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going to lose the script and i'm going to reflect on the recurring feeling i have of impending doom. >> a stark and emotional warning from the head of the cdc over the rate of infections in the united states. as president joe biden urges people to keep wearing masks. ♪ ♪ thanks for joining us. well, day two of the derek chauvin trial will get under way today in minnesota. monday saw the highly anticipated trial of the former minneapolis police officer begin. protesters were seen on the streets of minneapolis on monday. chauvin is charged with killing george floyd last may, but floyd's death has had an impact
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far beyond minnesota. the scene of a white officer kneeling on a black man's neck for almost ten minutes set off protests around the world and it prompted a moment of racial reckoning in the u.s. prosecutors wasted no time in showing the jury the graphic video of the last moments of george floyd's life in which he said over and over that he could not breathe. meanwhile, the defense sought to sow taught about the reasons floyd died that day. omar jimenez has the details from the first day in court and a warning, his report contains disturbing video. >> ladies and gentlemen of the jury, good morning. >> reporter: as prosecutors opened their case seeking justice for george floyd, they began with the unavoidable. >> i can't breathe. >> reporter: playing in full the 9:29 video of officer derek chauvin pressing his knee to floyd's neck as he slowly loses consciousness. >> you will see he does not let
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up and he does not get up for the remaining as you can see 3:51. during this period of time you will learn that mr. chauvin is told that they can't even find a pulse on mr. floyd. if you can believe your eyes that it's a homicide, it's murder. you can believe your eyes. >> reporter: prosecutors say they want a fair trial, but one where evidence leads their arguments and one that proves chauvin was anything but innocent. >> mr. nelson, do you wish to open at this time? >> reporter: the defense argues that officer chauvin was doing what he was trained to do and the evidence is far greater than 9 minutes and 29 seconds highlighting what will be a central battle in this trial. >> what was mr. floyd's actual cause of death? the evidence will show that mr. floyd died of a cardiac arrhythmia that occurred as a result of hypertension, coronary disease, the ingestion of methamphetamine and fentanyl and the adrenaline flowing through
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his body. >> reporter: chauvin's attorney eric nelson also argued the surrounding crowd had an impact on chauvin's behavior that day. >> they're screaming at him, causing the officers to divert their attention from the care of mr. floyd to the threat that was growing in front of them. >> reporter: in the end nelson says the only just result is not guilty. that's not how the family of george floyd feels who started the day kneeling in silent protest, representing the time derek chauvin's knee was on george floyd's neck. >> they can't sweep this under the rug. this is a starting point, this is not a finishing point. >> reporter: the starting point for prosecutors, the 911 operator who dispatched the officers on may 25, 2020. jenna scurry testified officers pinned floyd to the ground for so long she thought the realtime video she was watching froze and she alerted a sergeant to voice her concern with what was happening. >> my instincts were telling me that something is wrong. something is not right.
