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rolling out the olympic games. the pageantry of the opening ceremony ends and world-class athletes take center stage as competition begins in just a few hours. more tragedy in france. at least 13 people killed in a fire at a bar. we take you there. and haunted by her e-mail trail, hillary clinton tries to clarify recent statements about an issue republicans just won't go. welcome to our viewers here in
the united states and around the world. i'm george howell. cnn "newsroom" starts right now. the music just gets you excited. the rio olympics. the games have begun. summer games officially under way. there was the parade of nations. every time you would expect the world's best athletes proudly marched together in the opening statement at rio's maracana stadium. former olympian bronze medalist took that honor. you see the image there. beautiful moment there. the theme of the ceremony was rebirth and regeneration, perhaps fitting you could say, given problems brazil has faced leading up to these days. a different scene before the games began, rye on on the police used tear gas against
protest tphers rio. so much to talk about with this opening ceremony. shasta darlington live with the latest in rio. shasta, good day to you. >> reporter: good morning, george. it was a spectacle that was done on the 10th of the budget, raising hopes that rio can finally turn the page on what was a troubled lead-up. telling the story of brazil's indigenous roots, many slaves brought over and japanese immigrants. but i have to say over where we were in the fan zone, the biggest cheers went up for top model gisele bundchen playing the girl from in tphaoepl ma. really again people who perhaps had been less optimistic about the rival of these games.
but wants the ceremony started, another highlight was the bronze me allist lima who lit the called ron. he was a marathon runner back in 2004 who appeared set to win the gold medal when a spectator pushed him off course and only won the bronze. he was not as famous as the king of football pele, but whose health prevented him from lighting the called ron, it seems befitting of one who lost an opportunity to represent gold medal had this opportunity. as you mentioned, not all was good leading up to the ceremony. there were large protests outside merican that. people who feel all the time and money and energy should have been spent on better schools and perhaps better hospitals,
especially at a time when brazil is in its section year of recession. police ended up having to use tear gas and arrest some of them. just a reminder they are really looking at the two faces of brazil. while there was a lot of enthusiasm back in 2009 when rio won its bid, we expect there to continue to be some protests. a fantastic and vibrant opening ceremony. let's see if they can keep this enthusiasm going now that the comp be begin, george. >> shasta you have covered so many things from the leadup, the political upheaval, zika i would just like to get your insight, your personal thoughts what it was like for you to be there, to
witness the world coming together for this opening ceremony, that particular moment for you. stpwhrr george, we were in the fan zone where people were gathered to watch it for free on these big screens. there was a lot of excitement that the games were starting and relief that they are pulling it off. there has been no major disaster. we were in a crowd of mostly brazilians but also americans, dutch, argentines, colombians. it has been seven years in the making. and a really difficult haul for the last couple of years. but people awe struck that this was a beautiful ceremony done on such a cheap budget. fantastic dancers, fantastic details without the spectacle we saw in china but a, look, we can
do this. >> we'll stay in touch with you. one key rivalry at this year's games is is between jamaican usain bolt and american justin gatlin. bolt trying to win the first sprinter to win three titles at three separate olympics. >> i have to ask you about usain. he said you're going to fee his wrath. what are your thoughts on this? >> i'm going to come here and just do what i need to do, which is run, enjoy myself, and make my way to the finals and get on top of that podium and just represent usa. that's what i'm here for. >> this may be the last time you get to face usain bolt. does that cross your mind at all, i may get one more shot at taking this guy? >> you know, i haven't really thought bit. it's olympics. it's going to be special. i know everyone will bring their
"a" game, so i have to be ready. >> you have already won a gold. where are you mentally this time around? >> hungry. this is my third olympics. so i'm bringing the fun, carefree justin gatlin in 2004 and the honor to be here from 2012 and put the mix together. when i go out there, i'm going to celebrate and have a great time. >> some of the athletes have sustainability. you have been doing this a long time. what kept you going like a champ? >> the fans. people have never seen me in person and give me well wishes throughout social is media and hoping i come out here and do as an american. >> the fans keep him going. within just hours, 12 gold medals will be awarded on official day known as day one of competition. the first gold medal is in
shooting, women's 10 meter air rifle. china dominates in world rankings. then men's cycling road race. three-time tour de france champion chris froome described it as satisfy sapblg. and swimming kicks off in the evening with four gold medals on the line you can keep up on all the news at cnn.com/olympics. we have the latest on the athletes, all the venues and the competitions. cnn.com/olympics for the very latest. moving on to france now. at least 13 people are dead there after several others injured as well at a bar fire in more mandy. it happen in the city of lyon. we are joined by care can line with our affiliate at the scene of that fire. what more can you tell us about what you see right now? >> reporter: well, it is is a
disaster. that's what residents of the neighborhood told us this morning. and standing right in front of the bar you can see all the broken glass, burned chairs, inside and outside. and police have set a new perimeter because there are a lot of people who are coming with flowers to pay their respects. some of them are crying. it is really an emotional scene. what we know is so far the fire broke out in the middle of the night in the copa libr he e. firefighters intervened very quickly. there were a few people trapped in the bar. 50 men from the fire emergency units were trying to extinguish the fire. the french interior minister confirmed at least 13 people are dead and six others are injured. they were taken to the hospital. one of them is is fighting for
his life as we because he has some serious injuries. and a psychological emergency unit has been opened at the hospital all the families and people who have seen what happened and need to talk to a doctor. >> caroline, what can you tell us about what may be behind this fire? i know there might have been an explosion. though that is not confirmed through your reporting. what do you know about what might have started it? >> reporter: well, we don't know about an explosion so far. but local media reported there was a birthday party here last night in the basement with a lot of young people attending and some on of them might be among the victims. young adults between 18 and 25 years old. the local media said that maybe
the fire started because of the canneds of a cake of that birthday party, but nothing has been confirmed. i met a young woman this morning who was supposed to go to that party but she couldn't because she has to stay with her family. >> just caroline on the line. but 10:00 in the morning there as investigate continuing to determine what caused this fire. again, keeping in mind there were people who died in the fire and many others injured. we will of course stay in touch with caroline and bring you the very latest on cnn. amateur is video shot in aleppo shows a school reduced to rubble by recent air strikes. a man in the video claims they are russian attacks and two homes were also hit, killing an entire family. another video purportedly shot this homes shows the once
bustling city in ruins. crew delivered aid to displaced people after a deadly suicide bombing there. a van drove a car from the syrian side into the military post killing six jordanian border guards. it used cranes to drop food and medical supplies into that rare. >> u.n. refugee agency says isis is captured displaced iraqis as they attempted to flee their northern villages. 12 of the people were later killed. isis has been known to try and use idps as human shields. u.n. data shows more than 4 million such people are in iraq. this is newsroom. >> still ahead changes his tune.
