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viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm isha sesay. >> i'm john vause. "newsroom l.a." starts right now. >> the cnn sinai peninsula is where the latest theory is isis put a bomb onboard a plane that brought done metro jet. intelligence suggests someone am sham el sheikh airport may have put a bomb perhaps in the luggage area. >> isis has claimed responsibility for bringing down the padgett that killed all 224 people onboard. britain has suspended flights to and from the airport while reviewing safety features there. >> what we are concerned to do is make sure our citizens are safe and all the right safety arrangements are in place.
and that's what we're checking out this evening, and we've got the cooperation of the egyptian government to do that. >> ben weedeman is standing by. what's the latest findings from the team that has been sent there from the uk? >> according to reports in the egyptian press, john, they did inspect that airport, looking behind the scenes area just to see exactly how secure that airport is. we understand that team will be meeting later today with egyptian officials to discuss ways to tighten up that security, but the fact is at this point, there's as many as 20,000 british tourists who are essentially stranded at the moment. we don't have any indication from the british authorities
when they will allow for the resumption of flights between the uk and sham el sheikh and when they will provide for alternative forms of transportation for these stranded tourists. >> those in cairo leading the investigation haven't said a whole lot about their finding so far as. they're urging patience. is there any indication when they may come out with some preliminary findings at least? >> no timetable, the civil aviation authority came out with a very brief statement yesterday essentially saying they will provide further information in due course. so there's no indication of when that will actual ly be. in the meantime, egyptian officials are concerned about the impact this event is going to have on tourism. tourism has really been limping
along in egypt since the resolution in 2011. in 2010, for instance, there were 14.7 million visitors to egypt. since then, that number has never recovered. they were hoping, officials here in cairo, that this year would represent an improvement, but at this point, it looks like cent events are going to prevent that. john? >> has there been any blowback by the egyptians that the british brought their own team there? clearly egyptians believe their security was up to international standards. >> yes, well, for instance, when britain declared that it would suspend flight an egyptian official said he was somewhat surprised by that decision. clearly egyptian authorities would like to be seen as
cooperating with british authorities to try to see what can be done to improve security, but eve been to sham el sheikh airport many times. you don't see the extent of security that goes on behind the scenes, but for instance, the only person i ever know who got stopped at sham el sheikh airport was a friend of mine who wasn't smiled. he told her she must smile before she leaves. she smiled and off she wept. so it's not the case that security at that airport is up to the highest standards. john? >> i know what you're talking about, ben. i've flown out of there a few time myself and it's relakted, ben, is a way of putting it. >> british authorities believe a
bomb may have well brought down the plane. are you getting any further details on the security assessment done by the uk aviation experts. and further y et, what it would mean for these british tourists stuck right now in sham el sheikh. >> we're waiting for an update this morning. but the last update we had suggests that the egyptian authorities had done more to improve security screening at sham el sheikh, more still needs to be done. effectively you have a team of british officials on the ground there expecting an improvement in those security procedures before they will allow any uk passengers through. whether or not it's to allow all those holiday makers thousands of them to return home or to allow new ones coming in. so at the moment, they've been sent back to their hotels and effectively being told to just wait and see what happens. because all the security advice they're getting here at downey
street is based on pretty recent information, we're told. that they're not comfortable to allow british passengers to go through that airport. the resort itself remains safe, they're saying nothing but essential travel to and from sham el sheikh airport and no uk flights going in or out. >> all of this sets the stage for this meeting set for thursday between the british prime minister and the egyptian president. we know that egyptian authorities are unhappy with the british decision to suspend flights to and from sharm el sheikh. given all that, what are the expectations for the meeting? >> they're always going to be talking about security. it's become very difficult for egypt now. you have a country sending lots of tourists and saying they' not going to go there anymore, that cuts a lifeline into the tourism
industry. that's going to be on the forefront of the the president's mind. it's going to be the first time we heard from him as well. the first response. how do the brits even know what caused it, that's the thinking. but certainly there's intelligence out there which the brits feel is serious enough to make this significant move. they knew it would upset the ejipg, but they obviously feel that it's putting british lives at risk by putting them through this airport. david cameron will be looking for some sort of confidence that security is being improved there and the president will want to know why britain made this move and whether or not they were justified in that. >> yeah, and the beggar question from all of this that will surely merge and be reconsidered by governments under a the world is what now needs to be done in terms of further airport security. i would imagine that's something
british officials will also be discussing in the hours and days ahead. >> yeah. i think effectively, you've got the americans not really saying anything on record, but behind the scenes saying they also think it's very likely a device could have caused this. it's not conclusive, but you've got the british and irish governments cancelling flights. you have american officials behind the scenes thinking they think there's something in this. i think everyone is desperacemso find out what's on the black boxes and why it's taking so long. until there is a conclusion, it's unclear what this means for travel or the egyptian tourism industry. but certainly i know the british tourists in egypt said don't cancel any flights back yet, which does imfly a resolution could come through if the security measures at sharm el sheikh airport are improved to the satisfaction of the british officials on the ground there.
jim francona joins us from portland, oregon. does isis have the capability to carry this out? >> if they do, it will increase their standing in the terrorist world. al qaeda has been trying to do this since 9/11. they have not been successful. they have tried several times. for this relatively new organization to do this really means that they have increased their capability tremendously and represents a threat, not just in iraq and syria, but now we see it in egypt and it could be spreading all throughout the middle east. evidently, they've acquired the capability to somehow get a bomb on to an airliner.
>> if we look at this isis-affiliated group in sinai, they carried out a sophisticated attack, it was coordinated, multiple targets. when you consider the capability and the sophistication of something like that, would it be harder to put a bomb on a plane than carry out a sophisticated attack like the one they did in january? >> no, not at all. remember, these affiliates, or these groups that become part of isis, they swear allegiance to the caliphate. but they're local groups and they know the area and many of them are former egyptian army so they have training in the weapons system. it's not like they come from syria and iraq to fight in the sinai. these are locals so they know the situation there. is it possible that they could have somehow gotten a bomb at the sharm el sheikh airport? preebl, because they could have recruited somebody there. there are sympathizes from the muslim brotherhood, which became
part of isis who are willing to do things like this. so it's not outside the realm of possibility. >> and colonel, you know how the intelligence world works. if britain is saying this looks like a bomb, if the united states is saying this looks like a bomb, and they're looking at the evidence and they're looking at the intelligence, surely the russians and the egyptians have exactly the same information and they're not saying anything. why is that? >> yeah. well, i think we know why the russians and egyptians -- the russians don't want to have this have been a terrorist incident because of their situation now with their intervention in syria. of course, egyptians don't want it to be an act of terrorism because it cripples their tourism tri. but i can tell you, from my background in the intelligence community, i find it inconceivable that the u.s. intelligence community and the british intelligence community would even say the word bomb unless they had something to go on. >> if this does, in fact, end up
being a bomb onboard a russian commercial airliner which killed 224 mostly russian citizens, what will that mean now in terms of russia's president vladimir putin and his reaction. what's his next move. >> my opinion is that he will ramp up his operations in syria. me will now go after isis instead of just paying lip service to go after isis. we look at the sorty counts in syria, 90% of them are going after anti-regime, nonisis fighters in syria. we may see that shift now. they may actually take on isis directly and shift the balance from fighting these anti-regime rebels and actually going after isis like they said they were going to do. >> maybe they've poked the bear with a stick. okay, colonel francona, thanks for being with us. thank you, sir. >> russia state media is reporting 58 of the victims from the metro jet crash have been
identified. that may bring some comfort to their family and friends, but this news will not bring answers to a man who lost his best friend in the crash. he's the diplomatic editor, nic robertson, their last conversation was shrouded in mystery. >> happier times, leonard in the blue hat, victim in the red. holidays together with their girlfriends. they were close. leonard, best man at victor's wedding. always sharing good times together, but last week was different. leonard took his girlfriend alexandria alone on a special trip to egypt. >> one day before this tragedy, i was chatting with him on a social page, and i asked him how it's going, how is everything. and he told me that he is going to tell me everything when he comes here. >> reporter: but his best friend never came back.
he died at metro jet flight 9268 plowed into the egyptian desert. >> for sure, in my life, he was a very kind person. i am sure that you couldn't find person who could tell something bad about him. >> the website is created for his friend has had tens of thousands of hits. it's a comfort, but there's more pain to come. help leonard's father identify his son's body. >> i can't imagine what's going to be there. i know that they're going to be not the whole bodies, you know? it's going to be some fragments. >> reporter: this happy photo on the egyptian beach is how he'll remember his best friend. >> he was very calm and at least it would seem. >> reporter: and what was it leonard was going to tell him?
