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a jury sentences dzhokhar tsarnaev to death. and a city hopes to move on. overcrowded migrant votes arrived in droves to asian countries that don't want them. and we ask gop presidential
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hopefuls who their favorite living u.s. president is. it may surprise you. welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. i'm atika shubert in london. and this is "cnn newsroom." back again in boston, where dzhokhar tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. the 21-year-old admit head was responsible for the boston marathon bombings. a federal jury convicted him on all charges just two weeks ago. on friday, he stood quietly and showed no visible reaction has the judge announced the reaction. >> reporter: today, the jury has spoken. and dzhokhar tsarnaev will pay with his life for his crimes. >> two bombs exploded near the finish line of the boston marathon on that april day, killing three people and injured
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more than 240 others. now, we won't know where tsarnaev will stay while he's on death row, until the judge formally sentences him. that date has not been set. one option is the u.s. max prison. that is home to ted kaczynski and shoe bomber richard reid. >> even in the wake of horror and tragedy, we are not intimidated by acts of terror or radical ideals. on the contrary, the trial of this case has showcased an important american ideal, that even the worst of the worst deserve a fair trial and due process of law. >> the courtroom in boston was packed with people who survived the 2013 attack. 17 people lost limbs when the pressure cooker bombs exploded sending bb pellets, nails and
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other shrapnel into the crowds. some spoke outside the courthouse. >> there's nothing happy about having to take somebody's life. i'm satisfied. i'm grateful that they came to that conclusion, because for me, i think it was the just conclusion. but there's nothing happy about any single bit of this situation. >> i'm sure at one time in his life he was a very lovely, caring young man. what he turned into, obviously, was -- we know what he turned into. he turned into a monster. >> there's justice now, he wanted to go to hell, and he's going to get there early. >> one thing that's still a mystery in the boston marathon bombings is whether catherine tsarnaev played any part. cnn's drew griffin reports. >> reporter: immediately after the bombings, catherine russell
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slipped from public view with her small child. with her parents in rhode island. to her neighbors she was seen like a ghost. rarely seen and never heard from. >> she's trying to remain out of public view. trying to figure out who she is and trying to raise her daughter whose father was a mass murderer. and that's got to be a challenging task. >> reporter: there was also the question, too, of what she knew about her alleged husband's role in placing the bombs. bombs that were at least partially made on the kitchen table of the tiny apartment she shared with tamerlan tsarnaev. catherine russell was never
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charged. former federal prosecutor says regardless of what she did or did not so, it's smart for her to remain silent. >> unless she aided or abetted, went out and purchased some item that she knew she was using to build a bomb, she's not guilty of any child. >> reporter: kathryn was seen holding what is believed to be the latest child, a niece, the daughter of her 24-year-old sister-in-law. aclean that tsarnaev recently appeared in court of unrelated charges of threatening a romantic idol with a bomb. her last known apartment was just blocks from the last listed address of alina and bella tsarnaev, sisters in law.
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the tsarnaev families believe brothers tamerlan and dzhokhar were incident, set up in some type of con spiracconspiracy. but her family says she's not talking and will not talk. drew griffin, cnn, new jersey. back to the latest developments in the deadly amtrak train derailment in the u.s. city of philadelphia. an assistant said she heard brandon bostian say the train was struck by something just moments before it hit the track. another engineer reported something similar happening to his train. >> you recall that the septa engineer had reported to the train dispatcher that he had either been hit by a rock or shot at. and that the septa engineer said that he had a broken windshield and he placed his train into
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emergency stop. she also believed that she heard her engineer say something about his train being struck by something. >> the fbi is now examining the train's shattered windshield for clues. federal investigators interviewed amtrak engineer brandon bostian for the first time friday, saying he was extremely cooperative, but long before his train flew off the tracks at 106 miles per hour, bostian ranted online for the industry, he slammed officials for not using a well-known system to prevent this type of tragedy. the funeral for the youngest victim navy midshipman justin zemser was held friday in new york. u.s. lawmakers have used this crash to reignite the debate over the federal
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infrastructure. tom foreman has a look at where both sides stand on the issue. >> reporter: almost from the moment that train crashed in the darkness, the battle lines were growing bright. democrats saying this wreck would not have happened if funding for infrastructure and safety equipment were not political footballs. >> the republicans have been very much against amtrak for a very long time. >> reporter: and republicans furiously hitting back. >> listen, you know, they started this yesterday. it's all about funding. it's all about funding. well, obviously, it's not about funding. the train was going twice the speed limit. >> reporter: much of the democratic focus is on a safety system called positive train control, which was supposed to be installed in all am track routes by this year's end and won't be. but assessments by congressional researcher, railway experts and others have all suggested a delay was inevitable because of technological and logistical challenges, not budget issues.
