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found guilty in a deadly hit-and-r hit-and-run. and election eve in the united kingdom. errol barnett is live in london. errol? >> hello from london, rosemary. with one day to go before brits head to the polls, the outcome here is anyone's guess. >> we'll talk to you in a moment. thank you, errol. hello, welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world, i'm rosemary church. this is "cnn newsroom." ♪ ♪ we begin with the latest on the two gunmen who opened fire outside of a texas exhibit featuring cartoons of the prophet muhammad. u.s. authorities believe the men drove from their home in phoenix, arizona, across state lines to garland, texas. but it is unclear when the trip was made. isis is claiming responsibility for sun day's attack. and it appears one of the gunmen
had online ties to jihadists overseas. cnn's pamela brown reports. >> reporter: cnn learned one of the gunmen, elton simpson direct aid message on twitter to this account believed off to belong to an american member of al qaeda in somalia. calling attention to the planned prophet muhammad cartoon event in dallas suburbs. on april 23rd, simpson tweeted about the controversial event. when will they ever learn? that same jihadi tweet add but the event, referencing the charlie hebdo attack in paris. it's time for brothers in the u.s. to do their part. one of several connections, simpson had on line with jihadists overseas. investigators trying to determine if simpson was frying to get jihadists attention or was plotting with them. a top official says the u.s. of social media by terrorists is a daunting challenge. >> it allows like never before for overseas groups to reach
into our communities to recruit, radicalize, as well as the to target our citizens. all in a simple easy way, easy to use way. >> reporter: on april 10th in a private message intercepted by the u.s. cnn is told, simpson discuss hod uh to get to syria. bring your passport. if you have $4,000. enough to travel with he wrote. hours before at take. sichl sim urged twitter follows the to follow a hacker who one source called a significant factor in isis. >> some one known as propagandaist, in isis, known for his hacking skills. who is targeted by the u.n. military. >> tonight we are learning more about the gunman's past. he was captain of the high school basketball team. his former lawyer remembers noticing how religious he seemed. >> he was a very devout muslim. i did get the sense that he was trying to convert. myself, myself. >> the second gunman, born to a
pakistani father and american mother, attended a prestigious prif school in pack can. he moved to the u.s. with mother and brother where he was popular in school and played the lead in his high school production of "bye-bye birdie." tonight his family is in disbelief. >> who ever he was with talked him night. >> that's how you feel? >> yes. there is no other way it would have happened. >> law enforcen't officials say two long guns and four handguns were found in the suspect's car. it is clear they wanted to wreak havoc. the traffic officer, security guard stationed at the entrance were minutes away from leaving. officials say had they not been there, had the traffic cop not been there with his pistol. and shot and kimd the suspects. this could have been a massacre. pamela brown, cnn, phoenix, arizona. >> the deadly terrorist attacks in paris in january have pushed french lawmakers to beef up the country any security laws.
the national assembly approved a surveillance measure on tuesday. which would vastly expand the government's abilities to gather intelligence. the bill now head to the french senate. now this isn't sitting well with everyone. before the vote, protesters gathered calling the bill "too intrusive." we'll have more on this story in our next half-hour. a bollywood superstar found guilty of culpable homicide in a hit-and-run driving incident that left a homeless man dead. salmon kahn could face ten years in prison. the incident in september, 2002. prosecutors say he ran over five men, sleeping outside a mum bay bakery. then took off. kahn claimed he was not driving the suv. the court disagreed and said he was drunk at the time. kahn starred in more than 80 movies. but this conviction.
it is the final day of campaigning in one of the closest uk elections in a generation. the latest yougov poll of voting intentions shows the conservatives and lay bar tied at 34% each. look at those numbers. that's with a 3 percentage point margin of error. the uk independence with a lea. and errol barnett from the banks of the thames opposite houses of parmentd. all up to the undecided voters now. >> it really is. make no mistake, rosemary, as picturesque as houses of
parliament seem, calm, sunlit. there is a form of political chaos in this country right now. because we just don't know what the outcome of the election will be. the outgoing coalition of conservatives and dems were successful. steadying things. growing things. they haven't been kred for it that. with so much at steake right no. some say cameron has played it too safe in this campaign. but with the race in its final day, phil black reports the prime minister is now showing renewed passion. >> reporter: a rapturewelcome for david cameron. >> that's the way to keep our country moving forward. >> reporter: mostly white, very middle-class. and easily fired up by the core message of his campaign. >> do i trust ed miliband to run the british economy.
