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full investigation is underway after air strikes killed scores of civilians in mosul. plus south korea's former president facing more scrutiny as prosecutors seek a warrant for her arrest. >> and thousands of people came out to russia to protest corruption inside the government and hundreds were detained by police. he low everyone, welcome to our viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. >> and i'm rosemary church, this is "cnn newsroom." i racky forces saying
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tactics are needed to push isis out of its major strong hold to help keep civilians out of harm's way. >> the iraqi and u.s. military are looking into whether recent air strikes unsbepgsally killed dozens of civilians in mosul. in particular, there are questions about one strike on an isis truck bombing the city on march 17th. >> iraqi commander said the blast killed dozens of people nearby homes. let's found out more who is monitoring this from instanbul. what are we learning about the circumstances of that air strike? >> reporter: well, it's been more than a week since that incident in focus took place. it's really unclear what happened in western mosul. what we do know, is over the past few days, we've heard from local officials in mosul saying that there was a large number of
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civilian casualties as a result of a coalition strike. now, the u.s. and the iraqi military saying they're investigating this. the americans do confirm they carried out an air strike in the vicinity of this area where these casualties took place, but they're still investigating and looking into this. and the iraqi military says they did call in for an air strike. but that that air strike was targeting a large isis truck bomb that was packed with explosives. they're blaming the civilian casualties on this truck bomb. it's unclear how that blast took place, whether it was triggered by this air strike or detonated by isis, all of this being investigated right now. now, as of saturday, civil defense unit, it took them some time to get into the area because of the situation on the ground. they were still digging through the rubble trying to recover bodies. as of saturday, they said they
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had pulled 81 bodies of the out rubble. according to our team in northern iraq, spoke to one eyewitness who was a resident in that area who left after that incident took place. as they were fleeing, they heard the screams of people, presumably from under the rubble, calling for help. so we could see a rise in that death toll in the coming days. well, it's really unclear what took place on march 17th, it would seem, at this point, that it's seems that many innocent lives were loss. >> some have said the style of combat needs to change, as the fighting pushes into mosul, how is that going to translate on the ground? >> reporter: well, this is what we're hearing from iraqi commanders, on the ground saying that because of this complex battle right now, that they will need to be using different
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tactics, as you mentioned, using, for example, precision artillery, using more drones, moving more on foot, rather than using air strike. but it's hard to see how that is going to, you know, avoid any more civilian casualties. if you look at that environment where they're fighting right now, this is a very complex battlefield. we're talking about a very complex urban environment. this is western mosul, the all part of the city we're talking about narrow streets, heavily densely populated areas and we've heard the warnings, before the battle united nations and other nations have warned there are hundreds of thousands of civilians who are trapped in western mosul, in mosul who were not able to leave and they're concerned about them. the concern that isis would be using them as human shield. isis have dug in in two years
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they have mingled in the civilian population. they have fighters using civilian homes as fighting position. we'll have to wait and see. it's a very complex battle and to try to push isis out of there, it might, at this point, look like we're going to be looking at a high human cost for doing so. >> all right. monitoring the situation for us from instanbul turkey, thank you very much. south korean prosecutor want to arrest president park. her corruption led to her impeachment earlier this month. prosecutors have accused her of abuse of power in their investigation of that alleged corruption. cnn's paula hancock has the latest detail. she joins us live from seoul. so how likely is it the judge will decide to issue an arrest warrant and if that happens, what comes next?
