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after donald trump stunning loss in wisconsin, crowds gather to protest outside his rally in new york. plus, a cnn exclusive, behind the scenes in the iraqi army's battle to control mosul. later, the use of the death penalty surges to its highest level in more than 25 years. hello and welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. this is "cnn newsroom" and i'm rosemary church. for presidential gop front-runner donald trump is a heavy favorite in new york in the april 19th primary. a small crowd of protesters gathered outside his rally
wednesday. trump hit cruz hard for criticizing new york values. trump says the city's response to the september 11th attacks speaks for itself. >> there was never anything like it in this country. the worst attack in the history of the united states, the bravery that was shown was incredible. we all lived through it. we all know people that died. i've got this guy standing over there, looking at me talking about new york values with scorn in his face, with hatred, with hatred of new york. so, folks, i think you can forget about him. >> ted cruz says the calls of liberal democratic politicians have been hurting new york for a long time now. he was in the bronx wednesday meeting with hispanic and african-american pasters after winning the wisconsin primary the night before. he met trump's criticism with a
healthy dose of sarcasm. >> donald can always be counted on to take the high road and to demonstrate class. if he wants to engage in insults, he's welcome to do so. he gets very angry when the voters reject him. >> the stakes are getting higher for the democratic primary in new york after bernie sanders' win in wisconsin. now hillary clinton is stepping up her criticism of her rival's policy plans as he tries to overcome his delegate shortfall. cnn's joe johns reports. >> reporter: hillary clinton is ratcheting up her attacks on bernie sanders. >> you got to know what you want. you have to have a plan for getting it. >> reporter: she's trying to blunt sanders' momentum following his victory in tuesday's wisconsin primary. >> we have now won seven out of eight of the last caucuses and
primaries. >> reporter: while he has gained some momentum, the math is not on his side. the big wisconsin victory, and clinton has the lead. the margin grows to 681 when superdelegates are included. >> i think a lot of these superdelegates are going to be looking around them and that are going to be saying, which candidate has the momentum. >> reporter: the clinton campaign is eager to bring the primary flight, launching a new offensive to sanders,. clinton today telling union workers in pennsylvania that sanders' policies aren't realistic. >> i am concerned that some of his ideas just won't work because the numbers don't add up. the number of important areas, he doesn't have a plan at all. >> reporter: questioning sanders' party loyalty.
>> senator sanders by his own admission isn't even a democrat. he never was a democrat until he started running for president. >> reporter: sanders faced scrutiny after he couldn't explain his -- clinton seizing on the stumble. her campaign even sending the full transcript to supporters in e-mail. >> it seemed unclear as to whether he understood how dodd/frank worked, how we would go about breaking up banks. so, i was, i think, a little bit surprised that there didn't seem to be a lot of substance to what he was saying. >> reporter: as the race continues to intensify, the sanders campaign firing off a warning shot to its rival. >> we to want have a party we can unify. >> clinton's response?
>> it's just ludicrous on the face of it. >> reporter: suggesting its much ado about nothing 37 senator sanders expected to appear before a meeting of the afl-cio here in thursday. joe johns, new york. joining me is senior political xhin tcommentator, a y clinton supporter and superdelegate. thank you for joining me. >> thank you for having me. >> bernie sanders was at a massive rally in philadelphia wednesday night and really went after clinton. i want to listen for a moment and get your reaction to what he had to say. >> she has been saying lately that she thinks i am, quote/unquote, not qualified to be president.
let me just say in response to secretary clinton, i don't believe that she is qualified if she is -- if she is through her super pac taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest loans. >> and he went on to say that voting for the war in iraq and supporting trade deals also disqualify her. clinton not qualified to be president, according to sanders. your reaction to that and what impact will this likely have going into the new york primary. >> i think it's really unfortunate that bernie uttered those words, rosemary. first, let's be very clear, hillary clinton has never said she doesn't believe bernie sanders is qualified to be president.
