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hong kong police escalate their crack down on protesters. after a day of antigovernment demonstration. this moment hundreds are gathered at the airport and we will have a live report. jeffrey epstein was not being monitored the night he apparently committed suicide. and a big setback for the saudi-led coalition in yemen as allies turn on one ainatinger. welcome to our viewers joining us in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church of cnn world headquarters in atlanta.
this is cnn newsroom. ♪ a massive prots is underway right now at the hong kong international airport in response to sceness of police violence during demonstrations sunday. ben wedeman joins us on the line. we're looking at pictures off so many gathered at the airport. what are they hoping to achieve? >> reporter: yes, rosemary. i was at the airport on friday and saturday but the numbers today dwarf what we saw on those days. and this is not a planned protest as friday, saturday and sunday. this is largely spawn tonnious and the focus of their anger is the impression that hong kong police have esclatded their use of violence against protesters.
you had one incident where tear gas was used inside a subway station. another incident where a young woman was hit with some sort of projectile during the protest. her eye bloodied and so many thop people here have put bandages over one of their eye in solidarity with that young woman. we were at police demonstration earlier today where they were eshoing us their latest tech they with urgoing to deploy against the greing protest movement. and they were eshoing us water trucks used to spray at protesters. there's no way you can use that sort of technology here and given the numbers, it's breath taking to see the protestersf ability to mobilize too, move around. they haven't wrought the operations of the airport to a stand still.
in fact they're trying not to impede the operations. but nonetheless they're making their message clear that they will not tolerate an escalation of force by hong kong police. rosemary. >> certainly standing firm. the latest there from hong kong as we watch those pictures. a spontaneous protest that international airport in hong kong. new details are emerging, raising questions about the parent suicide of jeffrey epstein. a source says guards were not regularerly monitoring epi. steen on the night he's believed to have killed himself in prison. the politically connected multimillion air auz was a sex offender and awaiting charges on sex trafficking charges. he had been taken off suicide watch. palu sandoval has more on the
reaction from epistoon's accusers. >> reporter: anger, frustration and certainly a lot of questions, especially when you hear from many of the victims. i want to read you a portion of the statement by leaseue bloom. bloom writing i will never have a sense of closer now. i'm angry as hell that the prison could have allowed this to happen and that i and his other victims will never see him face the cons kbenss for his horrendous as. i hope that whauvr allowed this to han and whoever does also faces some kind of consequence. they stole from us the huge piece of healing we need move on with our lives. that was a statement which she's representing one of her many alleged victims here. so there does seem to be a sense that these victims were robbed of that opportunity to have that
representation in court too, potentially face this defendant. there is still that possibility they could pursue legal action as we heard another attorney that they should never lose hope because that is still another legal pathway that some of these victims could pursue moving forward. er >> joining me from los angeles cnn legal analyst and civil rights attorney, ariva martin. so many unanswered questions about how it was possible for jeffrey epstein to take his own life. epstein had no cell mate and was not being monitored reg kwialerly as should have happened. how it was it postrbl the proet can call to be violated in a facility like this? >> these are the questions the inspector general and department of justice and fbi are going to be asking.
what we have heard are these two guards who fwhur volved with supervising epstein apparently were working extreme amounts of overtime. almost the suggestion has been made that perhaps they were negligent, maybe they fell asleep. maybe just failed to fall though proet kaurblgs perhaps because they have been working so many extra hours overtime. that's not official reason why proet kault was not followed. but there is protocol suggesting that men were with perhaps overworked and perhaps ex24r50e8ly tired. >> and why do you think he was taken off suicide watch, given the july 23 incident where he was assaulted or tried to take his own life? >> that's a good question and the officials will be trying to answer that question.
obviously the psychologists and the prison warden who had to approve of him beling taken off of suicide watch will have to answerer to those questions. one of the things that came out of the reporting when he with was found with the marks around his neck was there was some indication that maybe he had faked it, that he wassant attacked orhe had himself tried to commit suicide. so there's so many questions that i think the public deserves annancer to with respect to his prison stay, his psychological evaluation and the higher ups in the correctional facility who had to sign off on him being taken off of suicide watch. >> and we know now that an autopsy has been performed. we should learn more about that, pending more information. but what about video evidence? how long with before we hear what that might reveal? and how much video evidence might there be in a facility like this?
