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how did you survive? >> i justried and cried and cried and cried. an cried and cried and cried. >> you know, i think my mom early on -- and maybe still to this day -- doesn't refer to it so much as a suicide. she has the impression i think like lot of people do that term suicide implies some kind offin tent, this was act. i don't know if he knew what he was doing and wanted to end his life. i believe he had some impulse, perhaps had it before, or some overwhelming fear or whatever it was. >> just unbearable loss. and a crazy senseless one.
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it is inconceivable that he would have jumped off the roof in front of his mother. >> i thought the worst thing that would ever happen to me was you know when i was nine. but that wasn't the worst. the worst is to lose a child. i thought of going over with him. almost did really. except i thought of you.
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you know, i feel so -- i mean i failed so much in my life. i just, you know, um -- ♪ >> think we've been out here
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since -- think since the funeral. >> that does it.
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picked up thing in the fireplace and hit him on the head when he started running up the stairs you know, but it happened so quickly. >> it's nice to see them side by side. >> yes it is. you know, i think it's sort of one thing i was able to give him. do you know? >> uh-huh. >> if it had to happen. would be inconceivable to him.
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i mean as it was to all of us really. you know. ♪ >> maybe we'll come here in the spring sometime. it's really pretty then.
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♪ >> you know, the thing i ultimately came to is that sometimes there isn't any why or you can't get an answer exactly why something happened. there's no way to actually get a final answer. and you just have to be able to live in a world without why. ♪
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♪ >> like to welcome you to the carter cooper annual award for short fiction. award established by gloria vanderbilt in memory of her son carter cooper. >> say not of beauty she is good
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or ought but beautiful. or sleek to doves wings of the wood, her wild wings of a gull. call her not wicked, that word's touch consumes her like a curse. but love her not too much too much for that is even worse. oh, she is neither good nor bad but innocent and wild, enshrine her and she dies, who had the hard heart of a child. >> what does that mean to you? >> what does it mean to you? >> what does it mean to you? >> it means to me that i had the hard heart of a child from then on. >> uh-huh. >> and that i could survive things. and i did.
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welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm cyril vanier, "cnn newsroom." we're following a cease fire in syria. brokered by russia and turkey. some forces laying down weapons after nearly six years of war. heading live to the region in just a moment. first though russia is vowing to respond to hash u.s. sanctions, punishment for hacking in the
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election. including the expulsion of diplomats. >> it's over. the curtain's down. a bad play is over. the world world is witnessing a destructive blow on america's prestige and leadership that has been dealt by barack obama and his hardly literate team. masked helplessness. no enemy could have caused more harm to the u.s. president-elect donald trump seemed anxious to get past this saying time to get on to bigger and better things. nevertheless meet with intelligence community to get better updated. jim sciutto with more on how the u.s. is responding. >> tonight president obama ordering strong and far reaching retaliation against russia for its unprecedented cyberattack on
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the u.s. election system. the u.s. is imposing sanctions against nine russian individuals and entities, including the fsb spy agency and military intelligence unit, bot believed behind the hack. orring russian intelligence operatives and families in california and washington d.c. out of the country. and shutting down two russian owned compounds in maryland and new york. also declassifying intelligence on russian cyberactivity to help networks in the u.s. and abroad to identify detect and disrupt russian cyberattacks. despite this and intelligence assessment that russia ordered the cking. president-elect trump just last night continued to dismiss the involvement and importance. >> i think need to get on with
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our lives. think computers have complicated lives very greatly. age of computer, nobody knows exactly what is going on. >> senator john mccain traveling with others in the baltic region responding to trump's remarks with sarcastic jab. >> i agree with president-elect we need to get on with our lives without having russians being affected by any outside influence, especially vladimir putin who is a thug and a murderer. >> in a statement before the announcement russia promised its own retaliation, saying if washington takes hostile steps will receive answer. any actions will immediately back fire at u.s. diplomats in russia. the intelligence community
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discovered that vladimir putin personally ordered the hacking to affect the clinton campaign. earlier this week lindsey graham told cnn congress is planning its own payback. >> what are you going to do senator graham and mccain if he doesn't change his tune on russia? >> there are 100 united states senators and i would say 99 of us believe the russians did this and going to do something about it. along with mccain after his trip meet and have sanctions that hit putin and his inner circle for interfering with our election. doing it all over the world, not just the united states. >> joining me from seattle washington, jill dougherty. talking about this last night as we knew the announcements would be made today. now that we know what the sanctions are specifically, how
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significant do you think they are? >> i think they're significant. and also cyril, we don't totally know precisely the actions that the obama administration is going to ultimately take. we do know about the sanctions and diplomatic steps but there are covert steps that the obama administration can take that we may never know about. that's where it gets complicated. there's one part of this too that hasn't really been brought up but these are the things obama is talking about. declassifying technical information about the way that russia uses the web and uses cyber in order to carry out malicious cyberactivity. you could say essentially he's giving the green light to let's call them good hackers, to go after the russian intelligence
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service hackers and that's interesting too. lot of aspects to this. >> jill, i'm looking at some of the other sanions here. asset freezes or travel bans on the russian military intelligence chief. symbolically that's a big deal but strikes me not a change a lot to how they actually operate. >> i don't think the head of gru is vacationing in miami, but i think even naming him and saying here's the man -- one of the key people who has carried out and organized this attack. and these attacks, is really big. you just don't do that. it's kind of like russia targeting the head of the cia or something. it just isn't done. so i think they're doing that for a purpose. and i do think they're trying to get as close to president putin as they can to deliver that message. and interestingly when you hear
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lindsey graham talking about putin personally, mccain and graham talking about putin personally, that's another step. it's really almost like a nuclear option here. this thing is moving very quickly forward with no one really understanding where it's all going to end up. >> getting back to question i was asking you yesterday, do you think this is the kind of retaliation that is going to make moscow, the kremlin, vladimir putin think twice about undertaking the kind of hacking that u.s. accuses them of having done next time? >> they're going to continue hacking. hacking in the sense of getting intelligence information, and certainly the economic hacking to make money, russian hackers, et cetera, probably all going to go forward. but when you get into hacking into an election, i think that's where the russians are going to
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have to decide how far they would want to push it. and that's an unknowable at this point. because obama finally is pushing back, pushing back pretty hard. and the sign is don't try it again. it's also by the way a message not only to russia but to other countries that have the potential to do what the russians have. but again we don't know where this is all go going and whether president putin will take it as another step that he wants to push the boundary even further and do something that ultimately could even be destabilizing. >> all right. jill dougherty from seattle, washington, thank you for insights. point out importance of one of things you said. we only know part of the story. president obama made it clear part of the retaliation wouldn't be public. we don't know full story. joining me from los angeles.