>> no. >> he read from the favorite drop. a letter left behind. >> dear chief secretary i am afraid there is no money. that is what labor left. we must never let them forget it. >> usually. controlled. smooth. here, cameron showed rage. attacking the opposition labor party's claims. he only rules for the rich. [ indiscernible ] >> he warned the crowd of an imminent scottish invasion. pro independent party, led by sturgeon is on track for huge game. >> the s & p don't want a westminster government to be a success.
nick kleg. >> he was the star of the last election, 2010. this time, he has been dogged by the -- the pledges that he broke on tuition fees for university students. and of course the liberal democrats used to get part of the protest vote from those who wanted to have nothing to do with the two major parties. since they have been in coalition, they're part of the political establishment so they have lost out from that. the one leader who really made the biggest impact on this campaign one who is not standing for westminster parliament, nicholas sturgeon. she looks to be on target. pretty well wipe out labor. north of the border. and that's ben a significant achievement. she has been the one everyone has been talking aable. if ed miliband can't bring it to approaching par, she will be a figure in the politics to come. >> ed miliband will be well served to negotiate parliament,
though he said he won't. numbers suggest that's what he need to do. robert oakley here in central london. rosemary we'll be back with analysis and take a look attic nomic aspects of this election later this hour. for now back to you. >> there is a lot to cover, errol barnett talking to us there. we will have another hit with you before the end of this hour. many thanks. it has been a stormy week across europe. meteorologist pedram, joins us now. we saw blue skies behind errol there. the big question what is the weather going to be look on election day? >> we know that it is suggested that it impacts voter turnout, for undecided voters in the united states. one in every three voters undecided did not turn out to the polls. large percentage of the voters, reports out of the uk could be undecided. >> no surprise of course. >> no surprise. rain in london.
sunday, monday, tuesday. rain today. thursday's forecast looks to improve. rains, friday, saturday. fortunate setup as far as weather is concerned. show you the forecast for london in particular. again, a very soggy last couple of days. by this afternoon the blue skies you saw behind errol. rosemary alluded to. and partly cloudy skies thursday. weather doesn't seem to be the main player when it comes to voter turnout. notice beyond that. we go back downhill with wet weather. active setup. storms cruising through the region. this particular storm going to bring in the wet weather across the uk later today. powerful gusts. canopy coming down on the vehicle, and causing a fatality. wind will die down. damage in place. four reports of tornados out of germany to tell you about. north east. where we had reports of tornados coming down. potential for an f-2, f-3 scale. incredible. you look at countries across
europe. 30 for the average. germany. 35, netherland. high country being united kingdom. 50 tornados a year. the country the size of idaho, 50 tornadoes a year remarkable. of course, tell you about a new story out of california. recent regards to droughts and restrictions for water. officials there, say 25% restriction of water mandatory beginning june 1. the state of california uses average 40 billion gallons of water every day. about 80% of water into the agricultural industry. fascinating breakdown, rosemary. looking at numbers. the county in california uses least amount of walter. 45 gallons, per person per day would be in santa cruz county. go to the northern tier of san diego, well to the south. over 355 gallons of water per day. officials there saying for restrictions to make any sort of impact, over the past nine month they have reduced water use j by
9%. trying to do 25% in the coming months. need to use 55 gallons per person some day. some counties people are using 400. >> in australia we had restrictions like that. people would go with egg timers for their showers, make sure they kept it to a minimum. everyone has to do it. makes us very careful, right. many, thanks, pedram. for civilians caught in the cross fire in syria, death could come at any time. from any direction. a scathing report from amnesty international places blame. plus an international debate over paraguay's strict abortion law after officials denied the procedure for a 10-year-old rape victim.
