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welcome to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada, and all around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. ahead on "cnn newsroom," it happened again, u.s. fighter jets called to shoot down something flying over america. though the death toll in turkey and syria is rising, people are still pulled from the rubble. and more questions around elon musk and spas ex-and what's needed on the battlefield. we are once again waiting to learn more, anything, really, about an unidentified object shot down by a u.s. fighter jet. the order came from u.s.
president joe biden and canadian president justin trudeau on saturday. it violated canadian airspace crossing over in the far northwest area of the country. the pentagon said it was first spotted over alaska on friday. this is the third time in a week the u.s. has shot down something. here's canada's defense minister. >> it appears to be a small cylindrical object and smaller than the one that was downed off the coast of north carolina. there is no reason to believe that the impact of the object in canadian territory is of any public concern. >> both of alaska's senators are praising the military's response. republican dan sullivan tweeted, i commend our military, particularly the active duty and guard forces in alaska who literally have been working around the clock for weeks tracking and eliminating this
unprecedented challenge. and republican lisa murkowski also commended them and said -- cnn's natasha bertrand is in washington with more on this developing story. >> reporter: president bind and canadian prime minister justin trudeau agreed to the shoot-down. it was the third time in a week it was to shoot down an object in u.s. airspace. it had fft been spotted over alaska on friday night according to the pentagon and it was ultimately shot down by u.s. fighter jets over canada after being observed for 24 hours. u.s. and canadian officials say it's still not clear what the object is, but the incident comes one day after the white house and pentagon revealed president biden ordered another
unidentified flying object shot down friday off the coast of alaska. sources tell cnn for that object, some pilots sent up to investigate it reported that their aircraft sensor had been impacted and it was not clear how it was propelling itself. the incident comes exactly one week after the u.s. military also on biden's orders shot down a chinese spy balloon off the coast of north carolina. it's not clear whether the object shot down on saturday ore canada is related to the chinese balloon or the object shot down on friday, but u.s. officials said the fbi will be helping to recovering and analyze the debris in all three incidents to try to get a better sense of what the objects were and what they're capable of. >> earlier i spoke with ian boyd at the university of colorado and i asked him to weigh in on the pilots' claims that their jet sensors were jammed when
they approached the object on saturday. >> i would suggest that the payloads on these newer balloons are emitting some kind of electromagnetic signals that's under the general heading of electronic warfare. it's used by militaries all across the world , and jamming s one example of that. at the very least it suggests there's a lot of electrical activity on those newer balloons. >> so looking at the bigger picture, what's going on here. is it all of a sudden china -- we assume these are from china -- is ramping up what appears to be an aerial campaign or are we aware of the spy balloons, we're on the lookout, or the public is at least being told about them? >> i think it's a little bit all of those things.
it's clear the u.s. is now shooting first and asking questions later. i think that's partly because the u.s. and canada and some of the countries down in south america are probably all on heightened alert because of that first balloon. so the skies are being watched more carefully than usual. and then obviously in the u.s., there's been mounting political pressure to act more quickly. and at the same time, china's denials, i think, with the multiple balloons and those denials, it's increasing suspicions that there is a campaign of surveillance being conducted here. >> and you can hear my full interview with him in the next hour. a top humanitarian aide official said the earthquake that devastated turkey and syria was the worst in the past century. he made the remark as he
observed the devastation from the quake and pledged more support. so far both countries have confirmed more than 28,000 deaths from monday's disaster. >> what happened here on monday, the epicenter of the earthquake was the worst event in 100 years in this region. >> six days since the earthquake struck, rescue workers in turkey are holding out hope that they'll find more people alive even as their chances of survival gets smaller each day. on saturday emergency crews made a few more rescues including this one, a mother and son who were collapsed under a collapsed building for at least 134 hours. the rescue on rag was carried out by international volunteers including authorities from los angeles who worked for hours to pull out the survivors. as we saw there, more than 100 hours since the quake hit, but people are still being pulled alive from the rubble is.
