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magic. magic. i hope i'm there to see it. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com . democratic showdown. terrorism, guns, apologies dominated the last presidential debate of the year. we dissect the discussions. also, more tough calls from russia. all this in the face of a plan with syria. why vladimir putin says he's prepared to use more military force. and a most uncertain election in decades. spain hopes to elect a new government, but experts say the results could be messy. from cnn world headquarters here in atlanta, welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world, i'm george howell, "cnn newsroom" starts right now.
very good day to you. we start this hour with the democrats running for president taking center stage for the third debate. the last debate of the year. hillary clinton on stage alongside rivals bernie sanders and martin o'malley. they squared off on a wide range of issues from gun control, terrorism and they also talked about wall street and big business. listen. >> should corporate america love hillary clinton? >> everybody should. >> will corporate america love a president sanders? >> no, i think they won't. >> hillary and i have a difference. >> that debate featured something rarely seen at a presidential debate. it was an apology. the issue, whether bernie sanders' staff exploited a computer glitch to access certain campaign files.
as athena jones reports, all of the candidates have something to say about it. >> the debate kicks off with an issue we've been talking about. this dust-up over the voter database after the sanders campaign admitted that staffers inappropriately accessed clinton campaign data. sanders explained what happened and then was asked if he owed clinton an apology. look at what sanders had to say to that and how clinton responds. >> yes, i apologize. >> secretary clinton? >> not only do i apologize to secretary clinton and i hope we can work together on an independent investigation from day one. i want to apologize to my supporters. this is not the type of campaign that we run. if i find anybody else involved in this, they will also be fired. >> now that i think we've resolved your data, we've agreed on an independent inquiry, we should move on.
because i don't think the american people are all that interested in this. i think they're more interested in what we have to say about all the big issues facing us. >> so clinton accepting sanders' apology and saying they should move on to other issues echoes sanders in that first debate saying americans are tired of hearing about clinton's e-mails. it was an interesting moment that seemed to diffuse that issue, at least on the candidate level. another thing that emerged was this divide between sanders and clinton over american intervention in overseas conflicts. sanders said that clinton was more of a component of regime change than he is. and -- that divide echoes what we've seen on the republican side among ted cruz and marco rubio and donald trump. trump, in fact, used that exact same terminology saying the u.s. doesn't have to be the policemen of the world. speaking of donald trump, he was mentioned over and over again in
the debate. he's the only gop candidate to be mentioned by name. >> athena jones reporting for us there. one of the top issues of every candidate's agenda, the issue of national security. so let's listen to more of what these candidates had to say when it came to terrorism. clinton, in fact, used the topic to further criticize donald trump. >> he is becoming isis' best recruiter. they are going to people showing videos of donald trump insulting islam and muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. >> one of the heroes we should recognize in the middle east is king abdullah, ii, of jordan. this small country welcomed in many refugees and something was said recently that's important. he said yes, international terrorism is by definition an international issue, but it is primarily an issue of the muslim nations who are fighting for the
soul of islam. we, the muslims should lead the effort on the ground and i believe he's absolutely right. >> you heard and saw hillary clinton came out swinging at this debate, asserting as she has before, that donald trump is acting as the ideal recruitment tool for isis. earlier, cnn commentators weighed in on clinton's statement. listen. >> the notion that isis is already using donald trump's statements about banning muslims from coming into the united states, have you seen evidence that isis is already doing that? >> no, i haven't. i think it will be interesting to watch. the truth is, i think this is a hard thing for democrats and republicans to acknowledge, the thing isis uses the most is american air strikes and drones that kill people in the middle east, including by the obama administration. that's a bigger driver of isis recruitment than anything donald trump is saying as reprehensible as it is. >> what's your big take away? >> the conservative, i was
listening through different ears. all i heard primarily was varying defenses of those current status quo lead from behind strategy. hillary talked of coalitions. they seem to be her answer for every domestic and international ill, whether guns or isis. she talked about russia probably respecting a no fly zone. i'm not sure a lot of people trust her instincts when it comes to russia. bernie sanders said he would magically be able to make muslim nations who have been unwilling to help us in the fight against isis somehow do this. when pressed on it, he couldn't explain why. i think martin o'malley tried to distinguish himself but didn't really on substance. i think if you were a republican looking at a general election and you know that terrorism is top of mind to most voters, i think your thinking that the republicans are more where the nation is, where voters are than these three democratic
candidates. >> isis has lost a substantial amount of territory since early this year. the strategy is working on the ground. doesn't mean they can't -- on the ground, they're losing territory. >> americans don't think that. that's reflected -- >> realities don't matter. >> so now let's 1wi67 switch over to the republicans running for president and the war of words between bush and trump. it continues well beyond the last republican debate of the year hosted here on cnn, bush registered 3% in the poll out since that debate. fox news survey shows trump is still a front-runner, 39 ers. on friday, he tweeted that bush is dumb as a rock and on saturday, bush fired back. >> i got to get this off my chest. donald trump is a jerk. you cannot insult your way to the presidency. you can't disparage women, hispanics, disabled people. who is he kidding?
>> donald trump is responding to criticism over his apparent bromance with this man. president vladimir putin. and on thursday, mr. putin said the u.s. presidential candidate was "bright and talented and the absolute leader of the presidential race." . other american candidates have spoken against mr. putin, but trump is calling the praise and quote a great honor. >> he's a tough guy. right, he's tough. then they're accusing me, putin called him brilliant. that's not good. well, isn't it sort of nice if countries are always fighting with, maybe we get along and let them do -- we're all tough guys. but wouldn't it be nice if russia and us could knock out an enemy together, not us bear the full cost sometimes. we're always fighting. but i've had some guys say, russia. how about the people up -- i
wouldn't talk to them or discuss anything with them. what do they want to do? have a world war i ii. >> earlier we spoke with jill doherty, a former bureau chief in moscow who is now a researcher at the international security and defense. we asked why the russian president would praise one of the most controversial candidates running for president. here's what she had to say. >> it does seem strange. don't forget that vladimir putin is a former kgb officer and he reads people extremely well. number one, he was playing to the ego of donald trump. also, president putin has this kind of tough guy image and that's part of the image of donald trump as well. he also gets to take a swipe at president obama who is depicted here in the russian media as extremely weak. and then it gives president putin the opportunity to look like a regular, reasonable guy
who can deal with any candidate that america comes up with. then also he gets to insert himself into the u.s. election while denying that he's doing that. you know, during that news conference, he said they always, americans always tell us who to vote for. we never do that to them. finally, i think, indirectly, he gets to take a swipe even at hillary clinton because he said, note that donald trump is leading the election. not just the republican primary, but the election as a whole. so he ignores hillary clinton. and don't forget that back in 2011, he personally accused her of trying to foment demonstrations on the streets of moscow against his government. >> that was our former moscow bureau chief jill dougherty speaking from moscow. bomb experts are checking a suspicious device that forced an air france flight to make an emergency landing. the flight to paris was diverted to mum bass mombassa, kenya.
a passenger noticed the device in a bathroom and notified crew. all 459 passengers and 14 crew evacuated safely of. you're watching "cnn newsroom." still to come, the u.n. security council has agreed to push for peace in syria. but russia says it is prepared for more war. details on that story ahead. plus, at this moment, spaniards are voting. we'll tell you why this is the most uncertain spanish election in four decades. stay with cnn.
