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more than 100 people killed, dozens more injured after an oil tanker explodes in pakistan. we'll have the latest. in china, with more than 100 people still missing after a landslide saturday, searchers grow desperate. responding to a new report that details how and when russia was leading a major campaign to sway last year's election. these stories all ahead here. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. we're live in atlanta. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howell. from cnn headquarters, "newsroom" starts now.
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our top story is from pakistan. 130 are kill and more than 130 are injured. >> the death toll is expected to rise. cnn producer is in sirachi, pakistan, following this story. what more are you hearing about this accident and the situation with the people who are there? >> reporter: george, what we do know, like you mentioned, the death toll is continuing to rise. it's at 135 right now. we're expecting those numbers to continue to rise as the day progresses. what we know about the situation, about 6:30 in the morning, this accident took place. this was in a more rural part of the country and the people in the nearby smaller village rushed there carrying any
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containers they could find to take back the steel to their homes. today was the last day of ramadan. tomorrow is supposed to be a big day of celebration. people are supposed to be waking up to moments of activity. however now with the medical emergency and the rising death toll and the number of victims continuing to rise, we're hearing reports of the fact that there aren't the medical facilities to respond to such a massive incident, ensuing to be sort of a chaotic situation. george? >> given what you point out there, that the medical facilities are not close by, what are people doing? how are officials dealing with the injured? >> well, the fact of the matter is, in fact, where this incident took place none of the hospitals have a proper burn center. there have been statements
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released by the military, helicopters have been sent out, transporting injured to cities and other provinces. cities which have larger hospitals which have burn units so that they can be treated immediately. of course, you must understood that 50%, 70% burn injuries on their bodies. it's already been over six hours since the incident took place. george? >> sophia saifi on the phone for us in karachi. china, the outlook is grim after a landslide that took place saturday. at least 10 bodies have been recovered so far and more than 90 people are still missing. >> the disaster struck a village in sechuan province. a local official says it is unlikely more survivors will be
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found. let's get the latest on what they're doing there. matt river is tracking that for us live in shanghai. matt? >> yeah. we are getting some conflicting numbers over the past several hours, viewers that have been with us, sort of tracking this story alongside of us will notice that these numbers keep changing. the latest numbers that come directly from government officials in the county in sichuan province where this village is locate rd giving those numbers you just gave. 93 people still missing at this point. 10 bodies have been recovered since the beginning of the rescue operation on saturday. we have been reporting other numbers. the reasons why these are says that 15 people that they nt thought were dead have subsequently been found safe. the fact that these numbers are changing give you an idea how difficult it can be to figure out exactly who is affected.
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to have to figure out how many are unaccounted for you have to figure out how many people were in that village. were they in their homes, traveling, or in another town nearby? that's been part of the challenge for the government over the last several days. the far greater challenge is trying to get to those 93 people at this point that we know are unaccounted for, presumed buried inside that rubble. we know there are more than 2,500 rescue workers on scene with specialized equipment, life-detecting equipment, search and rescue dogs and they have equipment, 150-plus machines there, trying their best to sift through this massive amount of rubble, generated by this landslide. there are numerous challenges facing those rescuers and the vice governor of sichuan province addressed some of those challenges when he spoke to reporters earlier. let's hear what he had to say. >> according to the geologist who participated in the rescue
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operations, chances of the missing person surviving a land slide from such a height are small, particularly because the land slide site is so narrow, search and rescue operations are difficult in the area. however, despite all these adverse factors, we will spare no effort in regards to any people's lives as our top priorit priority. >> so, of course, putting forth their best efforts but the governor taking the view that finding anyone alive gets slimmer after each hour passes since this land slide occurred. experts are saying this could likely be traced back to a massive earthquake that happened in may 2008 in sichuan province where tens of thousands of people were killed. during that earthquake,
