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russia russia an nexted crimea. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world, i'm george howell. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. and we begin this hour 5:01 in the u.s. east coast with breaking news that we're following in france. that nation's interior ministry says that a man at an airport in paris was killed just a short time ago when he tried to grab a soldier's gun. melissa bell is live with us by phone. first of all, we understand the airport's south terminal had to be evacuated during the police operation that followed. >> reporter: that's right, george, and here at the south airport scenes of chaos as people try to make their way on foot to what is an airport terminal that's been entirely
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sectioned off. it was an hour and a half ago that a man tried to seize a weapon of one of the soldiers on guard. france's airport ever sense the state of emergency was put in place have been heavily patrolled. you'll see heavily armed soldiers patrolling them night and day. we have one of those soldiers who was targtded, the man that took his weapon and tried to seek refuge in one of the shops. the man who had taken the weapon was then shot. no one else was wounded in the attack, however, and we're expecting france's interior minister to arrive at the airport within the next few minutes. >> melissa, i understand it's still very early in this investigation into what happened there, but do we have any indication at this point from investigators or officials that you've spoken with about motive, about reason behind what happened here? >> reporter: that is the first question they're going to try to seek to answer. to find out precisely what this
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man was doing. it was just over a month ago that another solitary man tried to attack again soldiers on duty as a result of this state of emergency, as a result of the sentinel operation at the louver museum. similar kind of attack. it appears to have been today not terribly well thought out. he tried -- he took off after the soldier's weapon himself. what was he hoping to achieve and what might have happened if he hadn't been killed by the security forces fairly quickly? those are all the questions they'll be looking into in that inquiry that has now been opened. >> a lot of questions for sure. keeping all this in context, of course, still an ongoing investigation. at the same time there have been many attacks within france. just to get a sense of the mood of people given something like this, what would you surmise the response will be from people as they learn this breaking news we're following?
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>> reporter: i think there will be an awful lot of interest, of course, that this has happened again. france remains in a state of high alert. that state of emergency that i mentioned a moment ago is in effect until the 15th of july. it's been in effect since november 2015 during -- during the november 13th attacks left 130 people dead and you really sense it. when you are close to its monuments, when you're in its airports or train stations. it is on high alert. there are soldiers and policemen, extra soldiers and policemen on patrol all the time and although it's been a while and there's a sense that people have been starting to think well, perhaps the worst is over, perhaps this sort of coordinated attacks that we saw back in november 2015 at the time of the nice attacks back in july when the man -- and it's still the subject of an invest gax, you know, may have been working in coordination with others, but
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certainly managed to cause a lot of deaths around him with his truck that day on july 14th. that those sort of large scale attacks are over. there is still the sense that anything could happen any time and what you've seen more and more of are these sort of so-called lone wolf attacks and we don't know whether this man was working with someone else, whether this was planned or whether we're dealing with someone that was just unstable and decided to try and go on the attack on his own. those sort of solitary attacks have become more and more frequent and it appears to be what we've seen today. >> but again, the headline this hour, the breaking news we're following for our viewers, a man killed at the airport after grabbing a soldier's gun. melissa bell was on the phone with us live. thank you for the reporting. we'll stay in touch with you as you continue speaking with investigators there. following a story now in china. the u.s. secretary of state held a news conference with his chinese counterpart in beijing a
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short time ago. rex tillerson's visit follows a stop in south korea where he said the u.s. would consider military action against north korea if it was provoked. will, thank you so much for your time. first of all, just what are you taking away from that meeting between rex tillerson and his chinese counterpart? what are the main headlines coming out of it? >> well, george, certainly a publicly foreign minister wong and secretary tillerson were very cordial. they talked about the mutual benefits of the long standing relationship not only economically but also strategically citing that the two countries have gotten along for decades without any military conflict, not since the korean war. they also talked about the shared goal of denuclearization. and this is one thing they said on that topic just moments ago.
