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joe biden decides not to run for president. . what it means to his rival hillary clinton. >> hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and right around the world. "newsroom l.a." begins right now.
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>> we begin with a shake-up in the u.s. presidential race, thanks to a man who wasn't even running. >> that's right, vice president joe biden announced on wednesday he would not seek the presidency, giving up a life-long dream. our white house correspondent has the details. >> joe biden walked into the rose garden to extinguish a dream. >> unfortunately i believe we're out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination. >> with those words today, the vice president closed the door to weeks of self-induced speculation about joining the 2016 presidential race. it turns out he wasn't filing a warning shot to hillary clinton over her suggestion that republicans are the enemy. >> i don't believe, like some do, that it's naive to talk to republicans. he was offering an optimistic lesson to fix a broken washington. >> i believe we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart.
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>> reporter: of all the places to make his announcement. >> mr. president, thank you for lending me the rose garden for a minute. >> reporter: the vice president picked a spot he strived to reach since arriving in washington more than four decades ago with presidential aspirations. bide .may never win the white house, but he's an elder statesman now. he made it clear that's a role he ends to play. >> while i will not be a candidate, i will not be silent. i intend to speak out clearly and forcefully to say where we stand b as a party and where we need to go as a nation. >> reporter: he offered no endorsements but said democrats should support president obama. >> the unspoken message to clinton, the party's front runner who's broken with the president on a few key issues.
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>> democrats should not only defend this record and protect this record, they should run on the record. >> after the announcement, clinton praised the vice president, saying in a statement, i'm confident that history isn't finished with joe biden. as he said today, there is more work to do. and if i know joe, he will always be on the frontlines, always fighting for all of us. this week our pole found with biden on the sidelines clinton's lead grew to 23 points over bernie sanders. she's the biggest beneficiary of his decision. hillary clinton was one of the first people to calln't vice president when he left the rose garden. most democrats are giving him the space, but they privately worry that all the swipe against clinton are unhelpful. yet with biden out of the race, the clinton campaign is breathing a sigh of relief that one of the biggest roadblocks to the nomination has been removed.
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jeff zeleny, cnn, washington. >> douglas brinkley joins us now from houston, texas. you wrote this about the vice president. it could be a mistake to underestimate his populist appeal and it's hard to imagine that this highly ambitious man will choose not to pursue the office he's wanted all his life. so with that said, i've got to ask you, how surprised were you by joe biden's announcement today. >> well, i did that rolling stone piece before bo died, and so it was a little bit of a different joe biden, but he's already wanted to be president. if he ran, it would have been his third time. but it was a stunner today. many people thought he was going to get his hat in the ring. there were a lot of indicators to it. and he decided, again, because
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of the death of beau and the fact that the family is still healing that he needed to remain as vice president and not get entangled in what would have been a grueling campaign against hillary clinton and then the republican nominee come the summer and fall. >> you made the point, it would be a mistake, or it could be a mistake to underestimate his populist afeel. that populist appeal didn't manifest itself in the polling as of late. why do you think that was? >> well, if he ran it could have been a very different story. but he did that -- the vice president of the united states, i think, could have given hillary clinton a run for her money, but it could have been competitive. the real story with biden getting out is hill clinton has got pretty much a free run to get the nomination. this is a die for the clinton camp to really celebrate.
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their only other rival, bernie sander sanders seem vrs unlikely he could get the nomination. the fact that biden might enter was always there, but i think secretary clinton's performance in las vegas, she did a stellar job in the debate. that may have also been the fact that joe biden recognized she e-mail situation and the the - benghazi problems. i think that may have been a factor, too. >> it was interesting that during biden's announcement. he really went after hillary. he didn't mention her by name but he was talking about her when he said republicans aren't my enemies. he didn't he didn't want to be president, he just said the time had run out.
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he left the door open. >> i think we have to take the death of his son in a serious fashion and what that does to somebody. he went on the "colbert report" tv show and just kind of spilled his heart of just how much agony he was in. the timing just didn't quite work for him. he couldn't get -- you had to announce you were running soon because you would miss key states to be able to run in the primaries of texas and georgia very soon. hence it was either this week or next week he would have had to decide. and this was the decision that he made. >> when you were watching that announcement in the rose garden, did you get a little emotional? regardless of your politics, bide season a really likable guy. to think this is the end of 43 yeefrs public office, it seemed to be quite a sad moment. >> yeah. it was a poignant moment and barack obama by his side. he was saying we need a third
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obama term. and that's one of the closest friendships between a president and a vice president we' had in american history. major league personal friends. it was bittersweet, i would say. but when you have a career as long as joe biden's and the fact of the matter is he still has over a year, well over a year as a sitting vice president and the fact that he says i'm going to be an elder statesperson. i'm going to stay involved with political issue doesn't mean he's disappearing from the scene. >> there is a lot of politics in the coming months. we're lucky to have you with us. thank you so much. >> thank you, douglas. >> thank you. appreciate it. >> and hillary clinton will appear before the house
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committee on benghazi on thursday. it's expected to be a grueling hearing about the deadly attack on the u.s. diplomatic mission in libya in 2012 when clinton was secretary of state. >> republicans call it a fact-finding effort. democrats believe it's a political witch hunt. either way, clinton has plenty of experience testifying on capitol hill, as our own tom foreman reports. >> hillary clinton's frustration showed in 5 big way. >> was it a protest or some guys walking out at night and deciding they would kill some americans? what difference at this point does it make? >> madam secretary, you let the consulate fbecome a death trap. and that's malpractice.
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>> malpractice is what led her at first into the chair. in 1993, she was the first first lady to ever face congress over massive pending legislation, making the case for her husband's health care reform plan. >> the benefits package is a fair one particularly because it emphasizes primary and preventive health care. >> her composure and command of the facts drew rave reviews even if the legislation did not. >> i think in the very near future, the president will be known as your husband. who is that fella? that's hillary's husband. >> since then, she has been in congressional hearings dozens of times, often fielding the questions, sometimes as a senator asking them. >> if 9/11 was a failure of the imagination and katrina was a failure of initiative, this process is a failure of judgment. >> in the benghazi inquiry, even when sharply challenged, she has rarely been pushed off of her talking points. >> with specific security requests, they didn't come to me, i had no knowledge of them.
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>> it all comes down to a simple fact. when hillary clinton walks into that. rool, she will have for experience with congressional hearings than most of the people there. >> the benghazi hearing is one of the last of three big hurdles facing hillary clinton over the past few months. the first is the democratic debate. a strong performance in vegas has given her a significant lift in the polls and renewed energy to her campaign. then there was vice president joe biden on wednesday. he announced he would not be running for president. again, another boost for mrs. clinton. er and now comes the benghazi hearing. >> josh, thanks for being here. it seems mrs. clinton is on a roll. she heads into this committee
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does she go on the offensive here? >> you're right, she has the momentum. benghazi committee is on its heels and has one final chance to prove that it's relevant, substantial, and not just a political hit job against the clinton campaign. what hillary clinton's attitude is likely to be is indignant. she will make the point that this investigation is the eighth investigation into the events of that fateful night. she will largely stick to her previous testimony that she gave to the senate in 2013, and she will try her best not to make a gaffe. there will be eight hours of questioning, four rounds, ten minutes for each member for each round. it's a long time to be under the hot lights and for hillary clinton, her main effort will be to not make a mistake. >> this is where scandals collide in a way. the new fresh meat is her use of her private e-mail server and potential that classified e
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information could have been exposed. >> the mae ills revealed since the benghazi committee discovered she was using a personal e-mail server are really the only new pieces of evidence that this committee can bring to the table. almost all the rest of the evidence has been hashed out. so on the one hand, the committee can't look like it's focusing on the e-mail issue because that looks like a political hit job. on the other hand, the to focus on the substance of what was in the e-mails. and that relates to her conversations with outside experts, including her friend sidney bloomenthal. it relates to advice she was given and relates to her overall frame of mind on libya before the attack on libya, after the attack and ever since. >> he wrote in "the washington post" that clinton is just one witness. if clinton does have a strong
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performance on thursday, she effectively shuts indouble play. is this now over for her and her political campaign? >> it will be hard to continue its inquiry into the clintons and her staffers if this testimony, if tomorrow's events don't produce any real revelations. the bottom line here is bengh i benghazi, they have narrowed on clinton and her staff. there's been a focus on the actions of the secretary and their staff on that fateful night. and they can't go back to their previous stance. so they're committed to this effort to find new information on the attacks from the secretary. they'll be hard pressed to do that. but we'll have to wait and see. >> josh, thanks for coming in. good to see you. >> anytime. >> get your popcorn, put your
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feet up, it begins less than nine hours from now. 10:00 a.m. in washington, that's 3:00 p.m. in london. >> it's guaranteed to be quite a show. >> in the bid to be the next speaker of the house of representative, more than 70% of a group of conservative lawmaker, the house freedom caucus voted wednesday for ryan's candidacy. >> he said he wants to unite republicans and he's waiting to see if he has support of two other key republican factions before announcing if he will run for speaker. one freedom caucus member says ryan appears to have the backing he needs to win. >> a stunning accusation by israeli frame benjamin netanyahu, his charge that an arab leader, not hitler, set the holocaust in motion set a firestorm of criticism. >> the leaders of russia and syria underscore the close ties to a surprising one-on-one in moscow.
