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♪ hello and welcome to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada and auld around the world. there's deep concern at the white house over the classified material trump took to mar-a-lago. look at whether the documents put national security at risk. and tensions are rising at the nuclear plant in zaporizhzhia, the largest one in all of europe. both ukraine and russia are making accusations about military action around it. we're there live with the latest. plus -- >> i don't think any parent
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should ever have to bury their kid. >> pain and rage. that's the cycle of emotions a mother says she is experiencing after losing two sons in less than a year after the war in afghanistan. ♪ >> announcer: live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom" is kim brunhuber. ♪ the biden white house is officially hands off regarding last week's fbi search of donald trump's mar-a-lago residence. it turned up 11 sets of classified materials, including some with the highest secrecy. privately some white house officials admit they're worried about what other sensitive documents might be out there. in court documents unsealed in relation to that search hint at the legal jeopardy the former president and his al llies coul be facing. >> reporter: new information
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revealed in documents related to the mar-a-lago search sharpening the focus on former president trump as a possible subject of the criminal probe. the application for the search warrant unsealed thursday reveals that among the crimes doj is investigating, language that could point to the role of trump who would have been authorized to possess national defense documents while in office, but not once he departed the white house and moved to mar-a-lago. >> the papers don't specify donald trump in particular. you usually as a prosecutor don't specify a person. we can sort of figure out what we mean. >> trump's former attorney rudy giuliani, a target of another criminal probe out of georgia investigating election fraud, he lashed out. >> now they want to make him responsible for having taken classified documents and preserved them. really if you look at the espionage act, it's not really about taking the documents. it's about destroying them. or hiding them.
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or giving them to the enemy. >> right. >> it's not about taking them and putting them in a place that's roughly as safe as they were in the first place. >> reporter: trump and his team continue to push publicly for releasing the full search warrant affidavit which would have a lot more detail, but they didn't file any motions to that effect in court. a source tells cnn that remains a possibility. while trump is continuing to hunt for additioning to his legal team, including someone with experience in florida. >> one thing i did like today and i have to be positive about this, he said, look, if it's redacted too much, i'm going to take it and redact it myself. >> reporter: since the search, threats against fbi agents have reached unprecedented levels, a source tells cnn. that's why a house oversight panel is calling on social media companies to take immediate action and identify the number of threats made on their platform since august 8th, the day of the search. the demand comes in a letter to social media companies including
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meta, twitter and tiktok. in terms of the affidavit, prosecutors have one week to suggest proposed redactions to the judge. it will likely be a tall task to the judge any redactions they would be proposed would be so extensive it would make the affidavit, quote, devoid of content. jessica schneider, cnn, washington. the trump factor is looming over the upcoming midterms. some republican candidates are aligning themselves as closely as possible with the former president, but others are trying to avoid him with every step of the way. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell admitted this week it will be tough for republicans to retake the senate in november. while other party figures urged republican candidates to focus on issues and not donald trump. >> reporter: with fewer than 100 days until the midterm elections, republicans are starting to put a finer point on
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their general election strategy. of course, in primaries, it was beneficial for a number of republican candidates to embrace former president donald trump. but in the general election, it is a different calculation. i am told that republican tom emmer, the head of the house gop's campaign arm, has been privately counselling some republican candidates in battleground districts to avoid any trump talk and not be distracted by the former president and instead has been advising them to focus on the issues they believe will be most salient in the midterms such as inflation, crime and the border. i've talked to a number of these republican candidates who say they've tried to do exactly that. they said one of them said that they only mentioned trump when asked about him by constituents. others said they never mention trump by name and only talk about his policies. but that is going to be inkroes i increasingly difficult to do with trump coming dominating headlines, coming under scrutiny
