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innocent people and we have to understand -- >> it is a war. >> -- that this is a sustained effort. going to the polls. hong kong elections are seen as a referendum on months of protests. we'll take you there live to see how it's going. voters in a crucial swing state in the united states tell us what they think of the impeachment inquiry against president trump and whether it's affecting their views. also ahead here, michael bloomberg's massive advertising buy. we look how much the billionaire is spending even before he declares he's running for president.
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these stories are all ahead this hour. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. live from atlanta, i'm natalie all allen. "newsroom" starts right now. thank you again for joining us. our top story is from hong kong. it is witnessing one of the most peaceful sundays it has seen in months as voters head to the polls for local elections. so far more than 1 million people have turned out to vote for district counselors. the election is considered a referendum on pro-democracy protests, which have rocked the city. activists say they are voting to voice frustration with mainland china. live to hong kong and our paula hancocks is covering this day for us. what's it look like from where you are? >> reporter: well, natalie, in
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this neighborhood you can see the candidates behind me have showed up to do the last minute canvassing. wang is making a speech at the moment. he actually wanted to stand in this constituency for the electoral commission labeled him a separatist, which he denies. he is certainly here to drum up the pro-democracy vote. looking at the figures, 47% of those eligible to vote had voted about a couple of hours ago. we saw that the number of those voting in the first six hours of today eclipsed that of 2015, the last time these district council elections were held, which just gives you an idea how high of a turnout this could turn out to be today. even though it is only local elections, district council
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elections, this is the first time hong kongers have been able to put their vote in place and show whether they are pro-government or pro-protesters. the pro-democracy movement is hoping they have a strong showing today so that they can prove they still have a lot of support behind them. it's difficult up until now to know how much support they had. >> and if this vote shows they have tremendous support, does that put more pressure on carrie lam there to make concessions? >> reporter: in theory, it could. but to be fair, carrie lam has had an awful lot of pressure early on in this movement. potentially a million people came out on the streets to push for more democracy. she managed to not respond too much to the sheer numbers of people that came out onto the streets. it's unknown how much pressure she will feel from this vote. what it will do is give an exact figure out to what the support
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is. the government up until recently has been saying there is a silent majority that has had enough of the protesters, the violence, the chaos, the strupgz to daily life. but they have never had any kind of proof of that. the pro-democracy movement has not had proof to the contrary. this will give an indication of overall hong kong, where does the support lie. many of them defend what has become now quite violent protests when it comes to the clashes between police and protesters. that has been supported by some protesters saying they have to use violence and they claim they still have the support of hong kong. today will show whether or not that is the case. natalie? yes. and where it goes from here. thank you, paula. as we mentioned, hong kong has been shaken by almost six months of violent street clashes. during one of those demonstrations, patrick chou was
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critically injured when a police officer shot him. he is now speaking with nick peyton walsh about his injury and what happened. we warn you first this story contains graphic images. >> reporter: these wounds were felt across hong kong. >> this is the most pain area. >> reporter: patrick is one of a handful to be shot by police in this unrest. his injuries sparked the last 10 days of extreme violence. a student, age 21, his voice is husky on hospital breathing tubes. so you are missing a kidney? >> i am missing a kidney. >> reporter: he has been legally advised not to discuss how he came to be here. in this graphic video that captures the shooting, he is in black. >> what did you think when you saw a pistol? >> it's ridiculous. we done nothing and he take out
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his gun. and pointed, not point at me, pointed at -- the white jacket guy. and i said, why, why you point at him? he done nothing and we done nothing. he point at me and bang. and i fell -- and sit on the ground. >> reporter: his father sits behind in support. are you proud of what he did? the police officer has been out on lead. his children threatened. police said the officer had feared his done would be snatched. what would you say to that policeman who shot you if you saw him again?
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>> why did you shoot people with no weapons? >> reporter: for you forgive him if he said he was scared. . >> no, no. never forgive. he took my kidney. >> reporter: do you worry that the hate is here to stay now in hong kong? >> hate has become bigger because of the government and police. police is -- they ignore the human rights. it makes hate become bigger and bigger. this generation has been chosen, so we have to keep fighting for our demands. until we get what we want.
