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paper. ♪ revolution the united states braces for a storm that could become a major hurricane and slam into the east coast. controversial calls at the u.s. open that have serena williams crying foul. and this -- ♪ >> north korea stages a massive military parade, but this time there were no long-range missiles in sight. we'll have a live report for you from south korea. welcome to our viewers here in the u.s. and around the world coming to you live from atlanta, ga. i'm natalie allen.
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and this is "cnn newsroom." and we begin with tropical storm florence. the window to safely veer away from the u.s. east coast is closing. and already a number of states are bracing for possible impact. the storm is getting stronger as it churns over the atlantic. it's forecast to become a hurricane in the next few hours. and a major hurricane on monday. the governors of south carolina, north carolina and virginia already declared states of emergency. >> we are preparing for the worst and, of course, hoping for the best. but being prepared, being prepared is always the best strategy. >> meteorologist derek van dam is here with the latest for us. right now even though it's going to be a hurricane, it's still a big swath of states. we don't know exactly where it is going to go.
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from north florida to the carolinas and georgia, everyone needs to be prepared for the landfall of a u the. we need several more runs and days to hone in on the location, but nevertheless, the entire southeast coast, unfortunately, you're in the fireline. when can we expect this and when? tropical storm florence is teetering on becoming a hurricane. it is moving into very warm waters, very low sheer in the upper levels of the atmosphere. favorable conditions for hurricane development. now a potential u.s. landfall still five days away. there is a slim chance that this storm still recurves away from the east coast, but that likelihood is becoming smaller and smaller as the hours tick on. now, there is a direct strike possible anywhere from north florida all the way to north carolina. and that is where we are focusing our attention. here's the latest from the national hurricane center. we are waiting for that 5:00 a.m. update to determine whether or not tropical storm florence actually changed into a hurricane.
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it doesn't magically just happen, but the determining factor is whether or not it crosses that 74-mile-per-hour to 111-kilometer-per-hour threshhold. we are still several miles off the coast of the united states, so it has some ways to travel before it reaches land. but that's the problem here. the water it's going to traverse over the next four to five days is extremely warm, we are talking bathtub warm, so that is fuel for the fire, fuel for the hurricanes to form and get extremely intense. look at this forecast. we have an expected hurricane within the next hour or so. and we expect a major hurricane by monday evening. and that major status, which is a category 3 or higher, remains all the way until the potential landfall late thursday evening along the coast of the carolinas. this is some interesting wording from the national hurricane center. they are talking about rapid intensification. 55 miles per hour, 55 kilometers
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per hour, 35 miles per hour in 24 hours indicates that the storm is undergoing rapid intensify case. so it will be so easy to achieve the major hurricane status. the likelihood of francis bringing tropical storm force winds as you can see on the screen there becoming almost near 100% along the coastal areas of the carolinas. here's the bath water i was talking about with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. it is not only florence posing threats to land, we have tropical storm isaac intensifying as we speak. 55-mile-per-hour sustained winds. that's moving in the northern direction that could bring problems to the lesser antilles. it was about an year ago when we covered these traveling into puerto rico. that's the last thing we want to see. the good news is the long-term models shows a weakening model as soon as it reaches the caribbean sea. we can only cross our fingers
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that will happen, but the main focus right now is the east coast. >> i know you'll be watching it. derek, thanks. now we turn to the u.s. open tennis championship. in case you haven't heard, where 20-year-old naomi osaka won her first grand slam title. she's the first japanese player ever to accomplish the feat and upset a heavily-favored veteran serena williams. the match will be remembered for williams clashing with the chair umpire and calling him a thief. andy schultz has more about it. >> reporter: absolute chaos breaking out at the women's final on saturday. lit go down as one of the most controversial matches in tennis history. serena williams already dropped the first set to naomi osaka. then in the second set, carlos ramos issued her a warning for getting coaching from the stands. that's when serena pushed ramos