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i don't know what, but something wasn't right. >> reporter: while donald williams -- >> police is here. >> reporter: who witnessed floyd pinned from feet away told the court his mixed martial arts background informed him that chauvin was tightening his knee on floyd's neck. >> every time his shoulder was moving he was pushing that pressure down on his neck from the shoulders to the knees. >> reporter: and we have continued to see protests throughout this entire process outside of the courtroom proceedings. this in particular is outside the government center where the trial has been taking place over recent weeks and when you look at this moment in particular this is one that has been a long time coming for people here in in community and understandably so they are watching it very closely as a result. now, day one of opening statements and witness testimony wrapped in the middle of testimony from a third witness that was called it's going to pick up the next day, tuesday, with the end of that witness testimony. omar jimenez, cnn, minneapolis,
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minnesota. >> the trial which is being tell stridesed will give viewers a front row seat to a high profile criminal case as well as a glimpse into exactly how both prosecutors and the defense will make their arguments. cnn's chris cuomo spoke with elliot williams, they discussed the defense team's strategy. take a listen. >> the defense had one -- saying you have one job, they have one job as they do in any criminal trial which is not to disprove every fact, it's simply to plant and cast doubt on the facts that the prosecution puts forward and those two things were, number one, trying to establish officer chauvin's actions as, quote, objectively reasonable, that's the line in the law and number two try to muddy the waters on this question of what killed george floyd. now, on that second point what killed george floyd, they are just simply not compelling arguments, chris, and i think we will get into that a little bit
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in our conversation today but the simple fact is the mere fact that he might have had -- or that he had fentanyl in his system does not change the fact that we saw -- you saw it, i saw it, everyone in america saw it, the jurors saw it, an individual being choked for nine minutes. so, yes, they did their job in attempting to cast doubt, but none of it seemed particularly compelling. cnn has obtained a dropped version of the long-awaited report on the origins of the covid-19 pandemic. it says the virus likely came from animals not a lab in china. the study by a team of international and chinese experts list four possible sources for the virus, they say it most likely spread through an intermediate animal host, possibly a wild animal captured and raised on a farm, or a direct transmission from an animal known to carry a similar
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coronavirus, such as a pangalin or bat. the report says it's not likely to have come from frozen food and the least likely source a laboratory leak. for more we want to turn to cnn's kristie lu stout, she joins us live from hong kong. what else is in this report and how credible is it given the w.h.o. team arrived a year after the pandemic began and received only restricted access under china's watchful eye? >> reporter: yeah, there have been a lot of concerns that have been voiced, particularly from the united states, about access, methodology, process and the timing of this investigation. as you just mentioned, rosemary, cnn has obtained a draft of this 123-page investigation by the world health organization looking into the source of the novel coronavirus. there are a lot of details in there, but there is no smoking gun as to the definitive source of the pandemic. according to this report it says that the virus likely came from
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an animal not a lab and that the virus likely spread and circulated no more than one or two months before it was initially reported or detected in december of 2019. it walks through four possible sources of the virus, the most likely source what you just mentioned, an intermediary animal most that got infected by a bat, but what is that animal? according to this report they don't know. it remains, quote, allusive. the next likely scenario is a direct transmission from an infected animal, either a bat or pangalin. the report names a possible but not probable source is the chinese theory we've been hearing over the last year, transmission from chilled or frozen food products. finally the report says the least likely scenario, the least likely cause of the pandemic is that it was caused by an accidental leak from a lab. as you can imagine, the investigative team, you know, behind this report, they have been navigating a political
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quagmire. china from the we beginning has been criticized for its initial response for the pandemic, the u.s. and china pushing forward, rival theories about the source, united states under former president trump said it originated from the wuhan institute of virology. chinese officials and state media saying it originated from a u.s. army lab. according to this report it says that scenario, quote, is extremely unlikely. we will bring up a statement from the w.h.o. report, it says as follows, quote, there is no record of viruses closely related to sars, cov-2 in any laboratory before december 2019 or genomes that in combination to provide a sars-cov-2y inappropriately. genomic testing reveals that this virus was not engineered in a lab, it is something passed naturally between animals, very much like the coronavirus that
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caused sars and the outbreak in the pandemic then almost two decades ago. rosemary. >> absolutely. kristie lu stout joining us live from hong kong. many thanks. a steady rise in infections and hospital admissions has top u.s. health officials warning of impending doom. now, this comes as the u.s. has just crossed 550,000 deaths from the coronavirus according to data from johns hopkins university. cdc director rochelle walensky says travel is up and she's worried about surges like those last summer and again in the winter. >> i'm going to pause here, i'm going to lose the script and i'm going to reflect on the recurring feeling i have of impending doom. we have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope, but right now i'm scared. i'm speaking today not necessarily as your cdc director, not only as your cdc
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director, but as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter. to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer. >> new covid cases are up in several u.s. states right now and walensky adds that many states are opening up at levels the cdc would not recommend. and president joe biden is supporting his cdc director's impassioned plea, reminding americans that the war against covid is not over yet. he is urging state leaders to stop rolling back mask mandates. >> i'm reiterating my call for every governor, mayor and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate. please, this is not politics. reinstate the mandate if you let it down. and business should require masks as well. mask up. it's a patriotic duty. >> mr. president, do you believe that some states should pause their reopening efforts?
