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bangkok, thailand where authorities are trying to find who's responsible for a bombing in a popular tourist area. [ blast ] >> this video shows crowds of pedestrians during evening rush hour as the bomb exploded on monday. >> at least 22 people are dead, including three chinese nationals. more than 100 people are injured. cnn spoke with witnesses who saw the blast and the aftermath. >> at first i really couldn't understand, because my ears were ringing, and i thought i was on a movie set. and it looked like any other hollywood movie. the but then i was like, this has to be a bomb. i could see in front of my eyes. at first i thought it was an accident. glass shattered and probably something just exploded. but no, what i felt was enormous.
>> many people were very badly injured of the and i saw three on the ground right next to the shrine. many would have gone into the hospital right next to the blast scene, and the issue is that once that hospital filled up, the wounded were taken to different hospitals, so it's quite hard to get a count. but it's a very, very crowded area. often there are tourists there. often there are people from china, tourists who come to that shrine specifically, as well as people who go around that day and night. it's a business district, there are hotels, malls. >> police believe it was a pipe-bomb. they also say they got a warning about an attack, but it wasn't specific about where or when the bomb would go off. >> live now to cnn's anna coren following developments from hong kong. so anna, who did this and why remains a mystery. >> reporter: john, we just got off the phone from the thai police, and they say that they
are looking for a man who was seen on cctv around the time or just before the explosion. they're not saying that he's a suspect. but they say that they are looking for him. we're trying to obviously get more details from the police. but they certainly do say that this man is connected to the bombings in some, some way. but, as we know, this bombing unleashed carnage, and according to the head of police, that is exactly what it was designed to do, create fear, panic, terror in bangkok, which, as we all know, thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in asia if not around the world. so really, this has not just shook the city of bangkok, the city of thailand, but for the international tourists who come in the thousands, the tens of thousands. hundreds of thousands. people will seriously be reconsidering traveling to
thailand, traveling to bangkok . but we know from police, as you say, this was a pipe-bomb that was planted at the erow juan shrine. there are five-star hotels, shopping centers. there's obviously this hindu shrine, which is interesting, considering thailand is basically a buddhist country. it's a very popular tourist des anythi nation. so among the 22 who are dead there are a number of foreign nationals. as for who has done this and why, obviously, we're going off this latest information from police that they are looking for this man, no specifics of his nationality or who he may be associated with, but we know that thailand has a history of political violence, political
instability. certainly, military coups. the military came into power in may of last year after so much political unrest. and since that time back in may, it has been relatively peaceful in thailand. there have been a number of bombings, but nothing on this scale. and that is what has really shaken up thailand, job john. >> what is the security situation? is there some kind of crackdown under way to ensure this doesn't happen again? >> reporter: yeah, look, obviously, everybody extremely, everyone's on an extreme high alert. security forces have moved in and are fully manning the city of bangkok. obviously searching areas, tourist areas as well. there were reports after this initial bombing that there were other bombs, two other bombs. they brought in sniffer dogs, looked around the shrine and
didn't establish any further bombs, but obviously that is a concern after something like this, that there could be further attacks that could be copycat attacks, depending on the people's motives, on who was, in fact, behind this. but obviously waiting for more information from police. they're not saying as to who this could be blamed on. obviously, we know there is that muslim insurgency, but attacks have been directed to that particular area. they haven't moved to the capital. and then of course there is that conflict between the red and yellow shirts, which paralyzed the streets for months and months in 2010. those red shirts clashed with police, and they were more than 90 deaths. so really, thailand is a country where violence is not uncommon, sadly. even though it is such a popular tourist destination.
there is this undercurrent in si thailand. but as to who is specifically responsible for this attack, we just don't know. >> anna coren live for us in hong kong, thank you. the syrian air force has carried out another attack on a suburb northeast of damascus one day after deadly shelling there. this video shows the aftermath of the strikes in a market on sunday. >> activists say as many as 82 people were killed, hundreds more wounded. it's one of the bloodiest attacks in the four-year-long civil war. a humanitarian chief was there when it happened. >> i was absolutely horrified and dress praesperately distres. it was crucial that we recognize that this is unacceptable, illegal form of war. it's true of the shelling that
took place in damascus by the other side of the argument, it's true to cutting offer the water to 70 people in damascus for three days. you can't use cutting off water as a matter of war. so when the shells hit the marketplace, it is certainly unacceptable. >> and elsewhere in syria, the united states has spent millions to vet and train rebels to fight isis there. >> but so far this program has only produced a handful of recruits. cnn's nick payton walsh interviewed one of the rebel fighters for this exclusive report. >> reporter: this is what nearly $1 million worth of pro-american syrian rebel looks like. they are trained and equipped with these fancy weapons. there aren't nearly enough of them yet to worry isis. in fact, some of them were recently detained by al qaeda
after a firefight, leading to claims the $41 million program was a failure. so one of them, abu, is speaking out. >> translator: nearly 17,000 men wants to join, but the training is slow. we need it to be faster. 30 days instead of 45 days. more trainees. for example, our training in jordan did 85. we should have done 500 there. we are thankful, but it needs to happen faster. >> reporter: these men are in a central part of america's anti-isis strategy. inescapably vital. without allied syrian rebels willing to go on the ground and clear out isis, everything else is pretty much pointless. and, as of now, inside syria, there are just about 40 of them. here they are entering syria recently after training days
before being attacked by rebels from the al qaeda-linked nusra front. some of those detained have now been released. and despite the awful start, abu is determined to fight on. the americans follow him, using a gps on his wrist and in his vest. when he targets airstrikes for them. >> translator: i got to the front planning for isis and i give locations for the war planes to bomb. we have advanced satellite location devices. there are daily drones. i speak to the americans every hour, a total of four hours a day. >> reporter: one hurdle in recruiting for the pentagon is that their unit is only allowed to fight isis. not most syrian rebels' first and worst enemy of the syrian regime. but in spite of this restriction, abu, all the same, insists he will also fight the
assad regime. >> translator: the second rule of the training project is we fight whoever fights us. we will take things from isis. are we going to sit still and not fight assad? we will stay in our homes. we don't want to cry on tv. we want assad ra veegime to be stopped. >> reporter: one thing is clear. his unshakeable enthusiasm for the fight against isis and the regime that lies ahead. nick payton walsh, cnn. >> the rebel forces are facing several challenge, as well as attacks from al qaeda-related groups. let's bring in rick francona from oregon. welcome. of course the big criticism is the very small number of rebel
forces that have actually been trained by the u.s. only 54 fighters at a cost of $41 million or so. and the training is slow going, and the return is pretty slim as we've seen. what needs to be done to improve this effort? >> well, as nick mentioned, the problem is the vetting, and we saw that the vetting even broke down with this small number, this initial cavalry of 60 which turned out to be 54 that went back to syria. many of them were captured, wounded or defected to the nusra, the al qaeda affiliate in syria. so the vetting is a very big problem. even though there are 17,000 waiting to be trained, we've got to really increase the volume of training the base of training. he did mention that 45 days is too long. >> yeah, and of course we heard also that only about 40 of these trained rebels are now on the ground in syria. i mean, they are grossly
outnumbered. how many more are needed to make this work? and talk to us about why the training is so slow. of course as you say, the vetting process, but there must be some of these rebels less than eager to actually be involved, presumably. >> there are a lot of people that are willing to fight. but they just don't know how to. and just because they're brave and they can carry a weapon doesn't mean that they're capable. so they've got to take this down to the basics. go through the 30 days, 45 days, whatever they're going to do. but the numbers are very, very small. we need many, many more. the problem is -- there's been a lot of criticism about that. but i think what we're going to find is using the kurds is going to be very problematic with the turks, and we right now have made some kind of deal with the tushes to use air bases. so we are working with this small group of syrians, syrian arabs who are going to fight
isis, but you know their real goal is to fight assad. you have a very confused situation on the ground. but if nusra and the islamist groups and even the guys that we're training can join together, that makes it a three-way fight instead of what we have now as a five-way fight. syria is just a basket case right now. and i think we're only doing band-aids. >> well put. colonel rick francona joining us there with your analysis. it was a pleasure to talk with u many thanks. there are new developments out of indonesia. search teams on the ground have reached the crash site. officials confirm, the debris is from the trigana flight. helicopters are on the way to the area. searchers on the ground report counting as many as 38 bodies. a reminder, 54 people were on that flight which went down over the weekend. when we come back, a civic
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welcome back, everyone. donald trump's strong opinions and forceful talk are pushing him ahead in the race for the white house. >> and it seems that donald trump may be announcing his opinions as a juror in the courtroom. we have more on the donald's jury duty. >> reporter: donald trump arrived for jury duty in a limousine. a trump sized spectacular inside but far quieter inside, as captured on snap chat by a fellow prospective juror. >> the potential jurors were wonderful. >> reporter: a break from the campaign trail, where republicans are rendering a
winning verdict on trump. in a whirlwind weebsd stop at the iowa state fair, he said he would spend $1 billion of his own fortune on the campaign. >> i make $400 million a year. so what difference does it make? i want to make the country great. >> reporter: trump's offering new red meat for conservatives, a hard-line immigration plan. his six-page proposal calls for an end to birthright citizenship, a provision in the 14th amendment of the constitution that grants citizenship to those born in the u.s. >> appreciate the fact that mr. trump now has a plan, if that's what it's called. >> reporter: so far, criticism like that isn't sticking, as trump and other outsiders are turning this race upside down, leading a snurnsy against their republican rivals. a new fox news poll shows trump leading with 25%, followed by ben cashson at 12%, jeb bush at
9%. today walker was heckled at the state fair. >> i am not intimidated by you, sir or anybody else out there. i will fight for the american people over and over and over and over again. >> reporter: but walker and other top republicans are being tested by an anti-establishment electorate, driving their poll numbers to single digits. >> oh, i'm so worried. no. none of this long haul. >> reporter: a long haul now overtaken by trump, on land and in the air. trump offered children free rides aboard his helicopter. >> mr. trump. >> yes. >> are you batman? >> i am batman. >> those rides on that $7 million helicopter will surely never be forgotten, but it's an open question whether all the people who showed out to see him at the state fair will show up
to support him at voting. the people i talked to were intrigued. some said they would support him for sure, others said they liked how he was shaking up the race but they needed to wait and see. he also did not get picked for jury duty. he will be back to the campaign trail later this week. and investigators are combing through the personal e-mail server of u.s. democratic presidential hopeful hillary clinton. >> they are searching for classified messages she may have sent or received on the unsecured server. they say 305 e-mails have caught their attention so far. hillary clinton saying she did nothing wrong and that this controversy is political. >> it's not about e-mails or servers either. it's about politics. ly do my part to provide transparency to americans. that's why i've insisted 55,000 pages of my e-mails be published
as soon as possible. i've even offered to answer questions for months before congress. >> well, republican candidate and new jersey governor chris christie says the e-mail investigation is not simply political. and he tried to imagine using clinton's defense in a scandal he was recently caught up in. >> that scandal became known as bridge gate. his staff has allegedly used their authority to snarl traffic in a town where the marry fus r mayor refused to endorse christie. >> can you imagine if i came out and said i've done all my business as governor on a private e-mail server and i've deleted now 30,000 of those e-mails. but trust me, none of it had to do with the bridge. give me a break! >> the latest on the u.s. presidential race, go to our website, cnn.com. washington is issuing a blunt warning to china to stop its hunt for ex-patriot
fugitives in the u.s. >> it's the latest strain between the two countries ahead of a visit by the chinese president due next month. >> reporter: today u.s. officials made clear china posting foreign law enforcement agents on u.s. soil is forbidden and illegal. >> it is not permitted withoutgoiwithoutg withoutwithoutg withoutgoing through the government. >> reporter: they want them to return home and face justice. hundreds have been arrested and charged within china. and while many have fled to the u.s. with their families and money, china's broad anti-corruption drive is now extending the hunt to u.s. soil. >> the chinese government, chinese intelligence has been at this for years. they primarily use commercial