when we come back, why he is now endorsing top u.s. republicans days after declining to do so. plus, the next u.s. president will have easy access to the nuclear football. what that probably looks like. what's inside as cnn "newsroom" continues. continues. s up in that dress. who hugs a friend. who is done with treatments that don't give you clearer skin. be the you who controls your psoriasis with stelara® just 4 doses a year after 2 starter doses. stelara® may lower your ability to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections and cancer. some serious infections require hospitalization. before treatment, get tested for tuberculosis. before starting stelara® tell your doctor if you think you have an infection or have symptoms such as: fever, sweats, chills, muscle aches or cough. always tell your doctor if you have any signs of infection, have had cancer, if you develop any new skin growths or if anyone in your house needs or has recently received a vaccine. alert your doctor of new or worsening problems, including headaches, seizures, confusion and vision problems these may be signs of a rare, potentially fatal brain condition.
. in the u.s. presidential race, democrat hillary clinton is polling ahead of donald trump in several key swing states. in the state of new hampshire, clinton is up with a sizable lead. you see it here. ahead 17 points. her republican rival, trump, led in that statement just weeks ago. in the historically tight and critical state of florida, clinton leads by six. and in a surprise twist also, clinton is ahead in the state of georgia. but the spread is only four points within the margin of error, georgia has voted for a democrat for president just three times since 1964. donald trump is escalating his attacks on his democratic rival. he took swipes at clinton's
character on friday, accusing her of being a dangerous, pathological liar. here's jason carroll with that story. >> and if you don't like me, that's okay. vote for pence. because it's a safe thing. >> donald trump refocusing his sights on hillary clinton after a turbulent week. >> she's really pretty close to unhing unhinged. you have seen it. you have seen a couple of times. people in the background know it. people who know her know it. she's like an unbalanced person. >> also taking a step toward unifying the republican party with his enforcement of house speaker paul ryan at his rally in wisconsin. trump caused another intra-party rift earlier this week when he said he was not ready ready to endorse ryan's reelection bid. mike pence split with his running mate after trump says he gave the go ahead. >> he came to me -- he called me
the other day, he said do you mind -- he likes paul ryan. he's a good guy, actually. no, he's a good guy. >> he has not spoken to trump since the convention last month and, again, suggested his endorsement of trump is not set in stone stpwhrfplt there is never a plank check. and you know that. i see no purpose of doing this pet where back and forth with donald trump. it serves no good purpose in my mind. >> the clinton campaign blasting trump on foreign policy today, releasing a tv ad featuring conservative trump critics. >> if he governs consistent with some of the things he's said as a candidate, i would be very frightened. >> all this as he picks up the endorsement of former cia director mike morell who said he is unqualified and a threat to have national security. even adding that trump's praise of russian president vladimir
putin turned him into an unwitted agent of the russian federation. pence responding that trump has the toughness to stand up to putin. >> people who know donald trump knows he knows how to stand up and he knows how to stand strong. standing up to russian aggression is going to be pertinent in the administration. >> dom trump made other endorsements in the name of party unity. he announced his support of long-time arizona senator john mccain and new hampshire senator kelly ayotte. they are both running for reelection in their states. he previously refused to endorse them or declined or delayed to endorse them. hillary clinton admit she may have circuited some of her answers on controversial e-mails. she claimed the fbi said she was truthful to the public.
on friday, clinton tried to explain what she meant. >> i have said during the interview and on many other occasions over the past months, that what i told the fbi, which he said is truthful, is is consistent with what i have said publicly. i may have short circuited it. for that i will try to qualify. i think chris wallace and i were probably talking past each other. because of course he could only talk to what i told the fbi. and i appreciated that. now, i have acknowledged repeatedly that using two e-mail accounts was a mistake. and i take responsibility for that. >> that e-mail controversy has dogged the clinton campaign for some time. many voters say she is not trust worthy. as for donald trump, many fear he could be trusted with is having control over the nuclear
weapons program in the united states. the next u.s. president will have near him, or near his briefcase a the nuclear football. our brian todd has more from washington. >> reporter: just a few feet from the president, no matter where the commander in chief happens to be, a military aide carries a briefcase. it is nicknamed the football, and the power it can unleash is legendary. >> immense, unprecedented power. the united states deploys approximately 900 nuclear warheads on the order of 10 to 20 times more powerful than the weapons that destroyed hiroshima and nagasaki. >> reporter: five military aides work in a rotation carrying the football. for three years as young marine major, he carried it. the responsibility can can be nerve-racking. >> i wouldn't say i was on edge but i was very focused on what i
was going to do. the time is so short between alert and execution, you have to be ready at any moment. that's why one of was also always in close proximity to the president. >> there is a separate football for the vice president if the command tpher chief becomes incapacitated. >> metzger described a black book listing strike options for retaliation if the u.s. is attacked, a book listing bunker locations where the president can be taken in an emergency. a manila folder for the emergency broadcast system. is and small card with authentication codes verifying it is is the president. >> it is known as the biscuit.