>> there's reporting coming out that there should have with been surveillance video cameras thinl area where epstein was being held. so the question is were those cameras operational? is there actual footage of what took lace in that cell and will that be made avail thoobl public? we don't know how much of this inform algz, even after it's gleamed from investigators and those in the past investigating this alleged suicide, how much of that evidence the public will ever have access to. >> indeed. just because epstein has died doesn't end efforts to insure victims get the justice they deserve. what the next step to the sure that happens? >> what we know is the southern district of new york, the federal prosecutors have made it very clear their investigation will continue and this was a conspiracy case that was filed against epstein.
which means there are co conspirators. other individuals that southern district is looking at. wouldn't be surprised if we didn't see additional indictments coming dune for those individuals who aided and abetted him in the sex trafficking ring that we learned so much about in the last couple weeks. and there's also the civil suits. just because he's dead, victims won't have their day in court in term ozf being able to confront him in a criminal trial. but civil claim can be made against his estate. we already know there are does nlz of civil lawsuits that have been filed and we should expect more will be filed as more victims come forward and tell their story. and then there's the investigation of what happened in florida in 2007/2008. we know there werings haves about whether there was a
criminal conduct engaged or criminal conduct that was engaged in by officials who executed the prosecution agreement which allowed epstein to just serve 13 months in jail in florida. >> as we say a lot of questions to be answered. always great to get your legal analysis and thanks. >> thanks, rosemary. with well, the separatist group in yemen takes control of a key city and that could mean with big trouble the saudi-led coalition. frmgtsz plus north korea is threatening to shut the south out of talks with the united states. how pyongyang's getting unlikely support from the white house. and the latest on what's left of lekima which left dozens dead and many more trapped. these folks, they don't have time to go to the post office
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the separatists have suddenly turned against the saudi-led coalition and seized the key sitty of aidan. they've conceded defeat and ska called the situation a coup. aden became the seat after houthi fighters took over. what are the likely actions of the separatists and how saudi arabia likely responds? >> disastrous potentially for the coalition that was put together not to fight themselves but to fighting the houthis in the north. there are essentially two elements. the first is the government entirely backed by saudi arabia and united emirates. but they back different militias
as their proxy es on the ground. the soud amission in aden, isla, which opponents say is conict would the muslim brotherer hood. and meanwhile, the southern transitional counsel which has always made a point that it a wants ought onomy for the sulgtern region of yemen and up until now has been backed by the united arab emirates and said it was this a victory for the uae. there's no evidence they were involve in whautsds rr being called a coup. essential essentially saudi element up against a uae backed element.
