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inthat does it for 360. "cnn newsroom" starts now. political uncertainty in south korea one day after park geun-hye was removed from office. we go live to seoul and ask what is next for the country. an union beat u.s. jobs report has the trump administration cheering, but concern over its ties to russia remain, plus new legal challenges for the president's revised travel ban. and a city turned war zone. what life is like inside mosul as iraq continues to push isis out. ben wedeman speaks with those forced to live among isis. awelcome to our viewers her in the u.s. and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom" live from atlanta. i'm natalie allen.
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our top story, citizens have taken to the streets for a second straight day in south korea, this after the ouster of former president park geun-hye. demonstrators in seoul are rallying for and against her. and she's been at the center of a major skrupcorruption scandal. the constitutional court held her december impeachment on friday. and that is when some of the protests turned violent. at least three people were killed. for more now, our will ripley is out and about in seoul at a pro park gathering right now. those are still going on i guess. hello there, will. >> reporter: they are. although we do get the sense that this is basically a victory lap now for these demonstrators. remember, they have been coming out here for months, sometimes with crowds larger than a million people. and they have been demanding the impeachment of president park,
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they have been demanding an end to government corruption, a new leader and now what we see is people who are celebrating. they feel like democracy has worked -- sorry about that, sometimes it's easy to bump into people. you hear celebratory music, the fell lo on tow on the loud spea. and it is in sharp done tras co what is hais happening over her. there is it a dueling rally, those supporters of president park as opposed to those who want her impeached. here it feels like a carnival, over there a political funeral. many veterans remember the sackingry nices of the park family. of course her father was assassinated, her mother assassinated. so those think this is a disgrace, they think that the family's sacrifice doesn't
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deserve this outcome. but when you talk to the younger people here, they say it's time for change, time to bring a progressive government in and of course now the countdown begins because they have to hold an election within 60 days. a lot of people are thinking may 9 will be the date for that. >> and we understand the difference between what the young people perhaps perceive for their future and what the elders think in that country. but i'm wondering regardless, south korea is set for dramatic change. the question is what. and i heard you say earlier some people fear south korea could tilt toward communism. why is that? >> reporter: you hear that language a lot from the people who support president park. she obviously led a very conservative government, a government closely aligned with the united states, that supported things like the thaad missile defense system which has just started arriving. but the people who are out here, and according to public opinion polls, they support a different approach, a more liberal
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approach, where perhaps engaging with north korea might be a preferable option as opposed to deploying more military resources. they're also talking about a different approach to china. china very angry right now, they have banned group tourism into south korea because of the thaad missile defense system. a progressive government might take a different approach. might not be so keen to align militarily with the united states like the current government does. so there is certainly a lot of uncertainty out here right now who the new president will be, what the new government will provide these people in terms of policy approach. but the corruption scandal really hit a nerve for the people on this side of the barricade because they felt like president park's friends were using her influence to get millions in bribes and to give an unfair advantage to the powerful and elite. and in highly competitive society with a lot of young people, a lot of students fighting to get in the best schools, to get the best job, that really pushed things over the edge for them which is why you've seen these huge crowds
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demanding change. >> will ripley out and about in the crowd. thank you for bringing us that per spec tifr. to reiterate more of what will reported, park has been stripped of her immunity, she could face criminal charges. a snap election said to be held within 60 days and the acting president has called for unity, but as you can see, the country is not there yet. he also warned that north korea might take advantage of the political crisis in the south. >> reporter: socia >> translator: social disorder is concerning. exploiting the current situation in the south, the north could further aggravate divisions and public opinion and worsen our confusion by staging military provocation. the military should be fully prepared to restrain the north's provocations and to firmly punish them when they provoke. >> north korea has in fact
