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a devastating scene in columbia where mud slides have killed 200 people. >> plus, the u.s. president's former national security adviser new financial disclosures shine light on michael flynn's ties to russia. >> and more protests planned by the opposition party accusing putin's party of corruption. we'll have the latest from moscow live. >> from cnn, welcome to our viewers here in the united states anand the world. >> i'm natalie allen. "cnn newsroom" starts right now.
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>> it is 4:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast, first to southern columbia. people there are digging out after massive mud slides. at this point, more than 200 people are missing, at least 234 people are dead and many trying to find relatives and friends. what you see there, the great devastation. >> george, some families were barely able to escape before their homes were wiped out. colombian president visited the inge ached on saturday. a crew was there when the president spoke with a victim. [ speaking foreign language ]
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the colombian president there, he also says he suspects climate change cog partially be to blame. our rafael romo has more for us. >> reporter: it all fast. according to a witness it started raining friday night about 10:30 and the waters rose so fast people had to run for their lives. many houses were flattened, bridges collapsed and highways washed away. it happened in the capital of a province in southern columbia surrounded by three rivers which overflowed as a result of some of the heaviest rains the city has seen in years. the colombian president santos said in one flight it got about a third of the rain that would normally fall in a full month. the president also said the death toll will likely rise
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because there are many people still missing. >> translator: we do not know how many there are going to be. we are still searching. the first thing i want to say is that our hearts, the hearts of all colombians are with the victims of this tragedier? klee he declared a state of emergency in the region. the hospital system was sit down. about a thousand police officers and soldiers are helping in the search and rescue efforts. >> translator: the difficulties we are facing are that it is still raining in the region and the avalanche turned up a considerable amount of land. there are mobility issues on op almost 80% of the roads and where the road ends, it is three hours to the place where the avalanche took place. >> reporter: authorities have found ten children hon are alone and officials don't know the if their parents died or are trapped. rafael romo, cnn, atlanta. >> and now derek van dam with more on the mud slides.
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>> george, natalie, mud slides can travel up top 50 kilometers per hour and gain almost momentum and grow in size and pick up debris. take a look at the footage. you can clearly see this was an supremely powerful landslide. look the full branches, massive boulders and parts of buildings, full trees all swept up in this torrent of mud and water that wash add down the steep mountain that were verses here across the area. they received nearly a third of their monthly average rainfall in a three-hour period in this town of 340,000 residents. what made this particularly zarngsing that this landslide struck at night with little or no warning. let's focus in on the southwestern sections of columbia and the province where the mocoa region is located. we're talking about some of the
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steepest terrain in colombia, part of the and december mountain range that runs north to south across the entire continent of south america. notice the rivers that flow in and out of this capital. this particular community is is very stroubl landslides just like this because they based the majority of their population at the base of a mountain. you get heavy rainfall like this and rainfall for days on end, the ground xwoims extremely saturated. gravity takes over. eventually that saturated soil fails. the side of the mountain slope fails and we ultimately see landslides and mud slides gathering speed and momentum, taking rocks, taking full trees, even buildings and sweeping them down account valley below. this is the scene from above from the colombian air force sending in images. scary stuff. you can see how busy the weather has been across southwestern
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sections of colombia. convective activity, showers and thunderstorms. they received about 130 millimeters in a few hours time. normally they receive 400 millimeters in the entire month of april. we're seeing nearly a third of their monthly average rainfall. the extreme risk of landslides continues for southwestern sections of colombia, central and northern sections. a highland slide threat for that area with more rainfall to come. and addition 50ing to 150g millimeters of rainfall depending where you're located. the heaviest rainfall will stay out of the mocoa region they had about 1100 soldiers ushered into this region to help with the search and recovery efforts. the state of public emergency on going right now. there are 17 neighborhoods that were affected in total and the thing about this, natalie and george, landslides are nearly impossible to predict.