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. a notorious lebanese militant who served three decades in an israeli prison has been killed inside syria. he spent 30 years in jail but was released in a prisoner swap seven years ago. hezbollah is accusing israel of carrying out the air strike that hit a suburb of damascus killing
him. the israeli military has refused to comment on the accusation. the president of russia, vladimir putin, is issuing a warning. he told a crowd at the kremlin, he is prepared to use additional military force in syria if it is deemed necessary. he commended the efforts of russian pilots and intelligence officers in the country. but added that they haven't used the extent of their military might yet. mr. putin's comments come just a day after the u.n. security council unanimously endorsed a peace plan for syria, a plan that includes a cease-fire. russia has been a firm ally of the syrian president, bashar al assad. some diplomats say that moscow has made it clear privately that it has no objection to assad eventually stepping down as part of a peace process. then that begs the question. what is russia hoping to accomplish with its military campaign? our senior international
correspondent math you jants went to a russian military base in russia for some answers. >> you know, the kremlin keeps saying there can't be any military solution to the conflict in syria, has to be a political one. at the same time, russia has poured its power military into the country bolstering its syrian governmental eye and making sure that russian interests are paramount. it's all first hand how moscow is aggressively intervening in that civil war. this is how the kremlin supports its allies and battles its enemies. we gained rare access to the syrian base, now the military hub of russia's air war. >> this really does feel like the center of a massive russian military operation. the air is filled with the smell
of jet fuel and the ground shudders with the war of those warplanes returning from their bombing missions. russia's defense ministry says more than 200 targets have been struck in just 24 hours. 320 militants killed, it says, from isis and other rebel groups fighting the syrian government and its president, bashar al assad. so i'm joined by general -- from the russian defense military. he's escorting us here on this trip at the military base. let me ask you that question. that question about who you are targeting. is it isis or are you supporting assad?
>> translator: i can answer the question. every day we show you how russian aviation is fighting international terrorism, destroying the infrastructure in syria. >> on our tour of the base, we were shown how russia carefully arms its bombers with high tech precision weaponry. we also saw unguided or dumb bombs being loaded. human rights groups accuse russia of killing civilians from the air, charges the kremlin strenuously denies. there's another plane coming in now, just touching down. it's an ae 24 that's going to be very noisy. but it just carried out an air strike somewhere in syria against rebel targets, either isis or some other opposition group. russia says it's stopping isis in its tracks, striking their assets and shrinking the
territory they and other rebel groups control. after more than 4,000 -- over syria, this air war shows no sign of winding down. in fact, it is in fact, if anything, stepping up its presence in syria. they have sophisticated air defenses that give russia the ability to control the skies over syria and making sure its vision a pro-russian state is realized. >> as matthew chance points out, russia stepping up its presence. earlier, i spoke with cnn intelligence and security analyst and a former cia operative, bob bare specifically about the peace process being set up and whether it can move forward with russia, i should say and u.s. with them not on the same page. listen. >> well, it can't, george. i mean, we do have to decide what's better. to keep bashar al assad to a
certain period until we can get a peace treaty in that country or move to get rid of him. right now, russia has the upper hand. it's got troops, surface-to-air missiles. it's taking the initiative and it has turned back a rebel advance on damascus and two other cities. they're pretty much calling the shots. i think the obama administration has hoped for the best and things didn't turn out well in syria. now it's got to live with russia. but, frankly, i think the sooner we get to a truce in that country, the better. because the more the violence goes on, the more terrorism we're going to have in europe and the united states. >> you say russia calling the shots there. this u.n. security council resolution will call for a cease-fire, at the same time we're hearing from the russian president that he is prepared to pour more military power into syria. how do the two -- how do you square the circle there? >> i think putin is dragging
along the united states because we don't have a solution. we do not have an alternative to assad. they've been overshadowed by the islamic state. you know simply, we can either get engaged in the united states or defer to countries that really do have troops on the ground there and that would be iran as well as russia. the way things have turned out is pretty much inevitable. >> but does it look to you as if the united states and russia are starting to work together a little better than before? what do you see as far as the path forward between these two nation s nations? i think the rush shantz that shot down the turkish jet fighter scared the united states. i think we've sat down with the russians and discussed this seriously. i would predict that eventually we'll accept bashar al assad staying in power during a
certain transition period. i don't think it's a bad idea. bashar al assad may look like the dictator of syria, but he's just, in effect, one among many. he's a general. but there are a lot of generals. yes, it's been a brutal horrible war, but on both sides. i don't think we should be stuck on getting rid of bashar al assad and we should work with the russians and i think secretary kerry is moving in the rye direction. >> very quickly on the political campaign trail, there's been discussion about this and the question. if assad were to go, you would see a giant void open in that country. what are your thoughts about that? >> i don't think you'd see a void. i think another general would step forward, take control of the army. he might be worse than bashar al assad. we just don't know. that's an opaque leadership. but it is a military
dictatorship that rules in the syrian regime controlled areas. it's unclear who would succeed him. it's a name we might not recogni recognize. it's really going to make no difference at all. it's a civil war between different sects who i don't think live together and there's got to be some sort of federalism there is the way out. >> cnn security and intelligence analyst bob bear live for us. thank you for your insight and perspective on this. now on to spain and live pictures that we have where people are heading to the polls this hour, voting in their most uncertain election since the end of the dictatorship four decades ago. polls predict no party will win a majority and three of the country's parties say they don't want the former coalition. our --
>> the eurozone debt crisis has had its fair share of -- italy, portugal island and greece among them. no nation has -- than well-behaved spain. however, the country hasn't always been a model student. poor discipline left it with low marks from creditors over building, over spending and overindulging. frustrated spaniards were quick to blame the government. the country's leaders turn to europe asking for a helping hand. the former 37 billion euros for ailing banks. >> that hard work did pay off. spain shot to the top of the economics class by implementing structural reform and tough austerity and cutting unemployment. these are all measures they're still delivering. now spain is one of the fastest growing economies in the eurozone with growth at 0.8%. well worth a pass mark.
