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hello, great to have you with us. we would like to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm john vause. >> i'm zain asher. new action in europe in hope of preventing another "charlie hebdo" style attack. we'll get the latest on what's going on there. and the rain didn't stop millions from turning out to see the pope if man -- the pope in manila. and later anger in the air. why squall air rage is soaring in china -- so-called air rage is soaring in china. we'll begin with the latest out of bell un. the european union foreign ministers are scheduled to meet in brussels this hour to discuss the fight against terrorism. >> today's talk come in the wake of recent attacks. and after more than 20 people
were arrested in anti-terror raid in belgium, france, and germany. >> the threat is not only the one we faced in paris but also spreading in many other parts of the world start. and we need to strengthen our way of cooperating together. first in countries and then internally. interior ministers, foreign affairs ministers. and we'll have a discussion about that. we need to share information more. we need to cooperate more. >> meantime belgian authorities have asked greece to extradite a suspect they believe is tied to a terror plot that had been planned to target police. the suspected cell was raided in eastern belgium last week. five belgian nationals have been charged for their alleged roles in the plot. two other suspects are being health in france. they were detained while trying to cross into italy. meantime, french authorities are trying to track down two people who may have known amedy coulibaly. of course the gunman accused in the deadly siege at the kosher
market in paris. a source who has knowledge of the investigation that is ongoing says the dna of found on some of coulibaly's belongings. meanwhile, throw women detained in connection with the -- three women detained in connection with the terror attacks have been relive. nine other people remain in custody this hour. let's go to senior international correspondent nic robertson in paris. there will be another funeral today for another victim of the terror attack. >> reporter: indeed upon the policewoman who was killed by coulibaly on thursday right after the day following the attack on "charlie hebdo." she is being buried today. and we understand some more details about that dna, where it was found, associates of coulibaly's or people that police believe are associates of coulibaly. they say that dna of found on the magazine gun clip. the ammunition clip if you
will, for a gun in coulibaly's apartment. french media's also reporting that a car, a vehicle believed to be used by coulibaly to get to the kosher market on friday the day he laid siege to it. dna found there is leading them to believe that there's a second person that they want to bring in for questioning at this time. all of the investigations the security measures the handling of this by the french president appearing to do his popularity ratings, a favorite if you will has taken a 21-point boost in popularity. the prime minister taking a 17-point boost in his popularity. the broad assessment in france seems to be that french authorities are handling this now well. john? >> and also at the same time in belgium, there's movement there in the investigation. a number of arrests, security crackdown. official are still searching for
the alleged ringleader of the terror cell. >> reporter: they appear to be. they their may be developments in that. we don't know. the development that has happened that is significant, the belgian police had asked the dwreex to -- to help them in the investigation. the greek authorities did arrest some people. that they analyzed the people that were arrested. we later found out that the belgian authorities wanted one of those people extradite edd from greece to belgium. we don't know any details about the person. it's impossible to analyze at this stage the significance why the belgians want them. are they getting closer to the people they believe were been the imminent threat which of the plot involving arm men in police
uniforms that resulted in the death of two suspects that the belgian authorities moved in to arrest last week. >> there's the e.u. foreign ministers meeting underway this hour. are officials there getting a better handle across europe in terms of the number of sleeper cells and number of potential islamic extremists who could be prepared to come out similar to the attacks on "charlie hebdo"? >> reporter: they're not saying what progress they're making at the moment. this have been initial arrests in belgium last week. france in the subsequent days after the attack on "charlie hebdo." and it continue obviously to be a priority at the moment for all european countries to try to make sure that if there are other elements of these groups on the loose or any other group that's close that they round them up. of course authorities are not saying not giving details of where they are in the process. but undoubtedly the meeting in brussels will give them ample
opportunity to begin to analyze how they can do this job better. cooperating better as a group of european nations where often in the past intelligence is shared but perhaps not as holy and completely as countries would and perhaps not as speedily as they have. we've seen improvements in that. i think that's what we're looking at from the meeting in brussels today. >> nic robertson on duty in paris. thanks. al qaeda in the arabian peninsula claimed responsibility for the "charlie hebdo" attack. there is concern the terror group, gain more of a foothold in yemen after renowed fighting there. rebels and the army exchange gunfire today out the presidential palace in sanaa. cnn is the only western network in embassy not. nick paton walsh joins us folklife sanaa. so nick -- joins us live from sanaa.
