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it was as if they had keys to the entire building. new information coming in to cnn about how hackers got into sony's computer network, and how the u.s. is thinking about retaliation. also coming up -- >> this is where the taliban got into the school. they cut the barbed wire, the top of the wall, scaled it using bamboo ladders. another team got in down here and then they took off to the main buildings. >> cnn is at the school where the taliban murdered dos of
students. u.s. air strikes have killed several isis leaders and an area once overrun by terrorists is now clear. also ahead, some people support the man accused of bombing the boston marathon. but a bombing survivor had a few words for them. as he showed them his prosthetic leg. hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm errol barnett sneaking in to join you. >> thank you. >> another hour here on cnn. all of those stories coming up. but we are following an incredibly disturbing story coming to us out of australia. police say they have not yet identified any suspects in the mysterious deaths of eight kids, children found inside a house in cairns, their deceased bodies, the ages range between 18 months and 15 years old. officials say a 34-year-old woman who is the mother of seven of the children is being treated for her injuries right now. we understand she is also
assisting officials with the investigation, but at this early stage, police are not saying how the children died. but they are unconfirmed report news from australian media that they were stabbed. australian prime minister tony abbott called it an unspeakable crime and said all parents would feel a gut-wrenching sadness as what has happened. when we get new information, we'll certainly bring that to you. u.s. investigators say they're building evidence that north korea is behind the cyberattack on sony, to the point that the u.s. government could publicly blame north korea later today. >> officials tell cnn hackers stole credentials of a system administrator to gain access to sony's computers. that means this was not an inside job. sony shelved its planned release of the movie "the interview" after the hackers threatened terror attacks on any heat they're showed it. so how will the white house respond? cnn's chief security correspondent jim sciutto lays out some possible option.
>> reporter: with the administration close to publicly blaming north korea for the sony hack, meetings now under way at the white house to launch what it calls a, quote, proportional response. >> as the members of telephone national security team meet to discuss this matter, they are considering a range of options. >> reporter: the administration has several potentially powerful steps at its disposal. the u.s. could impose further economic sanctions on north korea, including applying even stricker restrictions on pyongyang's access to dollar-denominated trade. the desperately poor communist country's economic lifeline to fuel, food, and crucially, weapons. >> if we block them from the international financial community, they can't get the hard currency that they need in order to carry out the types of activities, clandestine activities they're doing as well as their nuclear weapons program. >> reporter: this is a tactic the administration has applied with great effect against iran regarding its nuclear program.
and more recently against russia following its invasion of crimea and eastern ukraine. naming and shaming north korea publicly is another step, a move the u.s. took years to make with beijing, despite its multiple and systematic cyberattacks against u.s. businesses and government departments. if u.s. investigators identify the individuals behind the hack, the u.s. could also levee criminal charges against north korean hackers, a step the u.s. took against an elite group of chinese hackers earlier this year, believed housed at this building outside of shanghai and known as unit 61398. so who are the alleged north korean culprits? u.s. investigators suspect a top secret group within the north korean military called cryptically bureau 121, made up of at least 1800 cyberwarriors scattered around the globe. >> one of the reasons you haven't seen an aggressive u.s.
response is we don't know what they would do back, and we don't want to start a second korean war. we don't want to see cyberattacks that we can't stop. so north korea not at top of the league when it comes to cyberattacks. not even as good as iran, but very dangerous. >> that was cnn's jim sciutto reporting. now the shelved release of "the interview" is believed to have triggered this cyberattack. but it's not the first time sony has been victimized by hackers. that's a very important point as we bring in our will ripley who is tracking all of this for us from tokyo. and sony pictures, that's just a small fraction of the overall sony empire. but this is a company that has been hacked on a regular basis. won't there be increasing blame now pointed toward the company, saying that the company should have known better and done more to prevent this in the first place? >> reporter: yeah, this really is quite sounding an alarm.
