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>> reporter: displaced but not disheartened. >> translator: we have to have hope in this life. if we don't have hope, then we are finished. >> reporter: the ancient hymns of one of the world's oldest christian communities are being sung here once again. a small act of life in a country that's seen so much death. cnn. that's it for me. the news continues next. happy holidays. i'm martd tin savidge in for bre baldwin. today israeli prime minister netanyahu defended his outrage over the friday's vote at the united nations. >> the result of the voting is as follows.
14 votes in favor, 1 ab sense -- >> the united states was the nation that abstained from voting. bit u.s. not stepping in, the u.n. security council passed a resolution condemning israeli settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem. a security council declared them, quote, a major obstacle to peace with no legal validity. netanyahu then lashed out saying the resolution was shameful and hostile. >> over decades american administrations and israeli governments have disagreed about settlements, but we agreed that the security council was not the place to resolve this issue. we knew that going there would make negotiations harder and drive peace further away. and as i told john kerry on thursday, friends don't take friends to the security council. i'm encouraged by the statements of our friends in the united states, republicans and democrats alike, they understand
how reckless and destructive this u.n. resolution was. they understand the western wall isn't occupied territory. i look forward to working with those friends and with the new administration when it takes office next month. >> we're joined from jerusalem. the prime minister showed no indication of backing down, did he? >> reporter: none whatsoever. he stood by his comments when he spoke tonight. this is essentially the third or fourth straight day of lashing out at president barack obama and secretary of state kerry. at this rate it looks like it might continue. netanyahu said his reaction has been measured, responsible and vigorous. furthermore, he promised israelis there would be no diplomatic fallout, long term, at least. he said countries of the world would come to respect israel for standing up for itself. netanyahu summoned the u.n. ambassador and ambassador of ten countries that voted for that resolution. the other countries met with the foreign ministry.
it was specifically the u.s. ambassador that met with prime minister netanyahu in one more shot in a long list of shots from the israeli government point ought the obama administration. >> and the israeli officials seem to be worried this resolution could be used against them, israel, that is, at a peace conference next month. is that true? >> reporter: yes, there's -- on january 15th there's an international peace conference scheduled for paris. the french are trying to bring together the countries of the world to find some sort of consensus and make some sort of progress on peace process. israel made it clear they have no intention of attending this conference, despite the fact 70 other countries will be there, as will the palestinians. israel's specific fears that that could lead to a follow-up resolution that would try to establish parameters or conditions on some of the most sensitive and difficult issues in the israeli/palestinian conflict. that would be borders, jerusalem/palestinian refugees and more. that's something israel is trying to avoid, but knows very well it may be on the horizon
before president obama leaves office. martin, it's been blatantly obvious from netanyahu that he's done working with obama and he can't wait to work with president-elect trump. >> ready to move on to a new administration. thank you very much for that. there are more than half a million israelising in setments in settlements. as you would expect, palestinian officials applaud the united nations resolution. here's more from senior adviser to the palestinian president mahmoud abbas. >> it's a victory for peace because if mr. netanyahu means a two-state solution he should be happy and celebrating this resolution. it's a victory for internationalism and the international responsibility to bring about peace and security worldwide. and this is not resolution against israel. this is resolution against israel's expansion. >> and that is a perfect point at which to start discussing all of this. for that we're joined by cnn global affairs analyst david rhodes and cnn.com opinion
contributor frieda. david, it seems like this is a rock bottom low certainly between prime minister netanyahu and president obama. what does it really mean in the long run, especially when you have donald trump taking office in 25 days? >> i don't think it means much in the long run, frankly. i think criticizing obama helps netanyahu domestically in israel. all politics are local and that's his most important audience, israel. potentially obama was trying to boost his support in the democratic base that opposes these increased settlements. i think you have two, you know, conservative governments. it will be the trump administration and netanyahu in a few weeks. that will be a whole new situation for both countries. >> right. we've already had that indication coming from the trump administration that they'll have different attitude on this. frieda, the israeli ambassador to the u.s. told cnn today that israel blames the obama administration for this vote. let's liven. >> look, it's an old story the
