tv Around the World CNN January 13, 2014 9:00am-10:01am PST
because my cousin, michelle mclaren, ep and director of "breaking bad" won the emmy. that's me. we've got some pictures i think of me with michelle and vince gilligan. there is the creator winning that gold en globe for the best show. so exciting to be with them. look at that, bryan cranston, best actor, hello. incredible. >> wow. >> and there is my cousin, michelle. i'm so proud of her. and nichelle, so good to see you. great job last night and thank you for your great reporting. >> thank you, dear. >> and thank you, everyone, for watching. "around the world" starts right now. former nba star, dennis rodman, apologizes for what's going on in north korea. doesn't say he's sorry, however, for taking the trip. hear what made him so emotional at the airport. peanuts and travel vouchers go to dozens of folks of a
southwe southwest flight that landed in the wrong town. and a love triangle in france. the first lady is hospitalized days after a tabloid reports that her partner, the president of france, is having an affair with a french actress. welcome to "around the world" welcome to "around the world" i'm suzanne malveaux. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com federal investigators are trying to figure out how the pilots made such a huge mistake that could have been very costly, even more costly. the plane came from chicago. was making a quick stop in branson, missouri, late last night, before heading to dallas. it landed, however, in a smaller county airport about ten miles away. now that airport has got a much shorter runway. that was the problem. the pilot had to slam on the brakes to avoid sliding into a highway. the passengers, they're okay. they were put on another flight. but here's what one person said about this awkward landing.
>> so we landed, and as i said, it was a hard landing. the there was burnt rubber. at that point, the pilot came on and said welcome to branson. but didn't say anything else. then he comes on about five minutes later and says, we have landed at the wrong airport. we landed at clarkfield, which is near branson airport. >> i want to bring in our richard quest to explain how on earth does something like this happen? you've got so much sophisticated technology, not to mention, i assume, intelligent people piloting the plane. >> and the simple answer to that, they weren't paying attention in some shape or form. you have to -- if you look at the runway configurations of branson and graham clark airport, there is about a 20-degree difference on the compass between the two of them. one is 140, the other is 110. so about 20 to 30 degrees. so from a long way away, they might look parallel. but as you're getting closer and closer, you realize they are actually not on the same runway
compass axis. but that aside, as they're -- because of the way in which air traffic control, they have cleared them to land a long way out, not on a late final, might have been quite early in the approach they were cleared to land. the pilots saw the wrong runway, convinced themselves -- and this is crucial. they convinced themselves that they are on the right approach. there's no instrument landing system in use at the moment, at one of the airports. so it's a visual -- probably a visual approach. and they literally don't -- they never doubt each other. and that's what this will come down to in the investigation. why didn't the pilots check their instruments, be aware of their situational location and awareness and that's how these sort of mistakes happen. but suzanne, you and i have spoken about this before. and i've told you. this happens more frequently than people imagine. >> yeah, they just can't imagine
they're wrong, that they're making a mistake or they're kind of all on autopilot here. now this same plane is supposed to leave the smaller airport. are they in good shape to take off? >> the distance a plane takes off in is a very simple calculation of physics. it's to do with the weight of the aircraft, the weather at the field, the temperature and the thrust. and pilots do this every single day. every single takeoff, they make that calculation. now obviously, the runway is a lot longer than here. here at clark, they have 3,738 feet of length of the runway. the plane probably needs about a minimum of 3, 3-2 to take off. a fast takeoff, they will gun the engines to take off power. and please, do not be sitting on your hands biting your nails at the same time if that were physically possible. this plane, they know it's going to take off with the thrust, the
weight and the temperature. if there was any doubt about it, a., they wouldn't try it. and b., they would have to do what we used to do in the old days. they would start taking the seats off and they would start dismantling parts of the plane to make it lighter. it's going to take off. >> all right. it's going to take off. we're going to be watching closely. it's going to happen this hour to make sure there are no problems there. but yes, no need to bite your nails just quite yet richard, thank you, appreciate it. world leaders, top israeli officials, they are saying farewell to former prime minister ariel sharon today. vice president joe biden and former british prime minister tony blair were among those at the state memorial. sharon was a towering military and political leader who died saturday after eight years in a coma. to many israelis, sharon was seen as a hero. to many palestinians, he is seen as a villain, pointing to his role in the massacre of hundreds of palestinians in lebanon in 198 2.