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we can show areas where they have elevated risk of landslide activity and we highlighted those here on then report. >> can you imagine running from -- how, you can't, and what it must sound like. >> i would imagine it's extremely loud. think about just the amount of boulders and rocks and trees and everything being swept down themans. >> thank you. well, we turn to other news. flu details how much known donald trump's former security adviser made in the past year and how much cametom companies linked to russian. >> michael flynn, he did not list payments from three firms linked to russia on financial disclosure forms that he signed in february. the payments though do appear on and amended form that flynn filed on friday. ryan nobles has more. >> reporter: the white house has just released financial disclosure forms from former national security adviser michael flynn. the forms tell us quite a bit
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where flynn made his money. 2016. he took in a total of $1.5 million. and he also had three different income sources from speeches among them, the television network rt, which is a state-run television network. also a cargo company and a cyber security firm. each one of those speeches paid flynn at least $5,000. that's the minimum necessary to be reported on these forms. but we know through house democrats that the speech that he gave to rt allowed flynn to make as much as $45,000. what's interesting about these three expenditures is that flynn did not report these income sours on his february form but then added them on his march form. rt speech in particular is something we've known about for some time. but we had originally been told that the incoming fromming this speech was given through a speaker's bureau, not from rt directly. this updated disclosure o
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closure form shows the speech was made for by rt specifically. this information will be a big issue for democrats in particular as they continue to investigate the trump campaign's connection to the russian government as russian government's attempts to intervene in the american election. ryan nobles, cnn, washington. of let's talk more about it now with scott lucas, a frequent guest on our program, professor of international politics at the university of birmingham in england. thank you for joining us again. michael flynn, the man who would have headed the nsa apparently took money from russia, didn't disclose it, lied about the content of conversations. he has a story to tell we hear from his lawyer. he's looking shadyer and shadyer. what do you make of this. >> >> the bigger question is whether the trump administration's looking shadyer shandyer xp we've known flynn
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took money not from only russia but from turkey. hundreds of thousands of dollars and it appears more in 2015-2016 and he did not disclose that. this is the latest revelation. the court here is still weather when michael flynn talked to the russian ambassador on december 29th had, five conversations on the day that president obama put new sanctions on moscow for interfering in the 2016 election, did he do that on his own initiative or on orders from above? certainly this latest evidence that he has connections with russia keeps his name in the headlines but it's that fundamental question of whether he was working on his own or we've got-bigger group in the trump administration that will continue to dominate the investigation. >> this was the man, flynn who, stood at the republican convention and lead the infamous cheer by trump supporters lock her up. now he's asking for immunity.
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you mentioned trump. how does this reflect on his leadership? >> well, at the very least he's looking uncertain. let's take what happened after it was revealed bid michael flynn's lawyer and at congressional committee that he had offered to testify in return for immunity. trump initially came out with this angry tweet tweet said michael flynn should definitely testify and get immunity because this is a witch hunt. for the rest of that day on friday, trump not only was quiet about the issue but walked away every questions about it. i think he's not sure how to handle this specific issue. on the broader issue, as long assing this russia issue dominates the headlines in combination with the failure last week to repeal obamacare this administration is looking almost paralyzed. how do you push through tax reforms and go the your budget through and make sweeping is foreign policy if the dominant headline day in and day out is
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whether you're compromised or even worse by links with moscow. >> we know about flynn, we don't have the answer to the questions you poses. he called it a witch hunt and he seemed to get angry and walk off when someone tried to ask him more about it. but could it it be a witch hunt at had point? we really don't know the. >> look, it's an investigation. it is an investigation which has not reached any conclusions as you know the right now about whether this goes higher up in the trump administration either during the campaign last year or after the inauguration. if the fbi and the agencies did not investigate what we might find out about russian interference in the election, then they would be negligent. for trump to call this a witch hunt is part of a white house strategy including press secretary sean spicer day after day to invoke agimage of mccarthyism to say we're not the perpetrators of the crime. we may be the victims.
