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♪ everybody wants to rule the world ♪ ♪ this is cnn breaking news. hello to our viewers here in the u.s. and around the world, i'm natalie allen. breaking news out of iran to begin with. a passenger plane carrying 66 people has reportedly crashed. it was flying from the capital tehran to yasuj, an area to the south. let's get more from senior international correspondent sam kiley in adieu dabby for us. what more do we know about the area the plane went down other than it appears the weather was not good? >> not good to say the least. a rescue mission launched by the
iranian authorities, a helicopter was forced back in an attempt to get to the location where these 66 passengers on board this twin turboprop aircraft that crashed not very far from its final destination. but they crashed in an area known as the -- well, not known as, called the dina mountain, which itself is a vast range, really, more than 40 peaks of over 4,000 meters. that's well in excess of 12,000 feet. a lot of them snow covered. this being winter, of course, in continental climate, can be very severe conditions. and clearly that was what prevailed when the first attempt to get a rescue team into this location was forced back. the iranian authorities say. now, they will no doubt be trying again. the aircraft took off at five to 8:00 local time. so the day is still yet young. there is still several hours of daylight when it may be possible
to get to this location. there's no official confirmation as to whether all or any of those people have survived. but the assumption is, given the location, and the very harsh conditions, that any hope of survivors would be pretty slim. the aircraft was manufactured in europe. it is -- there is no suggestion yet at all of foul play. but iran has, of course, been battling against international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear weapons program. those sanctions, of course, have been eased relatively recently. but nonetheless, a lot of their aircraft have been having to be maintained by buying spare parts, for example, on the black market up until relatively recently. again, no suggestion that this was a mechanical failure. this is a mountainous area, prone to storms. very high altitude and not an easy environment to fly in at the best of times.
but for the time being, bad weather has forced back any rescue effort attempts. >> sam, has there been any information regarding any final communication with the pilot before this plane disappeared? >> not so far. there is an indication, there are some reports that it disappeared from radar after around 50 minutes. which would dovetail more or less with its flight plan, heading as it was to yasuj and coming down, or at least disappearing from flight radar for about 50 minutes, would place it over that very high mountain range. but there is not, at the moment, as far as we understand, any last-minute communication that has come from that aircraft. and of course the speculation there being if there was last-minute communication, perhaps the aircraft was experiencing some difficulties. but at the moment we have no official confirmation of that. >> reiterating they have not found the wreckage due to bad
weather. they can't get to that area. sam we know you'll be covering it for us and bringing us any more information. thank you. other news we're following. one day after 13 russian operatives were charged with meddling in the u.s. presidential election, and just three days after 17 students and faculty were slaughtered in cold blood by a young man with an assault rifle in florida, u.s. president donald trump inexplicably linked the two. in fact, he suggested the russia investigation may have been to blame for the fbi failing to follow up on a tip about the florida shooter. late saturday the president tweeted this, very sad that the fbi missed all of the many signals sent out by the florida school shooter. this is not acceptable. they are spending too much time trying to prove russian collusion with the trump campaign. there is no collusion. the president has yet to even acknowledge the russian meddling, putting him at odds
with his national security adviser. listen to what h.r. mcmaster said at the munich security conference on saturday. >> as you can see with the fbi indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain. now that this is in the arena of a law enforcement investigation it's going to be very apparent to everyone. but the second reason where i think russia may re-evaluate what it's been doing is because it's just not working. >> again, that's the national security adviser. but mr. mcmaster's candor prompted this sharp rebuke from the president in a tweet. general mcmaster, he tweeted, forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the russians, and that the only collusion was between russia and crooked h., the dnc, and the dems. all of those claims by president trump are unsubstantiated.
