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>> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. 1,500 service members on the ground in iraq paving the way for the war on isis. they are the first to arrive since the president ordered more troops to arrive. they are there to advise and train iraqi forces. they are not there in a combat role. we have new information on an air strike that may have wounded the head of isis, abu bakr al bagdadi. coalition and iraqi forces did launch air strikes in two parts of iraq targeting isis leaders. there is still no confirmation that al bagdadi was injured in either of those attacks. a militant group has pledged obedience to isis. up until now, they had attacked on the egyptian government. our senior correspondent arwa damon is in turkey with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, christine.
let's try to sort through the muddyness surrounding the air strikes. >> arwa damon in southern turkey's shot is down. in just a couple of hours, president obama has his first one-on-one meeting with xi jinping. the two presidents set to enjoy a walk, private dinner and tea. hanging over their meeting an array of tensions between the two governments. among them, u.s. concerns that pro democracy demonstrations to end in violence in hong kong and on monday, the u.s. postal service claims chinese hackers broke into the system and stole data on 800,000 employees. let's go to david mckenzie live in beijing with the latest.
good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, john. the certiserious allegations of hacking into the u.s. postal service won't sit well with the chinese or the u.s. the u.s. and china announcing a negotiated deal to improve trade with the information technology agreement. bringing down the tariffs and medical equipment and gps equipment and other assets the u.s. could bring many jobs and trillions of trade globally. that's the positive sign. as you said, the u.s. president obama meeting with his counterpart moments away. they will discuss those issues and thorny issues like freedom of the press and human rights and whether the u.s. and chinese relationship can improve. >> david, that is one of the big
meetings set for the three-day summit. i saw a picture of president obama near russian president vladimir putin yesterday. will these two leaders have a chance to talk given the thorny issues with these nations right now? >> reporter: right now it is a tension time because of the issues in eastern ukraine and from the russian president's perspecti perspective, the harsh sanctions the u.s. has pushed through. there have been two moments when the two presidents have met in an unavoidable with 20 leaders in a closed room. it is unclear what they talked about and whether those have been substantive discussions. certainly, u.s. officials say they could use this moment to really push through the u.s. agenda and to try persuade vladimir putin to stop what they say is support of rebels in the eastern ukraine. >> a lot going on this morning. david mckenzie in beijing.
>> clear skies behind him. sometimes it looks like soup behind him with the pollution. >> why is that? >> chinese government said no cars on the road and try to make it look nicer for the apec summit. >> the government mandated blue skies. >> he usually looks like he is in a smoking lounge. let's get back to arwa damon. back with us from southern turkey. arwa, you have new troops arriving and the mystery now about whether al bagdadi was injured in air strikes recently. what can you tell us about the developments where you are? >> reporter: sorry about that. as i was saying, it is a muddy situation. the opiniministry says al bagdas injured and the air strikes along the iraqi and syrian
border. now the minister of defense himself posted on facebook a statement that said that al bagdadi had been wounded and his number two had been killed. that would be al mani, but the strike was carried out by the coullisioulllisiould an list ou of mosul. they did conduct an air strikes against an isis convoy. ten vehicles outside mosul. they don't know who those vehicles were carrying. al bagdadi was not the target, but that collection of isis vehicles provided them with an opportunity that they decided to take. what is important, though, in all of this, is if al bagdadi was injured or potentially killed, isis structure and the way he personally restructured it after he took over from al bagdadi is one if the top leadership is taken out, the
entity can still continue to survive. that is one of the many challenges that is facing u.s. forces and the coalition as they try to advise and assist the iraqi security forces. those 50 troops you mentioned arriving in anbar province at the air base. this is a province that has a very dark history for the u.s. a lot of fierce battles were waged there against back then al qaeda in iraq. it is from the ashes of al qaeda and iraq and evolution that we now have isis. in some ways, history is not necessarily repeating itself, but we are seeing transpiring hasek has echos of the past. >> president barack obama takes his stand on free neutrality. he is taken on fcc for verizon
