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♪ ♪ good day to you. we begin this hour with wild fires raging in western canada. they have gained a lot more ground, nearly doubling in size in the last 24 hours and threatening saskatchewan, its neighbor to the east. it has consumed nearly 800 square miles and it is not slowing down. flames have destroyed the entire fort mcmurry community. officials have evacuated thousands of people from there, but some 15,000 remain trapped north of that area. dry conditions are fueling flames and the wind is fanning them to the northeast. that's making it hard for the more 500 firefighters fighting the fire. our dan simon is on the ground with this report. >> reporter: you can see this
fire is still very much out of control and you still have so many people who are evacuated. nearly 90,000 people evacuated. that's an unprecedented situation in canada. in terms of the weather, it's hot today, conditions remain dry, windy. terrible conditions for fighting this fire. there is a chance there could be rain in the forecast tomorrow so that would be welcome news but even if it does rain, this fire will go on for some time, perhaps several weeks. in terms of the damage, the numbers are staggering, 1,600 homes and businesses destroyed. most of that destruction in the fort mcmurry community. all the people who have been evacuat evacuated. a lot of them are staying in shelters and relatives. if that's not an option, if you can't stay with a friend or family member, perhaps you are going to a hotel, but it's pretty much impossible to find a hotel room in the area. of course, people are anxious.
they want to know if they have a home to go back to and right now they are dealing with the now. they are trying to get the essentials in place, food, shelter, and water as this fire continues in canada. dan simon, cnn, fort mcmurray canada. thankfully there have been no fatalities at this point but rescuers are racing to get everyone out of harm's way and for these evak evak cue keys. >> it's a mess. it's a mess. that's the only way to see it. >> when we came through, there was flames on both sides of the highway and it's a lot. it's just devastation, but it hasn't sank in yet either. you know what's going on, but it's just hard to comprehend right now. >> we're okay. we're kind of self-sustained
here, so now we can help people that are actually in need. so that's what we plan on doing now. >> our correspondent dan simon pointed out in his report there is a possibility for rain later but our meteorologist derek van damme to tell us what dinkls that will make here. >> it doesn't look like it will make a significant amount to douse the extensive flames. it's going to perhaps lower the threat of it spreading further and further, but nonetheless this is extreme fire conditions in alberta. it's now boarding on the saskatchewan border. take a look at this graphic. i did a little bit of math here. the size of the fire, 772 square miles. that is creeping up closer and closer to the equivalent of adding boston, chicago, and houston skyline together. this is massive. i mean, there's a reason why we
continue to cover this, because it is so extensive. it's impacting the weather across much of north america. in fact, this is the sight from the international space station. you can actually see the smoke from space and it's drifted as far south as the cnn headquarters in atlanta, georgia. there was a thick haze over the headquarters on friday. it's impacted air quality over the dakotas and minnesota. look at the air quality index. i mean, this is extreme. that's the least of the concerns. at least the air quality in america or the united states. it's really the fire that's ongoing across alberta at the moment. this is highway 63. we've been talking about this particular highway because this has been the evacuation route for the convoy of vehicles. up wards of 2,500 vehicles
evacuating from the smoke and flames. this is a google earth g.i.s. image. here's highway 63 running north and south across alberta through the town of fort mcmurray. the dots are flare-ups within the past six days. the more recent are the red dots. you can see how it's spreading to the north and south and also to the east. it's fueled by the winds ongoing across the area. good news, chance of rain, cooler temperatures. humidity on the increase. we start to see the threat level for fire danger start to be suppressed over time. i don't want to belittle the situation, it's extremely dry in alberta at the moment and the fire concern continues to be a threat there as the three-day forecast for fort mcmurray. that celsius equates to 50s and
60s. >> thank you so much. on now to north korea, that country's ruling elite all gathered for an historic meeting for its workers party congress. it's the first meeting of its kind in 36 years. its leader, kim jung unmaking major announcements. he said he would not use nuclear weapons unless his country's sovereignty was threatened. our will ripley is on the ground in pyongyang and has this report for us. >> given that north korea has a reputation for one of the most secretive places in world, it's no surprise that this meeting was veiled in secrecy.
a building that we are not allowed anywhere close to aside on the first day we took some pictures from across the street, we've been taken on sight seeing tours around the city while the work of the party has been happening behind closed doors. each evening around 10:00 at night, there's been a surprise news broadcast. an unannounced broadcast proclaiming to people what has happened at the congress. it's 30e7b8 minutes long. we're told the supreme leader gave a policy speech although they didn't say which policy he spoke about. he's continuing to hold very true to the policies of his late father and grandfather before him. then we heard from different officials from different sectors. it is really, although we don't get a whole lot of information, it certainly is a window into how things work here. the government tells the people what they need to do, what they need to think, and then the
people wholeheartedly applaud and they celebrate what the government and their leader is doing. another day of life here in the north korean capital, will ripley, cnn, pyongyang. amid all the political fan fare coming out of north korea, there are new warnings, the think tank, 38 north says the country may be preparing for yet another nuclear test. even before that, there was speculation that a test blast could coincide with the meeting of the congress. and kenya says it will close all the refugee camps in its country and the move would displace more than 600,000 people, the decision includes the latest refugee camp in the world, dabaab. we get the latest now from nairobi, kenya.