our frederik pleitgen joins us from moscow following the story from there. fred, let's start with mr. trump's assertion that this indictment proves there was no collusion with the trump campaign. >> well, i mean it certainly, on the face of it, doesn't prove that there was any collusion. and certainly the indictment also doesn't say that any americans were a part of this, or that any of the things that the russians did had any sort of influence on the outcome of the election. however, what it does show, and we've also been investigating some of these matters for awhile, as well, is that the scheme that was going on, as far as propaganda was concerned, as far as social media campaign by russian companies was concerned, those do appear to have been a lot more elaborate than most people would have thought. now the indictment that came forward revolves around a company called the internet research agency, which many people simply call the troll factory and it's part of a big business empire that's run by an oligarch runned by yevgeny
prigoshin. he has risen in the favor of vladimir putin. if you look at some of the things that this agency did, it is quite remarkable. it goes far beyond social media campaigns. we have people who traveled to the u.s., people who assumed false identities. they had people who infiltrated payment systems like paypal to try and get money to folks in the united states. they organized activity and rallies in the u.s. that u.s. citizens went to. it is quite a big scheme that was going on there. one of the things that i think was very interesting to read in this indictment was it seems this internet research agency did it own research so well they did this in a targeted way. they managed to target purple states, swing states that were on the fringe of either going for hillary clinton or for no now-president trump, and they managed to target those very successfully.
it is unclear whether or not this really had any effect on the outcome of the election, but it certainly, and this is what the indictment says, was targeted towards trying to help the trump campaign and hurt the clinton campaign. >> all right. we thank you. frederik pleitgen in moscow for us. we'll talk a little more later this hour. let's talk about the indictment with peter matthews, a political analyst and professor of political science at cyprus college. thanks so much for joining us, peter. >> good to be here. >> well, republican senator lindsey graham has said mr. trump, the president, has a blind spot when it comes to russia. why does it seem like the president is incapable of saying anything negative about russia, or condemning russia, when he easily attacked our allies, like the uk, for example? >> it seems very strange from those of us looking from the outside objectively and we're really wondering, maybe he had an inclination toward working things out with russia when he came into office. but also we know that he's had
investments. he had private loans given to him for his businesses from russian entities and i'm not sure if that has anything to do with it but we have to look at that. he's very slow to criticize mr. putin or russia policies, many times, maybe he has information and wants to work things out and reset the button. on the other hand maybe there's personal interests involved. that's very problematic. >> is there anything congress can do to force president trump's hand, vis-a-vis sanctions against russia? >> well, he's the executive branch leader. so he's got to implement what congress actually has passed. if he refuses to do so, the only thing ultimately they could do to get him to do more of what they need him to do and what we need him to do is to impeach him and then eventually remove him if the senate agrees to remove him after the house impeaches him. there's little other recourse that the congress has. he is the executive branch, chief administrator, chief bureaucrat, chief executive to carry out the policies. if he doesn't want to do them,
or turn them in a different direction, presidents often do that, actually. >> let's talk about the other topic that is dominating the news this week, the mass shooting at the high school in parkland, florida. president trump visited victims and first responders following the massacre, and today he spoke with the parkland mayor. he also tweeted this, very sad that the fbi missed all of the many signals sent out by the floor school shooter. this is not acceptable. they are spending too much time trying to prove russian collusion with the trump campaign. there is no collusion. get back to the basics, and make us all proud. >> i knew he was trying to connect the two. i knew he would try to connect the two. and it's despicable in my view that he would do that. instead he should stop underfunding the fbi. he should bring in more funds, rather than giving tax cuts to the superrich like he did in this plan just passed by him and the congress and bring the funds in to hire more law enforcement or fbi agents, more school safety measures, like having
checks, you know, real safety checks with metal detectors in schools, as well as background checks. and stopping those with a mental illness from owning or from having these guns. in fact, he reversed an obama era ruling just a year ago, when president obama made it more difficult for those with mental illness to be able to purchase a gun, trump rescinded that executive order. just the opposite of what he's talking the other direction. so i think that was very raw for him to bring in the fbi and blame them for what happened there. although they -- the fbi was informed that this particular shooter had put something on facebook saying that he wanted to become the next professional school shooter. and so the fbi, you would think, would respond. but then again they may be understaffed and not enough of them to do that. as many cases with law enforcement today. >> right. they did admit a mistake in not following up on that. the president has not mentioned guns in all of this. and many lawmakers haven't either.