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>> reporter: well, rosemary, the hearing itself is on thursday, so the judge will hear from the president or the former president's lawyer and they will be trying to convince the judge while they should not be arrested. on the other side you'll have the prosecutors trying to convince that judge that she should be arrested. then the judge will go and deliberate on what they've heard. it's unclear how long that will take, but the previous examples show that it's really within 24 hours, the judge has made the decision, although there's no guarantees in this case. now, we do know that park, up until this point, has insisted she has not done anything wrong, prosecutors, though, disagreed. they clearly think they have enough evidence against her in a statement this morning saying, that they believe she should be arrested because there was a possibility she would try and destroy evidence and she has denied the charges against her. prosecutors believe that she has abused power. they have mentioned bribery,
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coercion, and, of course, bribery on its own, if it's over a certain amount of money can have a minimum prison term of 1 ten years. very important week for the country watching this very closely. >> you mentioned that park denies any wrongdoing up to this point. has she responded at all to these latest development? >> we haven't had a statement since the arrest warrant has been sought by prosecutors, not from the lawyer or from park. we did hear from her as she entered the building going to an investigation last week. she was interrogated for 14 hours by prosecutors last week and just before she walked into that interrogation, she did say, i'm sorry to the people, but she was apologizing for the chaos. she was apologizing for what had happened, not saying she was apologizing for any wrongdoing and also saying that she would cooperate with the
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investigation. now, we don't know if that is still the case. we don't know if that has changed. we have not heard from her at this point. it would be expected on thursday, the former president would be present herself. she's expected to be presented to convince the judge why she should not be arrested. >> thank you paula hancock from seoul korea. well the defeat of hillary clinton legislation last week in washington dealt president trump and republicans in general a major blow. >> now there are questions about who's to blame and where the trump agenda goes from here. a fox news host is calling on the speaker of the house to step down. the white house says it supports paul ryan. >> reporter: hi, there, as the white house recovers from this devastating loss last week, the failure to repeal obama care after years and years of promising to do so. they're spreading the blame around it.
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we've heard the president blame democrats in the house. also this morning on twitter, he blasted the house freedom caucus. that is the conservative block of about 30 members of the house who blocked this bill because they felt it didn't go far enough to undo. and undoing obama care, one person the white house is not blaming is how speaker paul ryan. chief of staff riens priebus was asked whether the president thought speaker ryan should step down, here is what he had to say? >> does he want paul ryan to step down or what? zbh no he doesn't. he believes what he said in the oval office. he thought he worked really hard. he enjoys his relationship and thinks that paul ryan is a great speaker of the house. >> there you heard the chief of staff saying the president feels speaker ryan is a great speaker of the house. the question remains how this white house is going to work with republicans and democrats
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on capitol hill, not just with the republican leadership, but also with these house conservatives, the president has been blesing and with moderate repub cans and potentially democrats. we've heard riens priebus say over and over again that they were open to talking to democrats. the issue here is that the president whether on twitter or would send comments to the press has been blasting both democrats and house freedom caucus, those conservatives. is that conducive to later working with those groups. we've heard house speaker ryan say last week said doing big things is hard. doing big things is going to require the white house figuring out how to maneuver things on capitol hill so the president can get done some of the big things he wants to get dope. back to you. >> joining me now to talk more about this is political analyst, ellis, he writes the trump's
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american column and he's best selling author, good to have you on the show. >> good to be with you. let's start with hillary clinton and president trump prides himself in being a guy that who could make a deal. we didn't see much of that in his effort to pass this new health bill, did we? what went wrong and why were they able to get republicans on board with this after so many years of political. it's not exactly the closer the stuff, you get caught into a squeeze. they had a plan, republicans had a plan that polled at 19% approval among the american people, very low number. of the heart, koe, diplomatic ts didn't like it. the moderates thought it was yanked coverage away from too many americans. democrats opposed it entirely so that just was not enough support. >> of course, the defate of the
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hillary clinton bill has put a spotlight on house white inflighting and the relationship between speaker paul ryan with some speculating that ryan mai have to -- may have to go for not delivering the votes on the bill. what's likely to happen to him and how damaging will the finger pointing be, do you think? >> i think he's safe for the moment. mostly because there is no good alternative to replace him. trying to figure out what donald trump thinks about paul ryan is complicated equation. we've gotten so many conflicted comments and tweets from him. he said some things that are supportive and flattery. others that will make you think, boy, he can't stand the speaker. >> we'll just have to wait and see on that. president trump has moved on to tax reform now, but what all can be achieved on that subject if they happen to live it on the hillary clinton promises. >> if you thought hillary clinton was complicated, get ready for tax reform.
