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call and upgrade to get x1 today. ♪ ridiculous and sad. the u.s. president makes his first comments on the 2016 field for the white house. and turkey at a turning point, joining the fight against isis as the costs of the u.s. bombing campaign tops $3 billion. and the allegations of child abuse rocking the jehovah's witnesses in australia. i'm zain asher. >> i'm john vause, and this is "cnn newsroom".." we want to begin in ethiopia
where u.s. president barack obama starts the final day of his africa trip. on his agenda an address to an assembly of the african union, the first u.s. president to do so. >> on monday he met with the ethiopian prime minister. they discussed the civil war in south sudan. during a joint news conference they clashed over the issue of freedom of the press, but mr. obama praised ethiopia for its efforts in anti-terror operations against militants. >> the contribution to the african union in somalia have reduced areas in al shabab's control. groups like them offer terror and dree struxevux and have to be stopped. >> they spoke out about the
nuclear deal with iran. >> mike huckabee who is a republican presidential hopeful caused a lot of controversy when he the linked the deal to the holocaust. >> this president's foreign policy is the most feckless in american history. he is so naïve he would trust the iranians and he would take the israelis and embassybasically march them to the door of the oven. >> he is said to have been playing politics as the race gathers steam. >> the particular comments of mr. huckabee are, i think, part of just a general pattern that we've seen that is would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad. >> some believe the republican
candidates for president are trying to create their own viral moment by doing outrageous things to take some of the spotlight away from the front runner the brash billionaire donald trump. >> but as trump continues to rise in visibility and in the polls, we're learning that he once heard different views on some of the controversial issues in the headline today. here's our tom foreman with more. >> reporter: he has big money a big mouth -- >> i wonder if the mexican government sent them up here. >> reporter: and big numbers. he leads the poll with 52% of republicans saying they want donald rump to stay in the racial. only 32% want him out, despite sharp attacks by republican opponents. >> i don't want to be associated with the kind of witt role he's spewing out. >> reporter: trump's beliefs are hard to pin down. >> i know you're opposed to
abortion. >> i'm pro choice. >> you're pro choice in. >> proi'm pro life. >> i believe in universal health care. >> reporter: the next year he pushed the idea of government funding, writing we immediate as a nation to reexamine the single pair payer plan. but now? >> we have a disaster called "the big lie" obamacare. >> reporter: on illegal immigration, the turns took less time. trump in mid june. >> i will build a great, great wall on our attorney boardsouthern border and i will have mexico pay for that wall. you have to give them a path and make it possible for them to succeed. >> are you in favor of a wall in. >> in certain sections you have to have a wall. >> reporter: sometimes it's a
matter of nuance. listen to him on hillary clinton. >> i think hillary is very very capable. >> reporter: and now? >> easily she's the worst secretary of state in the history of our country. >> reporter: even his party affiliation is hard to pin down. back in the '90s trump was a republican. it then he jumped to the reform party. then he shifted again. >> well you'd be shocked if i said that in many cases i probably identify more as a democrat. >> reporter: and now? >> look i'm a republican. i'm a conservative. >> reporter: he might sum it all up in a phrase. >> at least i'm consistent. >> reporter: voters who love trump insist he is consistent. he consistently shares the broad public contempt for washington and consistently says plainly what he thinks with little worry about the fallout. but that is also precisely the trait that makes it easy to find inconsistencies that in the long run can tear even a popular
candidate to pieces. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> so clearly some flip-flopping there. u.s. president obama is weighing in on donald trump. he's taking issue with trump and some of his recent comments as well. >> but the president is also blaming the republican party for encouraging mean-spirited politics. >> in fact it's been interesting, when you look at what's happened with mr. trump, when he's made some of the remarks that for example challenge the heroism of mr. mccain. somebody who endured torture. and conducted himself with exemplary patriotism. the republican party is shocked, and yet that arrayises out of a culture where those kinds of
outrageous attacks have become far to commonplace and get circulated non-some. we're creating a culture that is not conducive to good policy or good politics. the american people deserve better. certainly, presidential debates -- >> mr. obama made the comments during a final leg of his trip to africa. in a few hours, he's expected to leave ethiopia and head home. it's almost one year since the u.s. began an air campaign against isis in iraq and syria, and now we know how much it has cost in pure financial terms. >> according to the pentagon the u.s. has pent more than $3.2 billion battling isis from the sky, questioning whether the strategy is effective, but the u.s. president says there will be no american boots on the ground. meanwhile turkish officials will meet with nato leaders as they
ramp up their fight against isis and turkish militants. also turkey and the u.s. are working on a plan to create an isis-free safe zone along the syria/turkey border. >> reporter: the sidelines are no longer an option. turkey can not apouredfford its controversial, all be it approach to the war. >> this policy cannot continue in order for turkey to be able to persevere and to maintain its own regional influence. it has to be part of a much more visible concrete way in the entire coalition. >> reporter: turkey is now bombing isis targets, and after lengthy negotiations with washington conceded on some of its positions, such as demanding strikes on the assad regime and agreed to open turkish bases and
airspace to u.s. aircraft to create an isis-free zone. >> who is going to be on the ground to protect this zone of zone free of isis? >> reporter: and can turkey protect its own population against isis retaliation? some people even stopped taking the istanbul metro after unsubstantiated reports that certain stations would be targeted. turkey also reopened the front with its domestic battle against the pkk, the kurdistan workers party which it deems a terrorist organization. a move that severely heightened tensions between the turks and the kurds tensions that in the past three decades have claimed some 40,000 lives. turkey needs to ensure that it has the capital to launch this multi-pronged contentious anti-terrorism campaign calling on nato members to convene a special meeting of the alliance
on tuesday. >> one is to communicate to its allies the new security environment, its new threat assessment after its decision to become much more visible and active player in the anti-isis coalition. and secondly, it wants to get the political backing within nato for what it's called its campaign against terrorism, which, on the one hand includes isis. and on the other hand, the pkk. >> reporter: these are all very intricate maneuvers when it comes to the game of chess ones that may not lead to the defeat of isis but could help diminish its capabilities. these moves not necessarily a game changer, but they are changing how turkey is playing the game. arwa damon, cnn, istanbul. >> there are many unanswered questions about how that safe zone inside syria would operate. it's not clear which moderate
rebels would be protected and exactly what part of syria would be covered by this joint u.s./turkey operation. for more now we're joined by rick francona. thanks for being with us. let's start with the big picture. it's being called as a safe zone. what's the difference and why does it matter? >> no-fly zone, you enforce it by allowing no other aircraft po be in that airspace. the united states is not willing to go that far, because the syrian air force is fairly active in that area south of where we want to set up this zone. and they're bombing isis as well. so we don't want to tell them that they can't fly at all. the tushesrks would like to have the assad regime knocked down. the safe zone is going to be on the ground. i understand what they want to do. the problem is, who's going to create this safe zone? everybody's talking about who's going to protect it, where it's going to be. the refugees may come back but
no one's talked about who's actually going to go in there and push isis out of there? isis is just not going to leave. the turks have said none of their boots on the ground, the u.s. has said none of their boots on the ground. who's going to do it? >> the end result about $500 million spent by the united states. who will go in there and do it? because as we've seen, air power alone just isn't going to dislodge isis from this particular area. the other point, too, is that you've got this safe zone. it looks like it's going to be somewhere north of aleppo. that will bring u.s. fighter jets close to the syrian regime defenses. those air defenses are a big concern, that means there's a bigger chance an american pilot will be shot down. >> these air defenses in that part of syria aren't that thick. they're mostly further south around damascus, but the syrian air force has capable aircraft and they have shot down an american drone to the west of
aleppo. they're not without teeth. so we've got to make sure the syrians stay out of this. and i think there will be coordination with the syrians. we've been doing that with the iraqis anyway. i'm not too worried about that part of it. but you bring out an interesting point about the 60 trained fighters. those are abysmal numbers. they're not sufficient. if they've been trained in how to call in an airstrike, that's one thing, but i don't know how they're going to help this large scheme. >> if they have authority to call in airstrikes when will the airstrikes respond, the mechanics, how does this work? >> i think that's ha they havethat's what they've been training on for these months. calling airstrikes is, it's pretty intricate but you can do it at different levels. you do it at the most basic
level, these guys could do it. you give them the right equipment. and now with american aircraft 60 to 100 miles away they can respond almost instantly. we can keep counts up there a lot. we don't have to worry about a lot of refueling tankers. you could do this but i still think there's too much of a lack of ground power. >> very quickly, last point i want to make here and get your take on this. this is a very complicated fight right now. there are so many different factions. calling in airstrikes is very complicated. isn't there a huge risk whoever these moderate rebels are, they call in an airstrike andgoes goes wrong and the u.s. gets blamed. >> you've got the al qaeda group in the area and the syrian regime. there are so many different groups that make tactical alliances big problem very complicated, john. >> great to speak with you,
thank you, sir. staying in europe in eastern ukraine, there's evidence of renewed hostilities. monitors for the organization of security and cooperation in europe reported sustained shelling on sunday despite a cease-fire that was agreed to babb back in february. video shows ukrainian soldiers ducking fire. and a monitor says at least one shell hit within 40 meters or 43 yards of a bus carrying civilians. meantime north korea marked 62 years since the signing of the korean war armistice. leader kim jong-un celebrates the holiday known as victory day by honoring his late father and grand father. >> north korea hails the armistice as a major win over the united states even though no peace treaty was ever signed and north korea and south korea technically remain at war. >> and there was a rare press
conference in beijing and will ripley was there and joins us live with details. these press conferences happen very rarely. only about once every four years. what came out of this? >> reporter: yeah it is quite rare. occasionally from time to time, they'll invite certain small groups of press into the chinese embassy. so there have been over the years smaller events. this was actually a fairly large press conference. a full room of reporters. and as you said that is very rare for that to happen not only to see cnn but other print journalists here. so the fact that the north korean embassy called this, the press shows up. i have to tell you after sitting through about 30 minutes of it, which included a 22-minute statement and about four minutes for question and answer, and i say question and answer generously. there were three questions asked
and only one was half answered. there was nothing new that came out of it. it was anti-american rhetoric blaming the united states for the tensions on the korean peninsula, for an increasingly hostile situation saying that the united states has put nuclear silos in the south. that the north is under constantsd threat of attack. they have absolutely no plans to dismantle their nuclear arsenal, to freeze the development of their growing nuclear program. they see it as their only way to protect themselves against what they continue to feel, 62 years after the signing of that armistice ending the korean war, they continue to feel under the threat of imminent attack from the united states and that was made clear at the press conference today, zain. >> clearly you mentioned the anti-american start. but is that timing because of the 62-year anniversary of the end of the korean war?
