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good morning, i'm carol costello. in berlin, a truck plows through a crowd of shoppers at a busy christmas market killing 12 people and injuring dozens more. a german official tells cnn there's fear the attacker could still be on the loose armed and dangerous. in turkey, killed on camera. the russian ambassador to turkey gunned down, his assassin shouting don't forget aleppo. attacks in switzerland and yemen. world leaders now calling for action. we're covering these stories with our team of reporters around the world. let's begin in germany with cnn's senior international correspondent frederik pleitgen, hi, fred. >> hi, carol. yes, the german authorities of
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course earlier today said they had someone in custody but since then have said they're not sure or they believe that person might actually not be the one who was at the wheel of that truck when it plowed through this christmas market. of course killing so many people and injuring so many others. they say all of this is very alarming because they believe that if someone is still at large, they think that person could be armed and is most certainly very dangerous. the reason why they say that is after the truck came to a standstill here just a couple yards from where i'm standing now, carol, they found a body. on the passenger seat of that truck. and that body was riddleled with gunshot wounds. there was never a weapon discovered anywhere here close to where all this happened. so therefore, they believe if the person they now have in custody is not the one who's behind this, the person who's still at large could very well still be armed. they've called on the people here in berlin to be vigilant and also if they see anything suspicious to not act on their own but instead call in the
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police instead. aside from that of course the people here right now very worried, very concerned about the situation. not just about someone possibly still being at large but generally about their safety at gatherings like these christmas markets which are very, very popular. people here feel very vulnerable now. carol, certainly having seen this, having seen some of the videos that come out of this and heard some of the eyewitness accounts of those terrible seconds as that truck plowed through here. we also want to hear from the federal prosecutor of germany who talked about their suspicions and why they believe they might not have the right person in custody. let's listen in. >> we possibly need to assume we have not arrested the right one but we have not fully clarified this and we still need to investigate aspects. we may look rather towards islamist but this is not fixed
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yet. we need to investigate in all different ways. as regards terrorism, we often have copycats and those people want to carry out something in the same ways. >> so one of the other things they're saying is they want to check out, and they're not sure at this point whether this person acted alone or whether there was a largest group aiding this person behind this. also how many people were actually in the cab of that truck as it plowed here into the market. again, until they find out more, they're telling people to be very, very vigilant. and also telling people to keep sending in videos and photos. they said everything could help find the people behind this, carol. >> all right, frederik pleitgen reporting live from germany. new york city, stepping up security. moving highly trained teams to a
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number of high-profile locations around the city. cnn's brin gingrass has more on that. >> this is sort of the response we have gotten used to seeing in response to these attacks that happened just like the one we saw in germany. you have these heavily armed, highly trained officers standing post here at this particular christmas market in columbus circle, but they're really located at christmas markets all across the city. about a half a dozen of them. they're part of that unit that was developed more than a year ago by the nypd in response to terrorist attacks. 500 members of these highly trained units are deployed every day. but when things happen like we just saw in germany, they sort of get repositioned to areas that could be a threat. again, christmas markets here in the city. also the german consulate. and really, just in talking to you, there's about four of them located in our immediate area and we saw probably about 2 to 4 more officers suiting up, getting their gear on, ready to
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stand post. again, sort at the front of this market. but they're really keeping a watchful eye all around here as they have shoppers going in and out of this market today. again, the position of these guys is important. they're at the very front of this market. that might be somewhat telling in response to exactly what we saw in germany. we also know from the nypd that authorities back at 1 pp, they are talking to intelligence officials in germany. continuing to just get information. exactly what happened in germany. so that they can take immediate response here in new york city, carol. >> all right, brynn gingras, thank you. a team of russians now in turkey to investigate the assassination of their april bass door. as russian ministers sit down with their counterparts in turkey and syria to hash out a plan for ending the syrian crisis. clarissa ward is following these developments from moscow, hi, clarissa. >> hi, carol. that's right, as you said, a
