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♪ >> very nice pictures there. lots more news to tell you about this new year's eve. >> next hour of newsroom starts right now. happy new year's eve. hope you're resting up today and this morning if you have to be somewhere tonight for the big celebration at midnight. >> that's right. there is something going on. in fact, let's take a look at what's going on down there in japan, tokyo, actually. as they are now coming into the new year. >> hear them counting down.
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>> there you go, just some of the sights and sounds of celebration there in tokyo. that is the latest major city to ring in the new year. earlier this morning, new zealand got the party started with the first big fireworks show of the day. >> that is a beauty. auckland, one of the first cities in the world to say good bye to 2016. and following that, there was this. that is one magnificent show over the sydney harbor there in australia. one of the largest fireworks show in the world. probably because they know that they are one of the second,
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obviously, celebrating and they know the world is on them. want to make it a good show. >> they did. that was just -- blows you away at this early hour of the morning. >> closer to home, of course, you may be one of the two million people expected to fill times square tonight for the big countdown. >> and the new york police department, of course, is increasing its security. along with all the celebration, there are fears of potential acts of violence. cnn correspondent jessica snyder joins us live from new york. tell us about some of the preparations. >> reporter: a lot of preparations underway here, martin. that's the magic of the nypd they're able to choreograph this year after year. just to give you a glimpse of times square. a lot of people standing in line for the tickets. i want to give you a look at the security. if we move around here, you can see some of the barricades that are in place waiting for the crowds. you can see the nypd, this is a massive security undertaking. i'll give you some of the
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numbers. some of the new enhanced measures this year, 65 sanitation trucks that will be lining the perimeter of times square. those will be filled with sand. that's a new addition because of some of the terror attacks we've seen overseas with those trucks that have plunged into the crowded marketplaces. that will be in effect as well as 1,000 blocker cars as well. that's double in years previous. 7,000 nypd officers will be all around this city. including 515 new grads from the police academy. and interestingly enough, 65 viewing pens that will be set up all over times square. these are the viewing pens here. these will be fill would 3,000 people per pen. a lot of people that will pack in, they'll go through bag checks, security checks, also radiation checks as well. counterterrorism teams will be out here as well as visible heavy weapons officers.
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so a lot happening here in times square. but the nypd stresses this will be the safest place in the city to be as we head into the new year and approach midnight. >> all right. we certainly hope so for everybody there. for you as well. jess thank you. vladmir putin's new year's address to the russian people has been playing out on television channels in several parts of the country. but in a statement to world leaders earlier, he congratulated donald trump, giving president obama the cold shoulder. this as new allegations surfaced of russia hacking u.s. systems. this time, the target is a vermont utility company. burlington electric says it found a laptop with the same malware russian hackers allegedly used. >> donald trump is praising putin's decision to not expel american diplomats in response to u.s. sanctions against russia. here's the tweet. he said great move on delay by
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putin i always knew he was very smart. >> national outrage after that vermont utility company found the russian hacking malware on one of its computers is continuing to have ripple effects. although, it was not connected to the company's electrical grid system, it still exposes the nation's vulnerability to foreign threat. what were the russians intending to do here? cnn's polo sandviloval has more details. >> they're confident the russian hack did happen. the utility company here, burlington electric reporting the malware was located on one of their laptop computers. it was discovered after they received a warning from the obama administration and the department of homeland security warning them this could happen. the warning was about cyber threats. specifically. what the government refers to as
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a step was found on the laptop computer. that happens to be the same malicious software that was allegedly used by russian hackers to influence the election this past november. officials with the company are confident the customer information, the power grid was not compromised. that is because the laptop computer was not plugged directly into the power grid. that's important to keep in mind. as you mentioned a little while ago, this is provoking plenty of outrage, part of it coming from vermont's own governor. i want to read you a statement that was released late yesterday. this episode should highlight the urgent need for our federal government to vigorously pursue and put to an end the sort of russian meddlinmeddling. they should undertake remedies to make sure this doesn't happen again. officials have been warning about this potentially happening for about a year.