>> reporter: there was no specific mention of the victory day celebrations, but we saw the footage out of pyongyang yesterday. we saw the supreme leader kim jong-un, paying respects to his late father and grandfather. the two men before him who he inherited power from. and we also saw celebrations fireworks in the capital. but that was not specifically mentioned as the reason we were called in. we were specifically told that we were there it to discuss or to be told by the ambassador that the united states is trying to spin the situation to make north korea look like it is at fault when in fact the u.s. they feel is working behind the scenes to continue to further ice late pyongyang. keep in mind north korea is one of their few allies iran has now come upon this nuclear deal. this only isolates pyongyang further. and that's why you kept hearing them talk about their nuclear program, reiterating they're not going to do what iran did. they're not going to make any
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there we have it, markets in china, the shanghai composite down by an even 1%. hong kong up by 1.5%. shen sen down by 1.3%. let's go to peter lewis now for insight as to what's going on. peter lewis happens to be director of peter lewis consulting. why do we care? equity's about 10% of household wealth in china. should we really care apart from the chinese investors who are losing money right now? >> we do care because the
chinese market is the second largest market in the world right now. and though foreign investors are not more valuable than local retail. but using borrowed money. the fear is the stock market plunge, which they're trying to prevent, would spread to the real economy. and if it does it would have implications for the global market as well. >> the fear really isn't there, is it? >> it's a confidence issue. if retail investors start losing confidence in the market and more so lose confidence in the government's ability to prop it up really the whole shanghai and shen sen market has been
based on they've been encouraging investors to buy into the market if the market carries on plunging the fear is that retail investors will then also pull in their holds and stop spending. the chinese economy is trying to reinvent itself to become a more consumer-oriented economy. that could cause an even further slow down in gdp. already it's slowed to 7%. there's fears that actually the real number could be much lower than that even 5% or 6%. >> you have numbers on what the chinese government has spent trying to prop up the market recently and the results they're getting? >> it's been estimated that they probably have about $700 billion of firepower, which they collected from banks and brokers. they may have spent around about $250 billion of that already. trying to get the market to rally. which means that in effect
every index point rally in the shanghai compass, it costs about $1 billion so far. so a huge amount of money is being thrown into the market to try to prevent this market from plunging any further. >> in terms of roi, i'm not an expert but that doesn't sound good. before we end this story, we should note that the market is still up 60% from last year. there was a hanmania going on, everyone expects it to go down the question is how quickly. >> peter, we thank you for be being with us in hong kong. >> thank you. the boy scouts of america is lifting its ban on gays. some lgbt advocacy groups say the announcement is a welcome change but doesn't go far enough. that's because groups sponsored by religious organizations would still be exempt. others are denouncing the decision. the church of latter day saints is reevaluating its relationship with the scouts.
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it's 30 minutes past the hour. let's get you your headlines. turkey is set to hold emergency talks with nato. meanwhile, turkey and the u.s. are working on a plan to create an isis-free safe zone along the syria/turkey border. u.s. president obama is wrapping up a trip to africa. north korea's ambassador to china held a rare press conference in beijing. he says poj yang will not be disarming or freezing its nuclear weapons program and says his country has no interest in reopening talks with the u.s. about the program. an inquiry under way in sydney, australia has uncovered disturbing information about child abuse went the jehovah's witnesses. more than 1,000 members have been identified as child sexual
abusers since 1950. the commission learned that of those hundreds of cases, none, none were reported to police. the church practiced not to report sexual abuse but to adopt a scriptual response to allegations. we are joined live from sydney. this is wide-ranging investigation. it's investigating the jws, the jehovah's witnesses. it's been particularly damning. >> reporter: 106,000 abusering. that was 106,000 people. none of these were reported to authorities. instead, what the church would do is investigate the claims themselves. this often involved bringing the abuser and their victims together to discuss their claims
of abuse. a victim identify only as bcb was groomed and sexually abused by bill neil a respected elder from the age of 15. when the abuse finally emerged, he was summoned to a meeting of elder men which included her abuser. >> i found the experience of reporting my abuse to a roomful of men, including the man who had abused me very distressing. >> reporter: she was also asked not to discuss the abuse with anyone else out of respect for her abuser and his family. >> thinking back, i now see that i was being asked to respect the man who had done those things to me but no one was offering me any support. >> reporter: since 1950, not one single person has been reported to police. this evidence was borne out by the testimony of one of the church elders who, himself, had
investigated a case of abuse. >> what about telling other authorities? were you aware of your obligations if someone tells you of a serious allegation of sexual assault? >> well we don't report it to the mission. i think we encourage them to do that we give them assistance to do that if they need that. >> reporter: church elders could now face criminal charge force concealing the abuse. the commission also heard that they only heard complaint if there were two witnesses. >> the requirement to be two or more witnesses has prevented at least 125 allegations from proceeding to a judicial community. >> reporter: the hearing expected to continue for two weeks. the commission heard from another elder today who also investigated bcb's case. it was sold that when he was informed the woman was considering bringing her story to the royal commission he asked what that would accomplish,
other than dragging jehovah's name through the mud. now he has admitted that this wasn'ts plan the most sympathetic approach to take. >> and also today, the commission has been dealing with the actual response by church elders when young women allege that they were sexually abused by members of the church. >> reporter: well church elder today said that the church recommends a biblical response to the trauma caused by sexual abuse. the commission heard from two abuse survivors who felt so unsupported by the church that they have both attempted suicide. now they say heavy never been offered any compensation or counseling. and the church itself has said that perhaps this is something that they need to consider. but they certainly aren't jumping to commit to anything at the moment. >> emma hannigan there with australia's sbs reporting live for us. thank you, emma.
iran says they have a responsibility to maintain security. he met with his iraqi counterpart and called for joint coordination and cooperation to fight isis. he says the middle east must stand together and not allow terror groups to commit crimes in the name of islam. the national archives in the united statess has released hundreds of photographs from one of america's darkest hours september 11 2001. >> bryan todd has this look inside the 9/11 bunker. >> reporter: even for a man familiar with high stress these never-before-seen photos show another level. dick cheney wrapping his mind around the unthinkbling. it's the morning of september 11. 2001. the then vice president watches footage of the world trade center burning, his foot on a desk. >> that could well have been after the first tower was hit.
at which point everybody, i think, believed it's odd. it's strange, but it could very well and most probably is some kind of tragic accident. >> reporter: within minutes shall the second tower is hit and the secret service tells the vice president his office may not be a safe place. >> my agent materialized beside me and said sir, we have to leave now and propelled me into the underground shelter in the white house. >> reporter: cheney is whisked to a place called the bunker. these newly declassified pictures taken by cheney's photographer had been held in the national archives, released for the first time now as part of a freedom of information act request. the body language illustrates the strain with condoleezza rice seated next to him. aides are shoulder to shoulder taking and giving instructions desperate for information. >> the stress was i am mensmmense.
it was very real and could have been debilitating it was so strong. but people really rallied. >> reporter: in those early moments captured in these image, cheney and his aides are still unsure of where the fourth hijacked plane was. >> there was a possibility there could be a decapitation strike. they'd gone after our financial centers, military centers of power and now the police cal leadership as well. >> reporter: from inside that bunker, cheney orders fighter jets to shoot down that fourth plane. perhaps even more stunning for the first time we see cheney and his wife lynn boarding their helicopter marine two flying to what had been an undisclosed location. that first location was camp david. >> the president needed to be in washington, needed to be available to the public, needed to be at the white house. so the decision was that the
vice president was the one for the first several weeks was going to be at a remote. it secure location. >> reporter: john hanna says there were several other secure locations as well. >> hanna says the gravity of what happened didn't really sink in at the white house until the next day when information was obtained on who the hijackers were. how many more terrorists might have still been inside the united states plotting. the realization of how little they had known about who their enemy was until that day. bryan todd, cnn, washington. >> looking at those photographs, it brings all those emotions back from 15 years ago. >> absolutely. everyone still remembers where they were when that happened. and the events have changed so much of the world as we know it. the u.s. has issued a report on the tragedy of human trafblging. details after a short break. scar® driver... a comedian... and a professional golfer have in common? we talked to our doctors
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welcome back everybody. there are millions of people all around the world who are being denied their basic human rights because they're being used as modern-day slaves. >> the u.s. is trying to root that out with its report. >> reporter: there are between 20 million and 36 million slaves in the world today, right now in 2015. and human trafficking generates more than $150 billion in illegal profits each year. the u.s. state department's annual trafficking in persons or tip report rates countries on their efforts to bring those numbers down and to ultimately eradicate modern-day slavery. >> this report is important, because it really is one of the
best means that we have as individuals to speak up for adults and children who lack any effective platform whatsoever through which they are able to speak pourfor themselves. >> reporter: the 2015 report shows18 countries including cuba kenya and saudi arabia have made big improvements. however, however, 18 others have been down graded. among the biggest controversies, eechlgss for malaysia and thailand. last year they were rated tier three, the worst possible. they're both part of a widely-used people smuggling route for rohingya muslims. mass graves filled with the body the of dozens of migrants were found early this year after the report's cutoff date. similar macabre scenes were discovered in thailand.
the report citing malaysia's quote, significant effort toward meeting minimum standards krup graded that country to the tier two watch list. thailand on the other hand remains at tier three. >> today we recognize your steadfast efforts. >> reporter: the u.s. state department recognized eight champions for the cause, people who have made substantial contributions to ending modern-day slavery. among them cnn's managing director tony maddox. he spearheaded cnn's freedom project, aimed at raising awareness of human slavery by telling victim stories. >> i'm very proud of how across the news organization we've embraced this cause, and we've highlighted these sorries, and we will continue to do so. >> reporter: overall, the 2015 report highlights great accomplishments toward eliminating modern-day slavery but it makes it clear there is substantial work still to be
done. eleez labott cnn, washington. critics question whether the u.s. was politically upgrading malaysia. washington denies that politics played any kind of role. >> and as elysse mentioned, secretary kerry awarded maddox, also known as the boss. >> one of the things that we have been able to do is to tap into the groups that are already out there fighting this fight and continue to fight on a day-to-day basis and highlight and publicize their efforts. we've used them very much in helping to find stories for us and helping with logistics and getting things set up on the
ground. i think secretary kerry mentioned this is a partnership, and it is. there are many different groups of different types of different places all with the same cause. human trafficking exists human slavery exists today. it is truly terrible. you watch cnn, and there are many bad things in the world. but the human beings take the decision to trade human beings is abhorrent. we need to say this is just wrong and we're all going to work together to stop it. >> you can watch the complete documentary and connect with us on social media and find ways to end the modern-day slavery. go to cnn.com/freedom. we go to pack tan now where heavy rains are pounding the country, causing severe flooding across parts of pakistan. at least 12 people have died from flooding there in recent days. let's go to ivan cabrera, he
joins us with more details. we talk about these monsoons every time they come down this time of year. it is the season. >> it is the season. in parts of pack tan it has beenstan it has been out of control. it's an incredible thing. it is the monsoon. it does rain, but particularly in karachi. 47 millimeters since 22 july. 47 millimeters in all of 2014. their average is 60 and we've already above the 47 because it's been raining there the last few hours. so we continue with some tallies here. some areas of pakistan getting hit worst. india upwards of it 200 millimeters in the last 24-48 hours. what's happening here one more 877. that's bull's eye in china, excuse me, in partings of
bangladesh. you see this spin here? sometimes we have the monsoonal lows. if it moves over the bay of bengal we can get tropical development, and the warning center has put a medium area here for development. i don't think it has much of a chance. it's going to move inland over the next few day, and yes, what that means is more heavy rainfall over the next 24-48 hours as it spins here on the western side of india, we continue with very heavy rainfall there as well. and that is going to continue. we had a very slow start to the monsoon, and my goodness have we made it up. looking good there. and as we take you into china now, 474 millimeters of rain in belhai. look at that drainage system. you can't drain, you have 400 millimeters in just a very short
a time. i imagine that was quite a smell coming out of that sewer there. and that is the time of year we can do it here. incredible rainy season for china as well. so that is what we have. >> looks like parts of de kalbkalb county county. short break but when we come back there is outrage when a tourist pays a five-figure sum to kill the country's most famous lion. plus president obama meets an ancient ethiopian. we got the new tempur-flex and it's got the spring and bounce of a traditional mattress. you sink into it, but you can still move around. now that i have a tempur-flex, i can finally get a good night's sleep. (vo) change your sleep. change your life. change to tempur-pedic.
