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time may be running out for zimbabwe's president robert mugabe as his own party meets on whether to boot him from office. cnn exclusive investigation into modern day slavery prompts protests on the streets of paris against the auction of migrants in libya. and in the united states, alabama's largest newspaper says don't vote for republican roy moore as the candidate faces allegations of sexual assault that he denies. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm george howell. "cnn newsroom" starts right now.
5:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast, the future of zimbabwe could be decided at any moment now. that country's long ruling president robert mugabe reportedly faces a no confidence vote from his own party. this comes after wednesday's apparent military coup. mr. mugabe has been under house arrest and so far he's resisted calls to step down. he's been in power for nearly 40 years. many people, though, have had enough. this was the scene in the nation's capital of harare on saturday, look at that. thousands of people demonstrating, rallying in the streets and demanding the president resign. let's get the very latest live from cnn's farai in harare. we know the negotiations are still ongoing between members of mr. mugabe's own party and the military. do you understand or have any indication of where things stand
at this point? >> reporter: well, i can tell you, george, is that cnn team is currently at headquarters looking out for the central committee and are indeed having a meeting today. what they will discuss, when that meeting will end or what will come out of it nobody knows. but, of course, all the headlines are about the future o mugabe and his party's complete distance from him at this point in time. and yesterday, george, november 18th was an incredible day in harare. take a look. this is not supposed to happen here. this is supposed to be robert mugabe's capital harare. but zimbabweans woke up to a new reality. >> it is a celebration. >> reporter: they had a chance to tell the president what they really think. and we, as journalists, were freely allowed to record it,
which was never allowed in mugabe's zimbabwe. mugabe out. and thou art fallen. and, remember, in the past, these are thoughts that zimbabwe would never have dared to say, let alone put on paper. what you see now is a great deal of jubilation. they all say that november 18th is independence day. everywhere, they're coming from all over the place. it is unbelievable. insulting the president's name would normally land you in jail. these guys don't care. it feels like the nation, as it once was, has finally emerged from the darkness, beyond the old, the black, the white, all zimbabwean
zimbabweans. >> we all came out together, decided to have a chance, we need to use our voices. >> reporter: are you usually this political? >> we have to. it is our chance. we must speak. 27 years of silence. no. >> reporter: they need their liberties back. freedom, everything, which has been stolen by one person, one family, one dynasty, and they are saying enough is enough. >> reporter: what this feels like is a massive 27 year buildup of pressure has suddenly been released and erupted like a volcano. people are being able to express themselves for the first time in a very, very long time. >> reporter: barbara says she's finally giving her father a voice. she tells us he was beaten up in 2008 by mugabe's loyalists. zimbabwe's hope this is a new beginning for them. and they also quietly pray that today's savior, the army, does not become tomorrow's mugabe.
the president once said only the people could end his rule. the people now wonder if the old man heard their message. and there you have it, george, it was juan one of the incredib days for us watching, for zimbabweans, for the world. it became a massive story. it had not happened on the streets of harare in such a long time, that the country comes together in a solidarity march, beg your pardon, of this magnitude. >> farai, here is the question, though, so if mr. mugabe were to resign or be pushed out of office, who is his likely successor? >> reporter: george, that is a good point. now, remember why it is that zimbabwe went out to the streets. it was because he had fired the
vice president who was popular with all of the security forces because he was basically their de facto commander after mugabe himself, the man in charge of the joint operation command. now, where we are at the moment is a very sort of tricky and volatile position, because constitutionally robert mugabe is still the president of zimbabwe, despite the army being in control. what needs to happen is for parliament to either get rid of him through impeachment or him to resign and then the generals will probably tell us the way forward. at the moment, it is a very difficult call to take. those characters will very much be at the top of what happens next. >> you know, one thing to point out, though, and the question, how important is it for there to be a dramatic shift from mr. mugabe's inner circle, the person likely to replace him, nicknamed the crocodile. the question, what will this mean for people if, in fact, that does happen?
