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and early results from germany's election have one party claiming a narrow victory. we're live in berlin with the latest from this landmark election. >> good to have you with us. well, u.s. president joe biden is starting a critical week with the future of his domestic agenda unclear. at stake, his $1 trillion infrastructure bill, as well as his $3.5 trillion social welfare and climate control package. despite division in his own party, mr. biden remains optimistic about this week's negotiations. house speaker nancy pelosi had said she would call for a vote on the infrastructure bill later today.
now she is acknowledging that might not happen. >> we will bring the bill for consideration. but, you know, i'm never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn't have the votes. >> the infrastructure bill includes spending for roads and bridges, high-speed internet and public transit. it has bipartisan support. but progressive democrats want it tied to the much larger spending bill. moderate democrats join republicans in opposing the massive price tag. congress faces a thursday deadline to fund federal agencies. a democratic move to tie the government funding to a suspension of the debt limit faces republican opposition in the senate. art arlette saenz reports on president biden's efforts to get the spending measure passed. >> reporter: president biden acknowledged negotiations over his sweeping economic agenda may
take the better part of the week as he is hoping to get those two packages across the finish line. president biden spoke to reporters as he returned to the white house from camp david on sunday, and he expressed optimism that these negotiations would be fruitful. take a listen. >> i'm optimistic about this week. it's going to take the better part of the week i think. >> now house speaker nancy pelosi had initially promised to hold a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill on monday, but on sunday, democrats said that that vote likely would not happen. the house speaker said that she would not bring a bill up for a vote if the votes were not there. and progressives are still saying that they will not vote for that package unless there is agreement on the larger $3.5 trillion spending bill, which moderates have said they will not support in that size and scope. so the president has a long road ahead as he is trying to bring these negotiations together. last week, the president hosted lawmakers here at the white
house. so we will see whether he decides to do that in the coming days as he domestic agenda is really entering crunch time and one of the most critical stretches of his presidency this coming week. arlette saenz, cnn, the white house. >> ron brownstein joins me now from los angeles. he is also a senior editor at the "atlantic." good to you with us as always. >> thanks, rosemary. >> given all the infighting, the progressive refusing to vote for president biden's infrastructure bill without his sweeping $3.5 trillion economic plan the moderate won't support, what's likely to happen during this critical week, do you think? >> i don't think anybody knows for sure. i mean, i think the assumption has been, and i've certainly been in this camp, who believe at the end of the day, democrats have to and will find a way to overcome their differences because there is no faction in the party that benefits if the whole thing collapses, both in
terms they all have policy priorities they're included in one or the other of the giant bills, the infrastructure bill or the broader public investment and the social safety net bill. and also that. >> all stand to be exposed to more risks politically if this goes down. and biden's approval rating tumbles even further. my assumption is they have always found way in the end to do this. you wouldn't bet against nancy pelosi based on her track record, but boy, they are taking it down to the wire, as she's always said, she won't bring a bill forward unless she has the votes and she doesn't think she has. you're feeling there will be all this venting, but eventually they will come on to the same page, because, i mean, president biden's agenda is really struggling to survive right now, isn't it? >> right. i mean, look. there is an historic destroy of difficulty here. the reconciliation bill in particular, the $3.5 trillion, even after it's scaled back, that has been described as the
great society in a single bill. it does everything from universal pre-k to free community college to expanded medicare, to a new child tax credit, to historic massive investments in creating energy and paid family leave. it is an agenda in a single bill. well when lyndon johnson passed that great society in the 1965 in congress, he had i believe 68 democratic senators and 150 democratic majority in the house. now they can only lose what, four votes in the house and they are at 50-50 in the senate. so they are trying to make historic change on a very slender majority, and that is very difficult. >> ron brownstein, always a pleasure to get your analysis in all things political. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. pfizer is ready to ask the fda to authorize use of its covid vaccine in children ages 5 to 11. pfizer's ceo says the company has been testing a new
