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it's tuesday, march 22nd, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." foreign policy fight. as millions of voters in three states head to the polls today, the five remaining presidential candidates spar over the united states role in nato and israel. president obama says the relationship between the u.s. and cuba has entered a new day, but old wounds are still on display during an historic and sometimes contentious visit to
game, set, match. after saying women's tennis players should get on their knees and thank the men on tour, a tennis official is out of a job this morning. and custody controversy. why a 6-year-old girl is being taken from the foster family that's raised her for most of her life. good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. we begin with breaking news from brussels, belgium. this morning, there have been two powerful explosions at the brussels airport. the cause is unclear, but charlie d'agata joins us from brussels on the phone. charlie, good morning. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning to you, anne-marie. actually, i'm on my way from bruge to brussels. we were there last night. this is the prison where salah abdeslam is currently being held, the man who was arrested
so we're racing down to brussels now. possibly two explosions. morning. some agencies are reporting one dead, two dozen wounded. belgian television, one station said it may be as high as 11 dead. we have to confirm these numbers obviously. there are reports of shots were fired this morning when this event took place. the natural assumption is this is a terrorist attack considering the events that have happened in the past week or so and the arrest of salah abdeslam, the attacker in paris, the only one to survive, was arrested friday. and now the whole city has been -- excuse me, the airport itself has been locked down. they evacuated everybody there. we're rushing to try to get there as quickly as possible. but yes, two explosions being reported and a number dead and several wounded. >> all right. charlie d'agata in belgium on the phone, thank you so much, charlie.
well, campaign 2016 heads west today. hillary clinton looks to extend her delegate lead while donald trump's rivals look to slow him down. both democrats and republicans hold contests in arizona and utah. democrats also hold a caucus in idaho. a just-released cbs news/"new york times" poll of democratic voters finds that clinton holds a five-point lead over bernie sanders. on the republican side, trump maintains a healthy lead over his rivals. don champion is in new york with more. good morning, don. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. that new poll came as trump sort of tried out washington for size yesterday. the billionaire went to the nation's capital in an effort of building support within his party. he left still in the crosshairs of the republican establishment. voting in the west today could further lay the landscape for the republican presidential race. the big prize is the winner-take-all state of arizona. monday, front-runner donald trump focused on foreign policy
the u.s. should rethink its involvement in nato, an idea he repeated on cnn last night. >> we're paying disproportionately. it's too much. and frankly, it's a different world than it was when we originally conceived of the idea and everybody got together. >> reporter: rivals ted cruz and john kasich quickly responded. >> this is a dangerous world. if america withdraws, we get the kind of chaos that obama/clinton has produced. >> as a leader of this country, you want to be careful and you wouldn't say that now. >> reporter: while in washington trump tried rallying support from party leaders and also spoke before apac. >> when i become president, the days of treating israel like a second-class citizen will end. >> reporter: democratic front-runner hillary clinton used her speech before the pro-israel group to target trump. >> we need steady hands, not a president who says he's neutral on monday, pro-israel on tuesday, and who knows what on wednesday. >> reporter: bernie sanders skipped the conference and
needs to pull off a win. >> israel must continue to exist as an independent, free state. but if we are going to have lasting peace, we have also got to work with the palestinians. >> reporter: more than 200 delegates are up for grabs today. while in washington, donald trump met with "the washington post" editorial board which has been very critical of him. afterwards in an editorial titled "electing him will still be a radical risk." the board wrote, "unfortunately the visit provided no reassurance regarding mr. trump's fitness for the presidency." at last check, trump commanded a double-digit lead in the winner-take-all state of arizona, one of the states voting today. anne-marie? >> don champion in new york. thank you very much, don. coming up on "cbs this morning," we will take a look at the security preparations for the gop convention in cleveland. well, some of those running for president have been highly critical of president obama's