what she has said time and again, and what she will continue to say, as she lays out her proposals, her experience, her knowledge and what she has done for 30 years in public service, that she believes she is more qualified than him to take on the role of commander in chief and hit the ground running on day one. that is very different than saying that she doesn't think that bernie sanders is qualified to be president, which she has never said. i think it's very unfortunate that he uttered those words, that he said that. i think it does damage to the whole democratic party. frankly, given the math, that she is ahead by 230 pledge delegates, she's ahead by more than 2.5 million votes, it is all but done the fact that she will be the next democratic nominee. >> of course, bernie sanders proved weak auto policy specifics in the "new york daily
news" interview he did. what impact is that likely to have? will he lose credibility? could this prove to be his achilles heel? >> i think it has, frankly, proven to be his achilles heel. if you look across the board at the exit polls of the primaries and caucuses that have happened so far, you see that hillary clinton is actually winning across the board democrats. when you look at the number of democrats who believe she is more qualified to be president than he is, those numbers are pretty staggering. what you saw in the "daily news" is that out in the open. what you have seen in the past debates is a real contrast to who understands what the role of commander in chief is. and in terms of foreign policy, she is heads and shoulders above him and, frankly, above the rest of the republican field as well
when it comes to knowing how to keep america safe. what the "new york daily news" interview did, though, is i think really peel back and let voters really look into, well, does he really know the issues on what he's speaking about. >> thank you. >> great to be with you. don't forget, hillary clinton and bernie sanders will face off in a cnn presidential debate a week from now. that starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern standard time. turning to global corruption and the so-called panama papers shlgts many consider the trove of 11 million documents to be the biggest leak of information in history, which is leading to investigations and political resignations. a group of news organizations jointly published reports which cnn has not been able to verify dribl directly, implicating a dozen
world leaders. panama says, keep us out of it. this is a misnamed issue. >> translator: panama want to make clear this situation that has been poorly called panama papers is not a problem of our country but many countries, whose legal and financial structures are still vulnerable for being used for purposes that do not represent the common good of the citizens. >> meanwhile, uefa says it's cooperating fully with police that raided its headquarters wednesday. officials are investigating the agency which governs european football as a result of these leaked documents and they're looking at a tv contract he signed when worked at uefa. he denies any wrongdoing. iceland's new prime minister will be sworn in in the coming hours. his predecessor stepped down
after the panama papers linked him to an offshore paper. he says this has been a trying time for him and the country. >> it's not the best situation when i'm taking the prime minister seats, but i will try to do my best. i'm hoping that people of iceland will see this increases the vulnerability of the politics. >> reporter: ho would you describe the last three days? cnn money asia-pacific editor, andrew stevens, has been following these developments from hong kong. he joined us live. the pressure was too great on iceland's prime minister and he was forced to step down. can we expect to see more resignations like this across the globe as a result of the
leaked panama papers? >> reporter: there's going to be pressure across the grobe as more information comes out about the activities, particularly of political leaders, individuals, whether they be high-profile or not. this is such a massive data leak. 5 million eames, 3 million database files, 2 million pdfs. it is an extraordinary amount of information. and the investigators and journalists are still trolling through that. bear in mind, though, that they have been looking at these leaked documents for a year or so. you know, at least 100 investigative journalists have been working on this. you would assume they have sort of identified these standout stories, headline stories. there are close associates of vladimir putin, also family
members of the chinese premier xi, iceland's prime minister has fallen on his sword and now investigations, formal investigations being carried out by authorities in australia, the uk and other countries. there are these investigations going on. it depends on whether they can connect these shell companies to nefarious activities. remember, actually establishing these sort of companies is not an illegal activity. it's what they're used for. it's very clear they lend themselves because of the privacy that's involved to activities which are illegal. tax evasion is a big one. that's what a lot of authorities are looking at. it could also be money laundering, sanctions busting and nondisclosure of conflicting interest. other big heads likely to roll?
