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hits isis with its biggest day of air strikes yet. but the terror group is still making gains and doctors say the first case of ebola has been diagnosed in the united states. what they had to say about fears the patient wasn't treated fast enough. the newest information on all those coming up but want to begin with the demonstrations in hong kong. today is a national day, a holiday in china but not everyone is celebrating looking now at live pictures from hong kong. thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators, many of them young people, have filled the streets there once again. they're demanding their own right to choose their own leader, beijing is granting hong kong the right to vote beginning in 2017 but the sticking point is that the candidates must be approved by china's leadership. young people don't want that. the fact that locals can elect directly local leaders even
though china gets to reto them should be enough. listen to this. >> translator: it is understandable different people may have different ideas about a desirable reform package, but it is definitely better to have universal suffrage than not. it is definitely better to have the chief executive elected by five million eligible voters than 1,200 people. >> let's get the latest from the streets of hong kong. andrew stevens is there. here we are once again when you listen to cy leung and what's being said? >> reporter: well, one thing to remember about this particular protest, errol, is that it is very tightly focused just on the
democratic question, as opposed to other hong kong protests which attract hundreds of thousands of people sometime. there are different grievances but here it is very much about one question, the democratic process. let me just show you. pictures speak a thousand words. 2:00 in the afternoon. it is still predominantly young people, students but there are a lot more diversity here. there are families coming down to show their support to show their children what this protest is all about, what a protest is all about. the numbers have been swelling steadily all day. they're not bigger than the numbers we've seen in previous days but in the coming hours, errol, we are expected to see more and more people coming out. as to the difference of opinion, the two different set positions between what the government and beijing is saying and the demonstrators and organizers
want, they are still a long way apart and still no movement on either side. benny tai, one of the protest organizers, he says this is now a pure and true protest of the people and there aren't leaders involved so much now so the government has to speak to all hong kong. so what he's saying is that he is not in any real sort of communication with the leadership of the hong kong government as are none of the other protest leaders as well so at the moment we have a complete disconnect going on and all the while more and more people are coming here to lend their support to the protesters. now, one of the student protesters is calvin sen. he has been here for three days, calvin, as you listen to beijing and the hong kong government say we are not going to move, we are not going to change our position, what do you think and what are your actions going to be? >> i think we will continue this
protest until the government or the chinese government and hong kong government do something for our action because we cannot stand for it anymore and we need to change and we need to change now. >> this is such a big moment for hong kong students. do you think that the attitudes here are getting stronger and stronger and they're not going to accept anything less than a change in the political process, a change of leadership in hong kong? >> i think the change -- the people want to change for the one person and the person that will decide, not decided by the government, the hong kong government. >> reporter: we have seen one instance where gas was used, pepper spray was used against the demonstrators. are you going to stay here if that happens again and if it doesn't happen again how long will you stay here. >> i think i will stay for more than one week.
