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a warm welcome back to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. turkey is accusing russia of an obvious war crime after fierce missile attacks killed and injured dozens of civilians in northern syria. several medical facilities and two schools were bombed. it's unclear of who was responsible for the air strikes. british prime minister david cameron meets with the european parliament in the hours ahead to discuss plans of keeping britain in the european union.
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sources close to french president francois hollande say there are still work to be done. eu leaders will hold a meeting thursday in brussels. barack obama will visit veet nan in may when he heads to japan for the g-7 meeting. that group is looking to boost trade and present a unified front on north korea. donald trump went on a ram pain against his republican opponents on monday. he lashed out at the bush brothers and his closest rival in the polls, ted cruz. trump called the texas senator a liar and unhinged and tlent threatened to bring a lawsuit against cruz, saying he never met anyone who lies so much. trump also said he's the only contender funding his own
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campaign. that special interest groups have bought and paid for all the other candidates. >> ted cruz has taken so much money from so many different people. he's totally controlled 100% by different industries, big league. bush the same thing. rubio the same thing. that's where they get their money. they will be totally controlled. there's not a damn thing you're going to be able to do about it. >> it's great to with you all this morning. >> cruz, meanwhile, says trump is too erratic and unpredictable to be president. and says anyone who goes around screaming, liar, liar, be effective at negotiating. cruz also accused trump of misrepresenting his prior stance on abortion. the republican presidential candidates are standing firm that president obama should not nominate a new justice to replace the late antonin scalia on the supreme court. but the white house says the search for the right candidate is already under way.
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michelle kosinski reports. >> reporter: the white house today now leveling its own blows at republicans. in the deep political standoff that started only hours after justice scalia's death. >> this is a republican congress has has a lot of practice saying no. this is not the first time republicans have come out with a lot of bluster. only to have reality ultimately sink in. >> reporter: president obama vows to fill that security seat by constitutional duty. >> there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote. these are responsibilities that i take seriously, as should everyone. they're bigger than any one party. they are about our democracy. >> reporter: but a defiant senate majority leader mitch mcconnell seems unwilling to budge. the american people should have
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a voice. this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new preside president. white house officials are -- names circulating including federal judges, some senators, even attorney general loretta lynch, who was approved by the senate last year, but only after a reported month's-long delay. senator claire mccaskill killing it then -- >> base politics its ugliest. >> reporter: this fight could be worse, with so much at stake. >> we're one justice away from a radical five-justice political majority. >> reporter: ted cruz bringing it to many campaign trail. >> life, marriage, religious liberty. the second amendment. we're just one supreme court justice away from losing them all report past supreme court justices the president has often mentioned an element of compassion. >> a judge who is sympathetic enough to those who are on the outside, those who are vulnerable. >> reporter: now, though,
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politics will be pivotal. does the president choose someone very moderate whom republicans will feel great pressure to at least bring to a vote. criticism if they don't. or liberal to rally democrats, potentially sending more voters to the polls in november. >> i believe that many of the mainstream republicans, when the president nominates a mainstream nominee, will not want to follow mitch mcconnell over the cliff. >> if the they refuse to hold a hearing, i thinks that is going to guarantee they lose control of the senate. because i don't think the american people will stand for that. >> reporter: already this is shaping up to be the president's last big battle in congress. what is certain is that the outcome will shape with politics and the legal landscape in it country for decades. now, on the timeline, there's a vetting process that needs to happen, interviews. the president himself will want to speak to his finalists. the white house is indicating it could take up for a month to announce a nominee, as it has taken in the past.