that giving some families hope? >> reporter: look, and the rescue effort is continuing, but that hope is dwindling as the days pass by, and the chance of finding survivors beneath the rubble is fading. we're seeing small glimmers of hope. yesterday a number of people rescued five days from monday's earthquake and now today we're seeing further rescues taking place. we saw a number of remark shl rescues, one where a woman had been trapped beneath the rubble for 132 hours waiting to be rescued. there was, of course, a huge amount of support around the site, family members waiting, extremely worried for their loved ones. today we're learning that a 10-year-old girl has also been rescued in the city after 147
hours this. is six days since the earthquake. this is a significant feat. there is still hope survivors can be found. of course, that hope is dwindling particularly in the north central region of syria. the white helmets have been leading in that effort and say they have given up hope. they're no longer treating this as a rescue mission, but, rather, this is a recovery effort. they do not believe they'll find any more alive beneath the rubble. hugely troubling. of course, there is a question of those who have survived but also impacted by the earthquake now facing freezing conditions across northeastern turkey and southeastern sear yachlt many of those displaced not just for the first time but multiple times after years of conflict and war, and, of course, the issue of getting aid into syria has
proven hugely difficult, both the difficult challenges of getting aid across turkey, and although some things were structurally intact, the roading were badly damaged. we've seen u.s. representatives visiting northwest sear yachlt at least two dozen trucks were able to push through with the life-saving aid. they did need that support early on. but you see the outpouring of support. huge amounts of aid being distributed sent. this has been an international effort. we have seen search-and-rescue teams traveling from across the globe. they're still traveling in to take part to offer humanitarian support, the medical support needed for those who have been
left homeless by this earthquake. there are questions now raising about the accountability behind this earthquake. president erdogan said an investigation is being carried out across the ten provinces hit. more than 200 have been appointed to oversee this investigation. a number of people have been arrested in connection with the construction of these now destroyed buildings in some parts of the country over allegations of negligence. some arrested even overseas. one man was arrested in cyprus, another at international airport setting to flee to montenegro. there are at least 62 detention orders that have now been issued. there was a real focus by the government on accountability. i have to say there are also questions being raised about the government itself and whether enough was done to prepare for a situation like this.
>> thank you so much, nada bashir in istanbul. millions there depended on foreign aid before the earthquake hit. now they could find themselves homeless again as make shift camps go out next to the rubble. meanwhile flieds like this are reaching government controlled areas, and itly says it's bringing in supplies from neighboring lebanon. aid can be held to the territory but won't go to what it deems terrorist groups. there are fears it will cut off supplies to the same people subjected to heavy bombing and brutal tactics for years. direct relief has a warehouse in santa barbara that's packed with supplies and hopes to fly more to istanbul in the coming days. here's what it will be used for. >> the main issues are, you know, fresh injuries,
hypothermia, a lot of fractures, and so at least within the icu community within turkey, you know, they're requesting a lot of things for orthopedic surgery, anesthesia, fresh wounds, wound management. meanwhile pakistan's prime minister is praising what he calls a glorious act of fill an through hi. he was deeply moved by a pakistani who donated $30 million to the turkish embassy in the u.s. if you are looking how to help, you can go to cnn.com/impact and find a list of those working on rescue and relief efforts. again, that's cnn.com/impact. elon musk's spacex company is at odds with ukraine again. why it believes its starling technology is being used to be turned into a weapon.