vigils were held this weekend with students calling out lawmakers over gun laws in the united states. let's listen. >> if you don't do anything to prevent this from continuing to occur, that number of gunshot victims will go up, and the number that they are worth will go down! and we will be worthless to you. to every politician who is taking donations from the nra, shame on you. we know that they're claiming that there are mental health issues, and i am not a psychologist, but we need to pay attention to the fact that this isn't just a mental health issue. he wouldn't have harmed that many students with a knife! >> i'm a high school senior who three days ago was worried about which of my friends were going to receive flowers for valentine's down. i was focused on what i was going to be wearing to prom one week ago. my main concerns were my grades, college acceptance and my social life. now i'm a high school senior who is worried about which memorials i need to place flowers at.
now i'm focused on what clothes i can wear so that i can run away from gun fire. my main concerns are funerals, gun control, and whether or not i'm going to be shot wherever i go. my innocence, our innocence, has been taken from us. >> the students are brave, they're outspoken, and they're going directly to lawmakers. could this be the massacre that's a tipping point? >> it certainly could. especially if you have students who are so aware now. it's heartbreaking to hear them and also encouraging to hear them come out with a real solution that it is gun control. we know statistically that where the states that have a high rate of gun ownership have far more gun related deaths. states with a lower rate of gun ownership there's lower gun related deaths as are true of nations across the world. we have to have much stricter gun relations. students are chanting this now. when students speak up, things can really happen. and i'm very encouraged by these
young women, and also men, for speaking out and saying we need our politicians to respond to us, we will never make the next generation if you let this happen and continuously happen. don't forget it's also making them very nervous. stressed out. how can they focus on their studies? so many ramifications. 17 of them this year alone, so far. >> right. and churches, and concerts, it's an epidemic in this country. we'll see and see if these students can make a difference to try to make this country safer. professor peter matthews, thank you. we appreciate it. >> thank you. and coming up here we'll have more from those students demanding action from lawmakers. >> politicians live in their gilded houses and senate seats funded by the nra telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this. we call b.s. >> we will talk to that young lady right there about why she is speaking out.
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welcome back. mourning has turned into outrage after the deadly mass shooting in the state of florida. 17 people were killed by a gunman at a parkland high school wednesday. young students and teachers, now survivors, are demanding tougher gun laws. they held this rally alongside supporters saturday. many condemning the national rifle association, and lawmakers who take donations from it. >> the people in the government who are voted into power are like to us. and us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and our parents should call b.s. companies trying to make caricatures of the teenagers nowadays saying that all we are is self-involved, trend obsessed, when our message doesn't reach the ears of the nation, we are prepared to call b.s. politicians, politicians live in
their gilded houses and senate seats funded by the nra telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this. we call b.s. we say that -- they say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. we call b.s. they say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. we call b.s. they say guns are just tools like knives, and are as dangerous as cars. we call b.s. >> the student speaking there, emma gonzalez. and she spoke with cnn's martin savidge about the inspiration behind her impassioned speech. >> i have been thinking of that stuff nonstop ever since -- before the elections. all the news about the election coming forward, and all of the information coming forward about the current president. and i went off because i was given the opportunity to go off. and i wasn't afraid.
to talk about this. >> no, she was not. many within that high school community remain in shock after what happened. memorials to the victims have been held, and the principal of the school, ty thompson, posted this emotional message on saturday. >> i promise you, i will hug each and every one of you, as many times as you need, and i will hold you as long as you need me to for all 3300 of you and your families, and we will get through this together. our community is strong, our students are strong, we will persevere in these trying times. >> ty thompson. the principal of parkland's marjory stoneman douglas high school. he also thanked emergency responders and the efforts of staff and students to save lives. one airline says it will give free flights to the
families of victims trying to reach parkland, florida. jetblue says it is deeply satined by the shootings, and that many of its employees live and worked near the city. the company says volunteers are ready to help families with air travel, and it will help provide ground transportation with lyft. more details are coming out about the confessed gunman, nikolas cruz is due back in court monday. defense attorneys say he will plead guilty if he can avoid the death penalty. as of now, prosecutors are not ruling that out. former classmates say cruz talked about shooting up the school. somebody even called the fbi last month. warning cruz owned guns and wanted to kill. the bureau never followed up. cruz's mother also repeatedly called police because of his violent outburst. cnn talked with a neighbor who saw cruz after his mother died a few months ago.