>> i think he did have something to tell me, so i think it was about marriage. they wanted to tell us not in -- you know, not in chatting, just in real life. >> reporter: but it's something we'll never know. in their last picture, leonard and alex, engagement rings, coyly out of shot. nick robertson, cnn, st. petersburg, russia. >> a short break and when we come back, a u.s. college is closed after an attack on campus. details on the stabbing at a university right here in california. >> plus the careful steps u.s. police officer took to make his suicide look like a murder. >> investigators say lieutenant glenowitz plan included planting ef here at the crime scene to stage a homicide. the commander saying there was a trail of evidence. first pepper spray, then a few feet away, a baton, then
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>> welcome back, everyone. there remains 50 victims in metme metro jet that have just been identified. this comes one day after u.s. and british intelligence suggests an isis bomb brought down that jetliner on saturday in egypt. still, these officials stress there is no formal conclusion. >> mean tile, the uk and ireland have canceled flights to and from sharm el sheikh concerned about security at the airport. the flight was headed to russia from the resort town when it crashed. >> turning now to u.s. news. a man is dead and four people are recovering after they were attacked on a college campus here in california. police say he stabbed two students, a contract worker and a staff member with a hunting knife wednesday morning. campus police shot and killed h hi. it happened on the university of california merced campus.
>> as of now, the campus remains on precautionary lockdown as this incident is investigated and will continue to be closed through tomorrow, thursday. the campus expects to return to normal operations on friday. >> the university chancellor went on to say the victim's injuries appear to be nonlife threatening. the merced county sheriff says he was a student living on campus. authorities have not released a motive, at least not yet. >> in louisiana, a 6-year-old boy is dead and his phatter is in critical condition after police pursued a shooting. the child was in the front seat of his father's truck when gunfire was exchanged during the chase on tuesday. >> the coroner says the boy was shot at least five times but it's unclear exactly which officer shot and killed him. >> the shot that killed the child, where did that come from?
>> from all indications on my investigation of the scene came from the outside of the vehicle, coming from the driver's side in towards the passenger side where the victim was located. >> the coroner told our affiliate wafb that the father had warrants out for his arrest at the time of the shooting. when officials ordered him to pull over, he led them on a chase. jeremy was in the first grade and died at the scene. >> in illinois, authorities say a police lieutenant they initially thought was murdered actually committed suicide. >> officials have now revealed what likely led lieutenant joe gliniewicz, who was once considered a hero, to kill himself. we get the details from rosa flores. >> investigators say lieutenant gliniewicz planted evidence at the scene to make his suicide look like a homicide. so you're probably wondering what did he do?
investigators say they found a tril of evidence. first of all, pepper spray. then feet away a baton. and then further away, they found other objects, his glasses, a shell casing. they believe he was trying to make investigators think that there was some sort of struggle. what about the motive? investigators say gliniewicz was trying to cheat this community in life and death. >> the extensive investigation has concluded with an overwhelming amount of evidence that gliniewicz's death was a carefully staged dsuicide. >> reporter: the shocking announcement that lieutenant joe gliniewicz not only killed himself but staged an elaborate crime scene put to rest a two-month long investigation. the ruse started with gliniewicz radioing dispatching saying he was in pursuit of two white males and a black male.
then silence. his lifeless body would be found moments later. that's when hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers scoured the area, vowing to find and bring his killer to justice. investigators say lieutenant gliniewicz's plan included planting evidence here at the crime scene to stage a homicide. the commander saying there was a trail of evidence, first pepper spray, then a few feet away then baton, then eyeglasses, then a shell casing, all leading investigators to believe signs of struggle. the community that mourned for him and worried for his family today had a simple question -- why? it turns out investigators were zeroing in on gliniewicz for what they now say were criminal acts. spanning seven years, including laundering thousands from the foxnet police explorers, a mentorship program for teens, and using it for travel, adult websites, mortgage expenses, among other things.
>> gliniewicz committed the ultimate betrayal. >> the paper trail, expensive. so was the cover-up. investigators say gliniewicz deleted thousands of messages, like this one from back in june. quote, the 1,600 undocumented, it was cash from boot camp so there's no check trail to follow. >> our investigation strongly indicates criminal activity on the part of at least two other vinls. >> investigators won't reveal who those individuals are. in an interview with the program crime watch daily last month, gliniewicz's widow strongly denied her husband could have taken his own life. >> i whole heartedly believe he was murdered? >> and to say otherwise? >> it's disrespectful, hurtful, irresponsible. >> she's not the only one in disbelief. some in this community still hail him a hero. >> you could look at his face
and you know that he was an honest man. he was clean. >> reporter: after gliniewicz died, there was an outpouring of support in this community, not only emotionally, but financially. and one of the organizations who donated $15,000 to his widow is now asking for that money back. now, as for the family, in a statement from their attorney, they're asking for privacy. john, isha? >> and thanks for that report. but incredible really to think what was happening at the time that we now have actually all learned about. >> yeah. up next, with intelligence pointing to a possible bomb onboard, we look at whether the cockpit voice recorder holds any evidence that will prove what brought down flight 9268. stay with us for that. this is claira.
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>> welcome back to cnn los angeles. >> the headlines this hour. campus police at university of california merced shot and killed a man who stabbed four people wednesday morning. the school chancellor say the victims do not appear to have life threatening wounds. authorities say the attacker was a male student who lived on cam ps. >> u.s. authorities say joe gliniewicz had been stealing money to fund vacations and adult websites. >> a new video shows the moment after a crash of metro jet flight 1968. it suggests a bomb planted by isis or its affiliates brought down the plane.
british authorities are suspending flights while they review safety procedures at the airport. >> there will be no uk passenger flights out to sharm el shake from now. >> a key piece of evidence in the crash investigation is the cockpit voice recorder. >> a source told the russian news agency that the device captured sounds that were uncharacteristic and ind it kaed a nonstandard energy. kyung lah has more details. >> reporter: a u.s. official tells cnn chatter overheard after the crash suggests isis planted a bomb on the russian plane. investigators looking for proof focusing their attention on this, the plane's black boxes. the flight's cockpit voice recorder says an unnamed source to russia's interfax news agency
captured uncharacteristic, unexpected sounds moments before the flight disappeared. a significant clue. at twa we picked up a nano second of sound that we analyzed very carefully. >> in 1996, peter galz was one of the key investigators off long island. question swirled about whether a bomb brought down that plane. the flight began normally, just over 31,000 feet. then this last communication with the tower. approximately one minute later, the cockpit voice recorder captured a brief unusual sound. the ntsb ruled the sound was a low order explosion, the sound
of the plane tearing apart after a fire in the fuel tank, not a bomb. twa 800 fell out of the sky as other pilots called into the tower. >> we just saw an explosion out here. >> all conversation recorded between the crew in the cockpit is protected by federal privacy laws. the actual audio unreleasable to the public because it's sensitive and so personal to the victims' families. he says the audio proved critical in the twa case and in other air disasters. >> an mh-17, the plane shot out of the sky over ukraine, investigators triangulated a 2.3 millisecond sound peak captured on the voice recorder's multiple microphones in the cockpit and determined the noise came from outside the plane to the left side of the cockpit. it was a missile launched from the ground. >> you can sometimes tell the direction in which the sound is traveling by just the tiniest fraction of a second. and you can also sometimes
compare the signature of the sound to previous events. >>. >> reporter: as far as the state of the cockpit voice recorder, russia said it sustained serious mechanical data. they're still attempting to copy the data. one reason why u.s. investigators believe isis may be connected to a possible bomb onboard the russian padgett is because of an increase in what's called chatter. messages sent and received over known terrorist networks. pamela brown has more on that. she joins us now in atlanta. what more do you know about this chatter? >> we learned that the u.s. intelligence community has intercepted chatter from isis in the sinai peninsula. these are internal message, chatter online as well as phone conversations, talking about the idea, suggesting the fact that this group was behind the plane going down. we know isis came out publicly and said it did it. and now this is separate. these are private communications
that were intercepted where people talked about, they knew someone who put a bomb on the plane. and because of this, this is leading u.s. intelligence officials to believe that perhaps the terrorist group may be responsible for bringing down the plane and may have planted a bomb on the plane. fwom residue was found on the wreckage, nothing like that has been shared so far with the u.s. intelligence community. but based on the intelligence that they do have at this stage in the investigation, they believe that it is a plausible theory that a bomb kou been planted on that plane by terrorist group, but no one is jumping to any conclusions until they get more informing. >> did they learn anything from
the passenger manifest? >> there were not any red flags. everyone checked out. so what that tells authorities is that if there was a bomb onboard, the more logical explanation would be someone planted it on that plane, perhaps someone who worked at the airport. and we've learned that there is classified intelligence sup poring the theory that a worker at that airport may have planted a bomb on that plane and that bomb could have detonated once the plane reached a certain altitude. anticipate they think that is more plausible, because all the passengers and crew checked out, so it would be more unlikely that there was a suicide bomber onboard that plane or someon triggering the bomb onboard that plane, though, again, nothing has been ruled out. >> you'll find at least one
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>> officials in japan says there's no threatening behavior between the two vessels. >> this is the latest in a series of naval incidents between china and the u.s. >> taiwan's president says this weekend's historic meeting with his chinese counterpart is the first step towards normalizing ties. they said the talk would be transparent. he emphasized the first meeting between the two sides since 1949 was not an effort to boost his party's chances in the upcoming election. he also said the disputed south
china sea was not subject to discussion. >> the pro democracy leader says if her party wins in the upcoming election, her position would be above the president. she made those comments on thursday. >> su xi is currently barred from that roll, but she says it doesn't say anything about anyone being above the president. suu kyi's party is expected to do well at the polls. >> canada's new leader has taken the oath of office along with his not nearly as good looks cabinet. >> true. justin trudeau is the country's 24th prime minister. they campaigned to cut tax frps the middle class while increasing taxes on richer canadians. >> mr. trudeau says he'll end the country's combat mission in iraq and syria but will remain part of the anti-isis coalition.