robyn is there. what more is going on? >> reporter: the announcement came out of the blue, aid officials were expressing disbelief. when we saw the statement, we wanted to verify it was true first of all coming from the interior of kenya. they are saying it's due to economic reasons. a number of huge refugee camps spread across the country, 600,000 refugees in kenya would be quite a heavy burden for africa's largest economy. securitiwise, there is enormous concerns from the government and from security agencies themselves that these camps have become infested and a breeding ground, that's the word the government uses, for terrorist
group al shabaab. they actually have said that some of the various attack here in kenya, such as the university attack where more than 147 people were killed, most of whom were students at the university, that those attackers came from the dabaab refugee camp. human rights groups and various aid organizations such as the doctors without borders have said this is a terrible idea. where would these people go? and that is a very good question for most of these refugees. some of them have grown up their entire lives, decades old refugee camps. born there some of them. also many of them cannot return to warring south sudan in the
midst of what has been a very brutal civil war since december 2013. they are saying they have no alternative. where will these people go? kenya is calling for international aid for these refugees but not presenting any solution what can be done. >> i want to break that down just a bit. when it comes to the refugee camps, you either go there, choose to go there, you are taken there or you are born there. any indication what would happen to these people? >> hugely confusing. george, for the people who are born in these refugee camps and i remember when i visited dadaab refugee camp some years ago, one of the people we were working with was a translator who was born there and he was in his mid 20s. he was born there and only lived there. what status is he? is he a somali?
he wasn't not technically born in kenya. he couldn't seek a normal life. for some of them it's far too dangerous to be repay tree yated to somalia. there's a repatriation program. it's tiny fraction of those who have aagreed to go back. most of them have said they don't have a choice. given the security situation in somalia, many people would agree it's not safe for these people, babies, people who were born in the refugee camps to return home. >> it's a sweeping announcement. there are so many people, so many different situations that would be impacted by this.
ron creol we'll try to stay in touch. cnn "newsroom," still ahead this hour, donald trump isn't attacking just hillary clinton, he's now taking swipes at the former president of the united states, husband bill clinton as well. why trump thinks he's the better candidate for women. plus, we're a day from philippines elections and they are making their final stands. the latest on the race for the country's tough job as "newsroom" continues. what's with him?
emergency workers have evacuated thousands of people south of fort mcmurray, the wildfire there that has ravaged this community. you see these images but some 15,000 people are trapped north of it. alberta officials say the fire could reach into saskatchewan province and the flames cover some 2,000 square kilometers. that's almost half a million acres. ♪ america's choice 2016
following the race to the white house, a recent cnn orc poll found that 64% of women viewed donald trump unfavorably. to try to lessen that gap, the republican frontrunner has begun attacking hillary clinton on her record with women in recent days mr. trump has gone even further, trying to link clinton to her husband. former president bill clinton and his infidelities. >> she's mattered to a man who was a worst abuser of women in the history of politics. she's married to a man who hurt many women and hillary, if you look, she hurt many women, the women he abused. she's married to a man who got impeached for lying. he was impeached and he had to go through a whole big process and it wasn't easy. he was impeached for lying about what happened with a woman.
>> donald trump there. clinton, though, is no stranger to those attacks or deflecting criticism of her husband. she spoke to anderson cooper earlier this week and she said a trump presidency posed a serious risk to the united states. >> i don't think we can take a risk on a loose cannon like donald trump running our country. i think he's a risk. he's a loose cannon and they tend to misfire. >> hillary clinton is ahead in the democratic race but her opponent bernie sanders is refusing to cede her the nomination and we also heard he may be open to join clinton as her running mate if he fails to come out ahead at the democratic national convention. he was asked about that possibility by wolf blitzer. >> what's most important is we defeat donald trump. i believe i'm the strongest candidate against him.
>> if they were to get the nomination, would you consider being her vice-presidential running mate? >> well, right now, we are focused on the next five weeks of winning the democratic nomination. if that does not happen, we're going to fight as hard as we can on the floor of the democratic convention to make sure that we have a progressive platform, that the american people will support, and then after that, certainly secretary clinton and i can sit down and talk and see where we go from there. >> well, i guess, an alternative question would be if she came to you now or relatively soon and approached you and offered you the vice-presidential running mate slot, would you drop out? >> i think that that is a hypothetical that will not happen and once again there are nine states left. we think we have a good shot to winning west virginia on tuesday, kentucky and oregon the next week, and we think we can win in california. >> the current president of the united states, barack obama, is
hoping to shape the minds of young people. mr. obama delivered a commencement address saturday to graduating seniors at howard university. he encouraged students at this historically african-american school to become more engaged in the political process and warned against censoring speech. joe johns has this report. >> reporter: president obama delivering a commencement speech that was nonpolitical and very political at the same time, perhaps giving us a glimpse at the message the outgoing president will be sending as the country starts looking toward the november election. while he mentioned none of the candidates by name, he did present a dramatically different view. >> no matter how ridiculous or offensive you might find the things that come out of their mouths, because as my grandmother used to tell me, every time a fool speaks, they are just advertising their own
ignorance. >> mr. obama making the case that things have not only gotten better in the u.s. since he graduated from college, he said the same is true since he took over the white house, giving a speech to one of the country's best known historically black universities which gave him an honorary doctor of science degree for his work on the affordable care act, the president made a few statements that could be construed as writing his own legacy saying his election did not create a post racial situation. and why he was not able to get certain things done while he was in office? he said it's all about the vote. >> it's true, there are too many people trying to erect new barriers to voting. this is the only advanced democracy on earth that goes -- goes out of its way to make it difficult for people to vote. >> and there was an oblique reference in the speech to
activists who attempt to shout down politicians and others at rallies and speeches. mr. obama did not mention the black lives matter movement or any other group by name but the inference seemed clear. >> our democracy gives us a process designed for us to settle our disputes with argument and ideas and votes instead of violence and simple majority rule. so don't try to shut folks out. don't try to shut them down, no matter how much you might disagree with them. >> the president is expected to give commencement speeches to 2 other universities this year, the air force academy and rutgers. joe johns, cnn, washington. in the philippines, a presidential election is just a day away and candidates are drumming up last-minute support, there was a rally held on saturday. a crowd of 300,000 people were
there. the supporters strongly believe in the candidates tough stance in fighting crime. >> i believe in his program, especially on his vision. we have to start with that. i'm quote, unquote, economy supporter, but we cannot go into these other things without having a stable peace and order environment. >> the presidential candidate grace poh took a swipe at the frontrunner saying the country should not be ruled in, quote, fear. >> translator: let us pray to the lord that in the next six years, let us know be ruled in fear but with prosperity for each person, a leader who will focus on your needs, who will listen to you, who will understand you and who will feel what you feel so they can give what needs to be given. >> he's been accused of running
vigilante squads that have killed more than a thousand suspected criminals. the presidential election happens on monday. still ahead this hour, another hacking attack in bangladesh claims another victim. plus, saudi arabia is restructuring its government. we'll explain the significance behind those changes. live across the united states and around the world, this hour, you are watching cnn "newsroom."