united nations gangs up against israel. what is new is that the united states did not stand up and oppose that gang-up. what is outrageous is that the united states was actually behind that gang-up. i think it was a very sad day and really a shameful chapter in -- >> ambassador, what's the evidence that the united states was behind this gang-up? i've heard that a lot. >> we have clear evidence of it. we will present that evidence to the new administration. >> now, obama's national security adviser ben rhodes denies these accusations, but, frieda, let's explain, why did the obama administration abstain from the vote? what's in it for the snus. >> that's a great question. the united states, the obama administration, has been planning for a long time to have one parting shot at israel. it's no secret that obama and netanyahu have had a very, very rocky relationship. i think that the paradox here is that the biggest losers from this vote are going to be the palestinians themselves because this vote is going to produce
exactly the opposite of what its intention was, which is it's going to harden positions. we're already seeing the extremists on both sides hardening their positions. we see netanyahu having to play to the israeli right. so, the biggest winners here are the israeli right. we saw on the palestinian side, we saw palestinian/islamic jihad were the first to jump up and celebrate. so, this is really -- when you measure this by the standard that the obama administration had offered when it vetoed a similar resolution a few years ago, does this -- does this resolution bring the parties closer or further from an agreement? i think there's very little doubt this is a resolution that brings them farther apart? >> david, when we talk about potential long-term repercussions we have senator graham from south carolina and he's proposing what some might
consider extreme. listen. >> i'll respond in kind. 2% of the united nations' budget comes from the american taxpayer and i'm going to lead the charge to withhold funding until they repeal this resolution. >> so, defunding the u.n. do you think that will work? could that force the united nations to go back on this resolution? >> well, it's politically popular to criticize the united nations. this was a 14-0 vote by individual countries that sit on the security council. france voted for this. britain voted for this. new zealand brought up this resolution. frabs and china voted for it. so, they should be the focus of the criticism. the u.n. general assembly, the u.n. secretary didn't do that. those countries did. and i think the countries that voted for this unanimously should be the ones who are criticized. >> sticking with you for a moment, david, i think as you heard the israeli ambassador netanyahu plans to show the trump administration evidence that the obama white house coordinated this u.n. vote. what do you make of this die nam
snik how is netanyahu involving both trump and obama here after what was a contentious election in this country? >> it's unusual. it's his right to interact with the new administration. everyone is looking to start anew with the trump administration. it will be a huge challenge, i think, for the trump administration how to deal with this policy. tensions will be higher. and i think they'll immediately have to come up with some approach here. maybe they'll punish the u.n., as has been proposed. maybe there will be some kind of new trump-backed peace talks. this has been a thorny issue, a difficult issue for american presidents for decades and it will be for trump as well. >> there's another one, frida, for you, and that is trump's choice for u.s. ambassador to israel says he supports moving the embassy to jerusalem. what is the significance of that and how is it likely to inflame the current circumstance?
>> there's a bit of a mystery surrounding everything having to do with trump. he has said that he would like to negotiate a peace agreement between israel and the palestinians. moving the embassy to jerusalem from tel aviv where it is probably not a good start for that, but we'll have to see what trump has in mind. you know, this whole issue of jerusalem is very complicated. it's extremely emotional. that's one of the reasons why this resolution at the u.n. was so painful for the israeli people because it mentioned specifically east jerusalem as occupied territory. and the only people who think that east jerusalem will not be part -- that west jerusalem will not be part of israel in the future are people who don't want israel to exist. so, if trump moves the embassy to west jerusalem to a part that is not contested, that could -- you could arguably make a case that it doesn't change the situation on the ground, that it doesn't -- doesn't prejudge the
outcome of negotiations, but there have been such a long time with the embassy in tel aviv that any move that has to do with jerusalem has the risk of enflaming things a lot and achieving very little. >> david rohde, thank you for your insights. frida, wonderful to see you again. thank you both. coming up, president obama's exit interview. his candid conversation with former senior adviser david axelrod. what obama now thinks about his message of hope and change that led him to victory in 2008 and why he thinks he could have won the election again this year. also, the consequences of fake news. how a false report nearly caused around international crisises. what prompted the pakistani defense minister to threaten nuclear retaliation. saying good-bye to a pop icon. the life and legacy of george michael. ♪ lend him a helping hand. ♪ put a little love in your heart. ♪