it might be one step forward, two steps back, in the push to get iran's nuclear deal under way. on the one hand, tehran is set to start eliminating some of its uranium stockpile one week from today. but right now, washington lawmakers, they're preparing to slap iran with new sanctions. that is a potential deal-breaker. want to bring in our own jim sciutto to talk about it, national correspondent from washington. and jim, this looks like this is not going to be a fight that is really winnable here. it looks like it's going to get quite ugly. the president on one side threatening to veto any sanctions against iran. but you have some lawmakers were both sides who pretty adamant these sanctions need to be in place. >> reporter: yeah, this is a problem. a sharp difference of opinion. historic agreement negotiated in november and now it's going to kick in a week from today. you've got the iaea, dialing back its nuclear program. members of the senate both from
the republican, democratic side say in effect you can't trust iran. so to keep the pressure up on this deal, let's add new sanctions now, pass new legislation. those sanctions don't have to kick in right away, but they have to sort be in our arsenal here. if iran shows any sort of wiggle they're not keeping up with this agreement. now, trouble is, iranian officials have made it very clear that if you pass new sanctions now, that's bad faith. we're in this diplomatic negotiation. historic, diplomatic negotiation. i was in touch with the deputy foreign minister of iran over oh the last 24 hours. i asked him what would happen if you had had these sanctions. he e-mailed me to say the enactment of new sanctions by the senate will ruin the entire agreement. this is not -- they're not mincing words. and the administration repeats that iranian opposition and says, let's not do this now. the administration also makes the point, listen, if iran doesn't follow any part of this agreement, congress could pass new legislation in a nano second. they know that. so don't do this now. it's not necessary. >> and jim, an important point here, we're certainly not in this alone here.
you've got this deal that also involves our partners, great britain, china, france, germany, russia and the european union. is it possible that the united states could move forward with this deal or the allies could move forward with this deal, without the u.s. on board? >> reporter: really, not really. the u.s. is the big bear in the room. the negotiations, though we have these partners and they're essential to this because you need this global coalition adhering to these sanctions because that's what's really squeezing iran, because the u.s. doesn't have trade with iran. it's those sanctions with the other countries that's really hurting iran. and, you know, so that's a problem. we really -- these countries really do have to stay together here. the u.s., the primary partner. and the administration has made the point repeatedly that it's not just iran that we will upset with new sanctions by disrupting the diplomatic path. it's our partners in europe who are on our side and it's the administration's argument that by splitting that coalition, you'll have people freelancing in effect. other governments making trade
deals with iran that will undermine the sanction's regime. the trouble is, suzanne, the administration has been making this argument the last two months since this agreement was signed with iran and hasn't convinced a good number of senators on the hill. right now you have 59 senators who say they will support such legislation. >> still a lot of work at the white house to get through to them. jim, appreciate it. thank you. dennis rodman hopefully getting that rest on the flight from beijing to newark because he is likely going to be bombarded with a lot of questions the minute he steps off the plane later today because rodman is on his way back from his trip to north korea and says he is sorry about certain situations going on inside the country. doesn't really say what the situations are. says he's not sorry for the trip itself, where he organized the basketball game in saying happy birthday to north korea's leader kim jong-un. rodman got emotional before he left for beijing. here's what he said. >> i'm sorry about all the people that -- i'm sorry. i'm not the president.