and it is good to have you with us. i'm george howell. with the headlines we're following for you this hour, in western canada, a fast-moving wildfire covering 2,000 square kilometers nearly 800 square miles and it may reach into saskatchewan province. that is the very latest from alberta official. they have evacuated nearly 90,000 people from fort mcmurray and north of there. three journalists from spain kidnapped in syria have not been released. in kenya, a huge announcement from the government saying it will close all of the country's refugee camps citing economic and security reasons. the move would displace more than 600,000 people. the decision includes dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp. the announcement was made friday
but is not saying where all these refugees will go. another hacking death sadly to report in western bangladesh. this time a sufi muslim spiritual leader. police say the 65-year-old was killed after leaving a meeting with his disciples. it's a latest in a series of attacks in a nation carried out by radical islamists. we turned to alexandria field. what know do we know about this attack and what do we know who might be behind it? >> the question is whether or not this attack is link to the spate of previous attacks which have been claimed by islamic extremist groups including isis, but targets in those attacks have been secular blog erks lgbt activiti activitiesists, ths the first time that we have seen a sufi muslim spiritual leader attac d attacked. police are saying that he was in
fact hacked to death the same way these others have been killed after he left a meeting with his religious disciples. they are not sure why this man would have been targeted. they say they have made no arrests in this case so far and publicly there has at this point been no claim of responsibility. that would mark the difference to the other attacks where you have seen isis for example come out on line and claim credit for those attacks. in those claims, they say their arguments -- targets are people who offended islam. there were a spate of bloggers killed, there was also some high profile lgbt active visits who were hacked to death as well as a professor who was killed in the same area. the community has been left reeling about the death of this professor. it happened in a public street
as this man was waiting for a bus. he was attacked by a gang of men wielding machetes. there was a question why he was attacked. they said this was somebody promoting a theism. i spoke with his daughter. she said he was a believer, not an atheist. police are investigating that killing although they are telling us they have made several arrests. >> people are demanding more forcingful investigations and reform, what's happening in that country? >> there's a tremendous amount of frustration. people are saying that the government, that government officials and leaders need to come out, take a harder line, but they are really saying there needs to be a much greater effort to try and find the attackers in these previous cases, one because they are wondering whether several of the assailants could be connected in
these cases and they are trying to show the public that there's a real and coordinated effort to capture these attackers. they are wondering how far it goes and they say it seems to be promoting a culture and environment of growing intolerance. you can see this widen out from secular bloggers to the lgbt activists and now the professor and the sufi muslim leader. >> you hear two messages. you hear one from government officials say look we will offer protection to people but you also hear the message that when it comes to any sort of criticism, on line, or written criticism of islam, that it has to be responsible. how are people squaring the circle there? >> that has been a hard pill to swallow for some who believe they are being targeted and being victimized.
they are getting that message which is asking people to take a quote, unquote, responsible tone that would make them perhaps not the subject of being targeted. that is a very controversial line to take, of course, because we've been out there speaking to people who are really living in the shadows at this point, george. we spoke to lightning yt bt -- lgbt to come home at night. same thing with a lot of really young people who have written their thoughts about eigatheist. these people are appealing to the government and saying do not find fault with the victims but take a harder line the people perpetrating these attacks. moving on now to syria, the opposition there says the assad regime could soon carry out a massacre against prisoners. [ gunshots ]
>> human rights groups says government forces tried to stop a revolt of about 800 inmates on friday. the group says some prisoners nearly suffocated in what appears to be tear gas. they don't want to be transferred to a prison near the capital city and for almost a week they have been demanding trials and better jail conditions. moving on now to saudi arabia, the world's largest crude oil exporter, the kingdom is restructuring its government in hopes of diversifying the country away from oil dependence. we're joined this hour by john from abu dhabi. >> why is this being done? >> this is interesting. this has been the talk of the oil world, if you will, for the better part of a year, ever since the deputy crown prince
consolidated power under his father king solomon. he was the most powerful man in oil for 20 years. he served as the oil minister since 1995 but also the chairman of saudi aramco and also ceo. this is part of a much bigger shake-up by mohammed bin solman the deputy crown prince. having covered opec por the better part of 25 years it's quite a career for ali. he was is there for 16 years. started as a clerk. they sent him overseas for
education, received his ph.d. in a sign of the times, a very young deputy crown prince wants a change, wants to proceed by diversifying the economy, he did not think that the leader of the oil giant was the man to do it for the next 25 years. >> will the oil market accept this change without shock? >> i don't think it will be a shock, george. he was the ceo and is the current chairman. he assume the position as the minister of health, i saw it and so many others in the energy market as a training ground to move him into this much bigger position by the deputy crown prince. they like the fact that he's a very steady hand. he knows the energy market as saudi aramco opened up. he's a trusted ally of king
solomon and this is somebody who is trying as i suggest before really radicalize the economy, raise the stake of the private sector going forward, but we know saudi arabia is the largest exporter in the world, one out of every eight barrels in the world is produced by saudi arabia. we're at different times, george. oil around $40 a barrel not $118 a barely as in june 2014. >> we're talking about transforming an entire economy. vision 2030. look, this was a big move here, but when you look at the big picture of this, how difficult will that be? >> well, in fact, this is the huge question mark and i wrote a column in fact for cnn money in the last week, george, talking about this is a phenomenal blueprint. this is a blueprint for the next 16 years for saudi arabia to go through this transformation, but
