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solutions. were you listening? >> we ask you and thank you in the name of jesus. amen, amen. the u.s. president's son-in-law in the spotlight again. the new reporting from the "washington post" saying jared kushner tried to set up secret communications with the kremlin. the russia investigation now reaching into the president's inner circle. plus new revelations about ex-fbi director james comey. comey knew a piece of inte intelligence related to the clinton investigation was ploonlt e planted by russia. and two more arrests connected to the terror attention in manchester. a live report ahead. >> welcome to our viewers here in the united states all around
the world. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howell. "newsroom" starts right now. you're top story, president's son-in-law and close adviser jared kushner reportedly wanted to set up a secret line of communications with moscow that bypassed normal diplomatic channels and this was well before mr. trump took office. >> this new story coming from the "washington post" on and "new york times" adding that the back channel was intended to discuss strategy in sear xwra a syria and other matters. more from elise labott. >> reporter: they discussed a proposal by president trump's son-in-law to russia's ambassador to the u.s. to create a secret communications channel between the trump transition and the chemical rin tkremlin.
the post reported kushner made the proposal to kislyak during an early december meeting at trump tower to use russian diplomatic facilities to shield their pre-inauguration discussions according to u.s. officials. cnn previously reported the two men met as part of an effort to create a back channel to russian president vladimir putin. the white house did not comment on the report. these revelations come as the fbi probably of russian interference in the 2016 president shaial election inclu looking at kushner. the fbi is drilling down on curb they were's multiple roles in the trump campaign and post election transition. key among them the data analytics operation run by rusher in and used to target voters in key states that helped trump win the presidency. >> i've heard and it's been reported part of the disinformation campaign that was launched was launched in three
key states, wisconsin, michigan and pennsylvania, and launched interestingly enough not to reinforce trump voters to go out, but actually target potential clinton voters with misinformation in the last we could. >> reporter: federal investigators are examining whether russian operatives used campaign associates wittingly or you r unw unwittingly to aid their own efforts online. kus kushlner was one of at least four campaign aitd oigs in contact with sergey kislyak and met with the head of a russian bank under sanctions by the u.s. with close ties to vladimir putin. at first he failed to list those contacts when he applied for the security clearance but later corrected the forms. >> it's hard to find who in this administration is not being connected with suspicious ties
to rish sha. and it just u. points out how important this is. >> reporter: officials believe kus kushner may be able to provide information that could be helpful to the probe. his lawyer says he has volunteered to share information with congress about his meetings with the russians and is willing to talk to the fbi if asked. elise labott, cnn. officials tell reuters that kushner also had at least two undisclosed phone conversations last year with the russian ambassador. but kushner's attorney says kushlner has no recollection of those calls. cnn has learned of a new development focused on james comey. this is very important. it shows how russia interference impacted the decision of top u.s. officials during last year's presidential campaign. >> dana bash has that.
>> reporter: cnn has learned that then fbi director james comey knew that a critical piece of russia information related to the hillary clinton e-mail investigation was fake. but he felt that he needed too take action anyway because he was concerned that if the information became public, it would undermine the investigation in the justice department itself, this according to multiple sources talking to my colleagues and myself. 24 was a major factor in comey deciding to publicly declare that the clinton probe was over without consulting then attorney general loretta lynn. earlier this week the "washington post" reported on this intelligence and doubts about its credit abilibility. the fact that comey felt he had to act based on russia disinformation is a stark exallege spell of how russia interference impacted decision making at the highest levels of the u.s. government during the campaign. the russia information at issue claimed to show that then
attorney general lore receilor attorney general lynch had been compromised in e-mails saying that lynch would make the fbi clinton probe go about away. according to one government official in classified briefings, comey told lawmakers that he was afraid the information would drop and undermine the investigation, but comey did not tell lawmakers that he doubted the accuracy of the information. even in a class filed setting. now, according to sources close to comey, the fbi director felt that validity of the information didn't matter because if it became public, they had no way to discredit it without burning sources and methods. think about the chain of events that all of this helped set off. when comey held his press conference announcing no charges against clinton, he also took the extraordinary and many people say inappropriate step of calling her extremely careless. clinton aides are convinced that