>> so what triggerered all off this why did the separatists turn at this particular time? >> there's been a lot of frustration in the ranks of the coalition partners on the ground over support for militias that have an extreme background both in areas by the united arab emirates and by the saudis. had some appliance in the past with groupess like al qaeda. there have been fierce fighting between the the groups in the early stages to get rid of the houthis. and they're saying they moved against the government because of their alliance with the party and that frust ragsz of the slow
pace of the war against the houthis which lereally has gone nowhere. the coligsz has come under a strain particularly out of washington where there's a lot of pressure to stop saudi support for the operations across yemen. >> many thanks to sam bringing this very latest from his vantage point in abu dhabi. the fierce fighting has left at least 40 dead and hundreds injured. that's according to the u.n. which has been trying to deliver food and clothing to civilians. and reports off civilians trapped inside their homes with little food or water. and the fact there's fighting during the important muslim holiday is heart breaking. but even those casualties don't
begin to illustrate the magnitude they're suffering. they say it's triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis. 10 million of the 28 million are facing starvation and 24 million are in need of some form of assistance. 18 million have almost no clean water and the u.n. says the civil war has shattered yemen's economy. it has shrunk 50% since the conflict aerupted more than four years ago. in norway they'ring thing a vooting that injured someone as a possible act of terrorism. they say the suspect expressed right wing sympathies online. it. >> reporter: on the eve off a
muslim holiday, tragedy struks. at about 4:00 p.m. local time saturday, a norwegian citizen entered the islamic center by shooting through the locked glass doors. witnesses say the shooter was wearing all black, had on body armorer and carried body armor and a pistol. what happened next made them a hero in ms. community. >> translator: he ad acted immediately. he tackled the shooter and pinned him to the floor, sat on top of him. after a while, he helped holding him down and then police arrived. >> inather terrible discovery made. the body of a 17-year-old woman. the gunman's step sisterer. day say the man is a suspect in her murder. the mosque shooting is being
investigated as a possible domestic terrorism after he expressed right-wij sympathies online. mosque was forced to celebrate the local holiday at a local hotel. they vowed to fight the rise. can yet aanother world leader struggling to contain the rapid spread of hate and fear. cnn, london. north korea is again threatening its southern neighbor over joint military exercises with the united states. over the weekend warned south korea could be locked out of
futurer talks. explains from saul. >> here in south korea they're taking part in annual exercises that are computer simulated war games essentially. this year it's happening amidst rising tensions on the peninsula. north korea leadership considers this an aggressive war act, so to speak. that's how they're labelling it. a war exercise in their words and their response has been several launches. five in three ekes time. they've been laufrpg these oshortff range missiles. now they point to president trump. president trump and his tweets and in his on words has given them justification for going ahead with these tests. because they're not, according
to the president, intercontinental or ballistic missiles, it's not a threat. and north korea says they're doing it in preparation for hostility they may encounter. >> this after north korea saying essentially they're not paying enough come it comes to u.s. mill ter connection. moontime, here in seoul some 50 kilometers from north korea, it was a weekend filled with families out and about. not concerned about what was happening to the north. they were loving their lives. and it seems the rising tensions have become the norm. >> what remains continues to
devastate eastern china. these scenes play out as lekima made a second land fall along its coast sunday. more than a dozen missing whilemany more trapped by land slides. he's been in power for little more than two weeks but it's boris johnson's special advisorer, cummings, the u contramaster mind behind brexit. >> reporter: a genius to some, arrogant to others. >> i don't can very much about very much. >> reporter: boris johnson's most senior advisorer is dressed down on downing street. sdpluts rr ve >> it's important to understand there's almost no one he likes in politics. >> fronted by johnson.
>> do you think they've 1 sflr no, they haven't. immortalized in the channel 4 drama, "brexit uncivil war." >> you want to return when things made sense and we knew our place. >> it will bead lead to a significant disruption. >> but after refusing to answerer questions on all his campaign missed all the public he was held in contempt off parliament. and that has made him a wholly inappropriate chous for prominent role. >> the combination is very dangerous. and he's very much what steve bannon is to donald trump. the brain said and massively
establish -- >> and he works with outsiders. he does particularly want to be liked either and that's quite powerful. >> cummings has aul often talked about respecting the will of the englishal. however his boss won't have an easy ride. which is why some say instead he'll fight an early election. the ut's already extended to october 34th. that departurer less than three months away, the only question is dh one will come first? cnn, london. i'm rosemary church. katy taylor is just ahead.
welcomeback avr within. i'm roesz mary church. a protest is underway at the hong kong international airport. officers in riot gear chased protesters into subway stations. they were shown on video firing tear gas at close range. at least nine people were injured including one police officer. the interior minister of
yemen's internationally recognized government has conceded to separatists. they had been fighting along side the saudi-led coalition but turned against their allies. jeffrey epstein's prison cell was not regularly monitored the night high died of off suicide. the multimillionaire was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. a medical examiner said a cause of death is pending morinformation. well, meantime president trump on saturday promoted a conspiracy theory linking the clinton family to epstein's death. it isn't the first time mr. trump has baited conspiracy theories and false hoods without regard for his rhetoric over the fact.