cover. they use students here. they've been spying on the united states for decades. they're very good at it. >> reporter: this is just the latest case of china aggressively pushing its influence far beyond its borders. china has been building and militarizing islands in the south china sea, 600 miles from its shores and in waters the u.s. considers international territory, leading to tense confrontations in the sky, which we experienced first hand above a u.s. surveillance aircraft in may. u.s. officials have all but publicly blamed china for the mass ever hack of the office of personnel management. one of the worst ever aainst the u.s. government. hackers obtained personal data of more than 20 million current, former and prospective federal employees. >> they're getting much more aggressive, stealing secrets. they're difficult to catch. >> reporter: and just last week,
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welcome back, everybody. thanks for staying with us, you're watching "cnn newsroom" live all around the world. i'm rosemary church. want to check the headlines for you this hour. bangkok police are searching for a man seen on security camera footage who may be connected to monday's deadly bombing. more than 100 injured and others killed. they got a warping about the attack but it wasn't specific about where or when. officials confirm debris is from a trigana flight that went missing on sunday. helicopters are on the way to the area as well. investigators say more than 300 documents from hillary clinton's personal e-mail server may include classified information. but there's no indication any of
the material was marked classified at the time of her e-mail use of it. they are continuing to comb the server for more. the e-mail were sent or received while the democratic presidential hopeful was serving as u.s. secretary of state. we have more on our top story, the deadly bombing in bangkok. it's clear tourists were the target. >> what is not clear is who carried out the attack. cnn's asia pacific editor, andrew stevens is in bangkok. >> reporter: as the sun rose here in bangkok, this was the scene. the center of the blast site. police and forensic teams now moving in, looking for any clue that may give a hint as to who was behind this attack and what their motive was. and you can see, also, clear evidence beyond the line of police of the impact, the strength of that blast. big concrete pillars holding up
a fence shattered, bent out of shape. at this stage, this area will remain cordoned off while the police and forensic experts do their work, and all the police are saying at the moment is that they believe that this was a tourist area which was deliberately targeted, targeted because it would hurt tourism, which would hurt the economy. but they have no includes as to who or why at this stage. but looking around this area, this is one of the busiest parts of bangkok. big shopping centers on two corners. the shrine, a very popular site for not only tourists, technically chinese tourists, but also to locals. and police say this blast was timed for maximum impact, 7:00, when thais were coming out of their offices and going home, paying respects at the shrine, mingling with tourists who were also doing the same thing. this is the biggest attack that bangkok has seen in recent times. there has been street protests for years here. there have been explosions in
the past. and there have been fatalities, but not on this scale. people here in bangkok wake up this morning in fear and in shock, looking for answers. andrew steevenstevens, cnn, ban. officials say the bodies of all 54 passengers and crew have been located in the indonesiaen plane crash. what happens next? they've located all of the bodies. how long before they can actually retrieve them? >> caller: well, we just were told that 54 bodies were found at the crash site. the chief of the search and rescue agency in indonesia told the media that they are in the process of putting the bodies into body bags now and will be evacuated soon from the crash site. now we know that choppers have been deployed to the area as well. they're all equipped with long
lines to hoist down teams to the ground and to put this body bags into the choppers and be brought to oksibil where the plane should have landed on sunday, and they will also be brought to jayapura. we expect that they will do this pretty quickly, because, you know, weather is a factor in the process. earlier attempts to reach the site were hampered by poor visibility. we know that there is a window of opportunity for them to evacuate these bodies quickly, john. >> so exactly where is this crash site? how far is it from where the plane was meant to land? >> caller: the plane crashed into a mountain just 14 kilometers or about 7 nautical miles from oksibil ashl. it was supposed to have landed there at about 3:00 on sunday. it's an elevation of about 8,000
feet or over 2,000 meters. it's quite high. and we're told that conditions there are very, very extreme. it's a very mountainous area. the terrain is treacherous, and the other thing that they have to face here are the weather patterns that are very hard to predict. you have this area of the country where tropical weather, but you also have eck what t torrial glaciers, and it's something that rescue teams there will have to work around. john? >> okay, kathy, sad, but not unexpected news. there were no survivors from this weekend plane crash. rosemary? a south carolina nuclear site was locked down monday after possible explosive residue was detected. it happened at the savanna riverside in western south
carolina which produced key components for weapons during the cold war. an emergency response was urged after scans indicated the possibility of residue on a delivery truck. the lockdown was lifted late monday evening. the hacking at the internal revenue service is twice as bad as thought. a criminal syndicate stole the tax forms of 100,000 people, but the number was revised to 220,000. letters are being sent out to taxpayers warning of identity theft and offering credit protection and a number for future tax filings. of it has been days since the deadly blast in china and residents of tianjin are demanding answers.
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still trying to clear dangerous chemicals from the site of last week's explosions in tianjin. the residents there are concerned and want the government to do more. will ripley is in tianjin and joins us now live with the latest. so, will, talk to us about the situation on the ground there, what people are saying to you, and what about the air and water quality as it stands today? >> reporter: it continues to be a concern, rosemary, especially since we had rain showers move through this area earlier, and the big fear is that chemical experts have been saying that the rain well, it may clear out the air, it could increase contamination levels in the air. they landed within approximately a 3 kilometer radius of the blast site. and the reaction could be quite dangerous when mixed with water.
so you see emergency shelters like this that had thousands of people at one point, we're only about i would say a couple kilometers from the blast zone. it pretty much has emptied out. there are a few people staying here, mostly volunteers working here in case anybody needs emergency supplies. but most people have moved downtown tianjin, which is more densely populated and believed to be safer than the immediate area. they say that levels are normal and people shouldn'ting concerned, rosemary. >> what more are we learning about the 700 tons or so of sodium cyanide that was stored there at the blast site? what's being said about that. >> reporter:'s very concerning, why it was stored so close to people's homes, and this chemical, when it interacts with
water it creates a deadly gas. so the fact that they've detected this, there's 2700 chinese troops on the ground, 700 biochemical experts, and they're trying to contain the sodium cyanide as they discover it. so if the barrels are in tact, they ship them away. if there's a larger-scale danger they build up structures around them so it doesn't seep into the air with the rain that's been on and off today. >> what are authorities and the chinese government saying about ensuring that this doesn't happen again, that there aren't other instances where chemicals like sodium cyanide and others, other substances like that aren't being stored in these great quantities? >> reporter: china's highest prosecuting authority is promising a full criminal investigation. they're looking into abuse of power, criminal negligence, and the central government has
launched inspections in other chinese industrial cities to see if there are other facilities with dangerous chemicals in close proximity to people's homes. industry has fueled china's growth for many decades, and this is a country that has long been criticized internationally for industrial accidents. keep in mind 1.3 billion people live here. but last year on average, 186 people a day died in industrial accidents. there was one year back in 2002 when 7,000 chinese miners died in a single year. so the government as of late has been trying to improve workplace conditions, and this was a dramatic example broadcast through china and social media and to the world. which is why you saw the president xi jinping speaking about t you can see these names. these are some of the people missing as of several days ago. the number of missing has gone down to 57.
the death toll has remained steady. a tremendous human cost here, rosema rosemary. people want solutions. >> of course, our will ripley reporting there from the devastation in tianjin, china. for the first time in nearly a decade, u.s. soldiers will actually be joining firefighters battling raging wildfires in western states. soldiers from a base in washington state will be sent to the fire lines. about 95 fires have destroyed hundreds of homes, burned more than 1 million acres or 445,000 hectares. california, idaho and washington have seen the worst of it. let's get the latest on the weather conditions. the outlook isn't great. >> it doesn't look like any rainfall. you look at the whole united states, the next seven days, the
next ten days, some will get rainfall. as you take record heat, you take record drought. the way we've placed it across the western u.s., literally a tinder box. the fuel so high. this is not showing the drought in the western u.s. but the soil moisture. and the areas indicated in the browns and reds in the left side of your screen, that's between 0% and 2% to what's considered normal. in missouri into areas of iowa, that's an area where we have blue bls and greens, that's clo to normal. anything above 300 acres as far as grass is concerned is considered a large fire. 6.5 million acres have been burned, about the size of new hampshire. look at thursday as far as how poor the air quality is.
portions of idaho, and fascin e fascinating satellite imagery, looking down forward the western u.s. since last week. notice the plume signature. you see the elongated feature there as we stop it for you on thursday. that's all the fires popping up from 22,000 miles above us looking down. as of monday afternoon, this is what it looked like on the eastern side of washington state. so the heat is there, the moisture is certainly not there. 87 degrees fahrenheit in seattle. that's your tuesday forecast. portland in recorded history has reached 100 only once in history. 99 degrees is in the forecast. this is pretty incredible. 24 times this year portland has hit at least 90 fahrenheit, 32 celsius. on average, that happens about 11 times. city of atlanta well-known for
heat, they get about 30 times of 90-degree heat. portland is comparable to what atlanta sees. so it tells you how hot and dry. >> i was in l.a. over the weekend. it was hot and steamy. a short break here. when we come back, a major online rye tailor is fighting accusations that it's a brutal place to work. why amazon is under fire. that's up next. raph. my name is anne. i'm one of the real live attorneys you can talk to through legalzoom. don't let unanswered legal questions hold you up, because we're here, we're here, and we've got your back. legalzoom. legal help is here. it was hot and steamy.
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welcome back, everybody. one of the biggest and most popular online retailers apparently isn't too popular with some current and former employees. >> that's what year' hearing. a "new york times" report proper trays amazon as a brutal place to work, but amazon is fighting back. >> reporter: amazon, shipping whatever, wherever, with an effortless click of your finger. but some 100 current and former employees claim it's not so magical for amazon's white color employee, describing to the "new york times" a cutthroat, dog-eat-dog workplace, pushing
out workers portrayed as weak or getting cancer. amazon is where overachievers go to feel bad about themselves. people claiming to be ex-employees reacted and commiserated. one writes, when i went to the bathroom, i would hear at least one person crying at least once a day. there are thousands of us in seattle alone. on glass door.com, amazon's positive reviews carried this concern, advice to management, remember that the employees are people and not machines. amazon's own produced videos called inside amazon showcase employees who call the job challenging and cutting edge but -- >> you either fit here or you don't. you love it or you don't. there is, you know, no middle ground, really. >> reporter: amazon ceo jeff
bezos, the vision airy responded to the "new york times" article in an e-mail to his more than 100,000 employees, rigwriting, don't recognize this amazon. but tech analysts say this behavior has been around at amazon for years, and frankly, other startups. john sullivan advises fortune 500 companies and has studied amazon for a decade. >> they're startled, but it's because they live in a different world. you have to be first like an ebay, like an amazon, you have to have these kind of people, and i would say shame on them if they were surprised. >> reporter: cnn, los angeles. >>. well, now to heartbreaking news, lenny robinson was known as the route 29 batman. >> he dressed as the super hero, providing moments of relief and laughter to hospital eized
children. sadly, he was killed during a tragic highway accident over the weekend. jessica catalia from wjz has more about the man behind the mask. >> reporter: as batman, lenny b. robinson loved bringing smiles to little faces. arriving in his bat mobile to visit children in the hospital. >> they're constantly fighting for their lives. this helps them. that's what it's all about. >> reporter: the 51-year-old died sunday when his bat mobile broke down along i-70. >> this other vehicle from virginia unfortunately struck him which caused his death. >> it's just devastating to all of us. >> reporter: robinson paid countless visits to sinai's orthopedics. >> he loved the institute, most of all, he loved the patients. >> reporter: a resident of owings mills, he started and sold his own cleaning business,
years later he would buy the costume and cars and transform into the super hero, a favorite of his three children. >> even though they are his immediate family, i feel like we're all a family here, and he was a part of that family. and he was such a big part of it. >> reporter: rachel foote is an riao patient. >> he talks to the kids and gives them words of encouragemeencourag encouragement. >> reporter: he went viral when he got pulled over on the way to a hospital. >> even the littlest things that you do to help others can make a huge difference in the life of someone else. >> reporter: like the time he visited elizabeth gardner at school for a walk to stop bullying. robinson's memory alive inside everyone he touched. >> we are very blessed and very thankful to have known him and to have had him for the time that we did and have such a close relationship with him.
