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this is "cnn newsroom" live from los angeles. ahead this hour, donald trump calls hillary clinton a liar after clinton claims videos of trump are being used as isis recruiting tools. plus, we're learning more about the woman accused of running down dozens of pedestrians on the vegas strip. all with her 3-year-old daughter sitting in the backseat. and what goes up is pretty cool but what came down on this spacex launch was even better. hello, welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm isha sesay. "newsroom l.a." starts right now.
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the 2016 presidential race is getting nastier with a feud between donald trump and democratic front-runner hillary clinton flaring up. and campaign stop in michigan trump slammed clinton for attacking him at saturday's democratic debate. >> hillary, i mean, did you watch that -- what happened to her? no, she's terrible. she's terrible. donald trump is on video, and isis is using him on the video to recruit! and it turned out to be a lie. she's a liar. >> well, the war of words between trump and clinton gets uglier each time one targets the other. cnn shows us the debate claim that started this latest feud. >> never mind their primary fights, donald trump and hillary clinton are locked in a new brawl of their own tonight. he's demanding an apology for
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this. >> and we also need to make sure that the really discriminatory messages that trump is sending around the world don't fall on receptive ears. he is becoming isis' best recruiter. >> reporter: at the weekend democratic debate clinton said trump's plan to block muslims from entering the u.s. has emboldened isis fighters. >> they are going to people showing videos of donald trump insulting islam and muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. so i want to explain why this is not in america's interest to react with this kind of fear and respond to this sort of bigotry. >> reporter: but there's no evidence to back up her assertion trump's rhetoric has been a recruiting tool for isis. so far, isis recruiters have used american leaders, president obama, president bush, and even her husband, in recruiting videos. the accusations set trump off. he fired back on twitter. it's the democrats' total
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weakness and incompetence that gave rise to isis. not a tape of donald trump that was an admitted hillary lie. on the "today" show he wanted an apology. >> she lies about everything. >> reporter: president obama unleashed his own criticism of trump, telling npr the billionaire was exploiting the fears of white men and blue collar workers. >> there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear. i think somebody like mr. trump's taking advantage of that. >> reporter: the squirmish came as gop field got a little smaller. senator lindsey graham left the race, telling cnn's kate balduan he will back up with of his rivals. >> i've hit a wall here. you know, my campaign has come to a point where i need to think about getting out and helping somebody else. >> reporter: today in new hampshire the campaign trail was filled with republicans who could use help in their battle to be an alternative to trump and ted cruz. >> well, look, i wanter's
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support. >> reporter: marco rubio, chris christie, jeb bush, and kasich all trying to squeeze it in before christmas. >> everyone here in new hampshire is just so incredibly warm and welcoming. >> reporter: speaking of christmas the clinton campaign tried to change the subject with a little help from the grinch. >> together they shout with great grinchy zeal that on health care their plan is. >> repeal. >> repeal. >> repeal. >> trump and clinton are both trying to squeeze in last-minute holiday campaigning. trump is in michigan. clinton is in eiowa. a spoke man from hillary clinton says, hell no, hillary clinton will not be apologizinger to donald trump for correctly pointing out how his hateful rhetoric only helps isis recruit foreterrorists. jeff zeleny, cnn, washington. joining me now to discuss the state of the race of the white house is a former u.s. treasurer and supporter of jeb bush. thank you so much for joining
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us. welcome to the program. what's your view of where the race stands now on the gop side? >> well, it's diminishing by the number of people now in the race. i think with senator lindsey graham leaving, i think that opens a door for some of those supporters to go to other candidate, especially, in my view, they should really go to be jeb bush. only because lindsey graham was also attacking the front-runner and i think that the people that support him will find a voice and a home in jeb bush. >> you think so. i mean, when you look at the fact that lindsey graham tried to be a moderate voice in this race, i mean, what does it say about how this race has shaped up until now and really the chances of the other moderate republicans in this race when we see donald trump so far out in front? >> i think it's too early. people forget, this is my sixth presidential campaign. people forget that four years
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ago mitt romney was not leading the pack. eight years ago senator mccain was not leading the pack. first state.ncentrates on the - none of them where the front-runners did not end up being our nominee. so i'm a little bit cautious. i don't jump to conclusions. as many people think that, well, if the election was held today. yes. but it's still far away. >> you would accept this is a different kind of election this year. the feeling everyone says is different. this is a year of the outsiders. things are a little bit different. i'm sure you would agree. so much so that someone like jeb bush who you support who i'm sure you -- could you have imagined, let me pose it as a question, that jeb bush would be running a race where now he is going on the attack in the way of donald trump, calling donald trump a jerk? i mean, did you ever think you would see that? >> well, i can tell you this. the front-runner has attacked
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everybody, has insulted everybody. he insults everybody from women to minorities to mexicans to immigrants to people with disabilities, he mocks them. >> but he continues to stand at the front of the pack. >> that's because -- i will tell you, everybody we're doing it right now. he has gotten more airtime than all of the presidential candidates put together, including the democrats. because he knows how to manipulate the media. and so we keep talking about him so people, when they ask him, who are you going to support, they give them the names, they heard one name a thousand times. they never heard of lindsey graham. you know? so the media has actually played into his game. >> one quick question on the democratic side of things. hillary clinton so far out in front of this point. many expect her to be the nominee. if she's indeed the nominee how do you see the republicans mounting a race to defeat her? what do you see as her vulnerabilities?
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>> we sh has quite a few. i can tell you with a lot of respect she has some problems. she cannot name, she couldn't name successes. she has a problem with telling the truth sometimes. and that is challenging. i would suspect the front-runner is not going to be our nominee. if that is the case, then you just go to the recorded. the republicans have a record and she has a record. and when you do that, then that's when you compare. she has some work to do. our candidates including mine that have a very clear, strong record of accomplishments. and what are her accomplish cmet accomplishments? she couldn't name one. >> it's going to be a very interesting 2016. >> i'm looking forward to it. >> thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure. to a measure accomplishment in the space community.
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spacex successfully guided a rocket booster back to land after using it to deliver a payload into space monday evening. the booster's safe return marks a major step toward making space travel a lot cheaper because the rocket can now be reused for a future launch. earlier i talked to the executive director of nasa's xo planet science institute. >> it's a big city for the u.s. space community. if they can successfully refurbish this spacecraft, this rocket, and use it again, the turn around time becomes much more rapid, the costs come down. this is the way of really bringing down the cost to get into space. >> three, two, one, zero.
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liftoff. >> the mission was to put 11 small communication satellites into orbit. all were successfully deployed. we have new details about the woman who ran over dozens of people on the vegas strip. police say 24-year-old lakeisha holloway deliberately veered off the road several times to plow into ped industriens a. cnn's ryan young has more now from las vegas. >> i have a lot of questions about what happened here. a lot of people want to know what drove this woman to drive her car on this strip and had all of these people witness these or or riff tick events. it's questions that won't be answered any time soon. just after 6:30 p.m. the first 911 calls came in reports of a vehicle on the las vegas strip that drove on to a sidewalk, hitting zerm pedestrians. a scene that first was an accident but soon it became clear this was much worse.
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>> it was people. just thud iding, the sound, 30 maybe. i thought it might be a little faster but it seemed like it was going pretty fast. people were flying. this child i saw literally hit the sound, i'll never forget. it's horrible. it just never stopped. it was people -- it wasn't hitting cars, it was hitting people. >> reporter: according to police, this was an intentional act, the driver ramming her car into the crowds in at least three or four different spots along the sidewalk between planet hollywood and the paris resort and casino. >> it looked like she wasn't even trying to stop the car. she had both of her hands on the wheel looking straightforward. there were men running after her to try and stop the vehicle. they were yelling stop, stop. she just wasn't trying. >> reporter: police say 24-year-old lakeisha holloway was behind the wheel during the attack driving a 1996 oldsmobile
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sedan with oregon plates. her 3-year-old daughter was in the backseat the entire time. >> she rode the sidewalk. we she came to a stop right here at the paris intersection. and then she like -- people were punching the window trying to get the child out of the backseat. she accelerated again and just kept mowing everyone down. >> reporter: after the attack holloway fled the scene, driving to another casino before i ban donning her car with her daughter still inside. she asked a security officer there to call police because she had just hit several people. she is now in custody. her daughter is unharmed. authorities at first were quick to rule out terrorism as motive but now say they need to complete their investigation before making a final conclusion. >> she is believed to be from the oregon area. and we are going to do the best we can throughout the day to determine her background. in light of that and not having those unknowns, we are not 100% ruling out the possibility of terrorism. >> reporter: so if not an act of terror, what could have been the motivation behind this attack?
