's conservative inump party blocked a showing for the national front in elections. >> early projects have former president sarkozy's party leading with 31% in the first round of voting. sarkozy is considering another run for the presidency in 2017. and so is the front's lepen. >> the socialists came in third with about 20% of the vote. it appears a group of western medical students have traveled into syria. and now there's a desperate
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scorch get them back. a live update after the break. what lies ahead for the first candidate to announce his run for the white house in 2016. take a look. more than 500 years after his death, ending lap's king richard iii is being laid to rest again.
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in tunisia, the search is on for a third suspect in the massacre at the bardo museum. the suspect appears to have been involved in directing the attack rather than as a gunman. 23 people were killed mostly foreigners. tongue security forces -- tunisian security forces shot and killed who gunmen at the scene. isis has claimed responsibility for wednesday's shooting. authorities have arrested at least nine people in connection with the attack. tunisia's president says the bardo museum will reopen on tuesday. he added that security measures alone won't win the battle against terrorism. he says national unity and hard work are needed as well. officials are trying to track down medical students and graduates who may have traveled
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to syria to isis-controlled territory. we have more from baghdad. what all do we know about this? what do the families of these 11 students believe their loved ones might be planning to do in these isis-controlled territories? >> reporter: well we know very little right now. we're trying to piece together the details of this story that's emerged in the last 24 hours. and the information is coming from an opposition member of parliament in turkey. and cnn spoke to him yesterday. he said that a group of 11 individuals, those include seven british nationals, one american one canadian and two sudanese. these were either medical students or fresh graduates of medical -- medicine in sudan. he says they traveled to isis-controlled territory in the
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last week. he's telling british media that their family member have come to him for help to try and track them down in the isis-controlled areas. he says they are convinced that their children have gone to work in isis-controlled areas, and that they're there working for isis describing them as brain did washed and that they've been cheated. also stressing that they are there not to fight but to help. now it's very unclear at this point what exactly they're doing here. we cannot verify independently their motivations or their whereabouts at this point. the british foreign office in a statement to cnn yesterday said they are aware of these reports and are "providing assistance to their families and have informed the turkish police to try and
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ascertain their inbusiness." seven mothers and fathers of these individuals are on the turkish-syrian border triping to con v chips their kids to come home. >> heartbreaking for family members. we'll continue to follow the story, of course and bring our viewers the details following the story from baghdad, many thanks. it is official ted cruz is running for president. the senate republican is popular in the tea party, but he has a lot of teamwork do ahead of the gop primary. starbucks employees will no longer write race together on your coffee cups. we'll explain what's happened. nobody told us to expect it... intercourse that's painful due to menopausal changes
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crowds gathered in brooklyn sunday for the funeral of seven chirp who died in a house fire a day earlier. fire officials say the four boys and three girls were in their bedrooms when unattended hot plate in the kitchen started the fire. the siblings are between 5 and 16 years old. an eighth child and their mother escaped this blaze but are in critical condition. the grieving father told mourners that only his faith can
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help him survive this tragedy. the first hopeful for the 2016 u.s. presidential election has made his bid. early monday, ted cruz a republican senator from the u.s. state of texas, tweeted this -- "i'm running for president, and i hope to earn your support." the 44-year-old may have to convince a lot of people that he's the man for the job. a cnn/orc survey this month of the hypothetical republican primary showed cruz with 4% support among the gop and republican-leaning independents. he came in well behind jeb bush and scott walker. >> we understand senator you cruz will make his announcement in person later today in virginia. for more on his big decision let's turn to our political analyst, josh rogen, from brussels belgium, this morning. thanks for connecting with us on cnn. senator ted cruz wants to suck up some media attention and campaign dollars in what's already a crowded republican field.
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those polling numbers would suggest he really needs to stand out at this moment. would you agree with that? >> absolutely. we have two distinct tiers now in the merging -- emerging gop primary. the first includes jeb bush marco rubio scott walker. the second tier is a crowded field including ted cruz ben carson rand paul chris christie, mike huckabee and several others. by announcing first ted cruz is making a ploy both for media attention and for campaign donations, and that seems to be successful. what's interesting about the announcement is he's decided to make it at liberty university an evangelical college started by the late jerry falwell. it shows his intention to promote the fundamentalist christian vote. to cobble together what he considers to be a coalition of fiscal conservatives, evangelicals and libertarians.