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in december of 2015 there was a attack in a power system in ukraine. that affected hundreds of customers. so here in the united states, it did not happen, according to the company but it's a reason for them to take a closer look at their network security systems. >> we had what appears to be the attempts to influence the election and now the power system, what is the government doing about it? >> they are in communication with these entities throughout the country. they're trying to work with them, making sure they're aware the threat is out there. that will come with additional training, making sure their employees in some of these companies are aware this could potentially happy. n not to bring any outside usb's as we heard from security experts this morning. from now on we'll begin to see more of these recommendations for some of these employees something similar to what we
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saw. >> extremely serious. thank you very much. we're going to go to moscow where cnn's senior international correspondent matthew chance has been following the u.s. russia story for us. what did putin have to say in his new year's address? >> reporter: basically, he congratulates the people of russia in what has been a challenging 2016. says the difficulties brought us all together, very general stuff. at the end he says we must defend truth and justice and be merciful. and that struck me as being, you know, pertinent to what vladmir putin, vlad the merciful they're calling him now. by refusing the advice of his foreign ministry and refusing to expel them in a tit for tat manner from the u.s. expulsions of the russian diplomats. he used that to his advantage dramatically, didn't he? it was an amazing bit of political theater. he took a side swipe at the
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obama administration, reached out across to the incoming trump administration and said, look, you know, the future of relations between russia and the united states are going to be dependent on the policies of donald trump when he becomes president. donald trump appreciated that very much, tweeting his applause for that putin move. >> matthew chance, thank you so much. so with all of this out there now, what could it mean for u.s./russia relations under a trump administration? that's coming up next.
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donald trump is going to ring in the new year in style at a big party at his resort in florida. he heads back to new york tomorrow. rebecca burg is a national political reporter for real clear politics. happy new year. >> thank you. >> good morning. >> ryan, i want to start with you, because president elect trump is already tweeting, almost sounds like a tongue in cheek tweet this morning, take it away.
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>> perhaps the president elect attempting to extend an olive branch to some of his detractors, it doesn't come easy for donald trump. so he tweeted this morning, a new year greeting and he specifically pointed out those who fought against him in this past year. let's read the tweet. happy new year to all. including those who have fought me and lost so badly. they just don't know what to do. and then he ended it with love. and an exclamation point. you talk about the big party they have planned at maur ltoni. it's something you have to purchase a ticket for. the tickets cost more than $500. there are celebrities that are expected to be in attendance, quincy jones, the recording artist and producer, he was thought to be there. but jones tweeted this morning he'll be in los angeles. which is some 3,000 miles away from mar-a-lago. he won't be there tonight.
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donald trump spending one more night at his south florida resort before heading back to new york tomorrow. >> all right. so rebecca, i want to get to some of the news of the day as well about this vermont utility company that's been hacked. burlington electric. we've been talking about that. the allegations not only of hacking but we have russian president putin congratulating president elect trump. how long do you think before we hear from the president elect about his plan to possibly handle what is going to happen with russia and u.s. relations? >> it's really not clear because he has said this week that we as a country need to move on from this incident of hacking during the election. and try to actually strengthen relationship -- our relationship with russia. donald trump has expressed not really any sort of appetite for repercussions or punishing russia. but actually quite the opposite, he wants to work with vladmir
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putin and try to reset the relationship with russia for lack of a better term. what is interesting about this incident in vermont, this instance of hacking is it is separate from the election. what has been difficult for donald trump in terms of accepting russia's role in hacking the election, he thinks any discussion of this is an affront to his victory. he doesn't want to talk about it because it diminishes, he thinks his victory in some sense. this is totally separate from the election. i'm actually curious -- i think this is a good test of how donald trump will respond to russia in the future on cyber warfare and other provocations. will he be tough and will he respond with strength or will he also sort of dismiss it and move on. it will be interesting to see. >> yeah, you know, ryan, we know how some are reacting. senator mccain had harsh words, called it an act of war.
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is calling his senate armed services committee to meet on cyber threats and the election hacking. do we have any idea -- because i was listening to a political analyst who was with us, he said the real thing to watch is going to be how republicans hold trump accountable or hold his feet to the fire when it comes to russia. >> i think one thing for sure is that this issue isn't going to go away for donald trump. even though he put out a statement suggesting it's time to move on. it's clear members of his own party are concerned about it. let's hear what john mccain had to say about this yesterday. >> when you attack a country, it's an act of war. and so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay so that we can perhaps persuade the russians to stop this kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy. >> this is important that john mccain is someone who is going to take a strong stand on this.
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there is only a four seat majority for republicans in the senate right now. a small group of republican senators could get together and make life very difficult for donald trump when it comes to this issue and the relationship with russia. and that could extend to some of his cabinet appointments including rex tillerson, the exxon mobil ceo who has a close relationship with russia. this will be a balancing act that donald trump will have in the early days of his administration. it could set the tone with his relationship with those powerful senators bringing forward. >> it does bring to light some other questions. i want to play some sound from a congressman who was on cnn last night. let's listen to what he had to say. >> we know for a fact that putin wants to destabilize the european union and certainly nato. this has been a long term goal of putin. why would he want to do that? so they could play whatever game they want in eastern europe.
