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the x1 voice remote is here. not going to happen. bashar al-assad says it's not possible for a syrian cease-fire to take effect this week. george w. bush returns to the spotlight in south carolina on behalf of his brother's presidential bid. and a big night at the grammys for kendrick lamar, lady gaga and taylor swift. welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world, i'm rosemary church, and this is "cnn newsroom." well, hopes for a cease-fire actually taking hold in syria dimmed with the series of
airstrikes on medical facilities and schools. dozens of civilians were killed and injured when the bombs fell monday. turkey accused russia of an obvious war crime, while the u.s. blamed the syrian regime. it's unclear who was responsible. world powers had agreed to a cessation of hostilities to take effect at the end of this week. but syrian president bashar al-assad cast doubt on the details being ironed out. >> translator: until now, we hear about them requesting a cease-fire within a week. okay. then who's capable of bringing together all of these conditions within a week? no one. when does the west speak about cease-fire? i think the answer is clear, that when the militants are hurt, that's when the defeats begin. >> the strikes were in aleppo
and about 100 meters away in another province. they said at least seven people were killed and eight others were missing and presumed dead after missiles hit the hospital. the building appeared to be reduced to rubble. >> what happened today to the hospital -- pressure, all the parties to respect basic principles of humanitarian law and focus on the protection of civilians. >> she says the hospital was hit four times within minutes, and the organization's president says it's not the first time its facilities have come under attack. >> it's clearly an attack against the american mission, to be today a doctor or nurse in the areas controlled by the opposition, it's equal to being
a criminal. unfortunately, if you are a doctor and you are working in a hospital, clearly, you are under attack by the syrian regime. >> the humanitarian need in syria remains urgent, of course, although most parties have agreed in principle to allow aid into besieged areas, isis has not. the u.n. is considering airdrops of food and medical supplies. frederik pleitgen visited an area where the u.n. world food program is ramping up its efforts. >> reporter: these images shocked the world. people starving in this besieged town. eight groups say dozens have succumbed to hunger in the winter months. >> this child is very ill. if he lives and he get sick and ill, and his stomach, his stomach is really, really hurting. he needs immediately go to
hospital outside. >> reporter: world powers have started an urgent push to get aid it those most in need. at this u.n. distribution center outside damascus, the world food program is gearing up to escalate its relief effort. hassan shows me the facility. >> we have the commodities and quantities and we package them into small, individual version. portion is enough to feed for five months. >> reporter: the problem is many of the warring parties in syria are not willing to allow relief goods to be delivered. the u.n. has accused the syrian government, many rebel groups and isis as using the denial of food and medicine as a weapon. the world food program says it could get to places like this quickly if it's allowed. workers are already stacking boxes into trucks.
once this vehicle is loaded, the folks here are going to seal it, which makes it easier to get through checkpoints, and the world food program tells us, they have many trucks like this one loaded and ready to go and are just waiting for permission. most of the parties involved in the fighting here have agreed in principle to allow aid to besieged areas, but isis has not. the group has surrounded an easternci city. syrian and russian planes have dropped soon. and the u.n. hopes to do the same. >> there is the plans to do an airdrop, and hopefully we'll soon manage to do an airdrop as well to assist them. >> reporter: the world food program is still waiting to get the green light to enter many besieged areas. until that permission comes, all they can do is keep packing the goods, ready to move when they
can. fred pleitgen, syria. now to a different story. a u.k. pilots union says enough is enough and is calling for lasers to be declared offensive weapons after another attack on a passenger plane, this one bound from london to new york. one official says it's only a matter of time before someone is killed. cnn's kelly morgan reports. >> reporter: it is one of the most critical moments in a flight. the takeoff. it's also one of the most vulnerable times for a laser attack, which is what happened to a new york-bound virgin atlantic flight on sunday. >> heathrow, we have a medical issue with one of the pilots. >> reporter: this is a pilot call, one level below mayday that announces an urgent but not immediately life-threatening incident. >> we have a medical issue with
one of the pilots after a laser incident after takeoff. >> reporter: the plane had left heathrow at 8:30 and was struck five minutes later. one of the pilots hit in the eye as the flight climbed, with 252 passengers and 15 crew on board. >> i'm nervous flying enough as it is, so once we were mid-flight and all of a sudden i was in my vodka and coke, once the -- >> reporter: this simulation shows what happens in the cockpit during a laser attack. the pilots can be temporarily blinded. in the past, some have even been hospitalized with burnt corneas. >> these attacks happen at critical phases of flight at takeoff and landing. and that could mean the aircraft going off the side of the runway. there could be a death or a crash. pilots, crew, passengers are injured.