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>> he's making it clear i guess what his base as much as we muff forward in this election, after they get the party nomination, he's going to have to broaden himself at some point. you mentioned the tea party of whom cruz is a favorite. that group has been at odds at times over the past few years with establishment gop candidates. are these two factions getting along better these days or could we see some public clashes in this next year? >> ted santa cruz taking a risk trying to establish himself as the anti-establishment candidate. that would be a problem if and when he makes it to the general election. as far as ted cruz is concerned, there's a problem for another day. right now what he's trying to do is not only court the anti-establishment vote but build what he considers to be a new coalition. he wants to portray himself as a fiscal conservative but also a hawk on defense policy. and that he thinks combined with some other pockets of support
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could enable him to cobble together a slight majority if and when he gets to the germ election. there's a long road between now and then. so his first step is to become viable and to stay viable throughout the primary. >> a very long road. he may be irrelevant, other candidates may be irrelevant when you look at the polling numbers former secretary of state hillary clinton is pulling you now. well ahead of the entire republican field. what -- again, it's still early, there's a long way to go before election day. what does that suggest about the battle ahead for republican candidates that none of them are beating a hypothetical hillary clinton right now, and she hasn't even announced? >> there's a plus and a minus to competing in a non-contested primary, what shills facing. [ inaudible ] >> to raise money and prepare for the germ election. on the other hand a contested primary has been shown in the
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past to sharpen candidates' able to deal with the press, to deal with the issues of the day, and to establish broad grassroots support that can only be achieved by going to those early states. ted cruz is has a clear state strategy as well. he's active in iowa new hampshire, and nevada. he think that by building his grassroots support now, that will benefit him if and when he gets to the germ election. hillary clinton, while she has a clear advantage, has not been going to the early states and is resting largely on her laurels. that's a risk for her because she could have emerge as a less sharpened candidate when she faces the republicans early next year. >> all right. our political analyst getting you through the technical glitch to bring us some of his insight. joining us via web cam from brussels in belgium. thanks. a very different story now. starbucks' customers will no longer see race together written on their cups. the coffee giant has ended its effort to spark conversation about race relations with the written message. >> of the cup the right place to
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begin a discussion like this? this initiative of launched a week ago, followed by much criticism, mocking. in a letter to employees, starbucks' ceo, howard shultz wrote, "while there has been criticism of the initiative, and i know this happy been easy for any of you, let me assure you that we didn't expect universal praise." >> they didn't get it. other pars of the initiative will continue including an ongoing effort to hire 10,000 what they're calling opportunity youth, over the next three years. a quick break now. just ahead, the battle over palestinian statehood is heating up after benjamin netanyahu's re-election. up next details on the israeli prime minister's controversial post campaign shift. plus, it's been a year since the start of a deadly ebola outbreak in west africa. why one organization is blaming the world's slow response to the spread of the deadly disease. woman: for soft beautiful feet i have a professional secret:
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hello, and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "cnn newsroom," i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. it is that time. we need to check the headlines this hour. singapore's government has declared a week of mourning in honor of former prime minister lee kuan yew. he died monday morning at age 91. lee served as prime minister for more than 30 years. he's largely credited with turning the city/state into a vibrant economic power in asia. the u.n. security council held at emergency session on yemen sunday. the special envoy warned the country is on the edge of civil
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war. government officials say houthi rebels swept through yemen's cultural capital. they say one person was killed and 82 wounded when rebels fired at protesters. u.s. senate republican ted cruz has kicked off the race for the white house. cruz announced on twitter he is running for president in 2016. he'll make his in-person declaration in virginia later today. the 44 gold is the first -- 44-year-old is the first candidate to announce his bid. benjamin netanyahu's re-election as prime minister has put the palestinian quest for state packwood back in the center, back in the spotlight. he spoke against the palestinian vote before the vote. >> he's backtracked since then. there isn't much optimism in some circles. our global affairs correspondent explains. >> reporter: for palestinians benjamin netanyahu's campaign pledge not to allow a palestinian state was evidence of what they had felt all along.