formulation and a smaller dose in younger children. >> i think we are going to submit this data pretty soon. it's a question of day, not weeks. and then it is up to the fda to be able to review the data and come to their conclusions. >> as we just heard, the fda will then review the data, and if they authorize it, vaccine advisers at the cdc will decide whether should it be recommended for younger children. well, here is what former fda commissioner dr. scott gottlieb had to say about vaccinating children. >> i think this is a choice parents and pediatricians are going to need to make. i certainly would urge parents to consider vaccinating kids. this is a dangerous pathogen. it's dangerous in kids. i think a lot of people focus on the number of children who have tragically died from this virus and say the amount is much more than what we see with the typical flu season. but i wouldn't be so cavalier
about this virus. we know this virus has long-term consequences in the people who contract it, including children. well see lingering effects of this virus in kids and neurological effects as well. we don't understand this virus. i would want to see children protected through vaccination and not have to go through a course of illness with this coronavirus. new york governor kathy hochul is preparing to address potential medical staff shortages due to the state's health care vaccination mandate. the deadline for health care workers to get vaccinated with at least one covid shot is monday. the governor is considering a potential state of emergency which would allow the government to edmedically trained national guard members. let's turn to a national consultant for covid testing and family physician, and he joins me now from hawaii. thank you, doctor, for talking with us and for all that you do.
>> hi, rosemary. good to be with you again. >> absolutely. pfizer says it's submitting data to the fda to authorize its covid vaccine for children 5 to 11. how long will that process likely take to get these kids vaccinated, and what's your reaction to britain's vaccine advisers suggesting that healthy kids actually don't need to be vaccinated? >> wow, that's a load of question, but they're all excellent questions. first of all, i think that everything is moving quickly with pfizer and the fda. most of us believe that we're going to have vaccines available to put shots in the arm november some time. that will come up quickly. when you look at the holidays and you look at break time, i believe we could have a significant amount of vaccine into the children here, probably well through the holiday into january. so that is definitely something we're looking forward to. and i do believe that we should have the pediatricians and family physicians like myself
actively involved because you're going have to work with the parents to have them accept the vaccine. now i would have a question concerning the -- what britain is saying, mainly because how many children are we seeing right now that are actually contracting covid or are actually hospitalized with delta? and unfortunately are dying? granted, it's not a large percentage, but, you know, is one too many? in my mind, it is. how many are we willing to accept that possibly could have been prevented that would be a healthy child that would be vaccinated? so i think that's going to be a hard sell overall. >> yeah, that is a valid question. and currently, about 55% of americans are fully vaccinated. but former fda commissioner dr. scott gottlieb suggests that vaccination rate might be closer to 80% when you add in those who have recovered from covid
infections. he also thinks infection also run their course by thanksgiving. do you agree with him all those points? >> yes, i do. i agree with him on all those points because, you know, we have zero prevalence data across the united states. and what that means is people going in for a routine blood draw future a preop test or just the regular cholesterol test, and they will do serial surveillance to see if there is any signs that someone had contracted covid. the numbers are all over the map where some states are upwards of 40% of those are positive. so most of us believe that there is a significant percentage well beyond what we see with our testing of americans who are positive and will have immunity. so i fully believe we're well into the 80% right now. if we can throw the children where we get half of them or m more, we're going to be pushing into the mid 80, even closing on
90 if we get continuations of vaccinations. >> that very encouraging. i did want to ask you this. new york governor kathy hochul is preparing for a potential medical staffing shortage because the statewide deadline for health care workers to get vaccinated with at least one dose has not been met. that's just in a few harris from now. so why do you think some health workers don't understand the science behind these covid vaccines? they've been trained in science. >> boy, i'll tell you, when i look at it, i -- it just blows me away. and, you know, look at the national data that we have 13% or so or to even 15% depending on the state who basically are never going to get the vaccine. well, those people work in health care also. and there is something more. when you're like myself and my team's out in the field, whether it's giving vaccines, there is some misunderstandings have been