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♪ i got to have faith ♪ because i got to have faith faith faith ♪ ♪ i got to have faith faith faith ♪ ♪ wake me up before you go go ♪ i don't want to miss it when you hit that high ♪ ♪ wake me up before you go go ♪ ♪ i'm never going to dance again guilty feet have got no rhythm ♪ ♪ it's easy to pretend i know you're not a fool ♪ >> pop music world is mourning the untimely passing of one of its super stars. george michael was found dead at his home west of london on christmas day. he was 53. local police say they were called to the scene after someone found michael unresponsive. they say they are treating his death as unexpected, but not
suspicious. george michael sold more than 100 million records in a career that spanned nearly four decades. his superstar status was almost instantaneous when he burst onto the scene in the mid-'80s. we look back on michael's remarkable career and even some controversies that broet notoriety. >> reporter: it's the song that had the world dancing. that hit "wake me up before you go go" ♪ i'm not planning >> reporter: it was 1984 and they were the british duo known as wham! ♪ take me down >> reporter: they had several top ten hits together but really it was george michael with that statement t-shirt. those moves that quickly took the spotlight, sealing his fame with this chart-topping song "careless whisper" ♪ time can never mend
careless whisper ♪ ♪ to the heart and mind >> reporter: michael split from bandmate andrew ridgely in 198 and launched his own solo career, never looking back but headed straight into his first big culture clash. ♪ you don't and that's the way it should ♪ >> reporter: the year was 1987. george michael looking the confident rock star with a provocative video in an equally proktive title ♪ i want your sex >> reporter: the song's lyrics were considered by some to push the envelope. cas casey casem refused to play it on his radio show and some stations wouldn't play it until after dark. ♪ it's playing on my mind it's dancing on my soul ♪ >> reporter: michael's lyrics speaking directly about sex
bumped heads with not just conserve ties who thought he had gone too far but with a hollywood desperate to bring attention to the aids epidemic and the need for safe sex. michael would later say his lyrics were misunderstood. by the late 1980s george michael was a bona fide superstar, garnering awards, hanging out with celebrities and royalty and delivering more hits, like "father figure." ♪ i will be your father figure put your tiny hands in mine ♪ >> reporter: and one more try. ♪ so i don't want to learn to hold you touch you ♪ >> reporter: and there was the hit song "monk requee"monkey". ♪ why can't you do it >> reporter: he saw the height of his success. it can be said the 1990s weren't quite as kind. fewer smash hits and then this. april 7, 1998, michael was arrested by an undercover male
police officer charged with engaging in a lewd act in a park in beverly hills, california. it took no time for his arrest to become an international headline. on cnn, not long after the arrest, michael confirmed what had long been rumored. he was gay. >> i want people to know that i have not been exposed as a gay man in any way that i feel -- i don't feel any shame for -- i feel stupid and i feel reckless and weak for having allowed my sexuality to be exposed this way, but i don't feel any shame whatsoever and neither do i think i should. >> reporter: in the years to come, there were more scuffles with the law, drug-related arrests, a nasty car accident in 2010. michael was found to be driving under the influence of cannabis and went to jail. in 2011, he fell ill with a severe case of pneumonia and had to cancel his european tour.
♪ >> reporter: but there was always the music. symphonica with a full orchestra, a masterful success. ♪ the first time ever i saw your face ♪ >> reporter: george michael once said, i still believe that music is one of the greatest gifts that god gave to man. lucky for us, he left us plenty of it. ♪ freedom freedom freedom you got to give ♪ >> reporter: george michael, dead at the age of 53 years old. george howell, cnn, atlanta. we're going to take a closer look now at the indelible mark that george michael left on the
music world. jennifer joins me, a senior news editor for "entertainment tonight." it's wonderful to have you here. >> thanks for having me. >> the pop music, i guess, is the way we sort of always remember george michael, at least being launched into fame, but he had a voice and he had talent that transcended that genre greatly, didn't he? >> absolutely. you know, when george michael first came out on the music scene so many years ago, everybody wanted to label him as this pop star. you know, not just for his lyrics and his songs but for the character he was and the type of person he was. but he also, you know, stepped into the r&b and soul community, and he was the first white guy and first homosexual guy to do it. guys like justin timberlake, robin think, they have george michael for leading their way into that area of music. >> that's very true. radio host and entertainment
lawyer mel ivory said about george michael, i don't remember categorizing him as any kind of artist. he's not a black artist. he was just an artist. he brought so much diversity of audience and diversity of people to his shows. and that's the end of the quote. how rare a talent was michael? >> very rare. i mean, george michael was the whole package. i mean, just as those catchy songs he had written and performed for so many years. he was the entire person. he was a celebrity that everybody loved. he had impacted so many people in the music world, elton john being one of his close friends, as well as madonna, but, yeah, he -- he wasn't just a singer. he didn't just have talent. but he was a person that could really just connect to his fans and let his fans know that no matter who you are, no matter what type of person you are, no matter who you love, it's okay. it's okay to be yourself and be who you are. and everybody will love you just for that.
