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back-to-back mass shootings in the united states are buried, cnn finds out how other countries fault gun violence and won. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. these stories are all ahead this hour. i'm natalie allen. thank you for joining us. public and political outrage is growing, following the death of jeffrey epstein, after allegedly being able to take his own life in a new york jail cell. he is the multimillionaire who counted the world's rich and famous among his friends and was accused of running an underage sex trafficking ring. u.s. attorney general william barr has ordered an inquiry, saying he was appalled at
epstein's death and it raises questions that must be answered. ben sass goes further. he sent a letter to the justice department adding, heads must roll. former new york mayor rudy giuliani agrees, telling cnn, it's ridiculous he was taken off suicide watch. he's a suicide possibility until he completely cooperates and says everything he knows. a bit earlier, we spoke with cnn's crime and justice correspondent about why epstein was taken off of suicide watch. >> that's obviously the biggest question here right now. what happened from the time that he was found, with injuries, on july 23rd, to just a week, it appears, he would be on suicide watch, where the psychologist and the officials, at that manhattan jail, at this facility, we're monitoring him, assessing him on a daily basis.
something changed and all of a sudden, the officials decided they were going to take him off suicide watch and put him back into the unit that he was in before. it's a unit that keeps him segregated from the general population, because of the notoriety of this case, the significance of the charges and the jail went out of their way to protect him. what happened? and how was he able to do this overnight, early into the morning, when officials found him unconscious inside the jail cell. we don't know the entire circumstance of how this unfolded, how he was discovered. a lot of questions that officials have not answered. >> retired detective mike fisten spent one decade investigating jeffrey epstein. he says that his suicide may mean that his accusers never see
justice. >> after ten years of investigating this individual and hoping we were finally bringing him to justice, it's basically justice denied. in one hand, everyone, including myself, and all the victims wanted to see him brought to justice and go through a trial, expose so many things that has not been exposed yet, that would come out during this trial. no one is going to have that now. >> we learned he was taken off of suicide watch at the end of july. he was taken off suicide watch after having marks on his net last month. now, we have multiple investigations into how this could have happened. do you have questions about the circumstances of his death?
this was inevitable. jeffrey epstein lived his life not in a four-by-four cell. he knew he had two options. one, if he turned and cooperated against every person that indulged in his illegal behavior and he became a witness against these people, or he was going to spend -- he knew he was going to get convicted and spend the rest of his life in a cell. and there's no way, knowing this individual, knowing who he is and how he has lived, was going to do that. this was inevitable. to me, it was. i was surprised they didn't have him in a suicide cell, suicide watch at this point. >> how does epstein's death impact the investigations and lawsuits? >> i think it helps. unfortunately, it helps the ongoing investigation because
when i was investigating him for all these years, i ran into stumbling block after stumbling block of people that wanted to talk, but couldn't talk because they were afraid jeffrey would come after them, both civilly. and they were also afraid that he had the power to hurt them. and a lot of them had these outlandish ndas, these nondisclosure agreements. one instance i went to interview a guy in palm springs that worked for jeffrey for years. he cried tears. he wanted to tell me everything that happened in that house. and he wish he could forget everything he saw in that house. but jeffrey had such a tight nda on him, he said he would be sued and would lose everything. and he wouldn't talk. i think those people are all going to come forward. >> lisa bloom is a victims
rights attorney and represents several victims and joins me from los angeles. lisa, thank you for being with us. i want to begin with a tweet. it was a statement from one of your unnamed clients. here it is. you stole from us a huge piece of healing that we needed to move on with our lives. i'm going to get to the prison in a moment. but i want to ask you. his accusers have been hurting for some time. but what about now with this outcome? >> it's an emotional, painful day for them. it's been a long journey just for them to call me, to find out what their legal rights are. and we've been working with law enforcement behind the scenes,
helping law enforcement while protecting their anonymity. they've been thinking of filing a civil suit for months. we thought it was best to work with the criminal system first because that was more important. and now this. we're resolved to go forward with a civil case. the death of epstein means that a criminal case against him dies. but the civil cases can go forward, the money cases. how they have been so hurt, the psychological injuries, the ruined careers. and we plan to go after jeffrey epstein's estate and make sure that the victims are compensated from those moneys. >> let's talk about the challenge will. rudy giuliani told cnn that epstein was the mastermind. without him, it becomes harder. how much harder will it be to
prosecute any coconspirators? >> on the criminal side that may be true. i don't know what evidence the southern district of new york might have against other potential coconspirators. so far, only jeffrey epstein was charged with crimes. even though one of his crimes was conspiracy. i always thought it was odd that nobody else was charged in that conspiracy. perhaps prosecutors continue to look at it. i look at it from the point of view of victims. one of my victims, how upset she was, how justice was denied. another woman i spoke to today said, i have a sense of relief. even in jail, the victims were afraid that jeffrey epstein might retaliate against them. there's emotions for different victims. there's different people he has harmed. >> absolutely. allegedly were victims in all kinds of ways in different homes in different states, in
different countries, for that matter. it's not like there's one collective victim here. i want to talk to you about the fact that he was on suicide watch in prison. and he was taken off suicide watch and apparently committed suicide. what are your thoughts on that? >> it was irresponsible to take him after suicide watch, after an apparent attempt. this is a high-profile guy, who had bail denied. more information was coming out about him every day. he was spending a lot of time with his attorney. people like that, who lose so much so far, are always on suicide watch. it may not be a conspiracy theory. it may be that a guard was not looking out when he or she should have been.