perpetuated in the web that we're never going to understand. and i do believe that we're going see this across the country as vaccine mandates go there will have to be some hard line health, that people will be losing their jobs. even in regular health care right now, if you accept medicare or medicaid within a short period of time, all doctor's offices, nursing homes, et cetera are going to face losing federal funding unless you have your staff vaccinated. so it's going to be a push. but i would have to say i believe we're going to get to a point. my prediction is we're going have mandatory vaccines just like we have mandatory school vaccines. >> seems to be the only way forward, doesn't it? dr. scott miskovic, thank you so much for speaking with us joinling us from hawaii. >> thank you, rosemary, and nice to see you again. >> you too. still to come, the first official results from a landmark election in germany. it's a big disappointment for the party of outgoing chancellor
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germany's social democratic party celebrates after scoring a narrow victory in a landmark election. preliminary official results show the left-leaning party claiming the most seats in germany's federal parliament. they eked out a narrow lead over outgoing chancellor, merkel's conservative bloc. but she will remain in office for now. it will likely be some time before we know who will succeed her. first a new governing coalition will need to be formed, a process that could take week, even months. fred pleitgen joins me now live
from berlin. so fred, it was very close for a long time there. it appears germany's social democratic party has scored this narrow victory. talk to us about the latest on all those numbers. >> yeah, it certainly does appear that way, rosemary. i do have to say we were at the party headquarters until very late last night. this is certainly one of the most exciting german elections that we've covered over the past couple of years. things obviously were neck and neck for a very long time. but it does now look as though olaf schultz and the social democratic party seemed to have eked out a win. according to the preliminary results of the election, they're up by about 1.6%. now that doesn't seem like a lot, but one of the things we have to keep in mind is when angela merkel first became chancellor in 2005, she only had a lead of about 1%. certainly it does seem as though the mandates to become chancellor right now lies with the social democrats. however, that doesn't necessarily have to be the case. the conservatives could still
try to form a coalition and make their harm laschet the counselor. the big question is the small parties. there are two parties that are key right now, which is the green party that really scored historic high turnout. and then also the liberal democratic party. they now have to decide which of the big parties they want to make a coalition with to then decide who the next chancellor is going to be. and you're absolutely right that could take weeks that could take months. from what we're seeing this morning, it certainly does look as though -- and you just showed those pictures of the folks at the social democratic headquarters celebrating. it certainly looks as though they believe they are going to have the next chancellor. it's a gigantic win for them. they scored a lot of points. they made a lot of gains where as for angela merkel's party, this was no doubt an absolutely disappointing election. it was a historic low turnout for that party, and certainly not the way that angela merkel will have wanted to leave the
world stage, rosemary. >> yes indeed. fred pleitgen, many thanks for covering this election and joining us now live from berlin. appreciate it. well, stefan cornelius is a german journalist and author of "angela merkel: the chancellor and her world." he joins us live now from munich. thank you for being with us. >> glad to be with you. >> so germany's left-leaning social democratic party celebrating what appears to be a very narrow victory. next of course comes these long drawn-out coalition negotiations. what could this potentially mean for the country going forward? >> well, it means a long period of uncertainty, probably on what content the new government will be. it means a lot of uncertainty for germany's neighbors, mostly in the european union will make their decisions in the european council. it's inconclusinconclusive, thi. each though merkel's party, the
