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. ahead this hour, the world's oldest tour operator falls, stranding hunting of thousandses of travelers around the world. plus, they gather in the united nations as a damning report on climate warming released. and the winners from emmy awards. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church from cnn
world headquarters in atlanta. and this is "cnn newsroom." right now some 600,000 travelers worldwide find themselves stranded and likely wondering exactly how they're going to get home. they're just learning that a long-time british tour operator, thomas cook, has collapsed. these are images coming to us from spain. holiday makers waiting to see if they can get a flight home. sorry, we don't have those pictures. but all of the -- now we do. there they are. the live pictures of those stranded travelers. all of the company's bookings have now been canceled and the uk is launching what's been dubbed "operation mat ahoahorn" bring home the company's british customers. maybe others. we don't know at this point.
there's even a website where customers can find details on those flights. thousands more customers from other countries will have to wait to see what options they have. we're joined from hong kong with more. we're talking about the 600,000 travelers stranded across the globe. you mentioned last hour that website, but from what you were saying when you read through it, it's pretty confusing. a lot of these people just don't know what's going to happen next, right? >> reporter: it is confusing. as you were speaking in the introduction, i was strolling through the website so on my smartphone. if i'm a thomas cook traveler, and i'm in that airport, i would be looking at different avenues to see what's available to get home. if you go to the website, there is a place that says, if you are coming from spain, from airport pmi, which is the maorca
airport, i went to the website, clicked on the drop-down menus and it's blank. there's a lot of confusion for tourists and travelers trapped abroad. a lot of people will be qualifying for the repatriation program. more than 150,000 people will be repatrioted back to the united kingdom. there are hundreds of thousands of travelers out there that are trapped and don't have options on how they'll get home. the uk civil aviation authority is advising those travelers to check with their bank, check with travel insurance companies, check with their credit card companies to see if they qualify for a refund. that is the only guidance you're getting so far, rosemary. >> that is a horrible situation for the people, particularly if they're traveling with children. so many thomas cook employees are now out of work as well across the globe. how is all of this impacting asia markets and global markets,
too? >> reporter: absolutely. this is a sad day for an iconic british company. tens of thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of people will lose their jobs as a result of the collapse of thomas cook. here in asia we're seeing it play out in the markets a little bit because the largest stake holder, i think he owns about 18% of thomas cook is a billionaire and the founder of one of china's biggest international conglomerate companies. foson international and foson tourism are both trading down. because it's completely related to the tourist industry is down 5%, rosemary. >> it's such a concern. it makes people worried about future travel, how much trust they have in other tour operations. many thanks to you joining us from hong kong with the details there. u.s. president donald trump is not denying reports he asked ukraine's president to dig up
dirt on a political rival. he's defending the move and says he'd be willing to release the transcript of that call. >> is it okay with the ukrainian government releasing their version of the transcript? >> i think their version would be the same as our version. it would be identical. but they did. they put out a major statement last night. in this statement they said it was a very, very fine conversation. and there was no pressure. there was no nothing. there was no pressure. that was not pressure. i know when i give pressure. and that was not pressure. >> well, mr. trump has been pushing widely discredited allegations about democratic presidential candidate joe biden and his family. the story goes that the former vice president shielded his son hunter from a corruption probe in ukraine. this all came to light after a whistle-blower complaint. and the president has responded in typical fashion. >> reporter: president donald trump is facing a whistle-blower
complaint allegations that he pressured joe biden. all that happened as the president is withholding military aid to ukraine. none of that has stopped the president from shying away from this issue, this political controversy. instead the president is using it to pump up these unverified claims about joe biden. >> what you have to do is look at the corruption on the democrat side. take a look at how the whole witch hunt started. now they want to try and start another witch hunt. unfortunately, this one is reverting now to joe biden because he's done some very bad things. i'm not even looking to hurt him, to be honest. he needs all the help he can get. i'm not looking to hurt him. i'm not looking to hurt his family. but the corruption and what he said is a terrible thing. >> reporter: as the president muddies the waters there, you can also hear him using that term witch hunt, which the president used repeatedly to refer to the investigation by
