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>> you depend on god when you leave your house, because you don't know what fate holds for you. >> welcome to the new normal in iraq, where simply walking outside can be a matter of life or death. welcome to "around the world." i'm suzanne malveaux. first up, new threats now adding fears to a possible terror attack on the olympic games, just two-and-a-half weeks away when an online video shows two men claiming to have been behind the recent suicide attacks that killed dozens of people in russia. you see it there. the men are warning of more bombings during those games. the threat comes as the olympic torch is passing through the city of volograd, which, of course, you might recognize that name. that is where the attacks happened. phil black has the details. >> reporter: mounting concerns in russia this morning, as the olympic torch relay makes its the way through the bomb-stricken city of volograd. two extremists in this video
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claiming responsibility for two back-to-back suicide bombings last month that claimed 34 lives. and warning that more attacks could come during the sochi olympic games. in the hour-long video, the purported suicide bombings are constructing explosives and ex training their motives. the two men apparently part of an islamist militant group, vowing to prepare a presence for the olympics, and all the tourists who will come over. members of congress are very concerned. >> if something does happen, what is the evacuation plan, and emergency response plan that would take place? >> reporter: others worried about americans heading to sochi. >> i would not go. and i don't think i would send my family. >> i am very concerned about the security status of the olympics. i do believe that the russian government needs to be more cooperative with the united states when it comes to the security of the games.
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>> reporter: russian president, vladimir putin, deploying a security force of 40,000 police officers and soldiers to the region. in an interview with abc news, putin says he will do whatever it takes to keep athletes and visitors safe. and pledging that russia has adequate means of security. security around the olympic venue on high alert, metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs visible, as the games get under way in just over two weeks. >> phil black is joining us on the phone from volograd. we're also joined by william wra rathburn, director of security of the 1996 olympics in atlanta. thank you for joining us. phil, first want to get to you. what is it like? paint a picture for us on the ground, the crowds out there, passing a torch through this very important city, but a city that's been devastated by that previous attack. >> yeah, indeed, suzanne. it was interesting. when the olympic flame first
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arrived, the same train station that was struck in that attack just three weeks ago, russian officials gave speeches about the city's history, military history, but no one mentioned what had happened here three weeks ago when a man entered this train station, blew himself up, killing 18 people. russian officials reacting to these attacks, not changing their thinking or planning about security in sochi. but clearly changing their thinking about just what it means to be -- for the terrorists to strike away from sochi. because the security presence here today was really quite huge. quite often, more police, more members of the security services, than members of the public that had actually turned out to see the torch relay as it made its way through the city. >> and william, you're not surprised to hear that. as a security consultant yourself, you were in charge of security back in 1996, summer olympic games here in atlanta. i was here after those bombs went off in the aftermath. and despite the fact that it oh
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owe when it was all said and done afterwards, a few people killed at the centennial olympic park, people went on with the games. but there was definitely a sense of fear, and concern. what did you learn in atlanta from what that -- what happened there and how can they take those lessons learned to sochi? >> well, one of the primary lechs lessons we learned from atlanta, there is clearly vulnerability, and no matter how much you harden the olympic targets, there are a lot of soft targets around. and in the case of atlanta, the olympic park was a soft target. it was -- the park was a park. a public park. and so it was not available for us to secure completely and so that's the lesson the russians have to learn, as much as they harden the olympic targets, there are still a lot of soft targets around. >> is there any way -- we have heard just a number of lawmakers and people who are very worried for americans, worried for other
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tourists. do you suggest that people even attend the olympics? or are people being rather extreme -- you can go ahead and turn that off if you want. >> i'm sorry. >> that's okay. take your time. just hit the button. >> okay. i apologize. >> no worries. so should they go? should people go? do you think that they can control it enough, that people should attend? >> i don't think it's a good idea that the security threat is the highest it's ever been in the history of the olympic games. it's an announced, credible threat, one that terrorists have proven they can carry out by virtue of their attacks in volograd. i'm very, very concerned. i'm at the same time hopeful it will go peacefully. but i have major concerns. >> tell us what you make of the video threat that was posted on this chechen extremist site. give us a sense of why they are -- the chechen militants, so