>> reporter: and then? >> then we will the government if their response to our requests. >> reporter: if they're not responding will you put your studies on hold? >> i think i will go back to study for days and come back. >> reporter: there has been a lot of references made to the student movement here and the student movement in tiananmen square in 1989. now, no one is suggesting there will be the same sort of crackdown that we saw in 1989, but do you worry, do you fear that there could be a strong response from the hong kong authorities? >> i think the situation compared to the situation in china has changed. now we have many medias and i think the possibility for how that happened in china and won't happen here. >> reporter: what do you say to the hong kong business people,
the shop owners who are losing business, who are suffering financially because of the disruptions caused by these protests? >> i think we need to apologize. we owe them apology because we cause them to lose business, especially today and the day after today is holiday and they are losing their business because we are doing this and so-called revolution. >> so you apologize but you're going to continue to do it. >> because i think the things we are doing now is more important than their own business compare to the whole hong kong situation. >> reporter: do you think you have the support of hong kong or most of hong kong? >> i think so because business is just one thing but if we -- what we are hoping for is true democracy to vote for our own
people, not a person decided in hong kong and chinese government and, yes, i hope the businessman will understand this. >> reporter: thank you very much for joining us here. calvin, one of the tens of thousands of student protesters who have led this pretty much from the beginning. errol, it has been a focused on the younger hong kongers but you're seeing a wider cross section. another public holiday tomorrow. a lot saying if it goes on for another week or so that there could be a reaction within hong kong because of the business lost here and because hong kong is such a pragmatic place and such a business oriented city. errol. >> yeah, and it's interesting that protesters saying he's ready to stay there at least a week and i know they've had
supplies, they've been buying groceries, people have been volunteering to clean up. these students are well prepared to stay there. andrew stevens live for us in hong kong. thanks very much. but we will continue this conversation coming up in the next half hour. we're going to get the view from an organizer of the protesters against the occupy central movement. a man who says he works in this area and he thinks that the protests could impact businesses so how will he respond to what calvin just said, that this is more important than business and he hopes business leaders understand. stay tuned to see what this guest has to say about that point later. now to some other stories we're following for you. a man in texas has become the first person to be diagnosed with ebola in the united states. the patient traveled back to the u.s. from liberia and he's now in isolation in a hospital there in dallas. texas governor rick perry plans to hold a news conference later today. he's been working with state and federal officials to coordinate
a response. cnn's mary mueller has more. >> reporter: the centers for disease control and prevention says the first patient to be diagnosed with ebola in the u.s. is being treated in dallas, texas. >> the bottom line here is that i have no doubt that we will control this importation or this case of ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country. >> reporter: the cdc says he flew to the u.s. from the west african nation of liberia on september 19th and began to have symptoms four or five days later, september 28th he was admitted to a hospital in texas. he then tested positive for ebola. >> any contact, any contact this person had or -- over those four days between when they became ill and before they were in isolation, they need to be found, they need to be put in isolation and monitored for three weeks. >> reporter: health officials say they are trying to track down immediate family or people
the patient had contact with. still, they say there is a low risk of the disease spreading and it's not contagious until someone shows symptoms. since the patient wasn't sick on the plane to the u.s., health officials don't want people who traveled with him to panic. >> we do not believe there is any risk to anyone who was on the flight at that time. >> reporter: the cdc isn't sure how he contracted the disease. as for his condition, they will only say he is ill and under intensive care. in atlanta, i'm mary mueller reporting. >> that was the first confirmed case in the u.s. but you see here just how widespread the issue still is in west africa. there are now more than 3,000 confirmed or suspected deaths of ebola there and 6500 cases of the virus. the u.s. and its allies ramp up their air campaign against militants. why are the militants still gaining ground? also for you a terror expert shows us how isis is using
monday into tuesday. britain added its firepower for the first time hitting an isis heavy weapon position and an armed pickup truck in iraq. you're seeing some of the ministry of defense footage there. meantime, turkey's parliament decided to send troops to fight isis. turkish tanks are on guard near the syrian border town of kobani. the militant group, 150,000 refugees have poured into turkey and that's just since last week. the latest u.s. military action in iraq began more than 50 days ago and we're a little more than a week into the air campaign in syria but as jim sciutto explains isis somehow is still gaining ground. >> reporter: u.s. and coalition warplanes rule the skies. but on the ground, isis remains on the offensive. in syria kurdish forces are locked in a fight for their lives.