>> the impact of all the measures by the government has been clear net positive. >> despite the impressive growth, ordinary spaniards feel they're yet to benefit. one citizen vented his frustration punching prime minister in the face on the campaign trail. there's reason to be worried. unemployment is hovering around 21.1%. that's the second highest in the u. after greece. he's promising jobs and prosperity if re-elected. >> translator: in the next four years, if the spanish people give us their trust, this party will provide four big objectives. the first and most important, the most crucial is to create jobs. >> but he faces new parties like anti-austerity and center right. both are looking to capitalize on spaniard's economic
delusionments. >> i'm convinced man incompetent spaniards have been waiting for this moment. many facing job cuts, promises that haven't been met. >> while the u. may have given spain top marks, they have to decide whether the country passed economic reform at the ballot box. eva suarez, cnn, london. you're watching "cnn newsroom." next, a former al qaeda recruiter has an urgent message for the united states saying washington needs to do differently, act differently to compete with isis in their propaganda war. details as this broadcast continues around the globe this hour on cnn worldwide. i have asthma...
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom." good to have you with us this day. i'm george howell. the headlines we're following. the democratic u.s. presidential candidates squared off in new hampshire. this was their third debate. they sparred over issues from jobs to gun control. but they deferred most on -- they actually spoke on foreign policy, specifically in the middle east. spaniards are voting right now. up for grabs are a majority of seats in the spanish congress and senate. polls predict no party will win a majority and with three parties saying they don't want to form a coalition. it makes this spanish election the most uncertain in four decades. indonesian authorities are trying to reach a ferry caught in a storm and stranded at sea. the vessel is adrift near the
island with dozens of passengers on board. reuters is reporting that more than 20 survivors have been rescued in nearby waters. russia's president vladimir putin says he will use more military might in syria if deemed necessary. this comes less than a day after the u.n. security council, including russia, approved a resolution calling for a cease-fire in syria. turkey says it will withdraw its troops from iraq. this comes just one day after the u.s. president asked and corrected corrections over the presence of turkish troops in mosul near iraq. thousands demand the soldiers leave. the turkish government deployed the troops to train iraqi forces in the fight against isis. but iraq says it never asked turkey to do that. that its sofrj at this was violated. also in iraq, u.s. defense secretary ashton carter offered his condolences. this after it was revealed that
a coalition air strike mistakenly killed iraqi forces on friday. the deaths were said to have happened during strikes on isis positions near fallujah. iraqi officials said at least nine soldiers were killed. in bahrain today, carter called the minister. >> it was a regrettable incident. we know that. these things happen in war. he and i both expressed regret over the incidents and also determination to continue the campaign to expel isil from iraqi territory. >> carter promised that there would be a thorough investigation. the war against isis is being fought on two fronts. first the physical one on the battlefield, but also right there on the internet. that's the propaganda war. with pictures and videos posted by the terror group.
but how effective is the american anti-isis message. cnn's elizabeth cohen spoke to a former al qaeda recruiter who says the u.s. government is losing the online fight against isis. >> he admits he was once one of the most effective al qaeda recruiters in the united states. >> i went to prison for prop began diesing on behalf of a terrorist organization. >> for his personal safety, we've disguised his voice. we can't use his real name or show his face or where he is. >> he now regrets what he did and wants to use his expertise to keep others from being recruited. >> i hurt so many people. there's a couple of the people i influenced are now dead. i have to live with that for the rest of my life. >> he has a message for the united states government. if you want to stop terrorists from radicalizing young people online, get your act together and fast. >> this looks like it was done
on like windows moviemaker. >> because videos like this one from the state department -- >> this is a low-level production. >> can't compete with videos like this one from isis. >> they are the soldiers of -- their honor is in jihad. >> so what's so powerful about this video? >> we pick the moving imagery, the animation. the fast movement done with computer generated graphics. you see the movement, with graphic designed skills. this is not done by amateurs. it's far superior who what's being done on the other side. >> isis knows the target audience, gaming -- isis uses a lot of symbols. >> the notion is that the entire world community, the united nations, the u.s. government, primary leaders and the soldiers on the ground are in one grand conspiracy. >> he says the u.s. campaign, on the other hand, is preaching. >> is this going to dissuade a
young girl from joining? >> she'd consider it government propaganda. probably prove counter effectual. prove that the u.s. is at war with islam. >> the other thing is that they're lost souls like he used to be. >> earlier, i came from a traumatized and dysfunctional family. online community was warm and welcoming. as i got engaged more and more, i met the people with religious authority who were very, kind, very, very, very giving. >> i'm your brother in islam in syria. >> he's joining this movement every day and able to hold a coalition, stand in front of a black flag, pray with his brothers that are like minded. it's a powerful narrative. >> it also makes it look like sort of a brotherhood. >> it is a brotherhood. for them it is. >> the state department video portraying a former isis captive isn't nearly as emotional he says. the main character looks
cartoonish and you never actually see him talk. he doesn't look real. >> yes. they would believe that's an actor. >> alberto fernandez used to run the state department's campaign to fight isis propaganda. >> it was a small operation against a kol os as of messaging from -- >> did you think it was -- >> it depends on what day you talk to them. >> what does that mean? >> it means that they varied according to the circumstances. you know, if there was criticism in the media, john oliver made a joke about the work of our operation, it kind of caused them to get flustered. so it depended on the day, on the event, on what happened. >> so one joke on a comedy show would make them anxious? >> yes. >> the state department says they beefed up their staff for anti-isis messaging.