we just feel completely blessed. >> yeah, that was jessica catalia from our affiliate from wjz with that sad report. >> and you've been watching cnn, i'm rose mary church. >> i'm john vause. we'll be back with how realistic donald trump's immigration plan might be. ught us together but that's not the only thing that keeps us coming back. here's to friends who reach for better. fewer carbs, fewer calories, superior taste. michelob ultra. the superior light beer. then i slowly feel it start to kind of wrap itself around me... my mind just goes kind of blank- and the next thing i know it's morning. with tempur-flex you've got the spring and bounce of a traditional mattress and it also adjusts to my body. my cloud feels so comfortable. it feels like somebody's hugging you. how can a bed do that? this is the best investment of your life because this is where dreams are made.
searching for clues in bangkok after a deadly blast in the heart of the capital. plus, trained, armed and well funded but incredibly outnumbered. an exclusive report on the american-backed rebels. and donald trump gets specific about his immigration plans, including the deportation of millions and even a change to the u.s. constitution. a warm welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. great to have you with us. i'm john vause, "cnn newsroom" i'm john vause, "cnn newsroom" starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com we begin this hour in bangkok thailand where police are searching for a man seen on security camera footage.
he may be connected to a deadly bombing at a popular tourist area. this video shows crowds of pedestrians as the bomb exploded on monday. at least 22 people died, including residents from china, singapore and hong kong. more than 100 people were hurt. police say they brief it was a pipe-bomb. they also say they received a warning about this attack, but it was not specific about where or when the bomb would go off. let's go to cnn's anna coren following developments from hong ko kong. what more d we know about the person who may be in this security camera footage, and what's lead to which, what are the leads the authorities are now chasing? >> reporter: police have just released a photo of the man they are looking for, and we are working to get that photo so our
viewers can see it. let me describe it to you. it is of a young man wearing glasses dressed in a yellow shirt and carrying a black backpack. he's also holding a plastic bag. he's seen on the cctv footage before the blast carrying this backpack, then he is seen after the blast with no backpack. police want to question him about the bombing. they put this photo out and released it to the public and are hoping that somebody may be able to identify him. they're not saying that he is a suspect as such, that he is involved in the bombing, but certainly, this is the man they want to speak to right now. as for an organization or somebody claiming responsibility for the attack, that has not happened, john, and, as for a motive, it's been described by the head of police in thailand as a vicious and cruel attack
that was obviously designed to create carnage and specifically aimed at of, not just thais, but also the international tourists who frequent this shrine. it is a hindu shrine, the erawan shrine, which is in a busy intersection surrounded by busy shopping malls, five-star hotels. it's a hindu shrine, and while thailand is mainly a buddhist nation, it is popular among chinese tourists. as you mentioned, some of those, of the 22 that have been killed, are chinese nationals. >> it's interesting that the photograph of this suspect, he's wearing a yellow shirt. that could be purely coincidence, but we know in the past, the yellow shirts have been up against the red shirts, which are seen as the elites and the establishment, like the military who are now in control. and there has been rising political tensions and violence
in thailand in recent months. >> reporter: absolutely. and, john, as we know, thailand has been in political violence, instability for decades, but certainly, in the last few years, we have seen a military coup that took place in may of last year. the military took over after so much political unrest, and since then, john, it's been relatively quiet, there have been a number of bombings, four bombing, in fact, but not on this scale. and that is really what has shook not just bangkok but all of thailand. then you make reference to the political dispute between the red shirts who backed a former prime minister and then the yellow shirts, who are very much the conservatives, royalists. they have been at each other for years now. and there were those mass demonstrations on the streets of bangkok back in 2010, where the
red shirts got into huge conflict with the military and it resulted in 90 deaths. so, sadly, violence and political turmoil, military coups are not uncommon in thailand, even though it is one of the most popular tourist debte ddeb destinations in asia, if not the world. since the military took over in may of last year, it has been relatively peaceful until now. >> you make a good point, i got my shirts mixed up. i thought the yellow shirts were the essentially, with the populist movement. the red shirts were in fact the ones against the military and the establishment. so, thanks for the correction. we appreciate it. we move on. turning now to u.s. politics and the race for the white house, republican frontrunner donald trump spent part of monster offing jury duty. he drew a huge crowd in front of the courthouse in manhattan, but he was not picked to be on a
case. meanwhile, he revealed his plan for illegal immigrants. >> appreciate the fact that mr. trump now has a plan, if that's what it's called, but i think that the better approach is to deal with the 11 million people here illegally in a way that is realistic. >> donald trump's eight-page plan is absolute gibberish. it is unworkable. mitt romney said his biggest mistake as a candidate for president was embracing self-deportation. donald trump's plan is forced deportation. it is not workable. this is worse than self-deportation. we have two problems with trump, hispanics and women. and this plan really is incredibly unworkable, and i think it's going to hurt the republican party.
we're going backwards on immigration, not forward as a party. >> now parts of the plan include a massive and expensive wall along the u.s. border with mexico. but mr. trump says that won't cost the united states a penny. we get more from tom foreman. >> reporter: close to 700 miles of the 2,000 miles is already fenced and heavily monitored. all it would take to secure the border to cost close to $33 million per mile, based on one government estimate. whatever the cost, trump says no problem. >> i will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and i will have mexico pay for that wall. >> reporter: if mexico won't play along, trump proposed a torrent of fees on those who visit the u.s., possibly tariffs and cuts to foreign aid, too,
but mexico is the united states' third-largest trading partner, and all of that could cost the u.s. as well. so his opponents are not impressed. >> this is not a negotiation of a real estate deal, okay? it's international diplomacy. >> reporter: he also wants to deal with the 11 million living in the u.s. illegally. the deportation rate has been 400,000 per year. but deportations would have to soar 2800 times higher. it's not clear how he would find them or fund it. and then, there is the 14th amendment, ratified in 1868, which says all persons born in the united states are citizens of the united states. trump wants to change that, arguing that if two people are here illegally and have a baby, that child should not automatically be a u.s. citizen, but legal scholars say that
would require changing the constitution. >> it will be litigated. there isn't any doubt about it. >> reporter: in other words, trump can say he will imd the birthright rule, but he can't do it, even if he were president. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> staying with politics, investigators are sifting through the personal e-mail server used by u.s. democrat presidential hopeful hillary clinton while she was secretary of state. they're looking for classified messages she may have sent or received on that unsecured server. they say 305 e-mails have caught their attention so far. mrs. clinton is insisting she did nothing wrong and says the controversy is completely political. >> and, you know what? it's not about e-mails or servers either. it's about politics. i will do my part to provide transparency to americans. that's why i've insisted 55,000 pages of my e-mails be published as soon as possible. i've even offered to answer questions for months before
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states. the national fire preparedness level at five, the highest. a resident praised crews for sparing his home. >> they came quick. it came hot and heavy. and then the winds kicked up. and it just was unstoppable. >> reporter: other residents not as fortunate. more than 50,000 acres burned, 1,000 residents evacuated. >> we thought it was this little fire. and the wind got faster and faster. >> reporter: in california, over 13,000 firefighters are trying to extinguish almost two dozen stubborn blazes, a stubborn california heat wave, where firefighters tried to save a fully engulfed lodge. major traffic jams, aerial support on this, the lincoln fire, came from canadian. two superscoopers from quebec helping. residents continued on their
quest to cool off in dangerously hot fire weather. and 200 actively join the firefight in the northwest. they will free up more experienced crews to go into hazardous fire conditions, and the soldiers will focus on mopping up, watching for and putting out spot fires. cnn, los angeles. >> let's stay with the fires a little longer. pedram javaheri is with us. people want to know, when's it going to rain? >> it's going to get cooler in the next few days. third day gets cooler. some improvement there. and the national intering ain a this is a five. it has the potential to exhaust all of their resources across the area of the united states.
it's an expansive issue. look at the next five days. just about everyone east of, say, utah begins to see some rain showers. back to the west, bone dry conditions, and that's a major concern, where just in the east you're tapping into monsoonal moisture. this is actually the soil moisture contest. look at the northwestern area of the u.s. the area in the brown is the soil moisture, while around portions of iowa, the blues and greens is indicative of 100% of normal in the moisture content in the soil. you put that in place, it is an absolute tinder box. while 76 of the fires are considered large fires of at least 300 acres. that has consumed at least 6 million acres. that is roughly the state of new hampshire or the country of israel. with all the fires, we have air quality alerts, for washington, oregon, idaho as well. and look at the satellite
imagery. want to stop it for you on monday. that's all the cloud, you see the hazy color in eastern washington. a plume in northern california. that's how expansive it is, from 22,000 miles up, you can see the smoke from space. seattle, a historic year, 12 days of 90 degree temperatures or higher. three days typically. the northwestern corner. >> they're feeling it tough right now. >> in the next two to three weeks we finally begin to see, hopefully a cooler trend. . >> cooler in september but still no rain. turn to indonesia now where officials say there are no survivors of a trigana flight.
the bodies of all 54 people who were on board are located. helicopters are on the way to the area as well. the plane went missing on sunday after it lost contact with air traffic control. for more on the recovery efforts, let's bring in our kathy key ahna. this is a recovery operation. how long before they can remove all of the bodies from the crash site? >> caller: you're right, john, it's a recovery operation. we have just confirmed what all the search teams have found the black box. this just came in now. and this is after rescue teams reached the remote crash site, and they found, as you said, 54 bodies. it's a very, very steep mountain slope. there are no survivors here. and they have found the black box and have started evacuating the bodies from the mountain slope to the oksibil airport
where it was expected to land on sunday. teams at the crash site reported that there are no large pieces of debris from the plane. you see very small pieces of debris. the process will be hoisting these bodies that have been put into body bags, using a helicopter that's equipped with a long line or rope, where each of the choppers have to get each body to the oksibil airport. earlier, bad weather hampered recovery operations. they hope to finish before bad weather comes in again. >> the flight data recorders, or the black box, that will be crucial, because right now, they still don't have much of a clue as to why this plane crashed. >> caller: that's right, john. and as soon as the evacuation, the investigation will begin. and they will have, they will
start looking for clues and any evidence of what happened to this plane, which veered and crashed into a mountain before it was able to land in oksibil. they'll have to find out if weather was a factor, if anything on the plane was not working. there was no distress call from the plane when it lost contact with the tower just ten minutes before it was supposed to land. >> kathy key ah know on the line. and all 54 people died and they have recovered the flight data recorders. chinese authorities say there were hundreds of tons of sodium cyanide at the site of the explosions in tianjin. and they're still cleaning up those toxic chemicals. will ripley joins us live with an update. what's the latest on that environmental cleanup? >> reporter: it really is a massive operation under way here, john. you think about the fact that there are thousands of homes.
