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a sea of protesters in hong kong. at 5:00 p.m. live, you're seeing the image there. the 11th straight weekend of demonstrations. cnn is live following this large democracy rally. food shortages, these are just some of the problems that uk can face according to a leaked government plan for a no-deal brexit. also ahead this hour, melting glaciers, we take the
look at earth's climate crisis playing out in alaska. we're live at cnn headquarters in atl. i'm george howell. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. 5:01 here on the u.s. east coast. we're watching the streets of hong kong this hours, where thousands of pro-democracy protesters on the move. look right there at all of those umbrellas. so many people on the streets, they're in the rain braving the weather conditions, and now headed out marching toward the heart of the city, this is the 11th straight weekend of pro-democracy rallies and it's a clear messages that these people are sending to city leaders they're not backing down. cnn is covering all angles of this protest. our will wipley.
tell us what people are saying to you. >> reporter: it's been an extraordinary scene here inside victoria park which was the center, if you will of this protest today, organizers have been on the stage, starting to see the capacity estimated to be around 100,000. organizers were hoping to get more than 100,000 people to come here. because mgr stations surrounding victoria park were packed with people trying to get in. the point was to force police to open up the surrounding roads outside of victoria park, because this is first weekend that the city of hong kong did not give a permit for a march from here in causeway bay, about two miles to the west to central, the protesters feel because so many people have turned out and many of them are
just now going to kind of organically walk through the city it's going to force police to shut down those roads and allow them to march, what happens in the coming hours as all these people make their way towards central if the rain here in hong kong has to yet to be seen, george. >> paula, where are you in this sea of people and tell us what people are telling you? >> reporter: george, we're just on one side of victoria park where will ripley and this was one of the metro city, where people have been trying to get into the park but because it was so full there they have been at a log jam for a lot of hours now, torrential rainfall, but everyone is standing their ground. but people are now starting to go to different areas of the
city and that's really the issue here, the police gave permission for that rally in victoria park itself but there was no permission to march elsewhere, once that filled to capacity, everyone else in the side streets just jammed in not really able to go anywhere. we have heard from police they told people to look after themselves. tell motorists to stay alert. because they have been blocked off to traffic because of the sheer amount of people that are there. the chants that are hearing, for 11 months now, calling for an independent investigation into the police activity over recent weeks. they believe that there has been excessive force on the police behalf over the last couple of weeks at least calling for that independent inquiry. coming to the police, they have
realized this is a battle for public opinion. they've been publicly saying if they don't use violence we won't use force. saying some of these protesters, a small contingent of them are using violent, criminal behavior but a majority of people, you can hear the passion in their chants. george? >> paula, h hancocks. now let's bring in ben wedeman. tell us what you're seeing. >> what what we're seeing thousands of people heading west towards the center of the city. but interesting some people are obviously sort of basically turning around and going back in the direction of victoria park, what we're not seeing so far is, a, a police presence or, b, any indication this is heading towards kind of confrontation.