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>> it's made slightly more complicated, some of the money, something on the order of a trillion dollars was going to be saved in hillary clinton taxes was going to help some fund of the tax cuts in that room. nobody news, has any idea of how all of that is going to shakeup. let me tell you this, it will be tough going? >> i want to go to another topic that's drawing a lot of attention and the democrats calling the house of intelligence nunez to step down to allow for a fair and thorough investigation between possible links between russia and trump aids. should he step down and should a special prosecutor, perhaps, be appointed instead? >> listen, it's always complicated when you ask a politician to investigate another politician of his own party, all for a lot of reasons, i feel like a little bit of both. i think it's a strong argument against some kind of independent
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counsel, especially prosecutor in there. republicans control the power and congress. they're showing no desire to do that. i don't think they like the results of run away in defensive counsel. >> a public hearing was to be held on tuesday. that has now been cancelled. one of the ramifications of that and what happens to transparency. >> transparency we haven't seen too much of that. that hearing is suppose to be on tuesday. now it's not going to have a date set of when it might be. everything in this investigation is being put through a political lens and it's pretty hard to find an objective observer of the whole thing. >> indeed it is. ellis, thank you so much for your analysis, we appreciate it. >> great to see you. we'll take a very short break, when we come back, police reportedly detained hundreds of protesters in russia. we'll have a high report of
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moscow. >> hong come doesn't add a new leader, saying her election was great. back in a moment. today, unlimited gets the network it deserves. verizon. (mic thuds) uh, sorry. it's unlimited without compromising reliability, on the largest, most advanced 4g lte network in america. (thud) uh... sorry, last thing. it's just $45 per line. forty. five. (cheering and applause) and that is all the microphones that i have. (vo) switch to unlimited on verizon now and get our best android smartphones for as low as $15 a month.
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we are following a tragic and developing story in japan. avalanche struck a group of high school students taking skiing lessons, 125 miles north of tokyo. >> fire official said eight of the students are feared dead and six are injured. 32 students and teachers were able to get down safely from the slope. emergency crews are having trouble reaching the area due to poor weather. we'll continue to monitor this situation for you. they say chinese government has effectively chosen hong kong's new leader. as predicted in election committee selected clam. now she's facing a city that's divided politically. >> our senior correspondent watson has been closely following the election. we'll be joining him in just a
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moment. >> police clash with protest as planned anticorruption rallies took place across russia. hundreds of people were reportedly detained. >> among them, opposition leader alex, in a series of tweets he downplayed his detention and urged people to keep marching. state media report 8,000 people turned out to the moscow rally. that's despite the kremlin declaring it illegal. >> fred was at that moscow protest. he joins us now live with more from the russian capitol. president vladimir putin, apparently, has a very high approval rating, given that how significant is it that such a large number of protesters were brave enough to get out on the streets and voice their concerns and what will happen to those who were arrested. >> rosemary in light of the fact
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that protesters were deemed illegal. first of all that so many people turned out in moscow, but also that similar rallies took place in a lot of other places in russia, as well, the organizers are saying that it was up to 100 towns and city where similar protests took place. they say st. peter'sburg about 10,000 people came out. it put the number closer to 3,000. it certainly isn't a real challenge to vladimir putin. his approval ratings are at around 80% here in this country. it is significant that the opposition comes out and decides to come out in light of the fact that means protests were deemed illegal. because they were deemed illegal, there were a lot of arrests that took place. here is what we witnessed when we were on the ground. there were many tense moments and hundreds of arrests made in moscow along, our crew getting
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caught up in the pushing and shoving. >> there's a massive police, time and again we're seeing scenes like this. this way. okay. okay. okay. okay. russia's official news agency put the turn out at around 8,000 people at the march in moscow declared illegal. taking to the streets to criticize what they call widespread corruption, they're saying similar gatherings happened at around 100,000 cities. the man calling for the action, opposition activist and kremlin critic was, himself, detained. those who followed this call weren't shy to voice grievances. >> they can support our
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government. >> they don't pose a serious threat to president vladimir putin who has approval ratings at around 80%. they showed the opposition is lg -- willing to take to the streets whether the authorities allow them to or not. >> rosemary, you were asking about what happened to the people who were detained and whether or not some of them were released? it seems some have been released, so far not all of them, but the thing that we placed them into administrative detention. they get detained and the government decides, the authorities decide whether they're going to get charged with a crime. most of them will be released quite quickly. however, what we're hearing so far, we mentioned it was also detaped at the rally so far had not been released, apparently he has a court day at some point today. we're not sure if that's going to be or if he's doing to get out of that court day after they
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decide what to do with him, rosemary. >> fred, you would have had a chance to talk to some of those protesters, they are taking a big risk and getting out on the streets. it's unknown, really, what could very well become of them if they're arrested, talk to us about that. >> certainly, a lot of these people, it was difficult to start this march. we were out at the starting point, which is one of the railway stations here. at the beginning, at least, there were far more undercover police, police in plain clothes, than any of the protesters. you can see some of the folks that have come, they were detained before the rally even started. however, they did manage to start this and it really is safety in number that is a lot of these people were looking for. on the other hand, i also have to say that the authorities were not as heavy handed as many people would have thought. they did try to keep people on the pavement. there were certain things,
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however, that did immediately lead to a arrest. you were arrested pretty quickly. if you shotted things against the government, as well. it is quite a big risk for these people, but nevertheless they did show they're going to come out with that risk in place, rosemary. >> brave protesters there, fred joining us live from moscow. it is 10:24 in the morning. many thanks. >> let's take you back to hong kong where the new chief executive has been chosen, carrie lam elected by a small group of 1,200 people. ivan watson has been closely following lam's election. ivan, let's put this in the context, the prodemocracy that took place in hong kong where you are more than two years ago. at the time they were demanding free elections and now several protest leaders are being charged, do you see it as a coincidence that this is happening on the same day that carrie lam was elected?