these in particular are under construction. but there were other units where people were living and they are now displaced. the problem is this. we're standing more than half a mile from the blast zone, but the force was so strong it propelled barrels of chemicals, some of them unknown, into this area, and nobody knows what the danger is. with terrifying force, the fireball sent shock waves through tianjin, leaving massive destruction, piles of debris and something else. small mounds of unknown chemicals, emitting heat and what looks like steam when exposed to water, raising fears of what rains. >> we're not going to move back until we know we're safe. >> reporter: he is one of thousands of blast zone homeowners now homeless. families and the government don't know the full list of
toxins propelled through this bustling chinese port city. do you feel safe going back home? >> no. no. no. the dust was ever where. it was fire, exploding, flying through everywhere. some parts might fall to our home. >> reporter: more than 2,000 chinese soldiers and hundreds of biochemical experts are working to neutralize the threat. taking air, soil and water samples. these stray chemicals sitting in an unsecured area, less than a kilometer from the blast zone. do you know what this is? do you know it poses a danger to anybody? tianjin's chief environmental officer tells me searchers have not yet entered residential areas due to safety concerns about broken glass. they say it's impossible to know exactly what this is or what if any danger it may pose without further testing, but we do know
around here there's a lot of it scattered about, and it's sitting close to thousands of homes. chow wei jun takes us through a building. he wonders if it will ever be safe. after the explosion, he says, i worry about the pollution, the water and soil, the whole structure of these buildings. like most chinese homeowners, ch chow and his family saved for years to buy their home. are the officials corrupt or what, liu asks. she's demanding that the government buyback their homes, sitting next to what they call a ticking time bomb. within just a couple hours of us notifying the chinese authorities about this they did
send a cleanup crew, and they cleaned up the chemicals that we had identified. we also in the last hour or so have seen what appear to be hazardous material workers scouring this parking lot. but this is such a massive operation. and such a large area affected. it's really lard to know how long it will take to fully contain the chemical threat and even identify what the danger, what the danger is, john. >> okay. will, thank you. will represent ripley live for tianjin, wearing a face mask for the concern for the chemicals in the air. when we come back, we'll head back to bangkok. we'll talk to a paramedic to worked to save lives in the aftermath of the blast. also, the u.s. has invested millions in rebel forces to fight isis in syria. you will hear from one of those recruits in an exclusive report just ahead.
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welcome back, everybody. wherever you're watching "cnn newsroom," i'm john vause. the headlines this hour. bangkok police say they're searching for a man seen on security camera footage who hey be connected to monday's deadly bombing in a busy tourist area. at least 22 people were killed, more than 100 injured near a popular shhindu shrine.
the black box has been found from the trigana flight. hundreds of people who lost their homes in last week's explosions in tianjin china are demanding government compensation. authorities are still trying to sweep the site for dangerous chemicals. at least 114 people were killed. 57 missing, most of them were firefighters. more than 300 documents from hillary clinton's e mail server may have classified information. but there's no indication any of the material was marked classified at the time she sent or received it. the democratic presidential hopeful used the server while she was u.s. secretary of state. we have more now or our top story, the deadly bombing in bangkok, thailand. the government says whoever planted the bomb was targeting
tourists. it was not far from several international hotels as well as upmarket shopping centers. a paramedic was on the scene rescuing the survivors and joins us now via skype. marco, what were you doing at the time, and can you describe the home you heard the blast? what did you think? >> caller: okay, i have an area i work, and it's next to the area where the bomb dropped. so i didn't hear the bomb blast, it's about 2 or 3 kilometers away, but i went to it because it was a big case, with quite a few injuries. at first we thought it was an rpg or cng had exploded in a taxi, which they often do in thailand. and so i went to it. but when i got there i realized that was not the case. and then when i parked my motorcycle ambulance and walked across the road, i'd seen the
shrine was just like shredded into pieces. >> unfortunately, marco, we're having a few problems hearing you right now. we're trying to get that worked out. because marco was on the scene very, very quickly, and what he has described is bodies shredded by the power of this blast. he treated as many of them as he could. and he did say it was one of the worst scenes he has seen. we'll try to get marco back. maybe we can continue talking with him. in the meantime, police say they believe it was a pipe-bomb. i asked bob behr about that a short time ago. >> i doubt that it's a pipe-bomb. it could have been, but with that many deaths, it's usually a sophisticated pipe-bomb. a couple other things is they attacked a tourist site.
it tells me that this group wants to hit at the economy, the thai economy. this can do a lot of damage, especially if there's a follow on. this really comes as a surprise. there's an islamic insurgency in the south. but they haven't been attacking tourists up until now. if this is a change in tactics, that's fairly dire. >> i want to talk about that pipe-bomb. three kilograms of explosives in a pipe-bomb, would it be this powerful? we heard about huge slabs of concrete blown away and this death toll which is expected to continue to rise. >> a pipe-bomb will send out shrapnel. it would definitely kill some people. but when you're taking down concrete, it's an explosive that pushes. it's a bit slower, and, again, the number of deaths is very high for a pipe-bomb. i think at the end of the day, we're going to find out it was
something else, but i could be wrong. >> do you make anything of the warning the police say they received. i always think if they call ahead, they're not coming. >> i don't know, warning, there's a lot of violence in thailand. whether it was connected with this, the fact that the police have no clue who is behind this bombing doesn't tell me that they can really associate with warning. you know, all these reports, the early reports are often inaccurate, and i think we're going to find out a lot by tomorrow. >> bill baer there. let's go back to marco cunningham who is a paramedic who works for bangkok free ambulance. so can you describe the injuries that people had suffered? >> absolutely horrific. the injuries were so serious that it was very difficult to prioritize the patients.
they were all in comatose states and with huge lacerations. and so triaging them was almost impossible. just every single person was on top of the list of triage. so the people that seemed to survive were the ones that ended up underneath the dead people. so i'm guessing that the person in front of the blast took the blast and the person behind was somehow saved. and so we had to remove dead bodies from the living people underneath, but i've never seen injuries this bad before. i've been to a few bomb blasts before. this bomb was technically, i don't know the word, vicious. and it was designed to cause maximum damage and death. very unlike the bombs that the
thailand political groups use, which normally just to cause mayhem. this one was just purely designed for death and destruction, it was a shocking thing. >> the power of the blast. there's some reports that limbs were blown around the area, that a hand was found on a fifth floor balcony? >> yeah,ki belie i can believe . i've seen a lot, but never seen injuries as vicious as these injuries. bones just cut through with i don't know what, the blast, most of the people were naked, because their clothes were ripped off from the blast. so many bones were broken. it was incredible the power of that blast. it really shocked me more than anything. >> marco, very quickly, how shocked are people there? you obviously live in bangkok and talk to a lot of people. how shocked are they that something like this could happen in the heart of the capital?
>> people are shocked at something this serious. but we've had lots of bomb blasts before. tsunamis, building collapses. it's a shock. but it's something that we deal with here living in thailand. >> okay. marco cunningham, a paramedic for free ambulance. thank you for sharing your account of what happened. when we come back, syrian rebels, an exclusive report, we'll talk to one of the fighters and the challenges they're facing. i'm new ensure active high protein. i help you recharge with nutritious energy and strength. i'll take that. yeeeeeah! new ensure active high protein. 16 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals. ensure. take life in.
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airstrikes over the weekend. this video shows the devastation after the first round of shelling that struck a market on sunday. the human observatory for human rights says that hundreds were wounded. the united states has spent millions to vet and arm rebels to fight isis in syria. but so far the program has only produced a handful of trained fighters. cnn's nick payton walsh interviewed one of those rebels for this exclusive report. >> reporter: this is what nearly $1 million worth of pro-american syrian rebel looks like. these are the first pictures of the mere 54 moderate fighters the u.s. has painstakingly vetted, trained and equipped with these fancy weapons. there aren't nearly enough of them yet to worry isis. in fact, some of them were row cently detained by al qaeda after a firefight leading to
claims the $41 million program was a failure. one of them, abu, in syria is speaking out. >> translator: nearly 17,000 men wants to join. but the training is slow. we need it to be faster. 30 days instead of 45 days. more trainees. our training in jordan did 85. there should have been 500 there and another 500 in turkey. we are thankful, but it needs to happen faster. >> reporter: these men are an essential part of america's anti-isis strategy. inescapablely vital. without allied syrian rebels to go on the ground and clear out isis, everything else is pretty much pointless. and as of now, inside syria, there are just about 40 of them. here they are entering syria recently after training days before being attacked by rebels
from the al qaeda nusra front. some have been released. and despite the awful start, abu is determined to fight on. the americans follow him, using a gps on his wrist and in his vest. when he targets airstrikes for them. >> translator: i go to the front line of isis and give locations for the war planes to bomb. we have advanced satellite location devices to target anyplace on the front line whether we see it or not. there are daily drones, i speak to the americans every hour, a total of four hours a day. >> reporter: one hurdle in recruiting for the pentagon is that their unit is only allowed to fight isis. not most syrian rebels' first and worst enemy, the assad regime. but abu also insists he will
fight the assad regime. >> translator: the second rule is that we fight whoever is fighting us. we will take arrows from isis and face assad. are we going to sit still and not fight assad? we will stay in our homes. we don't want to cry on tv. we want assad regime to be stopped. >> reporter: after the vetting, the confused aims, one thing is clear, his unshakeable enthusiasm for the fight against isis and the regime that lies ahead. nick payton walsh. cnn. the u.n.'s humanitarian representative has been there and he said there is just one solution to end the prolonged civil conflict. >> there is no military solution to this. there is not even a humanitarian solution. we can do our best to try and
save the lives and protect the civilians, but almost anything we do is never going to be enough. and i have to plead to all the generous donors that we do need even more. the job is incredibly far from done. and we have little funding to do it with, with all the brave international workers. >> we'll get to that in a moment. but in your discussions with the government, was it ever brought up that the government was somehow willing to hold discussions with any form of the opposition? it's now so fractured, and so many of the groups are armed. and if so, what form would that take? and how do you trust an interlock tour that on the day of your visit bomb the a suburban kills 100 civilians? >> well, let there be no doubt, of course, when you have conflict and humanitarian need these days, and it's a huge amount around the world that does arise in conflict. of course all the people you speak to are partial. they're part of a fight, part of
an argument, which they are using war to try and settle. this is always going to fail. and there is only one chance we all have, and that is to try and find a political solution. it is clear to me that as part of the u.n., and we work as one, that secretary-general special envoy absolutely is trying everything he can to pull together these workshops, a form of proximity discussions which are going to define the issues of agreement so we can try to find a political way forward. in the meantime, we all have to work ceaselessly to try to save lives and prevent the human loss. a palestinian is protesting his detainment. his lawyer says conditions are
unacceptable. >> reporter: israel offered to release mohammed alan, if he would leave. he's in the hospital receiving salts and electrolytes. i was an unknown name until recently. now everyone here knows who mohammed allan is. the latest face of resistance for palestinians. he was held since 2014 without charge or trial on suspicion of involvement in terrorism and membership in jihad. claims his lawyer and family deny. allan began a hunger strike in mid june, only drinking water. an advocacy group says there are many held on detention, they are
held for six months at a time, renewable as deemed necessary. hunger strikes have been a common way to protest detention. more than 1,000 prisoners have gone on hunger strikes over the past several years, but mohammed allan's refusal to eat put a highlight on the force-feeding law. >> they are against the international barometers, the international agreements. >> reporter: this law, just passed by the knesset in july allows the government to force-feed hunger strikers if their lives are in danger, but the new law has been criticized inside and outside the country. the israeli medical community says it's equivalent to torture.
palestinians have held near daily solidarity protest the outside the hospital where allan is being held and treated. there have been additional protests in jerusalem and gaza. we asked about this iv drip with fluids, vitamins and minerals and asked if that qualifies as force-feeding. his lawyers say that is a gray area. whether we come back, amazon, popular with online shoppers, not so popular with some employees. they say it is a brutal place to work. those details up next. no student's ever been the king of the campus on day one.