>> reporter: while on vacation at his golf report in new jersey, the president this weekend sharing a conspiracy theory linking the clintons to the death of oaccused sex trafficker epstein. there's no evidence to show this. there have been questions about the circumstances surrounding jeffrey epstein's was death but they've been clear this was an apparent sueset. the president and his allies put to bed these laets claims. >> i think the psz wants everything to be investigated as your reporter reported just the day before. and i'm not going to repeat their names. jeffrey epstein has done a number of bad things through the
years so let's continue that. >> the president has a long history of sharing false hoosds and conspiracy theories going back to before his time as president. wrote the prominence unparticular over the last voices he gave the false birtherism, conspiracy theories surrounding president obama, falsely accusing him of not being kmooky and he shared a kunl spiracy linking ted cruz's father to the assassination in john kennedy. then accused former president obama of wire tapping his phones during the 2016 campaign. soar far he's provided no evidence for those claims. spokesperson has called those claum res ridiculous and not true.
and donald trump knows it. jeremy diamond, traveling with the president in new jersey. nenny people across the united states remain on edge a ever 31 people with were gunned down. the usher in elspaso, sx sx. luenforcement agencies, at least eight were swaul matter locations have received threats. more from el paso. >> reporter: of the several threats wrave've heard about so involve people responding to police they heard a gun. and una couple of other cases, it was more serious. police tell us they arrested 26-year-old of richard clayton.
they said august sixth he posted on facebook he had three more days of rotation. he post don't go to walmart next week. police told us they also arrested a man for making marerestic threats. frp so a couple of situations where they identified them making threats. in this case being on edge and threats they are observing. people are definitely still living with fear. especially learning more in and out suspect. now one person we met said that his cousin and his cousin's htz were here last weekend and that the husband died proticking his family.
>> he blast and they all fall to the ground. my husband and grandfather were pretending to be dead. they ran out. they were trying to wake david and he just nonresponsive. >> reporter: we continue to see a steady flow off people can coming to the memorial in front of walmart. there was green fencing so authorities could koont to work. despite their fears and tngzs saying they want to be together and show the country they're resilient and sending a message they believe in diversity and being at this time. back to you. >> thanks for that report. a key state in the race for the white house, the majority of tw 2020 democratic hopefuls spent
time demanding action on gun control. in the wake of those mass sho shootings. >> if they converged onch iowa, the discussion remains in the spotlight. with more taking more aggressive policy desises than we have before. they became the last latest to urge wall noort stop selling guns in their stores. speak toogz talking to el paso, said he's changed his miengd on national gun licenses and he now supports pem. cory booker was the first democratic candidate for proposal. we asked if he expects nor to line up along that afor posal.
the senator bernie sanders not there yet. he asked if. >> i want to think about it. but at the very least, 30 years ago i ran for the united states congress, 1988. i came from -- and i said that, that asoult wpens are weapons of war. they're designed to kill people in very rapid ways. >> and also about these candidates continuing to get support in the state of iwhat which will hold the first of the nation's caucusesnixed year. and from river to river, across the see that she is going to take iway sear yszly.
and elizabeth warren clearly on the rise. she was treated here with an enthusiastic reaction and 1 of the biggest of of the weekend. former vice president biden is still the frontrunner but when asked about warren's rise, he's not with urwithied. it's still early and this t a marathon. still six months to go. well, natasha joins us now. a professor off government at the university off esx. i aunt to start wr with the retweeting by the u.s. president by a baseless conspiracy theory that tries to suggest the clintons are involved. beto o'rourke says it's all about distracting from the gun debate? >> i would have to agree that.