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tell me i want you to tell me about what you think about donald trump's reaction to all of this. because this has all been laid at his door step three weeks from taking office. what's he saying? it's time to quote move on. that's a direct quote. now for instance as consultant how does that score as answer? >> it's unacceptable, especially given his background. this is a man who stood up in a press conference and called on russia to hack his opponent during the campaign and later said he had nothing to do with it. secretary of state zinee is part of putin's order of friendship. so saying move on and don't pay attention to attack doesn't cut it for most americans. >> go ahead. >> just going to say, look, what's shocking here is that
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with 20 days to go, now president obama decides to take action. what about the last eight years? tried to do the reset. that failed. allegedly the white house was hacked but nobody talked about that. china is consistently hacking united states but all of a sudden when his power might not be in power he takes action. the tweet that the russian embassy called him lame duck underscores the larger problem that barack obama has had over the last eight years, the rest of the world doesn't take u.s. seriously. when barack obama told putin to cut it out, just laughs. >> i would point out quote by the u.s. house of representative jon ryan who said -- paul ryan saying precisely that. answer was adequate. happy that it came. it is overdue but appropriate way to end eight years of failed
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policy with russia. thing is isn't this going to -- and end of the quote serves prime example of this administration's ineffective foreign policy that's left america weaker in the eyes of the world. speaking to your point. but isn't this going to essentially curtail donald trump's action. he was giving us impression wanting to reset things with russia but going to inherit a situation where they just attacked russia. >> i understand feeling need to take action but handed a bucket of troubles both in israel and russia to the incoming president-elect trump. i think the reason president trump is hesitant to make a statement is because what reince priebus said earlier, until he takes office and fully briefed on what actually is happening, doesn't want to weigh in on it.
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>> right -- >> i'd like us to listen to kellyanne conway, trump senior adviser. this is what she had to say, how she interprets the sanctions levied by obama administration. >> i will tell you that even those who are sympathetic to president obama on most issues are saying that part of the reason he did this today was to quote box in president-elect trump. that would be very unfortunate if that were the -- if politics were the motivating factor here but we can't help but think that's often true. >> do you feel that president obama is playing politics with the sanctions? >> i don't think it's politics to box in president-elect trump. it's foreign policy imperative. when you have a president-elect signaling as dangerous a policy on russia as trump has, i don't think it's biggest thing in the world to box in to where if he wants to pull back and say spies
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can come back into the united states that's his prerogative but he's the one saying it. and notion of trump getting intelligence briefings. said today won't take briefings on the issue until next week. does he have that much important stuff that he can't take hour out of his day to get briefed on critical issue. >> you feel he's buying time there. >> it's either buying time or treats presidency as something of a hobby. doesn't want to give up businesses, being executive producer of "the apprentice" bother me when there's something important but when there is, pushes it off a few days. >> john? >> i don't know where to begin. obama's had eight years to tackle this issue. this is not the first time and twenty days before smacks of politics. if such a big issue, handing this -- he should have conducted
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with president-elect trump as to how to tackle it together. really is unfair. falling in president-elect trump's lap not obama's. >> the serious point made here ks president-elect been pushing back despite evidence overwhelmingly sprented by intelligence community, pushing back against the notion that russia interfered in the u.s. election process. now he's saying i will actually get briefed on the facts a week from now. doesn't strike you as flippant? >> not really. don't know to the agree what hacking went on. know the dnc was hacked and podesta. but don't know anything related to elections actually were haed. so i think presint-elect trump just doesn't want to jump to conclusions until he has all the facts and quite frankly is in control and can direct the agencies to do comprehensive
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investigations to find out what happened. >> report that intelligence community released today had quite a bit of detail on fact it was likely russia -- >> to the dnc and podesta. >> this could go on and will in future days. we'll continue this conversation. thanks for joining us right now. mark silver and john thomas. syria is under a nationwide cease fire as the world hopes that this one may finally last. plus shocking claims by a man who claims that he killed for the philippine president and crocodiles used to get rid of the bodies. coming up after the break. (vo) it's that time of year again.
