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a warm welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm max foosster in london. just ahead -- >> he came into my home. >> this was pure evil. >> many more people would probably have been killed and injured if the buffalo police did not get to the scene. >> it is important that we win these primaries to have real republicans that will fight like
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donald trump did. >> and who can actually get there on day one and make a big difference because the country is sliding away from us. >> the pennsylvania senate race has the democrats best chance to flip a republican seat to their side. live from london, this is "cnn newsroom" with max foster. >> it is tuesday, may 17th. and in the coming hours joe biden and the first lady are set to travel to buffalo, new york where they will pay their respects to the victims of saturday's racially motivated shooting and meet with their families. the visit comes as we learn new details about the 18-year-old accused of opening fire in a supermarket. investigators say the suspect travelled 200 miles to the area two months ago and he was there this past friday for what authorities say was recognizance. just a day before the massacre.
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>> absolutely incredible someone with so much hate in their heart, so much hate in their head, traveled from more than three hours to get to this community, a community densely populated with african-american residents, with the express purpose of trying to take as many black lives as possible. >> law enforcement officials say federal prosecutors are working to bring charges against the suspect. the latest now from cnn's omar jimenez. >> reporter: new details show the alleged gunman meticulously planned the attack months in advance. investigators saying that he is believed to have scouted the store in early march and prepare for a gunfight. >> because of the body armor that he had on, he could have easily have retreated back into that store where there were dozens of other customers in that store pleading for their lives which could have then turned it into another barricade and further slaughter.
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>> reporter: investigators piecing together the sequence of events from what authorities say was a racially motivated attack. the erie county district attorney tells cnn the suspect seemingly planned on killing more black people if he could. >> it appears that way. again, we need to drill down further. >> reporter: federal investigators going to the home where the 18-year-old suspect lived with his parents as well as the gun store where the suspect purchased the bushmaster assault rifle. they are also looking into his planning ahead of the attack including illegally modifying his gun to carry 30 round magazines. >> we'll look into everything that this young man was doing and thinking. >> reporter: including analyzing the alleged shooter's past, how last year police paid him a visit after he did a high school project on murder-suicides. and analyzing his state of mind just before heading to the market, he is believed to have written and posted a 180 page
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statement, proudly labeling himself a white supremacist and outlining the attack. the buffalo police commissioner says he live streamed the horrific attack that has scarred this community. still grieving over the lives of ten of their own. gunned down in a matter of minutes. ruth whitfield was 86 and on her way back from visiting her husband in his nursing home when she stopped for groceries. her son called and called. no one ever achbnswered. >> you are looking for her, you find out, you go home. what is going through your head? >> i'm angry. i'm hurt. she was a beautiful person. we're still in the midst of this thing. one of the things that we as a family wanted to ensure is that we call it what it is. it is white supremacy, it is hate, it is racism, it is
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bigotry and we got to call it what it is and stop beating around the bush and take it head-on. because it is proliferating, it is not getting better. >> reporter: buffalo's police chief says this suspect had basically been doing recon leading up to the shooting as recently as friday but as early as months ago back in march. over the weekend, he pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, but no word yet on whether he will face any federal charges. meanwhile, president biden is expected to visit tuesday here to meet with the families of victims. omar jimenez, cnn, buffalo, new york. >> and as he reported, the attack was live streamed. that video will be a powerful piece of evidence, but social media platforms struggle to stop its spread even though twitch took it down just minutes after
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it began. >> switch tip took the video do they didn't take it done quick enough. people had downloaded it, copied it, reposted it elsewhere. over the past 48 hour, we have seen many copies of that video circulating across social media, viewed some news outlets are estimating millions of times. major platforms like facebook, twitter and youtube have banned the circulation of this video and working hard to get it off their el paplatforms and keep i but it is a big challenge because there is a very sustained group of people, individuals who keep posting versions of this video online. >> donie o'sullivan. and investigators have identified the suspect in california on sunday. david chu is a u.s. citizen born in china, they believe the
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shooting was politically motivated and he was upset over the tensions between china and taiwan. he is not thought to have any connection to the church or its members. he wounded five and killed 52-year-old dr. john chang. chang charged at the shooter giving others times to help subdue him. they say chang's heroic actions helped save lives. it is primary day in america, biggest one so far this year in fact. polls will open across five states in just a few hours from oregon to kentucky to idaho, along with the swing states of north carolina and pennsylvania. these primaries also represent a key test of former u.s. president donald trump's lingering evidence and grip on the republican party. the country will be closely watching to see if the candidates he backs win their races. one of the most contentious contests is the pennsylvania republican senate race which has been rocked by some last minute twists. analysts say they have no idea