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after months of investigation, french police seized almost 6 tons of ha sheesh on monday. it's the biggest cannabis bust since 2011 for french police. >> three men were arrested, believed to be involved in extensive drug trafficking network. authorities also found 150 coe loew -- kilos of the drug in one suspect's car as well. we head to zimbabwe where they try to figure out who
killed cecil the lion. he was found shot outside his home. his skin and his head were taken as a trophy. >> officials say cecil was killed by at least one hundred ter who paid $55,000 for the fun. current estimates put the number of female lions left at 83 males, just 18. cheer' storey story isn't it? >> very sad. president obama did take some time out for a meeting with an ancient resident named lossy. >> she is a 3.2 million year old skeleton discovered in the 1970s. mr. obama got to touch one of her fossilized bones. he said that lucy reminded him
that we are all connected. >> had you see our anses tor, 3.5 million years old, we are reminded that ethiopians americans, all the people of the world, are part of the same human family. so much of the hardship and conflict and sadness and violence that occurs around the world is because we forget that fact. we look at superficial differences as opposed to seeing the fundamental connection that we all share. >> much more on the president's visit to africa after the break. i'm john vause. thank you for watching "cnn newsroom." >> and we're about to do it all again. we'll be back for another hour of "cnn newsroom" right after this quick break. don't go away. something safer... something greener. something the whole world can share. people come to boeing to do many different things. but it's always about the very thing we do best.
turkey and the u.s. working together in the fight against isis, but how far is the u.s. prepared to go to create safe zones inside syria? and u.s. president barack obama blasts the top republican presidential candidate in first real comments on the race for the white house. and the ambassador to north korea insists there will be no
negotiations over their nuclear program. i'm zain asher. >> i'm john vause. this is "cnn newsroom".." turkish officials are set to hold emergency talks with nato in the coming hours to discuss the growing security threat by isis and kurdish militants. this after turkey launched airstrikes against isis in syria for the first time. >> the u.s. calls the offensive a game changer, and the two countries are working on a land to create a shoigs-free safe zone along the turkey/syria border. here's our barbara starr with more. >> reporter: turkish f-16s bombing isis targets in syria for the first time. police raiding suspected hideouts in turkey. the country ordering its forces and tanks to the syria border the isis flag within sight. it is a dramatic shift by
turkey an important u.s. ally taking isis on in direct combat. >> the introduction of turkey into this conflict in a big way is probably the most significant strategic event in the past year perhaps. >> reporter: and for the first time u.s. war planes will also have access to surturkish bases for their air strikes. >> it provides us great operational flexibility. >> reporter: they will be able to fly bombing missions from the air base that means air strikes can take place more rapidly than from current bases hundreds of miles away in the persian gulf. and because it is closer war planes can circle overhead longer, striking more targets. the u.s. and turkey talking about an isis-free zone along the border. the administration still opposes a formal no-fly zone.
>> it's almost having the same effect as if there were one. only coalition airplanes are there. >> reporter: but they don't want to get into a wider war on turkey's behalf. kurdish troops are seen as effective fighters for the u.s. >> turkey wants to fight isis now that isis has attacked turkey, but it also wants to fight the kurds to keep the separatist movement down and to depose bashar al assad. >> reporter: assad acknowledging his army has given up areas because of a shortage of troops. >> translator: we must define the important regions for the armed forces to hold onto. >> reporter: fighting isis still the u.s. mission. the latest u.s. intelligence estimates isis still commands 20,000 to 30,000 fighters across iraq and syria. and the cost of the war so far to the u.s. taxpayer?
over $3 billion. according to the defense department. >> our thanks to barbara starr reporting in there from the pentagon. turkey's campaign against kurdish rebels is a complicating factor here. and the kurdish prime minister explained why this barrage on attacks on the pkk is happening now. >> this fight is against pkk, yes, but not against kurds. in last four days the early days of this week pkk killed several police several soldiers and civilians. so in a high-level security meeting, we instructed our security forces that there should be a synchronized fight against terror where there is committing terrorist activity in turkey we must be active against them. >> and he went on to take a swipe at world leaders, saying isis exists because the world refused to take action against the syrian president. watch the entire interview at
cnn.com/amanpour. we want to go to ethiopia where the u.s. president will be wrapping up a trip that also took him to his father's homeland kenya. in a few hours, barack obama will be speaking before the african union, it is the very first time a u.s. president has addressed the african union. >> they talked about the war in neighboring south sudan. in a joint news conference, mr. obama was blunt in his assessment of the governor party's treatment of the press but also praised ethiopia for efforts in fighting extremists like al shabab. >> and during that news conference the u.s. president slammed 2016 candidate over comments he made over the weekend. jim acosta has more. >> reporter: in his first real
dive in the race for the 2016 white house, president obama blasted one of the republican field's top candidates, former arkansas governor mike huckabee who said the nuclear deal with iran threatened another holocaust. >> the particular comments of mr. huckabee are, i think, part of just a general pattern that we've seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad. >> reporter: huckabee ignited the war when he told breitbart news the president was ignoring comments about wiping israel off the map. >> he would take the israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven. >> reporter: responding at a news conference in ethiopia the president sounded disgusted, accusing huckabee of trying to play catchup with donald trump. >> maybe this is just an effort to push mr. trump out of the
headlines. >> reporter: but there was more. as the president aggressively denounced trump. >> he's not a war hero. >> reporter: for his comments on john mccain. >> that arises out of a culture where, you know those kinds of outrageous attacks have become far too common place and get circulated non-stop through the internet and talk radio and news outlets. >> reporter: the president painted the gop as being in a race to the bottom slamming senator tom cotton for describing john kerry's role in the iran deal as pontius pilate. and saying that it would make the white house the leading financier of terrorism. >> we've had a leading senator calling john kerry pontius pilate. we also have a senator running for president suggest that i'm the leading state support of
terrorism. these are leaders in the republican party. >> reporter: refusing to back down huckabee jabbed back at the president in a statement saying what's ridiculous and sad is that president obama does not take iran's repeated threats seriously. the president signaled this is hardly his last comment on the campaign. >> i want to make sure i'm turning over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems that this country faces. >> reporter: the president's comments in ethiopia signal he is taking on a greater role in the campaign ago democratic sur galts in chief. but it's also about the nuclear deal with iran adding that the president wants the debate to be on the facts. democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton called huckabee's comments unacceptable. >> comments like these are offensive. and they have no place in our police
political dialog. i'm, i am disappointed and i'm really offended personally. >> huckabee doubled down responding to clinton's statement on twitter posting this how many murdered israelis will it take for hillary clinton to express as much outrage at iran as she did at my defense of israel. and as you heard earlier, u.s. president obama is take issue of with donald trump and some of his more recent over toal -- controversialy alialsy alial statements. >> the latest poll shows mr. trump leading the pack with 18% picking the billionaire as their did the of choice. jeb bush follows with 15%. scott walker rounds out the top three with 10%. the remaining are in single
digiting.dinl digits digits. the mers outbreak is officially over. >> almost half of the 186 cases were traced to just one hospital but the government's health and welfare ministry says as of monday only one person still tests positive for the virus and no new cases have been reported in more than three weeks. earlier, north korea's ambassador to china spoke at a rare press conference in beijing, and our will ripley was there and joins me live with details. so will this news conference, of course very rare. only happens once every i don't know four years. what came out of that press conference? >> reporter: yeah. it is quite rare to have such a large press conference where you have media from a number of different organizations invited. we do occasionally see small ir, one on one sort of meetings from time to time. but even in those scenarios, using the term press conference is a pretty loose way of calling it if you're judging it by western media standards, because
it basically consisted of a 22-minute statement and at the end there were three questions asked, only one of them were answered and they were all basically had to be lumped together and really nothing new came out of this. we learned what we heard from north korea before. they believe that the u.s. hostile policies as they call it are blamed for increasing tension on the korean peninsula, and they say that they unlike their ally iran have no desire to engage in iran-style talks to unilaterally dismantle their nuclear program or stop it from growing. you can listen to the ambassador to china. he lays out how north korea feels about the u.s. >> translator: i hope all journalists attend here have a clear understanding that a situation on the korean peninsula is becoming increasingly violent, due to the hostile policy of the u.s.
towards the dprk. >> reporter: we got a brief look at the portraits of the late supreme leaders lining the walls, but what we left with was relatively nothing new. they continue to be very isolated as you know and they continue to have crippling economic sanctions, a lot of which are the result of their nuclear program which they say they're moving full steam ahead with. >> an anti-american stance. also pyongyang saying they're continuing with their nuclear program. what does the press conference itself the fact that it took place, what does that say about the space of china's relationship with north korea right now. >> reporter: the only question answered out of the three was one i asked about the nuclear program. and that was almost a rehash of what was said in a statement earlier. the two questions not answered
were from other journalists one asking what is the state of relations between north korea and china. and the ambassador simply said no comment. and then he didn't even acknowledge another question that was asked, whether kim jong un who's rumored to be visiting china later this year, whether that official visit might indeed happen. and that was not even it wasn't even acknowledged that the question was asked. so while we have seen as of late a bit of a softening of the language between north korea and china, we really don't know the state between the two countries. for the economy, trade with china is vital. north korea would collapse would it not be for its relationship with china. it is its most important ally. >> it is basically their lifeline but worth noting this press conference took place at the 62nd, that was yesterday, july 27th was the 62nd anniversary of the end of the korean war. we appreciate that. thank you so much. on now po the stock market.
china's markets are battling back after taking a big tumble on monday with a shanghai composite falling a very dramatic 8.5%. right now the shanghai is down only 1%. so it's come back just a little bit. the hang seng is up ever so slightly 1.25%. >> shenzhen down by 1.3%. how much of an impact does this recent slide have on a global scale? it remains to be seen. i spoke to one expert who says that it might affect confidence enough to affect the real economy. >> the fear is that if retail erors start losing confidence that the governmental authorities have really been the ones who have been boosting the market encouraging investors to buy into the market if the market
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welcome back everybody. bill cosby's accusers are telling their stories in the latest edition of the new york magazine. >> these black and white images show 35 of his alleged sexual assault victims. if you look closely, you can see one empty chair close to the corner there. the magazine says that empty chair is a placeholder representing sexual assault victims who are unable to tell their stories. >> we spoke with heidi thomas. >> this was a connection unlike any other. these were people who knew the story and believed the story, and we didn't have to explain ourselves to anybody there. it was a very unique experience. we sensed that the momentum was building and that this was not just this wasn't about us any
more. this is about a bigger issue or issues actually. there's the issue of sexual assault in general. and there's the issue of the statute of limitations and how that needs to be changed. and we felt like the momentum was building. we sensed it, and that was the connection that we were part of something much much bigger that was finally, finally getting rolling. >> part of something much bigger. now after being posted online on monday, the cover sparked an uh online conversation about sexual assault. women around the world are sharing their own stories using the #the empty chair. >> you wonder whether -- >> it keeps going. we move on now. the boy scouts of america lifting a ban on gays in leadership roles. the national executive board ratified the move on monday. some lgbt groups say the
announcement is a welcome change but doesn't go far enough. that's because groups sponsored by religious organizations would still be exempt. >> others are denouncing the decision. the church of jesus christ of latter day saints says it is now reevaluating its relationship with the scouts. rescuers are expanding their search for two teenagers missing at sea. austin stephanos and perry cohen were seen last buying fuel for their trip. >> new video -- new video shows their capsized 19-foot boat, discovered sunday. but the teens were nowhere in sight. martin savage reports. >> reporter: the families of both the missing teens remain hopeful that they will be found alive and well. it's a vigil they keep up inside their home here. and the coast guard, which is aggressively searching says there is reason to have hope. >> in the warm water, you can, you can survive for quite a few days.
it's a four to five days in these conditions. >> reporter: more than 722 hours after best friends perry cohen and austin stephanos set off for a day of fishing on their 19-foot boat. the two 14 year olds remain missing. but for the two boys, the water is their back yard. but last friday, what was to be a few hours on that water turned into something else. a parent's worst fear. >> as a mother the worst feeling ever not mowing where your child is. >> reporter: frantic search began on the sea and from the air. >> right thousand our search area is about 33,500 square land miles, which is approximately the size of maine. >> reporter: the search area has begun to grow. >> we keep on praying man. it's hard it's so hard. but we've got to believe in their wherewithal.