i'm not an ambassador. i'm dennis rodman, just an individual, just showing the world the fact that we can actually get along and be happy for one day. i would love to see -- >> yeah. there he is getting emotional. he says he loves his country. would never damage the united states. want to bring in more with our anna coren. >> i'm sorry what's going and certain situations. i'm not god, i'm not an ambassador, no one. >> reporter: a slightly different tone from dennis rodman, arriving at beijing's international airport after almost a week inside north korea. initially, not wanting to talk about his trip, then within minutes, couldn't resist. >> i haven't done anything wrong. literally, nothing wrong. so i don't know why people are saying that, well, dennis rodman
this, dennis rodman that. it's not about me. >> reporter: rodman believes his efforts inside this reclusive country have been wrongly represented and unappreciated. insisting his basketball diplomacy has been a success. >> i just went over there to just show the world the fact that we can actually get along in sports. that is it. >> reporter: members of rodman's team have also spoken out in defense of the controversial visit. >> i think we have to understand the dynamics, especially collecting monetary dollars from north korea. no, we did not get paid from north korea at all. >> reporter: nba commissioner, david stern, told cnn that money motivated the trip. >> they were blinded by the payday. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: rodman's visit featured many bizarre moments. and his profanity-laced interview with "new day's" chris cuomo. >> i don't give a rat's
[ bleep ] what you think. >> reporter: seeming justification for kenneth bae's imprisonment. >> if you understand what kenneth bae did. >> what did he do? you tell me. >> reporter: rodman later apologized for that comment and the whole episode. as rodman heads home, the debate over the trip's purpose continues. while the safety and future of detained american kenneth bae remains uncertain. an anna coren, cnn, beijing. thousands of protesters in bangk bangkok, thailand, bringing daily life to a stand still. we explain what is behind the growing political unrest. and two years after u.s. troops left iraq, things now getting worse for iraqis in many ways. my co anchor, michael holmes was there during the height of iraq's bombings. he is now back in baghdad, reporting on more atrocities. here's his live report of why things have gotten so bad.
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in syria, activists say close to 700 people have been killed this month alone in fierce fighting between rebel groups. that death toll does not include violence involving the syrian military. it's due to the growing in-fighting between the al-qaeda affiliate and other islamic and rebel groups. this comes as foreign ministers, including secretary of state, john kerry, gathered in paris to discuss the crisis in syria. >> we talked today about the possibility of trying to encourage a ceasefire. maybe a localized cease fire, beginning with aleppo. and both of us have agreed to try to work to see if that could be achieved. the opposition has already agreed that if the assad regime were willing to declare that, they would live up to it. and they're prepared to do that. >> the main goal, of course, of the talks was to try to get the syrian opposition to attend a
peace con oh conference in general novembera but they are divided and will announce a decision a couple days from now. and a political soap opera playing out in france. the country's first lady who lives with but isn't married to president francois hollande is in the hospital. she has been there since friday after reports surfaced that hollande has been having an affair with a french actress. erin mclaughlinland has the story. >> reporter: the first lady of france, valerie tree vie letter, nine-year partner of president francois hollande, has been hospitalized since friday with exhaustion after allegations surfaced that he was an affair. the tabloid reported that hollande, allegedly shown here in a black helmet, would slip out of the palace where he lives and be driven on a motor scooter
to and from gaia's apartment. he is threatening legal action against the magazine. >> there is a feeling of embarrassment, because it is not, of course, the dignity of the head of state to have his name and indeed his photograph to be involved in such a story. >> reporter: hollande is no stranger to having his private life in the public eye. he's never been married. he spends 30 years with his long-time common law wife. before leaving her in 2007. a relationship that began two years earlier while they were both with their former partners. it all plays out in an oh-so-french way where extra marital affairs of state aren't given a second thought. >> the personal life is just a love story. >> we don't really care. >> reporter: hollande is not the first french president to find
himself the subject of tabloid gossip. nicholas sa sarkozy had-affair. and he and current wife carla bruni sarkozy were both having affairs. >> we always had a much more tolerant attitude towards sex stories. >> hollande's hop later rating is pretty low because of france's troubled economy. we'll see whether the latest scandal changes that for better or worse. chris christie on top of the world, likely headed for the 2016 race for president. now the latest controversies might be dimming his chances. did money for helping victims of superstorm sandy go to help prop up his image? that story up you next.