her reputation was damaged with voters and she never recovered. it probably wouldn't have happened without russia interference. also talking to many officials on capitol hill and elsewhere are, the dissemination of fake information is still a major issue. multiple sources tell you also that russia is still trying to spread false information in about order to cloud and confuse ongoing investigations. dana bash, cnn, washington. let's now bring in stevener linger, bureau chief in london for the "new york times." a pleasure to have you with us this hour. i want to get back to this story on jim comey in a moment, but first let's talk about the new revelations about jared curb bener abe n kushlnerren a kushlner and the alleged secret back channel to discuss syria and other policy issues. we haven't heard kushner's side of the story yet, but if this is true, could this point to collusion? >> well, it points to a sort of paranoia about the intelligence
agencies that the trump campaign and now president trump has indicated for months now. and general flynn also who was fired as you remember by president obama from running one of those intelligence agencies, the defense intelligence agency, clearly didn't trust them. so i suspect some of this was simply to be able during this transition time to go around agents that the trump people felt were in favor of hillary clinton and president obama. that is my guess. collusion i think is a tough word there. i mean, talking to the russian ambassador isn't necessarily collusion. that is just state craft. >> that leads into the other question really, jared kushner coming into government, into politics, as a businessman, you know, not exactly aware of all the rules, you know, the
boundaries that are in place for a person in his position now. the question here, and again we don't know exactingly his si il the story, but could it be possibly a naive mistake of a businessman stepping in to politics? >> well, i can't read into anybody's heads, but trump has lawyers all around him and lawyers should be careful. and anyone in the trump campaign 34r5 particularly when he was elected but not taking office should have been to be very, very careful in who they talked to and what they did and checked with with lawyers. now, florida is not i said applying illegality. and also the problem is, you know, if things come out as they have come out, it's embarrassing. and part of the point of politics is to avoid embarrassing yourself and embarrassing your president. so i think whatever it shows is some bad judgment certainly. >> one on thing that is
certainly under scrutiny is the fact that these meetings were not initially disclosed. obviously they were updated, but for several members of the trump transition and into the administration that the meetings were not disclosed initially. let's talk about the simple fact 245 jared kushner is the subject of scrutiny. this investigation now going to the heart of the white house to the man known as the unfireable buy by many there, the president's son-in-law. very close to home for the president. >> well, it is. and trump has run this company, it's not actually that big a company, and who does he actually trust. he trusts his family, he's decided to trust his son-in-law, he trusts his lawyers and his accountants. everyone else is an employee. and i think you're right, jar a jared kushner is unfireable, but in is going to be very uncomfortable. trump wants all this to go away. everything we've reported and others have reported and you
have reported indicate that trump did his best to short circuit this investigation, to jolly the fbi into not looking into michael flynn. it is a sort of -- it's like a stomach wound that isn't healing. and i think it bothers him a lot and it has potential i think to undermine a lot of his presidency. >> steven, we're brief for time. but in this is the other important story we're following. mr. comey allegedly acting on what he knew was misinformation while investigating hillary clinton's use of a private e-mail server. many blame his handling of that investigation on clinton's downfall. >> well, i know i've heard that and certainly hillary clinton believes it. i think you know the fault lies in her campaign. that is my personal view. i mean, i'm not there and i
didn't cover this election. but about it was notit was not . and yes, i'm sure what comey said about her e-mail server and so on hurt her and certainly ooma uh huma abedine's husband also hurt her, but also hurt her not campaigning sufficiently in the midwest among the democratic core vote. >> steven, thank you so much for your time with the "new york times" and we'll of course continue to stay in tucouch wit you. president trump is overseas putting a cap on his eight day tour abroad and he has a second day of g7 talks. trump are's most am bish bitiou at foreign diplomacy has been rocky, but far more smooth than the political firestorm taking over washington that wie've bee talking about. let's go live to nic robertson.