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>> we have this just into cnn. u.s. police say they have a confession in the killing of a 4-year-old girl. this is a road rage incident in new mexico. they say an anonymous tip led them to 32-year-old tony torres. >> the young victim's father had just picked her up from school on tuesday when this happened. police say her dad and torres had cut each other off on a highway and that's when torres pulled up and open fired. albuquerque's mayor calls it a senseless murder. >> during weeks of violence, the israeli and palestinian leaders have been trading accusations and insults and now the israeli prime minister is being criticized for blaming the holocaust on a palestinian muslim leader. >> israeli his torians and politicians have condemned netanyahu's remarks. and now that he is in berlin, chancellor angela merkel made it clear that germany was responsible for what happened in the nazi years. details from phil black. >> reporter: when most people
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think of the holocaust, the final solution, the extermination of millions of jews, they think of this man. but the israeli prime minister says it wasn't a nazi idea. he says it came from a palestinian muslim. hitler's companion in this photo, the grand mufti of jerusalem who he says passed on the suggestion when they met in 1941. >> hitler didn't want to exterminate the jews at the time. he wanted to expel the jews and he went to him and said if you expel them, they'll all come here. so what should i do with them, he asked? he said burn them. >> at first, i didn't believe what i heard. >> colette was once netanyahu's opponent in israeli parliament. she's also a holocaust survivor. >> it's belittling the role of the nazi party of hitler himself and of all his associates.
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for the final solution. >> some historians have also piled on the prime minister. >> the killing of the jews was already in effect. >> their view, netanyahu got his facts wrong, absolved hitler and gave supports to those who deny the holocaust ever happened. >> hitler didn't need any kind of advice from somebody. and, of course, not the advice of some fry like the mufti of jerusalem. so the whole dialogue that netanyahu mentioned was invented. >> reporter: this is a violent time between jews and palestinians, which netanyahu has repeatedly blamed on what he calls palestinian incitement. he said it again in the same speech. >> stop lying, stop inciting. >> palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas says the israeli prime minister is inciting hatred in palestinians by rewriting history. and some israelis agree.
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>> what exactly was netanyahu saying. leave it to hitler, hitler didn't do that much, it's really the arabs. >> but some believe there's more than a kernel of truth. eddie cohen is a researcher who says there's no doubt hit laern the mufti shared great motivation to kill and destroy jews. >> netanyahu insists he's not trying to absolve hitler. >> are nose plans of the auschwitz concentration camp. >> as he's shown before, he's not afraid to use the holocaust to make a point. once again, this historian's son is using that extraordinarily defining, painful event to defend his people's interests. this time many of his people are offended by his methods. phil black, cnn, jerusalem. >> well, the united states chief
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is calling for israelis and palestinians to come to a resolution after weeks of violence. the u.n. secretary general been a ki-moon met with mahmoud abbas in ramallah on wednesday. he said both sides need to move towards negotiations and away from violence. >> all this comes as israeli forces shot and killed a man in jerusalem. police say the suspect tried to grab a soldier's gun. the soldier and a security guard open fired killing the suspect. >> well, we turn now to ben weedeman in jerusalem. there's word of another stabbing attack of a man west of jerusalem. what do we know? >> eonce from police this incident took place west of jerusalem. in that incident to attackers, presumed to be palestinian have been shot. we don't know their condition. one israeli lightly injured in that incident. now referring to the attack john was talking about, it turns out
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that in that attack, it doesn't appear to have been an attack at all. it appears to be a mistaken i. >> denty. that, in fact, he was an israeli jew shot by two soldiers on the bus. it's important to keep in mind in the heat of the moment, often times the information that comes out is simply wrong. the day before yesterday, a palestinian truck driver killed an israeli south of hebron. the it turns out, according to the israeli media it was, indeed, a traffic accident. is one must be very careful when nies reports come out because often times it seems to be something quite to the contrary. isha. >> very, very important point to note there. at this staej, can anyone see a
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zip mattic path to ending this violence? >> the u.n. secretary general came here, it was a surprise visit. i think we need to be keeping our eyes on u.s. secretary of state john kerry who today meets with prime minister netanyahu in germany and he will later in the week be meeting with king abdullah of jordan and president mahmoud abbas of the palestinian authority. what he's trying to do is work out some sort of arrangement whereby the status quo, which is an informal, unwritten arrangement on the temple mount as it's known for muslims, h he wants to put it in writing. he wants to get the three parties involved.
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>> he wants to put that stat kus quote arrangement in writing so that everybody has a clear understanding of the situation there to avoid the kind of tensions that have boiled over in recent weeks and to which are attributed these tensions. isha? >> gin, always appreciated. thank you. >> a surprise meeting between the leaders of russia and syria. syria's dictator heads abroad for the first time since the civil war began. and he went to moscow and said thank you. >> plus, covered in smog and struggling to breathe, cities around the globe are struggling with pollution. we'll see how some have found effective ways to fight back.
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u.s. president joe biden puts an end to months of speculation. biden says the window to launch a successful campaign closed as he continues to grieve his son's untimely passing. >> paul ryan in a bid to be the next u.s. house speaker. ryan appears now to have the backing he needs to win. >> been a ki-moon is asking
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israelis and palestinians to show courage and move towards peace. this comes amidweeks of killings and retaliation from both sides. been a met with both pal stenian authority president mahmoud abbas and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu this week. >> russian jets are bombarding a western syria town in a strategic north/south route. the video online, russian jets have been targeting the town now. >> matthew, it seems that assad must be feeling pretty good right now. good enough to travel to moscow. >> absolutely. it's quite stunning that this meeting took place. it was, of course, kept secret and under wraps. it wasn't until the morning that state media broadcast the
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meeting taken place. it was criticized by the white house condemning it for laying out the red carpet, as they said, for a leader that used chemical weapon against his own people. but it does underlie this alliance that's been forged between russia and syria and between assad and vladimir putin. the kremlin says discussions focus on the continuation of the military campaign in syria and plans for syrian government troops. but the real surprise is this meeting took place at all. >> only in the morning did the kremlin reveal what's believed to be president assad's first trip abroad since the syrian crisis began. when russian war planes pounding his enemies, this was a confident and grateful kremlin ally. >> i thank you for standing up for syria's unity and its
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independence. and more important than that, this is being done within the frame work of international law. and i have to say at the start of the political steps that you have been undertaking since the beginning of the crisis, they have prevented the situation from developing into a more tragic scenario. >> for three weeks now, russia has bombarded isis and other rebel groups opposed to assad zsh effective air support for a syrian army-led counteroffensive to recapture lost territories. reports from the ground suggest significant advances have been made. but the face to face meeting in the kremlin also sends a message about vladimir putin's diplomatic intentions. >> syria is a friendly country to us and we're prepared to do whatever we can. not only in the course of military efforts to fight terrorism, but also in the course of the political process with participation of all
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political forces and ethnic and religious groups. in the end, the final say should be left to the syrian people. >> sips the syrian crisis began, russia has pushed for a political solution, which includes assad in an interim syrian government, something that's been rejected by opposition groups and western governments. kremlin appears to be digging in its heels. assad, it seems, remains russia's man. >> russia launched a diplomatic offensive calling the leaders of saudi arabia, turkey, egypt and jordan, discussing with them the outcome of that meeting with bashar al-assad. russia clearing positioning itself as the key negotiating point in any end to the syrian
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>> 2 degrees celsius is what scientists believe is the difference between stabilizes the climate own runaway change. >> oslo may become the first major european city with a permanent ban on cars in the city center. the newly elected city council says it wants the plan in effect by 201. the city would also build new
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bike lanes and allow buses and trams to serve the area. but some shop owners are already protesting the plan saying it will hurt business. >> new delhi is trying a car-free zone, but just for thursday. it's part of a plan to curb pollution in what experts now say is the world's most polluted city. the new daily bureau chief, just for one day. but i have to believe you're breathing a little more easily today. >> that's right, isha. it feels a bit easier to take in the air today. this is the first car-free day in new delhi, started by the deli government. and as you can see behind me, there are fewer cars on the streets. and cars produce -- or they account for about 60% of the total pollutants that come from the transport sector. as aye been learning this week, that's only part of the problem. listen in.