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strikes on ukraine. they took fire from an array of heavy weapons. the attack left one person injured and more than 100 residential buildings damaged. david joins us from kykykyky. what more can you tell us about the latest strikes? >> reporter: well, kim, those strikes are part of a relentless barrage of missile strikes into that region of northeastern ukraine with significant damage overnight. i think where the real intense battles are happening are in the eastern front, and what one ukrainian force commander calls a donetsk access. it's highly significant in terms of battle strategy. you've had the russians pummeling that town in what looks like significant successes in recent days of ukrainians attacking mechanized units that appear to be in some cases at
least on the available video evidence in disarray. is a zone where it is widely believed the russian forces will attempt a major offensive if there is one. in the last few days, you've had criticisms from even the russian sources of the ability of the russian forces to push through the heavy ukrainian defenses. i think in the next few days and weeks that will be a critical area to watch. but what is tragic, of course, with this attritional warfare is the amount of losses copping from both sides. the uk defense intelligence saying that, according to them at least, the russians have seen a greater rate of casualties during this period than any other time of the war except for maybe the first few days of the conflict. that heavy fighting is not seeing significant gains on either signed it seems that ukrainians are able to stand their ground and have had quite
some time to build up their defensive positions there, but i think that will be an important area to watch if there is to be a break throthrough by the othe side. >> how have ukraine's air defenses been coping with that? >> it seems like they're coping pretty well, kim. certainly when it comes to the drones t ukrainians seem to have figured out at least at this point how to deal with those iranian made drones. say i they took down at least 20 of them over late friday into saturday morning and that was part of an intense barrage of missiles that we saw in the early friday hours. of course, there is an attempt by the russians to strike the civilian energy infrastructure of ukraine in the midst of the winter months. it seems like they're
unsuccessful. one proof of that is in kyiv in the region and to the south and toward din dnipro, there is no planned power blackouts, which is a significant victory of morale for ukrainians who have seen blackouts because of the strikes on their infrastructure, and the two go together t successful downing of the missiles and drones and the attempt to keep the power on and keep morale up of the citizens of this country. kim? >> we appreciate the reporting out. there david mckenzie, thanks so much. elon musk's company spacex is showing once again how fickle it can be when it comes to ukraine. ukrainian troops have come to rely on the company's starlink technology satellite communications. they praised starlink as a game-changer, but he'sly. ing how much they can use it. it has been used to keep the
banks and hospitals running, not to be weaponized. we have our guest speaking to us from sydney, australia. thanks so much for being with us first of all with russia targeting electricity and communications, what difference has starlink made to civilian, which was sort of the original intent from elon musk's point of view? >> good morning, kim. starlink has made a significant difference. we heard about the blackouts. we heard about the deliberate targeting of these infrastructures. so it is really significant in that aspect. also another thing we rarely talk about is russia had recog recognized things. they rerouted the internet connection, the telephone communication through the russian network and providers
and tell phone networks which has weaponized the internet for those who use it. so when elon musk says starlink is being weaponized, that's not accurate because that is not what weaponization means. it means that internet is turned against those who use it, whereas, in this case, this is ukrainian civilians and military using starlink for a variety of purposes. they use it to coordinate the delivery of aid, of medicine, of supplies to the outlying territories as well as used by the military to translate informing and they use it with the advantage of the so-called eck sec turin warfare where there's a lot of diffused units exchanging information. that i can use video because starlink delivers unlimited high-speed internet. it allows them to be agile and coordinate their maneuvers and that is a big difference from
the traditional command and controlled more controversial hierarchies. >> but it hasn't just been used by the military for communications. been used for their drones in an offensive capability, right? >> that is true. because the terminals are small, portable, weather-proof, can be mounted on different surfaceses, it's possible to mount them on automobiles and on drones, however, what's significant about starlink's announcement that it is not possible at the customer data level to distinguish between civilian and military uses of the technology. starlink services do not have a meter. it's not as straightforward on their end to really tell these apart. we're living through an unprecedented moment in history where these distinctions are being formed. this playbook is not written, so how this line is drawn and by whom is really not a simple question and it is something
that at this point we're watching. there is no answer to this point. >> we saw the outcry from elon muffing a couple of months ago when he threatened to cut ukraine off from starlink. how much of a worry is it that one man has his finger on this vital button? >> it is concerning. in ukraine there are over 25,000 terminals. about less than 20% have been donated by elon musk in the beginning of the full-scale invasion. the rest have been purchased by the government. some have been donated. so have been furnished by volunteers some of that's another benefit of starlink is this technology is agile. it's possible to quickly purchase it and just deploy it at a geographically remote area, for example, in recently liberated ukraine territories. we saw people in the recently
liberated territories gathered around a starlink terminal and writing messages to their loved ones in ukraine telling them they're alive. these are very touching moments. so starlink is well suited for use in those circumstances, and, of course, it is a huge concern. we know that elon musk has lamented the costs that it costs to run starlink in ukraine because it's during wartime that the operating costs are high eric but we also know that starlink is not the only tech company that's operating in ukraine. and for many technology companies, they have been successfully able to mitigate those risks, and by doing so, they actually made those technologies safer for all of their users around the world. so right now starlink's announcement admits these vulnerabilities, and it's a question of whether they would be willing to continue investing in the safety of their product. it's a big question of digital sovereignty.
