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. >> smugglers wanted to sell nuclear material to isis. fears the west bank violence could only get worse. >> i'm isha sesay. "newsroom l.a." starts right now.
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>> russia is stepping up its military campaign in syria to a new level. russian ships in the kas peian sea shoot dozens of missiles on what it calls isis and other terrorist targets on wednesday. >> translator: we are aware of how difficult such ansi terrorist operations are. and, of course, it's too early to discuss the results, but the things that have been done so far deserve a high positive mark. >> well, syrian rebels say the russian strikes are not targeting isis. one u.s.-backed group posted video online of a weapons depot outside of alepo that it says was hit by russian jets. cnn cannot independently verify the claim. >> and take a look at this map, most of the russian air strikes have hit russian syria.
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that's where rebel forces are fighting the government and a few strikes have hit isis-controlled areas. >> the strikes that we've seen them take today have not been against isil or al qaeda affiliated terrorists. they've been largely against opposition groups, groups that want a better future for syria and don't want to see the assad regime stay in power. >> reporter: for the first time, u.s. pilots had to divert over syria because a russian fighter jet came been 20 nautical miles, according to u.s. officials. two f-16s were in northeastern syria, attempting to bomb an isis target when the incident
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occurred. u.s. officials tell cnn american pilots are under new strict rules. if russian aircraft come within a 20-mile limit, for their own safety, the americans must move away. the u.s. doesn't think the russians will shoot them down, but commanders don't trust russia not to make a mistake. officials tell cnn. the defense secretary ash carter pressing for another round of talks with moscow about managing the skies. >> to protect our air crews and continue as the coalition intends to do its air campaign unchanged. the first meeting between the two sides to discuss air safety. the russians secretly videotaped it all and posted it on youtube. the u.s. commander say they were shocked. carter, adamant the u.s. will go no further than technical talks. >> we are not prepared to
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cooperate in a strategy, which we explained is flaw pd . tragically flawed on the russian's part. targets to back
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regime forces of bashar al asad. russia has hit few, if any isis targets in syria. barack obama called the head of the group to apologize for air strikes on a hospital in afghanistan. pentagon has taken responsibility for saturday's attack calling it a mistake. the strike killed 12 hospital workers and ten patients. >> the president assured dr. lu the department of defense investigation currently under way would provide a transparent, thorough and objective finding of the facts and if necessary the president would implement changes that would make tragedies like this one less likely to occur in the future.
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>> the president of doctors without borders says that's not enough. saying we reiterate the request that the government consent to an independent investigation to establish what happened in kunduz, how it happened and why it happened. three separate investigations are currently under way. >> police have foiled a plot to allegedly smuggle yuk near material out of europe to then sell to terror groups like isis. >> the fears who the buyers would be, pamela brown has details of the joint operation by the fbi and authorities in muldova. >> reporter: terrorists buying a radioactive substance on the black market that could be used to make a dirty bomb. instead, the police in moldova say earlier this year they broke up the operation and arrested this man, along with others in a
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carefully orchestrated sting as dealers allegedly tried to sell radioactive cesium to men they believed were associated with terrorists. the video of the sting was first obtained by the associated press. cesium is so dangerous because even a small amount could con tan name several city blocks and cost billions in clean-up. >> this is really a gateway to smuggle material through moldova and other regions. >> tonight, they say they worked with agents to foil at least three plots to smuggle radioactive material. it obviously has grave consequences. we're going to continue to work to stem that. >> it makes the selling of this
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material big business for criminal organizations. >> a terrorist group that's got billions is willing to pay that for material that could terrorize or shut down a city. >> in 2014, 17 people were arrested in moldova for allegedly smuggling uranium, but tonight, the newly revealed sting operation shows a dangerous vulnerability. >> if isis were to acquire radiological material, they could use it in the region, they could use it in the theatre, or they could use it for other purposes if they wanted to transport it here to the united states. >> there's no indication isis has successfully bought these radioactive materials from eastern european criminals and officials say these materials would be very difficult to transport outside of that area because of all the protections at the border.
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u.s. democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton is voicing her disapproval of the transpacific partnership. >> this is yet another break from the obama administration. back when she was secretary of state, she wept on the record supporting the trade deal not once, not twice, but 45 times. >> hillary clinton breaking with president obama and breaking big, opposing her signature train agreement that she once heralded. >> as of today, i am not favor of what i have learned about it. i don't believe it's going to meet the high bar i have set. >> add it to the list where clinton has taken a position against obama. the no-fly zone in syria, his deportation policies and her announcement she's against the keystone xl pipeline before obama announces his decision. clinton's democratic rivals
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weighed in on her reversal, bernie sanders saying this -- >> i'm glad she reached that conclusion. this is a conclusion i reached from day one. >> and sharper words from martin o'malley. >> secretary clinton can justify her own reversal of opinion, but i can tell you i didn't have one opinion eight months ago and switch that opinion ahead of debates. >> her trade deal switch comes as sanders challenges her in iowa and new hampshire, and a possibly biden run threatens to siphon off some of her supporters. a biden spokesperson reiterated his backing of the trade pact as he decides whether to announce his bid. >> people are depressed. and the message i have for you guys is these guys don't remotely speak for america. >> as he weighs a candy, the draft biden super pac is out
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with a new tv ad. >> things can change in a heart beat. i know. six weeks after my election, my whole was altered forever. >> josh alporn is a senior adviser of the pac. >> it's a story of joe biden many people may not know. it's his overcoming personal tragedy and gaining this enormous empathy and it offers this hopeful vision, optimistic vision for america. >> one source close to the vice president says there will be a family conversation this weekend that could determine whether he gets in the race. but biden's pathway to victory is dubious at best with many super pacs backing clinton and sanders. >> new polls show donald trump holding his lead on the republican race in the early
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voti voting states. ben carson following with 18%. ohio governor john kasich has 13%. ted cruz comes in with 11%. >> in florida, 28% of republican voters topping carson who has 16%. the two candidates from florida, marco rubio and jeb bush come in at 14% and 12%. trump wasted no time in gloating over his poll numbers. >> we're killing everybody. we're winning by many, many points. and don't forget, you have a sitting senator and an ex-governor in florida and we're bet bating them by -- you know, when you're 28, 29, that's a lot. when you have 16 people -- you had 17. one did sayonara and you have 16. you have 16 people in the race and when you get almost 29%, that's pretty good.
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we put members first... join the nation. thank you. >> the u.s. coast guard has been looking for a week for a cargo ship that's gone missing. >> a decision to end a search, suspend a search is painful. and it's based on the art and science of search and rescue. the science speaks to the physiology of how long can you physically survive if you are in the water. and that's normally that four to five days that i mentioned before. then you have to look at the art of it. yes, they were experienced mariner, but if they aman donned
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ship on thursday, it would have been into the category four storm. 50-foot waves, 140 miles an hour winds. zero visibility, the constant threat of ingesting water, salt water, it's just a dire situation for anybody to be in for that length of time. >> dire indeed. coast guard crews found one victim in the water. a source close to the investigation tells cnn a u.s. navy salvage team has been requested to search for wreckage. >> stabs, shooting and protests swept across the west bank of israel. and it appears israeli security forces disguised as palestinian mill at that particular times suddenly turn on palestinian stone thrower, they beat them and arrest them. all this happens in the city of ramallah in the west back. hundreds of palestinians were throwing rocks, fire bombs as well as fireworks. >> and near tel aviv, israeli police shot and killed a palestinian man who had earlier stabbed an israeli soldier and stole his gun. it was one of three stabbing
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incidents wednesday near tel aviv and in jerusalem. >> of course, all of this has been going on now for a couple of weeks. joining us is a professor at university of southern california. just back from israel in the last several days? >> month, yes. so we know the temple mount and are always a flash point. always unsettled, but this unrest is spreading, it's going not only from jerusalem from the west bank. there have been protests in hafia and nazareth. so the concern now that a lot of people have is this now another sustained period of this cycle of violence? >> it's a huge concern, john. i think what many are unfortunately looking at is possibly a third intafada of individual initiatives. types of lone wolf attacks we have seen take place over the last couple of weeks.
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the prime minister is doing everything he can to avoid that from playing out. neither leader wants to see an escalation. it does not serve them well by any means. we've seen over the last night or so that israeli and palestinian security leaders have met to flesh out and kind of hash out renew the cooperation in the midst of this flare-up. netanyahu has announced, i think, just today, this morning in israel that he will prevent israeli ministers from visiting the mosque and enflaming further. almost return to status quo. but a lot remains to be seen, whether it's a radical on either side that commits a terror attack against one people that could enflame the situation dramatically. >> so let me ask you this, josh. some would say the situation we're in now is a result of having two weak leaders, mahmoud abbas and benjamin netanyahu.