so, of course, the last few years of his life, we are just starting to put together how the last -- how he spent the last couple months, especially. of course, there's new details that will be coming out about his last days, but i do think today, while the news is starting to sink in, i think this is another major blow that the music world got in 2016. of course, after the passing of david bowie and prince. george michael will definitely leave a big hole in the music world. this is going to be a tough one to swallow. >> and, you know, we look back. as we do that, we look at all his commercial success. wham is one of those. but it was later in his life, at the very end, we began to see he was a much deeper talent. it was not just a pop artist. >> absolutely, yeah. he just wasn't a pop artist that stood on stage, amazing clothes and put on a show as well as sang very beautifully. yeah, he was -- he was just an icon. a legend. somebody that a lot of people
will always remember as kind of changing -- changing the way that the music world and pop stars and r&b singers, you know, the way their careers are shaped. so, i definitely think he'll be remembered as somebody who has changed the music world forever. and somebody that's going to be greatly missed. >> and i am among his many fans. jennifer peros, thank you for that insight. next, president-elect trump announcing he will move to dissolve his charity, the trump foundation, to effectively end any conflict of interest questions. but the new york attorney general says, not so fast. plus, president obama saying in an interview that he could have won if he had run for a third term as president. why he says hillary clinton lost. that's next. (vo) ahhhh, all right.
download the xfinity tv app today. in just 25 days, donald trump will be sworn in as president of the united states. right now his team is frantically working to untangle him from potential conflicts of interest. the president-elect just announced a plan to dismantle the trump foundation, which is under investigation in new york state. i want to bring in cnn's jessica schneider. jessica, he says he wants to close it down, but, you know, the new york attorney general sort of saying, not so fast. we have an investigation under way. it isn't just his call to make, is it? >> reporter: you know, that's exactly right, martin. the new york attorney general saying, quite sinklmply, it's n quite that easy.
the president-elect can't just shurt down his foundation. the new york attorney generalman, his spokeswoman releasing a very suck sixty statement, saying, the trump foundation is still under investigation by this office and cannot legally dissolve until that investigation is complete. now, attorney general schneiderman who was a hillary clinton supporter during the campaign, he released this amidst the campaign, with claims donald trump used the foundation's funds to settle some personal dealings. that's still under investigation. donald trump did release a statement, not at all mentioning the investigation, but saying he would in some way find a way to continue his philanthropy. it's worth noting, however, donald trump has not donated to his own foundation since 2008. according to the foundation's own tax records. and right now, there are not any employees at the foundation, so presumably it would be easy to dismantle, but the attorney general's office in new york saying, not so fast. this needs to wait until the investigation is complete.