we have breaking news from afghanistan. media reports say a judge has sentenced four men to death for taking part in the mob killing of an afghan woman accused of burning a koran. the men were among 49 defendants on trial in the case. 19 of them police officers. authorities say a mob of men beat the woman, set her on fire
and then threw her body into a river. police found no evidence that the woman burned a koran. the killing sparked outrage and protests in the afghan capital. well sometimes the video says it all. look at this. this drone footage exclusive to cnn shows the devastation in kobani, syria, the city on the turkish border the scene of heavy fighting between kurd and forces. u.s.-led air strike helped drive isis out. now a kurdish spokesman says the city is 17% destroyed. even so, the recovery has begun. and more and more people are starting to return home. look at that devastation. >> 150 kilometers south of kobani is aleppo, syria's largest city and scene of heavy fighting as well. a new report from amnesty international take is a hard look at civilian death toll
there and places blame on the syrian regime and rebel forces. john vause has more on the crude weapons and disregard for safety described in the report. and we should note, this story has video which may be disturbing to some viewers. >> reporter: the syrian government helicopter hovering a awe -- above aleppo and then what everyone below fears. it drops a barrel packed full of explosives, crudely made and simply called a barrel bomb. four people were killed during this attack. all civilians targeted indiscriminately. the blast so powerful buildings were leveled in this residential neighborhood. the destruction so widespread, we don't know how many were hurt. but many who survived were left clinging to life. amnesty international calls it
bombing campaign crimes against humanity, which has created sheer terror and unbearable suffering to the people of alepo. like the terror at this school, flattened by a barrel bomb, as rescuers frantically searched through the rubble for survivors. students and teachers, carried away. covered in blood. >> translator: they're all civilians and children this man shouts. the daily bombardment by syrian forces has force ed many here to live underground. >> between january 2014, march 2015. they reported 3,000 civilian deaths. while at the same time, recording the deaths of 35 fighters. that is a 99% civilian casualty rate. >> despite what appears to be overwhelming evidence, bashir al assad told the bbc in february his forces do not use barrel
bombs. the amnesty report criticizes rebel forces accusing them of war crimes. mortars and rockets fitted with gas canisters, called health canons, killing more than 600 civilians last year. on tuesday rebel shelling in regime held territory of aleppo killed 14 including four children. as this brutal war grind on, neither side appears to be winning. but syria's civilians are the ones losing. john vause, cnn. >> just a short time ago i spock with the main author of amnesty international's aleppo report and i asked her what she hopes to achieve with her report. >> our main goal in this report
is to reveal to the world the truly horrific situation that is happening in aleppo and across syria. and we are making specific calls on the security council to recognize and uphold its resolution, resolution 2139. which condemns the kind of abuses that are covered in this report. and specifically addresses and condemns the use of barrel bombs. we are also calling on the security council to impose sanctions, targeted sanctions on those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. we're calling on this security council to impose an arms embargo on the syrian government and finally, we are calling for the security council to refer the situation in syria to the international community, criminal court, as a matter of urgency. >> why do you think, there has been such a reluctance on the part of the international community to move on the issue of syria, and what is happening
there? >> so far there has been blockages in the security council. we believe this research is a very important part of the story for why the international community need to act now more than ever. >> and of course, we, we know, talking to me there a short time ago. more than 43,000 people have now signed an online petition urging paraguay to let a 10-year-old girl have an abortion. she was allegedly raped by her stepfather. and is now five months pregnant. but abortions are banned in the small catholic country. except when the mother's life is in danger. paraguay's health minister denied the abortion request saying the girl's life is not at risk. amnesty international argues because of the girl's age she is at a higher risk for serious, life-threatening complications.
french lawmakers approve a controversial law strengthening the government's abilities to gather intelligence. coming up. a look at why some say it is too intrusive. a bollywood superstar is found guilty in a deadly hit-and-run. we will be right back with those details and a whole lot more. do stay with us.