he has also said canada would accept 25,000 syrian and iraqi refugees this year. we go to u.s. politics now. the latest national poll shows the same leeing candidates on the republican side, but some positions are shifting in the second tier among the hopefuls there. donald trump and ben carson within striking distance of each other. look at this, marco rubio is moving up to a tie with ted cruz in third place. >> jeb bush has dropped four points, now with mike huckabee, john kasich and rand paul at 4%. dana bash has more from the campaign in new hampshire. >> wherever donald trump goes it's an event. >> what do you say to him? >> i don't know, does he register? the polls? >> especially when it comes to the new hampshire state capital, the first gop candidate to file for the first in the nation primary. >> this may be a very, very important signature. '. >> whether it's voting aged adults -- >> are you all hard working?
>> or kids on a school trip, excited to see a celebrity. >> who's the best student? >> me! >> trump supporters here are quite enthusiastic. trump is still on top in new hampshire, but other candidates are gaining traction. a fresh poll has marco rubio now in third place. five times the support he had just two months ago. >> it there's a brnd new poll that shows marco rubio doing much, much better. what do you say to that? >> all i know is i'm number one. that's all i no e. >> despite the bravado, trump's stepped up attacks on rubio show concern. >> marco rubio has a disaster on his finances. he has a disaster on his credit cards. >> trump is seizing on new florida newspaper reports about rubio's use of a republican party credit card for personal charge s while in the state house. rubio insists he paid personal charges back. >> every month i would go through the pills.
-- bills. if it was mine, i paid it directly to american express. if it was the party's, the party paid for it. >> trump is practically tied with ben carson in a national poll and here in new hampshire. >> it doesn't surprise me, given the type of people the two of us are. trump says the neurosurgeon doesn't have the aptitude to be president. >> you were questioning his aptitude to be president. what do you mean? >> it's not for him. if you think it is, you're just kidding yourself. >> jeb bush is in the granite state, too. a three-day bus tour, trying to reboot his campaign as he's now slipped behind chris christie here. and trump can't resist taking shots at bush. >> i'm not an entertainer. he goes i'm not a good talker. i don't speak well, i don't debate well. i don't do anything well. but you should vote for me. that's jeb bush.
>> dana bash, cnn, new hampshire. >> oh, dear. all right, we're a couple of days away from donald trump's appearance as host on "saturday night live" but it is already sparking controversy. two hispanic groups sent letters to the show's producer protesting trump's invitation to host. >> and in a spot promoting the show, trump doesn't miss a chance to take a shot at his closest rival. >> donald trump is hosting "saturday night live" this week with musical guest sia. and because of equal time rules for television, mr. trump can only speak for four seconds in this promo. >> so let me just this, ben carson is a complete and total loser. >> okay, ben carson? unlike you, not laughing. >> i discovered when i was in grade school that those tactics
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suggest an isis bomb was behind the downing of the russian metro jet flight. what this means for egypt, russia, and countries around the world. plus donald trump steps up his attacks as polls show some republican rivals gaining on him. and later the democracy of myanmar prepares to vote amid concerns of widespread human rights abuses. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church live at cnn world head quarters. >> and i'm max foster with coverage of the russian metro jet crash in egypt.
and we begin with that crash of flight 9268 in egypt. u.s. intelligence now suggests a bomb planted by isis or its affiliates brought down that plane, killing all 224 people on board. new video shows the scene right after this crash. one u.s. official says the theory is that someone at the airport helped get a bomb onto the plane. british authorities are reviewing safety procedures at the airport. >> as a result of that review, we have concluded that there is a significant possibility that that crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft. we have concluded that we have to change our travel advice and we are now advising against all but essential travel by air through this airport.
that means that there will be no uk passenger flights out to shamel shake from now. >> russia has deployed satellite monitoring to help the search for debris. so far recovery teams have covered 33 square kilometers. >> reporter: it's a fast moving investigation crossing several countries as. we'll get the latest on what we know so far. >> reporter: when metro jet flight 9268, the plane climbed steadily but never made it to the desired altitude. at just over 30,000 feet, the plane dives rapidly, plunging at 300 miles per hour. >> the confirmation that this plane was falling at such a
rapid speed vertically and horizontally indicates it have a brick. >> reporter: it's now the leading theory for both u.s. intelligence and british officials notonight. >> we can't say why the russians jets crashed, but we've are concerned it was brought down as a result of an explosive device. >> reporter: all flights have been halted. >> isis has been operating successfully. they've ben assassinations of political leaders in the region. there's no reason to believe that they haven't compromised the security of the airport. this could be an inside operation, somebody that is, or some people that are familiar with how the baggage process
works, and let's not just limit it to the cargo hold. catering could be involved too. >> today egyptian investigators searched wreckage for clues, including bomb residue, despite the reporting from u.s. and british officials and another claim of responsibility from isis, so far the egyptians maintain its found no evidence of terrorism. >> this is one way to nail the image of egypt. >> reporter: so far russia has publicly maintained it's too early to draw any conclusions. russian state media reported victim's bodies show no sign of trauma from an explosion. >> the russians also don't want to show vulnerability to the islamic state because they're fighting in syria and the sense that they be drawing violence against russians for what they're doing in syria, may not play well in russia. >> the egyptian president is in
london where he is expected to meet thursday with david cameron to discuss the metro jet crash investigation. let's go pack to our max foster who is at ten downing street. the prooils adavid cameron and president of egypt expected to meet. how tense given what's been said about the possibility of a bomb having brought down the plane? >> i think it's going to be tense. we've already heard from the egyptian foreign minister that they feel this was premature of the uk to try to install these restrictions before the conclusion of the official investigation in egypt. and you have to think that the airport is at the center of a big tourism part of egypt. and this is going to knock confidence in terms of british passengers but probably internationally as well in that region. there's a huge amount of concern
on the egyptian side. we haven't heard from the egyptian president yet on it. we'll get the first comments from him in london. at the same time, david cameron wants reassurance from the president that it's safe for british travelers who go through that airport. it's apparent he doesn't feel based on the intelligence that he's received, that he's not comfortable with passengers going through. all the passengers are stranded. he thinks that's the price to pay. >> you mentioned those passengers and we're talking about thousands of british tourists stranded there. when might they be able to come home? >> reporter: well, they're actually being told by the foreign office not to rearrange their flights just yet. the ones that were at the airport waiting to fly, obviously, aren't being able to fly. yet the flights were suspended. we know today's flights were suspended as well. the brits have said that the
egyptian authorities have improved security, but they haven't gone far enough yet. so they're not confidentable for the british tourists to go to that airport just yet, but they're being told not to rearrange their flights which suggests things are moving in the right direction and in the near future, at least, those passengers may be able to take flights possibly by the end of the week. we'll bring in ben wedeman on that. ben, a british team on the ground there. what do you know about what they've been looking at? >> reporter: well, obviously they are looking at the security measures being taken at the airport. apparently they were given access to the behind the scenes areas of the airport that normal passengers wouldn't see according to reports in the egyptian media. they were taking photographs and what not to get an idea of just what sort of level of security existed at that airport. i've been through that airport
many types. oftentimes one leaves there with the impression that security is relaxed, keeping in mind, that it is a resort town that teals essentially with only tourists. a few businessmen, and generally, it doesn't seem like a tense place where security is particularly tight under normal circumstances. >> but the flights cancelled there from the uk. they're advising all but nonessential travel to be cancelled toward there. it's a huge dent to what is a crucial part of the economy for the egyptians. what response have you had from the government there? >> reporter: well, we did hear egyptian officials saying they were somewhat surprised by the british decision to halt or suspend flights here. obviously for egypt, tourism is an important mainstay of the economy.