he knows his department has worked to do. >> it is a big challenge and a difficult challenge for government because they don't always move rapidly and nimbly. >> he says if we don't want attacks like in san bernardino, chattanooga, boston, the government must learn to catch up to the terrorists online. no more videos that look like this. >> if we juxtapose that against the propaganda of isis, we find it can't compete. >> elizabeth cohen, cnn, atlanta. now off the coast of nigeria, it is a dangerous high crime area from illegal boards to smugglings and kidnappings. more than half of the maritime abductions happen off nigeria. that country's navy enlisted the help of britain's royal navy to change that situation. cnn's kristen purefoy has the story. >> sometimes the glove doesn't quite fit and you need a little
help. uk's royal navy stopped in the port to help train nigeria's knave toy put out fires. there are plenty of fires to put out off the coast of nigeria. >> it'ss major growing for illel fishing is a huge problem, unreported fishing. they struggle to police that. also smuggling of contraband, piracy and it all goes on. it folds up to a collective umbrella of maritime crime. >> the coast of west africa has one of the highest rates of piracy in the world. in 2014, there were 116 pirate attacks in the gulf of guinea according to control risks. the global risks consulting company. the group says 60% of the world's maritime kidnappings happened off nigeria alone.
pirates use small twin-engine boats like this to go against the larger ships. the young men often steal mobile phones and money. sometimes they kidnap and assault the crew and hijack the ship. nigeria's navy boosted patrolling capabilities in recent years. over fishing and pirate attacks on trade routes cost the region billions of dollars. both the royal navy and nigerian hope training exercises like these hope it helps to plug the gans in the maritime security. >> it's given us an opportunity to see how operations and damage control are carried out and brought on to the ship. then we can see how we do it in our ships and see what -- what they can learn from us. >> putting out the fires before they get out of control. christian purefoy, cnn, lagos,
eight months after a deadly earthquake, nepal's sherpa community is struggling. it killed 9,000 people, flattened homes and lodges and restaurants. you remember that. in an economy that relies heavily on mountaineers traveling to nepal to climb mt. everest, the world's tallest peak, even the most accomplished have lost everything. >> translator: whatever we don't buy, risking our lives is almost all gone with the earthquake. it will take a long time and a lot of hard work to repair the damage from the earthquake. more than 90% of houses have
been damaged. >> to make matters worse, bookings for everest expeditions in 2016 have declined sharply. there's a thick smog back in beijing forcing authorities to issue another red alert, which is the highest level. smog is completely blanketing the city. traffic restrictions are in place. there are also several construction sites and factories closed. the alert is in place until midnight tuesday local time. new york, boston and chicago, these are cities no strange toers white christmas. but unseasonably warm means the likelihood of that happening this year is a snowflake's chance in -- well, you know what i mean. meteorologist karen maginnis is at the weather center with not a white christmas for those cities, karen. >> no. loy the of people will be disappoint disappointed. i'll tell you about chicago specific live. i know you'll be interested in that. >> yes, i will. >> we'll take you through the
next several days up until christmas eve. we will expect some cloud cover and some showers up and down the eastern seaboard even in places like boston that typically would have had at least a significant snowfall. a couple of inches for our domestic viewers in the united states. but also we will have seen across the midwest substantial snow cover there during the month of december. sometimes it's a little bit delayed. why this time? there could be a number of reasons. we don't have that polar vortex that has dug deeply across the eastern united states. you may remember that from just a year or so ago. before the west, we're looking at primarily a rain event. the mountains can expect snowfall. unless you're at higher elevations, you're looking at mostly what will be in the form of rain coming up for christmas eve and christmas day. all right. here's representative
temperatures from wednesday into thursday, then into friday. boston 13 degrees. it will be 18 degrees celsius for christmas eve. that is exceptional. and, george, in chicago, the high temperature will be around 45 degrees. 7 degrees celsius. in sydney, australia temperatures expected to be in the mid to upper 20s. in atlanta, georgia, in the mid-20s. this is exceptional for this time of year. temperatures are going to be running a good 10 to 20 degrees above where they should be for this time of year. in victoria, british columbia, it has been nearly two years since they saw their last measurable snowfall. that's just incredible. george? >> that is incredible indeed. karen, thank you so much. as a much anticipated bollywood film opens this weekend, cnn sat down with the
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. as much of the world revels in the star wars release, the force awakens, the force is not awakening in india just yet. instead, bollywood's hotly anticipated blockbuster opens this weekend. cnn sat down with the stars of some of the biggest names in bollywood. ♪ ♪ >> i am talking all the time. i'm talking all the time. constantly. >> she's very quiet. >> this is right. i would have said the same thing. when she loses focus and screams a lot and talks a lot. in the middle of a scene. it's okay with me. i've known her for 25 years, we've worked together like this. she was laughing. i know this is how she is.
[ inaudible ] >> she loses lip off everything. she's very free flowing. hard to keep holding it sometimes in the scenes. i have to -- nobody knows this in the over the shoulder shots, she's left the camera and gone away. i'm pushing her from one side or prodding. both of us are crying in the scene and i'm pushing her like this and this. i don't want the shot to be lost. >> ready. ♪ >> shouldn't have said that. cut, cut, cut. >> treats.
secrets. i can't -- [ inaudible ] >> she can't do without her food. it has to be there. she likes to keep eating. it needs to be there right next to her more than the makeup person or the dress person. she wants to have food. this is important to her. she needs to be well-fed. >> it's important for everybody else as well. i don't turn into a raving lunatic without food. >> food always available. as a matter of fact, in the props, we keep food so she can -- [ laughter ] >> i'm now walking on water. i'm now -- worship me. i'm a goddess. >> he's a big diva. >> lying about me throughout the show. >> i think the big diva demand
is that wherever we are going, he has to be the last one on the -- that is a big diva demand. whatever happens, i have to be the last one. but i will be the last person under the aircraft. >> it's not a demand. >> it's a diva demand. >> okay. all right. >> only thing, the black lipstick. >> i swear i'm going to buy my own plane. >> i win. i win. >> the world of classical music has lost one of its greats. german conductor died saturday in connecticut of complications from parkinson's disease. mass you are is credited with revitalizing the new york philharmonic to its prominence. he led it from 1991 to 2002 and
later became the first to be named music director emeritus. kurt masur was 88 years old. in stockholm, sweden, there are sweet creations on display in the holiday season at the center for architecture and design. the theme this season, new ways of living, different ways to constru construct. the winner in the open category is a wedge-shaped house with a swimming pool that is filled with candy. the gingerbread is on display until january 10th. that looks great. we thank you for being with us. i'm george howell at the cnn center here in atlanta. my colleague lynda kinkade is up next with more news from around the world. you're watching cnn, the world's news leader. xxxx
democratic showdown, terrorism, guns and an apology dominate the last presidential debate of the year. we'll have the highlights just ahead. also, flexing military muscle, russia is ready to use more force in syria. today after the u.n. proposes a plan for peace. voters head to the polls in an election that's almost impossible to predict. we'll look at what's driving a potentially messy result. hello, welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. i'm lynda kinkade. this is "cnn newsroom." we begin with the u.s.