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how christie allegedly spent millions of dollars in superstorm sandy relief on tv ads that featured him and his family while he was running for re-election. christie spokesman sent us a response, saying in part, i want to read this to you here, the storm campaign was just one part of the first action plan approved by the obama administration, and developed with the goal of effectively communicating that the jersey shore was open for business during the first summer after sandy. we're confident that any review will show that the ads were a key part in helping new jersey get back on its feet after being struck by the worst storm in state history. i want to bring in our own wolf blitzer today. and wolf, it's a rather long explanation here. people are dissecting it, trying to figure out exactly what it means. how far is it going to go to kind of quell what is the growing sense of controversy and criticism towards christie? >> reporter: the inspector general is reviewing the $25 million that was appropriated
for this ad campaign. $2.5 million or so went for one specific ad that would showcase, the governor, his wife and kids, talking about how people in new jersey are stronger than the storm, referring to the superstorm sandy, and that come back, visit the jersey shore, bringing in some tourism dollars. and check to see whether it was appropriate to spend that kind of money. i think it was maybe $4 million for that specific ad. even though there was one option, $2.5 million for another ad, similar kind of ad, but without showcasing the governor and his family. this during an election year when he was up for re-election. so they'll go back and forth and see if there is anything wrong with what they actually did in terms of that specific ad. but certainly it's another little bit of an embarrassment, coming after a lot of embarrassment involving the four lanes closed on the george washington bridge separating new jersey and new york. that's caused as we all know by now huge uproar with a lot of
unanswered questions. >> i want to talk about the development we have learned on that. the speaker announcing there was a new investigative committee now having subpoena power that's going to take a look at who and what caused those traffic jams on that bridge. now, we know that christie fired the two top aides. the scandal has not gone away. there are new developments every day. but we did hear from one of his strongest offenders, senator john mccain, over the weekend on "state of the union." i want you to listen to what he said. >> you've got to answer every question. you can't leave any question unanswered. i think that he can now move on, as long as another shoe doesn't drop. >> so wolf? has the other shoe dropped? what do you make of what we have learned today? >> reporter: it hasn't dropped yet. but there is a potential, certainly out there, if, in fact, the governor was not telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. if there is something else that was there, then he's going to be in big political trouble. so far, no smoking gun in all those documents that were released on friday. there's nothing directly
attaching him to that decision or any sort of cover-up. but there are plenty of unanswered questions. why wasn't he specifically more involved for days when there was a commuter nightmare going on in ft. lee, new jersey, leading up to the george washington bridge. with so many other top aides, not just junior aides, but serious aides involved in this, dealing with it, why wasn't he knowledgeable about what was going on? he is a hands-on kind of governor. he should have been involved. he should have known what was going on. so if there is something else, we'll know it. i suspect sooner rather than later, given the fact that now these new subpoenas are coming forward. >> all right. wolf, we'll be following, as well. thank you. we're following this. bombings in iraq have taken place almost daily since u.s. troops left the country. my co anchor, michael holmes, was there when violence was at its very worst. now he's reporting in baghdad again today. we're going to bring you a live report, up next. welcome back. how is everything?