woman accused of burning a koran. authorities say a mob of men beat the woman, set her on fire, and then threw her body into a river. 19 police office ears among the 49 defendants on trial in that case. u.s. authorities are trying to find out if isis was directly involved in at take in texas where two gunmen opened fire outside an exhibit featuring cartoons of the prophet muhammad, the terror group is claiming responsibility. one of the attackers appears to have had on line ties. >> a bollywood actor found guilty of culpable homiciden a hit-and-run incident that left a homeless man dead. salmon kahn could face ten years in prison for the 2002 incident. prosecutors say he ran over five men sleeping outside an mumbai bakery, killing one of them and then took off.
the deadly terrorist attacks in paris in january have prompted lawmakers in france to push through a bill aimed at strengthening the country's intelligence laws. the lower house approved ape surveillance measure to vastly expand the government's abilities to keep watch on its own citizens. cnn's michael holmes has the details. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: by a vote of 438-86, the bill to give the french government broad new surveillance powers cleared its first hurdle in the lower house. in the wake of the terror attacks in january, the bill supporters say french intelligence laws needed to be strengthened. >> this is a public service. and this public service because of this law will have a le gal basis. >> reporter: the measure would give french intelligence services the right to use phone
taps and means to gather electronic data from cell phones and internet communications without a warrant. opponents say the bill is too in troupe sieve. >> it's too much tour the xek pitch branch. -- executive branch. gets rid of the control of the intelligence services. and has potential to organize a mass espionage of the population. >> reporter: others say the scope of the measure is too broad. covering not just terrorism. >> economic issues. diplomatic issues. a danger to public order. not only its the scope broad and vaguely defined. it allows a number of people to be put under surveillance. >> the debate moves to the other house. expected to vote on the bill in june. michael holmes, cnn. atlanta. >> with more on the developing
story let's turn to ra senior research fellow, he is intimately familiar with counterterrorism. thank you for joining us. let's start with your reaction to this new bill on surveillance powers in france. is this what the country need at this time? and just how far do these powers go. >> well, i think, the first thing to say this legislation is not entirely surprising. france has had a robust posture in its counterterrorism policy and had measures that other countries have, would be considered unacceptable. so the fact that we are seeing the forces push forward this legislation. demanding all the extra powers. reflection of their national posture. when we think they had the charlie hebdo attack, hundreds going to fight in iraq. and the french security sees a
problem, threat, escalating. whether this legislation is exactly what france needs. it is very difficult to completely judge. i think certainly looking independently at what has been happening in france over the past few years, really, is that we have seen a terrorist problem there, consistent endly getting worse. they have people trying to go abro abroad. a growing number of attacks. on jewish darg ets. so when we look at the threat picture. we look at what security force thousands, we can understand why they would want the extra measures to get deeper into, into, u.s.ing mitigate. protect. citizens from the threat. >> of course this new bill is expected to be approved and contains fairly intrusive powers. doesn't it. so what impact is this likely to have on civil liberties?
what's being said about that. we saw some, in the story we just ran. >> i think the conversation is brans, very much. we have seen in a lot of countries. we have seen similar legislation. that is a healthy democracy they have a healthy debate within the country as we saw reflected in your colleague's piece. about what this means. and whether, you know, security services should be given these powers. i think what people are worries about. is the fact that the executive can overturn judicial decisions within the new legislation. and essentially douche through, surveillance measures, not individuals or cells. they might be worried about. others would say there would be some sword of legislation to protect from from an overbearing state. for men many ways, the thing to do, look at other country that have passed, similar,
potentially intrusive. we have had a conversation about whether security services should be given access and given certain sort of powers. and what we have seen is that, you know there has been a pushback. laws have been granted. things allowed forward. one moment. pull back in the end. what's interesting. you look at the impact this legislation has. protecting public. when you look at the amount of people affected by it. here in the united kingdom for example, very sort of restructed measures that have put in place. stop being a suspect. and suspect the french are going to use the powers, with a fairly sort of careful eye about how much they actually deploy them. >> all right. we will be watching very closely to see the impact of this. thank you so much for talking with us. we appreciate it. >> well time is running out for israel's prime minister to form a new government. up next, a live report on the
welcome back, everyone. well the clock is ticking in israel for prime minister benjamin netanyahu to form a government. it is not coming easy. he has deals with three parties. still needs to finalize agreements with one or two more. the prime minister has until midnight local time to form his new coalition. cnn's orren liebermann joins us from jerusalem with the latest. orren, the deadline for mr. netanyahu is fast approaching. all the while many believe the new government is unlikely to last the full four years. why is that? and how much pressure is mr. netanyahu feeling both domestically and internationally to make the right coalition deals?