surrounded by isis militants in the town of kobani on the turkish border. more than half of coalition air strikes in syria overnight targeted this area. but isis' relentless assault continues there. in iraq, isis seized an iraqi military base 50 miles north of baghdad. the second major iraqi base to fall since the start of the u.s. air campaign. dozens of isis militants overwhelming 180 iraqi soldiers, most of whom fled before the base was overrun. now a large cache of u.s.-made weapons and armored vehicles are in the hands of isis. >> air strikes alone you're just not going to bomb them away. it's not going to happen like that. >> reporter: the warplane could eventually include requests for u.s. ground troops, a point reiterated at the council on foreign relations today by deputy secretary of defense robert work. >> the pentagon keeping that option on the table? >> when and if chairman dempsey
believes that there is a point in which we might need to have troops they'll put that option forward and it'll be up to the president to decide. >> reporter: the coalition against isis continues to grow with britain carrying out its first air strikes in iraq today. but the u.s. remains in the lead and it's getting expensive. the first wave of u.s. military action against isis has cost nearly $1 billion according to one study. the bill will grow at $320 million per month if operations continue at their current pace. amounting to $4 billion a year in an environment of tightening military budgets. >> jim sciutto there. now, the wife of a british man held hostage by isis in syria has made an emotional appeal to the terror group. barbara henning went before the camera to urge isis to release her husband alan. he was kidnapped back in december where he planned to
deliver aid supplies and spoke directly to isis but first she had a message for her husband. >> alan, we miss you and we're dreadfully concerned for your safety but we are given so much hope by the outcry across the world as to your imprisonment. i ask the islamic state please release him. we need him back home. thank you. >> it's difficult to imagine what she is going through right now. alan henning appeared at the end of a video showing the beheading of another british aid worker. now, in recent months isis recruited thousands of brand-new members and many are from western countries, some of them are teens so how did isis win them over? lori siegel explains. >> reporter: question, favorite dessert, answer, ice cream on top of a hot apple pie. how do you maintain your beard? shampoo scented oils and a comb.
have you ever fallen in love? the day i embraced islam. these are the questions posed to an alleged isis recruiter on ask.fm. approa approachable, his tag line, i'm just like you. cnn cannot independently verify the man's identity but terrorism analysts confirmed he is likely an isis recruiter based on a social media presence. >> he's a recruiter who is putting himself out there to some kid who might be trolling looking to see if he can cash in on this little jihadi adventure that they all think they're on. >> reporter: sheikh would knee. he is a former recruiter for the taliban who later defected to work with canadian intelligence. he's been tracking isis tactics on western social networks from a variety of recruiters. collecting instagram pictures like this one before it was removed.
liken the isis fight to the video game call of duty. propaganda posters full of heavy arms and tweeting telling readers to put down the chicken wings and come to jihad, bro. pictures of what they ate for dinner on ask.fm curious readers ask about married life. do they own a house or get paid. they're paid $700 per wife. another asks if he could join even if he doesn't speak arabic. some of those answers you'll see a kick user name encouraging them to message on a private app as the process continues they're directed to more secure sites like this passport web forum. in a statement to cnn, it's focused on being able to catch specific threats. the company says it's been removing profiles. instagram don't allow terrorist group like isis to promote their causes on the site but sheikh
who has been monitoring them for two years says the western world is playing catch-up. >> the recruitment has been going on for a long time. it will be on decline but it might be a little too late because now the individuals are already there. they're part of the group and part of the threat and welcome to bring it back. >> reporter: lori siegel, cnn money, new york. >> hours of questions on capitol hill does little to ease lawmakers' concerns about the security at the white house. how the secret service director explained recent lapses coming up. ou're not gonna believe this! watch this. sam always gives you the good news in person, bad news in email. good news -- fedex has flat rate shipping. it's called fedex one rate. and it's affordable. sounds great. [ cell phone typing ] [ typing continues ] [ whoosh ] [ cell phones buzz, chirp ] and we have to work the weekend. great. more good news -- it's friday!
financial noise welcome back. a grand jury in the u.s. indicted the man armed with a knife who ran into the white house more than a week ago. an angry u.s. lawmakers have many serious questions about just how omar gonzalez was able to get well inside -- you see him there crossing the white house lawn all of this before he was subdued. cnn's pamela brown reports the director of the secret service was the focus of intense criticism at a congressional hearing. >> reporter: 42-year-old omar gonzalez seen here bolting across the white house lawn was stopped by just one on duty secret service officer in the white house and a source briefed on the breach said two off-duty agents who happened to be on the lower level heard the commotion and assisted. "the washington post" reports one of those had been guarding the obama daughters just four
minutes earlier before they left with the president on marine one. >> i have asked for a full review. it's obvious it is obvious that mistakes were made. >> reporter: for nearly four hours the director of the secret service, julia pierson was grilled on how omar gonzalez was able to make it inside. >> don't let somebody get close to the president. don't let somebody get close to his family. >> i wish to god you protected the white house like you are protecting your reputation here today. >> i don't want anyone to imagine, imagine, imagining that they can pierce the protective veil of the secret service. >> reporter: pierson admitted at least two secret service agents recognized gonzalez from previous incidents even before he jumped the fence. >> they observed him for some time. he wasn't acting inappropriately. he didn't violate any laws.