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police say they're searching for a man who may be connected to this bombing in bangkok. in indonesia crews have reached the wreckage of the trigana air crash and there are no survivors. and the u.s. is investing millions of dollars into these syrian rebels. cnn has a look at who these men are. i'm rosemary church. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. >> i'm errol barnett. thanks for joining us we'll be with you for the next two hours on "cnn newsroom." it is just past 1:00 p.m. in bangkok, thailand where police
are searching for a man seen on security camera footage who may be connected to a deadly bombing in a popular tourist area. you can almost feel the force of the blast through that video. it shows crowds of pedestrians during what was evening rush hour as the bomb exploded on monday. >> at least 22 people are dead including citizens from china, malaysia, singapore and hong kong. more than 100 people are injured and cnn with one man who saw that blast. >> if i was 30 seconds later i would have been right in the middle of the blast. >> it was packed? >> yes, and i was standing in front of the shrine, i could hear music and chanting. there was a lot of people in the shrine. there were quite a few people in the shrine. >> and you saw people lying on the road. how did it unfold from there?
>> so i saw this one guy dying in the middle of the street. he was lying on his side with his helmet on. there was so much traffic on the road and chaos that i just couldn't cross and just couldn't reach out for them and he was just lying over there and his arm was waving up in the air and i could hear a lot of people screaming and shouting but i couldn't do anything about it. i didn't know what was going on and i was smack in the middle of this. >> reporter: cnn's anna coren is following develops from hong kong. and you are getting a description of how gruesome a scene this was and horrific an experience it was for people there. what can you tell us about the man being sought by police? >> reporter: we have the picture of the man that are police are now calling a suspect, that is what was said by one of the police chiefs addressing the media. but if we can show the footage,
it's of a man, a young man in a yellow t-shirt wearing glasses carrying a black backpack and also carrying a plastic bag. there is footage of him before the blast and then after the blast without a backpack, which is why authorities want to talk to him. there is no word as to whether he -- of who he is or who he may be affiliated with. but all police are saying is that they believe that he may be connected to the bombing in some way. and that they want to speak to him. at this stage no one has taken responsibility for the attack which happened in rush hour, just after 7:00 p.m. in bangkok. the erawan shrine which as we know is a major tourist destination. it is popular among thais and foreign tourists. but this major intersection is
where there are luxury shopping centers and five-star hotels. this is an extremely busy place. so police are now surveying the cctv footage. they are reviewing it. there are about 15 cameras in that particular area. and they are now looking at the footage. obviously that is how they identified this one particular man. but as police say, this was a vicious and ruthless attack. and the fact that this bomb was planted at the shrine meant that they were targeting civilians as well as foreigners. and the death count shows that. 22 dead, of which at least eight are foreigners, errol. >> you can take some comfort in that development. it's encouraging to know that within 24 hours of this incident police do have a suspect. we know that forensic teams are still working the scene. they believe it was all done using a pipe bomb.
but, considering the political tensions that have existed in thailand for some time what about the motivations or the possibilities? police say they actually were warned but that's all they sat said. they didn't say when or by whom. >> reporter: police are saying they were warned but have not elaborated on that. we would be speculating. but as to a motive. people are confused. obviously thailand has been embroiled in political instability and turmoil for years, for decades now. but they have never seen anything on this scale. and i think that is what is really -- shook the city of bangkok as well as the country of thailand. they have not seen anything like this. there is the muslim insurgency in the south where there have been many attacks but specifically in that area. thousands have died but in that area. it has never been brought to the
capital. that would see a dramatic change intactics. and you have the conflict between the red shirts who are supporters of the former prime minister who was ousted back in 2006. they have been at war with the yellow shirts, the conservative royalists. and the red shirts staged massive sit ins in this particular area where this bomb went off in 2010, paralyzing the streets for months on end. and that ended in 90 deaths with the military. and just finally, errol, you then have the -- i should say the military coup, the military came into power in may of last year and since then it has been relatively calm. this is why people are so confused as to what the motive could be. >> anna koren live with that
development that the police are pursuing a suspect. when we get video of him, anna gave us a description there but we will bring it to our viewers. thanks. marco cunningham is a paramedic for bangkok free ambulance and he was on the scene rescuing survivors and saving lives. he spoke with cnn a short time ago. >> the injuries were so serious that it was very difficult to prioritize the patients. they were all in comatose states and with huge lacerations and so, triaging them was almost impossible. every single person was on top of the list of triage. the people that seemed to survive were the ones that ended up underneath the dead people. so i'm guessing that the person in front of the blast took the
blast and the person behind was somehow saved. and we had to remove dead bodies from the living people underneath. but i've never seen injuries this bad before. i've been to a few bomb blasts before. this bomb was particularly -- i don't know the word -- vicious -- and designed to cause maximum damage. >> marko cunningham talking to cnn a short time ago. we will bring you all the details as they come into us. we turn now to news we're following out of indonesia, rescue teams have found the black box of the trigana air service flight that crashed on sunday. >> the bodies of all 54 people have been located. there are no survivors. helicopters are on their way to the area to recover the victims'
remains. for more on this recovery effort, let's bring in a reporter with our affiliate cnn indonesia and joins us live from jayapura. what more information are you getting information on the crash site and the challenges ahead? >> reporter: yeah, actually all the bodies already found in the crash site this morning time according to the information from the national search and rescue agency. but all the team could not get the body because of the bad weather. the visibility to reach the body and could not using the helicopter because of the weather is unpredictable condition. >> i hope you can still hear me.
>> reporter: so far they try to evacuate the body by -- yep -- >> if you can talk to us -- >> reporter: until now we didn't get any information until they evacuated all the bodies. >> all right, talking to us there, we are having a number of problems, as you can see. we have about an eight-second delay. apologies there. but certainly getting an idea and update of what is happening there on the scene. more of the big stories for you now, thousands of people in tianjin, china paused in a moment of silence to mourn those lost in the warehouse explosions. >> 57 people are still missing. hundreds of tons of toxic sodium cyanide were found at the site and the cleanup is ongoing.
>> will ripley is in tianjin and has an update on this. the residents want compensation and answers from the government. but look what you have to go through as smoke still rises at the blast site. rain can cause chemical reactions with the toxic ke chemicals there. what is the latest where you are? >> reporter: there is a black plume of smoke rising for much of this is day seven here. there is a grave concern about what was propelled from the blast site and sprinkled and landing everywhere. this gray chemical in this barrel is similar to one we discovered in an residential area construction site and it has a very unusual reaction when exposed to water it creates heat and white steam. this sort of thing is scattered all about. you can see the proximity to thousands of homes,ing their
fears about whether it will be safe to return. with terrifying force, the fireball left massive destruction, piles of debris and something else. small mounds of unknown chemicals emitting heat and what looks like steam when exposed to water raising fears about what happens when it rains. >> we are not going to move back until we are sure it is safe. >> reporter: this is one of thousands of homeowners now homeless. families and the government don't know the full list of toxins propelled through this port city. >> you to feel safe going home? >> no. the chemical stuff is all over. it's like a firework. you know, exploding, flying to everywhere. some might fall to our yard, to our home. >> reporter: more than 2,000
chinese soldiers and hundreds of biochemical searchers are neutralizing the threat taking air, soil, and water samples. these stray chemicals, sitting in an unsecured area less than a kilometer from the blast zone. do you know what this is or if it poses a danger? tianjin's chief environmental officer says that searchers have not entered residential areas. he says they will begin searching the areas if needed. experts say it's impossible to know what that is or what danger it may pose without further dusting. but there is a lot of it scattered about sitting close to thousands of home. this person owns an apartment under construction next door. he takes us through building he was supposed to move into in less than two months. after the explosion, he says i
worry about the pollution, the water, and soil, the structure of the buildings. like most chinese homeowners, he saved for years to buy an apartment. unaware it was sitting next to a hazardous chemical warehouse. are the officials corrupt or what, ask this homeowner. she and others are demanding the chinese government buy back their apartments, afraid of living next to what they call a ticking time bomb. at this now abandoned light rail station and also at this parking lot where much of tianjin's bus fleet is sitting we have seen chemical cleanup crews out in the last hour or so picking up a number of chemicals, some are white, some are gray, all scattered around this region which underscores the magnitude and force of this explosion
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oil in certain areas of iraq. you knock the hell out of the oil and we take over the oil. >> on nbc's "meet the press" trump was adamant how he would do it. >> you are talking about ground troops. >> we can circle it. >> reporter: a trump military critic says not so fast. >> you don't go into another country and steal their national wealth which is what he is suggested we do. >> reporter: the just retired army general had issue with trump as well. >> when you hear donald trump say we should move in with our troops and take their oil and all the iraqi fields and take the oil away from isis does anything like that have military utility? >> there is limits to military power. we could have an outcome but is it -- the problem we have had, do we achieve sustainable
outcome? it's about sustainable outcome. >> you disagree with donald trump? >> i do. >> reporter: the majority of u.s. air strikes against oil targets have been in syrian, not iraq. isis controls 10% of iraq's oil fields. in 2014, iraq earned $300 million a day in oil revenue. now it's down to roughly $240 million a day due to falling oil prices. >> to suggest that we go in and bomb the oil fields and take them over is a violation of international law. mr. trump may have a lot of lawyers in the trump corporation but they won't get him out of the hague when he is tried for that kind of a plan. >> reporter: where does trump get his military advice? >> i watch the shows. >> reporter: that was cnn's
pentagon correspondent barbara starr reporting. the u.s. program has been criticized for the millions of dollars to train a handful of recruited. >> cnn's nick paton walsh cgot access to one of the rebels and has this report. >> reporter: nearly a million dollars worth of prosyrian rebel looks like. these are the first pictures of the mere 54 moderate fighters the u.s. has vetted, trained and equipped with these weapons but there are not nearly enough to worry isis. in fact some of them were recently detained with al qaeda after a fire fight leading to claims that the program was a failure. so one of them in syria is speaking out. >> translator: nearly 17,000 syrian men wants to join but the
training is very slow. 30 days instead of 45 days. more trainees. our training in jordan did 85. we should have did 500 there and 500 in turkey. we are thankful but it needs to happen faster. >> reporter: these men are a central part of america's anti-isis strategy. vital. the planes can bomb and the drones can watch but without rebels willing to go on the ground and clean out isis and install moderate societies everything else is pretty much pointless. and as of now inside syria there are 40 of them. here they are after training days before being attacked by rebels from an al qaeda front. some of those detained have been released. despite the awful start, he is determined to fight on. the americans follow him using a gps on his wrist and in his
vest. when he targets air strikes for them. >> translator: i got to the front line against isis and i give locations for the war planes to bomb. we have advanced satellite communication devices to target any place on the front line whether we see it or not. they are drones in the sky as i talk to you right now. i speak to the american every hour a total of four hours a day. >> one hurdle in recruiting is their unit is only allowed to fight isis. not most syrian rebels' first and worst enemy for the syrian regime. in spite of this limitation he insists he will also fight the al assad regime. >> translator: the second rule is that we fight who fights us. are we going to sit still and not fight al assad? we will stay in our homes.
