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>> yeah, 100%. and thanks to all of you, my friends. i hope that you have a very happy and safe thanksgiving. the news continues here. stay with cnn and be blessed with your families. hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm bianca nobilo live in london. this is cnn newsroom. ahead this hour, is saudi arabia getting away with murder? donald trump suggests the kingdom won't be punished for the kill canning of journalist jamal khashoggi. plus here today, gone tomorrow. all of the gains made on wall street this year have been completely wiped out. and crews are finally getting the upper hand on the wildfires in california, but a new threat could be just hours away. we begin with new details
about donald trump's efforts to go after his presidential opponent hillary clinton. "the new york times" reports mr. trump wanted the justice department to prosecute clinton. and former fbi director james comey. but the white house counsel warned against it, telling the president it could lead to his impeachment. a source tells cnn mr. trump has repeatedly asked for updates on investigations into clinton. u.s. president is under fire, even from members of his own party about his latest statement on the killing of saudi journalist jamal khashoggi. cnn's jim acosta reports. >> reporter: just moments before a ceremonial pardoning of the thanksgiving turkey at the white house -- >> i will be issuing both peas and carrots a presidential pardon. >> reporter: president trump delivered a chilling message on the killing of saudi journalist jamal khashoggi. in a statement that begins with america first, the president seems to dismiss the cia
assessment that found saudi arabia's crown prince mohammed bin salman ordered khashoggi's killing, saying it could very well be the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event. maybe he did and maybe he didn't. leaving for thanksgiving, the president defended his decision to side with the saudis. >> are you letting the saudis get away with murder? murdering a journalist? >> this is about america first. they're paying us $400 billion plus to purchase an invest in our country. that's probably the biggest amount ever paid to the united states. >> don't you belief the cia -- >> they didn't make a determination. maybe he did. maybe he didn't. they did not make that assessment. the cia has looked at it. they've studied it a lot. they have nothing definitive. >> reporter: in a statement the president also appeared to buy into a saudi sphere of khashoggi, saying that jamal khashoggi was an enemy of the state and a member of the muslim brotherhood.
khashoggi's family has blasted those claims as ridiculous. secretary of state mike pompeo backed up the president's statement. >> this is a long, historic commitment and one that is absolutely violate to america's national security. it's a mean, nasty world out there. >> reporter: but not all republicans are on board. >> i'm concerned about our standing in the world and what it says about the united states. >> reporter: president's willingness to believe saudi denials is consistent with his posture on other undemocratic countries like russia and its meddle manage the 2016 election. >> maybe it was. it could be russia. but it could also be china. it could will lots of other people. it could also be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400ed pounds, okay? >> his explosive statement comes less than a day after his own daughter ivanka trump came under fire for using her e-mails to do government business. >> it certainly looks bad and i'm sure the media will have a field day with it today. >> for what she has done that. >> should lock her up. >> reporter: hypothetical because it's a reminder that her
father savaged hillary clinton for her e-mail use. >> if i win, i am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lie, so much deception. >> reporter: a source close to ivanka brushed off the story in statement saying this is a 14-month-old story. there was nothing there then and there is nothing there now. the president insists his daughter did nothing wrong. >> they weren't deleted like hillary clinton who deleted 33. she wasn't hiring. she wasn't doing anything to hide her e-mails there was no deletion. there was no nothing. what it is a false story. >> reporter: as a for ivanka trump's e-mail use, a source close to the white house and the family says the president's daughter obviously knows better as she watched the 2016 campaign like the rest of us of as the source put it, quote, ivanka deserves to get hit over the issue. jim acosta, cnn, the white house. richard johnson is a
lecturer in u.s. politics and international relations at lancaster university here in the uk. and he joins me now to discuss this. plenty going on in u.s. politics, but guess that's just a wednesday. what do you make of the president's assessment that maybe it was, maybe it wasn't mohammed bin salman who conducted this extrajudicial killing of jamal khashoggi? and also, how unusual it is for a president to be so explicit about this kind of trade-off between the kind of countries america wants to associate with and then also the economic damage it might cause? >> well, i think you hit the nail on the head there that donald trump is a transactional person. he is a transactional president. and so for him, he's not -- he's going to weigh up what we views as at the bigger and better part of the deal, which is arms from deals with saudi arabia. you know, presidents in the past have not had a great record on