martin? >> also, jessica, i want to ask you about jason miller. he is the man who was going to be the communications director in a trump white house. he's apparently changed his mind. what happened? >> reporter: two days after it was announced jason miller would be the communications director for the next white house, jason miller actually put out a statement saying that he would not accept the role after all. jason miller actually cited his family, saying that his wife is expecting their second daughter in january and saying the holiday season had made it important to him -- it came to light he needed to be home with his family. it was the first time over the holidays he had been home with his family since march 2015. jason miller had previously worked with senator ted cruz and his presidential bid. of course, started working with donald trump this summer and hasn't had any time off. jason miller saying he will not, in fact, accept that role as communications director. and, instead, the press
secretary, sean spicer will be taking over the communications drishgt role in addition to his press secretary responsibilities. martin? >> thanks for the explanation. i want to bring in now josh rogin, cnn political analyst and columnist for the washington post and also selena zito, cnn contribute irfor washington examiner and washington post reporter. josh, the trump foundation was used for several noncharity causes, i think is the best way to put it. back in 2007 it reportedly spent $37,000 to purchase two large portraits of trump, one which was hung at his resort and another $258,000 to settle lawsuits trump was facing. trump has paid some penalty taxes as a result. how significant is this investigation at this point? he's not even president yet, but soon to be. >> i think the investigation has had its effect, which was to bring to light some incidents of
self-dealing. the trump foundation paid a fine for giving what was deemed to be an inappropriate political donation to a group supporting florida attorney general pam bondi who was at the time investigating trump university and she ended up not going through with that investigation. the trump foundation has been embroiled in scandals for years. and i think ending it is one small step in the right direction untanglining the president-elect from his legal conflicts. this is something the transition team is dealing with very, very seriously and urgently, as they should. one last thing is this comes right after the eric trump foundation was embroiled in a scandal just last week over seeming to offer access to the president-elect and his family in exchange for campaign donations. so it's just been a tangled mess
all along. >> and something they want to put behind them. newt gingrich says, president obama is in, quote, a desperate frenzy, to save his legacy. >> i think president obama is beginning to figure out his legacy is like one of those dolls that as the air comes out of it, shrinks and shrinks and shrinks. he's in this desperate frenzy. what he's actually doing is sending up a whole series of things to distract trump, which will make his liberal allies feel good about democrats and hate republicans when trump rolls them all back. >> let mow ask you this. do you think that's a fair assessment? >> well, president obama has always remained personally popular throughout his presidency. there have been dips in his approval rating but people have genuinely liked him. having said that, in terms of his legacy, he has a lot to sort of reflect on on how his party has been decimated down-ballot.
they have lost 919 state legislative seats, 600 congressional seats, governor races and sort of statewide offices. that's the legacy part, i suspect, that speaker gingrich is talking about. most presidents want to leave office with a strengthened and empowered political party. while he remains popular, his party has been decimated down-ballot. that's his sort of problem right now. >> josh, president obama in an interview with david axelrod, said he thinks he could have beaten donald trump in this election. listen. >> in the wake of the election and trump winning, a lot of people have suggested that somehow it really was a fantasy.
i am confident in this vision because i'm confident that if i -- if i had run again and articulated it, i think i could have mobilized a majority of the american people to rally behind it. >> it would have been against the law. of course, it's not going to happen. so it's mind candy at this particular point. i'm wondering is he just once again -- critics can say, they don't get it. the democrats loss this election because of a basic breakdown in connecting with his voters or is he fantasizing, no, i could have won if it was me? >> i don't think he actually wants to run again. i don't think michelle would put up with that again. this is an instance where president obama has not so subtly criticized hillary clinton's strategy throughout the campaign. he said maybe democrats should have spent more time in the rust belt. maybe they should have talked to more red state communities.
here he's saying that maybe she didn't go with the positive message she should have. he doesn't say it directly but the intent it clear. he's saying she went to negative, too early and that ended up not working. if he had been in charge of the election, whether or not he's running or not, he's claiming he would have done it a slightly different way. >> do you think president obama has a point here? if we just ignore the fact that it was not legal for him to run again, the point he's making is that hillary clinton and their campaign didn't go about it the right way? >> it's interesting. ohio, pennsylvania, wisconsin, you saw the largest amount of trump voter -- or obama voters vote for trump. so, trump took away that in theory should have been clinton voters. that obama sort of won over and won over their doubts. i think that was a little bit of a dig at clinton. >> and you're right about the
crossover vote. i saw a lot as i was out covering it in ohio and other places. >> you could see it everywhere. >> you could. >> it was significant. thank you both for joining us today. >> thank you. >> thanks. next up, a massive search is under way after a russian military plane crashes with 92 people on board. now investigators are looking to try to pinpoint a cause. plus, from brexit to the rio olympics, we'll take a look back at some of the biggest and most impactful moments from around the world over the past year. more after this break.