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reacted to park's ouster. our brian todd has more about that. >> reporter: violent protests in the streets of seoul. the impeachment of president park geun-hye creates political instability in south korea. while across the border, park's archenemy, kim jong-un, who the malaysians now say ordered the murder of his own half brother, is already taking advantage of south korea's troubles. north korea's news agency which once labeled park geun-hye a tailless dog and, quote, ugly batch disgrace, is gloating over her demise. >> translator: she will be investigated as a common criminal. >> reporter: and the acting south korean president has an ominous warning. >> translator: the north could further aggravate division in public opinion and worsen our confusion by staging military provocations. >> reporter: how about kim jong-un try to take advantage of this moment of regional instability, to sow more chaos and threaten a vulnerable south
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korea? >> we could see more ever the missile launches, we could see another nuclear terst, we use se provocationsever the missile launches, we could see another nuclear test, we use see provocations in tmaritime space. they're always ready to conduct small operations from abductions to assassinations. >> reporter: but some believe kim may not have to do anything to get what he wants from south korea. and weaken america's position there. >> this is to the advantage of kim jong-un. he hasn't had to intervene to make this happen. these were self-inflicted wounds. >> reporter: when south korea holds elections in two months, a left leaning candidate could well win the presidency. analysts say he could be much softer on king jong-un than park was. >> a left leading or progressive candidate would be significantly more prepared to engage with north korea, to make gestures to mosquito, would very likely try to revisit some of the critical decisions that were made under
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president park, including the decision to deploy the thaad anti-missile system on korean soil. >> reporter: president trump's team is worried enough about security on the korean peninsula that rex tillerson is headed to south korea, japan and china in the coming days. is america ready for this upheaval? >> the trump administration is making the right statements about the alliance with korea, but they don't have a full team on board. so we're also vulnerable to not being successfully engaged with our south korean ally. >> reporter: analysts say a more left leaning south korean president might also go against america's wishes by helping kim jong-un financially by possibly reopening an economic zone between north and south korea that has been shut down. by helping with north korean infrastructure projects. by infusing kim with the cash he so desperately needs. one left leaning south korea president once even paid hundreds of millions to north korea just to hold a summit in
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p pyongyang. brian todd, cnn, washington. we turn now to political issues coming from the united states. the legal fight over u.s. president trump's new travel ban. a federal judge is telling washington state's attorney general to file an amended complaint challenging the ban. he says until that happen, he cannot determine whether his ruling freezing mr. trump's original executive order applies to the new one. the trump administration is also facing a new controversy involving mr. trump's former national security adviser michael flynn and it can't seem to escape the shadow of russia. here is jeff zerl any frleny fr white house. >> reporter: was president trump aware his first national security adviser general michael flynn was registered as a foreign agent to represent the goechld government of turkey? >> just so we're clear, you wouldn't -- general flynn filed with the department of justice two days ago.
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>> reporter: sean spicer said his lobbying business was private and took place before he joined the administration. although at the same time, he was advising the trump campaign last year. >> that is not up for the government to determine. there are certain private zints activities that you conduct and you seek counsel on or professional advice. >> reporter: flynn's contract with the government of turkey ended after the election. spires dismissed a series of questions about the lobbying disclosure. >> person in line to be the national security adviser may need to register as a foreign agent and that didn't raise a red flag? >> it's not a question of raising a red flag. it's a question of whether or not they gave him the advice that they're supposed to. >> reporter: on day 50 of the trump presidency, this was the latest distraction at the white house. it's been a full week now since president trump leveled the explosive accusation that president obama was spying on him at trump tour. but again today, still no evidence. >> we'll get to work. thank you.
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>> reporter: asked three time, the president wouldn't say whether he had any proof to back up his unsubstantiated charges. the white house is now trying to keep its focus on health care. >> they want repeal and replace. >> reporter: yet washington is consumed by russia and widening vesz into any connections between the trump campaign and russian operatives. the congressional probe includes allegations of presidential wiretapping which no one seems to know about but mr. trump. adam schiff, top democrat on the house intel against committee, told cnn he has seen no evidence. but suggests the question will come up when fbi director james comey testifies on capitol hill later this month. >> he's certainly prepare for the question and i don't see any reason why he can't answer it. >> reporter: the top republican on the committee, chairman devon nun yez oig echoed his comment that he had not seen any proof to back up the president's claims. >> we want to find that out, but at this point i don't have anything to tell you.