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>> yes. >> well, this also comes as mr. biden is promising a vast majority of adults will be able to receive a vaccination in the coming weeks. here is more of what he said. >> that is by april 19th, three weeks from today, 90% of adults, people over 18 and over will be eligible to get vaccinated. 90% of all americans will be living within five miles of a place they can get a shot. >> and there's more good news on the vaccine front. it turns out the pfizer and moderna shots are highly effective not just in human trials, but in the real world as well. a new study from the cdc looked at thousands of health care workers and first responders who received both doses. the report found the vaccines are 90% effective at preventing infections including those without symptoms and they were 80% effective two weeks after
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that first dose. but before you think about skipping that second shot, dr. anthony fauci has some advice. >> we don't know how long that 80% is durable. it may drop off a cliff in two weeks or three weeks. the other thing is that even though it's 80% protective, the level of antibody that it induces is far lower than after the second dose. >> well, the number of people traveling by air in the u.s. during the pandemic continues to rise and even hit a new record high on sunday. this comes as health experts warn of rising coronavirus infection rates in some states. cnn's pete muntean has our report. >> reporter: the cdc is still saying to avoid travel and it is telling people to get tested for coronavirus before and after every trip. so we will see if these new numbers factor into any new guidance on travel from federal
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health officials. the tsa says it screened 1.57 million people at airports across the country on sunday. that is the new pandemic record. the previous pandemic record set only last sunday, that means 9.5 million people have flown in one week's time. it is an impressive number especially when you consider that this new number is more than eight times greater than the number the tsa screened the same day a year ago in 2020 when air travel was its most depressed. 62% of figures on the same day from 2019 pre-pandemic so still a long way to go for struggling airlines, but airlines think a recovery is starting. united airlines says it's adding even more flights to more destinations, says it will fly about 50% of its pre-pandemic schedule by memorial day. this has been an impressive streak for air travel, more than a million people have passed through security each day since march 11th but federal health
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officials are wondering if this is too much too soon. pete muntean, cnn, reagan national airport. and right now france has more covid patients in icus than there were at the peak of the second wave in november. doctors say they have never experienced anything like this, not even during the worst terrorist attacks in recent years. in england it's a very different story. on sunday london recorded no daily deaths from the virus for the first time in over six months. the news comes as england's stay-at-home order was lifted and more restrictions eased and while the situation appears to be stabilizing, prime minister boris johnson warns the country must remain vigilant. >> i'm hopeful. i think that we're -- i don't see anything in the data right now that would cause us to deviate from the roadmap, but,
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you know, we've got to remain humble in the face of nature and we've got to be prepared to do whatever it takes to protect the british public which has been our approach throughout. and in brazil president bolsonaro replaced six cabinet ministers on monday alone as criticism grows over his handling of the pandemic. the country has been grappling with a second wave of covid-19 since november. well, the ever given cargo ship is now free and no longer blocking the suez canal. see how the massive operation to free it unfolded. that's next. lysol laundry sanitizer kills 99.9% of illness-causing bacteria detergents leave behind. proven to kill covid-19
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u.s. prosecutors have filed sex trafficking charges against former jeffrey epstein associate ghislaine maxwell. authorities allege she recruited and groomed a 14-year-old girl to engage in sex acts with epstein as recently as 2004. the new charges were filed monday in a super seeding indictment. maxwell is also charged with conspiracy and enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal
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sex acts and the transportation of minors to engage in criminal sexual activity. she has denied all previous allegations and is yet to comment on the new charges. u.s. president joe biden is set to unveil a new plan for infrastructure and jobs this week. focusing on things like improving roads, domestic manufacturing and funds for schools and child care. it's the first of many proposals that will require lengthy negotiation, something not uncommon to washington. phil mattingly reports. >> reporter: for president joe biden there may be any number of issues on his plate from guns to immigration, issues that advocates on all sides seem to be pushing for the white house to take as their next big agenda item but for the president, for his team, particularly for his economic team, there's only one item that they are truly focused on over the course of the next several weeks and that item will get its starting gun for negotiations in pittsburgh on wednesday. that is where president joe biden will lay out the first of
