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new revolutions of how the state of michigan botched the flint water crisis. newly released e-mails show how it unfolded. nearly 50 million americans are in the way of a dangerous winter storm. and later, a rapper jailed in south africa. now he's rapping about it with kanye west's help. >> this is our second hour. a big welcome to viewers in the
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states and all around the world. i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. thank you for joining us. this is "cnn newsroom." we begin this hour with troubling new details in the lead contaminated water crisis in flint michigan. the governor released e-mails about the situation. they include comments from one staffer who says activity it was the city's problem, not the state governments. >> another says come in flint are taking the sensitive issue of children's exposure to lead and trying to turn it into a political football claiming the departments are underestimating the impacts on the populations and particularly trying to shift responsibility to the state. >> meanwhile, michigan lawmakers have approved $29 million in emergency funding to deal with the crisis. the mayor says fixing the damage could cost as much as
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$1.5 billion. >> the white house sent an enjoy to flint to help coordinate federal efforts. barack obama addressed the issue during a visit to detroit wednesday. >> you can't shortchange basic services that we provide to our people and that we, together, provide as a government to make sure that public health and safety is preserved. >> joining me now from flint, michig michigan is a resident turned activist who started after her son had lead poisoning. thank you for your time and speaking with us. first, i want to know when you did you something was wrong with the water there? the tell me about how it affected your son, gavin. ? >> the it was kind of putting puzzle pieces together. he was experiencing hair loss, loss of appetite, and rashes. as it went forward, we started
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getting brown water through our taps. at this point we quit drinking the water. we got doctor's notes because he has a compromised immune system. we took a video of him getting in and out of the bath, what his skin looked like before a bath and after. you could see a water line across his stomach from the waste down being submerged. we requested a test for our children, and the doctors denied it. the city started testing at the house and we got our first lead test back. >> how did it feel for you as the mother, as the provider and protector to try to be doing the best. you tried to go to doctors and share this information with officials. they were kind of denying that there was an issue. how did that feel for you, seeing what you and your family were going through? >> it was frustrating. how do you go into a doctor's office and be told they won't do for you what your kid needs to have done? >> yesterday i spoke to the aclu
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investigative journalist helping to the tell your story and those of other residents. he said there's still an effort to discredit the scientists and the doctors who confirmed things were much worse than local officials were claiming. are officials as accepting of blame as you would like them to be. if not, what do you want to see from them? >> absolutely not. they're slow to react in the fact that everybody tried to minimize what was going on before it got called into the light of day. they need to take responsibility for their actions and they need to mac it right with the people. there's no trust. it continues today with the things we're hearing and experiencing in flint. >> let's talk about what's happening now. the governor addressed the state. he said he will fix this. you met with epa officials on tuesday because you think there needs to be better federal rules and guidelines in the first place, specifically revising the federal led and copper rule. what is that, exactly? how can that help others and do you think the governor is at least moving in the right
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direction? >> what it is is that right now they're testing with the lead and copper rule with loopholes. there's three loopholes that the state of michigan uses that minimizes lead. in november i spoke at the national drik and water advisory kmooi committee against the recommendations now. they're making suggestions that are weaken a flawed system. if that happens, there's the potential for this to happen throughout the united states. that's why we were up there yesterday speaking with the epa to let them know that we do care and that this is not acceptable. for instance, city of flint, after everything that just happened, they're still testing incorrectly. how? how are you still doing that when this is going on right now and a state of emergency has been called? >> the only silver lining here is that this issue is putting you in a position to help other people, possibly. i'm just wondering how your health is now and that of your
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son and your family in the wake of all this. >> well, my son is still struggling. he's still dealing with the apeople a anem anemia. he's 35.8 pounds. he developed some speech issues that we're working on, and with this compromised immune system, we just have to be diligent to stay on top of things and catch things as they come up to see what the future is going to look like. >> well, it's pretty incredible all that you've been through already. we wish you the best of luck with all of your efforts. resident turned activist from flint, michigan, thank you for your time today. >> thank you. >> horrifying to think of the impact this is going to have on children, babies particularly, and of course, those babies who inside their mum's wombs time, the impact is going to be so long-term. >> we heard the former mayor reference that saying we can't quantity how much it will cost to fix this because people's