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i can't say whether they were the victims or perpetrators. but i do say it's an investigation that needs to be concluded. >> it is probably going to take awhilen an it's been swirling around for some time now. what could he do, possibly could he do to get a win, the supreme court's looking good for him. to say the least, he's not off to a good start. this is a cloud. but could he does anything right now that would be a win for him? >> yes, he could stop picking fights with his own conservative republicans in the freedom caucus, which he has done over the past few days. gook to the point subpoena cavino openly said possibly in violation of a law that they will try to get one of those representatives defeated next year. why should he mend fences with the caucus? because if trump really wants to get the initiative back with tax reform and on foreign trade, he
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needs to gather supporters in congress, whether it's conservative republicans or the democrats not alienating them by declaring war. >> scott lucas, thank you as always. we try to find something positive but it is tough right now because a lot is going not in his way, president trump. thank you, scott. george. >> now to the nation's vice president mike pence for the fourth weekend in a row, he is on the road selling the president's agenda in towns across the nation. pence was in ohio on saturday where he reassured small manufacture employees at a company that the effort to repeal and replace obamacare is not over. >> congress basically said they weren't ready yet to begin the end of obamacare. it really is a shame. but as congressman tea berry just said to me a few minutes ago it, ain't over yet. even as we speak, i'm told the members of congress are forging ahead, working to craft
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legislation that will usher in the end of obamacare. be assured of this folks here in the buckeye state, when kong greggs finally decides to repeal and replace obamacare, president trump and i will be ready to work with them hand in glove. snore you remember the previous effort to repeal and replace obamacare failed. pence also touted the president's pro business agenda which he has says brought optimism back to the manufacturing sector. >> we've seen media kind of lash back at donald trump for calling the media fake news. they've called what he puts out sometime fake news. he tweeted this weekend announcing more fake news. >> interesting. bryn ging ris talked to a few trump vote are who's want the president to dial it back on twitter. >> how many of you know about the president's tweets or follow them through some sort of media? >> everyone in this room in eastern pennsylvania vote ford donald trump. >> seeing more people involved
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it's like a modern day constituent letter. they're voicing their opinion and more politically involved. >> feels that people are editorializing his commentary so therefore, this is his way of assuring that his message is going direct to the public gualook like tweeting. i have other things i could be doing. i get dishonest media. >> nearly everyone in this group wants him to stop tweeting things about tv ratings at his inauguration and arnold schwarzenegger's departure from the "apprentice." >> what he's doing is reacting immediately. he's not taking the -- it's a knee jerk reaction. >> does that is concern you as the president. >> absolutely. he needs to tone it down and forgetting about snoop dogg, forget about arnold schwarzenegger. we don't really care about them, do we? >> i don't. if you want to be "the apprentice" sterngs down, let somebody else run the country. he needs to be presidential, plain and simple. >> sometimes i think he overreacts and doesn't have all
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the factes before he tweets. >> like this it, how low has president obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process? this isnismon water gate, bad or sick guy. that is false. >> i did see it on a major news channel network and i remember the first thing i said to my significant other, was i don't believe just tweeted that. even if he felt that way, he shouldn't have tweeted. >> i don't like those tweets. >> he's using this as a medium because he doesn't trust the media. however, if you use that medium and lie on it, where does that put us. >> makes you no better than the journalists you're assailing. > show us the proof, don't tweet it. nobody set up wiretaps in that building. he knows it. he won't admit it. that angers me. that's unpresidential. >> lifelong democrat scott says he went to two trump rallies and was so inspired he crossed party lines this election.
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he says he now regrets his vote even tweeting trump your rants are out of control. i voted for you to make america great again. run the country, sir >> i will jump back on his wagon if he starts telling the truth and being honest with the american people. >> do you trust the president? >> in whvain. >> it's a simple question. >> it is a simple question. >> i will trust him even though he goes off half cocked sometimes. >> the good far outweighs the bad sometimes. >> i'm thinking trump 2020. >> bryn ging gra, cnn, pennsylvania. >> the focus for the media is to focus on the president's agenda, things he's tried to push through to also you know, focus on the questions. there are many questions about russia but to separate fact from
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fiction and we'll do that nonstop. still ahead here on "newsroom," once the ancestral home of many christians, this iraqi town has basically been abandoned. >> we'll go inside the community and have a report coming up for you on "cnn newsroom." pain used to shut me down during pick-up games.
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air strikes focused on snoois iraq and sir yars have killed hundreds of civilians according to a report by the u.s.-led coalition. it covers operation parent resolve which began in 2014. since that time, air strikes likely kill at least 229 civilian and that that number will likely rise. >> the report does not cover air strikes in mid-march on a mosul neighborhood. those are still being investigated. an iraqi health official told cnn more than 100 bodies have been recovered from that fight. a thriving area near me sul has turned into a ghost town after years of isis control. more than 60,000 people fled as militants burned their house. >> they turned one of the town's main churches into a target practice range.