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>> it's shameless that we have some of our colleagues trying to exploit such tragedy like this for funding. we need to figure out the facts first and move forward. ♪ >> reporter: amtrak has been freighted with politics ever since it started as a giant industry for the rail problems. it's popular in new york city which leads the nation with 9.5 million passengers a year. the northeast corridoroverall sees far more folks using trains than planes. but that region is also one the of the bluest parts of the political map. meaning republicans all amtrak spending wasteful, democrats there can push back and count on voter support. >> my criticism is it reflects i recklessness by republicans and their budgets. >> anybody who knows amtrak knows it's been robbing peter to pay paul. >> reporter: and for many voters
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in the vast red part of the america, amtrak is a longstanding symbol of what the government should spend less money on not more. rescue teams in colombia are scrambling to find nine miners believed to be trapped in a collapsed gold mine. six bodies have been recovered in the western town. workers who escaped said the power failed on wednesday, shutting down pumps that send water rushing in and trapping people inside. the country's mining agency said the gold mine was not licensed or registered. well, in iraq, isis has taken over government buildings from iraqi forces in ramadi. its big push for the key city started on thursday. and friday's fighting left at least 47 iraqi security forces and more than two dozen civilians dead. ramadi is important for both sides, because it is a large city, quite close to baghdad about 78 miles or 126 kilometers
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away. to get more perspective to this, i want to get to gemana, she's live via skype. what's the very latest from the ground? >> atika, we're trying to get a clearer picture of what is going on right now, the latest of what we're hearing from officials, the governor said the city has not fallen yet. he said the situation is very dire there. this is the latest offensive launched by isis that began on thursday, as you mentioned into friday also. we've seen them take over something that they have been trying to gain control over for months now. that provincial government headquarters, the government complex in the center of ramadi. very symbolic that they managed to finally take control of what used to be the nerve center of
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anbar province and ramadi, raising the isis flag there. for months now, push after push, with isis trying to take control of that provincial capital as you mentioned. a key city. the desert, that sunni heartland that borders jordan, saudi arabia and syria. and also baghdad is very important for isis. it controls the majority of that province. this is where we saw isis first immerge in iraq, back last year. in january, before their major push into northern iraq. so, is this very important. they have been trying to consolidate and tighten their grip on the territory that they control. stretching all the way from the turkish syrian border to the outskirts of baghdad. taking over ramadi, it does seem at this point in time that it's
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a time and until that happens is this a great gain for isis. a major blow, atika, for the iraqi government that has been tried to last month's launching and offensive to try and take back anbar province. a very complex situation there, after it announceded a victory north of baghdad in the city of that the key. they took over that city. but here, the challenges are very, very different. and of course, the u.s. air strikes intensify yesterday, also, the iraqi forces, the government saying they're sending elite troops into al anbar. a very tense situation unfolding. >> that's cnn's jomana karadsheh reporting. >> thousands of people in burundi are running for their lives. the latest on the amendmented
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coup in burundi. >> and why some say kim jong-un may be losing his grip on power. you're watching cnn. that's going to go right in your glove. ohhh. oh. see that? great job. ok, now let's get ready for the ball... here it comes... here you go. good catch. perfect! alright now for the best part. let's see your pour. ohhh...let's get those in the bowl. these are way too good to waste, right? oh, yea. let's go for it... around the bowl and... [ male announcer ] share what you love... with who you love. mmmmm. kellogg's frosted flakes... they're g-r-r-reat! good catch dad. [ laughs ] as quickly as it used to?ce back they're g-r-r-reat! introducing neutrogena hydro boost water gel. instantly quenches skin to keep it supple and hydrated
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the president of burundi says peace has been restored in the african nation after chaos erupted this week. several military leaders attempted a coup on wednesday following weeks of protests. all the violence has forced more than 100,000 people to flee the country. that's according to the united nations. for more details, i want to bring in robin creel who is live with us in burundi. robin, i know you've been following this for some time now. tell me, who exactly is in control in burundi. >> all indications is that the president has ruled burundi for the past ten years since 2005 is firmly ensconced in control. he gave an address on the nation, on the state broadcaster, where he said that burundi was at peace.