it's just crazy to tweet this. and trump has had a history of talking about conspiracy theories that turn out oo to be completely false. sometimes it steams oo be a greater plan such as urge birther. bup in this ininnocence a terrible ook frumare cu. and he is trying to distract attention from of the negative things going on right now with his crazy tweet. >> right. and on the issue of gun control, mitch mcconnell will support but could is be deferent this time?
are the signals there in the wake othis mass shooting that something mighting done this time. >> nk mcconnell, the senate majority leader is talking about it. i think the problem is and what chuck shurmer could convene thesont to vote on this. and he just wants to discuss it. and he hasn't agreed to any kind of vote. who's just saying this is the topic. you have almost 90% of the public that supports better bathrooms and there's a lot of momentum at the moment. but where i am going to say something happened is because i do see mitch mcconnell whatting until time has passed because i think reez rr concerned about
pushing for a victorer gun regulation and how that might effect his chance for reelection in the state off kentucky which is very conserve tv. and wants fewer gun restrictions if possible. there's enoattempt here to bring politicians back to washington to do something. hoosz rr sayingry might do this in spt when everyone returns. there is that sense that they're waugt out the clock. >> exactly. if it was morurgent, they could meet. now the house already passed this in february. there is some bipartisan support but not enough. and there were a number of republicans going on various news chanlz, trying to keep
repeating the rhetoric that it's not just guns that kill people. or mental health issues are the problem. and they don't seem to want to accept that as many studies have shown. it's that the kroous has so many guns and not thatmany regulations. that's why we've soon a huge surge in mass shootings from the 19 nientsd and every 47 people more people die mp >> as you point out morthan foint% want to sigh some backgrounds. the frausably ban on assault rifle. o sowe'll. so we'll push pall tigszs to make change. >> appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. >> it's way too hot in the united states. we're going to look at the
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nearly 70 million people in the united states are facing dangerous temperatures. here to talk more about that. and it is oppressive hate. but when is there going to be some sort of relief in sight? >> we have a few more days left. when you think of how impressive this is consider we're only five weeks away from the start of autumn. climbing to 110 to 115 degrees in the afternoon hours. potentially to tuesday as well. not just an isolated spot. rosemary mentioned some 70 million people.
into the mojave desert ewe go. and 105 to 110 range. interesting side note, 350 miles to the north eastern nevada and the cities, frost advisories have been issued. officials saying you're camping be advised freezing temperatures possibly. the most destructive pattern has to be the excessive heat 237 5 to 10 degrees above average. so the afternoon high of around 92 in the shade. going to feel closer to 100ten to 111 by the afternoon hours. much to the same as houston where it feels like with 110 degrees.
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up to that point. >> reporter: 1969, mcfadden defied her mother's wish withes and travelled to woodstock. they loaded up to get loaded. >> we had our masculine and our hashish and it did enhance everything and -- everybed ea took caref of everybody at woodstock. >> in this psychedelic celebration they said they met handsome german bikers and made out. >> and they had really long hair. didn't matter that they couldn't speak english. they were rebels. and we were rebels. >> reporter: for mcfaden the real romance was with her rock idles and the spirit of woodstock. >> there are a lot of people who live by the woodstock creed of
of of peace and love. i've signed my letters peace and love ever since and i've had a couple of people in business say peace and love? yeah, peace and love. don't forget about that. it's what it's all about. >> reporter: shee's an entertainment publicist. and you would argue we could uses another woodstock. >> dam straight we could. we understood be reminded of all that. take a breath, think of who you love, keep them near. >> cnn, santa barbara, california. >> peace and love to all of you. thanks to your company this hour. remember to connect with me any time on twitter. "early start" is next.
new details on accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein. his death by suicide in a jail cell and now questions about that death leading the president to fuel online conspiracy theories. 2020 democratic candidates trying to win votes at the iowa state fair selling their plans on gun safety. happening right now, protesters streaming into hong kong's international airport. the tenth weekend of violent clashing between police and pro-democracy demonstrators. hello and welcome to our viewers around the united states and around the world.