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now. the long awaited announcement from joe biden could come thkt. -- this weekend. the u.s. vice president is expected to make a decision within three days. >> there is still no word on that what decision will be but joe biden has made it clear his family is on board for a third run for the white house. jim acosta from washington. >> reporter: hillary clinton looked like she was test driving running mates. >> i love being la hillary. >> reporter: earlier in the day at the hispanic chamber of commerce, clinton accused republicans of parroting donald
trump. >> they all to a degree or so sound like him. they just don't have the pizzazz and the hair. >> reporter: her campaign is hammering comments on republican congressman richard hanna, two weeks after kevin mccarthy seemed to suggest that the committee investigating benghazi was designed to hurt clinton. >> i think it was designed to go after an individual, hillary clinton. >> the clinton campaign fired back saying the benghazi committee has zero credibility left. bernie sanders showed off his dance move on the ellen degeneres show. >> you have ever been in handcuffs? >> yes. >> i don't know exactly what you
mean by that. >> have you made your decision yet? is there still an opening for you in the race, sir? >> i'm here to greet president park. i'm at that to you all about that later. >> reporter: the vice president's window of opportunity is closing. >> the las vegas debate, cnn moderated, is an historic moment for hillary clinton. is reminded people why she is good and formidable and lessens the chance that biden could enter. >> the stature he would bring to the race, the minute he got in the race, the entire narrative would change. >> so will he or won't he? we're joined by our senior reporter, dylan baez.
welcome. >> thank you. >> he's making phone calls himself seeing if he should make this run for the white house. has he left it too late? >> yeah, i think most would say the time for entry would be three, four weeks ago. when he started teasing out the landscape whether he should run, hillary clinton had yet to demonstrate he deserved to be the presumptive democratic nominee. in the wake of this debate and the wake of the benghazi accusations losing steam, there's really no reason for joe biden to enter unless he really, really wants it. i think that's the only way you're going to see him get into this race. >> if he really, really wants it and jumps into the race, how does it change the contours, the dynamics of the race?
>> joe biden has to demonstrate why he's there, what he offers that hillary doesn't offer. if people were really impressed by her perforance at the debate, you have to say why you're there. i think he'd say i'm a better steward of obama's legacy, number one. and, number two, i don't come with the backage you come with, the clinton baggage, the e-mail baggage, the benghazi baggage. >> does that mean the race would have to go negative in that case for biden to have an impact? >> it's going to be very hard for it now to go negative because of what bernie sanders did. he came to hillary clinton's defense on the e on the other side of the aisle, the
front-runners are threatening to boycott the next presidential debate. they're not the only candidates unhappy with this. >> there are a number of of candidates go and they also want time for opening and closing statements. but if you satisfy both of those demands, you're looking at less than 90 minutes of an actual debate for at least ten candidates on that stage. so i think cnbc, most of that debate, will give some leeway or another but they can't do both of those things. >> we can't let you go would you kanging that's far more than what jeb bush was able to raise. and again, also good for hillary clinton, who is showing she's raising more money than
absolutely anyone. and then there's donald trump who family and friends aren't releasing any information about the former basketball and tv reality star. >> his estranged wife, khloe kardashian was raced to the hospital. >> she's purchase. >> reporter: before that emergency call to save lamar odom's life, it was an escape.
saturday, the day odom arrives at the love range brothel. >> bob: he did not indicate what he was getting away from, but he was very adamant about no known calls, don't acknowledge that he was here. he just wanted some rest and relaxation. >> reporter: according to ranch employees, odom spent time in the bar. they say he paid $75,000 for the room and herbal viagra. >> something called reload 72-hour strong sexual performance enhancer for men. i mean, this is some sort of
packaged supplement and they said he's taken a bunch of these. >> they were ballparking like maybe maybe ten in two days or something like that. >> that was monday night. they said we'll see you when you get up. he had kind of an open-nded stay. >> the pair returned around 3:15 and find him unresponsive. about 18ments later the first ambulance arrives at the secluded brothel. they bring him to the nearest hospital and then transfer him to the sunrise medical center. his estranged wife, khloe kardashian, rushing to be by his side, followed by her family shown in this photo, odom's own children rushing to visit their father.
two years ago the fda issued a warning about reload, telling consumers this is unregulated, that it essentially has the ingredients at viagra and it can low are blood pressure to throw it in the trash. john, isa. >> according to the manager, odom spent $75,000 on a room and girls. >> the love ranch is about a 90 minute moore.
>> how was his demeanor? >> he was relaxed. he was very comfortable. >> i was sfrchl. >> t.j. says owedem told her she ent wanted to have some fun, including taking sexual enhancement supplements. sold here. >> is this where you would sell the earring en2007 and 17. but have i pulled. this of? >> so for most people you don't do lineup in the suite, you do it here. >> he requested that.
he sat on the couch add the ladies lined up all the way in front of him. i introduced the ladies. >> t.j. says odom hung out in his wife where teej says he played just rp. >> a lot of uncomfortable details in that report. emergency officials are working to zrand bod have been rein f l full. >> more potential flooding in los angeles afternoon. >> karen mcguiness joins us w h
with. >> there are a couple of components to that, john. that is because of the stays is pvlg -- this rain came down so quickly. it wasn't just the mud and sudden rainfall. it was also hail, report of a tornado. and just to the east of interstate 5 in an area right around lake hughes, you can see a first responders that is bringing a young child in off of those dangerous road conditions. all right, what are we expecting in the forecast? we're looking at an area of low pressure that's swirling around southern california. that's still going to be here.
it's not going anywhere. the moisture's in place. come this weekend an area of low pressure is moving in off of alaska. that's going to reinforce this autumn forecast. as we move along southern california, which is essentially in a basin, but we've got the san gabriel mountains and as they rise up, the moisture dumps in it. >> a couple of thunderstorms here and there and in tomorrow's forecast isolated again mostly along the nevada-california border. back to you guys. >> it's appreciated. thank you so much. we'll continue to follow events on the ground here in los angeles and hope it improves.
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hello, everyone. the u.n. security council will meet on friday to discuss the recent wave of violence between palestinians and israeli. >> tensions are high. israelis with gun licenses are being encouraged their firearms in public. all right almost two weeks of world attacks, prr sfwrfrm sfwrrchl sprch sfrchlt right now i'm more aware with my
peripheral vision. >> he served in these special fozs for more than 20 years and now run as company providing weapons training for security guards and ordinary people. >> the civilians that come over here are under a lot of pressure. people want to protect themselves, protect their families. they feel they cannot work without a weapon in the streets because the attack can come from anywhere. >> the israeli government has made it easier for resident to obtain lett injections. but mayor march. >> empty. all sold down? >> sold down. maybe next week maybe. you p we can open it and see if there something --
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swept away. don't get bury a. >> and these checkpoints are one of a series of yes, sir nrngs including the number of police and jerusalemings in -- erin mclaughlin joining us there from jerusalem. we appreciate the update. thanks so much. >> the longest war in u.s. industry will continue on for a little bit longer. president barack obama announced he will keep theerly dom be. >> as the taliban showed their biggest win in years, briefly taking over a city in northern
afghanistan and isis and al qaeda continue expanding their ranks across afghanistan, president obama says the situation is still too dangerous to cut the size of u.s. forces still fighting in the country's longest war. >> the bottom line is in key areas of the country, the security situation is still very fragile. and in some places there's risk of deterioration. >> the administration had thought the u.s. war. is. >> sfchl about that.
