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don't let directv now limit your entertainment. only xfinity gives you more to stream to any screen. here we go, top of the hour, thank you for being with me. two breaking stories to tell you about today, first significant killing overseas, this brazen assassination at a museum, this russian ambassador to turkey assassinated while giving a speech at an art exhibit. the killer was apparently speaking in turkish shouting saying do not forget aleppo, do not forget syria. we have much more on this, including the initial russian response coming up but first, for 538 people it is voting day
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and right now members of the electoral college all across the country are meeting to formally cast their ballots to make done a ald trump's win official. here's the tally so far. 176-93. let's be clear. this happens every four years but today is no ordinary electoral college vote. across the country you have protests as some people are still furious with the result of the election. many of them are urging to vote their conscience. recent revelations much russian hacking that some say helped deliver trump the win adding fuel to the fire. reality check, in order to block trump from the white house, 37 electors would have to switch votes. that is not going to happen. let's begin our coverage, boris sanchez in tallahassee, florida, the voting has just begun. tell me what's happening around
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you? >> reporter: hey, brook, i'm going to keep my voice really low. the procession is under way, they are doing a roll call of the 29 ee lectors here in florida. there has been drama at the state capitol today, none inside senate chambers, we're expected all 29 will vote for donald trump. many of them outspoken donald trump supporters and pat bondi and campaign worker who worked to help donald trump win the state in the election. the drama was mostly outside when we had 70 to 80 very passionate protesters not allowed inside the chamber. many holding signs and giving speeches and chanting trying to get electors to postpone this vote until they could have a briefing from intelligence agencies. one woman didn't want to be a
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colony of russia. it's a very passionate heated moment outside. inside things very calm. all 29 electoral votes for florida expected to go for donald trump. we'll let you know if somehow the unexpected happens, again, we're not seeing any elector that might go against the trend. >> okay, whispering boris sanchez, i got you. thank you so much. we'll stay in contact with you. let's go to madison, wisconsin where voters will be casting 10 electoral votes, rosa flores is there. ten electoral votes, are they all set to go to trump? >> they actually are. the voting happened about 45 minutes ago. let me tell you something, emotions boiled over here in madison, wisconsin. this room was packed with people, a lot of them protesters
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who wanted to sway electors to change their votes, some of them screaming shame, others walking out in the middle of the process. one woman was actually escorted out by police. i've been text messaging with her. she says that she was not arrested, that she's fine and that the police officers were actually very kind and gracious to her because they knew she was very emotional. but let me tell you something, from talking to these electors they have received tens and thousands of e-mails trying for people around the country trying to sway their votes. one elector receiving 2300 pieces of mail. >> wow. >> also trying to sway him. it's been overwhelming for them, they say. but they do say that a lot of these letters were coming from outside of their state, probably about 5% of the e-mails and letters coming from citizens from wisconsin. and so they were saying, you know, we're not swayed by the fact that these people are from outside of our state.
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if they had received more letters perhaps from wisconsin, it might have swayed their vote a little bit but not at all. all ten electoral votes from wisconsin went to donald trump. >> rosa, thank you. madison, wisconsin. let's have a big conversation about all of this. jeff zeleny, and mave reston and karen, national political correspondent with the "washington post." great to be talking to all of you, jeff, despite whatever hundreds and thousands of pieces of snail mail or e-mail or what have you, can we rip the band aid off and say there will be no surprise, we know how this is going? >> we do indeed. it could happen in this hour or early this afternoon because as you said a few moments ago, donald trump is at 176 or so and more states are meeting right now at this hour, we saw boris in florida and michigan as well.