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lives have been changed. >> exactly right. to the weather now. right now 50 million people on the u.s. east coast are in the path of what could be one of the biggest snowstorms ever recorded. icy conditions have caused car wrecks left and right in washington d.c. and virginia. officials are asking everyone to stay home if they can. >> even president obama's motorcade had a hard time getting over the ice. in virginia police reported 163 star accident car accidents due to slippery conditions. >> we are joined by pedram javaheri with more. this is going to be a mess, and 50 million people in its path. >> that's the key. the number of people dealing with this inside the next couple of days. i did the math on this. about 8 million people underneath a blizzard watch across portions of d.c. and also around baltimore. think about 8 million people and think about where blizzards
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normally happen, parts of minnesota, north dakota down to wisconsin. the state of north dakota has about 800,000 people. wisconsin has 500,000 people. 8 million people in a densely populated area with blizzard like conditions from friday to saturday. look at this. the heavy snowfall in the forecast, at this point it looks likely around washington and delmarva. around philly and new york, moderate snow. farther north, a stark cut offline as far as the amount of snow across this region. here's the model indication to share with you. the nation's capital under the bulls eye there for some of the heaviest snowfall around this region of the world. then you work to the north, dramatic cut offline around northern portions north of new york city as you work toward southern areas of massachusetts and northern areas of connecticut. that's what we think is going to be a challenging forecast because the population is high
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and the impacts could be lower than areas in the south where snowfall could be two or three times that amount. look at d.c. history to the 90s, these are the highest numbers we've seen as far as inches coming down from one particular storm system. 24 plus inches, that would put it in the historic mark of snow storms and there's plenty of winds associated with the storm system as well. 45 to 55 miles per hour gusts. this would be in the early morning hours. expansive travel delays across this region are likely. this time of year, of course, when you look at these sort of storms in nor'easters in particular, you have to think about what is the lunar cycle like. a full moon is upon us saturday as well. that's another element. the storm surge certainly is going to be impacted by the koe coastal erosion high as well when it comes to strong winds on the coast as it interacts with the high tide in place. let's show you the forecast for
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these major cities around the northeast and bring in some of the snowfall forecast in place right now. washington d.c. at this point, around 20 inches is what the consensus is with the models. new york around six inches. it could change. boston could get a couple of inches. fine details as far as how much snow is expected to come down. that will be fine tuned in the next few days as we approach the storm system landing on friday. >> i did not realize the moon was going to make this worse. >> the timing of the full moon on saturday will impact the storm surge as well. >> okay. prep if you can, everyone. pedram, thank you. in just over an hour british authorities are set to release the final report of the investigation into the death of a vocal critic of vladimir putin. >> he died in 2006 after being poisoned with a radio active chemical in a london hotel.
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nick robertson takes a look at the investigation and the diplomatic backlash that followed his death. >> reporter: when this picture was taken in 2006, alexander knew he was dying. even claiming he knew who had killed him with a rare radio active poison. authorizing this statement on his death. >> you may succeed in silencing one man, but the howl of protests from around the world will reverberate, mr. putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. >> reporter: the former kgb spy turned british agent fled russia in 2000 and was increasingly critical of vladimir putin. he said russia orchestrated apartment bombings that killed hundreds and led to russia's invasion of chechnya. in the days before he died, he told police he suspected the poison was planted in tea he
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drank here three weeks earlier in the market ma lin yum hotel. he told police he was having a business meeting with two russian, his former associate and another. hotel security cameras caught vital moments. minutes apart, both of the men visit reception. then the lobby bathroom. traces of the poison were later found in the bathroom, on the chairs where the three met, and in the teapot he drank from. serious evidence and allegations, they opened an inkwirly. putin was robust of his denials in involvement. >> translator: alexander was fired from security forces where he served. >> reporter: denials escalated
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to expulsion of diplomats. both of the men deny allegations and russia refuses to extradite them. >> translator: regarding my position on traces of poisopois think the questions should be addressed to uk security services as they had direct involvement in what was going on around him. >> reporter: it's a denial they say don't stand up against the huge weight of evidence they have. and until both of the men stand trial in the uk, the murder remains an open case. nick robertson, cnn, london. we'll take a short break here. still to come, hillary clinton is brushing off a new report that says her private e-mail server contained classified information. donald trump isn't leaving it alone. hear reaction from both candidates.