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which way it will go in and the democratic senate race also thrown a curve ball as jeff zeleny explains. >> reporter: a chaotic close to the pennsylvania senate primary. the leading democratic candidate john fetterman will spend election day in the hospital recovering from a stroke he suffered late last week that his campaign did not reveal until sunday in this video with his wife by his side. >> we hit a little bunch mp. >> it was friday, i wasn't feeling well so i decided i needed to get checked out so i went to the hospital. >> reporter: on the eve of the primary, one of the most closely watched senate races threw more uncertainty on the republican side where takes thrit is a thr fight to the finish. all three are trying to win over
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undecided voters. >> i earnestly believed 13 months ago that if pennsylvanians knew they had a better option, you would have the good sense to take it. >> reporter: donald trump hangs heavy over the race where his endorsement of oz has outraged many hardcore members of the maga movement who are turning to burnett who has a compelling personal story and repeated false claims that the 2020 election was stolen. >> i don't think that we have anymore room to just pick a warm body with an "r" next to their name and call that win for us. >> reporter: in a radio interview today, barnett would not commit to supporting the gop nominee if she doesn't win. do you believe that is dangerous for the party given how important this seat is? >> i believe that the stakes are so high, i think that we as republicans have to win this seat. and so i believe i'm going to win this primary, but if i weren't to win, then i would support whoever the candidate was that was selected by the
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voters. ♪ >> reporter: republicans are not deciding whether to choose a candidate in trump's mold, that has been settled. but rather how trumpian they hope their next senator will be. >> 45th president of the united states donald trump is actually going to call in. >> he is a loyal maga person and i've known him for a long time and he will win it all. >> reporter: oz has struggled to close the sale with conservatives like rich owenshort. >> donald trump is capable of making a mistake and oz does not seem like a conservative. >> reporter: at the final campaign rally of this primary season, dr. oz is making the case one voter at a time, that he is a conservative candidate, that is one of the hurdles he is trying to cross. former president donald trump called into this rally trying to make that case as well. his prestige also on the line. this is one of the most closely
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watched senate races in the country. democrats believe that they can use it as a pickup opportunity to fill the seat of retired republican senator pat toomey. the voting is tuesday, but all eyes will still be on pennsylvania come november. jeff zeleny, cnn, blue belt, pennsylvania. these primaries are especially crucial for democrats who have reason to worry ahead the november midterm elections. ron brownstein explains why. >> i think the issue isn't really so much who donald trump endorses but who endorses donald trump. i mean, all of the republican candidates in the senate race in pennsylvania are basically fighting over who is the trumpiest and we see this in ohio basically we saw it in ohio, i think, you know, in north carolina. the big story i think is that with or without trumpism, it is consolidating its hold over the republican party and the question will be as in 2010 and
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2012, whether that produces nominees in some states that allows democrats to overcome what is overall a very tough environment for them. >> polls open in just a few hours on america's east coast and cnn will be covering the primary races, so keep it here. we're also tracking several major developments out of ukraine this hour. authorities say that there have been casualties from russian missile strikes from areas north of kyiv and there are reports that russian troops have tried to cross the border with heavy futuring east of the capital. missile attacks are also reported in the lviv region to the west. and more evacuations from the steel plant began monday allowing more than 260 people to leave. many of the evacuees are wounded and are being taken through
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areas controlled by russian troops. the ukrainian official says that they will be brought home as part of an exchange, but as some ukrainian forces remain at the plant, commander of the regimen defending the steelwork had this message. >> translator: the plan should balance the task of hand with the preservation of life. perhaps that is why war is call and art and not a signs. the task here is to preserve the maximum amount of personnel. >> russia's war is driving an historic change for european security meanwhile. this morning sweden's foreign minister officially signed the country's application to join nato. neighboring finland is expected do the same after the parliament votes later today. for both countries, it is an about-face and marks a major expansion of the nato alliance. russian president vladimir putin
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said monday that expansion wouldn't be an immediate threat but he warned that moving weapons on to finnish or swedish territory would provoke a response. meanwhile turkey says that it might oppose the bids, accusing finland and sweden of housing terrorist groups. that could be a major stumbling block since all 30 nato member states must agree on approving new members. for the latest, we have suzanne malveaux live for us in lviv, ukraine. nina dos santos is in stockholm for us. these latest movements on the ground are coming scarily close to where you are. >> reporter: yes, potentially devastating night for the ukrainians as we saw missile strikes throughout the country in various places. you of course mentioned here in lviv, that happened just slightly after midnight local time here. we heard the air raid sirens that went off about 20 minutes afterwards is when we started to hear those explosions as people headed to the bunkers and