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>> so when we talk about what intel has known over the years and the months. the intel community we know i d'd russia and they're involvement in hacking on october 7th. for push back here, why didn't president obama at that point call for some sanctions? does that speak to the voice from the trump camp that he was set up, that these sanctions are putting him in a box? >> well, what president obama has explained is that he didn't want to tackle this during the election because he was afraid it would be seen as political. what's a little bit ironic about that i suppose is that now he's waited until after the election and donald trump is the president elect, it still looks like the sanctions against russia from some perspectives are political. trying to box donald trump in. i don't think that's the case. but certainly president obama has explained before that he did -- he wanted this to be viewed purely through the
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perspective of foreign policy and security and not as a political play to help hillary clinton in the election. it's fascinating to me that still, donald trump has not acknowledged the intel that really there's broad agreement here that russia was behind this. you have republicans and democrats in agreement on this, really everyone on capitol hill agrees that russia was behind this. the president elect has not gotten to the point where he can acknowledge russia's role, much less do anything about it. we really are on a collision course, i think, between donald trump and congressional republicans and congressional democrats in the new year on this issue. >> and we'll see what happens this week. because we know that donald trump has said he'll be receiving some intel briefings this week. see what he says out of those briefings. >> he has received these intel briefings for, you know, many weeks now. and certainly, this is one of the issues they would have
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tackled. >> it is. but i think what he's saying now is that he is going to focus specifically, i believe, what has been coming out of his camp on what's happening with russia. you're right, he's had them before, he's having them this week. he made a point of saying that and we'll see what happens as we move forward into the new year. always good to have you both here, thank you. >> thank you. meanwhile, another performer is refusing to participate in the inauguration of president trump. it's a member of the mormon tabernacle choir. they are slated to join the radio city rockettes along with america got talent's star jackie evoco. to sing for trump is an endorsement for tyranny and fasci fascism. >> it was supposed to be ronda rousey's been comeback fight. her dreams of winning, though,
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ronda rousey's ufc comeback, didn't even last a full minute. >> it didn't go the way i'm sure she wanted it to go. andy scholes is here to
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highlight every second. >> it won't take long. >> it was brutal, though. it was brutal for her. >> she'd been away for a whole year. she lost last november, took the year off for the comeback. after last night we might never see her again. leading up to the fight, rousey did not speak to the media at all. she was spending her time training for the comeback. like we said, the comeback was short lived. rousey got pommeled by amanda nunes. the ref jumped in, stopped the fight after 48 seconds. rousey made $3 million for this fight compared to just $200,000 for noneunes. she made $68,000 a second. rousey not speaking with the media after the fight. but ufc president did and he said he doesn't know if rousey will fight again. the college football playoffs are here. top four teams will square off later today. alabama going to be taking on washington in the peach bowl.
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the undefeated crimson tide have won four of the last seven titles. bama two touchdown favorite over the huskies. nick saban and his team not looking past the pac 12 champs. >> i think this is by far the best all around team that we've played all years long. >> if you do win a national championship you have to go through alabama to do it. >> it's not about what the other team do, it's about what we do. >> i feel like the whole season we've been getting the same thing. doesn't matter who we play. people will never give us the credit for what we deserve, how hard we worked. it's not even so much about alabama or this game. we've been hearing it all season. >> the other playoff game, number two clemson taking on third ranked ohio state in the fiesta bowl. clemson got that explosive offense they're going to be facing ohio state's defense. both teams hungry for a shot to play for the national title. >> the first game, is a bowl game and you want to have fun.
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at the same time it's a business trip. you want to get yourself to the national championship. whether it gets to the crunch time, you know, the details and little things come in handy. >> that's why you come to ohio state it's to win and play for championships. it's just another great honor to be a part of the playoff. it's going to be fun to take another swing at it with my teammates. >> all right, playoffs get started. peach bowl kicking off 3:00 eastern. fiesta bowl at 7:00. winners meet january 9th in tampa for the national championships. >> so i hear. >> i'm going to bed early since i'll be here tomorrow morning. you'll have to tell me in the morning how the bucs did. >> i will. i will. >> he's going to be up watching. >> see you at the peach bowl. >> tough job. thank you andy. authorities say that russia is hacking the u.s. systems again. >> this time it's a computer of a utility company in vermont. you may think what does it
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matter? it matters a lot. we'll have the details ahead.