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police say she made a statement when they took her in to custody but wouldn't disclose the details. >> we believe that she had some disassociation with the father of her child, and then events prior to the event, her being what we believe to be in las vegas approximately a week and homeless and residing within her vehicle. we on the know the exact percipient. event that caused her to snap and/or whether it was planned previously. >> reporter: so far, holloway is charge with a single count of murder with a deadly weapon. the first of what authorities say are many charges to come. isha, we do know that three people are in critical condition. one person did die. the child in the car is in protective custody. >> ink that to ryan young for that report. now, the man accuse of harming san bernardino mass
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killer remains behind bars. new and disturbing details have surfaced about enrick qque marc for teaming with them. >> reporter: enrique marquez has had his bail denied and another role with another plot farook is causing major concern among counter terror officials. the criminal complaint says starting in late 2011 marquez and farook mapped out the plan to attack the freeway near los angeles at rush hour. marquez told investigators farook was to start the attack by throwing pipe bombs on the highway on a stretch with no exits. the explosions would disable traffic. then farook would move among the disabled vehicles and fire at them. you were able to stop traffic and not able to get out. you can pick through people and build up your level of
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casualties. a top l.a. counter chief tells cnn this is the first time a terror plot involving freeways has been revealed to that department. he calls it a nightmare that they had been game withing out table top scenarios. marquez told investigators his role was to shoot at cars from a position in the hills overlooking the 91 freeway. then fire on police and rescue teams as they arrived. >> first responders are always the target when you come to jihadist ideology. focus on military and first responders and cops. >> reporter: marquez says he backed out of that plot and another plan to attack student gathering places at riverside city college. marquez is charged with illegally buying the rifles used in the san bernardino shootings and of defrauding officials over a sham marriage with the sister of farook's brother's wife. for that, marquez was paid about $200 a month according to the complaint. one analyst says it all suggests enrique marquez was very much a follower among the plotters. >> this guy sounds like a
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scaredity cat and seems like a guy who does not have a strong will to do anything. so if his friend, his neighbor decided to say let's go shoot at some cars, he might go along. >> reporter: one counter terrorism expert says the highway plot was flimsy and wouldn't have inflicted the mass casualties that an attack in an enclosed space would have used. they say even if not many people were killed on the highway it would have generated massive news coverage and had a huge psychological affect in a place like los angeles. brian todd, cnn, washington. time for a quick break. u.s. army sergeant who spent several years in taliban captivity could now face time in prison. we'll look at the charges against bowe bergdahl as he prepares to face a military court in the coming hours. plus, donald trump is weighing in on that very, very awkward moment a t the miss universe pageant. what he says he would have done. the details, just ahead. the mi
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captive by the taliban and later released is set to appear in court in north carolina in the coming hours. he faces charges of desertion and endangering fellow soldiers. nick valencia has more on this controversial case. >> reporter: by now you've probably seen this video, a u.s. blackhawk helicopter lands in the middle of taliban-controlled afghanistan. with each passing second, u.s. army sergeant bowe bergdahl takes a step closer to freedom. after five years in taliban captivity and torture, he is finally going home. >> it's like you're standing there screaming in your mind, in this room, you're standing thinking it's blackened dirt room and it's tiny and just on the other side of that flimsy little wooden door that you could probably easily rip off the hinges is the entire world out there. >> reporter: that's bergdahl describing his captivity in an interview with a popular
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podcast. >> from chicago, it's. >> the host sarah koenig chose him for the second season. in it we get a chance to hear from bergdahl ourselves. a man discharged from the coast guard for psychological reasons only to land in the u.s. army under what he calls inept leadership. bergdahl says as a 23-year-old private he didn't feel like his concerns would be taken seriously. >> all i was seeing was basically leadership failure to the point that the lives of the guys standing next to me were literally, from what i could see, in danger of something seriously going wrong and somebody being killed. >> good afternoon, everybody. >> reporter: shortly after bergdahl's release president obama hosted bergdahl's parents in the rose garden. he defended his decision to exchange five prisoners from guantanamo bay to bring bergdahl back home. >> we also made an ironclad
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commitment to bring our prisoners of war home. that's who we are as americans. it's a profound obligation within our military and today at least in this instance, it's a promise we've been able to keep. >> reporter: but it seemed it was this moment from bergdahl's father that also caused concern and piled on to the controversy. bergdahl's father grew out his beard and learned to speak pashto in hopes to speak with his captor, the gesture only added to the critics kept tichl. but it was anything but a homecoming. celebration in his hometown of idaho canceled amid con tro controversy of bergdahl's release. >> president obama wants to justify his hasty bergdahl terrorist swap by claiming the soldier was too sick to wait. then he needs to share his evidence with the rest of the
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country. >> we don't negotiate with terrorists. the fact is is that we have violated that policy. >> reporter: the frustration was expressed by his platoon who were part of the initial rescue mission. >> if we would have found him i think a lot of us would have shot him, if that tells you anything. say that with sincerity that we had that much hate towards him. >> reporter: despite recommendations that bergdahl not face jail time the army announced this month it will court-martial bergdahl on charges of desertion and endangering other soldiers. >> i made it through the last five years, it kind of seems stupid to lose whatever it is that's been keeping me going. >> reporter: if convicted he could face life in prison but the court's decision may not matter much to those who already sieberg dall as either a hero or a deserter. nick valencia, cnn, atlanta. joining me now to discuss the case is joseph lowe,
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military defense attorney and former u.s. marine. joseph, thank you so much for joining us. let me start by asking you the basic question of what you make of this turn of events, that bowe bergdahl is now set to go before a military court and not, you know -- court-martial, at least the gentleman who oversaw the preliminary hearing asked for a court-martial and that was effectively ignored and this is now happening. why? what do you make of it? >> good question. the lieutenant colonel was hired, if you will, was asked by the convening authority, the general, conduct this investigation. his tight is investigating officer. look through all the facts. look through all the evidence with all of your legal expertise, and tell us what you think we ought to do based on the octoberive facts and the law as you understand it. after going through all that information and evidence, far more than we're entitled to see, h we came up with the conclusion that this should definitely
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should not go to a general court-martial, doesn't rise to anything higher than a dis dismeaner, a year in jail and you not get a dishonorable discharge. worse you can get is honorable. why do they disregard a very experienced hired person who went through the evidence and do something else? kind of comes down to the people involved in the decision making. one of which is a general who is now up for a new chief of staff position and, it's fair to say no one wants to look bad. >> you think internal politics is at play here? >> i've seen many of these international murder cases, which are far worse than what we've dealing with here, where you had a similar situation and they went forward with a general court-martial, most of the time you see that because the general in the chain of command doesn't want to be the one to make the decision. he wants the jury to make the
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decision so it cannot fall back on him. this one's different though. and in my opinion, why would they want a young man who made a bad decision, which he thought he was going to change the climate of a very bad command or bad, if you will, sergeant in charge, was trying to make a better climate for his troops and, as a result, he's the one who got punished for it and for five years languished in that dark hole, beat him and did whatever else to him, why wouldn't that be enough right now. >> people say and i want you to respond to this, he broke the rules. people lost their lives on missions to find him, and he should be punished for that because he broke the rules. you are a man who knows the system better than anyone. is that a wrong -- >> no, that is not wrong. i actually agree with that. let me say what i mean by that. what rules he broke, i don't
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know, because i haven't heard the fact or the evidence. just what we've heard. but let's go this way. he left his post, you are absolutely not to do that. he left his post and went somewhere, enemy area that caused the u.s. troops to have to go look for him and put themselves at risk. that's not right. that's not fair to them. whether or not someone lost their life in a combat zone which they were already on patrol for looking for him, i don't have those facts. i'm not able to comment on that. but what i can say is assume that's true, if we have innocent people losing their lives because of decisions he made, he's accountable for that and he should be. and especially in the united states marine corps, we've got a whole program for people like that. having said that, though, i believe from what i have seen and what i have heard and what i have read that he was not making a decision to hurt anybody or to certainly not be a traitor. he was a young boy who had ambitious dreams that were naive
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and ridiculous, but the intent is what's important to focus on. and his intent was not to hurt anybody. his intent was actually to help. and how many of the prosecutions have you seen over the years where because you would not refuse an order that you thought was lawful to shoot this person over here in combat when they say you should have known not to shoot and now we're going to bring you back to states to prosecute you and put you in the human warehouse, concrete tomb, a cell, because you did not disregard the order, in this case, he's actually leaving so he can tell people what's going on wrong and now they want to prosecute him. for being a whistle-blower. >> as you well know, a lot of people disagree with your position. this is a very controversial case. it is one we're going to follow close closely. we hope you will come back and walk through it as more details emerge. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. now, rescue teams are searching the debris after mass i landslide in southern china.
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into space. the booster's safe return will allow reuse for future launch which will save a lot of money. 11 communication satellites were successfully deployed into orbit. police in las vegas has released this video of a woman who ran over pedestrians sunday night. she faces one count of murder and injured 37 people. her 3-year-old daughter was with her in the car when she veered off the sidewalk several times. the man accused of providing guns to the shooters in san bernardino, california, will stay in jail. a federal magistrate denied bail monday for 24-year-old enrick qua marquez, suspected of buying rifles used by syed farook and malik who killed 14 of farook's co-workers earlier this month. the couple later died in a police shootout. now, the first victim has been pulled from the wreckage in shenzhen, china.