>> reporter: sunday morning, the coast guard spotted the boys' boat overturned. one life jacket was found in the water nearby but there was no sign of the two teens. >> we just confirmed nobody's on board. >> reporter: the capsized boat was found far offshore, more than 70 miles from where the boys started from. this is the fuel dock where they fueled up. turns out they bought about $120 worth of fuel. the manager said they only had about $100 or just over. he said that's okay. you can pay me the rest next time. you can imagine how those words haunt him now. sunday night, friends, neighbors and sprainingers gathered to pray for the safe return. the boys' families are still hopeful, posting this flyer and telling people all along the florida coast to look out for things like life jackets, a cooler anything. most of all, looking for a miracle. as for the boys' boat being
found without them. the coast guard says there is good and bad news. the bad being that the boys aren't in it. the good is that it gives the coast guard verification that they're searching the right place, and using drift models they can push forward with their searching. but they admit, it's much easier to spot a boat than it is to find a person floating in the water. marten savage, cnn, florida. >> and the boys mothers saying they grew up in the water. they do know what they're doing out there. heartbreaking with those families are going through. >> been many days now. the more that goes on the less likely at the will be found. an anti-abortion group is claiming responsibility for hacking planned parenthood. they apparently obtained the databases as well as employee names and e-mail addresses as
well. it's not clear if any of that information has been released. >> planned parenthood has been under skruts any after a recent video showing individuals from that organization allegedly discussing the sale of fetal tissues. the freech breach is being investigated. a simple picture sent by a text could infect devices. >> hackers could gain access to 950 million phones worldwide. we have the details. >> reporter: experts are calling this likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered by simply sending a text message with a photo attached to an android user and without the recipient even opening it this could wipe the device clean, take over the apps worst of all,
turn on the camera. i visited the anti-virus company avg. take a look at this video, because they did something similar, sending a text message to an android phone i was using. they were able to record everything i was doing without me even knowing. google which owns android says it has issued a patch for this problem, but android is an operating system which runs on a whole host of phones from many manufacturers. so unlike apple which has control over the phone and the operating system. it's unclear whether the phone manufacturers have pushed out this update to its users, showing the increase security concerns that android users face. now the majority of people use phones with android. and the security firm that discovered this flaw says more than 95% of android phones are susceptible. so some 950 million people may be at risk here. reporting from new york i'm
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hold emergency talks with nato in the coming hours as they fight back against soigs and kurdish rebels. meanwhile. turkey and the u.s. are working on a plan to create an isis-free safe zone along the syria/turkish border. and the north korean ambassador to china held a rare press conference and says his country has no interest in opening up talks with the u.s. about their nuclear program. president obama is expected to speak before the african union before he leaves for home. hostilities are flaring again between pro-russian strat separatists. images show ukrainian solders ducking shelling and returning fire with automatic weapons and
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>> to be a martother, you're supposed to protect your children but me, i didn't do all of those things. >> reporter: she says she needed the cash. now she's completing a near five year sentence. her babe owe was born in jail flown to south africa when he was just eight months old. >> it's really painful. i regret every day, especially had this time for christmas time. i miss my family. last time i was with my baby in hospital last christmas. this time i'll be here again and miss my children. it's really painful. >> reporter: just one of hundreds of the female penitentiary of the capital from 50 different countries. cnn is allowed in to film a multi-cultural celebration. the vast majority of the women here convicted of drug smuggling. in fact, drug busts are a daily occurrence at the international airport of sao paulo. a major get a way for cocaine
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the air and the ground. it's very dry and very hot. >> terrible combination. >> we're heading into a really bad heat wave on the east coast as well, for the next three or four days? >> yes. but there are no fires there just a lot of people complaining. >> that's what i do! >> and i couldn't go outside. >> it's going to be miserable. do you know 5.6 million acres is how much we've burned not with one fire but all the fires combined in the western united states so far this year. this is the size of the entire state of new jersey. can you imagine that? >> burn all of new jersey. burn it down. >> no we don't want that. i used to live in new jersey. let's take you west of lake tahoe here. this is of particular concern because this is the one that's mainly essentially threatening numerous structures here. we're going to have to watch this one closely. and they're only at 25%
containment. there's a stat of 5.6 million acres. 1700 acres burned so far. firefighters doing an amazing job out there. incredibly very few structures have burned. a testament to what they've been able to do with weather conditions that have not been all that favorable. take a look at these temperatures here. talk about the heat. we are going into the triple digits. upper 90s to low 100s. we need rain and obviously we're not going to get it there. we'll take you across the pond and stay with the fire theme. fires burning as a result of a heat wave, we're talking 100s in the fahrenheit scale. and firefighting efforts are under way there. and they have been talking about acres now, that particular fire there seen consuming upwards of
500 ericacres or 200 hectares. staying very hot there. if you want cool weather, you're going to have to go to the north. into the 20s here with showers moving in. although this is terrible if you want summer weather, across the uk. look at that spin there. unusual areas of low pressure have been moving through, they have been deep strong and gusting winds of upwards of 100 kilometers per hour. this one not as strong but nevertheless we're going to continue with showers there. so there's the forecast there for the fires. upper 30s, not good. that is going to be terrible for them. and as we take you a little further to the south and east, the heat continues in the sofia and belgrade as well. it's going to be hot into the northeastern u.s. and it's been hot since when here? april? >> those temperatures in the high 30s, it's like 90s.
>> it is a little strange to say hot in the 40s but yes, it is 100s. millions of people around the world are being denied their basic human rights, and they're being used as modern-day slaves. >> the u.s. is trying to root out that injustice through its annual report on the state of global human trafficking. here's elysse labott with the details. >> reporter: there are between 20 million and 36 million slaves in the world today. right now in 2015. and human trafficking generates more than $150 billion illegal profits each year. the annual tip report rates countries on their efforts to bring those numbers down and to ultimately eradicate modern-day slavery. >> this report is important, because it really is one of the best means that we have as
individuals, to speak up for adults and children who lack any effective platform whatsoever through which they are able to speak for themselves. >> reporter: the 2015 report shows 18 countries, including cuba kenya, and saudi arabia have made big improvements. however, 18 others like egypt and bulgaria, have been downgraded. among the biggest controversies, evaluations from malaysia and thailand. last year, the two countries were rated tier three the worst rating possible. they're both part of a widely-used people smuggling route for rohingya muslims, a minority group fleeing persecution in myanmar. mass graves filled with the bodies of dozens of migrants were found in malaysia earlier this year after the cut-off date. similar macabre scenes were discovered in thailand. the report citing malaysia's
quote, significant effort towards meeting minimum standards upgraded that country to the tier two watch list. thailand, on the other hand remains at tier three. >> today, we recognize your steadfast efforts. >> reporter: the u.s. state department also recognized eight champions to the cause, people who have made substantial contributions to ending modern-day slavery. among them cnn international's executive vice president and managing director tony maddox. >> what does this mean to you, tony? >> reporter: maddox spearheaded cnn's freedom project aimed at raiding raising awareness with victim stories. >> i'm very proud of how we've embraced this cause and highlighted these stories, and we will continue to do so. >> reporter: overall, the 2015 report highlights great accomplishments towards eliminating modern-day slavery, but it makes it clear there is substantial work still to be done. elysse labott cnn, washington.
>> and, as elysse mentioned, kerry honored cnn's freedom project on the publicizing the plight of so many victims. go to cnn.com/freedom to see how many around the world are making a difference in the fight against modern-day slavery. you can watch the compete documentary and find ways that you, too, at home can help as well. go to cnn.com/freedom. when we come back. u.s. president obama gets a special meeting with one of ethiopia's oldest residents. she's not alive. she's dead. >> her name is lucy. >> been dead for a while. more details after the break. e? and now you can't connect the way you used to... because you switched wireless carriers and can't get a reliable connection anymore. it's okay. we're still here for you and we'll be happy to have you back on a reliable network.
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corruption scandal. blatter will step down after a successor is elected next february. u.s. president obama had a very busy trip to ethiopia but did take some time with a very old resident named lucy. >> she is about 3.2 million years old. she's a partial female skeleton discovered in the northern part of the country back in the 1970s. mr. obama actually got to touch one of her fossilized bones. he later said that lucy is a reminder that we are all connected. >> when you see our ancestor 3.5 million years old, we are reminded that ethiopians americans, all the people of the world are part of the same human family. so much of the hardship and conflict and sadness and violence that occurs around the world is because we forget that
fact. we look at superficial differences as opposed to seeing the fundamental connection that we all share. >> and mr. obama's heading back to washington after those days in eastern africa. he ends his trip in ethiopia but his first stop was in kenya where his father was born. >> mr. obama's first visit to kenya back in 1988 was a family affair. cnn's brook baldwin spoke to his kenyan relatives about that visit visit. >> reporter: just reading your book and writing about the moment that you brought your brother barack obama here for the first time. >> mm-hm. >> reporter: what did you remember about those first few minutes? >> translator: okay. it was a sunday. >> reporter: it was a sunday. >> her memory is hathat she had gone to the market to shop.
she bought collard greens and was going to take them to market. that's when he helped her carry them. >> reporter: but did she know when she locked eyes with barack obama, did she know who he was? >> she says that she knew him because she'd seen pictures. we've always had pictures. >> reporter: i'm wondering what were some of the questions he wanted to know about his ancestral family and specifically about his dad? >> it was really easy talking to my brother. we kind of hit it off. and all the questions he asked i kind of anticipated he wanted to know everything. everything about us our father our family. i took him to so many relatives. my brother just wanted to know everything. i can't answer that question any other way. and i think it's normal. because it was part of finding out about his own identity. >> what do you think the one thing were your father would say to his son? >> he'd be extremely proud and say well done, but then he'd
add, but obviously, you're an obama. he was very proud. >> reporter: alma has only become closer with her brother through the years. you are fiercely protective of your brother and your nieces and your sister-in-law, and i'm just wondering where that comes from. >> a sense of self-preservation. >> reporter: and even though they grew up half a world away, they share a passion for helping young people. >> i'm proud of our name because my brother really has carried our name up there and made it really i mean what can i say? it's really it's made its mark in the world. and hathat is special. and it's special for us and our children and our community because it tells every child, if you work hard you can do whatever you want in this world. you can make your future. so what i'm trying to do here he has done. >> that is so inspiring. if you work hard that's her message there.