this either. president obama one of the few vetoes that he exercised and was overruled by congress was legislation by congress to allow victims of 9/11 to engage in civil suits against the kingdom of saudi arabia. and president obama vetoed that, in part because of a concern of damage it would do to u.s./saudi relations. now this is not on the same level as the president effectively ignoring the cia report about the allocation of blame, but it does show that the united states for a long time u.s. presidents have prioritized the u.s. saudi relationship over individuals who might have serious claims against the saudi government. >> and richard, moving on to another big story coming out of the white house and the trump administration, what do you
understand about the prosecutions which president trump was trying to pursue with his justice department around hillary clinton and james comey? >> well, it's very -- the thing that's most concerning is the way in which the president possibly attempting to use the justice department for his own personal ends. and since the watergate era, presidents have had to be very careful at the extent to which they issue instructions to justice department officials. there was an interesting report which came out this week which reflected on richard nixon's close relationship with henry petersen, who had been an assistant to the attorney general and n the justice department. it was one of the reasons, one of the articles of impeachment against richard nixon is that he had opened up these back channels with the justice department for his own protection and for his own information. and so president trump has to be
very cautious about the ways in which he might be directing justice department officials either to provide him with information or to just ongoing investigations which might implicate him personally. >> and richard, speaking of the behavior of the administration, donald trump's daughter ivanka reportedly using her personal e-mail account. explain to us why that's an issue for somebody in her position and what the democrats plan to do about it. >> well, obviously the first charge that gets raised against the president is one of hypocrisy given that hillary clinton's use of a private e-mail server was one of the centerpiece of his campaign against her and the source of the "lock her up" rallying cry. he argues his daughter is in a different position because she hasn't deleted her mails and for whatever reason was simply unaware that this wasn't allowed
which seems somewhat implausible given the content of the election campaign. thing is a bigger issue about whether ivanka trump should be having this job in the first place. congress in 1967 passed an anti-nepotism law which was sben intended to prevent family members from working in presidential administrations. you know, this law in the past the justice department has advised presidents that they couldn't do so much as appoint members of their family. jimmy carter was told he couldn't appoint his wife to be chairwoman of a commission on mental health. i know the trump administration said they got around this because she doesn't take a salary, but i think it violates the spirit of this law. and i think it's pretty -- the fundamental point that she is even working for her father in the white house is, you know, a cause for concern in itself given the context of the '67 law. >> richard johnson, thank you so much for bringing us your
insights and getting up early for us. thank you. >> thank you. now another sell-off on wall street. stocks in tokyo and seoul have been down most of the day. chinese markets in hong kong and shanghai have been in and out of positive territory. the dow dropped more than 550 points tuesday, wiping out all of its gains for the year. plunging oil prices pulled down energy stocks and analysts say investors are worried about rising interest rates and the ongoing trade war between the u.s. and china. cnn's alison kosik has more on what's behind the stock slide. >> reporter: all the major indices have wiped out their gains for the year. it's a headline that's undercut investor confidence and set the negative tone in the market. tech stocks dragged the market lower. ironic since it was tech shares like facebook, apple and google that powered the market to record highs over the last few years. but now it look likes the
darlings of yesterday have turned into the dogs of today. facebook and apple shares getting crushed. both stocks are down more than 20% from their recent highs. investors can't seem to sell tech shares fast enough. facebook is dealing with the fallout from how it handled foreign influence in the 2016 presidential election. and apple is facing slowing demand for its marquee products the iphone. investors are also spooked because there is a possibility for a regulatory crackdown that could change the way certain tech companies do business and cost them more money. also weighing on sentiment, trade tensions wrapping up. over the weekend, there was a collapse of preliminary meetings between the u.s. and china two weeks before president xi and president trump are expected to meet. but the thinking is the issue won't be resolved. and that that's as president trump has threatened to impose a third round of tariffs on $267 billion worth of chinese goods. and some tariffs already in place are set to increase from