which is significant in that normally, i mean, i was here a week ago, last sunday, it did end in confrontations not just in this part of town but other parts of town. there may be a desire among the protest movement to sort of avoid scenes of violence which have been exploited by mainland china and their propaganda effort to portray the protest movement as some sort of i illegitimate movement with what they call a black hand or a foreign hand directing it. george? >> ben, you know, you speak about propaganda, look, on the other side there, we know that the par military, the chinese par military has been staging, doing drills, video has come to light showing exactly what could happen should china enter into hong kong with these protests, this video, it's all about show
of force, the protesters coming together by the thousands, the show of force, this video, ben, as well, speaks to show of force, too? >> reporter: yeah, it certainly subtlety is not in play when it comes to this video that has been widely distributed and run through throughout mainland china, it clearly indicates that these are people's armed police. it's not the chinese army along with some local police engaged in this riot drill, what's significant among other things is that the police in this video are chanting in cantonese, not madarini. it's a message this is what awaits you if these protests continue and perhaps get out of
hand. what's interesting over the last few days the hong kong police have contradicted carrie lam the chief executive who warned the situation in hong kong is getting out of control. the police are saying, no, it's not. they have the situation under control. they can handle the protest movement as it stands. certainly what we saw earlier this week at hong kong airport which was closed down for two days, because of the protesters that we're not far at any point from going around the bend, falling into the abyss where hong kong will find itself indeed invaded or with a chinese military intervention. at this point. george. >> ben, live for us in hong kong. along with our correspondents covering this. we'll stay with you all as we
continue to watch this movement there in hong kong story to tell you about in afghanistan, families are burying their dead after a suicide blast that targeted a wedding. . this happened on saturday. at least 63 people were killed there. more than 180 others were wounded. cnn has learned that women and children were among the victims. the attack comes just days after the last round of u.s.-taliban peace talks. the taliban spokesperson has condemned the blast. cnn's david kolber is following the story. what's the latest you're hearing about this attack that targeted a wedding? >> reporter: absolutely devastating when you think about the circumstances here. joyful and festive celebration turned tragic. some of the images you're about to see here it shows that
setting. the aftermath, really, they're heartbreaking. . you can see decorated tables left empty and meals unfinished. the interior ministry has said 63 people have lost their lives. other 180-plus have been injured. those numbers could go up all of this as witnesses there are coming to grip with new round of violence they're seeing. we heard from one of the witness who stumbled upon the aftermath. "we were sitting in our home, when the strong sound of the blast came up, we came to the site of the blast and i saw many women and children were screaming and crying. many were transferred by the ambulance and it with us a really terrible situation." >> reporter: the taliban saying they're not responsible for this. going a step further saying they condemned these actions but
afghanistan's president said taliban bears some responsibility in his opinion and he says he believes they support terror networks. this comes ten days after another devastating attack, it happened outside of a police station in kabul, 14 people were killed in that attack, another 145 injured. the taliban did claim responsibility for that attack and george, as you point out, all of this happening as the u.s. and taliban hoping to come sort of agreement some u.s. forces, 14,000 troops would withdraw and taliban would agree to keeping islamic state or al qaeda and other terror networks out of afghanistan. >> david, thank you for the reporting cnn intelligence and security analyst bob baer spoke earlier about what happened in afghanistan. he offered his thoughts about what it means for potential exit
for u.s. troops and peace talks taking place there. listen. >> well, it can't any assurances that the taliban is in an inunifi inunified movement. the movement is apparently picking up support, this latest attack on the wedding has all of the hallmarks of an islamic state, it was against a shia wedding, so, what i think we're going to see, when we left vietnam in 1975 we're going to see what's going to mount to a civil war. when you take the troops down to 9,000, how much control -- we're already losing control over the country, u.s. troops and nato, we'll have a lot less, they'll be confined to barracks and they're only going to be able to watch the chaos. >> again the perspective of cnn intelligence and security analyst bob baer.
now to the capital of bangladesh, a scene of outer devastation a large fire that ripped through a slum on friday night, leaving about 2,000 people homeless. the flames destroyed about 80% of that area. all that was left afterward a field of ash and debris that you see here and many dazed residents. officials say the victims will get new, permanent housing. still ahead -- fears of a no-deal brexit are growing. a hard border in ireland is just one of many concerns being discussed. we'll tell you what else the uk government is preparing for. plus, a russia private army conducting training exercises in africa. how putin's reach is expanding across three continents. stand by.
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border is likely to return in ireland. britain's opposition leader is moving ahead with his plan to stop a no-deal brexit and avoid those potential scenarios, he says he'll call for a no-confidence vote on the prime minister boris johnson. cnn's isa soares has more on that continuing brexit battle. >> reporter: in theory, all boris johnson has to do is wait and let the clock tick down. october 31st the day uk leaves the eu, deal or no deal. mps return to this building in three weeks. one of their first actions could be to call for no confidence in the government. something that johnson will lose giving his majority is down to just one.
after that, well, this is when things get really murky. no one really knows how it will work. what we do know the prime minister will have 14 days to respond in which time the government could be swept along in four possible directions. he could call an election leaving the british people which cause to steer. trying to form a government and corbyn has said he would call a second referendum on brexit. and then an uniformity government. fourth possibility, if johnson loses the no-kofd vote is that he simply refuses to step down and that means it could leave britain adrift in a constitutional crisis and this is where the queen comes in.