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just about 10:30 on the dot. a dozen plus hours away from our celebrations of new year's. >> oh, yeah. thanks for being with us. >> so we might have to wait a few more hours, tokyo did not. the latest major city to ring in the new year welcoming 2017 a new minutes ago. at the top of the hour. earlier this morning, new zealand, they kicked off the first big fireworks show of the day. >> that's auckland, one of the first cities in the world to say adios to 2016, good bye. and across the tasmanian sea we
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get to sydney. that was not a small display, i have to say. that is -- right now, sydney, if you're listening, you're the winner in the clubhouse when it comes to just a fantastic fireworks display. >> they always put on a good show, because they know the world is watching. >> you think that's what it is? >> i think so. they do it right. look at -- they share with their people too, absolutely, no doubt about it. >> that's what's been happening over the last several hours across the globe. we'll continue to follow all the celebrations throughout the day. we have news we want to talk to you about, something new this morning, the allegations of cyber attacks are expanding. officials say russian hackers are at work again, this time targeting a vermont utility company. >> burlington electric says they found a company laptop with the
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same malware russian hackers allegedly used. that is raising fears. all this as russian president vladmir putin congratulated president elect donald trump in his annual new year's statement to foreign leaders. but in his address to the russian people he makes no mention of u.s. russia relations. for decades they've been planted all around us, russian spies. they're goal is to influence events in order to benefit russia. barbara starr walks us through this. >> reporter: fbi cameras captured a russian operative in a federal undercover agent meeting in a new york coffee shop in june 2010. 17 days later, chapman and nine other russian sleeper agents were arrested in new york, new jersey, and virginia, charged with conspiracy to act as unlawful agents of russia. spies who had burrowed deep into
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american society for years, trying to steal secrets and recruit agents. the fbi had watched chapman and the others for months, recording drop offs of packages. >> meetings on staircases, even one meeting just yards from cnn's offices in new york. the u.s. believes the group never got its hands on classified information. but the russian infiltration into the u.s., a classic moscow move. >> what they do is more than just collect. they try to influence events to the benefit of russia. all over the world. and this is something that they have done for decades. >> reporter: within days at the airport in vienna, an elabora elaborately transfer. the ten russians traded back for four other russians charged for being in touch with western intelligence services. the state department is
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expelling 35 russian officials it says violated their status. this after the harassment of u.s. diplomats overseas. vladmir putin, a former russian intelligence officer, well acquainted with the so-called illegals program. putting agents into u.s. society. >> the fact they would continue to do that to establish these american, you know, legends and cover stories for these people who are trying to pose as americans in the united states, shows how serious they are. >> reporter: but the u.s. has been caught in the act. in 2013, ryan fogle, a political secretary at the u.s. embassy in moscow was arrested. the russians claimed they caught him with wigs, dark glasses and cash trying to recruit a russian agent. fogle was expelled, it was never clear if he was set up by the russians. earlier this year, a u.s. diplomat was tackled and beaten
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by a uniformed russian police officer as he tried to enter the american embassy in moscow. >> the action was unprovoked and endangered the safety of our employee. >> reporter: in that latest incident, the u.s. wound up expelling two russian diplomats. this type of cat and mouse spy activity has been immortalized in tv and movies for years. but the reality can be vicious and very dangerous. barbara starr, cnn the pentagon. breaking overnight a massive manhunt in pennsylvania after a state trooper was shot and killed in the line of duty. authorities are searching for this man, jason robeson, he's considered to be armed and dangerous. the state trooper was responding to a domestic related incident when the suspect opened fire. pennsylvania's governor issued a statement saying in part, quote, he will be remembered for his bravery and his willingness to serve. also overnight, two people were shot and killed after a
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rapper meek mills concert in connecticut. two other people were injured we understand this happened outside the theater in walingford. connecticut police are investigating. >> we called in the state police, major crime division to help us process the scene. we're conducting interviews of possible witnesses and gathering all the information we can. and in hopes of finding the shooter. >> the victims have not yet been identified. then there is this story, a kennedy cousin could be headed back to prison for murder after the connecticut supreme court overturns an earlier ruling. >> in 2002 michael skagel was convicted for the murder of martha moxley. the ruling has been overturned
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by the state supreme court. he has maintained his innocence. his current lawyer sent us this statement. we haven't had time to fully digest the opinion, but it's a setback. we're going to be dealing with other legal procedures that are available to avail michael of any and all of his constitutional rights. earlier i spoke with a criminal defense attorney about this, about the surprises in this case and how long it could take before it's finally put to rest. >> i was a little surprised at the conviction because it was all based on testimony. no solid hard evidence that linked him to the crime. i was also surprised it was overturned. when you overturn a conviction based on ineffective assistance of your lawyer, you don't have to show your lawyer made a mistake, or even a ridiculous mistake, you have to show that the lawyer did something that no reasonable lawyer would have done and that that made a significant difference to the verdict. and so it took many, many years, but eventually his lawyers