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team of russian investigators has touched down in ankara. they will be working closely with turkish authorities to try to determine who ordered the attack. if it was possibly simply a lone wolf attack. whether this man who we now know was a police officer had any connections to militant groups. essentially trying to drill down on what the possible motivation was for the attack. of course we all know in his speech or i should say diatribe just after killing the ambassador, the young police officer who was in his early 20s said repeated lid this is for aleppo, we must remember aleppo, we must not forget syria. he said he vowed essentially to continue to lash out at russians and oppressors as he called them wherever they may be. carol, it's no secret that a lot of muslims across the world and in fact a lot of people have been desperately moved by the endless barrage of images we
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have seen coming out of eastern aleppo as regime forces backed by russian forces have continued to crack down on the rebel-held opposition there. but i do think the real question now is how did this man gain access to this event. was he part of the ambassador's security detail, as some russian media have suggested. russian foreign ministry said absolutely he was not. but certainly questions how he was able to get in there, carrying a weapon and whether he is connected to a larger jihadist militant group. the russians and turks both presenting a coordinated response. saying this was a deliberate provocation, an attempt to sabotage the warming of the relationship between russia and turkey. both sides seem committed to making sure that that does not happen. as you mentioned, today, here in moscow, both of them, along with the iranian foreign minister, attending talks. the end goal of those talks is to find some resolution to the
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syrian crisis, carol. >> so the president-elect, president-elect trump, calls the attack on the ambassador an act of islamic terrorism. are those words being used by either russian officials or turkish officials at this point? >> russian officials absolutely. they came out very shortly after the attack and categorized it as an act of terrorism and said they will bring the heat to the criminals who perpetrated this act of terrorism. actually, there was a response to president-elect's tweet from the kremlin spokesperson dimitri peskov earlier today. he said trump's statement echos what putin has been saying for the past 17 years, about the need for a joint fight against this common threat, not a single country can fight it on their own, the russian take here is really that the u.s. and russia should be working together to eliminate this common threat,
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carol. >> clarissa ward, reporting live from moscow. those attacks coming on the day the electoral college officially declared donald trump the winner of the election. trump weighed in on the events via twitter saying today there were terror attacks in turkey, switzerland and germany and it's only getting worse. the civilized world must change thinking. cnn sara murray live in florida. >> the latest events, a good reminder that as president-elect and as president, you may be on vacation, you may have another agenda, but the world certainly intervenes. donald trump amidst his transition meetings yesterday put out a flurry of statements. both on what was going on in turkey as well as what was happening in germany. he tied both of those instances to radical islamic terrorism. even though investigations are still ongoing. i want to start with his statement on russia about the assassination of the ambassador. he said, today we offer our condolences to the family and
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loved ones of russia ambassador to turkey andrey karlov who was assassinated by a radical islamic terrorist. talking about the attack on the christmas market as an attack on christianity. saying, isis and other islamic terrorists continually slaughter christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad. these terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth. donald trump has given us little indication of how he would combat these terror cells as president. we're waiting to see if we hear more from him today. >> sara murray, reporting life from florida, thanks so much. the biggest question right now, do berlin police have the right suspect in custody? we'll talk about that next. your insurance company
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right now, officials are trying to pin down whether they have the right person in custody after a attack in berlin. with me now to talk about this is paul cruickshank, terrorism analyst. our guest, an director at the asia foundation. welcome to all of you. so german officials now believe they have the wrong person in custody. how difficult will it be to track down a suspect?
