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hundreds are dead just as many more missing as the torrential rains overflow in three rivers in colombia. we have the latest. plus, more revelations linking former national security adviser michael flynn to russia. and take a look here. these were the scenes in moscow last week. thousands of people taking to the streets to protest corruption, and today more protests are expected. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. we're live in atlanta. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howell. from cnn world headquarters "newsroom" starts right now. it is 5:00 a.m. on the u.s.
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east coast. we begin in southern colombia. people there digging through rubble after devastating mudslides that took place, many of them hoping to find relatives or friends still. more than 200 people are missing. at least 254 are presumed dead. >> some families barely able to escape before their homes were destroyed. the colombian president visited the region affected. a cnn crew was there when the president spoke with a victim.
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>> the colombian president there speaking with people. he also says that he suspects climate change could be partially to blame. our rafael romo picks up the story. >> reporter: it all happened very fast. according to a witness, it started raining friday night about 10:30, and the flood waters rose so fast that people had to run for their lives. many houses were flattened, bridges collapsed, and highways were washed away. it happened in southern colombia. mocoa is surrounded by three rivers which overflowed as a result of some of the heaviest rains the city has seen in years. colombian president juan manuel santos said in just one night, they got about a third of the rain that would normally fall in a full month. the president also said the death toll will likely rise because there are still many people who are missing. >> translator: we do not know how many there are going to be.
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we are still searching, but the first thing i want to say is that my heart, our hearts, the hearts of all colombians, are with the victims of this tragedy. >> reporter: santos has declared a state of emergency in the region. electrical power, and water were out and the hospital system was shut down, according to firefighters. about a thousand police officers and soldiers are helping in the search and rescue efforts. >> translator: the difficulties we are facing are that it is still raining in the region and the avalanche turned up a considerable amount of land. there are mobility issues on almost 80% of the roads, and where the roads ends, it is three hours to the place where the avalanche took place. >> reporter: president santos reported authorities have found ten children who are alone, and officials don't know if their parents died or are trapped somewhere in the debris. rafael romo, cnn, atlanta. >> rafael romo with the reporting there. thank you. now the latest on the forecast and what triggered these mudslides. >> derek is here with that. >> natalie, george, the threat of mudslides will continue
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across southwestern colombia. the fact this occurred late at night meant there was very little, if no warning at all for these residents. very scary moments. i want you to see the video. it's interesting to see the type of debris being picked up. those are full boulders, full tree, branches, even sides of buildings being caught up in the debris, being swept down the mountainside. look at the mountainous terrain in the background. that, friends, is the andes mountains and they're steep. they're over 4,000 meters in some locations. we zoom into southwestern colombia and talk about the punto mayo province. here's mocoa. you can see some of three rivers that flow through this area. this is a very precarious part of this particular province. the population here, right around 40,000 people within mocoa. the entire province, about 345,000. it sits at the base of these
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tall mountain ranges. when we get heavy rainfall, you can imagine what that does when that water filters down. it eventually saturates the soil along those mountainsides. gravity takes over. had is the anatomy of a landslide. eventually the slope fails. as that landslide picks up momentum, picks up the debris that you saw in the video a moment ago, full boulders the size of cars, suvs, 18 wheelers, trucks hurled down at nearly 50 kilometers per hour, 36 miles per hour, and leave scenes like this. this is an aerial aimage from te colombian air farce. you c -- air force. you can see the mud and debris left over from this tragic, tragic landslide that occurred early saturday morning local time. take a look at the thunderstorm activity. i've kind of narrowed it down to the moment when the thunderstorms really picked up near the mocoa region. you see that dark shade of red and orange.