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two pieces related to his infrastructure, jobs and climate plan. this plan in total somewhere between 3 and 4 trillion dollars. it will include trillions of dollars in tax increase toss help finance that. those tax increases certainly something republicans on capitol hill are opposed to, but the biden administration making clear they believe they have the grounds to pay for the plan and they plan to do it on raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy. take a listen. >> and he has a plan to pay for it which he will propose, but right now once he proposes that our focus is also on having that engagement and discussion with members of congress. if they share a goal of building our infrastructure for the future but don't like the way he's going to propose to pay for t we're happy to look at their proposals. if they don't want to pay for it i guess they can propose that, too. >> reporter: now, the first piece of the plan that will be rolled out on wednesday will primarily be focused on physical infrastructure, things like roads and bridges, waterways, ports. also schools and child care services, the infrastructure
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that puts all of those into place. wrapped in all of that will be climate-related measures, a key issue that the biden administration has put at the top of their agenda, trying to do multiple things at once with this first piece of the package. the second piece it's likely to come in april dealing with more social services, things like extending the child tax credit, child care, things of that those nature as well. the biden administration making clear with the size and scale this have package unlike the coronavirus relief law $1.9 trillion la florida they plan on going big and don't plan on scaling anything back. yes, they are going to look for bipartisan support for this plan, particularly the first plan, with majorities slim in the u.s. house and senate biden officials say they plan to move forward, go big and if the plans are put into place and signed into law they will be transformative. it's been a theme over the first several months of this biden administration and one they are not backing off of anytime soon. this isn't going to happen first, this is going to be a
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starting gun for what is expected to be months of negotiations on capitol hill between the white house, democrats and some republicans as well, but it will be the start making clear the biden team's next big agenda item will be infrastructure and it will be big. phil mattingly, cnn, the white house. after nearly a week-long saga the ever given cargo ship is free and the suez canal is back in business. the ship was blocking the canal's water way and it took a massive international effort to free it. cnn's ben wedeman takes a look at the events leading up to this dramatic rescue mission. >> reporter: at last the ever given is on the move again. it took a flotilla of tugboats and a massive dredging effort to free the container ship from the suez canal. the sal line of scrimmage team was able to shift the stern in
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the early hours monday, adding momentum and jubilation to a nearly week-long effort. then trepidation as winds and currents swung the ship back slightly across the canal, finally coming unstuck not long after. the head of the suez canal authority welcomed the developments. >> translator: thank you. i say congratulations to egypt as we accomplished this mission successfully and in a short period. i thank you. >> reporter: a beast the size of a skyscraper the 400 meter long ship jammed one of the world's busiest waterways, stranding billions of dollars of cargo on more than 300 ships, including livestock, oil and even ikea furniture costing egypt $14 million every day in lost transit fees alone. dozens of vessels ended up diverting to the cape of good
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hope around africa, adding over a week of sailing time. the exact reason behind the ever given's stranding remains unclear. egyptian authorities and the charter company say the ship will move to the great bitter lake for further inspection and investigation. for now a collective sigh of relief as traffic resumes on the suds canal. ben wedeman, cnn, cairo. and for more on this let's bring in cnn's john defterios he joins us live from abu dhabi. good to see you. after nearly a week this massive ship now free but how costly will this prove to be and what are the likely ramifications going forward? >> reporter: well, we have to remember, rosemary, we have the suez canal like a parking lot because we reached 422 ships overall that are waiting to get out. so the latest news here is that the suez canal authorities is trying to get over a quarter of them out by today, midday,