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for the first time. >> i don't cheat, i would rather lose. >> reporter: the match continued and after osaka broke serena, she smashed her racket in anger. then she was hit for a point for abuse of equipment. then during the changeover, she went at ramos again. ramos penalized serena again. since this was her third penalty, she was given a point taken away for verbal abuse. >> that's not right. this is not fair. >> serena goes on to lose 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 to osaka. fans were boosting throughout the exchange. and after the match, serena said she was proud of the way she handled things. >> i can't sit here and say they didn't think he was a thief because he took the game from
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me, but i have seen men call other umpires several things. and i'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff. and for me to say, thief, and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. he's never took a game from a man because i said thief. for me, it blows my mind. but i'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal -- i should be able to take my shirt off without getting a fine. this is outrageous, you know? and i feel like the fact that i have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and that wants to express themselves. and they want to be a strong woman. and they will be allowed to do that because of today. maybe it didn't work out for me, but maybe it will work out for the next person. >> after the match, serena's coach admitted he was coaching, everyone does it, he does it all
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the time and has never been penalized for it in his career. this time he was and it turned into one of the most controversial endings to a tennis match we have ever seen. at fleshing meadows, andy scholes, cnn. kristin brennan is joining us, she is also a sports columnist for "usa today." kristin, thank you for talking to us. everyone knew it was a historic match no matter how it ended, but no one knew quite how historic and what would happen. it was epic. i want to get your thoughts on how it went down. >> when they are in the heat of the battle, natalie, all the players, we have seen it in every sport, obviously things can be said, emotions run high, people get hot and certain lisa rena was not happy and we know that. i think it's the job of the chair umpire at that moment to take a deep breath and to say, what is at stake here? and it's the grand slam final. it's serena williams going for
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her 24th, which would be historic, the most ever, and you've got to step back and say, is this worth a game penalty? literally, potentially altering the outcome of a match, certainly changing the complexion of the match entirely and be a part of history basically for as long as people are talking about tennis? i think most chair umpires would have stepped back and said, you know what? i'm going to let this athlete vet for a minute, and they have done that with men for generations in tennis, but no, this ump went right after serena williams, and she's correctly talking about the sexism inherent in that now. >> i want to ask you about that, christine, she immediately claimed men would have gotten away with calling the umpire a thief, which she did. and she pleaded her court to the referee and supervisor that men get away with far more. do you agree? >> i think the history of tennis shows us -- i'll throw out a few
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names for you. jimmy conners, even andre agassi, misbehavior has been tolerated in a way that just is not with a woman. and the greatest of all times, serena williams. i'm not, by the way, advocating for everyone to lose their minds. i'm not at all. what i'm saying is that tennis is a sport that has never done this. chris evert said it on the broadcast. this has never before happened in tennis. and the great billy jean king saying when women have this kind of conversation or get angry, they are hysterical. when men do it, they are outspoken. it is time for the tennis world to really look at the issues in my humble opinion. >> yes, and just wipe the hysterical word off the map period. will you answer my next question, which is going to be about kris evert making that point afterward.