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they are weak and unpopular and in some ways have tried to manipulate a situation for political gain. that's what some people are saying. how do you read it? >> i think that's an accurate assessment. both leaders have played to narrow coalitions upon which they govern. abbas has longley been seen as politically impotent and on the way out. he gave a grand speech at the united nations a couple weeks back, but more or less he's seen as a very weak figure in policy and politics. with netanyahu in israel, he governs from his election in march from a narrow plurality. his coalition is made up obviously of those from center and far right even and he does not want to lose power and have to call snap elections again. that being said, i think what we'll see netanyahu do in the coming days and weeks is appease his coalition to some degree with rhetoric on being strong on these issues, on security, while also sending signals to abbas and to key u.s. allies that play a role here. jordan and egypt among others, that he does not intend to seek
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a broader military offensive. i don't think that would serve israel well in this case. >> there's two reasons why i see this won't be a third intafada. the israelis have outsourced security in the west bank. you touched on the palestinian security forces. abbas did say if the israelis don't honor the peace accords, we won't either. part of the peace accords is that security. it's unlikely abbas is going to go that far, but is it possible senior rank officials say i've had enough of this. i've had enough of doing israel's work for them, i'm walking away. they won't take up arm against israelis but they will stop cooperating with israelis. >> there's certainly that possibility. but we've seen pal stin authorities thwart many attacks in the last coupling of weeks. they're performing their job quite successfully despite the public rancor and animosity that exist. >> they get a lot of grief from
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the palestinians. >> they do. that could be a turning point. that could be something that takes place. just mentioning oslo, it's important to underscore where the united states plays a role. we've obviously heard from the obah. ma administration and the u.s. state department, the welcoming signs of ing ing to defuse tensions. and looking for a future, not now -- the goal here now is defuse tensions. but some renewal of negotiations in the not too distant future that i think there is a silver lining, having just returned from israel and spoken to many key leaders and the foreign policy establishment, there's a potential opportunity here for the united states to help galvanize and cat liez. it's a strange neighbor such as saudi arabia for at least talks that would include -- especially because of the shared concern on iran. and there's a possibility that could help progress.
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>> interesting facts. you are incredibly optimistic. >> trying to be. >> always appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> now we are learning about a new revelation from the volkswagen emissions scandal. the company's chief said he knew about a possible problem last year. >> but michael horn said he was told engineers were working with regulations. they had installed hidden software that allowed 11 million cars to cheat on emissions tests. he will face questions from u.s. lawmakers thursday on capitol hill. now to world football from the sports governing sports authority isn't commenting whether seph bladder is facing a 90-day provisional suspension. >> but his lawyers say if that's the case, bladder wasn't told about it. more on the story rocking fifa. >> this is a saga that has, from
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the start, seen claims and counterclaims and as much played out behind closed doors as in the public domain. wednesday has been in different. the wait has been on for news from fif a's independent regulatory body, its ethics committee after it opened an investigation into seph blater into the swiss criminal. enter the 79-year-old. the investigatory chambers have refused to comment. on wednesday evening, one of bl blatter's closest visors sent the division that a 90-day suspension had been handed down. just a few hours later, a statement, though, was received from blatter's lawyers, which said, president blatter has not been notified of any action taken by the fifa ethics
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committee. we would expect that the ethics committee would want to hear from the president and his counsel conduct a thorough review of the evidence before making any recommendation to take disciplinary action. where does this stand? sepp blatter and the committee are continuing their investigation. there's no doubt they're working through an feshl process. the question is, when will we hear their verdict? the wait goes on, but fordavies. just ahead, who the ground offensive is targeting and who's helping them. >> also to come, cnn investigating jamaican lottery scam and uncovers the tragic story of one of its victims. >> when they took him, they took my life, too. blach
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calling for an investigation by an independent agency. >> the first time in nearly a year and a half, no new ebola cases were reported across the globe last week. the world health organization has been keeping track of cases since the outbreak began in march of last year. the country moscow 42 days without a new case to be considered ebola free. >> russia appears for the first time to be coordinating its air strikes in syria with a government ground offensive. u.s.-backed rebels have been among the targets. syrian rebels fire anti-tank missiles hitting the syrian army troop carrier. the vet posted by the free syrian army. following a week of intense russian and syrian air force strikes, it appears the ground
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offensive is under way in the area, an area far away from the zone controlled by the islamic state. but it's not easy going. at zaun, says this field kmnd erk there was a bombardment of russian planes trying to smash our defensive lines, but we held our ground. he claimed the syrian army was trying to advance on three fronts. also in hama province, russian-made helicopters were in action, though it's not clear if the pilots are syrian or russian. further north into lepo province, they say they bombed a warehouse filled with weapons and ammunition belonging to free syrian army, known to have links with the united states.
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we're fighting without webs. >> russia let loose with even more fire power, launching 26 medium range cruise missiles from car chips in the kas peian sea at isis targets, almost 1,000 miles away, according to the russian defense ministry. the sound and fury of this brutal war quickly growing ever more intense. ben weedeman, cnn beirut. >> 40% of isis infrastructure has been destroyed by russia's military operations. >> christiane amanpour spoke to
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a spokesperson for russia's perspective. >> the logic is a purely military logic. and iraq, the extensipansion of operations to iraq is actually logical step. it has nothing to do with religion, it has little to do with policy, politics anymore. it's about military enhancement to deliver moe of the damage. >> is this what moscow wants? an expanded presence in this part of the world? i mean, it was decades ago that it got shoved out of the middle east. and now for the first time in decades, it's well and truly back in the hottest war that's gong on in the middle east right now. the king that's confounded the world for the last 4 1/2 years. i don't think that russia ever can dream about to come back to this region as soviet union did. it's gone forever. the decision was to support government in syria and government in iraq, to use them
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as a vehicle as a tool to try to defeat isis because isis is seen now in russia as a big threat to russian security in the future. >> accept that the president assad is blamed for the rise of isis and russia is going on assad's side. again, i'm going to play you a couple of interview, clips that i've done regarding assad. i spoke to a russian mp just recently about, well, why are you supporting assad? listen to what he said. >> if her going to shoot someone else, okay. if you have some better plan, please provide us with a plan or give us some names with whom we can talk. >> there's certainly other names in the community. i spoke to syrians talking across the divide. there are people ready to see a future in this country, that's the future that i would see. >> so a very real argument is
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assad somebody for the future or not? what do you think, is he? and you heard the special prosecutor there, the former war crimes ambassador of the united states who also said russia stands vulnerable. could face war crimes prosecutions by supporting a leader who so clearly got a hefty amount of evidence against him and his regime, crime against humanity, torture, starvation, kill of course prisoners. now it's not about this. it's whether syria will exist in the future or not at all. yes, i agree very much. it's a very bad state. but i agree also with those who say that it is impossible to find a good state there, and at least the official government is a force which can be seen as a chance to improve military capacity to defeat islamist.
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and you can see that full interview. >> coming up, a jamaican lottery scam exposes just how far these criminals are willing to go.
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>> that's so true. we've seen it in the past with evidence showing exactly how it all moves downstream. conditions in china have improved, but all of that, of course, goes off to the east and ends up. parts of the united states get impacted on it indirectly. i want to show you what's going on in the china open in beijing. play players, spectators wearing massings. some treated for illnesses across the region. this is a common theme across this region of china. but as you bring in beijing in particular, a city that's virtually in a bowl. you have significant mountain ranges and, of course, the highest population density in the world in this general area. the largest manufacturing sector in the world as well. that together with the pollutants in place can get trapped if you have a stagnant weather pattern. the same thing happens in california. think about the los angeles basin with high density. you have the manufacturing sector as well.
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you put the numbers together. if you look at los angeles, the number of unhealthy air days in the mid 1970s, they were up to 234 days per year. you bring that down to about 92 days per year as of 2014. significant improve. the clean air act has had a lot to do with this. but the topography very much on a similar side. the population boom was there for parts of the california back in the 1970s and continues to this day. take a look at the scenes from asia into beijing. this is what it looks like when you're talking about the severity of the air quality. they will typically disperse to the east. you work your way farther down over the next several day for several days to about a week's time. air quality at this point has now been dispersed. you're looking at air quality in the good category, about 25. this only happens on the order of 50 to 60 times per year. the vast majority of time, you have an air quality somewhere on the order of 300 to 400.