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the reality here is this is the moment where any hope fading hope for a democrat or liberal that something might happen through our various checks and balances of government, it's not going to happen. donald trump is today going to officially become the president-elect based on the electoral college and all of this information and these individual packages from all 50 states and the district of columbia will come here to washington and on january 6th at 1:00 p.m., joe biden will preside over this and there will be a roll call and donald trump will become the 45th president-elect and sworn in a couple of weeks later. this is a pro forma matter of government. it's interesting to look at and watch all of this but the reality is here is nothing will change today. >> i was talking to tim, in conversations out and about, i don't think a lot of people realize, if i voted on november
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8th, that doesn't mean this guy becomes president? there's always been this formal vote every four years? >> the founders of our constitution. >> take me back. >> founders of the constitution came up with this way of compromising between a direct election for the president and having the states select the president. what they came up with a system where the state legislators decide how to select electors that will elect the president. the states had this winner take all system. they count up the votes and then determine how their electors will vote. in 20th century, maine and nebraska decided to change it up a bit. for most part since the 1830s, people vote in their state and it's like having 50 -- like individual elections in the states and those elections determine where the electors go. and they are selected by the
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candidates. so that's why faceless electors have been very rare -- >> even if you have a relationship with a candidate, bill clinton is an elector in the state of new york. >> this goes way back. >> karen, we've been talking about what's new here is the s historic nature of this election and essentially now, you have this threat of russia hacking so it's thrust the electoral college in the spotlight. talk about the efforts to try to change electors and change how to say it, to vote their conscience? >> you mentioned the historical context, the popular vote went one way and electoral went the other. the margin in the popular vote is larger than it has been in the past when we've had these circumstances.
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we've had this happen five times in our history. interestingly, we've had it happen twice within the last 16 years and i do think it speaks to a sort of fundamental kind of reshifting, realignment of our electoral politics that this could happen twice in 16 years. the added element of a foreign government trying to put its finger on the scale has certainly increased -- i think it has decreased the country's ability to sort of move past this to accept the results. most evidence is that whatever russia's intent was here that it didn't actually change the result. but i do think all of this is really making a lot harder for the country to move past this and also, you know, donald trump's strategy in the wake of the election has also made it harder in that he's sort of playing to his own supporters but really not doing all that
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much to riche out to the pluralty of voters who voted for hillary clinton. >> mave, what do you think? >> it's so interesting, it's exactly right what karen just said. he and donald trump initially was not a fan of the electoral college and changed his mind on that going forward. but it just does show how this election seems to almost continue every day these protests that we've had in states all over the country and we know the inauguration is coming up and expecting protests around that big event and it shows that he has not -- been able to reach out to the people who are so very upset about this election and not able to bring the country together at all. >> i mean, listening to you, we talked along the political spectrum, it is also on democrats to say, we lost,
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here's how we lost. maybe james comey was a huge piece of that. it's more than that. >> the popular vote makes it a little bit harder. it gives the democrats the argument that this is a system that should potentially be changed and you've heard john podesta and others talking about that. republicans on the other side say you weren't talking about this when you all won the popular vote. i think it will be a conversation we'll have having for a long time. it's a big political issue right now. at the closeness of this race, really, stunned people and a lot of people are looking at different reforms of the system. >> last thought from you. >> i believe that we are missing the main challenge, which is that we have had a threat to our national security that folks are wrapping up and spinning whether it makes this election. today there will be a vote and
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donald trump will be elected president and then we have to deal with the fact that russia hacked and should stop saying -- stop trying to argue that the russia hacking is an -- that you don't believe the hacking occurred because you want the election to be legitimate. it has happened, it is legitimate. now let's deal with the fact russia is hacking. that's the thing we should be focused on right now. >> thanks so much. i appreciate you. president obama was asked about that on npr. we'll get into his response coming up. breaking news overseas, this assassination at this turkish museum, the russian ambassador to turkey was shot and killed while standing there at the podium. what the gunman yelled as he open fire and how will russia retaliate. we have a live report coming up next. also ahead this manhunt under way after an apparent case of road rage left a 3-year-old
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moments here where you'll see him ambassador andrey karlov speaking at the art gallery in ankara when a gunman open fire and started shouting, the whole thing was caught on camera. again, the video is graphic. [ shouting ]
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[ speaking foreign language ] . >> you saw the shooter there, what he was shouting in turkish is god is great, do not forget aleppo, do not forget syria. let's go straight to clarissa ward live in moscow and also with us muhammad lila from the turkish/syrian border. muhammad, first to you, it is chilling to watch the video here. tell me what you learned about the shooter. >> reporter: well, it's a good question, and we have new details to report, his name is an to lash, he was 22 years old from one of the coastal regions but this is key, brook, he was a 22-year-old police officer who served in the riot squad. the turkish interior ministry said he was not on active duty tonight but this does explain