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the headlines this hour. the security council plans to meet on friday to discuss the violence. eight israelis have been killed during that month. 34 palestinians have been killed during that time. >> officials and family members are not releasing any information about odom. he was raced to the hospital after he was found unresponsive. >> now, like at this new video.
it shows people waiting for help. and cars and roads are shut down there. the rains came even as the region is seeing a severe drought. >> a new study confirms what doctors have feared -- the deadly ebola virus can still live in survivors after their symptoms have gone away. >> there's one case where the doctors thought she was cured but she relapsed this week. >> reporter: nine months after making what seemed like a full recovery from ebola, colon koco in critical condition. she contracted ebola when she was volunteering end three weeks in isolation before being
declared ebola free. but as pauline's relapse shows, the virus can still linger, a malignant presence in the bodies of survivors who thought they were past the worst. >> for more, we're joined by dr. kaitlin reed, an infectious disease specialist. we're glad you're here to talk about the situation. it's all become very, very muddled, what has happened to this british nurse and thrown into question this issue of long-term immunity if you survived ebola. talk about that and what we're looking at here. >> we still believe that ebola survives do have long-term immunity. what's been realized over the last year or so is there are some ebola survivors who may
have certain parts of their bodies in which ebola can persist for a period of time. these areas like the brain, the eyes the testes, immune logically protected areas. and these areas because they're somewhat separated from the general immune system, they made the and medically evacuated and made a full recovery, no longer had body fluids in his blood, several months later he had virus in the eye. but there was no virus in the veer. so it may be there are certain parts of the body in which eeb
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you're watching cnn newsroom. and thank you for being with us this hour. in a major policy shift, u.s. president barack obama is now abandoning his plan to withdraw most u.s. forces from afghanistan. during his 2008 presidential campaign, he promised to end two wars. in 2011, he removed american combat forces from iraq. but the war in afghanistan is proving more difficult to end. on thursday, the president announced 9800 troops would remain there through the end of 2016. and they all comes on the heels of a new taliban offensive. pentagon correspondent barbara starr has more. >> reporter: as the taliban showed their biggest win in years, briefly taking over a city in northern afghanistan, an isis and al qaeda continue
expanding their ranks across afghanistan, president obama says the situation is still too dangerous to cut the size of u.s. forces still fighting in the country's longest war. >> the bottom line is in key areas of the country, the security situation is still very fragile. and in some places there is risk of deterioration. >> reporter: the administration had sought to end u.s. involvement in the 14-year war that began less than one month after the 9/11 attacks. the plan had been to cut dramatically the number of troops next year.9800 troops wi through most or all of 2016. dropping to
extremists are still operating there. the four-star commander had made clear he was not ready for a quick drawdown. >> in your professional military judgment, conditions on the ground would require some revision of the withdrawal plan? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: some republican presidential candidates want more troops. president obama's decision not the final word. >> i suspect that we will continue to evaluate this going forward as will the next president. and as conditions improve, we'll be in a position to make further
adjustments. >> reporter: the nation's longest war not over yet, and a lot of concern that isis is now digging in afghanistan. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> we want to talk more about it with cnn military analyst rick francona. he is live for us in oregon. was it the decision he had to make, even if he didn't want to? >> yeah, i think that's exactly right. he did not want to make this decision. this goes exactly against what he has been saying all along. he really wanted to end this before his term was up. but i think, and i give the president kudos for making the right decision. the security situation is such that we have to keep american forces there. i am concerned about the numbers. he is still going to draw down from 9800 to 5500 that really is
razor-thin. considering he wants to deploy them to four operating base, that really doesn't give you much force in the training, advise and assist. i'm talking about the training mission now. >> right. and another reason perhaps he did this change in leadership in afghanistan, he can work with these leaders a little bit more than previously. what would possibly have happened if all the u.s. would exactly the rise.
an you can see they're now checking identifications. they have been searching bags. younger palestinian men, they have been asking them to lift up their shirts to make sure they're not carrying any sort of weapons. this measure is in addition to a series of measures that have been introduced by israeli authorities, including increased police presence. throughout israel. as well as increased security guards at transportation centers. some israelis, though, say it is simply not enough to stop the bloodshed. they want to see the prime minister do even more. >> and also, erin, these random unpredictable attacks, though,
they have stumped israeli police and authorities. have they come up with any link between these attackers, these lone wolves, as you called them, and organized groups? >> well, at the moment, israeli officials are blaming the palestinian leadership for inciting violence. they're pointing to social media. they're saying that groups such as fatah and hamas have been producing or distributing on the internet these highly produced films that they say are inspiring palestinians to create their own videos as well as go out and carry out the attacks. palestinian leadership for their part pointing to the israelis for inciting violence. but i also want to talk to you about another incident that happened overnight in the west bank in nablus, the holy site of joseph's tomb. it's a site that is under the palestinian authority control. the israeli military says that overnight, tens of palestinians
set ablaze to joseph's tomb. palestinian authority dispersed the crowd as well as extinguished the fire. but this has been settlers this morning waking up very upset. and they're calling on the israeli military to go in to the site once again. so things, the situation in the west bank is incredibly tense at the moment. there have been calls from palestinians for more protests there today. and people are on edge, bracing for the possibility of more violence. >> yes, it's a 9:00 in the morning there. we'll wait and see what this day brings. erin mclaughlin for us, thank you so much. well, now we turn to syria, where russia is launching as many air strikes in within day as the u.s.-led coalition is carrying out in a month. and the pentagon says iran has deployed as many as one thousand ground forces in the country. cnn's elise labat reports. worn it is turning a
u.s.-russian proxy war. >> reporter: russian fighter jets continue to pound targets in syria, with 32 air strikes in the last 24 hours against what moscow called terrorists. but those targets largely in rebel-held territories in northwest syria. another sign the u.s. says russia's stated campaign against isis is more about propping up syrian leader bashar al assad. >> the vast majority of targets continue to be opposition groups, and not in fact isil. >> reporter: in russia's first overseas military campaign since the fall of the soviet union, putin is showcasing his global reach, with new aircraft and sea-based cruise missiles. russia air strikes supporting the advance of sirenian ground troops, designed to sho ed ted .
