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thankful landlords are throwing up their doors. we're live in london as england easing lockdown restrictions. meantime, the u.s. economy is boosting for a rebound as the country reopens. the trial of former officer derek chauvin charged in the death of george floyd resumes within hours. we'll tell you next. and keeping a close eye on minnesota where protests erupted after an officer-involved
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shooting of a black man. thank you for joining us. you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm paula newton. today is the day that millions of people across england have been anticipating. >> three, two, one! ladies and gentlemen, take your seats! have your first drink. >> the country has now entered step two as it eases more covid restrictions. as you can see, this group of merry makers couldn't wait for daylight and got the party started at a pub as the clock struck midnight. owners and customers are just happy to be back. >> we didn't even know it was
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going to come. it's midnight. it's freezing cold. >> it's great. it's really great. more than anything, for businesses to survive through this, that's the real happiness in getting this place up and running again. >> in a statement, prime minister boris johnson told everyone to behave responsibly. he admitted he is looking forward to a pub -- pint in a pub garden. euphoria doesn't seem to cut it at this point in time. tell us -- take us through what is changing today and reopening. >> reporter: well, it has been such a long lockdown. it's been over three months. pubs, with which are a pillar of
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the community can finally reopen in england. outdoors early, paula, it was snowing a few hours ago. it's going to be a chilly pint. i'm amazed everyone was up for it at midnight. in pub is reopening in three hours time. they spent the last few months transforming what was car park into a beer garden. in addition to pubs, restaurants and caves can reopen. outdoors only, though. nonessential shops, hairdressers, hallelujah! nail salons. these can reopen in england with covid safeties in place. a huge turning point for businesses who have been shut for so many months. and great moment for england. you know, this is a moment for us all to celebrate. the vaccination program underway. it feels we're getting closer to normal. >> yeah. it has been absolutely a tough one. and at this point, what does it say about a possible economic revival here? especi
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especially now? >> yeah. last year many businesses hospitality had been on life support. various government loan schemes. using furlough scheme as well. not all survived. there's hopes there will be lots of spending particularly in the first few weeks and everyone stuck at home. there are big hopes for a revival. but not everyone is happy. particularly in hospitality. they can only open outside. it's incredibly cold. not everyone has outdoor facilities. for parks, the british pub association said only 40% of pubs will be able to reopen today. many of them will operate actually at a loss because they don't have huge facilities and they need extra staff to man it. and 2,000 pubs, unfortunately, will never reopen again and be some of the casualties of the pandemic. there's sad news in there, really. there are hopes of recovery. and, of course, a bit of a morale boost that people in
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england after long three months of lockdown able to return to the pub for a chilly first pint. paula? >> everyone will take it anyway and that dually noted salons are opening. stewart, thank you so much for. moving across the channel now. germany is having a far tougher time controlling the spread of the virus. the country is now surpassed 3 million cases. it seen a dramatic rise in new infections and icu beds are at peak capacity. now that sharp rise in cases is one reason a german rail operator is cracking down on mask wearing. they're imposing the first nationwide ban on its trains for people refusing to wear one. cnn's fred pleitgen joining us. interesting you still need that extra set of enforcement to say, look, wear your mask. fred, tell us where germany sees itself now.