conservatives have lost big, they now claim a right to form a coalition, and they will continue to fight now, a continued battle between the four central parties on who goes with whom to form that coalition, who gets what claims. they all have demands. they all have interests. that will take time to sort out. >> why do you think angela merkel's party, the cdu, did so badly? is this a rebuke of merkel and what she stood for, or was it a rebuke overall of her party and replacement? >> actually, if angela merkel would have stood again for reelection, she might have won this. but after 16 years in power, she for some very good reasons decided to step down. actually, the party is worn out after such a long stretch in government. you probably have to reinv reinvigorate. you to get new ideas, new leadership figures. that's what the cdu hasn't done. the whole process of handing over power has gone pretty bad
not only the past months, but even for the past years. the main candidate, her presumed successor laschet was weak. he wasn't really keen on getting that kind of power, and there was an internal party battle between the sister party in bavaria. a complex pattern of issues or problems which really, really really cursed the party. >> and after the very complicated coalition negotiations, which will take place, what would you expect to be the outcome in terms of the next government of germany and indeed chancellor? >> quite honestly, i can't tell. this is very, very tough to predict. there is something like a moral right for the social democrats to claim that shot, to have all of the chancellery. but only 1.7 points of
difference. and it will be the small parties who call the shots. it will be the liberals. it will be the greens, and they will decide on the basis of what their contents will be in the new government. it will be about climate issues. it will be about taxes. it will be about environmental issues and definitely about the economy. and that kind of field we're moving now, it will be a give and take for the next weeks. >> and so ultimately, what will angela merkel's legacy be after 16 years in power? and how difficult did the pandemic make it for her in the end? >> well, the pandemic was a decisive issue as countries all over the world actually. angela merkel was hindered in the past years to unfold again some kind of governing power. she was bound into the nitty-gritty of managing this pandemic.
her legacy, however, will decided upon the 16 years world charge. it's definitely not nice for her that it ended that way. the loss of her party has tarnished her legacy. but then again, it has been 16 years of continuity and stability. so in the end, historians will make a claim on the entire stretch, not just the past weeks or months. >> and immigration certainly ended up being a very big challenge for angela merkel, didn't it? >> immigration 2015 was the decisive of her reign. that's when the huge numbers of refugees were copping to europe and all wanted to go to germany. she was under severe pressure at this time. it was the moment when the right wing afd unfolded when her own party split apart. right after that moment, she dropped by about 7% in the polls and she has never recovered from
that. yes, that was definitely a down point in her chancellorship. but however, right wing parties are a common pattern now in the european party landscape, and germany wouldn't have been spared that fate. >> stefan cornelius, thanks. we appreciate it. coming up on "cnn newsroom," live pictures of a volcano eruption in the canary airlines. flights are now canceled as officials warn another explosion could be imminent. we'll have a live report next. on what matters most. whether it's ensuring food arrives as fresh as when it departs. being first on the s scene, when every s second counts. or teaching biology without a lab. wewe are the leader in 5g. #1 in customer satisfaction. and a partner who includes 5g in every plan, so you get it all. without trade-offs.
. we are looking at live pictures right now of a volcano erupting in the canary islands. officials warn that the volcano in la palma is getting even more dangerous, and experts predict lava explosions could last another three months. and this dramatic video of a church collapse just hours ago on the island of la palma. the lava engulfed the church, causing to it crumbling to the ground. hundreds of homes and businesses have been destroyed since the volcano first erupted. and journalist al goodman joins us now live from madrid. good to see you, al. so what is the latest you have on this volcano eruption and the danger this lava is posing? >> hi, rosemary. they kuala pauma island la isla bonita. but for the past week as you said, a part of that island has
been destroyed. banana plantations that feed spain and europe. the latest on this is just overnight in the early hours of this day monday of the canary islands regional government, the emergency services tweeted out to the people on the island that four towns need to stay indoors because the lava flow has been going slower, faster, slower, faster. now it's going faster towards the ocean, the atlantic ocean on the west side of the island, and the experts say once it hits the water, there will be all sorts of toxic gases. they told the people in the four villages near that point to stay inside, close their windows. they're saying that the lava is just a little less than two miles now from the coast. so that's a big danger. but the damage has been extensive on this island of about 80,000 people. 6,000 people have been evacuated since the eruption started eight days ago. and we saw on sunday the collapse of this church, the