tourism has been limping along, really, since january of 2011 when the revolution took place here. it has never really recovered since then. 2010, for instance, saw 14.7 million tourists coming to egypt. it's never recovered, and egyptian officials before this i said incident were hoping tourism would make a recover ri, but with all this, hopes for a better year have clearly been dashed. >> obviously we're awaiting the outcome of this investigation. there seems to be some credibility given to the theory that isis can bomb flights over the sinai. is there credibility there on that theory as well, even before the conclusion to the investigation? >> reporter: egyptian officials have been tight lipped when it comes to this investigation, and
they have played down the possibility that there was indeed some sort of terrorist act that led to the crash of the metro jet airliner. yesterday the aviation authority which is spearheading this investigation came out with a very short statement. it did mention that the cockpit voice recorder was damaged, but beyond that, it said that further information will be made available in due course, and it's not at all clear when that due course is going to be. so many people are waiting, but as i said, egyptian officials eager to down play the possibility that terrorism had a role in this event. max? >> okay. up in cairo. thank you very much. back with you as we get more details out of egypt. in terms of the next update in london, it's just been out that the prime minister is going to head out for an emergency cobra meeting before the meeting with
the egyptian president. >> max foster, we'll come back to you in just a moment. many thanks. i do want to bring yo cnn military analyst, rick fran cone for more on this. thank you for caulking with us. now, u.s. intelligence suggests an isis bomb may have brought down this plane. britain's prime minister, david cameron, seems to agree. it's not conclusive, but what do they know that we don't at this point? >> it's a really good question. i can tell you from my background in the community that to utter the word bomb, they'd have to have some indication that that's actually true. they're really going out on a limb here. they must have some intelligence that indicates this was an explosive device. both the british and the americans would be reticent to
do this without an indication. it's just like a crime scene. everybody goes back to the tapes. that's what the intelligence does. they go back and review any available imagery and talk to anybody who might have had any insight and see what they can come up with. there's something there that they're not telling us. >> isis did claim responsibility for the crash. that was dismissed. now it's being given serious consideration. does isis have the capability to do this, and if they did, how did they pull it off? >> yeah. okay. second part first. they probably pulled it off by recruiting someone at the airport to do this. that wouldn't be hard to do in egypt. if you look at the isis anil yat in egypt, these people didn't come from syria or iraq. these are egyptians. other groups, there's an al qaeda affiliate that that has
defected to isis. these people are egyptians. they know how to work the system. they live there. and the sinai has just been a real hot bed for islamic fundamentalism. for them to recruit somewhere there is not out of the question. >> and if this was a bomb and i keep saying this, we don't know this for sure, what will it mean in terms of security in airports around the world, and why has egypt been so slow, it appears to question baggage handlers, caterers, and others that work at the airport who possibility could have been involved if this was a bomb? >> i think the egyptians wanted to down play any sense or any indication that this was terrorism, because as has been talked about, this will cripple the egyptian tourist economy which is not in good shape anyway. so that's one of their big
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welcome back, everyone, we are following new intelligence details in the crash of metro jet flight 9268. they're suggesting a bomb brought down the airliner killing all 224 people on board. 58 bodies have just been identified. that's according to russian media. isis has claimed responsibility for the crash. meanwhile, russia has deployed satellite monitoring and drones over the crash site to help with search efforts. british and irish officials say they are concerned about security at the airport. suggesting someone may have helped plant that bomb. they have suspended flights between the resort city and
their countries. no conclusive word on whether that is a bomb. we do need to emphasize that. now, earlier, we asked cnn intelligence and security analyst, robert baird to weigh in on the possibility that isis may be responsible for the crash. >> there are hourly reports coming from people from boeing, the french, the irish. they're very concerned there's going to be more attacks. they need to know whether, in fact, this was a bomb. these reports are probably fl fragmented and there's a lot of guess work. if you're sitting in london or washington, you're thinking does this look like a bomb, and the more pieces of luggage and the more bodies they examine, the more the picture will start to form that it could have been an explosion. i don't think ten downing street is going to be public like this, cancel flights out of sharm el
sheikh, take on the egyptian president unless it has some pretty good evidence. they have to be looking at more than just motivation and opportunity. i think the picture is coming together, but we won't get a complete description of the bomb and the weight and the rest of it probably for months. >> we will have more on the plane crash later this hour. in the meantime, be sure to check out the latest developments related to this story on our website at cnn.com. and we are hearing reaction to the russian plane crash from some of the u.s. presidential candidates on the campaign trail. ben carson was asked if the u.s. was doing enough to protect its citizens from potential bomb threats from terrorists. take a listen. >> you know, i think our people are actually doing a very good job already.
and we haven't had any bombs in any of our planes for that reason. obviously you don't want to relax the surveillance that we have. >> jeb bush used the plane crash to briefly outline how he would handle isis. >> first of all, i don't know if it's true. but isis has a desired strategy to put the black flag of isis in the white house. and a plan to destroy western civilization. it's not a law enforcement exercise. we need a strategy to take them out. >> in the meantime, support for the republican candidates is shifting. the latest national poll shows donald trump with a slight edge over ben carson. and marco rubio has gained a couple of per sen tacentage poi tie with cruz. bush has dropped to 4%.
now, chris christie's standing in the polls will probably put him on the undercard of the next primary debate. the new jersey governor has an arch of 2.23%. they're requiring candidates to have an average of 2 .5% to appear on the prime time debate on november 10th. >> trump is still leading his republicans, and his confidence appears unshaken. he's responding directly to challengers gaining support. dana bash has our report from the campaign in new hampshire. >> reporter: wherever donald trump goes, it's an event. >> does he register in the polls? >> reporter: especially when he comes to the new hampshire state can ta capital. the first republican gop candidate to register for the primary. whether it's voting aged adults
or kids on a school trip excited to see a celebrity. >> who's the best student? >> reporter: trump supporters here are quite enthuse yasic. trump is still on top in new hampshire but other candidates are gaining traction. a fresh poll has marco rubio in third place, five times the support he had just two months ago. >> there's a brand new poll that chose marco rubio doing better. what do you say to that? >> all i know is i'm number one. >> reporter: trump stepped up attacks on rubio, revealed concern. >> marco rubio has a disaster on his finances. >> reporter: trump is seizing on new florida newspaper reports about rubio's use of a credit card for personal use. he insists he paid personal charges back. >> every month i would go through the bills.
if there was nothing personal, i paid it. if the it was the party's, the party paid for it. >> reporter: rubio is only one trump threat. ben carson is practically tied with him in a new national poll and here in new hampshire. >> it doesn't particularly surprise me. given the kind of people we are. >> reporter: trump says the neurosurgeon doesn't have the aptitude to be president. you were questioning his aptitude to be president. >> he has no aptitude to do the deals you have to do. it's not for him. and if you think it is, you're kidding yourself. >> reporter: jeb bush is in the granite state on a three-day bus tour trying to reboot his campaign as he's slipped behind chris christie here, and trump can't resist taking shots at bush. >> i'm not an entertainer. he goes, i'm not a good talker. i don't speak well. i don't debate well. i don't do anything well. but you should vote for me. that's jeb bush.
>> reporter: dana bash, cnn, new hampshire. >> and one of trump's next stops is as host of the u.s. comedy show, saturday night live. promotions for the show have jokingly referred to equal air time rules for political candidates, and he spoofed his well known bra video doe. >> i'll be hosting saturday night live this week with musical guest sia. >> and to make things extra fun, he's not going to brag or say he's the best at anything for the whole show. right, donald? >> that's right, and i'm going to do the best job anyone's ever done not saying it. >> you just said it. >> what can i say? i'm the absolute best. what can i say? >> but his appearance is stirring controversy. protesters gathered outside nbc for a dump trump protest.