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a landslide struck the city when a pile of construction wastes grew so high it collapsed. more than 80 people are still missing as thousands of rescue workers search the debris for survivors. for more on the rescue efforts let's turn to matt rivers live in shenzhen. matt, how was such a rescue efforts going? >> reporter: they are very, very difficult search and rescue operations here, isha. it is a very complicated scene here for rescue officials. let's show you the latest scene in is just over our shoulder here. we're roughly a kilometer or so away at this point we're not allowed to get any closer than we are right now. you can see there are dozens of excavators on that scene gingerly going through rubble that, from our vantage point, looks to be at least ten meters high in somepla places. and then you can see what they're up against, how powerful this landslide was. that building there on the left-hand side of the field, you can see how it's almost toppled
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over. that was just the sheer force of this landslide. so rescue crews are having to go through that. we know they rescued several people. but the numbers of people still stranded still number over eighty at this point and officials say that should change going forward as they identify more and more missing people. speaking of missing people, many people who have family members who are unaccounted for at this point have gone to an evacuation shelter with other people who have been evacuated from this area. we spoke not long ago with one little boy. we have some video of him to show you. we spoke with him and his oulder brother and his aunt. and it really is just heartbreaking. the 6-year-old boy and his 16-year-old older brother don't know where their parents are. they were making a delivery at the time of this landslide in that complex. we spoke to the little boys' aunt after she told us that they actually, the three of them, came to this scene during the
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day on monday. here's what she had to say about the little boy. >> translator: the rescuer is simply too hard. there is too much mud. all we want is to find our relatives as soon as possible. the little one found a large pack of bread on the site and he said a he wants to share it with his mom when she's back. these two boys will have no one to depend on in the future. >> reporter: and just an incredibly difficult thing to hear. this boy, this little boy trying to come to terms with the fact that as this rescue operation goes on, the longer time that goes by, the less the odds are, less chance that rescue officials here have a finding his parents alive. isha? >> it is so very, very sad to witness. heartbreaking, in fact. matt, let me ask you this. this mound of construction debris that collapsed causing this calamity, had there been any warning ahead of time that
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something like this could happen or did this just really happen out of the blue? what are we hearing from people on the ground? >> well, as we go through this initial part of this investigation what we're hearing within chinese state media here are some conflicting reports on who really is to blame for this, whether it be the company that was in charge of this dump site or whether it is the government not keeping a close enough eye on what was going on there. some reports suggest the company actually told local government officials that they were concerned about the safety of their site. meanwhile, we've seen other state media reports saying the government inspectors actually came to this site several months ago, earlier this year, and actually tried to shut it down and operators kept going despite those calls to shut down. so really who is at blame here is not -- we're not really sure of that as of yet given this investigation is just getting started. one thing we do know, though, in talking to local here's in
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shenzhen, this mound, this construction debris was well-known to them. they had voiced their opinions and concerns to local officials here about how unstable it was looking. but apparently those calls went unanswered. >> matt rivers joining us there from shenzhen, china. matt, appreciate the reporting. thank you so much. india's top court says it has no choice but to uphold the release of the youngest man convicted of a brutal rape three years ago. his release on sunday renewed the anger over the vicious attack. the victim you may remember died of her injuries. the man was a minor at the time of the 2012 crime and served the maximum legal penalty for a juvenile. but that release is raising questions about whether india is doing enough to protect women. we look at what's changed since the attack. >> reporter: a day after the release of the youngest of the
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six men involved in the most savage gang rape india has ever seen. the question on many people's minds, what's changed? are women safer? we go on a patrol with one of deli's highest ranking female police officers. >> people have the perception that the police has not been doing enough to change that, we started interacting with the people. we try to make police more visible so that even if the force is lesser in number, the impact is more. >> reporter: monica grew up in dehli, until a few years ago she would never think about going to the police. >> nobody there speak about it. even i know somebody happen to me i would never go to the police station. but now i see regarding this that girls go and report such things. they don't hesitate. call the number. they are more forthcoming about it. so this is a big change. >> reporter: the police were often accused of being largely
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corrupt, inefficient, and insensitive towards women. now they go from street to street, school to school, to change that perception. a woman's help desk with female police officers 24/7 has been set up at every single police station in new delhi. an app which anyone in trouble can press the sos button and police can track your gps details and be there within minutes. just a few of the many changes that are already making a difference. are these changes effective? have you noticed a difference? >> this has given a lot of confidence to the women. first thing is reporting. the first problem we have is reporting. no one was reporting it. >> reporter: there is no question, people are more aware. the ones taboo topic is now discussed at length. india now has some of the strongest antirape laws in the world but many say that may not be enough. >> as a woman of do you still feel like it's a long way to go?
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>> it is going to take some time. for example, i'll give you. she's a lady officer. she's do well. so still for some time. >> reporter: what's needed is a change in mindsets. how women are viewed and that is not easily done. . cnn, new delhi. stay with cnn. i'll be right back with more news after this. i'd like to make a dep--
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welcome back. a suicide bomber on a motor bike has killed six u.s. service members in afghanistan. it happened near the u.s. air base in the bagram district and the taliban claimed responsibility. 10,000 american troops are now in the country. down from a peak of 100,000 in 2010. let's get more on the latest attack on fanato troops. alexander joins us from seoul,
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south korea. what do we know about those killed in this attack? >> well, isha, we do know from u.s. officials the six who died were all americans. among them a former new yok city police department detective joseph lim. a veteran of the police force. also an air national guardsman who served two tours of duty in afghanistan, another tour in iraq. officials are now telling us that this suicide bomber who is riding a motor bike unleashed the attack on a joint patrol of afghan security forces and coalition forces. these six deaths i should now bring to you 25, the number of nato forces who have been killed in afghanistan just this year. >> and, alexandra, also getting reports of increasing violence in the south of the country including reports that there were requests for help. what more can you tell us about the situation there? >> yeah, actually a pretty unusual type of request for help. this was an open letter on facebook that was posted be i
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the deputy governor of hellmann province. he's been describing intensified fighting. intensified attacks from the taliban in hellmann province over the last few days and really fighting over the last month. but in this letter he describes attacks on a main bizarre and office and pleading with the president directly to intervene, saying that the entire province is at risk of falling to the taliban without some intervention, without some help on the ground. the official who writes this letter on face book says he has no choice but to try to get attention and help but to post this open letter, isha. >> alexandra field joining us there from seoul, south korea. appreciate it, thank you. now, a grand jury in texas has decided not to indict anyone for the death of sandra bland. the 28-year-old was found dead in the jail cell three days after she was arrested for driving infraction in july. jail officials say she hanged herself with a plastic bag.
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her family is disputing that claim. the case comes amid tensions and wide discussions here in the united states about race and excessive use of force by police. comedian bill cosby is taking legal action against one of his most prominent accusers. bv verly johnson is a supermodel who claims cosby drugged her coffee when she came to his house in the '80s. cosby accused her of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. the lawsuit seeks unspecified damage, retraction from johnson and removal of a chapter from her memoir. time now for a quick break. it was a cringe worthy moment seen right around the world. hear what donald trump is saying he would do to fix the miss universe gaffe, just ahead. music: "another sunny day" by belle and sebastian ♪
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hello, everyone. japan's sports council has chosen a new design for the olympic stadium. prime minister shinzo abe says it satisfied the philosophy, construction deadline and budget for the olympic plan. the original design was scrapped
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in july when the projected cost soared to more than $2 billion. all right. a story everybody is talking about. organizers of the miss universe pageant have apologized to miss colombia and miss philippines after an epic blunder. it's been trending on social media and even has presidential contender donald trump talking. cnn's brian stelta has the details. >> miss universe 2015 is colombia! >> reporter: put yourself in miss colombia's high heeled shoes. she was wearing the crown thinking she was the new miss universe, smiling in front of a worldwide audience when less than two minutes after declared the winner host steve harvey walked back on stage and announced this -- >> i have to apologize. the first runner-up is colombia.
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miss universe 2015 is philippines. >> reporter: at moment that will live in tv enfa my. the host of "family feud" mistakenly reading the first runner-up's name and then correcting himself with the whole world watching. you could see his discomfort. >> this is exactly what's on the card. i will take responsibility for this. it was my mistake. it was on the card. >> reporter: the real winner, miss philippines, prined in small type on the card, showing the perils of live television. harvey tweeted an apology saying, i feel terrible. and suddenly miss universe was trending like never before. donald trump pounced on the opportunity claiming that if he were still in charge this would have never happened, he tweeted. trump sold his stake in miss universe to the talent agency wmueimg after nbc and univision
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wanted to get out of business with him after the trump's comments about mexican-immigrants. but now trump is turning harvey's gaffe into a positive, even offering a solution. >> i tell you what i think i would do, i would make them a co-winner, which would be very cool. i would recommend they go and have a beautiful ceremony which is good for the brand and good for miss universe and do a co-winner. >> reporter: and just like that, miss universe became part of our presidential pageant. cnn, new york. >> this presidential race gets stranger and stranger. hillary clinton could be elected u.s. president next year but she has something else to look forward to. she's going to be a grandmother for the second time. clinton's daughter chelsea tweeted monday next summer charlotte is going to be a big sister. feeling very blessed and grateful this holiday season. mom tweeted back, your dad and i could not be happier for you, mark, and charlotte.