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actually drink or bathe in their water. that's been four days since the chemical leak contaminated the water supply there, forcing some 300,000 people to live on bottled water. west virginia governor earl ray tomlin spoke just a short time ago. he and other officials say the water ban is being lifted by zones. >> the numbers we have today look good. and we're finally at a point oh where the do not use order has been lifted in certain areas. and these specific areas, flushing can begin. we have made a lot of progress, but i ask all virginians to continue to be patient as we work to safely restore service to the affected areas. >> residents are being directed to check the website, westvirginiaamwater.com, to find out whether or not the water is safe in specific zones. and the u.s. has withdrawn a diplomat from its embassy in
india. that move came in response to a request made by indian officials after one of the female diplomats was arrested and strip searched in new york in december. well, she returned to india on friday, and the indian government did not identify the u.s. diplomat, but said that the person left india on sunday. and in thailand, the prime minister is facing growing public opposition. thousands of protesters now took to the streets today in a general strike, snarling the traffic, as you can imagine. at key intersections. this is across bangkok. we explain what the demonstrators hope to accomplish, and what's behind this. >> reporter: thousands of people have turned out to protest against the current government. they're trying to bring the capital to a standstill, threatening seven major interchanges around the city of bangkok. they want to see the current government ousted. they say they're corrupt and they've had enough of them. the government has responded by calling an election, but that
hasn't satisfied people here. they want to see political reform. >> sama foesen in bangkok. and across iraq, car bombs, suicide attackers claiming dozen of iraqi lives. this happened over the weekend in some of the worst violence in years. these attacks were blamed on insurgents linked with al qaeda, which has been on the rise ever since u.s. troops pulled out two years ago. one critical factor is the ongoing civil war in neighboring syria, which is now fueling unrest in iraq's anbar province. cnn's martin savidge spoke with two former u.s. marines to fought to liberate the city of fallujah. they say they're now afraid that victory is slipping away. >> reporter: americans fought for fallujah not once, but twice. >> that rocket, you know, whistle coming. and the explosion was just massive.
>> reporter: house to house, street by street. >> the combat came down to five yards in a flak jacket. it was seeing the whites of their eyes. >> i think mortars or rockets or something hit an ammo dump there, so it exploded big-time. >> reporter: some of the hardest, bloodiest warfare since vietnam. >> when it came to fallujah, that was stand-up fighting. >> reporter: nate watkins and mike dasher were in the same artillery unit. >> this is a pretty cool photo here. >> reporter: for days, they loaded and fired hundred-pound shells into the city. >> it just felt like an eternity. >> yeah, it was constant shooting. >> reporter: adam mathis was a 23-year-old second lieutenant, leading his platoon into the heart of the fight. >> i went to iraq with 41 marines and came home with 22. >> reporter: all of which explains why what happens in iraq today matters a great deal to them. adam calls fallujah a kind of hometown. >> we gave a lot, spilled blood,
lost friends. invested a lot of our young adulthood to the -- to that city. >> i do care. and i hope it's a bump in the road. >> reporter: mike and nate are pragmatic, saying they didn't leave iraq thinking everything would be -- >> hunky dory. >> yeah. >> to my opinion, the government there is going to be tested for a long time. and this is part of that. >> reporter: but nate admits sometimes he has doubts. >> unfortunately, my inclination is now that doesn't feel so much like it's worth it. but i hesitate to say that, because knowing sacrifice that it takes and what's, you know, been spent. >> reporter: adam has no doubts, saying the marines fought gallantly. >> and courageously. for other people to enjoy the possibility of self-determination. and that's never a waste of time. >> reporter: which is why adam says he and other marines will be watching closely what happens next. >> part of me is actually very excited to see how the people of
fallujah and ramadi and al anbar, the people we lived with and grew close to, even as we were fighting, to see how they actually stand up and determine for themselves how the future will be written. >> reporter: martin savidge, cnn, atlanta. and my co anchor, michael holmes, spent a lot of time in iraq, covering the u.s.-led war. he also was at the equaty border when the last troops left iraq back in december of 2011. now he is back in baghdad to see what has changed over the last two years. and michael joins us. first of all, michael, it's good to see you. it's a relief. we miss you here. it's good to see that you're safe. explain to us. you've written a piece, and you say you believe the situation now is worse than it was for iraqis when you were there the last time. can you explain why? >> reporter: yeah. i think that's right. you know, suz, it's very sad,
really. when the americans left back in december of 2003, which was the last time i was here, there was at least some sort of sense of optimism, but maybe the iraqi government could move forward in a positive way. well, i'll tell you what. i'll give you an example. when we came in a couple days ago, there were more check points, more security presence, than there were back in 2011. the sense of, i don't know, apprehension around baghdad and elsewhere in the country is really -- you can taste it. and one other example. the last two or three hours, i can tell you, we have just been taking toll. four car bombs have gone off in and around baghdad in the last two or three hours. our death toll at the moment is 11 with 52 wounded. that's almost certain to go up as hospitals deal with the casualties. there are two police also in that number and six wounded who were attacked at a checkpoint by armed men.