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>> foreign minister wong and i had a very extensive exchange on north korea and foreign minister wang confirmed again, china's long standing policy of a denuclearized korean peninsula. we also exchanged views and i think we share a common view in a sense that tensions on the peninsula are quite high right now and things have reached a rather dangerous level. and we've committed ourselves to do everything we can to prevent any type of conflict from breaking out. >> at this hour we believe a similar discussion is taking place with china's other even higher ranking diplomat, state counselor and behind closed doors, these conversations are much more frank, much more candid. from the u.s. perspective and the trump administration has made this clear, china need to do more to reign in north korea and what tillerson is trying to
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find out is exactly how far china is willing to go to punish the north korean leader kim jong unfor these provocations. multiple missile launches this year, more than 20 last year and this is of course queuing up to the meeting we're expecting in t united states early next month. >> let's talk a little bit more about this. rex tillerson has said that patience for north korea has ended. also as you pointed out that all options are on the table before he arrived the president of the united states tweeted this about 20 hours ago. let's take a look at this tweet if we can. president saying this, north korea is behaving very badly. they have been playing the united states for years. china has done little to help. will the question that i have for you, it's a two parter. how is that response received in china? does it put pressure on them to indeed do more with, you know, the u.s. pushing more and how might the pressure be perceived
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in north korea? i know you've traveled extensively there. what do you surmise the response will be there? >> well, we know that the chinese do monitor president trump's twitter account. we also know that the tweet was a surprise to secretary tiller sovereig tillerson. whatever he said in the tweet does not come as a surprise to the chinese. they know this is the u.s. position. they over going to counter that they believe the u.s. is responsible for the -- for the rising tension on the korean peninsula because every year north korea gets very angry and launches missiles and does other acts when the u.s. south korean joint military exercises are taking place a very short distance from north korean shores. so china wants the u.s. to stop those military exercises. the u.s. wants china to penalize north korea in terms of sanctions and all of this is being watched of course by the regime in pyongyang.
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this language from secretary tillerson that all options are on the table including a military response. they knew during the obama years, the years of strategic patience that a military attack on north korea is something that would never happen. there would be many -- very unlikely that scenario would ever happen. they're not so sure, however, what the trump administration is going to do. there's that sense of uncertainty and that also has to have pyongyang and also beijing certainly on their toes wondering what's going to happen. >> the u.s. president on the campaign trail when he was running did indicate that being unpredictable would be a major asset when dealing with foreign affairs. will, thank you so much for your reporting. now to the u.s. president's claims of wiretapping and the lack of evidence to support them. nothing new there to talk about, but this is new. the justice department delivered a classified report on the matter to congress friday. officials familiar with that report say that it found no
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evidence to back up mr. trump's assertion that he was wiretapped last year at trump tower by his predecessor, the former u.s. president barack obama. president trump had the chance on friday to put that matter to rest but standing side by side with the german chancellor merkel he actually joked about it and merkel didn't laugh. jim acosta has this story. >> reporter: it was an opportunity for president trump to withdraw a baseless accusation that former president obama wiretapped him and apologize. but for a president who never admit mistakes it was an opportunity missed. >> from time to time tweets that you regret -- >> very seldom. >> very seldom? so you never would have wished not to have. >> probably wouldn't be here right now, but very seldom. >> reporter: at a news conference the president refused to back down pointing to past reports that merkel was once surveilled by the u.s. intelligence community during the obama administration.
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>> as far as wiretapping, i guess by, you know, this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps. >> reporter: the house is digging in even after press secretary sparked a diplomatic uproar defending the president's comments. >> you also tend to overlook all the other sources because i know you want to cherry pick it. but -- you do. but where was the concern about the new york times reporting. >> reporter: spicer cited an unsubstantiated report from a fox news commentator. >> last on fox news, judge made a following statement. three intelligence sources are informed fox news that president obama wentz outside the chain of command. he didn't use the nsa, he didn't use the cia or the fbi or the department of justice. he used gchq? what is that? >> reporter: utterly ridiculous, should be ignored said the british signals intelligence
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agency. he added these claims are ridiculous and should be ignored. we've received assurances that these allegations won't be repeated. but during the news conference the president said no apology was necessary. >> all we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. i didn't make an opinion on it. that was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on fox, and so you shouldn't be talking to me. you should be talking to fox. >> reporter: after the press conference spicer told reporters he was passing on news report from various outlets. i don't think we regret anything, he said. for the president, the merkel visit was a chance to mend some fences. in late 2015 he tweeted about merkel i told you time magazine would never pick me person of the year. they picked person who is ruining germany. tensions merkel appeared to aknology. >> i've also said it's always