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>> they have to start from scratch again if they don't have the right person in custody. they are furiously examining cctv. they want the public to send in any kind of video that they might have filmed during the period of the attack for any clues for who perpetrated this. but clearly this would return them back to square one. two german intelligence officials telling cnn they now think it's unlikely they have the perpetrator in custody. the german federal prosecutor on the record and in the presser a little while ago saying we possibly need to assume we arrested the wrong one. that perhaps is code for not a lot of confidence that they've got the right individual. and that may mean there's no link at all to an individual from pakistan or this sort of refugee nexus. that may be incorrect in terms of the sort of the people behind
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this attack. >> there's a lot of right wing politicians around the globe saying a refugee from the middle east was responsible for this. is it a rush to judgment? >> well, certainly, if we look at the incidents that have taken place in germany this year, there have been a number of plots. some small-scale attacks involving refugees, failed asylum seekers that were accepted into germany, some also used fraudulent identity cards to get in and then carried out attacks on behalf of isis. they weren't directed by the group but inspired by them. germany has this track record. there's already a lot of social tensions in the country. it's being exasperated by a nationalistic extreme sentiment inside germany itself. it's important to be cautious about what has transpired in the
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berlin attack. certainly if we look at the recent events, there are connections, perhaps similarities to events with isis. only last week a 12-year-old boy was arrested in germany, and he was groomed online by isis and his intention was to attack a marketplace. so there are connects in that sense but there's no direct link yet and we need to wait to see for the german authorities to establish a picture. >> speaking about direct links, there are some linking these terror attacks in turkey and switz switzerland and berlin germany. maybe you can help us out with this because we're confused about what the motive was, because the perpetrator yelled out allah akbar but he also says this is for aleppo so what do you make of that? >> clearly, this is more of a
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syrian civil war relate attack. i think turkey's now seeing fallout of the war in syria which is next door and its involvement in that war. we saw in the past attacks by a kurdish group ppk in turkey including twin suicide bomb attacks in front of a soccer stadium that killed dozens of people. this was by a turkish kurdish group. the way i see it, it was retaliatory against turkey's recent gains against syrian kurds which are allied with the ppk and now we're seeing one more fallout effect the syrian war, the assassination, unfortunate assassination of the russian ambassador was of course a politically charged murder. the assassin said this was in protest of russia's involvement in syria. which is against turkey's policy there. the two countries are actually in a proxy war. so this is to me a sign that countries when they get involved in civil wars next door, ultimately that war comes to bite the hand that feeds it and turkey's now unfortunately going through that crisis. >> so, paul, president-elect trump said that islamic jihadist
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terrorism was to blame on the attack of this russian ambassador. so in light of what he just told us, is that fair to say? >> there's no evidence so far. there's no claim of responsibility from any islamist terrorist group like isis or al qaeda or other jihadi groups. it could well be that they shouted allah akbar just because they were a little bit religious. that's a phrase which is sort of often used as an exclamation in somewhere like turkey. we just really don't yet have reliable information, credible information on what the motivation was behind this attack, beyond the fact there was a clear grievance against the russians for the brutal campaign that's going on in aleppo. that much is clear, that this was retribution for that, coming at a time there is growing
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concern russia is stoke the fires of global jihad through this, this sort of brutal air operation over aleppo in cohorts with the syrian regime, that this is really playing to al qaeda, to isis and recruiting efforts in their messaging to try to depict this as a struggle between a global conspiracy against islam and the people fighting back. >> clarissa ward just reported that vladimir putin -- the foreign minister sort of embraced trump's comments and is looking forward to work with the united states on a solution in syria. but iran is also involved with russia when it comes to syria. so how would that work? >> well, that complicated it significantly. keep in mind that the way assad was able to take control of aleppo was with the assistance
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of shia militia gaps like hezbollah, other entities from iraq, from iran and even as far as afghanistan, and we know that future trump administration has shown some cautious and skepticism about the nuclear deal with the obama administration. so has also developed chose relations with russia. so it's a very complicated situation. i guess that's a microcosm of the mess that is syria and the ramifications it has regally and the knock-down effects it has globally. this is something that will need to be clarified. because the longer the mess exists in syria, the longer the tensions, the fallout, the violence exists, we will have these shards shooting off in different locations and it results in terrorism and unfortunately impacts on us in the west as well. >> just continuing on with this iran conundrum, right, so why would turkey be on iran's side
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and russia's side when it comes to syria? >> turkey's naturally on iran's side but i would say turkey and russia have recently reached a convergence. not including iran and perhaps iran is one country that wants to undermine this convergence. is that in the absence of u.s. to provide leadership to the rebels, turkey has now stepped in. in my view, it's become the voice of reason in northern syria. it has negotiated with the russians for the evacuation of the civilians. tens of thousands of people from eastern aleppo. that process was going on. and in my theory, the attack may be to undermine turkish/russian convergence because turkey/russia relationship collapsed, the deal would fall apart and there would be no evacuation of civilians and what would happen, you would see even more killing of the city's civilians, as well as its sunni muslim inhabitants. what does that suggest for the jihadists? sick as it sounds, i think the jihadists actually like to see suffering and killing of sunni
