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and then after that we'll negotiate, right? >> donald trump threatening to defy constitutional term limits makes up stories about his rival and claims covid-19 is on the way out. and a comeback at the u.s. open not seen in a quarter century, a win beyond the sport of tennis. we're live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. i'm natalie allen and this is "cnn newsroom." and thank you for joining us. smoke from wildfires in the western u.s. is so bad that even people far away from the flames are having a hard time breathing. the air quality in some places
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is now ranked the worst in the world, and in the midst of a pandemic, medical experts fear the hazardous smoke will make people more susceptible to the coronavirus. almost 100 major fires are raging across the western half of the u.s. with very little or no containment. fire crews are stretched then and working long, grueling hours without relief. at least 28 people have died since the fires erupted one month ago and dozens are missing. entire communities are gone, and officials fear they will find more bodies amid the devastation. president presu president trump is expected to visit california, one fire chief explains flames are moving faster than people can escape. >> we saw the unprecedented fire growth up on the creek fire that
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rapidly grew and impacted our ability to evacuate and move people out of the way. >> we're in two of the states hit the hardest. our paul vercammen is near los angeles. first, let's hear from camilla bernall following developments in oregon. >> reporter: the flames here are still out of control, and at the moment we're at 0% containment. on top of that, you have the smoke, the very thick heavy smoke that makes it hard to breathe and hard to see. but it makes it hard for the firefighters as well because in some instances, they're not able to see the fire line. they're also not able to fight the fires in the air because of the conditions right now. governor brown telling us that this is really the worst air quality in the world and she does say that there is still a number of people who are reported to be missing so that is the big concern at the moment. for the people who live in this area, they're, of course, so
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worried about their homes. we spoke to one woman who lives up the road, mrs. brown, and she said she has a camera in her home and she has been looking at her camera day and night, but she can't sleep, she's thankful because she's one of the only ones who nose hknows her house still okay. >> it is unreal. you don't really feel -- you can't really fathom what is going on, you know. you think this isn't happening, but guess we better be prepared. you take what you think, you know, and you just get out. >> reporter: and firefighters say the smoke and the air conditions will remain the same for the next couple of days. they say we may get some pockets of clean air, but for the most part this smoke is going to stay here in the state. they also say the fires are so massive and so large that they will not be put out completely until they begin to see some rain in the fall. so this firefight here is just
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beginning. beginning in marion county, camilla bernall, cnn. >> reporter: with this bobcat fire and so many other fires out west, not too far from a suburban neighborhood, a fire will be burning in the canyons. this is a threat. listen to this crackling. so firefighters are keeping their eyes on is whether or not these flames start to send up spark and embers that could be lying on the neighborhoods or if the winds shift and push the fires back on to the neighborhoods. in los angeles county alone, along a huge swath of the foothills you have evacuation warnings for the residents because of this fire, because it is so absolutely stubborn and difficult for them to get out. in fact, the chief of the forest service here telling me that usually on a fire like this, he would have up to 1500 firefighters battling the fire, which has burned around 30,000 acres. he doesn't have the personnel.