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>> it certainly is kind of remarkable, 24 hours after the election of the next top official for this city, suddenly organizers of the occupy, umbrella protest movement of 2014 say they received summons from the hong kong police to turn themselves in and that they're likely to face charges for protests of more than two years ago. that certainly is a conclusion that those activists are coming to, they're arguing that this is the hong kong authorities by extension, the communist party in beijing sending a message they're going to take a hard line against these protesters, carey lam, the elected chief exec tiff was asked by journalists about these arrest warrants and her response was, yes, i want to bridge the divide. i want to unit society, but at the same time, we must not
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sacrifice when it comes to rule of law. so just how her strategy will move forward. will try to reach out to some of the most radical elements here in hong kong that are calling for complete succession from mainland china and trying to also bend to the will of the central government in beijing. how she's going to handle that, in this first day, we're seeing that the lines are very much open in hong kong society, do you? >> you look back to the umbrella revolution, protesters wanted to be able to choose their own leader through democratic election. >> is this election here, compensation that their movement failed. certainly the chief demand that the protesters had made which was for universal suffrage, one person one vote that's not what we saw. we saw the election committee,
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less than 1,200 people who they voted between three previously vetted candidates and the one who got the most votes to now govern the city of more than 7 million people was carrie lam, the second highest ranked officials in the out going administration. she got 777 votes to govern a city of more than 7 million people. does that make for a democratic re-elected official with a strong popular mandate. i think a lot of people would argue, no, since her election had much higher polls results in popular opinion polls, and he had far fewer votes in that kind of unique caucus that the hong kong official is elected by. >> all right, ivan, reporting live from hong kong. thank you so much.
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>> and we'll take a short break here. still to come, the u.s. vows to find out what happened to dozens of iraqi civilians. their bodies were found in flattened homes in mosul. was isis or a coalition air strike to blame? some further responsibilities for the u.s. president's son-in-law. ahead, the new white house office he'll be heading, stay with us. i'm only in my 60's. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans,
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welcome back to our viewers around the world i'm rosemary church. >> i'm cyrilvanier.
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>> she was impeached earlier this month of allegations of corruption. prosecutors have accused her of abuse of power. a judge will now decide whether or not to issue a warrant for her arrest. south korea's ferry is on its way to inspection, the vessel was completely lifted and floated on sunday. ferry was overloaded and traveling too fast when it capsized and sank, that was three years ago, at the time more than 300 people died, many of them students on a school trip. british police made a new arrest in connection with the west minister attack. officials say a 30-year-old man was taken into custody for preparing a terrorist act. they believe the son acted along. the police shot him dead after police killed 46 senator. >> investigator getting kwlams
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that many civilians have been killed in recent air strikes in mos mosul. but there are questions about whether that strike also caused collateral damage. >> over all, i've hit it saying the blasts destroyed nearby homes, killing dozens of civilian. he suggest that ie is is intentionally blowing up -- that isis is intentionally blowing up people. they told us these casualties are hard to prevent it. >> as long as as isis continues to hold these people hostage in the city, there's -- this is a very densely populated part of the city, the old town. the very narrow streets, a lot of people there. as long as those families are kept there against their will and there's fighting,
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unfortunately there's going to be these kind of incidents. one of the things when the iraqis make these advances and they see the fighting positions oftentimes they'll call an air strike. if you've got troops in context and you call for an air strike, most likely you'll get it. it's up to the commander to gauge how much danger he's putting the civilian population in. they air on the safety of their own troops. this is a no-win situation. they're being faced with these trapped cars, they come rushing at them. they have to act very quickly. >> top u.s. commander in the middle east caused these civilian debts. >> he said the coalition is taking extraordinary measures to keep people safe. more now from northern iraq. >> the investigations are on going what we've been able to preliminary piece together on march 17th, according to one of