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is our complete coverage of the russian plane crash over egypt. >> and i'm rosemary church. let's update you on the top stories this hour. we have new video from just moments after the crash of metro jet flight 9268. u.s. intelligence now suggests a bomb planted by isis or its affiliates brought down the plane. another u.s. official says the theory is that someone at sharm el sheikh airport helped to get a bomb on the plane. a u.s. defense official says a submarine closely tracked a u.s. aircraft carrier in the eastern pacific last month. there was no indication of communication between the two vessels. it was the latest in a series of tense naval incidents between the two countries.
campus police at the university of california merced shot and killed a man who strapped four people wednesday morning. the school's chancellor says the victims do not appear to have life threatening wounds. authorities say the attacker was a male student who lived on campus. more now on the crash of metro jet flight 9268. british authorities say they believe a bomb may well have brought down the plane. we want to go back to our london correspondent, max foster. max, david cameron is set to meet with the egyptian president. as we spoke last hour, it's likely to be a pretty tense meeting. what are the expectations? >> i think it will be tense. what you're effectively doing here, is cutting off a lifeline to the egyptian economy which is flights in and out of sharm el sheikh which is at the heart of
its tourism sector. we've already heard some soundings of disgruntlement suggesting this was premature. there's no official results. why is britain acting now? britain feels as though it has information that suggests that that airport isn't safe for british travelers so it stopped all flights in and out. a we've ended up with thousands, possibly tens of thousands of british tourists stranded there because they can't get back to the uk. >> and what's going to happen to them in the short term, at least? >> reporter: well, they've been told not to cancel their flights back which suggests they may get an opportunity to come back from the airport. we know there's a british team on the ground there in sharm el sheikh checking out the security measures at the airport. they're working for the egyptians on that. they are aware the egyptians have improved the situation slightly but they haven't gone far enough. at the moment, the flights are
still suspended today, an extension from yesterday. whether or not people can fly back by the end of the week we'll see. they're told not to cancel their flights just yet. one of the big concerns is that isis capabilities have reached a level at which they can bomb a plane over egypt. we don't know whether or not that's true yet. we need more evidene of that. but they raise that concern out there, and deborah ferik has been assessing that. >> reporter: if british and u.s. intelligence officials are correct, than isis or an isis if i affiliate. >> this will be the most significant terrorist attack since 9/11. >> reporter: intelligence officials say an explosive device may have been hidden inside luggage and that someone at the airport may have helped get it past security unlike the
explosives used by al qaeda. authorities believe isis used a more conventional device. a source celling cnn it may have included a barometric pressure switch. al qaeda has targeted passenger planes four times since 2011. one attempt foiled by passengers on board. a plot by british extremists who hide explosives in water bottles was disrupted. and then the underwear bomber failed to properly detonate explosives as his plane was landing in detroit. a year later, explosives were discovered in two printer toner cartridges on usp planes. and a master bomber claimed credit for both incidents.
isis said only that they, quote, brought it down. the last successful terror attack against a passenger plane was in 2004. the target? two russian planes. brought down by two female extremists known as the black widows. the women each smuggled eight ounces of explosives on board inside a body cavity. they detonated their devices midair. and as in this tragedy, there were no survivors. >> we don't know the nature of the intelligence which sparked the concern here, but we will hear a bit more about it possibly today in the next couple of hours, chairing an emergency cobra meeting assessing the threat. >> we'll come back to you soon. russian state media is reporting 58 of the 224 victims from the metro jet crash has
been positively identified. this is likely welcome news for families, but it won't bring answers to a man who lost his best friend. he tells cnn international, diplomatic editor he's left with a question he'll never get answered. >> happier times. leonard in the blue hat, victor in the red. holidays together with their girlfriends. they were close. leonard, best man at victor's wedding. always sharing good times together. but last week was different. leonard took his girlfriend, ale aleck exsandra alone on a special trip to egypt. >> i was chatting with him on a social page one day before, and i asked him how is everything, and he told me that he's going to tell me everything when he will come here. >> but his best friend never
came back. he died as metro jet flight 9268 plowed into the egyptian desert. >> for sure, he was a very kind person, and i'm sure that you couldn't find a person who can tell something bad about him. >> reporter: the website has created for his friend has had tens of thousands of hits. it's a comfort, but there's more pain to come. help leonard's father identify his son's body. >> i can imagine what's going to be there. i know that there's going to be not whole bodies. it's going to be some fragments. >> reporter: this happy photo on the egyptian beach is how he'll remember his best friend. >> he was calm and at least --
>> reporter: and what was it leonard was going to tell him? >> i think he did have something to tell me, so i think it was about they wanted to tell us not in chatting just in real life. >> reporter: but it's something we'll never know in their last picture, leonard and alex, engagement rings coyly out of shot. nick robertson, cnn, st. petersburg, russia. r she's agred to give it up. that's today? we'll be with her all day to see how it goes. after the deliveries, i was ok. now the ciabatta is done and the pain is starting again. more pills? seriously? seriously. all these stops to take more pills can be a pain. can i get my aleve back? for my pain, i want my aleve. get all day minor arthritis pain relief with an easy open cap.
myanmar is just days from a landmark parliamentary election, but prodemocracy leader says the process so far has not been exactly free and fair. she says there have been irregularities in advanced voting as well as fraud and intimidation. despite this, her party is expected to do well at the polls sunday. but she says western
expectations for democracy in myanmar are too high. >> overoptimistic about the developments in this country. is that still the case and will it be the case after the election? >> let's wait to see if it's still the case after the election. so far it's still the case. not just the norwegian government but there have been other western countries that have been overly optimistic about this process. i would like to remind you that since 2012, i have been saying that what we need is a healthy dose of skepticism, and all this overoptimism is not helping. >> and there's cautious optimism in myanmar as the country prepares for the election. but many are questioning how far their limited democratic freedoms will go.
iv iv ivan watten has the details. >> protester move swiftly demanding the release of student activists stuck in jail. >> we want freedom at the prison. >> reporter: police watch closely but for the moment, they do not intervene. last march other demonstrators weren't so lucky. that's when police cracked down hard on a student protest. activists were on a march to the commercial capital to demand changes to an education law. but police stopped the march, arresting scores of demonstrators and venting their fury on a protester's truck. it seems like this police crack down was supposed to be a thing of the past. years ago, the they opened up myanmar to reform to transition to a civilian government, but the prosecution of student protesters has led many to
question the new government commitment to democracy. on a rainy day, supporters gather at a courthouse where dozens of the student activists arrested last march are now standing trial. a 28-year-old, a long time political disdent faces a possibility of time in prison after a protest. >> this is not real democracy. >> reporter: human rights monitor talk of democracy reform in myanmar is little more than window dressing. >> i think it really shows that there are some people within the government, pro military elements that do not want to reform any further in the country, that this is the limit. >> reporter: this is another political disdent who spent four years in prison during the military regime. she may now go back to prison again. >> i try to change our
education. to get democracy education. after that i was sent to the prison again, and was on trial. >> reporter: after the judge approves another delay, the prisoners march out chanting. this woman takes her place on a police truck back to jail. the prisoners sing a full throated song of protest. myanmar is in the midst of an historic period of transition. but no one knows where this bumpy road will take the country next. ivan watson, cnn. >> and the spokesman for myanmar's president has defended the arrests. he tells cnn the government has the responsibility to balance new freedoms with maintaining law and order during the difficult transition from decades of authoritarian rule. there's growing concern over
an increase in religious intolerance in the world's largest democracy, and recent attacks on muslims are at the center of it. we have reports of opponents blaming indian prime minister and what some are calling the rise of hindu nationalism. >> every person has the right oh to the practice their faith how they choose. >> reporter: it's something even the president eluded to during his india visit earlier this year. >> india will succeed so long as it's not splintered along the lines of religious faith. >> reporter: but today religious divisions are dominating headlines. >> even if it was beef. do we live in a country where a man should be killed? >> reporter: on september 28th, a muslim man is lynched after rumors that he ate beef. october 9th, one young muslim is set ablaze by a mob on rumors that he was transferring beef.