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michelle kosinski, cnn, rancho mirage, california. the makeup of the supreme court is sure to come up at the cnn republican town halls moderated by anderson cooper this week. hear from the candidates wednesday and thursday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, live from greenville, south carolina. that's 5:00 p.m. pacific/9:00 a.m. in hong kong. straight ahead, pope francis is in mexico, asking for forgiveness for the people from mexico's poorest and least catholic state. plus, standing up for babe asher. the story of a 1-year-old girl, a hospital and australia's controversial immigration policy. the details when we come back. when your type 2 diabetes numbers aren't moving in the right direction, it can be a burden. but what if you could wake up to lower blood sugar? imagine loving your numbers. discover once-daily invokana®. with over 6 million prescriptions and counting,
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poorest, least catholic state, also home to a largely indigenous population, drawing the mass read in three native languages, the pope asked the people for forgiveness. for years of exclusion and destruction of their land. later the pope spoke at a stadium in the capital of chiapas. families were given the chance to meet and speak with the rome an catholic leader and receive his blessing. here is the pope's a itinerary for thursday. he'll also visit the city's cathedral and later speak to young people at the jose maria moreles stadium. now to a story that's once again putting the spotlight on australia's controversial immigration policy.
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it involve ace 1-year-old girl being treated at a brisbane hospital for severe burns. protesters have been camped outside for late last week in support of the staff who have refused to discharge baby asha. they fear she may be sent back to an immigration detention center. >> terrible reports about the situation for children and for adults and certainly the doctors are very concerned about what would happen to asha if she was released back into detention. >> and baby asha was born in australia after her parents arrived in the country seeking asylum there, but under australia's immigration rules, she and her parents were sent to niaru last year. ivan watt ton joins us from hong kong. let's start by going over this very controversial policy in australia. >> this has been in place for several years. what australia does is it
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intercepts boat loads of migrants and refugees. and it has several agreements in place. one of them, for example, in which is-t is allowed to move those migrants and refugees to the pacific island of nauru. it's a very small island with a population of about 10,000 people, where there is a detention center there. at latest figures, there are about 484 detainees there. dozens of them are children. australia pays for the detainees to be kept there in nauru, which is its own country. it has a government. on occasion, when there are medical emergencies, such as in the case of this 1-year-old child named asha, who was scalded by a bowl of water that tipped over in the tent that her family was living in, australia then pays to bring those residents to australia for medical care. then they are to be returned
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back when that is finish pd what has brought this to a head is that the administrators at the children's hospital in brisbane, they announced last week that, quote, this patient will only be discharged once a suitable home environment is identified, implying that the detention center in nauru is not a suitable home environment for a 1-year-old child. >> so, what is likely to happen then to baby asha? what are the options here? how is the government likely to react to this? >> well, activists, human rights groups, seem to have exhausted legal options for trying to prevent the deportation of people like this baby, asha. in fact, there was a high court case concluded earlier this month in which the judges ruled constitutionally authorized to incarcerate foreign nationals at a place like the nauru detention
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center. what that has done is it has put at least 267 refugees and migrants, who are currently in detention centers, in australia at risk of being deported to nauru. what we're hearing from some of the human rights activists is they fear that a 72-hour warning coming from the australian government ahead of that deportation may be stripped from them by the australian government. and they're trying to sound the alarm about this. the australian prime minister spoke about this recently. he said, quote, we're managing this policy with great care and with great compassion. at the same time, doing anything we can to ensure that we do not do anything or say anything, which will be used by the people smugglers to get more vulnerable people onto those boats. so, still very much maintaining that hard line policy that australia does not want to allow refugees and migrants to gain
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residence in australia. even people like this baby asha, who was born in detention in australia and is likely to be as the legal system stands right now, be deported back to australia -- to nauru when the government is able to. let me just add one more point here. according to activists at the hospital, the baby is currently under the guard of contracted security guards who are contracted to the immigration ministry of australia. they're literally standing outside the room, the burns unit, where the baby's nepalese baby and the baby's mother are being treated. >> it's been a controversial issue. the matter of immigration there in australia. we know our ivan watson will continue to keep us updated on the situation. chinese artist is raising awareness of migrants making the
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dangerous journey to the shores. the artist known for his provocative installations has been an active voice in the crisis. cnn's atika shubert has more. >> reporter: this is the latest installation from chinese artist. 14,000 life jackets used by refugees to make that dangerous journey. he's also used inflatable rubber dinghy. the message is very clear, calling attention to the plight of refugees. over the last year, more than 1 million have entered europe. since january, more than 400 have died, trying to make the journey, according to the international organization for migration. now, all of this has been installed just in time for the berlin film festival as well as cinema for peace gala, which will be happening inside the concert hall in berlin.