>> reporter: well, at the moment, it is not going to happen that easily. what has been encouraging in the events of the last two days is the fact that the opposition, the movement of the democratic change and other people and indeed parliamentarians themselves have all been from the same page that, look, they think it is time. so what will happen is going to be some kind of consensus, some kind of transitional agreement between all the political parties and all the stake holders to see what comes next. do we have an election or do we not? these are all pertinent questions which cannot be answered until mr. mugabe's fate is decided and signed off. >> and also invite our viewers and our readers on cnn.com to check out the commentary you wrote there, explaining some of your personal takeaways here, from a nation that -- where you were born.
a lot of change happening very quickly. farai live for us, thank you for the reporting. let's get context now on what is happening in this political crisis from south africa with rita taudi joining us from johannesburg. good to have you on the show to talk about what is happening. the nature of these negotiations, mr. mu g mugabe c resign or remain defiant and try to remain in power. all of this would fall back on a process to remove him. help our viewers understand what that process would look like. >> well, george, thank you very much. i think what zimbabweans and senior leaders and mugabe's government are trying to avoid a mugabe. you could make things easy by just stepping down. but knowing mugabe, he's very
stubborn, very, very proud man, he's obviously holding out. and the question now is what will that exit plan entail. the easiest thing would be for him to step down. but this is what has happened. the army has appealed on him to step down, he hasn't listened. from the region, different countries, have appealed on him to step down. he hasn't done that. and now the only card left to play is for his own party and we understand right now the branches throughout zimbabwe are turning their back, shifting loyalties, once that happens, he will not have any support. and that has started to happen. >> the question as to whether emmerson would be the man nicknamed the crocodile in that nation, so how important is it? i ask farai the same question, how important is it for there to be a clear shift in leadership style, a shift away from mr. mu
gaub gabe's inner circle? >> that's a very important question. i've been saying to everybody that emmerson was in the nucleus of mugabe's inner circle. every act of repression or silencing of descent happened with his complicity. so he cannot be divorced from mugabe's legacy. they have been comrades and colleagues for over four decades. there is nothing that happened in zimbabwe in terms of violence, silencing of objective media reporting, nothing that happened in zimbabwe without his hand. but somebody has to be the president. and at this point, he is the most senior. the only way i think he can reclaim a positive legacy as it were is to invite the opposition leaders, who have been in the wilderness in the last couple of years. what i'm saying his legacy and track record are questionable. they're not perfect. personally from my work, my interviews with him, i don't think that he's a democrat. i think he's reading the writing
on the wall. democracy cannot afford to close out descenting voices. i think the only way he can earn respect from zimbabweans is to collaborate and invite opposition leaders to be part of the interim government and the future of zimbabwe. >> we appreciate your time and your perspective on this. certainly a lot of things happening in zimbabwe and we'll stay in touch with you to continue bringing context to the events there. thank you. on the streets of paris now, protesters turned out in force saturday shouting no to slavery. the demonstrations came after cnn's exclusive reporting on african migrants being sold into slavery in libya. the protesters are demanding the libyan government investigate which it says it will do. riot police used tear gas to stop the marchers as they approached the champs-elysees. sparking the protest was a cnn investigation that uncovered recent slave auctions at multiple locations in libya.
cnn and a team pursued that story as part of cnn's freedom project. here is an excerpt from it. >> reporter: 700? 800. the numbers roll in. these men are sold for 1200 libyan pounds, $400. >> saturday's massive demonstration in paris, it was a direct response to those shocking and inhumane images that you saw. protesters could barely contain their anger about it. >> translator: it feels like we're going backwards to four centuries ago. we have to mobilize, we can't let this kind of thing happen. do we really need to see such shocking pictures before taking a stand? i don't think so. now there needs to be a real struggle, a real fight. >> translator: there is no difference between human beings, black people, white people, arabs. everybody is the same.