not only for sony's parent company in tokyo, sony pictures in the united states, but a bunch of corporations that are now reexamining their cybersecurity. you may be going into work tomorrow morning and find that your password doesn't work because system-wide your employer may say everybody needs to change their password. and those are probably going to be happening, the types of security steps are going to be happening more and more and more. i went inside a cyberlab here in tokyo that says even sony, which has tried to up its security after previous hackings couldn't possibly have been prepared for something like this. hidden behind security doors and bulletproof glass, a tokyo office that could easily be the set of a sci-fi movie. only this plot is real. >> they say this is a map that shows all of the cyberattacks launched in japan just in the last month. hackers from around the world targeting thousands of japanese companies for hundreds of them, this tokyo cybersecurity firm is the only line of defense. the hackers are always getting
more advanced, for lac, which keeps its client list confidential, the chief technology officer knows a devastating hack like the one on sony pictures can penetrate even the best cyberdefense. you have all these experts here. could you have protected against an attack like this? could anybody protect against it? >> not 100%, he says. it's like catching a cold or getting the flu. or in sony's case, a disease that crippled a major corporation for the better part of a decade, the electronics and entertainment giant has been a popular cybertarget. three years ago in 2011, hackers stole 77 million playstation accounts, knocking out the network for almost a month. >> people thought about the so-called cyberterrorism, they thought hacking. >> asia strategist keith henry says sony was taken by surprise last month. cybercriminals took control of sony pictures computer system, and they did something unprecedented, stealing massive
amounts of data and using it to devastate the company. >> they can inflict damage, immense amount of damage to corporate america. >> reporter: sony appears to be trying to avoid further provoking north korea, telling cnn simply the investigation is ongoing. the japanese government is also distancing itself, telling cnn it's a united states issue. >> one of the reasons why no one is willing to make a statement, because they don't know what to say. >> reporter: henry says the world is coming to terms with the new reality of cyberterrorism. >> how are we going to deal with it? we don't know yet. >> reporter: for now, at tech labs like this, a new sense of urgency, figuring out how to fend off a new kind of enemy. and what you're seeing right now, errol, certainly here in japan and elsewhere is a growing number of corporations, government agencies, they're trying to stay away from doing anything that may provoke north korea. we've been trying to get some sort of a response to all of
this from the japanese government. the chief cabinet secretary said essentially, in spite of a fact that a major japanese company could be out hundreds of millions of dollars, they don't want this to affect the very sensitive talks that are ongoing right now between japan and north korea. they will be closely following the investigation, errol. >> and north korea is predictably unpredictable. a few weeks ago, they railroad releasing americans who had been detained. and now possibly doing this. there is a belief that perhaps the u.s. officials are calibrating the appropriate response before they point the finger at north korea friday. i found it interesting that expert you spoke with, though, said look. no one can be 100% protected against this type of attack. and when you combine that with the information that they got the administrator's log-in credentials, user name and password, you wonder how anybody could be protected by something like that. did he speak to you at any more detail about how this specific
type of attack could have been avoided? >> well, certainly any system administrator that is given access to the entire computer network, they need to be extremely careful in guarding all of their log-in information. and what sony should have done better, this expert that i spoke with said, you can't necessarily stop somebody from getting into your system, but you should have a detection system where you can tell once it's been infiltrated. in this case, this hacking went on for quite some time. enough time for the hackers to steal a tremendous amount of data, a huge amount of data that they're now using to systematically punish this company. that should have been stopped, the experts are saying, a lot sooner before it came to all of this. >> will ripley live for us in tokyo. a lesson we can all take way from this. don't send any nasty e-mails about your coworkers to or from any of your coworkers, because there is no such thing as privacy in this modern world.
will ripley life in tokyo, natalie? . thanks, errol. meantime, sony's decision to stop the release of the interview has some in hollywood outraged. celebrities and critics instantly took to twitter, calling the move everything from cowardice to a threat to freedom. here is cnn's paul vercammen. >> reporter: instead of flowers on the walk of fame after a celebrity death, billboards are coming down. hollywood is riled up, especially on twitter. rob lowe, who appears in the film with stars seth rogen and james franco tweeted everyone caved. the move led to outrage, and according to superstar chris rock, fear. >> this whole thing is just scary, man. your e-mails and it's your private stuff. the whole town is scared. everybody's got to be scared. no one knows what, you know. >> nobody knows what to do. >> reporter: nobody knows with a to do. except rant from ben stiller to
stephen king to donald trump. >> well, i hear it was a terrible, terrible movie, sony has absolutely no courage or guts. >> reporter: their ongoing theme, sony just stepped on the first amendment, and its own money making comedy making team of rogen and franco. also stars in hits "this is the end" and this marijuana-laced action comedy. >> your servant, like a butler? >> no. >> reporter: fact is indeed stranger than fiction. two american comedians and an enraged north korean government. can you imagine if we wind up in a war because of the guys from pineapple express? >> reporter: paul vercammen, cnn, hollywood. >> and again, i think we may learn from the white house their reaction to whether this was north korea. >> but jimmy kimmel said it best. imagine if this does escalate to something much more serious or from a comedy, a parody, a silly movie that didn't even get good
reviews before it was shelved. >> and now the you imagine once it comes out people are going to see it because it has gotten so much press. >> so bizarre. the u.s. military has a new name for the terrorist group that calls itself the islamic state. >> a name that is very close to isil in arabic, and it also speaks to another niam that needs to crush underneath the foot. >> after the break, why they no longer want to call them isis or isil. female announcer: sleep train's interest free for 3 event!