so nick we've seen tensions between the houthi rebels and government forces in the past few days. you're in sanaa. set the scene for us there. >> reporter: there's much more than escalating attempts both trying to gain control over the presidential administration in sanaa. one official told me part of the administration who controls that building controls effectively yemen. so many are saying that clashes we're hearing been me, and there was a cease-fire that was declare about an hour ago now that has not stop the constant sound of gunfire. and we're in fact hearing it move to a different part of the city now. there are yemeni officials characterizing this is a fight for power in yemen. that matters enormously because yemen has struggled to put itself on its feet in the past few years. a tall civil conflict getting worse and worse. now giving you background. the fighting in yemen is between one movement known as the houthis, the militia pro-domnantly shia --
predominantly shia, in the streets. and the other is the presidential administration and yemeni organization e army. we not the tension behind me came as a result of presidential officials being concerned that after the kidnapping of their chief of staff a couple of days ago in sanaa that they might see further reductions in security forces. they are locking down key streets around the buildings. the houthis said they asked them to alleviate the lockdown so normal people can continue with daily life inside the capital. the houthis said they were attacked the presidential administration saying their guard were attacked. both blaming the other in the administration. we're hearing from eyewitnesses in the buildings around the administration that there are damaged residential areas. we are seeing what looks like an artillery jewel in that area been me which had two hills overlooking it that we not the yemeni army is using to defend that building. and real concern now is that attempts at mediation don't seem to be stopping the blasts we're hearing behind us.
we're being told the president will meet all parties, safe at his residence imminently. that doesn't appear to have slowed the violence. john? >> zain actually nick. so clearly the cease-fire is fragile. i do want to ask you since the yemeni uprising in 2011 since the president there was ousted you've seen this sort of continuing send of lawlessness there in yemen. why does the deteriorating situation in yemen matter to western governance? >> reporter: we're not seeing a fragile cease-fire, there doesn't appear to be a cease-fire at all. what it matters so much is the more yemen spirals here -- this is the escalation of a series of problems here. we have an economy on the verge of collapse a government not sure it can pay salaries in the months ahead. we have a president whose chief of staff is still being held by a houthi rebel movement here. they've taken control of the
capitolcap capital capital. a government struggling to exert what authority it had and calling on international attention to assist it. the group claiming responsible for the attacks on the "charlie hebdo" magazine in paris, the easier their life is here. one diplomat explained that as the predominantly shia houthis, a conflict here reflecting much of the sectarian tension across the middle east right now, as a predominantly houthis move across the country, they're attacking sunni tribes and groups. they often fall on the opposing side of the offense to the houthis. and the same side that jake in the a-- al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, as well. some of the sunnis we're told, have taken up guns alongside al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. they have more manpower and that's begin them "breathing space" to focus on what they refer to as external operations. that's attacks against europe. the reason why the fighting behind me is so significant is we're looking at a failing state turned toward a failed state.
that creates a vacuum which significantly eases the job of al qaeda here to make secret bomb recipes. to bring recruits in to learn those. to send recipes to the west and continue operations there. that's why yemen is so important. we've talked about a failed state in afghanistan due to the taliban and what bin laden was able to do here. the real concern among of the officials is that is -- amongst official is that that is amplifying al qaeda's reach to the west through jihadi cells. >> nick paton walsh live in san amp thank you. still to come on cnn, pope francis on his way home after a rock star reception in the philippines. we'll wrap up the trip when we come back. and u.s. president barack obama is offering up details on what he'll propose at his upcoming national address. with the republicans in control of congress do they stand a chance at becoming law?
