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blater is re-elected for a fifth term. we'll hear from him later this had hour. new video shows an isis fighter who received special training forces from the u.s. and u.s. state of texas is expected to get more rain after massive flooding. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, i'm george howell. this is "cnn newsroom." welcome to our viewer the united states and around the world. we begin with fifa and another victory for sepp blatter, despite the scandals plaguing his organization. friday, he clinched his fifth
term as president. the sole rival jordan's prince ali bin al hussein conceded after the world conference in switzerland. blatter's victory comes amid two investigations into the investigation. let's turn to alex thomas who joins us live from zurich, switzerland, with more on the developing story is there, alex. >> reporter: george, it's straight back to business for sepp blatter after being re-elected for a fifth term at the age of 79. that victory on friday was not unexpected, the close margin of victory was a surprise. after all this week's amazing scandal and global headlines, prince ali bin al hussein is now out of football completely. he got 73 votes from more than 200 national football bosses from across the globe that voted on friday. 173 votes, sepp blatter goings on to lead this organization. and so under the spotlight.
and his first task this morning was to hold a meeting of the executive committee, the most powerful men and women in the game. and there were lots of missing figures. there were those who had been detained for possible extradition to the united states about the investigation we heard about earlier in the wake. and david gill, the ceo of world famous manchester united, he decided not to take up his seat, as a principle, saying he wouldn't feel right sitting at fifa in such a state. so he's made a stand. blatter may have an ax to grind. he gave an interview to swiss tv earlier where he accused the u.s. justice department of interfering with the congress. and he accused uefa of conducting a hate campaign against blatter, george. >> we understand that blatter is about to speak in the next half hour. what can we expect to hear from
him? >> reporter: yeah, more of the same as far as that rhetoric is concerned. he entered that swiss tv interview saying i can forgive but never forget which seems a bit like a movie when we heard that justice department news conference, that list of charges, it's all certainly tongue in cheek. because of the critics of blatter say this is strange that we have so many controversies during his reign, and yet the man himself has survived. you may not get that same with corporate world with a company under fire. the ceo might fall on his or her sword in the same way you would get with a government under fire with the prime minister under pressure. so blatter's advised he still sees himself as a reformer. and i think he'll come out gun as blazing. >> world sports afternoon alex thomas in switzerland. i.c.e. claimed
responsibility for the thursday attacks in baghdad. at least nine people died. and more than a dozen were wounded. the hotels are popular with baghdad's elite and foreigners. let's turn to our senior international correspondent nick paton walsh live in baghdad with more on that and why it's so significant, nick. >> reporter: george, that was really from those hotel attacks just the nature of the bombings and the fact that they're key to luxurious hotels as you say frequented with foreigners, in fact, isis suggesting it was one of their men who parked his car in the parking lot and moved on to the next one, detonating the device there, killing himself. many injured and it shows you, really, how this campaign from the iraqi government to retain anbar province gets under way, how so much can be volatile here in the capital, but also how much as the territory changes
hands remains volatile as well. as we saw ourselves to the north of baghdad yesterday. shia fighters say they've just taken the town ahead of us sayid but look just to the right of the black smoke here. >> oh. >> reporter: mines along the roadside, past the tree line, the blasts could be them being cleared away by engineers taking more lives. now heard in the distance, two, one very substantial. we're told that say controlled explosion of mines in the area they just cleared. and they seem quite calm here. but it could also be that one of their cars has hit one of the mines nearby. this is what they videoed the fight for this town. close to a vital highway north. isis was just pushed out to its edges, as we move closer, it