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protest vigils were held thursday in karachi and other pakistani cities for the victims of this week's school massacre in peshawar. at least 148 people were killed in monday's attack, the vast majority of them children. people across pakistan are demanding the government do more to protect them from terrorists. >> cnn is getting a firsthand look at the devastating scene inside the school. our nic robertson visited that site. much of what he found is extremely disturbing. >> reporter: this is where the taliban got into the school. they cut the barbed wire at the top of the school.
another team got in just down here and then they took off towards the main buildings. they burst in to here, the main auditorium. they split into two teams, it was full of children here taking classes. >> translator: they shot me as soon as they came in. i tried to run. i was shot in my shoulder. the people who came had no sense of humanity in them. >> reporter: so many children afraid, trying to hide underneath these benches. the class was going on. a brigadier was giving a lesson in first aid. the dummy, the operators left where he fell. and this is when things get really bad. the army says that the children fled for the door over here and the door here. a hundred of them were gunned down as they were trying to escape, cold-blooded murder. everywhere you walk here, blood splatters all over the ground. the taliban not satisfied with their killing downstairs come up here to the computer lab. and one look inside this room and you can see immediately
what's happened. children gunned down, whether just typing at their computers. classroom after classroom, a pair of glasses sitting here, child's pencils and pens lying on the floor torn. pieces of school work, this child just been writing in its lessons and here on the board where the teacher would have been standing, bullet holes and then the place where the teacher fell. and this is where the final showdown took place. the administration brought one of the attackers blowing up the suicide vest here. shrapnel marks and the suicide vests. over here, rubble on the floor. another suicide bomber that's blown himself up. chaos, devastation. the principal's office down here, she's killed. and right up the end of the
corridor, the last suicide bomber blows himself up. the deputy principal hides in there and she survives. and this here is what's left of the last attacker. >> our international correspondent nic robertson reporting for us from that incredibly awful scene there in peshawar, pakistan. natalie? the kurds say they have broken the isis siege on mt. sinjar. peshmerga forces say they have the mountains in northern iraq. they say they have cleansed the area of isis fighters with the help of military airstrikes. that's the area where military aircraft dropped food to refugees who were being targeted by isis militants. >> now the pentagon confirms
that u.s.-led air strikes have killed three senior isis militants in iraq in recent weeks. the u.s. official tells cnn that all were closely connected to the man, isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi. two were considered high-ranking, including this individual, al baghdadi's deputy in iraq, a lieutenant colonel in the saddam hussein era special forces. well, most often you have heard the group referred to as isis. we say isis here, isil or the islamic state. now there is another name for the group. the u.s. general leading the fight against isis explains what it is and what it means. >> dush is a term that our partners in the use. in fact it speaks to a name that is very close to isil in arabic, and it also speaks to another
name that means to crush underneath the foot. our partners, at least the one i work with ask us to use that. because they feel if you use isil, that you legitimize a self-declared caliphate. and it -- they feel pretty strongly that we should not be doing that. >> all right. now to some other stories we're following. there is a verdict in the biggest corruption trial ever in hong kong. billionaire thomas hook accused of paying million in bribes to an official. we'll bring you the results after this.