on october 15th, another muslim man killed for smuggling cows. hindus believe cows are sacred. slaughtering them has been banned for decades. but enforcement was lax. now hard core hindu groups are enforcing laws. concerning to many who say they've seen growing entol laine that goes beyond religion. this man was smeared in black ink by a party for organizing a book launch with a politician turned author. >> it seems there is a design to subvert the idea of india. >> reporter: this is one of more than 40 writers who recently returned their most prestigious literary awards in protest of what they call an assault on india's diversity. >> in the great indian
tradition, there has always been space and respect for dissent, space for debate and discussion. >> what's at stake here? >> the entire concept of india. >> reporter: the recent attacks on muslims have sparked renewed debate over whether the prime minister's rise to power has emboldened the extremist hindu supporters looking to push a religious agenda and whether his government is doing enough to stop it. but he rejects the criticism saying he has condemned religious violence. his spokesman says it's orchestrated and manufactured by opposition parties and other opponents. >> propaganda has happened and everybody falls for it. to say one or two i sancidents e and there are showing
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heavy snow is expected to hit eastern china. we have our meteorologist to talk to us about this. how bad is it likely to be? >> it's interesting. it's in a part of the world that doesn't normally see a lot of snow, especially this time of year. beijing has just been awarded the winter olympics in 2022, and the average snowfall in that area is literally just one centimeter. we could get 10 centimeters in the mountains just outside of beijing, or the capital china, and we'll highlight that. take a look at this. graphics to show you to give you a bit of setup on what the weather is going across eastern china, and it has been rather rough, and it's thanks to an area of low pressure that continues to bring heavy rainfall, especially just south of beijing. i do want to show you some of the footage coming out of that region. the snow flakes are massive. we have very large snow. this is often indicative of when
temperatures are hovering just about freezing or slightly above freezing. we have a little bit of liquid that forms around the frozen snow flake, and that acts as glue to kind of accumulate more and more snow flakes creating the largest snow flakes in the air. that's an interesting side note. it's this low pressure system and enough cold air to transition that precipitation over to the frozen variety, so if you're located in beijing, expect kind of some unpleasant weather going forward over the next 24 to 48 hours. the bulge of the snowfall yrvegs ten or 15 centimeters of snow north and west of the city where the mountainous terrain is located with temperatures around freezing in beijing. i don't expect much of it to stick on the ground. i'm going to transition quickly to a phenomenon that's just occurred. we have had the aurora borealis that created impressive scenes all thanks so this
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intelligence intercepts suggests it might have been bombed. growing concerning isis have brought down a russian airliner over egypt. also ahead, pornography, lies and suicide, a police officer's mysterious death now called the ultimate betrayal. plus another day of travel chaos and bali. and a volcano causes cancellations. >> welcome. i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm max foster in london.
this is "cnn newsroom." after the crash. a u.s. official says intelligence suggests someone at the airport may have helped get an explosive device onto that plane. barbara star reports. >> the u.s. intelligence community now scrutinizing airport security at shar sharm el sheikh airport. was most likely caused by an explosive device on the plane planted by isis or an isis affiliate according to a u.s. official. the official who is particular with the latest information regarding the u.s. intelligence
analysis of the crash tells cnn there is a definite feeling it was an explosive device planted in the luggage or somewhere on the plane. a british aviation team is traveling to the airport to look at the security there. >> we cannot categorically say why the russian jet crashed but we have become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down as a result of an explosi explosive device. >> the david cameron announced all flights are suspended until security measures can go assured. ireland doing the same. the u.s. embassy in cairo has told u.s. employees not to travel to the sinai peninsula. >> this could be an inside operation. somebody that is or some people that are familiar with how the
baggage process works, and let's not just limit it to the cargo hold. catering could be involved with this too. >> reporter: isis has put out two statements claiming responsibility for bringing down the plane, but they have not given any details. the u.s. official says the administration has not come to a firm conclusion but the belief it's a bomb is based in part on monitoring of internal isis messages separate from the group's public claims of responsibility. the u.s. did not know if the bomb plot in advance, but had seen militant activity in sinai in recent weeks that had caused concern. the egyptian government says the airport is safe. >> egypt is as safe as ever, and all statistics are pointing to the fact that -- >> barbara star, cnn, the pentagon. >> ben wedeman is following
developments from cairo. he joins us life. what are egyptian officials say about the possibility of a bomb? >> reporter: very little at this point. as a matter of fact, this is the front page of the egyptian paper of note in cairo, and it's not even on the plane crash, let alone the bomb isn't even on the front page. egyptian officials have been playing down consistently the possibility that this plane may have been brought down by some terror-related event, and what we saw yesterday, a very brief statement put out by the egyptian civil aviation authority which is spearheading the information. it acknowledged that the cockpit voice recorder was damaged in the crash, but it said that as far as further information on the investigation, it will be made available in due course, and the egyptian aviation
minister is quoted as saying in this newspaper that he's giving no timetable for the publication of the results of any investigation. until now, mum is the word when it comes to these american and britt british suggestions that there may been a bomb on board the plane. >> those suggestions are triggered the suspension of flights, certainly for the british tourists leaving thousands of them stranded there. so what does this mean in terms of security now at the airport? >> reporter: well, egyptian officials have said that security has been ramped up at the sharm el sheikh international airport. a group of experts visited the facility yesterday. in a sense, the horse has already left the barn. the bad news is out of the crash of this russian airplane, and in a sense, it's going to be
difficult for egypt, at least for the time being to attract anymore tourists given what has happened. >> and from what you've been sayisa saying, ben, there's an avoidance of the topic in the media, but egypt is going to have to talk about this. when might we hear something about the investigation, given that so many people are talking about the possibility of a bomb? >> reporter: well, we're hoping to hear some sort of reaction, some sort of comment from egyptian officials to these suggestions by the americans, and the british, but i can tell you having covered the october 31st, 1999, crash of egypt air flight 990 which went down off the coast of new york, it took the egyptians a very long time to come out with any sort of solid information about the incident.
they did cooperate with the national transportation safety board of the united states in the investigation, but in the end, when the ntsb suggested that the plane was brought down by the co-pilot, the egyptians rejected that conclusion absolutely. and so there's no way to predict how they're going to comment, when they're going to comment or when we will see the results of their investigation. they have, apparently, begun to study the contents of the voice cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder as well, but no indication what the contents are up until now. >> and of course, the other part of this story is the impact this is likely to have on tourism for egypt. what's being said about that? >> reporter: well, i think this explains why egyptian officials are hesitant to comment on the possibility that terrorism had a role to play in the crash of the
metro jet plane. they're well aware that tourism is a mainstay of the egyptian economy. tourism has limped along, really, since january, 2011 when the regime was overthrown. 2010 saw 14.7 million tourists coming to egypt, and the numbers have never recovered, and, obviously, given this crash of the metro jet airplane 300 kilometers north of sharm el sheikh, it's not going to be tourism any good. >> ben wedeman joining us live from cairo. back to max foster now. >> reporter: we're going to bring in, rosemary, now, someone from the royal united, an expert in counterterrorism. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> reporter: a dramatic move by
the british last night. late intention coming in suggesting that the airport isn't safe for british tourists. it's not pabased on the investigation, as far as we know. what sort of intelligence could have led to this decision? >> we don't know the exact nature of this intention, and it would be surprising if it leaked out. but surprisingingly, some specific information suggested to them that this airport was in some way compromised and therefore, there was information that was potentially dangerous to life and dangerous to british lives for people being tourists in sharm el sheikh. they had to act. clearly what we're seeing, it was specifically connected to this particular airport, and the particular threat they saw there. the overall threat picture that the foreign office has toward egypt has e maremained the same. >> it was specifically about the airport, isn't it, because the
resort isn't out of bounds as far as the office is concerned, just that airport. and the security measures there. from the sense we're getting and the action around the airport around, it suggests it's related to the security and the screening. >> clearly, the british calculations that there was an explosive on board the plane and it was due to something that happened on the ground that managed to get onto it. they've clearly decided that's a dangerous threat and one that is a gap that continues to exist. >> reporter: in terms of what happens from here, the foreign office haven't suggested that tourists in sharm el sheikh cancel their flights, their future flights which suggests there is a way out of this. they're working with egyptian authorities. do you think this is likely to be something that could be resolved if the egyptians move in the right direction from what you know of the information we
have right now? >> i mean, look, it seems like a specific response to a specific threat. presuming that means it's one that can be mitigated. the fact that they're flagging it up means they're very concerned about this, but it's something they feel can be acted on. if they didn't think it could be acted on, you'd expect them to raise the threat picture. if we think back to the incident in soous earlier, in the wake of those incidents, there was a threat picture to the entire country raised, and they said security services saying this is a dangerous place, that british nationals should be aware of the dangers before they go. the fact that here they've done this specific response to a specific apparent threat coming from a particular airport suggests there's a sense that this is a piece of intelligence which needed to be acted upon
quickly but can be resolved. >> reporter: do you think it was a specific threat against british nationals based on the information you have? >> i don't think we know whether it was a special threat against british nationals. i don't think we know they were specifically targeting a russian plane. t the timing with the suggestion of the claim of the attack and coming in the wake of the increased russian presence in syria would suggest a correlation. but with we don't know. it's possible there was a gop in the airport that terrorists were able to act upon and it happened to be a russian plane. there's a lot of british tourists that use this resort. the numbers i heard this afternoon for 15,000 to 20,000 british nationals out there. there's a big number. i don't think we know there's britons being targeted but
clearly it's a big body of brits. and that has been to be the british government's primary concern. >> reporter: and they're stranded there at the moment. thank you. those flights suspended again today, we understand. we haven't heard, yet, from the egyptian president on this. and his reaction. we might get that first reaction here in london. that's where he is, due to be meeting david cameron later on this morning, probably around lunch time. they're going to have a meeting and be discussing this crash investigation, and particularly, britain's response to it. ahead of their meeting, hundreds of people protested against his visit. >> david cameron needs to show that he's got with it takes to stand up to oppressive leaders. not give them a grand tour and a handshake. that means raising serious human rights concerns. >> why on earth should this prime minister who needs a
democratic country that promotes values of freedom and human rights, why on earth should he welcome that man? in this current age. we are here enzwroiing the values that we have here and promote them. what sort of message is he giving to the egyptians? >> reporter: crucially we haven't yet heard from russia. coming up next, we go live to st. petersburg to find out why they're not talking. >> plus the results of what was once a police lieutenant's homicide investigation. why they called his actions the ultimate betrayal.