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>> reporter: all this talk from russia from here at the white house to capitol hill have assumed and complicated the president's agenda. the white house is desperately trying to get back to health care and other matters. we'll see if president trump tweets again and disrupts that this weekend. jeff zeleny, cnn, the white house. and speaking of disruption, in a highly unusual move, the u.s. justice department abruptly fired 46 federal prosecutors in a single day. president trump later asked two of them to stay. here is cnn's jessica schneider with that. >> reporter: those firings coming swiftly and abruptly and the people i've talked with really flab eer gased that it happened so suddenly. attorney general jeff sessions asking for the immediate resignations of 46 u.s. attorneys, although two of them have been asked to stay on directly by the president in a phone call friday night. but for the rest, this is an immediate dismissal. it's typical though for presidents to want to appoint
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their own appointees in these positions, but u.s. attorneys do usually get a bit more notice. some of these u.s. attorneys found out about their fires via the media or everyone the department of justice press release. one source saying that this could not have been handled any worse. and now some are wondering if the president is once again getting his cues from right wing media. sean hannity said thursday night that president trump should clean house, comparing to what president trump bill clinton did when he fired 93 u.s. attorneys. but people are noting that in that case, those federal prosecutors got a lot more notice. jessica schneider, cnn, washington. with us now live from the a yufrlt in switzerland is james davis dean. professor davis, thank you for being with us to add your input and expertise on the goings on. let's start with these abrupt
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firings. talk about how it was done and why. >> i think as your reporters just indicated, there is nothing new to this kind of policy. presidents come into office and can ambassadors to resign, they ask cabinet members to resign, they ask attorneys to resign. that is nothing new. i think what is new is just the degree of incompetence with which all of this is taking place. items part of a pattern of governing that suggests that they really aren't on top of their game, that we have a team in the white house that really is learning by doing, learning on the job. this stuff could be done in a much more professional way ankd t and i think the president would have saved himself a great deal of criticism if he lad had a few people on board who really understood how you do this sort of thing. >> and on that score, does this in part reglekt his ongoing battle with government institutions and doing things however he wants do them no
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matter how messy they may be? >> well, i think the president has indicated that he really is mistrustful of many ever tof th professionals that have served with distinction in the american government, whether we're talking about intel against agencies, law enforcement, the fbi, professionals in the state department, the president has repeatedly indicated that he wants to shake things up, that he's distrustful of the bureaucracy. and this is part of that pattern. the question is of course whether he can govern without the cooperation of the permanent government. and i think he will learn very quickly that the president can make a lot of decisions, but people have to implement them. and if the bureaucracy is not on your side, if you can't bring them on board, you'll have a hard time moving your agenda forward. >> right, and all the while he's trying to keep the focus he said on friday on health care changes. of course he wants to replace
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obamacare. but his moves by a young president like this, and you woiblt pointed this out, reflect disruption, which is what he wants do despite trying to keep the focus on other things. and some see this as disarray. and you kind of just reflected that. what if you could advise this presidency might he try to do to in some ways grow respect for his presidency from those who aren't a part of his base? >> right. well, grow respect by growing up. and growing up means staying on message. and trying to bring some discipline to your organization. it doesn't help when you start the week that you want to focus on health care reform, it didn't help when you start krit zichl sizing your predecessor and calling him a bad guy or a sick guy, making unsubstantiated charges. it doesn't help when you're trying to be the president that
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brings in extreme vetting when it becomes clear that you haven't been able to vet your own team when we find out that your first choice for national security adviser is a foreign agent and hasn't declared that, when we find out that members of your campaign team are engaged in all kinds of communications with russia, which programs you nknow perhaps you know, perhaps you don't know, but it all takes us off message.ams you know perhaps you know, perhaps you don't know, but it all takes us off message. so you ever to brihave to bring discipline to this team and they have not been able to do that. >> all right. we appreciate your comments. well see if in the future he has that. coming up, a u.s. senator scolded. rex tillerson for opting to go to asia next week without the news media. but it's not just the media that appears to be getting sidelined. we'll explain right after this.