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illnesses and fatalitiefataliti world health sorgs says about 200,000 people lose their lives because of severe air quality. and about half that occurs in eastern china and asia. it's very highly concentrated over that area, guys. >> we appreciate that. >> bad memories, bad memories. and it just collects up and only goes when kwlyou get that wind. >> how long did you live there? >> four long ears in china. >> now you're surviving in l.a. a jamaican lottery scam targeting the u.s. has grown into a tidal wave of fraud. you may have heard the con before. >> guess what? you won a lot of money. but all you have to do is pay the tacks and a small fee first. that money, though, does not exist. cnn senior investigative correspondent drew griffith has
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our report. >> these are jamaica's special organized crime police. acting on a tip and finding a suspect in a back room. the evidence, police say, is everywhere. >> here we have a sam card. >> caught with two cell phones, lists of u.s. phone numbers and piles of cash, the corporal tell us the suspect was trying to eat paper notes of what police say are his potential victims, mostly u.s. and canadian citizens who have fallen for this $300 million a year scam. >> here we have a laptop. he put the laptop in the water. >> whoa, look at that. see what he did? >> he drove a nail into it? >> he drove a nail in to destroy evidence. >> the suspected scammer who has yet to plea in court will face his first appearance next month.
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if convicted, he will most likely serve a lengthy prison sentence. chris poland would like the penalty to be much more severe. >> if i see the person who talked to my dad and i got to personally por chur him and hear him scream and beg to save his life. and then i won't tell you what i would do to him, but it wouldn't be nice. >> poland lives in knoxville, tennessee. his father fell victim to relentless calls from scammers claiming that he had won the jamaican lottery. albert poland suffered from early stages of dementia and believed it all. >> people were calling him telling him he had one a mercedes full of money. >> albert poland believed all he needed to do to get up to $3 million in prize money was cover the expenses. tack taxes, he was told.
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shipping and handling, even shippishi >> this went back three to four years that he talked to these people. >> and had he been giving money the whole time? >> give them some money, yeah. >> on march 21, albert poland took his last call. after being asked for yet another $1,500 more to claim his prize, poland put a gun to his head and killed hym eed himself. his family was convinced it was the false promises that drove him to suicide. >> they were really preying on him. >> he' once of thousands of people, mostly elderly, who answer a phone call and find themselves entangled in a complex scheme to rip them off. the u.s. bass dpor says it's hard to keep track of just how many much han stolen. >> we have maybe tens of billions of dollars which we can
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definitely prove that is involved. but we think that it's actually a bit higher in the hundreds of millions of dollars. some people will even tell you a billion dollars. >> in jamaica, the lottery scam has created much bigger problems. it has morphed into an organized crime wave, bigger than drugs. a third of the murders on this island are attributed to the lottery scam. >> it's a monster doing more damage to jamaica than good. above hillside slums, corporate watson takes us on a tour of lavish homes that stick out from the others, like this one, that he says was built with lottery scam money, people who operate rings of callers like the man under arrest who spent day after day trying to reach gullible victims. >> 10:47, 10:45, 10:46. each of these numbers are different.
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10:44, 10:42. it shows a pattern. victims are sometimes reminded that you filled out a sweep stakes form. >> you might have fun. >> and we're calling to tell you that you have won. >> the poland family have no idea where the scammers got albert's phone number. they have a hunch somehow it came from his own medical records, records that showed he was elderly, suffering from dementia and an easy mark. >> they took my life. we was married 62 year, and when they took him, they took my life, too. >> the details of that are just so sad. of course, we've all seen the e-mails, jamaican scam, nigerian guy or whatever. aechb most people dismiss it. but if they do get somebody who's vulnerable, then that person does seem to become a true genuine victim, like we've seen just then. a short break and more when we come back. inthe mid-size van,
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that's more than half a mile. officials say there was no danger. that's what they say. the crack affected only one of the three layers of a thick panel of glass. >> mexico's volcano erupted on tuesday and then again on wednesday, sending debris up to 300 meters, or some 984 feet into the air. the volcano also known as popo has spewed smoke and ash sporadically over the past few years. >> you think you've got a pretty tough commute? have a look at this. a 50-lane gridlock on the expressway just south of beijing. many commuters trying to held out at the end of a national week-long holiday. that's bad news. >> that's a headache. >> vladimir putin celebrated his 63rd birthday on ice. the russian president scored seven goals in an exhibition hockey game in sochi. >> of course he did. >> they won the game 15-10. >> happy birthday, mr. president.
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>> and i'm oerrol barnett, thans for joining us. this is "cnn newsroom." >> it is now 9:00 a.m. in syria where a wave of cruise missiles has taken out -- ships from the sea. >> it's part of an intense campaign that includes punishing air strikes, coordinated with a syrian government ground offensive. ben wedeman reports. >> reporter: syrian rebels fire a u.s.-made tow anti-tank missile. the army was on the move in northern hama province in central syria. the video posted by the free syrian army. following a week of intense
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russian and syrian air force strikes, it appears a ground offensive is underway in the area, an area far away from the zone controlled by the islamic state. but it's not easy going. [ yelling in foreign language ] >> reporter: at dawn, there was an intense bombardment with rockets, artillery, tanks and russian planes trying to smash our defensive lines, but we held our ground, one man says. he claimed the syrian army was trying to advance on three fronts. also in the province, russian-made haend attack helicopters were there. further north rebels say war planes bombed a warehouse full of weapons and ammunition belonging to a unit of the free syrian army known to the links with the united states.
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thank god we escaped alive, says this man, vowing to fight the regime of bashar al assad, without weapons or ammunition, just knives and swords. and wednesday russia let loose with even more fire power. launching 26 medium-range cruise missiles from the warships in the sea at isis targets almost 1,000 miles away, according to the russian defense ministry. the sound and fury of this brutal war quickly growing ever more intense. and ben joins us now live the to talk about all of this. ben, as you pointed out, war planes, helicopters, and missiles flying toward mostly rebel forces. do we have a sense of how damaging these russian strikes have been for the anti-government forces inside
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syria? >> well, they have been seriously damaging, errol, as you can see in the videos. they are hitting a lot of the vital military facilities of these rebel groups. but nonetheless, at the same time, they seem to be using these u.s. supplied anti-tank missiles with a guide good effect. what we understand is that well over a dozen russian tanks and troop carriers have been destroyed. more have been captured by the rebels, and it doesn't appear that the syrian forces backed with the russian air power have made dramatic advances in that area of northern hama province, but nonetheless, they don't have, it's important to remember, that they don't have a large supply of these anti-tank missiles, so eventually, they could run out and certainly it's early days in this campaign. it's been this russian air
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strikes have been going on just for eight days now. this syrian offensive army offensive, and, of course, already elements from his bo law and iran involved on the ground. at the moment it appears the rebels are holding the line, but that might not last for long. >> and there are some reports from u.s. officials that perhaps russia doesn't have the ability to continue this type of attack for long, but we'll have to see. at the moment, though, russia is attacking from vessels in the sea from air strike, and there's this possibility that they could attack via the ground forces soon. could this worsen the exodus of refugees from syria? that's the major fear. >> reporter: well, of course, there's a good possibility it could increase regardless of the possible intervention of russian ground forces. you are talking about hundreds
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of thousands of people in the areas that are controlled by the rebels, and i'm not talking about isis. for instance, it appears that many of the air strikes are on idlib province which was captured by the rebels in march, and it is contiguous. it's the largest contiguous area controlled by anti-regime forces, and it also bordered turkey, and if it appears that the russian air strikes backing up the syrian army is going to make a significant push into idlib province, there's a very high probability that there could be further waves of refugees fleeing from syria going into turkey which is already overburdened with a huge population of syrian refugees. >> yeah. as the leb bonn anon as you wer mentioning today. one in four refugees there.