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and welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm cyril vanier with headlines this hour. u.s. president barack obama is ordering thousands of russian diplomats to leave the country. part of sanctions for meddling in the election. two compounds also be closed. moscow said will respond in kind. u.s. military says aware of movements by isis over the last weeks wouldn't say whether the leader is in syria or iraq. no signs for months. u.s. is offering reward for information leading to h capture. and first full day of nationwide cease fire in syria. russia and turkey helped broker
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the deal. couple of reports of clashes but no word whether those involved in the violence signed onto the cease fire in the first place. now let's bring in ian lee and military analyst lieutenant colonel rick frank ownive for perspective. like to go to you first. your gut feeling. get into the why but gut feeling, is it going to hold? >> has a better chance than the ones in the past. we've tried this before and invariably these break down but situation has changed so much since the last time we tried this. rebel reverses, loss of aleppo, victory by the syrian regime, seem to be on a roll. i think the rebels are looking at this as last chance and may want it to work to get to the
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table in 30 days to get something out of the regime, but the hand is week and i think bashar al-assad regime believes has the upper hand. >> ian in turkey, from what you're hearing is it holding? >> have been reports of some clashes but by and large the cease fire is holding. it is going to be difficult though, not all the parties on the rebel side in particular have signed on to this. we're waiting to see who all is going to abide by it. this really is going to be for turkey to put the pressure on them to live -- stand by this cease fire. but there are major players involved who aren't a part of it. noousra, ashem. the al qaeda linked group not part of it. operating in territory where
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other rebel groups are operating. it is ambiguous right now what territories held by rebels will be included in this. >> so just to be clear for viewers means fighting is going to be continued but directed against what russia and turkey define as terror groups is that correct? >> what the u.n. security council determines as terrorist groups. isis, and al qaeda, those groups not part of this. and ypg, kurdish fighters in the northeastern part of syria, really giving it to isis as well, they are not part of this. and turkey has accused ypg as being a terrorist organization with supporters, the pkk operating in turkey. s this going to be a diplomatic
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dance if you will moving forward with the cease fire. >> turn to you again, vladimir putin, widely interpreted when russia got involved heavily into the syrian conflict, interpreted that for vladimir putin it was a way to establish and re-establish russia's power on the international stage. do you think he got what h wanted today? he announced the cease fire in syria after six years. >> yeah i think the russians have established themselves as one of the new power brokers in the region, particularly syria. other parties with turkey and iran. brings up a great point about the turks. this is russian and turkish deal. turks have to deliver the rebels, force them to abide by this and turks have cachet with the rebels because they have skin in the game. troops on the ground in syria taken casualties, isis burned
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alive two of their troops. air strikes every day. means a lot to the rebel. might be willing to listen to the turks. and that's where the relationship with the united states broke down. and vladimir putin in the middle east and turkish involvement marginalized the united states. pooutin coming out strong putin is coming out strong. >> been saying that there is no solution, given what you say, rebels accepting cease fire because in weakened position, doesn't that suggest there is a military solution? >> there has been and russians are impreempting it. if goal of the military operation is bring people to the table, appears that's what we'll have. part is talks in kazakhstan, the
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united states won't be there but rebels, turks and russians will be. i think the rebels believe this might be best opportunity. if they don't come up with a cease fire that holds, reach political agreement with the government in damascus, i don't think they have the strength to hold out much longer. they've been dealt a very devastating series of defeats and there's no reason to think the russians are going to let up until they assure that bashar al-assad remains in power. >> in istanbul, for the backers of the cease fire, turkey and russia, just a first step. what happens next? >> that's right. really three step process here. first step is just get a cease fire implemented. second step is to set up a mechanism to oversee the cease fire, make sure if there's any violations they can be dealt with, communication line is
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open. there is a direct line between the russians and turks to talk about any sort of violations and try to work those out. but third step, and this is going to be the crucial one for them, is negotiations. trying to bring the sides to the table to talk about a final soluon and end this roughly six year conflict that's killed hundreds of thousands of people. that's going to happen next month in kazakhstan if, and this is a big sf, if able to keep the cease fire intact until them. >> quick final question. has the u.s. been totally sidelined? does it have any strings to pull in the conflict? >> doesn't appear so. think the russians are clear we're not invited, not part of it and not going to be until after the inauguration of the new president and at that point may be brought back in.
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whether you agree with what putin has done or not, you have to give him credit for carrying out what he wanted to do. been successful to our detriment. >> thank you very much. ian lee from istanbul. taking a short break. when we come back, this man says was on a death squad run by philippines president roberto duterte. coming up. known for its perfect storm of tiny bubbles,
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now to cnn exclusive. a man who claims that he was an assassin has come forward with explosive claims. says philippine president roberto duterte once ran secret death squads and ordered him to perform unthinkable acts. as duterte continues to run a
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drug war and jeopardize alliance with the u.s. in manila reporting. the man that you spoke to and tell us about, why coming forward now? >> reporter: well depends on who you ask. for those who support president duterte six months into the drug war that's killed more than 6,000 people, they believe it's politically motivated and self-proclaimed hit man protected by high level law makers who want to take him down but talking to him and those who believe him, tell a different story. man who was hired hit man for 25 years who over the years after killing a number of people started to have a change of heart. now he's telling this story. edgar says he and philippine president roberto duterte have something in common, both have
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blood on their hands. i want him to pay for what he did, for the many killings he ordered he says. if we bring back the death penalty, i hope duterte is the first to hang. and then i will follow. decades before the president took his bloody war on drugs nationwide, says he was part of a group known in the philippines as -- death squad. found committing hundreds of murders, targeting street children and criminals all during duterte's decade's long run as crime fighting mayor beginning in 1988. i personally killed around 50 people he says. he shows us a journal with names and dates of some of his victims written by his wife because he can't read or write. also showed city i.d.
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said he was ghost employee, earning just 100 dl$100 a month murder on demand. >> who was ordering the squad to murder these people? got the orders from duterte he said. cnn can't verify the story but his testimony shocked the philippines. country's human rights commission is investigating. president's office says he changed details in his story. >> very inconsistent. if you go through the transcript you will see that he is is lying through his teeth. >> president's communication secretary says if the testimony was credible, police would have built a day. >> the death squad that people are talking about is all legend. all legend. there's no death squad. >> i did kill. i was only three months mayor.