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with myriad investigations and teasing a possibly presidential bid before the midterms. there's a lot of concerns about the republican midterm elections becoming a referendum on donald trump instead of joe biden. we should also point out this concern about trump's role in the midterm elections is not just limited to the house. in the senate, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell has warned that the fall fight is going to be extremely close, in part because of some of these donald trump-backed candidates who have struggled in their races. take a listen. >> i think there's probably a greater likelihood the house flips than the senate. candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome. right now we have 50/50 senate. and a 50/50 country. but i think when all is said and done this fall we're likely to have an extremely close senate. >> reporter: of course, mcconnell did not name trump there, but it's clear he is frustrated with how things are shaking out and trying to set
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some expectations ahead of november. melanie zanona, cnn, capitol hill. >> cnn senior political analyst ron brownstein joins me from los angeles and senior editor for the atlantic. thank you so much for being here with us. ron, looking at the big picture. on one hand you can say it's been a bad week for donald trump with the accumulation of his legal troubles and those of his allies and associates. but on the other hand, he's reportedly pulling in millions of fundraising on the back of the mar-a-lago search. even if his legal woes worsen in the backwards world of donald trump, is it actually good for him politically? >> well, i think clearly is that even as his legal problems are mounting, his hold on the republican party is tightening, right? in may, when the governor of georgia and the secretary of state of georgia who had defended the integrity of the election in 2020 and pushed back against trump's lies, when they won their primaries, there was a
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great deal of heated speculation that trump's grip on the republican party was loosening. and the summer has sent a very, very different message. i mean, in state after state, in wisconsin, in michigan, in arizona, in nevada, in minnesota, trump-backed election deniers have won republican nominations, of course, acapped by the defeat of liz cheney in the primary this week. the resounding defeat in the primary this week that meant that eight of the ten house republicans who voted to impeach him are either retiring or were defeated by republican voters in their primaries. for better or worse, this is donald trump's party. that is the umbrella under which republicans are going to be running in the fall. i think the events of the past few months and the fact that smo republican elected officials rushed to defend him after the execution of the search warrant in mar-a-lago without knowing anything about the case, all of
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that underscores how difficult it's going to be for anyone to stop him if he wants the gop nomination again in 2024. >> yeah. as you say, liz cheney's primary loss underscores all of that. there's been plenty speculation about her potentially running in 2024. you've written recently about that. how realistic is it? and what effect would it have on the race and on the republican party as a whole? >> look, liz cheney is not going to be the republican nominee. that is very clear. but if she runs in 2024, she could have influence over the outcome, particularly in a general election. you know, if you look at polling, kim, consistently somewhere depending on the question 20 to 25% of the republicans consistently say donald trump's claims about the election are not true, that he is -- his actions after election day were improper, he bears a responsibility for what happened on january 6th. and cheney has the opportunity
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to remind those voters why they are uneasy with trump. that is very unlikely to stop him from winning the nomination if he seeks it. but the real leverage that those voters have, that cheney has, and that the dwindling band of republican critics of trump have really is in a general election is to with hold their votes in a general election. i think there are many people who correctly believe that the republican party is not going to change -- get off of this trump-like path unless it is proved to them that it is electorally a dead end. right now they do not believe that. but a cheney candidacy that kind of moved those voters who are uneasy with trump out of the republican party in a general election may be the kind of thing that could begin to get the party to rethink. but you know, it is pretty clear it's an uphill fight at this point given the level of dominance he displayed over the
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summer. >> you talk about this new trump path. one of the bricks in that path, if you would, is this war on ideas that we're seeing more and more measures to erase mentions of race, gender, oppression, so on in schools' libraries with books being banned, ideas being censored. have we ever seen anything like this in america beyond the red scare? and what affect might this have? >> right. so there really isn't much that is -- certainly not at this scale. i mean, the two examples that people cite in american history was the red scare in the '50s, loyal deals demanded of teachers and university professors. then the anti-evolution laws that led to the monkey trial in the 1920s. but many more red states are moving to restrict the classroom discussion of race to make it easier for conservative critics to ban books than we saw in the 1920s. and this is part of a much broader development, whether
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we're talking about abortion rights, voting rights, lgbtq rights, book bans, the right to protest with heightened penalties for public protest and censorship classroom of teachers, the red states with the support of the republican majority on the supreme court in many cases looking to roll back a movement in the opposite direction since the 1960s. the general direction of american life has been to nationalize more rights. and to reduce the ability of states to restrict those lights. and we are seeing a full scale counter revolutioned of which abortion is the most powerful symbol and the one that may come back to bite republicans the most. but we're heading toward a world which we really haven't seen since the 1950s in america in which your basic civil rights and civil liberties are going to die verge enormously depending on your zip code, depending on where you live and what that means is that essentially we're going to have one set of rules for half the country and another