the president wraps up his three-day visit today, and yesterday during a sometimes-tense joint news conference, cuban president raul castro denied his country holds political prisoners. despite some deep divisions, mr. obama says progress has been made. chris martinez has more from havana. >> reporter: president obama calls this a new day. and he says the u.s. embargo against cuba will end. it's now just a question of when. president obama and the first lady smiled for the cameras as they arrived for a state dinner in havana. the mood was less celebratory when president obama and cuban president raul castro held a joint news conference hours earlier. >> the road ahead will not be easy. fortunately we don't have to swim with sharks in order to achieve the goals that you and i have set forth. >> reporter: castro rarely takes questions from reporters in a country where the media is tightly controlled. he bristled when an american journalist asked why cuba
>> translator: after this meeting is over, you can give me a list of political prisoners. and if we have those political prisoners, they will be released before tonight ends. >> reporter: sunday more than two dozen political protesters were arrested. president obama plans to meet with dissidents tuesday. the leaders talked about the progress they've made over the past 15 months in re-establishing diplomatic ties, but they still have major disagreements over human rights and the role of democracy. >> our starting point is we have two different systems. two different systems of government. two different economies. and we have decades of profound differences. >> reporter: the president is enjoying havana's traditions on his three-day trip. tuesday he'll watch the country's baseball team take on the tampa bay rays, celebrating cuba's national sport. raul castro will also attend that baseball game later today. but before any of that, president obama will give an address to the cuban people that
across the island via state tv. chris martinez, cbs news, havana, cuba. well, a surprising twist in the encryption battle between the federal government and apple. today's court showdown was postponed after the fbi said it may no longer need apple's help in cracking the san bernardino shooter's iphone. >> reporter: after asking and then trying to compel apple for help, the fbi now says a third party showed investigators a possible method of getting into syed farook's phone. the fbi believes a locked iphone given to farook by his employer may hold information on the december 2nd terror abeing ttack that killed 14 people. but getting access to that information has opened up a debate over privacy and data encryption. >> we need to decide as a nation how much power the government should have over our data and over our privacy. >> reporter: on a day when he
latest gadgets, apple ceo tim cook took a firm stance against the government. >> this is an issue that impacts all of us, and we will not shrink from this responsibility. >> reporter: last month a federal judge ruled in favor of an fbi request for apple to create new special software that would unlock farook's phone. but in the latest court filing, the government says it will test this new method of opening the phone, and it may not need the tech company's help. >> the last-minute change, of course, raises questions about why the government has consistently said for over a pmonth that apple and only apple could unlock the iphone, and that is why they are seeking a court to compel the company to do so. >> reporter: if the fbi's plan works, it will likely only delay the larger debate over encryption. >> well, the fbi has to file a status report on its investigation by tuesday, april 5th. apple attorneys aren't calling this a victory, however. they say the fbi's plan may not
once again ask or demand apple's help. well, coming up on the "morning news," much more on this morning's breaking news. we'll go back to belgium where at least two explosions have rocked the brussels airport this morning. trugreen presents the yardley's. sfx: leaf blower dad! sorry. this is more than a lawn. this is a trugreen lawn. live life outside with trugreen, america's #1 lawn care company. spring is on. start your trugreen lawn plan today.
back to the breaking news in brussels, belgium, where at least one person is dead and several injured after explosions rocked the departure gate at brussels airport. charlie d'agata joins us now on the phone from belgium. charlie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. i understand that all flights have now been canceled. the flights coming in have been diverted. there are reports that people were shouting in arabic and there was gunfire before the explosion. we've seen some twitter pictures. we're rushing to the airport now. the windows have all been smashed out. there's a guy on the ground with a bad leg injury.