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>> reporter: demands and violence, but further and further away from compromise. nick paton walsh, cnn, hong kong. of course the protests in hong kong caused protests around the world in various countries. one of those countries, colombia. the u.n. welcomes the colombian president's offer to end violent protests in the country. at least three people have been called since they started pro testing in bogota. they are angry over the way the deposit is run and rising unemployment. next here, the latest on the impeachment process of the united states. rudy giuliani pushing back on documents showing the white house coordinated his interactions with u.s. secretary of state.
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personal attorney, is disputing reports that the white house helped coordinate his interactions on ukraine with u.s. secretary of state mike pompeo. documents from the u.s. state department show the white house helped put him in touch with pompeo last month. giuliani said he didn't need any help calling pompeo. ceo's jeremy diamond has the latest from the white house for us. >> reporter: as we are learning more information in congress about the ukraine scandal, we are also learning that the u.s. helped arrange a phone call between the president's personal attorney and secretary of state mike pompeo. this is according to documents released by the state department following a freedom of information act request from the nonpartisan american oversight organization. essentially it shows the white
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house coordinated with rudy giuliani's assistant in order to schedule a call with secretary of state mike pompeo back in march. now, the timing of this is particularly interesting. the phone call that the white house helped schedule took place on march 29th. that's just a day after giuliani actually provided documents to the state department outlining allegations against former vice president joe biden and his son hunter biden. allegations that of course have not been substantiated, as well as accusations about marie yovanovitch, who was ultimately ousted from her position a couple of months later by the president of the united states. now, rudy giuliani is denying any white house involvement. here's what he said on saturday. >> do you think it's appropriate for the white house to be involved? >> i don't know if it's appropriate or not, but they weren't doing it.
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the first thing, the white house wasn't coordinating anything. so the answer to that is no. thats a false premise. the second is what. >> did the white house arrange calls with you and secretary pompeo? >> no. i'm capable of making my own calls. i'm capable of using my phone. >> despite giuliani's denials, we have documents that show this communication, emails between madeline westerhought and jo owe zavante. it is difficult for her to deny this involvement. it offers more information of his knowledge to pressure the government of ukraine to investigate the president's political rival joe biden. we already learned earlier from the u.s. ambassador to the
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european union gordon sondland that secretary pompeo was in the loop at key moments he showed emails that included mentions of investigations. secretary pompeo was also on those emails. jeremy diamond, cnn, the white house. another issue we're following, devin nunes is pushing back on allegations he traveled to europe last year to dig up dirt on the bidens. lev parnas is one of giuliani's indicted associates. he claimed to have negative information about the bidens and nunes allegedly traveled to vie nanny last december to meet him. nunes refused to comment to cnn but told a right wing news outlet it was demonstrably false. a professor of government at the university of essex.
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good morning to you, natasha. >> reporter: good morning. nice to see you. >> you too. all right. where does this new story about nunes go? are the allegations against him serious? any surprise that giuliani also appears to really not worry about a thing? >> reporter: right. okay. great questions. i think everything with nunes you would think this would be pretty serious. you would think he would have kneeled to recuse himself because it looks like there have been meetings that have been taking place where he was trying to get information about the bidens and about this false narrative that there was some sort of ukrainian interferes in the 2016 election. that might understand why everything was a circus. he didn't want to to go any further and this type of information to be revealed. everything involving giuliani is about trying to just confuse people. from one day to the next, he is
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saying something different. he is showing up his phone as evidence of all of these different meetings taking place between him and the state department, saying they were trying to investigate the bidens and then saying they weren't. but this confusion effort to confuse the public is working. we'll talk about this a little bit more later. but it's just so difficult to tell what's going on from one moment to the next. the key factor, though, and this is something we can talk about a little bit, the state department is more involved in all of this than initially thought when we first heard about this july 25th phone call between president trump and the president of ukraine. >> well, despite the republican efforts to confuse and dismiss this process, what's your upon about the testimony that we saw wrap up this week? did democrats help provide a process and prove an impeachable act by the president? what are your thoughts? >> reporter: well, in theory,
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the testimony was incredibly damaging. it set out very clearly that there wasn't just this official channel of foreign policy, which may have been involving vindman, fiona hill and bill taylor, but there was this unofficial channel that involved all of these incredibly important people, not just the president and rudy giuliani, but mike pompeo of the state department, vice president pence, the acting chief of stuff mick mulvaney, secretary of energy rick perry. all of these people had one objective. they weren't working toward promoting democracy in ukraine, fighting corruption in ukraine, trying to stave off russian aggression. they only had one objective, to have the ukraine president announce on tv the bidens. he made it clear. there was a quid pro quo.