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the black sea on its way to entertain russian troops in syria. it's believed none of the 82 people on board survived. reportedly 13 bodies were found in a massive search operation. russian divers have found a piece of the plane's cabin. aviation officials say pilot error or a mechanical problem may be to blame. for now the kremlin is ruling out terrorism as a possible cause. in pakistan, a fake news story almost led to nuclear war. afalsely quoted a former israeli defense minister saying israel would destroy pakistan with nukes if pakistan sent troops to syria. pack pakistan's defense minister incorrectly assumed the story was real and warned his country is also a nuclear power. israeli officials said the defense minister never threatened pakistan. looking back at 2016, it was an olympic year, an unprecedented presidential election year, a year filled
with conflict of nations and the refugees who tried to flee. cnn senior international correspondent clarissa ward takes a look at the top ten international stories, from the scandals to political chaos to the heart break. >> reporter: we begin our top ten with brazil, a country's whose roller coaster of scandals and triumphs won the world over. mosquito zika outbreak leading to birth defects. >> brazil is losing the battle against this virus. >> reporter: political a political crisis that rocked the corridors of power. >> senate removed rousseff. >> reporter: as backdrop to brazil in the sun. >> the whole world will be watching brazil in the olympics. >> reporter: a few setbacks, it was widely considered a success. >> the turkish military announcing it has taken over the country and imposed martial law.
>> reporter: in the dead of night, machine gunfire rings out as a coup attempt takes hold and almost as quickly as it began, it was over. the president survivors the coup attempt but some 290 others would not. seeking retribution, president erdogan would go on to detain and dismiss tens of thousands of people. a diplomatic thawing sees a u.s. president touch down on cuban soil for the first time in 88 years, infuriating fidel castro. eight months later -- >> breaking news out of cuba. fidel castro has died. >> reporter: for some, grief for the loss of a revolutionary. for others, celebration for the death of a ruthless dictator. cuban exiles thrilled as they remember a tyrant who imprisoned and executed his opponents and brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. a global migrant crisis
worsening by the minute. 65 million people now displaced. >> 2016 has been the deadliest year ever for migrants and refugees trying to cross the mediterranean. >> among those rescued, this 5-day-old infant peering out of his blanket. >> reporter: war, terror, poverty, seeing migrant camps across the world swelling to unsustainable levels. one camp in france bulldozed to the ground. what is this life? have mercy on us. have mercy. >> translator: i wanted to tell you that you're not alone. >> reporter: coming in at number-n number six, seismic stations around the world pick up on the unmistakable signs of north korean aggression, but this time it's different. >> north korea exploding its most powerful nuclear warhead ever. >> the equivalent of at least 10,000 tons of tnt, detonated deep underground.
>> the question now, will the next warhead be mounted on a missile? >> when you have this many tests, you're eventually going to get it right. >> reporter: unimaginable acts of terror in the name of isis leave a bloody trail beyond the borders of iraq and syria. >> two explosions rocking the main terminal at brussels airport. >> across town in the center of a city, a bomb exploded on a metro train. >> reporter: those three suicide bombers killed 32 people. three months later, another airport is hit. three men wearing explosive vests carrying ak-47s exiting a curb side, shooting at panicked travelers before blowing themselves up. 44 people would never make it out of that turkish airport. >> about six to eight gunmen have taken over this bakery/restaurant in dhaka in
this more affluent area in bangladesh. >> military commandos moved in. the siege ended with 13 hostages saved, but 20 others dead at the restaurant. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> we are following breaking news out of france. >> more than a mile of carnage as the truck drove down the beachside promise in addition killing as many people as the driver could. >> reporter: a day of celebration for french independence ending with the slaughter of 84 people. while the so-called soldiers of isis waged war in cities across the world, back in iraq, the land they once laid claim to, was being taken back. >> the iraqi city of falluja, we understand, has been liberated. >> iraq's military is claiming victory in ramadi. >> breaking news in cnn, in iraq, an offensive to retake the key city of mosul from isis is under way. >> with much international
support, a lot of coalition planning, american air power -- one came right at me. >> reporter: cnn's own team would later make it inside the city limits of mosul and very nearly would not make it out. >> we realize we're trapped. our mrap takes a direct hit. [ bleep ]. >> we need to move but every time we try, gunfire drives us back. >> reporter: arwa damon and her team would spend 28 hours trapped. an estimated 1 million civilians are still within this embattled city. across the border in syria, another hellish landscape unfolds. its biggest city, aleppo, the epicenter of this horror. this is what hell feels like. [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: the syrian regime's latest aerial assault.