>> he was emotionless. and i wasn't sure if it was shock, or what was going on, but he had no emotion to him. and then i asked him, are you sad? you know. can i help you? and he said i'm sad because nobody showed up. >> one of cruz's former teachers also told cnn he cursed at her during exams, and was suspended. some people who knew nikolas cruz are asking themselves if there was anything they could have done to stop what happened. cnn's gary tuchman talked with a friend of the shooter. >> reporter: the florida gunman was said to be a loner, but we talked to a 20-year-old man who says he was a friend of his. part of a group of four people who hung out together at the same alternative school. what allen told us is both depressing, and unsettling. a lot of people we've talked to say that the shooter had no friends. but you were his friend? >> correct.
we went fishing. we hung out at malls and stuff. we were all walking. we would just walk to parks, and just talk, and walk around and laugh. >> what kind of stuff did you talk about? >> we talked about our daily lives, and what we liked, and made jokes, and stuff. just like any other regular teenager. >> you told me he was different than your other friends. that his behavior was different. what would he talk about that made you realize he was different than your other friends? >> his humor. his humor was kind of crude. it was kind of dark. and the way he just presents himself, he would talk about isis, and guns and stuff. >> so did that concern you when you heard him talking about things like that? >> a little bit, yeah. but, at the time, no. because, you know, he was smiling, he was cool, and we all presumed they were just jokes but i guess within those jokes
there's something lying inside of him. again his crude humor, he would joke around like school shootings and stuff. >> what would he say about school shootings? >> he would joke because he would be looking at photos, and he would joke about the photos and stuff. i really want to be there for him. i really did. i wish -- i felt like i could have stopped it, and i know it wasn't my fault. but i felt like i could have stopped it. that i could have been there for him. 17 people wouldn't have lost their lives. >> if you would have stayed in touch with him? >> yes. >> because it had been a few months since you had talked to him? obviously it's not your fault or your responsibility, but you feel deep in your heart that you could have done something? >> yes. >> allan varella tells us he wishes he could turn back the clock and says he's heartsick for the family members of all the victims. gary tuchman, cnn, parkland, florida. >> so many young people trying
welcome back to our viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. you're watching cnn "newsroom" live from atlanta and i'm natalie allen. here are our top stories. an iranian passenger plane carrying 66 people has reportedly crashed in central iran. it was flying from the capital tehran to yasuj, an area to the south. iran's state-run news agency says the plane disappeared from radar soon after taking off.
rescue workers and helicopters are trying to find any wreckage, but difficult weather conditions right now are making the search challenging. in a few minutes we'll talk with our meteorologist ivan cabrera about more on the conditions they're dealing with. the u.s. president on saturday linked his criticism of the russia probe to the school massacre in florida. donald trump tweeted, very sad that the fbi missed all the many signals sent out by the florida school shooter. this is not acceptable. they are spending too much time trying to prove russian collusion with the trump campaign. there is no collusion. u.s. national security adviser h.r. mcmaster says the federal indictment of 13 russians leaves no doubt that moscow meddled in the election, calling the evidence incontrovertible. but president trump fired back. in a tweet he said this, general mcmaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by
the russians. israel's air force says it carried out a large-scale attack on six hamas targets in gaza saturday night including a tunnel. israel says the move was in retaliation for an explosive device that detonated along the gaza border saturday injuring four of its soldiers. so back now to our breaking news. that plane carrying 66 people has reportedly crashed in central iran in an area known for its difficult terrain, and weather. let's get more now from our cnn meteorologist ivan cabrera. ivan? >> natalie, good to see you. we have an area of low pressure moving through here now. before we talk about anything, plane's obviously designed to travel through this kind of weather. so it is very early in the process. they haven't even found where this location is to determine whether weather was a cause. but i can tell you, area of low pressure across eastern iraq is lifting up to the north, and impacting with central iran here. and it is bringing some squally