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when the audience boo'd during the presentation, my son couldn't tell what was going on because of the epic booing, she asked them to stop because the champion was shakened by the whole thing. serena is a class act, but how do you define this for her and perhaps the pressure is greater on her long comeback after becoming a mom? >> well, there's no doubt about that. and what a story this has been. i think she was feeling the pressure and emotion of it. again, several have said, everyone coaches. every one of the coaches is coaching the players. so it's time to -- why penalize serena and not everyone else? that's a good point. serena has a good point. what she did, how quickly she was able to pivot. and her emotions. and twice telling the crowd, no more boosting, cut it out. and hugging naomi and basically saying, she deserves this. it was a classy moment. it was exactly what serena should have done. and i know there are people out
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there who are watching us saying, wait a minute, serena's behavior was so bad. again, put it in the context of an athlete, don't just look at it as a female athlete but as any athlete to see all the good tennis players getting away with that, but then see the incredible turn where she was the one person who could control that crowd. and she did it. and she tried to capture the moment for osaka for her opponent and give her that moment. two athletes going at it. fighting for every point. having covered sports all these years, think of all the things said in the nfl, in the nba, my goodness, obviously on a tennis court, and this is what the referee decided to pick on at that moment to make that statement and change history potentially. i think serena did a nice job in recovering and capturing the moment for her opponent and, of course, the winner of the match. >> she was certainly sticking up for herself and making her case, for the most part n a measured way. but it will be analyzed and
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analyzed. we'll see where it goes from here, won't we, as far as if there's sexism in the sport. and she will launch a dialogue for sure. christine brennan, we appreciate your time. thank you so much. >> natalie, my pleasure, thank you. lost in all the controversy was the fact that naomi osaka made history with her win. andy scholes talked to her after the match and asked if williams' outburst distracted her. >> it felt like a dream. and emotionally, i can't really pinpoint the exact motion. >> reporter: what was going through your mind when all the chaos was happening when serena was arguing with the chair umpire and the officials -- what were you thinking when all that was going on? >> well, i wasn't really noticing that anything was going on. i had my back turned and was really just trying to focus on my game and stuff. >> reporter: did all of the booing, did it ruin the moment
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for you at all? >> no, it was more like i had serena next to me, that made me more emotional than anything else. >> japan's prime minister shinzo abe is tweeting his congratulations to the tennis star. thank you for energizing and moving us during this difficult time. that could be a reference to the deadly earthquake to hit north japan earlier this week. and an important milestone for north korea happening now. coming up, we'll tell you how the country is celebrating seven decades since it was founded. it will be a tad different this year. we'll explain. also, democrats pull out their biggest gun ahead of november's midterm election. what will the obama factor mean to the november midterms? we'll look into that. you may be learning about medicare and supplemental insurance. medicare is great, but it doesn't cover everything
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." north korea's military might is on display as the country marks its 70th anniversary. this military parade is one of several events marking the date
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of the soldiers and military hardware on display, this celebration focused less on nuclear power and more on economic power. will ripley was in the middle of the parade with a closer look. >> reporter: north korea's military parade is celebrating the 70th founding anniversary to leave no doubt this is still a military state. as a standing army of more than 1 million and more than a thousand soldiers marching here along the square. but one dramatic difference this parade versus the other parades in this very square, the nuclear program was not included. you didn't see the symbol and certainly didn't see the intercontinental ballistic missiles that were pent to pose a threat to the united states. kim jong-un did not give a speech, but his right-hand man did speak. one thing he did say that was particularly striking. he told soldiers they need to be
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prepared to fight a war, but they also need to be prepared simultaneously to fight an economic battle, to build things like roads and bridges and buildings to grow this country's economy. something that kim jong-un said is his priority moving forward. something he hopes the united states will be able to help with working toward diplomacy with president trump. denuclearization talks have been difficult because north korea is not displaying their weapons doesn't mean they are not getting rid of them. they don't believe kim jong-un fully will denuclearize any time soon. he was standing alongside xi jinping. there was a letter to donald trump indicating the two leaders of north korea and south korea want to keep this process moving forward. and this image suggests that north korea is making a change when it comes to the nuclear