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>> more than 50 thoushlgs of these great heaving beasts ply the cities roads carrying goods. many tend to be many years old and poorly maintained. the result, exhaust fume, a lot of it. after a night full of that, a typical morning often looks like this. you can barely see more than a dozen feet ahead of you. it's amp here in new delhi and things are a little bit clearer than they were in the morning. now, trucks aren't allowed to ply these roads during the day, but cars are. an the sheer number of cars is a problem. every day 1,400 new cars join the 8.5 million already on the streets here.
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the world health organization has labelled india's capital the most polluted city on the planet. policymakers are beginning to react. with new delhi's government trying out what it's calling a car-free day. dehlites will be encouraged to keep their cars at home and instead take public transport. >> clearly in terms of impact it's not going to make that big of impact, but its role is to make people aware. so really in terms of hard decisions that are needed today to be able to control the number of vehicles, we will really have to do a lot more. >> by 2030, india said 40% of
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its energy will come from nonfossil sources. what about the smoke belching trucks? starting november 1, the supreme court will impose a steep tax on trucks entering the city, likely discouraging the ones using new delhi only has a thoroughfare. small steps, just to start on a very long road ahead. >> as you heard, long steps ahead for india and new delhi. just to give you a sense of what's happening today here. one major stretch of the road here in new delhi was made a car free area. it's only for about five hours. and the key here is that today is a national holiday. so in any case, there wouldn't have been that many cars on the road. it's a step in the right direction, but in order to make any kind of difference, you have to see many, many, many more days like this and a lot more action by the government.
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>> it all seems like a pr stunt. the question comes back to what is the point? >> so this is a new government here in new delhi. they're trying to raise awareness. i have to say, john, from having lived in india for many years, people haven't always talked about pollution. it's only the last few months, maybe the last couple of years with the emergence of studies showing that have dehli is the most polluted city in the world, and many, many indian cities are very polluted, given all that data, that's starting a bit of a national discussion.
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as i speak, you can see a couple of noisy polluting cars behind me. so there's some way to go. >> thanks for being out there. try not to get hit by a car. thanks, ravi. >> many cities around the world are struggling with pollution. >> and many cnn correspondents are living in those cities. we start first in beijing. >> if i'm andrew stooichbs. if there's one thing that unites beijing in anger, it's this -- air pollution. there's no hiding the fact now that pollution is a major political issue, and it's forcing the government to listen and to act. they're fazing out coal burning power stations, introducing more energy efficient cars, and china has just announced sweeping emissions plans, including a carbon cap and trade scheme. it's all a good start, but for beijingers, any improvement can't come soon enough.
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as beautiful as paris might be, there are some days where you can barely see the eiffel tower for the pollution. that's something the mayor of paris has been intent on changing almost since the day she was elected. last july, a ban on all diesel powered trucks and buses from the streets of paris, something that will be expanded over the coming years and will eventually include all zee zell powered vehicles banned from the streets of paris by the year 2020. but all of this just not just have to do with health concerns. the world climate change conference begins here in late november. and a polluted paris would not be the best image to present to the thousands of environmentalists who are expected to attend. cnn, paris. >> in los angeles, bumper to bumper traffic and congested freeways are simply unavoidable.
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at one time pollution from vehicles and industry here forced angelinos to breathe some of the dirtiest air in the world. but the smog blanketing the los angeles basin has dramatically reduced over the years. the city's hair has improved considerably. how did that happen? well, for starters, california laid down some strict environmental laws and regulations. for 30 years as an example, the state has required owners to test their vehicles for harmful emissions. also hybrids and electric cars are popular here. some say california is leading the way against air pollution. but with its population and geography, it's still having a hard time because this is still some of the worst air quality in the united states. >> but it is getting better. >> it is getting better. i did notice a big change from the 15 years ago i was here till now, a big improvement. >> you get home sick for beijing
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chris rock is back to host the oscars. he will be the academy award host for a second time. back in 2005, you may remember his remarks on race and politics came with some controversy. >> this year's oscar broadcast with host neil pat trk harris hit a six-year low. so rock might just help change that. and he tweeted about the gig saying, quote, look who's back. >> do you think he'll keep his clothes on? do you recall neil patrick harris got undressed. >> i hope so. but i'm a big chris rock fan. so i' excited. we'll see what he does next. >> not a lot of excitement for chicago cubs fans. they just can't get a break. they were trying for their first world series in 107 years, but yet again, they came up short. this time against the mets. >> new york swept chicago in four straight games, breaking hearts of cubs fans everywhere. this year was the first time in years the championship was
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within the little cubbies reach. the last time they got this far was back in 2003. >> okay, but the century-long drought isn't the only running back why so many people have been watching the series. the movie "back to the future 2" the sequel actually predicted a cubs win in 2015. >> wait a minute, cubs win world series? >> yeah, that's something, huh? i wish i could go back to the beginning of the season and put some money on the cubbies. >> so the movie didn't get everything right. and you do have to feel for the poor cub bee, but as they say, there's always next week. >> they said that 107 time nous. >> they just keep on going with it. >> what about now? ryan young was outside wrigley field where the disaster happened. >> this wasn't the day that cubs fans wanted. obviously they lost 8-3. we've been playing the video, people were talking about "back to the future." they were hoping this would be the year that the cubs would finally go back to the world
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series. that didn't happen. cubs fans have been mulling around since that loss. you said this was really crushing in terms of them losing. talk about the season and how you felt about your team? >> after the 2003 heart breaking loss, i thought all the stars were lined up for this year. we had -- we beat the cardinals, first time we ever played. we played our first playoff game 107 years ago. we won. the cubs played well this year but fell a little short. >> you guys are obviously here, too. how did you feel walking out, knowing you guys had lost. >> i was really bummed. i moved here just to watch this and hoping that i brought some good luck here, but unfortunately not this year. >> didn't happen. etalked to fans who came as far from california and texas who would say they never missed this game because they knew their cubs had a chance to go to the world series this is an em -- impassioned fans. a lot of people say they can't
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wait till next year because they believe this team is young and primed for a championship. guys, back to you. >> okay, next year, yeah, right. >> i'm actually -- i'm really touched about how optimistic cubs fans are, considering the history. >> they have no choice. >> yes, they could give up on the team but they don't. that's what's so awesome about cubs fans. >> sure. >> they're going to send you hate tweets now. >> michael j. fox and chris lloyd reunited. >> october 21, 2015 is when they traveled to. fox and lloyd appeared on jimmy kimmel live. >> so you have invented flying cars yet? >> no, we have not. >> do you at least have
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hoverboards? >> they call them hoverboards but they're not really hoverboards. >> did you achieve peace in the middle east? >> oh, no, no, no. >> very, very cool. >> in real life, fox suffers from parkinson's disease. on the jimmy kimmel show, he wore the sneakers from the movie that lace up on their own. nike fans will auction the shoes and donate the proceeds to fox's charity foundation. >> that's pretty cool. >> that's very, very cool. and you are watching cnn newsroom live from los angeles. >> stay with us. the news continues after a short break. can a business have a mind? a subconscious. a knack for predicting the future.
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. >> america's top diplomat will meet with israel's prime minister at this hour, the latest push to ease the violence in the middle east. >> and the most polluted city in the world takes a drastic step to help clear the air. >> i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. welcome to our viewers in the
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u.s. and all around the world. you're with us for the next two hours on "cnn newsroom." >> joe biden announced on wednesday he will not seek the presidency. he said the window for a successleful campaign had closed, as he grieved over the death of his son beau. >> biden's decision will likely end his more than four decade career in u.s. politics. but he says he will continue to fight for important issue facing the country. >> while i will not be a candidate, i will not be silent. i intend to speak out clearly and forcefully to influence as much as i can, where we stand as a party aechb where we need to go as a nation. and this is what i believe.
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>> one person who was certainly a factor in biden's decision was democratic presidential front-runner hillary clinton. she released a statement following biden's decision. in it, it reads i am confident that history isn't finished with joe biden. as he said today, there's more work to do, and if i know joe, he'll always be on the frontlines, always fighting for all of us. >> biden's move is a game changer, of course, for the democratic presidential field. the latest cnn/orc poll shows clinton leading with 45% support. her closest rival, bernie sanders, is at 25%. but with biden out, clinton jumps to 56%. with sanders at 33. >> so what does this all mean? chris kafinas is a democratic strategist and former communications direction. the anticipation is over. but the reason vice president
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biden gave was that his family needed time to grieve. they just ran out of time for this cam pane. that plays well outside of washington. you're a bit of an insider and this was his life-long dream. what do you think was the real reason. he calculated this wouldn't work? >> i think the calendar became his enemy. when you're going to run a national campaign, you have to have time to set up a campaign. to hire a staff, the fundraising. all the things that the average person doesn't see that operates behind the scenes. i think it just became impossible when you look at the calendar. we're not that far out from the iowa caucuses. i think he saw that and it became too difficult considering that have when you look at the current polling, both nationally in key battlegrounds, she has a pretty formidable lead. >> and even the political landscape was tipping in hillary clinton's favor. she had this benghazi problem but in the last few weeks, republicans have admitted that
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it's political in nature while the establishment says that's not true. we'll have this other hearing on thursday, the eighth. that's become less of a hindrance for her. >> i think there are a couple of things happening. the clinton campaign had a very tough summer. the e-mail issue was seemingly swamping them. and then it was just overwhelming at times. and then the admission by republican leadership that the benghazi committee was political kind of opened up the flood gates against the republicans and for her. so that changed the dynamic. and then she had a very good debate performance. i was in iowa and we were doing focus groups actually with undefieded iowans and she had a very strong performance. so did bernie sander, but it was clear that she didn't falter. there was no fundamental big mistake that people said she's just not ready.