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right? so they're promising well over 100 ships to go out. that's pretty ambitious and they say they will clear the back load, get this, by midday friday. right? so there's some disagreement in the international community because if you talk to, for example, lloyd's list or maris the giant shipping line they say it will take five or six days. this is an accumulation of nearly two weeks when it's all said and done and nearly $70 billion of goods already that have been parked and not passing through the canal. so this is quite a challenge in indeed. there's worries about the supply chain. we have a graphic looking at the different areas people have concerns about. paper products, toilet paper, something that came up over covid-19 with the hoarding that was taking place. coffee that travels between latin america from asia, from africa into europe and the united states, will it still be delivered in time before supplies run short? furniture, ikea was complaining about this, some goods will not make it in stores on schedule,
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that's for sure. finally, oil and gas prices, i don't agree with this, actually, there's plenty of supplies around, in fact, we have the opec producers pulling supplies off because demand is not there, but there are concerns in pockets around the world. also another kind of news making item is that the fact that the ever given is going to stay inside the canal until they finish the investigation. this coming from, again, the canal authority. they want to check if there is a technical error or there is a human error in addition to the fact we had the windstorms and perhaps the speed going into the canal at that time. and shortly we're going to hear from the president of egypt who is going to hold a press reference in suez. we are waiting for final confirmation but our team is on the ground there and see what he has to say. they have to rebuild confidence that the passageway will be cleared, the artery won't be blocked again, all the safety measures are in there. they invested $8 billion going
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back to 2016 to widen the canal but there is still a choke point in the south and they want to build the confidence for the port in the north and south entrances of the canal at the same time. so this is vital that the president conveys a message, yes, we will do everything we can, safety and with the infrastructure to make sure it's functioning at all times. they have to rebuild trust at this stage, but i have to say they responded quickly, as fast as possible, knowing what's on the table and they've been rather transparent with the media and the international shipping community at the same time, rosemary. >> they certainly need to make sure it doesn't happen again. we will see what happens. john defterios, many thanks as always. u.s. president joe biden is cutting trade ties in myanmar, the latest move by international powers to end the turmoil and blood shed in that country. we will have the details.
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in just a few hours from now the trial of former police officer derek chauvin will resume in minneapolis. day one in court saw prosecutors accuse chauvin of killing a defenseless george floyd as they showed the jury disturbing video of chauvin kneeling on floyd's neck for almost ten minutes. floyd said over and over he could not breathe. the defense is argue that go other factors including floyd's medical history and intake of illegal drugs were the reason for his death. they say chauvin acted reasonably in the situation. three witnesses took the stand for the prosecution on monday and we also learned new details about the moments when george
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floyd was arrested. cnn's jim sciutto spoke to the floyd family's attorney about that. >> reporter: the prosecution began the day by playing the entire video of chauvin's knee on george floyd's neck for a greater period of time, we've thought about 8:46, right, 8 minutes, 46 seconds, now 9 minutes 29 seconds based partly on new video from an eyewitness, plus also the police camera video. what is the impact of that length of time in your view on the defense and the prosecution? >> i mean, it's heartbreaking to know that, you know, the torture lasted even longer because that's what it is, it was torture. this isn't the standard situation where an officer has
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to make a split-second decision and pull the gun or pull the trigger, no, this was premeditated torture. he smugly sat on top of him, he looked at the crowd, puffed up his chest. that type of individual can't be walking the streets and definitely can't be wearing a badge. u.s. president joe biden has suspended all diplomatic trade with myanmar after a weekend of carnage. the u.s. president calls absolutely outrageous. an advocacy group says at least 14 were shot and killed monday. it says people banged pots and pans in protest in yangon and security forces warn they will burn neighborhoods if this continues. ivan watson joins me from hong kong with more. ivan, president biden responded to myanmar's military killing its own people by stopping trade with the country. what is the latest on all of this? >> reporter: well, you do have warnings coming from the u.s., from european governments, from