hong kong business tycoon thomas kwok has been found guilty in the city's biggest corruption trial ever. the real estate developer was accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to a former government official who has also been found guilty. jurors acquitted kwok's brother raymond of all charges. the kwoks head up the multibillion development company shkp, which is responsible for many of hong kong's high-rise buildings. we learn more. >> reporter: batman scales the ifc towering over hong kong in "the dark knight." it's an architectural stamp of wealth and power. it isn't really surprising the
producers chose ifc as the backdrop for that dramatic scene. it's one of the most famous buildings on the hong kong skyline, and it's also one of the three tallest. all three of those tallest buildings were built by the property company founded by the kwok brothers. indeed, the trial of the brothers thomas and raymond kwok had hollywood plot lines, the biggest corruption case ever in hong kong. a mistress, a bribery and a family feud, all laced with political intrigue. the main question hung over whether the brothers bought the allegiance of a one-time chief secretary of the hong kong government. the central allegation, the brothers made payments to him through a series of intermediaries. and in return, they got access to key information to help their business. for the general public, the trial was a rare window into the world of the powerful and rich. the brothers and family are worth $14.5 billion, on a level with the murdochs, according to
"forbes" magazine's latest rich list. throughout the trial, the brothers and hoy maintained they were innocent. >> translator: i can say personally have i done nothing wrong. and i can vouch for mr. thomas kwok that he has done nothing either. i hope this investigation will clear my name. >> reporter: but the trial itself fueled a wider debate about the access of big business to big influence, especially in hong kong, a vibrant financial hub where the wealth cap is increasing. >> if you don't have outright bribery, then you might still have problems with influence peddling through the election system where large conglomerates have large numbers of vote. that tends to result in a government that has to respond to its corporate electorate rather than to the general public. >> reporter: this isn't the first time corruption in hong kong has hit the front pages. it follows hot on the heels of an investigation into former chief executive donald tsang for taking expensive gifts from chinese businessman, an allegation he denies.
the kwok brothers trial that is played out at the courthouse behind me has put into focus hong kong's reputation as a fairly corruption-free place to do business. and indeed, in transparency international's latest report, hong kong ranks 17th on the global corruption index. that's a pretty good showing. it's even on a level with the united states. but it's worth noting that hong kong has slipped in the rankings over the last four years, and many are wondering if it has further to go. manisha tank, cnn, hong kong. our friend derek van dam is with us to talk about california. they got all that rain, but didn't do much for the drought. >> a small dent in their drought. it did fill up reservoirs, especially over northern and central california, where they actually raised major reservoir levels by 6 to 10%. >> that's pretty good. >> that's pretty good. and we'll take it, right? it's southern california we're still concerned about. still under exceptional drought conditions. how did we get here? that's the big question.
it really was late 2013 into the first half of this year where we saw serious drought conditions start to build up. let's take a look at a map coming from drought monitoring center. you can see by the 17th of september in 2013, none of california was an exceptional drought. you have to look out for that burgundy color to flood the map. now, by the end of 2014, we saw upwards of 55% of the state under exceptional drought conditions. but with this recent deluge of rain that we've experienced, especially over the central and northern half of the state, we're starting to reroad at system of those number, only at 32.2% exceptional drought. a storm system moves in for the weekend, bringing wet weather and mountain snows to the cascades and the sierra nevadas. remember, that is very important for snowpack, especially as we get into the summer season as that melting snow fills up those
reservoirs. look at the onslaught of moisture across this region. very wet conditions and travel delays likely from seattle to portland, by the way. we're expecting from 3 to 5 inches locally of rainfall. perhaps a few higher amounts with snowfall exceeding a foot across the northern rockies and parts of the cascades. here is a look at temperatures today. if you're traveling about, we have sunshine for the east coast. that includes new york city. temperatures will warm to 38 for the big apple. atlanta, 57 with the cnn world weather center is located. monitoring a low-pressure system across the gulf states. that will bring some rain to houston, or rather dallas and new orleans. natalie, errol, back to you. >> all right, derek, thanks very much. we want to get to a developing story happening at this moment in madrid, spain. we can also show you some pictures we're watching where apparently a businessman has driven his car into the headquarters of spain's ruling conservative party. he appears to be angry perhaps
for something related to the country's faltering economy. he has been arrested. but the interesting part here is he has claimed to police that his vehicle has explosives inside, and that it's set to debt ta detonate at 9:30 in madrid, 3:30 a.m. on the east coast. we're watching the scene closely as the bomb squad, the police officials are there. they can see some objects we understand inside the car. objects through the car window appear to be like gas canisters. but certainly a serious claim from this businessman who appears to have an ax to grind against the government. again, a businessman has driven his car into the headquarters of madrid's ruling party, the conservative party. he has told police that his vehicle, which we're watching now, has been packed with explosives. and is set to detonate at any