it is the same blood in our veins. so why are we putting africans in cages in libya? >> translator: how can it be that in the 21st century we're selling human beings like merchandise? i cannot get my head around that. >> her question is the question of many people, how can it be? the leader of the african union condemned this barbaric practice. he released the following statement. on behalf of the african union, i express my outrage at the despicable trade of migrants currently taking place in libya and strongly condemn this practice of another age. here in the united states, the trump administration is threatening to close the palestinian liberation organization, the plo's office, in washington. it says that it will happen if the palestinians don't enter serious peace talks with israel. and the u.s. state department says palestinian president mahmoud abbas violated a u.s.
law. palestinian officials say they will cut off contact with the trump administration if the office you see there is shut down. let's bring in cnn's oren lieberman following it all live from jerusalem at this hour. this sudden move by the state department comes from a rarely invoked law. help our viewers understand this law and what comes next. >> because it is rarely invoked is what makes this so surprising. this is a fairly new law, back to 2015, that says that if the palestinians make a move against israel, the international criminal court, the icc, then washington will shut the plo's office in washington. there is a way out here. and that is if president trump decides that he wants to wave this, he wants to not close the office, because the palestinians are in serious and direct negotiation with the israelis. president trump has 90 days to essentially say that, yes, these negotiations are happening, or he follows through on the state department action and shutters the plo office in washington. we know that the trump
administration is working on some sort of peace process for what trump has called the ultimate deal. this may be a way it is possible of trying to put pressure on the palestinians to come to the negotiating table or, george, it may be that the state department and the white house are simply not on the same page here. >> oren lieberman following the story live in jerusalem. we'll stay in touch with you. thank you. still to come here on "cnn newsroom," new concerns for the u.s. senate candidate roy moore, who is fighting sexual misconduct charges that he denies. now the latest newspaper in the republican's home state, the largest newspaper, is endorsing his opponent. plus, if president trump decides to launch a nuclear strike, the question, can anyone stop him from doing it? can anyone stop it? what a top general in charge of the u.s. nuclear arsenal is s saying about that as "cnn newsroom" pushes on. parodontax, the toothpaste that helps prevent bleeding gums. if you spit blood
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on whether we will accept this kind of behavior from our leaders. also says a vote for roy moore sends the worst kind of message to alabamans struggling with abuse. now some religious leaders in alabama say he is unfit for office, but roy moore is not backing down as cnn's nick valencia reports for us. >> it has been a difficult week and a half for roy moore and his campaign in the face of the sexual assault allegations, however, the republican senate candidate has remained defiant as have his most ardent supporters. it was just yesterday that kayla moore was joined by 30 or 40 women who say they personally know roy moore that the allegations leveled against him don't speak to the character of the man they know, who is just days before that that faith leaders here in alabama gathered to testify to the character of moore saying that his character is being assassinated and that he's being framed by the gop establishment. they went so far as to allege that the washington post paid the women to come forward. the washington post denies the allegations as do the women,
saying that they waited nearly 40 years to tell their stories because they felt at the time of the alleged incidents no one would have believed them. it was today that faith leaders convened in birmingham to echo the sentiments of his accusers, saying that roy moore is dangerous to the state of alabama for his policies and his principles. >> it is unlikely that any of roy moore's accusers can prove he sexually assaulted them 30 years ago, a point the judge knows well. but even, and this is critical, particularly for the media to hear, and where we have to stand as christian ministers, even before these allegations made national headlines, it was clear that moore's policy agenda endangered the children of alabama. >> reporter: moore's biggest supporter has been his wife kayla. as she spoke at the press conference yesterday, she said