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basements, the all-call happening about 1:15 local time here. the target was a railway infrastructure, it was about nine miles away from the polish border. so very rare that you would have something here take place and quite frightening for a lot of the ukrainian people who have gotten used to the air sirens going off without an incident. and also, you take a look just authority of kyiv, that is where authorities there say that they are facing heavy casualties and wounded that they do believe that people have lost their lives because of the missile strikes that happened overnight in a place called desna, that is a village just about 40 miles from the border of belarus. and also in the sumy region, they also reported strikes hitting some civilian targets with fires and infrastructure and unknown just whether or not they are wounded there. so there are a lot of people
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this morning who are waking up trying to figure out where do they need help, where do they need to go as the ukrainian people look across the country as these attacks -- military analysts saying that the russian soldiers are trying to distransportation them if you will in all these regions to take them away from the east, that is where the russians really want to make some progress. >> and what is your understanding of the state of play in mariupol? because it appears that the bigger fight has ended but you've got all of these soldiers effectively that have evacuated but they have gone into russian territory? >> reporter: that's right. and that is really worrisome to a lot of the families there what will happen to the fate of their loved ones. but this is potential lay significant breakthrough here, potentially indicating the future fall of mariupol, if you will, that the forces there are saying that they wrapped up their combat mission there, the russians describing it really as more of a negotiation.
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but we heard from president zelenskyy as these trapped militia -- the soldiers were trapped inside of that steel mill and finally escaped sending them to the hospital. he really described it as these are folks that are heros and something that was necessary to be done. take a listen. >> translator: i want for to emphasize we need our ukrainian heros alive. i think that every person will understand these words. the operation to rescue defenders of mariupol were started by our military and intelligence officers. and the work continues to bring them home and it needs delicacy and time. >> reporter: and it is significant because you know that mariupol is really a very powerful symbol of ukrainian resistance against the russians
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and therefore a lot of people looking to see not only just what kind of military advances the russians are making there, but also the symbolic meaning behind this and whether or not this in fact squashes the spirit of some of those who realize that perhaps that fight is over. >> suzanne in lviv, thank you for bringing us up-to-date. and now to nina in stockholm because this is the wider global impact that we're seeing playing out. finland and sweden going ahead with the application to nato. >> reporter: that's right. and that will double nato's borders with russia. this is a huge move for these two very neutral countries that prided themselves on decades of military nonalignment. it is an aboutturn in particular for here in sweden that had opposed excession to nato up until just the start of march saying essentially that the war
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in ukraine and russia's decision to invade that country that isn't a nato member changed everything from their perspective. so now what we've seen, the foreign minister of sweden signing the nato paperwork. she said just briefly to television crews who were present that she felt that it was a very big serious and symbolic moment for her country. finland will be having a vote later today. but in the meantime, the president of finland is here and he will be addressing the swedish parliament about the joint nato bid in about a couple hours time. and the prime minister of sweden made it clear yesterday evening in a joint press conference with the leader of the opposition as a joint show of strength if you like that, well, neutrality may have served sweden well over the last couple hundred years, but that was no longer going to be the case in the face of russian aggression in this part of the world. and she also said that they are
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ready for some retaliation here. have a listen. >> translator: sweden will be very exposed on how the application is being handled. russia says that it will undertake count iter measures if we join nato. we can't rule out that sweden will be the subject of disinformation and the attempts at scaring and dividing us, but it is also clear that sweden does not stand alone. >> reporter: well, sweden will have to -- sweden has already signed its paperwork. finland will sign its paperwork probably today or tomorrow. but what they have to do is convince all of the 30 member states of nato to countersign the proposal and admit them into the club and turkey is holding out. we've heard turkish president over the last few days say that he is expressing concerns about sweden and finland joining nato. he has issues with the fact that sweden has taken in a number of members of the kurdish community, members that he
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believes are terrorists, and he wants to hold out for some kind of concession it appears before agreeing to allow these two countries into nato. but they appear to have the backing of other nato members not least some of the most powerful like the united states. and you can imagine that the wheels of diplomacy will continue pace over the next few days. >> all right. we'll back with you for more updates. and coming up, a cnn exclusive, the u.s. calls him a specially designated global terrorist with blood on his hands and a $10 million bounty on his head. and he's never spoken with a western journalist or shown your face in a tv interview until now. plus this -- >> in this region the svu says it captures one or two agents run by russia every day. and today's suspect is being watched. >> cnn is there as ukrainian agents go after alleged russian spies in eastern ukraine. a report coming up.