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monitoring and drones to help over the crash site me jipt. this comes as u.s. intelligence officials suggest an isis bomb brought down the plane killing all 224 people on board. >> the british's prime minister office says they're concerned it may have been brought down by an explosive device. earlier, we spoke to the egyptian foreign minister and i want you to listen to his reaction about the british prime minister's assessment. >> i'm somewhat surprised. the prime minister was on the phone yesterday. we can appreciate the sense of responsibility and desire to provide protection to uk citize citizens. this is a desire that we equally share. but i think it is somewhat premature to make declarations related to what might or might not have happened to the aircraft before the
investigation is completed and before there is a definitive cause for this crash. >> meanwhile, the remains of the vr victims are being dna tested. 58 remains have been positively identi identified. nick rorktsbertson has more on russia isn't commenting on the reports. >> reporter: a source i'm talking to who's briefed on intelligence matters says it does appear a bomb was put aboard that aircraft. there are regional concerns, he says, about the growing lack of security in the sinai and also concerns about security at sharm el sheikh airport. here in russia, the foreign ministry here says the reports about the possibility of a bomb on board the aircraft says egypt is in charge of the investigation. they have investigators on the
ground. the investigations are ongoing and we should wait to hear what they say. interestingly, russia's top aviation body here has said that legally, russia cannot speak about the investigation ahead of egyptian authorities. why? because the play went done went egyptian. egypt has the responsibility for the investigation, and they have to speak first on the issue or give the russian authorities the right to speak about it. so certainly it does seem to give russia here the ability to push the main question here now onto the egyptians to get the egyptians to answer it. what are we seeing here in st. petersbu petersburg? government helping with the identification of bodies at a morgue not far from here, and we're heard from a newspaper, the most reputable here, they
say they are learning that there is evidence among some of the bodies of people on board that aircraft in the rear of the aircraft, that they show explosive trauma, that there are pieces of metal inside their bodies. nick robertson, cnn, st. petersburg, russia. >> and we're going to have much more on the crash of flight 9268 in just a few minutes. we want to check some other news for you. taiwan's president says this saturday's meeting in singapore with the chinese president is the first step toward normalizing relations between the two sides. they report he also said the dispute over the south china sea will not be a topic for discussion. romania's prime minister has stepped down over a nightclub fire that killed 32 people. his resignation was not enough to stop thousands from protesting government corruption for a second night. in september, victor ponter went
on trial for corruption charges that precede his time in office. he denies the allegations. we want to turn mow to u.s. news. a man is dead and four people are recovering after they were attacked on a college campus in california. police say a male student stabbed two students, a contractor worker, and a staff member with a hunting knife wednesday morning. campus police shot and killed him. it happened on the university of california merced campus. >> as of now, the campus remains on precautionary lockdown as this incident is investigated and will continue to be closed through tomorrow, thursday. the campus expects to return to normal operations on friday. >> the chancellor says the victim's injuries appear to be nonlife threatens.
the county sheriff says the attacker was a california resident living on campus. authorities have not released a motive. in illinois, after a two-month investigation into what they thought was a murder, authorities say a police lieutenant staged his own suicide. according to the authorities, they also say joe gliniewicz had been stealing money from a youth mentor program for the past seven years. he's pamela brown. >> this was a carefully staged suicide. this officer killed himself. >> reporter: tonight the stunning truth finally comes out. investigators in fox lake, illinois, revealed lieutenant gliniewicz staged his death because he was about to be outed as a thief. >> thousands of dollars were used for personal expenses and gym memberships, adult websites,
facilitating personal loans. >> reporter: they the money came from a youth program that gliniewicz helped lead. >> gliniewicz did the ultimate betrayal. >> reporter: thousands of his text messages were recovered by investigators. they helped reveal the scheme. $624, he texted an unnamed person. you'll have to start dumping money into that account or voul be visiting me in jail. two months ago he was found shot to death after radioing dispatchers he was chasing three men. >> reporter: minutes later, the first officers arrived and found gliniewicz dead and a confounding scene. >> analysts determined the trail of equipment consisting of pepper spray, a baton, and his personal glasses, was an attempt
to mislead first responders. >> reporter: police launched a man hunt for the cop hillers. federal law enforcement agencies swarmed in to help. >> they murdered a police officer. they're capable of doing anything. >> reporter: a vigil was held, a hero's funeral. but behind the scene there were red flags. he never gave a specific description of the men he was chasing. >> after a couple of days, you had some of the federal law enforcement agencies pulling out of the command posts, so i think the word was getting around that there are no suspects. gliniewicz had been shot twice, once in his vest and the fatal shot to his torso. the bullets came from his own weapon which was found less that be three feet from his head. today investigators admitted there were no signs of a struggle at the scene and are now left defending themselves.
>> our spenintention was never mislead the public. we believed it was a homicide. >> reporter: pamela brown, cnn, atlanta. >> a boy reported missing 13 years ago has been found safe. julian hernandez was five when he disappeared in 2002. his mother had legal custody of him. police believe his father took him to live in ohio where they were reportedly using different names. julian who is now 18 was found when he was applying to college. his father, bobby hernandez is now under arrest and facing charges in that abduction. >> we'll have more on the metro jet crash just ahead, including a look at what flight data from the plane's final moments in the air reveal. and he'll go for laughs on this week's saturday night live but not everyone finds it funny.
welcome back to viewers in the u.s. and around the world. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm max foster. >> and i'm rosemary church. new video shows the moments after the crash of metro jet flight 9268 in egypt. u.s. intelligence now suggests a bomb planted by isis or its affiliates brought down that plane. british authorities are suspending flights auout of sha el sheikh while they review security at the airport.
>> the supreme court ruling ahows a small group to legally plant, transport, and smoke recreational marijuana. mexico the production and distribution are still illegal. >> u.s. officials say an illinois police lieutenant staged his decisuicide to make look like he was murdered. joe gliniewicz died two months ago. authorities say he was stealing money to fund things like vacations and adult websites. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence officials believe that someone at sharm el sheikh airport in egypt helped get a bomb on board metro jet 9268. we have more on the investigation. >> reporter: the final seconds of metro jet flight 9268 captured in data from the plane
itself shows a sudden and disastrous event or events putting the air bus 321 in a steep and unrecoverable disdent. from the time it took off, it climbed toward the cruising altitude of 32,000 feet. as the jet ascended through 31,000 feet, something happened. >> this airplane looked like it broke up for whatever reason and came to a complete stop and became a brick. >> reporter: 23 minutes into flight, the plane is climbing at a seemingly normal rate according to radar information. 576 feet per minutes, nearing 31,000 feet. then the vertical speed changes dramatically. within a second, the rate is plane is falling jumps tenfold. 23 seconds later, the plane appears out of control, plummeting 26,000 feet for
minute. that is 300 miles per hour toward the earth. >> as a pilot, this must look like a nightmare. this is out of control. >> this is a pilot that's trying to get ahold of his aircraft. this is a pilot that's trying to recover the airplane. if this airplane had broken apart, these pilots were not conscious. >> reporter: with the u.s. officials suggesting a bomb was placed on the air bus, investigators are searching for physical evidence of an explosive device. some passengers reportedly have metal pieces in them, possibly consistent with an explosion, but not a confirmation of a terrorist attack. we also know the plane broke apart. the tail section found a long way, three miles from the rest of the plane. more pressure on investigators finding out how a bomb could have gotten on the plane. a critical question in the midst
of a horrible disaster. >> and while the u.s. and uk agree a bomb may have brought down the jet, there are no concrete answers just yet. a short time ago i spoke with cnn military analyst, and i asked him what the intelligence community might know that we don't. >> so say the word ek ploesive device or bomb, they have to have word that that's true. they must have some information that indicates it was a bomb. i could tell you what happens after one of these events. it's just like a crime scene. everybody goes back for the surveillance tapes. they will go back and review any available imagery and talk to anybody who might have had insight and see what they can come up. there's something there that they're not telling us. >> and isis claimed responsibility for the crash,
but that was dismissed initially. now it's being given serious consideration. does isis have the capability to do this, and if they did, how did they pull it off? >> yeah. okay. second part first. they probably pulled it off by recruiting somebody at the airport to do this. that wouldn't be hard to do in egypt, because if you look at the isis affiliate in egypt, these aren't people that came from syria or iraq to become isis. these are egyptians. members of the muslim brotherhood that came of the sinai in 2013. other groups, there's an al qaeda affiliate that has now defected to isis. these people are egyptians. they know how to work the system. they live there. and the sinai has just been a real hot bed for islamic fundamentalism. for them to recruit something in sharm el sheikh is not out of the question. >> well, bombs on planes,
unfortunately is nothing new. there have been at least a dozen well known attempted bomb attacks if you go back to 1933. randi kaye now looks back at some of the more recent foiled plots. >> reporter: december 22nd, two months after the 9/11 attacks, american airlines flight 63 with 197 passengers and crew suddenly in kroubl. a passenger was attempting to detonate a plastic explosive. he's concealed it inside his shoes. passengers pounced and the flight headed from paris to miami was safely escorted by fighter jets to boston's logan airport. reid is a british citizen who converted the islam. he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. >> he's an islamic extremist who engaged in acts of international terrorism that were motivated by his hate of the united states.
