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part of your life, with, or without you knowing it. but if we can measure it, hopefully, we can dismantle it. and white folks, if you don't think about your own bias, there is a chance you are going to end up in one of those videos or even worse getting someone killed killed. another american vigil. another community saying good-bye to mass shooting victims. now, an emergency-room physician says it's time to treat gun violence as a public-health crisis. also, grave concerns about the health of jailed-kremlin critic, alexei navalny, as his supporters are asked to rally for his life. plus, royal funeral. how a final good-bye to prince philip could lead to a new start for prince william and prince h harry. hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is cnn "newsroom." i'm robyn curnow.
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live, from cnn center, this is cnn "newsroom" with robyn curnow. >> united states is a nation rocked by gun violence. with many grieving over another-mass shooting. and outrage, growing, over police shootings. brooklyn center, minnesota, has seen a seventh night of demonstrations over the death of 20-year-old daunte wright. congre congresswoman waters had this message for the crowd. >> we have been fighting for is many years for reform, reform, reform. and so, yes, i would like to see the bill in congress pass on police reform. but i know, that the right wing, the racists, are opposed to it and i don't know what is going to happen to it but i know this. we have got to stay in the
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street. and then, in indianapolis, mourners came together to remember the eight lives lost in one of america's latest mass shootings. a vigil was held in the park near the fedex ground facility where these killings took place. the victims included a retired engineer anticipating his wedding anniversary. young woman, barely out of high school. and immigrants seeking the american dream. the police chief offered the city's support to grieving families. >> indianapolis is strong. we are a great community. and we take care of our own. and that's what we'll continue to do as we wrap our arms around these families. >> cnn national correspondent, jason carroll, was at that vigil and spoke with some of the victims' loved ones. here is his report. jason. >> reporter: well, the city held a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fedex shooting. some of those who came out were orange t-shirts, orange fedex t-shirts. there were also members of the sikh community.
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four of the eight victims were from the sikh community and, in fact, two of the victims, their family members, family members of jasvinder kaur and amarjit sekhon. they -- they found the courage to speak to us. >> she was a very, very hard-working woman. she devoted her life to her kids. to her family. she's a family-oriented woman. she no issues with anyone. she was the nicest person, ever. this is something that shouldn't have happened to her, or to my other aunt jaswinder. we are deeply saddened by this. jaswinder aunty, she was -- she was an amazing person. she always had a smile on her face. the only reason she joined working was because she was just bored at home. >> reporter: again, there were eight victims. two of the victims, just 19 years old. the oldest victim? 74-year-old, john weisert. he was about to celebrate his
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50th-wedding anniversary. jason carroll, cnn, indianapolis, indiana. >> thanks to jason for that. and jason just mentioned half the victims were members of the sikh community. indiana is home to as many as 10,000 sikh-americans, according to the advocacy group the sikh coalition. now, the group's executive director says the fedex facility where the shooting happened has a large number of sikh employees and she told us about the feelings in her community right now. >> we are heartbroken and shattered. our community is very close and tight-knitted. we are honestly no more than three degrees of separation from one another. and we're all heartbroken. and in pain. i have spent the last-24 hours, on calls with community members who lost loved ones. others, who had family members who barely escaped with their life. others, who have spent the entire day, and again, today,
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providing support to their community, as we say. and these individuals were the backbones of their families and i want to underscore, honestly, they were america's backbone. they're working families and so, as i hear them cry and hold back tears, i just, also, want to share that this is a feeling that i, personally, have felt. and many others in the community felt after oak creek. it's exactly what we feel every time a sikh has been viciously attacked, as we continue to fight for our existence and wondering if anyplace is safe. >> well, authorities say the gunman was 19-year-old brandon hall. he was once employed at the facility. police say he bought the two assault-style rifles he used in the attack, legally. hall's family has released this statement. they said, we are devastated the loss of life caused as a result of brandon's actions, though the -- through the love of his family, we tried to get him the help he needed. our sincerest and most heart-felt apologies go out to
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the victims of this senseless tragedy. we are so sorry for the pain and hurt being felt by their families and the entire-indianapolis community. in omaha, nebraska, accomplice confirmed a shooting at a mall there has killed one person and wounded another. it happened saturday, around noon. police are looking for two suspects seen on security footage. they say it was an isolated incident and not a random attack. the same location where a police officer was shot and wounded in march. and also, the site of a mass shooting in 2007 when a gunman killed eight people and wounded five others. now, when you look at gun violence in america, just in the last month, we know at least 45 mass shootings have happened here in the u.s. as you can see from this map, it's according to cnn reporting and analysis of data from the gun violence archive, local media, and police reports. so we know that 147-mass shootings have occurred, just this year. now, i want to look at the number of lives, lost, between 2016 and 2018.