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especially as we see the variants continuing to take hold. >> reporter: i think there's a degree of jealously. we're hearing out of the uk some of the lockdowns being loosened there. it's the opposite case here. i was looking at the number of new infections this morning and it's about 5,000 more than monday of last week. things going in the wrong direction. not just in germany but neighboring countries like poland and the czech republic where the infection rates are high. there are new measures. but, frankly, angela merkel, keeps saying there needs to be a tougher lockdown here in this country, as well. one of the things that her cabinet plans to do in the next couple of days, they've been debating this for the past couple of days is a tougher lockdown and possibly with nighttime curfews. they said they're having real trouble getting this new wave of infections under control. and one of the big issues that we see here, paula, frankly, is
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also a degree of political deadlock almost. angela merkel over the past couple -- since the pandemic began, the past year and a half has been speaking to the state governors here in this country trying to come up with ways to be effective against the pandemic. now it seems they have abandoned that. they couldn't come to any sort of agreement on how to move forward and angela merkel is doing this with her cabinet. right now there's a great degree, there are problems here to try to get all of this current control. you're absolute right. german society said the capacity in icus is getting dangerously low. that icus are filling up but at a devastately higher rate. one day last week the icu capacity jumped by 5% in a single day. at the same time, what you've had here, is fairly slow vaccination campaign, for most part. one of the things we did see at the end of last week, and that might be that silver lining here
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for germany, vaccinations did go up considerably on wednesday and thursday and friday of last week. and the main thing that was happening there was that general practitioners started joining in the vaccination campaign. that helped the germans move forward more quickly. they also said that vaccinations in this country not far along enough and not abundant enough to stave off this waive of coronavirus infections. >> yeah. it's a depressing thought. we'll continue to follow, again, what the measures and new measures will be in germany and the weeks to come. appreciate it. here in the united states, meantime, more signs of hope and progress in the battle against the coronavirus. more than 187 million doses of covid-19 vaccine have been administered across the country. that's according to the cdc. nearly 22% of the population has been fully vaccinated. that's about 73 million people. experts warn the u.s. should not let its guard down just yet. the cdc reports that for the third straight week, new cases
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and hospitalizations are, in fact, increasing. and michigan is in the middle of another surge. officials there are pleading with the biden administration to send the state more vaccines. >> vaccine doses is how we're going get through this. it means responding differently where there is the most need. right now the most need is in the state of michigan. >> i'm joined by associate professor of molecular neurology. thank you so much for joining us. we heard what was going on in the united states. of course, michigan having a hard time. the vaccine rollout has been nothing short of extraordinary. when you look at what is going on in the united states, even with the vaccine doses distributed, what is the message there in terms of the danger of yet another virus resurgence? >> i think the message is pretty
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clear and stark, actually. the vaccine alone is not doing the job at the moment because we don't have sufficient vaccine coverage in those populations. >> there's been a debate with doctors in the united states arguing whether or not there would be another wave of the pandemic. i mean, when we look at the -- if we take this to the uk and look at data that has been out there, it's pretty impressive. across the board, right, new cases down. hospitalizations are down. deaths are down. is this a vindication for the lockdowns or for the single dose vaccine strategy? in addition comparing the u.s. and the uk, where do you think we are? >> i think it's important to say it's vindication for the lockdowns. the vaccine is just about starting to kick in in terms of effect in the elderly population. those high risk that have been vaccinated. the rest of the population have been protected right now.
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it's essential. i can't underscore it enough that we do our bit to contain transmission and prevent the transmission from happening. they're breaching the rules a little bit. it will show up three or four weeks from now. >> meanwhile analysts are watching for the economy to pick up steam as more places reopen. the chairman of the federal reserve tells "60 minutes ". the u.s. economy is poised for a rebound as long as the virus is under control. >> what we're seeing now is really an economy that seems to be at inflection point because of wide spread vaccination and strong monetary support. we feel like we're at a place where the economy is about to start growing much more quickly and job creation coming in much more quickly. so the principle risk to our economy right now is that the disease would spread again. you know, it's going to be smart if people can continue to socially distance and wear
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masks. >> jerome powell provided a rosier economic outlook on sunday. that was in contrast to previous remarks on the economy. the central bank underscored it would be sometime until substantial further progress was made on employment and inflation. law makers are returning to washington with plenty of problems to address but no clear path in congress to resolve them. democrats in the white house are trying to advance the center piece of joe biden's agenda. the roughly $2 trillion infrastructure plan and tax proposal. >> reporter: president biden holding the first of a series of meetings at the white house with lawmakers to try to build support for the infrastructure proposal. the meeting will include democrats and republicans as the president himself has said he's open to hearing ideas to improve this plan. now republicans have opposed that $2.25 trillion price tag and the way the president has proposed to pay for it.