if johnson refuses to step aside he'll put corbyn in a taxi straight to buckingham palace where the queen is tucked away trying to stay out of politics. some have said in this sort of constitutional crisis it would fall upon her to act. back in parliament, mps. have other things to avoid an ano-deal brexit. eu has refused to rework the deal. they would create a law to revoke article 50 which began this brexit process. if they fail to unite, no deal looks inevitable. isa soares, london. isa laid out the different possibilities here.
let's get some perspective with kate andrews, an associate director at the institute of economic affairs. joining us from our london bureau. given the information from this leaked dossier, it does paint a picture of serious problems should a no-deal brexit happens, it makes it clear as well these are not worst case possibilities, these are hard and plain facts and the document lays these scenarios out. >> it makes for very frightening reading indeed if you take it to be as you say fact and not other element of fearmongering. the reason i think it's in dispute, on the front page of the bbc news website about a
week ago showing issues around trade did disruptions at port and the traffic there were slightly improving based on measures taking by the uk and france, those figures were put in this leaked document. a week ago, it was said to be the worst case scenario planning. there's some legitimate back and fort there. generally speaking it's hard to find any brexiteer saying that no deal is the best for uk. the irish border seem to be up for dispute, possibility of a hard border. the uk has been very clear no circumstance where a hard border would be recollected in ireland. is this coming from the eu or elsewhe elsewhere? that remains to be seen. >> let's talk more about that, the possibility of eliminating the backstop, what that would mean for the border of republic
of ireland, these major delays at border crossings, do you think that information makes a big impact as people consider what it will be like to be in the uk after a no-deal brexit? >> one of the major questions is whether or not the information leaked today is taking into account yuan late ral action that the uk can take. there's been talk around the medicine, uk would unilaterally reduce tariffs and tackle regulatory powers in order to make sure medicine from the eu into the uk wouldn't be affected. . the eu may not be reciprocate. it's not clear if the operation has taken inthat into account. if they agree that it's better for a few goods to be smuggled across the border than to have actually have a hard border in
ireland, you know, they could come to that mutual recognition and they're not going to implement the bureaucracy they feel. boris johnson is set to speak to angela merkeln germany and emmanuel macron in france. we can't really assume good faith, unfortunately, this brexit process has taken over three years. the uk was supposed to exit on march 29th. cooperation from the uk and eu hasn't been there every step of the way. it's hard to say, no, it's going to be fine. i think the reading is quite sobering and people are concerned about a no-deal brexit. we can't say for certain that all of that information will come to fruition because we
don't know what they'll do to mitigate those problems. >> kate andrews, we appreciate the perspective. we'll just have to see where this goes from here. thank you. >> thank you. the 2020 election here in the united states, it's more than a year away but the campaigning, well, it's under way. coming up, what the u.s. president donald trump is doing to sway women voters. the russian president vladimir putin's private army training soldiers to get access to diamonds in central africa. >> they provide the weapons and the training and in return they get access to the country's metal resources and in the process, hope to reassert themselves as a major player in this region. growing hairs"
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. welcome back to viewers here in the united states and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom" live. i'm george howell. massive crowds gathered for pro-democracy protesters in hong kong and you're looking at a live image right now, look at all of those umbrellas. thousands of people in victoria park. organizers of the march have called for a peaceful, nonviolent demonstration, we have correspondents throughout and we'll continue to cover the event live. at least 63 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the afghan capital, this bombing targeted a wedding. more than 180 people were wounded there. the victims include women and children. a taliban spokesperson condemned the attack but said that group
was not involved. a tense saturday on the streets of portland, oregon, take a look at this, far-right groups held a rally there, met b by far-left group, antifa. 13 people arrested. six others injured. celebrations in the capital of sudan after military and opposition leaders signed a power-sharing deal. the landmark agreement paves the way for civilian rule and free elections. it comes four months after the president was ousted from power. earlier this week, we brought you a cnn exclusive report exposing a secret private army doing the bidding of the russian president vladimir putin. cnn has learned that the reach