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u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson visits japan, south korea and china next week in the
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break with the practice of previous administrations, the state department news corps with l. not be going with him. and it's not only media that seem to be getting sli sideline. tillerson is apparently getting left out of key diplomatic meetings. >> reporter: secretary of state rex tillerson meeting with lak's oil minute sterks but once again taking no questions from the press. many questions here lately, conspicuously unanswered, like the state department press office not even being told that mexico's foreign minister essentially secretary tillerson's equivalent was in d.c. to meet not with tillerson, but with white house adviser and trump son-in-law jared kushner and two other officials. >> we'll get back to you. i was unaware that he was in town. >> reporter: turns out according to a mexican official, that the foreign minister did talk to rex tillerson by phone just before his trip. and then they randomly bumped into each other at a restaurant
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wednesday night where they did briefly talk face-to-face. the official says the kushner meeting was more casual, just a continuation of progress in an important relationship that has bee repeatedly rattled. but it's not only this meeting that rex tillerson has not been a party to. diplomats say there have been other meetings with jared kushner. a former top state department says diplomats here want to see rex tillerson succeed, but many feel that is not happening right now. they feel jared kushner is essentially acting as secretary of state and they wonder why tillerson would want to take a job where he might appear sidelined. and even if that was just an appearance, it still matters in the influence you have when you do meet with world leaders. top positions at stake remain
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unfilled, press briefings just started this week. and tillerson has resisted bringing a press corps with him on trips. enthe extremely important visit days from now to china, south korea and japan. prompting ed markey to call on tillerson to allow better access, saying he is sending a dangerous signal to other countries about the u.s. commitment to a vibrant media. the decision exclude reporters from your trip falls in to a breerd patteoader patte efforts from the trump administration to undermint press. the white house says tillerson is just trying to save money. an odd response considering journalists pay for their own travel. the state department says it's still being worked out. from tillerson himself, though, no comment. michelle kozinski, cnn, the state department. donald trump spoke with palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas on friday.
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the u.s. president emphasized that peace in the region is possible and it's time to make a deal. he invited mr. abbas to the white house, but no date was set. reports say the palestinian leader will stress his concerns about israeli settle mthe building ament building and state for two state solution. now one step around from con fi fir nation. david friedman's nomination was confirmed thursday. nation. david friedman's nomination was confirmed thursday. as or ren leash mieberman repor president trump also has connections to settlement activity. >> reporter: this is the settlement president trump has assumed. his name isn't on any of the building, but his mark and those of his administration are here n in bet elp. >> you see trump as positive for
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the settlements? >> absolutely. i think he loves israeisrael. >> reporter: trump donated $10,000 in 2002 3 to the schools. and his son-in-law's family charity also donated tense of thousand. but trump's pick for ambassador to israel has the dooeeepest connection. friedman's name is on some of the buildings here. friedman a long time assuk tig of the schools and bpresident o the fundraising arm. critics whether it could con glikt with what is in the best interests for the u.s. which considers settlement expansion unhelpful to peace. >> i would like you for the record to answer in writing whether you've separated your financial interests from that of bet el. >> reporter: on a conservative news outlet, friedman a regular columnist has advocated for
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settlements and against palestinian state. he compared liberal jews to jews who fworkt nazis during world war ii, accused of u.s. state department of a century of anti-semitism and calmed the two state solution an illusion for a nonexistent problem. >> i regret the use of such language. >> reporter: friedman apologized for those comments during his confirmation hearing even saying he would support bet el becoming part of a palestinian state. >> if that land was included in a two state solution and that that land had to be returned to the palestinian, would you support the return of that land to the palestinian? >> in the context of a consensual fully agreed two state solution? >> that's correct. >> yes. >> you would. >> yes. >> reporter: a spokesman standing by friedman. >> in his position as boasmbass he would certainly support what his government decided. >> our cnn's oren liebermann there in israel. well, just ahead, why team
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trump has changed its mind about this man. i think you know him. how the wikileaks founder ran afoul of the trump administration. we'll have that as cnn pushes on. an unlimited data plan is only as good as the network it's on. and verizon has been ranked number one for the 7th time in a row by rootmetrics. (man) hey, uh, what's rootmetrics? it's the nation's largest independent study and it ranked verizon #1 in call, text, data, speed and reliability. (woman) do they get a trophy? not that i know of. but you get unlimited done right. (man 2) why don't they get a trophy? (man 3) they should get something. (woman 2) how about a plaque? i have to drop this. my arm's getting really tired. unlimited on verizon. 4 lines, just $45 per line.