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they have 500 people fighting the fire right now. reporting from los angeles county, paul vercammen. >> as he surveyed the devastation, california's governor called out anyone who still denies climate change is real. he says the recent extreme weather is unlike anything his state has seen before. >> the debate is over around climate change. just come to the state of california. observe it with your own eyes. it is not an intellectual debate, not even debatable any longer. what we are experiencing, the extreme droughts, the extreme atmospheric rivers, the extreme heat, just think in the last few weeks alone we have experienced the hottest august in california history. we had 14,000 dry lightning strikes over a three-day period. we're experiencing temperatures, world record-breaking
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temperatures in the state of california. 130 degrees. arguably the hottest recorded temperature in the history of mankind, in the state of california, just a few weeks ago. >> joining me now in santa rosa, california, nina oakley, a research scientist at the center for western weather and water extremes at the scripps institution of oceanography. thank you for coming on. >> thank you for having me. >> well, the -- we have you during these very challenging times for sure. first, i would like to just get your reaction to what we are seeing right new in the west, more than 3 million acres burned in california already this year as i understand it. and the fires extend throughout oregon and washington state as well. >> right. so this is the most acreage burned in a fire season in modern history in california. we're still not through the fire season. and this is possibly another month or two to go before we can expect sufficient rainfall to
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tamp down the fire risk. >> let's talk about the contributing factors. much has been said about fire suppression and that is a matter of government and policy for california. but your area of expertise is climate. and we're talking about drought that california has seen, heat, talk about those factors and let's start with the historic temperatures that southern california just recorded. >> right. so, this is a complex situation and several contributing factors as to why we're seeing these wildfires now, these persistent long-term and recent sequence of events like extreme temperatures, the extreme heat wave we had in california. and so climate change doesn't directly cause the fires, but creates the conditions that are favorable for the large and destructive fires. and we're already experiencing as with the extreme heat wave and predicted to see more higher temperatures on average, more extreme heat waves, dryer
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conditions month, severe drought and these factors all serve to dry out vegetation and create hazardous conditions. for wildfires speaking from the climate side. you also mentioned the way land is managed, fire suppression on the landscape for the past century has allowed for a buildup of fuels. we also have the factor of an increased population, especially at the wild and urban interface where the wildlands meet human development, and many of california's fires are ignited directly or indirectly by human activity, so arking power lines, campfires out of control, fireworks, cigarettes from vehicles, so with more people living and recreating in the areas, there is more opportunity for the ignitions. so we have all these background factors contributing, but then specifically in this year we have lingering impacts of the 2011 to roughly 2016 drought and drought stressed trees killed by bark beetle attacks that provide fuel for the fires, the current
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drought conditions in the northern part of california and in oregon, following a dry winter and spring, rare lightning storm a few weeks ago that impacted california that caused widespread fires and required significant fire fighting resources. on the heels of that, this extreme heat wave, which then was followed by a high wind event that created hazardous fire conditions where any ignitions could and did grow quickly into the destructive wildfires we see now. >> it is after hearing you talk ask what isn't contributing to the terrible disaster that we're seeing. so i know that you have studied warming trends, climate change as it affects ventura county. so if you could touch on that a little bit, because the question is, is this the new normal for california. >> yeah, i -- one of my colleagues, mike anderson, the state climatologist for california, rather than saying
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the new normal, saying -- says we're basically jumping off into something totally, totally new. new normal would imply we're, you know, hitting a new threshold and kind of leveling off. but that's not what we expect with climate change, we expect things to continue to change and become more extreme and more climate extremes, more interannual variability with wet and dry, more severe droughts, extreme heat, and such things. so new normal and leveling out is -- we don't anticipate that's where we're at. >> that's already an old term. understood. well, we really appreciate your insights and your expertise. we wish there were something positive here, but right now this is just a terrible situation and so many people have lost everything. dr. nina oakley, thank you so much. >> thank you. well, with that, let's turn
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to derek van dam, who has got more details on the fires and i'm sure you're going to be talking about the very dangerous air that is as a result of these. >> yeah, and narkts talie, the that the climate crisis is not something in the distant future, we're talking about it now. the climate crisis is occurring now. and it is very evident some of these fingerprints of climate change just written all over the scenario, including the degradation of air quality here with the amount of bad air that is just billowed into the atmosphere. this is a landmark of seattle that is completely shrouded in smoke. and this is what you're looking at are reporting stations over the western u.s. with the worst quality of air in the world, by the way, you can see where it is good with the shades of green. that red, purple and maroon color, those are locations reporting unhealthy or hazardous air quality. the satellite imagery just says a thousand words. on the right-hand side of your