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bernie sanders will do better than hillary clinton in matchups with republican presidential candidates. that's according to a survey in new hampshire. the latest cnn, wmur poll shows sanders leading all five republicans tested. >> that is pretty incredible when you consider that clinton would face tighter races against them. this comes as they reach out to iowa. cnn is there. >> thank you, iowa. >> reporter: bernie sanders is no barack obama, or is he? >> in 2008, barack obama ran one of the great campaigns in the history of this country. he rewrote the caucus rule back right here in iowa. >> reporter: in the state that launched the president's path to the white house -- >> they said this day would never come. >> reporter: sanders is hoping
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that old obama magic rubs off. >> i'm not saying we can replicate that, but i think any objective look at our campaign and the energy and the excitement that it is generating with young people and working people, compare that to secretary clinton's campaign. >> reporter: sanders is riding a wave of momentum with a stunning 27 point lead over clinton in a cnn, wmur poll. today bill clinton urged people to take another look. >> we're at a home field disadvantage here, but the real issue is who can win the election, who is prepared to do the job, who can make real change. >> reporter: tesecretary clinto fought back. sanders is trying to repeat
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obama's feat eight years ago, showing clinton is not invincible. >> i can't do it by myself. that's why we're here today and canvassing. in our history, change has always happened from the bottom um. >> reporter: it's an open question whether sanders can replicate obama's massive organization. >> i am feeling really good. >> reporter: a record setting 239,000 people took part in the 2008 iowa caucuses. party officials believe turnout will be lower this time because sanders hasn't spent the year building a robust team. sanders is going hard after the value of clinton's experience. >> she was secretary of state for four years. that gives you a lot of experience. dick cheney had a lot of experience, god help us all. >> reporter: clinton said she spent eight years fighting the bush chainny administration in the senate and four more years
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of secretary of state cleaning up his mess. this race is getting intense and nasty on the democratic side of the campaign with about a week and a half to go, undecided voters will decide this rice. -- race. >> now, this important crunch time. there's additional political challenges mounting. hillary clinton faces a new challenge. >> the report two congressional committee members said two agencies flagged e-mails on the server as containing classified information. the inspector general said this included some in the highest top secret level of classification. >> the report says there are several dozen e-mails in question. clinton commented on the report in an interview with npr. >> this seems to me to be, you know, another effort to inject this into the campaign. it's another leak. i'm going to leave it up to the
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professionals at the justice department. nothing that this says changes the fact that i never sent or received material marked classified. >> joining me now to talk about all of this is phillip holaway. it's also a former u.s. navy jag officer. you know about the legal angle of all of this outside the politics. the clinton camp says this is part of the republican effort to derail her. donald trump says she's just afraid of going into the clink, as he called it. objectively, how serious is this? >> well, i'm glad you mentioned the word objectively. it's important to remain objective. you have to understand once this referral is made to the justice department, they have no real choice but to investigate this. they have to do so in a thorough fashion. if there's going to be a smoking gun, it will be the existence of the server in hillary clinton's
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home, and the thumb drive that was in her attorney's possession. we know it was in a safe provided to him by the state department, but we don't know what the classified information on that thumb drive was potentially compromised. it's the storage of this material that could be the big problem. >> you're saying the fact that it was even on a thumb drive is an issue. the fbi still has to investigate all of this, another agency. our cnn legal analyst, a former prosecutor, says that investigation is likely to hang on a very important point. listen to what he had to say about that. >> under the rules, information can still be classified even though it's not marked classified. that's what appears to be the conclusion of the people who have looked at these documents after the fact. the fbi almost certainly will not prosecute her if she is simply dealing with information that after the fact turns out to be classified.
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if there is information that she knew or should have known was classified, and turns -- and she turns out to have sent that around in an unclassified away, then she's in a lot of potential trouble. we don't know that's the case. >> it seems there clinton would need to admit that she knew an e-mail was classified before she sent it, right? is that necessary here? >> sometimes that's the case. but what you have to understand is certain types of material is classified the moment that it's born, so to speak. if you're the president of the united states, or the secretary of state, or in the case of david petraeus, maybe the head of the cia, you have to understand that communications you make, whether they're oral or in writing, it can be considered classified from the very moment they exist. whether or not someone has taken the time to stamp it or not. so that is the -- the question of intent is obviously important. you see situations like with general petraeus, for example.