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park has been at the center of a corruption scandal and may face prosecutions. legal challenges to president trump's revised travel ban are mounting. a federal lawsuit has been filed by the u.s. state of california joining a growing list of states fighting the revised order. the new version bars new visas for people from six predominantly muslim countries. meantime a federal judge in seattle has declined to rule on the new version of the ban pending additional court filings. there was no foul play in the death last month of russian diplomat vitaly churkin. a new york city official also tells cnn the ambassador to the united nations died of a heart attack. but the medical examiner's office says it won't comment publicly on his death because of diplomatic protocol. as russia's ambassador churkin 150u789 supported syriad regime and presidents of russia
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and turkey met in moscow president. edward visited putin to affirm kooshd nation coordination of their military and diplomatic moves in the 6-year-old conflict and that is a big change. as recently as 2015, ankara and moscow had not been getting along. for his part, donald trump has repeatedly spoken about i think proved relations with russia. but recent controversies keep getting in the way. matthew chance explains. he's in moscow. >> reporter: russia has emerged as a controversy the trump administration just can't seem to shake. it started of course during the 2016 u.s. presidential campaign when first reports emerged of hacking targeting democratic party servers, dumping private e-mails on the internet. u.s. intelligence agencies said they had high confidence that russia was behind the separation, but the trump team
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refused to accept that. candidate trump even calling on russian hackers to target hillary clinton's personal e-mails. at the same time, trump's campaign manager, paul manafort, was accused of accepting millions of dollars in casual for representing russian interests in ukraine. the scandal forced him to resign. but manafort denied any wrongdoing saying the suggestion that he accepted cash payments was unfound. after president obama expelled 35 russian diplomats in december 2016 over hack allegations, the then president-elect praised vladimir putin's decision not to retaliate. president trump's pick for secretary of state was also controversial, rex tillerson, the former ceo of the oil company exxon. he was awarded a medal of friendship by the russian leader. in february 2017, it emerged that trump's national security advise, michael flynn, discussed
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lifting u.s. sanctions on russia even before he had been sworn in. he even attended a gallon will dinner with vladimir putin in moscow, resigned his post after just 24 days. then more russian controversy surfaced around trump's attorney general jeff sessions. critics accused him of lying at his confirmation hearing by saying that he had had no communications with the russians during the election campaign. in fact he had had meetings with russia russia's ambassador to washington who u.s. intel againintel against officials said was a spy recruitser. donald trump has talked about wanting to bimd a better relationship with russia in the future, but the swirling scandals have focused on the contacts his administration has already had in the past. matthew chance, cnn, moscow. team trump also once looked favorably on wikileaks. mr. trump even applauded the
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website when he was on the campaign trail. but its latest leaks are creating problems for his administration as we learn from cnn's elise labott. >> reporter: after blowing the cover on the cia's hacking techniques, wikileaks founder julian assange took a bow. >> the central intelligence agency lost control of its entire cyber weapons arsenal, what appears to be the largest arsenal of trojans and viruses in the world that attacks most of the systems that journalists, people in government, politicians, see and average people use. >> wikileaks, i love wikileaks. >> reporter: president trump and his backers celebrated the wikileaks release of democratic e-mails during the campaign. but now that the recent leaks involve the cia's most sophisticated and effective spying tool, the white house so less than pleased with julian