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he thanked beruineddyes for their attempts. and he said the borders have been reopened, they were shut during the sort of 48 hours of turmoil when the president left the country in burundi, and a major general in his army, the former head of intelligence declared that the president was being dismissed and a military coup d'etat was emerging. what started off as peaceful demonstrations by opposition parties and over the current president aziz's bid to run for a conversational third term in office descended into bloody street violence.
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police fired tear gas and in turn they became the targets. there are reports that several protesters were killed and five police officers died as well. this woman was one of the lucky ones later rescued by her former officers. all the while, the military, seemingly sympathetic by both side of the fighting, tried to keep the peace. but on wednesday, the military became the center of the unrest. when major general declared the burundi military no longer declared the president. >> translator: president pierre aziz has been dismissed. >> reporter: the announcement was made when he was out of the
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country in a summit in tanzania. they were met with jubilant crowds. demonstrators who believed the president's decision to run for office and extend his ten-year rule violates the constitution. and a deal that ended the bloody civil war. but massive firefighters rocked sunday night. soldiers pored out of their bear troux regain part of the city. and by friday, an announcement that the president was back in the country and in charge. most of the coup leaders are under arrest facing trial in a military court. but as the president settles back in office there are questions whether he'll continue his bid for a third term in office. and concerns that he will use the failed coup as an excuse to
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crack down on further descent. meanwhile, the u.s. has warned of an impending refugee crisis. tens of thousands have fled to rwanda and the congo. for burundi and its people, much remains uncertain. we also understand that a number of evacuations are also under way of nongovernment organizations and the u.s. embassy saying they're sending family member, nonemergency, nonessential staff, just outside of the country, until it cools down. atika, back to you. >> thank you very much, robyn kriel in nairobi, kenya. egypt's morsi will learn his fate in a case. and there's the possibility that he will get the death penalty if
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convicted. can you walk us through the charges, ian? he really has faced a number of court hearings, but this one it appears, could even result in the death penalty. you can explain to us what's happened? >> reporter: that's right, atika. there's actually five separate cases against the former president mohamed morsi. he's already been found guilty on one which involved the deaths of protesters, outside of the presidential palace while he was in power. he got 20 years for that. there's two cases, same judge. the first is the jailbreak case that happened in 2011. the government is saying 128 defendants were involved. that was a total of 20,000 people. the other and more serious case is this espionage case. this is a list of charges involved. including spying with a foreign organization outside of egypt.
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committing terrorist acts inside egypt. disclosing classified defense to a foreign country, funding terrorism and military training to achieve the objectives of the national brotherhood organization. these are very serious charges that could potentially lead to the death sentence. now, there has been a lot of accusations that morsi couldn't get a fair trial here. groups have said, his lawyers have said he couldn't get enough access. they're questioning the procedures. the brotherhood has unsurprisingly called this a farce. but the government is very adamant about these charges, and they are moving forward. and really the question today isn't is whether or not he is innocent or guilty. i think a lot of people are expecting him to be found guilty. the question is what will that verdict be. will he get the death penalty, even if the judge does hand down that sort of sentence, there's still a lengthy appeals process
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he has. at least two other appeals after this and also with this death sentence. it isn't just up to the judge. it will go to the grand muthy, he will have a say. ian is live outside that courthouse in egypt. well, finally, some rain in southern california in the united states yesterday. our derek van dam is standing by the international weather center with the details. i know they've been so concerned about this drought for so long, tell us about this situation at the moment. >> hi, atika. just to give you an idea of the longstanding nature of this drought, it took this young boy from dana point, california, 22 months, until he saw his first rainfall. it's a nice opportunity for mom catching father and baby boy enjoying the first rain drops. this is the storm over the western half of the united states.