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program. i'm will ripley reporting from north korea. turning now to u.s. politics and the critical midterm elections this november. former u.s. president barack obama was in california on saturday campaigning for democrats hoping to retake control of the u.s. house of representatives. unlike his short critique of donald trump, mr. obama never mentioned the current u.s. president by name. but everyone knew exactly who and what he was referring to. >> the biggest threat to us is not one individual, it is not one big super pac billionaires, it's apathy. it's indifference. it's us not doing what we're supposed to do. where there's a vacuum in our
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democracy, when we are not participating, when we are not paying attention, when we're not stepping up, other voices fill the void. but the good news is, in two months, we have a chance to restore some sanity in our politics. we have the chance to flip the house of representatives and make sure that we have checks and balances of us. >> let's look at the obama effect. teaching international politics at city university of london, he's a frequent guest here with his insight. thank you so much for coming and talking with us. >> thank you. >> good morning to you. president obama is traveling around the country. first illinois, then california, next ohio and pennsylvania to urge democrats to go to the polls. do you think he can have an impact? >> he's certainly going to have an impact. the big question is, he comes at this issue in the context of "the new york times" op-ed from right within the heart of the
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trump administration. john mccain's week-long eulogies and so on. and how he stood for a particular kind of vision of america. and he comes just a day or two before bob woodward's book is being published. of course, that is going on. so he clearly is going to have a large effect in trying to galvanize democratic and other voters in the midterm elections. but we know that he's one of the big guns against trump. but guns can backfire, too. >> right, i want to ask you about that. could he in some ways do harm rather than good for the democrats because of the trump loyalists who might be emboldened with memories of an administration they did not support? >> right, there are two things. one is, generally speaking, in midterm elections, happy voters, those who are voting for the administration, tend to be not turning out in great numbers.
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certainly not as big as the opposition. the fact that barack obama has been wheeled out could suggest they are likely to be galvanized by his presence and maybe turn out in a very much larger proportion than would normally be the case. the other thing, of course, is that barack obama left the white house in the 2016 elections, but now is being wheeled out in a way that this is a big glass throne. i'm not sure the democrats have put forward a positive vision, which may galvanize their supporters or those who stayed home in 2016. i don't see a very positive program other than one which says we are not donald trump and donald trump is a big threat. to american identity. >> they have been criticized for that. how are they going to rally? how are they going to come together and crystallize,
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something, that the anti-trumps will latch onto. we don't normally see a former president criticize a current one, but these are certainly unpopular times with the unpopular president. >> that's true. i've been racking my memory and it goes back to woodrow wilson around 1890, 1920, most prkts when they leave office die quickly or leave with deep unpopularity. therefore, nobody who succeeds them in the opposition or whatever tends to invoke them. and they tend to stay out. george h.w. bush criticized his son george w. bush about iraq just before he went into the iraq war. and i don't see very much previous, if you like, form on this question. this suggests there is a deep crisis and we see it. "the new york times" op-ed, the anonymous op-ed, reportedly from
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a senior administration official, suggests the cracks in the american sort of body politic go right to the heart of the government of the united states itself. and, you know, president obama is coming up the other end as well, if you look at the levels of street protest, the levels of mobilization outside of mainstream politics, those have gone right through the roof approaching levels which have not been seen since the 1960s or 1970s. and i think president obama has brought in partly to reenergize in democratic party. but the numbers who stayed home, i don't think they will be back. >> 15 seconds left, do you think the fact that there's a good economy, the jobs number just came out, there is still a very strong number. we just saw north korea do a standoff in showing off the mus sills. -- missiles.
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can that help the republicans? >> both will help in some ways, but first the economic news, it's good but who gets most of what is the additional production? all the rise in gdp? that level of inequality continues. workers' wages are being depressed. and there's trillions of dollars stashed away abroad in tax savings by very wealthy people. that's a big problem. >> that's true, too. inderjeet, we appreciate your insights. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. the rise of right-wing populism in europe is gaining ground. recent polls show the anti-immigration sweetened democrats party is set to expand its footprint in parliament. we'll explain what is at stake in sunday's election. also, one u.s. state could make history in the upcoming election. and that would be the state we're in right now, georgia.