so that just gives you some sense. that's in the last three hours. so, yeah. things do have a sense of apprehension here. >> and michael, explain to us. you've been talking to the iraqis here. we know what the big picture here is, the divide between the sunnis, once presented by saddam hussein and now the shia majority now under power under nouri al maliki. what do the iraqis tell you what's happening in their country? do they have a sense things are falling apart, tearing apart at the seams? >> reporter: you know, it's not mellow dramatic to say that. i've talked to a lot of iraqis who worry about just that. that it's all going to fall apart along those sectarian lines. when nouri al maliki was elected back in 2006, he promised to be inclusive of sunnis. promised to be inclusive. now, it got worse and worse and worse. the day the americans left, in fact, they put out an arrest warrant for the vice president,
a sunny. and he fled the country and was sentenced to death in ab essentialia. sunnis feel totally disenfranchiseded by this government, cut out of the process all together. alienated. they feel they do not have a say. nuri al maliki says what's happening in anbar is a fight against terror, a fight against al qaeda and fallujah and elsewhere in that province. and to a degree, that is true. those elements are there. but sunnis say it's disingenuous, it's a smokescreen. it's to hide what is a grass roots rebellion, if you like, against being cut out of the system. and they say that if they're not brought back into the fold, given some sort of meaningful concession by this government, this is going to get only worse and worse. and that's not good for iraq and it's not good for the region and it's not good for american interests, quite frankly. >> yeah. it certainly is not. michael, just got to say, it is good to see you. and to know that you are safe. please continue to take good care of yourself and the crew there. you're doing an excellent job. and we, of course, will be
following this on a daily basis. thank you, michael. one man trying to survive, survives a deadly ambush in afghanistan. now his story is on the big screen. the lone survivor sits down with our own jake tapper. the conversation about the war. this is one that you have got to see. ♪ in the nation, we reward safe driving.
this was a military operation that went wrong, in just about every way possible. now the movie version of the navy s.e.a.l. mission called "lone survivor," number one in the box office, making more than $38 million in its the opening weekend. now, the s.e.a.l.s were supposed to find out whether or not a senior taliban target was inside afghanistan. but what happened, they were ambushed by taliban forces. the only one of them, marcus latrell, survived. "lone survivor" is now based on the book latrell wrote about the whole ordeal. jake tapper sat down to talk with latrell and mark wahlberg, who plays him in the movie. take a listen. >> reporter: marcus, it must have been a difficult decision to let them make a movie. how close is it to what happened? >> i would say it's as close as you can possibly get without having killed some of these guys up on the mountain filming it. the most important thing is whether or not the family members of the fallen appreciate
what they saw on the film. >> reporter: what do they think? >> from my understanding, everything was positive. and that's all you can ask for? >> reporter: one of the big questions that i have as somebody who covers the war in afghanistan, did the american people want to hear these stories? they're incredibly powerful. this movie is very, very compelling. do they want to know about it? >> well, they should know about it. they need to know about it. and it's my job to get as many people into the theatres to see it as possible. i've never felt more strongly about something that i've been a part of, never been more proud to be a part of a project like this. it's the first time i've made a movie that was never about me as an actor or my performance. it was always about telling their story. >> reporter: it's clear for marcus latrell the battle that day almost a decade ago still cuts close to the bone today. >> one of the emotions i felt while watching the film, is first of all, just the hopelessness of the situation. how horrific it was, and also just all that loss of life.