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that was late friday night into early saturday morning when they saw about 130 millimeters of rainfall in a three to four-hour period. we have more rain in the forecast. that means landslides and mudslides and flash flooding still a major threat for this country. specifically, we've highlighted the areas where we have the highest strength. that would be across northern portions of the country as well as the bogota region and southwestern colombia near mocoa. look at the future forecast. you can see that showers and thunderstorms continue to flare up across the region for the foreseeable future. we've already clocked in just under 150 millimeters of rain. guess what, there's more rain in the forecast. that is why the threat continues. that is why people need to be on high alert as the rescue operations continue and are under way across southwestern colombia. again, just looking at this image, an aerial image of the devastation there. you can see the amount of homes that have been impacted. 300 families displaced, several
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hundred still missing, and now our new latest death toll unfortunately has gone up as well. >> derek, thank you. in venezuela, an abrupt aboutface for the country's top court. the supreme court has reversed its ruling to strip the congress of power. the original decision published wednesday sparked violent protests. >> the high court is stacked with supporters of the venezuelan president, who now says, quote, the controversy is over. but there was still anger on the streets of the capital city on saturday. you see the images here. thousands demonstrates in caracas in a show of support for the opposition-led national assembly. moving on to ecuador. voters will head to the polls to pick that nation's new president. the election will affect the
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future of wikileaks founder julian assange. new details concerning president donald trump's former national security adviser michael flynn are coming in. >> we're learning now that flynn did not list payments from a russian television network and two other companies linked to russia on a financial disclosure form that he signed in february. the payments do, however, appear on an amended form that was signed by flynn on friday. ryan nobles has more. >> reporter: the white house has just released financial disclosure forms from former national security adviser michael flynn. the forms tell us quite a bit about where flynn made his money in 2016. he took in a total of $1.5 million. he also had three different income sources, from speeches among them, the television network rt, which is a state-run
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television network, also a cargo company and a cybersecurity firm. each one of these speeches paid flynn at least $5,000. that's the minimum necessary to be reported on these forms. but we know through house democrats that the speech he gave to rt allowed flint to make as much as $45,000. now, what's interesting about these three expenditures is that flynn did not report these income sources on his february form but then added them on his march form. the rt speech in particular is something that we've known about for some time, but we had originally been told that the income from this speech was given through a speakers bureau, not from rt directly. this updated financial disclosure form shows that the speech was indeed paid for by rt specifically. you can bet this information is going to become a big issue for democrats in particular as they continue to investigate the
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trump campaign's connection to the russian government and the russian government's attempts to intervene in the american election. ryan nobles, cnn, washington. >> ryan nobles, thanks for the reports. let's bring in the assistant head of the u.s. and americas program at catham house, joining us from london. good to have you with us. first, i want to read this new statement that's coming from flynn's attorney regarding his amended financial disclosure form. it reads as follows. general flynn had only just begun financial disclosure filing process at the time he left the white house. he filed a draft form, explicitly listing his speakers bureau contract, and he expected to engage in the usual process of consultations with the white house's counsel's office and office of government ethics regarding what he was expected to disclose. that process was suspended, however, after he resigned. when the white house asked him this week to complete the
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process and to itemize the specific speaking events, he did so. that is very important context to add to this story, jacob, that we're following. but again, what does all of this tell people, the optics regarding mr. flynn's trustworthiness and credibility? >> i don't think it fundamentally changes the story. we've known for a long time that flynn gave a paid speech celebrating the anniversary of rt. it's not exactly secret information that rt is a russian enterprise and exists to advance the interests of russia. this doesn't tell us anything new about what flynn's relationship with rt was. it does tell us he didn't think it was necessary immediately to disclose this. i think most people would probably expect that if you're a high-ranking military officer and you're giving a speech to an entity, a media entity belonging to advance the interest of the russian state, that's probably something you want to disclose
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in the first round. >> always interesting to get the perspective of people who are watching this story outside the united states. obviously this is the big story here. the discussion about michael flynn seeking immunity and not getting that. also, all the questions about russia and possible ties between trump world and russia. the question, though, being what would you surmise is the state right now, the state of affairs with the trump administration given so many different situations that they're dealing with? >> i think it's very hard to get a clear picture. certainly the image from europe is of lack of clarity, of being unsure where the u.s. government stands on the moment. there are so many threads, not only of the russia story, but also of everything else going on in the u.s. administration. and there's not a clear sense here of who in the united states government, aside from donald trump himself, is actually speaking for the u.s. government because you still have defense department, a state department