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>> this is someone who never believed in the palestinian right to establish their own dependen state or ending the occupation. >> reporter: a two-state solution could haven't seem moreed more distant. the breakdown caused them to take unilateral moves at the united nations and join the international criminal court. the israelis responded by withholding tax revenues they collect on behalf of the palestinians. with the palestinian authority already in the midst of a financial crisis they are threatening to end security caption with the israelis. they say now israel will have no choice now assume full responsibility for the occupied territories. >> we're not bluffing not threatening. i'm saying it in clear-cut language. we are not sustainable, status quo be maintained. >> reporter: netanyahu tried to dial back his hardline stance saying in interviews that the conditions in the region were
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too dangerous to cede territories to the palestinians for now. >> i want a sustainable peaceful two-state solution. for that circumstances have to change. >> reporter: president obama is unimpressed. in a post election phone call to in the the in the, he warned the prime minister those comments may force the u.s. to reassess its relationship with israel. >> we take him at his word when he said that it wouldn't happen during his prime ministership. so that's why we've got to evaluate what options are available to make sure we don't see a chaotic situation in the region. >> reporter: the plups predict netanyahu will come back to the peace table to avoid action at the international criminal court. they become members on april 1st and plan to submit cases of war crimes dwaeps israel in the coming days. >> netanyahu would surprise us. again, when the first indictments start coming in and i hope they start coming in fast you will see a different netanyahu. i think he will be begging for
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negotiations as a way out. >> reporter: the republicans say there is one way netanyahu can gain the credibility and trust of them and the international community -- by telling the israeli people that the only way to live in peace is to recognize a palestinian state. the alternative, they say, is a dangerous escalation in which neither side will win. cnn, jerusalem. the issues between president obama and prime minister netanyahu caused at least one american politician to criticize mr. obama. >> senate republican john mccain says the president needs to get over his personal issues with mr. netanyahu and cooperate with israel. take a listen. >> there's a free and fair democratic election. the only nation in the region that will have such a thing. the president should get over it. get over your temper tantrum. the least of your problems is what b.b. netanyahu said during
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an election campaign. the president has his priorities screwed up. it's unbelievable. >> tough words. for more insight, i want to go live to jerusalem. that's where cnn's orrin lieberman is standing by for us. so tension of course we're seeing growing between president obama and israeli prime minister netanyahu. now we learn that mr. obama is not buying mr. netanyahu's post campaign policy shift on the issue of whether he's committed to a two-state solution. now many confused about where israel actually stands on this. what's been the reaction there? >> reporter: the administration here the prime minister's office insists that they never change their minds. there was no back and forth, no flip-flop. they insisted it was misinterp misinterpretation of netanyahu's comments before the election where he seemed on to state there would be no palestinian state under him. the administration inexists what are the realities of the middle east and instabilities here. however, as you mentioned,
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president obama not buying that explanation for the apparently contradictory commence. the real question is what happens, what changes. both sides seem confident and have gone out of their way to see that the financial assistance remains strong. the question though and the biggest question we keep hearing is what about at the u.n.? if the u.s. is used for a long time now its security council veto power to block or stop any resolutions unfavorable to israel that's the biggest question especially in terms of the palestinian state. it wasn't that long ago the palestinians took their case to the u.n. security council and lost by one vote. meaning the u.s. didn't have to use their veto power. now if they go back they have what's perceived as a more favorable security council. and that could force the u.s. to use the veto power, the security council or not. so that is where the biggest question lies in this continued back and forth, rosemary. >> and there's another part to this mr. netanyahu's loyalists
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believe the true tension between mr. netanyahu and president obama is israel's opposition to a nuclear deal with iran rather than the campaign policy shift on a palestinian state. what is being said about that? >> reporter: we've certainly order that. and in light of the iran issue in light of the threat of a nuclear iran to israel we've seep the tensions rise. the back and forth between the two, the tension started months ago, long before the deal with iran was on the table. it seems that both leaders will do what they'll do. president obama is pushing forward with a deal. and here in israel benjamin netanyahu who is pushing forward with his attempts to influence the deal. in fact he sent his intelligence minutes store france to try to influence that deal. seems as if here the perception is that they can't stop a deal. perhaps they can influence the outcome of that deal. rosemary? >> orrin lieberman keeping an eye on developments there from jerusalem. many thanks to you. the ebola outbreak could soon be close to containment. a new report blames the crisis on the world's slow response. that's coming up. plus, england is giving a
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former king a royal burial after he spent centuries laid to rest under what became a parking lot. and a teenage driver living on the edge. take a look at this. we'll explain how it happened.