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proved to a judge in connecticut that his lawyer was ineffective. he set aside the conviction and released him from prison. >> what do you think will happen from this point on? if you were his defense attorney, what would your strategy be? >> the first thing i would be is ask the connecticut supreme court to reconsider its decision. it was a close call, it was a 4-3 decision. just overturning the judge's decision, which overturned the conviction. so i would ask them to reconsider, number one. number two, they still have a federal claim that they can pursue. they put that to the side while they focused on this appeal. so their appeals process is not done. there's still a lot more they can challenge. >> can that appeals process be exhausted though? can they go too far with it. >> eventually, yes. the case has already been to the united states supreme court once, they turned it down. they have the opportunity to ask again if that court will accept it. but eventually, perhaps 50, 60 years down the road, the case will finally be over. terror attacks, spike in
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homicide, a national drug epidemic and a capture of a drag lord. >> 2016 has been an interesting year for crime and justice. jean casarez has the details. >> we are not going anywhere. we're here to do a job. >> reporter: a 41 day occupation at a federal wildlife refuge in oregon ended when four protesters ended. the armed occupier frustrated with the feds over land right issues. >> the world's most wanted drug lord, joaquin el chapo guzman captured. >> reporter: joaquin el chapo guzman was reearrested. six months earlier he broke out of prison. this was his second escape.
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>> heroin is the devil. >> reporter: law enforcement facing a heroin epidemic. ohio police posting this picture to demonstrate the impact on families. >> people don't understand how this drug affects families. >> reporter: the video of a couple overdosing going viral. >> i found myself unable to put the heroin down. it's devastation, pain, anguish. >> reporter: the addiction beginning with some with prescription drugs. the crisis made even worse this year by deadlier drugs. al 2016 showed an increase in overdose deaths. >> we could make a billion gun arrests a year and it's not going to make a difference. >> reporter: more than 700 homicides in chicago, the worst year for murders in two decades. there are an average of 82 shootings per week. >> on that morning, all that i
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was told was that i had been found behind a dumpster. potentially penetrated by a stranger. >> reporter: stanford swimmer brock turner was released from prison after three months. he was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. apple refuses to comply with a california judge's order to help the fbi retrieve information from the iphone of san bernardino gunman syed farook. apple's refusal set a precedent. tech companies may refuse to comply with a court subpoena power. >> there's been an explosion that is taking place in the chelsea neighborhood of manhattan. >> reporter: the act of a lone wolf terrorist. 29 injured, no one was killed. two other devices found in new
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jersey, this one detonated by the bomb squad. a 28-year-old was captured after a shootout days later in new jersey. in february, a u.s. supreme court justice antonin scalia, the out spoken conservative voice died in his sleep. who would appoint his replacement became front page news in the election year. president obama's attempt to replace him, blocked by republicans. the next justice will be appointed by president elect trump. >> please don't tell me he's dead. >> reporter: police shootings and race relations dominated the conversation, reaching a crescendo for four days in july. alton sterling shot by police in louisiana. philando castile. in dallas in the evening hours
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of july 8th, '12 police officers shot, five killed during protests as a gunman ambushed police. it ended when a bomb squad robot killed the gunman after negotiations failed. >> this must stop. this divisiveness. between our police and our citizens. >> reporter: it was the deadliest single incident for u.s. law enforcement since 9/11. other shootings of and by police officers would follow, reigniting the national debate about law enforcement in the u.s. >> i can hear the shotguns closer and i look over and he shoots the gun next to me. and i'm just there laying down and thinking i'm next. i'm dead. >> reporter: the deadliest mass shooting in america. 49 killed, 53 wounded during a gunman's rampage inside orlando's pulse nightclub in june. killer omar mateen told police
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isis is claiming
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responsibility for a pair of suicide bombings in baghdad this morning in a statement posted on twitter. we know at least 28 people are dead. more than 50 are injured. police say two bombers detonated their vests on a busy street near a market earlier today. the blast destroyed businesses and a historic part of the iraqi capital and isis has claimed responsibility for all of it. the u.s. state department caught off guard by a rebuke from one of america's closest allies, the britain's prime minister theresa may scolded john kerry on his speech. phil black is in london following developments. good morning to you, phil. i know it's later in the day there. what is going on? where did this come from? >> reporter: it's not entirely clear. it's an extraordinary move. this isn't how the two countries talk to each other. the statement from the prime minister's office criticized the obama administration on a couple of key points.