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dangerous, and what do they want here? >> what they really want to do is put as much pressure on the russian government as possible. and the important thing to remember is, they kill indiscriminately. they don't care who they kill. they want to kill as many people as they can to put pressure on the russian government. so that's -- doesn't matter if -- what delegate -- what country you represent, what delegation you're a part of, or what country you're from as a visitor. it's just they want to embarrass the russian government. putin has a very high, personal profile in the olympics, and so i think that makes the sochi olympics an even better target for the terrorists. >> and william, i don't want to scare people away. i know a lot of people are going to be there, and they want to enjoy themselves, they want to make sure they have a good time, that everybody is safe. so what can they do? if you're somebody who is going to be there, is there a way that you can protect yourself, despite these very real terrorist threats? >> well, one of the things i would avoid is public
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transportation. however, it's probably impossible to avoid it. that's how people are going to be moved around in great numbers. i would -- i think once the people -- the spectators get into an olympic event, into a secure perimeter, they'll be okay. i don't think there's much chance it will breach the perimeters of the hardened targets. it's all the public areas that greatly concern me. >> all right. william rathburn, thank you so much, we appreciate it. we'll be following and talking to you in the weeks ahead, because obviously a lot of worry, a lot of concern about how this is all going to go down in sochi. thank you. appreciate it, william. we should also be very skeptical about what we're about to see here, because this individual is under duress. the situation that he's in. this is an american missionary who has been locked up in north korea for more than a year. kenneth bae. he was put before the cameras and reporters in this highly orchestrated event today in
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pyongyang. kenneth bae said he's a criminal and that north korea doesn't abuse rights. he also asked washington to cooperate with his captors, to get him out of prison. but let's face it, here. given north korea's history of forced confessions, bae likely was saying all of this, because this is what the north korean officials wanted to hear. now more from our paula hancocks. >> reporter: escorted and out of the room by military officials, kenneth bae said that he wanted to be freed as soon as possible so that he could go home. the u.s. missionary has been held in north korea since november 2012, and speaking to reporters in pyongyang on monday, he called on the u.s. government once again to try its best to secure his release. he once again issued an apology to north korea, and said that he had broken north korean laws. >> translator: i would like to plea with the u.s. government, press and my family, to stop warsening my situation by making
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vile rumors against north core extra and releasing materials to me which are not based on the facts. >> state-run media, kcna, said they had mentioned joe biden, saying he recently said that bae was being held for no reason. bae said he had committed a crime, and the regime has claimed that bae has carried out hostile acts against the government. bae said he also had seen allegations that north korea was a human rights violator, and wanted to clarify that he had had humanitarian support from the regime, because he had been allowed to get in contact with his family. now, within this press conference, bae said that he was the one who wanted to speak. but it has to be noted that recent prisoners who have been released from north korea have said that they made statements and apologies under duress. it's not exactly clear why north korea wanted bae to make these statements today, of all days. there are some assumptions among some experts that pyongyang may
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actually want to restart talks with the united states. but no matter what the reason for today's press conference, it certainly put bae back in the headlines. the longest-known u.s. detainee in north korea in recent years. paula hancocks, cnn, seoul. >> you might recall, dennis rodman telling cnn that bae might have done something to deserve this 15-year sentence. rodman later apologized. he blamed his outburst on alcohol and stress. you remember, he was in north korea on that basketball diplomacy trip. rodman has now checked into a rehab center in new jersey. his agent says that rodman hit the bottle hard in north korea, drinking like none of them had ever seen before. rodman has been in rehab for alcohol addiction before. he was one of the patients on the ""celebrity rehab"" with dr. drew back in 2009. here's more of what we're working on for "around the world." >> life is a lottery. a russian roulette of live or die, every time you leave the
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house, despite the city being awash in security. >> car bombs, security checks, and a struggle to stay alive every single day. that is what it is like for people now in iraq. ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ [ male announcer ] the beautifully practical and practically beautiful cadillac srx. lease this 2014 cadillac srx for around $319 a month with premium care maintenance included. ♪ the day building a play set begins with a surprise twinge of back pain... and a choice. take up to 4 advil in a day or 2 aleve for all day relief. [ male announcer ] that's handy.