>> reporter: gallon drums filled with explosives and shrapnel shoved out of helicopters. >> racing frantically what they say nine people stuck under that rebels. >> reporter: a dazed and shell-shock boy pulled from the wreckage of his home would become the bloody face of syria's suffering. >> he doesn't cry once. he's alive. we wanted you to know. >> reporter: coming in at number two, russia, flexing its military muscle at home. >> vladimir putin moving nuclear-capable missing with the border of poland and lithuania. >> the u.s. is blaming russia for bombing a humanitarian convoy in syria. >> reporter: moscow using its superior arsenal to turn the tides of war in favor of syrian president bashar al assad. >> he told us that russian regime forces target hospitals cynically and deliberately. >> reporter: the diplomatic
vacuum between u.s. and rush sla intensifying with accusations of hostile acts still shrouded in mystery. >> a series of cyber attacks on democrats indicate rush that is trying to sway the election for donald trump. >> reporter: and in our number one slot this year, the surge of populism across the west as voters rejected the establishment. many feeling ignored by politicians and left behind economically. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> the people have voted to leave the european union. >> the baton is breaking on an independence united kingdom. >> reporter: it was a vote that took the world by surprise. one of the main forces behind brexit, anger over immigration. >> translator: they should go back to where they came from, this man says, before we rip their heads off. >> reporter: and, of course, in the u.s., where president-elect
trump capitalized on the issue. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> reporter: the rejection of globalization resonating with voters. >> cnn projects donald trump wins the presidency. >> reporter: will the march of populism continue? with elections in france and germany coming up, 2017 promises to be an interesting year. just into cnn, israel retaliating, suspending all working tie wts 12 nations who voted in favor of that u.n. resolution that criticized israeli semgtss in the west bank. we'll have much more on this developing story straight ahead. zero really can be a hero. get zero down, zero deposit,
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over the christmas weekend. police say they're now investigating 27 shootings that took place either on christmas eve or on christmas day. 12 of them were deadly. chicago police superintendent, or the superintendent, held a news conference just a short time ago. he called the violence sickening. >> we now know the majority of these shootings and homicides were targeted attacks by gangs against potential rival gang members and groups who were at holiday gatherings. these were deliberate and planned shootings by one gang against another. they were targeted knowing fully well that individuals would be at the homes of family and friends celebrating the holiday. >> the police superintendent's calling on chicago policymakers to enact stricter gun laws. well, weather is a deciding factor in how long it's going to take for holiday travelers to return home or go wherever it is they're planning to go. let's bring in meteorologist
some sater. how is it looking across the nation? there are a few places to worry about. >> there are. it may be easier to fly than drive in some states where all highways are shut down in parts of north and south dakota, believe it or not. they say not only is it too dangerous to travel, it's impossible. that's mainly from around minot to grand forks to bismarck, dickinson. in is south dakota to the wyoming love, we have three-foot snow drifts. power lines are down. it's icy and you can't see. blizzard conditions. to the east, chicago's rain is to the east of them but winds are picking up. could cause slight delays. minneapolis, maybe an inch of snow, no big deal but winds are kicking up. sleet and freezing rain in upstate new york, vermont, con korngs new hampshire. it's going to change to rain. no worries there. all the warnings of the northern tier states, even though we've had snowfall from flagstaff to mountain areas of colorado, 6.8
yesterday. bismarck, north dakota to the south, blizzard conditions. winds gusting 50 miles an hour. when you factor in winds in minneapolis at 39, it feels much colder. not like in north dakota, when it's like 11 below in minot. chicago, 51. things will improve as far as air travel. to the east we had a number of high temperature records broke on christmas day, from tallahassee, 82, to paducah, kentucky, many records set were broke just last year on christmas day. and many more records could be broken today. so, it's really far from holiday weather across the deep south. we do have snow still in some areas to the north but, again, it's mainly a rain event sxip hear 82 in miami, where mr. and mrs. claus have their condo and plan to do deep sea fishing. >> it was incredibly warm. thank you very much. next, israel responds, suspending all working ties with the 12 u.n. security council
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hello. i'm martin savidge in for brooke baldwin. this just into cnn and involves the most important ally the united states has, israel. we learned netanyahu has suspended working ties with the 12 nations, countries including britain, france, russia, all voted for a united nations resolution that condemned israel settlements in west bank and east jerusalem. netanyahu blames the obama administration for allowing that vote, which the united states chose to abstain from. let's go to cnn's oren liebermann in jerusalem. explain for us what