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he was prosecuted for a misdemeanor simply based on the way that he possessed information, not in the proper fashion. it's really not a question of whether or not secretary clinton was engaging in some nefarious activity with this material but how and under what circumstances was it possessed. >> that's interesting. if you listen to what clinton is saying, they're suggesting this could have been as main daundan sharing a news article. they're trying to say it's less serious. how bad could this be if, say, there's an issue with the fact that these e-mails are on a thumb drive and that e-mails that were considered classified when they were born, as you say, were shared. how bad could this be? >> they would have to uncover something that really shows that she did intentionally share classified information, that she took some steps to circumvent the law that were intentional in
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nature. if that happens she has a serious problem. if they don't find something like that, she could face a problem, although it might be something as minor as general petraeus. he was only charged with a misdemeanor, or they could elect not to prosecute her at all. >> sanders says he doesn't care about her damn e-mails, but it still seems to be an issue. thank you for your time. trump has drawn the comparison between petraeus and clinton. >> the u.s. defense department is considering whether to demote petraeus. trump discussed this issue with don lemon earlier. listen. >> what is the difference -- petraeus is accused of sharing classified information. you're saying clinton did it. if she shared classified information from a server that
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you people, or people are saying deemed not to be legal. what's the difference? why should he be left alone and him prosecuted? >> she should be prosecuted. he was. he was really prosecuted. he went through the ringer. what happened was suspended sentences and everything else, it's been terrible. and she hasn't had anything yet. we're going to have to see whether or not the democrats are protecting lher. i think anybody else in that position would have been prosecuted long ago. >> now, before challenging clinton, trump has to defeat the other republican outsider, ted cruz. >> they are running neck and neck in iowa. a new poll shows cruz bumping up to second place in new hampshire. trump told don lemon if cruz is elected, he won't be able to get anything done. >> it's wonderful to go an tell the voters nobody likes you, but you're going to have to make deals. you're going to have to get the senators and congressmen and all these people, you have to make
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deals. we can't always sign executive orders. that wasn't the way our founders set up this country. you understand that. the it's not part of the deal. you're supposed to get everybody together and you're supposed to come up deals, whether it's ronald reagan and tip o'neal, however it works out, you have to make deals. >> what is it about his temperament that people don't like? >> he didn't have one senator stand up for him recently. people are saying he's a real problem with running because he was born in canada. >> and that new poll shows trump holding his 20 point lead in new hampshire. he's still leading at 34 %. >> as you see there, cruz is at 14 %. as we said earlier, he's on the right. bush and rubio are tied with 10% at third. and the others rounding out at 6%. the governor of oregon is urging the u.s. government to end what she calls an
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intolerable situation in a wildlife refuge in her state. as you know, armed protesters have occupied the building. >> they accuse officials of punishing ranchers for refusing to sell their land. >> the governor says she'll ask for reimbursement in. >> the this time yesterday we were reporting on the breaking news out of pakistan. the death toll is rising from the university attack. we'll hear from one witness who saw this siege unfold.
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a warm welcome back to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. it's our last half hour with you. let's update you on the top stories. >> newly released e-mails shows officials were dismissive of n contaminated water in flint, michigan. one called the crisis a political football. >> people are preparing for what could be a winter storm of enormous proportions, and washington d.c. is the bulls eye. blizzard conditions are expected there late friday. d.c. could see up to 24 inches or 60 centimeters of snow. >> a mexican congresswoman has been detained for ties to el chapo. mexico's attorney general says she used a fake i'd to visit him in prison before he escaped last
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july, and that she was with him on new year's eve before he was recaptured. >> falling oil prices are wreaking havoc. brent crude is down again today in international trading currently coming in around $27 a barrel. >> investors are jitter ri around the flood of supply iran is about to release. >> u.s. the dow fell by more than 560 points wednesday before regaining some ground. it closed down 1.5%. the s&p was off by a little more than 1%. and the nasdaq was down 1/10 of a percent. >> looking at the asia pacific region, the nikkei finished down nearly 2.5%. trading just ended in hong kong, down 3 -- 2.5%.