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better to talk to one another and not about one another and i think our conversation proved this. >> reporter: as to a response to the president's latest remarks at the news conference a spokes person for the british government offered no comment. cnn, the white house. >> thank you so much for your reporting. this is "cnn newsroom" and still ahead, a look inside crimea three years after it was annexed by russia. what residents say life was like under russian rule stale ahead. >> and to torrential rains rip through a neighborhood in peru. we'll have the latest there as "cnn newsroom" continues. announcer: get on your feet for the nastiest bull in the state of texas. ♪
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. it is unclear who is responsible for a deadly attack off the coast of yemen. a boat packed with refugees was fired upon. at least 42 people were killed. many of the victims were from somalia. survivors have given conflicting accounts of what happened. some say that a helicopter opened fire while others say that a military vessel attacked that boat there. in ukraine a key anniversary has been reached in that country's conflict with pro-russian separatists. it was just three years ago that russia announced its annexation of crimea. we have this look at how
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annexation is affecting the people there. >> reporter: it was the final pen streak at the end of a brazen land grab. signing the order to annex crimea three years ago. crimea has always been and remains an inseparable part of russia, he said. this conviction based on truth and fairness has always been present and passed from generation to generation. both time and circumstances could not erase it. it's important to remember that crimea has been home to russia's black sea naval fleet for over 200 years, not something easy for russia to give up. three years after the annexation russia says crimea has been fully integrated into russia while many krimians say there is much work to be done. the luxury hotel, when a chef prepares crimean oysters and is
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experimenting with local products instead of products from abroad. i only serve local food made from local ingredients, he says. we just drive around here and pick the suppliers. we go to oyster farms and trout farms. of course many things harder to come by because of international sanctions slapped on russia for the annexation of crimea, but general manager of the hotel says business is still going well. there's a tendency for guests to stay longer than they used to, she says. people used to spend a weekend or just a few days. now the average stay is around seven days. russia shocked the world when masked forces appeared in i didn't mean -- in crimea. only weeks after the conflict began, kri pleaians allegedly voted to break away from ukraine and join russia in a referendum
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heavily criticized by the u.n., and the eu. the u.s. says sanctions will remain until the territory is returned to ukraine. and despite the positive development, much of crimea remains like this. poor with little economic development. much of the holdup coming down to logistics. there is no direct land route from russia to crimea. planes and these ferries the only way for russians to get there. cars are often stuck in traffic for days, this woman says. and sometimes the connection is disrupted because of sea storms. of course if we had a bridge, we would have more people here too. the russians are building a bridge for faster access in the future. russia hopes to complete the bridge by 2018. it's supposed to include a rail link as well as a motorway and many people here in crimea hope that the bridge will help alleviate a lot of the problems bringing both people and goods
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on and off the peninsula. for now, however, the bridge like much of the integration of crimea into russia remains a work in progress. cnn, on the crimean peninsula. >> clair, this question about crimea, the pressure remains for russia to return crimea to ukraine, but is that even a consideration in the russian capital or is that just a nonstarter? >> it's not a consideration at all, george. this is a closed issue in russia. russia is simply not willing to digs cu discuss any discussion of returning it to ukraine. russia believes that crimea was returned rightfully to russia through that referendum and that this issue is not up for discussion. in fact, it's not just that it's a closed issue, it's a source of national pride. we're seeing celebrations across
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the country today, commemorations for that third anniversary of putin signing that order absorbing crimea into the russian territory. replaying, there's a student concert that's going to be happening here in moscow, so this is not something they are willing to discuss and i think there was a certain amount of hope when the trump administration took over in washington that the u.s. might be willing to soften its stance, certainly the reason that candidate trump was so popular in russia was that he said during the campaign that he might be willing to consider recognizing crimea but since his inauguration, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. saying multiple times that sanctions won't be lifted until russia returns ukraine to crimea. russia is not willing to join on any discussion of that. >> to a different topic but still on the topic of russia. on monday, the fbi director james come y is set to inform
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legislators about the investigation into alleged russian meddling in the u.s. election. this remains a big issue with deep questions on this side of the pond but what is the feeling about this issue there? >> well, george, i mean, on the surface, they're trying to distance themselves from it really. the spokesman on his call with journalists yesterday, he was asked whether he was concerned about this hearing on monday, this investigation. he said they've frankly got better things to do. they have their own issues to deal with and they're not really watching it. he called it a broken record with futuristic songs. the kremlin has denied any involvement in hacking the u.s. election. they haven't denied that there were any contacts between russia and the trump team but that are certainly denying that this was anything out of the ordinary and they've started to call this hysteria in washington. hysteria by the u.s. media. they say they're simply stirring up anti russian sentiment and they've said that this has the