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set of rules for the other half of the country, unless either side can get the votes to impose a national regime of either abortion rights or an abortion ban. >> always appreciate the analysis. ron brownstein, thank you so much. >> thank you. ♪ the door could be opening to an international inspection of ukraine's zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. still ahead, inspectors reportedly get the go ahead from the kremlin. plus -- >> it could have been handled completely differently. and those 13 kids would still be here. they were treated like they were disposable and replaceable. >> a mother's grief and anger over the death of one son during the afghan withdrawal and another tragedy less than a year later. let it pull you. past the doubt. past the pain. and past your limimits.. no matter what, we go on. biofreeze.
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several artillery strikes in the area, that has raised fears of a potential nuclear disaster which ukrainian president zelenskyy expressed in very dire terms. here he is. >> translator: if russian blackmail with radiation continues, this summer may go down in the history of various european countries as one of the most tragic of all time, because not a single instruction at any nuclear power plant in the world provides a procedure in case a terrorist state turns a nuclear power plant into a target. >> meanwhile, u.n. secretary general guterres says electricity produced at the plant belongs to ukraine. russia plans to disconnect ukraine from the power grid. sam kylie joins from the city of zap reena, northeast of the nuclear plant. sam, what's the latest there? >> reporter: well, kim, there was a great deal of tension over the last 48 hours following
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various elements of propaganda and disinformation put out by the russians and supporters of russia suggesting, for example, that workers were being reduced in number at the nuclear power plant ahead of some kind of potential attack. i think this is all part of the hybrid warfare with the veracity of any of these claims almost impossible to establish and very often as we have noted now since vladimir putin's statement yesterday claiming the ukrainians were systematically bombarding the nuclear power stations, factually incorrect. cnn's own analysis of the latest satellite imagery of the nuclear power station just south of where i am here end kats strongly there have been no significant attacks in or near the nuclear power station for just over a month. so those are just sort of the atmosphere in which all of this very serious issue of the future of europe's biggest nuclear
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power station is coming under focus. clearly emmanuel macron very exercised about this, because of course the european mainland stands under threat if there is a nuclear disaster here. and the indications coming from putin might be welcome is a repeat really of the russian line. but the problem is how do they get there? there's some indication they may be allowed to cross by boat to go there. but this nuclear power station has been put firmly on the front line of a war here in ukraine by the russians. they are firing missiles from the ground, close to the ground of the nuclear power station. we have been able to see the evidence of that with our own eyes a couple of days ago, kim. and in that context, very difficult to see how inspectors could be risked going into an environment in which they could be killed. >> sam, one bit of good news for
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ukraine in the form of new u.s. aid package. what more can you tell us about that? >> reporter: pretty substantial aid package coming incrementally, part of an incremental aid package. some in the million billion. this one just under 755 billion, i believe, close to that kind of figure. very important essentially resupply. if you look at what's being given in this aid package, it's new or replacement javelin missiles. couple thousand of them and launch systems that go with them known as the clue, new rockets for the high mars, which are sophisticated longer range multiple rocket launch system which very useful indeed and very important tactically for the ukrainians. also, surveillance equipment, new drones, but when analysts go and look at this package once again, although the ukrainians have signaled and president
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zelenskyy tweeted out he is extremely grateful for this very important resupply effectively, what is missing from this and analysts and ukrainians will point it out is strategic weaponry, no aircraft, no long range attack drones, no weapon systems that could be capable of reaching inside russian territory, which the ukrainians are told they're not allowed to do with existing weapon systems they have because there remains in the west very deep support for the principle of ukrainian victory but a nervousness about helping particularly as a nato members to deliver that victory with nato-style weapons that could provoke a very, very dangerous reaction, possibly even nuclear response from russia, kim. >> yeah, absolutely. sam kylie, thanks so much. really appreciate it. grief, rage, feeling forgotten. that's the cycle of emotions a californian mother says she is experiencing after losing two sons in less than a year.