>> hillary clinton said donald trump doesn't have the right temperament to be trusted with the launch codes. >> anyone that can be provoked by a sweet should not be anywhere near nuclear weapons. >> the result of a decision the president would make is so grotesquely horrible, so grotesquely horrible it would change the face of the earth. it would change humanity. it would change mankind. i guess when you're on duty you try not to think of the import on that. >> if the president decides to use the football and launch a nuclear strike, is there anyone in the chain of command to stop that order? they won't comment on that. but metzger says unless there is a full-on mute any, no one
can-can stop the order. the party that has ruled south africa for 22 years is facing its worst electoral performance since the end of racial segregation under apartheid. voters in local elections are showing their discontent with the africa national conference, which nelson mandela helped to build into a national powerhouse. david mckenzie has more from johannesburg. >> reporter: it is their worst showing for more than two decades in a democratic south africa. the three major cities the anc was unable to get that majority to rule those cities outright. is and most embarrassingly they lost nelson mandela bay to the alliance. their most famous struggle icon. it is a different picture in the rural areas.
the anc is still a juggernaut. many are angry at the level of income in equality and the sluggish economy. youth unemployment is more than 50% in this country. the anc faces tough questions after this election, particularly about jacob zuma, the country's president. he has been plagued by many corruption scandal. many are blaming him now in part for the loss. >> david, thank you. angola is going to the olympics for rowing for the first time ever. up next, how they overcame incredible odds to get to the games. live across the united states and around the world this hour. you're watching cnn "newsroom".
welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you are watching cnn "newsroom". it is good to have you with us. i'm george howell with the headlines we're following for you. in france, authorities say at least 13 people are dead after a bar fire in mandy in the city of rouen. several people were imagined. a birthday party was taking place at the time of that incident. donald trump gave a ringing endorsement to paul ryan friday night. earlier in the week, the u.s. presidential candidate outraged the party by withholding his support. he also backed john mccain and kelly ayotte.
the games are officially under way after a thrilling opening ceremony. lima lit the cauldron and 11,000 marched in the parade of nations. a day-long protest in rio that took place ahead of the opening ceremony and forced the olympic torch to actually be altered in its route. brazilian riot police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds there. things are much calmer at the games where the angola rowing him will be making history when they hit the water in rio. they spoke to christina macfarlane about the olympic journey and their aspirations for gold. ♪
>> reporter: on the lake four years ago where the world's best rowers raced to glory, a new dream is just beginning. this is angola's first ever rowing team to qualify for the olympic games. >> to know olympic champions were made here. it is a great honor for us. we hold ourselves to high standards to honor the olympic spirit. >> reporter: in october 2015, andre mathias for the men's lightweight rowing. >> no one associates rowing is and angola.
they have more established teams, various clubs. in angola, we have a dozen boats, a dozen athletes. at this point, we're the only two. none in sight coming. >> has that changed in your country. >> in 2007 there was one boat with wooden skulls. and now with the medals we go with a team of eight, nine rowers to the african championships. we have more people interested in knowing what we're doing and younger rowers in angola that we look forward to show to the world and in the future. but it takes time. >> in this sport, success comes with seamless coordination is and teamwork, something these two have been building since childhood. >> well, for more than 20 years. we used to do a lot of sports when we were in angola. and andre always told me to try
rowing because i used to play football and tennis. in 2010 i gave it a go. so i tried. and in 2013 he called me and asked me if i wanted to try to make a double for the african team. i had yeah. and we joined in switzerland. >> so, andre, you already had your eye on jean-lu cancer. you said one day, this guy, i'm going to get him in a boat. now that you have come together, what do you make of this team? >> well, i mean, i have no regret at all. we have accomplished a lot of things. and i think i'm proud to do that with especially one of my best friends. >> as the play ahead to rio does their country proud, it will be a special moment for their coach, who has dedicated his life to the sport. >> i think to make the olympics is their dream come true.
it's my dream come true. i've been in the sport for 56 years now. this for me is the cream on the cake, and i'm going to enjoy it. >> you just can't help but get inspired and feel really excited for these teams. >> i love those stories, just seeing how hard people have worked is and the things they have overcome to get to the olympics. >> the good part about it, several of these competitions will be outside the first few days. the weather is playing along. >> several indoor competitions and several outdoor competitions. they will be attributed to the weather and how nice it is there i believe they had a meteorologist on speed dial. what month out of the year should we hold the olympics. they must have said august because this is the perfect time of the year.
this is a climate logical average. the month of august is is primo. it is when we see the least amount of rainfall. each month is represented. you can see the precipitation on the far side is of this graphic. january, february, october, november, december are the months that see the most amount of rain in rio. remember, the southern hemisphere, where rio is located, is in the winter months as we speak. that's the dry time of the year. the summer is opposite to the northern hemisphere. that's when they see the most amount of rain. it doesn't show any cloud cover. even stretching farther south to sao paulo. it is going to be picture perfect. just as beautiful as the skyline is across rio.