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how someone with the background in firearms training could have infiltrated that event happening at the art gallery, shoot the ambassador. when you look at the footage, clearly he knows how to handle a firearm it wasn't a point blank shooting, he was several yards away. the aim with a good and he was able to say a number of religious slogans, don't forget aleppo and syria. towards the end he said that everyone who has been part of this oppression will have what's coming to them and said death was the only way that was going to remove him from the building. clearly he had an indication he was not coming out alive. >> wow. clarissa, you're in moscow. we know the timing could be significant, one day before the leaders of iran and russia and turkey are getting together to discuss what's happening in aleppo. we have vladimir putin's
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statement with the turkish president. your response to this? >> so basically what we know is that president putin spoke with president erdogan, briefing putin about the context of the attack and giving him a better idea of what exactly went down and how it went down. obviously a major investigation will now need to take place. we know that president putin is meeting tonight with members of his staff from the foreign ministry and also with members of his security council. the russians have called this an act of terrorism. i wanted to read to you quickly from the official statement that the foreign ministry put out. murderers will be punished, terrorism won't sustain, we will fight it. and they also said that turkish authorities have assured us that a thorough, comprehensive investigation will be conducted. clearly the russians saying here that the onus is on the turks to
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provide more context for how this attack was able to happen, who if anyone was behind it. we heard there from muhammad, it was a young police officer who was the perpetrator but of course the larger question will be was there some kind of militant group behind it. did he have a larger network? more attacks planned? do turkish intelligence have any inclination that such an attack may be in the planning stages? there are a lot of questions that the russians will want to have answers for. as you mentioned, this comes at a crucial time, russia and turkey in addition to repairing their own relationship, they have been working together very closely to broker this temporary truce, to allow those evacuations we've seen starting again from eastern aleppo, where on the humanitarian situation is so dire, so anything that threatens that relationship, that threatens that cooperation, could have ripple effects into syria as well. as of now, it appears that the russians are staying fairly calm
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in despite this attack and just calling it an act of terrorism and calling for a thorough investigation from turkish authorities. >> on those ripple effects, muhammad, this is my question for you. i've been watching you all day and saw all of those green buses and what is it, 20 or so thousand men women and children getting out of alepaleppo. given the point about brokering this tenuous ceasefire, how might that effect additional evacueeses? >> this is a very good question, tomorrow the foreign ministers of russia and turkey and iran are scheduled to meet. that meeting was scheduled a week from now but because of what's happening in aleppo, they moved it up. what's going to take place in that meeting when you have the russian foreign minister face to face when the ambassador to turkey, russian ambassador to
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turkey has been killed. that changes the dynamics and we understand that the defense ministers will be meeting as well. there will be political dialogues going on and military dialogue going on. but the big wild card in this how will russia respond when one of its senior most diplomats in turkey has just gn gunned down. the ripple effect in syria, president bashar al assad wouldn't be in power if he hadn't been proved up by russia. there are any number of groups in syria that have a gripe against russia and gripe against russian diplomats in turkey. some of these militant groups have proven they've been able to strike inside turkey. isis attacked the airport earlier this year, coordinated attack. there are kurdish separatists who attacked in turkey as well. turkey just went through a failed military coup earlier this year. there are any number of groups that may be interested in striking russian targets but the big variable is will innocent
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civilians in syria pay the price for this attack on the russian ambassador. >> that is precisely what i was getting at. thank you. clarissa, as always, thank you. next, the battle over russia's hacking now sits on capitol hill. bipartisan group of senators is calling for a special committee to investigate this interference but the president-elect is not supportive. we'll have a live report on that coming up next. also ahead, coky roberts will join us, we'll get her take on politics here in 2016, the president elect and the latest interview between the first lady and oprah. stay here. that goes beyond assuming ingredients are safe... to knowing they are. going beyond expectations... because our pets deserve it. beyond. natural pet food. i'm all-business when i, travel... even when i travel... for leisure.
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while the reelectoral college makes donald trump's victory official, the squabble over what role russia played continues. reince priebus said mr. trump needs to see evidence before he will believe russia tamerred with the election. >> he would accept the conclusion if these intelligence professionals would get together, put out a report, show the american people that they are actually on the same page if there is in conclusive opinion among all of these intelligence agencies, then they should issue a report or stand in front of a camera and make the case. >> meantime, hillary clinton's campaign chairman john podesta stopped short of calling the election fair. >> you believe this was a free and fair election? >> i think it was distorted by the russian intervention, let's
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put it that way. >> let's bring in senior political reporter manu raju for you. you have senator chuck schumer and john mccain calling on a congressional probe into russian hacking but specifically what are they asking for? >> yeah, that's right, brook. actually mccain and schumer had seemed content that the existing committees in congress could handle the investigation into the russian hacks but not anymore. now the two senators along with lindsey graham and jack reed say there should be a stand alone select committee to have broader authority to investigate all of the intelligence around the russia issue. that's something that other committees in congress would not have access to but they are thinking of a committee along the lines of so much like a nixon watergate committee or house committee that investigated the 2012 benghazi attacks. senators would have to vote to approve it.