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ben wedeman live for us this morning. thanks for much. and we have this just into cnn. the nato secretary general is calling on russia to end its military support for syrian president, and instead, to help fight isis. >> just a short time again, there were answered questions from reporters as he was arriving in brussels. we've just got the sound. let's take a listen. >> in syria we have seen a troubling escalation of russia activities. we will assess the implications for the security of the alliance. this is particularly relevant in the view of the recent violations of nato's air space by russian aircraft. >> so you're seeing regional reaction, nato reaction to
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russia's behavior, and this is why people feel like -- russia holds the cards to decide what happens next. we'll keep watching this closely. the u.s. president offered his personal apology to doctors without borders for the deadly air strikes in northern afghanistan. >> the pentagon has admitted the sustained strikes on the hospital in kunduz on saturday were a mistake. 12 medical personnel and 10 patients were killed. 37 others were injured. >> this morning from the oval office, president obama spoke by telephone with doctors without borders international president to apologize and express his condolences for the msf staff and patients who were killed and injured when a u.s. military air strike mistakenly struck an msf field hospital in kunduz, afghanistan, over the weekend. >> the doctors without borders lost many of its staff. that apology wasn't enough. nick robertson has details of
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the aid group's response. >> reporter: doctors without pord borders are saying it's a strike against the geneva convention. they want a body that was set up under the geneva convention to do this impartial investigation. they're saying we go into these situations with our eyes opened, these conflict situations put our doctors in harm's way, but we do it on the basis that we understand the rules of engagement, all rules of engagement. they say put everything on the table. if somebody's understanding of the rules of engagement have changed, we need to re-examine and see if we can go into these conflict zones. they're saying it is not good enough to write this off as a mistake. >> it is unacceptable that the bombing of a hospital and the killing of staff and patients
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can be dismissed as collateral damage and brushed aside as a mistake. today we are fighting back for the respect of geneva convention. as doctor, we are fighting back for the sake of patient. we need you as members of the public to stand with us to answer that even wars have rules. >> doctors would borders are worried that without an impartial investigation an international investigation, back actored in other conflicts can strike their hospitals with what they fear is impunity. that's the basis of their concern here. but we've also heard from the u.s. secretary of defense, ash carter, speaking about the responsibility that the united states will accept. >> repeating something that general campbell said yesterday and that i said yesterday which is to express regret and to and
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for the united states to take responsibility for any mistakes that resulted in the loss of innocent life in kunduz in recent days. we're conducting a full and transparent investigation, and will hold accountable any responsible for conduct that was improper. >> reporter: as of right now, three investigations underway. the u.s. investigation, the nato investigation, and the afghan investigation. the nato investigation expected to get preliminary results fairly soon, perhaps before the others. nick robertson, cnn, kabul, afghanistan. all right. we want to turn now to world football where fifa's troubles are taking another turn. the sport's governing authority isn't commenting on whether the president seth blatter is actually facing a 90-day provisional suspension.
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initial reports indicated he was suspended. >> but his lawyers say if that was the case, he wasn't notified and he still considers himself the president of fifa and is prepared to serve. they opened criminal proceedings against him last months and the ethics committee is also investigating him. >> world soccer magazine joins us with more. thanks so much for chatting with us. so is he suspended or not and why are we hearing these different stories coming out of blatter's own camp? >> well, it was all rather messy yesterday. the situation is quite clear. what we understand from sources close to the people involved is that the investigation chamber has recommended a 90-day
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suspension. that just means that they think he should be removed from the immediate vicinity of everything while an investigation properly takes place, but that has to be judged today by the ethics judge, and only after he has made a decision one way or the other, can then anything formally be notified. >> all right. that explains why his lawyers haven't been told. but realistically, how long can blatter hang onto power? >> well, technically if a 90-day suspension were issued to him, it could later be topped up by a further 45 days. blatter, himself, has ridden out so many crises for him. for him, this is another crisis, and he expects to ride it out, but this is by far the most serious he's ever faced, and it would be, frankly, unprecedented
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for a major sports organization to be seem to be suspending its own president. >> he has certainly sloan to be quite the survivor so far, hasn't he? when will we likely hear the ethic's final verdict on blatter? >> i think the decision would come around midday central european time. >> all right. thanks so much for talking with us. appreciate it. now to other stories we're tracking closely. the u.s. coast guard has called off its nearly week-long search for the missing cargo ship. officials say the ship sank during a storm last week with 33 crew members on board. >> coast guard crews found one victim in the water but no survivors. a cnn affiliate spoke to the wife of one crew member. >> i just want them to continue doing everything to honor their
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father and make him even prouder no matter where he is. i just want him back. even if it's just his body. i want him back. >> we all do. >> a source close to the investigation tells cnn a u.s. navy salvage team has been requested to search the wreckage. now hillary clinton says she no longer supports the transpacific partnership she advocated for as secretary of state.
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new polls show u.s. presidential candidate donald trump is holding his lead in two key swing states. >> that's right. the latest poll out of florida shows trump beating his closest rival, ben carson by 12 points. that's a healthy lead. a larger margin over the two home-state candidates, jeb bush and senator marco rubio.
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>> polls also show trump is on top of the pack in ohio, although just a five-point lead over carson. ten points ahead of john kasich. hillary clinton is now reversing her stance on the transpacific partnership. >> now, this is at odds with her position during her time as secretary of state when clinton actively supported the deal. brianna keeler has the details. >> reporter: hillary clinton breaking with president obama and breaking big, opposing his significant trade agreement that she once heralded. >> as of today, i am not in favor of what i have learned about it. i don't believe it's going to meet the high bar i have set. >> reporter:ed a it to the list where she's taken a position against obama. the no-fly zone in syria, and her announcement she's against
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the pipeline before obama announces his decision. her democratic rivals weighed in on her trade reversals. >> i'm glad she reached that conclusion. this is a conclusion that i reached from day one. >> reporter: and sharper words from martin o'malley. >> secretary clinton can justify her reversal, but i didn't have one opinion eight months ago and switch it on the eve of debates. >> reporter: a new poll shows her ahead of biden and sanders but her trade deal switch comes as sabders challenges her in iowa and new hampshire. a biden spokesperson reiterated his backing of the trade pack. >> people are depressed. and the message i have for you guys is these guys don't remotely speak for america.
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>> reporter: as we weighs a candidacy, the drft biden superpac is out with a new tv ad. >> things can change in a heart beat, i know. six weeks after my election, my whole world was altered forever. >> reporter: a senior advisor to the pack. >> the point of this ad is to tell a story of joe biden that many people outside of delaware may not know. it's about overcoming personal tragedy and gaining empathy for people who have offered and it offers a hopeful vision for america. >> reporter: one source close to the vice president says there will be a family conversation this weekend that could determine whether he gets in the race. >> reporter: but his pathway is uncertain with the backing of clinton and sanders. >> biden is number two to the
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president, but in just a few hours, republicans will vote on who will be third in line for the presidency. their nominee for the next speaker of the u.s. house of representatives. >> right now kevin mccarthy seen here on the right is favored to win over representative jason chaffetz on the left. >> but a small group of conservative republicans, the house freedom caucus just announced they'll back little known congressman, daniel webster. >> sisrael says it will take harsher measures to stop a rise in violence in the west bank. this video e americaed from a riot in the west bank. it appears israeli security forces were disguised as palestinian militants. they turn on palestinian turn stone throwers and arrest them.
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all of this happened and hundreds of palestinians were throwing rocks, fire bombs and fire truckworks. erin mclaughlin has more. >> a brutal day. violence has spread in the west bank, you no southern israel. israeli police say a palestinian woman stabbed and wounded an israeli man in the back near the lion's gate of the old city. in the west bank, there was heavy clashes between palestinians and israeli soldiers. palestine tv showed soldiers beating men. violence and more lis in east jerusalem as well as extreme measures announced by the israeli government. take a listen to what jerusalem's mayor had to say. >> most people creating violence will be more harsh to make sure violence doesn't pay.
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>> reporter: benjamin netanyahu postponed a trip to meet merkel and spent a day to give support to the officers. the violence spreading is unclear what leaders can do to stop this. people here are bracing for what comes next, come preparing for what may be the new norm. >> we've back in a moment on "cnn newsroom." stay with us. inthe mid-size van, from mercedes-benz. it's got small-ability and big-ability. towing-ability and stowing-ability. rack-ability and hvac-ability. it's fully customizable and sized just right to give you cupcake-ability, entourage-ability... ...garage-ability and even afford-ability. starting at $28,950. available in cargo or passenger. from mercedes-benz.