10% to 25% on january 1st. if those go into effect, that could eat into company profit and possibly rattle the markets even more. back to you. >> thanks to alison for her reporting. vicky price is an economist at the center for economic and business research and author of the freakonomics. beijing hasn't addressed its unfair trading practices. that s that's what's driving? >> i think to a point. we are seeing a slowdown in global growth, but absolutely at the center of what is going on right now affecting all markets. and of course china had been hoping, there had been a number of meeting and we've all been hoping that some of the issues will be resolved. but of course the mood from the white house is still pretty
aggressive i would say in terms of everything president trump has just been saying. we suggest in fact that we are going to see a further imposition of tariffs on chinese exports to the u.s., and that is worrying everybody. of course it worries the europeans. it worries of course other asian markets because up to a point the concern is quite a lot of what china exports to the u.s. is going to be diverted somewhere else. and that will actually cause difficulties for other countries that are also exporting the same type of stuff and competing with china. that's one of the elements out there. if the world really slows down, as a number of people are predicting, and if we're about to enter another serious crash possibly, and again there is quite a lot of speculation of, that it isn't just asia we need to worry about, it is the developed world. everyone in the west as well who have been relying up to a point on the u.s. leading as what had been a very, very slow recovery from the financial crisis. >> and the fact that there is a global growth slowdown, is that
one of the key factors contributing the fact that we've just seen all the gains from the statement in the u.s. just be wiped out? >> one of the things that is happening is the old price that looked like it was going to strengthen is now of course falling again. it's still quite high compared to where it was a little while ago. but there it is. signs of concern about whether there is a nervous supply, whether the world economy slowdown is going to mean that we don't neath need as much oil as perhaps is being produced right now. that's another cater that of. if you look at what's happened to the. s, of course, in the u.s., oil stocks suffered. but we're seeing a much wider decline, which is also affecting tech stocks in particular, poered about regulation perhaps coming. everyone has been talking about first of all taxing some of the profit a lot more internationally that the service companies are making. and the second thing is whether there should be more regulating in terms of have they become too big? will they be broken up? it makes people think back to
the days of oil, the oil companies where in fact it was lot of intervention regulation and they split them up. it may happen, and i think there is an underlying worry that perhaps the best days in terms of. s are over. and we've seen in fact as we all mow the gains of the last year in the u.s. wiped out. >> and you mentioned tech stocks which did pretty badly yesterday in europe. and in fact, the markets in europe closed sharply lower on tuesday overall. what's driving that? >> there may be an overvaluation. that's what people are worried about. a, they have become far too big and so they're ripe for some change there. a lot more control of what they do. there are all sorts of suggestion, a digital tax as well for all the international companies that are becoming very big. there is concerns about competition, how can we allow a lot of the fimpls to move into amazon retail and so on which is going to worry markets as well. and a number of concerns about whether they're doing things
properly. so are they really respecting the date the of people and are they allowing others to use data in a competitive way that others are asking for. so there i think quite a lot there. i think there is a general concern about whether the growth we've seen in the u.s. this year is going to continue next year. forecast for a slowdown after the fiscal boost is gone and monetary policy is tightening, that's making life more difficult including in the emerging market because a lot of them have borrowed in u.s. dollars, and that is a big, big, big issue. 10 europe itself has got problems with the italian budget and rethinking how europe is going to be shaped in the future without the uk. so there are loads of problems there too. and slowdown in europe too. look at germany, which hardly grew. the figures suggest that 4 in last quarter in gdp because they're not selling as many cars to places like china, and that's
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welcome back. fire crews in california have made significant progress containing the state's most destructive and deadliest wildfires, but even so, the death toll continues to rise. 84 people are now confirmed dead. many more are still unaccounted for. and in the coming hours, heavy rain could also bring mud slides, making conditions even worse for the firefighters and the thousands that are left homeless. cnn's nick watt has more from northern california. >> reporter: this deadly destructive blaze now 70% contained. but these people, many who have already lost everything not out of danger.