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one son, a u.s. marine, died in a terrorist attack in afghanistan last august during the chaotic u.s. withdrawal. just ten days ago, her other son took his own life after struggling with his brother's death. now that devastated mom is speaking act her pain. >> i don't think any parent should ever have to bury their kid. >> reporter: she will, twice in just one year. this was a year ago at the international airport kabul was falling to the taliban. afghans fled in droves. and america was pulling out of its longest war. >> as far as i know, they were just evacuating people. okay. he's doing his job. he's helping people and will be home in a couple days. >> her son sent his mother pictures and video explaining how the marines were helping outside the airport. >> he sent me video of him with a little boy.
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i was happy because he is great with kids. kids make him happy. the morning of august 26th, i woke up. when i woke up, i woke up crying. i couldn't figure out why i was crying. i was very emotional. i felt very emotional. the first post that popped up was a picture of an explosion. and the first thing that hit my mind was, the video he sent me and in the background was abby gate. >> reporter: her son's father was the first to know. >> and he said, shana, as soon as he said it i started screaming because i knew what he was going to tell me. he didn't have to tell me. it was weird. i just knew. >> one of 13 flag draped caskets returned to dover air force base. then home to his family in california. ♪ but months after the ceremonies faded, his older brother dakota
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struggled to accept what happened. >> you can't be sleeping there, dakota. >> to be close to karim. it bothers him that he's here alone. as the one year was approaching, he started expressing that. well, he is really gone. he's not coming back. he would cry. and i just took it as, we're all hurting. because we all are. i didn't know there was -- he gave no signs. i didn't know he was going to do that. >> reporter: sheriff's deputies would find 28-year-old dakota's body just days before the one year anniversary of his brother's death in afghanistan. >> across from the memorial and a time he spent a lot of time with his brothers. >> do you blame dakota's death on the war. >> yeah, i do. it's a pain that is just so hard to deal with because you can't understand it. it's like a pain you have never felt before. you can't understand it. you can't even make sense of it. you can't even describe it.
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i know with dakota, the reality this month, for some reason this month the reality started setting him in. >> reporter: people watching this are wondering how are you able to talk about this? >> because i'm still in the shock phase right now. i keep saying what am i going to do when the shock phase wears off. how am i going to react to this? what's going to happen to me? >> reporter: shana chapel wants you to hear her grief and also her rage that after one year with the disastrous withdrawal from afghanistan, she feels forgotten. >> because the withdrawal was a complete failure. doesn't look good for the administration. so they want the disastrous pullout forgotten about and the 13 that were killed to be forgotten about, mainly because they were so young. it could have been handled completely differently and those 13 kids would still be here. they were treated like they were disposable and replaceable. >> reporter: adding financial insult to her pain, she needs to have the money to bury her son sometime in september.
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she is trying to raise that money via go fund me. her plan is to bury dakota beside his brother. kyung lah, cnn, los angeles. a virginia court hands down multiple life sentences to a british isis member involved in the kidnapping and deaths of multiple people, including americans. we'll have the story after the break. plus, almost decade old crime in mexico is back in the spotlight. the disappearance of dozens of students, a government coverup and new arrest. we'll have details ahead. o quit. as the pain sets i in. and the hill grows steeper. no matter what, we g go on. biofreeze. cookies and breyers. that's like getting two desserts! wait... do we have to thank our moms twice? i don't kn... (laughs) and loaded with deliciousk wait cookie thank our moms twice?