weather. not just rainfall, and also the potential for higher elevation snowfall for gusty winds, as well. i think the issue is going to be, because of the terrain that we're dealing with, i'll show you the map in a second, is going to be for search, or perhaps rescue efforts in the next 12 to 24 hours. as this low continues to move in. it is going to be bringing very low visibility, along with some gusty winds, and also the potential for rain at the destination city. but you work your way a little bit higher and you start climbing in elevation and we start talking about some snowfall here. and it will be heavy at times in the next 12 to 24 hours. quick check of the three-day forecast here. again, this is for yasuj. this is the area, this is the destination city that they were coming from, from tehran. in fact that's about 550 kilometers to the south. there's tehran there. this is the area where they lost contact with that aircraft there. and it was just about 80 kilometers short of their final
destination there in yasuj. so we'll keep you posted as far as weather conditions there. not looking good at all. low visibility. snow fall moving in, along with very cool temperatures, as well. natalie? >> all right, ivan, thank you. we turn now to russia, and what appears to be an absolute stonewall by the kremlin on the reported deaths of dozens of russian contractors in u.s. airstrikes recently in syria. cnn's fred pleitgen is following this for us and he joins us now from moscow with more about it. fred? >> >> hi, natalie. we found some interesting links and some new information, also, about those deaths that happened in syria. first of all, apparently, a lot more russians were killed in that counterattack by the u.s. air force which happened on february 7th. but the other interesting thing that we found out is that the man who's at the center of this new indictment, by the special counsel, robert mueller, yevgeny prigozhin apparently is also linked to that attack and some of the russian contractors
fighting on the ground in syria and attacked those american forces as well. let's have a look. images you won't find on russian state media. a grieving mother. her son killed in syria, working for a private security company during an ill-fated attack on american-backed forces. online network current time visited her at her home. >> translator: are they not people? they obviously went to fight to help, even to support the money because there are no jobs. >> reporter: cnn has identified several of the russians killed on the night of february 7th. they were employed by a russian security company called wagner and were part of a force strike to take a gas field held by u.s.-backed fighters and american troops in eastern syria. u.s. warplanes, helicopters, and artillery, killed more than 100 of the attackers before the rest fled. sources we've been speaking to say many russians probably
dozen, were either killed or badly wounded. one source who visited a military hospital says many of the wagner contractors who survived have what he called horrendous wounds and he called all of it a massacre. but just why the attack took place at all comes down to oil and money. according to the u.s. treasury wagner is led by this man seen meeting vladimir putin. he's under u.n. sanctions because of wagner's activities in ukraine. he has a long association with a russian oligarch called yevgeny prigozhin who is close to the kremlin. the u.s. believe's prigozhin's corporation bankrolled the troll factory. another of his many companies has an office in damascus, and a deal with the assad regime. according to a contract examined by cnn, they get a quarter of revenues from oil and gas fields that are recaptured on behalf of
the syrian government. wagner does the fighting, and rapolis gets the oil. an activist whose group monitors the russian role in syria says prigozhin's empire is extensive. >> translator: a group of companies controlled by prigozhin includes many well-known to u.s. structures, one of the most famous projects is the troll factory that specialized in propaganda and informational war. it's the wagner private military company which was initially formed by his personal security guys. commit hi utkin, the head of wagner group, used to work in prigozhin's security service. >> last year prigozhin denied being linked to wagner. his company saying quote, we do not have any information about this organization. cnn's efforts to reach prigozhin and wagner were unsuccessful. for its part the russian government is also reluctant to talk about last week's incident. which is of no comfort to the families of these and other men killed in the syrian desert.
and it still is totally unclear how many russians were actually killed there in the syrian desert. certainly can see on social media more and more families coming forward. and demanding answers. but it seems as though, natalie, at this time, and what we've heard from the russian government, is they don't want to talk about this issue, and for them, they hope that it goes away. natalie? >> well, the power of social media, it probably won't. okay, fred pleitgen for us, thanks so much. coming up here, how a crews through the south pacific turned into a nightmare for thousands of passengers trapped on board. - my family and i did a fundraiser walk in honor of my dad, willy davis, who has alzheimer's. i decided to make shirts for the walk with custom ink. the shirts were so easy to design on the site. the custom ink team was super helpful and they just came out perfect. seeing my family wearing my shirts was such an amazing reminder of all the love and support that everyone has for my dad. - [narrator] check out our huge selection of custom t-shirts and more, for teams, businesses, and every occasion.