hard to say. but the heat is going to stay on for some time, i suspect. >> the reach is really far, isn't it, far and wide? what might likely other ramifications be as a result of these leaked documents? >> i think what it shows, as you suggest, how clearly it is that people with money, in many cases the ruling class have been using these offshore vehicles to hide money from prying eyes or minimize their tax obligations and to play, perhaps, to a different set of rules than the rest of us. so, is that fair? at the moment, it is legal. will it stay like that? there has been a push in recent years for more transparency for movement of money and ownership of money around the world. there are still she's safe havens, offshore entities like
british islands. that's just one. what happens now to their rules and regulations? will there be a push for them to be much more transparent, to break down the barriers on privacy. david cameron, the british prime minister, is going to be hosting a summit on that, on offshore companies, on financial dealings in general? london in may, so something could come out of that. certainly, this will add to the drum beat, add to the pressure for more transparency pretty much across the globe. we've seen it with the swiss banks. we've seen it in many areas in banking already. these tax havens, these areas you can get preferential treatment on your privacy. that may change, too. >> it certainly puts the spotlight on the middle class across the globe. they're the ones responsible for propping up the taxation system.
they pay their taxes. andrew stevens, many thanks for joining us from hong kong. next here on cnn, we go to the front lines with iraqi forces in a battle against isis to recapture mosul. please stay with us for that. "credit karma says my credit score just went up!" "so your score went up, what are you going to do know? get a loan and finally finish culinary school...?" "learn how to make the perfect macaron... come back and open your own authentic french bakery?" "i think i need credit karma too." "check out credit karma today."
♪ village by village, iraqi forces have begun their push to liberate their country's second largest city from isis. right now in towns and outposts south of mosul, they're struggling to achieve and hold small but significant victories. senior international correspondent arwa damon accompanied the iraqi forces to give us an exclusive look at what they're facing. we warn you, her report contains some disturbing scenes. >> reporter: bursts of gunfire and artillery explosions. a constant reminder the enemy
isis is proving for vulnerabilities in the iraqi army's defenses. >> translator: isis, especially now, we are on the perimeter of what is their so-called caliphate. they're using waves of suicide bombers. >> reporter: coalition forces leveled this building. the hillside is strewn with the bloated bodies of dead isis fighters. one of them looks particularly young. a teenager, the iraqis say. the general's men only recently recaptured this village and a handful of others. the first tentative steps in the battle for mosul. iraq's second largest city that humiliating fell to isis after iraqi security forces abandoned their positions around two years ago. these are men retrained, under new command, forces that will repeatedly be put to the test. will they hold this ground and
fight or again flee? key, of course, to the equation is u.s. support. >> translator: for us, we have enough ground forces. the most important thing is to continue to see u.s. backing. >> reporter: but not boots on the ground? >> translator: it's not an urgent thing for us right now, boots on the ground. we can liberate our lands. >> reporter: isis has had plenty of time to fortify its defenses in mosul and here, still some 45 kilometers or 30 miles away from the main battleground. deep in one of the hills a labyrinth. this is not just a tunnel complex. it's actually a tunnel and
sleeping quarters complex that has been dug well underground. winding passages that veer off in multiple directions. this one leads to a small opening. for oxygen circulation, we're told. this is just the start of the impending bloody battle to try to liberate mosul. one that will be a defining chapter in this nation's history and beyond. arwa damon, cnn, iraq. preparing to confront isis in battle is only one concern. there's also the matter of helping refugees who fled the militants. next hour introduces us to people used as human shields. >> reporter: isis put five homes into the middle of the village, he recalls. like many here, he does not want his identity revealed. he still has loved wundz at the
mercy of isis and has already witnessed and lost too much. >> we're taking you to the front line of isis and iraq. that premieres on thursday on "connect the world" at 4:00 p.m. in london, only here on cnn. well, after the terror attacks in brussels, nato has been criticized for not doing more to fight isis in iraq and syria. the nation's secretary-general has been on a visit to the united states. he met with troops in the state of north carolina and with president barack obama. he also spoke with our wolf blitzer. >> nato countries individually are fighting isis, which is a grave threat, as you well know. nato as an organization has not gone in to fight isis as it did to fight the taliban, for example, in afghanistan. why can't nato play a role as an organization in trying to crush