pope francis is on his way back to the vatican after a rain-soaked weekend in the philippines. >> thousands lined the streets to see the pope as he headed to the airport. once there, children performed for the catholic leader on the tarmac as he made his good-byes. >> awe havewe have more on the huge mass and message. >> reporter: as steady soaking rain fell from the heavens, they came in the millions. [ bell] >> reporter: gathering to bear
witness to papal history and celebrate mass with the man they believe represents the son of god. [ cheers ] >> reporter: pope francis arrived wearing a plastic poncho. the same worn by the faithful who had been standing in the mud waiting patiently for hours. [ wild cheering ] >> reporter: it's been 20 years since the pope visited the philippines. home to the third largest catholic population in the world. the last was pope john paul ii in 1995 when five million parishioners attended mass. while authorities believed that record would be surpassed, the wet weather may have dampened numbers but not spirits. ♪ >> reporter: continuing the message of helping the poor and preserving the family the 78-year-old pontiff delivered his homily in english, this time
focusing on children. >> we need to care for our young people not allowing them to lose hope and condemned to the life on the streets. >> reporter: as they had touched on earlier in the day when the pope addressed 200,000 people at asia's oldest catholic university in manila during which a child asked the pontiff why do children have to suffer before breaking down. from the outfit pope francis said he was going to be a pastor on this visit, and he didn't disappoint. warming the hearts of so many in a country that has endured so much. >> i feel ecstatic. it's overwhelming. i just want to cry. i just want to laugh, and i can't wait to the pope if person. >> reporter: if the catholic church was concerned about a disconnect with the congregation then pope francis has certainly brought many of those sheep back into the flock.
for the millions that have gathered in the rain his visit, a mission of mercy and compassion has united the country's faithful. [ cheers ] >> reporter: after a 90-minute mass of reverence and reflection the crowd erupted against with pope mania. -- erupted again with pope mania. he said final fares bless-- farewells saying good-bye to the adoring public he stopped many time to kiss children. a demonstration of love to the people whose unwavering devotion they give in return. cnn, manila. coming up after the break, we'll show you the reason why this man, you can see him here gave up a chance for a life with his family in the united states to stay in communist cuba. stay with us.
on tuesday night, u.s. president barack obama will lay out plans for the future in his annual state of the union address. >> his republican opponents will make sure tell not be easy for his ideas to take route. cnn white house correspondent michelle kaczynski has a preview. the president of the united states. [ applause ] >> reporter: president obama is getting ready to deliver his state of the union address. and to put a tumultuous year behind him. one that saw challenges to obamacare, scandals in the v.a.
and secret service. and abroad the rise of isis. a return to iraq. air strikes over syria. americans murdered. >> we will be vigilant and relentless. when people harm americans anywhere we do what's necessary to see that justice is done. >> reporter: not quite that getting away from a constant war footing that the president emphasized in his last state of the union. obama has been battered by republicans over strategy. approval ratings down around the 40% mark. add in a flood of immigrants racial tensions and a violent end to obama's attempted reset with russia -- [ chanting] >> reporter: -- and 2014 ended with a painful loss of the senate to republicans in the midterm elections. but wait, obama is now saying. >> i'm still around. [ cheers ] >> because i got some work to do. >> reporter: which in just a few weeks included groundbreaking moves on immigration, cuba, free
college education, a victory lap on the economy. >> america is coming back. >> reporter: his ratings bouncing back some as well. 2014 was also remember obama ad self-titled year of action with dozens of moves on the climate, labor force and trade. he proclaimed obamacare a success, reached out on social media, sat between two ferns. now he need to address the nation with resolve in the face of fresh cyber-and terror attacks. are they having to remight it because -- >> things are going on as we speak. they're rewriting the whole thing anyway. >> don baer was lead speechwriter for president clinton and left in 1995 after both houses shifted. >> the president is saying the battle for the middle class in the country has begun. in some respects this is the first shot in the battle for the 2016 presidential election
because there's a fight for what the next american agenda is going to be. >> reporter: does he need to start out with countering terror because of france? if you were writing the speech would you start with that? >> probably not. i think i probably would start with the domestic. that's a good question. >> reporter: in the last few weeks, the president already laid out a sort of roads show prequel prequel. a trailer for his state of the union. will that encourage more americans to tune in? if you had to wager on how many millions of people were going to watch, what will you say? >> oh 40 million. >> reporter: given that last year saw the smallest audience in more than a decade. that would be a success. michelle kaczynski, cnn, the white house. we of course are heading for a -- hoping for a very large audience for barack obama's state of the union address. it begins tuesday night, 9:00 eastern, 6:00 on the west coast there. you can see it right here with our full coverage the full team the best legal team in the galaxy will be here on cnn. okay speaking of president