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the local counter terrorism commanders the forces were advancing, there was a truck that they believe was with explosives driven by a suicide bomber that was advancing and an air strike was called in specifically against that, the force of the explosion, then caused a number of homes to collapse. we spoke to an eyewitness who lived a few houses down who described a terrifying scene, as he and his family were fleeing, they could hear people screaming, screaming things like, we're alive, please save us. and he said that in at least one of the homes there were around six families that were sheltering there because they believed that it was a fairly steady -- sturdy structure, just the homeowner himself, his family was made up of 17 individuals and it took the civil defense team quite some time, days, in fact, to actually been able to reach the site
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because of the intensity of the fighting and according to the head of the civil defense team, at least 80 bodies were pulled out of the rubble, one of the iraqi generals who is the spokesman for the iraqi military joint military command, he said that they believe that in one house alone, there were 130 people. now, the iraqis are saying because of how densely populated this part of mosul is and because of these various reports of civilian casualties, they are going to be modifying their tactics using less air strikes, advancing more on foot. these are very narrow streets, using more drones and precision artillery. this is the ugly battle that they're facing. isis is holding the civilian population hostage. if isis catches them they turn them back at gun point. they don't allow families to use isis uses as fighting positions.
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this was one of the biggest concerns even before this began, the fate of the civilian population. >> we turn back to politics in the united states and the white house will be looking to pivot from a week that offered no victories. >> president trump is coming ta off collapse of a push to repeal obama care. his chief of staff say if republicans will not work with them, then he could turn to moderate democrats. >> i think it's more or less a warning shot that we're willing to talk to anyone. we always have been and i think more so now than ever, it's time for both parties to come together and get to real reforms in this country, whether it be taxes, hillary clinton, immigration, whether it be infrastructure. this president is ready to lead. sort of, you know, over with the games and the legislature. >> president trump is expected to sign an executive order this
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week that will begin to roll back the obama administration efforts to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. >> president trump's son-in-law is about to expand his already broad range of influence at the white house. the president will announce that he'll lead the new white house office of american innovation. >> now, that office will have sweeping authority to reform the federal bureaucracy, potentially with private sector solution. he drives foreign and domestic policy decision and has a hand in selection of personnel. >> more than a dozen inmates have snuck out of mexican prison. the future isn't bright for the eu, what she's saying about the block and final stretch on her presidential campaign. stay with us.
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british police made a new arrest in connection with the west minister terror attack. officials say a 30-year-old man was taken into custody in birmingham suspected of preparing a terrorist act. st peop 12 people have been arrested since the attack. most are being released with no further charges. >> investigators believe the attacker was not directed by isis and likely acted alone. police shot him dead after he killed four people, including a police officer on wednesday. 40 mexican inmates are on the run after a prison break. >> authorities are saying they snuck out through a massive tunnel under a prison wall. cnnl lala santiago has the details. >> reporter: the question remained how did something like this happen in the prison. so let's go back to the series of events, wednesday night, 29 inmates escaped, said to about
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15 feet deep, about 130 feet long. and then on friday, when authorities went in to search the cells and make sure they could re-establish order, a prison riot broke out and the inmates set debris on fire. three inmates were stabbed to death. one was also injured and upon escape, we also know that one of the inmates is believed to be responsible for a carjacking, in which one man was shot. then saturday, that tunnel was sealed and sunday family members were allowed to go in to visit prisoners that were still there, the investigation led authorities to a few other inmates that have escaped. but the big question now, again, how did this happen? investigators have remained a pretty tight lipped when we called the prison, they would not answer our questions. if you look back earlier this month, a son of a well-known
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cartel leader, also escaped a prison in mexico, 2015, el chapo, cartel leader, escaped through a tunnel. this is something that's not new and speaks to the power of mexican cartels inside and outside of mexican prisons. laila santiago, cnn, mexico city. over to france now where the far right presidential candidate la pen has a grim outlook. le pen said the block will die because the people do not want it any more. >> she accused her arrivals of treason for their proeu policies. opinion polls favor and in the first round of presidential election, full cast of run off. >> mack macron has never been