it's a matter of how different governments and different institutions will think of their digital sovereignty and whether relying on private companies is actually a good idea in the long term in the interest of national security. >> yeah. it's an interesting issue that we'll have to keep watching. olga boichak, thanks so much for being here with us. for our international viewers, in"inside africa" is next. for the rest of you, our news continues. please do stay with us.
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i'm kim brunhuber. this is "cnn newsroom." we're hoping to learn more about yet another object shot out of the sky by u.s. fighter jets, the third one in a week. canadian prime minister justin trudeau said it was taken down by the u.s. over canada. u.s. president joe biden and he agreed. it was cylindrical and smaller than the chinese balloon shot down last week. not clear yet if the incidents are related. cnn's arlette saenz is at the white house with more on this developing story. >> reporter: president biden and canadian prime minister justin trudeau took a very rare step on saturday and jointly authorized the shooting down of an
unidentified object over northern canada. this marks the third time in just the last week where the u.s. has had to shoot down an aerial object over north america. now, according to the pentagon, norad first attempted this on friday evening over alaska. the president and canadian prime minister spoke and decided to follow the advice of their military officials and decided to authorize shooting it down. it was at that time that canadian and american fighter jets through norad worked together to try to take down this object with ultimately an american f-22 shooting it down. now, this follows just one day prior on friday when president biden ordered the shooting down of another unidentified unmanned object near the coast of alaska. and just one week prior to that ordered the shooting down of that suspected chinese spy balloon off the coast of the carolinas.
now, the white house still and pentagon still have many questions to answer relating to these last two unidentified objects including scope, the size t origin and what exactly the purpose was. arlette saenz, cnn, the white house. >> now, these latest unidentified objectnd and chinese suspected spy balloon were spotted flying in the space above the earth not normally used by airplanes and satellites. cnn's will ripley says this new space is beinging the new frontier for spying and settling conflicts. >> reporter: china's new battlefield 1,250 miles above earth. the stratosphere or as china calls it, near space. in 2015 they said near space has become a new battlefield in modern warfare. more than a decade ago felix
bumgarner's freefall jump from near space captivated the world and may have caught the attention of chinese president xi jinping. as early as 2014 he ordered china's air force to speed up air and space integration and sharpen their offensive and defensive capabilities. prioritized development of hypersonic weapons, solarized drones and high altitude balloons all designed for near space flight in the stratosphere's thin air. china is not alone. the u.s. and others are jumping into the near space race. back in 2012 a cnn captures the view from 100,000 feet on a high altitude weather balloon. china's suspected spy balloon which the pentagon claims was caring high-resolution cameras and electronic monitoring equipment could have captured crystal clear images of highly sensitive areas and monitored military communications, in some
ways outperforming china's advanced spy satellites. >> when you have something that's up at 70,000, 100,000 feet, you can see the horizon over 300 miles away, something you can't do with an aircraft. with a satellite, it's pretty expensive. it's expensive to launch it and you can't fix it or change it once it's there. >> reporter: navy divers are combing the waters off of the carolina coast so they can piece together the so-called chinese weather balloon. unlike these weather balloons launched by hand from cape canaveral, florida, this was massive, 290 feet tall with a solar payload the size of three city buses. a source familiar with congressional briefings on the balloon said some components had english writing. it's not clear if they were made in america or another western country. will ripley, cnn, taipei.