to avoid clashes with israeli jets flying over syria. all attempts to paint a picture of russia's global dominance. in kazakhstan for talks, he contrasted u.s. policy as feckless. >> the weakness of the american position in this case comes from the lack of any agenda. i do not quite understand how our american partners could criticize russia's actions to fight terrorism in syria when they reject dialogue on major issue of political settlement. >> reporter: but washington is only interested in pilot safety talks, or plans to defeat isis, not cooperation that could bolster assad. >> they can join in supporting a plan to drive daesh back and create room for a more unifying set of syrian leaders, or they can invest their arms and prestige on behalf of a dictator. >> reporter: while putin may seem to have the advantage now, u.s. officials predict moscow will soon find itself bogged down in syria. >> it means that the u.s. is basically saying okay, you know
what? russia, iran, they want a proxy war, we'll give them a proxy war. and we're going to bleed them. >> for more on russia's involvement in syria, we want to bring in jill dougherty. she is a research were the international center for defense and security, and cnn's former moscow bureau chief. good to see you, jill. thanks for being with us. >> hey, natalie. >> i want to start with your thoughts on if are we seeing a u.s.-russian proxy war, as elise just reported? >> you know, i think it's a proxy war on many different levels. it's the united states. it's russia. turkey is involved in trying to hit the pkk. the saudis are arming people. the qataris a arming people. this is really really very complex. that's the danger for everybody who is involved in this. just to update you on what is happening at least as well as we can see it from here in moscow,
essentially the russian air force has been flying a very large number of sorties. the other day was 88. now it's down to 33. the ground operation by the syrian forces apparently is beginning. these are all reports not necessarily confirmed. but it appears to be what is going on. and then iranian forces are joining that. and as we already know, the iranian forces have been bivouacked at the airport where the russian air force is near latakia. so this is the idea always was that the russian air force would come in, begin the bombing, and then the ground troops would come in. now how all of this is going to work out, and what the affect will be is a bit unclear. but at the same time that you have, you know, this situation in syria where there is a danger of planes crashing and having
international incidents coming from that, you already have the israelis and the americans talking to the russians to avoid that. going beyond it, as elise said in her package, going beyond that to a broader cooperation between the united states and russia simply at this point is not going to happen because the united states will not join in with the russians on anything broader. >> and jill, so what you were saying about the ground forces that are coming in. it speaks to what some have been saying that it is russia that could be the game changer here. russia's involvement much more extensive than the u.s. could help halt this war. >> well, yes. on two sides. i mean they -- they're obviously rescuing the syrian forces from being defeated. i mean, that is one of the main reasons that russia went in when it did go in. because the syrian forces were
in deep trouble. so russia comes in to rescue them. but now president putin does say that the objective ultimately is to move to some type of a political solution. and that's where it get morse complicated. what will happen if assad is saved from going down, then can russia get assad to come to the table and really discuss realistically some type of peaceful negotiated settlement. >> certainly hope that is the case. jill dougherty for us live in moscow. thank you. joe biden's long-awaited decision. what we're hearing from top officials on whether the u.s. vice president will run for the nation's top job. we'll have that ahead here on "newsroom." talk asset allocatio. sure. you seem knowledgeable, professional. would you trust me as your financial advisor? i would. i would indeed. well, let's be clear here. i'm actually a dj. [ dance music plays ] [laughs] no way! i have no financial experience at all.
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closing statements. trump took to twitter thursday to protest. he said the gop should not agree to the ridiculous debate terms that cnbc is asking unless there is a major benefit to the party. cnbc is pushing the gop around by asking for extra time and no criteria and order to sell more commercials. cnbc responded saying in part that they will take the candidates' views into consideration. well, we could find out this weekend whether u.s. vice president joe biden will run for the white house. sources say biden has been making calls to strategists on how, not whether, to launch a campaign. a senior democratic official says some other democrats are growing impatient about biden's independent decision. another top democrat says his family is on board with the 2016 run. we're waiting. jim la costa has more on biden's potential run and where democratic candidates hillary clinton and bernie sanders are on their campaign trails.
♪ >> reporter: hillary clinton looked like she was test driving running mates, snagging the endorsement of rising democratic star and possible vice presidential pick housing secretary julian castro. >> i love being like hillary. >> reporter: earlier at the hispanic chamber of commerce, on a crucial issue for latino voter, immigration. >> they all to a degree or so sound like him. they just don't have the pizazz and the hair. >> reporter: her campaign is also hammering the gob over comments made by republican congressman richard han. that two weeks after kevin mccarthy seemed to suggest that the committee investigating benghazi was designed to damage clinton. and on the heels of whistle-blower major bradley podliska's claims to jake tap they're the committee is out to get her. >> i think there is a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people.
and individuals, hillary clinton. >> reporter: the clinton campaign fired back, saying the benghazi inquiry has zero credibility left. aiming for a different kind of credibility, clinton's rival bernie sanders showed off his dance moves on the ellen degeneres show. >> have you ever been in handcuffs? >> yes. i don't know exactly what you mean by that. >> all right. >> reporter: joe biden was doing some tap dancing of his own, avoiding questions once again about whether he will run for president. >> have you made your decision yet? is there still an opening for you in the race, sir? >> i'm here to greet president park. i'll talk to you all about that later. >> reporter: heeding the conventional wisdom in washington, the vice president's window of opportunity is closing. >> the las vegas debate cnn moderate sad historic moment for hillary clinton. it reminded people why she is good and formidable. and i think it lessens the
chances that biden could enter. >> how you? >> reporter: but biden supporters argue there is still space for the vice president to join the race. >> the stature he would bring to the race, the minute he brought in the race, the entire narrative would change. we start talking about the first debate in iowa in november. other news now, former nba player and reality tv star lamar odom's medical condition remains unclear this hour. officials and family members are not releasing any new information. odom was rushed to a las vegas hospital after he was found unresponsive at a brothel in nevada tuesday. but his family is publicly expressing gratitude. in a statement, his daughter and son said thanks for your outpouring of prayers and support for our dad. we are here with our family and friends. we appreciate everyone respecting our privacy at this time. we ask for your continued prayers. meantime, the general manager of the brothel is speaking out about odom's condition before he
was rushed to the hospital. >> he was on his back. he had foam coming out of his mouth and a little blood coming out of his nose. and i got him rolled over on his right side. and he did have a bunch of fluid come out of his mouth. but i knew from previous experience that i had to get him on his side. >> employees at the brothel say odom used cocaine and sexual enhancement supplements before he became unresponsive. cnn's elizabeth cohen looked into what some researchers have discovered about those legal but loosely regulated supplements. >> reporter: it's available nearly everywhere -- gas station, sex shops, and all over the internet with dozens of brands. it's called herbal viagra, but it's not real viagra. the food and drug administration has warned about some of the
products. stiff knights, king of romance, rhino blitz. in studies funded by pfizer which makes viagra, dr. irwin goldstein investigated 5 different brands to see what they contained. >> it was unbelievable are what we found from rat poison to commercial paint to heavy metals. to even drugs that did other things. we found drugs that lowered blood sugar. it just goes to show you the quality of the manufacturing of these is extremely poor. >> reporter: and it's big business. >> unfortunately, a lot of these folks are based overseas. and set up fly-by-night operations. >> reporter: the supplement industry is not as tightly regulated as the drug industry. the fda found these supplements often contain undeclared ingredient, the same ingredient found in viagra. in large dose, it may dangerously lower blood pressure. >> people want this stuff. people don't really care about the warnings when they're faced with the inevitability that they're going to have sexual activity and they may not be
good performers. >> reporter: so does it work? maybe if it contains enough viagra and the placebo effect can be huge. it might work just because a man thinks it works. elizabeth cohen reporting for us there. one other note. a study in the "new england journal of medicine" found about 800 people in the u.s. end up in the emergency room every year from complications due to sexual enhancement products. coming next here, drivers stranded, cars half buried near los angeles. we'll tell you why this weather threat continues. that's next.
and welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm natalie allen. here are our top stories. u.s. president barack obama says he will leave around 9800 american troops in afghanistan until late next year. he says the threat from terror groups like isis and the taliban and appeals from the afghan government contributed to his decision. oscar pistorius will leave prison after serving just one year of a five-year sentence. a parole board is putting south africa's blade runner under house arrest starting next tuesday for the next four years. the former olympian was sentenced last year for the culpable homicide for the murder of his girlfriend model reeva steenkamp in 2014. bulgarian border guards have shot and killed a migrant near the country's board were turkey. reuters cites the bulgarian interior ministry who says the man was traveling with refugees from afghanistan. a spokesman says he was killed
by a bullet that ricocheted. well, many desperate afghans are among the migrants who are currently flooding into europe. our nic robertson met face-to-face with one man who has been smuggling afghans out of their country for a while. and as nic tells us in his exclusive report, passage is risky and comes at a high price. >> reporter: i'm meeting a people smuggler. how many people have you taken to europe? 1500 to germany in the past six months, he tells me, the most popular destination. we can't show his face because what he does is illegal. >> translator: we take people to germany in three different routes. by sea for $7,000. by road and foot for $9,000. and we take people by air for $20,000. >> reporter: top dollar he tells me bias black market visa and direct flights. anything less could cost your life.