average temperature is 28 degrees. it actually appears that today the first day of competition in rio will be be a few degrees above where they should be. 31. 87 fahrenheit for our domestic viewers. light winds. no chances of rainfall. so the blue skies will shine overhead. you actually have to look the next five days to see the change in temperature. monday we cool off a few degrees. by wednesday, our next chance of rainfall. it's going to be a fairly temperate first few days. we're taking you to the west coast of eupbd because they have had a problem with flooding. monsoonal rains bringing excessive precipitation. 115 millimeters fell across this region. the good news is they are actually above average across the entire subcontinent. remember, 1.2 billion people rely on this annual monsoon rain
this time of year. hey, i want to end with this i want to take you to the united states. we have been to south america, india, the united states. you're looking at a waterspout. and a very close up image of a waterspout. george, have you ever seen -- this man was practically standing underneath this waterspout. he was able to catch with his iphone camera the entire length of the tornado over water. that's all the way into the cloud cover above. that is pretty good footage but dangerous. if i was him, i would go into shelter to get away from it as quick as possible. >> it has been a pretty busy week of weather. the south, midwest. >> yeah. more severe weather over the western u.s. >> this is cnn "newsroom". colorado is a particular prize. how both campaigns are fighting for its undecided voters. >> plus, chicago's police
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>> america's choice 2016, the presidential race. and november's election could come down to just a few key swing states. one of those battleground states is colorado, where democrats and republicans have adopted different strategies to try and sway voters. cnn has more on that. . >> reporter: in the battle ground state of colorado, the ground war. >> i'm getting people registered to vote. >> reporter: taking aim with politics. playing pokemon go to register potential voters. and using other attention-getting draws. a cello, for real? >> you have to be unique. especially in colorado where the
stakes are so high. >> reporter: twice elected republican george w. bush, and gave barack obama back-to-back victories. they are showing signs of leaning democratic. recent polls give hillary clinton a double-digit lead. another potential advantage, since 2012, democrats have registered more voters than republicans. and the ranks of latino voters continues to grow up to 15.3% higher than the national average. 14 clinton campaign offices are up and running in the state. hundreds of workers are on the payroll. the operation expected to triple by early october stkphrfplt we're not going to take anything for granted. >> democrats have spent 5.6 million on tv ads. the clinton camp now polling tv ads saying trump isn't on the airwaves or frankly on the pavement. >> are you seeing the trump operation out there? >> no, i haven't. >> the trump plan in colorado is
far different. yes, there are some workers knocking on doors, but only a handful are on the payroll. most are volunteers. the trump campaign has just five offices, relying on an extensive republican national state and local network in place since 2013. the campaign, not worried about being outgunned. >> her game plan is the same old tired worn out paradigm we have seen in years and years. colorado will be decided in large by a group of people in the middle of america. >> in colorado, more than one-third are registered independents like mark saban. he supports trump. >> i will do it as an independent. i do not contribute to the gop. >> loyalty to trump, not party. an x factor not lost on both sides. it is leaving some independent
voters uncertain of which way they'll go in november. >> i'm not sure i want either of them as president. >> so how are you going to decide, though? >> i don't know. i guess the lesser on of two evils. >> that's something we heard from a number of independents, especially leaning towards clinton. they know what they don't like. now they want something to like. kyung lah, cnn, denver. for more on the race to the white house, watch" state of the race with bolduan." police in the u.s. city of chicago have relieved three officers of their duty after the killing of an unarmed african-american teenager. now we are seeing footage of the moments surrounding that shooting. row
rosa flores has that report. the dramatic moments leading to a deadly police shooting. 18-year-old paul o'neill was fleeing from police in a black jaguar reported stolen. two officers jump out, firing at the jaguar as it speeds by. one officer even pointing his gun in the direction of his partner as he turns around. seconds later, o'neill slams head on into a police suv. the violent collision covering the suv's dashcam as o'neill takes off to the back. the officer was wearing a bod camera, but it was not
recording. o'neill's family watched the videos before they were released to the public. >> i'm very hurt. words can't describe how i feel at this moment. but i really everyone to know paul was loved by my mother, his family, me. >> the family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the department and the officers involved. the disturbing moments are what happened after he was shot and still laying bleeding. >> he shot back, right? >> he almost hit him. >> this shooting happening in what has deemed a new era of transparency and accountability in chicago.
>> departmental policies may have been violated. >> taking the police powers away from the three officers who fired their weapons. it also only took eight days for officials to release the video, a move that at times has taken more than a year. rosa flores, cnn, chicago. rosa, thank you. critics didn't like it at all. warn brothers is hoping fans will. after a lot of anticipation, "suicide squad" is is bludgeoning and banging its way into theaters. you got any trophies, cowboy? ♪ whoomp there it is uh, yeah... well, uh, well there's this one. >>best insurance mobile app? yeah, two years in a row. >>well i'll be... does that thing just follow you around? like a little puppy! the award-winning geico app. download it today. "are you okay?"
"newsroom". i'm george howell. despite rotten reviews for this particular movie, "suicide squad" is expected to have a blockbuster weekend. good news for the studio. the film already pulled in more than $20 million in preview showings. here's neil curry with more on that. >> the guy shoots people. >> he eats people. >> reporter: packed with
characters from the dc comic book world, and including vie is hola davis, margo robby, will smith, many are licking their lips in anticipation. >> we're bad guys. it's what we do. >> super villains rounded up and coerced as working against a fighting force against another evil enemy. >> i want to build a team of bad people who i think can do some good. >> the critics may have appeared to be the true villains. >> the critics are individuals. and they're entitled to their opinion. you know, hopefully the fans and the other people who see the movie, hopefully new fans as well as fans of the "suicide squad" will feel differently. and maybe they will reconsider.