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breaking overnight. a court in south korea sentenced the captain of the ferry that capsized in april to 36 years in prison. more than 300 people died in the accident. i want to turn to paula hancocks live in seoul. good morning, paula. how is this being received? >> reporter: john, as you can imagine, the families of the victims are livid. they gave an emotional press conference. many were in court and shouted
at the judges, how can you call this law? they wanted to see the death penalty for all 15 of the crew members on trial. as i say, none got the death penalty. the prosecutors wanted the death penalty for the captain. they wanted him to be charged with murder. he wasn't. it was basically up the prosecutors to show there was intent to murder. the captain has already said in court he believes with his crime he deserves to die, but did not intend to murder. prosecutors will be appealing. they have seven days to formally launch that. they are trying to decide if they appeal against the captain's sentence or everybody's sentence. the families are upset. they believe the verdict was outrageous. in the court of public opinion in south korea, the 15 had been tried and convicted months ago. the captain in that court wasn't
acquitted of murder. we are listening to some pundits talking on south korean television and all believe this is lenient sentences we are seeing today. we can expect appeals to happen. of course, on top of this, we know the underground search for nine bodies that still haven't been found since april has now ended today. the families of those that still have not been reunited with their loved ones have said that it was a very painful decision to come to, but it is too dangerous for divers to continue the search as the ship is starting to crumble. john. >> what a difficult day for those families. paula ha paula hancocks, thank you. new york city doctor will be released from the hospital today. dr. craig spencer poses no public health risk. he has recovered and there are no known ebola cases in america.
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myers. >> a very early good morning to you. a cold morning here across the midwest. oh, my gosh. temperatures dropped 30 to 40 degrees from yesterday for highs. on the other side of the front, it's warm on the east side. the south wind is there. when you are in the front, you will know it. temperatures are dropping. highs in the northeast, 60s. in minneapolis, 27. in billings or cutbank, temperatures below zero. now for tomorrow, that cold air works to the east, but mainly to the south. this is a storm that will really drive the weather to the south rather than southeast for now. that will all change as the front moves by. tomorrow's forecast is still warm in new york, but enjoy that day. it will be the last warm one for quite some time. this weather looks like on the
computer models it could be the cold in many spots for the next ten days. warming and cooling, but certainly below normal on the eastern half of the u.s. back to you. no one asked for that. no one asked for that. >> chad, thanks for that. >> tensions rising in ferguson this morning as the public waits to hear in the grand jury will indict the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager michael brown. gun sales soaring. we are live with what michael brown's parents are expected to say. cold and flu symptoms. but for everything we do, we know you do so much more. tylenol®
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the parents of michael brown are expected to testify before a closed-door session before the committee. they are expected to give a brief written-in-part with help of legal experts about the circumstances surrounding michael brown's death as well as the police response to the protests that followed. the brief is expected to include allegations of racial profiling as well as the military sags of police in ferguson. i spoke to an expert. he said this is about systematic change across the united states. he said crowd funding the trip under the #fergusontomissouri. john. >> what is the united nations role in all this? president obama actually brought up ferguson while speaking in front of the united nations general assembly in new york. >> reporter: that's a good question. especially when you consider the grand jury is still considering
whether or not to indict the police officer as well as other department of justice investigations currently ongoing. this is part of a much broader review into u.s. compliance into the u.n. convention against torture. it is one of three human right treaties that the united states ratified out of ten. this is a broader review looking at a range of issues expected to take place over the course of three days and a panel of eight experts asking a series of questions potentially about ferguson. united states allegations will have an opportunity to respond and on november 28th, we're expecting a report for the u.n. outlining a series of recommendations and according to the convention, the fact the united states has ratified it, the u.s. is legally obliged to follow-up on the series of recommendations from the committee. >> interesting. erin mclaughlin in geneva.