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stop, and then the security just kept punching them. >> reporter: some of the ejected passengers arrived at melbourne airport last night. one family member told 7 news they're meeting with a lawyer on monday to discuss their next move. >> the security had no choice at the end but to grab them, and rough them up as they did. >> reporter: a ten-day cruise like this, through the south pacific, should just have brought happy memories for the 2100 passengers but this troubled trip was so spoiled, that some are demanding refunds. paul dowdsly, 7 news. >> the corn value cruise line issued a response saying, if we have -- excuse me, we have a zero tolerance approach to excessive behavior that affects other guests. in line with this policy, we cooperated fully with local authorities in australia to remove a large family group who had been involved in disruptive acts aboard carnival legend.
well, many people in chile were suspicious when two americans, many years ago, both former ceos of wealthy outdoor apparel brands, began buying huge tracts of land there. but they are suspicious no more. that has turned into the largest private land donation ever made to a country, and now, chile has a new national park that's roughly the size of switzerland. all dedicated to conservation. from snow-capped peaks, to sweeping grasslands, these dramatic swaths of chile's wild terrain are now one of conservation's biggest success stories. >> right now, i'm looking at the northern ice cap of chile. that falls down into the river, which is the largest river in chile. and then i'm looking out toward the 764,000 acres of this new national park. it's a great feeling. >> reporter: in late january, christine tompkins signed over
more than 400,000 hectares to the chilean government in what's believed to be the largest private land donation to a country in his it try. chile added more than 3 million hectares to that, forming a newly designated parkland that's roughly the size of switzerland. open to the public to explore. the handover comes after more than 20 years of planning by christine and her late husband doug. slowly acquiring large chunks of chile's wildlands. >> some of it's just opportunistic, looking for areas that are biologically important. and areas that were for sale. and little by little, we just began to patch what became several new national parks together. >> reporter: the u.s. nationals were an unusual mix of powerful magnates, and passionate conservationists. he was an avid outdoorsman. the founder of apparel behemoth north face, and esprit, she the
chief executive of outdoor clothing brand patagonia. >> there was a lot of skepticism about it. because, we are two foreigners buying up large tracts of land, saying it was for conservation, and eventually to create a national park, but we just felt like if we keep going, and do those things we said we were going to do, that eventually, the skepticism and the negativity would pass to the side. >> reporter: despite resistance to what some viewed as an infringement on local businesses, the tompkins' plan came to fruition last month. sadly, doug tompkins could not be there to witness it. he died in a kayaking accident in his beloved chile in 2015. >> i think in some ways, this big, audacious vision of doug's to create these new national parks was the thing that probably kept me in one piece when he died so suddenly.
he left us with so much. >> reporter: in carrying out her husband's legacy, kristine hopes the world will recognize the importance of protecting this vast wild place for years to come. >> you have to look at these things in terms of 100 or 200 years, and not as necessarily where are they headed in the short-term, but what do they look like 100 years from now? how will they affect, and promote human and nonhuman health. that's where the questions really lie. >> beautiful terrain, isn't it? chile hopes the additional park will continue to bring in tourists who enjoy this unspoiled wilderness. coming up here, the bafta awards are sunday night and stars on the red carpet hope to make a wardrobe statement against sexual harassment as we hear from bafta's ceo. >> if you look at the wearing black at the golden globes, that went from being a rumor it might happen to happening.