democratic presidential debate. for the third and final time this year, hillary clinton, bernie sanders, and martin o'malley took to the stage this time in manchester, new hampshire. the debate featured spirited talk about a range of issues, including gun control, terrorism and jobs. it also included two apologies. one from hillary clinton when she returned late to the stage after a commercial break. the other from bernie sanders after his staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed his team to steal some of hillary clinton's campaign files. >> what i have a real problem with and as you mentioned, this is a problem. i recognize it is a problem. what the dnc did arbitrarily without discussing it with us is shut off our access to our own information crippling our campaign. that is an egregious act. i'm glad that late last night that was resolved. fourthly, i look forward to
working with secretary clinton for an investigation, an independent investigation about all of the breaches that have occurred from day one in this campaign because i am not convinced that information from our campaign may not have ended up in her campaign. i don't know that. not hoenl only do i apologize to secretary clinton and i hope we can work on an independent investigation from day one. i want to apologize to my supporters. this is not the type of campaign that we run and if i find anybody else involved in this, they will also be fired. >> now that i think we've resolved your data, we've agreed on an independent inquiry, we should move on. >> you want to know why some -- for the last 24 hours, with those issues being so urgent to people as they tune in tonight wondering how they're going to even buy presents for their kids, instead, we're listening to the bickering back and forth.
maybe that's normal politics in washington but that is not the politics of higher purpose that people expect from our party. >> i worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the republicans, particularly donald trump, is sending a message to muslims here in the united states and literally around the world that there is a clash of civilizations, that there is some kind of western plot or even war against islam which then i believe fans the flames of radicalization. >> martha, if i may. >> i think we're going to go on. >> this is one thing that -- separates -- >> excuse me, no. >> governor, we have to -- >> we have to abide by the rules. we'll call on you shortly. >> passed comprehensive gun safety legislation with a ban on combat assault weapons, david. there are profound differences on this issue. >> we can do all the great speeches we want. but you ain't going to succeed unless there's a consensus. in 1988, just to set the record
straight, governor, i ran for the u.s. house. we have one house member from vermont. three candidates in the race. one candidate said, you know what, i don't think it's a great idea that we sell automatic weapons in this country that are used by the military to kill people very rapidly. gun people said there were three candidates in the race. you vote for one of the others but not bernie sanders. i lost that election by 3 percentage points, likely for that reason. please do not explain to me, coming from a state where democratic governors and republican governors have supported virtually no gun control. >> excuse me. >> do not tell me that i have not shown courage in standing up to the gun people in voting to ban assault weapons, voting for instant background checks, voting to end the gun show loophole and now in a position to create a consensus in america on gun safety. >> senator, thank you. >> i think a lot of people are
understandably reacting out of fear and anxiety about what they're seeing. first, what they saw in paris. now what they have seen in san bernardino. and mr. trump has had a great capacity to use bluster and bigotry to inflame people and make them think there are easy answers to complex questions. we also need to make sure that the discriminatory messages that trump is sending around the world don't fall on receptive ears. he is becoming isis' best recruiter. they're going to people showing videos of donald trump insulting islam and muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadist is. >> i say this with due respect. i worry too much that secretary clinton is too much into regime change and a little bit too aggressive without knowing what the unintended consequences might be. >> i'll tell what you would have happened if we had not joined
with our european partners and our arab partners to assist the people in libya. you would be looking at syria. >> up more than 200%. >> sorry. >> should corporate america love hillary clinton? >> everybody should. >> with respect to my own husband, i am probably still going to pick the flowers and the china for state dinners and stuff like that. >> as you just heard, hillary clinton came out swinging in the debate. particularly against her republican opponents. she asserted as she has done before that trump is acting as an ideal recruitment tool for isis. cnn commentators weighed in on clinton's statement. take a listen. >> the notion that isis is already using donald trump's statements about banning muslims
from coming into the united states, have you seen evidence that isis is already doing that? >> no, i haven't. i think it will be interesting to watch. the truth is, i think this is a hard thing for democrats and republicans to acknowledge. the thing that isis uses the most is american air strikes and drones that kill people in the middle east. done by the obama administration. that's a bigger driver of isis recruitment than anything donald trump is saying, as reprehensible as it is. >> another one of our commentators. what's your big take away. >> as the conservative, i was listening through different ears. all i heard primarily was varying defense of those current lead from behind strategy. hillary talks a lot about coalition. that seemed to be her answer for every domestic and international ill. whether it was guns or isis. she talked about russia probably respecting a no fly zone. i'm knot sure a lot of people trust her instincts when it comes to russia. bernie sanders said he would
magically be able to make muslim nations who have been unwilling to help us in the fight against isis, somehow do this. when pressed on it, he couldn't really explain why. i think martin o'malley in tone, in tenor tried to distinguish himself but didn't really on substance. if you're a republican looking at a general election and you know that terrorism is top of mind to most voters, i think you're thinking that the republicans are more where the nation is, where voters are than these three democratic candidates. >> the truth is they're right. isis has lost a substantial amount of territory since early this year. the strategy is working on the ground. on the ground in iraqi syria, they're losing territory. >> i think they don't think that. >> gun control was a hot topic at the democratic debate. cnn's tom foreman takes a look at one particular statement made by hillary clinton that the
front-runner is determined to stand by. >> wanted to challenge from hillary clinton, would it make americans safer if they actually had more guns in their hands and she, of course, as you expect took exception to that idea. >> in and of themselves in my opinion will not make americans safer. we lose 33,000 people a year already to gun violence. >> let's take a look at the numbers there. she does have the basic number rye. the cdc, centers for disease control say about 33,000 people a year are lost from gun violence. here's details. out of that number, you have to know that homicide and legal interventions, self-defense are less than 12,000. about 2/3 of these deaths are suicides. they're all critical and sad and all important. but so are these details. and because she's had a chance to say this before and often avoided them, we're going to say what she said is true but
misleading. you can find it more and a lot of other things by going to cnn.com/reality check. definitely worth checking that out. the war of words between presidential candidates jeb bush and donald trump is carrying well past last tuesday's final republican debate of the year. bush registered just 3% of support in the first post debate poll. the survey shows trump as the front-runner with 39%. on friday, trump tweeted that bush is and i quote, "dumb as a rock." on saturday, bush fired back. >> i got to get this off my chest. donald trump is a jerk. you cannot insult your way to the presidency. you can't disparage women, hispanics, disabled people. who is he kidding? >> donald trump, of course, is no traininger to controversy. but so far it does not matter what he says. it doesn't seem to hamper his campaign. he holds a commanding lead over