gets messier. we think a mortar lands nearby and stay in the car. since we have been literally waiting on the road there have been three or four substantial explosions which may well be their fighters still coming across, booby traps laid and in the area. and it just shows you how incredibly hard it's going to be to retake land for people to come back to live. as we move out, shia fighters pull north up the road. this is what victory against isis looks like. little to savor. now, george, the issue, with of course, territory like that, is what comes for the civilians who were living there before. you saw, we weren't able to get close to that village that farming edge, it's on the edge of the area controlled by shy fighting groups and iraqi security forces and ones to the north. even though they've moved in there and frankly said to us that it was a secure location, you could still hear the
intensity of explosions around it. and sort of a slight sense of not quite knowing who was in control or where the line of demarcation falls. and impossible for civilians to return here. and the longer term for dealing with this war against isis. so many people without a home. that brings its own issue, particularly given the sectarian nature of this. often, sunnis on the run, trying to flee to safer areas. it just feeds into broader sense of animosity here, george. >> nick, your reporting certainly helps to tell the story. you described how these different militia sometimes agreeing, sometimes, disagreeing, but always trying to come together to take back this territory. but if you could, explain just a bit farther, justify about the refugee situation, the people who are really caught in the middle, trying to get away from isis. trying to get to safety. are you seeing an increased number of people trying to get out of those territories? >> reporter: well, bear in mind, this is obviously a country that
for years has dealt with intense violence. some people stay in place. others flee for their lives. for example in tikrit, in the north, have the violence was beginning there, 90% of the population had already left so significantly reduced. now the safest place for people to end up, southern capital of baghdad. it's hard to get in. the suggestions that it's increasingly difficult to cross the security zone set around the outside. that may feed into some of the animosity felt towards the sunni population. but in the case, too, with ramadi and al anbar that is difficult for them to leave those areas safely and quickly enough. ramadi was a city of nearly 1 million people once. 55,000 it's said left during the most recent violence. the images you have seen make it quite clear it's virtually impossible for civilian life to continue. there's virtually other areas
within anbar to find refuge. it's difficult for people whose borders have constantly been changed by pockets of violence of flow and ebb. and how do you find a situation that people have so long traditionally called it there for decades. >> nick we appreciate you reporting on the ground and we wish you continued safety deuce so. thank you. isis says it taxied a shiite mosque in saudi arabia on friday, the second in many as weeks. the saudi source says a man in women's clothing set off explosives when challenged by security. but an interior ministry spokesman said the attacker was in a car near the mosque. four people, including the bomber, were killed in that attack. isis is also expanding beyond iraq and syria's borders on to libya. the militants took control of an air base and a civilian air base
near sirte. isis released these photos of their fighters but none were inside the air base. the coalition defending the air base retreated on thursday. the militia says it is fights isis for control of sirte which is about 440 kilometers or 270 miles from tripoli. on to pakistan, where cnn has just learned a suicide bomber detonated himself outside of a cricket match. the incident happened in the eastern city of lahore in that match against zimbabwe on friday. quite a large event there, in fact, pakistan's foreign minister of media said local media reports this blast but voluntarily stopped reporting on. cnn reports that six people were wounded and a police officer was killed while trying to stop that bomber. nigeria has a new president this day. on friday, muhammadu buhari
celebrated his inauguration and his first full day as president. he won the election in march from former controversial leader goodluck jonathan. leaders including secretary of state john kerry attending the inauguration ceremony. buhari has a long list of challenges ahead of him. one of the biggest problems awaying buhari is the terrorist organization boca haram. but it isn't a problem for just the new president. cnn reports on the huge task ahead. >> reporter: an all but abandoned air strip. the president of the international committee of red cross comes in to land. the town has been besieged by boca haram for gliers. just days before, boca haram launched a fresh aek. but mara is here regardless, he wants to show that the risk here
is dwarfed by the needs. >> i have come to also encourage others, icrc alone will had not be able to cope with the dimensions of these problems, but we do our best to scale up our operations now. >> reporter: it's rare for a president of the red cross to speak on record this way, when they do, it's to ring the alarm. and this given to cnn by the red cross were given a rare glimpse into one of the besieged capital. nigeria's ministry have succeeded in pushing boca haram out of the country's north but here, those gains seem very far away. >> just behind me, there are families who have arrived, a couple of days, a couple of weeks ago, and too hoo don't have any shelter, but live just under the trees. the most of the population in borneo state has been moved to