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>> of course, this is a global newscast. we can now pivot and show you that trading is just getting underway in europe. plenty of green there this morning. london's ftse is up. the xetra dax, and the others up almost a full percentage point right now. >> all right. joining us now live from switzerland, ranna. falling oil prices are fueling these losses on global markets with more volatility ahead. for how long? when might we see some level of stability return, do you think? >> reporter: well, i really think 2016 is going to be the year of volatility. the global markets and the world is pivoting from what has been a multi-year period of low
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interest rates, easy money, relatively decent growth. that's all shifting now. you have the fed in december hiking rates. a divergence in monetary policy between the u.s. and the rest of the world. that creates a lot of volatility. at the same time you have a slow in china and oil plunge. and we don't know where the floor is going to be. a lot will depend on what will happen and the iranian supply comes into the market, and if the it's a zero sum game. if the saudis don't stop pumping and if somebody doesn't give way, you might see oil fall lower. that will have a big impact on the emerging markets. that's 40% of the global economy right now. >> there has been some pretty scary speculation going on out there. how low do you think the price of oil will likely go? what could rock bottom look like, do you think? >> well, i'm not going to say $10 oil, but i think 20 oil is a
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possibility depending on how the china slow down goes. we've seen a lot of data points out of china in the last few days. some positive. a lot negative. you can spin the data either way. in the next two quarters we'll get a better sense of whether or not consumer spending in china can stave off what really is a big debt crisis there. on the other hand, if you see china have a hard landing, i think oil could go lower. that will have a big effect on west africa, the middle east, some in asia, and that has a drag effect on the global economy. you've seen the imf downgrade global forecasts. this is not where we expected to be eight years after the great recession. . you mentioned china. what sort of impact do they have
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on regional and other global markets? >> well, in the short term, it adds a certain level of stability. i think that may be one reason why you're seeing markets up a little bit today. you might see a little bit more of a recovery in the u.s. as well. investors want to see that chinese policy makers are going to support the markets. one of the things that's happened in the last few weeks and months is you'll see a few actions where policy makers will try to reassure investors, but they have to let the reigns off because china needs to transition to being more of a market economy. that leads to a jerky volatility in the markets. >> we appreciate your analysis. thank you. we want to update you on what was our breaking news at this time yesterday. we're told 22 people have died from an attack on a university in pakistan.
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>> a spokesman claimed responsibility, but then another spokesman denied any role and condemned the assault. one student who was on campus during the attack spoke to cnn about it. >> yeah, absolutely. i am so afraid. i'm feeling about my home, that how they were feeling about me, and also, my country, my country is not safe. i will feel safe and comfortable. i'm not feeling comfortable. i'm a bit afraid. >> cnn alexandra field is in new delhi with more about the timing of the attack. >> reporter: it appears the attack was timed to coincide with the celebration that was happening on campus. that would maximize the number of students and guests at the university at the time. it would also maximize the potential number of casualties. the militants who carried out the attack, students who were there at the time were saying the attackers looked young,
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around their age, and they were armed with ak 47s. >> security forces swarmed a university in northwest pakistan after militants stormed the campus. >> translator: we heard firing from the back of the campus, he says. >> reporter: four attackers opened fire taking hostages and lobbing hand grenades. then we said get into the rooms, don't go out. the security forces came. one said his professor was struck by a bullet while telling others to hide. it's west of the site of another deadly school attack in 2014. the pakistani taliban claimed responsibility for that massacre. a spokesperson for the pakistani taliban is now claiming respondent for this attack, calling it retaliation for military operations against the group. but in a conflicting statement,
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a central commander in the group disavowed any role, condemning the attacks on civilians and saying they're not in accordance request sharia law. >> reporter: officials say it could have been worse. the university had time to prepare stepping the security on the campus. officials are saying the attackers were contained to one part of the campus because of that security. it appears a 1400-year-old christian monastery was destroyed just months after isis took over mosul in iraq. >> experts base that on before and after stat lite pictures. you're seeing them here from 2014. a former iraqi adviser says he can't confirm that's what's shown in these images. we have a closer look at the