>> the previous release of batman versus superman to take on this $900 million at the box office. it depends largely on fans like this here in london and around the world. >> fans in 10 countries had an immediate opportunity to take part in the proceedings via a live linkup between the u can k, mexico, south africa, uae, germany italy, holland, portugal, ukraine, and spain. with diversity still high on the hollywood agenda and international markets to be reached, will smith described the cast as a rainbow, embracing all races, creeds and colors. that's a view echoed by the rest of the cast. >> i'm getting a lot of social media responses. and they've just been saying they're proud to see a japanese
woman play a japanese role. >> hopefully this is part of the change that's happening. maybe the pendulum is is is swinging in the other direction. >> it reflects on our society. you know, being a black man has always been tough to get the lead roles. >> amid plans to release several more films the next decade, they are engaged in an on going battle to conquer the critics and avoid cinematic suicide. neil curry, cnn, london. >> "suicide squad". we'll have to wait and see. i didn't like how batman versus superman ended. i'm a superman guy. doctors in singapore are getting help from a futuristic new robot emma.
it is supposed to help people -- rather help with the physically tiring parts of the massage so the doctor can focus on engaging with their patient. that looks like a good idea. thanks for being with us on cnn "newsroom". i'm george howell. more news from around the world right after the break. that you can for watching cnn, the world's news leader.
donald trump endorses big name in the u.s. political race after fighting within the republican party. and a disastrous friday night in france as a bar bursts into flames. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome. to our viewers in the united states and around the world, i'm george howell. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. ♪ 5:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast. the opening ceremony is on the books, and the first full day of official competition is underway. what better way to kick off south america's first-ever olympics than with a party and a party that is carnival style. thousands of people filled rio's stadium for friday's opening ceremony. the festivities featured fireworks, dancers, acrobats, and lots of samba music.
the world's best athletes marching in the parade of nations. what a sight that was. and the lighting of the olympic caldron. the opening ceremony's message was rebirth and regeneration. fitting, perhaps, given the problems that brazil has faced in the run-up to the games. cnn's shasta darlington is live for us in rio with the very latest. what a day. what a night, shasta. >> reporter: that's right, george. it was a really vibrant start to what has been such a troubled lead-up, raising hopes that rio might finally turn the page. it was a spectacle done with just a fraction of the budget used in london or beijing, telling the story of brazil's history from its indigenous roots to its multiethnic history, african slaves, the portuguese who first arrived, even japanese immigrants. all of this while sending a powerful environmental message. of course, the biggest cheers
were reserved for supermodel gisele bundchen when she strutted her stuff in the middle of the stadium, paying tribute to the iconic song "girl from ipa nema." the biggest honors for the brazilian marathon runner who saw the gold medal snatched from under him in athens when he led the pack and a fan tackled him, pushing off course, and he ended up with the bronze. in some ways, this makes it up to him, george. the day did start in a very different way with protests on copa cabana beach and protesters trying to march up to the stadium. people who feel that all of the time and energy and of course money shouldn't be spent on a global sporting event at a time when brazil is in a deep recession and political chaos that seemed -- its president
sidelined as she faces an impeachment trial. this is a troubling moment for brazil, but at this point the hope is that all eyes will turn toward the olympics. >> shasta, as a correspondent who has covered brazil for us for such a great extensive time, covering so many things from the political turmoil to the zika scare to the run-up to the games and building of infrastructure for them, what was it like for you to witness, to see this opening ceremony come together? >> reporter: you know, there was a certain sense of pride where we were, george. we watched the whole show from a fan zone set up in downtown rio. thousands of people packed in, mostly brazilians, but plenty of american flags, dutch flags, argentines, colombians, people coming together to watch the spectacle for free on the giant screen and celebrating it. the brazilian fans were cheering at various moments, not only when gisele bundchen came out
but when the spectacle showed the african history, whether it seemed to put together the image of the shantytowns here. people i think also breathing a sigh of relief. we pulled it off, we can do this. a real sense of pride and joy, something long overdue here, george. >> shasta darlington live in rio de janeiro. thank you very much, we'll stay in touch as the world watches the olympic games. what began as a peaceful protest turned into a nasty situation ahead of the opening ceremony in rio. protesters burned the rio 2016 t-shirt and the brazilian flag outside the stadium. riot police later used teargas to disperse the crowds. earlier protesters forced the olympic torch to take a different route as it went through the copacabana
beachfront. for many of the olympic athletes, training and performing can be a lonely shoot. for two people, it's a family affair. we have the story. >> reporter: when you're competing in your eighth olympics, one would think you'd have seen it all. nina has been shooting at the games since 1988. first for the ussr, and then georgia after her country gained independence. she's won gold, silver, and bronze. this year, it's something new, something historic. this year she's also competing with her son. >> translator: this was my father's dream, but he was more planning for this dream to come true for the olympic games in tokyo. we kind of did this beforehand, so it was a big surprise for him. this is his dream coming true more than ours. >> reporter: at the age of 18, this is channey's first olympic. it's already more than he
imagined. >> i thought it was very difficult to achieve. when i grow up, now i realize every day that it's something i can really achieve. >> reporter: nina took bronze in 2008 while at home her country was at war with russia. she hugged the russian silver medalist on the podium. it is obviously your dream will to come here and succeed again. it is every mother's dream to see her child succeed. if you had to choose between your personal success or your son's success and you could only have one, what would it be? >> translator: this is first time in the history of georgia when two athletes acquired license for participating in the olympic games. and already it's been a huge success for me in happiness. i'm more happy that has their has turned out to be my son. of course i would be more happy with the success of my son. >> reporter: is he too big to
hug? does she embarrass you? >> yeah because sometimes i try to be cool, and girls think she's coming to give me a hug. it's so corny. >> reporter: that's going to be hard in the olympic village. you need your mom to give you space. >> yeah, but olympic village she's my coach, not really my mom. >> reporter: it's an athlete's job to compete, of course. it's a mother's job to embarrass her son. don riddell, cnn, rio. >> a family affair for that team. great. >> i wonder what kind of advice the mother gives the son. just shoot a little further to the left. she gets the bull's-eye, right? for those people indoors, hey, if you're outdoors, the weather's playing along. not a bad things. >> the opening ceremony was perfect. clear skies -- i saw that one shot with the helicopter that was floating above the christ
redeemer statue and the foreground. that was spectacular. no clouds in the sky obviously. picture perfect, that's what it was. it looks like that's going to stay for the first day of the competition. take a look at this. i think the olympic rio organizers, they must have had a meteorologist on speed dial. they should have called me, for sure. they said when should we host these olympic games. they said, august, of course, in rio because they get the least amount of rain that time of year. look at january, february, november, and december. that would be their summer months when they receive well over six to seven millimeters of rain. look at the forecast precipitation going forward. there's only so many ways. we were joke about this earlier, there's only so many ways you can say sunny and dry. average temperature this time of year, around 84 degrees