obama, he is sending the highest level u.s. delegation in decades to cuba. so he's got u.s. assistant secretary of state roberta jacobson. she's scheduled to arrive in havana on wednesday. >> a separate u.s. delegation landed in cuba over the weekend. jacobson and her team will tackle a number of issues including trying to open a u.s. embassy, easing trade and travel restrictions, as well as visa applications for cubans. one person unlikely to take advantage of the eased travel restrictions is 93-year-old donnal talenty. >> he's spent his entire life in cuba even refusing to leave when he had the chance all because he loves cockfighting. >> reporter: for this man, life in cuba boils down to a few simple truths. >> translator: the most important thing is women, then fighting cocks and boxing. >> reporter: at 93, he survived
the rise of revolution and fall of family fortunes. through it all, his roosters have brought him hope. >> translator: ever since i was born, there was a cockfighting arena near my house. the peasants would come on horses to the fights. i used to love that. >> reporter: his memory soured shortly after fidel castro and his rebels seized power in 1959. >> translator: it seemed that everything was going to change and get better. for me and many other, it didn't. you can't speak too much about that. >> reporter: these faded photos tell part of the tale. his dad died young. his uncle antonio made his fortune as a traveling salesman in new york. he paid for his upbringing and
paid for real estate in old havana. years later the cuban revolution stripped rich landlords like his uncle of their property. he was left with a single apartment. >> translator: they took my barber shop from me, as well. they pay me nothing. now i earn just $9 in pension. >> reporter: he gets by thanks to i are mittance s from three of his children -- thanks to remittance s from his children. they left for miami, but he refused to go. >> translator: cockfighting was banned over there. i didn't want to go. >> reporter: his own birds are not heavy enough to fight yet. after a long ban in cuba, the blood sport is still not fully sanctioned. nevertheless, he brings us to this semi underground, private venue. [ shouting ]
>> reporter: on paper, gambling in cuba is definitely illegal. but if you ask about cockfighting, the answer's more complicated. organizers say it's kind of permitted, but kindergarten of -- but kind of forbidden. then they shrug and say, well, it's a gray area. life is often like this here in cuba. the spectators are too focused on the ring to worry about the letter of the law. the details that matter most here, the weigh-in, then tying on the spurs. down the years at ringside, donal said he learned a straight-forward lesson on life. >> translator: if you're going to win, you'll win. if you're born to lose, it doesn't matter how good you are. you'll end up like this. >> reporter: he says his
experience getting by in communist cuba has been much like a cockfight -- part technique, part luck. cnn, havana. >> we'll take a short break. >> let's hope cockfighting ends fairly soon, as well. to weather now. a massive ice storm has paralyzed highways across the northeastern u.s. on sunday. i lot of accidents, slippery road. a lot of people can't handle the conditions. it's going to stay like this for a while? >> it looks like it. not much in the way of warming. i want to share impressive video to say the least. this is across the u.s. state of pennsylvania. not far from philadelphia. take a look at the video from sunday afternoon. nearly a 50-car pileup. incredible here. dozens of injuries across the board on interstate 76 outside of filly where we know, we had freezing rain come down essentially flash freezing taking place as the rain of freezing on contact. you see the highways buckled. they shut down the highway for about seven hours across the
region. the worst type of wintry weather when you have this sort of scenario shape up with the accidents. in fact, the international airport in philly had nearly 200 flights either canceled or delayed on sunday as well. this of the highest worldwide for any major airport. the mess pushing out of the united states working for the canadian maritime. weakening compared to what we saw, but it is going to stay like this for some time. a third storm pushes back been it. it will initiate more snow potential for more freezing rain left in place, as well. very sgeeft conditions on the -- gusty conditions on the coast of the northeast the next couple of hours. high temperatures the next send days across new york city in fahrenheit. there's your freezing mark. look at every single day, going to stay at or below freezing or close to freezing with a few flurries possible toward the middle portion of the week across this region of the united states. lastly leave you with this video coming out of the state of pennsylvania as well. icy roads here.