i want to talk about where there is commonalty with the issues in a moment, but first since we were talking about yet another perhaps bombshell about the trump presidency, i want to talk about perceptions among the leaders there of donald trump. and it's also interesting that he has not held a news conference. he has not talked to the media. and oof ften, you've been doing this for years and years, presidents come out and take questions and they even take questions about what is going on back at home. he's certainly avoided all of that. >> reporter: yeah, and i think that there is certainly an understanding that he would avoid and has sought to avoid commenting on the turmoil back in washington and later tonight he will be back at the white house and it will become inescapable again. but i think what surprises people, this is the president's first overseas trip by his own accounts when he's sort of
commented at the cameras particularly when he told other leaders about how things went in saudi arabia, he seemed to be happy about that part of the trip. but it is unusual for a trip of this length for individual leaders of individual nations not to hold press conferences. theresa may was here yesterday. she held a press conference. angela merkel has made some comments on the record. italian prime minister has been speaking on the record here. so at the end of the g7, that is surprising and at the end of such a big, big trip having been to so many bases and met so many key allies, not for us to learn what the president and understand firsthand from him what he's learned and questioning him about that, all you we've been able to get at best is his advisers. and they have all put forward at times a very confusing and contradictory narrative. >> yes, it seems like a disservice to the citizens of
his country that he habit spohe spoken. certainly he has no love of the media. i know climate change was discussed. president trump during the campaign saying it was a hoax. but he is sitting down with other leaders who are committed to changes surrounding climate change. >> reporter: yes, h.r. mcmaster did give on on record briefing yesterday. they said about 15 or 20 minutes was devoted to including climate, and president trump listened to the issue of climate as put forth and he didn't interrupt too much. but he listened and he put forward his own views that the environment is important to him we're told, he told the other leaders that he had received awards for a his environmental
views and work. but there are still gaps on the climate, fwap gaps on trade, o migration. so terrorism it seems to be where are there is a commonalty that was fund. found. >> nick roberts son, thank you. still ahead here, muslims in the united kingdom respond to terrorists after the manchester attack. how some are condemning the b m bomber. >> plus gunmen go after a bus packed with christian families. how the egyptian president is vowing to try to find those responsible.
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welcome back. a car bombs has killed at least 18 in afghanistan. >> an explosion hit near a bus station in the city of khost. no group has claimed responsibility so far. british officials are scrambling to uncover a network they say is behind the manchester concert attack. they just arrested two more people and say that 11 men are now in custody. >> and in the meantime libyan militia says it has detained the father and brother of salman abedi. it says the brother confessed to
being in isis with the bomber and to speaking with him by phone 15 minutes before monday's blast. for more now, we go to manchester live for the latest and more on the outpouring of love and care from people behind you there. >> reporter: -- >> i'm not sure he has audio. we'll go to his story and then we'll talk with him afterwards. ♪ >> reporter: the call to prayer echos and the faithful begin to gather. this isn't just any mosque. it's the biggest and oldest muslim congregation in manchester, many of its worshippers were born and raised in the uk. >> everybody on this land is my brother or sister. >> reporter: worshippers like
this woman, the uk is only home she knows. >> we'll get through this. we'll, more stronger, we will rise above. >> reporter: as we remove our shoes and walk inside the prayer hall, this is the first friday prayer service since the devastating attacker that claimed 22 innocent lives. some as young as eight years old. >> how did it make you feel when you found out the person was a muslim? >> sad. >> you're thinking about it now i can see. >> sorry. >> reporter: it's a sadness that permeates the air as the imam or prayer leader speaks from the pulpit known as a member. >> we disown his actions. we disown his character. we disown his behavior. >> reporter: outside, a different crowd gathers.
the champion boxer and one of the uk's most recognizable muslims, he grew up just a few minutes outside of town. >> the person who did the bomb is spoiling it for us. he's giving us all a bad name. and obviously i don't want to be one of them people walking on the street and someone pointing at immediate you're a terrorist or people being scared to sit next to me on the bus or train. >> reporter: we sit down with the imam and we ask him iif .muthe muslim community should be doing more to stop these kind of things from happening. >> to say that the muslim community in themselves has the answer is very unfair. there are multiple facets, multiple layers we're talking about kind of psychosis, we're talking about psych lodge on cal issues. >> reporter: that answer may not satisfy everyone and some in the community are afraid of reprisals. but he says now is not the time to hide. it's time to be proud of who they are and where they are from. >> and wie're joined now live b
know ma'mohammed with more of w going on. and there was something that ariana grande said about this as well. >> reporter: that's right. she put out her first public statement since the attack. we know right after the attack she said she was heartbroken and she had no words. she flew back to the united states. and she has now vowed that she will return to manchester to put on a benefit concert and that she will remember the people who lost their lives every day for the rest of her life. natalie. >> poignant backdrop where you're standing there. thank you for that. well, it is a time of mourning in egypt after a devastating terror attack. several gunmen opened fire on a bus full of coptic christians. at least 28 were killed, many of them children. >> in retaliation, the egyptian air force launched air strikes on what the president called
terror camps in eastern libya. let's get more now from ian lee following the story in istanbul. we've seen this before. twin bombings on palm sunday. is this threat of extremism growing? >> reporter: well, george, this is something that we're seeing in egypt really over the past six months, more of these deadly attention against christians by terror groups inside egypt. now, prefer attacks like this have been claimed by isis. this current one, no one has yet come out to claim responsibility. if it is isis, expect them to say that they did carry it out. but there have been a string of deadly attacks starting in december in cairo where a church next to the main cathedral was bombed killing more than two dozen people. and then last april where you had twin suicide bombing attacks on two different churches on palm sunday. that killed 45 people.