>> translator: we have had our clients injured and even killed along the journey. 15 days ago 70 people were caught by iranians and deported from the turkish border which included 15 of my clients. but there are plenty here who are ready to take the risk. before dawn, the line outside kabul's passport office stretches several blocks. people worried about the faltering economy. worried about war. getting a passport has never been so popular. people here say these lines never so long. precisely how many plan to flee is hard to nail down. but early estimates this year already say the number of afghans arriving in europe is second only to the number of syrians. and how they get there starts right here. omar sabol runs the passport office. how many people are applying for passports every day?
>> every day more than 7,000 or 6,000 people. >> reporter: none here are ready to admit theory plans. but saboor knows many will leave. he tells me since europe opened its doors to refugees, we've seen a direct increase in the number of people applying for passports. to the smuggler, each passport holder is a business opportunity. >> translator: they leave their money with a trusted person. for instance, a money dealer. as soon as the person reaches his destination, then he calls the money dealer to give us the money. >> reporter: but as he explains, if the person doesn't get through, he still gets paid. . >> translator: a rule is we try three times. but if a person can't reach his destination after three attempt, he has to pay us. >> reporter: the surest certainty it seems smugglers always win. nic robertson, cnn, kabul, afghanistan.
we want to show you the scene now in california. emergency officials are working to rescue drivers stranded in a mudslide north of l.a. cars and trucks are half buried there. this video shows a child being rescued. many other people have been waiting for help as well. a major interstate has been partially shut down. traffic is backed up. look at this. they're stuck in the mud. this heavy rainfall came as the region, of course, suffers a severe drought. more flooding is possible across southwest california on friday afternoon. and our meteorologist karen maginnis is following this. if they dent get it or they get too much and stuff like that. >> it was all in one area. and there were a couple of contributing factors. one was the topography. also because it's a drought. the ground is very hard-packed and the rain kind of runs off.
the other is they did see some limited rainfall in some areas. and so much more in others. they saw between 3 and 5 inches. but in some of these areas, there were burn areas. and as you well know, when that area gets scarred by the fires, then all that rainfall just rolls off as well. >> it's complex in california. >> it really is. this is in the san gabriel mountains. let's show you some of the other pictures we do have from that region. there were rescues. they were saying about 100 cars were stuck across this region. and a big weather system that is impacting this area has really been stuck in one place. it hasn't really moved very much. but it's still going to move around this area. it's not going to be a drought buster. but most of that moisture is going to funnel on in towards the california-nevada border. and a big storm that is kind of winding up. there in the gulf of alaska. and that's going to be a big change coming up in the northwest. that dramatically pushes us more
towards kind of an autumn pattern. here are the san gabriel mountains. this was along interstate 5, the mayor artery that leads out of southern california. most of the moisture was hung up right around the mountains. so if you were traveling along i-5, and then to the east of i-5. now this is a heavily populated corridor of california. you don't really see any there in the l.a. basin. it is mostly more towards the north. rainfall totals between 3 and 5 inches depending on where you were. coming up for tomorrow, we're looking at this right along the california-nevada border. so there is going to be moisture around. but as i mentioned before, it's not going to be a drought buster, but they're already saying flash flood watches out for still some portions of l.a. county, and a little bit further towards the north. we might see a little bit more significant rainfall as we head towards the reno area. >> all right. we'll keep our eye on it. karen, thank you. well, about 800 million
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october 16th is world food day. reminding us that in a world of plenty, so many live with chronic hunger. the world food program estimates some 800 million don't get enough to lead a normal life. poor nutrition is to blame for the deaths of more than three million children every year. this map shows the hardest hit donees are in africa, the worst being the central african republic. the red shows nations where more than a third of the population is undernourished. those in orange highlight a starving population between 25 and 35%. and the problem is made so much worse because many of the poorest parmers don't have the
proper tools or know how to keep their lives sustainable. you add poor soil and seed supply to that list, and it's hard to imagine how it can change. well, it is. that's where organizations such as alliance future green revolution step in. the aim, help millions of small scale farmer, especially women, to reduce hunger and poverty. >> people tell me africa is a continent of tomorrow. to me this seems a lot like yesterday. but it doesn't have to be this way. she learned how to plant the right kind of peas. these new pigeon peas are drought resistant. they prevent erosion and they fetch a higher price than ordinary beans. and tura here learned how to use fertilizer just where it's needed. these people are crop scientists, looking for ways to make seeds disease-resistant.
and using mobile phone technology, farmers like sabina can form cooperatives to fetch the higher price. >> joining me now is dr. agnes kalibata, president of the alanes future a green revolution in africa. we're also welcoming alex reed from the bill and melinda gates foundation. she is with the nutrition and communications program. both are live via skype from milan. thank you both for joining us. alex, i want to begin with you because this is world food day. tell us why we need a world food day. why the bill and melinda gates foundation is interested in that. i know it has something to do with the fact that there will be 9 billion people to feed starting in 2050. >> that's right. world food day is an incredible opportunity to celebrate some of the progress we have seen. some amazing progress over the last 15 years in reducing hunger and malnutrition around the world. but it's also a moment for us to think about what we need to do next.
what we as individuals, what governments, what the private sector can do. because it's not acceptable that still in the age of plenty there are 800 million people that still go to bed hungry every single night. we're here to encourage everyone to think about what that means to them and what they can do about it. but also to make sure that we put agricultural and particularly agricultural and how we can help farmers in the poorest parts of the world make sure that their needs are at the top of the global agenda. >> all right. let's turn to dr. kalibata. you're working in mozambique, uganda, tanzania. you're seeing tons of success. tell us the factors that prohibit farmers in these rural areas from being able to do better and produce. >> so the kind of success that we are seeing that are extremely happy about is in the last ten
years alone, we see that 18 countries in africa have managed to actually cut hunger by 50%. we are seeing more countries being investing their own resources in the agriculture and interested in ensuring that the farmer have access to seeds, to fertilizer, the things that they need to increase productivity. so success is there. a loot more needs to be done. we need to make sure that this success is not a few islands here and there, that more farmers in africa have access to new technologies, the seeds. that they have access to better fertilizers, that they have access to markets. so we need to see this. and then we won't be talking about still 250 million people that will still go to bed hungry. one in every 500 children are still malnourished. these are very high numbers.