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vooif vooi survivors in china. a live report coming up. >> new details about the las vegas strip. and spacex launches and lands a rocket. how this might shape the future of space travel. a warm welcome to our viewers in the states and those watching around the world. i'm errol barnett with you for the next two hours. this is "cnn newsroom." >> we begin in china where the first victim of a massive
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landslide has been pulled from the rubble. the disaster struck sunday when a pile of construction waste collapsed under its own weight. dozens of buildings were toppled by the degree. they are searching for survivors. we are joined live to talk about how things areprogressing. update us on the rescue efforts. i understand you met some kids who lost their mother? >> reporter: that's right. they're not sure at this point where their mother or their father is j for that matter. they are among the people who are unaccounted for at this point. before we talk about them, though, let's show you a live picture of where we are right now. we're about a kilometer or so away from where this landslide came down the hill here, and you can see how large this area is.
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officials say it's some 380 square meters they're having to search through to find survivors. you can see the building on the left. that is a massive concrete building that looks like it was just toppled over like a toy house. it is now on its side. officials say it is safe. it doesn't look like it's going to fall over, but seeing that building, you get an idea of how difficult rescue operations here are. as you mentioned, there are thousands of people here. there are dozens of us excavato. there are search and rescue dogs. we've seen drones. but as time goes on, the odds of finding people alive inside this rubble start to go down. that's a reality that is now being faced by many people we saw at an evacuation shelter not far from where we are. and one little boy we met struck us. we met him and his 16-year-old
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older brother, both of them now being looked after by their aunt because both of their parents were making a delivery here. they happened to be making a delivery at the time that this landslide occurred. they are among the people unaccounted for. we spoke to the boys' aunt about what they went through when they came back to the scene on monday. >> translator: the rescue is too hard. there's too much mud. all we want is to find our relatives as soon as possible. the little one found a large pack of bread on the site, and he said he wants to share it with his mom when she's back. these two boys will have no one to depend on in the future. >> reporter: and as the rescue operations continue here in china, that kind of story moving forward will likely not be
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unique as time goes on and the odds of finding them alive in the rubble goes down. >> what's stunning is that it wasn't a major weather vent that triggered this. a huge mound of construction debris just collapsed and led to this landslide. you wonder if that could happen again in other locations in china. how common a thing are waste mounds, and are there regulations surrounding them? >> reporter: well, the chinese government says there are regulations surrounding them, but as we've seen here, there are conflicting state media reports about what happened and who is to blame for this particular incident. locals, according to chinese state media complained about seeing dozens and dozens and dozens of construction trucks going into this site and dumping their waste, their debris, into this pile, making it inherently
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unstable. that said, the company that owns this waste site said they reached out to the government. this, again, being reported by state media in china. they reached out to the government to say they had concerns about the safety of their own work site, and the government didn't do anything. exactly who is at fault here remains to be seen. the repercussionins could go throughout china. the economic development here has been unbelievely large over the last 30 years. when you're building and constructing, you need to put that waste somewhere, so there will likely be lots of other dump sites under closer scrutiny after the events here. >> and in the meantime, we hold out hope for those kids and hope they can find their parents. we appreciate the live report there from where the landslide took place in china.
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thanks. so lindsey graham has left the u.s. presidential race making the field of contenders a bit smaller. he failed to make it to the main debate stage. meanwhile, donald trump is targeting his democratic rival, hillary clinton, for attacking him at her party's debate saturday. >> she's terrible. donald trump is on video and isis is using him on the video to recruit. and it turned out to be a lie. she's a liar. >> we are joined by a cnn political commentator. ross, thank you for your time. donald trump's bombast is part
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of his appeal among some but what's good for tv may not be good for the big decisions of the oval office. let me show you trump discussing his admiration for vladimir putin. >> you know, it's russia, after all. somebody says, are you at all offended that he said nice things about you? i said no. no, and they said oh, trump should have been much nastier. that's terrible. and then they said, you know, he's killed reporters, and i don't like that. i'm totally against that. by the way, i hate some of these people, but i'd never kill them. i hate them. no, these people -- honestly -- i'll be honest, i would never kill them. i would never do that. oh, no, no, i wouldn't. i would never kill them, but i do hate them, and some of them are such lying, disgusting
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people. it's true. >> even if we grant him that he's saying this in a tongue and cheek kind of way, what do all of these comments -- will they catch up with him? >> they'll catch up in the sense with him that he's not going to be president of the united states, yes. but his whole campaign so date is premised on the idea that you say whatever it is -- whatever the thing is that will get the most media attention. so in the case of vladimir putin, if trump had somehow disavowed putin's praise and said he's a terrible dictator, the media would have shrugged and moved on. by first embracing the praise and then going on a riff where he implied that you and i and most of the people in our profession belong in detention camps, he guaranteed to be on tv
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talking about it. >> latest say trump is the latest it ration d for example, president obama spoke with npr about why he's been so vilified, more candid than we've heard before. listen to what he had to say. >> specific strains in the republican party that suggest that somehow i'm different, i'm muslim, i'm disloyal to the country, et cetera. you know, which, unfortunately, is pretty far out there and gets some traction in certain pockets of the republican party, and that have been articulated by some of their elected officials. what i'd say there is that that's probably pretty specific to me. and who i am, and my background,
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and that in some ways i may represent change that worries them. >> are republicans in general fearful of this changing america and has president obama really represented that? >> reporter: i mean, to some extent, yes, the republican party is an older republican. it's a party of older white middle class americans. the it's the party of constituencies in the u.s. that are getting smaller as a percentage of the population. white, married church goers. there's ang sky thety about the future, and some of that has been caught in the find of paranoid anxieties that president obama is talking about. i think it's important to recognize that every american president gets a level of paranoia around him. before him, with bush, it was that he sent troops to afghanistan because the oil companies told him to and dick
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cheney is planning to cancel the next election. the it varies with the president. i think what trump is doing is a little bit different from the kind of paranoia obama is talking about. with trump you see an overlap with the kind of resurgence of nationalism. he has a lot in common with le pen in france. the phenomenon of basically people reacted against the perceived and often real failures of a kind of more globalized elite. >> and we will have more of my interview with ross next hour. now to a double mission accomplished for space-ex. we'll start with the ending. check it out. [ applause ]
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>> you'd think you're at a sporting event listening to the crowd cheer. the rocket company successfully got a rocket booster back to land after using it to deliver a payload into space monday evening. there are the cheering crowds. the booster's safe return marks a major step toward making space travel much cheaper because the rocket can be reused for a future launch. >> three, two, one, zero. lift off. >> the primary mission was to put 11 small communication satellites into orbit. all were successfully deployed. space space travel.
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in 2015 their dragon spacecraft became the first commercial craft to return from low craft orbit. and in 2012, they delivered cargo to the international space station, and in 2014, they locked in a 2 $.6 billion contract to fly astronauts to the space station. new details about the driver who ran over dozens of pedestrians. we'll bring you the latest from las vegas coming up. also ahead, two of fifa's biggest names banned from the sport. we'll tell you how they're reacting to the ruling.
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in 2010. from more on the latest attack on nato troops. we're joined from seoul, south korea. this attack took place north of kabul. what do we know about the attack itself and the victims here? >> reporter: we know it was carried out by a suicide bomber riding a motor bike. he's targeting a joint patrol between afghani and coalition forces. six americans killed in the attacks. among them, a former new york city police detective, joseph lem, along with being a veteran of the police force, he was a u.s. national air guardsmen. he previously served two tours. and we know with the six recent deaths, the number of nato service members kill third down past year in afghanistan now stands at 25. >> i think 15 of the 25 are u.s.
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forces. the taliban continue a push to take more territory in afghanistan. there's a major push by them underway, but nato's position is one of training and supporting afghan forces. as you mentioned, president obama has made sure that the u.s. forces are on their way out. i'm wondering if all these new developments may need to change that? >> reporter: well, the president said a couple of months ago that u.s. troop levels would stay around 10,000 in afghanistan until either the end of 2016, the beginning of 2017. at the time he said it was afghan security forces who were responsible for the country's security j but it was the responsibility of the u.s. to keep the forces there no order to maintain the progress made in that country. the situation right now is the increased violence specifically in the district where local officials are saying they've
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been under heavy attack by the taliban for days. at this point the authorities are appealing to the federal government, the president himself. there's one local official, the deputy governor who got on facebook writing an open letter talking about the intensifying attacks the people there are facing and pleading for help saying this was the only thing he could think to do. clearly, there are local officials at this point turning to federal officials asking them for help. it's unclear what kind of help the president could give in a case like this. >> we appreciate that update. the latest on what are the challenges that persist in tackling the taliban in afghanistan. the man accused to providing guns to the shooters in san bernardino will stay in jail. he was denied bail money. he is suspected of buying rifles
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used by syed farook and his wife. authorities say marquez and farook also planned terror attacks years ago but never carried one out. farook and malik attacked co-workers earlier this year. the couple later died in a shootout with police. there are new details about t the driver in las vegas. we have more. >> reporter: it was 6:38 p.m. sunday night on the vegas strip when all hell broke lose. >> she had both of her hands on the wheel and was looking straightforward. >> reporter: a car speeding along the sidewalk along the paris las vegas hotel. behind the wheel, a 24-year-old woman. >> lakeisha --
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>> a scene of utter chaos. >> people are bouncing off the front of the car. the windshield was smashed. >> and then the car continued to accelerate on the curb, on the sidewalk, and it hopped back off again. when it hopped off that time, there was two guys on the car trying to get the car to stop. >> reporter: with men, women, and children sprawled across the sidewalk, some with their clothes ripped apart, the driver still wasn't done. a truck pulling out of the hotel blocked her path. >> the car proceeded to slow down j veer around it, and then accelerate again into the people on the sidewalk. >> reporter: a witness described seeing one victim dragged down the sidewalk, trapped underneath the car. police say holloway's three-year-old daughter was inside the car. >> she exited her vehicle, left her toddler within the vehicle, and contacted a valet parker and advised that she had ran over
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some individuals on las vegas boulevard. >> reporter: she's charged with at least one count of murder with a deadly weapon and potentially faces multiple counts of attempted murder as well as child abuse. >> her being what we believe to be in las vegas, approximately a week and homeless and residing within her vehicle. >> reporter: police record holloway says she and her child have been trying to sleep in the car during the day, but she was chased away by security guards. authorities don't believe it was an act of terrorism. they have yet to announce any motive. but one man who saw it happen was sure of one thing. >> it was mayhem, and it looked very intentional. >> reporter: cnn, las vegas, nevada. >> an update on another breaking story. seth blatter and platini say they'll fight their bans. they were both banned monday for eight years from all
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football-related activities. they deny any wrong doing in connection with a $2 million payment made to platini. blatter said he's become fifa's punching ball. . blatter was defiant saying he's not going anywhere. watch. >> i tell you, this committee has no right to go against a president. the president of fifa can only be revealed from his activities by the congress, and in the next congress which is scheduled on the 27th of february, before going to the election of the congress -- of the new president, the former president, still the president, even suspended, i am the president. >> now, one man looking to become the next fifa president is using this opportunity to bolster his candidacy.