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tv screen, that is a clear day, taken exactly a year ago. on the other side of the tv screen, that's the wildfire smoke blanketing california. and that stretches not only across california, but the entire coastline, and into the central pacific, the thing is getting wrapped up in a larger synoptic low pressure system that will help feed into a bit of moisture. i'll talk about that. smoke and haze, we have poor quality of air across the western u.s. with nearly 100 active wildfires taking place. the large off the one in california history still burning right now. we have had some containment problems in oregon, we're monitoring that. still elevated fire conditions for portions of oregon and northern california today with dry conditions. but there is the rain in the forecast. we have to wait another couple of days before that settles in. natalie? >> well, derek, hang right there, we want to talk with you again in a second about another situation, because in addition to fires in the west, a severe tropical storm is threatening
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the southeast. and that is tropical storm sally. intensifying now that it has moved into the gulf of mexico. sally is expected to become a hurricane by monday evening and make landfall along the louisiana/mississippi coast. the mayor of new orleans is ordering mandatory evacuations for people outside the city's levee protection system, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on sunday. >> sally is likely to make landfall, the impact in terms of our area is expected for late monday into tuesday morning. the system is slowing down and potentially building its strength. everyone needs to take this very seriously. >> let's talk about sally with derek, back with us, and got a feel for louisiana, they were just hit, lake charles, by a storm just a matter of a couple
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of weeks ago. >> hurricane laura, a category 4 upon landfall. to give an idea what we're up against, this is going to be a rainmaker on top of a windmaker. key west reported the most amount of rain in a 24-hour period from tropical storm sally, just about 9 inches and counting since hurricane katrina in 2005. this system has the potential to take a lot of moisture from the gulf of mexico and produce extremely heavy rainfall. especially considering that the fact that the storm is going to slow as it moves towards the gulf of mexico coast. the national hurricane center has hurricane watches in effect near the mouth of the mississippi, through the border of florida and mississippi. you can also see that tropical storm watch in place across the big bend region and into the florida panhandle. the official forecast track, we're waiting for that 5:00 a.m. update from the national hurricane center, but there it is, a category 1 atlantic hurricane making landfall here sometime tuesday night into early wednesday morning. but notice how the spacing
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becomes less as we go forward in time. that is an indicator that the storm is going to slow down as it approaches the coastline, and that can only mean one thing. trouble. that means the potential for this to feed from the gulf of mexico, warm ocean waters, and the potential to take that moisture and produce significant amount of rain. some of our computer models are not depicting inches, they're depicting feet of rain in some locations. so the potential for flash flooding is a concern. this is just one computer model's output, but it does show a strengthening hurricane as it approaches. new orleans, of course, with a slowing storm, the potential here for storm surge is a threat as well. you can see the various computer models we look at centering in on that southeastern louisiana coast and into mississippi and alabama. natalie, lots it talk about. >> sure is. unfortunately. derek, thank you very much. police are searching for a gunman who brazenly shot two los angeles county sheriff department officers. we want to show you video of the shooting that appears to be from
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a surveillance camera nearby. it happened in the city of compton, city za saturday night outside a transit station. you see the man approach the car and fire and run off. >> the suspect approached them from behind as the deputies were facing southbound in their patrol vehicle. suspect came from the north, he walked along the passenger side of the car, he acted as if he was going to walk past the car and then he made a left turn directly toward the car, raised a pistol and fired several rounds inside of the vehicle, striking both of the sheriff deputies. the suspect then fled on foot, northbound from the shooting scene, and out of view. >> that was a cowardly act. two deputies were doing their job, minding their own business, watching out for the safety of the people on the train and
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seeing somebody walk up and just start shooting on them, it's -- it pisses me off. it dismays me at the same time. and no pretty way to say it. >> both deputies were shot multiple times, one is a 31-year-old mother, the other is 24 years old, they only had been on the force just over a year. they had surgery, but both are in critical condition fighting for their lives. of course, the suspect is still on the run. u.s. president trump who is running on a law and order platform retweeted the surveillance video with the caption, here's a quote, animals that must be hit hard. president trump's latest campaign rally is certainly likely to alarm medical experts, despite the threat from coronavirus. a huge crowd packed together in nevada, saturday night.