the competition. they look to take his place at the top of the polls. jeremy diamond has more. >> he started it off with a little bit of holiday cheer wishing everybody a merry christmas. that quickly descended into his feud with jeb bush. they've been at it again since tuesday's gop debate. donald trump and jeb bush exchanging verbal blows in the last several days and trump continued that today talking about how jeb bush is an embarrassment, saying that he would never want the republican's endorsement. we also heard donald trump talking about his new relationship with vladimir putin, two days after the russian leader had positive comments to say about donald trump talking about how he's a brilliant man and the absolute leader of the presidential race. donald trump today beating back criticism that he's taken about how thrilled he's been about the russian leader's positive
comments. he's talked about how other republicans are simply jealous that they're not getting the same endorse am. of course, that cuts against what most republicans have said about the russian leader in the last several years. they've been very critical of vladimir putin and talking about how russia is one of the united states' top adversaries in the world. donald trump showing that he didn't feel that way at all. >> as jeremy diamond pointed out, there's growing criticism over the praise that russian president vladimir putin gave to donald trump. jill dougherty, explained what's behind the apparent bromance. >> it does seem kind of strange, but don't forget that vladimir putin is a former kgb officer and he reads people extremely well. so i think, number one, he was playing to the ego of donald trump. and then also president putin has this kind of tough guy image
and that's part of the image of donald trump as well. he also gets to take a swipe at president obama who is depicted here in the russian media as extremely weak. and then it gives president putin the opportunity to look like a regular, reasonable guy who can deal with any candidate that america comes up with. and then also, he gets to insert himself into the u.s. election while denying that he's doing that. you know, during that news conference, he said they always, the americans always tell us who to vote for. we never do that to them. finally, i think indirectly, he gets to take a swipe even at hillary clinton because he said note that donald trump is leading the election. not just the republican primary but the election as a whole. so he ignores hillary clinton. and don't forget that back in 2011, he personally accused her of trying to foment
demonstrations on the streets of moscow against his government. the research over the international center for defense and security and former cnn moscow bureau chief. next, the suspicious divide that forced an air france flight to make an emergency landing. it was to paris. it was diverted to mombassa, kenya where it landed early sunday local time. a passenger noticed a device in a bathroom and notified the crew. all 459 passengers and 14 crew were evacuated safely. u.n. security council unanimously agreed to aim for peace in syria. one major power is flexing its military mind. that story coming up. >> a man's truck ends up with terrorists. we find out how it got in their hands. that story just ahead.
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the israeli military refused to comment on the accusation. vladimir putin says he will use additional military force in syria if necessary. he commended the work of russian pilots and intelligence officers in the country before a crowd of security personnel at the kremlin. he added that he still hasn't unleashed the full extent of russia's military might. mr. putin's comments come barrel a day after the u.n. security council unanimously agreed on a peace plan for syria. one that includes a cease-fire. the u.s. and russia consistently have butted heads on syria. earlier security analysts weighed in on the stalemate. >> i think putin is dragging along the united states because we don't have a solution. we do not have an alternative to bashar al assad and the rebel groups we do spoor are ineffective, they've been overshadowed by the islamic
state. simply, we can either get engaged in the united states or defer to countries that real daye have troops on the ground, iran and russia. you know, the way things have turned out is pretty much inevitab inevitable. >> russia has been a firm ally of bashar al assad. some say that moscow has made it clear privately that it has no objection to mr. assad eventually stepping down as part of a peace process. it begs the question, what exactly is russia hoping to accomplish with the military campaign. matthew chance went to a russian military base in syria for some answers. >> the kremlin keeps saying that there can't be any military solution to the conflict in syria. has to be a political one. at the same time, russia has poured its powerful military into the country, bolstering its syrian governmental eye and making sure that any future
peace deal, russian interest in syria will be paramount. i spent the last week with russian forces in syria. i saw first hand how moscow is aggressively intervening in that civil war. >> this is how the kremlin supports syrian allies and battles its enemies. we gained rare access to the syrian base, now the military hub of russia's air war. this really does feel like the center of a russian military operation. there's the smell of jet fuel and the ground shudders with the roar of the planes returning from their bombing missions. >> russia's defense ministry says more than 200 targets have been struck in just 24 hours. 320 militants killed it says from isis and other rebel groups
fighting the syrian government and its president, bashar al assad. so i'm joined by general, the chief spokesman for the russian defense ministry. he's escorting us to the military base. let me ask you that question. that question about who you are targeting. is it isis or are you supporting assad? >> translator: i can answer the question with our -- every day we show you how we're fighting international terrorism, destroying their infrastructure in syria. >> on our tour of the base we were shown how russia carefully arms its bombers with high tech precision weaponry. we also saw unguided or dumb
bombs being loaded. human rights groups accuse russia of killing civilians from the air a charge the kremlin strenuously denies. >> well, there's another plane coming in now. just touching down. it's an s.e. 24 that's going to be very noisy. it just carried out an air strike somewhere in syria against rebel targets, either isis or some other opposition group. russia says it's stopping isis in its tracks. striking their assets and shrinking the territory they and other rebel groups control. after more than 4,000 -- over syria, this kremlin air war shows no sign of winding down. in fact, it is in fact if anything, stepping up its presence in syria. deploying sophisticated air defenses that give russia the ability to control the skies over syria. again, to help ensure that its vision for the country as a
pro-russian state is realized. bashar al assad and his wife made a rare public appearance on friday. they attended church in damascus near the frontlines of the battle for christmas choral presentations. the turkish government says it is pulling its troops from iraq. it comes one day after the u.s. president asked ankrah to tamp down tensions over the presence of turkish troops in mosul. thousands of protesters demanded that the soldiers leave. turkey says it sent troops to help iraqi forces. iraq, though, says their presence violated international laws. tells cnn that more than 100 people are dead after two days of clashes in hajjah province.
it's ongoing in the strategic city between yemen and saudi arabia. clashes intensified after the u.n. called for a cease-fire on tuesday. a texas plumber who was -- because of isis is now suing the dealership he sold it to. the truck ended up in militants hands after an auction. the plumber got desperate when it showed up in a propaganda video. here's the report. >> it wasn't the artillery or the isis flag that made this propaganda photo go viral on social media last year. it was the name and phone number of mark overholser's plumbing company emblazoned on the door of the truck. he's owner of the mark-1 plumbing company. he's now suing a houston ford dealership for $1 million in kajs damages. he claims he traded in his pickup for a newer model and the salesman instructed him not to remove the company decal according to his lawyer.