>> but they did not report that and they did not approach him, correct? >> i think they noted that but they did not approach him. >> pierson admitted today after jumping the fence gonzalez made it past five rings of security. dashing 70 yard as cross the iconic front lawn and into the buildings unlocked front door, inside pierson said he overpowered an agent and made a left turn through the red carpeted cross hall before briefly running into the east room and finally being arrested. committee members pressed the director on why the secret service didn't disclose how far he made it into the white house. the struggle and told the public gonzalez was unarmed. >> i know when mr. gonzalez was placed into custody he was found to have a folded knife in his right front pants pocket. >> do you consider that a weapon. >> that is a weapon. >> why would the secret service put out an official press release saying -- put out a statement to the associated press. did you correct the associated
press? did you call them back and say you got that wrong? >> i have no knowledge of that. >> reporter: members of congress laid out a list of secret service failures including lack of training, failure to lock the front door and the decision not to use more force to stop gonzalez. an argument former secret service offices dispute. >> we could easily be setting here today discussing why an iraq veteran possibly suffering through posttraumatic stress disordered armed with only a pocket knife was shot dead on the north lawn. >> reporter: pamela brown, cnn, washington. a new typhoon has formed in the western pacific and will threaten japan in the coming day. meteorologist ivan cabrera is tracking this and joins us with more. ivan, good to see you. japan dealing with its volcano, right, and the recovery efforts still ongoing there. could this impact that at all or is this just too far off? >> this storm, errol, good to see you, in fact, is headed right up towards the volcano
here and now we're togging about 96 to 120 hours. four to five days out so we're hoping and thinking is that they would have recovered everyone by then and they would have completed that because if the track holds as we see it right now this is going right up towards central japan so we have a few days to get through this and the models are still not locked in on what we'll do. this is our new typhoon phanfone getting its act together in the western pacific heading up towards japan and i think it will likely impact japan in some way, shape or form. the hook is not going to be soon enough, the turn to the north and east we're expecting this to turn and you can see one of our modeling cranking this up. this may become the threshold for a super typhoon and we could do that in 72 hours' time. thereafter this will begin to weaken as far as the wins but so strong in 72 hours that this weakening will not be enough i
think to prevent some significant impacts right along the japanese coastline and, in fact, well inland so we have to watch this closely, 96 hours to about 120 hours that would take us into the late part of the weekend into early next week. we have a series of troughs that is dips in the jet streams that are going to be moving through here and one of them is eventually going to pick this up. but the strength of it and the timing of it still remains to be seen. we have a group of models that are tending further to the west and some tending further to the east so right now the official forecast track as you saw from the warning center takes it up the middle so that's going to be our big story in the next few days and keep you posted on that. of course, in hong kong we've had the conditions there with the umbrella revolution going on, they've been doing two things not only symbolic but helping with the downpours that have been moving through hong kong and, of course, the heat has been impacting the protesters out there. we've been talking about
temperatures soaring well into the 30s and heat indices have been pushing to about 40 degrees. three-day forecast takes us into friday with low 30s, high humidity and a pretty good chance of thunderstorms. errol, we are going to talk about the errol sea in the next half hour. >> that's right. >> it's not good news. >> shrinking, disappearing. stay tuned for that, ivan, thanks very much. coming up more on the pro-democracy protests in hong kong. just after the break we'll talk live with an attorney who completely disagrees with what all those people in that shot want, he says, these demonstrators are breaking the law. what else will he say? join us next. but when we start worrying about tomorrow, we miss out on what matters today. ♪ at axa, we offer advice and help you break down your retirement goals into small, manageable steps. because when you plan for tomorrow,