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>> football is not broken, but it is heart broken. i think it would be taking it too far to say that fifa should be liquidated. they are in different stages. some suspended, others arrested. one can understand why some people feel that way, but certainly we can't talk about the liquidation of fifa. i think there's leadership who can stand up to the strong image to make sure that good governors take place in terms of good principles as found in different organizations around the world, as well as driven by democratic norms and transparency all the time. >> the election for the next
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president of fifa will be held in february. still to come this hour, cyber security experts are sounding the warning. iranian hackers may have been on a trial run when they targeted a small dam in new york. and vladimir putin's place in the international spotlight. our correspondents offer their perspectives on russia's role on the world stage this year. got a house when e full of guests on the way and a cold with sinus pressure, you need fast relief. alka-seltzer plus severe sinus congestion and cough liquid gels rush relief to your tough symptoms. to put you back in control. [doorbell] woman: coming! alka-seltzer plus sinus.
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been pulled from the wreckage. thousands of workers are on hand looking for survivors. the slide was caused when a pile of manmade construction waste toppled under its own weight. more than 80 people are still missing. six u.s. service members in afghanistan were killed in a suicide attack. a bomber on a motor bike blew himself up near a u.s. base. the soldiers were part of a joint patrol. three other americans were wounded. >> the fifa president will appeal the bans handed down by fifa's ethics community. both were banned for eight years. they deny any foul play. the rocket company space-ex made another step toward space travel monday evening. it successfully landed a rocket booster after using it to
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deploy. the safe return will allow a reuse for a future launch will save a ton of money. there are increased concerns about hackers trying to cause damage with computers. a new report reveals iranian hackers are targeting u.s. infrastructure. rene marsh has more. >> reporter: iranian hackers infiltrated computer software that controls the flood gates of this new york dam just 20 miles outside of new york city. a former u.s. official familiar with the investigation revealed the classified details from 2 3 2013, first reported by "the wall street journal." the mayor of the town -- >> what it says to me is they're looking at everything. was this a dress rehearsal for something larger? it also makes me concerned about the security of our infrastructure.
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>> reporter: investigators believe the intruders were probing. no damage was done. hacking of dam controls have long been a homeland security concern. in 2013, hackers penetrated a sensitive database of u.s. dams, maintained by the army core of ennears. asked about the breach, the department of homeland security cold cnn it has no comment on the alleged incident. >> obviously, it's fairly scary for us as a nation to imagine somebody on the other side of the world can hit a key stroke and water can start going through a dam. >> last week cnn reported on a breach at a computer company. u.s. officials worry that hackers working for foreign government were able to spy on the encrypted communications of the u.s. government and private
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companies for the past three years. other critical infrastructure like the nation's power grid also constantly under siege. >> it makes me wonder about what would be potentially next, and that makes me concerned. >> reporter: a more modernized grid system using digital technology means more access points for intruders. rene marsh, cnn, washington. in lebanon, hezbollah's leader is threatening retaliation. kuntar was laid to rest on monday. he was killed in an apparent air strike in syria. the leader says it was an as is nation by israel. the israeli military would not confirm or deny accusations it carried out the strike. chinese state media say a court has handed a three year
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suspended sentence to someone found guilty of picking kwaquars and inciting hate. the report says he accepted the ruling and will not appeal. russia says the flight data recorder from the war plane turkey shot down last month is so damaged it's impossible to read. the state-run news agency says the damage may make it difficult to support russia's claim that the jet was flying in syrian air space. the incident had strained relations with trurkey refusing to apologize. our cnn correspondent reviewed the role of russia over the past year. >> reporter: russia acts with impunity on a global stage and
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gets people wagging their fingers at them. there is nothing that's stopping any of it, and either the west, the u.s., actually needs to step it up, or say you know what? we're getting out. >> we're done. >> there are a lot of potential challenges that could come with not only russia intervening in syria right now and continuing to flex its muscles but also repeat the anti-western nato, anti-american rhetoric. but the ukraine conflict could flair up. >> it's at the response of an weak regime. it's sad. you're seeing a population whose demographics isn't doing well, the economy isn't doing well. it's reaching out to try to retain a sense of relevance. >> but it's worked.
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look at them. it's really worked. putin has, for better or for worse, you can make that argument, but he has commanded the world's attention. >> there's no question that he has kind of filled a void that america has pulled back from, and with a pretty negative impact, i think from what we've seen in ukraine and syria and elsewhere. >> he doesn't have the media asking him uncomfortable questions. he does what he wants the next day. which is when you look at obama and all the problems he faces, they can't operate in similar spheres. there's a different set of card. >> there's no shared language. >> one day he'll no longer be the president of russia. >> in the meantime, a guy with limitless power who likes to lie his banner in the works for short term political game. >> it's worked. >> unexpected consequences.
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>> there is nothing stopping any of it. either the west, the u.s., actually needs to step it up, or say, you know what? we're getting out. you can't do this inbetween thing anymore. >> i always find that narrative worrying. the expectation that a super power should be the police officer of the world comes with a lot of exploitation and expectations of the return. >> america is not going to be the police of the world, then don't be it. stop inadvertently promising -- >> i think obama has made clear he doesn't want to be. >> then you have to sit back and watch what happens and you're not able to wag your finger and say -- >> the middle eastern dream of intervention has happened and they're not happy about it. >> you can see more of the correspondents discussing big stories online. it's interesting to watch them have that conversation. a grand jury in texas
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said they refused to be separatseparat separated christians. the gunmen threatened to shoot rch if they didn't separate. the gunmen eventually gave up and left. >> we are kenyans. we are not separated by religion. everybody can profess world, but we are one country and one nation. >> one al shabaab attacked in april, survivors say the militants targeted christians and spared muslims. 148 people were killed. most of them were students. bill cosby is taking action against beverly johnson. accusing her of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
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and faster. they're experimenting with drones, drivers and self-driving robots. >> it's the most expensive because there's a huge van that is starting and stopping and the driver is getting on and off and knocking on doors. that takes time, and that's something that the driver needs to do for every person. >> home grocery cldelivery services are convenient but they're not always cheap. amazon's membership costs $300 a year. one of skype's founders believes he can bring the costs down with self-driving robots. ♪ >> reporter: what does it have in it different than the cart? >> the cart doesn't have nine cameras. ours does. it has electric motors and other sensors. the robot is observing pedestrians and is navigating on
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the sidewalk and it needs to be aware of the surroundings. >> reporter: how does it get to the warehouse from the person's house? >> we're doing our own mapping. the maps that our robot needs are quite special. they are more sidewalk maps than the road maps. ♪ >> reporter: excuse me, sir, can you help me? i'm trying to steal a robot. theft deterrents include gps tracking and cameras. each unit just isn't that valuable, he says. >> the most expensive part in the robot is about $40. and that's actually the point of it. it has to be a low-cost machine. >> reporter: and he says your groceries are safe as well. >> you get a notification in your smart phone when the robot
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arrives, and then you push a button on your smart phone and the lock opens. >> my fellow electric car driver, pedram javaheri, joins us now. what do we think about these robots driving our groceries to our stores? do we want this? the streets may get too crowded? >> i don't know about the speed. >> they seem slow. are they heavy or light? >> use your knees. >> also, this is the week of christmas. here in the south, it doesn't feel like winter. it feels more like spring. are we going to get a delivery of cold weather? >> it looks to be one of the more remarkable christmas weeks in recorded history. if you were to take how far above normal these temperatures are and put them in july, we're talking 100 plus temperatures even in new york city. now it's in december, they're in the mid 70s in fact it's incredible. we'll break down what is
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expected to transpire. a massive area of high pressure. the jetstream, cooler temperature, south of the line, warmer temperatures. the temperatures go up 30 to 32 degrees above what is considered normal for this time of year. 72 fahrenheit on christmas eve in new york city. that has never happened. never close to such numbers. for this time of year, 41 is normal. the red numbers indicate how far above normal we're talking with d.c. getting to 32 degrees fahrenheit above what is considered normal. here is how unusual the pattern is. look at the christmas eve temperatures at 72 in new york. it's warmer than southern california. that doesn't happen often across that region. the month of december and the first 20 days, over 6,000 record temperatures set. many of them on the warm overnight temperatures. you know it's not cooling off.