the big question mark hanging over the regional markets in the middle east and north africa, can saudi arabia deliver? since we saw oil prices going down to $40 a barrel, change had to take place. the crown prince saying we can't stand by and not do anything about it. 20 major programs are being developed for the next 15 years. the cabinet shuffle is seen as a very fast, good start. >> no one with better depth and insight on this situation. we appreciate you joining us. you are watching cnn "newsroom." still ahead one murderer has found out -- motorist has found out how divisive the u.s. presidential race has become. the politics of being refused
americas choice 2016, the race for the white house, donald trump has become the presumptive republican nominee but he has without doubt made some enemies along the way in that party. speaking at a commencement speech on saturday, mitt romney issued a thinly veiled warning about donald trump. >> we live in tumultuous times, from the left and right draw upon our darker angels, scapegoating others, profiteers,
entertainment media distract us from things. think carefully about the habits of your life. you deserve to be happy. >> the comments there come days after mitt romney attended a meeting about drafting a third party candidate. he's been floated rather as such a candidate in the past and it's not just politicians who are divided by donald trump's rhetoric. one disabled motorist was recently denied service by a pro trump tow truck driver. why? because she had a bernie sanders' sticker on the car. we have more in south carolina. >> ken shoop runs this towing. he made a business decision that
caused a little controversy. he was about to load the woman seen in this picture and stopped. i noticed all the bernie sanders, you know, the big cardboard bernie sanders sign in her back window. >> for shoop, a trump supporter, that was a deal-breaker. >> every busy dealing i've had with a socialist minded person, i haven't got paid. i own the truck. the side of my truck says shoopie. it doesn't said freebie. >> cassie mcquade is the sanders supporter that he refused to tow. >> i personally believe he wouldn't want someone to do this to him or his daughter. >> casey her daughter is disabled. >> trump's motto is make america great again. you are discriminating against
somebody based on whatever their affiliation is. that is bigotry. >> we may not like it, we may not agree with it but i don't think any laws were broken. >> unlike race, religion, and sexuality, political affiliation is not a protected status. >> as long as there is no contract present between the driver and the tow truck company, then there would be no legal obligation for the tow truck company to not pick her up. >> he's never heard of a situation like this but given the heated political climate it may come up again. >> it might be wise if he feels that strongly about a particular point of view, listen, i'm not going to tow you. it would have saved a lot of time and frustration. >> shupie max's used car and
towing. belgium may be famous for its waffles but this weekend its capital has become a food truck haven. the goal behind the huge festival there as cnn "newsroom" continues. you won't see these folks at the post office. they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue. how do they avoid trips to the post office? stamps.com mail letters, ship packages, all the services of the post office right on your computer. get a 4 week trial, plus $100 in extras including postage and a digital scale. go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again.
the images you see here, pictures of people trapped in a storm off the port to a -- po portugal coast. men caught up in a storm, they all had to be rescued. these amateur videos show the size of those huge waves. this storm continues to spin off the coast of portugal and spain while threatening the region with even more bad weather. our meteorologist is here to talk more about what's happening. >> it sounds like in the video footage we just saw a moment ago they went to go rescue people who were stranded on a boat and then they ultimately had to be rescued themselves. gives you an idea of the power of this particular storm system that's spinning just off the coast of portugal. this is also known the a
beerian -- iberian peninsula. you'll satisfy the -- see the area being impacted as we speak. this is the rainfall accumulation going forward and this storm system has the potential to drop 350 -- 50 to 100 millimeters of additional rainfall from the capital of portugal, lisbon, all the way through central spain, this is the iberian peninsula. significant amounts of rain. localized flooding certainly a possibility. this system is really going to move rather slowly. in fact, there's a term in the meteorology world called retrograding and this is actually when a low pressure system, instead of moving from west to east, it actually moves from east to west and that's depicted here on this particular map but nonetheless just rain band after rain band is going to impact this particular region and strong winds as well and that will kick up waves in excess of five meters.
especially on the open ocean. that will equate to 10 to 12 foot waves right along the coast of portugal. people will be surfing those waves. it's a popular surf destination as well. it's gusty. nonetheless, it will be a stormy start to the workweek across that region. speaking of storms, this video just dropped into cnn. you have got to see this. this is coming from ray, colorado. northeastern sections of kolle could, that particular twister touched down. it was half a mile wide. it was on the ground for six miles. there were some injuries from this particular tornado but quite a sight to see especially with the sun setting in the background like that. >> just that image, wow. >> it really is incredible. >> derek, thank you very much. move on to brussels now
where food trucks are the epicenter of that town. in fact, there's a huge festival there that's not only letting people eat their way through the european capital but organizers hope it will break a world record. >> belgium is stealing the world record from the united states for the most food trucks in one place at one time. there's 140 trucks from all over europe. let's check it out. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> there is our version of fish and chips. >> as the president of the food truck association in the states, how does it make you feel to see it here in belgium? >> we're excited. it spawned from los angeles and it came, you know, sweeping
throughout the united states, and now we're seeing it's everywhere. we couldn't be happier. >> what make a good food truck? >> well, a food truck isn't just great food. it's a great social experience. it's great interaction with their customers. ♪ ♪ >> all right. what is this? >> ths a bubble waffle with ice cream, fresh fruit, enjoy it. >> in belgium, you have to try a waffle. in this case, a bubble waffle. we thank you for being with us for this hour of cnn "newsroom." i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. i'll be back after the break with another hour of news from around the world. thank you for watching cnn, the world's news leader. ♪ ♪
a huge wildfire in canada grows even larger, now threatening to jump into another province. north korea, leader kim jung un says he's committed to curbing nuclear weapons and satellite imagery may suggest otherwise. and kenya announces plans to close its refugee camps including the biggest refugee camp in the world's. welcome to our viewer here in the united states and around the world. i'm george howell, cnn "newsroom" starts right now. good day to you. we begin this hour with wild fires raging in western canada.