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back to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada and around the world, i'm kim brunhuber, this is "cnn newsroom." prosecutors have less than a week to tell a federal judge what they would have to redact if he unseals the affidavit that led to the search of donald trump's florida home. the department of justice says it would have to with hold so much information the document could be, quote, devoid of content. legal experts have zeroed in on one key phrase in the court documents that have been unsealed so far. it reads, quote, willful retention of national defense information. that suggests the former president could be the target of a criminal investigation. and cnn has learned that some current white house officials are privately worried about the volume of classified materials that were seized at mar-a-lago and whether more sensitive documents might still be missing. senior u.s. official says iran has dropped a key demand that had been a major sticking point in efforts to revive the iran nuclear deal.
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in its response, the european union's agreements submitted monday, the official says iran didn't ask that the iranian revolutionary guard corp. be removed from the u.s. list of foreign terrorist organizations. the u.s. repeatedly rejected the request. monday's version of the agreement has been described by the eu as the final draft. on friday, a member of an execution squad dubbed the isis beetles for their british accents was sentenced in a virginia courtroom. the charges connected to the hostage taking and deaths of four americans. one of them journalist james was beheaded in 2014. he was given eight concurrent life sentences. cnn's kylie atwood has more. >> reporter: the families of the americans who were killed at the hands of this isis terrorist welcome this life sentence for him, diane foley, mother of jim foley-a freelance journalist in syria beheaded by isis eight
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years ago. she said that while this is a hallow victory because of the fact that her son is no longer here and the other americans were also killed, she also said that there was some victory in this sentencing. >> let this sentencing make clear to all who dare to kidnap, torture or kill any american citizen abroad, that u.s. justice will find you wherever you are. and that our government will hold you accountable for your crimes against our citizens. >> reporter: now diane foley made it her life's work to support the families of other americans who are wrongfully detained abroad. she launched the james foley foundation which supports those families. they launch because she believes the u.s. government can do better in its efforts to bring home safely and securely americans who are wrongfully detained abroad. now, after this sentencing, we also heard from the family of kayla mueller, she was an
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american aid worker in syria, who was tortured and killed by isis. and they said the sentencing was critical because it demonstrates that there is a price to pay for those who kill or detain americans. we heard from other family members who encouraged the u.s. government to act quickly after americans are taken. kylie atwood, cnn, washington. the former attorney general of mexico is now behind bars. jesus karam arrested on friday after multiple charges relating to the disappearance of 43 students back in 2014. the arrest comes a day after authorities determined the case to be a crime of the state. it was covered up by the government. now students were on their way to a protest when they were intercepted by security forces and local police. at the time, authorities said a drug gang mistook them for members of a rival group and killed them. officials say the remains of only three students have been discovered and identified.
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>> reporter: there is no indication the students are alive. on the contrary, all the testimonies and evidence prove they were cunningly killed and disappeared. >> the current administration issued dozens of arrest warrants including for military members and police. somali police say at least 15 people were killed when gunmen attacked an upscale hotel in somalia's capital friday night. officials say large explosions rocked the hotel followed by a gun battle. they warn that the death toll is likely to rise because casualties are still coming into the hospital. the hotel is popular with lawmakers and government officials. it lies at the security check point for the airport, which is protected by african union troops. the al qaeda-linked terrorist group al shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.
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we want to take you live now to a north istanbul. united nations secretary general guterres is making a stop there following a trip to ukraine. now while in odesa he praised a deal brokered by the u.n. and turkey between kyiv and moscow. that deal reconnected grain and food supplies to the global market which is would pass through turkish waters. guterres noted that since the deal was signed more than 600,000 tons of grain hand food supplies had left ukrainian ports. he also called on developed nations to help developing
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countries purchase these essential supplies. so again, we're looking at live pictures there united nations secretary general antonio ambigguterres paying a visit to port in istanbul after a stop in ukraine. ♪ millions of people are currently under flood watches as monsoon storms pummel parts of the southwestern u.s. near phoenix, flash floods ripped through intersections, pushing cars to the side like toys. officials say the storms aren't over yet. some areas are expected to see up to six inches of rain in the coming days. tropical storm warnings are posted for parts of south texas and the east coast of mexico. national hurricane center says the storm system is likely to intensify before making landfall. now let's bring in cnn meteorologist derek van dam. derek, you're still waiting for updates on that hurricane system. what more can you tell us?