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[sleep app ] close your eyes. deep breath in. i mean, obviously, let it out. ghaa. yeah, i'm not really sure if this is working either. now to a cnn exclusive. afghanistan's acting interior minister is deputy leader of the taliban and he has $10 million
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bounty on his head. the u.s. says he has orchestrated some of the deadliest attacks on american and coalition forces during the war. he has never spoken on camera with a western journalist until now. christiane amanpour asked him whether he considers america the enemy of the afghan government. >> translator: in the future we would like to have good relations with the united states and international community. based on rules and principles that exist in the rest of the world. and based on their arrangement, we have made commitment with them and currently we do not look at them as enemies. but based on their conduct, the afghans have reservations about their intentions. from our side, the freedom of the country and struggling for the country's defense is a legitimate right in accordance
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with international rules. currently we do not look at them as enemies. and we have time and again spoken about diplomacy. like the rest of the world, we want relations with them. >> and you can find the rest of that exclusive interview on cnn.com and you can watch part two later today on christiane amanpour, 1:00 p.m. in new york, 6:00 p.m. here in london only on cnn. u.s. president joe biden is sending american troops back to somalia to tountcounter al shab reversing the decision of previous president donald trump. a senior official tells cnn that less than 500 troops will be deployed in consultant with the somali government. david mckenzie is joining me from johannesburg. a change in american policy at least.
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what brought all that about, do you think, david? >> reporter: well, i think that it is returning to a realization that you need to have from the point of view of the u.s. government special operation forces on the ground to combat this al qaeda-linked militant group which has seen gains in recent months. a u.s. senior administration official saying the decision by president trump to withdraw those forces was, quote, irrational. what they have had to do over the last several years has been to cycle in and out of the country for training, advising operations which the pentagon says puts them potentially in harm's way. there is -- they are reiterating though, which is interesting, that they aren't going to be involved in direct attacking they say of al shabaab. take a listen. >> our forces are not thousand nor will they be directly
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engaged in combat operations. the purpose here is to enable a more effective fight against al shabaab by local forces and al shabaab has increased in their strength and poses a heightened threat. >> reporter: and that strength has been shown in recent months with an attack, severe attack, on an african union force in early may. max. >> there has been a presidential election, and it feels like that this is quite a coincidence that american support comes in after that transfer of power. >> reporter: well, certainly the public recognition of this has come in after the transfer of power. hard to say whether it is directly linked. but we know that there was significant criticism of the outgoing president of the in-fighting and long delayed election and how many felt that that was giving an opening to al shabaab and other militant actors in the country to foment instability. there was a feeling that much of
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the focus of the government was in that politicking and not securing zones. we are so far away from where we were pre-2011 when al shabaab controlled large sections of the capital in fact. they were pushed out. but there is a fear that these gains need to be consolidated before a slip further into insecurity. >> david mckenzie, thank you. coming up, the cost of treason in ukraine. what happens to alleged spies suspected of helping russia target ukrainian forces. our report just ahead. and europe's top depiplomat failed to get another round of sanctions against russia. we'll explain why.