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everybody was in the loop. everybody knew about this. and the other testimony also revealed that though trump didn't say explicitly that he wasn't going to visit the ukrainians or give military aid to the ukrainians unless they announced this investigation, actions speak louder than words. because the military aid was being withheld but not one national security official agreed with that. so we learned a lot of these things about the quid pro quo to further trump's personal interest. >> meantime, the white house hasn't done that much to counter all of the testimony. it's not offered up a defense. do you think that will change once -- if this goes to the senate? >> i think they're just going to carry on trying to distract, trying to put the focus on the bidens, put the focus on the fact that we never got a chance to talk to the whistle-blower. also one of the key republican
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talking points in the ukrainians got the money in the end. that they didn't know about the bribe or this quid pro quo was taking place. so in the end everything was all fine. and a lot of devin nunes's initial statements talked about the fact that many americans don't like that congress is not actually working on legislating, that this is a circus. this is a big destruction from real issues that affect american voters. so i think they will keep honing in on these types of themes. and that may be something that works with republicans and some independents. >> right. and that's why nancy pelosi keeps reiterating the point that they want to move quickly on this and perhaps could impeach by christmas. we want to look how all of this playing outside the washington beltway. we'll turn to voters and how they're reacting to the
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impeachment process in just a moment. stick around with us, natasha, for that. >> as another week of public impeachment hearings wraps in the nation's capital, you might expect outrage in florida, the republican panhandle in the north of the state. as martin savidge tells, most in the swing state say their interest in what's happening in washington is, well, pretty low. >> reporter: critics of president trump may see the public impeachment hearings as damning and devastating for the president. but trump supporters, not so much. this is the deeply red panhandle of the key battle ground state of florida. trump voters we talked to say either they don't care or they aren't watching. . >> have you been following the proceedings at all? . >> no, sir, i have not. . >> by choice? >> by choice. >> a.m. 1620 -- >> you won't find conservatives angrily venting on talk radio.
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he talks calls for half an hour and only gets two on impeachment. >> i want to see congress get back to work on the people's business. >> reporter: pro and anti-trump protests draw fewer than 30 people, total. what is history to others elsewhere is political ho-hum here. >> she wasn't impressed, calling the process biassed and unfair. >> it is hard to watch it. in fact, i'm not watching it any more. >> and i just think they're not going to change my mind, how i'll feel about him. . >> whether it's an accusation of quid pro quo or bribery, no amount of witnesses or testimony will change their support for the president. . >> it is a political show. he hasn't done anything wrong. we have read all the information. we have looked at all the things that have occurred. >> but bill cap linger has been
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following closely. he's confident trump voters will come around to what he sees as the president's crimes. . >> not all of them but some of them. >> jay wilkinson said they shouldn't hold their breath. >> for me it's not going to change my opinion. but i feel like that is what they are thinking. >> steven innis puts it in a nutshell why they are so casual about impeachment. it's because, they believe, for all the political sound and fury, in the end none of it matters. >> democrats are obviously hell-bent to impeach the president. it is probably going to happen. the senate will never vote that way. so it is just a waste of time. >> let's go back to the professor of government for us. clearly from that report, the impeachment show was wholly egg nord by trump supporters. any surprise that it didn't move the needle it seems? >> in some ways.