yes, the success. we have seen it. well can do it. we still have a lot more to do. >> right. you're saying access to markets, to water, to seeds, to fertilization, they just have to have the skills. you're making breakthroughs. we know also that female farmers don't get to move as much as male farmers because of social and cultural issues. alex, can you speak to is that? >> sure. in empowering women farmers is one of the most important things we can do to reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition around the world. it's something at the gates foundation and our partners like agra are focusing on. we know if we help women farmers, we may give them access to better seeds, better quality seeds, give them access to information about how they can grow food that is more productive, that is more nutritious for their families. but also ensuring they have access to a market that allows
them to sell for a good price. we know those things will make a difference for reducing poverty, for allowing people to have the ability to feed their families. and that's why we're focusing on that and that's why we're here today on world food day to really support agriculture. >> well, we know that you're making tremendous gains. well want the thank you both. you'll have climate change to deal with as you move towards your goal in five years to reduce food insecurity by 50% in at least 20 countries. and we wish you both much success. we know how important this is to the world. thank you alex reed and agnes kalibata. we much appreciate it. the former canadian ambassador to iran who hid six americans during the 1979 hostage crisis has died from cancer. ken taylor was praised as a hero for sheltering the u.s. diplomats at the canadian embassy residents in tehran for three months after militants overran the u.s. embassy. he helped the americans by
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boxing is the latest fitness craze in hong kong, with the fighters trading jabs and upper cuts aren't the kind of people you might expect. cnn money's sophia yuan who you see behind me tells us more about white collar boxing. >> reporter: the lights are flashing. the drinks are flowing. and then the punches go flying. this might look and feel like a professional boxing match, but by day, these fighters all work as bankers. this is hong kong's annual hedge fund fight night, a white collar
boxing event that takes the city's financiers out of the office and into the ring. steve, the ginger ninja friel works for a manager in hong kong. once he leaves the office he heads straight pour the gym where the suit comes off and the gloves come on. he has been training since may, gearing up for his first fight after signing up on a whim to whip himself back into shape. >> the first month was probably the hardest. some people got progressively better. some people didn't turn up after the first one. >> reporter: but a couple bruises and even a black eye couldn't keep friel away. >> i was pumped every time. it's a big endorphin kick every time. even if you get hit in the fifth face. it gets you fit, keeps you motive and gets perpetually harder. >> have you noticed changes in your body? >> lost my big belly. and i stopped drinking about
three months ago. xcel spreadsheets don't look so complicated at any point of the day. >> reporter: tonight he is in the blue corner with just six minutes to pulverize his opponent. >> it's a little more relentless than a training. he threw a lot of punches which is really good. i thought i could get away from him. i couldn't get away from him. i'm going to go and drink a beer with my gloves on. >> reporter: he went home with the silver. but win or lose, he is going to keep on boxing even after the final fight. the event organizer says he sees people like friel every year get completely addicted to boxing. >> the kind of person who comes to hong kong, they come here quite motivated and driven and have a sense of purpose in their career to try something which is out of the ordinary. >> reporter: the city's bankers are crazy for boxing. and so is the audience. you just can't argue with a full
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a holy site is set on fire in the west bank as violence escalates between israelis and palestinians. lamar odom fights for his life. we'll have the latest on the former nba player's condition. and the high cost of freedom. an exclusive interview with a man smuggling people into europe. and hello and welcome to our viewer here is in the united states and around the world. we'll also have the tale of migrants who stowed away in a truck. and guess what else was being transported in that truck. a polar bear. we'll tell you how that turned out. it's all ahead here on "cnn newsroom."
and thank you for joining us. i'm natalie allen. we begin in israel. more violence there after a group of palestinians set a sacred tomb on fire. this as the u.n. council will meet to discuss this recent wave of violence between israelis and palestinians. cnn's erin mclaughlin joins us now live from jerusalem. and erin, we'll talk about that fire in just a moment. but first of all, you're there at a checkpoint. why don't you tell what's is happening there. >> hi, natalie. i'm here outside a checkpoint in the palestinian neighborhood in east jerusalem. you can see a heavy security presence behind me. they're checking cars. they're also checking pedestrians, trying to walk down this road. they're checking their ids. they're checking their bags, asking questions, where are they going, how long they plan on staying there and when they plan to come back. this is the road to the holy site known to jews as the temple
mount or muslims as the noble sanctuary. palestinians reacting in anger to the security measure. they saw they're humiliating. they say they're a form of collective punishment. but israeli officials say they're necessary in light of the wave of recent stabbing attacks that have plagued jerusalem of late. they have deployed not only these checkpoints, but a number of other security measures, more police officers in the street, not just in jerusalem, but in cities throughout israel. more security guards guarding public transportation points. and some israelis say the measures quite simply aren't enough. according to a recent poll was published in a newspaper this morning. 67% responded saying they didn't think -- they didn't agree with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu's handling of the security situation. many people, many israelis say they want to see even more measures taken. >> right. because these attacks are random. come out of nowhere. it's hard to guard against them.
let's talk about the torching of the holy site overnight. what can you tell us? >> yeah, the fire happened in nablus in the west bank, a place called joseph's tomb, where joseph is believed to be buried. it's a holy site in judaism. it's guarded by the palestinian authority. according to israeli military, overnight palestinians set ablaze to the site. israeli military, settlers reacting in outrage to this. this is a site that is very important to the settlers. israeli military escorts them to the site at night to pray. and the israeli military does not, though, have a permanent presence at this site.
during the second intifada, there was an incident where an israeli border police officer was killed, a very traumatic incident for israelis. and ever since then the israeli military has not had a permanent presence. but in the wake of last night's fire, now israeli settler, we're hearing from them saying they want that permanent military presence to return. the israeli military for their part are saying that they vow to bring the perpetrators to justice. and they also say that they vow to rebuild the tomb. >> all right, erin mclaughlin for us live if there in jerusalem. 10:00 in the morning. thank you. in light of the recent stabbings, israeli officials are encouraging licensed gunowners to carry their firearms in public. ben wedeman has more about that. >> reporter: almost two weeks of lone wolf attacks and once again jerusalem is on edge. daly city residents either witness scenes like these or see
them on tv. for those who lived through previous waves of violence, there is a sense of deja vu. >> i remember riding on the buses then, and it's a similar feeling as now. it's almost like we're looking like this around us more. not knowing if that really would help, but just more conscientious of when we're walking, when we're talking, like right now i'm more away with my peripheral vision. >> reporter: sharon gatz served in the special forces for years and now runs a company offering training for security guards and ordinary people. >> the civilians that come over here are under a lot of pressure. people want to protect themselves, protect their families. they feel they cannot walk without a weapon in the streets because the attack can come from anywhere. >> reporter: the israeli government has made it easier for citizens to obtain weapons' licenses.
less lethal, but they're selling out. do you have any pepper spray? >> no, i don't have. empty. >> sold out? >> maybe next week. maybe. you can open it and you can something attack you. >> reporter: spiky? >> it's self-defense tool. it's good for a woman, for girls. it's shaped and still easy to use with this. >> reporter: such things may help adults, but the sense of vulnerability, especially for the young, is more difficult to address. >> yes, acknowledge that it is scary. it is scary. i'm scared. you're scared. we're all scared. but we don't let that fear paralyze us. >> reporter: psychologist naomi baum has been treating trauma victims for almost 20 years. her advice to parents -- >> try to keep routine as much
as possible. regular meal times, regular bedtimes, reading books, doing all the things that you do with your children within your level of comfort. >> reporter: a level of comfort that falls with every new attack. ben wiedeman, cnn, jerusalem. >> israeli prime minister blames palestinian leaders for encouraging the violence. he claims he is ready for peace talks, but his counterparts are not. >> i think we should stop immediately this wave, this wave of incitement against israel and these attacks, murderous attacks against jews. the point of my statement is simple. i'm willing to meet him. he is not willing to meet me. and you ask me about the resumption of negotiations? come on. get with the program. these people don't want negotiations and they're inciting for violence. >> earlier we spoke with chief
palestinian negotiator erekat. he said he warned israeli officials this wave of violence was copping and they did nothing. >> two months ago i approached the israeli prime minister. i tell him i see blood is coming. please, let's walk together. let's restore help. don't kill the palestinians and israelis. we should save lives. that's what this is all about. unfortunately, they chose not to listen to this. they chose their t language of dicktation and such activity. and you are absolutely right. mr. benjamin netanyahu, people like me are irrelevant. people like me are not listening to me anymore. for 20 years i've been promising those generation, those who are on the streets today who are born after oslo in 1993, i have told them so many times that through peace, avoid the violence, we shall bring peace and dignity. and i failed. and when this thing happen, they just start offering more military solution.