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>> so then what becomes of joe biden. he sounded very much the statesman making this announcement, saying democrats need to come together. the opposition is not the enemy. what will his role be now over the next year of this campaign. >> well, i think both for the administration and to some extent potentially even for the clinton campaign, he almost becomes negotiator in chief. which has been his kind of behind the scenes role. the real priority is going to be to help the president get his agenda done in the next year and a half. because the vice president spent so much time in the senate, he has an incredibly good strong relationships with the republican leadership. if there's going to be any bipartisan deals -- and i'm not going to be too optimistic there is going to be -- but ifs therest there is, he's going to be the one to lead that. in the other party, when the clinton campaign moves forward, assuming it does win the nominati nomination, i think it's a pretty fair bet she does, he
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also gives her an enormous powerful boy at the convention and key demographics that he plays well with. folks in labor, rank and nile, blue collar democrats. he becomes a real powerful surrogate. >> chris kofinis, thanks for coming in today. >> on to another big story we're following. there are hopes russia will use its influence to bring syria's civil war to a resolution. syrian president bashar al assad making what's believed to be his first trip outside of the his country since the conflict began to meet with russian president vladimir putin on tuesday. >> both leaders said their partnership is essential. >> syria is a friendly country to us and we're prepared to do whatever we can, not only in the course of military efforts to fight terrorism, but also in the course of the political process. >> translator: the terrorism that's now spreading today would
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perhaps be, without your decisions and actions, would have spread to even more territories and states. not just in our region, but to other regions, too. >> and matthew chance joins now from moscow. a picture is worth 1,000 words, as they say. and the optics between vladimir putin and bashar al assad seem clear that russia is in the driver's seat. how is the international community reading it? >> well, i think you're right about the message this meeting sends. it shows first of all assad is more confident than he's been at any point over the past four years. this is the first visitout side of syria since the crisis began in 2011. it also sends the message, if there's going to be a political solution, it will go through moscow and moscow is backing
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president assad in any future negotiations. so he's going to have a role if russia has anything to do with it. in terms of what the international reaction has been. basically condemning what they said the red carpet, said was the red carpet welcome. they're embark on a political solution, i'm paraphrasing the white house spokesman there, but essentially condemnation from the white house. but nevertheless, the russians digging in their heels saying that assad is the man they continue to back. u.s. secretary of state john
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kerry will meet on friday. >> i think it's an opportunity to discuss with john jerry what the outcome of that meeting was and to see if there's any possibility of some kind of common ground between the two. it's been not possible to find any on the future of syria so far. vladimir putin got on the radio with the seng of saudi arabia and turkey and others as well to discuss what the outcome of that meeting was. russia is positioning itself as the center for any future political settlement in syria.
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>> many thanks to you. >> i want to bring you a new development into ccnn the past hour. police say a man in the u.s. has confessed to killing a 4-year-old girl in a road rage incident in new mexico. they say an anonymous tip led them to this man, 32-year-old tony torres. >> the young vick similar is lily garcia. her father had just picked her up from school on tuesday. police say her dad and torres had cut each other off on a highway and that's when torres pulled up and open fired. the mayor calls it a senseless murder. >> amid new violence, comments from the u.n. chief as israelis netanyahu and john kerry are mound for a meeting in the u.n.
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identity. >> according to police, spokesmen, two individuals tried to board a bus in that town. people on the bus pushed them out. apparently these two, according
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to the police report, stabbed a 25-year-old israeli who's now in moderate condition, immediately the police showed up. shot the two individuals. they've been injured. they're not dead. we understand, according to the latest we've just received from the israeli police that the two are palestinian men from the town of zuriff. this comes just a few hours overnight. there were reports going out that there was a -- that a so-called terrorist was killed on a bus by two israeli soldiers. well, it turns out he was, in fact, an israeli jew, and it's not altogether clear why it got to the point where he was shot dead by these two soldiers, and it comes just two days after an incident south of hebron where a palestinian truck driver hit and killed an israeli.
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initially it was that it was an intentional hit and run incident, but it turns out that he turned himself in to palestinian police, and israeli police are now ruling that it was probably merely a traffic accident. errol. >> it is just crazy when you think about it. and then there's been so many violent lone wolf style attacks these past few weeks. it's hard to keep up. you wonder what kind of document or agreement could possibly address that or diffuse it. >> reporter: yes. obviously in the case of lone wolf attacks and it's important to keep in mind that no militant groups have claimed responsibility for any of them. they've praised them, but they haven't claimed responsibility. now, what sort of sparked this current round of tension and violence were -- was the impression of many palestinians that the status quo, that unwritten informal agreement about arrangements for the tem
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pl mount, now we understand secretary kerry is going to propose to the jordanians who have kcustodianship, that the status quo be put in writing and that there be a mechanism whereby the three parties can consult and avoid the kind of tensions that have flaired to violently in recent weeks. whether that will bring this current spate of attacks and clashes to an end is very difficult to say, because oftentimes when you have a deterioration of the situation here, it takes on a life of its own. there are clashes and attacks. people are killed and wounded, and it becomes a cycle that oftentimes becomes disconnected from the original cause or spark to that cycle. s we shall see whether secretary kerry can, a, pull off
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some sort of agreement wean the three parties and that that may, perhaps, lead to a period of calm before the next storm, of course. >> a cycle of violence, israelis and palestinians are all too used to. ben, thanks very much. joining us this morning from jerusalem. thanks. >> meanwhile, israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu is not backing down from comments made on wednesday, blaming the idea of the holocaust on a late palestinian muslim leader. >> hitler didn't want to exterminate the jews at the time. he wanted to expel the jews, and he went and said if you expel them, they'll all come here. so what should i do with them, he asked. he said burn them. >> mr. netanyahu's charges are being condemned by palestinians as divisive, which you might expect, but criticism is also coming from israeli politicians
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and historians. listen. >> people didn't need any kind of advice from somebody, and, of course, not the advice of some small fry like him in jerusalem. so the whole dialogue that netanyahu mentioned was invented. >> and speaking right next to mr. netanyahu, the german chancellor said germany alone shoulders the responsibility for the holocaust. >> atika shubert is in berlin and joins us with more on the reaction to mr. netanyahu's controversial charge. so, atika, criticism from both palestinians and israelis on these extraordinary excellecomm. what's being said and why is mr. netanyahu making these comments at this time? >> reporter: well, why he's doing it at this time is a matter of political speculation. many of his own critics saying
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he's trying to score political points at a tense time in jerusalem at this moment across the country. and so he arrived here in berlin, and he got that response, as you saw from the chancellor saying that germany alone takes responsibility, and that there is no need to change history in germany's view. and so, he's getting criticism not just from within his own country but internationally as well. in fact, state department spokesperson just before kerry's arrival here this morning said netanyahu's comments aren't supported by scholarly evidence. that sets the stage for the meeting between john kerry and benjamin netanyahu. >> and atika, just before we get to that, where did this notion come from that mr. benjamin netanyahu was saying is now moving the blame from hitler to
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a palestinian and muslim leader? was that discussed at any point earlier? where is that from? >> reporter: well, it's a footnote in history, really, and it's something that benjamin netanyahu has picked up and chose to really turn a microscope to, and according to, as you heard from that historian, exaggerated somewhat by his critics, would say to his own political gain, but benjamin netanyahu says you can't rule out the historical role of this palestinian out of jerusalem. so there's a lot of argument at the moment as to what kind of weight to give his words, and his personal view of history. but what many are saying is that basically netanyahu is given too much of a role to this palestinian in history in order to further his own political gains. >> all right. and, of course, atika shubert
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reporting there. we'll talk to you a little later once we get more feedback of what happens during this meeting between netanyahu and kerry in berlin. to another big story. police in south africa are mobilizing more forces over a proposed university tuition hike. on wednesday, students stormed the gates of parliament in capetown. riot police responded with stun grenades. david, i've been inundated with messages online from students in south africa. they're furious. it seems they're organized and in some ways they've been successful in their fight. what is the latest in all of this? >> reporter: well, errol, you're right. they have been successful to a point. the government and universities have already adjusted their cause for a hike in the fees of universities here in south africa, but the students aren't accepting that adjustment.