>> reporter: the pilots association says it's only a matter of time, given a huge spike in incident in the past decade. in 2009, in the u.k., 746 laser attacks were reported. by 2014, the number had almost doubled. the figures are even more staggering in the united states, with 283 incidents in 2005, rising to 7,703 last year. the dramatic spike is blamed on the accessibility of high-powered lasers, which are relatively cheap and readily available online. the british pilots union wants them declared offensive weapons. >> they are just the same as carrying aive into. there is no practical application that a member of the public can use these lasers for. >> reporter: other than creating a spectacle or in this case, a nuisance with potentially dire circumstances. kelly morgan, london.
new barbs and familiar faces. the race is becoming a family affair, at least for one candidate. george w. bush stumped for his brother jeb. it's the first entry into politics since 2009. >> i think that the name bush would have been better than an exclamation point. it didn't work, so now he's using bush. i think he should have used his
name. i said why don't you use the name bush? you're bush. >> well, trump was squarely in former president bush's line of fire in south carolina. gary tuckman was there. >> reporter: for the first time in this election season, jeb bushformer president of the united states, his brother. george bush and his wife laura to try to make his brother jeb the next president. >> i cake here for two reasons. one, because i care deeply about jeb, and two, because i care deeply about our country. >> reporter: the two have not campaigned together until now. >> there seems to be a lot of name-calling going on, but i want to remind you what our good dad told me one time. labels are for soup cans.
[cheers and applause] >> reporter: george w. bush did not mention donald trump by name, but there were clear inferences to the real estate mogul. >> i understand that americans are angry and frustrated. but we do not need someone in the oval office who mirrors and inflames our anger and frustration. >> reporter: and those inferences were sprinkled throughout the speech. >> strength is not empty rhetoric. it is not bluster, and in my experience, the strongest person usually isn't the loudest one in the room. >> reporter: jeb bush is significantly behind in south carolina primary polls but hopes this event provides a spark. if jeb bush doesn't stun the political world and win the south carolina primary, it will break the bush winning administration. his father won in 1988 and 1992. >> bush country, man. saerk is bush country. >> reporter: many supporters
believe george w. bush's brotherly appearance will help. >> i know he gets a lot of criticism, but i think given the cards that he was dealt, he did a wonderful job. >> reporter: you think it can help his campaign? >> yes. >> reporter: do you think he will win south carolina? >> i think he can. if he doesn't he will do very well. >> reporter: others have gravitated to him because of their dislike for one of the other candidates. how does it make you feel when donald trump says he's campaigning with his mommy and now his brother? >> i think it's juvenile, the only way to describe the way he is in general is very juvenile, very child like. it's not really, i think, getting him anywhere with people who are really paying attention to things. >> reporter: but donald trump has a commanding lead in the polls, much to the dismay of many people here who have supported bushes in the past and
plan to support this bush in the immediate future this saturday. >> i ask for your support next saturday, i ask for your prayers for our family. god bless you all. thank you all very much tor coming. >> reporter: something noteworthy about this event, george w. bush spoke for about 22 minutes. his brother, the man running for president only spoke for 15. and then george w. bush saying that he doesn't miss the white house or washington. and people in the crowd started chanting "but we miss you." what was most notable was george w. tru w. bush slamming donald trump without ever mentioning his name. >> interesting. many thanks. things seem to be getting nastier by the day. donald trump has been repeatedly calling texas senator ted cruz a liar, saying cruz is unstable and even threatening a law suchlt cruz for his part