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firstly, in its view going in unreasonably on israel on this issue of israeli settlement expansion on the west bank. and also secretary kerry's comments regarding what he described, the israeli government as the most right wing in the country's history. let's look closy at some of the language from the prime minister's statement. it says we do not therefore believe that the way to negotiate peace is by focusing on only one issue. and we do believe that it is appropriate to attack the -- that is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally. so as you say, the state department surprised. that's even what it said in its own statement. we can take a look at that, too. we are surprised by the uk prime minister's office's statement given that secretary kerry's remarks which covered the full range of a two state solution were in line with the uk's own long-standing policy and its
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vote at the united nations last week. this is the state department saying, we don't know where this came from. we haven't said or done anything that is a major departure from britain's own long-standing policies on these issues. and remember, britain went further than the u.s., when it came to voting on that security council. britain voted in favor. >> right, i think that's what adds to the surprise. wait a minute, you know, the british government took a certain action and now the prime minister of that very same government is taking a different stance. so what's being said there in the uk? what are people sort of -- how do they explain what appears to be a disconnect between the prime minister and the actions of her government? >> the inconsistency between those points have certainly been noted. i think it is being widely interpreted he this is an attempt by the british prime
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minister to ingratiate herself in some way with the incoming trump administration. perhaps, also, an attempt to make nice with the israeli government after britain went out ahead of the u.s. by voting in favor of this resolution at the u.n. now the motives here are not entirely clear, but it could be entirely selfish. in the context of brexit, britain leaving the european union its ripelationships with other allies have never been nor valuable. there is also a theory -- it's nothing more than that at the moment, a theory that suggests maybe theresa may is trying to stay close to both of these countries on this issue in the hope of guiding policy in the future. perhaps guiding them towards a two state solution. whatever the motivation, the tactic itself is really so extraordinary, because these two countries do not criticize each other publicly. britain and the u.s. like to talk about this special relationship. even when they do disagree on
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policy, they usual do it very politely. >> yeah, well it's fascinating, especially when you sort of explain it there with the bre brexit. thank you very much, phil black reporting to us from london. happy new year. 2017 being welcomed in the far east and north korea to the list of country ringing in the new year. next up at the top of the hour, hong kong takes over. this holiday, the real gift isn't what's inside the box... it's what's inside the person who opens it. give your loved ones ancestrydna,
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pictures here from tokyo, a short time ago as japan rang in the new year, thousands of people braving the cold in the famous crossing. this comes a few hours behind the festivities in new zealand. they got the party started with a big fireworks show of the day.
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>> there is auckland, one of the first cities in the world to count down to 2017. then you had this. me a spectacular on camera, i cannot imagine what it's like to be there. the theatrics over the sydney harbor in australia. one of the largest fireworks shows in the world. you can look out for hong kong at the top of the hour. i want to show you some live pictures from victoria harbor. we're minutes away with that. we'll bring it to you when it happens. with all the celebrations, this is quite clever. apple is kicking off a special project. >> they're deploying more than a doz dozen photographers. they're capturing events with the cameras on our iphones. first up, sydney australia,
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ringing in the new year. these pictures were taken by a travel writer and iphone photographer. >> her title is iphone photographer. that's interesting. uh-huh. you know that you could probably capture a lot tonight in times square. you don't want to miss our special. our new year's eve extravaganza. >> i love the word. expect the unexpected with anderson cooper and kathy griffin. >> make some memories and we'll see you back here in the morning. >> i'm martin savidge, have a wonderful 2017. this is your tax return. ok. now, there are many right ways to fill out this tax return. and the irs will accept them all. one of them gets you the most money back.
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good morning, everyone, thank you so much for joining me i'm fredricka whitfield in new york this holiday weekend. live pictures right now. hong kong, taiwan and the philippines, all ringing in 2017 just a few


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