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by raising the corporate tax rate. the white house said they're open to hearing other ideas but so far they haven't heard a suitable alternative. now this meeting is similar to the approach the president took with the covid relief package when he invited republicans into the oval office at the very beginning. though he ultimately went it alone without any republican support. one of the sfairts attending the meeting at the white house with the president, he said he hopes the negotiations will be different. >> we are willing to negotiate with him on an infrastructure package and this trillion dollar number is way too high for me. i'll just tell you. but negotiation has to be something different from what we had on the rescue plan. but the president should have come back with a counter offer. if he would do that with the republicans that are meeting with him at the white house tomorrow, i think we can get somewhere. >> it's not just about holding these negotiations with
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republicans. the president needs to make sure he can keep his democrats in line, as you've heard. progressives saying they want him to go big we are the proposal and moderates like senator joe manchin saying they don't agree with the 28%. corporate tax rate that the president proposed. now on top of this infrastructure meeting, the president will also be dropping by a virtual meeting that some of his top advisors are holding with major auto and technology companies to talk about the supply chain for semiconductors. this comes as there's a global shortage in computer chips that are used in things like automobiles and also other electronics. the white house is trying to ensure they can shore up the domestic supply so they don't have to rely on foreign countries for these types of items in the future. republican congressman matt gaetz was recently denied a
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meeting with former president trump. the florida congressman is facing criminal sex trafficking probe and denies all allegations against him. a spokesman for matt gaetz said the congressman never requested a meeting with trump. still to come on cnn, george floyd's family is preparing to hear more painful testimony as prosecutors are set to wrap their case in the defense for the derek chauvin murder trial gears up to present theirs. our best smelling scents. u now crafted with more natural ingredients and infused with essential oils that are 100% natural. give us one plug and connect to nature.
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the national guard is being deployed and there is a curfew in brooklyn center, minnesota after police shot and killed a black man during a traffic stop on sunday. you is see some pictures there. it happened less than 10 miles away from where former police officer derek chauvin's trial resumes later today. protesters were seen marching toward the police department on sunday. the night took a violent turn. officers say the police building was hit with rocks, businesses were broken into, and there were reports of gunshots in the area. now earlier in the day, police say they tried to arrest 20-year-old dontae wright seen here for outstanding warrants after pulling him over. now he was shot after going back
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to his car. he called his mom right before it happened. she spoke to the media about it. >> that he was getting pulled over by the police and i said, well, why? he said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from the window here. a minute later i called his girlfriend, who was the passenger, and said he had been shot. >> state officials are investigating the police shooting and testimony -- we go to testimony of the murder trial from form ur police officer dau derek chauvin. here is cnn's -- umm, adrienne with more. >> reporter: we know medical doctor will take the stand today. before the prosecution rests its case, a member of george floyd's family will take the stand.