but something went wrong here. >> right. what are the chances that the women you represent will see some sort of justice, do you think? >> we're not giving um. i've fought other billionaires. another billionaire that is accused of preying on women. i'm going against another one on monday. i'm used to fighting these guys. but this is different because jeffrey epstein is now gone. and his money presumably is left in a will or a trust. and i'm calling upon his family and colleagues to do the right thing. hold the assets. let the victims come forward with credible claims and prove their claims. and give the victims in jeffrey epstein's death, the justice and the compensation they were denied in his life.
i'm sure people around jeffrey epstein, his family and friends, are better human beings than he was. after all, that's a pretty low bar. they are probably more embarrassed they were associated with him. now, do the right thing. let the victims get compensated so they can go on with their lives. >> right. specials those associated with him, what about the rich and powerful and in some cases, famous men implicated in the documents that were unsealed in are these men free and clear now? >> well, there are criminal investigations. those investigations turn on victims coming forward. people call me every day and say, i have information. i don't want to get involved. i'm afraid. and i say the only way that the justice system is work, is if
people speak out. the only way i can win a trial is with witnesses. we need live witnesses willing to take that risk. as attorneys, we help them. many women have won before and have been brave. if there's other victims out there who are victims and who know about other men, now is the time for them to reach out to an attorney. and they should feel relatively safe and secure. the primary is dead. north korea is slamming the south for hosting joint military drills with the united states. it is threatening to lock seoul out of future talks if the war games continue. we want to go live to hong kong where protests are under way again for the tenth-straight weekend. thousands of people are marching in the streets. apparently as you can see from this video, there is teargas
being used on these protesters. of course, many want to bring their pro-democracy demands to the world. they're staging a sit-in they have been at hong kong's international airport. we have two reporters covering the story. ivan watson is at a march. and ben wedeman is in causeway bay. first, ivan. what are you hearing about the teargas that we've been seeing? >> at this location, we have a confrontation lining up right now. this is a police station where the officers are on alert, nervous. they've been sending warnings repeatedly. you see the blue flags saying they could use force, telling the demonstrators not to point their lasers and to back off and residents to close their windows. down the street, in a standoff,
like on urban okay corral, demonstrators with their helmets and masks and ripped out traffic barriers to create makeshift barriers. this is a standoff that's been going on for 20 minutes, half an hour now. the police stations in the city, as the ten-week civil disobedience phenomenon has become a target for some of the hard-line protesters who engage in vandalism and periodic clashes with the riot police. at this location, we have not seen teargas. there's been reports in another location. it's worth noting, in this part of town, the demonstration began, it was an unauthorized assembly according to the police. but thousands of protesters peacefully marched, chanting
things like down with the police and comply to our five demands, to the hong kong government. and now, we have hard liners engaged in this face-off with the police. i'm hearing sirens in the distance. i don't know if those are ambulances or police. but what a remarkable scene you've got now, where the police are hiding behind the walls and spikes of a police station. and this is a force that is supposed to be protecting their community. instead, they are taking shelter from demonstrators about 100 yards away. natalie? >> yes. you mentioned the lasers. we can see them there and see the people that are wearing the teargas masks, in case that comes to your location. let's cross over to ben wedeman to see what the situation is where you are, ben. >> yes, natalie. since we last spoke, we're in an unauthorized march. this is hennessey road, one of
the main thoroughfares in hong kong. this is causeway bay, a shopping center. the roads are no longer operational at the moment. there's people that are streaming out of this park and continue going down. unlike where ivan is, there's no police to be seen yet. given this is a major road. it's like blocking fifth avenue in new york. it's nonoperational as a commercial area. we can expect the police to come in at some point. this shows you the dynamic of the protests here. they start as gatherings and when those are over, they go into the street and that's a different situation. this is where the problems can begin. natalie? >> many of the protesters, the