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which are understaffed. it's not clear when the next budget is going to be signed, how that will change u.s. engagement with foreign policy, with defense policy. there's still a lot of open questions about how things are going to evolve over the next few months. >> this is an administration that is struggling with the clarity and focus to get its agenda moving forward, but at the same time, jacob, keep in mind this is a president who spoke directly to many people in this country, speaking directly to the needs, their concerns really indicating there were two different universes, in fact. people who saw the country one way, others who saw it differently and had very important needs that they wanted met. so the question that i have for you, given that there are people, many trump supporters who are looking at these things that are happening but are still supporting their president, the president of the united states. what's the perspective across the pond there about that? >> well, there's a very similar dynamic going on here, whether
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you look at the british vote to leave the european union or the upcoming french elections and the rise of populism and nationalism in the european context. so there's a lot of interest in how -- because the u.s. is, as it were, farther down that path. the u.s. election happened in november. french elections aren't until later this year. german elections also aren't until later this year. so there's a lot of curiosity and concern about how this shapes up. if you actually get a nationalist president in, how they actually interact and intercept with the existing bureaucracies and whether sort of the basics of how national policy is made remain the same. there's a huge amount of curiosity and huge amount of concern about whether this is sort of an indication of what europe's future looks like as well. >> jacob, thank you. president trump has three meetings with world leaders on his calendar for the coming week. it's going to be a busy one. on monday, egypt's president will visit the white house in
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his first visit to washington since being elected in 2014. wednesday, mr. trump will host kink abdullah of jordan. and thursday and friday, xi jinping will visit the mar-a-lago resort in florida. their first face-to-face meeting. donald trump, our president, has said it should be a difficult one for him. so up next, russia is bracing for more opposition protests. we'll take you live there when we come back. plus, the russian president has been showing his respect for the russian orthodox church, but some are asking is it about political savvy more than spirituality. ivan watson takes a look for us as cnn newsroom continues. digestive balance? does h try align junior probiotic. so she can have a fraction dominating... status updating... hello-yellow-belt kind of day. get 24/7 digestive support with align junior. the #1 doctor recommended probiotic brand, also for kids. now comes in a new hue - blue! voluminous original mascara
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the search is on for a missing south korean cargo ship off the coast of uruguay. the agency says crew members made a distress call friday saying the ship was sinking. the navy says two sailors were rescued. the search continues for the others. we turn to russia, where more protests are expected to begin this hour after last sunday's huge anti-corruption demonstrations. >> live images in the russian capital moscow this hour. 12:18 p.m. at the time. some of the biggest rallies in the country since the protest
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wave in 2011. hundreds of people, including a prominent opposition figure, were arrested in moscow for taking part last weekend. >> paula newton is in the russian capital for us and join us live. paula, what do they expect this weekend? >> reporter: well, natalie, the pictures we're looking at now is actually just in front of red square. red square itself remains closed. this follows the action bit government yesterday, saying that they observed five websites at least that they took down, saying they were getting ready to assemble what they call an illegal protest. in fact, the police department here with the blessing of the interior minister saying that the conduct of any action that you see in terms of protest is unauthorized and they will take action against protesters if they try and assemble. now, the whole situation there is still a bit confusing. we're going to have to monitor it over the next few hours to see if people do come out. as you recall, the protests from
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last week, last weekend, there were many arrests. some say as many as a thousand people. that may have acted as a deterrent. right now the leader of that protest still remains in prison but is propsimising more protes. >> a little heavy handed by police last weekend. we'll wait to see what happens today. while you're here with us, of course, we've been talking about the investigation into russia's involvement, perhaps, in the u.s. elections. i want to ask you -- we're going to play two sound bites we got from the new secretary of state rex tillerson and the secretary of defense james mattis, who were in europe this week. here's what they said. >> we want to obviously have a discussion around nato's posture in europe, mainly eastern europe, in response to russia's
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aggression. >> russia's violation of international law are now a matter of record from what happened with crimea to other aspects of their behavior in mucking around inside other people's elections and that sort of thing. >> so both members of the trump administration talking about russia there and being pretty blunt there, especially mr. mattis. has russia had any response to this? >> reporter: well, reaction on several fronts. specifically to those comments. the foreign ministry really fighting back saying, look, we consider the actions of nato on our borders to be aggressive. but what you're seeing here is certainly an escalation in the war of words. as one russian lawmaker here commented, it does look a lot like we're back to square one, where we were with the obama administration. but it's also been significant. the defense ministry here has come out with a strongly worded statement basically trying to act as if the u.s. coalition in