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right now there's one powerful senator who is resistant to that idea and that's majority leader mitch mcconnell. when i asked whether he supports the committee, this is what he had to say. >> you talked about an investigation, do you support a separate bipartisan investigation, a commission in any way or do you want to do this do you the intelligence committee? >> we're going to follow the regular order. it's an important subject. and we intend to review it on a bipartisan basis. >> reporter: mcconnell saying regular order can be interpreted as him not wanting to have the special committee looking into it. he thinks it could be done through the existing intelligence committee run by republican senator richard burr, with testimony from top obama and trump officials but a lot of that testimony will happen in private and closed door sessions and some worry it will be buried in an attempt to avoid a major distraction for trump. democrats are calling for this
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select committee, the broad committee to dig deep and air those findings publicly and some republicans want a robust response as well. this will be a big flashpoint in the beginning of a new congress, possibly a vote on the senate floor. >> i now some has to do with subpoena power, right, we know you're watching it. thank you in washington. coming up next, all across the country you have the electors and state capitols are getting closer to the magic number of 270. they are meeting to elect donald trump officially. so far there have been no switching sides but the voting is not over. these are live pictures in michigan. we'll have live reports for you and an update on this. this manhunt is under way after someone shot and killed this 3-year-old little boy. how could this have happened? could it have possibly have been road rage? we're on it. ♪
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we're back, you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. voting is under way right now as members of the electoral college are convening to essentially officially elect donald trump as the 45th president of the united states. sara sidner is standing by where we knnoknow electors cast their votes today. >> reporter: what we saw inside the house and inside the rotunda, both in the chambers in rotunda there were protesters. they were singing songs,
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christmas songs and patriotic songs, including the national anthem but then when the vote happened and it was announced that all 20 electors went for donald trump and mike pence then a few yelled out, some yelled saying shame on you, another woman who was very vocal yelled, you have just selected hitler. to that they were people inside the chamber who clapped for the ele electors and thanked them for their service. we heard the pomp and circumstance and them thanking the governor of the state who by the way is a democrat, thank you for letting this be a civil election, including the very last part of this election, the electoral college. all 20 went for donald trump here. nobody changed their mind and everyone went with what the electors went for here in the state, brooke. >> sara, thank you. a quick update, trump needs to get to the 270. the tally currently stands 176
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and she has 103. one of today's electors, bill clinton, joined the pack of voters in new york. after critical comments he made about james comy, blaming comy for hillary clinton's loss, and comey cost her the election and said president-elect trump doesn't know much but then added, quote, one thing he does know is how to get angry white men to vote for him. cokey roberts is back with us. >> she's the author "ladies of liberty, women who shaped our nation." it's a pleasure to have you. you left but this is what we're hearing from bill clinton, it's jim comey and angry white men
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and how trump can galvanize them. what do you make of this? >> we had our election where the popular vote is different from the electoral college vote. so you have a lot of sour grapes democrats -- >> republicans are saying, #sorelosers. >> they are right. the electoral college is the system we have. hillary clinton knew that. and thought she was playing it the way she should and talking about her blue wall and all of that. and she blew it. and there it is. now did jim comey have an impact? sure he did, i think more on senate races frankly. here we are the electoral college is voting and they are doing what they are supposed to be doing. >> i think the cia report and russia hacks when you say sour grapes it doesn't help. >> it doesn't help and it's quite shocking. it's unbelievably shocking and i think the flip side of democrats
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being sore losers is republicans being way too cavalier about the russians trying to influence -- this is the russians trying to influence our election, that's not something to just blow away. >> it's a huge, huge deal. we'll see how they investigate it. president obama, he was interviewed npr and acknowledged one vulnerability when it came to hillary clinton and democrats, was this. >> often times younger voters and minority voters, democratic voters, are clustered in urban areas. >> and on the coast. >> as a consequence, you've got a situation where they are not only entire states but big chunks of states where if we're not showing up, if we're not in there making an argument, then we're going to lose.