>> well, rosemary it has been decades since an israeli government has lasted the full four years. netanyahu has history against him. his last government made it two years. but he has a far bigger immediate problem. one of his major coalition partners, his foreign minister announced he is backing out of the coalition and resigning his spot as foreign minister. that means netanyahu's expected coalition, right-wing coalition of 67 seats. fairly strong, has now gone down to 61 seats. which is as weak as a coalition can get. if that happens, if he really backs out and left to 61 seats, the question becomes how long can this government make it? benjamin netanyahu in charge once again of putting together a coalition government. now the countdown begins. not until the start of his government, but until the end. >> netanyahu's government was elected to a term that end on november 5th, 2019. no one thinks it will last that
long. >> reporter: no israeli government has lasted the full four year term in more than 30 years. and netanyahu's last government fell apart after only two. analysts say this coalition could be stronger than before, with the right-wing government netanyahu promised focusing on domestic issues. but the government's strength could be its weakness. >> there will be subject to international pressure. and that can -- make it harder to keep the government stable. especially when there are world leaders out there who dent like netanyahu personally. >> reporter: netanyahu's pre-election comments that he would not allow a two state solution under his leadership and comments about arab voters have sparked criticism from the white house. >> mr. netanyahu has a different approach. what we can do is protect that -- there is a possibility of something that is not there. >> yet, netanyahu may have a far bigger problem. his main conclusion from his first convention in the '90s he
cannot allow himself to be the most leftist in his own coalition. >> for netanyahu to respond to demand from within the government, handling pressure from outside the government he may have to move his coalition toward the center where he has been most comfortable. analysts say that could mean reining in parties on issues like settlements and peace talks. >> at the end of the day. netanyahu will find a way to extend his coalition and not to base it only on right-wing parties. >> netanyahu's election night victory gives him all the leverage in choosing his coalition but he well have to balance if he wants his co-lgs to last. maybe netanyahu has his sights on a different goal. he will become the longest serving prime minister in israeli history one month before his term is up. >> in terms of domestic issues the challenge, he has 61 seats to make reforms. rose mary in terms of foreign issues, international issues he'll face pressure that could
make it difficult to hold together a coalition. >> we'll be watching closely all this end up. oren liebermann reporting from jerusalem a awe u.s. secretary of state john kerry ends his eastern africa trip with a stop in djibouti. later he will travel to saudi arabia to meet with top leaders for talks on security issues. now this comes after he traveled to somalia making history as the first secretary of state to do so. during the visit he met with the president and other somali leaders. cnn correspondent robin kreel joins us now from nairobi, kenya, with the details of his trip. so, robin, when he is in djibouti, john kerry will visit the only permanent u.s. base on the african continent. let's look at the significance and what actually goes on there? >> yes, it is a former french base that is now a u.s. naval
base. it has been there for a number of years, rosemary, very established. we visited it last year. it's actually the headquarters of what they call combined joint task force, horn of africa, which overseas a number of operation has the you see. and read about in the news. suppose that would include, drone strikes, in somalia, you'll remember nay killed one of our, leaders. last year. it includes, a number of naval operations. such as, escorting ships in and out of the djiboutian harbor. personnel are based there. it is really a very large base with thousands of soldiers. air force. naval, and, and even some marines. >> all right, robin kreel reporting there from nairobi, kenya. thanks to you. we'll take a very short break here on "cnwsroom."