dismisses the accusations. >> you know, today donald trump held a press conference. where he apparently lost it. i mean, he was just going on and on about how i'm the most horrible person in the world, because i keep repeating the things he said. [ applause ] >> and those remarks did not sit well with trump. he called in to cnn a while later with this response. >> he's a very bad guy. he's a very nasty guy. he's got no endorsements from any senators whom he works with. he'll never be able to unify anything, and frankly, he'll never be able to get any support from anybody. even conservatives, strongly conservative, aren't giving their support. >> trump and cruz each have one win under their belts going into the south carolina primary this weekend. well, the white house is
making it clear, president obama fully intends to nominate a successor for the late supreme court justice antonin scalia. sources tell us the administration is already working on a list of potential nominees. but senate republicans have other plans. cnn justice correspondent pamela brown has more. >> reporter: the body of supreme court justice antonin scalia, transported home to virginia aboard a private plane. the 79-year-old conservative icon was found dead of natural causes saturday morning in his bed at this texas hunting resort. president obama mourning his loss in an address before the nation. >> justice scalia dedicated his life to the cornerstone of our democracy. the rule of law. >> reporter: scalia's sudden death comes as the justices are considering major case on contraception, abortion and voting rights and is expected to have a huge impact on the court. >> a long-term impact and a
short term impact. and the short-term impact is going to be immediately felt. all these cases are very narrowly decided on the court, one vote here and there could tip the balance. >> reporter: the eight remaining justices could find themselves in a 4-4 split in their decisions. if that happens, the lower court ruling is upheld and there is no national precedent set by the high court or a decision is delayed until a new justice is named. >> so where the government lost before, a 4-4 tie means the government still loses. >> reporter: the battle for the new justice has already begun. early possibility include sri vin va san. and jane kelly, another obama
appointment in eye was, who line srinivasan was confirmed by the senate. no matter what happens in the coming months, democrats and republicans agree, justice scalia's legacy will long sur rife hi vief him, even if the majority doesn't. >> thank you, sir, for being with us. so >> thank you. >> we've seen the brawling among republican presidential candidates moving up a notch. the latest attacks of the gop debate saturday night spilling into the new week. want to listen for a moment to what donald trump had to say about ted cruz and then ted cruz's response. >> ted cruz is desperate, look, i think ted's a very unstable guy. i have never, ever met a person who lies more than ted cruz.
i have never, ever seen anything like it. >> two of the candidates in this race, donald trump and marco rubio, both have the very same pattern. whenever anyone points out their record, they simply start screaming liar, liar, liar. it's a very odd dynamic. >> now south carolina is used to tough words and tough fighting, but how will voters respond to what appears to be all-out war here? >> it remains to be seen. there are a lot of brawls in south carolina, especially on the republican side in primaries. we've seen that in prior presidential races, but i think this was unusual over the weekend. the debate was extremely nasty. the word liar or lying was used a lot. it's interesting that john kasich -- still not in the number one slot by any means, trump is way ahead, but he is looking to survive south carolina. i think that was a smart move.