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those of you tuned in globally. >> let's update you on the main stories we've been following this hour. u.s. president personally apologized to the president of doctors without borders for the deadly air strikes in northern afghanistan. 22 people were killed saturday at the aid group's hospital in kunduz. the group is still calling for an investigation by an independent agency. a new revelation from the volkswagen emissions scandal. the company's u.s. chief says he knew about a possible problem last year. but michael horn says he was told engineers were working with regulators on a solution. they admitted last month there was hidden software to cheat emissions tests a merging multibillion dollar deal. a site similar to group on owned
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by al ibaba. and a site similar to yelp. >> russia appears for the first time to be coordinating its air strikes in syria where the government ground offensive. it launched the heaviest bombing yet in hama and idlib provinces. russia is targeting rebels, fighting regime forces, not isis. russia is ramping up its campaign in syria with precision cruise missiles launched from ships in the sea. >> and moscow is hinting it could begin operations in iraq as well. here's senior international correspondent ben wedeman. >> reporter: the latest dramatic escalation in this conflict. russia's military says it's now
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using some of the most advanced warships and precise weapons to strike groups in syria. the russian defense minister proudly informed the russian president of the details in this highly stage meeting broadcast on state television. four missile ships launched missiles on 11 targets. all the targets have been destroyed and no civilian facilities have been hit. the strike results have confirmed the high long range efficiency at distances of 1,500 kilometers. >> reporter: they've released this map of the missiles to the targets in syria. it's emerging as russia's back door into the middle east. >> there are no american spy ships around or drones or
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submarines, so they can't monitor our launches, which is important. this is a kind of safe location. there's only russians and iranians there. so our ships from there can shoot, like, from their home lake into enemy territory, and that's important and good. >> reporter: and that includes syria and iraq with russia is asked to do so? >> yes, that includes iraq. right now there's thought that the iraqi government may ask russia to intervene and bomb isis and iraq. >> but for the moment, vladimir putin who is celebrating his 63rd birthday appears to have other priorities, like playing in this exhibition hockey match. state television announced he scored no less than seven goals for his team. the russian president seems
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unstoppable both on and off the ice. matthew chance, cnn, moscow. and cnn political analyst, josh rogen joins me now. he has written extensively on this topic. >> great to be with you. >> vladimir putin appears to be scoring numerous goals in the skies and on the ground in syria. on wednesday a russian plane came within 20 nautical miles of u.s. miles. a little too close for comfort. this after incursions into turkish air space, and then suggestions that they want to work with the u.s. what is happening here? >> well, basically the russians have been advancing a very well-organized, as we discovered yesterday through great reporting, long-planned efforts to greatly expand their military presence and military activity on the ground in syria.
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meanwhile, the u.s.-led coalition has been scrambling to catch up with these russian moves and to find some way to salvage their strategy in syria amidst changing facts on the ground. the deconfliction talks after one round seemed not to have prevented things today. very simply, the u.s. does not know what it will do in response to the russian moves, and their lowest common demnominator of avoiding crash is on shaky ground. >> that's the problem. with that specific incident, we're hearing the u.s. has been told if the russian planes come too close, pull back. that's giving that air space over syria the russia. >> that's right. and it shows what the u.s. priority here, the obama administration's number one priority is not to get into a
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shooting war with russia. that is a message that is being communicated throughout the coalition. the other major incident was when russian planes violated turkish air space. that risked a military confrontation with a nato allied country. the risk of miscalculation are high. and the u.s. priority is not to have the tensions go higher. that's a far cry from having a plan to respond to russia's overall moves in syria, much less have a coordinated plan with russia that would make sense. >> it's a concern and has a lot of people on edge. and russia insists it's hitting isis targets and having an impact on the militant group. the united states disagrees insisting russia simply wants to prop up the asaad regime. how do we get to the truth when there's no one on the ground to confirm or deny the assertions? >> well, there's actually a lot of reporting on these air
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strikes. we're five years into the syria war and there are ngos on the ground and syria groups. it's hard to prove each incident, but according to the turkish prime minister's speech, russia has hit two isis targets out of 57 air strikes. according to u.s. intelligence assessments reported in the wall street journal, russia is targeting the u.s.-backed rebel groups. i mean, we can see what the strategy is, and russia is not exactly denying that they're hitting western-supported groups. they're saying is all the terrorists are the same. but for the different powers supporting sanctions inside syria, the sarngnctions are important. >> thank you j josh. >> severe smog blanketed parts of china this weekend. let's bring in pedram javaheri.
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>> a lot of health quality concerns over this region. we know about 200,000 people per year according to the world health organization lose their lives because of air quality issues and half of that is out of eastern china. i want to show you video out of this region. this is considered hazardous, and few places in our planet in europe and north america have people occurred air quality like this. you would have to be near a forest fire or an erupting volcano to get the air quality to be this high, and this is consistently what people deal with across this region of china. this is fascinating to see how the pollutants are tracked. you see the line here indicating where the pollutants are going to be the highest, and the maps are in motion. about 30,000 meters looking
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down. showing you the perspective of what it looks like down in the city of beijing. among the highest populated area, and the industry across the region wroorks the mountains don't help. the industry, the population density, the pollutants are trapped because of the land and little in the way of air movement and the wind. california and the l.a. basin, the same when it comes to air quality concerns. moupt mountains and high industries. in the 70s. population on the boom and a lot of industry taking place across the l.a. region, and look at this. back in the 1970s, the numbers of days per year in los angeles where the air was considered unhealthy to breathe, around 234 in the 19 70s. in now, significant improvements
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in the air quality. and when you think about the land, it has a lot of similarities when it comes to portions of china. go back to areas of china. cold fronts come in and they can move the stagnant air out of place and improve the air quality issues. but we had the china open take place across this region, and the fans, a lot of them having to wear masks. the players reporting dizzinesd. a cold front has come through and the smog dispersing. speaking to a viewer via social media sharing a picture of what is happening with the air quality index going up to about 160. that's what is considered, again, on the unhealthy side, but in beijing, improved conditions. it always becomes somebody else's problem, but this is a pattern that has been persistent across the region of china, but compared to southern california, much the same about four decades
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ago. >> wow. >> quite a way to break that down. the mountains trap in the haze and smog. and you can stay in touch with us on twitter. we all like to chat. see you next hour. >> many thanks. this story is come. the world wildlife fund is highlighting 200 newly discovered species while warning against the threats against them. one the dracula minnow. >> and there are also snakes as you saw there, and a bird. and a frog with long eyebrows that look like horns. the wwf report says the region is facing a wide range of threats from mining, oil, and gas projects, and climate change, among other things. still to come, women's rights protested, storming the
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project is bricking you special orts on the plight of the yazidi religious minority. they have faced countless atrocities at the hands of isis. hundreds have been raped and sold into sex slai ri. one. >> one group says they've put up with enough. they've taken up arms against isis. >> reporter: the one of the sun brigade stand proud. they're not battle tested, yet. we asked each one, what is your
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message to isis. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: the sun write grade is made of yazidi women. most have never held a gun, but there is no shortage of ro volunteers. their commander, a voiz siyazidr turned soldier. >> translator: there should be no killing in this world in the in the yazidi book, it says to have a clean heart. every person must do this. but what do you do when you need to fight? when there's no one to defend you or your family? this is the first time for yazidi woman to become a commander. >> reporter: the sun brigade has
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only begun basic training. it will support kurdish forces hoping to regain territory lost to isis. we sat with the newest recruits and asked if they ever thought they would become soldiers. [ speaking foreign language ] . . >> reporter: what do you think isis will make of the fact that they are now fighting women, the very women they tried to capture and enslave. do you think they'll be afraid of you? [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: their uniforms are starched and spotless, but the women of the sun brigade say they're not afraid. [ speaking foreign language ]
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>> reporter: messages to isis that they may one day deliver in person. at atee ka shubert. >> on friday in the last installment of our series, victims tell us how they try to justify their brutality. [ speaking foreign language ] a you can also go to cnn.com to find exclusive reports from the freedom project. we'll be back in a moment. more data means more freedom to do..whatever.
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rights protesters stormed the red carpet at the london premier for the new film, suffragette. the movie depicts the
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women's movement. >> lester square has hosted hundreds of movie premiers. but perhaps none quite like this. [ chanting ] >> reporter: this is the opening night of london film festival. the film tonight is suffragette. and just as the stars were arriving, a group of protesters against domestic violence went over the barriers, got themselves on the red carpet. they're linking arms and refusing the move. the stars just arrived, they're continuing to do interviews but they can't make their progress up the red carpet. the protesters are shouting rumble and join us. >> i am on stage, doing a production of measure for more in about 20 minutes.
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i would chain myself to the railings if i didn't feel i would be slightly hampering the young production of measure. it's great to be feminism alive and active in the world. >> for 50 years we have neighbored peacefully to secure the vote for women. >> reporter: meryl streep is in the film, and others were delighted to be witnessing female voices raised again. >> we need it. it's important. it will bring people to watch the film, but at the same time, we have the reality of direct action, and the two come together. very fitting. >> it's perfect. it's the perfect opening to this film. that's what this film is about. if you feel strongly about something, and justice isn't being done, you protest.