dead in this attack. >> charlie, give us a little context here. yesterday it was revealed that there is now another suspect in the paris terror attack suspected of making the bombs used to kill 130 people. could this be related at all, the search for that man? >> reporter: certainly authorities will be pointing in that direction, anne-marie. this is after the arrest of salah abdeslam friday. he is the only attacker to survive the paris attack. he fled to a neighborhood here in brussels. the man they're looking for now, and they've put out a sort of all points bulletin. they're calling him the alleged bomb baker maker for the paris attacks. his dna was found on explosive devices at a couple sites. the reason they're looking for him now and the fact that he's on the run is they connected him with salah abdeslam. he was found in a car. he was identified as being in a
before the attack in places like hungary. so he seems to be the key player. and the person that they're most interested in finding -- now, this being the bombbombmaker, and we have to ses fi these were efficient bombs. every one that they needed to work did work, and that isn't always the case. so if this is the person, then he has, you know, a high degree of sophistication. clearly he's on the run. clearly he's dangerous. and if he's the bombmaker if these are indeed bombs, obviously this is a developing story, we have to find that out, they are certainly going to be pointing in his direction. >> so what can you tell us about what's going on at the airport now? i know you're heading to brussels. is it completely locked down? >> reporter: yes. what happened is we've seen some twitter feeds of this sort of frenzied evacuation, and this happened around 8:00 this morning.
have been smashed out, and there's some blood on the floor, an injured man on the ground. they evacuated the airport. the entire area has been locked down. they've canceled all flights and they are diverting any flights that were coming into the airport. there was talk that, again, we have to get this confirmation that this may have been an attack. people were shouting in arabic. there was gunfire. some eyewitnesses say there were two explosions that took place. that whole area has been locked down. we should be getting there in about 20 minutes or so to get a better picture. but that's the way things stand now. >> all right. charlie d'agata in belgium. a lot going on there. we have two explosions reported at the airport there. and of course, this comes on the heels of belgium police arresting one of the suspects in the paris attacks and also searching for another suspect, a man known to be a bombmaker, also searching for the suspect in that attack. we're going to continue to cover this breaking story throughout the morning.
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several injured after explosions rocked the departure gate at brussels airport. charlie d'agata joins us on the phone. he is in belgium on his way to brussels headed towards the airport. charlie, any more information about where these explosions took place, what area of the airport? >> reporter: well, there are some reports, as you said, this happened in the departure lounge. and there's at least one report that it may have been targeting the american airline in the airport. we haven't spoken to anybody there yet. it's what we've seen ourselves on twitter feeds. all the glass is blown out of that area. we've seen some wounded people on the ground. belgian television is reporting that several people may have been dead. may have been killed in this apparent attack. and it seems to be two explosions that struck the airport around 8:00 local time. >> and charlie, just remind people about what's been going on in belgium.
arrest of salah abdeslam, a key figure in the paris attack which i think for a while -- >> reporter: yeah. >> -- at least we didn't even realize where he was, if he was still in belgium. did he go to syria? can you talk to us a little bit about that? >> reporter: yeah, well, this is the crazy thing. london. we get the phone call that there's a shooting that had taken place. there seems to be a police operation under way in a neighborhood in molenbeek which is in brussels. and this is an area that's become like jihadi central. there have been so many international attacks that lead back to this one neighborhood in brussels. and this person, specific person, salah abdeslam, the only one key player to have survived the paris attacks. nine others were either killed or blew themselves up. now it turns out not only was he able to slip away in the chaos of those paris attacks, he's
make his way back to his old neighborhood in brussels, five blocks from where he grew up. and that is where anti-terror police closed in. it was after raiding an earlier apartment on tuesday. that led them to this raid on friday. as they moved in, it appeared that he tried to run away. he was shot in the leg. so this man, an international manhunt that stretched all the way to syria, ended up just a few blocks away from his house. he was arrested. they then put out this alert that there were two other people they were searching for in connection with this. one of those being the alleged bombmaker. he is thought to have had his dna on some of these explosive devices, najim laachraoui.