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researchers say mountain structures in that area were likely loosened. therefore when it rained quite a bit over the last several days, those combination of factors likely trigger this had deadly landslide. >> an area that is prone to landslides as well. thank you, matt rivers, for us. for more, let's bring in meteorologist van damme, tracking the weather conditions there and what trigger this had disaster. >> we're learning more about what cause this had deadly landslide across southwestern china. rain triggered the landslide but we're learning from authorities that an earthquake in may 2008 destabilized the mountainous terrain across this region. destabilized rock and topography and add in the heavy rainfall they've had this past week leads to a recipe for disaster. that's what's taken place here. one of the worst possible
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outcomes with a two-kilometer wide of rock and debris on this mountainside. forecast going forward does call for dry weather in the chengdu region t doesn't take much in the mountains to produce rainfall, all thanks to this moist flow of air that cools and condenses up and over rising terrain, allowing for clouds to develop and eventually rain to develop as well, especially in heighter mountainous regions. it may not rain in the valley but across the high altitudes of the mountains we see that precipitation fall and that's exactly what we're learning from authorities that the landslide started and was triggered. rainfall going forward will be light to moderate. perhaps 25 to up wards of 50 millimeters over the next two days but nonetheless chances of showers are in this forecast. search and recovery efforts
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going forward will be impacted by the oncoming rainfall, cloud cover and midst in the region may make it difficult for helicopters to fly in and out of the area. this is part of the onset of the monsoon region that continues to move from south to north across central and eastern asia. back to you. >> thank you so much. pressure is mount iing on t british government over tower safety. 34 high rise buildings in 17 different areas across the uk failed fire safety checks since last week's branfeld tower fire. >> buildings deemed unsafe, some people are refusing to go. rebecca berry reports from camden. >> you made it back in? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: they've been told to go, but some are refusing. why are you staying put? >> we're not going to stay on
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the street. they couldn't find a place for us. they want to put us somewhere -- >> reporter: even though officials say their building has failed five safety tests. this man was told to leave at 3:00 this morning because of concerns over the fire doors, external cladding and gas pipes. >> gas pipes. apparently what's behind there is wrong. somebody has looked at it. >> reporter: in the past? >> in the past, somebody looked at it. >> reporter: does that concern you that's right by your front door? so you've been told you should leave. can you tell me why you're not going to leave or if you're ever going to go? >> because it's just making camden look good. >> reporter: do you think this is people just covering their backs? >> of course.
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>> it's disgusting. all these people. >> reporter: overnight, residents in north london were put up in a local sports center and hotels. almost 4,000 people are now facing weeks in temporary accommodation. >> last night was deeply distressing for people, knocking on their door with no notice saying you need to leave your home. we have been doing tests on all of our blocks and they said to me we do not think people are safe to sleep in these blocks tonight. when someone says that to you, you just have to act. >> when i heard about it from a friend in scotland. get your medication, get what you need. i'm on my way and i came up to pick him up. >> reporter: camden council said it could take a month to get the tower blocks safe but they need the buildings empty. whether residents have chosen to
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stay or go could be a few uncertain weeks ahead. >> you could certainly see why that angers some people. >> their lives are turned upside down. obviously, these safety checks continue there. still ahead on "newsroom," the u.s. president is trying to shift the russian investigation away from himself, now pointing the finger at the man who held the job before him. plus, russia's big investment in cyber warfare and what it mean force the u.s. and its allies. established ties with four arab nations. it must comply now with a list of demands. how qatar is responding to this ultimatum. my belly pain and constipation? i could build a small city with all the over-the-counter products i've used. enough! i've tried enough laxatives to cover the eastern seaboard. i've climbed a mount everest of fiber. probiotics? enough! (avo) if you've had enough, tell your doctor what you've tried and how long you've been at it.