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>> women should in the exercise judgment in political affairs. >> if we allow women to vote, it means a loss of social structure. >> vote for women. >> this is a film about women protesting to create change, so it's not an action that we diskurdi discourage, and we welcome the fact that they have now moved on and allowed us to continue with the premier. >> reporter: outside the premier, there were further demonstrations for and against the suffragette cause. by the time meryl streep and others made their way along the carpet, the demonstration has been bdispersed, but women's voices had been heard on the streets of london. life imitating art, or the other way around. kne neil curry, cnn.
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>> the chicago cubs are one step closer to the world series and to making this prediction from an iconic movie come true. >> sorry, no. >> that's an important landmark. >> some other time. >> lightning struck that thing 06 years ago. >> wait a minute. cubs win world series. >> that's a famous scene from the 1989 film, back of the future part two. it happens to take place in the year 2015. cubs fans are excited about the possibility of a real world series win. since the team hasn't won the title since 1908. >> many of the movie's predictions haven't come to pass such as flying cars, but one product from the movie will be hitting stores later this month. >> hey, stop. all i want is a pepsi.
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♪ >> there you go. pepsi said it plans to release a limited edition version of the pepsi perfect when back to the future part 2 is released back in futures, but the bottle will look just one the one in the film, but it will taste like a regular pepsi. wouldn't want to miss an opportunity to promote something. >> that's a shame it's going to taste the same. you've had all this time to prepare something. i'm waiting for my self-drying jacket. >> thanks for jawatching "cnn newsroom." >> our second hour begins after this short break. stay with us. from mercedes-benz. it's got small-ability and big-ability. towing-ability and stowing-ability. rack-ability and hvac-ability. it's fully customizable and sized just right to give you cupcake-ability,
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it's gotten thinner. even curvier. but what's next? for all binge watchers. movie geeks. sports freaks. x1 from xfinity will change the way you experience tv. new air strikes and a warning from nato as moscow flexes its military might in syria. high alert israel faces another day of violence after heavy clashes in the west bank. >> and the u.s. head of volkswagen makes a startling admission about the company's cheating skajtscandal just hour before facing lawmakers. welcome to our viewers around the world. i'm rosemary church.
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>> i'm errol barnett. this is "cnn newsroom." >> and we will have those stories in just a moment. but we begin with this breaking news. at least 30 people are dead after air strikes hit a wedding ceremony in yemen. that is according to local security officials. >> we understand this attack happened in the south western province of damar. we want to get the latest from the capital of yemen. tell us what we know about this attack and why a wedding would'ven would eastern be a target. >> it's shocking right now. over 100 were killed or injured. 30 killed, 70 injured. most of them children or women. this wedding, those killed weren't heaven houthis.
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the area where it took place was controlled by houthis. but innocent civilians and women were the casualties. there were six air strikes conducted at the ceremony area of the wedding, so very drastic right now. very sad for yemen, especially since this is the fourth time that a wedding has been targeted. >> a very disturbing development. we're seeing some of the first images from those injured from this attack. our journalist there in yemen telling us more than 100 killed or injured, mostly women and children. we'll continue to gather more information in this in the hours ahead. thank you for your time. all right now we turn to russia's defense ministry saying the cruise missiles hit isis
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infrastructure in syria, and russia had dozens of missiles launched wednesday. >> more than 90% of russian eriks are not targeted isis or al qaeda. you can see on this map, most have hit western syria. only a few hit isis controlled areas. >> the pentagon says it diverted two of its military air strike over syria so they could keep a safe distance from a russian fighter jet in the same area. nato leaders meeting in brussels are expressing growing concern over russia's growing military campaign in syria. one is calling on russia to use the influence of asaad to stop bombing civilians. also nato's secretary general says he's prepared to send troops to turkey to defend against any threats, if
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necessary. >> in syria, we have seen a troubling escalation of russian military activities. we will assess the latest developments and the implications for the security of the alliance. nato is able and ready to defend all allies, including turkey against any threats. >> well, meanwhile, russia appears to be coordinating its air strikes with a ground offensive by syrian government troops. senior international correspondent ben we'dmdeman jo us with more. what impact have the russian air strikes have on the moderate rebels. we know they've been targeting them but also russian officials suggest they're spending just as much time on isis targets, but that hasn't been shown, has it? >> reporter: no. when you look at the videos
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coming out of syria and we speak to rebel commanders inside, it's focussed, the russian effort, on nonisis anti-regime rebels, and it was well understood that when this campaign, this russian air campaign began, that really, the point was to rescue the asaad regime, which certainly going back to the early spring, was losing critical areas to the rebels, rebels who are anti-isis in this instance. now, these russian air strikes have been going on now for nine days, and as we've heard from u.s. officials, 90% of them seemg to be focussed on nonisis targets. and, of course, after nine days, it's clear that the next step is what we're seeing now, a ground offensive. syrian rebels fire a u.s. made anti-tank missile hitting a syrian army troop carrier.
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the army was on the move in northern hamah province in central syria. the video posted by the free syrian army. following a week of intense russian and syrian air force strikes, it appears a ground offensive is underway in the area, an area far away from the zone controlled by the islamic state. but it's not easy going. at dawn, says this rebel field commander, there was an intense bombardment with rockets, ar till tri, tanks and russian planes, trying to smash our defensive lines but we held our ground. he claimed the syrian army was trying to advance on three fronts. also in hamah province, helicopter were in action, though it's not clear if the pilots are syrian or russian.
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further north, rebels say war planes bombed belonging to the free syrian army known to have links with the united states. thank god we escaped alive, says this man. vowing to fight the regime of asaad without weapons or ammunition, just knives and swords. and wednesday russia let loose with more fire power launching 26 cruise missiles from war shis in the sea at isis targets almost 1,000 miles away, according to the russian defense ministry. the sound and fury of this brutal war quickly growing ever more intense. and what we're seeing is that this russian-backed ground
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offensive hasn't made a lot of progress until now we understand that more than a dozen syrian tanks and armored personnel carriers have been destroyed or captured by the rebels, but the rebels are using things like these missiles, anti-tank missiles believed to be supplied by the cia, but the supply is limited, and as the ground offensive continues, it could change on the ground. >> ben reporting there live. many thanks to you. and we will have much more on the russian military campaign in syria including an in depth look at the close encounters between u.s. and russian planes coming up in about 25 minutes. >> and we have one additional note from russia. the country's president, celebrated his 63rd birthday on ice. >> he scored seven goals in a
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hockey game. his team which including russia's defense minister, won the game 15-10. now, benjamin netanyahu is urging israelis to be on maximum alert after another day of escalating violence in the west bank. three separate stabbings happened on wednesday, and they said an israeli man was wounded. >> this video has emerged from a riot in the west bank. it appears to show israeli security forces disguised as palestinian militants. they suddenly turned on palestinian stone throwers, beating, and then arresting them. erin joins us live from jerusalem to talk about what's happening there. erin, what's the latest reaction to all this violence?
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>> reporter: well, errol, violence that persists overnight, clashes in west bank as well as near tel aviv after what was a brutal day yesterday, violence appearing to have spread from east jerusalem and the west bank to areas of central israel and southern israel, at least three stabbings yesterday. and clashes, really, intense clashes unfolding in the west bank. red crescent putting at least 170 palestinians wounded. this despite additional security presence there. israeli military sending in four additional battalions, and people here are bracing for what could come next. >> and just detail for us how the israeli government is adjusting its security positioning and response to all of this violence? because the fear is that violence in response to violence
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will only lead to more violence, and everyone is wondering where this all leads. >> reporter: yeah. this violence despite a range of measures on the part of the israeli government. government officials having lifted restrictions on the noble sanctuary or temple mount restrictions age restrictions that had been in place over the jewish holiday period. an israeli official saying benjamin netanyahu has asked that members of the israeli ministers not visit the holy site. increased security presence in jerusalem, and the west bank, they've also announced a range of extreme measures including holding rioters without charge or trial. we've also heard from the palestinian president calling for the situation to deescalate, but so far, violence persisting. some people here preparing for what may be the new norm. >> all right.