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the family member has the ability to remind the jury that floyd was a brother, uncle, cousin, father, who was loved. that family member who humanized floyd to the defense and the prosecution. this is a case but to floyd's family, he was so much more. the family member who also is able to speak intimately about floyd's love for his little girl. on the video widely shared throughout the course of the trial, we hear floyd call out "tell my children i love them." the testimony over the last two weeks, which included hearing from top brass with the minneapolis police department and other medical experts, including the medical examiner here in hennepin county, dr. andrew baker who performed the autopsy on floyd's body, was painful for members of the floyd's family to hear but that pain, they say, was necessary. as we enter the third week of the trial, the family is
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preparing to hear more painful testimony. this time from witnesses the defense calls. as the defense will argue floyd died from a drug overdose and underlying medical conditions. in minneapolis, adrienne broaddus. a police officer in virginia has been fired after he and another officer pointed guns at, pepper sprayed, and pushed a black u.s. army lieutenant to the ground. >> you received an order. >> police say the officers did not follow department policy. now the other officer involved is still employed. the active duty soldier is suing the two officers. he's black and latino. he was pulled over after police mistakely thought he was driving without a license plate. it was captured on two body cameras and the lieutenant's personal cell phone. cnn hasn't been able to reach
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either officer at this time. it's unclear if they have lawyers. we're also reaching out to both officers and the police union for comment. natasa chen has more on the story and a warning some of this may be difficult to watch. >> reporter: 6:30 p.m., december 5th, 2020. the lieutenant saw flashing lights. he wasn't sure why he was being pulled over. according to his lawsuit, he slowed down and put his blinker indicating his intention to pull over but didn't do so for another 2 minutes but he he explained to find a well lit area. >> turn the vehicle off. >> hearing different commands while sitting in his car, he began recording from his own cell phone and put his hands out the window as ordered. turns out, officer daniel had
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not seen the temporary license plate taped to the back window of the brand new chevrolet tahoe and seeing tinted windows and a driver not stopping right away. he decided it was a high risk traffic stop. but this was never explained to the lieutenant who several minutes continued to ask why he was pulled over. >> what is going on? >> how many occupants are in your vehicle? >> it's only myself. why are your weapons drawn? what is going on? >> get out of the car now. >> i'm serving this country and this is how i'm treated? >> i'm a veteran, too. i obey. get out of the car. >> reporter: body footage shows the officer gun drawn, unfastening the velcro around what may be his taser. >> what is going on? >> reporter: the lawsuit said he thought ride the lightning meant he could be killed. >> i'm honestly afraid to get out. >> you should be. get out now. >> i have not committed any crimes. >> you're under arrest.
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you're being detained. okay. you're being detained. >> a driving violence i don't have to get out of the vehicle. you haven't even told me why i'm being stopped. >> reporter: about two to three minutes in, the officer tried to open his driver's door. he wrote when i attempted to unlock and open the driver's door, the driver assaulted myself by striking my hand away and pulled away from officer gutierrez's grip. in his body camera footage, he's not seen striking anyone. crocker's report said at this point, gutierrez, quote, gave several more commands to comply with orders or he would be sprayed with his oc spray but no such warnings could be heard. gutierrez sprayed nazario without having to tell naza are -- nazaroi was being pulled over. get on the ground.
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>> police tell me what it going on. >> police tell me what is going on. >> why am i being detained? >> get on the ground. right now or you're going get tased. >> the officers handcuffed nazario. he told them his dog was in the backseat and choking from the pepper spray. minutes later emts arrived. he explained why he didn't immediately pull over. >> i was pulling over to the well lit area. i have respect for law enforcement. >> reporter: but gutierrez said it wasn't the problem. [ inaudible ] >> i get it, okay. like i told you, as far as not stopping -- -- [ inaudible ] >> the officers couldn't understand why nazaroi didn't
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get out of the car as instructed, he said he didn't know why he was being stopped. >> i've never looked out the window and saw a gun shown immediately. >> he eventually told him he had a conversation with the chief of police and was giving him the option to let this all go. >> if you want to -- >> the officer said his life wouldn't be changed whether nazaroi was charged or not. with the video of the incident widely shared, all three lives are undoubtedly changed. politicians are weighing in, including virginia governor who on sunday directed virginia state police to conduct an independent investigation. natasa chen, cnn, atlanta. still to come, we hear
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♪ ♪ until the coming hours, a mee meeting for a special session to hear tributes for prince flip. crowds of people have been leaving flowers at windsor castle since he died on friday. mourners said his passing marks the end of an era and it was important for them to pay their