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it comes as the president faces a firestorm for downplaying the pandemic. boris sanchez was there in nevada. >> largely a return to form for president trump in nevada on saturday night. the president speaking to a huge crowd of supporters at a rally and the way that we haven't seen since march in the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. the crowd rushing to fill the venue. at one point, grabbing chairs that had been separated, part of social distancing guidelines and rearranging them as they wished, a massive sizable crowd. the president noticing and apparently getting angry at the media for what he says is an underreporting of the number of supporters that were here. keep in mind, the venue had to change for this event. it was going to be held at the reno tahoe airport but that was scrapped because there say mandate banning gatherings of 50
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people or more. president saying the campaign got around that by effectively calling this a political protest, the peaceful protest. >> they can have riots and they can have all sorts of things and that's okay. you can burn up the house. that's okay. you know, we call this a protest, because if you call it a protest, you're allowed to have it. so if anybody asks you outside, this is called a friendly protest, okay? it's true. >> reporter: the president railing against democrats repeatedly going after joe biden and insulting his intelligence, his cognitive abilities as well. the president also trying to make the case that he is the person to lead the country through an economic rebound because of the crushing shutdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. the president saying if the country is turning the corner, despite what we heard from a number of health experts within his own administration, president trump, again,
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returning to form, speaking candidly to his supporters, and they ate it up. boris sanchez, cnn, traveling with the president, in minden, nevada. people in a hospital in the state of kentucky are grieving the loss of a beloved doctor after a four-month fight with covid-19. she led the bowling green warren county coronavirus welcome group, a health center official said she will forever be remembered for providing the very best care for our patients and community. during her illness, she joined a conference call, surprising her colleagues urging everyone to wear face masks and saying, it is a great day to be alive. global drug trials for one potential vaccine were suspended a week ago, but now will resume but only in one country. we'll have a live report on that next. crafting our authentic fragrances begins with ingredients from the earth ... to create fragrances infused with natural essential oils.
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u.s. pharmaceutical company pfizer and biontech are working on their own coronavirus vaccine and are planning on expanding their phase three trial. plan is to enroll volunteers, some as young as 16 years old as
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well as people with hiv. the companies say they already have submitted their proposal to the u.s. food and drug administration. drug giant after tstrazenec vaccines will resume, but only in the uk. astrazeneca says it will work with health authorities around the world to restart trials in other countries. the oxford vaccine is one of three potential coronavirus vaccines in late stage phase three trials in the u.s. let's get more on these developments from our scott mclean, standing by live in london. they did have this issue, but looks like they're moving forward, scott. >> yeah, you're absolutely right, natalie. experts say if you took any group of people, any large group of thousands of people and watched them for a couple of months, someone in that group is
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bound to get sick. when it comes to a vaccine trial it a matter of figuring out exactly why. in this case, you're talking about 18,000 people that had the vaccine or a placebo so far. the company's goal is to put the shots in 50,000 arms before it is all said and done. with volunteers from around the world. so in this case, the person with this unexplained illness was here in the uk, but the trial was paused around the world. so when you have this kind of a trial, the first thing you have to do -- when you have this kind of potential adverse reaction or unexplained illness, the first thing you have to do is figure out whether the person had the actual vaccine or the placebo. if they had the vaccine, you have to figure out was it caused by the vaccine or was it completely coincidental. the company also said this week this is not furirst time the trl was paused, it was paused in july when someone had an undiagnosed case of multiple sclerosis, something they deemed had nothing to do with the virus at all.