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investigators are now finding out more about that malicious software that might have been mibehind the security breach against target. that breach, you might recall, caused 70 million customers credit cards to be compromised. zane asher is joining us from new york. zane, i know this is something that happened to target, trying to get ahead of it. but how do they actually protect themselves moving forward? because, you know, if you're one of those customers, anything you say, anything they say, is not necessarily going to be satisfying. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. companies -- the retail industry, i should say, should do a whole lot of things, suzanne. first of all, there needs to be more information-sharing in the retail industry. what does that mean? that means if target or niemann marcus realizes they have been hacked and realize it was a certain piece of malicious code used to penetrate their systems,
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why not share that information with other retailers? if your goal is to protect the consumers, you have to share that information with other retailers so they can get a head start in protecting their systems, as well. i also did speak to a professional hacker about the importance of security at the point of sale systems. take a listen. >> what they need to do is, they need to focus on hardening their point of sale systems. and this is what's called end point security. and so this includes anti virus and other technological measures to make sure that hackers can't get in, they can't stay in, and they can't remotely access computers. >> reporter: and he also mentioned that there should be -- retailers should have a completely separate network to handle credit card systems that isn't connected to the internet. that means that if it is connected to the internet, it makes it easier for hackers to gain access, to get in there, to play around, and to basically control cash registers remotely. >> wow. >> so there does need to be a whole lot of change to the retail industry. >> and i imagine, too, if you're
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one of those retailers, and this has happened to you, some of them might not want to come forward here, realizing they might lose customers. is this something where people are actually keeping this a secret but retailers are not saying whether or not they have actually been a victim to this, as well? >> reporter: well, listen, a lot of retailers obviously have the incentive not to come forward. you know, what company wants to deal with cross action lawsuits, reduction in sales, perhaps a drop in sale price? and even their reputation being ruined. obviously, there is an incentive for customers -- for retailers, i should say, once they have been hacked, to keep it on the down-low. but a lot of people saying there should be a rule whereby if a third party notifies a retailer they have been hacked, they should come forward. what usually happens is that behind the scenes, the fraud division of these banks, might notice an uptick and customers who have been hacked or had their credit card data stolen may have shopped at a certain retailer on a given day. but all of that happens behind the scenes and these retailers are really not forced to come
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forward. there should be a rule or law that they should come forward, as soon as they know there has been a breach. >> well, zain, you can see if, in fact, other retailers out there not necessarily being honest about this. that is very important. that's what consumers want to know. zain asher, appreciate it. thank you, as always. violence in iraq gotten so bad now, and it is so consistent that people there, they feel like they are risking their lives every day with death as a constant companion. my co anchor, michael holmes, is going to give us an idea what life is like now in baghdad, coming up. i have the flu, i took medicine but i still have symptoms. [ sneeze ] [ male announcer ] truth is not all flu products treat all your symptoms. what? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus severe cold and flu speeds relief to these eight symptoms. [ breath of relief ] thanks. [ male announcer ] you're welcome. ready? go. [ male announcer ] you're welcome. my dad has aor afib.brillation, he has the most common kind...
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violence in iraq is not letting up. another round of car bomb explosions in baghdad left at least 13 people dead, more than 50 hurt. nearly 100 people have been killed over the past week in iraq. as militants with al qaeda ties, they are fighting government security forces. now, these two sides, they have been battling for control over
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the western cities of fallujah and ramadi. the violence has now been spilling into the capital. people are afraid the whole country could explode into a sectarian war. the threat of instant death is part of everyday life for many iraqis, even just walking out the door can be a very risky move. my co anchor, michael holmes, is reporting from baghdad. >> hi, suzanne. over the last week, of course, we have literally heard the car bombs as they have exploded all around the city. dozens of people died, many, many more were wounded as they always are, in terrible ways. now, it's hard, of course, for people not here to imagine what it must like to live like that every day. well, we went to speak to some ordinary iraqis about living in baghdad today. it is security camera video posted on youtube that we can't independently verify, but what it shows is chilling. this is in the commercial area
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of al senar in central baghdad. amid the usual traffic chaos, a small yellow car double parks, the driver casually walks away. people go about their business, until -- the camera dislodged by the blast cannot show the death and maiming the bomb caused. one of so many this month. such is life in baghdad today, death can come at any time. targets usually not government buildings, these days. security too tight for that. but city streets, marketplaces, commercial areas, bustling with everyday citizens of a fearful city. >> translator: if we see someone park their car by the shop, we have to check their ids and what they are doing. >> reporter: tom is a 50-year-old barber. each day is worse than the day before, he tells us. >> translator: you try and live your life, despite the pain and grief, you smile and laugh as much as you can each day you are alive. >> reporter: there is a sense of foreboding intertwined with
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daily violence here, a fear that what is happening just to the west of anbar province could erupt completely, making what is happening here seem mild in comparison. the shia-dominated government of nouri al maliki continues to keep the army out of fallujah, demanding tribes deal with the influx of the al qaeda-inspired fighters of the islamic state of iraq and syria and other extremist groups, as well. so far, it's a stand off, all be with it with regular skirmishes and clashes. but the fighters are, according to reports from inside fallujah, becoming more of a presence, not less, passing out leaflets announcing a strict islamic code, making fiery speeches that denounce the government. in baghdad, just 70 kilometers away, life is a lottery. a russian roulette of live or die every time you leave the house, despite the city being awash in security.