belfrey just came down. this is what has been happening with the lava. sometimes 10, 20, 30 feet tall according to experts, this lava flow is coming down. officials are happy to report one of the few pieces of good news here is so far there have been no reported injuries or deaths. so they have been clearing out and leaving what they call an exclusionary zone. that's where the church was. and they keep expanding that as needed. for instance, 160 people who were evacuated from three small towns on friday were told late sunday they could go back because the danger has diminished there. so there are spanish experts in volcanos from the canary islands and from right here in madrid. the prime minister was down there most of last week. the king and queen of spain went to see the people who have been displaced. they've been housed with relatives, friends in military barracks, sometimes in hotels. some international visitors, it is a touristy island where people from northern europe have
taken to other islands. the authorities are trying to stay on top of this. the volcano is especially spectacular nighttime individual dwloef red-hot lava coming out is posing extreme danger, and the authorities are trying to stay at least a slight step ahead of it and keep people safe. that's the top priority. airports have been closed, opened. right now most of the flights seem to be canceled at the la palma airport. rosemary? >> al goodman, thank you so much for staying on top of all of this joining us live from madrid. appreciate it. a man ahman is working on a whole new plan. coming up, aviation and what it's doing for ahman's economy. my plaque psoriasis... ...the itching ...the burning. the stinging. my skin was no longer mine. my psoriatic arthritis, made my joints stiff, swollen... painful.
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welcome back, everyone. well, the nation of oman is trying to diversify its economy and break its dependence on hydrocarbons. eleni giokos introduces us to leaders hoping to grow the country's aviation sector. >> reporter: the expanded muscat international airport opened in early 2018, boasting a brand-new $1.8 billion passenger terminal that is considered the cornerstone of oman's economic strategy. >> and those are the designer chairs that are only for oman. wherever you go, you find those chairs. >> reporter: the airport co says it was designed to showcase omani heritage from the archi architecture, to the art. >> we went to air freshener companies and we demand to have something from the local community, from the culture. and we found that the
frankincense which comes from the south region of the country is a good representation to the country. >> and this air freshener didn't exist before? you had to develop it yourself? >> no, no. it was made for omani airports. >> that's incredible. you can smell the frankincense in all your airports in the country. >> yes. >> reporter: the country's culture is also on display aboard the national carrier, oman air. >> oman has a long history of hospitality, and that hospitality we take to it the skies, you know, with oman air. and as you land into oman, that continues to the airport. and basically, you're coming into oman as you land into the airport. you're seeing oman environment. >> oman's aviation sector was hit hard by the global pandemic at a time when it was expecting to grow. as people are starting to travel again, there is renewed optimism
about the importance of the aviation sector and what it can do for the omani economy going forward. >> the aviation industry is very interesting industry. it touches everything from hotels to tourism to traveler, even to the simple taxi driver, depends on the airline industry. for every dollar we spend, we contribute $5 or $6 into the national economy. >> in terms of roots for oman air and growth, what are you thinking at the moment? >> at the moment we fly to 34 destinations. that's through code sharing with other airlines. we can take people to more than 100 city, all the way from north america to the asia-pacific region. so basically, we can connect our passengers to anywhere throughout the world. >> so this is the biggest fleet we have in oman air.
>> she has been a pilot for oman air since 2016. she says she is looking forward to seeing the airline industry recover from the pandemic. do i pick my seat? >> and although she remains one of just a few female pilots with the airline, she hopes that will change too. so you're a role model for young girls. how does that feel? >> many other female, they wanted to be a pilot, you know. they even see me in the street and they know me. they ask how is it. and how is oman air, how is the cockpit. they ask all this questions. so definitely they're interested now. they want the know more. they want to be like one of us. >> and thank you so much for joining us. "world sport" is next for our international viewers. for everyone else, i'll be right back with more news. don't go anywhere.