special counsel robert mueller. now the president using that term to refer to this whistle-blower complaint. the president going after the credibility of that whistle-blower as well, calling that individual a partisan, a political hack, despite the fact that he says he does not know the identity of that whistle-blower. that's also despite the fact that the inspector general for the intelligence community, appointed by president trump, has deemed this complaint credible. the president will be heading to the united nations later this week where he will meet with the ukrainian president and also on capitol hill you will have the acting director of national intelligence heading to the senate intelligence committee to brief those officials on this whistle-blower complaint. jeremy diamond, cnn, ohio. and the ukraine scandal is fueling calls from democrats to impeach president trump. >> donald trump has made clear that he does not respect the rule of law. congress has one responsibility
on this and that is to -- >> we need to absolutely right away begin impeachment proceedings. he's got to go. >> there is no way to defend the lack of progress on impeachment, especially after what we have just learned about this president. if ever there were a time to impeach and hold the president accountable, it's now. >> it's a mistake not to impeach this president. >> depending on what the house finds, he could be impeached but i'm not making that judgment now. the house should investigate it. >> for the most part, republicans are standing by the president, at least for now. but senator romney tweeted this. if the president asked or pressured ukraine's president to investigate his political rival either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme. critical for the facts to come out. a top democratic challenger
to president trump is downplaying a recent surge in the polls. a cnn/"des moines register"/media com poll of likely iowa caucus goers found elizabeth warren ahead of joe biden by two percentage points. that is within the poll's margin of error. the poll also shows both candidates well ahead of other democratic contenders. >> i don't do polls. we are still months away from the iowa caucuses and primary elections. this is about the message, that we are sick and tired of america for a thinner and thinner sleight slice at the top. we are on this picket line today to say that we're going to make this america work. iran's president is telling foreign troops to stay out of the gulf because he believes their presence is, quote, problematic and dangerous. hassan rouhani says he'll plan a
meeting at the u.n. general assembly. u.n. is planning talks with several countries except the u.s. nick paton walsh has the report. >> reporter: president donald trump says he's not going to talk to iran in new york at the u.n. general meeting. he holds out the possibility, there's nothing scheduled. something might possibly happen on the sidelines. his message is trying to be clear, hold out that happenstance might change that. mike pompeo has said clearly talking to u.s. media on sunday they want to give diplomacy every opportunity. i think he's more talking about trying to get international coalition around saudi arabia and how military force after some days of bluster from the white house isn't likely to be used. iran has been clearer. its foreign minister saying they will not be talking to the united states in any way, shape or form until the sanctions reimposed when the trump administration pulled out of the nuclear deal alleviated again today. president hue san any will turn
up in new york on monday. he suggested a peace initiative for the strait of hormuz and focusing on the departure of foreign forces, his euphemism for the united states, who he said could be sending dozens of more troops. what you learned from the last week, this escalated tension here. you might say, donald trump was willing to offer north korea talks without anything being surrendered or offered anything first. iran wants concessions from the united states before they are willing to negotiate with them. also this week military retaliations have been held out as a possibility by the u.s. president, always wanting to talk about how they have the best military force in the
world, although it was never used. saudi arabia has yet to point to evidence on whether it was launched from iran, we are waiting for reaction from united states. iran has always denied involvement but i'm sure long-term analysts of this last week will be looking at exactly what it means for the u.s.'s willingness to intervene on behalf of their allies in the gulf. nick paton walsh, cnn. cnn's christiane amanpour sat down with the foreign minister ahead of the general assembly. >> foreign minister, are you saying there is a plan afoot to close the doors to negotiation by the u.s. president? >> i think the only reason they would redesignate our central bank is to make it impossible or very difficult for this president or his successor to
remove the name from the list. the bar is very high now. and i think those who propose this for president trump wanted to close the door to negotiations, not during his presidency but even after his presidency. >> some are saying that actually a hard-line element, like the one you're describing here in the united states in iran also wants to see doors to diplomacy closed. >> yeah, there may be people, but the leadership in iran is more prudent to fall in that trap. you can catch the entire interview with iran's foreign minister at 4:00 p.m. in new york, 6:00 p.m. in london, 1:00 p.m. tuesday in hong kong. u.n. meetings have the reputation for being all talk and little action, but a new report shows when it comes to climate change, we may not have time to waste. we'll have details on the other side of the break.