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muslims continue. because al qaeda and other groups in isis, they see themselves as avengers of sunni islam and they're there to defend them and they need to see suffering so they can go and recruit. so perhaps they're the groups that want to undermine turkish/russia relationship. but i think turkey will probably not overreact. it has a lot of what it wants from syria in turkey. including turkish green light for the fall aleppo. my sense is that the russian leadership will not overreact to the assassination in turkey runs a thorough investigation. that seems to be happening. typically countries don't invite foreign intelligence agencies for investigations as such. turkey has invited russian security officials so they can do a joint turkish/russian investigation of the assassination which shows that ankara is signaling to moscow it is taking this very seriously. >> i think what this conversation has demonstrated is incredibly complicated. thanks to all of you for making it clear though. still to come in the
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good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. russia says it has formed a plan to confront the crisis in syria. the details hammered out earlier in moscow. russia hosted a meeting with ministers from turkey and from iran. we're also learning 37,000 civilians have been evacuated from the war zone in eastern
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aleppo. and the turkish foreign minister says all evacuations are expected to be finished by tomorrow. cnn's muhammad lila live on the turkish/syrian border with more, hi, muhammad. >> good morning, carol. in fact, that time line might be moved up a little bit. according to rebel activists on the ground in eastern aleppo, as well as syrian state media. the last buses, those infamous green buses that are shuttling people to safety, they have now arrived at their pickup locations to pick up the last few remaining people that have been trapped inside eastern aleppo and opposition sources say that those evacuations could be done by the end of the night. now what that means is that tomorrow morning we could be waking up to a very new reality in syria and that reality is president bashar al assad's forces will have retaken the entire city of aleppo for the first time in more than four years. of course, that is taking place at the same time as moscow has put out a plan to establish some sort of nationwide cease-fire.
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they say between russia, turkey and iran. those three countries have it within their influence to control all of the different fighting groups on the ground so they observe the cease-fire. in other word, they can rein in all of their proxies to make sure some sort of peace takes hold and that peace could lay the foundation for a long-term peaceful settlement and what russia says is a political settlement. the only way out of this syrian conflict. carol. >> muhammad lila, reporting live for us, thanks so much. that 7-year-old syrian girl would captured the world's attention by sending tweets from ins inside her war-torn home in aleppo is now tweeting out from turkey. she tweeted less than 24 hours a saying, quote, i escaped from east aleppo. turkey agreed to take bana and her family not long after bana's mother sent a tweet to the turkish president to help evacuate them. tweeting this earlier today, quote, we can't all be happy until all the remaining people
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who want to leave are evacuated from eastern aleppo. that 7-year-old bana and her family were airlifted to turkey to seat but for millions of other refugees fleeing war-torn aleppo, there will be no happy ending. much of the world is squeamish about taking in immigrants from war-torn countries. the concerns heightened by early reports that the suspect in the berlin attack was a refugee. officials still aren't sure they have the attacker. in fact, they think that suspect is the wrong guy. far right populist politicians in britain and france, though, reacted swiftly. britain's nigel faraj, quote, terrible news from berlin but no surprise, events like these will be the merkel legacy. france's marie le pen said how many massacres and deaths will be necessary for our governments to stop bringing in a considerable number of migrants. cnn presidential historian and former director of the presidential library.
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and errol lewis, cnn commentator and anchor of spectrum news. welcome to both of you. early on, donald trump labelled this attack in berlin, the attacks in other places, a result of radical islamic jihadists. he used that term. and as you know, many u.s. generals have warnp pewarned ag using that term but many trump supporters say it's about time someone call it like it is. >> lo and behold, saying the magic words has changed nothing on the ground. those kind of sort of semantic distinctions i think really aren't going to settle the questions on the ground. the situation actually is considerably more complicated than radical islamic jihadists. you've got sort of a kurdish nationalist movement that's been in the middle of all of this. you've got the great power game being played by russia as it has for a long, long time. you've also got turkey, which is a member of nato, which then
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evokes the united states and solemn treaty alliances that are the law of the land. it's much more complicated than simply trying to wipe out the islamic state. let's give president-elect trump credit for being a very good campaigner. it worked miracles at campaign rallies and in the voting booth. the situation, again, in reality, after he takes office, he's going to find it's much more complicated. >> technically, he has been holding these big rallyings, right, and some people claim he's still campaigning, so are these tweets part of that? because it is unusual for a guy who's not president yet to be tweeting is up things about foreign entities. >> well, carol, president-elect trump has taught us all not to expect the expected, all right, so he decide to throw away the playbook. he's decided to start shaping his presidency before he ever becomes president. he has also selected twitter, social media, as his preferred form of engaging with people.