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keeping the world of business connected and protected. that's the power of and. 135 people were killed and 130 injured after an oil tanker exploded in pakistan. this happened sunday morning in the eastern city. >> one tanker exploding hurt so many people? after the tanker crashed, villagers gathered to collect the oil and then the truck exploded. the death toll is expected to rise. we'll bring you more on this story as it comes in. >> now back to u.s. politics. the president of the united states is trying to shift the russia investigation away from himself and the person who held the job before him, former
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president barack obama. mr. trump is reacting to a bombshell report from "the washington post" that detailed how the obama white house responded to russian interference in the u.s. election and also says that the call came from the top, from vladimir putin to disrupt and basically interfere with the election process. >> the report said that the cia first told president obama about the russian sbrchs and president trump wrote on twitter since the obama administration was told way before the 2016 election that the russians were meddling, why no action? focus on them, not trump. >> the obama administration did take actions, though, to retaliate against russia. "the washington post" says some former sr. obama officials were frustrated that not more was done to punish moscow. >> president trump also tweeted about that, saying that obama
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official administration officials said they choked when it came to acting on russian meddling of election they didn't want to hurt hillary? >> a lot of officials think that that choked sentiment accurately reflects the views of many obama administration officials. other officials we spoke to thought that that did not take into account the complexities that the top officials who had access to all the intelligence had to make these very tough decisions. these are not black and white issues. when you weigh the pros and cons, you know, you end up potentially deciding to do less rather than more. so, you know, these are very complex issues that obama was dealing with at the end. and so, you know, we were trying in this piece in this article to explain those and lay them out so people could understand what was going on behind the scenes.
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>> i know you talked to current and former officials, all these experts who knew the investigation well, what could the trump administration do now moving forward to combat the threat? >> i've not seen anything that the trump administration is doing. maybe my investigation is faulty there. but i've not seen that they are addressing this issue and congress is so divided that, you know, i'm personally skeptical that there would be a major effort to try to do something. let's bring in our guest. why the obama administration did not do more. does president trump have a point here? should more have been done, more
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have been said, given the weight of the information they had? >> i think president obama was in a catch 22 situation. russia interfering in the election to help trump. had he gone public about that earlier, he would have been accused immediately of the trump campaign of meddling in the election himself and helping hillary clinton. he should have put politics aside, taken the heat and done more to deter russia interference in the election. it's very rich coming from president trump. we have no evidence that president trump is doing anything to prevent this from happening again and russia is still trying to interfere in our democracy. it's an ongoing problem. we need to take stock in the fact that, yes, maybe obama did not do enough but president trump is not even acknowledging this is a problem. he's trying to have it both ways. like with news and with polls, when the story does not fit his narrative, it's a fake or a
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hoax. obama did not do enough to prevent the russian hack. you cannot have it both ways. those are mutually exclusive claims and its il logical for the president of the united states to make them simultaneously. >> obama officials were conflicted deciding how to handle this information. listen to the former director of the national security agency, general michael hayden, speaking with my colleague, michael smerconish. >> the saddest chapter in that long narrative yesterday was when the administration sent the experts up to the hill to brief the senior leadership of american congress, seeking some sort of bipartisan statement with regard to this and they couldn't get it. the republicans backed away, thinking that might have hurt
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their candidate's chances. i don't know. now out of that meeting you have the administration pulling back, not being as forceful as they should have been, again, to avoid the appearances that they were partisan and trying to rig the election. this was not our finest hour. >> to disrupt and discredit the u.s. election process, do you get the sense that these officials now talking about this report that they should have done more? >> yes. i think they should have. i think what michael hayden is highlighting, we were attacked by a foreign adversary and people are not taking that seriously enough. the reason obama probably did not act is because we live in such a partisan, polarized world that even something like an
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attack on democracy polarizes people. many republicans still do not believe that russia was involved despite the fact that all intelligence agencies agree on this. the only person still acting an an apologist for vladimir putin is in the oval office. it's under threat from abroad and at home where we are turning on each other and not even being able to agree that this threat is something we need to defend the united states against. that's where we need to put partisanship aside. yes, obama made mistakes. but trump needs to fix them, not just put blame on the obama white house. he needs to fix this problem and defend american democracy from the ongoing attacks that russia is launching against the united states and its democratic system. >> brian, one other question here, and briefly, we have a limited amount of time. they are expected to face each other face-to-face.