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the british government which has urged british citizens to leave myanmar if they can because of the unraveling situation there. the u.n. secretary general calling for unity and more pressure from the u.n. security council to try to bring an end to the military coup and the detention of political prisoners, the former civilian elected government that was ousted on february 1st. meanwhile, the situation does continue to unravel and we are seeing the first signs of internationalizing with this incident on the border between myanmar and thailand after escalated fighting between the karin national union ethnic militia and the myanmar military in a border region. there were air strikes. we are now getting reports for three straight days, saturday, sunday, monday against targets along the border from the myanmar military that sent thousands of people fleeing across the border to neighboring
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thailand on sunday. then we saw video of several thousand of those refugees returning back across the river into myanmar with the knu arguing they were forced back by the thai security forces. thailand, the government, initially denied that. we have just gotten statements from the prime minister of thailand kind of clarifying that denial arguing that people weren't forced back, but that the fighting subsided and that they were escorted back voluntarily with hand shakes and wishings of good luck and that thailand would of course welcome refugees if the fighting does intensify and it's under way. in the meantime we are seeing increasingly as the death toll grows in myanmar cities more and more signs of some of the protesters there that have been banging pots and pans every night trying to go out and protest, a new tactic, throwing garbage, for example, into the streets of intersections in
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ya yangon, seeing them firing rocks and sling shots at the security forces who are using lethal force against them and increasing calls for arming them or carrying off molotov cocktail events. these are signs of the situation deteriorating further. as the u.n. secretary general warned perhaps irreversibly toward conflict, rosemary. >> all right. the international community, we have more commitment the international community to put pressure in order to make sure that the situation is reversed. i'm very worried, i see we have a lot of concern the fact that apparently many of these trends look irreversible, but hope is the last thing we can't give up
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on. >> reporter: there have been calls for arms embargoes against myanmar's military in the past. it's hard to imagine a country like russia voting in favor of that when russia sent its delegation to sit alongside the military on saturday at the parade they threw for themselves on the same day when the military has been accused of killing more than 100 unarmed protesters across the country. >> unacceptable situation there. ivan watten, many thanks. bringing us the latest from hong kong. still to come a glimmer of hope for people in -- as a ship docks at a port. we will have a live report next.
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again to get aid to millions of starving i can't mainy people. nima elbagir has more. >> reporter: this is the first vessel that has been permitted to dock at the hodeidah port in yemen for months. one of four fuel tankers recently cleared to dock at the red seaport carrying a vital resource turned pawn in a years' long civil war. but local officials warn that this arrival won't be enough to meet demand. >> translator: the lives of 26 million yemeni citizens are in danger over the coming days. the current situation in yemen is extremely dangerous because fuel has been prevented from entering the country since the beginning of the year. not to mention the deficit carried over from last year. >> reporter: battered by six years of war and a crippling u.s.-backed blockade, yemen has been devastated by this mounting
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fuel crisis. a cnn investigation earlier this month revealed that saudi war ships had been preventing oil tankers from docking at the port, including vessels approved by a u.n. clearance mechanism. as part of the saudis ongoing war against iran backed houthis who control the territory where the vast majority of yemenis live. >> reporter: we witnessed firsthand the impact on hospitals across the country, struggling to keep their generators going. >> translator: the amount of fuel released to the country in 2020 doesn't even represent 45% of yemen's needs and now in the first quarter of 2021 we are receiving only 8% of what yemen would need under normal conditions. >> reporter: cnn has independently verified three of