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welcome back to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. it's time to update the main stories we have been following this hour. bangkok police are searching for a man scene on security camera footage who may be connected to monday's deadly bombing in a tourist area. at least 22 people were killed and hundreds injured at a popular hindu shrine. no one has claimed responsibility. rescue teams have found the black bock of the trigana air service flight that crashed on sunday. the bodies of all 54 people on board have been located. hundreds of people who lost their homes in last week's
explosions in tianjin, china are demanding government compensation. authorities are still trying to sweep the site of dangerous chemicals. at least 114 people were killed. 57 are still missing, mostly firefighters. more now on our top story, the deadly bombing in bangkok, thailand. paul chambers is a professor and military analyst and he joins us now live to talk about who might be behind this attack. thank you, sir, for talking with us. now, there has been no claim of responsibility as yet. but police are now pursuing a suspect dressed in a yellow shirt who was caught on security camera footage. what does that tell you? >> reporter: well, thank you very much, first of all. i don't think it tells us very much. i think we need to scrutinize who might be guilty, who might have done this.
and there are a lot of possibilities. first of all, of course it could always be melee muslim extremists in the far south of thailand. i doubt that basically because, first of all, there has been a dialogue going on with the military government since june. so i don't think they want to destroy that dialogue. secondly, most of the melee muslim insurgent groups are part of that dialogue. it's illogical for them to want to have a bomb. secondly it's uyghur terrorists, the uyghur people are upset at the regime for deporting many uyghur people to china recently. there are many chinese who were killed in this attack. but i think, again, it's very, very unlikely. so i think we come down to three questions, who in thailand has the capability to get this done? number two, who had the most to
gain? and number three, who could do it now? it points to the military or thai police. right now, there has been reshuffles of certain military people and intermediate level troops are not happy about the reshuffles. at the same -- with regard to the police. number two, to there are protoxin military and anti-toxin military. they are upset at the prayuth regime. under the water, of course. so i think ultimately, it's the military or the police elements that are mostly involved. this sighting of what i think it said was an arab person with a yellow shirt, i don't put anything into that. i think that could be even the beginning of blame game. trying to blame some group for something that actually isn't the case.
>> that's interesting. the police have very much pushed that. of course you have the yellow shirts against the red shirts, very significant there in bangkok, particularly. and you're not reading anything into that? >> you hit the nail on the head. there have always been this red/yellow clash. but ultimately only military people have the capability of doing this bombing and only if there are military that are working with red shirts, is this going to be possible that red shirts are part of the bombing. but then again that brings us back to the military. there are certainly anti-military elements who hate prayuth and his prime minister as well. when we say it could be red shirts, it's possible but ultimately those who planted the bomb have to be those capable of it, meaning military allied with
toxin. >> paul chambers thank you for joining us. there has been no claim of responsibility to this point. it's interesting that that has taken some time and we are yet to hear whether anyone is willing to step forward and claim responsibility for this. many thanks to you for joining us. another tragic migrant crossing in the mediterranean has come to an end. a norwegian ship docked in sicily carrying the body of 49 migrants who breathed in toxic fumes from fuel. italy's navy rescued them saturday and transferred them to the norwegian ship. a monitoring group says more than 2300 migrants have died trying to get from africa to europe in 2015, making it the deadliest year on record. many migrants are also flocking to the greek island of kos, more than 7,000 arrived there last month.
>> but the welcome they receive isn't always a warm one, is it? >> reporter: dawn breaks on the greek holiday island of kos and this is how the visitors arrive, hundreds on inflatable dinghies from turkey. this group of syrians stumble out on dry land happy to have survived the journey away from their war-torn homeland. they dry their children and take out the inflatable wings and take photos to send back home. then they walk past the tent city that extends along the kos beach front. we are from syria, they announce. many of kos' locals have offered food, water and washing facilities. but this time, residents shout at them to leave and to register with police.
this is where they go. the new cruise ship sent in by greece docked to house and register syrian refugees. they wait here for hours. one of the families we spoke to is finally aboard the ship. authorities say it has the capacity for 2500 people. in one day, more than 1,000 people are on board. but all of the new arrivals have said that kos is just the doorway to europe. this 27-year-old from damascus wants to study physics in germany. >> no one will stay here. because we know that this country have problem -- economic problem. we just want to go. >> reporter: he admits he hoped for better in greece. >> when we was there in turkey we hope to make it here. for all of us, that was 70% of the trip because it's sea and dangerous. but now after we arrive here and
saw what we saw, it's very bad here. we cannot go back. we have to continue. >> reporter: for families with children, kos is a safe and security place to rest before moving on to places like germany. this woman tried to pay for a hotel room for her family but was told there is no space. even so, she is grateful. >> the greek people are very nice and give us many things. so it's for our children, water and some food. yeah. >> reporter: new arrivals to kos are washing in the sea as tourists lounge in beach cheers nearby. as the sun sets tourists return to hotels and migrants camp in the open and watch new arrivals come in the morning boat after boat with no signs of stopping. for the first time in nearly
a decade, u.s. military soldiers will join firefighters battling firefighters scorching huge parts of the west u.s. about 200 soldiers from an army base in washington state will be trained and sent to the front lines. >> the military are providing aircraft which can drop large quantities of fire retardant. california, idaho and washington have seen the worst of the fires. we want to get the latest on the conditions on the ground. it's incredible how extensive these are. >> the fire authority saying this is a five and pennsylvania a potential to exhaust all of their resources. it is very expansive. it has consumed about 3 million hectares of land. take the state of massachusetts or the hawaiian islands. it is comparable to that size of a land mass as far as how much has been consumed in the u.s. there is the state of
massachusetts, roughly 7 million acres of land across the united states much on the western side of the u.s. that is more than 2 million acres above what is considered to have burned for the fire season. but the rainfall is there. millions of gallons over the next five days. unfortunately it's almost entirely east of the rockies. and you look at the perspective, in some areas 4 to 5 inches. one of the fun facts is that an average size cumulus clouds holds 17 million gallons of water. unfortunately, the northwest and southwest, bone dry conditions. anything above 300 acres of grass burned or larger, 7 million total have been consumed. the air quality in eastern washington and oregon and idaho on high alert right now. these taken from 22,000 miles up in space looking down toward the western u.s.
you can see the smoke plumes pushing off to the east as the winds go from the west to the east. the eastern portion of washington you see that going into monday, the smoke in place pushing now into western areas of montana as well. but 12 days so far this calendar year, seattle has exceeded 90 degrees fahrenheit. three is what you typically expect in the summer season. that is quadrupling. portland has reached or exceeded 90 24 times this year. 11 is normal. atlanta, georgia, well known for extreme heat see about 30 days a year of 90-degree heat. portland has seen 24. portland is comparable to atlanta. so the heat is immense over a very large area. >> see you next hour. hillary clinton is speaking out about the e-mail scandal
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want to get you an update to an cnn investigation of a story we have been following for a year. st. mary's medical center in florida is shutting down its pediatric heart program. nine babies have died in the past year. >> from 2011 to 2013 the hospital's mortality rate for open-heart surgery was more than three times the national
average. cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cowen brought us the story in june. and here is a portion of her report. >> reporter: weeks into life this tiny baby needed heart surgery. here at st. mary's medical center in west palm beach, florida. dr. michael black performed the preerz procedure to widen the aorta. >> he made it seem like he was the best person to do it. >> no sweat, it's a walk in the park. >> reporter: but the surgery was a disaster. >> i looked at her and her legs had stiffened up a lot and started to go into a table top position. >> after the surgery, layla was paralyzed. here she is today. they had no idea that her daughter's tragedy had a disturbing back story, one that no one had told them.
three months before her operation a baby had died after an operation and five months before that, another had died and a month and a half before that another had passed away. >> it's horrible that you go into a program like that and they can be dishonest with you and they don't feel the need to tell you what happened there before. >> reporter: one week after the surgery that left layla paralyzed amelia campbell died and parish wright a few months later and landon summerford a few months after that. the hospital and doctor rejected requests for an interview. so we tracked down the ceo to give him a chance to explain. hi, it's elizabeth cowen at cnn. we want to know why -- what the death rate is for your babies at the pediatric heart hospital --
he also wouldn't answer the parents' questions. last year a team of doctors from the state of floor's children's medical services evaluated the program at the request of st. mary's which sought to evaluate and identify opportunities for improvement. the head of the team, dr. jeffrey jacobs found st. mary's was doing too few surgeries to get good at it. how few? in the united states 80% of children's heart percentage programs perform more than 100 surgeries a year. but the review of st. mary's program shows in 2013, the hospital performed 23 operations. it is unlikely that any program will be capable of obtaining and sustaining high quality when performing less than two operations per month.
>> st. mary's medical center released the following statement obtained from local media. i'm quoting here, this is the decision of the hospital and not based on a decision or recommendation by the state of florida or any regulatory agency. the inaccurate media reports on our program have made it significantly more challenging to build sustainable volume in our program. end of quote there. >> dr. michael black's attorney released a state. it says in part, quote, cnn's reckless reporting has deprived the community of a vitally important medical program and dr. black will sue cnn for defamation for false and damaging statements and flawed reports, end quote. is it a heart breaking story. we want to get this news to you just into cnn. india's first lady has died. she was born in what is now
bangladesh. she heard india's future president in 1957. in addition to raising three children he was a fan of the arts and a writer of two books. she was 74. coming up here on "cnn newsroom," a community in maryland is dealing with a huge loss. >> the sudden death of a man who turned out to be a real-life superhero. we'll bring that to you after this break. are we good? go see. go look through their windows so you can understand their views. go find out just how kind the hes and shes of this mankind are. i brto get us moving.tein i'm new ensure active high protein.
welcome back. we want to get you to what is such a sad story out of the u.s. state of maryland. 51-year-old lenny robinson was known as the route 29 batman. >> he provided moments of relief and laughter to hospitalized children. he was killed in a tragic highway accident over the weekend. here is more about the man behind the mask. >> reporter: as batman, lenny b. robinson loved bringing smiles to little faces. arriving in his bat mobile to visit children in the hospital. >> they are constantly fighting for their lives.
this helps them that's what it's all about. >> reporter: the 51 died sunday when his bat mobile broke down along i-70. >> this other vehicle from virginia came through and struck him which caused his death. >> it is devastating. >> reporter: robinson paid countless visits to this hospital. >> that was a huge honor. he loved the ruben institute and he loved our patients. >> reporter: a resident of owings mills, he would transform into a superhero, a favorite of his three children. >> even though they are his immediate family he was part of our family too. >> reporter: rachel foote is a patient. >> he talks to the patients and gives them encouragement. >> reporter: he was pulled over
three years ago when he forgot to take off his batman tags. robinson called it publicity for volunteering. he visited this girl at school for a walk to stop bullying. robinson's memory, alive inside everyone he touched. >> we are very blessed and very thankful to have known him and to have had him for the time that we did and have such a close relationship with him. we just feel completely blessed. >> that our affiliate wjz reporting. he will be remembered. >> he was a good man. you have been watching "cnn newsroom." i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. we're here for another hour. please do stay with us. it's more than a network and the cloud.