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>> translator: you depend on god when you leave your house, because you don't know what fate holds for you. >> reporter: it is a terrible fact that it is difficult to meet anyone who hasn't lost someone, friend or family, to the violence these past years. >> translator: i've lost many people close to me over the years. all those who die are iraqis. it's not each person's grief. it's joint grief. >> reporter: with national elections in april, many see nouri al maliki unlikely to offer major concessions to sunnis any time soon. and many sunni leaders in anbar province maintain their own hard line. meanwhile, those al qaeda-linked fighters feed on the dissent. but for ordinary citizens, politics and power plays mean little. just getting home alive at the end of the day is all that counts. and you know, that's the thing, suzanne. the vast majority of those victims are just people trying
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to live their lives. you see a lot of different numbers for the monthly death toll. but one group, iraq body count, they've got a pretty good database, a very detailed one. and they say that so far this month, we're getting upwards to 700 people who have died violently in iraq. and you can multiply that many times over for the wounded. suzanne? >> so sad. thank you, michael. the leading syrian opposition group is threatening a pull-out of this week's peace talks in geneva. opposition leaders give the united nations until 2:00 eastern to rescind an invitation to made to iran to join talks or for iran to meet certain conditions, including with drawing its troops from syria. iran is a staunch supporter of the assad regime. if the talks do go forward, it's going to be the first time that syria's government and opposition leaders have met face-to-face. the goal of the talks, to set up a transitional government that would end almost three years of
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ask your doctor about non-insulin victoza®. it's covered by most health plans. new jersey governor, chris christie, takes his second oath of office tomorrow, but these scandals surrounding him get a lot of attention, overshadowing that event. earlier today, his lieutenant governor fired back at the mayor of hoboken, who has said that christie's office threatened to withhold relief funds for hurricane sandy, unless the mayor supported one of the governor's development projects. >> mayor zimmer's version of our conversation in may of 2013 is
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not only false, but is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined. any suggestion -- any suggestion that sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in new jersey is completely false. >> well, hoboken mayor, dawn zimmer, stands by her statement. here's what she told our candy crowley over the weekend on "state of the union." >> she made a direct threat to me. she came -- and when the lieutenant governor comes, pulls you aside in a parking lot, and says that these two things are connected, i know it shouldn't be, but they are. and if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. i mean, she felt almost guilty about saying it. she knows it's wrong. but that is exactly what they are trying to do. >> want to bring in our wolf blitzer from washington to kind of sort all of this out, wolf. and there just seems to be more
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and more developments every single day. we just got this statement from mayor zimmer, reacting to the lieutenant governor. and i'm going to read it in part. it says that i'm genuinely disappointed that lieutenant governor guadagno has lived up to her promise that she would deny linking hoboken's application for sandy hazard mitigation funding by denying the project. i stand by my word and remain willing to testify under oath. the mayor has also met with and turned over some documents to the u.s. attorney. the state committee is looking into the bridge controversy. how does this all relate, and what is the fallout? >> it's a huge, huge not only political problem, but potentially very big legal problem right now for governor christie and his top aides right now. because if you take a look at what's going on, all these investigations, including a federal investigation, when the
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mayor of hoboken spent two hours yesterday, sunday and a holiday weekend with the u.s. attorney in new jersey, answered his questions, and then handed over her diary, what she says was written contemporaneously about that meeting she says she had with the lieutenant governor in which this alleged threat was made. she has now elevated this subject dramatically, because if she is lying to the american public, that's one thing. but if she is lying to a u.s. attorney, to a federal prosecutor, if you will, that's -- you go to jail for something like that. so it's -- it's clearly escalated big-time right now. and we'll see what the fallout you have. one person, lieutenant governor, denying it, saying it's categorically false. and you have the mayor of hoboken saying it's categorically true. we'll see where the u.s. attorney and other investigators come down. >> not to mention, wolf, we now have a state investigative committee that's going to hear from 17 people who are subpoenaed in the bridge scandal, the original one. so you had on this morning