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this is all about on the face of it, the fee increases that are proposed in universities. but it's spread into a nationwide movement here in south africa through social media and just on the ground, more than a dozen universities shut down, and expecting more protests on wednesday. we saw the dramatic scenes playing out in capetown as students mostly from the university of capetown in the hundreds stormed the gates of parliament. they were pushed back by stun grenades and the police. a lot of anger by the action of the police. the police have said it was the type of nonlethal force that was appropriate for the situation. and you had these scenes playing out with the chaos outside and the parliamentarians sitting inside. and many say the south african government has been tone deaf to the protests, including the
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president, of this youth movement. >> and we're seeing the footage. the tuition hike, obviously, is the catalyst for this outbreak of anger, but does it speak to a larger frustration there among south africa's youth? >> as you know, with your interactions here in south africa, the youth is frustrated here. there is a growing sense that the inequality that has persi persisted for more than 20 years of democracy here is getting worse. many students going to universities struggle to pay their fees and then get out into a workplace where you see rampant unemployment, and the government, it, has faced a great deal of criticism from the youth when it comes to education, service delivery, the support of the ruling anc has eroded in the past years. this is a major challenge for them, and their government, they have called for calm. said they're going to meet with students today. we'll see if the students accept that meeting. several students were arrested
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at the violent protests. many released but have a court date today. whether this snowballs depends, but it is potentially a flash point in south africa with at least a dozen universities joining a call for a nationwide shut down. >> all over this story, live for us this morning. we certainly will continue to keep a close eye on it. david, thanks. >> we'll take a short break. still to come, hillary clinton preparing for a long day in washington. she'll testify again on benghazi. we'll look at how she handles being in the hot seat. >> plus covered in smog and struggling to breathe, cities around the globe are struggling with pollution. we'll see how some have found ways to fight back. bl grabbing your data. stealing your customers' secrets.
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to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm errol barnett. a lot of moving stories today. let's get you the latest information. israeli police say they've shot two armed men after an israeli was stabbed in the town west of jerusalem. it comes as john kerry and benjamin netanyahu prepare to meet to discuss the recent spike in violence between palestinians and israeli. >> joe biden has decided he will not run for the white house. he told reporters wednesday that while he was mourning the death of his son, the window to launch a credible campaign had closed. biden says he plans to stay
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active in u.s. politics. new mexico police say that this man has confessed to killing a four-year-old girl in a road rage incident. he faces murder and weapons charges. the young victim was in the back of her father's car on tuesday. police say her dad and torez cut each other off and torez opened fire. hillary clinton is expected to testify for hours in the coming day before the house of representatives committee on benghazi. some politicians have hinted it could be brutal. the former secretary of state is being questioned over how she handled the attack in 2012 when four american diplomatic staff members, including the ambassador were killed in the libyan city. >> some of the questions they are expected so to the ask is why wasn't secretary clinton aware of requests for extra security in benghazi. and could security improvements have been made before the
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attacks. >> well, democrats have accused republicans on the committee of targeting clinton to derail her presidential campaign. and one prominent republican has admitted the committee calls clinton's poll numbers to fall. the committee maintains it just wants answers. according to our cnn political commentator, they're missing the point. >> one of the problems with this committee is that it is so focussed on the every little detail of what happened that night in benghazi, that it has missed the bigger picture of what happened in libya at large. i think if republicans had focussed on the fact that the obama administration and pushed by hillary clinton who supported the policy, intervened in libya without a plan for the aftermath. if they had just gone and looked at that broad brushed policy, which let's admit was and is a failure given the state of libya today, they might have had a little bit more success.
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that's a legitimate criticism of hillary clinton. >> figuring out what happened in benghazi has started many investigations. and the benghazi issue has become highly --. >> we take a look at how the investigation got to this point. >> it's not common for congress to set up a select committee like this. they do not want to be seen as on this political witch hunt. >> the members of my committee are more focussed on the four dead americans than anyone's presidential aspirations. >> the democrats don't believe anything he has to say. >> after the 2012 attacks in benghazi, republicans wanted to get to the bottom of what happened there. in the immediate aftermath of that, republicans began investigations. there were several investigations on capitol hill
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led by the house oversight committee, the chairman of the committee. >> people are in the hospital recovering because it only took moments to breach that facility. >> his investigation really prompted a lot of concerns among republicans that he was not getting too to the facts, not figuring out what happened, and for lack of a better word, not drawing enough blood from the administration. john boehner was very nervous about this being perceived as a partisan committee. he chose a former u.s. attorney in south carolina and had a reputation for someone who has been a fair person in the law. that started to change over time. there's no doubt hillary is more of a focus in investigation. when we learned hillary maintained a private e-mail server at her home in new york and was communicated with state
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department officials, they were in the certain if they wanted the benghazi committee to look into that. john boehner believed that he was the man to get to the bottom of this. >> my position has been the same. four dead americans is more than enough work for me. >> the debate over the benghazi committee really shifted a few weeks ago when kevin mccarthy, the house majority leader went on fox news. >> we put together a benghazi special committee. her numbers are dropping. why? she's untrustable. no one would have known any of that happened -- >> that gave hillary an opening to suggest everything the republicans are doing is for political reasons. >> one reason why they have been frustrated. >> i have told my own republican colleagues and friends, shut up, talking about things that you don't know anything about. >> so republicans have a really
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they say is the difference between stabilizing global warming and run away change. >> there's so much change. pedram javaheri joins us with details. what do you know? >> noaa is releasing a statement talking about september 2015 being the single warmest month observed in our planet. and we go back to 1880 when you talk about global temperature observations. the temperatures between january and september of 2015, record values. note only parts of south america and north atlantic ocean, had temperatures that were below normal, and then you take a look at the rest of the planet above average temperatures. again, look at the 1880
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observations all the way to 2015 to the end of the chart. the trend from 1984 has been up. and then you talk about this particular trend as far as the last several months. each of the last five months have been the record warmest across our planet. and the officials actually quite seriously considering that not only has this been the warmest trend since the 1880s but potentially since the year 600. a lot of people wonder how do they know what happened in 600s. well, ice core samples give us incredible data, and tree rings and ocean sediments. take a look at the observations, there's trapped air bubbles in the ice core sample. they can also look at the water molecules that tell us with the air temperatures were on our planet as well. incredible data can come back going back thousands of years
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from ice core samples. as you take a look at the maps, a unique perspective across the planet. one of the more spectacular meteor showers taking place. we're talking about being able to see on the order of 15 to 30 meteors per hour. they're streaking across at about 130 miles per hour. if you have an opportunity to get outside, the clear parts of the united states, you can see this. and we'll leave you with this. an update on hurricane patricia. it's sitting off a popular beach destination in mexico. it could be a category two as it make land fall friday morning and afternoon. something we're watching with a strengthening storm system here. >> all right. a weekend ahead for that region. >> thank you. >> the pollution causing climate
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change is also actually poisoning our air, especially in places like new delhi which has been labelled the most polluted place on earth. >> according to the world health organization, the air pollution is more than 15 times what's considered safe to breathe. >> wow. >> of the top five cities with the worst air pollution in the world, four of them are in india. but new delhi is making an effort declaring thursday a car free day. and new delhi's bureau chief joins us live from new delhi. they call it a car-free day, but it was just a few hours, wasn't it? what impact is that likely to have, big picture, or is this more about appearing to be doing something? >> reporter: it really is more about awareness, rosemary. so the car-free day or morning, if we should call it that just ended about ten minutes ago, and
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i was actually on a street nearby about 20 minutes ago, and there were a fair number of cars on the road. to put that in context, today is a national holiday. there shouldn't be many on the roads to begin with. the point of a day like today is to really just spread awareness, to get the word out. indians, afterall, haven't thought about dirty air. the focus is about growing the country and develop. it's only in the last 12 months or so with the data showing new delhi is the most polluted area in the world that it's starting a conversation here. >> where does that conversation go? you've noted there's a new government. this is a new initiative. trying to bring attention to something. but how receptive are people likely to be? >> reporter: well, you know, on the one hand, you've got a new
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government both in new delhi. and both of the governments have been talking about trying to do something about the climate. india recently released the climate change plan to the u united nations where it said that it was going to try to get energy from renewable sources. and lots of those things are driven by the government, not really by average people initiatives. what we're looking at today is more of an initiative from a state government to try and get people to not use their cars, try to take public transport, take the buses which run on cleaner gases, but, again, in a place like india, you need immense amounts of public investment and infrastructure to make something like that happen. >> and we should let our viewers know that rob by scared us a few minutes ago. he said he was stuck in traffic
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and said he couldn't get us a live shot. >> that tells the story. >> it does. >> thanks so much. joins us this morning from new delhi. >> thank you. other major cities around the world also struggling with pollution. >> and many of cnn correspondents are living in those cities. let's take you around the world and start in bangkok. >> i'm in bangkok, and here air pollution has improved dramatically over the past decade. it remains a major concern. the implementation of industrial zones means that central bangkok has become a factory free metropolis. that simply means the pollution has been transferred elsewhere. and emissions figures are hard to track down. there is a stricter monitoring of the estimated 36 million vehicles across thailand, and 70% of them are running on
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unlimited pet row. over 1 million vehicles on the roads here. add to that the open air cooking, garbage burning, and agricultural burning practices here in thailand and by its neighbors, and there are huge challenges ahead. the industrial and economic growth in thailand has come at a cost. >> reporter: in london, london's mayor is making big changes to the city streets in a bid to improve air quality starting off by cleaning up the bus fleets. he's brought 1300 hybrid buses with hundreds more expected next year. he's also taking 6,000 of the black cabs and any new taxi will have to meet zero emissions standard. he wants the world to be the
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first ultra low emissions zones nature that means if your car doesn't match the right standards, you'll have to pay a fine when you drive through the center of town. >> here in the u.s., we have incentives for folks who want to drive electric vehicles. take a peek at the cnn atlanta parking lot, and you see a row of electric cars. one of them is mine, and one of them is rosemaries. pedram has one as well. >> georgia, california, hawaii and washington state have some of the highest percentages of electric cars. that's due to tax incentives for buying them. the federal government alone offers a $7500 tax credit. and the state in some states throws in money as well. >> if you're buying the car outright. if you guess what color is ours, we'll send you a shoutout
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exporting brand, sending british chocolate to the states, quite a bit into europe and china and through the middle east. in my former life, i was a lawyer, a city lawyer working in london. i then met simon, my husband, in the same law firm. we've become kindred spirits to get out of the law. and we wanted to travel around south america for a year. we sold our house, gave up our jobs and put everything into storage except a rock sack full of stuff and a tent, and jetted off. we traveled the length and breadth of argentina, the breadth of culture and climate there is incredible. it's like a planet in itself. the moment was when we were in a little town in the middle of argentina in the lake districts.