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besides the rallies. it's no surprise he's doing this. what this does, however, it confuses foreign governments because they're, you know, they're hearing two messages at the same time. what will be very interesting to see with regard to the trump administration is what role they play in the turkish/iranian and russia conversation about stabilizing syria. the united states shares interests with some of these governments but not all of these governments. what will the u.s. position be? a party to these negotiations? or will we continue to let the regional players solve this issue? >> frankly, we just don't know, right? we do know that donald trump wants to tighten the borders so maybe he's using these tweets to put pressure on congress very early to go along with whatever plans he has to build a wall.
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to put these refugees through extreme vetting. to bar people trying to come in from middle eastern countries. >> that's right, the one consistent theme throughout the campaign has been that donald trump does in the want to take any part of the refugee crisis. he doesn't want any of them in. he's got this extreme vetting. you'll remember during the campaign, one of his now allies saying -- i guess chris christie, not even a child, not even that 7-year-old girl, nobody. that creates a refugee crisis of unimaginable dimensions in turkey. 2.7 million and growing. does that continue for five years, for ten years, for 20 years? do we get a permanent refugee crisis that turkey is not equipped to handle. if so, then trump is at best kicking the can down the road. >> some americans say why do we care about turkey, right, but turkey's a great ally in that part of the world and, frankly, the united states needs turkey. >> we all agree the surge worked
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in iraq. the surge worked in iraq not just because general petraeus is a really smart guy and the u.s. military's wonderful. it's because we allied with sunnis, in the sunni belt around baghdad. we helped them achieve some security. our war against islamic extremism, whatever you want to call the radical violent islam, involves working with peaceful muslims and that's by far the majority of islam. if we send out signals we are only fighting for one religion and not for humanity, then it's going to be harder for us to ally with muslims and there's so many that want to work with us. >> i think the other problem that donald trump might have is throughout his campaign he said that he was going to defeat isis like right now, the hammer was going to come down hard it again, nobody really knows what that means. >> i don't think serious people ever believed that, you know, even a lot of his supporters frankly. when he said we're just going to bomb the crap out of them. i can't say the obscenity on the
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air he would use at these rallies. even strategically that won't work. that won't work as a tactic on the ground. if it were that easy to do, believe me, it would have happened by now. bashar al assad, as well as the russian, they're no slouches when it comes to bombing the crap out of stuff, if it were that easy, it would have been done. i think what this administration has wanted, i think it's part of an ongoing regional discussion thatseven day war. when you're talking about the middle east, make no mistake, that's what we're talking about, you can stand in the golan heights and hear bombing in damascus 40 miles away in a straight line. this is israel, the west bank. an existing refugee crisis. this is syria and the islamic state and turkey and russia. it calls for, dare we say it, a foreign policy. something we've never heard announced from the president-elect. >> although everybody i've talked to from the trump
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transition team says, you know, he's putting great people in place, they're going to craft this great foreign policy. america's going to talk much tougher. act more swiftly. and they're going to make america great again. >> i believe it's the responsible thing to do, to give a new administration a chance. but we'll see. first of all, they have to be confirmed. these great people have to be confirmed. the senate has to play its role in asking searching questions. once they're confirmed, we give them a chance. what errol mentioned is absolutely true. we've been given -- we have foreign policy by tweets at the moment. you cannot describe a policy in 140 characters. what is the policy going to be to syria and iraq. because these are two different country. isis is a problem in both but they're different countries with different needs at the moment. i'm looking forward to seeing what the trump administration has planned and how it explained it to us all. >> i have to leave it there, timothy, errol, thanks. coming up in the "newsroom,"
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♪ so whatever your holiday priority, our priority is you. for the first time we're hearing the heart wrenching 911 tape from a road rage shooting death in arkansas. a grandmother screams after finding out her 3-year-old grandson has been shot. authorities still hunting for the man who fired into the woman's car. apparently because he was irritated she was driving too slowly. cara kiner joins us live with more. >> a senseless tragedy took 3-year-old asan king's live. we have obtained the 911 call as
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his grandmother discovered him slumped over in the back seat of her car. we want to warn you, the audio is upsetting. take a listen. >> hello. hello? >> hold on one second. they're getting him out. hold on. they've put him on the ground. they're saying he's been shot. >> oh, my god! >> just devastating. that was the moment she discovered her grandson. she was taking her grandson, age 3 and 1, to jcpenney to meet up with family members for last minute christmas shopping. she stopped at an intersection and noticed a dark chevy impala pull up behind her. he honked his horn at her allegedly because she was taking too long at the intersection. she then obviously honked back. he got out of the car and fired a shot.