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and we can lose badly and that's what happened in this election. >> he even said something to the effect of he said to the hillary campaign, i'll go to iowa for you. go to iowa and said no, we want you in a battleground state. do you think he was right in the. >> clearly he was right. he lost. it was wonderful to see him with my npr colleague for a very interesting interview. the president is right. it was -- not reasonable for the clinton people to think that they would turn out the obama coalition the way obama did. he was this young, fresh, new face that was exciting young people, exciting african-americans and hillary clinton had a lot to offer those people but she was not -- didn't create the same level of excitement. and so she had to do much more her campaign had to do a lot more just nuts and bolts politics that as far as i can
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tell they didn't do. they were in love with the data. they had worlds of data sitting in front of their computers staring at rather than getting people to the polls. >> do you think eventually in some time they'll be able to say we screwed up? >> yeah, sure. sure. i think individual conversations with individual people from the campaign that's already happening. but look, it is tough. she's ahead about almost 3 million votes in the popular vote. you do have this hack, you have john podesta, sort of trying to go there. you did have the comey statement at the end of the campaign. it's easier to say they did it than i did. it's human nature. >> let me ask you about this interview with oprah and the first lady michelle obama and on women. you wrote this book, ladies of liberty, women who shaped our nation. abigail adams, dolly madison. what was the thesis of the book?
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>> actually founding mothers, first one has those ladies and this is slightly later but it's the women in our founding period, were incredibly influential. in the early period they were helping men through the revolution and thinking through the ideas of the constitution and all of that. and then you get into the early republic when the country was already starting to fall apart because of partisanship and regionalism. they did a lot to hold it together but they also did a lot to make it a better country. even without any political rights or legal rights, they wove together a safety net in city after city. jewish women, catholic women, putting together organizations that helped the poor and disadvantaged and helped especially orphans. here in new york, isabella graham, a character in this book, working with eliza
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hamilton, become famous on broadway, created an orphanage that we have wonderful records from, thank heavens, helping the poor children of new york. these women had influence throughout the centuries. >> what about two current women, michelle obama and melania trump. she's asked whether she believes her husband's presidency achieved hope. she says yes but and this is para phrasing, this is what it feels like not to have it. but then she said this. >> my offer to melania was you don't know what you don't know until you're here. the door is open and as laura bush told me, other first ladies told me. i'm not new in this going high thing. i'm modeling what was done for me by the bushes. and laura bush was nothing but
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gracious and helpful in her team was right there for my team. >> i love how she said this, i'm not new in this going high thing. it seems to me in reading about first ladies, there is this vulnerability. >> absolutely, because they have incredible power. they have the ear of the most powerful man on earth and can't be fired. and they weren't elected. so people are always kind of suspicious of them. but i have to tell you, i had the great privilege of twice doing a joint interview between laura bush and michelle obama, where the two of them genuinely are friends. and they really do want to do the right thing for mainly for girls and women. but for everybody. laura bush was as mrs. obama just said, incredibly gracious to her. and she is going to be equally gracious to melania trump.
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that's who she is. a lot of that angry black woman, couldn't have been further from the truth. she is one of the most gracious and humorous, fun to be with people there is, but so is laura bush, something most people don't know about her. >> she was with me, if i needed her for my entire eight years. >> that was really true. >> cokie roberts, thank you so much. just in, we have more electoral votes coming in, including florida, all 29 votes went to trump so the current tally, 211 for trump and 115 for clinton. getting closer to the 270. we'll continue to watch that. coming up next, we're learning a truck has plowed into a christmas market in berlin. very latest on that when we come back. with my moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, the possibility of a flare was almost always on my mind. thinking about what to avoid, where to go... and how to deal with my uc.