she and her husband are in a political fight, a battle she said that will not end with her husband withdrawing from the race. this special election is set to take place on december 12th. nick valencia, cnn, gadsden, alabama. let's bring in our new york times chief diplomatic correspond joining us as a guest today, steven irlinger, in brussels this hour. a pleasure to have you on the show. let's talk about the ongoing questions in the u.s. state of alabama, the questions about the senate republican candidate judge roy moore. he said the claims against him are false. he's gone as far as to blame "the washington post" and the national media for attacking his character. now we're seeing the hometown paper "the birmingham news" and its al.com website endorsing his opponent doug jones. what impact could this have on people trying to make a decision here, especially given this is the local paper. >> i think it is quite
important. roy moore has been a figure in alabama for a long time. he's been a divisive figure. don't forget he was on the court twice and stood down twice from the court because of controversial, very right wing views. it will be up to the voters of alabama. we have a long way to go, i'm afraid, until december 12th. we're not even at thanksgiving yet. so we're going to be chewing this over for quite a long time. it seems to me that this is in the new climate of women talking openly about things that had happened to them in the past. this is another crucial moment in what feels to be a change in our society. >> steven, i want to talk about another story making headlines here in the united states, the nation's top nuclear commanders laying out what would happen if president trump orders him to launch a nuclear strike. listen here, to what he had to
say, we could talk about it on the other side. >> i provided advice to the president, he'll tell me what to do. if it is illegal, guess what will happen? >> you say no. >> i'll say, it is illegal. guess what he's going to do. he'll say what's legal. we'll come up with options. it is not that complicated. >> during the campaign there were many people who questioned the president's ability to make a decision on this, his judgment. how does this come into play, hearing how that process might work out? >> well, the general says it is very simple. i'm not so sure it is so simple. what is legal in this aspect, how would he decide what is legal and what isn't? if he decides something is disproportionate, then he could make an argument. but the president does have authority to -- it would be a
constitutional question, which is, of course, a legal question, but one you couldn't resolve very quickly. so i think it is confusing. it is always troubled me, frankly, that presidents have the sole authority to launch nuclear weapons. they don't have the sole key, other people have to agree, and it was a case in the former soviet union where a launch commander simply decided that an alert was fake and refused to send all nuclear weapons. so these things could happen. but legally it seems to me not so clear. >> so the last thing, want to talk about the president of the united states, lashing out at his former opponent on twitter, hillary clinton, he said this, quote, crooked hillary clinton is the worst and biggest loser of all time. she just can't stop, which is so good for the republican party, he says. hillary get on with your life and give it another try in three years. clinton, of course, responding
here, she says she's not going to start mincing words now. listen. >> you know, i'm going to keep speaking out. apparently, you know, my former opponent is obsessed with my speaking out. apparently there was another somebody told me tweet today. honestly, between tweeting and golfing, how does he get anything done. i don't understand it. so maybe that's -- maybe that's the whole point. >> hillary clinton certainly much more public now and in the days and weeks and months after that election. but president trump went out of his way here, here to take the first swipe at hillary clinton. the question, why is this president in your estimation so fixated on hillary clinton? >> sure. he is fixated on hillary clinton. i would say he's more fixated on barack obama. but what he does is create