that includes a failed terror plot in belgium, as well. there are concerns that al quaeda in the arabian peninsula could exploit yemen. the aqap claims responsibility for the "charlie hebdo" attack. the yemeni gunfire eco-- yemeni rebels exchanged gunfire in an attempt to take over the government. pope francis is heading home as i speak after a trip to sri lanka and the philippines. you see the crowds cheering the catholic leader on his way to the airport in manila a few hours ago. the pope's trip ended with an outdoor mass. he urged filipinos to take care of each other. back to brussels now. in belgium, many are living in fear because of the religion they practice. >> hundreds of troops are protecting jewish sites, and the country's muslims have fears, as well. here's our phil black. >> reporter: soldiers and children side by side on the streets of a european city.
these belgian paratroopers were trained to fight wars. instead they stand guard outside a jewish school in antwerp. the military is now a highly visible presence in the city's jewish district. locals are grateful. >> it's everyone in europe that is the problem. i'm thankful for them doing their best. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: soldiers were deployed in antwerp and brussels after investigators moved to break up a suspected terror plot to attack police. two suspects were killed during this fire-fight. belgium's jewish community also believes it's high up on the list of potential islamist targets. last year a man stormed a jewish museum in brussels killing four people inside. >> derek us to walk on the streets. people -- dangerous to walk on the streets. people afraid to send kids to jewish school. >> reporter: members of belgium's muslim community are also scared about what will
happen now. frank hench is the imam at a mosque in verviers where terrorist terror spoekts opened fire against -- terror suspects opened fire against police. he said locals are shocked to know terrorists might have been living among them. belgium has a problem with radicalization. around 300 are thought to have traveled to syria to fight and train with groups. the imam blames social problems problemsproblems -- unemployed, alienated young men who seek identity and purpose through radical islam. jewish community leader agree. >> there's t's the responsibility of governments -- it's the responsibility of governments to make more security and police but to see the problem before it comes and to try to prevent it. >> reporter: the rabbis the answer is more education and
more guns. he wants jewish institutions to be allowed to establish their own security forces. imam hench fears many of europe's muslims will be persecuted laus of events in france and -- because of events in france and belgium. two scared communities struggling to respond to the terror deliberately created by a radical few. phil black, cnn brussels. >> there's growing anger in the muslim world over the latest edition of the french satirical magazine "charlie hebdo." the cover features a tearful prophet muhammad. thousands across pakistan rallied against the magazine also against the french government. there are calls to boycott french products and to try and make blasphemy an international crime. >> yeah. and pakistan isn't the only country. in somalia, look at this. university students in the capital of mogadishu took to the streets on saturday. they're holding these black and white signs saying "je suis muslim," meaning i am muslim.
in russia up to 20,000 people rallied in the republic. some carrying signs that said "insulting islam is not actually free speech." a debate we've seen continuously. >> yeah. those who follow islam in the united states as well as europe have experienced anti-muslim sentiment. some say their treatment in those two places are drastically different. >> sara gannon spoke with muslims who have lived in europe and the united states about the differences. let's take a look. >> reporter: muhammad and shiza are both muslim and living in new york. muhammad a student studying from france. shiza, a lawyer who grew up in london. what's the difference between being muslim in europe and the u.s.? >> i was aware of it in the courtroom and restaurants.
in america i feel i am part of the community. >> being a french muslim in the u.s. i felt that my presence was less of a problem. >> reporter: according to a pugh study, most american muslims have assimilated into the middle class or mainstream america. meanwhile, european muslims maintain a lower socio-economic status. >> i think there's a lot of isolation in european countries when it comes to the muslim populations. >> reporter: director of the muslim public affairs council in washington compares it to inner city communities in chicago, l.a. or new york. in fact, another pugh study found that in france for example, more than 1/3 felt discriminated against because of their religion or ethnicity. >> american muslims are engaged in higher education, educational levels. professional class. that difference helps in terms of integration into society and feeling as if they are part of america even though challenges of anti-muslim sentiment still
exist here. >> reporter: mum's parents were algerian and moroccan immigrants to france. the family found jobs but not acceptance. >> in france my perception is that we are not recognized as equal citizens. we are always asked to choose between or french not or islamity. i think this is the integration issue. regime regime. >> reporter: amnesty international calls islamophobia one of the biggest challenges. and taran says it leaves the population there more vulnerable to radicalization. >> when you have that type of marginalization, no sense of national identity, no sense of being a french muslim or being a european muslim those sentiments can play into the fears and paranoias. >> reporter: you're going back. are you locking forward to it? >> to be frank, not really. the climate in france is extremely tense.