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ben wedeman has more. ♪ >> reporter: a small flock returned for mass in the charred ruins of the church of mary of the imam cue lat near mosul. be isis set fire to the church and used its courtyard has as a firing range. this man came home to kara koch a week ago and has yet to recover. the shock. i felt pain, he recalls. my eyes filled with tears. she is back just for mass. and says this is the first time i returned to this church and then she's at a loss for words. ♪
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>> reporter: the archbishop struggled to represent residents through the trauma but worries the specter of isis still hovers nearby. >> translator: we expected everything in kara koch, theft, damage and destruction, he tells me but arson for us is a message, a threatening message that the idea of isis is still here in the region, and that's what we fear. today, this once prosperous christian community is a ghost town of empty streets, blown out buildings, gutted shops. everywhere reminders of isis' hatred for everything kara cush stood for. workers haverectomied a large cross at one of the main rounds about to signal the town's liberation but it's just a symbol. >> before isis took over the town in the summer of 2014, more
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than 60,000 people called it home. now, months after it was liberated, only a handful of families has returned. without electricity and running water, without help to get life moving again, most residents hesitant to return. businessman tofiq moved back two months ago, a generator running nearby, he shows a list of everything isis looted from his businesses. the central government, he says, hasn't restored power or water. it's completely neglecting the christians. some residents have returned, briefly, to bury the dead. ♪ friends and relatives bid final farewell to 83-year-old nasira, a nun who fled kara koch and died in erbil. she at least has returned in
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death to the town of her birth. ben wedeman, cnn, northern iraq. >> when will there be something positive out of that region? officials are searching for a missing south korean cargo ship cite cesar gaviria south korea's foreign ministry. crew members made a distress call on friday saying the ship was sink package.it is unclear right now if any of the 24 crew members on board survived. next here, russia bracing for more anti-corruption pro testifies. we'll take you live to moscow tore that. >> new revelation bmz president trump's former national security adviser michael flynn and the payments he received from russian linked firms. that story is ahead. cnn is live from atlanta, georgia. you're watching "cnn newsroom." , guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance
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welcome back. you're watching "cnn newsroom" live from atlanta. i'm nat lethal len. >> i'm george howell with the headlines this hour. more than 200 people are missing in southern columbia after devastating mud slides. at least 234 people are dead there and dozens more missing. some families were barely able to escape after torrential rains overflowed three different rivers. dozens of homes with completely destroyed. the colombian government has declared a state of emergency. >> translator: what happened? last night it rained 130 millimeters. it usually rains 400 millimeters here in one month. so what does that mean?
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30% of the rain for a whole month was produced last night which led to the growth of various rivers. >> elsewhere, the venezuelan supreme court reversed its ruling to strip the congress of power. the original decision published wednesday by the pro government high court sparked violent protests. on saturday thousands gathered in the streets of the capital of caracas and elsewhere in a show support for the opposition led. >> 11 others previously arrested in the london terror attack were freed with no further action. dozens were injureded last month when khalid masood plowed through the bridge before fatally stabbing a police officer. >> voters in france are gearing up for the first round of their presidential election just three weeks from today. a new poll sthoez the race is
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getting tighter between the front-runners and national front leader marine le pen. embattled conservative candidate has entered the russia debate. dismissing accusations of kremlin interference in france. in less than an hour, more protests are expected in russia after last sunday's huge anti-corruption demonstrations, some of the biggest rallies the country has seen since the 2010s protests. >> hundreds of people including a prominent opposition figure were arrested in moscow for taking part. paula newton is live in the russian capital following the situation. what is the overall feeling about these protests? >> reporter: well, it's interesting the government was clearly taken by surprise. i think a lot of average russians were taken by surprise, as well. we should point out that what happened during this protest was not broadcast live on state tv. having said that, some of these
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protests are have been determined to keep up any momentum they were able to start. to that end, there had been some social media postings about trying to gather the today. the government had been observing that and moved to censor at least five russian web sites they said were engaging in that kind of illegal activity to try and incite this kind of violence, that's what the government claim was. more than that, they also for today closed down red square here in moscow. they say that was for victory day rehearsals, i parade in early may. and we can confirm that red scare today is closed. some of the bulletins on social media proposed meeting there. i want to point out that the police department here in moscow has made it very clear that threw are being vigilant, that they are watching how and if people organize in moscow and elsewhere and are saying look, we want to make clear any kind cuff gathers would be unauthorized in their words.