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syria is complicit with isis questioning, the civilian casualties the u.s. coalition russia claims is responsible for on the ground, and as i say, given the heated environment right now with all of those investigations going on, on capitol hill and the realization from both the kremlin and the white house that any kind of normalization of relations is way in the offing if it's even going to happen in this administration. you can certainly see the tension between moscow and washington and in these dueling statements back and forth. it's been going on for at least the last 48 hours. >> absolutely. very difficult times between these two countries. paula newton for us there in moscow. thank you. also in russia, the recent past has seen the russian orthodox church become the spiritual pillar of what some call putinism. >> it's another way for the kremlin to promote a russian national identity. our story is from ivan watson in moscow. >> reporter: russian orthodox faithful staging a show of
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force. clerics and uniformed kos sacks marching around st. isaacs cathedral. this church in st. petersburg is at the center of a debate over the resurgent role of the russian orthodox church in modern day russia. >> we're going to the true real values. family, church, state. >> reporter: this lawmaker wants the church to play a bigger role in russian society. >> this disease of anti-christian activity will pass, and of course, in every country like russia and america will face a new good renaissance, revival of true values against fake values. >> reporter: the russian orthodox church was a target of brutal persecution. atheists, communists demolished churches like moscow's christ the savior cathedral. though they left st. isaacs standing, the soviets pillaged
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its treasures and executed its top priest. a recent government proposal to hand the cathedral to the direct management of the russian orthodox church sparked rare public protests. secular demonstrators formed a human chain around the building. they demand the church remain a museum. >> i'm fine with the church as long as they mind their own business, but when they overstep their boundaries, like say on the question of abortions or middle school education or taking buildings like this, well, i'm not okay with that. >> reporter: in the quarter century since the end of the soviet union, once loyal members of the atheist communist party have embraced the russian orthodox church. the kremlin now works closely with the church's leader, who gives speeches in the national parliament. but there are some rare critics within the clergy who warn that the church has gotten too cozy
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with the kremlin. i'm against this political union, says this father, an ex-speech writer for the patriarch of moscow. the church is being perceived as a minister of the government and this is very bad. in 2000, moscow rebuilt the demolished christ the savior cathedral. that's where dozens of bishops from russia and across the world gathered to celebrate the anniversary of the enthronement of patriarch. in the front row of the congregation, volunteers from a new group of religious activists that calls itself the 40 40s movement. we're experiencing the second baptism of russia, the leader tells me. if there were no orthodox klein
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ch -- christianity, there would be no russia. as it enjoys its rebirth, the russian orthodox church seems more and more like an extension of the russian state. ivan watson, cnn, moscow. still ahead here on cnn "newsroom," he was the u.s. president's national security adviser for only a few weeks. we now take a look at the political rise and fall of general michael flynn. plus, how russia's army of internet trolls tried fooling the u.s. during the 2016 election with a barrage of fake news. >> cnn "newsroom" is live from atlanta, georgia, this hour. to our viewers here in the united states and around the world, you're watching cnn. rtip, you have access to in-depth analysis, level 2 data, and a team of experienced traders ready to help you if you need it. ♪ ♪ it's like having the power of a trading floor, wherever you are. it's your trade. ♪ ♪ e*trade.
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a warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you're watching cnn "newsroom." always good to have you with us. i'm george howell. >> i'm natalie allen. our top stories right now, more than 200 people are missing in southern colombia after this devastating mudslide. at least 254 people are confirmed dead. the colombian government has declared a state of emergency. some families, as you can imagine, barely escaped after torrential rains overflowed three rivers. >> translator: it has been threatening to happen for some time. up top there are unsteadily lan -- unsteady lands, but this took us by surprise. the supreme court in ven venezuela has reverse the its decision. thousands gathered on the capital city in a show of support for the opposition-led
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national assembly on saturday. bob dylan has finally accepted his nobel prize, almost six months after the award was announced. on saturday, the swedish academy gave the singer/songwriter his medal and i ddiploma. the u.s. president's former national security adviser michael flynn did not include thousands of dollars in payments from three russian companies on a government financial disclosure form that he filed in february. flynn did include the fees in an amended disclosure form, which he then fined on friday. in a just released statement, his attorney says that flynn acted properly. cnn takes a closer look at flynn's political rise and fall. >> ladies and gentlemen, i want to introduce the next president of the united states of america, donald trump. >> reporter: he was a lifelong democrat, yet during campaign