welcome back to "cnn newsroom," everyone, i'm errol barnett live from london for you on what is the eve of the u.k. election. now the economy here over the past five years has shown signs of improvement, it has steadied. but despite, despite, i should say unemployment being at a six-year low and the economy growing at 8.4% over the past five year, not all voters here are feeling financially secure. in fact, many say they're still feeling the pinch of the downturn. our nina de santos has more. >> reporter: like most u.k. workers, witnessed the strongest of 2012. if it sound like a lot it hasn't. $10 a week. money which doesn't go far in london with a 32-year-old manager of the office of the local steel plant. >> right now the salary didn't peck up with the prices.
i realized i spent like twice as much. i spent even two years ago. three years ago. >> reporter: that they the sentiment echoed in work place as cross the uk. wages have failed to keep pace with inflation four out of five years. that means it is up to the politicians to convince the electorate that they can offer them a bigger share of u.k. growth. on may 7, those employees will become voters. pushing living standard to the forefront for the fight for downing street. it is not just the staff caughten today's wage trap. with prices stuttering since january, charging more for goods is out of the question for many businesses leaving margins strainedç and compensation capped. >> an interesting fact when i started in 2009. prices have not changed. still, power, rung costs, all of that has increased. whereas our price, starting point has not. i just couldn't afford having a there mall pay rise, as normally
expected from employees. >> reporter: to find a way out of the wage trap, productivity needs to rise. figures out with uk's efficiency of output lowest level since world war ii. lag being hoond almost other countries, g-7 peers. >> wages haven't risen because we have a record number of people in work. we have more than 30 million people actively taking home a wage. a jobs rich recovery. it's been hard for people, surely better that people are in work than not in work. >> reporter: with more peoplen work does not mean that they're spending more. >> the less we get moneyen people's pockets, then we will struggle to get the demands the economy needs to grow, recover, become sustainable. >> until that happens many u.k. workers and bosses can't see a way out of the current income impasse. and, rosemary, that next
picture on the economy allowed immigration and the eu referendum to become central campaign issues this election. for now, throw it back to you. >> all right, it its getting ever closer, errol barnett, many thanks to you. joining us there live from london. do make sure to tune back to us tomorrow for election day in the uk. our special coverage begins as the polls open, thursday morning, london time and continues all day until the results are announced. >> all right, i want to turn now to our story about bollywood actor salmon kahn found guilty of a deadly hit-and-run incident 12 years ago. our new dehli bureau chief joins us. we know we are waiting for sentencing on this. any word on that. any speculation about just how long he is likely to be locked up? >> no, we are still waiting on the sentencing. it could come in the next, 20,
30 minutes. they're deliberating that in court right now in mumbai. rosemary to give you a sense how big this in india. salmon kahn one of the biggest bolliwood actors, been around, 20-plus years. if you were to compare him just in terms of his reach and box office appeal, to a hollywood star, compare him to maybe tom cruise. he has been a heartthrob, action hero, and obviously, millions of fans here in india and around the world. so this sentencing is a very big one here in india. he is expect to get anywhere from 2 to 10 years. we don't know yet. it is a very big case. indication for the indian legal system that they persevered with this case for 12 years. if he is indeed guilty, the people that, who were -- killed in the hit-and-run accident, will finally see some justice. so, that's the story here. but we will get a verdict in the next, 20 to 30 minutes. >> that is an interesting point.
isn't it? some years back this wouldn't have happened in india. we wouldn't have been aware of the fact that a bolliwood star, some one of this stature facing the justice system in this way. its that a correct assessment of, of where things would have stood a few years sfwhak. >> rosemary, actually i would das grechlt there is precedent for bollywood stars being tried on different types of cases. the indian legal system is a fairly rope bust one. if you were to level a criticism at the indian legal system it takes its time. today it has reached a verdict. >> all right, many thanks to you, joining us there. we will await to hear word on the send tension. we are keeping a very close eye on the story. appreciate it. i'm rosemary church. the news continues next.
investigating isis ties to the texas cartoon contest attack. the organization is claiming responsibility for the ambush that left two gunmen dead. did u.s.ist order that attack or just inspire it? what we're learning as the u.s. puts a bounty on four dangerous isis fighters. team coverage begins now. good morning and welcome to "early start," i'm christine romans. >> and i'm john berman. new information about the two gunmen shot dead by police on sunday as they tried to