>> the palestinian health ministry reports 34 palestinians have been killed this month in clashes with israeli forces. israeli officials say eight israelis have been killed and dozens more wounded since the violence began. well, the longest war in u.s. history will go on a little longer. president barack obama announced thursday he will keep nearly 10,000 american troops in afghanistan until late next year. mr. obama says the formal combat mission there has ended, but the job isn't done. nick paton walsh filed this report late thursday. >> reporter: two key elements about barack obama's announcement today. one, that the current level of troops in afghanistan, 9,800 will be sustained pretty much until he leaves power. they'll probably be reduced half by number. but at the end of the day, that decision will probably fall in the lap of his successor. the troops that remain there
will be in kandahar, jalalabad, spread around the country. they're aim supporting forces and the counter terror mission. but it was remarkable to hear barack obama. security forces were ready for him to stand in front of america and say actually they weren't. but that had long been the contention since 2011 when he first announced that the tide of war is receding, and began the drawdown of the surge that afghanistan troops and police would take up the gap left by departing american soldiers. barack obama here, perhaps wanting his legacy initially to be taking america way from its two long unpopular wars in iraq and afghanistan. now finding that iraq, plagued by isis and massive collapse frankly as a country, afghanistan risking that too. decided his legacy had to be potentially protecting what is left of the u.s. presence in
afghanistan and bolstering the government there. a significant statement, one that says america's longest war is simply going to get longer. and one really that puts little faith in the american bid to try to arm foreign militaries and sustain their ability to hold security. but troubled times ahead now for afghanistan. slightly mitigated by this american commitment. but one that certainly won't overnight change things on the ground. nick paton walsh, cnn, istanbul. i spoke last hour with cnn military analyst lieutenant colonel rick francona, and i asked him if this was a decision mr. obama had to make, even though he might not have wanted to. >> he really wanted to end this before his term was up. but i think, and i give the president kudos for making the right decision. the security situation is such that we have to keep american forces there. i am concerned about the numbers. he is still going to draw down from 9800 to 5500 that really is razor-thin. considering he wants to deploy
them to four operating bases, that really doesn't give you much force in the training, advise and assist. >> we'll turn to syria now. russia launching as many air strikes in syria in one day as the u.s.-led coalition is carrying thought a month. the russian defense ministry says it flew 32 sorties in the patz 24 hours, hitting an isis command center near aleppo and other targets. iran has deployed as many as one thousand ground forces in syria. for more, let's bring in jill dougherty in moscow. she is a research were the international center for defense and security. hello again, jill. it seems that russia's sudden arrival in this war has already caused changes on the ground. >> yes, it has. and that i think is what is going on. you know, you now have reports
of this ground operation by the syrian forces. also the iranians joining in. and the russian air force kind of pulling back a little bit to reassess how the battle lines have changed, that line of contact has changed. so in contrast to a couple of days ago when they were carrying out let's say 88 in one day, now they're down to about 32, 33. and natalie, just a few minutes ago we did see some quotes coming from the russian media from president putin, who is on a visit to kazakhstan. and he was talking about syria. he did make a point, which is made many times before, which is the operation that russia is carrying out is legal, and that it was done at the request of the syrian president assad. he said that the operations specifically using cruise missiles from the caspian sea was at the request of the president. it was legitimate. and he said hundreds of
terrorists were killed and weaponry was destroyed. he also, as he has done before, called upon others to join a coalition, a broader coalition to fight terrorism, as he put it. and he also had some interesting statistics. he said that between 5,000 and 7,000 fighters who are on the side of the terrorists are from russia or the former soviet union. so that is another indication of one of the reasons that russia says that it wants to attack the terrorists is because it has a number. now we know 5,000 to 7,000, according to the president, who are fighting on the side of the terrorists in syria. >> and how, jill, how does vladimir putin want this to end? >> well, i think, you know, you have short-term and long-term. short-term they hope that these military operations turn the tide, and that they really save
the syrian troops from defeat at the hands of terrorists/opposition/isil, a variety of different troops. so that's number one. number two is that russia is there at the table as an indispensable part of whatever comes next, that its voice is heard, and that it has a role there. and that would be if there is some sort of political settlement, which everyone says they want, that russia would have a significant voice in that. obviously, it's had a long-term, 40-year relationship with the assad family. but they're not necessarily saying that this is because of the assads. in fact, the assads per se are not really the issue. it's russia's influence, and also the port it has now of course and has for a number of years, the warm water port of tartous for its navy. and it also has been working out
of that air base near latakia, which is very big now. and that's in fact where the iranians have joined them. so it's long-term-short-term. and but russia really wants is influence in syria to be maintained. >> jill dougherty live for us from moscow. thank you, jill. well, will he or won't he? we've been asking that for quite some time. we'll have new information on whether joe biden, the vip, will run for president, when we come back. plus, it appears former nba player lamar odom spent an incredible amount of money at a nevada brothel in the days before he collapsed. we'll have new information coming up as well. hey, you forgot the milk!
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growing impatient about biden's indecision. another top democrat says his family is on board with him making a run for the presidency. well, if he does decide to run, biden has some catching up to do. democratic candidates hillary clinton and bernie sanders have been busy rallying support. clinton spent time visiting with latino voters. bernie sanders spent time on daytime talk show in l.a. here is jim acosta with that. >> reporter: feeling some confidence, hillary clinton looked like she was test driving running mates, snagging the endorsement of rising democratic star and possible presidential pick housing secretary julian castro. >> i love being la hillary. >> reporter: earlier at the hispanic chamber of commerce, on a crucial issue for latino voter, immigration. >> they all to a degree or so sound like him.
they just don't have the pizazz and the hair. >> reporter: her campaign is also hammering the gop over comments made by republican congressman richard hannah. that two weeks after kevin mccarthy seemed to suggest that the committee investigating benghazi was designed to damage clinton. and on the heels of whistle-blower major bradley podliska's claims to cnn's jake tapper that the committee is out to get her. >> i think there is a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people. and individuals, hillary clinton. >> reporter: the clinton campaign fired back, saying the benghazi inquiry has zero credibility left. aiming for a different kind of credibility, clinton's rival bernie sanders showed off his dance moves on the ellen degeneres show. >> have you ever been in handcuffs? >> yes. i don't know exactly what you mean by that. >> all right. >> reporter: joe biden was doing some tap dancing of his own, avoiding questions once again about whether he will run for president. >> have you made your decision yet? is there still an opening for you in the race, sir?