here, the capital, which has grown from a couple of hundred thousand to a city with more than 2 million people. this is a big refugee crisis. one of the largest in the world. >> reporter: many came with nothing, but the clothes they fled in. icrc has distributed rations to 805,000 of families. and the needs are overwhelming and the nightmares are never far away. he is 13 years old. he told the red cross when his village was attacked four months he and four friends were taken by boca haram. his friends were killed in front of him for failing to recite verses from the koran. he passed a test but eventually escaped dragging a bullet lodged
in his fractured leg. he is safe now, but every day, more victims of this conflict arrive seeking safety, seeking help. >> the stories they tell are stories of violence. they have been exposed of fear, of threat, of terror. they are traumatized by what they are experiencing. and they lack everything which they need to make their life a human life. and a dignified life. >> reporter: squeezed into what little shelter there is, they wait, hungry and desperate. cnn, london. an isis fighter's past is worrying u.s. officials. straight ahead find out what counterterrorism training he may have received on comphern soil. plus, historic flooding in texas. not even the police are safe. and dangerous waters. we'll show you more of this, right after the break. urt. mine hurt more.
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story. >> reporter: federal sources tell cnn dennis hastert, the longest serving republican u.s. house speaker, was paying hush money to his student at the illinois high school where he once taut. more than $1 million for the former student to keep allegations hastert had sexually abused him quiet. hastert has not commented publicly but he abruptly resigned from this washington, d.c. lobbying firm as well as a chicago derivatives firm. the indictment does not discuss sexual abuse but instead focuses on how the former coach moved the money that he is paying to students. prosecutors say he agreed to pay an unnamed individual $3.4 million to cover up his misconduct. according to investigations, the investigation began two years ago when the fbi starts investigating mystery transactions made by hastert. big withdrawals of more than $950,000. the fbi alleges several of the
withdrawals were less than $10,000 so he could avoid an irs detection. >> banks have an obligation to record when you are withdrawing close to $10,000. and it's a pattern of doing this, it's called structuring. >> reporter: prosecutors say when the fbi asked hastert about the pattern of large withdrawals he said he was keeping the cash for himself. >> that was cnn's pamela brown reporting. investigators have decided not to pursue possible extortion cases against hastert. the high school where he worked released a statement denying any knowledge of the alleged incident. u.s. president barack obama is urging congress to review the government's surveillance operations. but the senate is waiting until the last minute on this issue pip white house correspondent michelles could sinsky reports. >> reporter: this is the white
house's last big push before parts of the patriot act are set to expire. we've been hearing repeatedly from the white house calling this russian roulette with national security. now we're hearing from the president. it's not quite clear whether he's persuaded any senators who feel just as strongly about privacy. a last push in the office with the attorney general, president obama laid out what's at stake for national security. >> i don't want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time, those authorities go away. and suddenly, we're dark. and heaven forbid, we've got a problem, where we could have prevented a terrorist attack. or apprehended someone who was engaged in dangerous activity. >> reporter: the president has made clear his displeasure over the senate leaving this down to the wire, going on break all week. to come back late this sunday, just as the nsa is having to start dismantling its servers from collecting americans' phone
data. but other elements of the patriot act will expire, too, like roving wiretaps for terror suspects who keep switching cell phones. the white house blasted the politics involved. >> there's a pretty long history in the commonwealth of kentucky, of pretty heated feuds, going all the way back to the hatfields and the mccoys. and the fact is, there seems to be a feud right now between the leader of the united states senate, mitch mcconnell, a native of kentucky, and senator paul. >> reporter: sunday, all eyes will be on presidential candidate rapids pauca candidate rand paul. his firm stance to block the program last weekend angering members of his own party. >> this is a debate about whether or not a warrant with a single name of a single company can be used to collect all of the records, all of the phone records, of all of the people, in our country, with a single