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that's the rainfall that provided that. they had to reroute flights. the eastern half of the united states looking wet as well. lots of eyes on the baltimore, maryland for the 140th annual preakness stakes horse racing event. and this storm system over the western half of the united states is also unfortunately going to set the stage for another round of severe weather. we have a slight to moderate risk of tornadoes some of which can be strong. from oklahoma and texas that would be the central plains states of the united states. we're going to leave you with a bit of a tear jjerker moment. we have had the birth of a baby beluga whale in atlanta taking its first breaths this sunday. shortly after that birth, the female calf swam to the surface with the aid of his mother and actually took his first breath
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which is an important milestone. i just love mother nature at its finest, with the baby calf enjoying that first home. atika, the best part about this, this birth took place on mother's day. >> that is a very good thing. yeah. >> thank you so much, eric van dam for us at the international weather center. well, in asia now, a dire station, thousands of migrants trapped at sea with no place to land and suffering from dehydration and hunger. we'll have the latest on what's happening in southeast asia, coming up next.
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i'm atika shubert. and here's an update on the top
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stories we're following this hour. attorneys for dzhokhar tsarnaev are expected to appeal his death sentence for the 2013 boston marathon bombing. tsarnaev showed no physical reaction has the federal jury handed down the punishment friday. an an assistant amtrak conductor said she heard her engineer say the train was struck by something just minutes before it derailed tuesday. another engineer reported his train had been shot at or hit by a rock. eight people were killed and more than 200 injured in tuesday ace crash. iraq, isis appears to be winning a month-long fight in ramadi. sources say they have taken over several facilities including police headquarters and a provincial government building. u.s. is expediting weapons to
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help iraqi forces. in nepal, a u.s. military helicopter missing on tuesday has been found. the army has confirmed there were no survivors. searchers found the helicopter on the mountain of kathmandu. they later discovered the bodies of six. another strong one hit the country on tuesday, the day the helicopter lost contact. the chopper was near the ep piece center of that earthquake. >> secretary of state john kerry is urging china to take action to reduce tensions in the south china sea. secretary kerry and his chinese counterpart met in beijing earlier. they discussed china's claims of self-remedy over the hotly disputed waters, something they believes needs a diplomatic solution. >> united states has stated we are concerned about the pace and scope of china's land
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reclamation in the south china sea. i think we agree that they need smart diplomacy in order to conclude the as see oncode of conduct and not the military posts. >> it's been called the great wall of sand and that's the large number of islands china is creating in the south china sea. cnn gives us a look. >> reporter: the aviation museum near beijing honors past battles of the army. like celebrated mig victories of u.s. fighter jets. this self-guided tour moves at a steady pace, but lately, china's military maneuvers are far more rapid. and top leaders say allies are at considerable risks. over a buildup of chinese assets
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in the south china sea so extraordinary transformations. it's what they call the great wall of sand. >> since the last 14 to 18 months, we've really seen china go from zero to absolutely a large number of islands which previously didn't exist on reefs and sand banks, that it occupies and controls in the south china sea. >> reporter: the south china sea is a commercialal vital stretch of water, sprinkled with hundreds of islands and reefs. nine countries and territories claim at least some of those islands, but china says it has an historic claim over it all. >> winning china sovereignty in territorial waters, china has the right, undisputed right, to do whatever it wants to do. >> reporter: but the u.s. is saying china is stoking tension. take fiery cross reef claimed buy china and the philippines.