>> i'm here to greet president park. i'll talk to you all about that later. >> reporter: heeding the conventional wisdom in washington, the vice president's window of opportunity is closing. >> the las vegas debate cnn moderated is a historic moment for hillary clinton. it reminded people why she is good and formidable. and i think it lessens the chances that biden could enter. >> hey, how are you? >> reporter: but biden supporters argue there is still space for the vice president to join the race. >> the stature he would bring to the race, the minute he brought in the race, the entire narrative would change. we start talking about the first debate in iowa in november. >> jim acosta, cnn, washington. family and friends of lamar odom are keeping quiet about the medical condition of the former basketball and reality tv star. but they are thanking fans for their support and asking for prayers. odom was rushed to a hospital in
las vegas tuesday after he was found unconscious at a brothel in nevada. the love ranch, as the brothel is called, operates legally under state law. and odom's visit there wasn't cheap. as cnn's randi kaye found out when she paid a visit. >> reporter: the love ranch in crystal, nevada is about a 90-minute drive from las vegas. tj moore is the general manager, and was one of the people who tried to save lamar odom. so this is the bedroom where lamar odom would have been staying? >> this is the bedroom where he stayed. >> reporter: she took sexual abuse the vip suite where odom stayed, the owner's suite reserved for special guests. the rate is at least ten grand a night. odom spent about $75,000 here before they found him unconscious. how did he look to you? >> he was on his back. he had foam coming out of his mouth, and a little blood copping out of his nose. and i got him rolled over on his right side. and he did have a bunch of fluid come out of his mouth.
but i knew from previous experience that i had to get him on his side. >> reporter: so he would have been -- was he on this side of the bed? >> he was on this side of the bed. and i was letting him know it was t.j. >> reporter: t.j. had driven odom to the ranch on saturday. what did you guys talk about? >> about everything but a brothel. we talked. he told me about his life. told me about a lot of the sadness, losing his mom at an early age, being raised by husband grandmother. we talked about baseball, because i'm a baseball fan. >> how was his demeanor? >> he was relaxed. he was very comfortable. i was really surprised, because he was so easy to talk to. it felt like -- it felt like i had known him for a long time. >> reporter: t.j. says odom told her he wanted to have some fun. that fun she says included taking sexual enhancement supplements, sold here in this souvenir case. is this where you would also
sell and the ranch sells the herbal viagras? >> yes. this is where we had it. and they were actually good until 2016 and '17. but i have pulled them from the case. >> reporter: turns out cnn has learned it is neither herbal nor viagra. back in his vip suite, odom picked out the women he wanted. so for most people you don't do the lineup in the actual suite. but for him you did the lineup in here? >> for him that was his preference. >> so he requested that. >> yes. >> he sat on the couch? >> he sat on the couch and the ladies lined up right here all the way across in front of him. i introduced the ladies. i said this is lamar, ladies. please introduce yourselves. >> reporter: t.j. says odom hung out in his suite with two women that he chose. but also in the love ranch's bar, where t.j. says he played youtube videos and talked. and some time after leaving that bar, lamar odom collapsed in his room. randi kaye, cnn, crystal, nevada.
>> you're watching "cnn newsroom" as we push on here, refugees smuggled for profit. coming up, the story of an afghan smuggler who demands a high price for a risky passage to europe. plus, a nurse suffers a frightening relapse months after she was thought to be recovered. news on how long the deadly ebola virus can stay a threat.
group of palestinians torched a jewish holy site in the west bank. joseph's tomb in the town of nablus. the idf says the fire is a blatant violation of the freedom of worship, and that the israeli military will restore the site. bulgarian border guards shot and killed a migrant near the country's board were turkey. reuters news service sites the interior ministry who says the man was traveling with refugees from afghanistan. a spokesman says he was killed by a bullet that ricocheted. ken taylor, canada's former ambassador to iran has died at the age of 81 of cancer. he was praised for hiding and helping six american lip mats escape tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis when militants overran the u.s. embassy. taylor was portrayed in the oscar winning film you may recall "argo," but he felt the film downplayed canada's involvement in helping the americans.
he certainly did. the u.s. is making a major change in its plans to withdraw forces from afghanistan. president obama says the 9800 u.s. troops currently there will stay through most of next year because the afghan army is not as strong as it needs to be with the taliban. and perhaps isis pressing down. well, many desperate afghans are among the migrants currently flooding into europe. cnn's nic robertson met a smuggler getting afghans out of their war-torn country. as nic tells us in this exclusive, it is a risky journey with a high price. >> reporter: i'm meeting a people smuggler. how many people have you taken to europe? 1500 to germany in the past six months, he tells me, the most popular destination. we can't show his face because what he does is illegal. >> translator: we take people to germany in three different routes. by sea for $7,000.
we take people by road and foot for $9,000. and we take people by air for $20,000. >> reporter: top dollar he tells me buys a black market visa and direct flights. anything less could cost your life. >> translator: we have had our clients injured and even killed along the journey. 15 days ago 70 people were caught by iranians and deported from the turkish border which included 15 of my clients. but there are plenty here who are ready to take the risk. before dawn, the line outside kabul's passport office stretches several blocks. people worried about the faltering economy. worried about war. getting a passport has never been so popular. people here say these lines never so long. precisely how many plan to flee is hard to nail down. but early estimates this year already say the number of afghans arriving in europe is second only to the number of syrians.
and how they get there starts right here. omar sabool runs the passport office. how many people are applying for passports every day? >> every day more than 7,000 or 6,000 people. >> reporter: none here are ready to admit their plans. but saboor knows many will leave. he tells me since europe opened its doors to refugees, we've seen a direct increase in the number of people applying for passports. to the smuggler, each passport holder is a business opportunity. >> translator: they leave their money with a trusted person. for instance, a money dealer. as soon as the person reaches his destination, then he calls the money dealer to give us the money. >> reporter: but as he explains, if the person doesn't get through, he still gets paid. >> translator: a rule is we try three times.
but if a person can't reach his destination after three attempt, he has to pay us. >> reporter: the surest certainty it seems smugglers always win. nic robertson, cnn, kabul, afghanistan. nearly 27 years after pan am flight 103 exploded over lockerbie, scotland, two libyans have been identified as suspects in that deadly bombing. u.s. and scottish officials had asked for libya's help with questioning them. 270 people were killed when the plane crashed in the scottish town that was 1988. a new study confirms what doctors have feared. the deadly ebola virus can still live in survivors after their symptoms go away. a scottish nurse who doctors thought was cured relapsed earlier this week and is now in critical condition. here is diana magnay from london.
>> reporter: nine months after making what seemed like a full recovery from ebola, scottish nurse pauline cafferkey is in critical condition in london's royal free hospital with complications related to the virus. cafferkey contracted ebola when she was volunteering in sierra leone last year, spending three weeks in isolation before being declared ebola-free in january. she spoke then of how unpredictable the virus can be. >> you don't know where it's going to go. it's always the back of my mind. that's, you know, what could happen and potentially could happen to me. and did happen to me. >> reporter: scientists don't know why the virus stays dormant in a small number of survivors, but they know that it does. >> we know that the ebola virus, or at least the virus genes of the ebola can hang around in patients who have recovered from the infection. it looks as though this is what has happened in this particular case. >> reporter: in december last year, two months after he recovered from ebola, u.s. doctor ian crozier started to
experience pain and blurred vision in his eyes. >> as hi sight started to go bad, it became clear that this was a very different animal. it was aggressive. and whatever had been unleashed in my eye was not going away quickly. and one morning as this progress evolved, i woke up and realized that my blue eye had turned bright green. >> reporter: tests show that his eye cavity was riddled with ebola. there was no trace of it in his tears or on the surface of the eye. scientists don't know where else the virus may persist. certain chambers in the body where the immune system can't reach like the central nervous system or cavities in the joints. a study published on wednesday found ebola president nine months after infection. and in liberia, there has been one suspected case of sexual transmission from an ebola survivor to his partner. and it's possible that the virus lingers elsewhere in bodily fluids less easy to test. it's not clear what role ebola virus is playing in pauline
cafferkey's illness. it's possible that she has other complications, a post infection issue maybe made worse by the presence of ebola. a challenge for doctors writing the rule book on a virus which may transform and mutate in the months that it lies dormant. last month liberia was declared ebola free. and in guinea and sierra leone, there have been just a handful of cases each week for the last seven weeks. a massive reduction of the tail end of this epidemic. but as pauline cafferkey's relapse shows, the virus can still linger, a malignant presence in the bodies of survivors who thought they passed the worse. diana magnay, cnn, london. >> we'll continue to keep you updated on her condition. but she is in critical. coming next here, cars half buried near los angeles. drivers stranded, waiting to be rescued. we'll tell you why the weather threat isn't over yet. plus, how graffiti reading
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well, take a look at this. this is what people in los angeles had to deal with. a mudslide left drivers stranded. emergency officials were working to rescue them. cars and trucks are half buried, as you can see there. a major interstate is partially shut down. this heavy rainfall came as this area continues to suffer a severe drought. it's been called excessive drought for parts of california. areas in southwest california remain under flash flood watches. karen maginnis is here with more about it. looks like some of the cars were close to a ledge there. not a good place to be. >> there were people that were on the top of their roofs with their animals or children, and they were waiting to be rescued, hoping that that mud wasn't going to rise any more. but it was a very isolated area.