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>> duterte told me he personally gunned down three people while mayor to set example for his officers but in media interviews says he doesn't remember this man and denies ordering vigilanty killings. for several years he was in witness protection. now that duterte is president he's in hiding. meet at safe house several hour there's manila, moved ten times in last year and facing charges of kidnapping and illegal firearms possession. i was told to cut the bodies in pieces he said. claims dumped bodies in crocodile farms, in the streets and in mass graves but mass graves never been found. >> why are you the only one to come forward?
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many are scared. if they change, we are killed. >> if they find you, they kill you? >> they will because secrets revealed. said he's eager to confess sins and shine a light on the reality behind the president's deadly drug war. but many people in the philippines feel the drug war is making the streets saver. in the last six months overall crime is down more than 30% although murders up more than 50%. cyril. >> will ripley reporting live from manila, capital of the philippines. thank you very much indeed. close in life and reunited in death. up next, how fans are mourning loss of two screen legends, debbie reynolds and her daughter carrie fisher, who died just a day apart. plus the uber driver who
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you can see the flower and candles at one of reynolds' stars on the hollywood walk of fame and of course princess leia will be missed. the billboard tribute went up in wisconsin. it simply says, "i love you. i know." if driving bliss is an unbroken chain of green traffic lights, just imagine wherever you live an unbroken chain of green lights. and this uber driver is the zen master. i s in n york over the holiday and i got stuck at every red light there was. early on december 6th, foreman, a veteran cabby set out to do the seemingly impossible, drive from harlem right there to lower manhattan without stopping. it took him 26 minutes and he
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clocked 240 green lights in a row before he hit a red. the total distance, we calculated it was 20 kilometers, almost 12 1/2 miles. no interruption. here's a time lapse of his epic drive which if confirmed may be a city record. ♪ all right. now to the man who accomplished this incredible feat. glad to have you with us, noah. >> glad to be here. >> when we look at your video, i think it is 240 green lights, give or take a few. how did you do that? is that instinct or something you have been studying a long time? >> it's mostly experience.
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i have had 11 years behind the wheel of a yellow cab and after that -- >> 11 years in new york then? >> that's right. 11 years in the yellow cab and started early spring with ride share, uber, what not. >> how long have you been practicing this, getting the green lights? i used to live in paris the most green lights consecutive i got was seven or eight and i used to brag about that. >> some people are saying that about new york city, as well. all of the streets in new york are timed for safe speeds to just try to get from, if we can, we can get from the beginning of the avenue to the end of the avenue. they slow things down quite a bit and traffic gets in the way. so i have to find the perfect time to do it. i have to be extremely patient
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with people. i have to give myself a lot of space so i can see what people are doing and anticipate where they are. it. >> it looks like something you took seriously and studied. >> seriously but it is also a hobby. it's just for fun. i don't do it all the time. i have to get my income but maybe once a year i give it a shot. >> noah, what's the hard ers part? we can hear you in the video saying you are afraid there might be security around trump tower and that may block you. >> oh, yeah. i was amazed it went through so smoothly over there. that's the bottleneck situation they have the barricades on the left and right. but there was no traffic. it was one of those days. everything went my way, right. >> you had not planned out your map? when you look at the video it
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looks like a jedi mind trick and you choose to go left or right and you have all of the green lights with you. >> yes. fifth avenue and sixth avenue is from experience. i did fifth and sixth avenue two years ago. so i knew all i had to do is adjust my speed accordingly to make it no red lights. >> is this helping you to get more customers? are you getting something out of this skill or is it just for fun? >> right now it's just for fun, but especially back when i was driving the yellow cab, if i was -- if i was in a hard time and i couldn't find anybody, i'd say the heck wit, leth it. let's stay on duty and try this run and next thing you know you get a passenger. >> noah foreman, the man who got 240 or there about green lights if you need an uber driver.
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>> thank you so much. >> by the way, he thinks if he times it right next time he could break 500 consecutive red lights. if you need a cabby in manhattan, hit him up. serena williams is getting married. she is engaged to the cofounder of reddit. the spokesman said he popped the question while the two were vacationing in rome. the former world number one champ has dated him since the fall of 2015. no word on a wedding date yet. stay posted for that. that's it for us now. you are watching have been cnn nool. i'm cyril vanier. back with more news after this. your insurance company
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debbie reynolds. syria wakes up from the first night of a nationwide cease fire after reports of sporadic violence. in a cnn exclusive, a man now in hiding explains how he killed around 50 people for philippine president duterte. welcome to our viewers in the
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u.s. and around the world. i'm cyril vanier in atlanta. and your "cnn newsroom" starts right now. he will have more in just a moment but first russian diplomates are calling it cold war deja vu. unprecedented sanctions on russia for its alleged interference in the u.s. election. among the measures announced three dozen russian diplomates are asked to leave the u.s. within 72 hours. president-elect trump seemed anxious to get past the incident, however, saying it is time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. nevertheless, in the interest of i will meet with leaders of the intelligence community to be updated on the facts of this situation. athena jones has details on what other punishments the u.s. has in store. >> reporter: in a statement the
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treasury department named nine individuals subject to expanded sanctions, including russia's military intelligence unit and its head and domestic security service. the state department following suit, declaring 35 russian intelligence units persona nongrata and giving them 72 hours to leave the country. the government shutting down two government owned compounds. one in new york and this one on the eastern shore of maryland. in a white house statement, the president said all americans should be alarmed by russia's actions and repeated the activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the russian government these moves come as president-elect trump continues to dismiss the u.s. intelligence assessment of russian interference in the presidential election. >> i think we need to get on with our lives. i think the computers have complicated lives greatly. the whole age of computer where
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nobody knows exactly what is going on. >> reporter: while trump resisted blaming russia, members of his own party are standing behind the obama administration. promising to impose additional sanctions in congress. lindsey graham on a congressional delegation to russia's neighboring states took on trump's comments. >> i think most of us, democrats and republicans, really believe that russia is up to no good all over the world. they are trying break the back of democracies and if we don't push back against putin, iran and china could hack in to our systems. >> intelligence officials habef announcement of the u.s. retaliation, russia promised a response. a spokeswoman said in a statement, frankly speaking we are tired of life without russian hackers that spread in the united states in the top.