o ones at the airport, have been young people. how is the mix of people at the crowd you're at today? >> at victoria park, it was a real mix. we spoke to parents and their children. they were younger and older. it was a real mix. here, there are people of a certain age among the protesters, the vast majority are young. hello. not everybody is young out here. they are coming to where -- there could be trouble shortly. natalie? >> all right. two situations we're watching. ben wedeman is there, as well as ivan watson. we'll stay in contact with you as this story evolves in hong kong. next, here, north korea is
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the saudi-led coalition in yemen says it has attacked what it describes as a target posing a direct threat, after armed separatists captured the presidential palace in aden. aden is home of the internationally recognized government backed by saudi arabia. it was ousted from the capital sanaa in 2014. they have called for a cease-fire by the saudi-led coalition. riyadh is demanding the separatists withdraw from government-held positions seized in recent fighting. let's go to sam kiley. he is covering the story for abu dhabi. you had been in yemen before reporting. now, it seems if possible, the situation continues to deteriorate, sam.
>> we've just spoken to the spokesman for the southern transitional council, who are claiming they are in control of all of the city of aden, including the airport and the port. i spoke to a u.n. official saying they are maintaining their presence on the ground and the port may be closed as a result of the clashes. you have an extraordinary situation, pitching two sides of what it is generally known as the saudi-led coalition against each other. on the one hand, you have the stc, the southern transitional council, up until now, had been backed by the united arab emirates, against a militia backed by saudi arabia. the militia, more broadly, is associated with the government, that technically both sides and the united states and the
international community support. but the southerners say is infiltrated by a group called isla, which they allege has elements of alaka qaeda and the accuse of using heavy weapons over the last few days. yesterday, a hospital was in danger of being overwhelmed with casualties. today, the reports are, that the situation has been dialing down. and one more thing, natalie. the southerners say they will go to peace talks in riyadriyadh. >> we'll end on that note, for sure. sam kiley, thank you so much. north korea is slamming the south for hosting joint military drills with the united states. it's threatening to lock seoul out of future talks with the u.s. if the war games tonight. the north is showing off what it says is a new weapon, personally overscene by its leader, kim jong-un. it released these pictures on
saturday. they appear, you'll see in a moment, to show mr. kim, grinning, pointing. the u.s. president donald trump looked to downplay things on saturday. on twitter he said, the north korean leader wrote him a nice letter and wants to meet when the drills end with south korea. he said that the north korea leader was sorry for missile tests and looks forward to seeing the dictator in the not-too-distant future. let's break this down for david culver, live for us in seoul. this back and forth, it's hard to make sense of what the two leaders are really thinking. david? >> no question, natalie. and it seems like north korea is using president trump's words and tweets for these launches.
the president does not se seseem concerned with these tests. but they violate u.n. security council resolutions and they're raising tensions on the peninsula. the north korean officials feel this is something they're right to do. they are in the okay to go ahead and launch these missiles as an act of defense. we were going through the statements that were released a short time ago, from north korea. and one of the senior government officials cites president trump's words that a sovereign nation has a right to protect themselves. they say that's what they're doing. in the same statements, they slam south korea for the involvement in the u.s./south korea exercises. there's a lot of back and forth that will continue as we continue to monitor it.
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epstein. he was found unresponsive in his cell saturday. the federal bureau of prisons calls it an apparent suicide. protesters are marching in hong kong for the tenth-straight weekend. we're showing you a scene on the streets, teargas. and a lot of the protesters running. we have two reporters in hong kong watching the developments. this is the tenth weekend that people have taken to the streets want i wanting their voices heard keeping hong kong more independent from beijing. there's been peaceful protests but this one you're seeing here could be getting out of hand with police moving in. we'll continue to watch it and
bring you anymore updates. a powerful storm killed 32 people in eastern china, as m s massive flooding and landslides were triggered by typhoon lekima. it's been downgraded to a tropical storm. a man suspected of opening fire at a mosque in oslo, norway, has been charged with the murder of a woman found dead in his home. police say the suspect faces an attempted murder charge at the mosque shooting where one person was injured. the worshiper overpowered the gunman and held him until police arrived. many of the democrats running for president in the united states were in iowa saturday, to present their ideas for cushing gun violence in the u.s.