torrential rain is coming. a flash flood watch in effect for tomorrow afternoon through thanksgiving into friday morning. and this tent city in the chico walmart parking lot is in a flood zone. >> what we really want people to do as the rain approaches and the weather starts to shift is get inside. >> reporter: there is plenty of space in evacuation shelter. >> we're going to be here as listening as we need to be here. >> we could be in the sheltering business through christmas. >> some are scared to go. >> just the germs, the norovirus going around. i'm scared because we already got that once, but we got over it. >> reporter: more than 100 have been hospitalized by the gastrointestinal bug. others moved to isolation blocks. many plan to ride out the rains out here in the open. >> so we're getting tarps and stuff like that. it's been rough, but we're making do. >> down in los angeles and ventura counties, where the woolsey fire burned, authorities
also warning of mud slides on hillsides stripped bare by that blaze and potential debris flow as rains approach. free sandbags now available from fire stations. some people will likely be evacuated from their homes once again. there is also concern up here at the campfire site that rains could hamper the search for the dead, even wash away human remains or make them indivisionable from the mud. >> we're going to go as hard as we can, as long as we can until we can't go anymore. that's what's going to happen. >> reporter: and the official tally of the numbers of homes destroyed, that leapt to one thousand in the past 24 hours. that number is going up as search teams make it into more and more neighborhoods. you can tell that they were in this neighborhood today. that's today's date, 11/20 spray painted on the driveway. when they come through a neighborhood, they will often first go to homes with a car in the driveway, because that's a sign that maybe someone didn't make it out alive.
nick watt, cnn, paradise, california. meteorologist ivan cabrera joins us with the latest on the conditions in california. now ivan, i understand that heavy rains are expected. while that brings some relief, it also presents new dangers as well. >> it certainly does, bianca. good to see you. sure, we need the rain in california, right? but at this moment, it would be better without it because the containment is already up to 75, and that has been without rain that has been firefighting efforts that have been heroic and ongoing for a couple of weeks at this point here. we are going get rain, and not just a little rain, a lot of rain, in waves. the first coming in on wednesday with this pacific moisture. we have a queue of storms that are going to set up here, wednesday into thursday and friday. it just continues relentlessly to pound california with this gloom of tropical moisture. like a fire hoys pointed right over the fire here, and that is going to be causing secondary
problems as a result of the water, mixing with the burn scars out there. look at some of the tallies as far as how much rainfall we're expecting. the worst of the rain incredibly right over the fire. 128 millimeter potential. that would be in the next five days through the day on saturday. that's enough to prompt the flood watches in effect. we have been in effect for mud flows. that's continuing as we head through the upcoming weekend. so let's talk about what happens when water meets essentially the scarred, burned side that is now california, and a good chunk of it here with the burnt fires. 75% containment, that's good. and the additional rainfall that's coming in, that's going to continue to eliminate the fires all together. but the rain is going to be falling not on grassy surface, not on trees that can absorb all the moisture here. it's going to be falling on basically ash and burnt top soil. what that's going to do once the
rains really come down, just like we had bianca last year, a significant event with mud slides here and debris flows. and that will be the potential over the next several days. so incredibly, we're adding an additional threat, and a big one here that the folks in california all know all too well with the mud slides threat that usually follows these fires here. fires going right into the wet season. they meet each other, and every year we're doing, that we're getting into big trouble as a result. bianca? >> ivan, thank you very much. bringing you some breaking news now. we've heard in the last few minutes that a south korean has been elected the new head of interpol. kim jong yang of the republic of korea has been elected the new president of interpol after a new vote in dubai. that's on the official interpol twitter account on wednesday. this comes as somewhat of a surprise because it was a former russian interior minister
official which was tipped to be the next head, despite concerns that moscow had been using the international policing agency to target political opponents. now we'll bring you much more on that later in the show and have a live report next hour as well. president trump announce he will side with saudi arabia. coming up, his reaction to his unwillingness to sanction riyadh for murder of jamal khashoggi.