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com one day after a bombing rocks a tourist district in bangkok, police on the hunt for a man they believe may be responsible. crews reach the scene of a plane crash in indonesia only to have their worst fears confirmed. as mourners pay their respects to the victims, those displaced demand that the chinese government do more to help. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm errol barnett. this is "cnn newsroom." thanks for joining us, everyone. security is tight in bangkok, thailand, one day after a bomb ripped through a busy tourist area killing at least 22 people. police are searching for a man seen on security camera video
who they say may be connected to the bombing. >> now we do have some new video of the moment the bomb was detonated. some of you may find it disturbing to watch. take a look. [ speaking foreign language ] [ explosion ]. >> just terrifying. you can see pedestrians scrambling as the bomb goes off during what was busy evening rush hour. more than 100 people are injured. cnn spoke with several witnesses who were there at the blast site. >> at first i really couldn't understand because my ears were ring and i thought i was in a movie set and it just looked like any other hollywood movie. but i was like this has to be a bomb because of the scale of devastation that i could see in front of my eyes. at first i thought it was an accident, two cars collided and probably something just
exploded. but what i felt was normal. >> the injuries were so serious that it was very difficult to prioritize the patients. they were all comatose states. the people that seemed to survive were the ones that ended up underneath the dead people. i'm guessing the person in front of the blast took the blast and the person behind was somehow saved. >> horrifying details from a witness and a medic. and oliver homes is the southeast asia correspondent for "the guardian" and he was at the site of the explosion. he joins us on the line. talk to us about what you saw when you got to that blast site. >> reporter: as i arrived i walked down the road from the nearby metro station and the
road was completely empty. police cordoned it off. as i arrived there i encountered five ambulances screaming away from the scene. there was a hospital just next to the blast site. i imagine it had become completely packed. when i arrived at the actual scene i saw bits of glass on the floor, debris which had been blown dozens of meters across the road across the street and police and medics were combing through the streets trying to find debris and had cordoned off the area. >> we are looking at images as you speak to us. just terrifying situation there. talk to us about why you think the hindu shrine would be the target and this particular shopping area. >> reporter: well, what i can say about the shrine is it's a very, very busy area. it's a very popular site for
hindus and also for buddhists and not just in thailand but from other parts of asia especially in china. maybe 20 of the wounded and some of the dead are chinese. so it's a very, very busy area. it's popular with tourists. it's a business district. there are hotels. it's very, very central in the city. and so you, you know, whoever planted the bomb would have known that tourists and thais would have been injured in the attack. >> how surprised are you that there has been no claim of responsibility so far. what more are you learning about this man that police are talking about on the security footage who police say could be connected in some way to the bombing? they called him a suspect. >> reporter: well, on the claim the police are looking at cctv,
they are looking at this man, apparently, he was caught on cctv walking to the area with a backpack and again leaving without. but the government has been clear to say they don't know exactly who has done it. they say they have a small number of suspects. but they're still looking at the footage. as far as claims go in thailand there was a smaller explosion in 2006 that kill lead the people in a series of bomb attacks and that was never solved and never claimed. it's not unusual that an attack in thailand goes unclaimed. >> interesting. oliver holmes talking to us there. the southeast asia correspondent for "the guardian" thank you for speak with us. in indonesia, officials say rescue teams have found the black box of the trigana air service flight that crashed in the country's remote region on
sunday. the bodies of all 54 people on board have been located. for more on the recovery efforts let's bring in kathy novak. the crash site has been reached and the black box and bodies now located. what are investigators learning? >> reporter: the black box was found just over an hour ago, errol and indonesia's air transport safety board is deciding where to bring that. the focus is on gettin the bodies out as quickly as possible. this was two days ago that villagers reported seeing the plane go down in the mountain and it wasn't until today that the rescuers were able to access the site because of the terrain. they had heavy fog roll in and had to spend the night on the
mountain. they were able to get there today and what they are doing is retrieving the body using a helicopter hoisting them up using ropes and transporting them to a nearby airport. they hope to have that operation wrapped up in about two hours. that is crucial. by then it will start to get dark and the weather has been very unpredictable and difficult. they want to get this done as soon as they can. >> and the weather already has been getting in the way of the recovery and rescue efforts. what about the performance of this airline? trigana air has been banned from flying in europe because of its performance history. just walk us through that. >> reporter: absolutely. and that's why looking into the flight data recorder and this black box to get more information about what happened here will be absolutely crucial because this is only a mall airline, a small fleet of planes operating since 1991 and in that time including this one it has
had at least 15 accidents which is relatively high if you compare it to other airlines and one of the airlines that is banned from flying into indonesian air space. but in fact all of indonesia's airlines at one time or another had been banned from flying into the eu. only a small handful is allowed to fly including the national carrier. but when you are talking about yet another crash in indonesia, people are again asking the questions, are safety regulations there up to scratch? is the maintenance up to scratch? are pilots trained well enough? and these are all questions brought up again with reference to this airline, errol. >> just quickly, what is the indonesian government saying in response to all of that? this is the third trigana crash in the last five months. are they suggesting they will ground this airline? >> what we heard from the
indonesian government in the past couple months is they are looking into safety practices in the country. if you go back to december in less than a year, indonesia has suffer lead the major crashes. we saw more than 160 people die in the airasia crash and 130 die in the military aircraft that went down in june. they have been promising a top-down review. how long that will take is an open question. but many questions to be asked and the urgency is there now after yet another crash. >> absolutely. kathy novak live in seoul for us. it is the seventh day of mourning in tianjin, china and thousands of people paused in a moment of silence to remember the victims of last week's warehouse explosions. at least 114 people were killed and 57 are still missing. the clean up of toxic chemicals at the site is still ongoing. and our will ripley joins us
from tianjin with the latest. the chinese government is trying to assure people that the air and water levels are now acceptable. what are people saying about that and what they want their government to do for them in terms of compensation for lost and damaged homes? >> reporter: people are very concerned about the safety of their homes. think about these apartments that are under construction here. people are supposed to move in in less than two months and within sight of them you have a barrel of an unknown chemical propelled from the blast site and sometimes there are piles of chemicals laying around as we saw yesterday making people concerned about the safety of living in this area. with terrifying force, the fireball sent shock waves through tianjin, leaving massive destruction, piles of debris,
and something else. small mounds of unknown chemicals emitting heat and what looks like steam when exposed to water raising fears of what could happen when it rains. >> we're not going to move back until we're sure it's safe. there are so many kids in there. >> reporter: this is one of thousands of blast zone homeowners now homeless. families and the government don't know the full list of toxins propelled through this bustling chinese port city. do you feel safe going back home? >> no. the chemical stuff is all over. i saw -- it was like a firework, you know, exploding, flying through everywhere. >> reporter: more than 2,000 chinese soldiers and biochemical experts are trying to neutralize the threat, taking air, soil, and water samples. these stray chemicals sitting in
an unsecured area less than a kilometer from the blast zone. >> do you know what this is or if it poses a danger to anyone? the tianjin chief environmental officer says they have not entered residential areas due to safety concerns about broken glass. it's impossible to know what that is or what if any danger it may pose without further dusting. but we no there is a lot of it scattered about and it is sitting close to thousands of homes. this man owns an apartment under construction next door. he takes us through the dark building he was supposed to move into in less than two months. after the explosion, he says i worry about the pollution, the water and soil and the structure of these buildings. like most chinese homeowners, he saved for years to buy an apartment unaware it was sitting next to a hazardous chemical
warehouse now the focus of a criminal investigation. are the officials corrupt or what? asks this homeowner. she and others are demanding the chinese government buy back their apartments, afraid of living next to what they call a ticking time bomb. the devastation from that explosion is staggering. you look at the good chunk of tianjin's bus fleet sitting there, the windows smashed in. the clean up under way and it's unclear when people will be able to return to their homes. chinese state media reporting that ten top executives of the company that was operating the warehouse have been detained and the investigation continues. but rosemary, even though there may be charges in this particular incident there is a
larger issue here in the safety and the chinese government is promising to take steps to crack down on that in the years to come. >> all very disturbing. our will ripley there with a mask to protect himself from the deadly chemicals. will ripley reporting live from tianjin. a surge in violence in eastern ukraine. coming up next, the suspicions about a new surge there. you will hear from a syrian fighter about the challenges they face in an exclusive report. that's still to come. does your makeup remover every kiss-proof,ff? cry-proof, stay-proof look? neutrogena® makeup remover does. it erases 99% of your most stubborn makeup with one towelette. need any more proof than that? neutrogena.
welcome back. we want to get you this information just into cnn. look at all that red in china's markets. the financial markets there taking a real beating at this moment. the shanghai composite pulling back more than 6 percentage points. the slowing domestic economy which we have been talking about for weeks is leading into this and the government saying it will prop up shares can be read
into this. you had the news of home prices up in more places than they are down across china. that is a positive development but to hear certainly unwelcome news on the chinese markets. we'll keep watching this for you. the syrian air force has bombed a suburb northeast of damascus. >> it comes one day after deadly strikes from the town of douma. activists say 82 were killed and hundreds wounded in sunday's air strikes. opposition groups say the attacks were meant to cause as many civician casualties as possible. the united nations chief was in the town at the time. >> i was horrified and distressed for the loss of life and the numbers injured. these were civilians. this is an unacceptable, illegal form of war. it's true of the shelling that took place from douma back into
the damascus. it's true of cutting off the water to so many people for three days. you can't use cutting off water as a weapon of war. when the shells from the air hit the marketplace in douma it is unacceptable. the u.s. is spending millions of dollars to vet and train syrian rebels to fight isis. >> but the program is facing criticism over its price tag and the small number of fighters it has produced. nick paton walsh has this exclusive report. >> reporter: this is what nearly $1 million worth of prosyrian rebel looks like. these are the first pictures of the near 54 moderate fighters that the u.s. has trained and equipped with these fancy weapons.
but there are not enough to worry isis yet. in fact some were recently detained by al qaeda after a fire fight leading to claims the $41 million program was a failure. so one of them in syria is speak out. >> translator: nearly 17,000 syrian men wants to join. but the training is very slow. we need it to be faster. 30 days instead of 45 stdays. we should have been 500 people and 500 in turkey. we are thankful but it needs to happen faster. >> reporter: these men are vital. the planes can bomb and the drones can watch but without allied syrian rebels willing to go on the ground and clear out isis and install moderate societies, everything else is pretty much pointless. as of now inside syria there are
just about 40 of them. here they are entering syria after training, days before being attacked by rebels from the al qaeda linked front. some of those detained have now been released. despite the awful start, this man is determined to fight on. >> translator: americans follow him using a gps on his wrist and in his vest when he targets air strikes for him. >> translator: i go to the front and give locations for the war planes to bomb. we have advanced satellite communication devices to target any place on the front line whether we see it or not. there are drones in the sky as i talk to you right now. i speak to the american every hour, a total of four hours a day. >> reporter: one hurdle in recruiting for the pentagon is their unit is only allowed to fight isis. not most syrian rebels' first and worst enemy f, the syrian
regime. but inspite of this restriction, he insists will also fight the al assad regime. >> translator: the second rule is that we will fight whoever is fighting. are we going to sit still and not fight al assad? we won't flee to europe but we will stay in our homes. we want the al assad regime to be stopped. >> reporter: after the vetting, the retentions and confused aims, one thing is clear, his unshakable enthusiasm for the fight against isis and the regime that lies ahead. nick paton walsh, cnn. turning now to eastern ukraine where that conflict between troops and pro russian separatists is taking a growing toll. a u.n. report says more than 6800 people have been killed since mid april of 2014 and last
month. 17,000 have been injured in the clashes and more than 2.3 million people have been forced from their homes. >> the u.n. report comes against the backdrop of a recent surge in violence. phil black reports on the threat to a shaky cease-fire. >> reporter: this is just the latest evidence which proves a so-called piece deal often means little on the ground in eastern ukraine. the national government says two people were killed, six injuries, and more than 50 homes damaged by artillery fired by pro-russian separatists. and in donetsk, officials say five people were killed and more than 40 homes damaged over the same 24-hour period in shelling launched by ukrainian military forces. these incidents aren't rare. deadly violence, distraught locals. and competing claims about who
is really breaking the peace deal known as the minsk agreement have remained a reality since february. but over the last week the conflict has escalated, inspiring dark predictions about what might happen next. sergei lavrov is concerned that ukraine is preparing for a military offensive and ukraine is throwing the same accusation at russia and the separatists. putin's visited to talk up tourism. but the region's prosperity is made harder by the fact that there is no link between the two. they are afraid of carving out a
land corridor. but without such a dramatic move, this daily violence could lead to the total collapse of the already tenuous peace agreement. phil black, cnn, london. now to heart breaking news out of india. the country's first lady has passed away. she was borned in bangladesh and married in 1957. >> in addition to raising three children she was a fan of the arts and writer of two books. she was 74.