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and so things continued on as they were. so the uk's health regulator has given the green light for this trial to go forward. it is now just a matter of the company getting the green light from every other health regulator in every other country that they're dealing with. earlier this week, a u.s. health official had told congress that the issue was a spinal cord problem. the company that same day, though, denied it was something called transverse myolitis, saying there was no final diagnosis until there were more tests and we don't know a whole lot about the patient because neither the company nor oxford university are giving out information or detailed information because of privacy laws. beyond that, though, or sorry, ceo, excuse me, said it is still possible for a vaccine to be finished this year, but, remember, natalie, this is not the only vaccine that the world is banking on. there are 35 vaccines in human
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trials right now. and eight of them are in their later stages. >> all right, scott mclean for us in london, thank you. we have more about vaccines, this coming from an overly optimistic claim about when a vaccine will be available, made by the u.s. president. that's next. i feel like we're forgetting something.
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welcome back to our viewers here in the u.s. and all around the world. i'm natalie allen. you're watching "cnn newsroom." u.s. president donald trump is making more optimistic claims about a vaccine for coronavirus. during an interview on fox news saturday, mr. trump said a vaccine could be available as soon as october.
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yes, next month. and he promised at his rally in nevada saturday that a vaccine would be ready early. >> you're trying to hurt this country by saying bad things about the vaccine because we're going to produce it early. it is the craziest thing. think about it. having a vaccine is good, but we're rounding the turn, regardless. we're rounding the turn. and it is happening. it is happening. you see. >> some lawmakers are clearly dissatisfied with president trump's insistence of holding large rallies during this pandemic and that to his comments add that to his comments he deliberately downplayed the pandemic in journalist bob woodward's new book entitled "rage." and representatives such as california's ted lew want to see him out of the office. >> he took actions to downplay this virus and lied to the american people, to downplay this virus. and you can draw a straight line
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between his words and actions and tens of thousands of preventable american deaths. and even now he's doing this super spreader event in nevada, donald trump is, in fact, increasing the number of cases and increasing the number of preventable deaths in america. it shows how unfit he is for office. >> all this as the white house faces new accusations over its handling of the pandemic. the federal health official says trump appointees at the department of health and human services pushed to change the language of weekly reports coming from the cdc. the centers for disease control. the source says the goal was to avoid undermining the president's political message. in the past, cdc director dr. robert redfield seen here has denied officials are putting politics ahead of science. a former hhs secretary had this take. here's kathleen sebelius. >> the notion that somebody
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sitting in that hhs office, a campaign flunkee, would suggest that he should be able, without any scientific background, without any scientific information to edit reports, so that they fall in line with trump's talking points is really shocking. and it is incredibly dangerous. >> current health and human services secretary alex azar gave this statement, which you'll notice isn't a clear denial. here is the quote. i have briefed president trump alongside the nation's top doctors and i have insisted that he have direct access to these doctors throughout the covid-19 pandemic. he has always been receptive to the data and science presented by me and other members of the task force. meantime, mr. trump kept up his attacks on voting by mail saturday, alleging without evidence that the system is corrupt.
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>> i'll tell you what, whether it is in north carolina, whether it's in michigan, whether it's in other states where they're sending out -- they're going to be sending out -- they're going to be sending out 80 million ballots. and it is democrats. they're going to -- they're trying to rig this election. >> again, we want to repeat, there is no evidence of any of that. but as the president repeats those claims, postmaster general louis dejoy is facing a legal battle from colorado. the secretary of state there, jena griswold, is suing the postal service over pre-election mailers it sent out. they advise voters to request a vote by mail ballot at least 15 days before election day and return the ballot at least one week before. but that is not how the system works in colorado, where ballots are sent to voters automatically. here was griswold explaining the
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lawsuit. quote, these false statements will confuse colorado voters, likely causing otherwise eligible voters to wrongly believe that they may not participate in the upcoming election. this attempt at voter suppression violates the united states constitution and federal statutes and must be stopped immediately. griswold was seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the mailers. she tweeted hours ago, it has been granted. we want to turn to a major development in the middle east. the announcement that israel, the tiny gulf nation of bahrain, will form a new partnership. this is the second time in less than a month that an arab gulf state has agreed to establish full diplomatic relations with israel. israel and the united arab emirates are set to sign their historic deal on tuesday in washington. but there are plenty of