fahrenheit. upper 20s in terms of celsius. lower 30s. the good news is this is one of the coolest months, as well. great news for the competing athletes and also the spectators going to the various sporting events as they head to the stadiums and witness some of the sports in the outdoor stadiums. here's a look at the forecast for today in rio de janeiro. lots of sunshine, all the way to 31 degrees by the afternoon. we do not anticipate any rainfall today, tomorrow, even into the first parts of the workweek. we will have a cool-off by monday and tuesday. great news for perhaps the beach volleyball competition taking place along the coastline. look at by wednesday, our next chance of precipitation. just light rain. we try to think about what other weather factors could play a role at least in the olympic games. the wind not strong enough to make much of a concern. the strongest winds will be offshore. the humidity, this is a coastal
area. you have to factor that for the athletes and competitions taking place. that will be a bit on the sticky side, 62% ranging throughout the day. perhaps as high as 85%. could it get a bit sticky as one would expect if you live close to the coast. look at the average high temperatures through the day for some of the various areas competing this afternoon. we have tennis this afternoon i believe taking place, 85 degrees, sunshine. and we also have a swimming competition, some of the first medals being handed out today, and that will not be impacted by the weather. how many ways can you say blue, sunny, and perfect in rio de janeiro? >> several times i would imagine. >> i think i just did. >> thank you. american swimmer michael phelps is looking to add to his tally of gold medals at the games. he's already boasting about impressive olympic pedigree. take a look at some standout olympic records.
competitions for these games. the first gold medal is in shooting the women's ten-meter air rifle. china dominates that sport in world rankings. in the men's cycling road race, three-time tour de france champion chris groom describes that as savage. and four gold medals up for grabs in swimming. you can catch up with all the action, the news out of rio at cnn.com/olympics. our special website has the latest on the athletes, the venues and competition. again, you can find it all right there at cnn.com/olympics. this is "cnn newsroom." still ahead, donald trump changes his tune. now endorsing two top u.s. republicans just days after declining to do so. new video fueling the controversy over $400,000 that the united states sent to iran the very same day that hostage were released. stay with us.
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his refusal to endorse ryan caused contention within the party. trump also gave his backing to senators kelly ayotte and john mccain while stressing party unity. >> in our schrader shared -- our shared mission to make america great again, i support and endorse our speaker of the house, paul ryan. [ cheers ] paul ryan, a will go man. he's a good man and a good guy. i hold in the highest esteem senator john mccain. [ applause ] for his service to our country. and i fully support and endorse his re-election. >> meanwhile, our own fareed
zakaria has his own word for donald trump. he calls him a "bs artist," for the "washington post." he tells don lemon boasts and makes wild claims that are not based in fact. >> reporter: his whole mode of operation is really a b.s. artist. there's a distinction as i talk about an essay by an eminent princeton philosopher who says there's a distinction between telling lies and telling b. s. lies you're intentionally trying to falsify the truth. with b.s., you don't care what the truth is, what lies are. this is a great act, like a performance. trump is surprised that people call him on it. he's like, but actually you haven't met putin, he's like, who cares? and that's what -- >> are you saying he doesn't know he's lying? >> i think he's convinced himself that in a case like that, look, i'm a big shot, i went to russia. i could have met putin.
it would have been -- fact that it actually didn't happen is irrelevant. she has been criticized for being untruthworthy. hillary clinton admits she may have, in her words, "shortcircuit good some of the answers she -- shortcircuited on some of the answers she gave on emails." she's been under fire for recent interviews where fbi said she was truthful to the public on. friday, clinton tried to explain what she meant. >> i have said during the interview and in many other occasions over the past months that what i told the fbi which he said was truthful is consistent with what i have said publicly. i may have short circuited it, and for that i will try to clarify. i think chris wallace and i were talking past each other. of course, he could only talk to what i had told the fbi, and i appreciated that. now, i have acknowledged
repeatedly that using two e-mail accounts was a mistake, and i take responsibility for that. >> the e-mail controversy has been dogging clinton's campaign for some time. many voters, again, saying that she is just not trustworthy. as for donald trump, there are many voters who also question or doubt whether he should be trusted with control of u.s. nuclear weapons. the next president of the united states will always have near him or her a briefcase dubbed "the nuclear football." our brian todd has details from washington. >> reporter: just a few feet from the president, no matter where the commander in chief happens to be, a military aide carries a briefcase. it's nicknamed "the football," and the power the satchel can unleash is legendary. >> immense, unprecedented power. the united states currently right now depys approximately 900 nuclear warheads on the order of 10 to 20 times more powerful than the weapons that
destroyed hiroshima and nagasaki. >> reporter: five military aides, one from each branch of the armed forces, work in a rotation carrying the football. for three years, the young marine major, pete metzger carried the nuclear football for president reagan. the responsibility can be nerve-racking. >> i wouldn't say i was on edge, but i was very, very focused on what i was going to do. the time is so short between alert and execution, you have to be ready any time for any moment. that's why one of us was always in close proximity to the president. >> reporter: metzger says there's a separate football for the vice president if the commander in chief becomes incapacitated. how does it compare to this, bigger, heavier? >> somewhat longer, a little wider and somewhat heavier. >> reporter: inside the case there's communication equipment. metzger won't discuss the other contents. bill gully, former director of the white house military office, described in his book four crucial comments. a black book listing information
on retaliation. a bunker where the president can be taken in an emergency. a folder listing procedures for the emergency broadcast system. and a small card with authentication codes to verify it's the president ordering a nuclear launch. >> that is known as the biscuit, an interesting name. >> reporter: hillary clinton says donald trump doesn't have the right temperament to be near the nuclear weapons. >> anyone who can baited with a tweet shouldn't be near nuclear weapons. >> reporter: metzger said to carry the football, he had to undergo vigorous background checks by the military, secret service, and fbi. it included extensive psychiatric screening. >> the result of a decision the president would make is so grotesquely horrible, so grotesquely horrible, this would change the face of the earth. it would change humanity. it would change mankind. i guess when you're on duty, you try not to think about the
import of that, but you're fully prepared if you have to. >> reporter: if the president decides to use the football and actually launch a nuclear strike, is there anyone in the chain of command who can stop that order? the white house won't comment on that, but pete metzger and other experts tell us unless there's a full-on mutiny, no one can stop that order. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> thank you. meanwhile, hillary clinton is pulling ahead of donald trump in several key swing states where the republican led just weeks ago. in the battleground state of new hampshire, clinton is up 17 points, quite a wide gap there. in the historically critical state of florida, she's ahead by six. in a surprise twist, hillary clinton is also ahead in the state of georgia which typically goes republican. the spread is only 4% points within the margin of error, but georgia has gone for a democratic president only three times since 1964. the new video is adding fuel to a controversy over cash.