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potential to harm relations between the two countries so certainly distancing themselves but also you know, kind of warning that this could come between them and the u.s. >> claire following this story live for us in moscow. thank you so much for your reporting. we're following a situation in peru, some remarkable footage that has come to light from that nation. derrick van dam is here to tell us about it. >> you've got to see this footage of a dramatic almost rescue attempt. this was from the flooding that took place -- or that has been taking place in peru specifically along the coastal areas. this particular woman emerging from the mud, crawling and stumbling over debris that were dragged along by this raging torrent. we have onlookers right oi long the banks of this flooded river and they gathered around her and helped in her recovery. she is now been transferred to a nearby hospital and is safe, but
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she said that she survived by grabbing on to pieces of wood, tree branches, trying to build a makeshift bridge to pull herself out of the mud and the muck. unbelievable scenes coming out of peru. the infrastructure there has been greatly hindered by this flooding. in fact, over 100 bridges have become impassable because of the flooding and the scenes that you saw on your television screens just a second ago, over 115,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed. you can imagine the livelihoods impacted by that. over 60,000 people displaced, in fact. we have yet more rain in the forecast. another 100 to 250 millimeters of rain in the hardest hit areas in north western peru. that's where we've seen the flooding just north of lima, the capital city. you can see the shower and thunderstorm activity that will continue through the middle part of the work week. another almost collateral damage of this story is the lack of safe drinking water so people have been lining up in some of
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these smaller communities trying to access water for their families and their communities as well. a real humanitarian crisis there. let's take you to another part of the world where we're focusing our attention on southern italy. this is in sicily where that red dot is is actual will the location of europe's largest and most active volcano. this is mount etna and it erupted late on thursday and the scenes that unfolded were incredibly dramatic. people caught on the side of the mountain as the volcano erupted. take a look at this. you'll see some of the footage of the actual eruption, but a cameraman from a bbc crew filming a television series there was actually caught in the middle of it and notice as we play this a few more seconds, you start to see some of the lava, rock and molten that was thrown into the sky injuring ten people including one of the
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camera women that were shooting this remarkable piece of footage here. and george, wow, i mean, that is scary scene, scary sight for anyone just trying to enjoy a scenic and unique experience and of course it turns potentially deadly. >> thank you. we'll obviously continue to follow this very dangerous situation there. thank you. still ahead here on "cnn newsroom," there could be fallout from a super secret spy alliance after donald trump refuses to walk back claims that he was wiretapped. again, there's no evidence to back that. >> plus, the u.s. is disputing reports that its war planes bombed a syrian mosque but there's no disputing the devastating aftermath that happened. cnn is live this hour from atlanta, georgia. you're watching "cnn newsroom."
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our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you are watching "cnn newsroom" and it is good to have you with us. i'm george howell with the headlines we're following for you this hour. france's interior ministry says a moan was killed at orall airport when he tried to grab a gun. orly's south terminal was evacuated during the police operation that followed. the man's identity or possible motive has not yet been made public. no one else was hurt in the incident. cnn is following this story with correspondents in paris on the ground. the u.s. president donald trump keeps repeating
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unsubstantiated claims that he was wiretapped and that led to an awkward moment with the german chancellor merkel at a news conference. he joked she and he had something in common, being wiretapped by the obama administration. she didn't laugh. america's top diplomat is in beijing for his final leg of his first official trip to asia. rex tillerson is seeking chinese support to reign in north korea's weapons program. he said the u.s. would consider military action against pyongyang if kim john un threatens his neighbors or his forces. the u.s. national security advisor mcmaster did speak about that matter with british officials. they called the accusation quote, ridiculous and say
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they've been assured that it would not be repeated. returning now to our top story. the president of the united states deepening the controversy over wiretapping. again, no evidence to back that. he repeated a fox news commentator's account claiming that he was under surveillance by british spies during the election campaign on behalf of the former president obama. it's been told the allegation won't be made again but the president offered no apology and as bryan todd reports the united kingdom is not happy. >> reporter: an accusation that is still bringing outrage from across the atlantic. the white house press secretary reciting a claim from a fox news analyst that former president obama got british intelligence to spy on donald trump. >> he didn't use the cia. he didn't use the fbi and he didn't use the department of justice. he used gchq. >> reporter: britain's equivalent of the nsa. a super secret eaves dropping
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agency with some of the best technology. using the gchq to spy on donald trump would have given president obama plausible denyability. >> he's able to get it and there's no american fingerprints on this. >> reporter: the british are furious calling the comments ridiculous. long standing agreements between the countries mean they cannot ask each other to target each others citizens? what are the five eyes countries? >> they share everything, they collect and help each other collect information. >> reporter: five eyes the intelligence agencies of allies. the u.s., britain, canada, australia and new zealand. after working so well together to defeat jrmny and japan in world war ii they established five eyes right after the war to spy on the soviet union. experts say they meet at least one a year and it's the most effective intelligence sharing