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simon was laid up with an upset stomach, so i spent three days walking around this town only to discover it had about ten chocolate shops. i was in heaven. so we ended up in venezuela, and at one point our whole journey was thwarted by cocoa farmers. the road is the hottest thing they can access. we stayed on this cocoa planation for a few days. by this time, we were enthralled by the whole subject of chocolate. artisan food is all the rage. everybody is making things in their kitchen, but 15 years ago, quality chocolate was quite hard to come by. i love what i do. i've created a business out of a product that i'm passionate about, and i get to eat chocolate for breakfast every day, if i want to.
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>> great story. >> yeah. a lot of chocolate. >> a lot of chocolate. >> it's a good idea, to do it at some point in your life. and we'll have much more "cnn newsroom" after this very short break. >> and remember, you can always follow and connect with us on social media any time after the break we're going to get you an update on what's happening in south africa with the student protests. stay with us. the 88th southern parallel. we had traveled for over 850 miles. my men driven nearly mad from starvation and frostbite. today we make history. >>bienvenidos! welcome to the south pole! if you're dora the explorer, you explore. it's what you do. >>what took you so long? if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. it's what you do. >>you did it, yay! while you're watching this,
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under fire the israeli prime minister defends his remarks hours before crisis talks with the u.s. secretary of state. >> hillary clinton is set to face off with house republicans investigating the death of a u.s. ambassador in libya. >> also coming up, too many cars, too much pollution. how some cities are trying to reclaim their air. >> hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and ash arnold t-- around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> we begin with the latest
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developments out of the middle east. high level talks are getting underway in the coming hours in berlin. more violence breaks out in jerusalem. john kerry and benjamin netanyahu are meeting in hopes of making some headway to ease tensions. >> a wave of deadly stabbing attacks has swept through jerusalem and the west bank in recent weeks. just within the past couple of hou hours, israeli police shot and killed two attackers who stabbed an israeli man at a bus stop. >> we turn to atika sthubert in berlin. meetings like this are a positive step. but what kitype of agreement wod be reached here to help diffuse things? >> from secretary kerry's point of view, the main objective is to dial down the rhetoric and ease tensions in some way. and to sort of return all of the
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anger to finding some concrete solution or at least temporary solution at this point, to calming those tensions down. specifically, looking at the status quo agreement, that is, of course, the agreement surrounding the temple mount area in jerusalem, in the old city. and that status quo agreement was agreed, you know, between israel and the palestinians as well as the jordanian authorities to maintain the area as a place where muslims would pray at the mosque, and while many jewish israelis would have access to go to that disputed area. they wouldn't have the right to pray there. and the reason we've seen this up tick of violence recently is fear, as it seems, that that status quo was going to be changed. and so, what secretary kerry may be doing on this trip is trying to agree, maybe possibly to get a document, for example, putting that status quo agreement in writing to try and bring those
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tensions down. but any sort of agreement like this is still going to be a while away. today is really just the meeting between kerry and benjamin netanyahu. it's just gotten underway. we're not sure if we'll get a statement later on, but we'll bring it to you if we get it. >> we'll see if anything comes from it. what and yesterday's meeting between prime minister netanyahu and german chancellor, angela merkel? we know about the controversy that erupted. we'll cover that in the next story, but did anything productive come from that meeting? >> reporter: i think germany was calling for calm, saying the emotional statements aren't helping. most importantly, standing next to prime minister netanyahu chancellor angela merkel essentially refuted his comments about the holocaust. she said germany maintains its responsibility for what happened
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during the holocaust and that there's no need to change history, no needs to revise it. so really a criticism of his comments before he was arriving here in berlin. echoing what many historians and his own critics within israel have been saying. >> all right. live for us in berlin this morning. atika, thank you. another big story we're trekking. el chapo is still at large and his brother-in-law isn't so lucky. they've detained him and several others who they believe organized the escape from prison in july. >> he almost us kaescaped after police tracked him down. they believe he injured himself when he fell off a small cliff, but he managed to evade the special forces chasing him. >> wikileaks published information i says came from the personal e-mail of cia director
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or the john brennan and includes sensitive information about his security clearances. >> this attack is something that could happen to anyone, and should be condemned, not promoted. there's no indication that any of the documents were leleaked cla classi classified. >> police say a man in the u.s. confessed to killing a four-year-old girl in a road wage incident in new mexico. >> an anonymous tip led them to this man, 32-year-old tony torez. he faces murder and weapons charges. we have more on what's being called a senseless murder. >> reporter: a community seeking justice for lily, a four-year-old, a little girl shot and killed while riding in the backseat of her family's red pickup. a crime that's let's even veteran law enforcement in shock.
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>> this is a crime which is unexplainable. i have never seen it before. >> reporter: investigatoring are calling it a classic case of road rage. >> this should have never happened. this is a complete disrespect of human life. >> reporter: it happened around 3:00, tuesday afternoon on westbound interstate 40. albuquerque police say two vehicles cut each other off. >> the daughter is not conscious. >> reporter: the deadly incident unfolding over two miles. they believe the suspect pulled up and fired multiple shots. at least one bullet, striking lily. her 7-year-old brother was in the truck but was not injured. >> the caller says his daughter is breathing. >> reporter: a passing department happened to spot the red truck pulled over and stopped to help. others driving by called 9-1-1. >> it looked like some sort of medical emergency. it's not an accident, but there's an adult holding what
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looked like an unresponsive child. >> reporter: the police shut down the road to try to find the shooter. tragically, it was too late to save the little girl. >> and this just in to cnn. south african president says he will meet tomorrow with students protesting a proposed university tuition hike. on wednesday students rioted. we are joined now from there. so, david, give us an idea of the significance of this, with the leader of the country willing to talk with students, could it possibly signal that he may ease back on this fee hike? >> reporter: well, i think it's possible. and the government has already proposed reducing the fee hike by several percentage points,
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but the students have said it's not enough. they want free tuition free education here. but it is significant that the president has, in fact, acknowledged the protest, 50ly, and secondly, has agreed to meet with student leaders and academics on friday. i think it's all because of these dramatic scenes that played out in capetown on wednesday. the culmination of a series of protests, throughout the country by south african university students. they started here last week, spread to more than a dozen universities. on the face of it, about these fee increases that the government and institution has proposed, but there's certainly deep-seeded frustrations within south africa's youth about the income inequality in the country, and the general lack of the response they see from the government and others. >> so talk to us about the situation here.
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so in the past, the tuition has been free, i take it. so what sort of amounts is the government hoping to increase this by at this point? >> reporter: well, actually, the free education promise came when they came into power 20 years ago. that's a campaign promise that they're calling them out on. the proposed increase was 10% to 12%. many students said it would make it hard for them to afford their education. this is the leaders of south africa of tomorrow.
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and even some academics about the way the education is handled in this country. and that's a gripe that you hear all the time in this country, from across the board, not just with the university level. >> all right. david keeping a close on this situation in south africa. many thanks to you. on the news agenda, hillary clinton is preparing for a long day in washington. she'll testify on benghazi. a major shakeup in the presidential race by someone who wasn't even a candidate. that story, just ahead.