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one year after the west african ebola outbreak was confirmed, it appears the crisis is heading toward contain. . we'll show you this graph. those colored lines show the number of new cases per week since last march. so guinea the red line, peaked in december at roughly 171 new cases. and slowed to 19 in january, but has seen a recent uptick. sierraly open is the greenspan line. peaked in december roughly 570 new cases, and has dropped most weeks by then. siberia in yellow peaked in september, roughly 440 cases. for several weeks it's had no new cases. friday it did record one new case. a mixed bag there. despite the decline in some of the hardest hit countries, a new report suggests the ebola outbreak is far from over. it blames the world's slow response for historien douse
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consequences. >> henry gray is a food coordinator for doctors without borders which published the report. he joins us live via web cam from brussels. thanks for your time. according to your report your staff sounded consistently when helped to fight ebola in west africa. you laugh the who for its slow response. what's the lesson here? >> i think, first of all, the people of west africa suffered a lot more than our staff. but the takeaway message is that the world was late responding to this crisis there's a lot of optimism some of it well founded optimism. the job isn't done yet. if we want to avoid failing this part of west africa again, everybody has to knuckle down and see this job through. >> this is rosemary here. the report says this is the
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first time it's been forced to turn away patients ricking more infections. what's the answer in what more needs to be done? >> i think it was a question of timing. we asked for help, we asked for help from march onwards, and that help wasn't forthcoming. when we had to turn patients away which i can tell you is one of the most difficult things our people had to do -- that was simply because we dip have enough beds. now there are enough beds in the countries. there are three actives that need to be carried out. but the message today is that these activities have to keep on going, they have to be reinforced improved, and have to stay until the last numbers. >> the point is we're still not out of the wood yet. people are still suffering in west africa. another thing of note you only
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had around roughly 40 staff members properly trained for ebola this time last year. there's been a real uphill battle for you and other organizations since then. if there were another outbreak somewhere in the developing world, would we be better suited to respond, or is there space to go that front? >> i think there is space to go. within msf, we're already learning lessons. we have trained a huge number of new national staff plus 1,300 international staff. the real question is if this happens again, are the big institutions ready to deal with this? i don't believe that's the case. i think the world health organization and the united nations member states they have a lot to do to prepare for the next week. >> i want to go back to your point when you were saying the
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hospital had to turn away patients. what numbers are you talking about, and where did they go? >> it's difficult to give exact numbers. i of in liberia in -- i was in liberia in august and september when we were turning away people. a lot had to go home. we gave them material to keep their families safe basic training so this they would reduce the risk of infect. these people had to go -- risk of infection. these people had to go home. that was difficult. >> thank you very much. we appreciate it. >> sobering, eye-opening report there. pope francis visited one of the most troubled neighborhoods in naples italy, and had strong words for the mafia. >> after spending time in a community where organized crime is pretty much in charge, the pope gave a mass for the city square. he urged young people to stay out of drug dealing and other
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crimes. pope francis also called on member of organized crime to convert to love and justice. while in naples the pope got a delicious surprise as his motorcade made its way through the crowds. pope received a special handmade delivery straight to the pope mobile. >> becky anderson has that part of the story. >> reporter: he may be a proud argentinian other but that's not to say the man who is today known as pope francis doesn't have distinctly italian tastes. when asked in a marine interview what he missed -- in a recent interview what he missed most since be a pontiff in the catholic church his response took some by surprise. "the only thing i would like is to go out one day without being recognized and go out for a pizza." hearing of the message, the city of naples one enterprising resident decided to make the holy father's day.
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>> transranslator: i heard the pope's car coming and got red. i jumped the fence and gave him the pizza. with a smile he said "thank you." >> reporter: as it turns out, the pope isn't the only global icon to have savored the delights of the family business. [ speaking italian ] >> translator: in 1994 my dad did little pizza for american president bill clinton. yesterday when i got to know the pope was in town i decided to make it as a gift. >> reporter: enzo's still waiting to whether post enjoyed his experience. the pizza sheft certainly has a belly -- chef certainly has a belly full of pride. >> getting a pizza you made with your own hands to the spoep very emotional. it's hard to express the value of the gesture for a man we love and value, a beautiful person full of humanity. >> reporter: with clientele like this perhaps enzo can expect a
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heaven-sent boost to his business. >> great shompts as you said, how did he get that close? >> how did you get that close? great advertising for the business. the pope i'm sure was like put this in back with the others. >> did we tuesday? question mark. it is the culmination of a mystery that endured for half a millennium. the remains of ending lapd's king richard iii begin the journey to their final resting place. [ male announcer ] you wouldn't leave your car unprotected. but a lot of us leave our identities unprotected.