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>> yeah, we did. we got the 5:00 a.m. update, kim. and what the national hurricane center has indicated is that there isn't a central rotation on this particular system. so it is not officially named just yet. it's still considered a potential tropical cyclone number four. but nonetheless they do anticipate it to strengthen within the coming hours and could potentially, at least, become the next named storm that will be the fourth named storm system of the year after a drought of atlanta hurricane basin storms since the beginning of july. 35 miles per hour sustained winds near the center of potential tropical cyclone four. not a lot of landing room before this thing makes landfall. so we're going to run out of that available energy from the warm waters of gulf of mexico to give it the strengthening power that it's looking for. if it does get named it will be danielle. last storm was july 2nd. incredible. here is the official forecast track. you can see the tropical storm warnings extending across
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northeastern sections of mexico. and extreme southern portions of texas including the brownsville region. obviously brief heavy downpours of rain should be anticipated with this within the coming hours as the storm system approaches land. it is going to interact with a frontal boundary that's draped across north and central sections of texas. what it will do is enhance some of the rainfall possibilities across this area. texas has been extremely hot, extremely dry. this could put a dent in the on going drought across the area. too much rain, too quickly. computer models still trying to figure out where the heaviest of rain could set up. we could easily see upwards of six, upwards of maybe ten inches of rain locally for north central texas. today, however, we have the flash flood potential across the southwest monsoon areas, arizona, into new mexico. those areas have a moderate risk of flash flooding. the flash flooding risk shifts east ward as we get the interaction with the rest of
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tropical disturbance and that frontal boundary. dallas, ft. worth, that area, look out for the potential of flash flooding this weekend. kim? >> lots to keep our eyes on for the weekend. derek van dam, appreciate it. thank you so much. two areas in china ordered factories to halt operations for about a week. the goal is to conserve energy amid a record heat wave that's taxing the country's power grid. selina wang tells us the shutdown is raising concerns of supply problems far beyond china's borders. >> reporter: a scorching heat wave grinding work on the world's factory floors to a screeching halt as china battles its worst heat wave on record, factories in the key manufacturing hubs have come to a standstill. for about a week, power is being saved for its more than 100 million residents amid a crippling crunch, but the diversion threatens an economic jolt. it hits factories for
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semiconductor factories like intel and texas instruments and suppliers of apple and tesla. most importantly, it is rich in one of the world's most important commodities, lithium. >> produces 30% for china. we think this is going to affect the lithium supplies in the short run, very likely we are going to see the lithium price going up. >> reporter: lithium is essential for technologies like electric car and smart phone batteries. while experts say the impact will be minimal if the shutdown only lasts a week, if they drag on, it threatens to snag already strained global supply chains and hike up prices for global consumers. the power cuts are yet another headache for factories after covid-related shutdowns. it could encourage the u.s. and europe to move more of their battery supply chains back home. >> also, strengthen people's belief that you can't rely on
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china too much while the factory is processing. >> reporter: this is china's strongest and longest heat wave on record. lasting for more than 60 days. pushing temperatures above 110 degrees farenheit in some regions. it's put extreme pressure on the power grid because of spikes in air-conditioning use and hydro power plants that are struggling to meet demand. droughts are sweeping across the country. parts of china's longest river and other reservoirs have completely dried up. fire trucks are sending water to places struggling to get enough drinking water. villagers line up with their buckets. in the south, the heat and droughts are ravaging crops. impacting, 159 acres of arable land. many regions are taking desperate measures. central hubei province is firing rockets into the sky with chemicals to help clouds produce more rain. videos of staff pouring ice