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world leaders are convening in new york for a landmark climate action summit. it's happening in the coming hours ahead of the u.n. general assembly. but the leader of the world's biggest economy won't be there. u.s. president donald trump is skipping the climate gathering to lead his own session on religious persecution. but climate is the big focus of this year's assembly. on saturday a panel of young activists urged world leaders to find solutions for the overheating earth. secretary-general antonio gutteres is asking world leaders to offer concrete, actionable ideas before it's too late. a new u.n. report shows why it's urgent to address the climate crisis now. the data shows that damage from climate change is hitting harder and sooner than expected and it
could soon be irreversible. it shows the past five years are on track to be the warmest of any five years on record. sea ice is melting rapidly, sea levels are rising, greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached all-time highs. meteorologist joins us for more on the impact of this report. we've been talking about just how sobering this is and the problem is that not everyone is listening. we're talking specifically about the u.s. president in this situation. >> yeah, it's incredible the setup when you consider the studies that come out every single year. and data continues to back them up. then you look at what has happened in the past five years. it's the accelerated nature of how things have progressed that is standing out with this particular report from the u.n. of course, hundreds of scientists, climatologists around the world, among the most notable looking at temperatures that have been rising. of course the sea levels as
well. and the sea ice lost that's increased and the extreme weather events. you look at the temperature trend, 2015 through 2019, warmest five-year period on record. since the pre-industrial time, 1.1 degrees celsius warmer on a planetary scale. you take a look at the sea level rise. we've seen that in the past 25 years. on an average basis per year. it was about 3 millimeters in a ten-year span. the past ten years it was closer to 4 millimeters. in the last five years that number has gone up to 5 millimeters. another way to look at this is a simpler what i to understand it, the significance of just 5 millimeters, that's equivalent to the rate your fingernails grow every single month. that's how much our oceans have risen in the last five years on a planetary scale. that's a global average. look at the areas indicated in red off the coast of east asia,
also off the coast of eastern united states and the gulf of mexico. those red contours is indicative of sea levels rising 15 centimeters. that's the length your hair grows in an entire year. that's how much our ocean have risen off the east coast in the last five years. it's resulted in deadly heat wave, increased tropical storm activity. since 2017 -- or in 2017, hurricane maria, that particular storm took with it 2,000 lives in puerto rico. 2015 through 2017 on a planetary scale, 9,000 people lost their lives. you see hurricanes harvey and the wildfires. harvey was the single costliest national fire in u.s. history tied with hurricane katrina, $1.25 billion in losses with that storm alone. an incredible five years when you look at the climate setup. >> it most certainly has.
it has young people, children across the globe really concerned, really worried about their future. thank you so much. appreciate it. the rugby world cup is in full swing. in just a few hours, wales plays georgia. so far two-time champion new zealand took down south africa with a 23-13 win. england demolished tonga. and world sport alex thomas joins me live from tokyo. good to see you, alex. i'm sure you're having a wonderful time. tell us about ireland versus scotland and england versus tonga matches. >> reporter: those were the highlights on the third day, on sunday's action here at the rugby world cup, rosemary. ireland went into this tournament as the world number one ranked team. some questioned their right to be at the top of the rankings.
ireland scored four tries, which mean they get a bonus point for scoring that fourth try. and humiliating a scotland team they meet every year in the northern hemisphere's top international rugby competition, the six nations. ireland's grand slam winners of that last year. although they didn't do so well this year. the final score in that game in yokohama, 27 points to 3. the ireland captain rory best among the scorers there. ireland looking powerful coming in here with as real title contenders in what's been called the most open men's rugby cup. england will be among the top six that could potentially lift the webb ellis trophy. they have won it before way back in 2003. they beat a tsonga side who had plenty of physicality.