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i'm not surprised that trump supporters aren't changing their minds on this. they aren't likely to change their minds. about you some of the fresh polls are concerning for the democrats. if we looked at the average of all polls, 81% of democrats are still in favor of 'em peaching. 12% of republicans. the most recent poll that came out from the 17 to 20 of november is the most worrisome. there is a big shift among independents. now you have 49% of independents opposing impeaching the president. the poll revealed a plurality of people watching the impeachment process are getting their news from fox news, which presents a completely alternative narrative of what's going on. a lot of this gets to the fact that voters care about the issues. they care about health care. they care about the economy. they do feel this is a
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distraction from this. and there were concerns among those polled that said this just looks very partisan to them. for the moment it looks as though the democrats are becoming more examine more certain that trump should be impeached, but they're not able to move independents. the one thing we have to caution is this poll was taken before gordon sondland's testimony and dr. hill's had taken place. that might change people's minds a little bit. i don't think someone could be more clear that there was a quid pro quo. we will have to see how this all unfoldings once we we move to the senate trial and if it swaeus the minds of independent voters. >> aoe owe that hill was quite the closure -- or closer for the testimony to be sure. all right. we appreciate your insights. thanks so much for taking the time to be with us, thnatasha. >> thanks for having me.
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a health scare sent ruth bayeders ginsburg to a hahn. she was admitted after having a fever and chills. we have more on her condition. >> reporter: justice ruth bader ginsburg, 86 years old, fell ill friday afternoon. she went to a local hospital on her own but was transported by plans to baltimore where some of her regular doctors are. she was admitted to treated for possible infection with antibiotics. a court spokesperson said after that treatment her symptoms not better. it is worth noting she was at the court friday morning when the justices met for their closed door conference. the court is on a brief recess now. but they are in the middle of a momentous term. earlier this month she missed
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one day of arguments due to stomach flu. otherwise, she's been an active participant on the bench. big money and high stakes politics. next, michael bloomberg is flexing his financial muscle in the political arena. you wouldn't believe how much he plans to spend if he runs for president, just ahead. >> plus, this man could be rattling the very top of the u.s. navy and the white house. a closer look at the tphaefp s.e.a.l. showdown a little bit later. (danny) let me get this straight.
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and welcome back to cnn "newsroom". i'm natalie allen. if you're just joining us, we want to catch you up with our top stories this hour. so far more than 1 million people have turned out to vote for district counselor. the elections are considered a referendum on pro-democratcy protests. officials have ordered tight security to prevent violence. but it has been a peaceful election thus far. ruth bader ginsburg is recovering in a baltimore, maryland hospital. the 86-year-old was taken to johns hopkins friday after having chills and a finger. her symptoms abated. she could be released within the coming hours. u.s. president trump's personal attorney is disputing reports his interactions with
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secretary of state mike pompeo on ukraine were coordinated by the white house. u.s. state department emails show the white house hemmed put giuliani in touch with pompeo last march. but giuliani said he didn't need any help calling pompeo. >> the iowa caucuses are rapidly approaching. february 3rd is the date. democratic contenders like joe biden are hoping for a strong showing. but unlike his rivals, biden has also been thrust into the middle of the impeachment drama, even though there is no evidence he did anything wrong regarding ukraine. with impeachment now likely heading to a senate trial, a republican senator is seeking government records on biden and ukraine. biden's response? do it. >> lindsey graham is asking the secretary of state for all your documents and contacts relating
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back to ukraine in 2016. >> well, first of all, they can have all the documents. there is not a single person, not a single, solitary person in ukraine or in europe or in the imf or our allies that said anything other than i carried out the policy without one single moment of hesitation of the united states government in dealing with corruption in ukraine. and so -- but it does disappoint me. >> well, michael bloomberg may be signaling a formal entry soon into the presidential race. and he is spending big to do it. the former new york city mayor is shelling out $37 million on a tv advertising blitz over the next two weeks. cnn's christina alesci has more about it. >> reporter: these ads will have biological information.