of this shadowy force is called wagner. it's expanding into three different continents. more on that exclusive reporting and how the kremlin's fierce about our investigation began event as a cnn crew was followed all the way to african kari. here's cnn's chief international correspondent clarissa ward. >> reporter: this is the boot camp. for recruits to a new army in the war-torn central africa republic. the troops are being taught in russian. weapons are russian, too. it's taken months to get access to this camp. officially, this is a u.n.-approved training mission. but the russian instructors won't talk to us or even be identified because they're not
actually soldiers they're mercenaries. sponsored by a russian oligarch with close ties to the kremlin, they're the sharp end of an ambitious drive into africa stoking fears in washington of russian expansionism. a former military officer he's now the security adviser to the central african republic president >> translator: russia is returning to africa. russia is coming back to the same position. we still have connections and we're trying to re-establish them. >> reporter: that's not the only reason they're here, the central african republic is enrich if natural resources -- gold and diamonds and the russians want them. we're on the way where a russian company has been given exploration rights. one of the challenges of trying
to nail down what the russians are doing here, once you get outside the capital this is still a very dangerous and chaotic country. last year, three journalists were ambushed and killed while working on a story about russian mercenaries. the drive is bruising and long. to a tiny village of straw huts and then we have to cross a river, this hand-pulled ferry. a local teenager agreed to show us where the russians have been active, another bumpy ride through the bush. the last part of the journey is on foot. we asked the workers if they have seen any russians. so, he's saying that earlier this year there were at will of russians here looking for diamonds.
rodriguez says the russians now employ hundreds of workers on mines like this across the area. in the pit, a group of teenagers pan through the sand, in the search for a precious freshment. whatever they find they say must be handed over to the russian agent. these guys are saying the russians who visited this spot actually came from the training camp where we visited. it's clear they're doing more than training groups here. a part of a sprawling business empire owned by this man, an oligarch close to russian president vladimir putin he has been sanctioned by the u.s. for meddling in the 20 election. based on hundreds of documents, cnn investigation has established his companies are
also providing the mercenary muscle. he's believed to be the man behind russia's most notorious military contractor. we noticed that we're being followed. we tried to approach but the car drives off. we catch a glimpses of four white males. there's no license plate. police later confirmed to us they are russians. near our hotel, we spot the vehicle again. oh. we tried to get closer but the men drive off. so we're back at our hotel now but a little bit shaken up because that car full of russians has been following us for quite some time. we don't know why, we don't know what they want. mindful of the murder of the journalist last year, we leave town the next day.
but back in the capital, russia's growing influence is impossible to escape. on the streets, even on the air waves. an radio station features music and lessons in russian. no surprise that it's funded by his company. the manager says the station wants to deepen cooperation between the two nations and in a country where education and entertainment are in short supply, it seems that plenty of people are listening. american officials say they are greatly concerned about russian actions here and undermine security. where the u.s. shrinking its impact across africa, putin has
little to lose. they provide the weapons and the training and in return they get access to the country's natural resources. and in the process, hope to reassert themselves as a major player in this region. it's a campaign for hearts and minds and hard power. russia is moving quickly to get a step ahead of its rivals. >> outstanding reporting by our clarissa ward, clarissa, thank you. the u.s. president may have a problem with a critical voting block, women, after the break we're hear from some on their attack on donald trump. at t-mobile, for $40/line for four lines, it's all included for the whole family. like unlimited with netflix on us. and now with each new line, get one of our latest smartphones included. $40/line for four lines and smartphones are included for the whole family.