>> the american dream in kenya. >> imagine being his half sister and seeing your half brother end up becoming president of the most powerful nation in the world. >> he has other relatives around the world. i spoke with his half brother in china who lives in shen jen if i remember correctly. so he has a lot of relatives everywhere and they're all incredibly proud of him as you might imagine. >> thank you for watching everyone i'm zain asher. >> and errol barnett's up next all by himself. you're watching cnn. with available technology to help you find just what you're looking for. ♪ come in to the lexus golden opportunity sales event where you'll find some of the best offers of the year on our most luxurious models. for a limited time. this is the pursuit of perfection. when you're not confident your company's data is secure
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>> in a matter of hours, barack obama will be the first sitting u.s. president to address the african union. an emergency meeting with nato as turkey enters the fight against isis. coming up later, scandal rocks the british parliament. we have video showing inging him snorting cocaine with prostitutes. welcome as you tune in from around the world. i am with you for the next two hours. this is cnn newsroom.
we begin in ethiopia where u.s. president barack obama starts the final day of his africa trip. in a few hours he will address an assembly of the african union, a first for the u.s. president. he met with the ethiopian prime minister and he discussed the civil war and human rights in ethiopia. the president and the prime minister disagreed over the issue of freedom of the press. mr. obama praised for their role of terrorism against militants. >> there will be a face of serious threats and contribution to the african union mission reduced areas under control, but as the prime minister noted, yesterday's bombing reminds us that terrorist groups like this offer nothing but death and destruction and have to be stopped. we have more work to do. >> cnn correspondent robin is
following the president's trip and joins us. robin, let's see about 4 1/2 hours away from president obama's address to the au. i am wondering similarly to the way he did in kenya talk about gay rights. is he likely to address the criticisms like the inability and in some cases to react to crisis. what do we expect? >> if we look at the crisis that erupted in the past year on this continent such as the ebola outbreak various civil wars and the conflict in the republic and the massive civil war. those are the issues that have brought the african union under criticism from everyone. from the united states to the eu and various other groups democracy groups.
if president obama is still swinging as it were from his kenyan trip we have seen a more tempered response from him to recent issues. he has not gone for the jugular as he did in kenya in the gay rights issues as well as women's rights against corruption and the speech. in nairobi on sunday, we haven't seen him swinging as hard. they will take the time to get the efforts. this is a perfect flat form to address the crisis. yesterday we understand that the issue came up and that the united states was very, very hard on both the regional leaders involved in the crisis such as uganda and kenya. also on the sudanese themselves. they have to reach an agreement by the 17th of august. >> before president obama addresses the au there is a scheduled bilateral between mr. obama and the chair woman
this morning. the u.s. is playing catch up to china as far as business deals on the african continent. what might the au be being looking for from the u.s.? >> i think as you say playing catch up. it's ironic because president obama will be walking into the african union built by the chinese. indeed across ethiopia as you drive around. a lot of the buildings and the infrastructure have been going up and america playing catch up in a lot of arenas. so much of the infrastructure and the roads built by the chinese. what is he expected to touch on in the au chair? likely the issues of terrorism in the region and the counter terrorism efforts put forth by the union. likely praise there. what will the african union need for further training and equipping and financing and more
cooperation on the ground. >> lo thes to look forward to. we will of course be connecting with you throughout the day. during his trip mr. obama made his first comments regarding the 2016 race for the u.s. presidency. he took issue with controversial statements from several adversaries. jim acosta has more. >> in his first real dive into the 2016 race for the white house, president obama blasted one of the republican field's top candidates mike huckabee who said the nuclear deal threatened another holocaust. >> the particular comments of mr. huckabee are i think part of just a general pattern we have seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad. >> huckabee ignited the uproar saying the president was
ignoring past threats. >> he is so naive to trust the iranians and take the israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven. >> responding in a news conference, the president sounded disgusted, accusing huckabee of trying to play catch up with donald trump. >> maybe it gets attention and maybe this is an effort to push mr. trump out of the headlines. >> but there was more. as the president aggressively denounced trump for his comments on john mccain. >> that arises out of a culture where those kinds of outrageous attacks have been too common place and get circulated nonstop through the internet and talk radio and news outlets. >> the president painted the gop size a race to the bottom slamming tom cotton for
describing john kerry's role as conscious pilot and ted cruz for saying the agreement would make the white house the leading financeur of terrorism. >> we had a sitting senator called john kerry pilot. we had a sitting senator who happens to be running for president, suggest that i'm the leading state sponsor of terrorism. these are leaders in the republican party. >> refusing to back down huckabee jabbed back saying what is ridiculous and sad is he doesn't take iran's repeated threats seriously. this is hardly his last comment. >> i want to turn over the keys to someone who is serious about the serious problems the country faces. >> he said he is taking on a greater role as democratic
surrogate and chief, but one official said it's about the nuclear deal with iran adding the president wants the debate to be on the facts. traveling with the president in ethiopia. >> joining us now to talk about this is cnn commentator and also the washington correspondent for the new yorker. thank you for your time today. we saw that piece and what's interesting about president obama's comments is that he seems to suggest governor huckabee is trying to get attention in a trump-filled world. considering his recent oven comments about dealing with iran in 2007. listen to this. >> another way to contain iran is through diplomacy. never taking the military option off the table. we have to be as diplomatically aggressive as we have been militarily aggressive since 9/11. >> this deal is diplomacy. why this new odd comparison do
you think? >> it's interesting of several republican candidates who in the last few years sounded notes that focus more on diplomacy than using military options have changed their tune with this latest deal. huckabee is not alone. rand paul has come out against this deal and rand paul in 2007 said it would be okay if iran got a nuclear weapon. you can use traditional containment. you have seen a shift in the republican party on two reasons. they brought out the voices in the republican party even though isis has little to do with iran policy. if obama is for something, the truth of the matter is republicans are against it. >> we take what you just laid out and add on top of that the trump factor of this billionaire who came out saying direct
personal insults to his republican competitors has only helped him in the polls and other republicans want to fill the airwaves. we will see them go head to head august 4th. how much do you expect that to change things when candidates standoff and have to give substantive answers? >> when you have 16 candidates in the field, these are governors and senators aside from donald trump who didn't work his way up. you have a qualified field. frankly there is more experience in this republican field than many recent primaries. to make a name for yourself in the republican field, frankly you have to say something slightly outrageous. i don't know what else or how much further the candidates can go. you have lindsey gram and rand
paul lighting on fire the tax code. it's a desperate effort to get attention on behalf of the candidates when you compete with 16 people. >> what do you make of president obama chiming in with his views on the race? typically sitting presidents sit above all of that acting very presidential. he wants to sell his iran deal. what do you make of him speaking out some >> he wants to sell the deal and responding to all critics. his press conference he challenged the reporters, bring to me every argument against this deal. i want to knock them all down. with these huckabee comments he thought it crossed a line and it was worthwhile for him to point out how outrageous it was. if what you are saying is true, we can expect many more lines to
be crossed. thanks so much for your insight today. >> my pleasure. >> more stories we are following for you. turkey is set to hold emergency talks to discuss the growing security threat by isis. this after police arrested dozens of suspected islamic state and kurdish militants on monday. it comes alongside air strikes in iraq and syria. separately turkey and the u.s. of creating an isis-free safe zone. we have the details from istanbul. >> the sidelines are no longer an option. turkey cannot afford to maintain the controversial all be it cautious approach to the civil war next door. >> there has been an assessment that the policy cannot continue for turkey to be able to persevere and maintain their
influence. it had to be in a much more visible complete way. >> turkey is now bombing isis targets and after lengthy negotiations with washington conceded on the positions such as demanding strikes on the assad regime and agreed to open bases and airspace to u.s. aircraft. to create not a no-fly zone but isis-free zone. it's about who will be on the zone to protect us. >> can turkey protect our own population? some people stopped taking the metro after unsubstandiated reports that certain stations would be targeted. turkey reopened the front with the battle against the pkk, the curd stan worker's party which it deems a terrorist
organization. a move that severely heightened tensions between the turks and the kurds that claimed some 40,000 lives. turkey needs to ensure it has the capital to launch the contentious anti-terrorism campaign calling on fellow nato members to convene a special meeting of the alliance on tuesday. >> what turkey wants to do is essentially two things. one is to communicate with allies the new security environment. the assessment after the decision to be much more visible and active player in the anti-isis coalition. secondly it wants to get the political backing for what is called the campaign against terrorism which on the one hand includes isis and on the other hand the pkk. >> these are all intricate maneuvers when it comes to the game of chess that may not lead
to the defeat of isis but could help diminish the capabilities. these moves not necessarily a game changer, but they are changing how turkey is playing the game. cnn, istanbul. >> we are approaching the one-year mark of the u.s. air campaign against isis and it has been expensive. according to the pentagon the u.s. spent $3.2 billion battling the extremist group from the sky. that's $9.4 million a day. critics of questioning whether it is effective, but the u.s. president said there will be no american boots on the ground. some women in brazil are willing to take big risks for a massive pay off. cnn talked to one of the drug mules about her desperation and how it landed her behind bars.
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used as modern day slaves. the u.s. is trying to root out that injustice on the state of global human trafficking. >> there between 2o and 36 million slaves in the world today. right now in 2015. human trafficking generates more than $150 billion in illegal profits each year. the annual trafficking in persons or tip report rates countries on the efforts to bring the numbers down and to ultimately eradicate modern day slavery. >> this report is important because it really is one of the best means we have as individuals to speak up for adults and children who lack any effective platform whatsoever through which they are able to speak for themselves. >> the 2015 report shows 18 countries including cuba kenya
and saudi arabia have made big improvements however 18 others like egypt and bulgaria have been downgraded. among the biggest controversies, evaluations for malaysia and thailand. they were rated tier three, the worst rating possible. they are both part of a widely used route for muslims. a minority group fleeing persecution in myanmar. mass graves filled with the bodies of dozens of migrants were found in malaysia after the report's cutoff date. similar scenes were discovered in thailand. the report citing the significant effort towards meeting minimum standards upgraded to the tier two watch list. thailand remains at tier three. >> today we recognize your steadfast efforts. >> the u.s. state department
recognized eight champions to the cause. people who made substantial contributions to ending modern day slavery. among them cnn international's executive vice president and managing director tony maddox. >> he spearheaded a movement telling victim stories. >> i am proud how across the organization we embraced this cause and highlighted the stories and we will continue to do so. >> overall the 2015 report highlights accomplishments towards eliminating modern day slavery. it makes it clear there is substantial work still to be done. cnn, washington. >> the prime minister responding said there a lot of problems in the past which we are solving step by step. as we just heard, thailand received the lowest status for a second straight year.
the prime minister said thailand made progress looking after the nearly four million migrant workers. brazil has been a major gateway to cocaine to europe africa and asia. it is hand carried by drug mules, mostly women willing to take on big risks for a big pay off. we have this story. >> an odyssey repeated again and again. men and women float into the area with the promise of dig rewards. waiting in dinghy locations and handed a packed suitcase and sent to the airport where many of them get caught with cocaine. this woman was a mother and six months pregnant when she agreed to smuggle drugs to south africa. >> you are supposed to fight for your children and protect your children. i didn't do all those things.