temperature up for his base to be upset and excited. you know. he led the chance of lock her up during the campaign. hillary clinton is a lot like cnn, and the new york times. he is using them -- us as actors in a play, he's created in his own head, but mostly for political purposes to keep his base angry and behind him. the more he has enemies like roy moore in the mainstream media, in his opponents, in the democrats, the more nasty in a way he can be toward mrs. clinton. the more he holds on to the anger that got him elected. and so i'm not sure he is personally so obsessed with her. but he uses her and the anger against her and the division that she has created sometimes in the country and that he's
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demonstrations came on the heels of cnn's exclusive reporting showing african migrants sold as slaves in libya. the libyan government says it will investigate and it will try to rescue the victims. gerry adams says he will step down next year as the president of sinn fein. adams led the irish republican party since 1983. during his tenure he hoped to broker a cease-fire in the 30 year-long conflict known as the troubles. the crew of a missing argentine navy submarine may have recently tried to reach out. the submarine has been missing since wednesday with 44 crew members on board. it disappeared off argentina's southern atlantic coast, midway to the destination. the officials are trying to locate the seven satellite signals they detected on saturday. various countries are helping with the search. the united states sending a rescue mission capable of searching under water. lebanon's prime minister has spoken publicly for the first
time since leaving saudi arabia. mr. hariri, who announced his resignation two weeks ago in saudi arabia, says that he will return to lebanon this week and will explain his actions once he's there. he's in paris right now where he met with the french president emmanuel macron. >> translator: i will return to beirut in the next few days to participate in the independence day celebrations. it is there that i will make my position known and all the subjects after my interview where the president of our republic, the general michelle aoun. >> when he announced his resignation, he said he feared for his life. the lebanese government said it cannot accept his resignation until he returns home. in a few hours time, the arab league will hold an emergency meeting to take place in cairo, egypt. it is at the request of saudi arabia, which wants to discuss iran's interference in regional affairs, leading up to this
meeting, israel's defense minister called on arab leaders to join israel in a coalition against iran. let's talk about this with cnn's jomana. the meeting called at the request of saudi arabia. is anything major expected to come of it? >> well, if you look, george, at the reasons or the time when this meeting was called for, it was called for at a time where we saw these serious developments taking place in the region. first, you had the resignation of lebanese prime minister from the saudi capital and we saw this increased rhetoric against the group hezbollah, the lebanese faction that is backed by iran. it also is the same time as we saw the saudi capital of riyadh targeted by a missile fire, by houthi rebels from yemen, saudi arabia blamed iran for that missile attack.
what do we expect to come out of this meeting? not much, really, if you look at thee meetings. perhaps a strongly word ed meeting against iran. you have some who back saudi arabia in its position and in this proxy confrontation between iran and saudi arabia. not many want to see an escalation as we have heard from different countries. if you look, for example, at -- a few hours away from this meeting and we still don't know who will be attending. and who will be. there are some reports that the foreign minister of lebanon might not be attending, perhaps to try and avoid enflaming the crisis in his country. also, we spoke to the foreign ministry a short time ago, the foreign minister will not be attending, they'll be sending a
deputy, they say because of the schedule of the foreign minister doesn't allow him to attend. they say iraq's position, keeping in mind, of course that iraq's shia dominated shia led government has very close ties to iran. they say they don't want to see this escalate, that they want the crisis to be resolved through dialogue and they want to contain it. and that is the feeling among many in this region, george. they are concerned about this -- the tensions between the two countries escalating and some would tell you they're worried that saudi arabia is pushing the region towards an open confrontation in iran. some say there really isn't much of an appetite for that right now. >> thank you for the reporting today. despite years of u.s. military involvement in afghanistan, the taliban remains a potent force there. and opium is still one of the terror group's primary sources of cash.