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a shot she initially thought was fired into the air. so she continued on to the store where she discovered asan had been shot in the neck. members of community are calling for an end to the violence in little rock. church and community leaders encouraging anyone who knows anything to please come forward. the reward on any information has now been raised from $20,000 to $40,000. we should mention a go fund me page has been set up to pay for asan's funeral. >> so sad. thank you. the families of several victims at that orlando gay nightclub targeted by a terrorist are now suing facebook, google and twitter. they blame social media for fueling the explosive growth of isis over last few years. >> it's our belief these companies provide an instrument that isis can use to conduct terrorist activities. and they do this by providing an infrastructure that allows them to create a web, to spread a web and even when they take these
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people down, twitter says they took down 350,000 account, the problem is they didn't keep them down. it's weed whacking. they take the top off the weeds anded they leave the roots. >> cnn's deborah feyerick. >> suing the social media giants basically for providing material support to isis. material support is really a charge usually filed by federal prosecutors who bring it against people who aid and abet terrorists. in this case, the families are saying twitter, facebook and google knowingly and recklessly allow isis to use these social media accounts in three key ways. first, to spread propaganda. second, to raise money. third, to recruit people like the pulse gunman omar matten who the fbi says was radicalized online. the suit says without these companies, the explosive growth of isis over the last couple of years would never have taken place. that's what they're fighting. you can hear the lawyer basically saying one pops up and they create a new account. the lawyers do accuse twitter of
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allowing isis accounts to promote the brutal terror videos, to solicit donations and essentially connect with one another. there's a whole sort of underground of communication. they also accuse google of making money from ads that run just before the horrible videos on youtube we've seen. they also accuse facebook of providing a platform to spread their hate and violence. the social media companies did say they're joining together to try to identify terrorist content and keep it from being shared. twitter is really defending itself saying it shut down some 360,000 accounts. so, in fact, they are trying. >> so how difficult will this suit be to win? >> it's very challenging. there's a act which basically says they cannot be liable, they're just the publishers. they just provide the platform to publish. they do feel they're protected under this liability clause but, again, even their efforts to take it down, it is just so insidious. james comey, the fbi director, has described it like
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cockroaches. they just keep coming and coming. it's going to be difficult for them to take it down completely. >> deborah feyerick, many thanks. checking some other top stories. an underwater drone now back in u.s. hands after it was seized by china last week. the incident took place in international waters. where u.s. officials say the chinese navy took the drone from an unnamed survey ship. the pentagon, which caused the seizure, quote, unlawful, says its investigation is ongoing. search teams trying to recover the wreckage of malaysia flight 370 have likely been looking in the wrong place. that's the finding of a new report from the australian government. the report does not give a specific location for the plane so the country's transportation minister says the search area will not be extended unless new evidence surfaces. the search for mh-70 is due to end in the next few months. a tourist has been released from a new york city hospital after being stabbed just one day after proposing to his girlfriend. police say the victim was walking in midtown manhattan
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when another man walked up and stabbed him in the neck. the victim was able to catch up to friends when the knife fell out, fell out of his neck. he later gave it to police. the couple has since returned home to washington state. no arrest so far. and a touch downdance is becoming very profitable for the salvation army. on sunday night, dallas cowboys running back ezekiel elliot jumped into a salvation army red kettle after scoring against the buccaneers. the nfl will not fine him for that but wallets are opening up. the salvation army says online donations spiked 61%. good for him. still to come in the "newsroom," more people are facing criminal charges in the flint water poisoning case. who they are and what that means just ahead. ♪ (laughs) here it is. ♪ hey dad!