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el niño has a lot to do with that. and even across the uk, across parts of england, working into the mitt land lands, temperatur five warmest start ever. about 7 degrees fahrenheit above normal for the month of december. this is across palace park in landon. shorts and t shirts. moscow, shout up to nine celsius, about 50 or so fahrenheit. should be at minus four this time of year. the ice skating rinks in moscow, they are beginning to get slushy as the temperatures are so far above normal. the festive feeling isn't there, but some people are enjoying the temperatures. >> drink more eggnog, perhaps, if you're of age. >> and winter started in the northern hemisphere. organizers of the miss
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universe pageant have apologized after what was an epic blunder at sunday's event. it's been trending on social media and even has donald trump talking. here's brian stelter. >> miss universe, 2015, is colombia. >> reporter: put yourself in her shoes. she was wearing the crown, thinking she was the new miss universe, smiling in front of a worldwide audience when less than two minutes after being declared the winner, the host walked back on stage and announced this. >> i have to apologize. the first runner up is colombia. miss universe, 2015, is philippines. >> reporter: the host of family
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feud mistakenly reading the first runner up's name and then corrected himself. you could see his discomfort. >> this is exactly what's on the card. i will take responsibility for this. it was my mistake. it was on the card. >> reporter: the real winner, miss philippines, printed in small type on the card, showing the perils of live television. harvey tweeted an apology saying i feel terrible, and suddenly miss universe was trending like never before. donald trump pounced on the opportunity, claiming if he were still in charge this would have never happened, he tweeted. he sold his stake just three months ago after nbc and yuan vision wanted to get out of business with him. the networks even refused to televise miss usa in july. now trump is turning it into a
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positive, even offering a solution. >> i think i'd make them a co-winn co-winner. it would be cool. i would recommend they have a beautiful ceremony, which is good for the brand and good for miss universe and do a co-winner. >> reporter: and just like that, miss universe became part of our presidential pageant. brian stelter, cnn, new york. >> i'm errol barnett. remember to keep in touch with me on social media any time -- well, any time i'm not making mistakes. more "cnn newsroom" after this break. [ cough ] no matter what nasty cold symptoms you get, alka seltzer plus liquid gels rush liquid fast relief to your tough cold symptoms. and they outsell mucinex liquid gels 2 to 1. alka seltzer plus liquid gels.
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hour. this is "cnn newsroom." >> the first victim has been pulled from the rubble after a massive landslide in china. the disaster struck the city's industrial park on sunday, toppling dozens of buildings and burying others. 76 people are still missing at this hour. matt rivers has details. >> reporter: we're about a kilometer or so away from where this landslide came down the hill here, and you can see how large this area is. officials say it's some 380,000 square meters they're having to search through to find survivors buried two and a half days after this happened. the building on the left is a massive concrete building that looked like it was just toppled over like a toy house. it is now on its side.
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officials say it is safe. it doesn't look like it's going to fall over. but, still, just seeing that building, you get an idea of how difficult rescue operations here are. as you mentioned, there are thousands of people here. there are dozens of excavators. there are search and rescue dogs. we've seen drones in flight, but as time goes on, the odds of finding people alive inside the rubble start to go down. that's a reality now being faced by people we saw at an evacuation shelter not far from where we are. and one little boy struck us. we met him and his older brother, both of them now being looked after by their aunt because both of their parents were working, were making a delivery here. they don't actually work in these factor torys. they happened to be making a delivery at the time the landslide occurred. they are among the people unaccounted for. we spoke to the boys' aunt about
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what they went through when they actually came back to the scene here on monday. >> translator: the rescue is simply too hard. there's too much mud. all we want the s to find our relatives as soon as possible. the little one found a large pack of bread on the site, and he said he wants to share the with his mom when she's back. these two boys will have no one to depend on in the future. >> reporter: and as the rescue operations continue here in china, that kind of story moving forward will likely not be unique as time goes on and the odds of finding people alive in the rubble goes down. >> matt rivers reporting to us there. state media report that the slide was caused when a mound of construction waste collapsed under its own weight. we'll keep you updated on the rescue efforts. a suicide bomber has killed
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six u.s. service members in afghanistan. it targeted a patrol near an air base. three other americans were wounded. this attack took place in the northern part of the country. it's an area where the taliban had previously been reigned in. mark hurtling says the attack there is an embarrassment for afghanistan's government. >> the government of afghanistan is building their security forces. they have been successful in some areas of the country. bagram was one place they were successful and returning to normalcy. this suicide attack in the northeast embarrasses, certainly, the afghan government, but what's been going on in the south is a true continued insurgency by the taliban. they're growing in support down there. there have been messages by the local politicians and security
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forces that they don't have enough to handle this insurgency, and in fact, what you're seeing is different parts of the country being able to handle the taliban in different ways. more security in the northeast in the bigger towns, less security in the rural areas, in what is considered a taliban stronghold, has been historically and continues to be a place that's difficult to counter the taliban. >> now, one of the americans killed in this latest attack was a member of the air national guard, a detective of the new york city police department, and a beloved family man. but see him there. a local new york tv station did a story on joseph lem when he prized his family and returned from iraq back in 2013. ? i'm shaking right now. i can't believe that daddy is home. and i have my family back, and -- i'm speechless. i'm sorry. >> spending time with the family, of course. the little guy got a little
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bigger and heavier. i can't wait for an american burger. can't go wrong with that. >> he had deployed twice to afghanistan and once to iraq. the police commissioner said lemm, a 15-year police veteran epitomized the selflessness we zrooif for an offensive to kick the taliban out of ramadi. they've held the city since may prompting questions about the u.s. role in the area. barbara star has more. >> reporter: all eyes are now on ramadi. iraqi officials say their troops are launching a major offensive to remake the city center. residents have been warned to leave in advance of expected heavy fighting. 10,000 iraqi troops surround the city and are already fighting in outer neighborhoods, but now
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they're moving toward the center where officials believe up to 500 isis fighters are dug in. >> it's going to be difficult. isis has defended that city, placed roadside bombs, house born explosives. the it's going to be booby trapped. >> ash carter questioned the iraqi military's will to fight in an exclusive cnn interview after ramadi fell. this time he's offering iraq apache helicopters and u.s. advisors. >> we want to help you build on your success in ramadi. >> reporter: but so far the prime minister has turned him down. there's real doubt iraqi forces will be able to hold onto ramadi even if they get it back. >> the military person in me says that their ability to take and hold ramadi is questionable, at best. >> reporter: ramadi is a badly needed success for the u.s. effort. a senior military official tells
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cnn the pentagon has been told by the white house to better communicate to the public about the war against isis. the president hinting in an interview with npr. >> we haven't, you know, on a regular basis, i think, described all the work that we've been doing for more than a year now to defeat isil. >> reporter: but also, taking a swipe. >> if you've been watching television for the last month, all you've been seeing, all you've been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who were potentially coming to get you. >> reporter: so has the isis war not been reported accurately? >> look, the media is pursuing ratings. >> reporter: or does there need to be more success? >> the white house always touts the amount of territory that has been retaken by anti-isis forces. that's good, but it needs to be
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even better. >> reporter: so what are we talking about? some u.s. officials say there has to be a better message being offered by the administration about the war against isis. but others will tell you, very adamantly, if you want a better message, you have to have better substance, and that means more success in the war is needed. b barbara star, cnn, the pentagon. >> you saw mark hurtling in barbara's report. earlier i asked him what's in store in the fight for ramadi. >> it's an interesting to watch from a military perspective, and i would suggest what's happened over the last several weeks is the commander of the iraqi security forces and what would be considered relatively green troops are capturing smaller towns to conduct a seeng around ramadi, to prepare the forces in smaller battles to counter isis when they get to the larger city of ramadi.
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it's a city when it's totally populated of about 4 00,000 people. it's going to be very difficult for the still relatively green troops under new leaders to go into that city and conduct house to house fighting in an area where isis has over the last year, prepared houses, with ieds, prepared roads with ieds. they have built tunnels. sniper positions. so even though there's a small number of isis fighters in this city, some estimates are between 3 00 and 600, and there's close to 10,000 iraqi security forces going against them. i would suggest it's going to be a very difficult fight, even putting the large number of iraqi security forces against a relatively small number of isis. you also have to consider isis has been broadcasts on mosque speakers where you normally hear the calls to prayers.
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they have been telling the citizens, don't leave under threat of death. they want to use the citizens of ramadi who don't want any part of isis as human shields. now, a grand jury in texas has decided not to convict anyone in the death of sandra bland. >> we've left no rock unturned. and the grand jury, anything they've asked for, we've done our best to get it to him. >> you may remember the 28-year-old was found dead in her jail cell three days after she was arrested for a driving infraction in july. the case comes amid racial tensions in the u.s. involving excessive use of force by police, and a widely viewed video of bland's arrest. >> i'm going to yank you out of here. >> okay. you going to yank me out of my car? okay. all right. >> get out. >> let's do this. >> we're going to. >> yeah. don't touch me.