devastating wildfire showing no signs of letting up as it nears a neighboring province. in alberta, officials say the fort mcmurray fire covers nearly 2,000 square kilometers, half a million acres. these photos show how big this fire has become since it started about a week ago. wind is fanning the flames to the northeast and soon the fire could reach into saskatchewan. our dan simon is on the ground and has been following developments of these huge fires. >> you can see some of that thick smoke behind me. this fire is still very much out of control and you still have so many people who are evacuated. nearly 90,000 people evacuated. that is an unprecedented situation here in canada. in terms of the weather, it's hot today, conditions remain dry, windy. terrible conditions for fighting this fire. there is a chance there could be
rain in the forecast tomorrow so that would be welcome news but even if it does rain, this fire will go on for some time, perhaps several weeks. in terms of the damage, the numbers are staggering, 1,600 homes and businesses destroyed. most of that destruction in the fort mcmurray community. all the people who have been evacuated. a lot of them are staying in shelters and relatives. if that's not an option, if you can't stay with a friend or family member, perhaps you are going to a hotel, but it's pretty much impossible to find a hotel room in the area. of course, people are anxious. they want to know if they have a home to go back to and right now they are dealing with the now. they are trying to get the essentials in place, food, shelter, and water as this fire continues in canada. dan simon, cnn, fort mcmurray canada. thankfully there have been no fatalities at this point but
thousands of people have lost so much, most everything they owned in this fire and there are so many people stories of people who escaped with their lives, but have nothing left. cnn met one refugee from congo and her daughter, the mother says the wildfire is bringing back painful memories. >> it's heart breaking because i don't know if i have anything to go back to. i really don't know, and i've been -- when i was seven years old, i went through the same thing. i left the congo to come here. it brings back those memories so bad. the last few nights for me, i have not slept. i'm up all night. i realize i'm a refugee again in a country that i thought i won be a refugee so it's so heart breaking. >> it looked like the place would be all burned and i'm scared if my house would be burned down, my room, my stuff, my clothes.
and i'm squared if my school, we will be burnt too. >> earlier cnn spoke with a wildland fire professor at the university of alberta and he said this fire could burn into the winter. >> there are deep organic layers what we call peat boggs and they can burn all the way down to the ground through winter. this is a huge fire. it's now moving away from the city and moving into the forest where the forest survives and thrives in high intensity fire, so what happens is you have trees. they burn. you get a new forest, they burn. it's the cycle of life in the forest. >> it's not clear what caused this huge wildfire but the expert you just heard there says that climate change could bring
similar fires in the future. let's get more now on this from our own meteorologist. derek, tell us more about what he was saying, about this particular fire. >> he was mentioning the forest, that's full ofco any of -- coniferous trees. it's pine. it spreads very easily. spot fires in essence starting to make this fire larger and larger and larger, which is now over 2,000 square kilometers. take a look at some of the math that i did just a little bit ago. this is amazing for our domestic audience. the fire now at 772 square miles. if we were to put the square miles of boston, chicago, and houston together, that is comparable to the size of where
the fire stands now, and it's only getting larger. well, i mean, you can see it from the international space station. this is the photo that was tweeted by tim peake from esa. this is incredible. that smoke is getting filtered down. it's drifting as far south as the southeastern united states with a haze over the area on friday. this has impacted the air quality across north dakota and minneapolis, st. paul, for instance. this is the least of the concerns. this is the fire and evacuees that are dealing with this particular disaster. we've talked so much of highway 63 running in and out of fort mcmurray. remember the convoy of over 2500 vehicles evacuating people in and out of city.