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monastery for you from 2009. a washington post reporter made his first public appearance since he was freed from iran last weekend. take a look. >> good to be out? >> yes. >> joined by his family, rezaian mostly kept quiet and waved to journalists outside a regional medical certain thor the in germany. he had asked for privacy during his recovery. >> in a written statement he says for now i want to catch up with what's been going on in the world, watch a warrior's game and see the "star wars" movie. he mentioned he wants to spend time with his family. asylum seekers say their homes have become targets for vandalism. coming up next, why they say the company that built the homes may have deliberately made them stand out. stay with us. when your type 2 diabetes numbers
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austrian chancellor is announcing major changes to the whey the country deals with refuge refugees. >> he says austria will cap the number of people able to climb asyl asylum to half of last year's number. he also says border control will have top to be stepped up. jordan has taken in 1.3 syrian refugees already, housing tens of thousands in massive camps. >> the president and c ceo rescue committee spoke with us. >> i think most of your viewers would be astonished to learn
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that the average refugee is out of their own country now for 17 year, and that has very significant implications. first of all, it means it's essential there's an economic component to the way in this the humanitarian system works. people need to be able to work and not just receive social aid. secondly, the big theme this year is that the refugee crisis needs to be addressed at source in the middle east through much greater help for countries like turkey, jordan and lebanon, as well as more effective help inside europe to screen the refugees and make sure they're genuine and distribute them across europe and to make sure europe upholds the standards for the way in which it treats people. in britain the home office is ordering an urgent review of housing for asylum seekers in the north eastern town of middlings borrows. people say the doors of their hopes were painted red.
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>> as we're about to show you, many asylum seekers say it made them targets for abuse. >> reporter: to an outsider, these red doors may look like a cheery decoration, brightens the streets of this largely industrial down in northeast england. but to those who live behind them, it can feel like a target as the majority belong to asylum seekers like this 32-year-old. >> painting the door red, you're telling everyone i'm asylum seeker. i'm less person an that i should be targeted. and that's what's happening. >> reporter: the allegations were brought to light by the types of london which found that many asylum seekers in the area have felt stig mytized by the red doors. >> i don't know what they mean. after a couple days, i know we're targets.
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>> reporter: after reports of arson, vandalism and intimidation, a local politician is bringing the issue to parliament's front door and pointing a finger at the contractor in charge of housing asylum seekers in the area. >> they have some 168 properties in two wards. 155 of them with their front doors to the street painted red. and it simply marks out the properties and the inhabit tants for those with prejudice. >> reporter: something the property owner denies. >> i don't think the arch person would be able to distinguish to make any distinguish between them and anybody else. >> reporter: the company that awarded the contract for the area says there is no policy to house asylum seekers behind red doors but promises to repaint the doors different colors. but are the door colors just the
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tip of the iceberg in communities like this where the proportion of asylum seekers is the highest in brit snn that's what one local campaigner for refugees believes. >> the housing issues like the shared rooms where people have to share and they have no common language or faith or culture. there's the issue of them not being able to take things forward. >> reporter: a problem that may be deeper than the color of the front door of a few hundred asylum seekers. just ahead here on cnn, have passport but can't travel. why this american actor and rapper is being detained in south africa.
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def is facing charges for allegedly violating south africa's immigration law. >> he's voicing his frustration with his arrest by rapping about it online. we have details. >> reporter: when mos def took
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out his world passport while trying to leave, south african authorities took him to jail. >> reporter: yes, the world pass port exists, started by this man, gary davis in protest against nation states. you can apply for it online, fill out a form and they'll send you the document for a fee. they claim it's accepted in hand full of countries. but not in south africa. where he has been living. >> peace. this is. >> reporter: charged with violating immigration law, bay is peeking out with an audio clip posted on kanye west's website where he announced his retirement. >> i'm being leaving. unlawfulfully, and without any logical reason. >> reporter: bey is probably best known for his roles in
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hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy and the italian job. >> learn the language of poetry, art, sex. >> reporter: he's also pushed political boundaries in. in to 13 getting forced fed to protest guantanamo bay. >> no parties, please. ♪ >> reporter: bey's family is now due to be deported on visa vi s violations. mos def may not be leaving on a jet plane any time soon. >> okay. well, thanks for watching cnn. i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. please remember to connect with us on twitter any time. always great to hear from you. we're off until next week. early start is next for those of you in the states. >> for viewers elsewhere, stay tuned for "cnn newsroom." have a great day.
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