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>> get out of the car. >> don't touch me. i'm not under arrest. >> you are under arrest. >> for what? for what? >> get out of the car. get out of the car, now. >> why am i being apprehended? you're trying to give me a ticket for failure -- why am i being apprehended? >> i am going to drag you out of here. >> you're going to drag me out of my own car? >> get out of the car. i will light you up. get out, now. >> wow. wow. >> really, for a failure to signal in. >> get over there. right, yeah. yeah. let's take this to court. let's do it. for a failure to signal. yep. for a failure to signal. >> jail officials say bland hanged herself with a plastic bag. her family disputes that claim. bernie sanders weighed in on bland's death. he said, quote, there's no doubt in my mind that she like too many african americans who die
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in police custody would be alive today if she were a white woman. now, we have new details about the woman who ran over dozens of people on the vegas strip. police say 24-year-old lakeisha holloway deliberately veered off the road silveveral times to pl into pedestrians. >> reporter: reports of a vehicle on the las vegas strip that drove onto a sidewalk, hitting several pedestrians. it seemed at first to be an accident, but then it was clear this was much worse. >> it was busting through people. it was thudding. i'd say 30, maybe. maybe a little bit faster. it seemed like it was going pretty fast. people were flying. this child that i saw, literally hit, i mean, the sound i'll never forget. it's horrible, and it never
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stopped. it was hitting people. >> reporter: according to police, this was an intentional act. the driver ramming her car into the crowds in at least three or four different spots along the sidewalk between planet hollywood and the paris resort and casino, driving over pedestrians. >> it looked like she wasn't drying to stop. she had both her hands on the wheel and was looking straightforward. there were men trying to stop the vehicle, and they couldn't get to her. they were yelling stop, and she wasn't trying. >> reporter: police say the 24-year-old was behind the wheel during the attack. she was driving a 1996 olds mobile sedan with oregon plates. her three-year-old daughter was in the backseat the entire time. >> she road the sidewalk. she came to a stop at the paris intersection. and then she, like, people were punching the window trying to get the child out of the backseat. she accelerated again and just kept mowing everyone down.
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>> reporter: after the attack she fled the scene driving to another casino before abandoning her car with her daughter still inside. she asked a security officer to call police because she hit several people. she's in custody and her daughter is unharmed. authorities were quick to rule out terrorism but now say they need to complete their investigation before making a final conclusion. >> she's believed to be from the oregon area. we're going to do the best we can throughout the day to determine her background. in light of that, and not having those unknowns, we're not 100% ruling out the possibility of terrorism. >> reporter: if not an act of terror, what could have been the motivation behind this attack? police say she made a statement when they took her into custody but wouldn't disclose the details. >> we believe she had some disassociation with the father of her child, and then events prior to the event, her being what we believe to be in las
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vegas approximately a week, and homeless. and residing within her vehicle, we don't know the exact event that caused her to snap and/or whether it was planned previously. >> reporter: so far, holloway is charged with a single count of murder with a deadly weapon. the first of what authorities say are many charges to come. ryan young, cnn, las vegas. >> we've just received new information as it relates to the suspect. it's video of lakeisha holloway from an organization in portland, oregon, that works with at risk youth. holloway was one of several teens whose success stories were featured in a video for the portland opportunities industrial center. >> needless to say, i beat the odds and was the first in my circle to graduate high school. not only did i graduate. i left with a 3 .4 and $17,000
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in scholarships. once i graduated high school, poic stepped in and really helped me get my life back on track. >> holloway was in the portland program until 2012. the staff at the center released a statement saying they were shocked and deeply saddened by the incident sunday night. the rocket company space-ex, successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft monday evening. >> five, four, three, two, one, zero, we have lift off. >> that part was cool, but what came back down has scientists even more excited. that's next, here on "cnn newsroom."
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[ applause ] >> landing operators move to procedure. [ applause ] >> space enthusiasts rejoice, a
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major achievement there for space-ex. the rocket company guided a rocket booster back to land after using it to deploy 11 small communication satellites into orbit. it marks a major step toward making space travel cheaper because the rocket can be reused for a future launch. chinese state media say a court handed a human rights lawyer a three-year suspended sentence. they were found guilty of ib citing racial hate red. the report says he accepted the ruling and will not appeal. hillary clinton won't say she's sorry for targeting donald trump during saturday's debate. you see, she slammed trump
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saying his comments about muslims were being to recruit terrorists. there's no evidence to support her claim, and now donald trump is demanding an apology. the clinton camp responded saying, quote, hell, no. >> no. it is ridiculous for donald trump to expect an apology from hillary clinton for rightfully calling him out on the effect his hateful rhetoric is having across the middle east and potentially here at home among muslim americans who are vulnerable to propaganda that is being put on the internet by isis. it's a confirmed fact that the footage of donald trump making the hateful comments earlier this month was played across the middle east. it is a fact that isis sympathizers on twitter and social media have been pointing to those same comments and it's a fact that expert after expert has told us that trump's hateful
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comments only plays into a hands of a terrorist narrative that tries to suggest that the united states is at war with muslims at large. >> trump fired back in michigan, calling her a liar. >> we are joined now from connecticut by a cnn political commentator. thanks for your time, ross. donald trump, part of his appeal among disaffected republicans, but what's good for tv may not be good for the big decisions of the oval office. let me show you this clip of trump discussing his mutual and public admiration for vladimir putin. listen. >> think of it. you know, it's russia, after all. somebody says, are you at all oh fended that he said nice things about you. i said no. no. and they said oh, trump should have been much nastier. that's perabterrible, and then said he's killed reporter. i don't like that. i'm against that.
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by the way, i hate some of these people, but i'd never kill them. i hate them. i'll be honest. i'll be honest. i would never kill them. i would never do that. oh -- let's -- oh -- no, i wouldn't. i would never kill them. but i do hate them, and some of them are such lying, disgusting people. it's true. >> okay. so even if we grant him that he's saying this in a tongue and cheek kind of way, all these comments, won't they catch up with him. the killing of journalists, that's a real and frightening thing. >> they'll catch up with him in the sense that he's not going to be president of the united states, yes. but his whole campaign to date is premised on the idea that you say whatever it is -- you say whatever the thing is that will get the most media attention, and so in the case of vladimir putin, if trump had somehow
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disavowed putin's praise for him and had said he's a terrible dictator, the media should have shrugged and moved on. i'm stead, by embracing the price and then going on a riff where he implied that you and i and most of the people in our profession belong in detention camps, he guaranteed we'll be on television talking about it. >> with lindsey graham dropping out of the race, there's no republican candidate who supports a path to citizenship legally. can republicans win the general election without that as part of any immigration reform in. >> first of all, i don't think it's clear that there isn't a candidate who supports a path to citizenship. as far as i can tell, candidates like rubio who still has a very good chance at the nomination, and jeb bush, have sort of danced around that issue, trying
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to avoid being pinned down. in the last debate, rubio explicitly said he would support some sort of path to citizenship after certain enforcement measures were met. that's quite different from the bill that he supported several years ago with weaker enforcement mechanisms. he's holding that possibility out there. i don't think it's disappears entirely. i also will say i think republicans can't win hispanic votes if they sound like donald trump. i don't think that most hispanic voters in the u.s. aren't single issue voters. and the idea that you have to be a kind of open borders candidate, that you have to support a sweeping immigration reform to get 30 to 35 % of the hispanic vote, which is what they need seems false. >> great to get your views on this. our cnn political commentator, ross. >> it's a christmas tradition
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dating back to 1812. showing you pictures from spain. it's already sorted. some kids there helping out. they're singing along as well. this is the world's largest lottery based on total prize payout. it takes hours to complete. it's run somewhat like a raffle and will have thousands of winners. the top prize is capped at $4.3 million. millions of folks around the world buy tickets at $218 a piece. we'll keep you posted on who wins. >> seth blatter has been banned from football by his own organization. we'll take you to the -- we'll tell you what he's doing to fight back after this short break.
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welcome back to those of you watching here in the u.s. and folks tuned in all around the world. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm errol barnett. it's your last half hour with me today. the first victim has been pulled from the wreckage in china. a massive landslide hit the city on sunday when a pile of construction waste grew so high it collapsed. 76 people are missing as thousands of rescue workers search for survivors. a suicide bomber on a motor bike killed six u.s. service members in afghanistan. it happened near the u.s. base. three other americans, two service members and a civilian contractor were wounded. the taliban have claimed
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responsibility. space-ex has made another step toward revolutionizing space travel. it successfully landed a rocket booster. the booster's safe return means it can be reused which will save a lot of money for a future launch. zblrch a group of muslims are being hailed for a heroic act. the muslim passengers shielded the christian passengers, kept them from being singled out and told the gunmen they would rather die together. the gunmen, but we're told two people were killed. we are joined with more on this. david, pretty incredible. tell us exactly what happened there. >> reporter: well, that's right. certainly extremely brave and unifying moments here in kaenya.