>> he started to take the decals off and was told don't do that. you might scratch the paint. we will do it. >> clearly, that didn't happen. instead, his old company vehicle ended up in the hands of isis. company logo and phone number intact. overholser says his phones were bombarded with threats of violence, even death. he was forced to close the business temporarily and was visited by the fbi and department of homeland security. the bigger question was how isis got its hands on the truck in the first place. the truck went from the plumbing company and sold to a dealership in houston. from there it went to auction and was shipped legally oversea toss turkey, not far from the syrian border. it's not the only vehicle isis has acquired that stirred controversy. the u.s. treasury department is looking at how toyota pickup trucks and other makes are featured so prominently in propaganda videos. a cnn affiliate spoke with who
bought the vehicle. >> the understanding was that the marquises would come off the vehicle. i'm not sure where the breakdown was between auto nation. >> it proves to be an expensive one if overholser proves his case. still to come, voters are choosing their next governor. we'll tell you why this is such an historical election. feel a cold sore coming on? only abreva can heal it in as few as two and a half days when used at the first sign. it penetrates deep and starts to work immediately to block the virus and protect healthy cells.. don't tough it out, knock it out, fast. abreva.
the top stories this hour. democratic presidential candidates debated in manchester, new hampshire. bernie sanders, hillary clinton and martin o'malley answered questions on foreign policy, gun control and jobs. they lashed out at republican front-runner donald trump. hezbollah is accusing israel of carrying out an air strike. the militant spent 30 years in jail for murdering three israelis in 1979 when he was just 16 years old. he was released in a prisoner swap seven years ago. the israeli military refused to comment on the accusations. russian president vladimir putin says he will use more military might in syria if necessary. this comes less than a day as the u.n. security council, including russia, approved a resolution that called for a cease-fire in the country. spaniards are voting in a most uncertain election since
the end of a dictatorship. they predict no party will win a majority. the ruling party is willing to form a coalition if the other three parties in spain are not open to that option. the election is testing the spanish prime minister, the ruling party of facing two new political parties and a growing independent movement in catalonia. as eva suarez tells us, the economy is the main criticism. >> the euro's own debt crisis has had a fair shaver irreverent pupils. greece among them. no nation has -- than well-behaved spain. however, the country hasn't always been a model student. poor discipline left it with low marks from creditors for overbuilding, overspending and overindulging. frustrated, spaniards were quick to blame the government. the leaders turned to europe. asking for a helping hand.
in the form of 37 billion euros for its ailing banks. well, that hard work did pay off. spain shot to the top of the eu's economics class by implementing structural reform and tough austerity and then cutting unemployment. these are all measures they're still delivering. spain is one of the fastest growing economies in the eurozone with not quite 8%. that's well worth a pass mark. >> the net impact of the measures by the government has been a clear net positive. >> despite the impressive growth, ordinary spaniards feel they're yet to benefit. one citizen vented his frustration punching the prime minister in the face on the trail. there's reason to be worried. unemployment is hovering around 21.1%. the second highest in the eu after greece. turning a recovery into that may
be a struggle who was promising jobs and prosperity if re-elected. >> translator: in the next four years, in the spanish people give us their trust, this party will provide four big objectives. the first and most important, the most crucial, to create jobs. >> but it faces a threat from eu parties like anti-austerity and center right. both are looking to capitalize on the economic delusionment. >> i'm convinced that millions of spaniards have been waiting for this moment, many suffering corruption cases, job cuts, promises that haven't been yet. >> while spain may have gotten top marks, it's up to spanish citizens to decide whether the country has passed the test of economic reform at the ballot box. eva suarez, cnn. for the second consecutive weekend, protesters in dozens of
polish cities are accusing the new government of being undemocratic. they want to change the voting rules at the constitutional court. the lower justice party wants to replace five judges appointed by the previous government. activists say the court would essentially become a rubber stamp for the administration. >> authorities are desperately trying to reach a ferry stranded at sea during a storm. the vessel went adrift with more than 100 people on board. severe weather has prevented rescuers from reaching the ferry. the disaster management agency says they've rescued people in nearby waters. off the coast of nigeria is a ding russ area for crimes at sea including smuggling and kidnapping. more than half of the maritime abductions happen there. now nigeria's navy is enlisting britain's help to change that. cnn's christian purefoy has the
story. >> sometimes the glove doesn't quite fit and you need a little help. uk's royal navy has stopped in the port of lagos to help train the nigh jaerian navy to put out fires. there are plenty to put out off the coast of nigeria. >> it's a major growing concern as a hotspot for maritime crime. illegal fishing is a huge problem, unreported fishing and they do struggle to police that. also, smuggling of contraband, piracy. it all goes on. narcotics. it sort of falls under a collective umbrella of maritime crime. the coast of west africa has one of the highest rates of piracy in the world. the global risks consulting company. the group says 60 3ers of the
world's maritime kidnappings happened off nigeria alone. >> they generally use small twin-engine boats to go off the larger ships and board them. they steal mobile phones and money often. sometimes they kidnap and assault the crew and hijack the ship. nigeria's navy boosted patrolling capabilities in recent years. but over fishing and pirate attacks on trade routes cost the region billions of dollars. both the royal navy and nigerians hope that joint training exercises like these will help build a partnership capable much plugging the gaps in the region's maritime security. >> wonderful so far. it has given us an opportunity to see how operations and damage control are carried out on the ship and then we can have great ideas and see how we do it on our ships and see what we can learn from them and what they can learn from us.