isis? >> as i said, all nato allies participate, contribute to the fight -- >> why can't nato do against isis what it did against the taliban? >> we have started to build more capacity to fight isil. we believe in the long run we enable local forces to fight isil instead of us -- >> but you're headquartered in brussels. you think the nato alliance would say, this represents a threat not just to the region, whether iraq or syria or elsewhere, it represents a threat to europe, most of the nato allies are in europe. why not get together and say, as an organization, we're going to get the job done and crush isis? >> well, that's the reason why we are stepping up our efforts. for instance, now starting to train -- >> who's resisting? >> there's no resistance that nato shall support the efforts of the coalition, but we're
doing it in different ways. nato has alliances in turkey, bordering syria and iraq. we're starting to train -- >> turkey is a member of nato. >> yes, but it's very important for us to be present in turkey to provide military assurance to turkey because turkey is so much effected by what's going on in iraq and syria. more so, we're training iraqi officers because we strongly believe that by building local capacity, by enabling those to fight in isil, that's a more sustainable solution in the long run. >> is anyone proposing that nato do to isis what it did to the taliban? >> well, nato and nato allies are doing that. >> nato -- individual nato countries are doing that like the united states, the uk, other countries, but as an alliance? that's what the americans -- a lot of americans want to hear, that nato is getting its act together and going to crush isis, which is seen as a grave threat. >> it's important that we are
able together to fight si in an effective way. we have agreed that nato should capacity, train, assist, and then the high-end air strikes are done by the coalition and all nato allies support those efforts. >> he also said that some nato members need to spend more on defense. next here on cnn, belgium's prime minister acknowledges security failures in the brussels attacks. hear why he's also criticizing turkey's role in it.
a warm welcome to our viewers around the world. u.s. presidential democratic candidate bernie sanders is slamming rival hillary clinton following his primary win in wisconsin. bernie sanders said hillary clinton is not came to be president because of her views on iraq. iceland's new prime minister will be sworn in. his predecessor resigned after the leak of the so-called panama papers. the documents revealed he had ties to an offshore company, which triggered protests in iceland. another secular blogger has been killed. 26-year-old graduate student was hacked and shot to death in the capital dhaka.
four other secular bloggers were murdered in bangladesh last week. south korea says north korea might be able to mount a nuclear head on a missile but there's no evidence to prove it. we'll turn to belgium now and one of the terrorists who carried out last month's attacks on brussels briefly worked as a cleaner at european parliament. reuters reported the 25-year-old held a summer holiday job back there in 2009 and 2010. a spokesman for the european parliament says he did not have a criminal record during his time of employment. belgian officials believe he blew himself up during last month's attack at the airport. meanwhile, one of the terror
suspects, abdeslam, is due in court thursday for a custody hearing in brussels. belgian security services have come under heavy scrutiny for their failure to prevent the brussels attacks. cnn's alexandra fields joins us with that story. what were the errors and why did belgian security officials fail to prevent this from happening? >> reporter: two questions that have to be answered. was it a lack of intelligence or a failure to share intelligence? we know this is a country that has administrative and bureaucratic complexities, several national languages and different police authorities. while they investigate what happened that led to these tax, they'll have to look at whether better coordination between departments could have helped to prevent any part of this.
after paris, "charlie hebdo," november 13th. after brussels, metro, the airport, taking out the threat posed by jihadists who left europe for syria and came back planning to attack could take ten years, says andre jacob, head of security for belgian state security. >> translator: there were twenl errors in the function of the intelligence service here but the nature of how serious these errors were will be determined by the parliament inquiry. >> reporter: the prime minister announced a new investigation into what went wrong and how to stop it from happening again. >> translator: we have to tell people that an attack is still possible, but if we give more means to the intelligence, to the police services, they can do a better job. >> reporter: before retiring in 2010, he watched the rise of islamic radicalism in belgium, first in the '90s with ties to osama bin laden. then seen the rise of the recruitment of belgian youth.