warrant. >> reporter: even drawing an eye roll from former presidential candidate lindsey graham. now comes this eye-brow raising ad from a super pac supporting poll. >> sunday, sunday, sunday get ready, america, senator rand paul. versus barack obama! >> reporter: the thing is the privacy issue has been addressed in this bipartisan bill that's already passed the house. it takes the bulk phone data collection out of the hands of the federal government and puts it with the phone companies. there are only about three or four votes needed in the senate to pass that bill. it's unclear if that will happen. although a spokesperson for the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell just told us that they will pass legislation on sunday. the question is, will it be that same house bill? if it's not, this is still going
to have to go through the process. and that means that these patriot act programs might still expire. >> that was michelle kosinski reporting. he was trained in america as a special counterterror commander before defecting to isis. the fighter was on u.s. soil as recently as last year. cnn's brian todd has the story from washington. >> reporter: donned in isis black, he confidently carries a long sniper rifle, a bandolier of ammunition. he picks off a tomato to show his skill. this is an isis video and cnn has just learned this man trained on american soil. the fighter says he's gulmurod khalimov, a former fighter in the terror network in tajikistan. >> translator: from 2003 to 2008, i received specialized
training in america on the military base of blackwater. >> reporter: blackwater, a controversial u.s. contracting company which sent u.s. personnel to iraq and trained other fighters at this compound in north carolina. contacted by cnn, academy, the company that purchased blackwater's training facility was unable to confirm that khalimov was there. the state departmenting tells cnn that khalimov participated in five counters terrorism forces in the u.s. in tajikistan from 2003 to last year. we spoke to paul shiri about what he may have learn. what skills would he have learned? >> it would have been tactic maneuvers to be, say, move through a build, in a tactical way. >> reporter: he says u.s. contractors wouldn't have trained khalimov to be a killing
machine like rambo, but there's another worry. >> real problem is he knows how to plan counterterrorism operations. he knows how people protecting an embassy would be in position. that puts him in a position to red team that to think very differently on how to disrupt those plans. >> reporter: another ominous signal, khalimov's threat against what he called american pigs. >> translator: god willing we will come to your city to your homes and we will kill you. >> reporter: officials have so far not commented on this man or the video. khalimov has another dangerous skill that goes beyond what he can do with a sniper rifle. in the video, he speaks russian. analysts say that's a marketing tool by isis to use him as a tool to recruit other fighters from central asia.
outside of phoenix, arizona, a mosque there has ended without violence. organizers call it a free speech rally with a contest to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad. they were meant by counterprotesters. two gunmen who attacked a protest in dallas earlier had attended that phoenix mosque. sara sidner was at the rally. >> reporter: this is the rally that was promised but what some folks didn't expect there are two different sides to this rally, the side on my right, but on this side, the majority of time, they're holding signs love your neighbor as yourself quoting matthew 22:39. and a lot are standing here with the folks of this mosque. the other side, right across this police line here, that has just built up, the other side professing something different, i want to show you -- excuse me, sir -- i want to show you what is happening with the group that
got all of this together, that organized this. they are here, holding american flags, most of them being quiet. but there's a different message here. that message is, right here, this gentleman holding the sign here, he is saying that islam must be stopped. and they have been yelling back and forth across the police line here. they have their love signs out and they're here to try and show people that america is about tolerance, that's the scene right now. this has been going on for about an hour. sara sidner, cnn, phoenix, arizona. as fifa faces a major scandal, another is growing in qatar, the human toll where workers prepare for the 2022 world cup. more on that story as this broadcast continues worldwide on cnn international and cnn usa. so why treat your mouth any differently? complete the job with listerine®. kill up to 99 percent of germs. and prevent plaque, early gum disease and bad breath.