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congressman frank pallone, talking about impeachment. how do you separate what is really political here and people taking advantage of this moment of weakness, chris christie being in a weak position here, and what is really true? what is really happening, whether or not anything has been done wrong? >> well, that's what the investigators -- the local, the state, the federal investigators, the prosecutors, potentially, they're going to be investigating, whether any crimes were committed. and they're looking very closely at all of that. and let's just be precise. right now there is no smoking gun, if you will, no direct evidence that the governor himself was involved in anything illegal. may have hired aides that weren't necessarily doing their job that he wanted them to do. but there's still a lot of questions out there. and it's only escalating. and i suspect, suzanne, as the days go by, and the weeks go by, there will be more of these allegations of bullying, of threatening, that will come forward, and it's going to continue and continue. and i am sure chris christie
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fully appreciates what's going on. that's why he was rather blunt in that interview he granted to yahoo! news friday, in which he said there is a lot he has to learn from what has happened right now. >> and wolf, let's play this out a little bit further. let's say he's never tied directly to any of these allegations. i mean, you do have potential primary challengers who are just chomping at the bit here to see where all of this goes. could this possibly help someone like marco rubio or oh rand paul, jeb bush, ted cruz? >> potentially could. if he goes down, and no longer becomes a viable presidential candidate, could help others who might have a better shot. he was clearly a front-runner until all these allegations emerge and may still emerge clean and a serious contender for the republican presidential nomination. i think it's way too early to draw any hard and fast conclusions. but look, we still got some time. these other potential republican candidates that are watching very closely what's going on.
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and i suspect they're all looking at their own history, their own involvement, their own decision-making process. making sure that there's nothing similar or even worse that they may have done or aides of theirs may have done. they're all taking a very close look. when you run for president of the united states, suzanne, you know this, i know this, all of us who have covered presidential politics. you're held to an unbelievable level of scrutiny. and almost every decision you have made your whole life is going to come out one way or another. so if you want to do that, you want to run for president, you just have to anticipate the exposure for good and for bad that you get. >> yeah, absolutely. we're going to learn much, much more from all of the potential candidates. wolf, thank you very much. good to see you, as always. >> thank you. today marks five years in oh office for president barack obama, a statement that he made, by the way, sparking a lot of controversy and some debate, as well. the president said that smoking marijuana is no more dangerous than drinking alcohol. he said this in this wide-ranging, revealing interview with the "new yorker" magazine. he called pot use a vice, but he
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also added, "i don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol." he tied illegal use of pot to also income inequality saying, you know, middle class kids don't get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do. and african-american kids, latino kids, are more likely to be poor. and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties. the president also said, if he had a son that he wouldn't let him play football, because he fears he would get a concussion. that is the wide-ranging interview he did. president and first lady also planning to spend -- taking the day in part for a service project marking the martin luther king holiday today. king was born on january 15th, 1929. although the federal holiday is celebrated today. he would have been 85 years old. a previously unheard recording of dr. king was actually released today. now, this was discovered in a
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tennessee attic a few years ago. the civil rights leader is heard discussing john f. kennedy's role in securing his release from a georgia prison. king had been sentenced to four months of hard labor for a traffic violation. >> now, it is true that senator kennedy did take a specific step. he was in contact with officials in georgia during my arrest, and he called -- my wife made a apparently call and expressed his concern and said he was working and trying to do something to make my release possible. his brother who at that time was his campaign manager also made direct contact with officials and even the judge in georgia, so that the kennedy family did have some part, at least they expressed a concern, and they did have some part in the
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release. >> that's just beautiful to hear his voice. the tape donated to the national civil rights museum housed in the lorraine motel in memphis where dr. king was assassinated. an historic move now. iran has begun to roll back its uranium enrichment. the u.s., five other world powers, asked the country to do this, to stop any potential nuclear bomb ambitions. we're going to take a look at what iran gets in return. [ chainsaw whirring ] humans -- sometimes life trips us up. sometimes we trip ourselves up. and although the mistakes may seem to just keep coming at you, so do the solutions. like multi-policy discounts from liberty mutual insurance. save up to 10% just for combining your auto and home insurance. call liberty mutual insurance at...