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as a-listers walk the red carpet, they'll also be walking past those life jackets, a stark reminder that thousandses are still risking their life to find safe haven in europe every day. atika shubert, cnn, berlin. >> "cnn newsroom" continues after this short break.
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big news for star wars fans. filming is now under way on the next movie in the sci-fi series. and filmmakers just released this sneak peek. >> beautiful. lady and gentlemen, welcome to episode eight. >> picked up right from the end there, right? we also found out laura dern are
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joining the cast. we return now to music's biggest night. the 58th annual grammy awards were given out monday night in los angeles. pop princess taylor swift won three grammys, including one of the night's biggest awards, album of the year for "1989." in her acceptance speech, she promoted the importance of self-empowerment. >> there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. but if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, some day when you get where you're going, you'll look around and know it was you and the people who love
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you who put you there. that will be the greatest feeling in the world. >> very smart woman there and very strong message too. the show boast aid number of tributes including lady gaga's extravagant performance honoring rock legend david bowie and also paid tribute to lionel richie. ♪ like sunday morning whoa whoa yeah ♪ >> joining me now to talk more about the grammys is entertainment journalist holland reed. thanks for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> so, of course, what were all of the big moments. we have to start with that. what will everyone be talking about in the hours ahead? >> you know, i love to see taylor swift always come in as our darling and do a star-studded entry performance. then we also love the fact that lady gaga gave a tribute to david bowie, which was
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fantastic. she embodied them. it was fantastic. i don't feel like there was a huge performance that just stood out for the entire grammys this year. it was like, you know, where we would look at and say -- like a michael jackson or beyonce. we love lionel richie but it stopped there. there were great performances but david bowie, stopped at maybe taylor swift and then a few other great performances in between there. carrie underwood did a great duet. that was about it for me. >> but you picked reported of the year. >> i did. >> "untown funk." you saw that as very deserving. >> "uptown funk," we saw it in viral videos, at the super bowl. we saw it -- everybody was streaming this on a regular basis. this was something that everyone just gravitated to. it was a happy song. it was an uplifting song. nobody -- there was nothing about this song that anybody
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looked down on. and it was something everybody just -- it was such a fun song. you cannot distance yourself from it. so "uptown funk," hands down, best song of the year. glad it won. that's all i can say. >> taylor swift took home album of the year. >> she did. >> as she pointed out herself, she's the first woman to win that twice. >> she did. >> and she was making the point to everyone, too, don't ever let anyone put you down. >> why not? i think the year of anybody telling you what you can't do -- you know, we've got possibly a woman as president. all these different components as political -- taylor swift has been such a phenomenal woman along with our beyonces and others. don't let anyone tell you what you can't do. her winning this award, i feel like with anyone else coming in saying, hey, i got this, you can get this, two years in a row, please don't hate. get in formation. i said it. okay.
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>> there's room on the stage for everyone. >> there's room on the stage for everyone. she did it. it was awesome to see, yeah. >> thank you so much. it was a pleasure. >> thank you for having me. i appreciate it. that wraps up this hour. we've got more to come. remember, you can always follow us on social media any time on twitter @rosemarycnn. i'll be right back after this short break with more news from all around the world. stay with us. hey, jesse. who are you? i'm vern, the orange money retirement rabbit from voya. orange money represents the money you put away for retirement. over time, your money could multiply. hello, all of you. get organized at
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