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we're learning from a witness telling us they con con come dated two groups of people. nine gunmen in the road, it was an orchestrated ambush. that witness said this is, in fact, what happened. they pulled the people off the bus as they have in previous attacks. there were about a dozen christians on board, says this witness. some were on the roof of the bus. some hid merchandise the bus. the muslim passengers helped them hide. the women who were christian were given head scarves by the muslim passengers. when the gunmen said they'll kill the christians, they said we're all muslims. kill us if you want. eventually the gunmen left the
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scene knit scene. it appears they hid the christians. brave moments in kenya where there have been a spate of attacks like this when muslims are separated from the christians, and the christians are executed. extremely brave moments by those passengers. >> very brave and selfless, and it's fascinate, really, anywhere in the world, where there are so many efforts to divide people based on faith. talk to me more about how important this is in a country like kenya where there have been attacks by terrorists targeting people based on faith. >> reporter: that's right. and there have been a number of incursions into kenya by somali militants from al shabaab in recent years. most dramatically earlier this year at a university where they came into a university and killed scores, more than 100, i
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believe, students were killed in that attack, and they also separated them out. now, the witness we spoke to said the people in the region are tired of these efforts to divide them, and one kenyan politician summed it up nicely with the reaction from the kenyan people. >> we are kenyans. we are not separated by religion. everybody can profess their religion. but say we are one country and one people as a nation. that was a very good message from our brothers and sisters from the muslim community. >> reporter: as we head to christmas, for chris chantians d the world celebrating this holiday season. it's a strong message from muslims, those on the bus refused to give into fear. >> unfortunately, there were deaths associated with this
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incident, but it could have been much worse. great to hear there were people working together. david live for us in nairobi. seth blatter has come out swinging after football's world governing body handed him an eight year ban. it seems he's not going down without a fight. >> reporter: his four decades at fifa may be heading for a shameful conclusion, but seth blatter can draw a crowd. he defiantly proclaimed his innocence at a packed news conference. >> i'm still the president, even suspended, i am the president. the president must be relieved of his duties, otherwise you cannot elect another president. i am not ashamed. >> reporter: he's vowing to fight to the end.
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he admitted there wasn't enough evidence to ban him for life but found him and michel platini guilty of four code breaches, including conflict of interest. the committee said blatter did not show commitment to an ethical attitude and demonstrated an abusive execution of his position as president as fifa. >> i am the president of fifa, a punching ball, and i'm sorry for football. but i'm also sorry about me. how am treated in this world of humanitarian qualities. >> reporter: both blatter and platini will appeal. there's an appeals to go through. then the verdict can be challenged. platter mentioned the swiss civil courts, but with the candidates, platini has until
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january 26th to clear his name. if he doesn't, these will be the five people on the paper in february. and they say none of them stand out as an inspiring name to lead the organization. >> one contended to replace blatter as the president is using the chaos as an opportunity for a stump speech. listen. >> football is not broken, but it is heart broken. i think it would be taking it too far to say that fifa should be liquidated, certainly. i can understand why people would say that. modern city of the fifa, now they're in different stages. out of hiding and suspended and others arrested, one can understand why some of the people can have those views, but
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we can't talk about the liquidation of fifa. i think there's good leadership, men and women who can stand up to the image, and to make sure that good governors take place. >> the election for the next president of fifa will be held in february. yesterday we were telling you about fresh anger in india over a savage gang rape three years ago. just ahead, we'll take a closer look at whether women are any safer there now.
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>> in brazil officials are investigating this fire. it gutted one of south america's most popular museums. one firefight died battling the flames at the museum of the por chew geese language. officials say the cultural loss may be minimized thanks to
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backups and archives. the museum will be rebuilt. india's top court says it has no choice but to uphold tremendous lease of the youngest man convicted of a brutal rape three years ago. his release renewed the anger over the vicious attack. the victim died of her injuries. the man was a minor at the time of the 2012 crime and served the maximum legal penalty for a juvenile. that release is raising questions about whether india is doing enough to protect women. we look at what's changed since this attack. >> reporter: a day after the release of the youngest of the six men involved in the most savage gang rape india has ever seen, the question on many people's minds, what's changed? are women safer. we go on a patrol with one a
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woman police officer. >> we try to make more visible so that even if the force is less out -- >> monica grew up and even though she's stock and independent, until a few years ago, she never would have thought to go to the police. >> i would never go to the police station, but now i see, regarding this, that girls go and report those things. they don't hesitate calling the number. they are more forthcoming about it. this is a big change. >> reporter: the police were often accused of being largely corrupt, inefficient, and insensitive toward women. now they go from street to street, school to school, to change that perception. female police officers have been set up at every police station in new delhi.
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an app which anyone in trouble can press the button and the police can track your details and be there within minutes. just a few of the many changes that are already making a difference. are those changes effective? have you noticed a difference? >> this has given a lot of confidence to the women. the first thing is reporting. the first problem we had was reporting. nobody was reporting it. >> reporter: there's no question, people are more aware. women more emboldened. length.opic is discussed at - >> as a woman, do you still feel like there's a long way to go? >> we have a typical society. it's going to take time. for example, she is a lady officer, still j she's doing so well. >> what's needed is a change in mind sets, how women are viewed, and that is not easily done.
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cnn, new delhi. the man accused of providing guns to the shooters in san bernardino, california will stay in jail. he was denied bail. he is suspected of buying rifles used by syed farook and his wife. they say syed and malik killed 14 people. the couple later died in a shoot out with police. the u.s. is taking action just months after the killing of a lion caused outrage. details, next.
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five months after a hunter shot and killed cecil the lion in sim bazimzimbabwe, the fish wildlife service will list the lions at endangered or threatens. sport hunting were regulated,
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and there have been restrictions on trophy parts allowed back in the states. >> it opened up a dialogue about trophy hunting. up to that point, it was off limits. it was petitioned to protect lions five years ago. no one thought it was possible because trophy hunters had so much power. today's ruling, however, says that that's not going to be the status quo anymore. if trophy hunters want to kill the animals like lions or elephants, they'll have to prove this is not hurting the conservation of these animals in the wild. >> the drastic decline in lion populations in the wild led to the designation. many places around the world may have been unseasonably warm. this christmas, they may be. many people expect snow this time of year.
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part of the u.s. will see record highs throughout the week, and europe is set to be especially warm as well. moscow already set a new record high this week. pedram javaheri joins us now with more on this. we have friends in moscow. why is it so warm there and here and then in the northern hemisphere? >> it's ill neen oel niño. the pacific ocean, are displacing the jetstream which drives the weather patterns, and it's making it warm in some areas and cold in other areas as well. we'll break that down. an incredible trend. in moscow, minus four normally. about 25 degrees fahrenheit. they warmed and topped out at 9 degrees celsius. they made up up to 50 degrees fahrenheit, doubling their
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normal, shattering the record. remains historically warm there heading into tuesday. in london, this is a park. you see the flowers beginning to blossom across parts of the world. we're seeing some plants believe that it's spring and the temperatures are beginning to spark growth. this is what's happened the first two weeks of the month of december across the uk. the southern tier, about 6 degrees fahrenheit above normal. scotland experiencing well above normal temperatures and with all this said, in the past four to five hours, the official beginning of the winter season, the shortest day of the year across the northern hemisphere. look at the southern hemisphere, the longest day of the year beginning tomorrow in the northern hemisphere, the days will get longer until we get to the latter portion of june. talking about the southern hemisphere, take a look. ask yourself where winter is. you take a look at atlanta,
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georgia, and sydney. friday is the christmas day, it will be warmer in atlanta than in sydney in the summer. an incredible temperature swing. and sydney moderates over the next couple of days. temps 31 to 32 degrees above normal. if you take this pattern and put it into the month of july, you're talking about 100 fahrenheit or 40 celsius across parts of the united states. that's how remarkably warm this pattern is. and so warm that in new york city, it will be warmer than in los angeles over the next couple of days. people are enjoying it. over 6,000 record temperatures have been set in the month of december, and then you take a look at 2015 on a global scale, 2015 is running away with being the warmest year ever observed compared to twentieth century observations. there's 2014, second place, way behind 2015. then you have some of the warmest years observes.
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with the way december is wrapping up, this will emphasize the warmth. it's nice in december, but in july j talking 30 above normal, it's deadly. it's something worth noting. >> thankfully, warm weather isn't dampening the holiday spirit around the world. take a look at this video, the situation in tokyo. one man spreading cheer by running through the streets as a christmas tree. he says he noticed that many areas of the city were deck trait rated and some were not. he decided to spruce things up with lights and ornaments of his own. spreading cheer in tokyo. >> that will do it. >> have you ever dawned an outfit like that? >> no. maybe an ugly sweater day at a party. you could probably pull that off. >> a lot of ideas. thanks for watching. i'm errol barnett. early start is next for those of you in the states. for everyone else, there's "cnn newsroom."
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donald trump on the attack. launching new insults at hillary clinton and it's getting personal. six u.s. troops killed in afghanistan. and new information on the woman accused of mowing down dozens of pedestrians on the las vegas strip. what police believe led to the assault. welcome to "early start." i'm boris sanchez. >> i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, december 22nd. donald trump taking his attacks to a

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