>> reporter: nearly five years later in august, 2006, 24 men were arrested by british authorities charged with plotting to blow up as many as ten flights over the atlantic, simultaneously. their weapon of choice? explosive liquid smuggled aboard in soda bottles. after that liquids were limited to no more than 3 .4 ounces on board an aircraft. by then passengers had tighter security from the 9/11 attacks. shoes had to be removed. laptops taken out. box cutters and lighters were forbidden by the terrorists were getting more creative. >> christmas day, another failed attempt using the deadly explosive, ptn. a flight was on its way from amsterdam to detroit when a passenger tried to set off explosives sewn into his underwear. the so-called underwear bomber, was sentenced to life in prison.
it turns out he'd been in contact with an mar al awlaki. a year later in 2010, a suspect tries again to use ptn as a bomb. on two cargo planes bound for chicago. the devices were disguised as ink cartridges. discovered after a tip. this bomb experts recreated what they have happened. the prime suspect was a saudi bomb maker believed to be a member of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. >> there's no doubt. this is an ingenious way to do it. >> reporter: whoever built that bomb thought it would pass through an x-ray machine with the p ttn disguised at printer
welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm max foster. >> and i'm rosemary church. in the 2016 u.s. presidential race, the field remains large but positions are shifting within the republican field of candidates. a new poll shows donald trump and ben carson in a virtual tie for the top spot among republican voters. jeb bush has dropped to just 4% support. on the democratic side, hillary clinton is leading bernie sanders by nearly 20 points.
the poll shows 9% of voters are undecided at this point. well, trump did have a sizable lead, of course, over the other candidates. though he's unshaken. he is, now, directly challenging the other candidates who are gaining a bit. he's dana bash with our campaign report from new hampshire. >> reporter: wherever donald trump goes it's an event. especially when he comes to the new hampshire state capital, the first major gop candidate to officially file for the first in the nice primary. >> this may be a important significant. >> reporter: whether it's voting-aged adults or kids on a school trip excited to see a celebrity. >> who's the best student? >> reporter: trump supporters here are quite enthusiastic. trump is still on top in new hampshire, but other candidates
are gaining traction. a fresh poll has marco rubio now in third place. five times the support he had just two months ago. there's a brand new poll that shows marco rubio doing much better. what do you say to that? >> all i know is i'm number one. that's all i know. >> reporter: despite the bra video doe, his stepped up attacks on rubio show concern. >> he's a disaster on his finances. >> reporter: trumping is seizing on new reports about his use of a republican party credit card for personal charges when knit state house. rubio insists he paid personal charges back. >> i would go through the bills. if there was something on this personal, i paid it. if it was the party's, the party paid for it. >> reporter: rubio is only one trump threat. ben carson is practically tied with him in a new national poll and here in new hampshire. >> it doesn't particularly
surprise me. given the kind of people that the two of us are. >> reporter: trump says the neurosurgeon doesn't have the aptitude to be president. >> aptitude to do any of the deals you have to do. ben doesn't have that. it's not for him. i mean, and if you think it is, you're kidding yourself. >> reporter: jeb bush is in the granite state two. trying to boost his campaign as he's slipped behind chris christie here, and trump can't resist taking shots. >> i'm not a good entertainer. i don't speak well. i don't debate well. i don't do anything well. but you should vote for me. that's jeb bush. >> dana bash, cnn, new hampshire. >> and among donald trump's next stops is an appearance as host on saturday night live. it's sparking controversy in a spot promoting the show, trump doesn't miss a chance to take a
shot at his closest rival. >> trump is hosting saturday night live this week with musical guest sia and because of equal time rules for television, he can only speak for four seconds in this pro moe. >> let me say this, ben carson is a complete and total loser. >> ben carsen isn't laughing. >> i discovered when i was in grade school that those tactics really are for grade school, and i've gone far beyond that now. >> and protesters gathered outside nbc for a dump trump rallies. reports say an immigration reform group delivered a petition with more than half a million signatures demanding trump be taken off the show. >> coming up, thousands of tourists stranded. stranded hundreds of flights cancelled. an erupting volcano causes
the ashes have drifted ward the pop dwrurl resort island of bali. tourists are stranded as nearly 700 flights were cancelled wednesday. officials say three airports have been closed. we want to get more on this story. and our meteorologist, pedram javaheri, joins us from the international weather center. i can think of worse places to be stranded than bali. >> i was thinking that as well. this is a pretty active area of the world. we know as far as volcanic activity, this region of the world, 13,000 islands. you're talking about an hour that's comparable to the continental u.s. within these islands, there are over 150 volcanos and the density is among the highest in the world. when you consider this, every 32 kilometers is how many volcanos are lined up across the region, across the entire area. you go down for a closer
perspective, you can see the smoke associated with it as it moves to the city where the volcano ash that has disrupted some of the air traffic. we want to show you why this is a serious concern. when you think about the aviation industry, we've seen this back several years ago across parts of europe. a dangerous scenario was it contains and consists of rock and glass. this gets drawn into a part of the engine. it's heated, and it melts down and becomes molten glass and exits out the backside of the engine where you have the turbine that cools rapidly. when this happens, the turbines are disrupted. the air flow is disrupted and you lose thrust and lift and the ability to continue flying. it's a disastrous scenario. when you have this sort of pattern, it puts the smoke in the prime location there and the
ash in prime location to make it a dangerous scenario for aircraft and the aviation industry in general. the winds have shifted a little bit. some of the smoke is now pushing offshore. it's expected that the airport is back up and operational inside the next few hours as we're seeing the wind forecast change and become more north westerly taking it away from the area of concern. at least some good news with regard to that, and it looks like the forecast is going to improve to send the ash further away from any population centers there. >> i love when you end on good news. thanks, pedram. always a pleasure. >> rosemary, you have to talk about the engagement ring. a california bride, jaw dropping. >> and you have forget about the diamonds. the groom to be gave her a pearly white. >> usually engagement rings come out of an open box. how about an open mouth?
>> yeah. we definitely have been excited, telling people it's his wiz some tooth. >> in movies they go to tiffany's, but this one was extracted. extracted from his mouth when he was 17. now at 23 he's given it to carly as an engagement ring. >> we're into oddities. the more different that better. >> reporter: this was no surprise. the couple discussed the idea and took his wisdom tooth to a jeweler who had never mounted a tooth in a ring but was happy to do it. carly loves the concept. >> he grew this in his body. >> reporter: it was sort of a piece of him? >> yeah. and i'm happy. i get to wear it every day. >> reporter: for those who say yuck, the tooth was cleaned and coated. lucas proposed on halloween. later this month where the couple will get married in las vegas by an elvis impersonator,
her tattooed broken leg will be in a camouflage cast, and the wisdom tooth with an engagement and wedding ring. >> reporter: would you brush the tooth? >> no. >> reporter: we can always take it to the dentist for an annual checkup. that's no joke. one commenter noted she has similar wisdom tooth ring. my dentist fixed my ring for me when i chipped it. no matter what marilyn monroe says. >> diamonds aren't a girl's best friend. my boyfriend is. >> reporter: the wisdom from that tooth is already kicking in. >> all right. we have this just into cnn. all of metro jet fleet is being
grounded. that is according to russia's air safety watchdog. all right. we'll have more of this, of course, after the break. >> you will. i'm max foster in london. thank you for watching. >> and i'm rosemary church. early start is next for our viewer in the u.s. for everyone else, stay tuned for "cnn newsroom." . . .