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we can only add if washington takes new hostile steps it will receive an answer. the white house is ready to respond whatever actions russia takes. >> we can anticipate a response of some kind but the truth is we enjoy the greatest capability of any country on earth. that's offensive and defensive. that applies to cyberspace, diplomatic resources, intelligence resources and tools we have in our tool box to hold countries accountable. >> the russian response is coming soon. russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said on facebook russia will announce retaliation measures on friday. saying "tomorrow will be the official statement countermeasures and a lot of other things." back to you. >> let's talk about this. joining me from thousand oaks, california, is richard anderson jr., professor of political science at ucla.
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president obama had announced he would carry out sanctions proportional to russiaed alleged interference. do you feel he's hit the mark? >> i don't think the russian election interference made much difference. i think the sanctions will make practically no difference. they can't very well be effective. >> why is that? >> in the sense their actions weren't effective, ours aren't go to be yes. in that sense proportioned. >> this is surprising. why do you say it is not going to be effective and you seem to be saying both superpowers are being ineffective in attacking each other. >> yes. neither is really attacking each other. foreign policy is really about protecting domestic politics and public opinion. the russians interfered with our election because they accused
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hillary clinton of interfering with theirs. they knew the accusation was false, but you look like a liar to the russian public unless you retaliate. that was the purpose of this hacking the democratic committee. >> so you are saying all of this is political theater. >> all of this is political theater. that's a good, quick way to say it, yes. >> no -- there's going to be no impact on washington-moscow relations and we have all been taken in by this theater the last few weeks, is that what you are saying? >> i didn't say that. moscow-washington relations are part of the political theater. they retaliated against us. we retaliated against us. they retailuate some more, retalluate some more and relations get worse and worse. in that sense it makes some difference to both sides.
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on the other hand, obviously we will have a new president in january. that president has said he wants to work with putin. i suspect these things, most of them can be relatively rapidly reversed. you know, they have closed down two russian sites which i believe they have closed them. i wouldn't know myself but i believe they closed them because the russians were using them for covert intelligence collection. my guess is that at least there will be strong resistance from general flynn an the new trump administration to reopening those sites for the simple reason he is an intelligence officer and no intelligence officer likes to have foreign spies spying on him. on the other hand, the russians will retaliate by expelling some
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of our spies, operating under democratic, diplomatic cover and we won't get to replace them either. >> all right. thank you very much for your analysis, richard anderson, joining me for that. appreciate your insights. >> you are welcome. >> let's talk about the political fallout in the u.s. now. joining me from los angeles is political strategist max zilbar and john thomas, political consultant. john, i have to ask you, a as republican, what do you make of donald trump's reaction to all of this? his reaction has been to say let's move on. >> yeah, i think, you know, it's fun funny. for all of the accusations that trump makes rash decisions is unhinged, could get in to an unintentional foreign conflict, trump is actually being measured and it's actually obama who's getting us in to trouble internationally. i think what trump is doing here is we don't have all of the
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facts. trump is waiting until he is president elect and in charge of those intelligence agencies an the investigations to figure out what is going on and in control to decide what real estalations russia should be going forward. >> the fact is we do have the facts and intelligence for a reason. >> we don't. >> donald trump is saying he is not going to take his intelligence briefing until next week on this this is a matter of vital national security and donald trump thinks it shouldn't be interrupting whatever his weekend plans are. it's unbelievable. >> john, my question is -- just if you look at the language here, and i know you have to be careful when you look at specific words that donald trump uses. he doesn't always stick to them and he doesn't use them in perhaps ways that other traditional politicians make statements, but he says "let's move on." given how important this issue has been and how important it is
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likely to be in the future, the relations of russia versus the u.s., do you feel that's adequate for somebody who is about to become the president of the united states? >> i think what he means -- what trump means and it is sometimes difficult to decipher because you can't take him literally 100% of the time. i think he means let's not talk about the election being hacked today. we have larger problems. we know russia isn't the only one hack hg. russia has allegedly hacked the white house. china hacks the united states. this is a larger problem. it's not just related to elections be but espionage all together. i think that is what trump is trying to say. we need t look at it in a comprehensive manner. the election is over. let's move on. >> i think that is reading a lot in to at this time to say that is what he is trying to say. when he says "let's move on"
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it's not because pauj espionage because i don't want you to pay attention to the espionage i benefitted from. >> he is rubbing some senior republicans the wrong way, john mccain, lindsey graham. do you think he will have to pay for this almost lighthearted approach to this issue? >> i don't think so. i don't think that anyone thinks that donald trump will be lighthearted when it comes to foreign policy. he put mad dog mattis in charge. these are not people that putin really likes. i think trump is getting his bearings and i think trump, my guess is privately is quite upset that the president, president obama handed him in this bombsll with 20 days to go and said, here it is your responsibility. where was the president for the last eight years with dealing with this threat? >> right. and the trump camp says obama is trying to box them in. essentially tie their hands. max, what do you make of that
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claim? >> i think the obama administration should try to box donald trump in. donald trump has signalled a dangerous either lack of interest or lack of prudence when it comes to the russia issue. when there are concerns that he has appointed a guy like tillerson on putin's order of friendship to be secretary of state and we forget a few months ago, donald trump called for russia to hack hillary clinton during the campaign. this is not someone who has shown prudence on this issue. we should box him in as much as we can, while we still can. >> look, the obama administration hasn't been tough on russia or understood them. they tried to reset button the relationship. that didn't work. obama throatened putin to cut it out. that was a joke. and now russia's embassy is making fun of obama's administration as a lame duck. they are not taking him seriously. >> so the notion, an obama reset