their back forward was born in sydney, raised in wales but his brother and dad played for tonga. another person with pacific island heritage manitu scoring two points as they won 35-3. the defending champions new zealand beating south africa emphatically, 23 points to 13. a real statement from them. they're back up to the number one spot in the world rankings released earlier on monday. >> all very exciting. what can we expect when wales plays georgia in a few hours? >> reporter: yes, the only game on day four. we have 44 days to go. we still have 36 matches to go. this is game eight. once this is done, it means each of the four pools will see at least two matches. the top two go through to the quarterfinals.
wales coming in as the six nations grand slam champions. they got to the semifinals in 2011, finished fourth eventually. finished fourth in the inaugural world cup. playing against the georgia team for the second time in history. georgia getting better and better at rugby. they really love it. third in their pool four years ago at the england world cup beating tonga and namibia. you have to be very careful. it's really windy here in tokyo at the moment. very humid as well. it doesn't see how the welsh and georgians cope with those conditions. >> alex thomas, many thanks to you bringing us that live report from tokyo. appreciate it. and for our international viewers, thank you so much for your company. i'm rosemary church. "modern explorer" is just ahead for you. for our viewers in the united states, the news continues in just a moment.
welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm rosemary church. time to check the global headlines this hour. these are some of the more than half a million travelers stranded worldwide after thomas cook, one of the world's oldest and largest tour operators declared bankruptcy. all of the british company's flights have been canceled. the uk will launch its largest ever peace time repatriation to bring home 150,000 customers. thousands of customers from other countries will have to wait to see what other options
are available to them. the u.n. is warning there's a dangerous gap between what countries are willing to do to fight climate change and what actually needs to be doen. it released a new report the day before the climate action summit showing that the crisis is hitting harder and sooner than expected. and that the damage could soon be irreversible. the u.s. president is defending a call with his ukraiyo ukrainian counterpart in july. donald trump is slamming the whistle-blower and says he hopes the call is released. a source says mr. trump press ready ukraine to pressure his political rival democratic candidate joe biden. israel's president is meeting with political party leaders to see who they recommend lead the country. the president has to break the election impasse since neither prime minister benjamin
netanyahu or benny gantz won enough votes to form a coalition. we're joined from outside the presidential residence. what's the latest on who might be able to form a governing coalition at this juncture? >> reporter: it seems almost certain at this point the political deadlock that has faced israel is set to continue. president respect ivlin has four parties to meet today but the key meeting was last night where he met with the potential kingmaker in israel's election, an eight pif party seat, they recommended neither benjamin netanyahu or gantz. now it will be up to president rivlin to try to figure out how to break this impasse and it's very difficult to break and he has a very difficult decision to make ahead of him.
there was another major piece of news coming out of meetings yesterday and that's the four joint lists decided to recommend benny gantz. the joint list normally doesn't make a recommendation. only once in the country's history in 1992 did they recommend a candidate for prime minister and that was a man who campaigned on a platform of peace with palestinians. now they recommended benny gantz. they explained they're ready to do what they have to to oust netanyahu. it also signals they're ready to be part of the political process. eeb if they don't sit in government, it's major for them to recommend pro-sfwzionist. benjamin netanyahu said the party they recommend shouldn't be in charge of the government because that party has to rely on arab party, who oppose a jewish and democratic state and
pro-terrorists. that's the same tone we saw from netanyahu's likud party, which didn't work during the elections but he's keeping it up as he tries to remain israel's prime minister. >> let's look at the four arab parties and the significance of this. the arab parties have not wanted to be part of any coalition because of where things stand with the military. could that change? >> reporter: it's unlikely they'll end up in a governing coalition but it throws the weight behind benny gantz. he doesn't have a clear path to a governing coalition but it signals their frustration with netanyahu bullpen. go. antz is led by military chiefs of staff who have waged war. so the fact they're willing to support gantz is a landmark moment. how does it play out?