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the district attorney in memphis, tennessee, will review all prior cases including the five officers in the beating death of tyre nicholls. a cnn analysis is looking at who beat him and who tased him. want to warn you some of you may find the images disturbing. >> reporter: these five officers that were fired and charge ready essentially undergoing more legal scrutiny. what prosecutors are doing here is raising the legal magnifying glass and reviewing all of the
cases that these five officers have been involved in, criminal cases, since really day one of them becoming police officers. it's also defense attorneys in memphis that we've spoken with that are now combing through their own individual cases and seeing if their clients somehow encountered any of the members from that now defunct scorpion unit. we've also done a cnn analysis over the disciplinary documents and all of those clips of the body cameras and pulled camera and cross-referenced them to see which officer did what what in the beating of tyre nichols. how far did they go and who was the officer who tased nichols. i want to bring you back to that first scene, zeroing in on the very start of the traffic stop. you can see here immediate aggression and violence from the hands of police officers. this is demetrius haley yanking nichols out of the car. haley and then emmitt martin
shouting, at times con contradictory demands and hearing, he is following commands, he is on the ground. and right here, haley pepper spraying nichols in the face. the body camera footage captured haley and martin talking to fellow officers say what the stop was for, reckless driving. >> he wouldn't stop. we were like, stop, stop, stop, top, stop, stop, he swerved around. i was like, god damn, what is he doing we put our turn signal on. >> as we're sitting here today, we know that's not true. in fact, their own police chief
said sew sew, there is not a shred of evidence that tyre nichols was recklessly driving. there's no evidence he tried to swing or hit any of the police officers nor that he tried to grab their guns, something that these officers claimed in that body camera footage. isabel rosales, cnn, atlanta. >> 200 prisoners were released and sent to the u.s. washington has welcome third relief and is promising to give them aid and legal support. cnn's rafael romo has more. >> you can imagine being in a cage for a year and eight months. it's been a very traumatic situation as you can imagine. >> reporter: he's a free man for the first time in 20 months. >> i was taken at night without
an order. i was taken by the police. they came into my house and they took me. >> reporter: the nicaraguan political leader is one of 222 former political prisoners including an american citizen who were suddenly taken out of jail wednesday and thursday and put on a plane bound for the united states. >> the u.s. government is providing them various types of assistance to adjust their situation here in washington. >> reporter: nicaraguan president denied his country had negotiated with the united states for the prisoners' release, and washington was very careful to say that the release was a unilateral decision. >> the release of these individuals by the government of nicaragua marks a constructive step toward addressing the human right ace bouss in that country. this action opens the door to the discussion of other matters of mutual concern.
>> reporter: most of the political prisoners flown to the u.s. thursday were captured during a violent crackdown of leaders and dissidences in 2021 when the president was getting ready to run. their voices were immediately silenced by their regime. with no opposition, ortega won a consecutive term months later. >> our case is a blueprint of abuses of the legal system from the moment of the capture. we were not given the right of defense by our lawyers. i never talked to my lawyer. never talked to my lawyer in private, which is a constitutional right. and i was sentenced to 13 years in prison without any proof actually. >> reporter: after spending years in prison, those released suffer yet another humiliation.
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philadelphia eagles and the kansas city chiefs, and what a game this is setting up to be. and no matter what, we're going to see history on sunday. for the first time ever, two black quarterbacks are going to square off against each other in the super bowl. patrick mahomes trying to join an exclusive club and become the fifth quarterback to win two super bowls before turning 28 years old. jalen hurts, meanwhile, he's trying to win one for the eagles in just his second full season as a starter, and both quarterbacks are well aware of what's at stake on sunday. >> i know what it feels like to win the super bowl now and to lose the super bowl a, and winng it, i was able to win it, and the loss, i left everything out there, but you lose, and that feeling you have in the locker room afterward is a terrible feeling because you're so close to the ultimate prize. you take motivation from that and do everything you can to have a winning feeling, because that's one you can have forever.