isis claiming responsibility for that. and then in between all of that, in the northern part of sinai, you've had isis target christians. there has been an exodus of christians out of sinai. and i've spoken with them. and a lot of the times after these attacks, they tell me that they don't believe the government is doing enough. we heard from the president yesterday, he said that egypt is going to target terror camps that harbor and train terrorists, whether it's inside or outside of egypt. he also pledged that -- or he also called on the international community to do more. but this latest attack is just having egypt's christians on edge because they just feel vulnerable. where this bus that was traveling to saint samuel monastery, which can is this road is in really the middle of nowhere and it's easy for militants to strike and then disappear. and that has been a real challenge for the egyptians to try to curb this violence. >> cnn correspondent ian lee
live in istanbul. thank you. we'll stay in touch with you as well. and next here, he is donald trump's son-in-law. but has jared kushner overstepped a mark? we'll go deeper into the latest revelations involving russia. plus we gee live o live to for reaction there about the news with jared kushner and his contacts with the ambassador. with type 2 diabetes a lower a1c is a lot about choices. but it can be hard sometimes, 'cause different sides of you struggle with which ones to make. well, what if you kept making good ones? then? you could love your numbers.
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for you. ariana grande says she will be returning to manchester for a ben about fit concert for the victims of the terror attack. she said on social media that it the event will raise money for victims and their families. that attack took place just after her manchester concert that took place on monday that killed 22 people and injured more than 60 others. an australian woman convicted of drug smuggling 12 years ago gowill be going home. consid co corby was arrested after foyur kilos was found in her luggage. she claimed no knowledge of the drugs. a man is in custody accused of a stabbing aboard a crowded commuter train that left two people ged. t dead. victims tried to confront the
passenger who was yelling anti-muslim slurs possibly targeting two girls on that train. police were unable to find the girls. one of president trump's top advisers reportedly looked into creating a secret line to the kremlin during the transition. the "washington post" reports jared kushner discussed setting up such a connection during a meeting with the russian ambassador. cnn has not confirmed the report and the administration has not commented. jared kushner is more than just an adviser, he is family. >> and that means he has the ear of the u.s. president whenever he wants it. randi kaye takes a closer look. >> reporter: wherever the president goes, jared kushner is never far behind. >> he's very good at politics. >> reporter: as senior adviser to the politics, kushner sits on meetings and was even in the war room when the urs stru.s. struc.
kushner is also helping shape the president's agenda on matters represented to u.s. china relations, trade with merks company, criminal justice reform on and overhauling the government. an incredible amount of influence for the 36-year-old kushner who until the 2016 campaign had no political experience. he and his father like trump are real estate developers, but his lack of expert expertise in all things washington has hardly stopped president trump from making kushner the point person on just about anything. even peace in the middle east. >> he is so great. if you can't produce peace in the middle east, nobody can. i have a feeling jared will do a great job. >> reporter: kushner, an orthodox jew who supports israel, just this week met with benjamin netanyahu and his wife. in april he represented the trump administration on a swing through iraq alongside the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
>> jared will specifically express the commitment of u.s. -- the united states to the government of iraq, meet with u.s. personnel aengaged in the campaign. >> reporter: kushner has been called the secretary of everything. >> he doesn't have experience in any of these areas and he's anlgtsi acting as a super secretary of state. >> reporter: when asked about kushner's growing influence and role in international deal making, the white house explained this way. >> there is a lot of relationships jared has made over time with different leaders, mexico being one of them you mentioned, that will continue to have conversations with him. >> reporter: and what about curb be they're relationship with russia? during the transition, kushner met withcurbbe they're relationh russia? during the transition, kushner met with ambassador sis lee being kislyak. and he met with a russian banker who owns a banks that had been sanctioned by the obama administration.