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the four tankers allowed to dock at hodeidah are carrying fuel and gas for a small number of private this happens. the thuraya's supply accounts for what the public sector would use in less than ten days. >> reporter: of the four ships that have been released only thuraya is for public consumption but only covers 8% of the country's needs for the first quarter of 2021. >> reporter: that's barely enough to cover the needs of the country's health care sector, which is already facing the threat of near total collapse. there are more vessels still waiting for approval to enter this port. it's unclear if or when these ships will be allowed. the release of the four tankers comes as part of a saudi proposed peace initiative that is backed by the u.n. intending to end the conflict in yemen. it would see a ceasefire and
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lifting of the devastating land and sea and air blockade on the houthi controlled areas in the north of yemen. the local houthi officials told us that this initiative was unacceptable to them, that they need that devastating blockade to be lifted as part of a good faith showing ahead of any negotiations. since then cnn has spoken to the internationally recognized government out of aiden who told us that they were prepared to allow further fuel ships in in return for a customs and tax proposal in all houthi-controlled areas. cnn has also reached out to the u.s. state department and to saudi arabia itself to see if more ships carrying life-saving fuel will be allowed to dock in hodeidah. >> thanks so much for shining a light on this, nima elbagir joining us live from london. we will take a short break. back with more news in just a
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a southern accent. the problem, he's from new jersey, and the last time he ran for congress in another state he didn't have an accent. cnn's sunlen serfaty has more on the ad raising lots of questions. >> reporter: this is the same man, dan rodimer as a congressional candidate last year in nevada. >> i'm a small businessman, a family man living in the suburbs. >> reporter: and now as a candidate for a u.s. house seat in texas. >> texas, send big dan to congress. i know how to handle nancy pelosi and stop her bull [ bleep ]. >> reporter: the transformation is hard to overlook. >> sometimes it's easy to lose track of what is really important and for me it's family. >> reporter: he is now pitching himself as a bull rider and cowboy hat wearer who speaks with a southern drawl. >> now that's texas tough, baby.
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>> reporter: in an interview with cnn he pushed back. >> in regards to my voice, as you can hear right now it's gone, it's been gone for the past three weeks and between the two videos that they put back to back, you know, if you look at them they were selectively edited. if you watch the whole thing you will hear my voice, it's just like it is right now. >> reporter: rodimer lost his nevada race last november and has picked up and moved his family over a thousand miles to the dallas area. >> i moved my family of seven back to texas because i want to raise my kids in a constitutional friendly state. >> reporter: he is one of the more than 20 candidates running in the may special election to fill the seat of congressman ron wright who passed away after being diagnosed with covid. wright's widow, susan, is also running for the state. rodimer's new persona is being fanned as phoney, including one of his democratic opponents who suggested he may have used a
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body double to ride the bull in his campaign video. the boots and vest appear slightly different than what he is wearing in the video. even some republicans in congress are calling him out. matt gaetz tweeting fake texan. texas shouldn't import this congressman. all hat, no cattle. >> rodimer admitted that they did use for parts of the bull ride. >> did i ride a bull? yes, we had other people jump in to be body doubles. >> reporter: he is originally from new jersey, but according to his campaign website he once lived in houston where he worked as a home builder. >> so much determination off the face of dan rodman. >> reporter: before running for office he was a professional
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wrestler. this is not the first time he has stirred controversy. >> i have no con jiks and no vic nl record. >> reporter: the father of six faced charges of past physical assault allegations. >> i had one arrest in college those charges were dismissed. >> reporter: his wife releasing a ad explaining 911 calls she made against him in 2018 alleging he stole money, jewelry and guns between him. >> what happened between dan and i was a verbal argument plain and simple. dan has not laid a hand on me not then or ever. >> sunlen serfaty with that report. firefighters are working to put a massive fire at indonesia's state oil refinery in west java. the fire broke out early monday and reportedly injured more than a dozen people. nearly 1,000 people living nearby were evacuated but have begun to return home. the oil company is investigating how the fire started and hopes
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