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russia's invasion has left mariupol in ruins, but after 82 days of fighting, the long standoff at the steel plant may be coming to an end. ukraine says more than 260 people at the azovstal plant have been evacuated and declared the combat mission fulfilled. commanders are being ordered to save the lives of their troops. elsewhere in ukraine, the authorities say that there have been casualties from russian missile strikes in areas north of kyiv and there are reports that russian troops have tried to cross the border in sumy east of the capital. missile attacks also reported near lviv to the west. russia's gains belie its losses in other parts of ukraine. it has been repelled from kharkiv and facing stiff resistance as it pours more troops back into eastern ukraine. and near kramatorsk, ukrainian
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agents are hard at work capturing people that they call russian skies. sam kiley has more in this report. >> reporter: this is the former headquarters of the secret police of ukraine. it was hit right at the beginning of the war with an air strike clearly from the russian perspective, this is an immediate necessity to knock out t their capacity because it is from this location that the counterintelligence operation would have been run. >> translator: we've been working on him for about four days. we have a complete picture of his actions he says. this is ukraine's more secretive force, the equivalent of the fbi and then some. he says we have identified a person who according to our intelligence is committing a crime. simply put, this is a person who transmits to the russian side. the russian military,
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information about the locations of our units. their snatch team with orders to grab an alleged russian spy. the sbu says that spies feed a stream of information on troop movements and details of targets to russia's aircraft and artillery. in this region, the sbu says it captures one or two agents run by russia every day. and today's suspect is being watched. he is ours, there he goes, having a smoke. all units, green pants, black sweat shirt, 1,000. special forces sweep in, resi resistance -- two ukrainians are asked to witness the
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interrogation. with our camera present, protocols are followed to the letter. he is told why he is arrested for high treason during martial law and confesses on the spot to spying. he said that he was allegedly recruited online, gets orders via a messaging app from someone call called nicolai. he got about $10 for the spying. according to an alleged exchange between him and his handler, the suspect was arrested mid mission.
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there is no death penalty for traitors here, but as he is driven through the gates, he knows if tried and convicted, he could spend a lifetime behind bars. this hometown is under constant bombardment, so for him this is no small victory. russia is hitting us with missiles. and people die in these attacks. and the more atrocities the russians commit, the harder it is getting for the kremlin to recruit local spies. sam kiley, cnn. >> the european union couldn't agree on a sixth round of sanctions against russia during a meeting on monday. the eu top diplomat says that
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the proposed ban on russian oil still the main obstacle. the objections from hungary are represent having the you noon mus unanimous concept needed. and so they are bracing for higher inflation. and clare sebastian is joining me now with more. this is the problem with the unanimity policy within the union which the head of the president of commissions talked about. >> she mentioned that they might consider relaxing that rule on certain issues. but still it stands for this particular package of sanctions and hungary continue to say that they are not seeing enough assurances for their energy security in this latest package. you know, the prime minister was sworn in for his fourth term in office yesterday and at the same time accused brussels of abusing its power. and so right now they are asking for things like an extension to
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the deadline to phase out oil imports from russia. hungary is also suggesting that they might want quite a lot of money from the eu to help modernize their energy infrastructure sort of by way of compensation. but it has been almost two weeks since this sixth package was first rooted and still no agreement. >> and the other impact from the war is eurovision. and we'll cross to the kalush orchestra back in their home country after winning the song contest. >> glory to our heros. and now, ladies and gentlemen, you are free to ask questions. please wait to receive the microphone. greetings. are you planning to sell your hat at an auction to help ukraine? we know that you are planning to sell the crystal microphone. tell us more about it. >> translator: we are planning
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to sell to raise funds for ukraine. meaning that there are so many people who can't afford donating a lot of money to help ukraine. and this statue will be an additional motivation to donate money to help support ukraine and ukrainian army. so you can take picture of this statue. it will be placed at an auction soon. please follow us on instagram, we are planning to announce the value, auction details, et cetera. >> translator: more questions? >> translator: tv channel ukraine. immediately after eurovision, many started saying that
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programs it is worth hosting it in poland instead. what would you say about it. that is my first question.it is in poland instead. what would you say about it. that is my first question. second, how do you feel about ukrainians apologizing before poland -- >> so the kalush orchestra back in lviv. and they were given special dids pen sa dispensation to leave the country to compete and they won the contest, i think that it is broadly viewed as a good spot for ukraine as opposed to being the best performance there, but widespread support for ukraine and against russia frankly expressed in the song contest. and that award you saw there, they are selling off, auctioning, in support of ukraine and the military. we'll be monitoring that press conference for you and bring you the highlights. free cancellation on most bookings. it's a bit functional. but we'll gladly be functional. so you can be free.