>> putting out the fires before they get out of control. christian power foye, cnn, lagos, nigeria. information in the whereabouts of a fugitive american teenager ethan couch. couch made headlines two years ago when he killed four people in a drunk driving accidents, was sentence today probation instead of jail time. he had no concept of right or wrong. nick valencia has more. >> it's this video that eventually led to the manhunt posted on social media this months. the clip seems to show a group of college-aged kids partying while playing beer pong. among them appears to be texas teen ethan couch. >> the jury needs to -- >> two years ago, couch then just 16 years old was sentenced
to ten years probation after killing four people while drunk driving. >> my wife and daughter. >> his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. as part of a deal, couch agreed to stay away from alcohol or end up going to jail. in a bizarre defense, couch's attorney convinced the judge that couch was a victim of affluen affluenza, the product of wealth and privilege with parents who never taught him the difference between right and wrong. listen to what couch's mother said during a deposition in one of the civil suits against her son. >> when is the last time you recall disciplining ethan for anything? >> i don't remember. >> now, the teen and his mother have gone missing. couch apparently fled shortly after this video was made public, apparently to avoid violating the probation deal. according to reuters, the teen's father told law enforcement the passports of both couch and his mother are also gone. >> i hate to say i told you so,
but i told you so. >> county sheriff deann der son tried to lock up couch two years ago. >> i think this was planned. i believe that they planned to get away and i believe they're going to run far and try to hide. >> that was nick valencia reporting. the fbi and u.s. marshall service joined in the search for ethan couch. prosecutors said couch could face up to ten years if he violated his probation. the so-called bad boy of the pharmaceutical industry in the u.s. is proclaiming his innocence. martin schleck i's tweet says they're baseless and without merit. he's accused of running his companies like a ponzi scheme. there's a $5 million bail posted. he quit his job as chief executive and fired up a favorite pastime sharing his musings on a live stream from his apartment. the western u.s. could be in store for a white christmas.
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welcome back. eight months after the deadly earthquake in nepal, the sherpa community is struggling to recover. the earthquake killed 9,000 people and flattened homes and businesses. the economy relied heavily on mountaineers traveling to nepal to climb mt. everest, the world's tallest peak. there's been a sharp decline in tourism. each the most accomplished climbers lost everything.
>> translator: whatever we don't buy, risking our lives and working for the tourists is almost all gone with the earthquake. it will take a long time and a lot of hard work to repair the damage from the earthquake. more than 90% of houses have been damaged. >> in china, a landslide collapsed and buried buildings in shenzhen city leaving at least 41 people missing. some people have been rescued. it's unclear how many others may yet be trapped the landslide swept across an industrial park toppling structures around the area. hundreds reported to the site for the rescue operations. beijing is facing another red alert as heavy smog is in the city. it's the highest alert. traffic restrictions are in place in construction sites and factories are closed. the alert will remain in place until midnight on tuesday local time. well, are you dreaming of a
white christmas? i certainly am. in part of the u.s. which is usually wearing a winter coat can forget about it this year. meteorologist karen maginnis is at the weather center. >> it looks like it's covering -- even some of the cities that you would typically expect to see at least some significant snowfall during the month of december haven't seen it. places like boston. but it looks like primarily over the next 72 hours as we head on in towards thursday, christmas eve, cloud cover and rain. even for chicago where temperatures are going to be very mild. but not just there. then we look into the forecast over the next five days. we'll see several disturbances move out of the gulf of alaska and usher in wet weather all the way from vancouver to seattle to medford and portland and towards san francisco. but it will be the higher peaks
that will see the snowfall. that's very typical. what is exceptional is what we expect for wednesday all the way through friday on christmas day. take a look at boston. we're expecting temperatures to come close to 20 degrees celsius. that would be temperatures in the upper 60s. and for detroit, readings running 5 to 10 degrees above normal. for sydney, australia, temperatures over the next seven days are expected to be in the mid to upper 20s. but that's in the southern hemisphere. for atlanta, exceptionally mild temperatures. they should be hovering around maybe 7 to 10 degrees celsius. they will be in the mid-20s. quite exceptional. even in vancouver, british columbia, 661 days, no measurable snowfall.
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welcome back. well, as relations slowly bond between the u.s. and cuba, the two are working towards building a bridge with a favorite pastime. major league baseball wants cuban players to be able to come to the u.s. safely and legally. cuban officials indicate that they are willing to play ball. patrick osman reports that it goes beyond the love of the game. >> reporter: for these young cuban players, it was an opportunity that until recently would have been unthinkable. getting pointers not just from major league baseball stars, but from cuban players who defected to the u.s. and were banned by the island's communist run government from ever returning home. that is until now. >> translator: i'm very happy to
be back in my country, l.a. dodgers star hitter yas he will puig says. he says it's emotional. he squeaked by on the meager salary a baseball player here earns. in 2012, after several attempts, he left the island in his mother's boat. he then signed a seven-year deal with the l.a. dodgers for $42 million. the promise of big money in the united states emptied the cuban league of many of their top players. a bitter lesson in market economics for a country that once claimed that love for the revolution was all their athletes required. cubans for generations have excelled at baseball. but a spree of defections and a lack of resources leave many people here wondering if their beloved national pastime could ever recover. during a three-day goodwill trip, mlb officials want to find a way for cubans to play in the
u.s. without hurting the smugglers -- >> ultimately negotiate with the cuban baseball federation of the u.s. government and the cuban government a safe and legal path for a cuban baseball player who desire to play major league baseball to reach the major leagues. >> cuban officials indicated they want to make a deal if it could lead to badly needed revenue for their government. more fans want to see how the game is played in the u.s. >> so it's not only the enticement for the motivation of the money for these young players to leave, but also they don't have the same status at home as they used to have. the guys who used to be branded as traitors and still are to some degree by the government, but for the fans, these guys are now the heroes. >> reporter: cuban fans might see more of their heroes up close again soon. major league baseball officials
say they're negotiating to bring spring training games to the island next year. patrick ottoman, cnn, havana. a woman from spain has been crowned miss world in 2015 beating more than 100 contestants for the title. the pageant's 65th edition was hosted in china. it included russia, indonesia, and jamaica. she succeeds the winner from south africa. in the miss world pageant contestants are awarded points on a range of activities, including taking part in charity protests and the crucial interview round. well, before i leave you, a quick look at the lighter side of politics. nbc's "saturday night live" found rich pickings in the u.s. presidential race. this week as the show started with an uncanny take on cnn's republican debate and in particular the rivalry between
one-time favorite jeb bush and the unexpected front-runner donald trump. >> if we work together, we can stop donald trump. if you combine my numbers with yours, yours and yours, we almost win. >> jeb, shut your pie hole. >> you're never going to be president, donald. >> yeah, no kidding. none of us are, genius. >> snl veterans tina fey and amy poehler host the program. not only were the two hillary clinton impersonated day ors among the cast -- >> can we focus because i'm running for president again and i'm getting advice from the smartest woman i know. me. >> geez, i should give you advice because in 2008. i got in closer to the white house than this gal did. >> here's my advice. you got to do what you believe
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