this is a latest g.i.s. image overlaid on google maps. this is highway 63 running north and south of fort mcmurray, alberta. the yellow spots are the fires that started six days ago. the red is the last three to six hours. the fire threat is still extreme through the first parts of this week. this fire will likely burn for the next weeks to come as it continues to smolder and the firefighters get a better handle on the situation. i have to get to this footage because this is incredible. coming to cnn just now, overnight, northeast colorado, a spectacular sight. a twister that was a half mile wide on the ground for six miles caught on tape, on video, and you are looking at it here right now. unbelievable footage. >> derek, i've been storm chasing for our coverage before. you see one of those in the
rearview mirror. >> and you drive the other direction. >> yeah, you do. >> as quickly as possible. >> derek, thank you so much. moving on now to events in north korea, the leader kim jung un making some major announcements to the country and the world at large of the state media quoted him as saying he will not use nuclear weapons unless the nation's sovereignty is threatened. our will ripley is on the ground in pyongyang and has this report for us. >> given that north korea has a reputation for one of the most secretive places in world, it's no surprise that the political process here is also veiled in a lack of trans sparns si to say the at least. the past two days of the historic workers congress, the first in 36 hours. we know it's been happening in the april 25th people's culture
in pyongyang, a building that we are not allowed anywhere close to aside on the first day we took some pictures from across the street, we've been taken on sight seeing tours around the city while the work of the party has been happening behind closed doors. each evening around 10:00 at night, there's been a surprise news broadcast. an unannounced broadcast proclaiming to people what has happened at the congress. it's 30 minutes long. we're told the supreme leader kim jung un gave a policy speech although they didn't say which policy he spoke about. other than to say, he's continuing to hold very true to the policies of his late father and grandfather before him. then we heard from different ten different party officials from different sectors, nuclear, science, textiles and manufacturing. all of them saying they wholeheartedly support their supreme leader and they encourage people to do the same. it is really, although we don't get a whole lot of information, it certainly is a window into how things work here. the government tells the people what they need to do, what they need to think, and then the people wholeheartedly applaud and they celebrate what the government and their leader is
doing. another day of life here in the north korean capital, will ripley, cnn, pyongyang. amid all the political fan fare and as will points out, celebration in north korea, there are new warnings, the think tank, 38 north says the satellite imagery says the north koreans may be preparing for yet another nuclear test. even before that, there was speculation that a test blast could coincide with the meeting of the congress. in bangladesh, police are investigating the hacking death of a sufi muslim spiritual leader. the attack was similar to recent attacks carried out by radical islamists. for more on this, alexander field joins us live in hong kong this hour following the story. it's good to have you. what more do we know about this specific attack and who might be behind it? >> george, at this point no group has publicly come out and
taken responsibility for the hacking death. in these previous cases where people have been hacked to death quite recently in bangladesh, you have seen groups, including isis come out and take responsibility. police also say they have not yet made an arrest connected to this case and it isn't clear what the motivation would have been for the gang of people who attacked and killed the sufi religious leader leaving a meeting with his disciples when he was killed in the same manner that others have been targeted. this has been ratcheted up in the last few weeks, a number of attacks targeting lgbt active visits, religious minorities and even a professor who was killed. it's a place we actually visited last week and there has been quite a backlash from the community. they are calling on the government to do more and try
and stop these hacking death. there are questions about why this professor was killed. isis did take responsiblity for his death on life. they said he was somebody promoting atheistism. his daughter says he's not an atheist. >> it is 5:12 on the u.s. east coast and still ahead this hour on "newsroom," the mexican drug lord el chapo is transferred to a prison near the u.s. border. a move that may make one step closer to extradition to the united states. plus in the race to the white house, donald trump says he's a better candidate for women than hillary clinton. the reason why he says that's "newsroom" continues.
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renovations at the facility where he was imprisoned. there are also suggestions that it could be connected to el chapo's extradition to the united states. our nick valencia looks into it and tells us what happened earlier saturday. >> what we're told by a senior mexican law enforcement official is that he was transferred very early this morning, around 2:00 a.m. loebl time to a pen shear tent shear -- pen tenary in juarez. we're now being told by the medical malpractice government that this -- mexican government that this move has to do with renovations and security measures being taken. we know from mexican government officials that the -- that we were told in the past that they
were taking added precautions after his recapture. we were guarding hill heavily, 24-7. we also understood that he was being shuffled from cell to cell to avoid another embarrassing escape like the one we saw in july of 2015. it really does, though, seem to speak to, you know, the lack of logic and reasoning in mexico's decision to transfer him. why would they move him from the most secure prison to one that is not as secure. they are saying officially that this has to do with renovations. we're also hearing from other sources that this may have to do with the extradition process. the actual reasoning is anyone's guess. >> according to officials, the u.s. has been preparing for el chapo's transfer for months. they say he will be sent to new york to face u.s. charges. in australia, every elected holder of office will have to run for re-election come july 2nd. australian prime minister
malcolm turn bull announced the double dissolution election. both houses of parliament will be dissolved until then. mr. turnbull is seeking a mandate for his political coalition. a recent cnn orc poll found that 64% of women view donald trump as unfavorable, to try to lessen that gap, the republican frontrunner has begun attacking hillary clinton on her record with women in recent days mr. trump has gone even further, trying to link clinton to her husband. former president bill clinton of the united states, and his infidelities. trump has also accused hillary clinton of trying to abolish gun ownership in the united states. he told a group that clinton
wanted to take away guns and abolish the second amendment. >> hillary clinton wants to abolish the second amendment. she wants to abolish it. okay? >> boo! >> hillary clinton wants to take your guns away and abolish the second amendment. she wants to take the bullets away. she wants to take it. you tell me that's something we can live with. we're going to cherish the second amendment. we're going to take care of the second amendment. >> the second amendment states the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. clinton has never argued to abolish the second amendment but has called for stricter controls on firearms in the us. now attacks from donald trump are nothing new for clinton and neither are attack on her husband. cnn's jake tapper looks at all the way the two leading candidates are likely to try to outdo each other if they hope to become their party's nominee. >> thank you so much.