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>> let's talk about that. just a weg ago, one of the protest leaders was detained and made mention saying i'm detained. so what? the movement continues. so is there a concern though about being detained and if so, is that a deterrent? >>. >> i mean, there certainly is. that has been a deterrent for.many years here as you know. what is really highlighting the fact that this protest might have more momentum especially across the regions is the fact that many, many young people are out there at this point in time. again, george, as you know, these aren't people, the young generation that are necessarily watching state tv or watching television. they're on their phones and computers. a lot of them riled up by living standards and education standards quite frankly that are not up to par but also a certain level of corruption that they claim has gone on far too long. alexy na valny is still in
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prison sentenced to 15 days for the pro testifies. he should be out later this week. we'll see with that release if they do get the momentum they're hoping for. as you can see from the pictures we're showing you, of course, once people do see those pictures and they circulate widely online, it does serve obviously as a deterrent to some. >> cnn's paula newton live for news moscow. thank you. moving on now to ecuador, that nation just hours away from choosing its next president a showdown between pro business candidate lasso or continuing the leftist policies with his rival moreno. voters will ultimately decide the fate of the wikileaks fouader julian assange. if he wins, lasso has promised to evict him from the ecuadorian embassiness london. >> let's remind you why assange has been living in the london
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embassy. the criminal court issued an arrest warrant for him based on allegations of sexual assault. assange denied any wrongdoing. the supporters claim the charges were politically motivated. he was placed under house arrest. in may 2012, the uk supreme court denied his appeal against extradition to swede wikileaks founders feared sweden would extradite him to the u.s. where he could face the death penalty for bub lishing government secrets on wikileaks. the following month he saw the refuge in the ecuadorian embassy and has been there ever since. newly released documents are revealing financial information about president donald trump's former national security visor showing michael flynn made 1.5 maryland last year. some of that money came from fees paid by firms linked to russia. flynn failed to list payments from a russian television
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network antoine other firms on the form he filed in february but he did report the payments on an antidepressant document filed friday. flynn's lawyer has issued a statement saying, here it is, general flynn had only just begun the financial disclosure filing process at the time he left the white house. he filed a draft form explit italy listing his speak's an bureau contract and expected to engage in the usual process of consultations with the white house counsel's office and office of government ethics regarding what he was expected to disclose. that process was suspended, however, after he resigned, after he resigned. when the white house asked him this week to complete the process anton itemize the specific speak events, he did so. >> that is an important context to add to the story that we continue to follow. still ahead, pope francis heads to northern italy to bless the rebuilding of cities ravaged by
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the worst flooding disaster to hit peru in decades is not giving victims a break. a main river overflods again in northern peru, one of the most devastated areas. flooding and mud slides across peru have killed at least 92 people. >> the government says it needs more international aid to help hundreds of thousands in need presently and officials say local donations have been decreasing. in northern italy, pope francis is visiting the city of carpe, take a look here the site of the devastating earthquake income 2012. more than 20 people were killed and dozens of buildings destroyed in the 5.8 magnitude
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quake. you're looking at live images. >> the pope will celebrate mass in front of the cathedral of carpi. delia gallagher joins us from rome with more. hello there, delia. >> reporter: hi to you. yes, the pope is currently saying is mass in front of the cathedral of carpi five years after those devastating earthquakes hit this region known as emiliol romania in the north central part after italy killing 28 people. this cathedral was just hoped last week. so the pope has come to celebrate the reopening of this cathedral as well as to remind the people that are there still trying to rebuild from the earthquake that they have not been forgotten. now, interestingly, natalie, after the mass, the pope is going to bless some stones, stones that will be used to rebuild some church offices in the area. and one of those stones comes from a church that was demolished by the fighting in
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iraq. in nineveh, iraq. they'll be using one of those stones from iraq to start the rebuilding process for some other offices in this area of carpi. the pope in the afternoon will go to a nearby town called miranodola, another town hit in the 2012 earthquakes about where he will meet with families of those who lost lives in earthquakes including a muslim family. this is area has a significant population of immigrants particularly from india and pakistan. the pope will be meeting with them, as well and lay a wreath at a memorial for the victims of that 2012 earthquake. natalie? >> the pope, this is george here. the taupe simply being there, focusing on the revitalization of that region, again, these live images we're seeing as it takes place right now in carpi, i remember from reporting with various other earthquakes, just the sense that people didn't
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want to return, the sense that people were concerned about more earthquakes that could occur. is there a feeling though that people are starting to move backing into that region? >> reporter: well, that's why this visit is so significant, george, because you see in carpi, they've basically managed to rebuild to get their jobs back and houses back. in nearby mir ran danola, the main cathedral is still closed and rebuilding efforts are still going on. you have a lot of small towns that have been hit and depending on the money they have and other bureaucratic issues, the rebuilding efforts can take a long time. this is five years after of the 2012 earthquakes. we all heard last year about account terrible earthquakes on the same fault line. but we're north now. the pope is saying yes, benedict xvith went after the earthquakes in 2012. pope francis is saying we still understand you're here and you