it was not widespread. but it was along that corridor of interstate 5, so congested that that's where they saw the bulk of it. in the l.a. basin, nothing. let's show you some other pictures from this area. there you kind of get a lower view of what is happening here there was a semitruck that was just stranded. they said about 100 cars, give or take were affected by this. they closed a portion of interstate 5. and we don't have any reports of any injuries. no fatalities. but this is what a drought, burn areas, and a sudden heavy rainfall will do. why is this happening? let's go ahead and show you what is happening here. area of low pressure just kind of stuck in the atmosphere. not moving a whole lot. but it's going to linger enough that we will also expect some of that moisture right along the nevada-california border. maybe a couple of thunderstorms popping up in southern arizona as well. well, take a look at what is happening. this is the san gabriel mountains. and they run up about 8,000
feet. but there were just clusters of these thunderstorms. l.a. basin, nothing. they need the wet weather. it doesn't look like there is going to be any widespread preparation anywhere. but we could see a little more concentrated the further north we go. there we saw between 3 and 5 inches of rainfall. most of that just to the east of interstate 5. but they did shut that down for some of those rescues. and as natalie mentioned, much of the state in severe to extreme to exceptional drought. and yes, that includes the los angeles county area where just isolated storms or perhaps possibility for tomorrow. and this forecast radar does bring in that moisture from las vegas towards reno, maybe a few showers right around san francisco area. that's going to be just about it. but big news along the eastern seaboard, natalie, where things have been fairly mild. dramatic change towards a fall weather picture. temperatures dropping a good 10
to 20 degrees in some cases. >> oh, all right. prepare. it's copping. all right, karen, thank you. well, graffiti artists hired to make the set of the u.s. tv series homeland more authentic ended up hijacking it. they spray painted subversive messages in arabic. and the graffiti made it into an episode. ian lee talked with one of the artists. >> reporter: "homeland" has been hijacked by graffiti. the showtime series hired street artists to give their set of a syrian refugee camp a more authentic feel. but they flipped the script. tagging things like "homeland is racist" and "homeland is a joke but we aren't laugh." >> egyptian heba amin was
involved. when they realize nod one from the show was double checking that. >> took creative license. >> in previous seasons, they had many, many mistakes in regards to cultural references and regards to language. so it seems that they don't have a thorough research team. >> reporter: the series, which follows cia agent carrie matheson played by claire danes has been criticized for distorting the middle east. countries even threaten to sue. here the series that picks beirut's street as dangerous, full of violent militiamen. in reality, the strip in the lebanese capital is famous for its cafes, restaurants, and night life. >> it's to really open this dialogue of the lack of awareness that people have of how these images are incredibly dangerous and really have a real world impact. even if it's a fictional story, and even if these are fictional
characters. >> reporter: "homeland's creators told cnn we wished we caught these images before they made to it air. however, as homeland always strives to be subversive in its own right and a stimulus for conversation, we can't help but admire this act of artistic sabotage. >> i'm an artist. so there is this huge tradition of subversive art and activist art. and that's a scene that i'm very much involved in. >> reporter: a key part of street art provoking conversation. ian lee, cnn, cairo. a polar bear named nissan had some unlikely visitors while being transported from a zoo in moscow to a park in britain. migrants in calais opened the truck carrying the bear and climbed in, hoping to hitch a ride to the uk. imagine their shock when they saw the polar bear. luckily, the animal was sealed off in a special crate. several migrants ran off.
but others stayed until french authorities arrived. nissan continued to his new home in yorkshire. we're told he is settling in nicely. no one got hurt. crazy. and a brown bear gave shoppers quite a scare when it broke into a shopping mall in russia. you can see it running around, pounding on the windows. frightened shoppers called police, but it escaped by crashing through two sets of glass doors. we hope -- oh, it got out of there. police cornered the bear at a children's playground. oh, no, and shot and killed it. is that right? not wanting the end of that story to be like that. we're sorry to say that well, france is about to take on new zealand in the world rugby cup quarterfinals. coming up here, i'm still thinking of that bear. cnn talks with the captain of the french national team about his team's chances. i think we should get
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decisions. it be fascinating to see which teams end up on top. saturday new zealand versus france at the millennium stadium. on sunday average that. about france's upcoming match. here is part of that conversation. >> hello, i'm thierry dusautoir. i'm the captain of the french national team. >> reporter: france's captain has had a glittering career. but his most memorable performances have so often by saved for world cup and against a formidable opponent. in 2007 he posted a world record 38 tackles in the quarterfinals to send new zealand tumbling out of the competition. in 2011, he led his team to within an inch of world cup glory, losing to the hosts by just one point. >> the way we to go to the final wasn't so easy. it was really hard.
and it was so close to be out of the game after. the memory because i think in men's life, there is for a mines in your life that you can remember. okay, maybe i live something really special. and i think this day was special for us. >> what did you learn from your experience of captaining that side back in 2011? >> it's really difficult. it's a privilege. it's something huge. but it's difficult because you have different moments in your career. you have good moments, of course bad. but bad moment. but you have to see that and carry on and assure the good way to the guys. >> a heavy defeat to ireland in their final group stage match could be just the wake-up call france needs as they face do or die time once again against a familiar foe. but dusautoir admits it's often
difficult to predict which french team will show up. how do you account for france's often irregular performances on the pitch? >> that's the big question. if i had the answer, maybe france would have more consistency, you know. we are different behavior. and it's a big problem. it's a big problem because it's nice because you can find something poetic because we're able to be the best team. but we're able to be the worst one. for me as captain, it's really difficult to manage this part of our character. finally this hour, history was made at the white house with the sounds of legendary buena vista social club. ♪ >> everybody, everybody! >> all right. the cuban band played at the white house thursday for the
president. he thanked the band, and he welcomed a group of hispanic youth to the white house. >> bien venidos a la casablanca. the event marked the last day of national hispanic heritage month. hopefully you'll be hearing a little more buena vista social club around the white house. thanks for watching cnn. i'm natalie allen. "early start" coming up for viewers in the u.s. for viewers elsewhere, more "cnn newsroom." ♪ >> i can hear you. ♪
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the race for president could be flipped upside down by sunday. bid joe biden said to be days from running from president. what sources are telling cnn. personal information of more than 1,000 service members now in the hands of isis. we're live with what happened. breaking overnight. drivers trapped. cars buried in a california mudslide. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> it is friday, october 16th. nice to see you. i'm christine romans. we may bes