moment. so a very serious situation. we don't have much more information to bring you. but if he claimed that his vehicle was set to explode at 9:30 in the morning local time, it does not appear to have happened yet. [ siren ] listening there to what sounds like some emergency vehicles there a bit. also people standing not too far from where all this is unfolding. a lot of questions, a lot that we still don't know at this early stage. but we'll keep our eyes fixed to this location and bring you any developments as they emerge. we'll continue to bring you the world's other big stories after this short break. stay with us here on cnn. ♪ [ female announcer ] you've tried to forget
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thanks for staying with us on cnn. i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm natalie allen. our top stories at this hour. >> the u.s. could blame north korea for the hack on sony say thanksgiving stole computer credentials of a system administrator to access the system. that means this was not an inside job. the cyberattack led sony to pull the film "the interview" about a plot to assassinate kim jong un. in cairns, australia, police say they have found eight children dead inside a suburban home. their ages range between 18 months, a baby, and 15 years. officials say the mother of seven of the victims is being treated for serious injuries, and she is assisting with what happened in that house. no suspects have been identified. boko haram militants have kidnapped more than 180 women and children in northeastern nigeria and killed 32 others.
it took four days for this news to get out since telecommunications towers were damaged in this region in previous attacks. meantime, military forces in cameroon say they killed at least 116 boko haram fighters on wednesday near its border with nigeria. u.s. lawmakers promised quick action on cybersecurity legislation when they get back from holiday break that will be january. but right now they are asking how could north korea launch a cyberattack that managed to shelve a major hollywood movie, if it was north korea. >> this really is unprecedented. the answers to that question might lie in the north korean agency called bureau 121. kim la met a defector who is trying to lift the veil of secrecy on the group. >> reporter: they are shadow warriors placed around the world with one sole mission, hack into and disrupt western interests. north korean soldiers, a
technicolor parading force against the west. on state run television a near ridiculous bravado of the military. but there are unseen soldiers in the cyberwar versus the west. they have no face and only known by a number, bureau 121. >> what is bureau 121? >> reporter: they conduct the cyberattacks against overseas and enemy states. he is a north korean defector, former pyongyang military systems computer administrator, attempting to crumble an agency nearly impossible to chase. bureau 121, a shadow agency with an one known number of the regime's handpicked shadow agents placed in countries around the world. he believes there are approximately 1800 of them, though he says the agents themselves don't know how many exist. we can't verify jong's claims about the shadow group, but he says he has obtained from a
current operative hundreds of financial files hacked from south korean banks, complete with names and other bank account details. is the cyberwar the real war for north korea? >> translator: raising cyberagents is fairly cheap, he says. the world has the wrong view of the north korean state. with that incorrect world view, north korea was able to increase its ability to launch cyberattacks. south korea learned the hard way. banks across the country last year were paralyzed, atms frozen for days. media outlets went dark, servers jammed or wiped. north korea denied it was the source of the hack. but in the wake of the attack, south korea beefed up its own cyberforce, declaring the online war as dangerous as pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. north korea exists in the land of over the top propaganda, while experts say it wages its parallel war in cyberspace, led
by a young man of the internet age ushering in a new phase of the korean conflict. what north korea craves most is visibility on the global map. what this hack of sony has done is given them exactly that. kyung lah, cnn, seoul. now the presumption we keep coming back to here is that north korea attacked sony's computers. but one cybersecurity expert says it could actually take years before we truly know who is responsible and exactly why it was done. here is part of my conversation earlier with martin lubicky of the rand corporation. >> one of the takeaways is this attack looks very similar to an attack carried out on the sands corporation corporation. iran came back or what we presumed to be iran and they trashed a lot of systems. in the last two years there have been a lot of prominent
cyberattacks that have gone ahead and trashed systems. when you consider that all of the pcs around the world that are capable of holding malware that are infected, we're talking about 1 to 2 billion personal computers, that's a lot of systems to go down if all of the sudden the hackers started becoming interested in trashing computers for the sake of trashing computers. it's not a good precedent to have. >> so what is your gut feeling then behind all of this? why would a group want to get into sony system specifically at a time it was about to release this very controversial movie? >> well, the motives of the hackers may have been related to the movie, okay, particularly if it's north korea, which my hunch is more likely than not, but not certain at this point. it could have been a private grudge. it could have been something that insiders wanted to do. it could have been extortion there is a lot that you don't know about an attack at the beginning. and some of these things remain unknown for years to come.