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today iran started to dial back its nuclear ambition. senior administration officials say that iran has suspended now high levels of uranium enrichment as part of this deal struck with six world powers. this deal came off years and years of stalemate. our jim sciutto is joining us from washington. jim, we know this is something that the u.s. has been involved. its allies trying to make this happen for many, many years over the course of many presidents, as well. how significant is this? >> reporter: i would say it's a pretty remarkable day. a long way to go, but you haven't seen progress like this in more than ten years. and picture this. you have inspectors from the iaea, who have fanned out across iran to all of the nuclear facilities, and they're observing and have been observing today as iran meets
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the requirements of this deal, doing things like disconnecting cascades of centrifuges that refine this uranium, enrich this uranium, to levels close to investment -- to weapons grade. and that hasn't happened for years. there have been stalled attempts to try to get to the point -- to a point like this. and now we're there. and the agreement starts today. so, you know, i think that that is real progress. it's just an interim agreement, so we have to see how these next six months ago. >> it's a pretty extraordinary development when you think about it, jim. iran, of course, looking at -- has been looking for quite some time any kind of economic relief from the sanctions that have been really brutal on a lot of folks there, a lot of pressure on his administration to lift those sanctions. what kind of carrots are they getting? >> reporter: well, they're getting some small carrots, compared to the economic effect of the sanctions as a whole. it's been estimated in value about 6 to $7 billion over the life of this six-month
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agreement. $4.2 billion of that is frozen assets, iranian assets frozen overseas. those are going to be released at about a half billion dollars a time every three or four weeks. that doesn't start for another three or four weeks or so. but from today, some of the other sanctions relief begins right away. for instance, there have been restrictions on buying auto parts, an airline parts. this is a big deal in iran, because some of their planes are old, there are a lot of accidents in iran and part of that, many iranians will tell you, is because they can't get the spare parts they need. they're going to start to get those spare parts today. they're also going to be able to sell some petro chemicals, earns them money probably in the tens, hundreds of millions of dollars. compared to the total loss from sanctions, a drop in the bucket. implements it's estimated they lose $30 billion because of sanctions on their oil sales. so when you look at 6, $7 billion in this initial agreement, it's a step. it's a significant step.
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but it doesn't, you know, bring them to where they were before the sanctions. >> and jim, there's certainly this larger problem here. i mean, it seems like this is a very significant development. but there still seems to be a lack of trust when it comes to iran. has that changed at all when we take a look at where we are in this process? does it look like there is a little bit golden valley goodwill on both sides and trust? >> i think so, you wouldn't have been able to come to an agreement like this if there wasn't a modicum of trust. but it doesn't bridge the trust deficit built up over decades of disagreement between the u.s. and iran. so, you know, the real test is going to be, does this six-month period lead to a longer-term agreement where you really can get to the point where you can say these are two trusting partners as opposed to wary adversaries, really, but at least adversaries talking to each other now. >> jim, thank you. appreciate it very much. gay rights are expanding in
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nigerian authorities arrested ten people believed to be gay men, based on a new law banning homosexuali homosexuality. erin mclaughlin takes a look at gay rights around the world right now. >> reporter: in new york, they took their protests -- >> you're going to enforce these laws -- >> reporter: directly to russia's u.n. ambassador. in israel, they demonstrated freely. in moscow, they were arrested. last june, the russian government's ban on the proejts promotion of gay rights and relationships in front of minors prompted global protest. and weeks before the sochi winter olympics, the issue is taking center stage. violence like this prompted one american athlete to speak out. >> they wanted to express their love for each other. i was just appalled. and i couldn't stay silent anymore. >> reporter: in many parts of the world, lgbt rights are under attack. there's new legislation in
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nigeria, where same-sex marriage can now land you in jail. and in uganda, a controversial bill could mean tougher sentences for gay people. >> i don't think that homosexuality is a human right. >> reporter: and there was outrage in india after the supreme court decided to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalizes homosexuality. take a look at this map. according to the ilga, an international gay rights group, there are 77 countries that consider homosexual acts illegal. that is 40% of u.n.-member nations. and in mauritania, iran, saudi arabia and sudan, homosexual acts are punishable by death. while some countries are moving backwards, others are making progress. there are 14 countries that recognize same-sex marriage. and 59 where laws prohibit discrimination, based on sexual orientation.