>> when you play games like this, they talk about it all the time. it's about the details, eliminating external factors, things that don't matter, and focusing on what's important. i feel like all year that's sort of been my mentality going at every game, focusing on what's in front of me, focused on us as a team and just attacking it. >> reporter: earlier in the week patrick mahomes was named mvp of the league for a second time in his career, but that may be bad luck. an mvp has not won the super bowl since kurtz warner did it way back in 1999. nine players since kurt warner have gone to the big game as mvp and they have all lost, but if anyone can break that streak, it's patrick mahomes. we'll find out on sunday. all right. let's look more at the history happening in the gate later. both quarterbacks, patrick mahomes and jalen hurts spoke
about its significance. here they are. >> i think it's historic. i think it's historic of what's to come. so many kiddings out there, so many kids that, you know, they may tell them to change their position or do whatever it is, but it can be done, it can be done, and this is a historic show. it will be a show. it will be a fun one. >> it's a historic moment and to be part of it with two historic football teams, it's only the people who laid the foundation before us, and to be playing with a guy like jalen who i know is doing it the right way, it's going to be spatial moment that i hope lives on forever. >> now, of course, the first black quarterback to start and win a super bowl was doug williams of the washington redskins back in 1988. he told cnn earlier coaching is the next barrier that needs to be broken. here he is. >> this whole week t last couple of weengs, we've talked about these two young guys making history, but the problem in the nfl at this particular time now that the quarterbacks have been
doing what they've had to do, it is coaching. you know, it's not going to happen until the owners open up their mind, open up their hearts and understand that there are some good coaches out there and they'll look at these guys. we've got too many guys that deserve an opportunity that are not getting it. >> security has always been a concern for large sporting events ever since 9/11, and this year extraordinary precautions are being taken. we have more from the skies above glendale, arizona. >> reporter: a u.s. borders patrol helicopter, a u.s. air force kc 105 strat toe tanker and an f-16 fighter jet doing over arizona? they're tasked with guarding the skies over super bowl lvii. with nearly 200,000 fans expected for the big game
between the kansas city chiefs and the philadelphia eagles, security is a multi-agency effort. >> what types of threats does the fbi prepare for when it comes to the super bowl? >> a wide variety, anything from active shooters to skploes irv threats, ied threats, bomb threats, suspicious packages. >> reporter: from the operation center, the fbi along with 40 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies will use these 360-degree cameras to have eyes on every inch of the stadium. scott brown is the top federal official in charge of security. >> i was in new york for 9/11, i've seen the devastating impacts of terrorism on our soil. i am deeply committed as are all of my partners to make sure we don't have an ins zeenlt like that here. >> when your team's up patrolling, what would they be looking for? >> we're going to be looking for anything out of the ordinary. it could be anything from smoke to disruptions.
>> reporter: they'll be able to fly over the stadium during the big game, but no other aircraft will because the faa will be imposing a flight restriction that's 30 miles wide. >> reporter: those tliet restrictions will be enforced by norad with these f-16 fighter jets. >> since 9/11, we've been able to safely escort out any aircraft that's violating the airspace. >> reporter: they're taking no chances. this is part of the fleet on hand. it can carry up to 200,000 pounds of fuel. there are ten tanks on board including some on the winks. >> reporter: it can refuel an f-16 midair in minutes. >> it prevents us from having to return for fuel on the ground. >> reporter: the fighter jets refuel from a receptacle right behind the pilot.
>> my job is to remain in the basket in a safe controlled stable condition. >> reporter: if the flight restrictions are broken, nor raid or the air operations will engage. >> in the event of a criminal event, our role is to bring special response teams to the scene. >> reporter: for anyone thinking about committing a crime during the super bowl is simple. >> don't do it. you're going to wind up in cuffs. >> reporter: rosa flores, cnn, glendale, arizona. humans aren't the only ones predicting who's going to win the super bowl. bakari, the baby giraffe has picked the kansas city chiefs. they have picked the winners in nine of the last 12 super bowls. that wraps up this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. i'll be back after a quick break. please, stay with us.