let me give you another example. there was an article about a week or so ago about a cyberattack that supposedly took place against the turkish pipeline. that cyberattack took place six and a half years ago. it's only coming to light now that it's possibly that what was thought to have been an accident was really a cyber attack. sometimes it takes a long time to get to the bill of these cyberattacks. it's the nature of cyberspace. >> all right, service security expert with the rand corporation leaving the possibilities wide open there. thank you so much for your time. >> and thank you. all right. next here on cnn, the boston bombing suspect appeared in court on thursday. we'll bring you details on the shouting matches that took place inside and outside the courtroom. stay with us here on cnn. [ rob ] we weren't always the most adventurous couple.
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the man accused of the bombing of the boston marathon finish line was in court thursday for the first time in more than a year. >> it was an interesting court session too in and outside. dzhokhar tsarnaev is accused of planting two bombs that did this. killed three people, wounded more than 260 others. some of his supporter, yes, he has supporters, and some of this critics came to court thursday, making their voices heard. as we learned from cnn's deborah feyerick. she was in the courtroom. >> reporter: the hearing took just 25 minutes.
dzhokhar tsarnaev in court for a pretrial hearing. it was the first time since 17 months ago at which time he pleaded not guilty to the 30 charges against him. he looked different from the last time i saw him. this time he had a short beard. he played with it at times during the hearing. he was wearing a black collared sweater along with a white shirt, gray slacks. the judge asked him a number of questions, including whether he was happy with his legal representation, and tsarnaev said yes, very much. the judge also asked him whether in fact he understood and was being kept up to date on what is going on. he said yes, sir. and when the judge asked whether he wanted to meet with him in private, he said no, sir. now, there was an outburst this the courtroom. a woman who is the mother of a friend of tsarnaev's, a young man who was implicated in a triple murder and then shot dead, the mother yelled out in russian, stay strong. you have supporters. she was led out of the courtroom after that particular outburst, though she did address the press afterwards. this trial is expected to begin january 5th with jury selection. the judge still has to issue a
number of rulings on various motions by both sides. deborah feyerick, cnn, boston. well, supporters of tsarnaev accused lawyers of, quote, trickery, saying there is not enough evidence to convict him. but a survivor of the attack heard that and held up his own prosthetic leg to show just the opposite. antoinette antonio of our affiliate in boston has that. >> love you, buddy, thank you. >> reporter: marathon bombing survivor mark has been to most, if not all of the hearing related to the case. but this is the first time we've seen a confrontation like this. holding up his prosthetic leg for dzhokhar tsarnaev's supporters to see. >> talk about the prosecution. you should care that they got the right guy. go to his dorm room, lady.
have you seen the evidence? >> reporter: the two women didn't have much to say about the words exchanged with him, but they continued holding signs in support of tsarnaev before and after the hearing. they claim there is false evidence in the case, and want to see a fair trial. >> and i think it's really important to realize the possibility of innocence. >> we were here to just raise some awareness about things concerning the case that people may not be aware of. >> reporter: after the hearing was over, he left the courthouse saying he is grateful to be alive. as for seeing people in support of the accused bomber -- >> like i said, they're all welcome to their opinions. like i said, there is supporters for him, and there is supporters for us. >> and again, tsarnaev pleading not guilty. all right. coming up for you, the rain has stopped for now in southern thailand. but, as you might expect, there is more on the way. just as the country bails out from deadly flooding. stay with us for the latest on this.
take a look at this fisticuffs a flying in the kenyan parliament. lawmakers were debating a tough new anti-terror bill, and you see it just unfolded into chaos. the government-backed bill saying tougher measures are needed to fight terrorist, including al shabab. but opposition lawmakers say personal liberties and press
freedom also suffer. that's a debate we've seen all over the world. this brawl forced repeated delays in the vote. but in the end, lawmakers approved the measure. >> that is a tough one right there. >> yeah. >> if you're going to have things flying through the air, that would be the subject, i think. well, you're not going to have colbert to make fun of things like he sees on the news. after years of truthiness, how much do we love that word, the colbert report has ended. stephen colbert signed off for the final time thursday, ending his show. >> yeah, it started in 2005 and colbert never once broke character as the conservative host delivering the fake news of the day. >> in the annals of history, or whatever orifice they stuff it in, let no one say what we did together is not important or influential or importulential.