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day nine at the winter games, and south korea and all eyes were on austrian skier marcel hirscher as he secured his second gold. he had one in the men's giant slalom and one in the alpine combined. hirscher will be competing in his favorite event, the slalom, on thursday. and former gold medalist lindsey vonn of the united states is dealinging with trolls on social media after not medaling in the women's super g race on saturday. leave the girl alone. but she can still go for gold in the downhill race next week. here's a quick look at the medal count table. norway has climbed to the top of the medal chart. they lead the pack with nine golds, 25 total medals for them. cnn's paula hancocks sat down with the norwegian prime
minister in south korea to discuss sports diplomacy at these games. >> how do you see the north korean engagement in this olympics? >> well, six months ago there was tension, people were saying i'm not sure we want to go to the olympics, because they were afraid of something happening. so for the olympics, the situation now, it's good that that tension is lower. that there are a joint korean team, that there are sharing from north korea, sharing group coming here, and all of that is nice. i just think it's important to understand that if north korea gets nuclear capacity, if they get progress of missiles, that they can reach anywhere around the world. this is not an issue about south and north korea. it's about destabilizing the whole world. and even if there's a sort of a charm offensive from north korea here, it's important to not let that overshadow the fact that we
need to have strong policies on pushing north korea out of getting nuclear weapons. >> the prime minister also told paula she believes the olympics is a way to promote peace. the time's up campaign has been a driving force at hollywood's award shows this year and it looks like the baftas will do the same. the british academy of film and television arts awards is sunday in london. celebrities there plan to show solidarity with their counterparts at the golden globes, and black out the red carpet to stand against gender inequality and sexual harassment. we sat down with bafta's ceo amanda berry. >> this all started when the news started coming out about harvey weinstein and the industry looked at that and thought, we have to make sure this can never, ever happen again. i mean, personally, what shocked me most, was the fact that people didn't feel they had a
voice. they didn't know who they could go to, who would listen. so, industry organizations, close to 40 of them, have come together to put together a cross industry initiative, which is guidance and principles. the idea behind it is to prevent things going wrong in the workplace. so, you know, people should know, you know, to treat people with respect. it's all about recognizing differences. but if something does go wrong, that they know who to talk to. >> do you think these guidelines, these principles, would they have stopped the likes of harvey weinstein? >> i think they would have given somebody a voice. as i said earlier, that was the thing that really struck me, when this happened. firstly, that people didn't know it was happening. but secondly, that people didn't feel they had somebody to go to to talk to, to give them advice, to believe them. i want to make sure that that can never, ever happen again. >> when this did happen, it's
almost a snowball, we saw the time's up campaign, what has been the reaction within your industry in terms of how the momentum has grown behind the me too and the time's up campaign? >> if you look at the barg black at the golden globes, that went from being a rumor it might happen to happening in just a matter of weeks. and i think what is fantastic about what is happening now is people are absolutely determined that they're going to stand up to harassment and bullying and should it happen that they're going to support people to ensure that, you know, it can't happen again. >> you mention wearing black at the golden globes. will bafta be doing the same? >> i expect a lot of people to wear black. not everybody. but i think a number of the nominees, and the presenters, will wear black. >> let's talk about the movies. quite a selection. very varied movies that we have in nominations this year. how would you describe them?
>> it's a fascinating mix, you're absolutely right. we have coming of age stories, we have historical stories, it's a great year for british filmmakers, i've got to say. with three of the films in best film category are british directors. we have, you know, dunkirk directed by christopher nolan. darkest hour, which has nine nominations. we have that very british sounding film three bill boards outside ebbing missouri. so the talent this year is extraordinary. >> the baftas coming up this weekend. thanks for watching this hour. coming up we return to our breaking news out of iran, a plane has reportedly crashed with 66 people on board. details are still unclear. but stay with cnn as we continue to work our sources. we'll have the latest at the top of the hour. please stay with us.
this is cnn breaking news. and welcome to our viewers here in the u.s., and around the world, i'm natalie allen. and we're following breaking news out of iran. a passenger plane carrying 66 people has reportedly crashed. it was flying from the capital tehran to yasuj, an area to the let's check in with our senior international correspondent sam kiley in abu dhabi. he's following developments. what more do we know about the area where this plane went down? >> it's extremely mountainous. local authorities say that