hey there, everyone. thanks for staying with us. i'm errol barnett. our top stories right now. pro-democracy protests in hong kong are expected to grow once again today. you're looking at live picture, demonstrators demand the right to elect their own leader without approval from beijing and want hong kong's current chief executive to resign. the government says the protests are illegal and won't change beijing's mind. doctors in texas say a man who returned from liberia is the first person to be diagnosed with ebola in the united states. the patient didn't have any symptoms when he arrived in the u.s. a week and a half ago. he's now in isolation in a dallas hospital. coalition forces have launched 28 air strikes against isis over a 24-hour period and the u.s. military says this is the biggest day of bombing since the campaign began. british warplanes joined the battle against isis on tuesday hitting two targets in northwestern iraq. seven people killed and 15
wounded after a suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying afghan army personnel. that explosion and another one that injured four people both happened in kabul. the taliban is claiming responsibility. the bombings come one day "after midnight" began officials signed a deal to let u.s. troops stay in the country after the end of the year. let's get you back to our top story, the growing pro-democracy protests in hong kong. tens of thousands of people are gathered near the city's financial district demanding that, what they call, they want universal suffrage. the right to elect their own leader and the key is they want it without having to choose from a list of candidates approved by the government in beijing. police used tear gas against some of the demonstrators over the weekend. since then we have not seen any repeats of that. in fact, as you see things remain peaceful. some are calling this the umbrella revolution because demonstrators have been using their umbrellas to protect
themselves from blasts of pepper spray. >> we are not very satisfied with the current situation in hong kong. because the leaders in hong kong do not rule according to the wish of the people. >> this is a very important time for hong kongers to have a true democracy system like we should not accept a political reform that have a selected system. >> we want to select our own candidates by our people. >> i have never seen some -- this scene in hong kong before but it is similar to the student movement in china 25 years ago. >> like the beijing one i think that is quite different from us but what we are still looking for is the democracy and i th k think -- >> as long as there's one person out on this highway i'm going to be here. >> i come here to support the students and we want real
democracy in hong kong. i think the government right now is crazy. we just flew the smoke against the students, against the people with nothing -- they do nothing wrong. >> all right. let's bring in the former president of the law society of hong kong and the organizer of the protect central movement. he says protesters in hong kong are breaking the law. thanks so much for joins us on cnn today and welcome. you just heard from some demonstrators, young and old, saying this is about voicing their opinions and they're really not doing anything wrong. i know you completely disagree with that so what is so illegal about these demonstrators just peacefully asking for clean direct democracy without chinese interference? >> well, thank you for having me, errol. i'm happy to be here to explain the situation of hong kong to the world. basically this is a place where
we have been holding quite dear in our hearts the real law. we, of course, do not disagree with the democratic movement if it is to be conducted in a lawful manner but given the last almost one year and nine months' time we have been hearing quite loud and clear about, you know, how this occupy central movement is to be conducted and eventually now it happens. although it was set to be with love and peace to conduct -- to orchestrate entire idea behind occupy central, we can see the commotion, we can see that people are getting, you know, edgy and not calm, now -- >> hold on there. we're looking at pictures over the past few days. there's nothing edgy about it. they're offering to clean up after one another. they simply want to be able to vote and participate in elections. they care about what happens on the island.