you see, from the beginning, from the beginning of my show, it was my goal to live up to the name of this network influence central. >> what's not to love about him? >> i know. very witty guy. a satirical take on the conservative host. colbert will take over the retiring david letterman early next year as host of the late show with stephen colbert on cbs. >> so we'll get more of colbertisms and truthiness. >> we'll see. flooding near the border of malaysia and thailand, as you saw just moments ago in our video clip forced thousands to flee. meteorologist derek van dam back with us for that. >> actually, natalie, we are tracking that right on the border of thailand and malaysia. this is an area that has a river that separates the two countries. and that river has flooded its banks. we have created the google earth image just to show you exactly the region that we're talking about. it's this yellow line, again, separating southern thailand
with northern malaysia. we have estimates of rainfall totals across this region, 750 millimeters of rain. this is over the past four to five days. and there is no wonder why we have seen excessive flooding summing out of that region. take a look at some of the visuals. we do have persistent rain continuing across the area. and it's created this scene. it appears that these children are almost playing this the water. but we can't forget that this is an extremely dangerous situation to put yourself into. in fact, a soldier unfortunately was killed while helping trying to evacuate flood victims. his boat, which was loaded with supplies, was actually swept away by the raging waters. and it actually crashed into a bridge downstream. now some other visuals coming out of this region. back to my graphics. you can see the evacuees taking shelter and taking care of their loved ones as they move to
higher ground. now this is the rainy season for thailand and malaysia. in fact, for southern thailand, it peaks in november. it starts to dissipate into december. but we still have several weeks left of more rainfall. in fact, you can see on the latest satellite loop across this region just wave after wave of rain there is the border of thailand and malaysia. in fact, average rainfall for the month just shy of 600 millimeters across northern malaysia. well received 518 millimeters from tuesday to thursday. so almost an entire month's worth of rain in a period of three to four days. malaysia again also in the midst of its rainy season. right smack-dab in the middle of december. this is our precipitation forecast going forward into the next 24 to 48 hours. more rain in the forecast, leading to the possibility of additional flooding near the border. and upwards of 50 to even 100 millimeters of rain, leaving more scenes unfortunately like this. all right, natalie, errol,
that's all the time we have. back to you. >> all right, derek, thanks very much. egyptian government officials say the claim is a bit exaggerated, but archaeologist says they found more than a million mummies in an ancient cemetery. >> a million. a recent excavation unearthed the bodies, which were buried some 1500 years ago. cnn has more on this amazing find. >> reporter: this ancient mummy may be one in a million, literally. believed to be an 18-month-old, she was found in a burial ground in middle egypt. this according to the head excavator, an american professor from brigham young university. here archaeologists claim there are an estimated one million mummies under the earth. but egypt's ministry of antiquities refutes the researcher's prediction, telling cnn there is indeed a site that contains many corpses and bodies
wrapped in a thick textile. but these number in the tens of thousands maximum. the college says nearly 2,000 corpses have been found so far at the site. many dating back to the roman or byzantine empires. those buried here were ordinary people with no access to the formal mummification methods reserved for pharaohs. but the arid desert climate dried and prefectured their bodies. despite the lower social status of the dead, excavators have found some items of value, like linen, glass, and even a child's tunic. this toddler appears to be buried with care. she wore two bracelets and an intricate necklace. this a cluster burial, maybe a family. two adults and two children. possibly a million more mummies to uncover, and with them a million more stories.
>> amazing there. we quickly want to update you on that developing story in madrid. a man crashed his vehicle into the headquarters of spain's ruling party. a bomb squad still there because he claims there are explosives in his vehicle. police there say there may be flammable material inside the car, but at this hour, they've not seen explosives yet. you're now looking at lye pictures from the scene. the driver has been arrested, and he apparently acted out of frustration and anger over spain's economic problems. we'll have updates on this for you throughout the morning. >> thank you for watching cnn live coverage. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm errol barnett. "early start" is next for those of you in the u.s. for everyone else, stay tuned for cnn newsroom. have a great weekend. >> see you soon.
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