>> she said she needed the cash. now she is completing a near five-year sentence. her baby was born in jail flown to south africa at just eight months old. >> it's really painful to hear. i regret everything especially at christmastime, i miss my family. last time i was with my baby was in the hospital. this time i miss my children. it's really painful. >> just one of hundreds of the female penitentiary from 50 different countries. cnn was allowed in to film a multicultural celebration. the vast majority here convicted of drug smuggling. drug busts of a daily occurrence at the international airport of sao paulo, a major gateway for cocaine headed to europe africa and asia. here federal police said they
seized 14 tons in the last decade. >> translator: it's the airport that seizes more drugs in the world because our neighbors produce it. peru bolivia and columbia. >> on the night we are there they stop a passenger and search his bag full of clothes, souvenirs and small tubes of clothing dye. inside tightly wrapped pellets. >> they called in the forensic expert and he found baggies of a white substance in other packaging. they have done the tests and it's blue and that means we have cocaine. >> in total, a kiloof the white powder headed to nigeria where w a man who said he was on vacation in brazil. a few years ago seizures varied between 20 or 30 kilos, he said. today it's or two kilos, but they use more people. for the most part the drug
mules don't have previous criminal records. about half of them are women. poor and vulnerable, easy targets. kpleezly dispensable for the drug traffickers who recruit them. >> after months of investigation, french police seize almost six tons of hashish in a major drug bust on monday. this is the biggest cannibis bust since 2011. three men were believed to be involved in a drug trafficking network. authorities found 150 kilos of the drug in one of the suspect's cars. still to come here on cnn newsroom how about a bit of irony. he was once the head of the conduct committee at britain's house of lords. he now cases a criminal investigation. a video shows him snorting
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>> welcome become to those of you watching here in the u.s. and tuned in from all-around the globe. i appreciate it. let's update you on the top stories right now. turkish officials are set to hold emergency talks with nato as they fight back against isis and kurdish rebels. turkey and the u.s. are working on a plan to create an isis-free safe zone along the turkish- turkish-syrian border. officials are accused of war
crimes in peaceful protests in the 2011 revolution. gadhafi's verdict will be held in west libya. the mers outbreak that killed three dozen people is officially over. half of the 186 cases were traced to a single hospital. with the government's health and welfare ministry only one person still tests positive for the virus and no new cases have been reported in more than three weeks. north korea's ambassador to china held a rare press conference and said pyongyang will not disarm or freeze their weapons program and reaffirmed his country has no interest in reopening talks about that program. at that briefing and joins us now with more details. you sat through this so-called press conference. north korea known for the
secrecy and not transparency. what was said? >> when north korea holds a news conference in china, it's such a rare event that it is news worthwhile worthy in itself. it was much of the same rhetoric we heard repeated for north korea with perhaps a new timeline. for example, right now north korea talks about being upset about an increasingly violent situation on the korean peninsula. they are referring to the annual military drills between south korea and the united states. this infuriates pyongyang and often the ambassador to china that will stand before the cameras and express the outrage of the north for what they feel is a direct provocation between south korea and allies of the united states.
>> translator: i hope all journalists have a clear understanding that a situation on the korean peninsula is becoming increasingly violent due to the hostile policy of the u.s. >> and those feelings that the united states has a hostile policy towards the dprk and 62 years after the armestice after the fighting north korea claims to feel under the threat of an imminent invasion from the united states. that's why you see the north continuing to invest in the nuclear program. another thing they said is they plan to continue developing the arsenal and even though the ally iran reached an agreement and the ambassador said today they are not interested in any iran-style deal. they already have a nuclear program and believe they are a nuclear power and will continue going forward even if it means isolation and sanctions. >> you have been to north korea
a number of times and met with north korean government officials and being under their supervision and talked to defectors. from your view what do you think was accomplished? nothing new was said and the standard position on everything was is the same message being repeated. a message that has been put out by the north for decades. certainly in recent years and because the country has been unable to open a dialogue with the united states and allies because there is such a far division and that's why you see the isolation of pyongyang. they will tell you it's not their choice. they would like to engage with other countries, but they want to do so on their own terms. when you have events like this with a press conference with only three questions allowed to be asked and only one answered
you can see how connecting on a meaningful level can be difficult and et going information across can be a challenge as well. we continue to learn more about the country. >> we appreciate your reporting. live for us in beijing. china's markets are still struggling to recover after monday's stomach-turning fall that sought shanghai lose 8.5% in a single day. in a moment you can see the markets and how they are behaving. the shanghai pulling back .7 of a percentage point. pulling back almost two full percentage points and unease helped to send markets lower on monday. the dow jones fell about.75 of 1%. the s&p gave up about 2/3 of a percentage point. authorities are trying to figure
out who killed cecil the lion the most famous big cat was shot to death outside his home in a national park earlier this month. even more disturbing here his skin and head were taken as a trophy. david mckenzie has more. >> cecil was perhaps zimbabwe's most famous lion. 13 years ago with a famous black many has been killed by hunters. they say the lion was lured out of the national park and shot with a cross bow and tragically stalked for many hours and then killed with a gun. they say that the head and the skin has been put into evidence. the head of the safari company arrested and the operations suspended according to the hunting association. trophy hunting in southern africa is legal and as animal populations have been decimated and hunting meat illegal in
kenya, trophy hunters flock here to pay top dollar to kill animals. conservationists say the lion population has dropped by more than 80% in several decades and even if it brings money to the local communities, it's not worth it in cases like this when famous lions that bring in tourists are killed. david mckenzie cnn, johansburg. >> drugs and prostitutes are not what people associate with the house of lords but the deputy speaker cause disbehaving on camera. >> the man appearing to enjoy himself is lord suele. the deputy speaker of the house of lords. also in charge of a holding standards in westminster.
the video was published by the tabloid sun on sunday's newspaper. he is seen allegedly snorting cocaine with two women. the paper said it's a sex party in central london. each woman allegedly paid 200 pounds. >> 200 a day. that is -- it's 200 a day by lunch. >> it's not lunch, lovey. it's paying for this. >> the party took place here in the square last week. only a short walk from the grandeur of britain's upper house of parliament. >> these are very serious allegations. it's right for him to stand down from his committee post and further questions will be asked about whether it is appropriate to have someone acting in the house of lord fist they have genuinely behaved in this way. >> the lord had choice words for
the prime minister david cameron, on the under cover video, calling him the most superficial prime minister there ever has been. the opposition labor party wasted no time suspending him. the police announced they launched an investigation for his part. they put out a brief statement saying he plans to take a brief leave of absence. i have no intention of returning to the house until the current investigations have been completed, he said. when in the light of their out come i will review my long-term position. i believe this is compatible with due process. a new code championed by the lord this year requires members to act in the public interest. and with integrity. he could be the first to formally be tested on his own guidelines. mandatory evacuation foster cnn, london. >> and we have this information
just in to cnn. the lord is now terminating his membership effective immediately. you heard there max's report he was expected to step down. there has been a statement released a few moments ago attributed to the clerk for the lord and he is saying that he will be terminating his membership of the house of lords. i am looking over this here as we receive it in. the question of my behavior is important, but essentially it's technical. the bigger questions are whether my behavior is compatible with membership of the house of lords and whether my continued membership would damage public confidence in the house of lords. i believe the answer to both of these means i can best serve by leaving it. that development just in to cnn. he stepped down from his position at the house of lords. such a fall from grace after the
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opened fire in louisiana. surveillance footage shows the shooter in his hotel moments before he left to watch the 7:00 showing of train wreck. he sat in the back row and waited 20 minutes until the previews ended when he began shooting killing two women and wounding nine others. >> this man was of a sound mind because he wrote it down. he said he is coming to this theater at 7:15 on thursday night. >> it was in a room in this motel 6 a few miles from the theater where he documented his planned attack in a diary and left his hotel room trashed. it's not clear why he chose lafayette, a town one study listed as one of the happiest places in america. >> we likely will never get a firm answer to that question. >> he was a drifter. he lived in georgia. last year he was evicted from a house in alabama.
it was at a pawn shop in alabama where he legally bought the .40 caliber pistol he used. his time in lafayette was short and not much is known about what he was up to. >> he was trying to drum up support for a business he wanted to open and he was at the end of his rope financially. >> they finished processing the crime scene and still digging into the shooter's past. >> we are interviewing and sending officers out to different locations. >> as for the community of lafayette, residents are remembering the lives lost and hoping to heal from a tragedy that changed their town forever. >> the victims will have brought the communities together as one. >> there were nine victims wounded in this attack who were hospitalized. seven of them have gone home and two remain in the hospital and their conditions are improving. cnn, lafayette, louisiana. >> we move west now. we have a number of people from the u.s. west coast in
california. wildfires continue to burn. ivan cabrera is here to tell us the weather is not cooperating. >> the drought set the scene. the fuels are just at this point just endless as we talk about this drought in california. we are looking at major fires now continuing to burn. this is the lowell fire. concern with this one is that it's still threatening structures there. we will continue to follow that one. 1500 acres have burned as a result and firefighters are having a tough go of it here. they are setting fires and fighting fire with fire as they set up the lines and attacking it from the sky. the terrain makes it difficult to get the water and the fire under control. you get the containment to go up. the temperature and the winds and the humidity is not helping. all those things are working against firefighting efforts as
we see relative humidity this week between 25 to 30%. 1700 acres burned with that specific fire that we showed you there. 1800 structures remain threatened and the temperatures are in the upper 90s to low 100s. the temperatures in the 80s and the humidity was higher and thingses have turned for the worst there. the heat by the way is continuing to build across the united states. we switched over here and you can appreciate what's going o. look at the 100s in the south central u.s. highs in the 90s and over the next few days. this is where we have the heat warnings in st. louis and kansas city. 105 to 110. look at boston into new york. temperatures into the low to middle 90s that comes with humidity as well. last winter it seems like a
long memory when people complain about the heat. some people don't have ac. i did not. it was very hot. you had to open the windows. check on the elderly and nothing stays in cars. it gets very hot. >> i lived in l.a. and didn't have ac in my building and the heat waves hit. everyone needs ac these days. the boy scouts make a huge announcement that could see the face of leadership change. we will bring you details.