helmand province is the e epicenter of opium production. the u.n. estimates the output doubled in 2016 and grew another 87% this year alone. in a report filmed in july, cnn's nick paton walsh explains how afghan farmers have dramatically boosted their yields. >> heroin setting afghanistan aflame. its opium fields targeted for eradication. just as it tears up america's streets in the new opioid crisis. both for misery and the money here. >> almost beautiful at this time of night, some of the richest most fertile land. the river valleys are run through helmand. this is the money pit, really, the taliban insurgency. >> even the sparkle bought by the annual harvest. the new twist, risks sending already record opium production
out of control. it is just this, new opium seeds. yet different in one special way. they can be harvested three times a year, not just once. it is changing the way the opium farmers in the district go about life. those seeds, he says, call chinese, are in -- a short time, some in hot weather, some in cold weather. we cultivate three times a year, he says. first season, middle and last. if you grow something like corn, another says, we don't make a profit, because you don't have proper water or electricity to maintain them. smugglers go to every -- we can sell it in front of our houses. officials are testing the new seeds with u.s. and british scientific help to see where they're from and how they can be stopped. >> we believe we might have a bit higher amount of production. and one of the reasons would be because of this seed. the farmer here tell you it is a
chinese seed, but we don't know yet. >> reporter: only about 1% of america's heroin is afghan. most of it hitting europe, but that could change. >> they would be finding themselves market and it is not far away they could reach out to -- >> reporter: serene fields that hide a potential time bomb for the heroin spread in the west. nick paton walsh, helmand, afghanistan. >> thank you for the reporting. a group of men in the city of chicago lost ten years of their lives all for crimes they did not commit. coming up, they'll talk about putting their lives back together. oh, look... another anti-wrinkle cream in no hurry to make anything happen. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair works in just one week. with the fastest retinol formula to visibly reduce wrinkles. neutrogena®. (avo) if yand constipation,ling and you're overwhelmed
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cases there are under review after a police officer was convicted of corruption. men who spent years behind bars for crimes they did not commit are now speaking out to my colleague ryan young who reports from the cnn chicago bureau. >> reporter: it may be a first in chicago, 15 men exonerated of their crimes on the same day. their felony drug convictions tossed four years after corrupt officer's investigations were first called into question. >> we concluded that unfortunately the police were not being truthful. and we couldn't have confidence in the integrity of their reports and their testimony. and so in good conscience, we could not see the convictions stand. >> reporter: leonard gibson says officer ronald watts framed him and took years away from his
life. >> i went to jail and in two years, 24 months, i came back, put another case on me. >> reporter: in 2013, watts, then a chicago police sergeant, was sentenced to 22 months in prison after pleading guilty to theft of government funds. and an fbi led investigation showed watts and another officer stole money from a federal drug informant. the conviction has led to review of hundreds of cases. gibson, like many other men, whose cases were exonerated, says watts planted evidence on him. >> not going to pay watts, you're going to jail. >> reporter: cnn was unable to reach watts for comment. >> it is the prime example of the thin blue line, the code of silence, never -- i've been doing this work for close to 15 years there is no case, no situation that i have ever seen that comes close to exemplifying the code of silence than this one. >> reporter: ben and clarissa
baker spent ten years apart as ben sat in prison. >> it is torture. you think in your head, every day, like, how did this happen? >> reporter: both faced drug charges connected to the rogue officer. at the time, no one would hear their cries of innocence. >> no one would listen. >> no. >> what would they tell you? >> nothing we can do. you need to call your aldermen. the aldermen. talk to the fbi. >> reporter: help arrived in 2015 when lawyers with the exoneration project took on ben's case and helped overturn his conviction. >> now i finally really feel vindicated. >> reporter: the chicago police department tells cnn seven more officers have been placed on administrative duty while the department's internal affairs unit looks into other cases connected to sergeant ronald watts team. ryan young, cnn, chicago. >> all right, ryan, thank you so
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in a few hours time, thousands of people will protest in washington, d.c., marching and demanding more help for puerto rico. they want the u.s. congress to help alleviate the island's economic crisis. about half of puerto rico still has no electricity. this two months after hurricane maria hit. puerto ricans are now facing food shortages there. rafael romo has more from san juan. >> reporter: at first sight, it looks like a well stocked supermarket, doing brisk business. and then you notice people only buy enough food for a day or two. so how has the way in which you buy at the supermarket changed since the hurricane? >> basically you have to buy less ingredients, less quantity because the power goes out, you don't want to lose 75% of what you purchased.