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world, you are watching "cnn newsroom." glad to have you here. i'm george howell. the headlines we're following this hour -- another victory for sepp blatter at the scandal-ridden fifa. he clinched his fifth teller as president of that organization on friday. his sole rival, jordan's prince ali bin al hussein conceded after the first round of voting at the world conference in zurich, switzerland. isis is expanding its reach beyond iraq and syria, now taking control of a civilian air base near sirte, libya. they say the only non-operational aircraft there, but one was left on the base. secretary of state john kerry and iranian former
muhammad jaheed zarif are meeting in geneva to discuss iran's controversial nuclear program. the u.s. and five other world powers hope to strike a deal with iran by the june 30th deadline. after more than 30 years, cuba is off the terror list. president barack obama announced the change in april after the state department reviewed congress had 45 days to block the move. and that period expired on friday. we are expecting sepp blatter's first press conference since being re-elected in a few minutes but there's controversy there surroundling fifa. so far more than 1,000 deaths are estimated. cnn's becky anderson has details. >> since qatar won the bid to host the world cup in 2020, the tournament has been mired in
controversy. first it was the heat. then the extensive allegations of bribery. but what is most worry sum is the human cost associated with this event. workers are dying on the job in the race to complete these multibillion dollar sites associated with the world cup. now, the number, difficult to pin down, but a report by the international trade union confederation has stilted 1,200 deaths so far with up to 4,000 additional worker deaths by 2022. now many experts say those numbers vastly underplay the reality. in the face of stinging criticism about working conditions and abuse, the country's labor ministry has pledged reform. conceding that those helping to build the country deserve to be fairly paid, humanly treated and protected against exploitation. but those migrant workers are, as we speak, toiling in the heat
and dust of the desert. even as this entire project is once again in the spotlight, after the swiss authorities announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of both the tournament to qatar and to russia in 2018. and its first state since that probe was announced on wednesday, qatar's world cup committee says, and i'll quote, our aim through hosting the fifa world cup is to utilize the positive power of sport to unify people and to show the region's passion for soccer. and they go on to say, we've fully complied with every investigation initiated concerning the 2018-2032 bidding process and will continue to do so. we conducted our bid, they say, with integrity. as we continue to watch the situation there in zurich, we expect a news conversation to happen anytime now. this is a news conference where fifa president newly elected
again, sepp blatter, will speak to journalists for the first time. keep in mind, he's odd spoken publicly to delegates since winning election again but this will be the first time to hear from him, speaking to journalists. certainly, there will be questions about the controversy surrounding fifa. we will continue to monitor for that and bring you the live event as it happens on cnn. now, turning to another story in texas. flooding there. the u.s. president barack obama has declared a flood disaster in that state, now paving the way for federal aid to arrive. at least 21 people in the state have died from the weather, over the past six days. so far, 70 of the 254 counties in texas have been declared disaster areas. ed lavandera has more on this epic flooding. >> reporter: this police officer was trying to protect drivers from a flooded roadway near dallas, and in a matter of minutes found himself caught in a flash flood.
hovercraft rescue boats couldn't fight through the current so the officer had to be plucked by his patrol car by helicopter. overnight, a deluge of 7 inches of rain fell on some parts of north texas in just a few hours. the fast rising water shut down a major highway and left hundreds of drivers stranded with nowhere to go. in the dallas suburb of mesquite, a man was found dead, he drowned inside his pickup truck but another woman had to be rescued after she drove past police barricades and right into raging floodwaters. that's the fear that kept the garland water department moving quickly. >> this is a low lying road here in the town of garland, texas. and floodwaters were rather high, as waters were starting to recede, firefighters discovered this car emerged in the water. now they're trying to find out if anybody is inside. rescue teams didn't know this car was submerges until rescue
worries saw the waters try to recede. the water rescue team waded into the past moving water, punched out the windows and quickly discovered that people were able to make it out in time. how many of this rescues because people are making incredibly dumb decision or caught off guard? >> you know what we've been telling people, don't drown, turn around. we've got to get in our heads right now, the ground is saturated. any small amount of rain is going to cause this flooding. we've got to pay attention. >> reporter: this video shows just how much rain has fallen in the last few weeks. this is the trinity river which employees past downtown dallas. this is what it be althoughed like before the rains and this is what it looks like now. expected to crest at about 43 feet. the water hasn't been this high since 1989. ed lavandera, cnn, garland, texas. >> you see the trinity river
typically dry in front of dallas. a lot of water there at this point because of the flooding. >> the united states and cuba are getting closer to re-establishing diplomatic ties. ahead here on "cnn newsroom," the move that the united states just made to further those relations. plus, one of hong kong's livelyiest festivals means big business for one bakery. coming up, why they're making 10,000 lucky buns a day. stay-proof look? neutrogena® makeup remover does. it erases 99% of your most stubborn makeup with one towelette. need any more proof than that? neutrogena. time for the perfect night time snack. ♪ beautiful on the tongue, ♪ delightful to the bite, ♪ easy on the conscience.