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a sign that he may jump into this race as soon as this week. this is michael bloomberg flexing his financial muscle. this $37 million price tag, calculated by research form cmag is just the beginning. the spending is already drawing fire from progressive candidates who don't want to see billionaires running and who say they are approximate buying votes. for example, bernie sanders reacting to this particular ad by saying in a statement, i'm disgusted by the idea that michael bloomberg, or any other billionaire, thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy our elections. it's just another example of a rigged political system that we're going to change when we're in the white house. look, michael bloomberg is making the political calculation that this kind of spending will benefit him way more than the attacks will hurt him. there are three main reasons for that. one, he has faced this criticism
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before when he ran for mayor. he spent hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money and, guess what, he won three times. after he left the mayor's office he spent billions of dollars on liberal causes like gun safety and climate change. and he poured $100 million into the midterm elections to support democrats. all of this means he has made a lot of friends in the democratic party, making it less likely that moderate democrats will attack him. third, and this is the important one, he is continuing to spend the money on liberal causes at the same time that he may be gearing up for a presidential campaign, making it clear to the democratic party he's not going to abandon those causes as he potentially runs for president. now, for all of these reasons, michael bloomberg will spend $37 million and likely much more. of course that's not going to stop his rivals from highlighting bloomberg's vast resources. senator kamala harris weighed
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in. >> that's a lot of dough. you know, listen, we've got to get money out of politics. listen, let me be honest with you. i have to raise a ton of money. and there are billionaires. it gives them a competitive advantage. literally money gives people a competitive advantage. >> competitive advantage for sure. people will start seeing the bloomberg ads this week across 100 markets. it's a huge ad buy. and it's just the beginning. back to you. >> during a weekend campaign event, elizabeth warren echoed bernie sanders when she offered her view of bloomberg's tv advertising budget. here she is. >> elections should not be for sale. not to billionaires, corporate executives. that's how democracy is supposed to work. . >> when you have a billionaire potentially entering this race,
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going to spend however much of his own money to beat from the? >> i don't think this will be tv ads versus tv ads. >> for more on what bernie sanders is saying about michael bloombe bloomberg, here's cnn's ryan nobles. >> reporter: we are now less than 80 days away from voters going to the polls here in new hampshire. of course the first primary in the 2020 presidential campaign. and bernie sanders spending the entire weekend here in the granite state making his pitch to voters and focusing on the pending candidacy of meek al bloomberg. sanders crushing bloomberg for his massive media buy where he placed tens of millions on tv ads on behalf of his campaign. he said a billionaire buying his way into the race is no
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different than a corporation trying to have a heavy influence as has been done in the past. >> mr. boom berg, to the best of my knowledge, has very little grassroots support. but he decided because he is worth $55 billion that he can run for president of the united states and spend more money on tv ads, i suspect, than a candidate in the history of the united states. so what our job is to fight for democracy. democrat say means billionaires cannot buy elections. democracy means we move to public funding of elections. >> sanders making the point one of the reasons he got into this race for president was to get money out of politics and that a billionaires like michael bloomberg, tom steyer, the other billionaire in this race, do more harm than good when it comes to that goal. sanders making the argument not only can he win the democratic primary, but he can also win the
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general election. they were handing out buttons like this that says bernie beats trump. they are trying to push back on this narrative that a sanders nomination would mean the democrats would be in a difficult position to beat trump. sanders makes the argument that in many of these polls he is doing better than donald trump and doing better than some of his democratic opponents in the head-to-head matchup. ryan nobles, cnn, manchester, new hampshire. next here, it is the white house versus the u.s. navy over this man. developments in the navy s.e.a.l. showdown with president trump. that's coming up here. >> also, in a city still healing from the aftermath of nuclear weapons, pope francis is calling for people to learn from their mistakes. his historic visit to japan, ahead.
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the secretary of the u.s. navy is pushing back against a "new york times" report that he threatened to resign if president trump puts a stop to the navy's review of this man, navy s.e.a.l. eddie gallagher. here's a reminder of who gallagher is. the navy demoted him after he was found guilty of posing with a dead body of a young isis preuszer. gallagher was acquitted of murder. the president reversed the demotion and tweeted he wouldn't let the navy pup issue gallagher. an administration official tells us, and this is a quote, there is extreme concern over decision-making being pulled from the navy. here's what navy secretary richard spencer is saying about reports he threatened to step down over this. >> contrary to popular belief, i'm still here.