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is weak and a trump reset is a symbol of american strength. >> i think people take trump more seriously than they do barack obama. >> let me jump in with this tweet by the russian embassy in the uk. this i what they said on twitter. they posted this picture of a lame duck in this statement. president obama exposed 35 russian diplomates in cold war deja vu as everyone, including american people will be glad to see the last of this hapless administration. are you concerned about this idea that the obama administration has been weak and weakened the u.s.? in this context it is often said about russia but the same thing about syria and other countries. >> well, look, it's funny that donald trump's tweet based diplomacy is ribbing off on his friends many moscow. i think on the red line in sire ya, the united states shouldn't
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have drawn a red line and backed away. there are certain issues where that is a fair criticism. but there is a difference between strong and reckless and too often when donald trump tries to project strength he frightens people when he talks about ramping up an arms race. when he talks about bombing the hell out of people as he did repeatedly throughout the campaign. there's a difference between being hawkish and having a form of smart power. >> before we wrap this up, john thomas, republican consultant, your thoughts. are there any concerns how donald trump may handle puls policy, given everything he said during the campaign and that included calling on russia to continue hacking? this was during the campaign. >> one thing we learned about donald trump is that campaigner and governing trump are two different people. i think he is going to tow a tough line. >> you are giving him a pass on that? >> yeah, i do. i think we have too look for the
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trump pivot and time will tell on this. >> thank you for joining us. pleasure to speak to you both. syrian cease fire enters the first full day. even key plarsed a might it is fragile. what has to happen to make it stick after the break. ♪ ♪ if you've got the time welcome to the high life. ♪ we've got the beer ♪ miller beer
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welcome back. the violence has mostly stopped in syria as a new cease fire enters the first full day. russia and turkey helped to broke area peace deal on thursday but not all rebel groups for a part of the agreements. there has been some fighting since the cease fire came in to effect. ian lee is monitoring the cease fire. he is joining me live from turkey. i know it is early to draw an accurate diagnosis of where the fees fire stands right now, but what can you tell us? >> that's right. there have been some minor violations but by and large the cease fire appears to be holding. there are a lot of big questions about it, inly whais the territory that will be dezzic
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designated for the cease fire. the area they control is not part of this. in other parts. other rebel territory, you have different rebel groups mixing together. turkey is the one in charge of bringing these rebel groups in line. you have one rebel group in particular, the al-qaeda linked rebel group and they are not a part of this cease fire but they are other rebel groups part of the cease fire operating in the same area. there are a lot of questions about where the areas will be. so far, it seems there's a cease fire holding. >> reporter: one of the key differences between this cease fire and different ones that didn't hold and last very long is this has been brokered by turkey and russia. what does that change?
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>> that's right. the turks really are -- you do have a lot of rebel groups you should their influence and russia on the other side you have the syrian government, hezbollah from lebanon, that fighting force, as well as the iranians. so you have two major players coming tone and brokering the cease fire which we haven't seen before. there are a lot of moving parts to this that could make this fall apart u. other rebel groups, other factions, saudi arabia, and qatar have skin in this game and the question about president bashar al-assad. in the past, turkey has said he mist g must go. he is backed by the russian and they don't want to see him go. there is a three-step process. first getting the cease fire in place. second to have the lines of communication, in case there is any violation they can be dealt with and if all of this holds
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they will be negotiating next month in kazakhstan to find a solution to this almost six-year civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of people. another thing to note, too, which is important, is the turks right now are fighting isis in al bar. this is a city that is 30 kilometers from aleppo where the syrian government has forces and the russians are there, as well. this cease fire, this mechanism could be a way that when those two sides the turks and syrian forces are looking across at each other there isn't any sort of conflict between the two sides. there's a lot of moving parts. still early but it is holding. >> all right. ian lee reporting there live on a complex fluid situation. thank you so much. of course he will continue to monitor the cease fire as we try to find out whether we may or may not be at a turning noint the syrian civil war.
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thank you, ian. the world has seen the violence but peace eluded many victims. our phil black looks at where the conflict started and where it may bad the syrian government's response wasn't peaceful. that crackdown began to drive people from their homes, from their own country. these were among the first in what was to become a wave of refugees, seeking safety beyond syria's borders. eventually demonstrator and activists became rebels. they picked up weapons and
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fought back. civil war has torn syria apart for almost six years as the world watched and talked. u.n. security council resolutions were vetoed by russia and china. international negotiations flouderred. cease fires were ignored. all while seemingly endless images have documented suffering on a scale difficult to comprehend. we have seen the faces of communities enduring bombardment and starvation like here in damascus. stories of children dam the world's impotent like those gasping for breath after a chemical weapons attack. president obama said this would be a red line, it wasn't. the body of a boy face down on a turkish beach after his family's failed attempt to reach europe and a stunned boy dusty and bleeding after pulled from the rebel in aleppo.
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serious uninterrupted chaos allowed isis to evolve in to a powerful force. the world had a front line view as it took the might of american air power to drive isis fighters away. the group proved its brutality with violent propaganda videos, including the executions can of foreign hostages. and with the attacks in paris and brussels isis showed it can protect terror. there was also opportunity for russia. in september 2015, its air force began to strike the syrian regime with devastating effect. that campaign recently broke the opposition's resistance in the city of aleppo. only weeks later, russia and
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turkey say they found a difficultic way forward in a war that devastated the country and destabilize the region. mo than 11 million people, around half of syria's population have been forced from their homes. 400,000 have been killed. for almost six years, intense hatreds have been deepened through blood and loss. the heart-breaking realities of syria's war leave little optimism, despite the latest effort at diplomacy. phil black, cnn, london.