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his fifth term as president on friday. blatter's sole rival jordan's prince ali bin al hussein conceded after the first round of voting at the world conference. we go to cnn senior international correspondent nic robertson. nic, we're just moments away from this news conference. >> reporter: we are, career expecting sepp blatter to speak soon. he will, of course, have met with his executive committee, they were going to discuss and a president's address. and blatter's address to that executive committee meeting they were going to discuss issues, including, you know, the formation of the new executive committee. different bodies. the executive committee is involved in. but, of course, what the world is waiting to hear now is what he has to say about how he intends to move fifa forward. we have heard very little from him in the past few days. specifically on that issue about
precisely how he will rid it of the taint of all of these allegations of corruption. but what we have heard him say, in an interview with swiss television here, was how he was shocked that u.s. officials, he considers, interfering with fifa. indeed, he says interfering with the congress, the arrest taking place just before that was -- just before that took place on friday. so his feeling here does seem to be that he believes the united states is interfering in matters that don't concern it. he's had also talked about the europe 15 futbol association, uefa. supporting prince ali in the vote and critical of mr. blitzer himself. he feel that's europeans have a calculate campaign. and perhaps we'll hear more of this in the press conference. perhaps we'll hear him explain
precisely why he believes he's thing. but, of course, again, what the world wants to hear is how he plans to clean up the image of fifa which he promised to do yesterday. we may get details, george. >> so, nic, the 14 people who they indicted, mr. blatter is not one of them, that has happened now we're seeing certainly you could call it the politicizing of mr. blatter. stating his terms what he believes is the nature of this investigation and others who are critical of the organization but one question still remains, is there concern that sepp blatter himself could be arrested with this investigation set to get under way? >> reporter: that really seems to be a very open question at the motel. and certainly, what we've heard from the fbi, from the u.s. department of justice, is that their investigation is only just beginning. that there was a huge amount of effort over several year, three years, to bring about the current 14 indictments. and if you look at the way it is
reported that they were able to gather some of information to bring about those indictments, it was through testimony and information provided by a former fifa executive committee member. so, now knowing that nine of those people indicted by the u.s. department of justice, are on the fifa executive committee, members of it, potentially here, there's an opportunity for u.s. investigators to gather more information, get more information, that could lead to put it indictments. so that's the indication that they're giving at the moment. could sepp blatter's name appear on that list of indictments? this time, it's still an open question, george. >> our senior international correspondent nic robertson, live in zurich. nic, please stand by for us, i just want to recap for our you'res who may just be joining us, we awaiting a live news conference set to happen any moment now in zurich, switzerland. the fief fifa president sepp blater is about to speak.