one of the most emotional moments came when a mother asked a question of andrew yang. she said her 4-year-old daughter was killed by a stray bullet. yang responded in way. >> as president, how would you address unintentional shootings by children. >> thank you for that. can i give you a hug? i have a 6-year-old and 3-year-old boy. just imagining. i was imagining one of them saw it. that scene she described, i'm sorry. that's very, very affecting. you're right, when there's a gun in the household, you're more likely to have a child get shot or the owner get shot, than to kill, let's say, an intruder in the house. those are just numbers. those are just the facts. >> the woman had told him about
losing her child to that stray bull bullet. each mass shooting in the u.s., calls for tougher gun controls, including reinstating a national ban on military-style assault weapons. each time the u.s. government fails to act. and people around the world find that difficult to understand. nick paton walsh has that story for us. >> reporter: greece is usually the backdrop to the united states wrestling whether more gun control is political possible. but much of the world looks on in disbelief. for them, not just grief, but tough action, following their own tragedies. real, permanent gun control passed, sometimes in a matter of weeks. new zealand passed a law in four weeks after the march 15th
massacre at two christchurch mosques. a buyback scheme for some of the guns in the country. >> you can draw a line and says that does not mean you need these military style weapons and assault rifles. you do not. new zealand changed its laws. i do not understand the united states. >> reporter: after 1996, a e shooting at a popular tourist spot, tasmania took 650,000 guns out of circulation. >> the dramatic reduction in the number of automatic and semiautomatic weapons in the australian community. >> reporter: the united kingdom banned handguns after 16 children were shot dead with a legally owned pistol.
>> the people have spoken. handguns are banned. rifles and pump-action shotguns had been banned. gun-related crime is lower than ten years ago. although fatal stabbings are rocketing. other societies are less violent than the u.s. japan has one of the lowest murder rates in the world. 0.3 per 100,000 and complex gun controls. only shotguns and rifles are allowed. you have to pass a personal and drug test, a written exam and get 95% of target practice. police check relatives for extremist links and can search for weapons easily. japanese traveling to the u.s. were warned to be aware of violent instance in the gun society. that doesn't necessarily impact
the murder rate. what about serbia. once racked by the civil war, it has the highest leadership globally after yemen and the u.s. that's just under 40 per 100 citizens. the u.s. has 120. but its murder rate was 1.39 in 2016. 123 deaths in total, a quarter of the u.s. rate of 5.35. tests must be passed every five years for a license. there's a background check and se semiautomatic weapons are banned. there's illegal weapons in serbia, too. the experience is less guns in society mean less violent deaths. where gun ownership is common, new nations match the everyday violence of the united states. some americans may feel a sense of revulsion toward those who take away their guns. in much of the rest of the world, the same feeling is inspired by the united states'
repeated failure to act. nick paton walsh, cnn, london. let's talk about this with phillip alpers, an associate professor at the university of sydney school of public health. joining us from australia. thank you, sir, for joining us. that story illustrates what's going on in the united states compared to the rest of the world. certainly gun violence is an epidemic here. yet gun control measures always fail. why can't the u.s. find a path out of this? >> epidemic is a very good word to use. the united states already has all of the public health tools needed to conquer this problem. you taught the world how to reduce the road death toll.
t the hiv toll. these are standard public health issues, that everybody has known about for a century. america pioneered them. and yet, for ideological seasons and for reasons like the god given right to own a firearm, ideology is what is in the way in the united states. >> it comes down to this, they're coming to take your guns. that's that mentality, that ideology, that seems to paralyze the united states. >> fear is at the center of it. fear, racism. fear of the other people, brown people. and a conviction, unfortunately, that more guns makes you safer.
statistically, the opposite is true. the rest of the world don't see guns as the solution but part of the problem. you said it's really hard for us to understand why america has a blind spot when it comes to guns. you have a toll of 30,000 people dying every year. there's thousands of researchers working on that. millions and billions spent on reducing the problem. you have 35,000 people dying from gunshot every year. and there's a prohibition on research. a republican-led mandate that no federal research shall be funded into gun control. to outsiders, this seems crazy. >> let's talk about australia in particular.