finally, an exodus of fighters. per capita belgium has sent more fighters into syria and iraq more than any other western european country. the number estimated to be 500 since 2012. as. many as 100 may have made their way back. resources to counter a threat didn't keep pace, jacob says. were you understaffed? >> translator: yes, absolutely. for the past ten years different governments in belgium have let down the intelligence services in terms of the number of people hired and the budget for it. >> reporter: there were shortfalls, he says, in belgian law that complicated counterterrorism efforts. >> translator: at the beginning security in belgium did not have the ability to carry out wiretapping. the only wiretapping possible was done by the federal police and only in cases of judicial inquiries. >> reporter: that has changed. other obstacles remain.
difficulties in coordination, communication, as well as police operations. some raids can only be carried out between 5:00 in the morning and 9:00 at night. proposals to change that have been made since belgian police started searching for abdeslam, who was found hiding out in the molenbeek neighborhood of brussels. the bakraoui brothers were also in brussels. what do you say to those who feel the belgian government is fighting a losing battle? >> translator: it's a difficult question. i think the european democracy is losing the battle. we have to work together. >> reporter: u.s. officials believe as many as 2,000 fighters who traveled to syria and iraq are back in europe. >> so, what efforts are being made now to try to improve the
security services there in order to prevent the possibility of another attack like this? >> reporter: well, rosemary, that's a question that will ultimately be answered by the parliamentary inquiry. the goal of that inquiry would be to implement legislation that would enable better counterterrorism efforts, that would enable police to do their work and to communicate information, share information more effectively. so, that's the piece from the legislative end. in terms of security and what happens on the streets, what we saw in the aftermath of the paris and brussels attacks, that the terror threat level was raised in brussels. that put more security forces on the streets. remember, you still have a manhunt going on in the city across the country, across europe, for the third potential airport bomber and potential support that could have been bombed with the bomber in the metro station. beyond that, beyond any efforts that could have been made, belgian foreign minister was
saying, they cannot participate and he's calling for something like the european cia calling for more information sharing. >> alexandra field joining us live from brussels. belgium's prime minister is acknowledging the attacks were a security failure. but charles michele rejects the notion that belgium is a failed state. his comments came during an interview with christiane amanpour. here is more of their interview. >> translator: in belgium or elsewhere, there is zero risks. in the united states, for example, there was a before and after 9/11. in belgium there will be a before and after march 22nd. >> reporter: the president of turkey said publicly and to me exactly a week ago that they alerted you to the fact that one
of the bakraouis was being radicalized. they got him, you know, because of his visits to syria and they alerted you. >> translator: the netherlands nor belgians understood what jihadi stood for. many european states have failed to attach the significance that this call for action deserves. >> reporter: what is your response to that specific warning from the president of turkey? >> translator: two points. first point, it is very surprising from a company such as turkey and its president to see that if that person was dangerous, to leave that person board a plane, going to the netherlands without turkish offices and without early information given on the fact that that person was about to arrive there and at that time, first point.
second point i want to indicate, in belgium there will also be parliamentary investigation and commission and the parliament will be able to check how communication was managed with belgium and various countries, including turkey, which really shows the main priority for our generation and all democratic societies is to make sure that we improve communication, intelligence sharing. i was one of the first european leaders a few months ago already before terrorist attack in belgium to ask for the setting up of a european cia or fbi to have a european platform that would be better structured, better organized in order to continuously share information. >> after this short break, the human rights group amnesty international says 2015 saw the most executions around the world in 25 years. which countries top the list and why? we'll take a look at that.