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we are getting breaking news into cnn out of berlin in germany. according to reports, someone has driven a truck through a crowd at a busy christmas market. a please spokesman calling this a severe incident. a witness saying people have been crushed. this is happening in berlin. this is a christmas market. what are they, five or six hours ahead of time. people are out of work in this market, men and women and children and apparently a truck just careened directly into these people in this particular square. police calling this a quote/unquote, severe incident. this is the center of the western portion of berlin, if you're familiar with this area, the main square. there's a famous church of remembrances and where the berlin zoo is. max foster can talk us through
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xabl exactly what we know. >> very little information at the moment. we're relying on what we heard from police, multiple injuries according to local police, a truck going into a christmas market. this obviously isn't an area which should be having cars or vehicles on it in any way. we've heard from an eyewitness describing how this truck wasn't slowing down as it went into the christmas market. one dead according to a well regarded local paper and citing police sources. this is a very well known christmas market in central berlin and a truck going into it, we presume there's an ongoing investigation into this. but obviously people are asking an awful lot of questions about this. >> you know, we obviously know very, very little. the way in which this person drove into the market instantly makes me go back to when i was in nice in france earlier this
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summer an an individual drove straight into the promenade celebrating, men and women and children, the way in which so many were injured and sadly killed. that was obviously a separate incident with different motivations. we don't know what this person was motivated by but max, okay, we're going to move on. as soon as you get more information, max foster, please let us know in berlin. we have an update on our breaking news. an off-duty police officer has been identified as the gunman who killed the russian ambassador to turkey today. the shooter could be heard shouting in turkish, god is great, do not forget aleppo and syria. he killed ambassador andrey karlov as he was speaking at a gallery in the turkish capital
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of ankara. in eastern aleppo it is hell and the road out is no less horrific. green buses shuttling thousands of people out of rebel we sieged towns lit on fire, delaying evacuations for several hours. but, a glimmer of hope for the tens of thousands saved among them young children who we have seen pleading for their lives. these orphans, all 47 of them trapped in an east aleppo orphanage were evacuated and we're now hearing 7-year-old who took to twitter to tell the world what her life was like, she is out, she will be taken to turkey with her family. her mother spoke from the outskirts of aleppo. >> we had a lot of suffering because we stayed almost 24
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hours in the bus without water and food and anything. we stayed like a prisoner, a hostage. but finally we arrived here and we thank god. >> joined by takeer, worked there including in aleppo where he helped the white helmet aid workers and works for live updates from syria, working in the heart of syria. thank you so much for joining me. i see you're on the border there with turkey. you're receiving all of these evacuees. tell me what's been happening all day there. >> thank you for having us. it's been really, really tragic,
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many of the aid organizations here on the grounding struggling to deal with the influx of displaced persons or evacueeses from aleppo city. this is one of the ones we have here at the moment, it's very cold so we've got these kerosene fires here. some of the stories we've heard today from some of the ee vvacu have been really tragic. some left family members behind under the rubble and haven't eaten meat for maybe six months. they've suffered some real harrowing stories. >> i want to ask you about the stories. who are the people around you right now? >> all of the people you see right now are all people that have been evacuated today. so less than 24 hours ago, all of these people were actually in besieged part of east aleppo. this is a temporary relief center so this means that people
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are here for only a short amount of time. maybe one or two or three delays maximum. we process the people here and take the information and find out what injuries. we have injured people back there, he's got an arm injury. many of the children here, they've also got shrapnel wounds and injury. we had a guy with a piece of shrapnel in his spinal cord and had to rush him to turkey. our job here is to get these guys a nice warm place and good hot food and served 300 people food today, many were saying they hadn't eaten meat or drank yogurt for six months. some of them came in the most hygienic condition, living in abandoned buildings and we got the children new clothes and made sure they had a hot shower. many of the refugee camps are
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overnowing because we have refugees from iraq and fallujah and mosul and the crisis is very tough. syria as it is has the biggest amount of displaced people so we are struggling to come up with this influx of civilians and the rest of the people from aleppo city have not been evacuated. so -- >> let me jump in, it is extraordinary to me just the treatment that they are receiving thanks to you and so many other aid groups but then the challenges that lie ahead. i want to ask you about the u.n. security council vote. they voted unanimously today to send in observers to monitor these evacuations. tell me why that is so important. >> this is so important today just the beginning of these evacuations, on the first day, the first bus driver was shot dead by the syrian regime. the third or fourth bus, four people were executed. some of the people here who are
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witnesses say that they were held in conditions in buses for 24 hours without food and water and weren't allowed to pray. many of them had their possessions taken from them and many were trying to be -- the syrian regime tried to persuade many of them to go to the regime areas and many of them refused. they also had reports that some of the people that did decide to go to the regime areas, a small minority, they say, were actually executed. so some of the reports are very harrowing. >> i know we can't -- we can't independently verify but you're getting all of these stories. tox, thank you for taking the time. your job is way more important than talking to me today. we have to shine a light on the plight of the refugees trying to eat and find safety and be reunited with their loved ones.
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