>> reporter: shiza, who moved here permanently, says that after just five years here she feels more american than she ever did european. >> i do feel american. other than football i support england. i truly feel like i'm an american. i feel like the american dream. i feel like it's something that i can pursue. >> reporter: cnn, new york. still to come take a look at the this video. what you're seeing -- ouch. what you're seeing there, a few incidences of air rage. this happening in china. we'll explain what's being done to ease passengers' frustrations. >> clearly not enough. (cough, cough) mike? janet? cough if you can hear me. don't even think about it. i took mucinex dm for my phlegmy cough. yeah...but what about mike? he has that dry, scratchy thing going on... guess what? (cough!) it works on his cough too. what? stop, don't pull me! spoiler alert! she doesn't make it! only mucinex dm
in 20 years, china is expected to be the top airline market in the world. air rage is surging. >> chinese travelers are frustrated with a system not yet ready to handle the demands of so many air travelers. will ripley has all the details. [ shouting ] >> reporter: melees in midair. us it else at the ticket -- tussles at the ticket counter. chinese sites are full of these videos. air rage china style. last month, a chinese man's rant about cabin service turned into a threat to blow up the plane. his girlfriend hurled hot water at a flight attendant. earlier this month, angry
passengers opened emergency exits as the plane was pushing back from the gate. seven hours late. you see the tour groups all over the beijing airport, and the guides are giving instructions to travelers about the right way to behave. of course air rage and traveler bad laver is not unew york to china. but here -- unique to china. but here thing have gotten so bad, the government issued this guide book on how to be a civilized tourist. in china, being loud and fending for yourself is part of the culture. >> you need respect others. >> reporter: which is why some of china's new rich are going to finishing schools that include lessons in air travel etiquette. like the chinese economy, its airline and tourism industries have taken off in the last few decades. >> mention the first generation traveler -- >> reporter: journalist and author jim fallows says many newly prosperous passengers have never experienced the travel headaches long investment to other throughiers. >> population that is
underprepared and a system that is especially annoying. when they combine, you these these results. >> reporter: china's busiest hubs are notorious for long delays. fallow blames much of the misery on the chinese military which controls the vast majority of the country's increasingly crowded airspace. china is expected to pass the u.s. and become the world's top airline market in the next 20 years. which means more agonizing waits and perhaps more passengers taking chinese-style air rage to new heights. will ripley, cnn, beijing. >> what actually got me in that was the opening of the emergency exit door. i've never seen that in my life. >> you got to understand this country has gone a very long way this a short period of time. a lot of people in the country are not familiar with how things operate, not used to it. >> finishing school --
>> the people who are the difficult ones will not be going to the finishing school. take from me. the former korean airlines executive charged in a so-called rage incident is in a courtroom. heather chow is the daughter of the chairman and ahead of in-flight stfs before she left the -- service before she left the company. >> last month she was on a flight late and stopped the flight because she didn't like how her macadamia nuts were served. we all have this problem at one time in our life. she's struck up an investigation and made the chief purser bow down in front of her. and part -- apparently the other daughter also works for korean airlines, kind of amazing. another story out of china -- blizzard conditions in western china halted hundreds of flights and brought highways to a standstill this weekend. joined by our resident weather expert what are you going to
tell me? >> i thought you were going to go from the nut rage to me. i'm glad we setted with weather before coming to me. it's across northwest china. messy across the region. that's the capital city in the autonomous region of northwest china. it the second highest airport cancelations worldwide behind philadelphia which of first in the past 24 hours. the video remarkable in and of itself. blizzard conditions. there they go. winds howling, snow coming down across the region. temperature well below freezing. official saying the visibility -- officials saying the visibility came down 50 meters? spots -- 50 meters in spots. 100 rescuers out and about trying to get people out of harm's way across some of these highways where they were stranded as the blizzard cruised across the region. that was the scene this weekend across china. want to take you to the maps and show the philippines. of course the big talk in recent
days in the world of weather has been the pope visiting the philippines and the pesky storm system that was in place. that storm has fallen apart. fortunately it's on the move and certainly going quiet down with conditions across the region. the image coming out of seattle, washington. not tacloban in the philippines. significant rainfall that we'll touch on shortly. look at what happened in the philippines. a quarter meter of rainfall. millions still making their ways across the region to see the pope. the storm system literally as pesky as they come. makes landfall at the islands and meanders around the coast. follow it up toward luzan and pulls away. never directly impacts, but the indirect impact plenty when it comes to rainfall in and around manila in recent days across the region. so that is the scene out of that portion of the world. the other area i want to take you is toward washington state. of course we had the nfc championship game. my hometown seattle seahawks made it to the super bowl across
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will be crowned super bowl chapelyon on february 1st. the -- champion on february 1st. the new england patriots -- my favorite -- >> first i've heard of it. >> versus the seahawks. >> they rallied past the green bay packer to win 28-22 in overtime. and new england dominated from the start to finish beating the colts 45-7. this makes six super bowl appearances for new england in the last 14 seasons. >> if you're anything like me, you're always on the side of the winning team. best way to be. the nominations for the 87th academy awards are out. of course there are surprises and also snubs, as well. >> happens every year. earlier i spoke with senior editor of "in touch weekly" about this year's favorites and those that did not make the cut.