what is so illegal or i guess i should say is what about the way they're doing this deems their message inadequate? i mean they simply want to participate in clean democracy. a lot of times young people are seen as the hope for the future. it's risky to ignore them, don't you think? >> i don't think that there's a case of ignorance or ignoring this clear messages from the youngster, young generation. what we have gone through is the consultation, of course. that has gone through. if you just look at the picture, that, you know, of seemingly people were just sitting there and doing nothing, well, this is only a moment of their the teen movement. nobody can guarantee what it will lead to in the next several days. if this situation is to be prolonged, pragmatic and realistic, if the central part
of hong kong now is just more than one already it has already spill out into causeway bay, different areas in hong kong, now, this sort of situation cannot be allowed to prolong that long because the whole operation will be brought to total stoppage so this has to bb be, well, dealt with. everybody is entitled to speak out. we have a lot of channels to air our view. i not the way we sit in in the street and then blocking all the services, emergency including. >> but consider this, sir, mr mr. junius ho, the fact that the young people have done that hasn't resulted in anyone listening to them at all. you should be happy with what you've got and we're not budging. what do you suggest the young people do instead? >> well, i think, you know, the youngster has already made their case and i also agree to one
point at this time, there's an appeal to the government especially to the chief executive to come out and talk to them. i welcome that one, you know, having a dialogue is better than none. >> shouldn't he be listening to what the young people are saying? not the other way around. >> i think he is always listening. the only point is, okay, "a," i agree there should be a conversation and make everybody calm down back to the normal life again. i think that's the first and first in priority given to this objective. now, talking to the youngster is -- has always been the thing that we force so much in hong kong. i don't think there is any lack, you know, lacking of the communication channel. that's not the case, hong kong is fully developed city, very sophisticated in terms of communication, there's no
restriction whatsoever so everybody is entitled to speak out. now, if the youngster sat, you know, the reason why we have to stop here because we have been denied with all the communication in the past, nobody has been hearing from us, that is not a fair case, is it? you are cnn, also conducting your news and network here. nobody is being shut out. >> but are they being listened to? i know we don't have -- >> i think they have already been listened to. >> you've made that point but obviously the fact that they're still out in the street again today, these numbers are growing shows that they don't feel like they are being listened to. >> no, i don't think that is the case. >> i understand that. you've been able to voice that but we have run out of time. mr. junius ho, one of many people there who want hong kong anticipate all that it's gained to be protected, people just differ on how exactly they want to make that happen. thanks so much for joining us on cnn and sharing your views today. >> you're welcome.
>>of what's going on in hong kong is a mystery to many people in mainland china and that's because beijing is blocking social media and tv reports like this. david mckenzie joins us live from beijing to talk more about that and what's interesting, david, is you listen to our guest there, you know, there are some in hong kong that think this is being done the wrong way but beijing hasn't seen the scale of this toward its policies since the tiananmen square protests but this is different in so many ways. what options are on the table for beijing? >> well, options at this point are difficult to ascertain because both sides appear to be sticking to their guns as it were. the protesters want the change you've been describing and the government in beijing they are not willing to move on the central premise that they are discussing or that they are arguing about. there does appear at some point maybe some opening for negotiations but we're not there
at this point but you do say one thing and that is a lot of history and a lot of protest movements in the past including tiananmen have been erased from the memory of chinese and in the same way this is true for this event here in the mainland it's very hard to find out what's going on in hong kong. they braved tear gas demanding democracy and the occupy central movement vows to dig in but back in mainland china, cnn's coverage of protests blacked out and over on state tv, the hong kong protests are largely ignored. out on the streets state media has been warred to tow the party line. this headline saying occupy movement creates instability in hong kong. it's very difficult for chinese in the mainland to get the full picture of what's going on.