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assange. >> he has compromised in the past and undermined our national security and i'll leave it up to the department of justice to further comment on their disposition of him. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence agencies have accused russian intel against of using wikileaks as a tooling in their campaign to interfere in last year's election.russians were seeking to help president trump and weaken his rival hillary clinton. according to a u.s. intel report which says they have, quote, high confidence russian military intelligence relayed material it acquired from the dnc and senior democratic officials to wk and, quote, that the kremlin's principal international propaganda outlet, rt, which hired assange to host a talk show, has actively collaborated with wikileaks. >> this may be what wikileaks said it was, an insider. but with regard to the timing, i mean look, i'm now pretty close to the position that wikileaks
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is acting as an arm, an agent of the russian federation. >> reporter: which made this all the more curious. a meeting between british opposition leader and assange at the ecuadorian embassy just hours before assange's news conference on thursday. why is this significant? he was an early assumer of the trump campaign. >> mr. nigel fir ranlg. >> reporter: after trump's win, trump took to twitter to suggest fir ranlg is the next ambassador to washington. he now calls himself an unofficial adviser to president trump. and recently tweeted out a photo of the two of them having dinner at trump's d.c. hotel last month. the white house denied any advanced knowledge of the meeting with assange. >> i have my own concerns here keep track of what everyone is doing. i generally don't worry about what is going on across the pond. >> the question is not what, but you can tell us he wasn't there on behalf of the white house? >> sure about . he is not -- this is silly.
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>> elise labott reporting there for us. new controversy for president trump's former campaign chief paul manafort. a ukranian human rights lawyer wants prosecutors to investigate what are said to be the hacked text messages of one of manafort's daughters. the attorney represents the victims of mass police shootings in kiev, ukraine in 2014. he says the texts point to possible influence manafort had with ukraine's president at that time. and as our matthew chance touched on, manafort currently faces an fbi investigation over alleged payments connected to ukraine. the united nations says aid workers are providing emergency food and water supplies to nearly 4,000 people trapped in western mosul. the battle is taking a horrible toll on civilians with tens of thousands fleeing in just the last few week as rokky forces
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try to make progress in their fight to recapture all of mosul from isis. but as our ben weeds man report, and he's there, there is not much left to save. >> reporter: this is how you get around west mosul. you run. the soldiers here in the southern neighborhood are confident of victory. the situation here is very good, says this man. isis has run away. there are no problems in this area. his comrade agrees. isis is finished, he says. the battle passed through here just a few days ago, leaving massive destruction in its wake.
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attack helicopters are busy overhead. this is what the iraqi military says is a liberated area, but there is gunfire nearby. and not a civilian to be found. just a few blocks away, most of the houses are empty. and many of the few who stayed behind are leaving. there is no running water, lerk trigsity or food. but this woman is staying put. she and her family hid out in their basement for 16 days while the battle raged around them. their only food was cold pore original made of flower and water. the children were afraid. we gave them and the old folks medicine to make them sleep through the whole thing. she's the exception. thousands are fleeing the city every day.