we'll see if the voters reward him for not getting into those brawls, but it's really getting down to crunch time. you look at donald trump, he's way up. ted cruz, just a month ago, they were calling each other best friends, basically, and now they're going after one another. the stakes are so high, that's why i think the debate over the weekend got so heated. >> and trump also stepped up his attacks on jeb bush and his family with his brother george w. bush out on the campaign trail. but voters in south carolina, they love the bush family, so could those attacks backfire perhaps? >> they could. certainly, they could. and it looks like donald trump walked back some of the criticism of w. however, he did go after the bush family pretty hard. i think he's trying to drive home the point of bush fatigue. there are a lot of republican voters who are tired of the bushes. jeb bush had a good showing in new hampshire, not in iowa. he's not looking very good in south carolina, so i think he's
rolling the dice and embracing his family, which he didn't do earlier in the campaign. we'll see if it works, but i do think that it could backfire on donald trump, but right now he's got the momentum, and jeb is still really looking for any type of momentum in south carolina. >> yeah, and of course in the midst of all the this, supreme court justice scalia passed away. what impact do you think this will have on the race and what should happen here? >> i think it's going to help ted cruz. ted cruz is revered by fiscal and social conservatives. i think he has been talking a lot about supreme court justice. went after donald trump during the debate saying trump would nominate liberal judges and reminding everybody that donald trump has changed positions over the years on a number of high-profile issues. so i think this does help cruz
somewhat. and then we're going to see in the senate, we're going to have a massive partisan battle between republican and democratic senators and also the white house. >> how likely do you think it would be that president obama could get his choice approved? >> i think it's less than 50/50. because republicans hold the cards. president obama can nominate somebody, but republicans have the right not to bring that nominee up. but there's no doubt about it. this is going to be something on the president's desk, president obama's desk every day for the next several months, maybe deep into the fall. >> bob cusack, thank you so much for talking with us. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. and then on the democratic side of the race for the white house, another former u.s. president also hit the campaign trail monday. bill clinton told an enthusiastic crowd in florida that his wife hillary is running for president to restore the american dream. the clintons will be in south carolina on tuesday.
on monday hillary clinton was in nevada, ahead of saturday's caucuses there. she called for a higher minimum wage and better access to mental health care. meanwhile, in michigan, her democratic rival, bernie sanders echoed his demand for universal health care, saying america must join the rest of the world. now the vermont senator also railed against wall street, blaming it for the recession. still to come, standing up for baby asha. a 1-year-old girl. plus, music's biggest stars hit the stage at this year's grammy's. some of the night's best performances coming your way. stay with us.
a warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and of course all around the world. i'm rosemary church and want to update you on the main stories we've been following. syria's president says no one is capable of reaching the provisions of a cease-fire within a week. world powers have agreed on a cessation of hostilities to take effect friday. but assad said monday that a cease-fire won't stop all sides from using weapons. u.s. president obama will visit vietnam in may. the group is looking to boost trade and present a unified front on north korea.
british prime minister david cameron meets with the parliament to discuss plans to keep britain in the european union. sources close to francois hollande say there's still work to be done. a summit will be held thursday in brussels. we turn now to a story that's once again putting the spotlight on australia's controversial immigration policy. it involves a 1-year-old girl who's being treated in a brisbon hospital for severe burns. protesters have been camped outside. they fear that she may be sent back to an immigration the detention center in nauru. >> we've heard terrible stories about the conditions in nauru. and we are worried about what would happen to her if she were
returned to the center. >> she and her parents were sent to nauru last year. and our ivan watson has been following this story and joins us live from hong kong. explain to us how exactly australia's controversial immigration policy works. >> reporter: the government has taken a hard-line to try to deter people trying to land on australia's shores on boats from countries like indonesia. and what it has done is implemented an offshore defense policy, in which migrants that are intercepted aboard these boats, migrants and refugees are then shipped off to detention centers like the one on the pacific island of nauru which has been in place for years. and according to recent figures now has 484 residents.