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elected. >> vanessa bell talked to people who plan to vote for him to figure out what he represents to them. >> energy and intelligence. >> i will say a vision and a new way to approach politics. >> progressive offering us to go for democratic resolution. >> the apresent tises prentice. >> he's also been described, like we've been looking at him, as the candidate of the elite, is it a fair charge? maybe the reason why we speak english because europe represents something to us. is that a choice of the elite, i don't think so. i think it's an answer for everybody. >> europe has been accused for
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democratic deficits and one has sensed this antieuropism rising. you remain proeuropean, why? >> i remain that today the debate is no longer whether we should be right or left wing but rather we should be opened or closed. it's clear that there's democratic deficit. today european solutions are -- but it doesn't mean that the idea of european union should be dismissed. >> can you understand the fear of globalization that has led some people to turn towards the candidates of closure. >> it has to be debated in detail and, how you negotiate trade agreements, that there are real issues and, you know, there are no strike for positions to take. but one thing that seems really obvious, if you close the french border, it's not going to work. france is not, you know, enough to sustain itself on its own. >> we can't fight against usa,
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against russia, china, india, it's impossible. although we can't fight. >> i understand the fear, then we need to go beyond that fear and try to see the opportunity it represents. >> you're all convinced, can macron speak to both those who want to see profound change in politics, as we've seen, in a way that wants to get rid of the old and bring in the new, can he speak to that anger? do you believe he can do it. >> sure he can do it. he's new, so there's no question about that. he cannot -- he can gather that, but it is true that he's not on anger, that's the difference, we've seen and sweat the same. the parties at their systems
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today that doesn't work because it's not a really representing what the reality of the country is or isn't. >> is that too strong. >> we've been doing resolutions by cutting heads so far, or getting into wars. for once, we have somebody who is doing a revelation, i agree, with other people and smiling, amen. but not to like. >> we'll take a short break. when we come back, grieving families south korea as a sunken ferry returns to part. more updates straight ahead. awesome. let's see how the aluminum bed of this truck held up. wooooow!! -holy moly. that's a good size puncture. you hear 'aluminum' now you're gonna go 'ew'. let's check out the silverado steel bed. wow. you have a couple of dents. i'd expect more dents. make a strong decision. find your tag and get 15% below msrp on select 2017 silverado 1500 crew cabs in stock.
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two workers from an escalator company have been arrested after a terrifying incident at a hong kong shopping mall. >> an upward bound es ska later we -- escalator went into reverse and it sent people tumbling. at least 18 people were tumbling. >> now, there have been ways from the waters. officials say the vessel was
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completely lifted and floated sunday. >> the ferry was overloaded and traveling too fast when it capsized and sank off south korea's coast. at the time more than 300 people died in the accident, many of them students. the bodies of nine of the victims are believed to still be trapped in that wreckage. we are watching a strengthening tropical cyclone approaching the east coast of awe stustrali australia. >> you know, since i last spoke to you, this strong has stre strengthened. it's about 400 miles off the coast. it measures about 111 kilometers. if you were to take the storm and drop it, it will span from paris out there towards areas, so kind of gives you a scale
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perspective. winds at 160 miles per hour, once again just crossing the threshold into category two full storm. very concerned about townsville, these city population together, sits out around quarter million people. you know australia's population about 23 million for the entire continent. you come up and down down towards new south wells that's where the highest population density is. many are going to be incalled for weather going into later on tonight and eventually into tuesday morning, as well. some of these communities just to the north, maybe 3 to 5 meter storm surge. that will be extreme for some of these areas right at sea level. land fall that's coming in around 4 to 6:00 a.m. on tuesday local time, so we know evacuations have been in place about 3,500 people living along the costal community and on hook
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island, work your way out towards hide away bay and some of the areas that will be susceptible to major costal erosion, a lot of people are being warned to exit this area. notice the rain fall amounts, you don't see that every single day with storm systems, that is a half meter of rain fall, talking well over 25 to 30 inches in a few spots coming down over the next several days. significant, we talk about the amount of rain fall forecast here. when it comes to fatalities, it is that takes lives. oftentimes rosemary people look at these storms and the wind speed dictates how they feel or how much they fear. that should be the case with any storm, we know that the water as spegt pekt of it is -- aspect of it is a lot more dangerous. >> thanks for watching cnn. >> and for everyone else, not to worry, maxwell is waiting for you in london. thank you for watching cnn.
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