. you are watching "cnn newsroom." thanks so much for staying with us today. i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. bangkok police are searching for a man seen on security camera footage who may be connected to the bombing in a tourist area. at least 22 people were killed and 100 injured at a popular hindu shrine. indonesian officials say rescue teams have found the black box of the trigana air service flight that crashed in the papua region on sunday. the bodies of all 54 people on board have been located as well. helicopters are recovering the victim remains. chinese state media report that the top ten officials in the warehouse company that were involved in the tianjin explosions have been detained.
four have been hospitalized. last week's blast killed at least 114 people and 57 are still missing. the cleanup of the chemicals is ongoing. let's get you information on the top story, the deadly bombing in bangkok. police say it is clear that tourists were the target here. >> what is not clear is who carried out the attacks. cnn's asia pacific editor is in bangkok. >> reporter: as the sun rose here in bangkok, this was the scene. the center of the blast site, police and forensic teams now moving in looking for any clue that may give a hint as to who was behind this attack and what their motive was. and you can see also clear evidence beyond the line of police of the impact, the strength of that blast. big concrete pillars holding up
a fence, shattered, bent out of shape. at this stage, this area will remain cordoned off while the police and forensic experts do their work and all the police are saying at the moment is that they believe this was a tourist area which was deliberately targeted. targeted because it would hurt tourisms which would hurt the economy but they have no clues as to who or why at this stage. this is one of the busiest parts of bangkok. big shopping centers on two corners. the shrine, a popular site for not only tourists but also to locals and police say this blast was timed for maximum impact. 7:00 p.m. when thais were going home, paying their respects at the shrine, mingling with tourists doing the same thing. this is the biggest attack that bangkok has seen in recent times. there has been street protests for years here.
there have been explosions in the past and fatalities but not on this scale. people here in bangkok wake up this morning in fear and in shock, looking for answers. andrew stevens, cnn, bangkok. and we have one update to the report in the past hour or so there is a small clue as to who might be behind this. anna coren is following those developments from hong kong and joins us more with that a suspect is identified and being pursued. what do we know about this possible lead? >> reporter: they found this man on cctv footage around the shrine shortly before the blast. we are waiting for that picture to be sent to us by thai police. this is a young man wearing a yellow shirt. he's got glasses on and he's also carrying a black backpack and carrying a plastic bag in his hand.
after the blast -- what we believe after the blast he is no longer wearing the backpack. this is why police are suspicious of this man and why they want to speak to him. they have named him as a suspect, not just a person that they want to question but a suspect. and they have -- excuse me, they've also said they don't know whether he is a thai national or a foreigner. they are yet to work out his identity from that cctv footage. but police say they are not going to just comb through the footage from yesterday, but over the last ten to 15 days, that's what they're going to have a look at to see if there is any unusual, abnormal activity around the shrine and pinpoint any other suspects who may have been involved in what the thai prime minister has told local media is the worst-ever attack on the country, claiming the lives of 22 people, many of
those foreigners and wounding more than 120 people, errol. >> and hundreds of schools there in the city will be closed today, the immediate area of course has been closed off. but authorities will likely want to get back to normal as soon as possible considering the importance of the shrine location and the symbolism that the economy and tourism of bangkok will not be impacted by this. >> for sure. they will want life to return to normal as quickly as possible. but at the same time they need to find out who did this. that is the only way they will restore confidence not just in thailand and the capital, bangkok but for those who visit thailand it's one of the most popular tourist destinations, the erawan shrine which is a hindu temple is a massive tourist destination. and not just for the
international folks who come to town but also for thais even though thailand is a mainly buddhist country they go to pay their respects and light incense. and 7:00 p.m. yesterday, that place was packed. it was swarming. as police have said, this is a vicious and cruel, ruthless attack designed to create as much carnage as much death as possible, specifically attacking civilians, international tourists trying to hurt bangkok and certainly the economy, errol. >> we'll see what happens as they pursue this suspect. anna coren, live in hong kong. thanks. we'll take a short break right here. but still to come a major online retailer is fighting accusations is it a brutal place to work. we'll explain why amazon is under fire. that's next. have you touched the stuff?
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for the first time in nearly a decade, u.s. military soldiers will battle firefighters in huge parts of the west. 200 soldiers will be trained in washington state and sent to the fire lines. the military is providing aircraft which can drop huge quantities of fire retardant. pedram javaheri looks at this more now. there is so much fuel on the ground there. >> it's a tinderbox. historic drought and historic heat. 14 of the first 15 years, the hottest years on record since the year 2000. this trend leading to additional fuel with dryer conditions has been in place and now the wildfire season is one of the worst in a long time. >> a perfect storm. >> and it's not going to improve with the rainfall.
you look at what has occurred. 7 million acres has been consumed in the united states. that is the state of massachusetts and larger than the state of massachusetts land area when it comes to how much has been scorched. 2 million acres above what would be normal for the fire season. but look at the soil moisture in the region. the areas in brown and dark red that is about 2% of normal while working to the central u.s. and the midwest earn u.s., the greens and blue is 100% of normal. and back to the west it's nonexistent. and look at the forecast. it paints the picture of the next five days. rainfall on the order of millions and millions of gallons will come down. but a few drops a it the best in the northwest and not much in the works in the forecast for california and oregon through saturday. it shows you this pattern is a longer pattern.
it will get cooler friday and saturday. but the rainfall doesn't come with it. that's the concern with 86 active fires and 7 million acres of land consumed in the united states. it's a big story in the western pacific ocean, goni east of qualm. and atsani. the concern is that both of them are poised to make landfall in the next four to five days. goni toward the northern philippines, working toward southern taiwan. and here are the models for the storms. still could be 215 kilometer per hour winds. that is a category 4 equivalent storm. and the latter storm as we watch it, it will be japan in line for this. so dual typhoons. they looked like they could
become supertyphoons. that is not happening. but this is unusual. this is the 13th and 14th storms in the pacific this year. six is what is normal. it is incredible. >> nothing too predictable in the weather world these days. democratic u.s. presidential front runner hillary clinton is feeling more pressure over the personal e-mail server she used while secretary of state of the united states. >> researchers are looking for messages she may have sent on the server, 305 e-mails have caught their attention so far and they have examined 20% of the server. donald trump turned up for jury duty on monday. he missed his previous summons in the past. it's a civic duty in the u.s. which many americans try to avoid.
>> but trump does not shy away from everything. and he arrived for duty with purpose and panache. >> reporter: donald trump arrived for his civic duty in a black limousine reporting for injury duty in new york. far quieter inside as captured on snap chat. >> we had a great time. the potential jurors were wonderful. >> reporter: a break from the campaign trail where republicans are rendering a winning verdict on trump. he is leading another national poll, solidifying his role as the g.o.p. front runner. in a weekend stop at the iowa state fair he said he would spend $1 billion on his campaign. >> what difference does it make? i want to make the country great. >> reporter: trump's offering new red meat for conservatives, a hard-line immigration plan.
his six-page propose calls for an end to birthright citizenship, a amendment in the 14th amendment in the constitution. >> i appreciate mr. trump has a plan. >> reporter: criticism like that isn't sticking as trump and outsiders are turning the race up side down, leading an insurgency against their republican rivals. a fox news poll shows trump leading with 25% followed by ben carson at 12, cruz at 10 and jeb bush in fourth place. scott walker has led in iowa most of the year. today he was heckled at the state fair. >> i am not sbem dated by you, sir. i will fight for the american people over and over and over and over again. >> reporter: but walker and top republicans are being tested by
an antiestablishment electorate driving their poll numbers to single digits. >> i'm so worried. no, it's a long haul. >> reporter: a long haul now overtaken by trump on land and in the air. trump offered children free rides aboard his helicopter. >> mr. trump? >> yes. >> are you batman? >> i am batman. >> reporter: those rides will never be forgotten. but it's an open question whether all who turned out to see him at the fair will support him in february. the people i talked to were intrigued. some said they would support him for sure. others liked the way he was shaking up the race but he needed to wait and see. and he did not get picked for injury duty. he'll be back on the campaign trail this weekend. one of the biggest and most popular online retailers is not popular with current and former
employees. >> a new york times report portrays amazon as a brutal place to work. amazon is fighting back. >> reporter: amazon, shipping whatever, wherever, with an effortless click of your finger. but some 100 current and former employees claim it's not so magical for amazon's white collar employees, describing to the "new york times" a cut throat, dog eat dog workplace, pushing out workers who are considered weak for getting cancer or having children. a saying on the campus, amazon is where overachievers go to feel bad about themselves. people commiserated across social media. on reddit one exemployee said when i went to the bathroom i would hear one person crying once a day.
on glassdoor.com, amazon's positive reviews carried this concern, advice to management, remember that the employees are people, and not machines. amazon's own produced videos called inside amazon showcase employees who call the job challenging and cutting edge. >> you fit here or you don't. you love it or you don't. there is no middle ground, really. >> reporter: amazon's ceo, jeff bezos responded to the article in an e-mail to his more than 100,000 employees, writing, i don't recognize this amazon. adding amazon would not tolerate the behavior. but tech analysts say this behavior has been around for years and, frankly, other start ups. john sullivan advises fortune 500 companies and studied amazon
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welcome back. we want to share this heart breaking story with you out of the u.s. state of maryland. lenny was the route 29 bat man. >> he provided moments of relief and laughter to hospitalized children. robinson was killed in a highway accident over the weekend. >> reporter: as batman, lenny b. robinson loved bringing smiles to little faces. arriving in his bat mobile to visit children in the hospital. >> they are constantly fighting for their lives. this helps them, that's what it
is all about. >> reporter: the 51 died sunday when his bat mobile broke down on i-70. >> another vehicle came through and struck him and caused his death. >> reporter: robinson paid countless visits to the sinai institute. >> he loved the sinai hospital and the ruben institute. >> reporter: he started and sold his own cleaning business. years later he would buy the costume and cars and transform into the superhero, a favorite of his three children. >> even though they are his immediate family i feel like we are all a part of the family here. >> reporter: rachel is a patient. >> reporter: he talks to all the kids individually and gives them words of encouragement. >> reporter: robinson was pulled over by police three years ago
when he forgot to take off his batman it is as. robinson called it good publicity for volunteering. >> even the littlest things you do can make a big difference. >> reporter: like the time he visited a girl at school for a walk to stop bullying. robinson's memory alive inside everyone he touched. >> we are blessed to have known him and had him for the time that we did and have such a close relationship with him. we feel completely blessed. >> reporter: that was our affiliate wjz reporting there. i want to turn to a true comeback story for tracy morgan. the 46-year-old is scheduled to host "saturday night live" on october 17th. >> this is his first appearance since he was critically injured
in a traffic accident last year. he said le is stoked to be going home. >> i'm sure he is. for 16 years, jon stewart was host of "the daily show." and now, stewart is stepping into the ring, the professional wrestling wring. >> don't get any ideas he's not going to put on the tights and throw guys around. he is set to host the wwe summer slam before the event takes place on sunday. he is more of the verbal smackdown. >> that will be worth tuning in. you are watching "cnn newsroom." i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. stay with us. "early start" is next for those of you in the states. >> for the rest of you, another edition of "cnn newsroom" begins after this break. have a great day.
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