>> reporter: it has been two months since puerto rico was ravaged by hurricane maria. about half the island remains without power. those with no refrigeration have had to adapt. >> stuff like milk and meat and eggs, buy less quantity and more stuff that is canned. >> reporter: supermarkets have also been forced to adapt, just take a look at this frozen goods section in this san juan supermarket. shelves are empty most of the time. so the problem is not that the suppliers are not being able to deliver, it is that the people are not buying these things? >> people aren't buying these things. >> reporter: how does this compare to what you had before? >> 2%. >> reporter: there is a distribution problem. a shortage of canned goods means this store has to ration. >> used to have ten brands. we only have four brands of corned beef. >> reporter: ten brands of corned beef before and two now? >> four now. >> reporter: they used to carry 20 different kinds of soft drinks.
now they have three. for anna, the hurricane revealed something that is hard to admit. >> living in a country that actually goes through hurricanes not as often as we could, obviously, it is sad to see we're not prepared. whether it is the government or people in general. >> reporter: a hard lesson she hopes the island has learned as puerto rico slowly tries to recover from its worst natural disaster in decades. rafael romo, cnn, san juan, puerto rico. >> rafael, thank you. the same storm system that brought flooding rains near the capital of greece is bringing more havoc to that area. let's bring in our meteorologist derek van dam to talk more about the situation there. >> very slow moving storm that brought tremendous amounts of rain to the west attica region, about 25 kilometers to the west of athens, the capital of greece. what is interesting is that this
is actually termed that we call a metacane, a hurricane, almost, not the same, but characteristics of a hurricane that forms in the mediterranean. get to the graphics. you'll be able to see they're still cleaning things up there after the deluge of rainfall that brought the flash flooding to this region. again, this is just west of athens. and that was about three, three and a half days ago. the same storm system is bringing more rain to the area. and it is really causing quite a bit of problems. we talked about it being a medicane. let me hone in on that idea. this is a satellite image. notice the rotation in the cloud cover there. it almost has a distinct eye or a center of circulation. that's the characteristic of a hurricane. it is a bit of a stretch. but it is interesting. this is the mediterranean. so the term there medicane is fitting, i believe. you can see the rainfall totals here over and in excess of 150
millimeters. that's four times their monthly average in just a two day period. the rainfall tcontinues across the area. the upper level jet stream, the strong winds responsible for taking the storm system from west to east across the planet, starting to finally get some traction on this. storm pushing to the north and east over turkey and into the black sea. and it will move on rather quickly across that area, still some rainfall for those regions, but it will not be as heavy as what they experienced across western greece. some rainfall totals expected across this area. istanbul 50 to 75 millimeters of rainfall. keep that in mind. cold air settling in behind the system, big dip, mentioned that a moment ago, that will drive our storm system out and you can see the colder weather settling in, that shading of blue. i want to take you to outer space. this is a cool story we like to follow as well. we have just had a partnership between knnoaa and nasa to laun
a revolutionary satellite into space, will help meteorologists like myself forecast hurricanes, droughts, forest fires, and also the biggest impact here is going to help us kind of hone in on our accuracy for three to seven day forecast. this is a first in the series of satellites that we're launching and really incredible to be a part of that. very cool. >> that does seem cool. derek, thanks. all right. monday marks queen elizabeth and prince philip's platinum anniversary. 70 years of marriage. congratulations to them, of course. and to honor the royal couple, buckingham palace has released a new portrait, the queen and duke are posed at her favorite home, windsor castle and in a sentimental touch, the british monarch wears a gold, ruby and diamond brooch given to her by her husband. news to tell you about regarding the former teen heartthrob david cassidy. he's been hospitalized and is in critical condition this hour. cassidy, who is 67 years old,
catapulted to fame in the early 1970s in that hit tv show "the partridge family." cassidy's publicist says doctors are treating him for organ failure. he struggled with alcohol for many years and recently disclosed that he has dementia. meanwhile, fans of rock music around the world are mourning the loss of ac/dc guitarist malcolm young. he and his younger brother angus put the band together. they became one of the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll history. the band announce odd on saturday that malcolm young passed away after several years of declining health. malcolm young was 64 years old. that's your news from around the world this hour. i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. for our viewers in the united states, "new day" is next. for viewers around the world, "talk asia" is ahead. we thank you for watching cnn, the world's news leader. "for great skin, you don't have to go to a spa...
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