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respects. the archbishop said he prayed for all those who now face a very great gap in their lives. prince edward said family members are to keep comfort in the outpouring of support. >> it's ban bit of a shock, however much one tries to prepare one self. we're trying to come to terms with that and it's very, very sad but the extraordinary tributes and the memories that everybody has had and been willing to share has been so fantastic. >> for more now we're joined by our reporter in windsor, england. it's interesting to see a personal side to the mourning from the royal family members, as if they understand they have
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to help the entire nation through the grief, as well. >> yeah. it has been interesting. the royal family is not known for its outpouring of emotion. you know, the emotional side of their lives is usually contained, at least in public. over the last few days, you've seen members of the royal family speak in personal terms about the loss of their husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. most notedly, the queen, all though she hasn't spoken herself publicly about this, we know how she feels from one of her sons, prince andrew. she said she described all this as leaving a huge void in her life. which stands to reason after now being -- after now losing her husband of 73 years. he also said she was stoic, which is in keeping with her character. she's not known for being effusive and contemplating. they also have things to be
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thankful for and the royal family has let it be known the queen apparently describing the manner of the passing of her husband as a miracle. she means the fact he passed paets peacefully in his sleep. that was referenced by multiple members of the royal family. one of the daughters in laws of the queen said it was as if somebody had taken him by the hand and taken him away gently. there is gratitude when you listen to the royals sale salespeople -- speak. they understand a lot of people in this pandemic era lost relatives prematurely and the duke is somebody who lived to be 99. two months shy of his 100 birthday. >> i'm glad you pointed that out. in the midst of the pandemic, we talk about a scaled down ceremony, it's important to say so many people are suffering and
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so many people who died alone. s thank you so much. violent protests have paused in ireland following the prince's death. any indication the calm will hold? >> reporter: that's a question everybody is asking here. i'm along one of the peace walls here that divides catholic and protestant communities. it's long walls like this that small pockets are trading fireworks and rocks last week. but when prince philip died, you can imagine the reaction was divided. a few are unionists. a protestant you tie yourself to the united kingdom and the death of prince philip meant a great deal. he was a symbol of that connection. but both sides called for peace. called for a period of mourning. this is what happened. sunday service for an anxious protestant community. >> i will lead us in prayer for
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prince fliphilip and his family. >> reporter: there's mourning for prince philip and devotion for the queen. >> can i invite you to stand? we pay tribute to prince philip. >> reporter: and prayers for peace, too. >> we can most certainly stand together to say violence is not the way. >> reporter: belfast was shaken by violence worse than any scene here in years. mounting frustrations over issues ranging from brexit laws to covid restrictions poured out into the streets. that quickly descended to clashes between northern ireland's bitterly divided catholic communities. in the aftermath of prince philip's death, calls to end the fighting by pro british loyalist leader like billy hutchinson were heard.
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at nightfall, we witnessed calm along a troubled hallway in belfast. this area is often a flash point. on that side is a protestant community. over there the catholic neighborhood. at times, you would clashes here. police are trying to keep them apart but all political parties called on everyone to stay home, stop protesting, and it seems to be working. away from the hot spots, we meet three youth workers who don't want to return to the hatred of the past. >> we don't want to be involved in it. >> reporter: why not? >> because you've moved on. you want peace. >> i think it's reckless. and dangerous. it's wrecking their community. >> reporter: does any part of you feel afraid like this could get worse? >> yeah. it's terrifying. to have to grow up with skirmish in your community.
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>> reporter: warniloyalty to th monarchy runs deep. the fear is the repeat may not last beyond the prince's funeral. >> reporter: now the calm so far, paula, seems to be holding but the factors that are in place, they are still there. and what are they? it's a brexit agreement that essentially created a border between northern ireland and mainland britain what people call the irish sea border with many people here who are connected to the uk feel that unfettered access is what they expect from westminster. there's also anger over covid restrictions calling for the local police chief to resign after an xra chief's funeral attracted nearly 2,000 people. a lot of anger the rules don't seem to apply to all. socioeconomic conditions that aggravate the tensions and what we saw here, paula, when the factions did say it was time to stop, it was like a tap that
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turned off. experts can tell you potentially the tap can be turned back on after prince philip's funeral. it's not just northern ireland's future and peace at stake here, it's the uk as a whole and its unity. >> absolutely. interesting it hear the insights from the young people, too. coming up, an incident at an iranian nuclear facility. the army chief appeared to hint at possible israeli involvement. live in jerusalem after the break. infused with natural essential oils into a mist. to awaken your home with an experience you can see, smell, and feel. it's air care, redefined. air wick essential mist. connect to nature.