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this is in august of last year, and this is in march. china says the islands are for mostly civilian use with some military protection. but analysts say you can clearly see a military-grade runway being built. >> it was seen as a continental power. it was very much interested on what happened in the ground. now, it's very much interested on what's happening at sea. >> reporter: as it build islands in the south china sea, he says there can be no easy way to curtail china's military ambitions in the region, whatever they may be. cnn's david mckenzie, cnn, beijing. a desperate situation for thousands of might go grants drifting at sea, first abandoned by smugglers, now dehydrated and hungry after three south asian countries refused to let them in. the u.s. is criticizing malaysia
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for pushing them out to sea. the united states is taking a more diplomatic stance to save the lives of thousands strandsed. cnn's ivan watson has more on the dire situation. >> reporter: desperate and adrift. the sounds from this overcrowded boat pretty much say it all. packed on to the decks and the corridor hold, hundreds of persecuted refugees from myanmar, swell economic migrants from bangladesh. they appear to be floating out here for weeks. they begged journal efforts on a nearby boat for help. alerted by reporters to their flight, coastal authorities from nearby thailand make an air drop. passengers hurl themselves into the water to collect badly needed supplies. some don't even wait before they eat. aid organizations warn thousands more people may face similar life threatening conditions on
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other boats in the andamman sea. >> what we are seeing folks stranded at sea many out there for six to eight weeks. >> reporter: according to the united nations the number of refugees and might go grants fleeing myanmar by boat has doubled over the past year. >> in the past, smuggler efforts have moved people from the bay of bengal to thailand where migrants were eventually brought into malaysia. but after thai authorities discovered dozens of migrant bodies in these camps, they cracked down and the land lock was closed. we've seen overcrowded boats arriving both here and here, on the coasts of both indonesia and malaysia. >> reporter: the problem is, indonesia, malaysia and thailand all say these migrants aren't
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welcome on their shores. all three countries have pushed some boats back out to sea, after leaving passengers with fresh supplies. experts warn there are other migrant boats still missing. >> we need urgently to help these people disembark. to get them medical attention. without water and after four to six weeks offshore, already, i guarantee you we're going to have people in serious condition and deaths. >> reporter: in an interview with cnn's andrew stevens, thailand's prime minister said he would consult with other countries in the region to across the root causes of this phenomenon. but that won't solve the immediate crisis. how to save the people on these boats from dying at sea. ivan watson, cnn, hong kong. well, take a look at this map. it shows the most traveled migration routes through soci
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southeast asia. already thousands have fled bangladesh and myanmar. more than 50,000 fled by boat last last alone. the u.s. said there were 540 deaths at tea in 2014. all of this illegal human smuggling adding up to an estimated $100 million in revenue for traffickers. well, it's been a busy weekend for pope francis. right now he's meeting with palestinian leader mahmoud abbas. israel says it's disappointed with the decision and doesn't believe it will help the peace process. the vatican favors a two-state solution to the israeli-palestinian conflict. on sunday, the pope will canonize two 19th century christian nuns.
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oren liebermann has the women's stories. ♪ >> reporter: it is the perfect celebration of sainthood for two palestinian nuns, a humble marking of prayer to mark an historic moment for palestinians and cristians. in the land of jesus christ and virgin mary, maria baouardy and mary alphonse saiine ghattas ar saints. >> this is a hope in the dark tunnel where we're living, especially with all the events, all the violence, we are celebrating the lives of two saints who worked humbly for everyone and who proved to be true followers of jesus christ. >> reporter: maria ghattas became a nun, dedicated her life to quiet serve tud. in bethlehem, she said she began
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to see visions of the virgin mary telling her to start a new congregation for arab girls. the heart or rosary led to the convent you see here, it was ghattas' home donated to spread culture. >> sometimes, god create from this weak people something great. >> reporter: her canonization comes one year after pope francis visited the holy land, one of his first trips overseas as pontiff. his visit became the other reason to celebrate a triumph for the christian community the same as mary beauty warddy. sister baouardy was born in a small village also in the 1840s. she was the 13th child in her family and the only one to survive past infancy. her parents died when she was 3 years old and her uncle raised
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her in alexandria, egypt. one of her uncle's servants told her to convert to islam. mary became a martyr, she went to heaven said the sister. she saw the crown of grace, saw her mother and father but she heard a voice saying your life is not yet over and you should return to earth. according to the account, a young woman, a nun dressed in blue, healed her and it was the virgin mar life and eager to celebrate the message of this can onization. >> it's a message for the whole world that palestinian christians do exist in this land. that christians have a heritage of 2,000 years and the journey
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continues. >> reporter: this day has been decades in the making for palestinians and christians of the holy land, mary of jesus crucified was beatified back in 1983. thousands of palestinian faithful will travel to the vatican for the canonization. they will for the most forget all the difficulty it's in middle east and remember thousands of year of religious history. oren liebermann, cnn, jerusalem. we'll, he's come to be known as one of the most brutal dictators in the world but some analysts say north korea's kim jong-un could be headed for a fall. coming up next.