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four more people are facing charges for their roles in the flint water crisis. the new round of criminal charges announced by the michigan attorney general joined at a press conference by a special prosecutor and investigators. let's talk about those new charges. cnn correspondent sara gannon now joins me. >> this is a big deal because these are two of the highest level officials to be charged so far in this water crisis. two emergency managers. they were essentially in charge of the city of flint and all of the decision making while the city was in financial crisis. they reported directly to the governor, to governor rick schneider and that's why this is so important. now the charges are false pretensions and conspiracy. what they essentially did what we're learning for the first time today, is they misled the michigan department of treasury into getting bonds for a city that was in debt, $13 million in debt, and didn't have a credit rating. they misled the state to get money to build a new pipeline
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and that led to the water crisis. and so this is sort of a diversion from not necessarily charges that say they knew that there would be problems with lead in the water or legionnaires which we know killed more than ten people in flint. but the method in which they were able to financially bring this new water source to the city, then that was a point in which led to all this crisis. >> so it's connected directly to the governor's office, what might happen to the governor, right? >> what's next is the question we've been asking for months in flint, right. the attorney general said he will not stop until he feel also the investigation is complete. he said today, already, that this is not over. they are going to keep going. he's always said that no one is off limits, but that there's no target here, there's no one person they're going after. of course the people in flint, a lot of them, have always called for some sort of accountability
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from the governor's office. but there are a lot of people and there's a lot of finger-pointing and everyone says they got bad information from someone else. so this is just another step in that process. >> thanks so much. he's a star on the basketball court. now chicago bulls player dwyane wade is working on becoming a leader in his community. wade grew up in the windy city chicago. as cnn's matt winer learned, chicago's crime problem is now hitting even closer to home. >> reporter: in the waning days of the deadliest summer has endured in decades, chicago has never needed solutions more than now. in august alone, the city recorded more than 90 murders. the killings concentrated on the city's west and south sides, are almost exclusively shootings and police say often gang related. the chaos is costing innocent lives. 32-year-old nikea aldridge was pushing her baby in a stroller on her way to register her kids
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at this school when police say two gang members on parole began firing their guns at a rival. aldridge was killed. leeing behind four children and an extended family including her cousin dwyane wade. >> when it's happened to your family, when your aunty is the one that's crying on your shoulder, if you looking at your nephews and your nieces and their whole life is turned upside down, if you're looking at a 3-week-old baby and she will never get to know her mother. all these things when it's up close, personal, in your new, it really becomes real. >> reporter: wade's mother emerged from drug addiction in prison to become a baptist teacher at the church her son bought for her which is now expanding into a community center. she says her niece's death is part of a terrifying trend of violence fueled by gangs, guns, drugs and social media feuds and more unpredictable than ever. >> my niece was going to register her kids in school. so that means now you don't have to be in no gang.
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you don't have to be -- you can be driving on the expressway now, it's happening like that. you can be jogging now, it's happen like that. you can be coming home from school, just coming to visit your family, now it's happening like that. so it's happening in our everyday life. >> reporter: wade knew his hometown was hurting when he decided to return as a free agent with the bulls. fairly or not, many look to wade to invest time and money in troubled areas. >> you can't change every neighborhood. you know, but i try to -- and my family tries to focus on certain areas. i grew up on the south side. i grew up in the south suburbs. we try to focus on those areas and try to uplift those communities. but i also challenge the city of chicago. i also challenge the community. it's community leaders. there's people in these communities doing very well as well. i also challenge parents to do more. >> reporter: given what you and your family have been through this summer, what's your level of optimism about this turning around here in chicago? >> some days, it's -- some days
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you don't have it, you know. some days you do. just to be honest with you, you know, i know that, you know, i would donate money to the city of chicago to try to help certain communities. but as i do my job, others have to do theirs. obviously we put responsibility on our youth but they're following their adults as well. they're following what's going on in their communities. they're doing what they see. so we have to do a better job. others have to do a better job of leading. and if they don't do it, then the things that i'm trying to do becomes pointless. >> that was matt winer reporting. thank you so much for joining me today. i'm carol costello. "at this hour" after a break. 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. to me, that was normal. until i talked to my doctor. she told me that humira
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this morning in five major terror attacks around the world from jordan, where tourists were slaughtered inside a medieval castle, to turkey, where several people are being questioned right now after the assassination of the russian ambassador that happeneded in ankara. now, those being questioned includes the shooter's family and his roommate. vladimir putin, the russian leader, is vowing revenge. but we begin in berlin where german police are in high alert and working under the assumption that the perpetrator behind yesterday's deadly attack on a christmas market is armed and still at large. to be clear, officials say the man they have in custody might not be the man who drove the truck. this attack happened at 8:00 p.m. berlin time. a tractor trailer plowed through a crowd of holiday shoppers dragging some people 50 feet, leaving 11 people dead, 50 injured. there was a man found dead in the passenger seat of the truck. an asylum


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