"i don't know about the protests," says this man. know? what news, haven't seen it, she says. i think they are people with ulterior motives behind the protests. it's probably the u.s. the americans are always doing evil things. jeremy goldcorn says the ultimate battle are on the media. they were cut off protests began and the party censored photo sharing site instagram. >> texts are just as powerful. they would prefer them not to be spread in china. >> the ideas, freedom of expression, freedom of is amiably are all openly debated in hong kong but far more dangerous to the party here. the situation in beijing couldn't be any more different. even a small group of protesters moved on to tiananmen square
they would be stopped immediately and detained. the communist party in mainland china doesn't allow for open dissent. because the threat of the tiananmen square student uprisings still looms over current party leadership. when it comes to hong kong, the propaganda and censorship machine in china is in lockstep. their ultimate aim making sure nothing at all threatens the party's grip on power. well, errol, you know, one really is losing the irony of the moment today because it's the national day in china and there were symbolic scenes of flag raising this morning over tiananmen square. the issue in hong kong doesn't affect the vast majority of those in china, 7 million versus 1.4 some billion, one pro-government voice saying it's a way a storm in a teacup
compared to the rest of china but make no mistake, in hong kong it's crucially important to the communist party in china particularly the leaders here in beijing and they will be looking for solutions to get out of this and avoiding a situation like tiananmen 25 years ago. >> yeah, and we all hope that we don't see a repeat of that deadly massacre and that somehow some way that is avoided politicians come to some kind of agreement. david mckenzie live for us in beijing approaching 2:45 in the afternoon, david, thanks. now, isis fighters drove them from their homes. displaced iraqis have made it to a safe place for now but then what? we'll look into this for you next.
welcome back. thanks for staying with us. a few new developments in the war against isis. here they are. british fighter jets joined the battle on tuesday for the first time bombing two militant targets in iraq. further south about 80 kilometers from baghdad isis overran a military base. the extremist group released these images that it claim show the takeover. we've got to tell you cnn cannot independently confirm its authenticity. for many iraqis fleeing isis fighters a refugee camp offers temporary haven but it's not a permanent solution. as ben wedeman reports some who lost everything still hope to return home.
>> reporter: they don't have a soccer field but they don't seem to mind. hundreds have found temporary shelter in a public park in the christian neighborhood here. in august they fled their homes west of mosul as isis pushed forward. christians and kurds, they knew mercy would not be their lot. [ speaking a foreign language ] "we left everything" this man tells me. our livestock, chicken, money, our house. we just brought what we were wearing. he worries about the health of his grandchildren living in the dust tormented by insects. they quietly eat their evening meal in their tent. the loss of everything they once owned leaves a bitter taste in their mouths. [ speaking a foreign language ] "we were living like kings" he says. now we're sitting on iron. they stole my son's tractor. they stole 50 tons of barley and
wheat. they stole everything in all the houses, everything i worked for my entire life gone in an instant. some of the camp residents will soon be moved to vacant buildings for better shelter but places are limited. at the moment, the temperatures are mild but the winter rains and the cold are just weeks away and these people have nowhere to go. nowhere to go in irbil, that is. some are looking toward more distant destinations. the adults here are divided between those who cling to their ancestral land and those who have given up on iraq. 68-year-old bernard gegi a medic wants to be buried in his native soil. i don't want to leave my country. this is my country. it's dear to me. i'm iraqi. an iraqi christian, an authentic iraqi. why should i leave?
where shall i go? but the strands of iraq's complex diverse society are unraveling. decades of war and hardship culminates in the islamic's state reign of terror have convinced this woman it's time to go. we want to emigrate, she tells me. it's not safe. there is no safety and there's no hope. if we were to go back in a year or two things could be even worse. [ speaking a foreign language ] iraqis who have lived together generation after generation may soon part ways to the four corners of the earth. ben wedeman, cnn, irbil, northern iraq. >> adorable kids there have no idea what's going on around them. all right, still to come for you here on cnn we'll pose an interesting question. north korea is accused of digging a tunnel, secret tunnel that reaches all the way to seoul. our paula hancocks investigates.
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for more than 60 years authority and south korea have enjoyed an uneast truce. they're technically speaking still at war. for years leaders have known about tunnels dug by the north into south korea but one retired general says they may extend much further than previously thought. paula hancocks has more. >> reporter: seen as a tourist
attraction rather than a military threat these days, an infiltration tunnel dug from north korea to south korea, passing over the most heavily fortified border on earth. three found in the 1970s. one in 1990. nothing since. but the defense ministry admits there may be 20 in all. this major general believes he's discovered a new one under a seoul apartment block. a former two-star general, now a tunnel hunter, he says residents complained of underground vibrations back in march. he then detected three tunnels, up to 12 meters under the basement. his team drilled down to lower a camera. but before they could, hans said their recorder picked up two underground explosions, their drill holes were then blocked. the work, he is certain, of north korean soldiers protecting the tunnel. >> they work hard to make a stone pipe to come down the tube.