among them, reports have argued that that a that there are cases of sexual assault committed against children detaindetainees, women at the detention centers and that it is bad for the mental health of the detainees. the case of this girl, asha, who is 12 months old, born in australia and her family was shipped to this nauru detention center has highlighted what critics say is the unfairness of this policy. and you see an effort by supporters of the family to try to stop the australian government from deporting her back to nauru after her burns are treated. she was medevaced from nauru to brisbon after overturning a bowl full of hot water onto herself
in a tenttention center. and now the hospital in brisbon has attracted national and increasingly international attention because the hospital administrators announced last week that the baby would, quote, only be discharged once a suitable home environment is identified. the implication there being that the nauru detention center is not a suitable home environment for a 1-year-old child. rosemary? >> so what is likely to happen next to baby asha? will there be enough pressure brought to bear for perhaps the australian government to make changes? malcolm turnbull is a fathirly w prime minister there. is he likely to consider any change? >> reporter: he so far has stated that his government is going to manage this with great care and compassion, but at the same time, he's insisted that he doesn't want to send any message to people smugglers that
australia will open its doors to a flood of potential migrants and refugees on boats, the likes of which we've seen for months now on the mediterranean sea much further to the west. the fact is, is that the advocates of the refugees and migrants, their legal options are closed right thousand. earlier this month, the australian high court ruled against an effort to try to challenge the constitutionality of this offshore immigration policy the aand so at this stag least 267 migrants in australian detention centers are awaiting a government decision to deport them to centers like nauru. and what we're hearing from human rights lawyers is that the australian government is moving to remove a three-day warning program from these refugees and migrants, effectively saying
that they could be instantaneously shipped away without a three-day warning, and that is another effort that they're making here. there is a public awareness campaign, #let them stay, that the advocates are trying to organize to help put more pressure on the government to overturn the push to deport these hundreds of refugees and migrants like this 1-year-old baby asha currently being held in a hospital in brisbon. >> we've been watching this story very closely. i know you will, ivan watson. many thanks to you. trading is just getting under way this hour in europe's financial markets, and stocks are mostly up this hour. look at that, nice to see a little bit of green. so for london, london's ftse up nearly 1%. the dax in germany up nearly
1.2%. a slight move in zurich and paris gained nearly half a percent there. japan's nikkei finished up .2%. hong kong's hang seng just closed. just over 1% there. the shanghai composite gained more than 3%. and australia's asx finished up 1.3%. a little bit of good financial news there. oil prices are slowly climbing. over $30 a barrel at the moment. richard quest asked fareed zakaria why the world economy needs to be concerned with low oil prices. >> there are two problems. it's falling so far so fast, it's producing a ripple of political instability. for example venezuela is going
to yes, ma' to implode. vn venezuela is a small country. brazil will probably -- nigeria, all these countries where oil is 50%, 60%, 70% of government revenue are all of a sudden facing a nightmare. >> that's their problem, they ran their economies badly. >> guess who loaned them money, the west, the united states is the largest producer of liquid hydrocarbons in the world today. there is a lot of credit tied up with that. that is unwinding. it's short-term choppy. in the long run, we'll have cheap gas, but in the long run, we're dead. >> and you can head to our web page for more on the rollercoaster ride for oil prices and a look at why oil producers are flooding the market, and you can find that at
money.cnn.com. pope francis has wrapped up the third day of his mexican tour. he arrived in chiapas. and it is home to a largely indigenous population. during the mass read in three native languages, the pope asked the people for forgiveness for years of exclusion and destruction of their land. later the pope spoke at a stadium in the capital of chiapas before tens of thousands of people. several families were given the chance to meet and speak with the roman catholic leader and receive his blessing. and here's pope's itinerary for tuesday. first, he will travel to attend mass with priests and seminarians. he'll also visit a cathedral and speak to young people at the morelia's cathedral.
we will have a look at the biggest performances at the grammy and who's taking home a grammy. and we will take a look at donald trump's ancestors, what they have to say about his bid for u.s. president. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, it could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. call now to request your free decision guide. i've been with my doctor for 12 years. now i know i'll be able to stick with him. [ male announcer ] you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. plus, there are no networks,
night. pop princess taylor swift won three grammys, including album of the year for "1989". in her acceptance speech, she promoted self-promotion. >> there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. but, if you just focus on the work and you don't let those pimozide track you, some day when you get where you're going, you'll look around, and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. and that will be the greatest feeling in the world. thank you. >> powerful message there. and kendrick lamar received a standing ovation for his grammy performance. ♪ 2015
♪ once i finish this ♪ i'm sure you will agree >> the rapper led the pack with 11 nominations and took home five awards, including best rap album. british crooner, ed sheeran was awarded song of the year for "thinking out loud", and bruno mars took home record of the year for "uptown funk." joining me is holland reed. thanks for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> what were all the big moments? what will everyone be talking about in the hours ahead? >> you know, i love to see taylor swift always come in as our darling and do a star-studded entry performance, and we also love the fact that lady gaga gave tribute to david bowie. it was fantastic. and i don't feel like there was
a huge performance that just stood out for the entire grammys this year. there was like, you know, ginormous is where we would look at and say hey, this is something that we, like a michael jackson or beyonce, we love lionel richie, but it kind of stopped there. it was great. there were great performances, but, i would say, it's, a few other great performances in between there. carrie underwood did a great duet. that was about it for me. >> you picked record of the year, right? >> "uptown funk." obviously, you saw that as very deserving. >> first of all, "uptown funk", we saw it in viral videos, at the super bowl. everybody was streaming this on a regular basis. this was something that everyone just gravitated to. it was a happy song, an upletting song. nobody, there was nothing about this song that anybody could look down on.