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whether they will meet is another matter, another question. this optics of this face-to-face, given the various investigations under way, what do you expect? >> well, it's very hard to tell. >> they should be talking about ramping up sanctions and punishing him. i would only hope that he would do it but i don't have high hopes for that meeting. >> brian klasss live for us. thank you for the insight. >> thank you. dominating the political news ever since the election here. >> former homeland security secretary is warning that those attacks will only grow bolder and more sophisticated in the years to come. >> i think we have to assume for all the reasons that have been discussed here that the russians will be back and possibly other
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state actors and possibly other bad cyber actors. >> one reason is the amount of time, money and energy the kremlin is putting in to preparing for cyber warfare. >> to better appreciate how much russia is investigating in the digital battlefield, claire sebastian gives us a rundown. >> guns and laptops, a slick appeal to russia's top scientific brains to join the army. if you have technical skills, it says we want you. it's about modernizing the russian military, says one program expert. >> translator: it's not about the defense ministry hiring hackers, it's about tracting young graduates who can use this technology. >> reporter: much of modern warfare is not tanks and missiles but the battle in cyber
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space. >> we created information warfare sources, way more effective and powerful than what we created before in this area. >> reporter: the view here is an arms race. >> translator: when the u.s. created its cyber command, which had a global function, including implementing the enemy, by the enemy they usually mean russia. >> reporter: it's not just the military. russia's intelligence services are also part of this hybrid warfare. >> they did it with purpose, sophistication, with overwhelming technical efforts. >> reporter: former fbi director james comey saying there's no doubt the russian state tried to influence the u.s. election, following sophisticated efforts to take down crimea in the ukraine. >> they try to recruit hackers and talented informational professionals in exactly the same way that other agencies do elsewhere and face the same challenges. they are competing with organizations that can pay much
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better but russia does have the additional leverage of being able to offer people a choice between prosecution and cooperating with authorities. >> reporter: those e-mails revealed that hacking team's sophisticated software, allowing governments to spy on internet users were obtained by this institute that is control bid russia's state security service. one of the italian executives wrote of their business relationship, they are already testing our product. we're going to arrange with their support a visit to moscow in may. we'll be able to meet fsb people. advanced communications sealed the deal. they wouldn't comment. hacking team said their software was designed to keep people
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safe. cyber superiority this is an extremely sensitive topic here, partly because russia is constantly being accused of foreign influence and perhaps because of the sometimes hazy line between the state and what vladimir putin calls patriotic hackers. however hazy the methods, russia's focus on this hybrid war is clear. cnn, moscow. major political battle over health care is brewing in the united states senate. next, you'll hear from three doctors about what they think of the latest plan to replace obamacare. my sweetheart's gone sayonara. this scarf all that's left to rememb... what. she washed this like a month ago! the long lasting scent of gain. now available in matching scents across your entire laundry routine.
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welcome back to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. you're watching cnn "newsroom." i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howl. >> a tanker exploded in eastern pakistan and then ended up killing 100 people. officials say at least 135 people were killed, 130 injured. this is how it happened. the tanker reportedly went off the road, crashed andvil villag gathered to collect the oil. that's when it exploded. the death toll is expected to rise. >> more than 10 people are dead and 90 missing after a landslide in sichuan province in china saturday. about 2,500 rescue workers are
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searching for survivors. >> the number of high rise apartment buildings deemed unsafe in britain is rising. 34 have failed fire safety examinations since last week's tower tragedy. that number could go higher. thousands of north london residents had to evacuate their homes when their buildings were deemed unsafe. >> president trump blaming the former president barack obama for the russian meddling. quote, the obama administration was told way before the 2016 election that the russians were meddling, why no action? focus on them, not t! >> a major political battle on health care with coverage for millions of americans on the line, repealing and replacing obamacare was a major campaign promise of president trump. the senate legislation on health
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care may not have enough support to move forward. five republican senators say they won't vote for the new bill in its current form. >> i cannot imagine that these very fine republican senators would allow the american people to suffer a broken obamacare any longer. bernie sanders is criticizing this new bill. listen. >> let me be as clear as i can be. this so-called health care bill passed in the house last month is the most anti-working class piece of legislation passed by the house of representatives in the modern history of this country. and the senate bill, in some respects, is even worse. >> bernie sanders there.