of these brave american men. and i was torn about the message of the film. in the same way that i think i am about the war in afghanistan itself. i don't want anymore senseless american death and at the same time, i know that there are bad people there and good people who need help. was that intentional? >> i don't know what part of the film you were watching, but hopelessness never really came into it. i mean, where did you see that? because there was never a point where we felt like we were hopelessly lost or anything like that. we never gave up. never felt like we were losing until we were actually dead. that they were came across. in the battle. and when we were fighting on the mountain. and it was just us against them. >> reporter: forget hopelessness. just the sense of all these wonderful people who died. it seemed senseless. i don't mean to disrespect in any way. but it seemed senseless, all
these wonderful people who were killed, for an op that went wrong. >> we spend our whole lives trained to defend this country, and then we were sent over there by this country. so you're telling me that because we were over there doing what we were told by our country that it was senseless? my guys died for nothing? >> reporter: i'm not saying that at all. >> that's what you said. so let me just say that, yeah, it went bad for us over there. but that was our job. that's what we did. we didn't complain about it. we went out there and did what we did best. and at the end of it, we weren't standing, they were. we were lucky. i was lucky. and the rest of the guys, we fought as hard as we possibly could, never felt sorry for ourselves when we were out there. this is the job we were going after, a high-value target. and it just got switched on us. >> reporter: maybe it's just the difference between what a civilian feels when he watches this versus what a soldier does. >> absolutely. i mean, i completely agree. you know, but i don't think his
opinion is never going to change. that's his job, you know. >> reporter: oh, i respect it. >> i understand, i understand. you know. the more time i spend with marcus, the more i really start to understand who they are and what they do for us. and it's pretty amazing. >> very passionate interview there. there is some buzz wahlberg could be up for an oscar nomination for his role. the state department has now issued a travel alert for u.s. citizens planning to attend the 2014 winter olympics. just how safe is it going to be in russia when those games begin? welcome back. how is everything? there's nothing like being your own boss! and my customers are really liking your flat rate shipping. fedex one rate. really makes my life easier. maybe a promotion is in order. good news. i got a new title. and a raise?
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and species is what you really are trying to do. >> that reasoning did not convince a group of anti hunting protesters who say that killing an endangered animal to save the species is, quote, perverse. pope francis continuing to chart his own course as head of the catholic church. he baptized more than 30 infants sunday at the sistine chapel. many of the babies were crying. they were a little restless, as you can imagine. not lost on the pope. so he told the young mothers, go ahead, feed your children if they're hungry. don't be intimidated by the holiness of the sistine chapel. the pope said that the sound of babies crying was, quote, the most beautiful choir. nice. state department now has issued a travel alert. this is to u.s. citizens planning to attend the 2014 winter olympics. large-scale public events like the olympics are an attractive target for terrorists, and the recent suicide bombings in russia are causing concern. cnn's nick robertson reporting
from moscow, says that more is being done to keep people safe in sochi before the games begin. >> reporter: just three weeks before the olympic games kick off in sochi, security remains a paramount concern. after a string of attacks and terror arrests. the u.s. state department issuing a travel alert over the weekend, warning u.s. citizens planning to attend the games they should remain attentive at all times, warning of possible acts of terrorism, including bombings and hostage-takings. on saturday, five suspects possessing nearly five pounds of tnt and a hand-made explosive device, were detained in a raid in southern russia, less than 200 miles from sochi. >> this event in particular is going to be very difficult, because it's taking place in an area that we know to be a hot bed for terrorism. >> reporter: terror concerns are real. just last month, surveillance
cameras captured this powerful explosion inside the train station in nearby volograd. islamist insurgents blamed for at least 34 deaths. the fbi and other federal security personnel are now on the ground, assisting russia's security force. more than oh 37,000 strong. >> they have asked for specific assistance in regard to most likely intelligence-sharing, cyber threats, forensic evaluations as it relates to weapons of mass destruction. >> reporter: the state department is also alerting americans about russia's declared ban on any promotion of gay relationships to minors. those traveling to the games who are found in violation of the law could face a fine of more than $3,000, up to 14 days in jail, and deportation. nick robertson, cnn, moscow. a small but historically prestigious group is helping now
with olympic security. they are called the coastics and military horsemen who once secured the borders for the russian empire. they are revered for their bravery and code of honor. they're often compared to cowboys in the united states or samurai in japan. but their legacy is tainted by history of vigilante-style violence, including campaigns against turks, jews and muslims. amy poehler and tina fey and the golden globes, up next.