and everybody just, it was such a fun song. you cannot just distance yourself from it. so "uptown funk", hands down, best song of the year. >> taylor swift took home album of the year. >> she did. >> and, as she pointed out herself, she's first woman to win that twice. and she was making the point to everyone, too, don't let anyone put you down. >> why not? i think the year of anybody telling you what you can't do. i mine, we've got, possibly a woman for president. we've got all of that's different opponents coming in as political, taylor swift, she's been such a phenomenal woman along with our beyonces and other people. don't let anybody tell you what you can't do. so her winning this award, i feel like, with anyone else coming in and saying, hey, i got this. you can get this two years in a row. please don't hate. get in formation. i said it. okay. >> there's room on the stage for
everyone, right? >> there's room on the stage for everyone, and she did it, and it was awesome to see, yeah. >> holland rieed, thank you. >> appreciate it. and it wasn't just rappers and pop stars who won grammys this year. former u.s. president jimmy carter took home the award for best spoken word album for the audio recording of his memoir, a full life, reflections of 90. he won in the same category in 2007 for another his audio books. so what do the heinz catsup family and donald trump share in common? this small wine-making village. we explore trump's roots, back on cnn newsroom.
they think about him running for president. >> my grandfather came to the united states in 1885 and joined the great gold rush. he did fantastically well. he loved this country. so, they were from germany. i have great german heritage. i'm very proud of it. great place, but we all love the united states the best. but, you know what? i love kallstadt. >> reporter: welcome to kallstadt, germany. famous sons include heinz the catsup king and this guy, the home of donald trump. a great cousin in law of trump made a documentary on our hometown's trump connection just before he launched his u.s. presidential bid.
do you feel any -- >> the people are very reliable, strong people. and i feel that about myself. i'm strong, and i'm very reliable. i'm on time. i get things done. and that's basically a whole german culture. it's a german culture. and, you know, i'm proud to have that german blood. there's no question about it. great stuff. [ speaking in german ] >> reporter: i wasn't surprised he decided to run for president, she tells me. i think i always knew he was going to do something like this. the mayor took us for a tour. >> hello. that's relatives to trump. >> reporter: just outside the house, a car pulls up, and the man leans out to say we served wine at the coronation of queen elizabeth. maybe there will be wine at the
presidential inauguration. they have been making wine since the 1600s. he figures trump does have one distinctive trait. they are certainly confident, he says, and trump is not short of confidence. a ten-minute walk away, the country ladies association is busy making herring salad for ash wednesday. innkeeper says t wouldn't fit in today. >> translator: personally, i think he's too much of a radical. we're a friendly place. >> reporter: no one we spoke to seemed to think that trump would visit anytime soon, president or not. but everyone recommended he try the local delicacy, stuffed pig stomach. atika sh atika shubert, germany.
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republicans running for president pulling out all the stops. jeb bush taking his brother out on the campaign trail as competitors launch new attacks on each other. in hours, president obama to address the supreme court vacancy. breaking overnight. grammys honor the year's biggest moments. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm miguel marquez. it is tuesday, february 16th. this morning, the fight in the republican party escalating to