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detractors to these new agreements. so let's bring in cnn's oren lieberman to talk more about it. he's in jerusalem to give us more perspective on how these came about and what are the questions surrounding them. >> reporter: well, you get a sense of why this is important to president donald trump and to some extent for prime minister benjamin netanyahu. these are major foreign policy accomplishments. as trump creates controversy at home, he can point to these successes overseas and say, look over there, and ignore the issues i'm having at home. so it is no doubt a historic ceremony that we'll see on tuesday and while it was supposed to be three countries, the u.s., israel and the uae, it will be four, with bahrain joining to mark peace agreements or normalization agreements between israel and the uae and israel and bahrain. there are, of course, key questions here. we know what the uae got out of their agreement, they stopped israel's annexation of the west
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bank and expect it to be easier to obtain f-35s from the u.s., the latest fighter jets. we're seeing the consequences and the effects moving forward with agreements between israel and uae higher education constitution institutions. bahrain we don't know what they're getting out of this, either from israel or the united states. but we know that just like the uae, bahrain has a major military presence and they expect benefits from israel and the united states, from economy, finance, tourism, health and more. there are, of course, critics, iran and turkey have criticized the agreement as have the palestinians saying this is first, of course, trump simply ignoring the palestinians and pretending they don't exist, and also accused bahrain of betraying jerusalem, betraying al aqsa and the palestinian cause. some friction we're seeing here. but netanyahu and trump have gotten some key endorsements of the deal, the uae endorsed it.
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as has egypt. we saw a statement from oman, suggesting perhaps oman will be the next to normalize agreements with israel. natalie? >> something to continue to watch. oren lieberman in jerusalem for us, thank you. yellow vest protesters in france are trying to ma toing t comeback. their latest demands out on streets. we'll tell you about it in a live report from paris. [whisper] air wick
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vest protesters have been largely quiet during 2020, but they marched again saturday after a covid-19 hiatus. and things got violent at times. police in paris fired tear gas and detained hundreds of people for questioning. the yellow vests protests started in 2018 over a plan to hike fuel prices, but now they expanded in their scope. let's check in with cnn's melissa bell about it. she's live for us in paris, and hello to you, melissa. what brought people back on the streets, and why now? >> well, this is the month of september, and this is when people go back to school, they get back to work, the unions get back to their demonstrations, the government to its reform, and, of course, the yellow vests as you say, really important movement for the last two years here in france, for the first year of its existence around the champs-elysees had really managed week after week to cause a fair amount of pandemonium and make itself heard. on a number of points have the
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government roll back the reforms that it had intended. over the course of last year, that momentum as you mentioned a moment ago has dropped away and then of course the lockdown, the covid measures. this was therefore an important test. they did not get the numbers out that they would have liked to. 8,500 country wide, 2,500 in paris. that is a far cry from the sorts of numbers that they had even a year ago. what was interesting about this saturday, perhaps, this return to the streets to the develyell vests, is they were joined by anti-vaxxers, the big question is whether that would help them swell their ranks to any considerable level. that appears not to have been the case. but you're right, despite that moderate turnout, there were some impressive scuffles at some points between law and order forces who use tear gas to push them back, with a few determined protesters who were really seeking to get to the champs-elysees. that was the part of paris made entirely blocked off by the police, they have been allowed
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to hold one march in one part of paris and another march in another, several of the determined few were hoping to get on to the symbolic champs-elysees, the center of their demonstrations for so long. that did not work. it did lead over the course of the day to a number of confrontations, because the numbers of police on the street were really impressive. if you were in paris yesterday, anywhere near the champs-elysees, you would have seen a lot of riot police, police vans, determined effort to prevent the yellow vests from getting back to the champs-elysees. >> melissa bell, following it for us, melissa, thank you. next here, a familiar winner at the u.s. open. but the young repeat champion naomi osaka made it clear she has a purpose bigger than tennis. also, iran executes a popular wrestler after he's convicted of murder, just ahead, we'll get international reaction to what happened in a live report from iran. robinhood believes now is the time to do money.