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i did not threaten to resign. let us just say we are hear to talk about external threats and eddie gallagher is not one of them. . >> the navy secretary says he reports the review of gallagher, which is now under way. u.s. vice president mike pence made an unannounced visit on saturday to iraq where he stopped at a military base in western iraq and served a thanksgiving meal to american troops. but he conspicuously bypassed baghdad out of security concerns. >> reporter: his visit was unannounced, a surprise visit. seemingly at least on the surface as an early thanksgiving celebration for u.s. forces stationed in iraq. vice president pence and his wife arriving to the al assad air base in thank troops for
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their service. serve troops stationed there a thanksgiving meal. it comes off a very tesch lent iraq and very turbulent region, for that matter. iraq has been embroiled in deadly protests that have seen a fair level of criticism being leveled by the united states and others towards the government in baghdad and the iraqi security forces for their handling of these demonstrations. we do know that the vice president did not visit baghdad. instead, speaking by phone to iraqi prime minister. we don't know the details of that conversation. the vice president and his entourage did then travel to the capital of iraqi kurdistan, meeting with the president of
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iraqi kurdistan there. something that may be a snub to baghdad but perhaps it was an attempt to try emphasize to the kurds in iraq and syria as well that the u.s. still views them as being a key ally. vice president pence making a clear point to say that the americans and the kurds share blood ties. at this stage it is unclear if there is any damage control in terms of reappearing its damage in iraq, syria and across the region. arwa damon, cnn, istanbul. a large series of racist and anti-semitic incidents at a university in the the u.s. they have marked a week of protests at syracuse university.
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they have arrested a student. they say the school's response hasn't been enough. >> reporter: a tipping point came on november 13th amid a string of racist incidents in and around the syracuse university campus. a dozen of cases of anti-semitic and racist graffiti in two weeks. it wasn't until university chancellor signed off on 16 of the 19 demands on thursday. among them, expulsion for students involved in hate crimes, diversity education for new faculty, and roommate options based on mutual interests. mary ann thompson said she hope students felt validated. >> i hate that students feel the way they do now, but i
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understand it. i do have heart because they came with solutions. they came wanting to talk. and the university will continue listening. >> reporter: student activists are not satisfied. on thursday, they started the call for recall. . >> he never came out with help for us. as far as we're concerned at this point, we have called for his resignation, we have a line drawn in the sand that we cannot retract from. >> reporter: the two student union organizers asked not to be notified. . >> we're asking to resign respectfully. a lot of issues started when they came in office in 2014. >> reporter: these two minority students say they feel threatened and unheard.
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and responding in a friday statement to cnn, they would have challenged any leadership team. we didn't get everything right. we have learned a lot. my focus has been and remeans on our students who have clearly and thoughtfully expressed their hurt and frustration, and what the university can do better. and we will. this week the university suspended four for being in a verbal assault of an afric african-american student. and a group of young activists not willing to compromise. polo sandoval, syracuse, new york. next, an emotional visit four decades in the making. this is live video from japan. the pope honors victims of hiroshima and nagasaki. his message on nuclear weapons, when we come back. - in the last year, there were three victims
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decades. this part of the trip likely to be deeply personal for the pope. he's taking part in a gathering at a memorial to those killed when the united states dropped atomic bombs on hiroshima and nagasaki. pope francis has condemned nuclear weapons, saying they offer a false sense of security. for more on the pope's trip, cnn's vat dan correspondent delia gallagher. tell us more on what he is wanting to achieve here. >> reporter: natalie, a very important day on the pope's four-day trip to japan. he just arrived in hiroshima. this is the very site where the u.s. dropped an atomic bomb. he will be giving a speak shortly likely condemning nuclear war and the arms race. the pope was in nagasaki.
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he met with survives of that bombing and saying a world without nuclear weapons is necessary and possible. he also made a plea to the international community to instead of spending money and resources building up nuclear weapons, to devote that money to the world's poor and to the environment. on monday, the pope will be meeting with japan's new emperor, and meet with prime minister shinzo abe, and survivors of the 2011 disaster, you remember the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that happened in march of that year, natalie. . >> all right. we'll wait and see what his remarks are. delia gallagher for us, thank you so much. thanks for watching cnn "newsroom". i'm natalie allen. i'll be back with another hour of news right after this. mom, why do we always come here for the holidays?
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