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even the vatican has softened its stance. on a plane ride from brazil to italy, pope francis uttered the five words that have given hope to gay catholics around the world. "who am i to judge." and last year, those that stormed the streets of paris to protest, bruno and vincent said their vowses, marking the first gay marriage in france. those rights now available in parts of the united states. even in the bible belt, courts are declaring bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. it's an issue that has been pushed by the u.s. president, who is sending a delegation of gay athletes to sochi. he had this to say on "the tonight show." >> if russia wants to uphold the olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track or in the swimming pool or on the balance beam, and people's sexual orientation
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shouldn't have anything to do about it. >> reporter: putin has responded to criticism by defending russia's conservative values, adding that people of all orientations will be welcome in sochi. as the world looks forward to the olympic games, sport and politics collide. >> the more you try to suppress a group of people, and it's unfair, of course, the more attention you will call to it. and eventually you will lose, because you're on the wrong side of history. >> reporter: erin mclaughlin, cnn, london. >> and here are more stories making news around the world on this monday. molotov cocktails flying in ukraine's capital. people hurled them as they rallied in this freezing cold against the government and police here. more than 100 protesters and police officers reportedly were hurt. the tensions now have grown since ukraine passed new laws last week that limit the right to protests. the white house is calling on
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both sides to tone it down, urging the government to repeal the protest laws and negotiate with the opposition. and the president of france says that the first lady is better now, and resting in an official residence outside paris. francois hollande made comments after meeting with the dutch prime minister in the hague but said nothing more about it. valer valer valerie temporary waller was in the hospital after the affair. he has not confirmed or denied the reports. and the mysterious death of a beautiful socialite has now rocked india. she was found hours after a twitter war in which she accused her husband of having an affair. the details straight ahead. farmer: hello, i'm an idaho potato farmer. and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it.
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a socialite is found dead in a luxury hotel in india. this is just one day after accusing her husband of being unfaithful. she did it very publicly, on twitter. and now the public is anxious to know what happened to her. we have the details on this mystery that is rocking india. >> reporter: chaos outside a new dehli crematorium, as
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52-year-old sunanda's body arrives. never has the death of a socialite garnered so much intrigue in india. the husband, the high-profile politician, requests the media to respect their privacy. but this story of alleged adultery played out on social media has gripped india. >> i think the death of a young, vibrant woman who loved life and then the doctors are saying that it's a sudden, unnatural death, that has a huge amount of curiosity value. >> reporter: not many knew the business woman until she married the suave u.n. diplomat in 2010. but she very quickly became the life of the party in new dehli's high society oh. >> in extremely glamorous woman with startlingly good looks. she had the quality of being a most en dearing person.
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so she would be -- she would pull you into her circle with incredible charm. and so she had innumerable friends. >> reporter: in an often conservative society, though, pushka was perhaps ahead of her times. >> delhi is quite closed and hypocritical and will not disclose much about themselves. but sunana was so open, would be spontaneous and give you the last details of her life. and people were, you know, a bit drop-jawed at that. >> reporter: she even took her relationship troubles to twitter, posting personal messages, which she claimed were between her husband and pakistani journalist terar, accusing them of an affair. she called the tweets allegations.
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tarar said his account had been hacked. he hasn't addressed the allegations. friday, pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel room. she called several friends on her last night, including singh. >> she was very distraught. she was very upset. she was crying much as if the grip of life had slipped. >> reporter: doctors have ruled out poisoning. authorities won't comment until the autopsy results are released, expected early this week. the mystery surrounding the cause of her death still looming. family and friends have just paid their last respects, according to hindu tradition. many here still shocked and mystified by what has happened. a solemn end to a life that was anything but. sumnina udas, cnn, new dehli. >> so sad. thanks for watching "around the world."
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