an important meeting to find common ground in a tense relationship. we are live with what the president hopes to accomplish. breaking news overnight. a judge delivers punishment for the captain of the south korean ferry disaster. more than 300 people, mostly students, killed. we are live with the latest. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. 30 minutes past the hour. 1,500 service members on the ground in iraq waging the war on isis. they are the first to arrive since president obama ordered more troops to iraq. the pentagon spokeswoman says the troops are there to advise and train iraqi forces. not there, says the pentagon, in a combat role. we have new information on an air strike that may have wounded the head of isis, abu bakr al bagdadi. u.s. officials say coalition forces did launch air strikes in two parts of iraq targeting isis
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would decimate the organization. al bagdadi has restructured it since he took over from his predecessor in such a way so that the leadership can be taken out, but the organization can continue to survive. he has deputies, he has an entire cabinet, he has a war office. some areas, cells operate individually and then in some parts, such as this city of raqqah, they have institutions that they have set up. so while al bagdadi wounded or killed would be a victory for the coalition and allies, it is unlikely to impact isis capacity to continue to carry out and contain swaths of syrian. john. >> key interest in his well being. arwa damon in southern turkey.
president obama has his first one-on-one meeting with chinese president xi jinping. they are set to enjoy a private walk and dinner and tea. hanging over the meeting is the tension over the governments. the pro democracy demonstrations could end in violence is a concern. and the u.s. post office is alleges chinese hackers broke into the computers and stole information on the employees. we have david mckenzie live with the latest. the stresses over the past year have started to mount. especially the cyber espionage and the government worries it is hurting the american government and the american companies. >> reporter: that's right. the u.s. justice department has tried to start prosecutions
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get close to vladimir putin on this trip? >> reporter: he has gotten close to him physically several times. you cannot all be in a room without being in close proximity. including vladimir putin attempting to give the president of the u.s. a tap on the back. we have heard from the u.s. government and u.s. government official telling cnn and others that they did actually meet several times today. at least three times for 15 to 20 minutes. president obama met with vladimir putin. they discussed according to the official, issues of iran, syria and ukraine. now in 20 minutes, you can't solve global problems, particularly ukraine, which the u.s. has accused the russians of backing rebels in a fast deteriorating cease-fire in ukraine. certainly the face-to-face meetings may have value for the
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breaking overnight. a court in south korea sentenced the captain of the ferry that capsized in april to 36 years in prison. more than 300 passengers died in the accident. many high school students. the captain was convicted of negligence, but acquitted of homicide. let's go to paula hancocks. i think many parents here don't think 36 years is worth the lives of all the children lost. they are still upset. >> reporter: absolutely, christine. they are devastated by the verdict. one of the mothers of the child that died said the verdict was outrages. they are calling for the prosecutors to carry out an appeal. it looks like the prosecutors will at this point. whether it is against the captain or all crew members is not clear at this point. many of the families who actually in court when the verdict was read were crying out
causing commotion. saying how can you call this law and what about our children's lives? they wanted the death penalty for all 15 crew members. they had been to many of these court cases. they have been to dozens of the days. they say it is difficult for them to watch the people they believe killed their children. according to the three judges, the captain has been acquitted of murder. they believe to his account of his events that he had actually called for the ship to be evacuated. his order was not followed by those below him. he has 36 years, he was found guilty of negligence. one crew member was guilty of murder. the chief engineer who was sentenced to 30 years. the reason he was found guilty of murder is because he saw two fellow crew members injured, but did not help them and escaped from the ship. no one has been found guilty of murder of the passengers themselves. as you can imagine, the families
are devastated. on south korean media, this is a very high hot level of conversation at the moment. many of the pundits are saying they are surprised they believe the sentences are fairly low. so you can definitely guarantee there will be an appeal. of course, the families are hoping there will be stricter sentences if the appeal goes through. christine. >> a tragedy. paula, thank you. state officials are faulting the new york city clinic where joan rivers went into cardiac arrest for medical malpractice. yorkville endoscopy failed to monitor her vital signs. the comedienne died a week later. a doctor took a picture of rivers while sedated.
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