>> so here are the cards the nation has dealt itself. hillary clinton and donald trump. ♪ ♪ a new cnn orc poll shows these two would be the least popular nominees in modern history. so in a match-up between the nation's first female nominee and perhaps the most unpredictable candidate ever, the deck would be stacked with wild cards as well. >> i haven't even started on her yet. >> wild card number one, donald trump has given fair warning that his attacks on clinton will only intensify. >> crooked hillary and wonderful donald. >> after all, she's now his biggest competition. trump lags behind 41% to clintons 54% in a hypothetical match-up. >> she's the worse secretary of state in the history of this country. >> but will the kinds of attacks that have worked so effectively for trump in the republican primaries -- >> the only thing she's got
going is the woman's card -- >> work in a general election? >> she called me sexist and i hit her with the husband. >> when hillary clinton called him sexist a few months ago, donald trump doubled down, calling out bill clinton's infidelity. and hillary did not put up much of a fight. what will her strategy be now? >> he can say whatever he wants to say about me. i could really care less. >> wild card number two, says trump will redraw the electoral map by working with blue collar workers. romney lost the states of ohio, michigan, and wisconsin, and the race. trump has made remarks that are
offensive, the remarks toward hispanics and women. will this gin up minority turnout? >> we're going to build a wall! >> there's a wild card number four, the justice department. >> i never sent or received any material marked classified. >> what will the fbi investigation into clinton's email server turn up? a former state department staffer has been given immunity and cooperating and clinton will soon be interviewed by the fbi. it's a question terrifying many democrats. jake tapper, cnn, washington. the current president of the united states, barack obama is hoping to shape the minds of young people. he delivered a commencement address on saturday to graduating seniors at howard university and he encourage the students a this historically african-american school to
become more engage in the political process and warned against censoring speech. joe johns has this report. >> reporter: president obama delivering a commencement speech that was nonpolitical and very political at the same time, perhaps giving us a glimpse at the message the outgoing president will be sending as the country starts looking toward the november election. while he mentioned none of the candidates by name, he did present a dramatically different crew of the country than we've seen and heard from republicans, especially from the presumptive gop frontrunner donald trump. >> no matter how ridiculous or offensive you might find the things that come out of their mouths, because as my grandmother used to tell me, every time a fool speaks, they are just advertising their own ignorance. >> mr. obama making the case that things have not only gotten better in the u.s. since he graduated from college, he said the same is true since he took over the white house, giving a speech to one of the country's best known historically black universities which gave him an honorary doctor of science degree for his work on the affordable care act, the president made a few statements that could be construed as
writing his own legacy saying his election did not create a post racial situation. also speaking directly to those who may question why he was not able to get certain things done while he was in office? he said it's all about the vote. >> it's absolutely true, 50 years after the voting rights act, there are still too many barriers to people to vote. this is the only advanced democracy on earth that goes -- goes out of its way to make it difficult for people to vote. >> and there was an oblique reference in the speech to activists who attempt to shout down politicians and others at rallies and speeches. mr. obama did not mention the black lives matter movement or any other group by name but the inference seemed clear. >> our democracy gives us a process designed for us to settle our disputes with argument and ideas and votes
instead of violence and simple majority rule. so don't try to shut folks out. don't try to shut them down, no matter how much you might disagree with them. >> the president is expected to give commencement speeches to 2 other universities this year, the air force academy and rutgers. joe johns, cnn, washington. in the philippines, a presidential election is just a day away and the controversial leading candidate is drawing comparisons to hitler. davo maher and presidential frontrunner rodrigo is favored to win. they are warning he's much like hitler. he's accused of running vigilante squads.
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jung unspais says he will only use nuclear weapons if his country's sovereignty is threatened. he leads the nation's first ruling congress in 36 years. he wants north korea to be a, quote, responsible nuclear power. another hacking death to report, sadly, in bangladesh. this time a sufi muslim spiritual leader was killed. police say it happened after the 65-year-old was leaving a meeting with his disciples. it is the latest in a series of similar attacks in the nation carried out by radical islamists. in australia, voters will be headed to the polls on july 2nd. every elected official seat is up for grabs in the general election. prime minister turnbull call for the balloting in hopes that his coalition will come out head. we turn now to kenya where the government has announced it's closing all of the
country's refugee camps, a huge move that could displace more than 600,000 people, the decision includes the latest refugee camp in the world, dadaab. we get the latest now from nairobi, kenya. robyn is there. what more do we know about why the government has made this announcement? >> reporter: no real idea as to why they have made this announcement on friday, george, scm indeed this is not the first time that the kenyans have announced this. they did this last year as well but back off due to international pressure. the kenyans say that the reason that they are closing down, they have decided to disband the government's department of refugees that oversaw how refugee were treated and the logistics behind hosting an enormous, more than half a million number of refugees in this country, they say it's
because of economic reasons, because of security reasons, and environmental reasons. now, the economic reasons, kenya is obviously east africa's largest economy, however, this would place a tremendous burden on the economy and it has done for the last 25 years. kenya, for example, dadaab is a 25-plus--year-old refugee camp and a number of other refugees have all been around for a very long time. security, particularly in the northeast of the country, along the somali-kenya border that's where dadaab is located. kenya is saying the threat posed by the terrorist groups, they are saying it's a breeding ground for terrorists. this is disputed. amnesty international say this is completely reckless of the
kenyans. human rights watch is saying the same thing. the kenyans are sticking to their guns saying the refugee camps must be closed. they are calling on the international community to help them in what they say a time of need and particularly those people on the ground here. >> they point to security as one of reasons for this announcement, but, just to break this down, when we talk about people that are at these refugee camps. we're talking about people who either went there, decided to go there. people who were brought there or people who were born there. three very different groups, so i mean, is there any indication of what can happen to these people? >> well, a number of people will say that they didn't choose to have to go to refugee camps. obviously, if they had the choice, they would rather be in their home nation and, unfortunately, in east africa, there are a number of conflicts on the borders with kenya
particularly, such as in somalia, in south sudan which has been the throes of terrible conflicts since 2013. somalia's war has been going on for a decade as well. the drc, and uven some rue want dan refugees and ethee beyond the scopian refugeerefugees. people would often prefer to be in their own home countries. then you see people who are born there, george, a number of these refugee camps are decades old, particularly dadaab and because of somalia's civil war on going for a number of years. a number of people were born there. is the only place they have known as home is the refugee camps, what national are they?