when we get information about when that will happen we'll go back to nic. the u.s. has officially removed cuba from its terror list. this move will warm relations between the two countries. but it's also the major road block, the last road block to embassies. cnn's patrick oppmann reporters on the other changes yet to come. >> reporter: in a major shift in u.s. policy, cuba will no longer be included on the united states' list of countries that support state terrorism. for over 30 years cuba had essentially been blacklisted. according to the united states, cuba's support of revolutionary and terrorist groups around the world with cuba being included on this list, with it involves pretty serious financial sanctions. this had an a major impact on cuba's already struggling economy. cuban officials say they're hopeful that it will lead to economic benefits. allow more national countries that want to invest in cuba to
start opening businesses, joint venture, with the cuban government. that, frankly, had scared away a lot of national countries from doing. it also has a major impact raul castro, cuba's president, said he didn't foresee the reopening of the u.s. embassy and it wouldn't be until after cuba was removed from the state terror list that he would be allow a u.s. embass dror to be in havana. and for a cuban embassy in washington. so this is really going to have a major impact on the pace of relations now and we expect in the coming weeks, cuban/u.s. relations, after 54 years to once again be restored between these long time cold war enemies. patrick oppmann, cnn, havana. and this horrifying story out of guatemala. a large crowd of people stood by
as a young girl was brutally beaten and then burned alive. the shocking video then went online and it went viral. and it spurred a debate over the rise of vigilante justice in that country. jessica king has details, but we warn you, you may find the video and images in this report very disturbing. >> reporter: these are this girl's final moments. she's believed to be just 16 years old. an angry crowd curses, accuses her of murdering a taxi driver. and then in images too horrific to show, she is set on fire. people cheer. children watch. others record her dying on their phones. no one stops it. police say she was murdered in a small village in guatemala. a country plagued by epidemic levels of violence. disappearances, corruption, and public mob killings.
all of this plays amid a climate of distrust in the government where incidents of so-called vigilante justice are not uncommon. >> people don't trust the authorities and they don't trust the justice system. and, so, a lot of this is about taking the law into your own hands. people really don't believe that if crimes are committed, anybody will go to jail, especially if they're powerful. >> reporter: that distrust runs deep. the country is scarred by a civil war spanning nearly four decades. the conflict claiming nearly 200,000 lives. and sparring accusations of genocide. and for years, little is done to bring those responsible to justice. >> people start from a base where they don't actually believe that if terrible things are done, that anything will happen. you can literally get away with murder. >> reporter: and not just murder. 94% of crimes go unsolved in guatemala. that culture of impunity, of
backdrops to scenes of this one. this called for justice over the life of a man will there now be justice for the life of this girl. jessica king, cnn. >> you're watching "cnn newsroom." stay with us. i'm caridee. i've had moderate to severe plaque psoriasis most of my life. but that hasn't stopped me from modeling. my doctor told me about stelara® it helps keep my skin clearer. with only 4 doses a year after 2 starter doses... ...stelara® helps me be in season.
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mohammed sultan has been released from a prison in cairo. sultan had been held since 2013 after protesting the reinstatement of mohamed morsi as the country's president. he had been sentenced to life in prison. his family says he will be returning to washington later today. for a cool $100 million you can own one of the california's ranch known as neverland. michael jackson's former sprawling estate is on the market but you don't find the carnival rides or zoo animals. it's now known as sycamore valley ranch. that's the new name.
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the local bakery has been making the festival's delicious highlight for 40 years. >> translator: everyday we wake up, we make buns. >> reporter: shop owner says around festival time, that means 10,000 buns a day. his workers cram into 700 square feet of space, rolling out the dough, adding fillings like sesame or lettuce paste, before pulling the finished buns out of the steamer. up to 200 at a time. each one is stamped with the chinese characters for peace. customers hand over about one u.s. dollar per bun, and then they're gone. it's easilily the most profitable time of the year. >> translator: these eight to ten days it's like doing eight to ten months of business. >> reporter: contestants are meant to grab buns as they race
to the top of this tower. the more bunnen you get, and the higher you go, the better your luck. while contestants may have lost their shot at setting their luck for the year, at least for them, the business of bun has still paid off. sophia yan, cnn money, hong kong. >> that's our time. we thank you for yours. you're watching cnn. kill up to 99 percent of germs. and prevent plaque, early gum disease and bad breath. sfx: ahhh listerine®. power to your mouth™!