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suffered during those earthquakes. that's an important message for the pope to be giving to the people of that region >> delia gallagher following this live event. thank you for your reporting. in russia, lawmakers there voted to decriminalize some forms of domestic violence earlier this year. >> survivors of abuse are finding new hope outside the halls of power. our claire sebastian reports on a tattoo shop that's now changing lives. >> reporter: tattooing is like painting-a an crumpled piece of paper. the popular tattoo artist in the russia city started seeing women in her salon looking for tattoos to hide their scars. victims of domestic violence. last summer following the example of a brazilian tattoo artist she place add ad on social media offering the service for free. >> translator: they came in
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droves. i then understood how serious the problem is here in the first month, around 100 girls came to see me. >> reporter: today a red rose is taking shape over seven months worth of knife scars. ana was 1 when her boyfriend starting cutting her with kitchen knifes. for legal reasons, we're concealing her face and real name because he was never charged with any crime. he was my first great love, she tells me. i thought the violence would stop. in a city of a million people between the volga river and url mountains, she is not the only one waging war against domestic violence. victoria shows us the paperwork she submitted to local authorities to set up a crisis center specifically for domestic violence victims something that doesn't could yet exist in the city. >> i have this strong internal
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motivation because i've encountered this problem myself and at least in my own town, i want women who-to-have some kind of support in these situations. >> reporter: her website is already up and running she hopes one day to provide women free legal and psychological help. perhaps perhaps even a shelter. back at the tattoo salon before and after photos a reminder of the acute need. this woman was pregnant when her husband took her to the woods and stabbed her in the neck. now in place of the wound, a butterfly. >> translator: when they leave here with a smile, it's wonderful. it makes me want to work to do something good. >> reporter: looking at her rose, ana says she kneels leaf. past wounds redrawn. claire sbas sebastian, russia. that's beautiful. still ahead it, 743
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dog-eared pages bound with string? well, it's making north korea a little nervous. >> we'll show you how a book smuggled written by a dissident is finding a global audience. that's coming up here.
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bob dylan, finally receives his nobel prize in literature. the legendary singer, songwriter accepted the award in sweden saturday nearly six months after it was announced that he won. >> no cameras were there for the ceremony and he made no comments before or after the event. he has said he's appreciated it. he put a statement out before. but he's the first songwriter to be awarded the nobel prize. good for him. he deserves it i guess. some book authors suggested otherwise. it's the book north korea does not want you to read. it's called "the accusation," and it has found a global audience. >> publishers from around the world gathered at the dmz between north and south korea to honor the dissident author who is still inside north korea. in an interview, cnn paula hancocks talks to the activist who smuggled that book out of
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the country. >> reporter: coming together at the last bastion of the cold war to celebrate main they've never met meeting it at the border for a very unusual book reading. the accusation is a work of fiction, written by a dissident writer still inside north koreaing about regular citizens trying to function in a dysfunctional reality. the author called himself bandi as he sheds light on the dark. the activist who helped smuggle this book out says it is unique. doesn't deal with political prison camps says do hee-youn. it shows normal life of new york citizens and it is very frightening. this book shows they live like slaves. >> to think the faint glimmer of hope i'd been clinging to was the dark shad defensive wikdsness. >> reporter: the book has been translated into 19 languages. >> sharpen our mind. >> reporter: publishers and human rights activist have come
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from around the world to read the one booking that links them. it was published in the uk last week and already on the best seller's list. >> bandi. >> short stories. it's fiction but it does like all of the best fiction give a powerful account of the experience of living in a place we couldn't otherwise know about. >> reporter: do says there was no other choice when he was thinking about the venue for this read. bandi's stories are all about love and family and there is where separated families come to to leave these messages of support and prayers that they will see their loved ones in the north once again, families torn part by the korean war and who remain apart because of the division of the peninsula. do first heard of the manuscript when he helped a in,ian detector. she told him bandi had asked her to smuggle it out. she was too scared of being caught. when she was safe, do organized
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someone to go in and bring it out. we find a way of getting the script out through chinese tourists he says. north korea likes exporting propaganda materials. we hid the manuscript in that. do says bandi fears the regime may one day find him. he says bandi valued this book more than his life hoping it was a voice that would be heard by the world. paula hancocks, cnn, near the border between north and south korea. >> that's our first hour of news. i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell. another hour of news from around the world straight ahead. stay with us. the valiant taste times of death, but once!!
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hundreds are dead just as many more missing as the torrential rains overflow in three rivers in colombia. we have the latest. plus, more revelations linking former national security adviser michael flynn to russia. and take a look here. these were the scenes in moscow last week. thousands of people taking to the streets to protest corruption, and today more protests are expected. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. we're live in atlanta. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howell. from cnn world headquarters "newsroom" starts right now. it is 5:00 a.m.

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