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our house was destroyed she says, isis forced us out. then it was hit by a rocket. and she left her home this morning and now enjoy as cigarette, forbidden under the rule of isis. although she says they weren't above a few sins of their own. they took pills, they drank alcohol, they oppressed us, she says. but when they came to you, they would say god says this, mohammad says that. their experiment at being holier than thou has ended in this. ben wedeman, cnn, west mosul. people would ask me in different skuns
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the pope has indicated he's open to a possible change in the rules around marriage and the priesthood. quite a headline. our vatican correspondent has that. >> reporter: an important comment by pope francis that he would be open to the possibility ever catholic married men
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becoming ordained priests. he said it could go some way towards helping the shortage of priests in certain areas around the world. now, important to note is that it is not the same thing as saying catholic priests can marry. which is usually what we mean when we talk about married priests. the pope said that he upholds the long standing tradition of a celibate priesthood in the catholic church, but that he would be open to a certain group of married men, the tested men of faith and virtue, being allowed to be ordained. we should say also that these were comments made in an interview. there has yet to be any action taken by pope francis on the issue. presumably if he were to go ahead with it, it would involve a meeting with his bishops to debate the question and then a papal document suggesting exactly how he intends to implement it. delia gallagher, cnn, rome. a powerful blast of arctic air plunges into the eastern
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united states this weekend. karen maginnis joining us with more. and i know this is not a meteorological term, but this has been one coo-coo winter. >> yes, it has. you surprised me when you said that. that is funny. because it has been so mild in a number of areas, that now we're starting to see this arctic blast engulf much of the eastern seaboard. first it plucks toward tplunges mid-atlantic and then all the way down towards the southeast. i just take for instance for atlanta, georgia, at the beginning of the month, 80 degrees. that was a high temperature. we saw a few days where the temperature was in the 70s. all these are degrees fahrenheit. but as you can see, in the temperature trend, as we go forwa towards turks it wiesday, it wi
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colder. and even birmingham, charlotte, as we go into the 72, 96 hour, they're all mentioning a rain/snow mix or perhaps all rain changing to snowfall. some computer models are suggesting an inch or two of snow. and to be this far south very late in the season is really remark willing. and then we have a shot that will move across the upper mississippi river valley. we already have the cold air in place into the northeast, so the beginning of next week, we start to see the snowfall engulf sections ever the northeast and new england. and then you can see another computer model that is suggesting the being a kualaskb accumulation of snowfall. new york city, average is 48. it will be 5 to 15 degrees below where it should be for this time of year. temperatures in boston overnight will be in the single digits.
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and temperatures way below average in the next seven days. so to say -- to repeat what you said, it has been a coo-coo season. and it won't change at least over the next 5 to 7 to 10 days. >> well, at least boston can deal with it, right? >> hopefully. all right. thanks. next here on "cnn newsroom," we profile a company that is moving 300 jobs from the united states to mexico. a decision that drew criticism from president trump. a quick f. it's my decision to make beauty last. roc® retinol, started visibly reducing my fine lines and wrinkles in one week. and the longer i use it, the better it works. retinol correxion® from roc. methods, not miracles.™
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go long. president trump has vowed to bring jobs back to the united states and stop them from moving to mexico, but some u.s. companies seem to be ignoring the president's agenda. cnn's leyla santiago reports from monterey, mexico. >> reporter: in the industrial capital of mexico, on the corner of a street filled with factories, this 22-year-old is waiting for his ride and something else.
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he's waiting for a job. the recent college grad hopes to work for one u.s. company in particular, the bottle bearing manufacturer rexnord is moving 300 jobs from indianapolis to monterey. it's a decision that grew criticism from president trump tweeting the company had viciously fired 300 workers. so do you think the damage is done, do you think mexico and the u.s. can work together? >> of course. it has to. i think it has to. president trump is just an accident in history. >> reporter: the secretary of economic development says president trump has a lot to learn about mexico. turner says the u.s. needs mexico, needs monterey for trade, its workers and its low cost labor. those factors resonated with rexnord told cnn that to be a viable country that contribute to us economic growth, we must
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meet customer needs with high quality product at competitive prices. >> the u.s. needs mexico as we needs the united states. and we cannot separate. we're like sigh measles twins. >> reporter: more than 2,000 american companies depend on situations here, many with planneds to expand. and the gland is so high, the state graduates an average of 35,000 engineers a year. he tells us he is one of those engineers who sdchbts think did this as stealing a i don't think froms u.s., rather an opportunity for a better life. and so he waits. he waits for rexnord. leyla santiago, cnn.
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