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the entire planet knows this woman's name now. and she's inspired a lot of women and a lot of men to do what's best for them first. put yourself first and do it now while you have the time. i couldn't be more proud as a father. >> gabby petito's family and friends gathered sunday in new york to say goodbye as the search for her fiance brian laundrie continues. a long procession of mourners entered the public memorial
service near the town where she grew up. the service was held exactly one week after her remains were found near a campground in wyoming. now $30,000 in rewards are being offered for any information on the whereabouts of brian laundrie, the last person to have seen her alive. and cnn is covering this story from all angles. nadia roam mero is following th search in florida. first let's go to holbrooke, new york for more on gabby petito's memorial service. >> this kind of outpouring that we saw for 22-year-old gabby petito's memorial service really speaks to how much her story resonates not just in this long island community, but across the country and around the world. this was a five-hour memorial service. and during the time that the service was going on, there was even a line that snaked around the building. people waiting over an hour to get in and pay their respects, and many people didn't even know
gabby personally, but they wanted to come in and give their regards. gabby's father gave a eulogy, and so did her stepfather. i did speak with her great aunt, who talked about the heartbreak. >> it's just so heartbreaking what happened to her. and we love her and we know that she's at peace right now. she was beautiful, beautiful soul. you could see it. why do you think all of this is happening? she was beautiful soul. beautiful person. >> reporter: inside the memorial were pictures of gabby that lined the walls, including flowers, sunflowers as well. we're told that sunflowers were her favorite. well learned from the funeral director that people came from as far as texas and california, flying in. and they don't even know gabby. alison kosik, cnn, holbrooke, new york. there are still so many unanswered question here is in florida. on sunday we saw two fbi agents go to the doorstep of the laundrie family home, pick up something and put it away in a
paper back, much like we saw them do with evidence during their second search warrant, and that has been the most activity on this street. not far from here is the carlton reserve. and the laundrie parents told investigators that their son brian was going there, and that was the last time they heard or saw of him since last tuesday. and there was supposed to be resumed effort at that reserve to try to find him. 25,000 acres, swampy, with alligators and makes. that was supposed to happen throughout the weekend here in florida. over in new york, on sunday, a memorial service for gabby petito. her friends and family and really people who don't even know her lined up long before the memorial started to pay their final respects. it was even live-streamed. we heard from gabby petito's mother for the first time in almost two weeks. she posted on facebook saying as i scroll through all the posts mix, heart is full of love. i wish i could reach out and hug each and every one of you. your support has been so overwhelming and we are so filled with gratitude. and gabby petito's family has
said that they believe that brian laundrie has the answers to their questions. nadia romero, cnn, north port, florida. >> gabby petito's petito's story and case have gripped the nation, but the reality is there are so many families, especially families of color that are desperately searching for answers about their missing loved ones. and they're calling for more attention and help. cnn's adrienne broaddus has more. >> reporter: jonbenet ramsey. >> nat natalie holloway. >> the most recent. >> still on the hunt for gabby petito's fiance. >> gabby petito, found dead in wyoming eight days after she was reported missing. >> jesus at work on this one. >> in chicago, karen phillips is fighting to make sure the world knows her daughter, kiera coles,
a mail carrier missing. >> this photo of coles holding an ultrasound after learning she is pregnant is one of the last pictures taken of her in 2018. >> phillips is among dozens of black and minority families struggling to get attention on their missing-person cases. >> i just miss her. she was doing so good. everything she wanted to do. and then, for her to just come up missing like -- >> there are thousands of cases out there of folks who have gone missing that we don't know about. >> reporter: zach sommers, a criminologist specializing in missing person cases says only a fraction of minority cases receive nonstop news coverage compared to white people. >> if there is a missing white woman, we're going to cover that every day. >> reporter: a systemic issue late longtime anchor gwen eiffel coined missing white woman syndrome in 2004. >> the idea that young white girls and young women, they get much more news coverage than other folks of different
demographics when they go missing. >> according to 2020 fbi data, blacks only make up 13% of the u.s. population. they account for nearly a third of the missing-persons cases in the united states. >> if you see her, tell her we love her. >> reporter: in washington state, mary johnson's family is still waiting for answers. johnson went missing late-last year from a reservation. >> she is a native american woman -- sorry, i'm not racist or anything but she deserves the same -- the same treatment. >> reporter: online, black and brown families are using hashtag gabby petito to post about their missing loved ones, hoping to gain momentum. a move that helped the family of daniel robinson raise awareness. robinson went missing in june. >> we shouldn't have to depend on other stories or other cases to push our own story. and i'm just -- i just want -- we just want answers just like anyone else. >> reporter: those families also saying they didn't get the same allocation of resources or treatment from law enforcement.