that's where it gets difficult and that's where the onus stands on rivlin to try to gettis ral out of political chaos. >> we'll see how this goes. live report from jerusalem, many thanks to you. greek police have arrested a lebanese man over the twa plane hijacking in 1985 where a u.s. navy diver was killed. the suspect was detained on the island of mykanos and wanted by german authorities over kidnapping. we have been joining this story and we're joined live from athens. how were authorities able to track down this suspect after all these years and what more are you learning about the evidence they may have? >> reporter: it seems like the man was found in a routine check by greek police but following a list by german authorities that had given some of the
information for his identification. so, the man was arrested on the island of mykanos. he's been to the prosecutor's office and he is to be transferred after being detained at an athens prison where we're waiting for confirmation from the greek and german authorities confirming his identity. now, the name of the person has not been released by greek authorities, but all signs point to a warrant that was for a person involved in the 1985 hijacking as well as a 1987 kidnappi kidnapping. it points to one person, one of the hijackers that have been released in germany after being tried there for 19 years and being returned to lebanon in 2005. since then, the u.s. has asked for the man's extradition because during the hijacking,
one person was killed by the hijackers. that was a u.s. citizen, a navy diver that died. since then the man in question has been on the fbi's most wanted list. what we're waiting for in ath s athens, at the athens' old airport where the hijacking took place is to find out if the information originally gwynn to the greek authorities is actually the one leading us to the man's identity, rosemary. >> do we have any knowledge of evidence that links him to this hijacking and the kidnapping? >> reporter: well, information is coming in slowly. as you understand, it's a sensitive issue. it's also a case that took place a very long time ago. what we have is really what the greek and german authorities have been saying so far, that they're saying everything we have points to this man. but the lebanese have so far been saying we have the wrong man here. this is a journalist. the person was traveling on a journalist passport and a
different name. really, it's a little early to know in this is the right guy but the stakes are very high. as you know, he is one of the most wanted man for 34 years now, rosemary. >> gentlemen, a very long time. incredible if this is, indeed, the man they've been looking for. thank you so much for your live report. appreciate it. well, it is the first tour for the royal couple and their baby boy. britain's duke and duchess of sussex are heading to africa. a look at their agenda. and the emmy ceremony was not all about the awards. some winners used the moment to highlight political significance. re. it's something we take personally, and believe in passionately. it's the idea that if our mothers were diagnosed with cancer, how would we want them to be treated?
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will begin their first tour as a family. their ten-day trip to southern africa includes visits to four countries and 35 engagements. max foster has details from capetown, south africa. >> reporter: the duke and dui h duchess of sussex are bringing archie, their young son along. this visit was organized by the british government to solidify ties between south africa and the uk. the palace also very keen to emphasize the couple's interest and the causes they want to support going forward in their royal careers. the duchess hasn't been here before but she's going to get involved in women empowerment projects here in south africa. then the duke will head off to botswana, will get involved in
conservation projects as well as hiv/aids, something his mother careded deeply about. he'll go on to angola on another of his mother's causes, clearing the land mines. he'll be retracing diana's foot steps and then malawi for a conservation project before he comes back to south africa and teams up with his wife and son for a series of engagements at the end of this ten-day visit. i'm told by officials there is huge interest in this tour. harry has always had a relationship with this part of africa. meghan hasn't been here before. i'm told there's particular and in her personal story, in this country where race is still a big issue. max foster, cnn, capetown, south africa. >> the royal couple is also scheduled to visit some of capetown's most marginalized townships.