a cash transfer of $4 million from the united states to iran. that payment happened at the same day, the same time tehran released four american prisoners. our chief u.s. security correspondent, jim sciutto, has more from washington. >> reporter: a palette loaded with what iranian state television claims is cash sent by the u.s. the narrator says to pay back iran's money after 35 years. this video, which cnn cannot authenticate, aireded in iran just days after the release of four american prisoners. at the pentagon thursday, president obama dismissed any connection between the cash payment which he acknowledged and the prisoners' release, saying negotiations were entirely separate. >> we announced these payments in january. this wasn't some nefarious deal. and at the time, we explained
that iran had pressed a claim before an international tribunal about them recovering money of theirs that we had frozen. >> reporter: until today, donald trump claimed to have seen secret video being unloaded in iran just as those american prisoners were freed. >> the tape was made, right? you saw that with the airplane coming in. nice plane. and the airplane comes in and the money coming off, i guess, right? that was given to us, has to be, by the iranians. and you know why the tape was given to us? because they want to embarrass our country. >> reporter: this morning, mr. trump withdrew the claim, tweeting this reversal, "the plane i saw on television was the hostage plane in geneva, switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to iran." trump apparently referringing to this entirely different video
showing the plane that had carried the freed americans. however, the timing of the two transactions, u.s. prisoners going out, hundreds of millions of dollars going in, still raises the question of whether the americans' release was conditional on the payment of money. cnn asked a u.s. state department official whether iran would have freed the prisoners without that payment. this official told cnn, it is "unknowable." >> that was our chief u.s. security correspondent, jim sciutto, reporting from washington. the party that has ruled south africa for 22 years is facing its worst electoral performance since the end of racial segregation under apartheid. voters in local elections are showing their discontent with the african national congress. the anc, as it's called. that's the party that nelson mandela helped to build into a national powerhouse. our david mckenzie has more now from johannesburg. >> reporter: the election results are a stinging rebuke for the ruling anc. it's their worst showing for
more than two decades in a democratic south africa. the key issue here are the major metropolitan areas. three major cities the anc was unable to get the majority to rule those cities outright. and most embarrassingly, they lost nelson mandela bay to the opposition democratic alliance. nelson mandela, of course, their most famous struggle icon. a different picture in the rural areas. the anc is still an election juggernaut. many south africans are angry at the level of income inequality and sluggish economy. youth unemployment is more than 50% in this country. the anc faces tough questions after this election, particularly about jacob zuma, the country's president. he's been racked by a series of corruption scandals. many people now are blaming him in part for the loss. david mckenzie, cnn,
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now you can watch nbc's coverage of the rio olympic games live at home or on the go. welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world. are you watching "cnn newsroom." good to have you with us. i'm george howell with the headlines we're following this hour. the summer olympics in rio are officially underway following a
glittering opening ceremony. the caldron was lit after 11,000 athletes marched in the parade of nations. for the first time ever, a refugee olympic team is also taking part in the games. in france, at least 13 are dead after a bar fire in normandy. it happened in the city of lyon. several more injured there. local media report a birthday party was taking place at the time of the incident. the party that's ruled south afca for 22 years is facing its worst electoral showing since the end of racial segregation under apartheid. support in local elections for the african national congress has fallen below 60% nationwide. corruption and poor public services were big issues in the election. donald trump gave a ringing endorsement to republican leader paul ryan friday night. earlier this week, u.s. presidential candidate, he outraged people in the party by
withholding his support. he publicly backed senators john mccain and kelly ayotte days after refusing to support them. ♪ aiming for the gold in rio, the opening ceremony is over. now it's all about the competition at the games. here are five things to watch. saturday, 12 gold medals awarded. the first of those will be in shooting. the women's ten-meter air rifle. the men's cycling road race features a grueling course, one that three-time tour de france rower chris fromme calls savage. and swimmers performing in anti-mow kri-- microbial suits r fears of the water.