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the latest information for us out of jerusalem just past 10:00 in the morning there. erin, thanks. >> football's governoring body isn't commenting on whether -- >> initial reports indicated he was suspended. swiss authorities opened criminal proceedings against blatter last month and the ethics committee is also investing him. >> cnn is joined from london with more on this developing story. what are we to make of all this back and forth, and the different stories coming out of seth blatter's camp? >> it's a confused picture, and it has been for the past ten to twelve hours. we've been waiting for a decision from the fifa ethics committee following the fact they opened an investigation after the criminal swiss investigations into the 79-year-old. what we heard last night on
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wednesday evening was that one of blatter's close advisors sent a message saying a 90-day suspension was handed down. an hour later, blatter's legal team, his own lawyers disputed that. they said blatter has not been notified of anything from the ethics committee. we think they would want a thorough review of evidence before taking disciplinary action. we know that blatter will continue as president today. his lawyers says he's planning to be in office today, and the fifa ethics committee will continue their investigation. >> given what we know right now in reality, how long can blatter hang onto power, and when will we likely hear the ethic's
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committee final verdict on this? >> well, we understand that this will be within potentially within the next 24 hours, but let's make to mistake. it's a complicated process. it's a two-pronged process. the first stage is the investigation chamber looking into allegations and making recommendations over sanctions. but it's a chamber that makes decisions over any suspensions and this is what we're waiting onto hear. we expect to hear something within the next 24 hours. >> all right. we will bring that to your viewers as soon as we hear. joined from london. thanks. now, negotiators say they cut a last minute deal that could avert a deal at fiat chrysler. they had hours to spare before 40,000 workers walked off their jobs. they haven't released the
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details but they say the union counsel will vote on it friday. two chinese internet startups are merging in a multibillion dollar deal. a company similar to group on, and one similar to yelp backed by china's largest internet service portal. >> the fbi and former soviet republic have teamed to stop nuclear materials from reaching the black market. what could have happened is chilling in a story coming up. >> and a look at how the volkswagen emissions stajds may impact the entire car industry moving forward. want to survive a crazy busy day? sfx: cell phone chimes start with a positive attitude... and positively radiant skin. aveeno® positively radiant moisturizer... with active naturals® soy.
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the joint operation in moldova. >> reporter: if the alleged plots had been carried out, the results could have been devastating. terrorists buying a radio active substance that could be used to make a dirty bomb. instead, earlier this year, they broke iup the operation and arrested this man in a sting. as dealers tried to sell radio active materials to men they believed were associated with terrorists. this material is dangerous because eve an small amount could contaminate several city blocks and cost billions in cleanup. >> we have to be concerned about this region of the world. it is a gateway by which smugglers can transit materials through moldova. >> reporter: they worked with
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agents to foil three three plots. >> the smuggling and movement of this material around, obviously, has grave consequences. we've going to continue to work internationally as this demonstrated, to try to stem that. >> reporter: moldova's across proximity to russia where material can be obtained makes this big business for criminal organizations. >> a terrorist group with billions is willing to pay for that material that could terrorize or shut down a city. >> reporter: in 2014 17 people were arrested for allegedly smuggling uranium, but this shows a potentially more dangerous vulnerable. >> if isis were to acquire radiological material, they could use it in the region, the theater or for other purposes if
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they wanted to transport it and bring it to the united states. >> reporter: officials say there is no indication isis has successfully bought these radio active materials from eastern european criminals, and officials say these materials would be very difficult to transport out of that area because of the protections at the border. pamela brown, cnn, new york. barack obama is offering his apology to doctors without borders for the air strikes in northern afghanistan on friday. the pentagon admitted the sustained strikes on the hospital for a mistake. >> 22 people were killed. 37 others were wounded. the u.s., nato, and afghanistan are conducting investigations. >> the united states, when we make a mistake, we're honest about it. we own up to it. we apologize where necessary, as the president did in this case,
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and we implement the kinds of changes that make it less likely that those kinds of mistakes will occur in the future. the medical charity says that apology isn't enough. >> the group wants an independent inquiry conducted by the geneva convention's fact finding commission. >> we're learning about a new revelation from the volkswagen scandal. it continues to get work. the company's u.s. chief says he knew about the problem last year. >> but michael horn says he was told engineers were working with regulators on a solution. volkswagen admitted last month it installed hidden software that allowed 11 million cars to cheat e missions tests. he faces questions about the scandal thursday on capitol hill. >> the scandal has damaged the auto maker's reputation. volkswagen estimated to have
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lost $10 billion in brand value since this emissions issue emerged. >> we look at the damage this has caused to volkswagen and what it could cause to the car industry as a whole. >> reporter: scathing and damming. >> there's an unprecedented crisis. >> this does cast a negative light on a company like volkswagen. >> the industry has to respond to reassure the public. >> there's a big price to pay if you don't get it right as an industry. >> the verdict on volkswagen's credibility. >> reporter: as the company admits 11 million of the cars worldwide could have cheated emission tests, the manufacturer set aside $7.3 billion to deal with the fallout, but some are guessing it's nearer to $87 billion in damage. it's damaging the credibility of the car industry.
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general motors had to pay money to -- 14 million vehicles. >> reporter: were recalled after exploding air bags were linked to the deaths of eight people. in 2012, toyota agreed to pay a $1.2 billion fine. that's the largest for a car manufacturer for problems with accelerate peddles. it was revealed that they knew about the defects for acting. volkswagen admitted to covering up illegal software in its cars. as more discrepancies in fuel e missions emerge, consumers remain suspicious that other car companies may be cutting corners. >> now i suspect they're all at it. >> obviously, it does reflect
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badly on them. i don't know enough about whether it's the awe motive industry generally or just volkswagen. >> reporter: how does a car industry restore credibility? >> the way forward is to have more transparency. that's going to be increasingly critical, but b, in this case in particular, look at the emission regulations. >> reporter: in the same way the scandal shows further malpractice, the fear is this has a potential to do the same to the auto industry. for the time being, expect further regulation and more scrutiny. cnn, london. okay, now an incredible story. an australian toddler is learning to walk again after his spine was severed from his head in a car crash. 16-month old jackson suffered what is known as an internal decapitation when his mother's
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car collided with another vehicle going more than 100 kilometers, or 70 miles per hour. >> look at his tiny body and a big smile. jackson's injuries were so severe he had to be air lifted to a hospital. that's where surgeons grafted his spine back into place. >> a lot of children wouldn't survive that injury in the first place. and if they did, they may never move or breathe again. >> to put them back together, very thankful. >> just amazing. >> wow. >> never even heard of an internal decapitation before. doctors say jackson will have to wear a brace, but they expect him to make a full recovery. best of luck to him and the family. we'll be right back.
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welcome back to our viers watching from around the world. this is "cnn newsroom." i remember errol barnett. >> and i'm rosemary church. in syria, says its cruise missiles have hit isis infrastructure targets. russian warships launched dozens of rockets from the sea. >> and the general is prepared to send troops to turkey to defend the country from threats. nato leaders are expressing concern over the growing russian military campaign in syria. britain's defense minister says moscow is making a dangerous situation worse. >> violence in israel led to
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three stabbings and one shooting in 24 hours. palestinian officials have accused israeli police of preventing muslims from attending prayers at a holy site in jerusalem. jerusalem's mayor says they're lying to incite violence. there's a new sense of urgency for the u.s. and russia to cooperate. >> barbara star has that story. >> reporter: for the first time, u.s. pilots have to divert over syria because a russian fighter jet came within 20 nautical miles, according to u.s. officials. two f-16s flying out after an air base were in north eastern syria attempting to bomb an isis target when the incident occurred. u.s. officials tell cnn that american pilots are under new strict rules. if russian aircraft come within
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the 20-mile limit for their own safety, the americans must move away. the u.s. doesn't think the russians will shoot them down, but commanders don't trust russia not to make a mistake. fishes tell cnn. defense secretary ash carter pressing for another round of talks with moscow about managing the skies. >> to protect our air crews and to continue as the coalition intends to do, its air campaign unchanged. >> reporter: the incident happened after this, the first meeting between the two sides to discuss air safety. the russians secretly videotaped it all and posted it on youtube. u.s. commanders say they were shocked. carter adamant the u.s. will go no further than technical talks. >> we are not prepared to cooperate in a strategy which has we explained is flawed,
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tragically flawed on the russian's part. >> reporter: russia also launched naval strikes, four warships in the caspian sea, firing 26 missiles and hitting 11 targets, according to moscow. u.s. officials say this was the first time the russians fired this highly accurate missile in combat. pentagon officials believe it is a direct message to them from moscow. we can fire at you from long distanc distances. and in western syria, russia now in ground combat. artillery and rocket launchers pounded targets to back up regime of asaad. as for that missed u.s. air strike, no word yet on whether u.s. war planes were able to
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circle back. barbara star, cnn, the pentagon. russia's increased aggressiveness in syria and the lack of coordination with the u.s.-led coalition has many in washington criticizing moscow's strategy. >> but russian officials say the u.s. has no strategy. >> mr. putin had to go into syria not out of strength but out of weakness, because his client, mr. asaad, was crumbling. >> we heard him saying that russian strategy is mistaken. maybe, but what the american strategy, we cannot understand. >> we are joined from california to talk about this from our cnn intelligence security analyst with extensive, appearance with contacts in syria. the u.s. having learned from iraq is taking this less interventionist approach in syria, but that has allowed russia to fill the power vacuum.