where's the envelope? okay. >> i loved it. it was great. lots of funny moments at last night's gold en globes today. filled with brand-new trophies. our own nichelle turner got a look at the big winners. >> very good evening to everyone here in the room and to all the women and gay men watching at home. >> if you felt an earthquake in beverly hills last night, check your mantle. you might have won a golden globe. >> i'm absolutely shaking. >> i'm totally shaking. >>. >> reporter: american hustle won the most, three in all. jennifer lawrence, amy adams and best comedy actor went to the
"wolf of wall street" himself, leonardo dicaprio. >> i can only cross my fingers and do something this great in the future. >> the golden globe award goes to "12 years a slave." >> reporter: winners on the drama side, "12 years a slave" "blue jasmine" and matthew mccounaughey in the age drama "dallas buyers club." >> this film was never about dying. it was always about living. with that i say just keep. >> reporter: al "gravity" and one of the night's biggest laughs with amy poe letter. >> a story about how george clooney would rather be in someplace and float away and die than be with a woman his own age. >> reporter: michael douglas won as did his tv movie "behind the candelabra." "breaking bad" won for best drama series as did bryan
cranston. >> and the only winner of the night more stunned than the cast of comedy series "brooklyn 99" was its star, andy samberg. >> oh, no! >> reporter: and when she wasn't hosting or canoodling with bono, poehler picked up her first golden globe award, tv comedy actress. >> i never win. so i can't believe i won. >> got to love it. that was a great evening. several stories caught our attention today. photos, as well. want you to take a look at these. thousands of people stripped down to their underwear. that's right. we're not kidding here. they are celebrating what they're calling no pants subway ride yesterday. this is how it all looked. commuters from london to berlin to hong kong, all of them braving the cold weather without pants. that's right. over 60 countries around the world. that's right, 60 countries
around the world participating in this event. all started off as a prank. it was 13 years ago in nowhere but new york city. that's right. not hard to imagine. by an acting group called improv everywhere. quite the movement there. in australia, adults and kids climb up walls, and dangle off window sills off a building in sydney. pretty incredible. when you take a look at these pictures, right? well, all of this appears as defying gravity. not the case. they're actually on the floor. it's pretty cool when you take a look at this. this is called merchants store. it is an art piece, and it's designed to give the impression of hanging off the outside of a building upside down while really being safe on the ground. it's a pretty cool optical illusion there. and in japan today is coming of age day. congratulations to all you all
coming of age. it is a japanese holiday to honor japanese teens who turn 20 years old this year. now, they are legally permitted to smoke, drink alcohol and vote. well, good new day to them. thanks for watching "around the world." "cnn newsroom" starts right now. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. have a great afternoon. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com more trouble for chris christie. federal officials are investigating whether he misused sandy relief funds. the timing couldn't be worse for the new jersey governor. also right now, officials are trying to figure out why a southwest airlines plane landed at the wrong airport. the mistake could have sent 127 passengers over an embankment and on to a major highway. and right now, a lot of west virgin virginiaanses getting the news they have been waiting for. tap water is safe to drink, at least in some areas.