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critics say that the health care bill in the senate will benefit the rich and young while hurting the poor and old. with health care in the united states, who understands it more than -- >> patients. >> that's right. patients and also basically the doctors. the doctors that are on the front line. >> martin savidge spoke with three doctors about what they think about obamacare and this new plan to replace it. >> reporter: washington state, an hour's drive west of seattle. like anywhere in america, a place where people need health care and a way to pay for it. kristin gutterbu kristin, three different doctors. >> i voted for gary johnson. >> the independent? >> the liberal candidate. >> i voted for donald trump. >> i voted for hillary clinton. >> you might think there's little they agree on. wrong.
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they all believe that the current health care system is unsustainable. >> can i say it's broken? >> can i say it's unequivocally broken? ask any patient. >> yeah. >> do they think it's a system that serves their needs and they're happy with? >> reporter: they say doctors are stressed to see more and more patients to make ends meet. patients are frustrated because they can't get an appointment to see a doctor. when they final do, only get a few minutes. it's all about numbers. >> working in the wrong direction. how to provide quality care for patients without dragging up price. >> reporter: the democrat doctor criticizing obamacare and the trump doctor says the new gop plan is just as bad and will cover fewer people. >> well, i don't think it's better. i think we're probably on the wrong track. >> reporter: dr. al agba even told that in a letter to
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president trump online begging, please go back to the drawing board and start again. the problem, they say, no not just talk about which party's health care plan is better but washington is having the wrong conversation. we're spending too much time about how do we cover people with insurance rather than what? >> rather than talking with patients about the price for care and what is really -- what is the real cost. >> reporter: the sky rocketing cost of everything in health care, they say, is what makes it unaffordable. in their mind, inaccessible. and because they daily battle with cost versus care, doctors have a lot of good ideas on how to fix things except whatever democrats or republicans discuss health care reform, the doctors say there's always something missing, which they noticed again in a photo of trump and his team. >> there were no physicians. not a one. >> reporter: what about the doctor-appointed secretary of health? tom price, they say, has for a
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long time been more politician than physician. >> why wouldn't we come to you? you all are on the front line, so to speak. >> front line practicing physicians have a long history of not necessarily being at the table. and i think it's a shame we haven't been. because if we had been more involved from the beginning, we might be in a different position. >> reporter: i should probably point out that these doctors don't just come across as dumping on health insurance. they believe that health insurance has a role to play. it's just not the whole solution. and they want to be part of the active discussion because they say maybe more than anybody, they know that whether it's obamacare or the latest republican plan, when it comes to health care in america, we just can't keep going the way we're going. martin savidge, cnn, bremerton, washington. >> thank you for the report. qatar is still ahead in the diplomatic crisis ahead with
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>> there is a timeline attached to these demands. the four arab countries are accusing the country of supporting terrorism, a charge that the country denies. a senior official says if they don't comply with demands, they will part way. >> the alternative is of parting of ways because it's very difficult for us to maintain a collective grouping one one of the partners in this collective grouping through this platform or, you know, is actively promoting what is extremist and terrorist agent. >> for more, let's go to amman, jordan. saying like it is there, if they part ways, what does that mean to qatar? how could it hurt qatar?