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2016, general michael flynn found himself on the trail stumping for then-republican nominee, donald trump. >> as a kid who grew up in a very strong democratic neighborhood in the state of rhode island, i don't recognize the democratic party that i learned about. >> reporter: so when he first met donald trump, flynn was impressed. >> i felt the conversation we had was enlightening to me. >> reporter: flynn is a retired three-star lieutenant general who holds three college degrees, including an mba. he has 33 years of military experience, serving as a commander in both iraq and afghanistan and later as the director of intelligence for u.s. central command. and president barack obama nominated him to be the director of the defense intelligence agenc agency, the pentagon's main spy service, in 2012. he was forced out of that role two years later, he says, for publicly questioning obama's narrative that al qaeda was close to defeat. he later told politico that was obama's big lie, that the enemy
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was on the run and we were beating these guys. flynn felt he still had more to give his country, so come 2016, he aligned himself with team trump. >> get fired up! this is about this country! >> reporter: in july last year, the republican national convention, flynn delivered a fiery speech. >> we are tired of obama's empty speeches and his misguided rhetoric. this, this has caused the world to have no respect for america's word, nor does it fear our might. >> reporter: he also had harsh words for hillary clinton. >> lock her up. that's right. that's right, lock her up. >> reporter: that same month, flynn was cross-suscrutinized a retweeted a message bashing jewish people. it was many response to comments the clinton campaign made about hacking the democratic national
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committee. he retweeted this controversial tweet saying, the ussr is to blame. not anymore, jews. not anymore. flynn later apologized. after trump won the election, she named flynn as his national security associate's degree visor. no one could have predicted flynn would only hold that job for 23 days. that's right, 23 days. flynn resigned after misleading the vice president and others about the substance of phone calls he'd had with the russian ambassador. >> i talked to general flynn yesterday, and the conversations that took place at that time were not in any way related to new u.s. sanctions against russia. >> reporter: turns out that wasn't true. secret transcripts of flynn's intercepted calls showed flynn did discuss sanctions, a potential violation of federal law. after flynn texted russian ambassador on december 25th to wish him a merry christmas, the
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ambassador texted flynn three days later, asking, i'd like to give you a call, may i? the next day, they talked by phone. the very same day, president obama ordered extra sanctions on russia. >> the evolving and eroding of trust in this situation is what led the president to ask for general flynn's resignation. >> reporter: flynn later wrote this letter of resignation, explaining he'd inadvertently briefed the vice president and others with incomplete information. flynn also raised eyebrows in august 2016 during a speech when he referred to islamism as a, quote, cancer in the body of muslims. >> we're facing another "ism." just like we faced naziism and communism. this is islamism. it is a vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet.
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and it has to be excised. >> reporter: as flynn's lawyer likes to say, his client has kwo quite a story to tell. >> and general flynn recently seeking immunity, his attorney saying he has quite a story to tell. but that has not been taken up yet. >> this week experts testify before the u.s. senate intelligence committee that the russian government had an army of internet trolls that tried to dupe the country during the 2016 election. >> in some cases, it worked, in fact. brian todd shows us how. >> reporter: it started with several tweeted, alleging a terrorist attack at the air base in turkey last summer. russian state media outlets rt and sputnik posted variations of the story. still, donald trump's campaign manager thought it was true, reporting it on cnn. >> there's plenty of news to cover this week, but you haven't seen it covered. >> reporter: no attack had, in
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fact, occurred at the base. researchers say it's an example of fake reports spread online on purpose with the help of pro-russian users in what's believed to be a disinformation campaign supported by vladimir putin, all designed to influence elections and sew dissent and confusion in the west. >> they have a coordinated information campaign and a deliberate strategy. they pick their objective in the information space. >> reporter: in another case, a leaked e-mail from hillary clinton's campaign in which she asked a question about a treatment for parkinson's disease was spun into a fake story alleging she was sick, triggering allegations and chatter that the democratic candidate had the disease. researchers say the story was shared and reposted by pro-russian sites and read 8 million times. evidence, experts say, of how russia was trying to throw last year's election. >> how easy is it for them to spread bogus stories? >> once they build an audience with their accounts, it's very easy to do that. just through amplification. any time you have the ability to
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promote a story hundreds or thousands of times, then that puts it into trending feeds. once it's in a trending feed, it takes it on a life of its own. >> reporter: experts who research russia's fake news campaigns testified before the senate intelligence committee, explaining how putin's government uses an army of trolls, online critics who push their agendas, to confuse and frighten audiences in the west, an idea that played out dramatically on the showtime series "homeland." a troll factory where hundreds of employees toil away, posting fake news under fake names. >> iraq bob. >> that's me. >> navy wife. >> that's me too. >> reporter: their marching orders, post phony stories and tweets and spread them as widely as possible. experts say the real life troll factories used by r&bens may not look as slick as the tv version, but they are real. they say paid trolls who spread fake reports can amplify their impact using bot nets.