on since friday, there's obviously an increased police presence throughout those neighborhoods. there was at the airport. we know that from people that we've spoken to. there's already an increased police presence there. and that's why the concern is now that if this was the bombmaker, and if these were a few explosions, obviously that direction. >> charlie, we're learning now that they've increased security in belgium to the maximum level. i can only imagine with the search for the bombmaker since friday and the information that we received, that there were other attacks possibly in the works, things must have been particularly tense in belgium. and security must have been particularly high. >> reporter: it was. and it is. i mean, in parts of these areas, especially the neighborhoods that have been raided, you see anti-terror police on the streets. i mean, they're actually deployed. they're heavily armed police in and around, you know, public areas in brussels, in and around
and of course, there would have been a high security level at the airport. but now, as you said, they cranked it to the highest level. things have been tense, of course, since the arrest on friday. and we spoke to prosecutors yesterday, the french and belgian prosecutors, and we asked how many more are out there? and they said, we simply don't know. the french prosecutor said they had something like 250 active cases. and there are 750 or so people that have either been indicted or in jail or on the loose, and they're searching for them. that just gives you a scale of the level of threat that they are facing, and these are specific isis threats in france and in belgium which, of course, coordinating their efforts in terms of the intelligence and surveillance, both belgian and france, but in addition to that, they realize that they're dealing with a threat that causes both their countries, once again --
>> reporter: it is a major problem. >> all right, charlie, thank you so much for bringing us up to speed. i know you're heading to the brussels airport area. we have a lot more news coming up. this is the "cbs morning news." incredible bladder protection now comes with an incredible double your money back guarantee. always discreet is for bladder leaks and it's drier than poise. try it, love it or get double your money back. always discreet. sound of faucet turning on sound of water running sound of water running sound of teeth being brushed sound of water running
we have been covering breaking news all morning long out of brussels, belgium. it looks like at least one person is dead, many injured after explosions rocked the departure gate at brussels airport. our charlie d'agata has been traveling to brussels. he's in belgium right now. he joins us on the phone. charlie, you're en route, so you can't see some of the video that we are seeing, but it looks like a number of windows were blown out. it looks like these blasts were quite powerful. >> reporter: yeah.
two explosions. some local media reports are putting the death toll higher than that. and there are reports that shots were fired. people were yelling in arabic. you're seeing the pictures yourselves of these blown-out windows. we've seen a few twitter pictures of people on the ground bleeding. the airport has been evacuated, obviously. it's been locked down. there are no flights leaving the airport. and again, as we've been discussing this morning, this comes as a time of heightened security because of the arrest of this high-profile suspect, involvement in the paris attacks, the one who survived and went on the run. and he was arrested here in belgium on friday. and authorities said then that they are cranking up their alert. they thought that his arrest was going to flush suspects out of the area. >> charlie -- >> reporter: and we're also hearing a report that somebody has been arrested. >> we are also getting a report of a blast at a train station in brussels, a metro station in brussels.
were looking for at least one other suspect, this man who's known to be a bombmaker, i'm sure -- and also the news that other terrorist attacks were in the works were being planned, authorities must have expressed some concern about possibly a ramping up of these plans. was there any talk of increasing security, people looking out for anything that might be out of the ordinary? i would think at a time like this, everyone would be observing, and it's really surprising to hear that, you know, at least the blasts at the airport was pulled off. >> reporter: well, exactly. there's already been a heightened sense of security around airports in public places and metro stations as well. but yes, there's actually an all points bulletin out asking for the public's help in the seven for this alleged bombmaker. najim laachraoui.
high-profile arrest on friday would have sent other isis operatives scrambling. reports have told everybody that that would be a concern, which i think we're both implying, if every place had that sort of lockdown, had that sort of security, yet they were still apparently able to attack places as high profile as an airport, it gives you an understanding of the scale of the threat they're dealing with here. >> charlie, thank you so much for bringing us up to speed. once again, two explosions at an airport in brussels, possibly a third explosion at a train station.
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