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warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you are watching "cnn newsroom." i'm cyril vanier. we have a busy news agenda. let's look at the headlines. friday marked the be ginning of a cease fire in the syrian civil war. russia and turkey helped to broker the deal with the assad regime along with several rebel groups. have there have been reports of several clashes sce then. president obama ordered sanctions against six russian individuals and five russian entities. in addition 35 diplomates have been ordered to leave the u.s. russia says it will respond to any hostile steps the u.s. takes. a spokesman for poouten s putins the russian president is in no rush to make a decision. donald trump issued a statement sayg i is time to move on to bigger and better things. this stems from russia's alleged
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hacking of e-mails related to the democratic parts campaign. the white houssaid that russia tried to influence the 2016 election and erode faith in u.s. democracy. moscow brushed off those claims. here's brian todd. >> reporter: moscow says the hacking allegations against russia are groundless. vladimir putin's spokesman challenging america to prove them. they say the russian hacks continue around the clock, ph h phishing attempts e-mail attempts as late as december 6th. adam meyers specializes in cyberintelligence. and he has new information on operations inside of putin's hacking teams which they say are as talented as they come. >> when it comes to espionage and offense they are fantastic. they are close to the best in the world. probably right after our own
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here in the united states. >> reporter: crowdstrike discovered a russian hacking strike cozy bear penetrated the dnc in 2015. crowd strike said the team known as the dukes or apt 29 for advanced persistent threat is tied to intelligence. crowd strike says another team, fancy bear, began to target the democratic party. fancy bear is believed to be commanded by the gru, russian's military intelligence agency. >> one of the tools they use, would the tools allow them to access the computer, to download files, to upload files, execute commands, to even take pictures of what is going on the screen. >> reporter: this is the bogus e-mail that opens pandora's box at the clinton campaign. someone has your password says someone to john podesta march, it says click on this link to reset the password. >> once they go to that link it
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will take them to what looks like a google log in and they will be asked for their user name and password and when they provide it, it willwa i to google buthe attacker now has a copy of their user name and password. >> a technique used to be an army of 4,000 russian cyberagents. >> are these dishevelled hackers who happen to be wearing military yumpls. >> there are people in military uniforms, business focussed and a technical cadre that maybe more informal and casual. >> reporter: a key question now, who are the next targets of the fancy and cozy bear hacking teams? crowd strike says nato should have its guard up. y company with major business deals in russia and they say political leaders in france and germany should have their cyber defended ready. those countries have elections next year, countries where russia cares a lot about the yut
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co youth come of those elections. >> as for u.s.-russia relations. look at what might be in the works for u.s.-israel relations. donald trump is making clear he thinks israel has been treated unfairly. israel is counting down the days until trump takes office. oren? >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu made it clear he is done working with president obama and is very much looking forward to president-elect trump. trump has made it one of his goals, he says, to close the ultimate deal, the israeli-palestinian conflict, a two-state solution but can he do it? is that even possible with his four years in office with what he has stated. take a look. >> very strong for israel. i think israel has been treated unfairly by a lot of people.
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>> reporter: presint-elect trump says he can do what no president has done in a half century, solve the conflict calling it the ultimate deal and suggesting his jewish son-in-law maybe a part of the plan. [ inaudible [ inaudible ] as the death of a two-state solution. the unprecedented intervention coming as relations between benjamin netanyahu and president obama are as bad as ever.
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prime minister netanyahu and abbas last shook hands at the funeral for shimon peres who shared a peace prize. he was the closest they had come to talking publicly in years. in time, we lindh l find out if president-elect trump can change that. president-elect trump will obviously bring an outsider's perspective. for decades it has been politicians to try to make progress. he l bring a businessman's perspective and not a politicians. so many of the issues are complex and looks like trump will have to -- if he wants to
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make progress. >> oren lieberman reporting. filipino president duterte has bragged about killing people and this man says he ran a death squad. the grisly details ahead.
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welcome back. iraq's prime minister predicts the city will be liberated from isis in three months. they are backed up with u.s. air power and iraqi forces are advancing deeper in to eastern and western sections of the city. the hunt for the leader of isis maybe closer to a conclusion after months of no
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known sightings the u.s. says that ail al baghdadi maybe on the move. barbara starr has more from the pentagon. when you pick up those certain indications of where a person has been it becomes far more likely that you can actually find him. >> no one is saying if the terrorist leader is in iraq or hunkered down in raqqah, syria, but several efforts are underway. u.s. officials tell cnn there are a number of buildings under observation.