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welcome back to our viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom." and i'm natalie allen. several states are bracing for the deadly tropical weather. tropical storm florence is possibly going to hit the u.s. later this week as a hurricane. two other storms are also building over the atlantic. naomi osaka is the new u.s. open tennis champion beating the favorite serena williams in three straight sets and the first japanese player to win the grand title. her achievement is overshadowed when williams was penalized in the game after smashing her racket, calling the umpire a
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thief and a liar. former u.s. president barack obama was at a rally in california saturday campaigning for democrats hoping to take control of the u.s. house of representatives in the midterms. unlike his sharp critique of donald trump the day before, mr. obama never mentioned the current u.s. president by name in this speech. and a landmark election is now underway in sweden. voting places opening a couple hours ago. sweden traditionally is a very liberal country, but polls show the far-right sweden democrat gaining strength echoing the rise of right-wing populists across europe. atika shubert is joining us live from stockholm. hello to you, atika. is there surprise in a country as welcoming as sweden that a far-right party is looking strong in this election? >> reporter: well, it's certainly the most heated election we have seen in decades here in sweden because there's so much at stake. now, we're at a polling station here, polling stations have been
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open for a little bit more than two hours. quite calm and organized, you can also see here we have the color-coded ballots that sweden uses, but there is, again, a lot at stake here because that famous generous welfare system that is the envy of many other countries is now being challenged by a populist break through party. rallying supporters ahead of the decisive election, looking poised to translate naturalist policies into big electoral gains. once denounced as neofascist, his party has broadened its appeal, largely with one issue. >> translator: our election manifesto is about a more responsible and less costly immigration and integration policy. >> reporter: sweden's first general election since taking in a record number of refugees in 2015, sharing its wealth with more refugees per capita than any other european country. the far-right party wants to
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freeze most immigration and have monetary incentives to persuade migrants to leave. once unimaginable in progressive socialist sweden, the sweden democrats are hoping to follow a trend of populist gains in several european countries as the right-wing policies dpan more traction. -- gain more traction. >> translator: we have had very high immigration here. and i mean that puts a strain on everything. >> translator: i think that the refugees coming here will make things worse for those who live here. >> reporter: also stirring anti-immigrant sentiment, some right-wing parties have linked the influx of foreigners to the uptick in violent crime, particularly in lower income neighborhoods. gang violence is another major area of concern. in august, a group of young people set fire to dozens of cars in sweden's second biggest city and nearby towns. >> translator: security is very important. in the village, there's a lot of violence and drug trafficking. people of all ages, they just
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don't dare go out. >> reporter: the prime minister has toughened his stance on crime and immigration, walking back a once open-door policy for refugees. his social democratic party has dominated swedish politics for decades, overseeing a thriving economy with low unemployment but enthusiasm for the mainstream center-left party may be slowing as immigration and violence add to a list of issues stoking concerns. unprecedented wildfires burned thousands of hectors around sweden bringing climate change onto the agenda. meanwhile, some swedes are frustrated with the lack of access to health care. as a shortage of nurses and doctors, means outrageous waiting times. >> a patient who needs a checkup may have to wait for a while. and that could take four or five years. >> reporter: all of those issues will come into the fold during this weekend's election. that could make for an unusual result in socialist sweden.
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no one party a clear winner or loser. natalie, we spent the day yesterday in sweden's second largest city and asked voters what was the most important issue. i heard health care, immigration, but also climate change. so many different things. but the one thing everyone says they were concerned about was the sweden democrats, the rise of this party, whether positive or negative, that will be the party to watch this election. natalie? >> we know you'll be watching it for us, atika shubert, on what seems to be a lovely day to go to the polls. thank you so much, atika. brazil's far-right presidential frontrunner is recovering from the stab wound he received while campaigning earlier this week. his son posted this photo of his father in the hospital. the tweet says his condition continues to improve and that he has started physical therapy. the state news agency says a 40-year-old man has been charged in connection with the attack. and again now to the crucial midterm elections coming up in
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november in the u.s., the governor's race right here in the state of georgia could make history. if the democratic candidate wince, she will be the first african-american woman governor in the whole united states. polls show this is a referendum and with president trump it is too close to call. here's more from kaley hartung. >> reporter: a democrat looking to become the nation's first female black governor. >> where you come shouldn't term how far you can go. >> reporter: versus -- >> this is about fighting literally for the soul of our state this fall. >> reporter: the republican using every page of the president's playbook. >> i got a big truck. just in case i need to round up criminal illegals and take them home myself. >> reporter: georgia's gubernatorial candidates polar opposites on seemingly every issue, from abortion to taxes, immigration to guns.