swimming gets underway, those events on saturday. rug subsidy also returning to the olympics for the first time since the early 1900s. we spoke with a national football league player, nate ebner, about why he felt inspired to join the u.s. team. ♪ >> i had some good conversations with people at the patriots. i was able to come to a deal and be allowed to do this, be able to chase a once in a lifetime opportunity and a dream to play in the olympics in a sport i grew up playing. i'm really lucky. >> this is how we carry football, three points of pressure. like carrying a loaf of bread. any reason why? >> it's nice and easy to offload like that if i'm in the tackle. around your body or come here and pass it on that way. >> reporter: what type of differences standout to you rugby compared to football? >> one, the cardiovascular aspect, 100%. number two, the cardiovascular
aspect, 100%. you don't have any pads and technique and form plays a huge role in that. and you have to learn how to tackle the right way, or you won't have a very long career. in taiwan, some olympic fans are becoming increasingly angry that their team is once again competing under the name and flag of chinese taipei. the island grudgingly agreed to compete that way in 1981. they consider china as rogue province, but they see themselves as independent and democratic. over the years, many taiwan residents describe themselves as taiwanese. they'd like to see their olympic team compete under taiwan's name and flag. a bar fire in france has killed at least 13 people and injured several others. it happened in normandy. local media report the bar was hosting a birthday party at the
time of the fire and that the victims were in their late teens and 20s. a witness to the fire was shaken by the tragedy. >> translator: i told my friend, let's get a spot on the terrace. i was about to sit when everything blew. we saw the smoke and flames. we got scared. we stepped away. i feel bad because i could have died if my friend had not been there, and i have children. i had two friends who were downstairs who were mothers with three children. bad. a rap concert in new jersey came to an end on friday when at least 42 fans were injured there. the fire department says a large piece of fencing collapsed, sending dozens over a ledge. snoop dogg and wiz khalifa were performing at the time. most of those injure head minor injuries -- injured had minor injuries. secaria belan will appear in
front of westminster's court soon. he's 19 and charged with murdering one woman and injuring five in london. darlene, horton, a 64-year-old american, also died in the attack. initially authorities seemed to think he was motivated by terrorism. they say evidence suggests the attack was instead triggered by mental health issues. police in the u.s. city of chicago have relieved three officers of their duties after the killing of an unarmed african-american teenager as he fled in a suspected stolen car. now we are seeing dramatic footage of the moments surrounding that shooting. our rosa florez has this report. [ sirens ] >> reporter: newly released dash and body camera video shows the dramatic moments leading up to a deadly police shooting in chicago. the suspect, 18-year-old paul o'neil, was fleeing from police in a black jaguar reported stolen. as he drives toward the police car, two officers jump out.
[ gunfire ] firing at the jaguar as it speeds by. one officer even pointing his gun in the direction of his partner as he turns around. seconds later, o'neil slams head-on into a police suv. the violent collision covering the suv's dash cam with smoke as o'neil take off running. bide cameras show officers chasing him. moments later, the sound of gunfire. o'neil was shot in the back yard of a home. [ shouts ] >> [ bleep ] >> reporter: the county medical examiner says o'neil, who was unarmed, died of a gunshot wound to the back. the officer who fired the fatal shot was wearing a body camera, but it was not recording. investigators are trying to figure out why. o'neil's family watched the videos before they were released to the public. >> i'm very hurt. words can't describe how i feel at this moment and how i felt when it happened.
i really want everybody to know that paul was loved by my mother, his family, me. >> reporter: the family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the department and the officers involved. family members say some of the most disturbing moments are what the officers say after the shooting. while o'neal is still bleeding and handcuffed on the ground. [ bleep ] [ bleep ] >> i am going to be on a desk -- >> he shot pack, right? >> reporter: the shooting happening in what has been deemed a new era of transparency and accountability in chicago. >> as it appears, departmental policies may have been violated. >> reporter: the new police superintendent took swift action, taking the police powers away from the three officers who fired their weapons. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: it also only took eight days for officials to release the video. a move that at times has taken more than a year.
rosa flores, cnn, chicago. >> thank you. the black lives matter movement staged a protest in the united kingdom friday. demonstrators marked five years since police in london shot and killed mark duggan. his death sparked riots in the capital and british cities. one explained the protests this way -- >> this is to highlight of issue of black lives not mattering, one that's alive in the united kingdom as well as the u.s. we've seen the big movement in the united states. we have our own problems here. for example, more than 1,563 people have died in the united kingdom. as a black person who's twice as likely to be represented in that figure than white counterparts. >> an inquest in 2014 found that duggan was kill ed -- killed lawfully even though he didn't have a gun and was shot and
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gazan and director of the gaza branch of world vision, a christian humanitarian organization. el halabie is charged with siphoning millions away from world vision and funneling that money to hamas, according to an indictment filed in israeli district court. hamas is the militant group that runs gaza. he was arrested june 15th at the border crossing between gaza and israel. the shinbet which conducted the investigation and israeli's security agency says he used his position as the gaza director to funnel money away from donations and take money away from humanitarian projects and give it to hamas' military wing. shinbet says he sent about $7.2 million that way per year using methods including inflating the cost of humanitarian projects and sending the difference to hamas and taking building supplies, supplies meant for humanitarian project, and sending it to hamas for the construction of attack tunnels to israel. el halabi's lawyer said he has
no link to hamas and the fact that he was held for 50 days without being charge sudden a sign that israel's evidence against him is weak. he says that evidence will fall apart in court. world vision also released a statement denying the charges and calling on israel to conduct a fair trial. the statement reads in part, "world vision programs in gaza have been subject to regular internal and independent audits, independent evaluations, and a broad range of internal controls aimed at ensuring that asset reach the intended beneficiaries and are used in compliance with applicable laws and donor requirement." following the investigation, one country, australia, announced that they would be suspending the funding they give to world vision projects in the palestinian territories pending the conclusion of the investigation. cnn, jerusalem. amateur video shot in aleppo shows a school that was reduced to rubble by a recent air
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