>> reporter: this north korean defector was a senior intelligence official within the military. he hides his identity as he still has family in the north. he says the tunnel digging lasted decades before scaling down in the late '90s, but he believes existing tunnels would still be protected. if war breaks out, he says, infantry units will be sent into the tunnels wearing south korean and u.s. military uniforms. the targets are u.s. forces in korea and taking hostages at the u.s. embassy. then the blue house and the communications and gas supply system will be hit. south korea's defense ministry says a tunnel would not reach seoul. 40 kilometers or 25 miles from the border. it says there's a ten-kilometer or six-mile limit because of the injun river. from north korea to seoul is a considerable distance, says this spokesman. and the soil structure contains a lot of granite. so it's not an easy dig like it was digging tunnels in vietnam, for example. north korea has said in the past the tunnels are not for
invasion, but part of their mining industry. with pyongyang's nuclear ambitions and long-range ballistic missile, the focus is no longer on these tums. the military still officially looks for them, but the budget is small leaving tunnel hunters frustrated, believing that their concerns are simply not being taken seriously. paula hancocks, cnn, seoul. >> now thought to be confused with errol the human, the aral sea was once the fourth largest lake in the world but now it's 10% of its former size. ivan cabrera explains why and high. >> yeah, you know, we show you pictures, a lot of the ice sheets and melting due to climate change but this nothing to do with climate change. this was back in the 1960s during the ussr, they undertook a major water diverse project here and fly you into the area where we find the aral sea or
what's left of it. kazakhstan, uzbekistan and turkmenistan down to the south and what happened was the reason for it here is that they wanted to divert the water that flowed from the two major rivers that fed into the aral sea and get it to arid plains and it worked. we had cotton fields that were blooming, but, of course, it came at the peril of the aral sea which began to shrink up here. we'll show you fascinating imagery from nasa and start it up in 2000 which at that point it was already a fraction of what it was in the 1960s when they undertook that water diversion project. the black lines was the shore. that was the expanse of the aral sea from the north to the south and we have these two locations west to east across the south. watch what happens when we put this into motion in the 2000s as a result of contamination, fertilizers coming in to the eastern lobe specifically here. look at this thing, almost dried
up here. by 200 an important year they decided and realized that at this point it was beyond saving here so what they did is built a dam to the north to protect the northern part of the aral sea and it actually worked. in fact we've seen a rebound in the last few years across the north but down here to the south this thing is pretty much gone. in fact, if you go on the google machine you'll see they have not updated their maps still indicating a nice blue hue of water where there is no longer water. another problem we had with this dry lake bed that looks, well, not too menacing here and benign we had some of those chemicals deposition sited by the wind in feels and damaging crops and, of course, the moderating influence made the summers hotters, the winters cooler so incredible what just a project that was meant to do good did back in the 1960s, errol.
>> you can search some of the images online and see ships still stuck in the mud there. >> fascinating stuff. ivan, thanks very much. good to see you. stay with us. rosemary church chajoins me nex with the top stories. a case of ebola in the united states and pro democracy protests are still swelling into the tens of thousands. stay with cnn. ups is a global company, but most of our employees live in the same communities that we serve.
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big day? ah, the usual. moved some new cars. hauled a bunch of steel. kept the supermarket shelves stocked. made sure everyone got their latest gadgets. what's up for the next shift? ah, nothing much. just keeping the lights on. (laugh) nice. doing the big things that move an economy. see you tomorrow, mac. see you tomorrow, sam. just another day at norfolk southern. hey there, everyone. welcome to those watching in the u.s. and all around the world. i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. and we want to show you these live pictures from hong kong. it may be the fat holiday in china but protesters here are en