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all you can say is wow. two kayakers in alaska they're lucky to survived as ice from a glacier collapsed in front of them. pieces of ice can split off from glaciers. it happens all the time. usually has happened at a very unusual time, hottest times. anchorage, alaska, hit an all-time 97 degrees. fahrenheit. it also took a toll on wild life. killed large numbers of salmon, salmon populations could decline if too many mature adults die
before they reproduce which would be devastating for people and other animals that depend upon the fish. joining us to talk more about this fishery scientist. good to have you with us. >> thanks. happy to be here. >> you took a group of scientists on an expedition this was after locals alerted you that hundreds of salmons were dead on the river bank. >> yeah, we started in a small village on the river and then we boated 200 miles down river to another small village, and almost immediately after we got on the river and started boating down we started to see dead salmon floating on the water and washed up on the banks. we counted over 800 dead salmon
that had not spawned and every time we stopped on the beach when we saw largers groups of salmon that were dead there, we counted far more than what we expect zmrd clearly this is an indicator of a much bigger problem. how important are these fish to the surrounding communities and how will this impact them. >> yes, absolutely, these salmon are vital to the small communities out in rural alaska, many of our communities out in rural alaska don't have grocery stores. those who don't groceries are expensive. to our knowledge, it didn't have an impact on people's ability to harvest enough salmon this year but it's definitely a concern for future years if we're not getting enough salmon to spawn.
>> i touched on this a moment ago, indicative of a much bigger problem, tell us more about what you believe is behind all of this. >> yeah, when we stopped and examined these salmon we looked for sign of diseases, infections, anything they might have indicated that these salmons were sick, we saw nothing of the sort. these were healthy salmon. they had beautiful eggs inside of them, weren't even close to spawning and really what we think happened it was an extreme heat event that caused stress to these salmon. it coincided with record-set temperatures in alaska. on the river alone, in these villages i looked at the weather history, a temperatures for about a week in early july were 20 degrees higher than average. and so you can imagine that really warmed up the water and
caused a lot of stress for these salmon, i think they simply ran out of gas before they could get to their spawning grounds which is real tragedy. >> stephanie, you took a few images of bear footprints. salmon a top food source for bears. how much of an impact will this have on surrounding wildlife? >> it's really hard to understand what this will have on the surrounding ecosystem just because we don't have a gasp on how many salmon died in this. if we start to things change in eco systems it's something that we can go back and say, okay, this event maybe was having more of an impact that we originally thought. i'm hopeful that ecosystem is resilience enough to bounce back
from any small impacts this might have had on the surrounding area. >> as a scientist and a final message, what would you say -- what would you want to tell the world about what's happening in alaska when it comes to the issue of global warming? >> yeah, i think this was very eye-opening for me. and i have been telling people that climate change is here in alaska, we feel it when we're out hiking, we see when it's happening, what it's doing to our local communities, they're experiencing more erosion, now because of it our salmon are dying. and you know, i think this is just an indicator of perhaps what's more to come for alaska and i find that quite alarm zmrg stephanie quinn-davidson, we appreciate your time. thank you. >> thank you so much. now, our meteorologist derek
van dam is here. it's spelling reality. >> it is. this is coming off the shoulders of a bombshell report from noaa released its report that the july 2019 was the hottest on record globally. june was the same as well. 415th consecutive month of above-average floral temperatures. this is having an impact on the salmon population in alaska. as you heard from that scientist a moment ago. george, what's happening here, the salmon as they travel up the yukon river, the migration routes they travel, it reaches what's more or less a thermal. in essence they don't upstream
because there's not oxygen. when you a lot of orange on temperature map you know it's warm. we're indicating above average temperatures, that deep shading of red that's well above average that's for the month of july. the temperatures, in order for the salmon to spawn appropriately, they need about 60-degree water temperatures. you heard the scientist a moment ago, up to 20 degrees above that ideal river temperature range we're talking 70, 80 degrees fahrenheit in the early parts of july and that's indicative of an extremely warm stretch of weather they experienced. in fact, anchorage, their average monthly temperature for july was 65.3 degrees fahrenheit. that's 6.5 degrees above average. six of the last eight days in n
anchorage have set records. on top of that, we got low river levels with the doubt. >> i mean it's happening we're seeing it right before our eyes. >> climate change is one of the challenges facing our planet clearly one of the ocean's problems that we're seeing playing out, but pollution is another, since april veterinarians in thailand have been trying to save this dugong, but she passed away. dugongs among the 19 animals protected by thailand, one of ten southeast asian countriies drafted a document to protect them the news continues here on cnn. right after the break.
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