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we're getting word that israeli police have arrested at least 20 people in jerusalem after clashes broke out long side a funeral. some 70 palestinians were wounded and israeli police say six overs were injured during the confrontations. let's bring in atika shubert who is covering this live for us. this is the second time we've had violence break out at funerals in the last week. >> reporter: yeah, second time in less than a week now that israeli police have used this kind of violence force against palestinian mourners here in jerusalem. yesterday it was the funeral of with a lea.e. walid al sharif w injured last month at a mosque compound in jerusalem's old city and he died result. so the funeral was yesterday and i
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israeli police blocked mourners attending the mosque during the funeral. and that seems to have triggered this unrest. israeli police used tear gas, rubber bullets, palestinians used rocks, bottles and also fireworks. the clashes lasted for almost an hour and there were a number of injuries, palestinian red cross said 71 people were injured, including one man who was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet. so quite serious injury there. now, israeli police put out a statement saying that number of their officers were lightly injured, but they accused mourners of, quote, turning a funeral ceremony into a violent march. and as you point out, this is the second time in less than a week that this has happened and it just part of the rising tensions not just here in jerusalem, but in israel and across the west bank. there have been a spate of attacks recently against israeli
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citizens by palestinians and in exchange for that, israeli police have actually moved in and sealed off access to parts of the palestinian territories, the west bank, and have also conducted a number of raids in the west bank particularly in the area of jenin. and it was during one of those raids that the al jazeera correspondent shireen ab jenin. so you are seeing the cycling of violence and escalating tensions even further. >> thank you. still ahead, wildfire in the western u.s. is breaking records. and in other parts of the country, they are facing severe weather threats. >> and after a 24 hour period of severe weather on the eastern united states, things beginning to quiet down. heat beginning to build. we'll touch on more severe weather in the central u.s. coming up.
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he would later hit one out of fenway park and the boston red sox defeated the houston astros 6-3. and it was another slugfest at coors field in denver. giants hit three home runs including a go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth inning. san francisco beat colorado 7-6. and in los angeles, the visiting arizona diamondbacks scored the first two runs, one on a home run from christian walker. dodgers answered with a five run rally including a home run from chris taylor. the diamondbacks homered again in the ninth before falling to the dodgers 5-4. conditions are calming down in the eastern united states after a day of severe weather. but now a new storm system is threatening the plains and midwest. pedram javaheri has a look at
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what is in store. >> good morning, max. we have severe weather the past 24 hours to tell you about around portions of the northeast, a couple reports of tornadoes, but a lot of wind and large hail reports, some that got to as large as then egg sized there, aboutabout 2 plus inches. and some flooding out of this. but again the hail reports pretty impressive in maryland and delaware where we see the hailstones at 2.25 inches in diameter. severe weather concern now all but over around the northeast, high pressure is trying to build and more heat across parts of the southern u.s. but central u.s. gets back in on the severe weather action with large hail and damaging winds potentially back in the forecast. near omaha, kansas city, that is the heist threat zone for some of the stronger storms that could possibly produce a couple tornados. when it comes to the western u.s., we've talked about the drought situation.
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unfortunately, the calf canyon fire continues to rage now entering the record books as the largest fire in state history upwards of almost 300,000 acres of land now consumed. besting a 2012 fire that consumed about the same amount across the state. but notice it doesn't get much better when it comes to the warmth. it really expands farther toward the east over the next couple days, as many as 100 plus record temperatures could be seen mainly across the southern united states, temperatures in spots climbing into the upper 80s and 90s and even 100s around western texas. the u.s. food and drug administration is expected to authorize a booster shot for kids of the pfizer vaccine as early as tuesday, this comes as the number of new cases amongst children grew to 76% last week from two weeks prior. and this is the fifth consecutive week in which child cases have increased and now kids make up about 18% of all
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the weekly reported cases in the country. a u.s. congressional subcommittee will hold the first public hearing on ufos in more than five decades on tuesday, it will focus on the pentagon program established last year after a preliminary assessment on 144 reports of, quote, unidentified aerial phenomena. since 2004, they could only explain one of them. there will be two witnesses testifying from the defense intelligence community. thanks for joining me here. "early start" is up next.
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welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. it is tuesday, may 17th, i'm laura jarrett. glad to have you back. >> and i'm christine romans. we're here in new york. and we begin with president biden traveling today to buffalo to meet with family and victims of the racist mass shooting. the president will not just acting a consoler in chief, he also plans to be confronter in chief calling out hate, the kind of bigotry that floods the 180 page manifesto the shooter thought to have posted just before the attack, expressing his racist beliefs and details of his planned asslt

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