. today with a march in selma, alabama. it got unanymouslynominated for best picture but didn't nominate the director there haven't been many female nominations. one female winner in the past. angelina jolie didn't get nominated for "unbroken." i think that was a standout. david oyello his conference as martin luther king he didn't get nominated. across the board, it seem like it really missed the mark. and looking at the nominees, what people are talking about, people on twitter, all the nominees all the acting nominees are all white. there's a lack of diversity which i think people were upset about because last year " 112 years a slave" dominated. a stark contrast.
>> one of the questions is the portrayal of johnson in the movie. and a new york columnist wrote, "there was no need for duvarnay to diminish lbj," that's the director "given that the civil rights movement would not have advanced without them. duvernay had plenty of vile white villains. there was no need to create a faux one." was that one of the reasons for the snub? >> it could have been. obviously the historical inaccuracies have been talken about. there were op-eds written. especially with a true story, you know it's campaigning, like a political race. people campaign and start throwing thing at the different films out there because of whether the story is true. i mean, this goes back to "a beautiful mind." think about that film. anything about a true story, there's always going to be charges thrown against it. it also could have been just as simple as the screeners of the movie not getting out to the gilds in time. something as simple as that. the studio didn't get the screeners of the movie to people in directors guild, screen actors guild in time.
they did send them to the oscars. when you miss the mark with a lot of the guilds didn't get nominated, by the oscars it maybe missed the mark. it could have been as simple as that. >> by all accounts it is still a great movie despite the oscar snub upon one movie that was not snubbed, "american sniper." six nominations. that may have helped it break pretty big record. >> huge. this weekend, a huge opening for "american sniper." starring bradley cooper who gained famously -- famously gained 40 pounds of muscle for the role. yeah. huge opening weekend. made about $90 million for the three-day weekend. estimated to make $105 million for the four-day weekend. breaking all sorts of martin luther king weekend records. january records. beating "avatar's" record from january. that was $68 million. beating kevin hart movie opening that was $8 million. the best clint eastwood opening ever. i mean, it goes on and on. the amount of money this movie
is making. this is the kind of money you see made in summer movies. those being 4th of july movies. not normally a january movie making $100 million. this south america norms and obviously helps its -- this is obviously enormous and helps its oscar chances. >> another great movie. another good one to catch up on. finally happy birthday to betty white. there was a special tribute for this 93-year-old from her co-stars. >> yeah. betty white seems to get younger and younger. there's a video. take a look. ♪ >> happy birthday, betty! >> yes, that's betty white celebrating her birthday like every 93-year-old celebrates her birthday. with a flash mob of hula dancers on the set. this of great. he's clapping, dancing, having a blast.
she again gets award after award after award. and she gets better every year. can't wait for her next tv series and award. >> i love betty white. but she does look older. thank you, kim. kim serafin in l.a. i think she's wonderful, great. she does a lot for animal welfare -- >> you're a little too honest, mr. viewsause. i was surprise good "selma" not being nominated. it was good. >> you have been watching cnn. i'm john vause. >> i'm zain asher. stay with us. for our international viewers, "cnn newsroom" subpoena next. >> in the united states "early start" will begin after a short break.
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