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>> we can repeal campus carry. >> i own guns but no one's taking away. >> reporter: but this race is about more than the future of the peach state. it's a microcosm of the political divide in america. >> this is going to be something of a war act right here in georgia. >> reporter: greg is a political reporter for "the atlanta general constitution." >> democrats want to prove that georgia is a battleground state in a way it hasn't been in a few decades. republicans want to do everything they can to fortify georgia to make sure it stays in the red column. >> reporter: no democrat has won a major statewide election in georgia since 2000. despite that fact, abrams believes the math works. >> i'm going to talk to the millions of democratic-leaning voters and those disinfected republicans who want to see something else and those independent thinkers who haven't quite decided. >> reporter: important to her formula, georgia's demographic shifts over the years getting younger and more diverse in the strong atlanta suburbs.
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in 2000, george w. bush won georgia by 12 points. in 2012, romney by 8. the margin continuing to decrease in 2016 when trump won the state by 5 points. still, in a con ttentious runof that helped kemp win by four points. but unlike democrats across the country, she rarely invokes the president's name. >> there's a great deal of concern about whether we're going to continue to stand for the values that made us a strong country. >> reporter: unspoken or not, there's no avoiding the president's imprint on the race. if we're talking the first wednesday in november and this state has turned blue, who will be responsible for making that happen? who in the electorate? >> it will be donald trump partly responsible. either way. >> reporter: kaley hartung, cnn, atlanta. next here, venezuela accuses the u.s. of a conspiracy and it
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venezuela often accuses the u.s. of plotting against it. and new reports are adding fuel to that fire. sources confirm to cnn that the u.s. met with venezuelan military officers plotting a coup against the country's president, nicolas maduro. for more on it, here's elyse labott in washington. >> reporter: cnn officials met secretly with the military officers plotting a coup against venezuelan president nicolas maduro. that's according to a current and former u.s. official. american officials met with renegade venezuelan military officers abroad several times over the last year after those officers made contact.
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but sources told us that washington ultimately decided against supporting the coup, didn't provide the venezuelan officers with any support, and plans for the coup ultimately fell apart. now, the trump administration's discussions with the venezuelan military officers about that potential coup were first reported saturday by "the new york times." but the maduro government has been concerned for some time that the u.s. was behind such a coup plot. president donald trump has previously discussed the possibility of military option in venezuela. the president said that certainly the u.s. could, quote, pursue taking military action against venezuela. it would be a dramatic escalation of the u.s. so far diplomatically. and the social response for the democratic crisis rolling venezuela.