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another brutal day on wall street has wiped out the u.s. stock market's gains for the year. the dow fell more than 550 points, or 2.2%. retailers, including target and kohl's dragged down the s&p. and tech stocks like apple, amazon and facebook sent the nasdaq lower. donald trump apparently wanted the u.s. justice department to prosecute hillary clinton but was warned against it by the white house counsel. a source tells cnn the president has also repeatedly asked for progress reports on investigations into his former presidential opponent. u.s. lawmakers are sharply critical of president trump's loyalty to saudi arabia in the aftermath of jamal khashoggi's death. the cia released a report saying they believe the crown prince mom bin salman ordered the killing. but president trump says maybe he knew about it, maybe he
didn't. jomana karadsheh is live in istanbul. thank you fob be with us. what the reaction in turkey to president trump's statement of maybe he did, maybe he didn't, referring to whether or not the crown prince knew about this killing? >> well, bianca, there has been no official reaction just yet, the foreign minister of turkey was in washington, d.c. around the time that statement was released. he is meeting with his american counterpart, secretary of state mike pompeo. and he was asked by the media about president trump's statement. he said he hadn't seen it yet. you know, the feeling in turkey, they have been quite diplomatic to an extent in dealing with this crisis when it comes to confronting saudi arabia. they have been very cautious to not end up in a situation where these two countries that are regional rivals to an extent, they've had a rocky relationship between president erdogan and the de facto ruler of saudi
arabia, mohammed bin salman in recent years. they've waited to an extent. they've tried to get the international community, especially the united states to back turkey up in this current crisis. and, you know, we've seen turkey basically sharing some of the evidence it's got. feeding this information and this leak of evidence over recent weeks to try and put pressure on the united states and other countries, to really take the lead when it comes to holding the saudis accountable. so we're going to have to wait and see what happens now since this was really not what turkey was hoping for. they made their position clear, that turkey does not believe the saudi narrative that this was some sort of a rogue operation that went wrong. they say this was a premeditated killing, that this was ordered at the highest levels of the saudi government. while they haven't specifically mentioned the crown prince, president erdogan did say it came from the highest levels, but it was not king salman.
so people took this to mean he is pointing the finger directly at the crown prince. so we'll have to wait and see. does turkey have more evidence that it's going to be releasing? we'll have to wait and see, bianca. after looking at it last week, it seems like they put the ball this the court of the united states and other western allies after sharing that evidence, the ball is back in the court of turkey right now. we'll have to see what their next move is. but they've also made the point clear that they will not allow a cover-up, at least this is the public statement from turkey throughout that they say they want to get to the bottom of this and find out who ordered the killing of jamal khashoggi, but also as part of this frustration with the lack of cooperation they say from the saudis, they feel that the time may have come now for an independent international investigation. >> thank you for your reporting, jomana. jomana karadsheh for us in istanbul, turkey. now facebook's mark zuckerberg says he is responsible for what happens at
facebook founder and ceo mark zuckerberg has faced heavy criticism for how he handled russia's efforts to spread misinformation online and divide americans during the 2016 election. now critics say he could and should have done more to stop it, and now a bombshell "new york times" report says facebook waged an aggressive lobbying campaign to deflect blame. cnn's laurie siegel spoke exclusively with zuckerberg at facebook's headquarters in menlo park, california. >> i want to start with some revelations that came from "the new york times" piece. >> sure. >> let's look at russia. did you and other leaders try to
minimize russia's role in spreading propaganda on the platform? >> no. look, here's what happened. in 2016, there is no doubt that we missed something really important, right. the russian effort to try to have these coordinated information operations on facebook and also the internet more broadly was not something we were expecting. elections are always a very high security event, and we were expecting certain kinds of cyber attacks, and we found them. the russians were trying to hack into specific accounts, and we told the people and we told the fbi and all that. but we weren't on top of these coordinated information operations. so we spent a lot of the last couple of years now basically building up our systems and strengthening themselve ining . but we've addressed a lot of it. >> the idea what the former