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thousands of other people's computers infected with viruses and harnessed to do their bidding. analysts say putin's goal is to create distrust among americans and their allies in their political systems. >> they didn't want to just discredit u.s. elections. they wanted to discredit hillary clinton. sewing division within the european union, these are all things that are part of the russian agenda. >> reporter: when asked about russian accusations of interference in america. putin said, quote, read my lips, no. but exert. s w-- experts who testified before congress say they expect it to continue. they say for putin it's easy, effe effective, and often can't be traced directly back to him. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> brian todd giving us a good explanation of what fake news is. so important to point out the difference, the distinction between fake news and the dedicated men and women, the people who are really committed to good, quality journalism who got into this profession to give people the news.
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>> and what's so important is that they say, you know, when people, the citizens are ill-informed or uninformed, you no longer have democracy. it's very, very scary what's going on, and people can't decide what is credible and what is not. >> i know here at cnn, we are all committed and dedicated to pushing forward with news. >> we certainly are. coming up, once the ancestral home of many christians, one iraqi town has basically been abandoned. wait until you see what isis did to their church. that's ahead. plus, pope francis heads to northern italy to bless the rebuilding of a city ravaged by a deadly earthquake. details ahead as cnn "newsroom" continues. ns passions, hopes, and dreams. and maybe, a chance at greatness because shoulders were made for greatness. not dandruff.
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a christian community right outside mosul, which has been you shou under siege for many, many months, was abandoned after isis took over. more than 60,000 people fled as the militants vandalized and looted and burned their homes. >> one of the town's biggest churches actually became a place for target practice. and the rest of the area is a ghost town. >> reporter: a small flock has returned for mass in the charred ruins of the church of mary the immaculate near mosul. isis set fire to the church and used its courtyard as a firing range.
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this man came over a week ago and has yet to recover from the shock. i felt pain, he recalls, my eyes filled with tears. this woman is back just for mass and says this is the first time i returned to this church, and then she's at a loss for words. the archbishop has struggled to help residents through the trauma but worries the specter of isis still hovers nearby. we expected everything. theft, damage, and destruction, he tells me. but arson for us is a message, a threatening message that the idea of isis is still here in the region and that's what we
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fear. today, this once prosperous christian community is a ghost town of empty streets, blown-out buildings, gutted shops. everywhere reminders of isis' hatred for everything the town stood for. workers have erected a large cross at one of the main roundabouts to signal the town's liberation, but it's just a symbol. before isis took over this town in the summer of 2014, more than 60,000 people called it home. now, months after it was liberated, only a handful of families has returned. without electricity and running water, without help to get life moving again, most residents are hesitant to return. this businessman moved back two months ago. a generator running nearby, he shows a list of everything isis looted from his businesses.
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the central government, he says, hasn't restored power or water. it's completely aneglecting the christians. some residents have returned briefly to bury the dead. friends and relatives bid final farewell to an 83-year-old none who fled and died in erbil. she, at least, has returned in death to the town of her birth. ben wedeman, cnn, northern iraq. >> ben, thank you for the report. pope francis is visiting the northern italian city that was the site of the devastating earthquake that took place back in 2012. more than 20 people were killed and dozens of buildings destroyed in that 5.8-magnitude earthquake. >> earlier, the pope celebrated mass in front of the cathedral of carpi, which just reopened
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last week. >> dieelia gallagher is live wi us in rome following the story. more on the pope's visit. >> reporter: well, george and natalie, the pope is just finishing mass in front of the cathedral of carpi, which as you mentioned, just opened last week, five years after the 2012 earthquake that devastated this earthquake in the center north of italy. now, why is the pope returning there five years later? you know, pope benedict xvi toured the area right after the earthquakes happened, but as so often happens, the spotlight then turns away. the people are left to carry on and to try to rebuild their lives. pope francis has come back with a message to say that we are still here with you, we are reopening this cathedral, which is a moment of celebration, but there's still a lot of work to be done in this town and in other towns t. in the afternoon, the pope will
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go to a nearby town which still has a cathedral that's closed from the damage due to the 2012 earthquake. now, interestingly, just after the mass, the pope is going to bless some stones, some stones that are going to be used to help rebuild some other church offices in the area. one of those stones is coming from a church in iraq. you just had ben wedeman's report on a christian church in mosul. well, one of the stones from a church in iraq that's been destroyed has been brought over here to carpi. the pope will bless it, and it will be used to help rebuild this italian town. he will also meet with some of the families of the 28 people who lost their lives in the 2012 earthquakes, including a muslim family. this is an area which has some immigrant population from india and pakistan. and the pope will lay a wreath at a memorial for the victims of that 2012 earthquake. george, natalie? >> delia gall geagher live for
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