kushner has volunteered to tell congress about both of these meetings. just two week before the president's visit to saudi arabia, kushner personally k5 called the ceo of lockheed martin to cut a deal for a sophisticated tee detection system. a weapons package that cost about $110 billion for tank, fighter jets, combat ships and more. for a trump white house built on unconvention al choices, it goes without saying jared kushner is just that. randi kaye, cnn, new york. and now let's get perspective from claire sebastien live in moscow. claire, good to have you with us. so again the headline per "washington post," kushner sought secret line to the kremlin. big story here that will
certainly play through the day. is it playing there in russia? >> reporter: it's getting a small amount of attention in some of the russia media, but we reached out to the russian foreign ministry for comment and they replied saying that this was mccarthyism or internal political squabbles. i followed up with a question about whether the ministry has had any communication from its ambassador in washington, had any knowledge about the request for jared are kushner about a secure channel with moscow, and there was no direct comment, but simply saying that if we want to know more about jared kushner's business or political contacts, it would be worth turning our attention to the middle east, programs a reference perhaps a reference to the dealings with saudi arabia. but this is keeping with the rhetoric that we've seen from moscow, basically painting this as internal political chaos in
washington. essentially suggesting that russia is being used by trump's poern opponents to try to hurt the administration and trying to deflect attention and a realization of how politically toxic russia has become to the trump administration. >> i surmise that i can get the answer that you will have when i ask this question, but again this is a new ripple in the water here, this new revelation that we're learning from the post and "new york times." but is there any official response to this latest news, any official response from russia? >> reporter: nothing more than what we just got from the statement from the more than ministry, calls this as i said mccarthyism or internal plirl squabbling. russia has been trying to
distance themselves with what is happening in washington. foreign minister was meeting with his chinese counterpart this week and they are trying to stay calm and stay above all of this as these lines continue to stream out from washington. >> claire sebastien live in moscow. thanks for the reporting. former u.s. national security adviser brzezinski has died. he served under jimmy carter in the iraq crisis. >> mr. carter described brzezinski as dedicated, loyal and superb public servant. his death was announced on instragram by his daughter msnbc's mika brzezinskbrzezinsk. she called hirm the mosm the m e
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the iraqi military says it has started the final stages of the liberation of mosul there isis. this after months of intense fighting the terror group's control of the sprawling city has shrunk to just a few neighborhoods in western mosul. >> the military did not say how long the final push might take. leaflets have been dropped over the isis-held parts of the city urging civilians to plflee ahea of the forces. >> british authorities have made two more arrests in the manchester terror investigation. 11 people now in custody as investigators try to unravel the network they say helped the
bomber salman abedi. >> meantime libyan militia says it has detained abedi's father and brother and that the brother admits the siblings were members of isis. our atika shubert is in manchester with more on abedi's possible ties to terror. >> reporter: where did salman abedi turn to isis? two possibilities. syria and libya. but the answer may be much closer to home. last year abedi was seen with this man, also british libyan but now in prison convicted for funneling fighters into syria. a seasoned veteran wounded in the 2011 libyan revolution, abdullah needs a wheelchair which can is why several worshippers at the mofrk remembmosque remember him and salman helping to go push the wheelchair at friday prayers. do you remember seeing salman abedi at the mosque? >> yeah, i see him sometimes. he comes usually on friday.
last time i see him, he was pushing the guy with the trailer, the disabled guy. >> reporter: also from libya? >> yes, from libya. he was very quiet. he sit in the mosque and pray and he goes. seems like a normal person. >> reporter: the mofsque is in rough neighborhood. and a mechanic here for 17 years told us the attack has hit the muslim community hard. >> every single muslim it affect because everyone here look to the muslim and this not right thing to do. it affect me and too many brothers here it affected. and now we scared even hfr -- m wife is scared to go to the town. >> reporter: the abedi family attended the large mosque but he was pushed to the fringes. >> abedi family especially the father and older brother were quite respected and well-known
in the will i be belibyan peopl. there was nothing abnormal about them but he was not engaging and actually most of his friends were outside of the will i beli community. >> reporter: the picture emerging of salman abedi is that of a lonely young are man drifting between communities, but he didn't have to go far to find other young men and women vullenerable to extremism. around the corner from abedi's house at this high school, a stir was caused when they ran away from home to join isis. even when the twins reached syria, they met up with an old friend, ralph hoste, notorious for being a recruiter believed killed in a drone strike, local media citing he, too, is linked to abedi. many came here to escape wars at home, now some worry about raising their kids here. >> everybody worry about their
children. >> you have sons of your own. >> yeah, you have to worry about them. >> reporter: violent extremism he told us is a danger no parent can afford to ignore. a tee cametika shubert, cnn, ma. >> so let's talk more about abedi's ties to libya. what are you learning? >> reporter: well, a lot of the information that we are getting is coming from family, friends or the special deterritoment fo in tripoli. now, they say on tuesday, they detained salman's younger brother, hashim, and they claim that he was planning to carry out an attack himself in the libyan capital. they also detained the father, ramadan abedi, on wednesday and they are interrogating him.