amnesty international says 2015 saw an alarming surge in executions around the world. the most in 25 years. at least 1,634 people were put to death last year. the highest number since 1989. this doesn't include figures for china where the data is treated as a state secret. amnestyays executions took place in these 25 countries last year. the united states was the only country in the americas to have carried out the death penalty. there were no executions in europe. now let's look at the five countries performing the most executions. amnesty estimates the number in china to be in the thousands. but if you take china out of the equation, iran, pakistan and saudi arabia accounted for 90% of the executions. the u.s. is fifth with 28
executions last year. let's break down the significance of this report with secretary-general of amnesty international. before we begin, we should point out amnesty international opposes the death penalty in all cases, regardless of the crime. thank you so much for talking with us. so, let's start with the surge of executions in pakistan, iran and saudi arabia. what is happening in these countries? >> i think each of these countries are different, drivers are different. i think in the case of pakistan, you may recall that after the army school was attacked by armed groups in that's when they decided they were going to bring back use of death penalty or executions. since then we've seen a massive surge. literally from zero went up to
326. this is the highest record for pakistan. so, they started off saying we use it for terrorism-related offenses, but now they've gone far beyond it. so, that's pakistan. very worrying trend there. iran has always used drug-related offenses, have been a major driver in iran. but let's not forget that, you know, in both iran and saudi arabia, it's shrouded in secrecy so it's difficult to find out all the facts. saudi arabia has a particular -- particularity because they use it on migrants, domestic labor, so foreigners are both executed in saudi arabia. >> what about china? you mentioned secrecy there. of course, the government in china so secretive. what do you know about the executions that took place there? >> we know for sure that china, the number of executions there is probably equal if not more than the rest of the world put
together. so, that's fairly certain. so, that continues to be the case. again, what happens, as it happens in all countries related to death penalty, the people who suffer the most, the ones who executed the largest numbers, always minorities and the weakest people like the uighars in noern china. also in china, it is true they have reduced the number of offenses for which death penalty could be used and they're reviewing the cases now, they brought in some safeguards. so, overall we understand the number of executions might have reduced compared to previous year, but we don't really know. this is one of amnesty's big campaigns in china, is to ask for greater transparency. >> we also learned in that report that four more countries
abolished the country, fiji, madagascar, the republic of congo. mongolia will join them later this year. now, that means for the first time ever a majority of countries have abolished the death penalty. does this give you hope that more countries will follow suit, perhaps? >> this is the paradox of what's happened in 201. this is the single largest growth in executions. also worrying that six more countries who traditionally ignored execution have joined the group of executing countries. some very big ones. we talked about pakistan. there's also indonesia, india, bangladesh. so, there's a lot of worrying signs in terms of what happened last year. but on the upside, four new countries have joined as countries that abolished death penalty. effectively the art of history is turning toward a complete
abolition of death penalty. in practice, 140 countries are not using the death penalty. the long-term trend is clear, death penalty is a thing of the past. so the countries that are using it today are in the minority, unfortunately including the united states of america. >> thank you so much for talking with us. we appreciate it. >> thank you. in the u.s. state of texas just hours ago, in fact, it carried out its sixth execution this year. this man, pablo vazquez, was put to death on wednesday. vazquez was convicted of killing a 12-year-old boy in 1998. he reportedly told police he drank the boy's blood and that the devil was telling him to cut off the boy's head. texas denied an appeal to stop the execution. we'll be right back. is better for your skin
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♪ holding you tonight >> country music great merle haggard decide wednesday on his 79th birthday from complications of pneumonia at his home in california. his legendary career spans six decades. his fans say the hall of famer's songs made him a voice for working people. a business -- business is booming at a small factory in central mexico. it's turning out the likenesses of a billionaire drug lord and another billionaire you may recognize right away.
r rafael romo went to check it out. >> reporter: it's a factory bufling with activity with workers pouring molds, painting, refining and creating all kinds of different designs. >> it's a very manual process. >> reporter: this mask factory in central mexico has been busier than ever in the last few months. it's all thanks to the popularity of not a mexican but a u.s. presidential candidate. look at the strands of air neatly coifed by this worker. >> some of our customers asked for it. it's got to be the hair. in is the deluxe version. >> reporter: you've probably already guessed. it's donald trump's mask. and this factory executive believes demand will only grow in the next few months. >> we think maybe because of the
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