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hillary clinton is expected to testify for hours in the coming day before the house of representatives committee on benghazi. some politicians have hinted it could be brutal. the former secretary of state is being questioned over how she
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handled the attack in 2012 when four american diplomatic staff members were killed in the libyan city. >> the committee is interested to know why clinton wasn't aware of requests for extra security in benghazi, and wonder if security improvements could have been made before the attacks. >> we take a look back at the violence that day in 12012. >> reporter: september 11th, a date that forever changed america would once again turn deadly. the year, 2012. extremists overrun the u.s. diplomatic mission, setting it ablaze before moving to a nearby cia an. taking the lives of four people.
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>> four patriots, they loved this country. an they chose to serve it and served it well. they didn't simply embrace the american ideal. they lived it. >> reporter: an independent investigation commissioned by the secretary of state found grossly inadequate security at the u.s. facility. four employees lost their jobs but the report said clinton was not responsible. seven congressional committees arrived at similar conclusions. among the most scathing, a senate intelligence report blasting state for failing to connect the dots and increase security after numerous intelligence reports warned of a potential attack. like the state department accountability review board, the center report gives clinton a pass, but an annex written solely by republicans places the blame at her feet saying final
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responsibility lies with the former secretary of state. the pentagon was faulted for not having military assets in the region to respond that night. and the intelligence community took heat for talking points used on sunday talk shows by then ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, which created the false impression the attack was prompted by an anti-muslim video that sparked violent protests across the middle east. >> what our assessment is that it began spontaneously in benghazi as a reaction to what transpired some hours earlier in cairo, where, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video. >> the gop charged the obama administration was trying to cover up a terrorist threat and predicted clinton's own legacy on benghazi would stop her
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presidential ambitions. . >> we had four dead americans. was it because of guys on a protest or because they went out and wanted to do it. >> the house speaker created the select committee on benghazi last year. it's seized on the use of clinton's private e-mail server. democrats have accused the gop of turning a tragedy into a political side show to take clinton down. >> everybody thought hillary clinton was unbeatable, right? but we put together a benghazi special committee, a select committee. what are her numbers today? her numbers are dropping. >> this may not be politically correct, but i think there is a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people, and an individual, hillary clinton. >> reporter: after a string of republicans labeled the committee a political vendetta, clinton pounced.
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>> this committee is basically an arm of the republican national committee. it is a partisan vehicle as admitted by the house republican majority leader, mr. mccarthy, to drive down my poll numbers. big surprise. >> reporter: the committee chair, trey gowdy strongly denies he's playing politics. >> i've told my friend shut up talking about things you don't know anything about. the seven members of my committee are much for focussed on the four dead americans than anyone's presidential aspirations. >> reporter: on thursday both sides will face off. >> and cnn political commentator, ryan lizzer joins me to talk more about this. he's also the washington correspondent for the new yorker, and thank you so much for joining us.
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>> my pleasure. >> thursday is shaping up to be a decisive moment for hillary clinton. how bad are the optics here? how much is at stake, and how damaging might this benghazi hearing be for clinton? >> well, if you had asked me that question a month ago, i would have said, potentially, very damaging. but as the report makes clear, what's happened over these last few weeks is that the republicans who are running this committee have really stepped in it. they have said on the record that this committee essentially was set up to damage her, and it's really damaged the credibility and the -- of the committee itself. it's not any longer seen as a nonpartisan search for the truth. it's seen as a get hillary endeavor. and so i think the republicans will be on their best behavior to try and return this to a
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search for the truth, so push back against those accusationac and hillary clinton will be on the offensive in arguing that this is just an effort to derail her presidential campaign. >> yeah. interesting. also a lot of republicans are saying the benghazi incident is worse than water gate. is that the case, or is it more a case of politics at play as clinton supporters suggest? >> water gate involved high crimes and misdemeanors. certainly high crimes by the president of the united states who lied and probably broke the law and resigned in disgrace. i have not seen anything in the benghazi investigation that comes close to what happened in water gate. i think, rosemary, one of the problems with this committee is that it is so focussed on the every little detail of what happened that night in benghazi that it has missed the bigger picture of what happened in libya at large. i think if republicans had
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focussed on the fact that the obama administration pushed by clinton who supported the policy intervened in libya without a plan for the aftermath. if they had just gone and looked at that policy, which let's admit was and is a failure given the state of libya today, they might have had more success. instead, they tried to pin the murders of these four americans on hillary clinton, and they just went off into the direction of, frankly, what looks like chasing conspiracy theories. and the broader policy failure has basically in american politics gone uninvestigated. and i think that was a big mistake from the beginning that republicans had. >> and we'll all be watching very closely. always a pleasure to talk with you. >> thanks, rosemary. >> and cnn will cover the hearing live on thursday. that's at 10:00 a.m. in washington.
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3:00 p.m. london time. >> i don't know if you saw this coming, but the u.s. vice president has decided not to enter the 2016 presidential race. biden says the window to launch a successful campaign closed as he was mourning the death of his son, beau. >> this move impacts the democratic presidential field giving hillary clinton a likely bump in upcoming polls, and donald trump says he's glad biden is not running. >> so we had some news today that biden is not running. and i think he did this smart thing, because, frankly, i don't know if he would have won. he wouldn't have gotten the nomination, i don't think he would have, and frankly, i really want to run against hillary. i really do. >> and he just might. the latest abc news pennsylvania post poll of republican voters
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shows donald trump rising to his biggest lead in weeks. the 32% support rivals ben carson who is close behind with 2%. >> there was a time where people didn't think trump had a chance and they saw him as a joke, but now he appears to be a viable possibility. paul ryan has cleared a key hurdle as he considers a bid to be the next speaker of the u.s. house of representatives. more than 70% of a group of conservative lawmakers voted wednesday for ryan's candidacy. >> he wants to help unit house republicans. he's waiting to hear if he has the support of others before officially jumping into the race. he's expected to get that early in the morning. one freedom caucus member says he appears to have enough support to become the next speaker. >> impact of a secret meeting.
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just ahead, reaction to the face to face meeting between the syrian eastern russian leaders. >> next we'll see what new delhi is doing to try to clear the air.
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a warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm errol barnett. it's your last half hour of the day with us. our top stories. john kerry and benjamin netanyahu are holding talks in berlin at this moment. they're hoping to make headway an easing tensions between
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israelis and palestinians. in the past few hours israeli police shot and wounded two attackers who stabbed an israeli man at a bus stop. >> in about six hours, hillary clinton will testify before the house of representatives committee on benghazi. clinton is being questioned over how she handled the attack in 2012 when four american diplomatic staff members were killed in the libyan city. critics say it's unfairly targeting clinton. committee members say they just want answers. >> families from north and south korea are saying good-bye after a three-day reunion. they were separated since the korean war in the 1950s. many of the elderly try to reassure relatives they would see each other again. >> students riots.
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the president says he'll meet with students on friday to discuss the issue. in a statement he said he, quote, fully understands the pressures on students. the white house is criticizing russia for what it calls the red carpet treatment for the syrian president in tuesday's surprise meeting. >> that's right. washington says vladimir putin's meeting with mr. asaad is at odds with moscow's stated goal of a political transition in syria. and matthew chance joins us with more. >> mr. asaad's surprise visit to moscow was breaking news 24 hours ago. what has president putin been saying and doing since then? >> reporter: well, since the meeting ended yesterday morning and the first news of that was broadcast by state television, the russian president has been
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on something of a diplomatic offensive, making calls to the kings of saudi arabia and jordan and the presidents of egypt and turkey as well to discuss the crisis in syria, the anti-terrorism campaign there, as the kremlin calls it. but on the outcomes of the meeting with president bashar al assad. they also agreed to remain in contact regarding the syrian problem. russia is using the meeting to reaffirm this idea that it is central to any future political settlements when it comes to the syrian crisis, and it's also showing that it backs president asaad to have some kind of role in any interim government. >> and john kerry will, of course, meet with russia's
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foreign minister on friday. how will the meeting with president asaad impact the meeting with those two gentleman? >> reporter: i think it will be another opportunity for moscow to reaffirm its stance on syria. the meeting is going to be taking place in the capital of austria. it's going to also include delegations from turkey and saudi arabia. and so it is a meeting specifically to discuss the situation in syria. and, again, at that meeting. the russian foreign minister will be able to reaffirm to his u.s. counter parts that russia stands firmly behind president asaad, and that any diplomat crisis has to go through moscow. russia has been immensely successful at positioning itself in this way. it moved in to protect its own assets there, the military and economic assets as well. but the other effect is that the
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it's made it central to any negotiated settlement in the u.s. it's enabled russia to play the role of a great power once again. >> and as we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words, and the optics from this meeting between putin and asaad seem clear russia is in the driver's seat. how is the international community reading it? >> reporter: i think that's the message, and i think that will be taken on board. you mentioned the united states has been very critical of the fact this meeting took place. criticizing the red carpet treatment, as they called it, of bashar al assad, an individual who has used chemical weapons against his own people. the united states also saying that it ran counter to the russian stance of trying to find a political settlement in syria, because basically they're saying that as long as russia sports
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bashar al assad, the rebel movement in the country will continue unabated, and it will bolster opposition forces, opposition to the government in damascus. there's a lot of concern in the international community about this. >> all right. matthew chance keeping us up to date live from moscow. the moscow meeting comes as russia supports a major offensive for control of aleppo. that's sent tens of thousands of people fleeing. nick paton walsh joins us from the turkey. we heard yesterday from an aid worker and a doctor who came to tears live on air describing what he's seeing in aleppo. the average resident, it must be unbearable for them. >> reporter: we're not talking about an onslaught against the city. there's been a stalemate and violence for years but we're talking about substantial moves
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by regime forces. out of lebanon and regime forces moving toward the southern aleppo country side. that has, according to the u.n., 50,000 people displaced. they have no idea where they're going to go. they can't go north, can't go west, east, or south where there's fighting or isis. yesterday we got footage from the front line, some about what it's like for them facing this regime onslaught with russian air power. this is what it's like on the receiving end of the russian backed offensive south of aleppo. the moderate rebel fighter now laying flat, sent us pictures saying it was the worst assault he'd ever seen aided by drones that they also target.