chief security officer wanted to publish a transparency paper, and every mention of russia was taken out. was encouraged not to put russia in that transparency paper. do you regret not being more transparent at the time or not getting -- not being more vocal about it at the time? >> you know, i wish that we understood the issues sooner. i wish we understood it before 2016, before the russians tried to do these information operations in the first place. now i do think sometimes people say, well, how did you not know this? and i think in some of these cases, it's a really big deal to come out and say that a nation state is behind something. and before our company puts a stamp on someone saying that, i want to be really sure that's the case. >> quite a few revelations in this piece. one reason to keep up a trump post that many feel fell under the hate speech category. and part of this revelation said one of the reasons your team decided to keep it up is because they're worried about a conservative backlash. i know facebook is under a lot
of pressure from the democrats and republicans, the government in general. leaders making content decisions based on appeasing political leaders? >> no. look -- >> but did they in that situation? >> no, they didn't. and i was involved in those conversations. and i think it's very important that people have the opportunity to hear from what political leaders are saying. so, you know, in those cases, i don't think that a lot of the content violated our policies. we also have a specific point in our policies where news worthy content, we give a special deference to, which certainly somebody who is a prominent politician going out and making a point fits into that. so, i don't no, i think we did the right thing there. >> so it wasn't accurate that part of the reason they didn't take down that post was there was concern over republican backlash? >> no, that was certainly not part of any of the conversation i had. >> i was on the reporter call
where you repeatedly denied you knew anything about hiring this opposition group pr firm. can you state it for the record did you know anything about this? >> like i said on the call, i learned about this when i read the report as well. but i'm not sure that's the most important point. i think your question is right that this is -- i do run the company. i am responsible for everything that happens here. i don't think that this point was about a specific pr firm. it was about how we act. and that's why i think it's important not just what we're doing in relation to this one firm, but that we go through and look at all of the different pr firms and folks we work with and make sure that we're operating in a way we want. to. >> you know, the pr firm was founded by republican political strategists and launched a campaign linking facebook critics to george soros. this is a common tactic used by anti-semitic and alt-right groups. i think that's why a lot of
folks were shocked when they found out about this. does that strike you as stooping low? >> yeah, i wasn't particularly happy about that piece of it. and that's certainly a big part of what i -- when i read about this, what made me want the look into more deeply. the intention here was never to attack an individual there are these lobbying groups and folks who are out there whose primary purpose is to attack the company. i do think it's fine to push back on them. >> it's not common for tech companies to necessarily hire these types of firms, and many would argue it's a way of spreading the same type of conspiracy theories that facebook has worked so hard in the past few years to get on top of. >> yeah. look, from the review that i've done so far, it doesn't appear that anything that the group said was untrue, as far as we can tell, but again, this really isn't about one pr firm. this is about the standard that we want to hold all of the different folks we work with.
we work with a lot of different pr firms and a lot of different contractors and vendors with the company, and we need to make sure that they're comfortable and that all the folks we work with uphold our values. >> do you approve of the way they went after george soros? do you approve of that methodology? >> i don't think that this is the type of thing that our company should be engaging with. >> what would be your message to george soros? >> well, i knew that george soros has been the target of a lot of really horrendous attacks, and i think that that is terrible. and i certainly wouldn't want anyone who is associated with our company to be a part of that. >> there are a lot of questions now about cheryl sandberg's role in the latest controversy. can you definitively say will cheryl stay in her same role? >> yeah. look, cheryl is a really important part of this company and is leading a lot of the efforts to address a lot of the
biggest issues we have. she has been an important partner for me for ten years. i'm really proud of the work we have done together,and i hope we work together for decades more to come. >> you are ceo and chairman of facebook. that's an extraordinary amount of power, given that you rule a kingdom of two billion people digitally. shouldn't your power be checked? >> you know, i always talk about how we need to partner with governments around the world and other companies and nonprofits and other sectors. so, yes, i don't think fundamentally that we're going to be able to address all these issues by ourselves. >> so you're not stepping down as chairman? >> that's not the plan. >> that's not the plan. would anything change that? >> i mean, eventually over time. i'm not going to be doing this forever. but i certainly i'm not currently thinking that that makes sense. >> this idea of transparency is important, and we keep hearing it, but then you have these reports coming out that say