650,000 guns came back in. were turned in. there was a bye back. i can't imagine that happening in the united states. but it did work in australia. that was in two federal buybacks. and states and amnesties brought in a million of guns. that was about one-third of the guns in australian. they were destroyed. the risk of an australian dying by gunshot dropped by 50% and has stayed there for 24 years. that's seen as success. new zealand has just done the same thing and we expect to see many of the same results. it begs relief that the united
states does not seek these things. it amounted to confiscation of private property and the threat of going to jail and destruction of the firearms. to do it on the same scale, you would have to destroy 90 million firearms. it's not going to happen because the country is saturated with legal weapons. >> it seems like massacres are becoming the new normal in this country. a ocountry with so much leadership in the world. phillip alpers, thank you. >> you're welcome. we turn to russia next. something is going on in the streets there.
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going to take you now to russia. tens of thousands of people hit the streets of moscow saturday, to demand free and fair local elections. >> you can see how some were treated there. a monitoring group said hundreds of people were arrested at some 50,000 rallied in the russian capital. it is being called one of the country's biggest political protests in years.
demonstrating for independent candidates in elections. this could be a new day for him, as the protests are very large. let's get the latest from fred pleitgen. he's watching it all from moscow. >> hi, natalie. these protests have been going on for a while. they have shown a great deal of longevity. we've had protests where maybe 1,000, 2,000, 10,000 people would show up and a lot of people would get arrested. these protests were sanctioned. they were allowed. a lot of people showed up. as you mentioned, the organizers saying 50,000 people took to the streets. the police are putting that number lower.
it seems that a big crowd was on the street there. fewer people have been arrested. and that was after the sanctioned part of the protests took place, as people marched on toward moscow. however, one of the things that does seem to be the case is how many people actually did turn up because it was horrible weather yesterday. we know that plays a role on how the protests turn up. and people still did turn up. and there's three issues at stake. %-p. many independent and opposition candidates have been barred from running. and a lot of people thought it was shadey reasons given. authorities believe that some of the signatures gathered by the candidates were fake. the candidates reject that. and some opposition candidates had been arrested in the last
couple weeks. a lot of people not happy with the politics of vladimir putin. and people saying they are unhappy with what they say is brutality on the side of police, as well. >> fred, thanks very much. a deadly storm ravages china in a series of extreme weather events in western pacific and southern asia. we'll talk to you about it after this. arkest blacks, to our lightest blondes. it nourishes while it colors. plus avocado, olive and shea. change a little, or a lot. nutrisse. nourished hair. better color. by garnier, naturally! they give us excellent customer otservice, every time.e.
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devastation in eastern china to show you, where the death toll has risen to 32 people killed by what was typhoon lekima. it's been downgraded to a tropical storm. it left destruction and heartbreak in its wake. derek van dam is here to tell us about it. the pictures show you all of the flooding they had. >> the search and rescue operation is still ongoing with all of the landslides and m mudslides that have impacted eastern china. where the typhoon made landfall,
they are estimating up to $2 billion u.s. with the damage to their economy. 173,000 hectors of crops destroyed. over 33,000 homes destroyed because of the storm. that gives you an idea of the magnitude of the typhoon that struck the region. we talked about the landslides that have occurred. the torrential rain associated with the typhoon backed up within the natural dam. that dam collapsed into a community below and caused fatalities and devastation. there was strong winds when it made landfall. that caused roof damage to the storm is exiting, 65 ell.
sustained winds. you can see the 24-hour forecast. that brings us into the yellow sea. this is the ocean between the korean peninsula and northeast china. but rainfall totals have been excessive. that's why we have the landslides and mudslides. additional rainfall on top of what's taken place, 100 millimeters or more. that means the flash flood threat exists for the next 24 hours. this is not the only tropical system we're monitoring. look at krosa. this has its eye on mainland japan. 10 100-kilometer-per-hour winds. it is forecast to strengthen. you can notice the change of the direction.
i have to take you to india. we've had over 100 fatalities just this week alone. you see the flooding ongoing there. this is an annual event, where we receive so much rain and flooding. >> thank you. before we go, we have a force of nature to share with you of another kind. simone biles, take a look, the first gymnast to land a double twisting double-somersault off the balance beam. it's historymaking, jaw-dropping. >> there's a reason why she's the best in the world. >> the five-time olympic medalist completed the move on friday in kansas city, missouri. don't try that at home. >> life goes. >> for our viewers in the u.s., "new day" is ahead. everyone else, right back with your headlines.
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