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>> translator: the russian strikes seem to hit civilians most, not us rebels, says this fighter before listing the several villages they've lost in recent days. >> reporter: these eyes in the sky seem to be speeding the regime advance. the fabled missile, and anti-tank hitting regime armor here. it helped rebels take ground fast recently but many more are needed for them to hold it now. we're here to block the russian and iranian occupation vowed this commander with the army of islam, but no doubt, this ral rallying call may be drowned out by the noise of russian jets. and the noise of rumbling armor. syrian state tv showing while their president briefly visited moscow, how they are advancing. ramming it home where in the south is now theirs.
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these images helping suggest why 50,000 civilians may now be on the move. one rebel caught this front line volley on a body camera. such high-tech enintimacy in a fight that can seem medieval. a new power is not lessening the old threat to those helpless and caught in the middle. >> now, if there is a move toward the city of aleppo. hundreds of thousands of potentially would have to flee. this is really russia assisting the syrian regime and creating a reality on the ground. can they succeed? perhaps in creating a reality diplomatically? is that what the meeting is about on friday, we'll have to see. as we've seen in the past, as putin tries to put forth a plan,
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or anybody, for a peace se sejtment, it's rejected. these sides are so far apart, and what's happening on the ground, seismic change in the tempo on the battle field. >> nick peyton live live from turkey. thank you. >> cities in ruins, thousands of people dead. hundreds of them children. we turn at this point to yemen's forgotten war and a wounded child's cry, don't bury. >> this is a hard story to tell. his death and his simple plea bring a human catastrophe into sharp focus around the world.
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>> we've known for some time that our planet has been warming but on wednesday scientists announced that no other month has ever been as warm as september 2015. >> and our meteorologist, pedram javaheri joins us now. is this reason to be concerned? this mean we'll get warmer months from follow? >> it could be. and this trend of warm months, it's the fifth consecutive warmest month on record, and you think about it. weather records have been kept since the 1800s. september 2015 is at the top. the ones right before it, two, three, four, five coming all the way down over 1600 months of weather records. there's some suggesting tht the warmest in about 1600 years and they're using ice core data,
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tree rings, all of them reliable. we'll break all of this down. it is a fascinating study. take a look at the global observation from january of 2015 to september of 2015. the color easy to see with the color red dominating the picture. notice across parts of canada, northern tip at the southern tip of south africa, south america, there, and then of course northern areas of the atlantic aegs where we have the lone spots that the temperatures were actually below normal. everybody else a warming trend in place. look at 19southern hemisphere wide, it's in place. evidence suggesting you can go back as far as the year 600, the last time the temperatures were this warm on our planet. they take ice core samples. they go down every several hundred meters down, you go back further in time. within it there are trapped bubbles that they can analyze.
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they can see the temperatures by melting some of the ice and look at the break down of this. it's fascinating to think the months we're living would be the warmest across our planet. we have a close call with an asteroid. this particular asteroid going to be the largest asteroid to be coming this close to our planet on halloween. it will come within about 300,000 miles. that's the distance of the earth to the moon. it was only discovered who weeks ago. the it was sobering to think it'll be very close. it will not hit, but it will be very close. >> thank you for that. the important part. appreciate it. >> yikes. >> now, the pollution causing climate change is also poisoning our air, especially in places like new delhi which has been labeled the most polluted city on earth. >> according to the world health
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organization, the air pollution is more than 15 times what's considered safe to breathe, but they're working. we are joined now live from new delhi with more. it was a car free morning there along that road behind you. it's also a holiday as well. still, how did it go? >> reporter: well, errol, you know, so, so is what i would say. you can see a number of cars already around me, and this is one of the quieter streets new delhi. this stretch is where the cycle rally in the morning was supposed to end. it was the state chief minister on a bicycle bringing people along with him. now, when i was traveling around in the morning and chatting with people, i drove around for a bit as well, very few people actually knew that today was
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meant to be a car free day, so if today was meant to be about awareness, there's a long way to go, errol. >> all right, but at least it's a first step. live for us this morning in new delhi. thank you. major cities around the world are struggling with pollution. >> and many of our respondents a correspondents are living in these cities. >> as beautiful as paris might be, there are some days when you can barely see the eiffel tower because of the pollution. that's something the mayor has been intent on changing. the city has taken anti-pollution measures, a ban of older trucks and buses. eventually, it will include all diesel powered vehicles banned from the streets of paris by the year 2020. all of this is not just health concerns.
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the world climate change conference begins here in late november, and a polluted paris is not the best image to present to the thousands of environment li lists who are expected to attend. >> tokyo is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with tens and millions of people and the cars and the industry to go with it. and yet pollution here, not a very big problem. in fact, as compared to most other large asian cities, tokyo consistently ranks near or at the top of most air quality lists. but it hasn't always been this way. take the this river for for example. clean now. it was dark with pollution back during the industrial booms of the 50s and the 60s. it took decades of environmental reforms before the problem was largely vol ved solved by the m. japan's policies perhaps now a model for other asian countries
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dealing with pollution. >> there you go. a bit of a snapshot. next, marty mcfly himself appeared on late night tv to show off a brand new gadget straight from back to the future informal we'll show you what it was. that's coming up. stay with us. [ female announcer ] take skincare to the next level
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okay. so everyone is remembering the p predictions made famous in 1989 by the iconic movie back to the future two. up of them that the chicago cubs would win the world series in 2015. >> but sadly, for cubs fans that won't come true. chicago was swept out of the baseball playoffs wednesday night by the mets. as they say in chicago, or been saying for 108 years, there's always next time. >> yeah. never know. so the movie didn't get everything right, but a few of the predictions are closer to reality. >> and if we're lucky, we might see one of gadgets on our feet some day. she's geenie moes.
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>> reporter: shoes, self-lacing shoes, none of them flew, there was a deluge of deloreans. parked outside new york tv studios. ♪ >> and even parked inside studios. >> is that your car? >> no. >> it was michael j. fox's self-lacing shoes that were the news. >> reporter: for all these years back to the future has provided hope to think this was too much trouble. even marty mcfly wassi impresse. is shoes didn't lace themselves. it was low tech movie magic. >> there was guys under the false floor that pulled the laces to make them tighten up. >> reporter: 26 years later, the
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dream came true. nike designer and v.p. sent michael j fox an instrallustrat letter saying we're proud to turn fiction into fact. we wanted you to be the first to receive a living pair. they sure sound like they're alive. >> they lace up on their own? >> yeah. see it tighten. >> reporter: nike says it senses the wearer's motion. they're going to be auctioned off going to the michael j. fox foundation for parkinson's research. no word on when they might be sold to the general public. talk about shoes that breathe. cnn, new york. >> the sound is a little annoying.
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>> great for nike. it's the hover board that everyone wants. >> this is the thing. watching these movies in the 80s you think the future is going to be exciting. it encourages people to invent things. someone needs to get on the hover board. >> they've tried. everyone keeps falling off. >> thanks for joining us. >> early start is coming up for the viewers in the u.s., and for everyone else, stay tuned for another edition of "cnn newsroom." >> and you can always follow us on social media. see you back here soon. we want to hear from you. >> take care, guys.
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in just six hours, hillary clinton will face tough questions on capitol hill over the benghazi terror attack. were early call for more security ignored? paul ryan. he can be speaker of the house if he wants to be. new support overnight from a -- a group of some of the most conservative republicans. how biden got the know and how this changes the race for president. that was quite a day in news, after we left here yesterday. >> yeah, a lot going on. >> good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john

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