>> there's data that suggests that when people of color go missing, especially young adults, teenagers, adolescents, that they are more likely to be classified as runaways by police. they are more likely to be considered missing of their own accord, by voluntary means. >> how do we balance the coverage? >> no one is saying gabby isn't worthy of coverage. it doesn't have to be gabby petito or someone else gets coverage. the same spotlight should be getting shone on both of them. >> reporter: instead, she made flyers with the message "find kiara coles." >> what can we really do about it? other than hopefully, one day, somebody will just call it in and just leave a tip. we grieve every day because we don't know where she is or what's going on. >> reporter: adrienne broaddus, cnn, chicago. u.s. transportation investigators are on the scene of a deadly train derailment in
rural montana. just south of the u.s.-canada border. they are looking for what caused eight cars of the amtrak passenger train to derail, killing three people and hospitalizing seven others. montana's governor called it a heartbreaking event, and said all passengers onboard the empire builder had been accounted for. the railway released a statement on behalf of its ceo saying, quote, we have no words that can adequately express our sorrow for those who lost a loved one or who were hurt in this horrible event. they are in our thoughts and prayers. on tuesday, the u.s. secretary of defense and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff will face questioning on capitol hill about the military withdrawal from afghanistan. since the u.s. exit, the country has seen a swift return to strict and brutal taliban law. a quick warning, the video you're about to see is graphic
and may be difficult to watch. over the weekend, militants put the dead bodies of alleged kidnappers on display in herat. there is also word that the taliban are implementing more restrictions. so let's bring in cnn's arwa damon. she joins us live from istanbul. so, arwa, what are these additional restrictions the taliban are implementing? >> reporter: well, we are hearing about them being implemented in herat, and quite possibly in some other areas, as well. these are specific to men. men are not to cut their beards, and any barber who is caught cutting a man's beard or playing music will be punished. and the great concern, of course, among many afghans is that they are seeing this implementation of the taliban of old, despite all of the rhetoric about how the taliban may have
changed. these are very much the rules, regulations, ways of behaving of the taliban of 20 years ago. there is also great concerns about the potential disconnect that exists between elements of the taliban that are more on the political sphere of things, versus those that are actually the foot soldiers and controlling things on the ground. and, of course, today, afghanistan is meant to be addressing the united nations general assembly. is that going to happen? we don't know, yet, because the taliban did write a letter requesting that they be the ones to represent afghanistan. that has not even been debated at this stage. right now, the official representative to the united nations is still the person who was seated by the government of former-president ashraf ghani. and there is this big debate that is happening right now among global players, key leaders about how to deal with this taliban government. and what demands to make of the taliban government before finances and potentially even
humanitarian aid is released? but of course, while all of this debate is happening, while the world tries to navigate how to deal with this government, it is the people of afghanistan who are continuing to face the brunt of this lack of humanitarian access. many of them, heavily reliant on it. >> arwa damon, many thanks for that live report. appreciate it. and that wraps up this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm rosemary church. i will be back in just a moment with more "cnn newsroom." do stay with us. (vo) at t-mobile for business, unconventional thinking means we see things differently, so you can focus on what matters most. whether it's ensuring food arrives as freresh as when it departs.
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