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alliance in the world. >> basically, gchq and nsa are closer than nsa and cia. they've divided the world up into spheres of interest so that britain for example can collect against europe or russia a lot better than the united states can, so it's their area of focus. the u.s. can eaves drop on south america or to some degree a lot of the pacific area. >> reporter: the brotherly ties between british and american intelligence agencies often immortalized on the big screen. when james bond met up with his cia counterpart. >> that's what i like about u.s. intelligence, you'll lie down with anybody, including you, buddy. >> reporter: now they fear the fallout from the white house citing an unproven accusation. >> what the u.k. has is listening sites closer to the middle east. they have a listening site in
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sicypres cypress. >> reporter: other experts say that may not happen because then the british wouldn't have access to u.s. intelligence. what may happen is that the british and other five eyes partners may get increasingly nervous about sharing some intelligence with the trump administration, not knowing if it would be talked about in the open or how it would be used and as a result, some intelligence may be held back from the americans. >> thank you for the report. the u.s. secretary of state is in beijing this hour for meetings with chinese leetdeade. rex tillerson faces a delicate task. he also is seeking chinese support to reign in north korea's weapons program. more now from alexandra field. >> reporter: kim jong un's nuclear ambitions are fuelling
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fast and furious developments, putting south korea under mounting pressure. the u.s. is racing to launch a missile defense system on the soil. president trump and the acting president say it must be installed as quickly as possible. korea is stuck in the middle. >> i think people also worry about the escalating tension in the korean peninsula and also in asia. >> reporter: south korea is in the throws of the political crisis. now some want to push pause on that. they want the next president to be elected to have the final say.
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>>. >> reporter: but he represents a presidential front runner. >> reporter: he says seoul is too close to north korea that fad can't protect it. the system is designed to intercept short and medium range missiles but the reach of its radar raises concern for countries in the region. russia and china say the u.s. could use it to monitor their own missile launches. now china appears to be pushing back. china says they haven't taken any official action against korea but south korea says there are signs for retaliation for the installation that are hitting the country in the pocket like cancellations of chinese tours leaving local businesses to feel the effect. >> reporter: the popular shops are a little everybodyier in this tourist neighborhood she tells us. shop owners are out in the
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street trying to attract customers. older conservative party voters proud pronoents of u.s. alliance support fad pushing for open dialog and fear that it could keep everyone away from the negotiating table. talks broke down in 2009. >> north korea has developed their nuclear power during the period when the party is not working properly and we gave them an opportunity while we're not actually talking to them to use that moment to develop their nuclear we tons. >> reporter: kim jong unis -- in syria, evacuations have started from the last neighborhood held by the opposition in the city of homs. activists say 2,000 residents
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are headed to the aleppo country side. >> an attack killing dozens of people. officials say that al qaeda firefight fighters in a nearby building were targeted instead. >> reporter: syrians are describing it as a massacre. according to a syrian monitoring group, activists and rescue workers scores were killed and wounded after air strikes hit a mosque of worshippers in northern syria. u.s. military officials have confirmed carrying out an air strike in the area killing several terrorists but did not bomb a mosque. the target was a building where an al qaeda meeting was taking place but acknowledged the building was only 40 to 50 feet away from the mosque. according to satellite imagery the mosque was still standing after the strikes. >> war planes have violated the
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sanctity of god. it led to one of the most heinous massacres. >> reporter: the u.s. military central command said they're looking into allegations of civilian casualties. the u.s. military has ramped up its air strikes targeting al qaeda, but activists say the majority of those killed thursday were civilian worshippers. al qaeda may use the incident to gain more support in a part of the country where they've already been growing stronger. >> one of the main groups called it a war crime and quote shameful scene of an international community that has gone from silence to the killing of syrian people. thank you for the report. still ahead, a terrifying drought. fem famine growing out of control. we'll have that story for you. ys knows how it feels to see
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comcast business. built for speed. built for business. welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell. millions of people could starve to death in famine, the u.n. is calling the worst in decades. a severe drought in somalia has made the conditions even more desperate. we take a look at how health workers are trying to treat the sick, many of whom are children. >> reporter: in a hospital in the somalia capital, workers struggle to save people affected by famine. >> the death cause is
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dehydration. >> reporter: they're rehydrating the baby. but their best efforts are at times not enough. some of the children come in already severely malnourished and workers here say nearly 50 died from hunger related ailments over the past two months. the land in much of this country is dry and barren. little rain here for about two years until 2016 and when the rains came they did not last. water sources have dried up in the country side, animals are dying and people are moving to the cities in search of food and water. appealing for more than $800 million to help 6 million people who face the risk of starvation. somalia is just one of several countries that the u.n. says faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. others are yemen and northeast nigeria. >> now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine.