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the u.s. is looking for movement of any senior isis leaders. communications are being intercepted from raids in iraq, documents seized an reviewed for fresh tips. u.s. special operations forces on the ground talking to who ever may know something. last month a rare audio recording encouraging fighters to stand strong in mosul. the u.s. just raised to $25 million the reward for his capture. the goal has been to take away his layers of protection and security. >> these people have to communicate, even if they don't communicate via the internet or phone, they have no communicate in one way or the other. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence is focused on isolating al baghdadi by killing those close to him. nearly a dozen senior operatives so far. >> we took out three of isil's key leaders in the last couple of weeks. >> reporter: one of the most
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important isis leaders, the chief of external plotting, was killed in an air strike in syria. and this kuwaiti-born operative killed just this week. so what if the u.s. was able to capture or kill al baghdadi? would it change the course of the war posly in the opening weeks of the trump administration. they belief the isis ideology will live on for some time, possibly long after al baghdadi meets his fate. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. now to cnn exclusive. a man who says he was an assassin has come forward with explosive claims. he said that president duterte once ran a secret death squad. as mayor ordered him to commit unthinkable acts. mr. duterte threatens to jeopardize his country's military alliance with the u.s. for more on this cnn's will
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ripley is joining us from man a manila. will? >> reporter: hi, cyril. president duterte, whenever anyone criticizes his human rights record is outraged and that includes a rent interview to pull out the visiting forces agreement that allows u.s. troops to operate in the philippines. when you look at the greater drug war that entered the sixth month as of today, 6,000 people killed we need to look at where it began in the davao city in the philippines where he mayor declared war on drugs and where this self-proclaimed former hitman said he was acting on orders from the man who is now president committing murders after murders, sometimes innocent people. edgar says he and filipino president duterte have something in common, they both have blood
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on hair hands. i want him to pay for what he did for the many killings he ordered. if he bring back the death penalty i hope he is first and then i will follow. >> reporter: he said he was a part of a group known as the devout death squad. in 2008, a u.n. investigation found the shadowy band of assassins was committing hundreds of murders targeting street children and criminals, all during duterte's decades long run as the southern city's gun-toting crime-fighting mayor beginning in '88. i personally killed around 50 people, he says. he shows a journal with names an dates of some of his victims written by his wife because he can't read or write. he also showed his davao city i.d. he said he was a ghost employee,
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earning just $100 a month to murder on command. who was ordering the death squad to kill all of these people? orders from mayor duterte, he says. cnn cannot verify his story, but his graphic testimony in september before a senate hearing on vigilante killings shocked the philippines. the country's human rights commission is investigating. the president's office said he changed some details in his story. >> very inconsistent. if you go through the transcript you will see for yourself that he is lying through his teeth. >> reporter: the president's communications secretary says if the testimony was credible, police would have built a case. it's not a death squad. >> i did kill.
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i was only three months mayor. >> duterte said he gunned down three people while the mayor to set an example for his officers. but in media interviews he said he doesn't remember this man and denies ordering vigilante killings. for several years he was in official witness protection and now that duterte is president he is in hiding. we meet at a safe house several hours from manila. he has moved several times in the last year. i was told to cut the body parts in to pieces, he says. he claims they dumped bodies in crocodile farms, in the streets and even many mass graves. but those graves have never been found. >> why are you the only one who has come forward? >> he says, many of them are scared. if we try to change we're killed. so you think if they find you, they'll kill you?
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>> they will kill me, he says because now their secrets have been revealed. he says he's eager to confess his sins to shine a light on the dark reality behind the president's deadly drug war. supporters of president duterte would argue that he is coming forward now to try to undermine the president who is popular here with his approval rating near 80%. however many believe his story and he says the reason why he is coming forward after 25 years as a hitman is he had a change of heart over the years. including one within the last few years or so when there were two teenager girls, drug users taken in by the death squad. he said think were first raped and tortured before they were killed and he thought at that point nobody deserves to be treated like that. and he decided to give his life to ka thoth thole schism and says he sa --
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catholicism and is prepared to die and believes he should die but also believes president duterte deserves the same fate. we will continue to report on this story. thank you very much. a short break here. you are watching cnn newsroom. stay with us. we will be right back after this.
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hi everyone. time to talk sandwiches now. not just any old sandwich. a new york institution, the pa stramy sandwich at the carnegie deli that's about to disappear after the new year. the sandwich, the deli, the whole thing. >> reporter: these people are waiting in line to be part of history. they are saying their last good-byes to a new york dining institution. what is that? >> soup. >> reporter: and enjoying one last gut-busting meal while they are at it. two pounds of corned beef and pa trammy, this is called the woody allen. over the last two decades one of the most iconic things you can could do in new york city was try and chow down one of these sandwiches.
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the mantra of the restaurant has been if you can finish one of these we have done something wrong. people have taken occupy carnegie's challenge since 20002, including wooding allen himself. he featured the carnegie in his 1984 film, broadway danny rose. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: the restaurant owner marion harper says it's not an easy decision to close down the carnegie. >> very heart breaking. it's like a second home. and it's mooend meant so much to so many people. they have been telling me so many stories how they come here every year. people met each other here. >> reporter: they say it's simply time to move on. customers call it a ends an era. are you sad it's closing down? >> i am sad. that's the reason i'm here. i'm very disappointed. it's the last good deli in new york city. >> reporter: it's the end of an era. >>ert that but that's why we're
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still enjoying it. >> reporter: you can buy it is food on line and at other u.s. locations. in the future, harper hopes to make the carnegie a global grand. >> there could be a carnegie near anybody right now. i want to spread the love as much as i can wherever i can. >> reporter: one thing is for certain, this small corner of new york city. are you going to finish that? >> maybe not because i would like to try the cheese cake as well. >> reporter: will be a lot less delicious. cnn money, new york. one inc. final thing arc super star in tennis has a love match with the bright light of the internet. serena williams is engaged to the cofounder of the social news side reddit. he popped the question while the two were vacationing in rome. williams posted her answer on reddit, of course, with a cartoon proclaiming i said yes. they have been datg since fall of 2015. there is no word on a wedding date as of yet. already. that wraps up this hour of cnn
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newsroom. the news continues with george howell, natalie allen right after the break. you will be in good hands.
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this is cnn newsroom. ahead this hour. >> striking back. the u.s. kicks out russians accused of spying and slap sanctions on the kremlin's intelligence agencies. >> it is all because of the alleged hacki that interfered with the 2016 election. we will take a closer look at how they pulled it off. plus a cease-fire agreement in effect in syria. and this time diplomats and analysts are optimistic it just may last. >> that would be very important. we are obviously monitoring live from cnn headquarters here in atlanta welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm george howell. >> i'm natalie allen. this is cnn newsroom. russia is at the center of two major stories here in the waning days of 2016. >> it is presently 10:00 a.m. in moscow. we are still monitoring for any new reaction. this of course after the united

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