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another violent incident involving a black man and police officers has prompted a georgia sheriff to put one deputy on leave and immediately open an
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investigation. we caution you, the video is disturbing. and here it is. it shows two deputies holding robert walker on the ground, and repeatedly striking him in the face. walker's lawyer says walker was in a hide share car when it was pulled over for a taillight violation. he says deputies asked walker for identification, but he said he didn't have any, and challenged their right to ask for it. the situation escalated from there. the georgia naacp tells cnn they are condemning the officers' actions. >> it is just distressing the level of force that was used and then the back story behind it is even more upsetting. administrative leave is not enough. the level of force used in that video was just abhorrent. and considering the facts as we gather them, we become more disturbed by what we're
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learning. >> walker's attorney says he's currently in jail, charged with with counts of battery and two counts of obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers. the sheriff's office has not responded to cnn's request for an explanation about what happened. the international olympic committee says it is shocked by iran's execution of a popular wrestler. navid afkari was put to death on saturday after being convicted of murdering a government worker. that is despite an international campaign to spare his life. iran state-run news agency reports the death sentence was carried out after the victim's family refused to forgive him and let him pay restitution. for more on this, let's turn to cnn journalist rahman mostagin. good to see you. >> good to see you, natalie. >> thank you. there is international outrage over this, and as i understand
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it, he was taking part in a protest when this happened. what can you tell us? >> in december 2018, he was active in the protests and he didn't deny that. but he was deported along two brothers from turkey while he was -- he received information he would be arrested, but unfortunately in turkey he was arrested and deported to tehran and in iran and ended up in a jail and in shiraz. now they seem shocked because despite all the attempts to spare his life, navid afkari's life and because the execution
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unexpectedly caught him by surprise, and to give you one example how social network users are feeling, met fhtaphoricamete book "testament" and the hand maid tale and series of her, the mass hanging of people and protagonist of the book is shared, this can be -- the tip of the iceberg to show how potentially this unexpected execution can lead to the protests in the future. >> yes. and as a result, there are questions about whether iran would be able to compete in international athletic events, maybe even the olympics.
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so we will see what the fallout is from this execution of a very popular athlete there. hard to fathom. we always appreciate you. thanks. >> thank you. japanese tennis sensation naomi osaka has won her second u.s. open title, coming from behind yesterday to defeat victoria azarenka in three sets. osaka is just 22, but already has three major championships. she also made a statement off the court, wearing face masks with the names of victims of alleged racial violence. for more about it, here is cnn sports' care lolyn meno. >> naomi osaka, this tournament has been anything butted or nahnahr ordinary for the 22-year-old.
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she made a bold proclamation to the world, seven names on seven masks, outcries for social justice and racial equality. seven, the number of matches it would take for her to reach the final and she did just that. an enormous amount of pressure, and important message for osaka who is haitian and japanese. as for the match itself, it looked like victoria azarenka was going to win handily, 6-1 in the first set and up two games in the second before she opened the door just a little bit, getting tight, and letting osaka walk through ultimately for victory. after the match, naomi osaka was asked what message she was trying to send. this was her response. >> well, what was the message that you got was more the question. i feel like the point is to make people start talking. >> we should note that the two headlines that have dominated the news cycle globally, coronavirus and also issues of social justice have left an
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indelible mark on this year's grand slam. the first since the pandemic began. no crowds here, and as such no fanfare for naomi osaka. you may recall that two years ago here when she within thon td slam, she was in tears after defeating one of her idols serena williams. this time around, a different story, still soft spoken, but sending a very clear message and the world is listening. carolyn mano in queens. in just a few hours, we'll have a new men's u.s. open champion, number two seed dominic thiem of austria in the fourth major final after he defeated medvedev in straight sets in their semifinal. he will face alexander zerev of germany. whoever wins today will notch his first grand slam title. thanks for watching. i'm natalie allen.
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