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ah. okay. plan, pivot. how do you bounce back? you don't, you bounce forward, with serious and reliable internet. powered by the largest gig speed network in america. but is it secure? sure it's secure. and even if the power goes down, your connection doesn't. so how do i do this? you don't do this. we do this, together. bounce forward, with comcast business. a blackout at the nuclear site. beyond that, we do not know a lot about what happened. tehran said no one was injured and there were no leeks -- leaks. state media reported that they're vowing revenge and the site will rise up, in his words,
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stronger than before. iran's nuclear chief, in the meantime, called what happened a terrorist action. israel's top general has appeared to hint at possible israeli involvement. this all comes ahead of a meeting between israeli prime minister and u.s. secretary of defense, which will happen later today. what have we heard, as to whether or not the secretary of defense might actually say something about what happened? >> reporter: well, paula, we did just hear from the u.s. secretary of defense lloyd austin. he spoke to american reporters after visiting an israeli air force base. he was asked directly about it. the efforts will continue. he asked directly if the incident would somehow be an impediment to the talks, he said they plan to continue to focus on what the president is trying
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to achieve. now president biden is trying to achieve is a new iranian nuclear deal after the 2015 deal was pulled out of by president trump. there's currently the next few days, expecting talks to continue in vienna between u.s.-led group of countries and the iranians. all aimed at trying to curb the iranian nuclear capabilities. israel is vehemently against and opposed any version of the 2015 deal saying it will simply give iran a green light to obtain nuclear weapons. now while the ooir begans may be pointing the finger directly at israel for the incident. they haven't given any official comment whether they were involved. however, israeli media is citing unnamed sources saying it was the israeli that was involved. as you noted, the israeli army chief did seem to hint at it saying yesterday that israel's operations throughout the middle
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east are not hidden from the eyes of the enemies and prime minister netanyahu recently made comments saying the struggle against iran and the proxies is a huge mission. he said the situation that exists today will not necessarily be the situation that will exist tomorrow. in just a few hours, paula, we'll be hearing from netanyahu, once again, he'll be appearing alongside secretary austin. they're expected to give some joint statements. we'll be watching those -- that joint statement very closely. not only for what they say but it will be important to look to see the tone and how these two men will interact with each other. especially in light of the last 24 hours. >> yeah. absolutely. thank you so much. i appreciate it. now the pro democracy protesters are refusing to give into fear and intimidation. crowds of people march peacefully in several cities on sunday. this group, as you see there, the demonstrations followed a weekend of military violence.