are they somali? are they kenyan? where would they call home? another big sticking point is the fact that a whole town, particularly in dadaab has sprung up around this refugee camp. a number of jobs for kenyans have also come about because of this refugee camp. all of these things will have to be looked into if the government does indeed go ahead with its plan to close them. >> it is indeed a sweeping announcement, but as they say the devil is in the details and i'm sure these are details, robyn, we will be covering for some time. robyn is covering it for us in nairobi, kenya. isis is now claiming responsibility for an attack that killed eight policemen in egypt. it happened in a district south of the capital cairo, early sunday. the plain clothes officers were in a government mini van on a routine security check when four gunmen hiding in a truck opened
fire. they fled the scene. syria, the opposition forces say the assad regime could soon carry out a massacre against prisoners. [ gunshots ] >> human rights groups says government forces tried to stop a revolt of about 800 inmates on friday. the group says some prisoners nearly suffocated in what appears to have been tear gas. the inmates don't want to be transferred to a prison near the capital city and for almost a week they have been demanding trials and better jail conditions. three journalists from spain who went missing in syria last july have now been released. the freelance reporters disappeared while working in the city of aleppo which as you'll keep in mind that's where extremist groups are fighting for control. it is not clear who kidnapped them but some spanish media, the outlets there say they were held by al qaeda affiliate al nusra
front. turkey and qatar helped secure their release. saudi arabia, the world's largest crude oil exporter, the kingdom is restructuring its government in hopes of diversifying its economy away from oil dependence. it cost the country's veteran petroleum minister his job. john is live with this story in abu dhabi. it's good to have with us. why is this being done? >> well, indeed, you are correct. it is a very big move. in fact, this has been the talk of the oil world, if you will for the better part of a year. ever since the deputy crown prince in saudi arabia has consolidated power, george, and is trying to change the economy. he's looking for some fresh blood in some very key
positions. but the most powerful man in oil at one point was the minister of pe treel yum -- petroleum. he sat aat that point the largest reserves in the world and as a result was the defacto leader of opec, but that all changed, a royal decree by the current king, when they were looking to bring in young blood and push forward a plan they call vision 2030. this is an effort to reduce the dependency on oil right now and also to privatize 5% of the energy behemoth. the minister started as a clerk and earned his ranks and ph.d. in petroleum engineering and
held a very powerful post for 20 years. everybody is looking to saudi arabia to see if they can deliver on these plans and a radical cabinet reshuffle. >> what more do we know about this new minister and will the oil market accept this change without a great deal of shock? >> it's a very obvious and key question that you are asking. but he's extremely well-known here in the middle east. he was the ceo of the energy giant that i talk about for six years and is acting as the current chairman. there's been a lot of changes i've been talking about. he became the minister of health. it is a signal. it's an expanded role which will include mining as well. very strategic. the energy markets will probably like it. he's a very sensible man, as
saudi aramco tries to go public. we had him on an energy panel at the world economic forum in january and he said saudi arabia is prepared for this new era. oil is probably $40 to $60 a barrel in the medium term. no real surprises. what is the surprise is the change right at the top after seeing him at a number of different meetings over the last 20 years. >> it is a big change indeed. john, thank you for your reporting this day. this is cnn "newsroom." still ahead, a photo journalist captures the real story of italy's notorious mafia. up next, a look at her long career filled with images of shoot-outs, of arrests, and carnage. ♪ ♪ (charge music) you wouldn't hire an organist without hearing them first.
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this story just in to cnn. at least 52 people are dead after two passenger buses caught fire on sunday in southeastern afghanistan. one of the buses was speeding when it collided with a fuel tanker, the other bus was close by when it also caught fire. we understand at this point 73 people were injured there. not many people know the real story of italy's mafia, but photo journalist latecia bataglia does. now in her 80s, she sat down to tell her story reflecting on a long career filled with thousands of photos, but we warn you, some of the images that you'll see are graphic.
>> reporter: few people has seen as many murders as italy's celebrated photographer. she's shown her morbid photos of corpses. >> i remember the telephone called. run run, there is something in the street. and we go out with the vespa, we didn't know why we were running. we know that something was happening. >> her pictures chronicle one of the bloodiest periods of italy's battle with organized career between 1974 and today, hundreds of people were killed at the
hands of theity talian mafia. she was on the front line. >> i was not in a country where there was war. it was not a war. it was a town in europe, this was not only blood, mafia, the understand is corruption, to control all. this is in cystly. >> your photos, were their weapons? >> i did my part. i think i did my part, a little part. this is my job. my work. to denounce corruption, mafia, and to exalt beauty. >> were you ever afraid? >> sometimes, when they call me,
they wrote a letter against it to say if you don't go away from palermo, you will be killed. i had some. but fear is not important like democracy or beauty. >> not more than the 600,000 photos are of death. she's also captured the beauty of sicilian life. you can head over to our website to see more of the photos and learn more about the violence that she witnessed in sisily. that's cnn.com/photos. still ahead, a new champion is crowned at churchill downs. we'll have all the details of
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this weekend, if you do, brussels became the epicenter for food trucks. in fact, it's a huge food truck festival that's not only letting people eat their way through the european capital but organizers hope to break a world record. cnn erin mclaughlin has this great assignment for us in this report. >> belgium is stealing the world record from the united states for the most food trucks in one place at one time. there's 140 trucks from all over europe. let's check it out. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> there is our version of fish and chips. >> as the president of the food truck association in the states, how does it make you feel to see it here in belgium? >> we're just excited. it spawned from los angeles and
it came, you know, sweeping throughout the united states, and now we're seeing it's everywhere. we couldn't be happier. >> what makes a good food truck? >> well, a food truck isn't just great food. it's a great social experience. it's great interaction with their customers. ♪ ♪ >> all right. what is this? >> this is a bubble waffle with ice cream, fresh fruit, enjoy it. >> in belgium, you have to try a waffle. in this case, a bubble waffle. erin mclaughlin, cnn, brussels. you have to try the waffle. erin, thank you so much. thank you for being with us this hour for cnn "newsroom." i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. for our viewers in the united states, new day is next and for other viewers around the world, "best of quest" starts in a moment. thank you for watching cnn.
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