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critics call him brutal and unpredictable. north korea's kim jong-un is a feared dictator. just recently, he allegedly ordered the execution of his military chief with high-powered anti-aircraft weapons. but some say kim is the one who should be afraid.
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cnn's global affairs correspondent elise labott reports. >> reporter: he is erratic, control and rules north korea with an iron fist. pumping out propaganda showing him flying high and in command. but after the closest advisers wonder if kim jong-un is losing his grip on power and reality. >> tactics that he's using are really aimed at trying to scare people into following his rule. >> reporter: the kim family dynasty has always been one of brutal dictatorship. un's father, kim jong-il imprisoned enemies but they're taking it to new levels. within three months of taking power, the son had his father's inner circle seen here as pallbearers at his funs ral
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executed. he allegedly killed his mentor followed by hundreds of alleged others and military brass and officials. >> by purging, by executing, by creating a climate of fear, i think he's undermining himself. he's going to create some internal opposition that in the end could topple him. >> reporter: south korean intelligence said kim had 15 top officials killed so far this year. following this week's purge of his defense minister of being disobedient and dozing off. the u.s. officials say they have no reason to doubt the execution, but cnn cannot independently confirm it. >> among his own people in both the party and the military structure, he's clearly having problems, because he keeps executing them. the transition that lasts four
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years isn't a transition any more. it means that there's something seriously wrong. >> reporter: now, a north korean defector who worked with un's father and asked for his identity to be hidden tells cnn, un has lost the confidence of the military and elite and predicts that the regime could implode within three years. >> well, it's a question that has stumped u.s. presidential hopefuls. who is the greatest living president? some of the answers may surprise you, especially because the top choice is dead. coming up next. >>pretty good? i know i have a 798 fico score, thanks to the tools and help on kaboom... well, i just have a few other questions. >>chuck, the only other question you need to ask is, "what else can you do for me?" i'll just take a water... get your credit swagger on. become a member of experian credit tracker and find out your fico score powered by experian.
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one that seems to have stumped some of the u.s. presidential hopefuls. who do you think is the greatest living president? chris moody wept to south carolina to ask the republican hopefuls the question. >> reporter: i'm happy here we're at kinky boots in south carolina but it's not kinky
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boots -- >> sorry, it appears we don't have that package. we'll move on to the next story, also staying in the united states. a former u.s. presidential candidate and a former heavyweight boxing champion are squaring off in the name of charity. mitt romney and evander holyfield duking it out in salt lake city friday night. of course, it's all in good fun. romney was able to knock holyfield to the mat. but after two rounds, the former boxing champ came out on top, as you might expect. the recent aimed to raise $1 million for charity division. that is an organization that fights blindness in developing countries. all for a good cause. ♪ and what you hear there is an historic performance at
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havana's famous orchestra. the minnesota orchestra became the first u.s. orchestra to play in cuba since the two countries announce they had would pursue closer relations. it's the first visit to the island nation since the 1930s. well, thanks so much for joining us. i'm atika shubert. and i will be back after the break with another hour of news from around the world. stay with us. ♪ ♪
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it has been just over two years since a pair of bombs exploded at the boston marathon. 21-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev admitted he was responsible and now he has been sentenced to death by lethal injection. tsarnaev and his brother tamerlan set off two bombs 12 seconds apart near the finish line of the boston marathon in 2013. you might remember this horrific scene. the homemade pressure cooker bombs were filled with nails and bb pellets loaded into backpacks. they


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