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cnn previously reported in august of last year president trump asked several advisers about the possibility of invading venezuela. those talks went nowhere and the talk continues. elise labott, cnn, washington. a former senior administrator is tweeting out saying, we denounce before the world the military conspiracies by the u.s. government against venezuela. the united states own media shed light on new and evidence. the u.s. policy preference for a peaceful orderly return to democracy in venezuela remains unchanged. the worsening crisis can only arise following restoration of governance by democratic practices, the rule of law and respect for fundamental human
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rights and freedoms. well, more air strikes were reported saturday in syria's idlib province. they are the latest sign of a looming russian and government offensive. the area is a major rebel stronghold and home to millions of people. a full-scale assault could be devastating for civilians who were there. cnn's fred pleigten has more for us. >> reporter: less than 20 hours after the summit, the opposition is reporting intense air strikes in the province of idlib, which is, of course, the last area in syria that is still held by opposition forces. it seems several people have been killed in the opposition, but so far that has not been confirmed by the russians. at the summit in tehran on friday, you basically had two sides to this equation. on the one up hand, there was
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turks who warned the offensive in idlib province would bring a lot of bloodshed. they say the cease-fire was needed. the russians for their part were saying they believe that fighting terrorism as they call it should be the highest concern. now, of course, the u.s. has warned both the russians and the syrians to take into account the civilians on the ground there inside idlib province. there are some estimates that say that around 3 million civilians could still be inside idlib province, but the reality of the matter is also that around idlib province you do have a large scale force by the syrian military. thought just many troops out there, but also the battle-hard forces that the assad government has, many of them veterans. for instance, the battles here of aleppo and also the outskirts of douma, some of the toughest of the syrian civil war. there's a great deal of concern about the situation around idlib province, whether or not things might kickoff soon, whether or not maybe because of air strikes reported in idlib, they have
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already kicked off. that's completely unclear. but certainly the international community keeping a very, very concerned and worried eye on idlib province and what might happen there in the not-to-distant future. fred pleitgen, cnn, damascus. iraqi officials posted a curfew in the city of basra as an attempt to curb violent demonstrations. iraq's second largest city has been rocked by five days of deadly protests. people have been falling for better public services and jobs. angry protesters stormed and burned the iranian consulate on friday. at least three people died, 50 others wounded in that incident. a court in egypt has upheld the death sentences of 75 people. that number includes muslim brotherhood members and supporters as well as journalists. they were among hundreds arrested in 2013 for protesting the removal of then president
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mohomm mohommad morsi. they fired on protesters with automatic weapons and attacked them with bulldozers killing hundreds. the human rights groups have condemned the trial and sentences. well, ahead of a major climate summit next week, tens of thousands of people took to the streets demanding meaningful action against climate change. and an enormous shift in australia's sidney harbor kicked off a day of global demonstrations. they organized more than 800 protests across the world. some 50,000 people marched in paris alone according to one organization. and huge crowds marched to music in colombia demanding an end to fracking, deforestation and pollution. months after being rescued from the underground cave, 12 thai boys recreate that experience but only for a moment. we'll explain, next. do harvard graduates know about cognitive performance?
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held an appreciation day as cnn's ivan watson reports it's the first time the boys met the man who saved them in that dangerous rescue mission. >> reporter: thai's government through a celebration for the 12 youth football players from the wild boar soccer team and their coach as well as for some of their rescuers. they were brought in nearly two months after that remarkable rescue from the cave system on the border of thailand to the thai capital. for many of the boys, it was the first time they stepped foot in bangkok and were greeted by the prime minister himself. some of the rescuers were there on handment some of the remarkable team from around the world who helped come together for what was at times a deadly operation where one thai s.e.a.l. divers lost his life.
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>> we don't do these things because we expect them to happen. we want to do this to help people. this is not why we do the operations, we do it from the heart. >> reporter: the boys have been kept at arm's length by thai authorities from journalists, but this was an opportunity for basically photographs of them. and one rather unusual moments, the boys were asked to walk through a simulated cave tunnel to perhaps reenact some of their harrowing ordeal for some three weeks underground in some press conference with journalists. some of the boys said they would like to grow up to become professional football player. they were happy to be back at school now. one boy saying he would like to grow up to be a s.e.a.l. diver. clearly inspired by the heroic work that was done by some of the s.e.a.l. divers to pull them out. but this was clearly an effort
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to celebrate also the combined effort that many people in thailand who are transfixed by the rescue effort and the escape is something that drew attention from around the world. that was clearly being celebrated, in fact, the thai government called this evening, quote, united as one. ivan watson, cnn, hong kong. >> i'll be back with the top stories right after this. another hour of "cnn newsroom" in just a moment. please stay with us.
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