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without collective efforts people will simply starve to death. >> reporter: more than 7 million people in yemen are facing what the u.n. calls severe food insecurity. not yet a famine but getting there. >> we don't have enough food to support the scale up that is required to ensure that we can avoid a famine. >> reporter: more than 2 million people face starvation in nigeria while more than 5 million are facing starvation. armed conflicts in these countries are compounding the problem. the wfp is asking for road access to deliver aid to some of the hardest hit areas and the affected areas in nigeria, a threat even though the government has had recent military success against them. in somalia as people forage the land for food and water, the deadly campaign against any
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attempt of asserting aide. doctors and nurses are braving the storm to save some of the worst affected. >> in south sudan, u.n. officials are calling for emergency help for more than a million displaced people. fighting has devastated the country. drought has made the situation there worse as well. here's how one u.n. leader explains the disaster that is playing out. >> a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world's fastest growing refugee crisis. total displacement from south sudan into neighboring region is now at 1.6 million people. the rate of new displacement is alarming. presenting an impossible burden on a region that is significantly poorer and which
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the restaurant chain in the u.s. mcdonald's is in damage control after a social media. >> fsnafu. their twitter account was hacked. >> reporter: like salt on a wound there was nothing sweet about this mctweet from mcdonald's. you're actually a disgusting excuse of a president and we would love to have@barack obama back. also, you have tiny hands. this to a guy who's been photographed eating mcdonald's, who knows the menu. >> what did donald trump order?
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>> fish delight. >> the quarter pounder with cheese. >> reporter: the tweet lasted 20 minutes before mcdonald's deleted it posting twitter notified us that our account was compromised, hacked by an external source. a mchack attack. seth meyers tweeted clown on clown crime. someone else made the donald resembled ronald mcdonald. was the culprit the ham burglar or per halves burger king? this guy may have been loving it. barack obama was photo shopped into the president's meal asking too much special sauce? trump supporters suggested a boycott. once it became known the account was compromised there were mostly jokes. in fairness, trump's hands make their regular cheese burger look like a big mac. do my hands make my burger look big? to think the president once did a mcdonald's commercial --
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>> a big and tasty for just a dollar? how do you do it? what's your secret? >> reporter: and guess who has to clean up this whole mcdonald's pr mess? former obama press secretary robert gibbs who is now global chief communications officer for mcdonald's. what does the president like about mcdonald's? >> at least you know what you're getting. i don't want to go into a restaurant and say mr. trump would like a hamburger to go. i don't know what they're going to do to that hamburger. if they like me i'm happy. >> reporter: at least his hamburger didn't get spit on. someone just spit out a tweet. cnn, new york. >> and we saw a grimace in that report. also good to see grimace. from purple now to green. much of the world celebrated st. patrick's day on friday. it honors the patron saint of ireland credited for bringing christianity to the country. it is a national holiday for the irish and is largely observed there as a religious day.
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the scene there in savannah, georgia here in the united states generally marked by parades in many cities across the country and swied spread use of the color green. even the white house got on with the act with the green dye in its fountain there. >> that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. for our viewers in the united states, "new day" is next. for others "best of quest" starts in a moment. cnn, we are the world's news leader. ♪
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