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>> there was a feeling, natalie, no matter how this crisis ends or what happens next that the gulf cooperation council that emerges following this crisis is not going to be the same. you've heard the warning there, basically saying that qatar will not be part of the gcc if they don't comply. we've heard from qatar officials that say this is not about combating terrorism, but their policy that neighbors have an issue with and wanted to see that change. while qatar's policy may have gotten it into this crisis, it also has helped them survive, where they try to keep more friends than enemies. countries like turkey and iran, for example, coming to their rescue during this crisis, helping out qatar. again, we heard today from the president of turkey, erdogan
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once again voicing his support for qatar. >> translator: we support qatar against the list of 13 demands. this approach of 13 demands is against international law because you cannot attack or intervene in the sovereignty of a country, according to international law. >> reporter: natalie, it's no surprise we are hearing this from bread erdogan. turkey and qatar have strong bilateral relations. when it comes to the economy, qatar has a large number of investments in turkey and turkish construction firms are part of that boom we're seeing in qatar. qatar and president erdogan have strong personal ties and military cooperation between those two countries. that is also one of the demands that qatar's neighbors want to see, scrapping that plan of
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military cooperation base and turkish soldiers inside qatar and president erdogan, we've heard him say, that is disrespectful of turkey. you're seeing so many different regional actors flexing their political muscle, too. >> who is hurting whom more. you report on the fact that if qatar does not come to accept these demands that families could be separated. there's been a boycott of food. how much could this hurt qatar? they're certainly a very wealthy country. >> well, look, natalie, one of the main problems that qatar has faced is that it shares one lag border with saudi arabia. it relied on that for importing food. qatar does not produce its own food. they found a way around it. that is also part of qatar's foreign policies, that you've
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seen them get around what they describe as this illegal blockade with countries like iran and turkey flying in and shipping food stuff to try to help them out. also there's that humanitarian aspect. gulf states are very interlinked. families across the gulf in different countries and this crisis is really tearing families apart. >> jomana karadsheh for us. thank you, jomana. hundreds of civilians out of the old city of msul. iraqi troops are battling to take the remaining district from isis, mounting a last stand in what has been their strong hold. the u.n. has voiced alarm at the rising civilian death toll. a third journalist has also died from wounds in a mine blast while covering the battle for mosul. she worked for french tv. >> reporter: even as iraqi forces close in, they leave
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behind a legacy of death and destruction. the latest was blowing up a mosque. it could be considered a war crime. >> reporter: the moment the historic mosque was destroyed, latest attempt by isis to destroy history in iraq and syria. extremist group has long waged war with the region's heritage, to both christians and muslims. in the syrian city, parts of the roman amphitheater are now reduced to rubble. also from mosul, video captures isis militants toppling stone statues and using power tools to stroi ancie destroy ancient artifacts. and, setting off a massive blast. ben wedeman witnessed the
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aftermath firsthand. >> reporter: what took place here boggles the mind. only isis could turn ruins into ruins. >> reporter: archaeologists call this latest attempt especially heinous, destroying the more than 800-year-old mosque in mosul so revered, its picture is included on the 10,000 note. >> it transcended sectarianism. it is an act of propaganda. >> reporter: experts left asking why isis would destroy a place that inspired its ideology, where its own leader declared a vision for islamic state lies
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welcome back to cnn "newsroom," muslims around the world are now celebrating eid al fitr, marking ramadan. >> for the first time in two decades, the white house did not host a dinner commemorating ramadan. instead they release aid statement that reads in part, on behalf of the american people, melania and i send a warm greeting to muslims as they celebrate eid al fitr. during this holiday we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion and goodwill. with muslims around the world, the united states renews our commitment to honor these values. a few days ago the president had let it be known he had not
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taped comey, even though he had hinted on twitter last month he may have. mr. trump expanded a bit on that issue saying it was his way of keeping the director honest. >> my story didn't change. my story was always a straight story. my story was always the truth. but you'll have to determine for yourself whether or not his story changed. but i did not tape. >> it was a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearings. >> well, it wasn't very stupid, i can tell you that. >> for weeks, washington wondered did the president tape his conversations with the fired fbi director, james comey? >> this week, the president revealed the answer. where else, but on twitter. here is jeanne moos. >> reporter: tapes? what tapes? as president trump shrugs this one off, twitter reaction ranged from a laid back, oh to, are you
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kidding? you literally threatened comey with tapes and now you say you don't have them. the man's mind games are exhausting, tweeted someone else. sorry, mr. comey. >> lordy i hope there are tape. >> the actual trump tapes, according to this tweet are duct, scotch and masking, all misspelled. trump did what was necessary to make lying jim comey speak the truth. tweeted another defender, lordy, potus just bluffed one of the most important men in the world and it paid off. he revealed his hand early. >> are there tapes, sir? >> you'll be very disappointed when you hear the answer. don't worry. >> reporter: maybe disappointed isn't the right word. >> this is nutty. >> reporter: keep your eyes on the magician's hands at all times. i never believed there were tapes. but now trump says there weren't any. i'm not so sure.
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