something otherwise. how do you ensure that you do win back public trust? i think this is an incredibly pivotal point for the company and for you as a leader, because it certainly seems over the last year we haven't stopped hearing about, you know, one thing after the next that shows otherwise that the company hasn't been as transparent. >> yeah. well, look, there are always going to be issues, but if you're serving a community of more than two billion people, there's going to be someone who is posting something that -- that is problematic, that gets through the systems that we have in place, no matter how advanced the systems are. and i think by and large a lot of the criticism around the biggest issue has been fair, but i do think that if we're going to be real, there is this bigger picture as well which is that we have a different world view than some of the folks who are covering this. and -- >> but if we've given the world a voice, look at what's happened
in the last year. you've had election ms. the last year, elections manipulated, hate speech that's gone viral and turned offline. it certainly seems like this mission has been accomplished in many ways, and there is a whole new set of problems that perhaps you guys didn't foresee, and now we're in a very complicated place where there is not an easy solution. >> yeah. these are complex issues that you can't fix. you manage them on an ongoing basis. >> facebook founder and ceo mark zuckerberg talking exclusively with our laurie siegle. interpol has elected kim jong yang. joining us from dubai with the details. sam, you're in dubai where the annual congress is happening. tell us, how unexpected was this a selection? and what do we know about this man?
>> well, he is the president alongside the preferred candidate certainly for russia. and there had been an assumption that the russian candidate was going to prevail in the voting that was held in the building behind me this morning, bianca, but he did not. and that i think has rescued the reputation in large part of interpol. rightly or wrongly, it was being perceived that the election of a general in the russian interior ministry to the most senior position within interpol, particularly following the arrest of mr. ming when he went back to china. he was of course a former minister of the interior in china. he now faces corruption charges. but in the context of a degree of chaos and perhaps political interference from headquarters,
there was a sensing that the election of a russian official in context to say the skripal poisonings that have resulted in a death in the united kingdom by the use of novacek and a nerve agent by russia, russia's attempts to use interpol in the past through red notices and other acts called dispersal notices, could have been using this position to chase after dissidents that were opposed to the putin regime. he remain, though, the russian delegate inside interpol. he retains his position as one of the vice presidents, but he is no longer expected -- well, he won't be as expected being presiding over the whole operation. that now goes to south korea. and i think that has been met, bianca, with universal relief among interpol members. >> sam kiley in dubai, thanks for bringing us the very latest. we'll check back with you next
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killed at least 50 people in one of the deadliest attacks to hit the capital this year. the bomber targeted religious scholars who had gathered to celebrate the birthday of the prophet muhammad. nick patton walsh has more from london. >> it appears that a suicide bomber went into this crowded wedding hall. used for other purposes. today, on the birth on the prophet of mohammed, a gathering of scholars, there to celebrate that holy day and struck by this suicide bomber. the death toll continues to rise and the number of injured there, as well. leaving many concerned that the security that is supposed to be at the heart of the afghan city. it has been punctured by the
taliban. u.s. chief of staff recently admitted that the taliban were not losing and it's clear from the u.s. inspector general's control that since the count first began, they are doing the best they can so far. the afghan government influences 55% of afghanistan. we have mass casualty incidents like this, that shakes people in the bubble of the capital city down to their bones. some may suggest this is the work of isis. some saying, given the extremist version of the islamic faith, is something that shouldn't be done but may be motivation for this attack. but the broader question is what this means for the peace process which is under way. the u.s. envoy having met officials in qatar and dohar of
late, trying to discuss how to go forward. it appears that donald trump's win at all costs is not going to be followed through with an increase in troop numbers. and that the afghan government sees the need for reconciliation here as does washington. not only does this backdrop for those that lost loved ones in this attack today. nick paton walsh, cnn, london. you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'll be back with another hour of use rignews right after this.
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