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it happened north of yangon. one group said security forces killed at least 82 people on friday. this is incredible. the military is apparently charging families to collect the bodies of their loved ones. the state-run newspaper reports that -- paula is following this. and, you know, it's interesting they seem they want to step forward and give justifications saying this will strengthen democracy but where does this turn seem to be pivoting now in terms of whether things could deescalate? >> well, what we're seeing on the ground, paula is a continuation. on friday worsening of the bloodshed in certain areas. you mentioned there the city. 82 people killed for the advocacy group aap and that's
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one day and one city. according to one eye witness that cnn spoke to who was in the neighboring village, many people have done the same. they appear to think as of sunday there was still military elements within the town going to different naubds trying to hunt out protesters. now we understand from that eye witness that the bodies were piled up in the morgue and other reports that the military had taken some of those bodies away. now that would seem to be substantiated by the fact that we're now hearing another horrifying development. the military is actually charging the bereaved relatives to have the bodies of their loved ones return to them and the equivalent of some $85. this according to the student union which posted on facebook page in a number of other reports. i mean, it's a horrifying development that you would lose a loved one in this bloody
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crackdown and you would have to pay to even be allowed to retrieve the body and give them the funeral rights you want to give them. now from the military's point of view, they still claim only one person died on friday. they have said they believe the protesters, as they call them, the rioters, were to blame saying they had homemade guns, homemade shields, homemade hand grenades. frankly, homemade shields, if that was the case, would not protect you against what aap said the military was using like assault rifles and grenades of their own. certainly we're seeing a different narrative coming from the military. as you mentioned at the beginning, paula, the spokesperson saying they believe things are getting back to normal. that soon banks and shops will be open and fully operational, which couldn't really be more divorced from reality. >> that is certainly the achilles there. because the economy is just cratering.
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paula han cox, appreciate the update. next, the masters winner has made history and his first major win is more than just a personal victory. that's ahead .
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golfer hideki matsuyma made history at the masters. the first japanese man to win at augusta but the first to win any of the four major's championships in men's golf. he finished with a one-shot victory and instantly celebrated in his home country. take the measure of that with our own reporter who is live in tokyo. i watched him. he won fairly composed but he did seem like the man who had the weight of the entire country on his shoulders. >> reporter: well, there's no question he went into today's round with a four-shot lead and won by one stroke. it doesn't matter what you win be as long as you win. he did that. right. it's truly a water shed moment. there's no better way to describe it other than that. japan is crazy for golf and now they have their very own masters
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winner. the japanese golfers have been playing in the masters since it began in 1936, as you've said, it's the first time they've not only had a japanese-born player win the masters but any major pga tour tournament at all. you know, as a golfer myself, i was actually surprised to learn that. because, you know, playing golf with japanese golfers, they're into it and very good. the fact it's a first player to have won a tournament like this is incredible. it truly is a bright spot for japan when you have under the shadow of the olympics that are less than four months away. this really offers an opportunity to gain some momentum, some excitement! as matsuyama will be competing in the olympics this summer, if they happen. had a chance to talk about his impact not only here in japan but around the world. today after he finally put on that green jacket.
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>> up until now, we haven't had a major champion in japan. maybe a lot of golfers or younger golfers -- or maybe it's a possibility but with me doing it, hopefully it will set an example for them that it is possible. and that if they set their mind to it, they can do it, too. >> reporter: now the tokyo broadcast systems announcer who was broadcasting once matsuyama won brought him to tears. prime minister suga immediately congratulated matsuyama. and he even received a congratulations tweet from tiger woods saying "making japan proud, hideki. congratulations on such a huge accomplishment for you and your company. this historical masters win will impact the entire golf world." tiger woods first won in 1997. for me, as a young kid at the
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time that, motivated me to get into golf. and this win here in japan by matsuyama has that potential for the younger generations here. >> yeah. it certainly has been a goal for the pga to continue to expand. obviously around the world. i can't you're saying he cried, the announcer? >> reporter: the announcer, i mean, brought him to tears. we've heard that not only from him but other people here today in japan. again, for obviously a lot of people that are into golf. it's a big, big moment. course wise in japan there's about more than half the courses are in asia here in japan. it's a big deal and everyone very excited. >> got it. thank you so much. i appreciate the perspective from japan. thank everyone for their company. why the early start" is straight ahead.
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welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. we have reports from berlin, kiev, jerusalem, the white house, and from the uk. this is "early start" this monday morning. i'm christine romans. >> great to have you back. i'm laura jarrett. it's monday, april 12th. we begin with the big breaking news overnight. 10 miles from where former officer derek chauvin is on trial, police shot and killed a black man during a traffic stop in brooklyn center. that's north of minneapolis. authorities say officers were attempting to take 20-year-old


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