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cubes into swimming pools have gone viral. as did this woman's video diary showing her bag of live shrimp cooked after she was outside for an hour. office workers are sitting around giant ice cubes to cool down because of power cuts. some cities are operating subway stations in near darkness to save energy. other residents are sleeping in subway stations to take refuge from the heat. china's heat wave is expected to get worse, so all of this might be the new normal. selina wang, cnn, beijing. and the extreme weather doesn't stop with china. places all over the globe are suffering from torrential downpours and severe storms to droughts and wild fires burning out of control. cnn's melissa bell has details on the wild and dangerous weather around the world. >> reporter: as though venice needed more water, crowds sheltering from the storm that
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swooped across europe this week. violent winds spread havoc across beaches in tuscany with two killed by falling trees on thursday. hail, heavy rain and winds bashed the island at 140 miles per hour, uprooting trees and cars. on the french mainland, too, standing up to the elements has been proven a losing battle. elsewhere in europe, the rain cannot come soon enough. after weeks of drought and extreme heat. germany's main shipment artery at a standstill, low water levels along the ryan exposing hunger stones that record ancient and more recent droughts. 100 degree heat fueling wild fires in sicily. and in eastern spain, military units putting down fires, reignited after a brief but all
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too short rainfall. in north africa, too, at least 37 people have died in forest fires that have destroyed more than 2.5 thousand hectares of land. such weather patterns although extreme are not unheard of in europe. it's more they're typical of late autumn rather than of summer. here? paris the parched leaves are already partly on the ground. a dire warning that the worst drought on record could cause france soaring food prices come september. farmers rush to save crops in mainland china, too, after the worst heat wave in 60 years. temperatures soaring along the river basin for weeks. >> translator: all scorched. they certainly cannot grow. the high temperatures slowly roasting sweet potato leaves to death. >> reporter: but sudden downpours of rain in northwest china on wednesday didn't help. flooding and mud slides killed 17 people, according to china's
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state broadcaster. dozens are still missing. and the difficult weather patterns haven't been limited to the northern hemisphere this week. in new zealand, hundreds of homes evacuated over fears of landslides. declaring a state of emergency after four days of torrential rain. >> it just collapsed. so we check outside. and then we saw the dirt rolling straight to our property. >> reporter: in south america, too, the grasslands on raging fire along the delta in central argentina. lives lost, livelihoods destroyed and more damage on the horizon after a week of extreme weather across the planet. melissa bell, cnn. ♪ and we'll be right back. stay with us. ♪ ♪ ♪
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in europe, stark reminders of the past are surfacing in one of the continent's most important rivers.
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and it's all because of extreme weather. cnn's michael holmes has the story. >> reporter: sciencetists are warning that europe could be on track to see the worst drought in 500 years, leaving the danube river at one of the lowest levels in almost a century. now it's exposing sunken german warships that date back to world war ii near the port town. >> translator: the second world war's remnants or the consequences of conflict between the red army and the german war flotilla are now here in front of us. thus they left behind an ecological disaster for us. the residents which has been threatening us everyday for the past 78 years. >> reporter: the second longest river in europe passing through ten countries. the sunken ships often hamper river traffic on this main transport artery when water levels are low, but during this unprecedented drought, more than
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20 have been exposed on a section of the river. and this isn't just reminder of a bygone era, there's ammunition and explosives on board these ships and has locals worried. >> translator: we certainly have about 10,000 kilograms of explosive devices here. you can anticipate what will happen if one does. >> reporter: these vessels were among the hundreds deliberately run aground in 1944 by nazi germany's retreating black sea fleet. area of 00 meters for ships to pass through, that's nearly half of the previous widths. the estimate for serbia to get rid of the exposed ships, $30 million. this summer's record heat waves and severe drought conditions snarling traffic on the mighty danube, now vessels traveling
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