they have not released any information about what they may have obtained from the father, but so far the information that is coming out from this armed group relates to thhashim abedi they say that he has provided them with information. of course how the information is obtained we cannot var railroad g verify. they say that he knew his brother was planning to carry out an attack and that his brother sal ma'man called him 1 minutes before the attack. and they say hashim was in the united kingdom during the planning phase of the attack. now, why the abedi brothers were in libya in the first place, we're learning this from family and friends who tell us that the father ramadan who left the unitedgdom in 2011 returned to tripoli, and he was concerned about his two younger sons,
hashim and salman, worried that they were getting in to some sort of gang violence in manchester. so about a month ago, he went back and brought them to tripoli, confiscated their passports to make sure that they don't return to the united kingdom. but according to family, friends and also the special determent force, salman deceived his parents. he told them that he wanted to go and perform in the pilgrim e pilgrimage, took back his pa passport and left and went back to manchester. a spokesman for the determent force say they do not believe any planning or training took place in libya, that according to what the younger brother told them, that the planning has been taking place since the end of 2016. but you can expect about western intelligence agencies, british investigators will really be looking closely at his contribute to libya and possible previous trips to libya, who he
may have met with, who he may have spoken to because libya remains a lawless country with so many different armed groups and many jihadist groups with some of them with ties to isis. >> well, hopefully they will find more people that perhaps were involved or inspired this. thank you so much. still ahead this hour, dozens of people are dead and missing in sir lanka after mo monsoon rains trigger flooding and mudslides. pray. odorless and fast-acting. it soothes all my muscle aches and pains. and it's convenient for those hard to reach places. and if you're like me, you'll love blue-emu super strength cream. it's made with real emu oil, it's non greasy, it's a deep penetrating formula that works itself down into your joints. take it from me. it works fast and you won't stink. blue-emu, it works for me it'll work for you.
allergytry new xyzal®.ou have symptoms like these for relief is as effective at hour 24 as hour one. so be wise all take new xyzal®. intense flooding caused by a monsoon has killed many and more missing. >> believed to be the worst since 2003. >> yeah, and the floodwaters are still rising and there is an you are urgent peel to the united nations to ask for assistance and aid for the recovery effort. check out some of the video coming out of the area. you can see exactly what people are dealing with. 110 people currently missing because of these and events.
it seems as if every year we're talking about the flooding that happens here. the waters there are trapping people in their houses, surrounding their homesteads. 20,000 people impacted by this. military boats and helicopters sent to help rescue operations that are currently underway. and guess what, there is more rain that is coming. and think about the health hazard associated with the water once it finally does recede. so this is not a single day event, this will last for several days if not weeks to come, the aftermath. you can see these two gentlemen in the background having to contend with the rushing waters. this is the situation. we have a very active satellite loop. the annual monsoon that comes every year. but it is something that they hope for, they pray for it every year, they need it because it is so hot and so dry for the months of let's say december right through to about may. but then we start to see the
annual monsoon work its way from south to north. unfortunately, it was just a little too much rain too quickly. this is what has happened. we have high elevations especially across the southern portions of lisir lanka. think about a wet sponge that you squeeze out all the available water in there and that's exactly what is happening. and it's producing a lot of rain. and with the mountains across the area and excessive rainfall, we also had landslides contributing to the excessive number of fatalities currently standing at 91. this is the progression of the indian monsoon, it is just lagging back by a few hunky loc hundred dy lockilometers. they have had relief from the extreme heat, but unfortunately it's still very hot to the north. in fact it's 51 degrees in
pakistan. that is 123 degrees fair r s fa. to dealing with the heat in the north praying for the rain and people in the south have gotten relief from the heat, but they have heavy flooding. so a difficult time, but smpg e something we report on every year. well, he's 2345into the exa one of the boys in the band, but he's cool. former u.s. president george w. bush is a big fan of boone knno. >> that's right, take a look at this instragram picture with u2's lead singer bono calling him the real deal there in crawford, texas. the rokd star was hanging out with the former president at his ranch during a concert tour to mark the 30th anniversary of u2's landmark album the joshua tree. it is the great album. a spokesman for mr. bush about says the pair talked about their shared commitment to saving lives in affair today. >> that is dind is kind of coo.a
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