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welcome back. an undefeated season in the works in u.s. college basketball now. the university of kentucky topped cincinnati over the weekend in the ncaa tournament to become the first team in men's college basketball to go 36-0. >> they are moving on to the sweet 16. they need just four more wins to complete the first undefeated season since 1976. next up kentucky plays west virginia on thursday. >> the ucla bruins doing quite well at my school. i'll insert that for no reason. more than 500 years after he died richard iii gets a farewell tribute worthy of a king. >> thousands came to the procession carrying the remain of the king which were found two years ago and will get a proper burial. rosie tompkins has more. [ cheers ] >> reporter: long live king
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richard. part state funeral, part shakespeare, part murder mystery. this is the culmination of a half millennia-long story and 2.5 years planning to reintern the remains of richard iii a king who died more than 500 years ago. >> we love you, richard! >> reporter: it is astonishing to the crowds gathered here today. all to pay their respects to a man they never even knew. the last king of ending lapd to die in battle now given the royal burial denied him the first time around. there's an atmosphere of solemnity in the air fitting the occasion. >> i came from germany. >> i came from new zealand. one of those inexplicableable thing. >> we waited so long for this day. now's here. someone pinch me. >> reporter: today marks the beginning of an unprecedented multimillion dollar five-day spectacle. proceedings began sunday morning with the coffin making its first public appearance. before embarking on a seven-hour
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journey to its michael jackson definitely nation at lester cathedral. among those in attendance michael ipson. distant relative and carpenter charged with the task of building the coffin. >> this morning they came out, sitting there looking at it with the flowers on top and all the people. i'm thinking how did i come to be here sitting on a platform a few meters from richard iii king of england. >> reporter: it was with the help of dna that the mortal remains found under a car park in lester in 2012. owe this they were confirmed as those of the missing king. until today, richard's enduring memory of that cast by shakespeare. the hurch back villain king who murdered his nephews. this is a chance to revisit his reputation. >> archaeology doesn't answer those questions. doesn't answer if the person's good or bad or whether he killed
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his nephews or so on. it has allowed people to reimmerse themselves in the story and reinvigorate the debatement. >> reporter: debate and intrigue. there is no question this has captured the national imagination imagination. the atmosphere on the streets, solemnity mixed with utter frustration. there it is the king's coffin preparing to make its final approach to the cathedral to lay in state for three days before his burial. what an action. no question we've been witnessing history in what is one of the most extraordinary ceremonies to unfold before us in living memory. rosie tompkins, cnn, lester, england. a teen driver in new hampshire finds himself living on the edge after his leisurely drive goes well a little off course. take a look at these incredible madam speaker. >> wow. >> you see his car teetering on a bridge guardrail. >> state troopers say the teen lost control of his car after it
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struck a snow mound. then went flying up and slammed down right on to the rail. with the car hanging at least 50 feet above the river, the kid nagged to get out. he wasn't -- managed to get out. he wasn't hurt but got a citation for driving out of his lane. >> we won't do that again, will me? >> >> stay in your lane you'll be safe. little to no rainfall -- >> it's a lot that we need. >> the official there at nasa jpl, saying there's studies suggesting that perhaps if conditions remain the same over the next 12 months the state could run out of water. temperatures have been 4.5 degrees fahrenheit because the 20th century average. the reservoirs snow pack groundwater, all had historic lows in recent months. the situation not good. you take california.
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if you were to make it a country, it would have the seventh largest economy in the world. a lot of water goes to the agricultural industry. about 41% to be precise. the winter season has come and gone. literally no snow across peaks to speak of. again, the conditions as of december 100% of the state was in severe drought, extreme drought. for many the wet season came and went. improvement little to nonexistent across that region. certainly a big concern. want to show what a typical year-to-date perspective looks like in california with rainfall in the winter season along the coast especially across the sierras and higher elevations. look at what has transpired in the first three months of the year. little to no rainfall across the south and north. the depiction here not a got one. we've gotten lost in what's happened because the eastern united states has been audicold record temperatures and snow.
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official numbers -- over 10,000 record temperatures set on the eastern united states. this winter conversely on the western u.s. more than 15,000 record highs have been set. a big story in california. >> absolutely. all right. thanks. appreciate it. and thank you for watching. i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. "early start" is next for those of you in the u.s. for everyone else, it's another edition of "cnn newsroom." "ride away" (by roy orbison begins to play) ♪ i ride the highway... ♪ ♪ i'm going my way... ♪ ♪i leave a story untold... ♪ he just keeps sending more pictures... if you're a free-range chicken
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. a big blow to the war on terror. this morning, one of the biggest middle east allies on the brink of civil war. yemen in crisis. u.s. evacuating troops. we are live with the latest. u.s. military officers on an isis hit list. 100 people targeted as we learn new information about western doctors moving to syria to help isis. we are live in baghdad. the 2016 presidential campaign has begun.