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add into it the talk of this possible technical agreement, russia could be coordinating with the u.s. and the syrian government. what do you make of russia, syria intervention here so far? >> there's a couple things. one is the president is right that the asaad regime was crumbling. the russians couldn't let damascus fall. now there's troops going in. russia is propping up the leader of syria. at the same time, you're right about a vacuum because we've seen essentially nothing in syria or iraq since the islamic state's offensive, and the russians are looking at this as an opportunity. secondly, they're very worried about the existence of caliphate in the middle east. a successful caliphate that holds ground, because russia has a large muslim population. it doesn't need -- it doesn't
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want an islamic state to cause problems in the caucuses, in particular. >> so how long, though, can this really last? as economic can i weak as russia is, it was able to establish an intel sharing policy with iran, iraq, and syria, got quick kremlin approval for intervention and continues to bomb. right or wrong, russia appears to be able to do what it wants in syria. will it last? >> i don't think it's going to last. the pentagon tells me that russia does not have the logistics set up for a heavy lift in that part of the world. they can do a couple air strikes here and there and put some troops on the ground, but they cannot have a sustained engagement in the middle east. and what the russians are also not counting on is the reaction of saudi arabia. for every bomb that russia drops, there's going to be money going into the islamic groups.
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saudi arabia looks as this as an existential threat. they're react by dumping money on the groups. they're not going to care to whom. and this will end up, i'm quite sure it was a quagmire in the russians and could even spread the conflict to iraq as well. >> and in the meantime you hope there's a change of policy somewhere, but at the moment it seeps to be getting more dangerous and the fear of overlap and clashes increases with each day. thank you for joining us from k california. thanks, bob. >> thanks. secretary of state, hillary clinton backs the transpacific partnership and now in a big flip-flop, she says she's changed her mind. the reason, just ahead. [ female announcer ] when you're serious about fighting wrinkles, turn to roc® retinol correxion®. one week, fine lines appear to fade.
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ben carson is refusing to back away from controversial remarks about how he would handle a mass shooting. the republican presidential candidate said if he were in that situation, he would do more to prevent a gunman from going on a killing spree. >> here's what he said less an a week after the mass shooting at the community college in oregon. >> not only would i probably not cooperate with them, i would not just stand there and let him shoot me. i would say everybody attack him. he can't get us all. >> okay. well, now carson is defending against accusations that he was criticizing the oregon victims. listen. >> we're living in a culture now where you have a group of people who just sit there. they don't try to listen to what you're saying. they're just trying to find a
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defect so that they can cause more division. >> and this latest controversy hasn't hit carson. the latest polls show him surging to second place in the republican field in ohio and florida. key battle ground states. and as you can see, donald trump is still number one. and democratic front runner, hillary clinton is now speaking out against the president's landmark trade deal, the transpacific partnership. >> her opposition comes despite advocating for it some 45 times as secretary of state. brianna keeler has more. >> reporter: hillary clinton breaking with president obama and breaking big, opposing his significant trade agreement that she once heralded. >> as of today, i am not in favor of what i have learned about it. i don't believe it's going to meet the high bar i have set. >> reporter: add it to the list
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where she's taken a position against obama. clinton's democratic rivals weighed in on her trade reversal. >> i'm glad she reached that conclusion. that's a conclusion i reached from day one. >> and sharper words from martin o'malley. >> secretary clinton can justify her reversal, but i didn't have one opinion eight months ago and switch it on the eve of debates. >> reporter: a new poll shows clinton ahead of sanders in florida, ohio and pennsylvania, but sanders challenges her in iowa and ohio and the possible biden run threatens siphoning some of her supporters. sounding a lot like a candidate,
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slamming republicans, biden. >> people are depressed, and the message i have for you guys is these guys don't speak for america. >> reporter: as he weighs a candidacy, the draft biden super pac is out with a new tv ad. >> things can change in a heart beat. i know. six weeks after my election, my whole world was altered forever. >> reporter: a senior advisory to the pac. >> the point is to tell a story of joe biden that many people might not know. it's a story of his overcoming personal tragedy and gaining empathy for people who have suffered and it offers an optimistic vision for america. >> reporter: one source close to the vice president says there will be a family conversation this weekend that could determine whether he gets in the race. but his pathway so to the victory is uncertain at beth with the supporters behind
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clinton and sanders. cnn, washington. >> and joining me now is our political analyst, josh rogen. we saw there, a portion of the television advertisement supporters of joe biden released wednesday, focusing on how tragedy has shaped his political career with the loss of his wife and daughter and more recently his adult son, beau. but some analysts have cite s e criticized it. does it strike the right tone and could it signal that he will run. >> it's not coincidence that this ad which was put out by the draft biden movement came one day after it was reported that hillary clinton supported pac, and has started an opposition research campaign to attack his position on several issues. the proxy war between clinton and biden is on. it is happening right now.
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and this is a reflection of this. it also comes one day after there was a report disputed by the biden camp that joe biden himself leaked the information that his dying son had asked him to run for president. so the debate we can see playing out is an indicator of what would happen with biden were to run, but, honestly, it is not an indication that he will or will not run. that decision, according to the best information available, has still not been made. it can only be made by one person, that's joe biden, and he's not showing his cards. >> we may hear something next week. but in the meantime, hillary clinton has been bashing republican would be speaker of the house, kevin mccarthy over his comments over the benghazi committee. he has clarified his comments, but listen to what he said about that. >> let's be very clear.
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benghazi is not political. it was created for one purpose and one purpose only, to find the truth on behalf of the families of the four dead americans, period. >> to josh, given this back and forth, how is this all shaping clinton's bid, do you think? >> well, kevin mccarthy committed a severe unforced error and gave hillary clinton to perfect opportunity to turn a bad narrative, into a plus. it allowed her to put it in the camp of what she calls the vast right wing conspiracy. the benghazi committee is both. they do a lot of work an benghazi and hillary clinton. >> and hillary clinton has been breaking away from president obama on a number of issues. most recently on the trade deal.
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new polls show a lot of support for her right now, but bernie sanders attracting these huge numbers of supporters. how much of a threat is he i can't recollect -- really, to clinton. >> she worked hard to advance the transpacific partnership, so this is the most significant revr reversal for her. nobody i talk to believes sanders can amount the votes or delegates to defeat hillary clinton in the primary, but the fact that she's moving so many of her positions to respond to the outpouring of support for sanders shows that he is having an affect on this race even if he ultimately doesn't make it to the general election. >> josh, a pleasure to talk to you. >> thank you. we've been monitoring events in syria, and we have this
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report into cnn. syria's armed forces chief of staff says government troops are starting, quote, a big attack to liberate areas and towns that have suffered from terrorism. he also says russian air strikes have reduced the fighting capacity of isis and other terror groups. now, this big attack or offensive seems to correspond with a ground offensive that began in idlib and hamah provinces. we'll continue to watch this closely and be back after this. to folks out there whose diabetic nerve pain...
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great again hat is about as famous as the candidate himself, you could say. >> but if his cap is feeling a little old hat, you can make your own version. jeanne moos shows us how. >> reporter: when donald trump starts giving away his famous hats, his people all want it, but some want a different slogan. instead of make america great again, how about make cheese great again. or make america crepes again.
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or make america british again. you too can make your own donald trump hat thanks to this guy, washington post political writer, phillip bump. >> we call it the donald trump hat generator. >> one of bump's colleagues suggested. >> it should have been called who wants to be milliner. >> a milliner, a hat maker. type in your preferred slogan, say make america a joke again, and presto, change-o, you have a new trump hat. he had the idea when he saw phil de blasio showing off his new hot. his slogan, make america fair again. what a thrill it is to sit wearing an original trump hat while generating new hat slogans. one generated for donald's own
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wor words. >> losers, they're losers. >> it's nice when you have something that is sort of weird and it blows up. >> reporter: the slogans range in from catchy to reflections on the hat itself. this hat is blue and black. some suggestions didn't fit. let bill clinton date again exceeded the line limit, but for both the donald and the limit, this hat fits. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. and we'll leave you with that. thanks for your company. i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm errol barnett. early start is next for those of you in the u.s. >> and for everyone else, stay tuned for cnn news room.
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