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the bsa is lifting the ban on gays in leadership roles. the board ratified that move on monday. they released a statement saying the best way to focus on the mission and core falls was to address the issue. the decision was met with positive responses. >> the ban being lifted for youth members said it was only okay until you were 18. >> your sexuality shouldn't
matter. >> for doesn't matter who you are and what you do. as long as you are a good person. >> there you go. as long as you are a good person. some groups say the announcement is a welcome change but doesn't go far enough because groups sponsored by religious organizations would be exempt. the church is reevaluating the relationship with the scouts. video of a british woman's visit to the video is going viral thanks to the reaction of an orangutan curious about her big old pregnant belly. >> consider this pause pregnant. yes, this really is an orangutan kissing a pregnant woman's belly twice. before jamie clark, the father started recording with his cell phone, the 47-year-old male orangutan actually pointed at
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snorting cocaine at a sex party. a rare move from nato in response to recent violence along the turkey boarder with syria. president obama takes aim at controversial comments made by some republicans hoping to replace him. >> hello there tour viewers in the u.s. and around the world. >> this is cnn newsroom. we begin with breaking news out of london where a top british politician embroiled in
a sex an prostitution scandal has now resigned. >> this has been an embarrassing course of events. he was one of the heads of the conduct committee for britain's house of lords and as we learned in the past few minutes he is leaving in disgrace. we will show you max foster's report on this. a heads up it was filed before we learned of his resignation. >> the man appearing to enjoy himself is lord -- britain's house of lords deputy speaker. the video in sordid still pictures were published by the tabloids "sun" in sunday's newspaper. he is seen allegedly snorting cocaine with two women in what the paper says is a sex party in central london. each woman allegedly paid 200
pounds. >> 200 a day. what -- that is -- 200 a day. to buy lunch. >> it is not lunch. it is paying for this. >> the paper says the party took place here in dolphin square. >> these are serious allegations. i think he rightly stood down from his committee post and i'm sure further questions will be asked whether it is appropriate to have someone legislating and acting in the house of lords if they have genuinely behaved in this way. >> he had choice words for the prime minister david cameron on the undercover video, calling him the most facile, superficial video he has ever seen. >> we are jumping out of that
report to bring you the latest information. he has resigned as he issues this following statement, quote, as a subordinate second chamber in the house of lords it is vietle under political system i hope my decision will limit and repair the damage i have done to an institution i told dear. i want to apologize for the pain and embarrassment i have caused. lord sewel has resigned under real shame and embarrassment. >> certainly embarrassing for him. especially in the context of what he said about other politicians in british parliament as well. turn to other stories we are following. two hours from now, tirkish officials are set to hold talks to discuss the growing security threat from isis and kurdish militants as well this after turkey launched air strikes against isis in syria for the first time. >> the u.s. calls the offense aif game changer. the two are separately working
on a plan top create an isis-free safety zone on the volatile turkish-syria border. we have been following these developments from if jordan and has the latest. what is turkey's goal? what do they hope will come out of these meetings with nato? >> we have to look at how tur di called for the meeting. it is under article four nato's washington treaty. this usually happens when a nato member feels that its territorial integrity or security is threatened. in most cases it is for consultation with other members and to brief them on what action it is taking. five meetings have have been held under article four in the history of nato and four have been called for in the past by turkey. we don't expect to see military action.
more than likely turkey seeking the backing and support of other nato members when it comes to this military action we are seeing turkey take over the past week not just against isis but also against kurdish militants, against the pkk. really no surprise zain considering what events have been taking place in turkey the past few days and this real drastic change in the turkish position when it comes to isis that it would be calling for it would want to discuss this with other nato allies and something that may come up with this meeting is what turkey has been calling for, the safe lone zone along the syrian border. >> i want to talk about that safe zone more specifically. turkey is planning to create this isis-free zone a safe zone. it strikes me as ambitious. what details do we have in terms of how it will work and what areas will be included in that area?
>> this is a very good question. turkey has been calling for this safe zone or isis-free zone as some officials have called it for some time. it would be along northern syria, along the turkish border. it is a 90-kilometer stretch still controlled by isis in these areas. what turkey aims to do with the creation of a safe zone is one most importantly for them is creating a buffer zone to protect turkey from isis and other militant groups. at the same time they want to create a zone where refugees syrian refugees fleeing, either assad regime or isis can use it as a safe haven. as you mention, it is quite ambitious. we have heard turkey and the u.s. have been discussing this isis-free area. it is not really clear how this will be implemented while coalition aircraft will be providing the air power to
oversee this area to provide protection there. they are going to need ground forces and it's not clear what ground forces will be used. there's no real one theory and coalition from moderate opposition that is there that can be used to pro-atrol and provide safety. other questions of how deep in to northern syria will the safe zone stretch? of course the issue of the kurds versus turkey here while the kurds have been very key partner in the fight against isis with the support of the coalition, turkey here while they have a common enemy, turkey and the kurds in this case they don't necessarily want to be friends. they don't want to really work together. we know there are issues there. a lot of complexities when it comes to that. also another question that has
come up is what happens if the syrian regime n this case says it is going after targets in this safe zone? what happens in response? a lot of questions and challenges when it comes to the implementation of the safe zone. >> as you mentioned it is certainly complicated. i'm curious as to how the u.s. is going to assure that turkey going after isis doesn't translate in to turkey using it as an excuse for going after the pkk. >> of course critics of the turkish government say they are using this fight against isis as a pretext to go after the kurds here in this case whether the pkk or others. of course turkey denies it saying the only target is the pkk and this is only happening after several attacks have taken place on turkish soil against the turkish security forces. this is their main aim. of course critics say that
turkey is really concerned about the kurdish autonomy here. what maybe seeming like their ambitions to create a kurdish state that turkey will be using this to crack down on the various groups. it already difficult for the u.s. as you mention, how does it guarantee it will not happen while the u.s. is calling for calm they are support saying they agree with turkey's approach whint comes to the pkk. the pkk is considered to be a terrorist organization by the united states as well as turkey. really very complex situation when you look at it here. the kurds have been a key partner in the fight against isis on the ground. we have seen them making a lot of progress on the ground in northern syria specifically. >> when you think of that relationship between isis pkk
and turkey as well it emphasizes the old adage the enemy of my enemy. certainly in case not my friend. we appreciate that. it is just after 10:00 a.m. in ethiopia where u.s. president barack obama is beginning the final day of his african tour. in about three hours, he will speak before the african union becoming the first u.s. president, first sitting u.s. president to address a the group. on monday, he attended is a state dinner capping a day of events including a meeting and news conference with the prime minister. but what can we expect today? let's bring in robin with more details. she is following the president's trip. the african union will hear the address for the first time by a sitting u.s. president. what do we expect him to say today at the au?
>> well errol, two key points that everyone expects the president to raise -- the issue of terrorism, counterterrorism efforts and what has become a model for peace enforcement we could call it against terror group al shabaab in somalia. the african union join joining together with troop contributing countries to fight al shabaab. the other issue is democracy. what would he have to say about the president's third term win there despite the african union refused to send observers and refused to allow it to happen. it still went ahead. and the president was re-elected in a controversial third term. the question is how much teeth does the african union hold? will it be able to put together an intervention brigade that we have seen at the un mission in
the drc right now. to be able to quell insurgencies civil wars, those sorts of things and the issue of south sudan as well. thousands seeking shelter in kenya and president obama talked about that as well. >> besides the question of how much can the au accomplish, you have the issue of how much influence can the u.s. wield on the au these days at a time when it is playing catch up in so many african nations to china and its aggressive investment and long-term infrastructure planning in so many african nations. what's the view of the u.s. bag bit late on -- even though barack obama is popular his message is a bit late. >> yes.
america described as being massively behind the curve when it comes to interest in africa. you have seen chinese roads, railways systems in kenya and here in ethiopia many buildings including the african union that barack obama will be speaking in built by the chinese. how late to the party is the united states? how much can they regain if they want to do so? it definitely does seem given the message coming through from the white house, trade not aid. that's what they are more interested in and that's the policy they want to take. specifically here in east africa trade not aid being heard, may speak to the issue of human rights a houn involved can the united states get with countries that do have human rights violations and how much do they want to be bill clinton involved in freedom of speech and do deals with countries that perhaps lock up journalists, call them terrorists, that sort
of thing. that's a key issue on the table for president obama as he addresses the african union and the commission later this afternoon. >> all right. we will be looking forward to those comments. as you discussed last hour the symbolism won't be lost on us. the african union headquarters built by china. certainly that will be something to consider. also on monday the u.s. president responded to comments made by republican presidential candidates. in an interview over the weekend, mike huckabee voiced his disapproval of president obama's nuclear deal with iran linking it to the holocaust. president obama suggested that huckabee was playing politics. >> in particular comments from mr. huckabee are -- i think part of just a general pattern we have seen that is -- would be
considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad. >> he weighed in on donald trump. trump recently said senator john mccain, who spent five years as a prisoner of war in vietnam was not a war hero. >> when you look at what happened with mr. trump, when he's made some of the remarks that for example, challenge the heroism of mr. mccain, somebody who endured torture and conducted himself with exemplary patriotism the republican party is shocked. >> now a lot of people believe that donald trump is of course sucking all the oxygen out of the run. especially when it comes to taking away air time from other candidates and some believe republican candidates are making outrageous comments to upstage donald trump. as he rises in visibility and
the polls we are learning more of his views on election issues changed dramatically. here's tom foreman with more. ♪ money money money ♪ >> reporter: he has big money and a big mouth and big numbers he leads the latest poll with 52% of republicans say they want donald trump to stay in the race. 33% want him out, despite sharp attacks from republican opponents. >> i don't want to be associated with the vis rheeal he is spewing out these days. >> i know you are opposed to abortion. >> pro life. >> on health care for example, trump in '99. >> i'm liberal when it comes to health care. i believe in universal health care. >> reporter: he next year he pushed the idea of government funding writing we need as a
nation to re-examine the single payer plan. but now -- >> we have a disaster called the big lie -- obamacare. or on illegal immigration the turns took less time. trump in mid june. >> i will build a great, great wall on our southern border and i will have mexico pay for that wall. >> reporter: trump by june's end. >> you have to give them a path and you have to make it possible for them to succeed. >> reporter: and now -- >> are you in favor of a wall? >> in certain sections you have to have a wall absolutely. >> reporter: sometimes the apparent contradictions may be a matter of nuance. other times, listen to trump on possible democratic nominee hillary clinton in 2007. >> i think hillary is very, very capable. >> reporter: and now -- >> look easily she's the worst secretary of state in the history of our country.
>> reporter: even as party affiliation is hard to pin down he was a republican and then jumped to the reform party and then shifted again. >> would you be shocked if i said that in many cases i probably identify more as a democrat? >> reporter: and now --? >> look i'm a republican. i'm a conservative. >> he may sum it up in a phrase. >> at least i'm consistent. >> reporter: voters who love trump insist he is consistent. he consistently shares the broad public contempt for washington and consistently saying plainly what he thinks with little worry about the fallout. but that is also precisely the trait that makes it easy to find inconsistencies that in the long run can tear even a popular candidate to pieces. tom foreman, cnn, washington. next -- >> quite entertaining. >> i was going to say it is all about the long run when it is about a presidential race. will trump make it? i don't know. >> he will make it to the debate
stage. we'll see what happens there. >> fireworks for sure. still to come boy scouts of america makes a major decision regarding gay rights in its organization. the u.s. issues a report on the tragedy of human trafficking and some controversy. running my own shop has been brutal. but then i got a domain and built
chinese stocks have tumbled dramatically over the past two months an the downward spiral apparently isn't over yet. although it is not quite as bad as what we saw on monday. take a look here . the shanghai composite. down 1.5%. the government took measures to stabilize it but it hasn't made much difference. >> on monday china's stock took a deep tumble. the worst perform nance in eight years. chinese stock s have fallen over
the past two months. the shanghai composite losing 32% of the value in 18 trading sessions. boy scouts of america is lifting the ban on gays in leadership roles. the decision sparked different responses from organizations with close ties to the group. the national executive board ratified the move on monday saying this was the best decision for the group. listen. >> the best way to alu bsa to focus on its mission and preserve its core values was to address the issue and set our own course and that's wa we have done. >> reporter: some lgbt advocacy groups say the announcement is a welcome change but doesn't go far enough. the president of the human rights campaign released a statement which says n part -- i'm going to read it here -- today's vote is a welcome step toward erasing a stain on this important organization. but including an exemption for
troops sponsored by religious organizations undermiens and diminishes the historic nature of today's decision. discrimination should have no place in the boy scouts period. the church of jesus christ of latter day saints says it is re-evaluating its relationship with the scouts. ♪ ic human rights and used as modern-day slaves. >> it is heart breaking and think u.s. is trying to root out that injustice. >> reporter: there are between 20 and 36 million slaves in world today, right now in 2015. and human trafficking generates
more than $150 billion in illegal profits each year. the u.s. state department's annual trafficking of persons or t.i.p. report rates countries on their efforts to bring those numbers down and to ultimately eradicate modern day slavery. >> this report is important because it really is one of the best means that we have as individuals to speak up for adults and children who lack any effective platform whatsoever through which they are able to speak for themselves. >> reporter: the 2015 report shows 18 countries, including cuba kenya and saudi arabia have made big improvements. however, 18 others like egypt and bulgaria have been downgraded. among the biggest controversies evaluation for malaysia and thailand. last year the two were rated tier three, the worst rating
possible. they are both part of a widely used people smuggling route for muslims, a minority group fleeing peres kurgs in myanmar. mass graves filled with the body of dozens of of migrants were found in malaysia earlier this year after the report's cut off date. similar scenes were discovered in thailand. the report citing malaysia's significant effort toward meeting minimum standards upgraded the country to the tier two watch list. thailand on the other hand remains at tier three. >> today we recognize your steadfast efforts. >> reporter: the u.s. state department recognized eight champions to the cause. people who have made substantial contributions to ending modern-day slavery. among them cnn international's executive vice president and managing director tony maddox. >> what does this mean to you, tony in he spear headed the freedom project aimed at raising
awareness of human slavery by telling victims' stories. >> i'm proud of how across the news organization we have embraced this cause and we have highlighted these stories and we will continue to do so. >> overall, the 2015 report highlights great accomplishments toward eliminating modern day slavery but makes it clear there's still substantial work to be done. cnn, washington. this effort of course continues. to learn more about how people around the world are making a difference in the fight against modern-day slavery, head to our website. many resources, stories, picture and video to look through. the address cnn.com/freedom. we'll be right back.