gang violence continues as murder rates rise. a warning to photo-sensitive viewers, this report includes flashing lights. dave mckenzie takes us to cape flats. >> reporter: just mere miles separate this beach from her home but listening to chloe speak after an hour in the water, it might as well be a world away. >> we love. >> reporter: what kind of things happen in your neighborhood? >> they shoot, they abuse people. it helped me because there is no fighti fighting. and they care about us here. >> reporter: the ways for change charity gives chloe and others a chance to feel like children. this week they'll get a chance to meet a prince and princess from england and then return
home. many neighborhoods so bad the military has been deployed in an effort to stop the killings. >> iraq. >> reporter: iraq? >> yeah, we call it iraq. >> reporter: abdullah has named his patch after a war zone. >> might be a gunshot in the area. >> the only thing that goes through my head most of the time is are we going to see tomorrow morning? >> are you going to escort us? okay. okay. stabbed in the chest. don't know if he's bleeding or if he has a pulse. unfortunately, we'll have to wait for escort. >> reporter: these neighborhoods feel almost broken to me. >> it does. it does feel, especially at this moment, knowing right around the corner, and we can't do anything. >> reporter: can't do anything because martin and his crew must wait for a police escort. he says 80 of their ambulance
crews were targeted last year. impatiently waiting so they, too, don't join a growing list of victims. >> what is happening -- >> reporter: the mothers of this broken place live every day with the memories of their lost sons. gathering together to gain strength. what is the violence doing to families here? >> it's breaking families up like -- he was a child who used to do everything for me. he was my -- up to today, i can't go a day without him. in the morning, i must -- he's not here with me. let me just -- i have only one just to say good-bye to him. >> reporter: the security escort takes nearly an hour. >> escort received. >> reporter: martin doesn't blame the police. he knows that the police's
resources are stretched as thin as theirs. >> morning. morning. >> reporter: but as a paramedic, he also knows that the window for saving this life was just minutes not hours. >> we have grown -- we've grown to have a sense of -- which is scary because the moment we start tolerating the way things are happening, we're actually saying that it now becomes a norm, which it shouldn't be. >> reporter: david mckenzie, cnn, cape souttown, south afric in egypt police have reportedly arrested more than 160 protesters after rare anti-government demonstrations. very little dissent has been allowed since president cici came to power six years ago.
an actor and building contractor sparked the protests. in a series of video, mohammuha ali accused theing funds. amazing images from hong kong. protesters packed a shopping mall and stomped on a flag. firefighters quickly put fires out. police say two 13-year-olds arrested on saturday have been released. the protests have been taking place every weekend in hong kong for four months now. well, it was a british invasion at the 2019 emmys as british actors and shows grabbed several top awards. we'll have more on the winners and losers next. when we started our business
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retirement after he was released from multiple teams. >> he's the best wide receiver in the nfl but now antonio brown says he wants nothing to do with the league at all. going on a twitter tirade on sunday. will not be playing in the nfl anymore. these owners can cancel brown's it is said the wide receiver was looking forward to the next opportunity he had in the nfl.
now it seems brown wants nothing to do with the league all together. brittney taylor, brown's former trainer has accused brown of sexual misconduct and accused him of rape. a second accuser came forward earlier this week accusing brown of being section yo ining sexua. neither accuser has filed any criminal charges. taylor has filed a federal civil lawsuit. brown has denied all of the allegations. >> nick valencia with that report. a star-studded night in los angeles as celebrities turned out for the 71st emmy awards. what was missing, a host. the award ceremony's producers opted not to have a master of ceremony. "fleabag" and "chernobyl" won and there were shout outs for women and equal pay and support for the transgender community. >> i find writing really, really
hard -- >> reporter: nevertheless "fleabag" writer and star phoebe waller-bridge won. and then returned to the stage which "fleabag" won outstanding comedy series. >> this is just getting ridiculous. >> reporter: first-time winners in drama category including "ozarks" julia garner and jason baseman forring. jodie comer for "killing eve" and billy porter for "pose". >> we get to change the molecular structure of the hearts and minds. >> reporter: in the limited series or movie category, michelle williams won her first emmy, lead actress for "fosse/verdon" and jharrel jerome received a standing ovation for "as they see us". >> this is for the men we know
as exonerated five. >> reporter: "game of thrones" and "veep." no emmys for "veep" but "game of thrones" won a pair. peter dinklage won his fourth. >> we walked through fire and ice for you. literally. i would do it all again in a heart beat. >> reporter: for the fourth and final time it was named as outstanding drama. >> i can't believe we did it all together and it's over. >> reporter: in hollywood, i'm david daniel. >> what a great show. what a great night. >> thanks for your company. i'm rosemary church. you're watching cnn. have yourselves a great day. can my side be firm? and my side super soft? with the sleep number 360 smart bed it can...
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