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you are watching cnn newsroom. glad to be with you for the next 30 minutes. i'm zain asher. >> i'm errol barnett. here's the headlines. top british politician embroiled in drugs and prostitution scandal has just resigned. lord sewel was once the head of the conduct committee for the house of lords and leaving in disgrace after a british tabloid appeared to show pictures of him snorting cocaine with two women in what was called a sex party. president obama wraps up his ethiopia tour today. he is expected to speak to the african union before he leaves. it will be the first time the u.s. president addressed the
group. emergency talks with nato in 90 minutes as they fight back against isis and kurdish rebels. turkey and the u.s. are working on a plan to create a isis-free safe zone along the tur turkish border. >> reporter: turkey cannot afford to maintain the controversial, albeit cautious approach to the war raging next door. >> there's been a reassessment that this city cannot continue in order for turkey to be able to persevere and to maintain. it has to be much more visible concrete way. >> reporter: turkey is bombing isis targets. after lengthy negotiations with washington conceded on some of
its positions such as demanding strikes on the assad regime and agreed to open turkish bases and air space to u.s. aircraft to create not a no-fly zone but a so-called isis-free zone. >> the weakness of this thing is especially who will be on the ground to protect us the zone free of isis? >> reporter: can turkey protect its own population against isis retaliation? some people stopped taking the istanbul metro after unsubstantiated reports that certain stations would be targeted. turkey opened the front with its domestic battle against the pkk, the kurd stan work withers party which it seems a terrorist organization. a move that severely heightened tensions between the turks and kurds. tengs that claimed some 40,000 lives in the past three decades. turkey needs to ensure it has the capital to launch this multi-pronged contentious
anti-terrorism campaign calling on fellow nato members to convene, a special member of the alliance on tuesday. >> what turkey wants to do with this is essentially two things. one to communicate with allies the new security environment, the new threat assessment after the decision to become a much more visible and active player in the anti-isis coalition. secondly it wants to get the political backing within nato for what it has called the campaign against terrorism which on the one hand includes isis and on the other hand the pkk. >> reporter: these are all intricate maneuvers when it comes to the regional game of chess. one that may not lead to the defeat of isis but could help diminish its capabilities. these moves not necessarily a game changer, but they are changing how turkey is playing the game. cnn, istanbul.
now to this u.s. president barack obama is firing back against a number of republican critics who also happen to be leading candidates to take his job. >> it came during his visit to ethiopia. jim acosta has more. >> reporter: in his first real dive in though 2016 race for the white house, president obama blasted one of the republican field's top candidates former arkansas governor mike huckabee who said the nuclear deal with iran threat enned another holocaust. >> particular comments from mr. huckabee are i think part of a general pattern that we have seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad. >> reporter: huckabee ignited the up year when he said the president was ignoring past iranian threats of wiping israel off the map. >> he is so naive he would trust the iranians and take the
israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven. >> reporter: responding in a news conference in ethiopia the president sounded disgusted, accusing him of trying to play catch up with the more controversial donald trump. >> maybe it gets attention. maybe this is an effort to push mr. trump out of the headlines. >> reporter: there was more. as the president aggressively deannounced trump -- >> he's not a war hero. >> reporter: for his comments on john mccain. >> that arising out of a culture where, you know those kinds of outrageous attacks have become far too common place and get circulated nonstop through the internet and talk radio and news outlets. >> reporter: the president painted the gop as being in a race to the bottom slamming senator tom cotton for describing secretary of state john kerry role's in the iran deal as pontius pilate and ted cruz for saying a nuclear
agreement would make the white house a leading financier of terrorism. >> we have had a sitting senator call john kerry pontius pilate. we have had a sitting senator who also happens to be running for president suggest that i'm the leading state sponsor of terrorism. these are leaders in the republican party. >> reporter: refusing to back down huckabee jabbed back at the president in a statement saying what's ridiculous and sad is president obama does not take iran's repeated threats seriously. the president signalled this is hardly his last comment on the campaign. >> i want to make sure i turn over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems that the country faces. >> reporter: the president's comments signal he is taking on a greater role as democratic surrogate in chief. one white house official said it is about the nuclear deal with iran and the president wants the
debate to be on the facts. jim acosta cnn, traveling with the president in ethiopia. joining us now to talk about this is cnn political commentator the washington correspondent for the new yorker. thank you for your time today. we just saw the jim acosta piece. what is interesting about president obama's comments is he seems to suggest that governor huckabee is being bombastic to get atu tension in a trump-filled world. thereon what he said in 2006. >> another way to contain iran is through diplomacy, never taking the military option off the table. we have to be as diplomatically aggressive as we have been militarily aggressive since 9/11. >> this deal is diplomacy. why this new odd comparison from huckabee do you think? >> i think it is interesting. of several republican candidates who in the last few years had
sounded slightly more -- have sounded notes that focus more on diplomacy than using million options have really changed their tune with this latest deal. huckabee is not alone. rand paul has also come out against this deal. rand paul in 2007 even said it would be okay if iran got a nuclear weapon because you could use traditional containment. you have seen shift in the republican party on policy for one, the rise of isis has brought out more voices in the republican party, even though they have little to do with iran policy. and two, if booem obama is for something, the truth of the matter is republicans are against it. if we take what you laid out and then add on top of that the trump factor. this billionaire who has come out saying, direct personal insults to his republican competitors has only helped him in the polls. other republicans want to fill
some of the air waves. we will see them go head to head here soon the first republican debate august 4th. how much do you expect that to change things when candidates stand off face to face and have to give sub stan taaffe vtive answers. >> not to be too flip about it but when you have 16 candidates in the field these are governors and senators aside from donald trump, who didn't work his way up in republican politics you have a fairly qualified field. you know frankly there's more experience in this republican field than many recent primaries. to make a name for yourself in the republican field you have to say something slightly outrageous. i don't know what else how much a further republican candidate can go. you have lindsey graham doing you tube videos where he is destroying his cell phone video. you have rand paul literally lighting on fire the u.s. tax code. it's just this sort of desperate
effort to get attention on behalf of these candidates when you are competing with 16 people. >> what do you make of president obama actually chiming in with his views on the race? typically sitting presidents sit above that, acting very presidential. he wants to sell his iran deal but what do you make of him speaking out? >> i think you are right. he wants to sell the iran deal so he is responding to all critics. his press conference recently he even challenged reporters, please bring to me every argument of the deal because i want to knock them all down. i think with the huckabee comments he thought it crossed the line and it was worthwhile for him to point out how outrageous it was. >> what you are saying is true we can expect many more lines to be crossed in the next weeks and months. thank you for your political insight today. >> my pleasure. you are watching cnn
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welcome back everyone. we have a sad story to report. it in zimbabwe authorities are investigating who killed cecil the lion. the country's most famous big cat was found shot to death outside of the national park earlier this month. >> even worse his skin and head were apparently take en as treu fis. -- trophies. >> cecil was perhaps the most famous lion of zimbabwe. 13-year-old lion has been killed by hunters, according to conservationists. they say the lion was lured out of the national park and shot with a cross bow and then
tragically stalked for many hours and then killed with a gun. they say the head and skin of cecil has been put in to evidence. the head of the safari company arrested and the operation suspended according to the hunting association of zimbabwe. trophy hunting in south africa is legal and as animal populations have been decimated in west africa and hunting made illegal in kenya, trophy hunters from all over the world flock here to pay top dollar to kill animals. conservationists say the lie yn population throughout africa has dropped 80% in several decades and they say even if it brings money to the local communities it's not worth it. particularly in cases like this when famous lions that bring in tourists are killed. david mckenzie, condition, johanns in aburg. severe flooding in pakistan
at least 12 have died in recent days from the floods. our meteorologist is joining us. these monsoons have taken out roads and bridges. how long is it expected to go on for? >> we are still raining there. they picked up so much the likes of which they haven't seen in a long time. some areas are inundated and you cannot get to people who need assistance there. incredible scenes out of pakistan. show you the pictures there. unfortunately, yeah, this is how they are getting around. you have to continue with your life and folks have to get from point a to point b and they are having to do so by crossing dangerous roads that have become rivers as a result of torrential downpours than have been going on the last several days. focusing on karachi, 60 millimeters is what they get in the month of july. they have already received 47 millimeters. that's a lot of rainfall for them in the entire year of 2014
that's how much they already picked up. we picked that up in a few days. some areas make picking up more. india 200 millimeters of rainfall 100 millimeters here. notice a bit of a spin here. this is an area of low pressure we have been following the last several days. it has accumulated to the amount of 877 millimeters. that's approaching three feet of water. incredible scenes out of bangladesh as well because of the low that has been stuck here the last several days. the center of circulation has been trying to get going over the bay of bengal that is concerning because it could be a tropical tropical cyclone. heavy rain and the western side of india as well we continue with heavy monsoonal rains. . upwards of 100 to 200 millimeters of rainfall the next couple of days. you mention the monsoon here, it started very weak with. we always worry about that
because if they don't get enough rain we get ourselves in to a heap of trouble because this is the time of the year if they don't get the rain now they don't get it. >> important stuff there. thank you very much. next here on cnn newsroom, how a star athlete won the right to compete once again amid so-called jepder testing. running my own shop has been brutal. but then i got a domain and built my website all at godaddy. now i look so professional i just got my first customer who isn't related to me. get a domain website and email starting at $1/month all at godaddy.
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. new overnight, the search for two missing teens off the florida coast growing in size and scope. the navy scouring the area the size of indiana. we will hear from the parents of the missing boys. the president wraps up an overseas trip, but what he says has him in hot water. a live report. and the republicans in the race for the white house. well, they're saying a lot of things. slamming president obama following his most pointed remarks about the republican field. we will have the reaction. good mornin