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an average of more than 39,000 americans have died from gun violence, each year. that's according to giffords. that's an organization led by former-congresswoman gabby giffords who was shot in the head by a gunman back in 2011. now, giffords also shows that america has the weakest gun laws and the most guns with 393 million. nearly-every american will know at least one victim of gun violence in their lifetime. a majority of the total number of gun deaths are suicides. that's 60%. megan is an emergency-room physician and has spent more than a decade researching gun violence as a public-health crisis. thank you very much for joining us on the show, doctor. so, the amount of mass shootings and gun violence, just in the last month here, in the states, is -- is horrifying. and as a doctor and american, i suppose, is how exhausted are you by these back-to-back shootings? >> it seems like right now, every day, there is a new-mass
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shooting. every one of them is horrifying. every one of them is preventable. and every one of them leaves a ripple effect of trauma and tragedy, in the communities. but, robyn, it's not just the mass shootings. it's the 100-plus people that are killed across the united states, literally, every day by a firearm. and the 200 plus who are injured, every single day, most of whom never make the news. those are equally exhausting, to me, ass an er doctor and to communities across the country. >> so, when you look at the comments coming from president biden, this week. he -- he was calling for gun violence to be a public-health emergency. how important a step is that language, and itself, that this needs to be treated like an epidemic that needs public-health tools? >> it is a critical step, because what happens when we call gun violence what it is, which is a public-health epidemic. then, we can apply public-health tools. the same tools that we have used to start to bring the covid
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pandemic under control. the same tools that we have used to decrease car-crash deaths by more than 70%. there are these standard techniques of gathering data and spreading the things that work, that we know, through history, are effective at decreasing injuries and deaths and we just haven't had the chance to do that here, in the u.s., because firearm injury has been caught in this political debate between gun control and gun rights. when we talk about it as a health problem, it can actual glly give us hope of making progress. >> i know president biden has talked about red-flag legislation. but how does that, actually, practically, make a dent in the kinds of deaths and violence that we are seeing? >> so, i will be honest. there is no-single solution that is going to fix all of it. red-flag laws are part of it. and we know that this shooter at the fedex plant -- actually, it sounds like his mom activated a red-flag law, last year, and god knows what she prevented by
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doing that last year. so that's part of the solution. there are other policies, as well, that can make a difference. but it's more than just policies. just like how, with covid, we can have mask mandates. but we, also, have to have a culture that supports wearing masks. the same thing with gun violence. some of the most effective solutions have nothing to do with policies. it's stuff, like green, empty blocks in cities that are destroyed by urban blight. it's teaching gun dealers how to recognize signs of suicide or homicide in people that they are selling guns to. those have, also, been shown to make a really big difference. >> despite all of the deaths, just even in the last-few weeks, are you hopeful? are you positive, that some movement can be made during this administration? >> i am hopeful. and i will say, watching president biden stand and make those statements, couple of weeks ago, and then, again, this week. that, alone, gives me hope. having a president who talks about this as a health problem.
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i am also hopeful because, for the first time in 25 years, we have funding to do firearm-injury prevention research. it's a drop in the bucket but it is more than we've had. the funding was shut off because of politics, for more than two decades here, in the united states. and that's finally coming back. that, also, gives me hope. and finally, i have hope because, again, i am seeing gun owners and non-gun owners come together, to talk about what most of us, in the middle, in this country are committed to. which is keeping our families and our communities safe. and we recognize that that's a combination of policy, and community activism. >> as an emergency-room doctor, no doubt, you have seen a lot of victims of gun violence. how has that shaped your thinking? >> so, it is the victims of gun violence that motivate what i do, every day, in this field. it's, certainly, the young men who have been killed as victims of community violence. but it's, also, the folks who shot themself to kill themselves. or the young women who have been
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killed by their boyfriends and fiances. and, of course, it's their families. i mean, i can't -- i can't tell you what it's like to have to tell a family that their loved one died from a gunshot wound. it is those stories, that motivate me, and that make me committed to finding a way to prevent this. because as an er doctor, robyn, i know that there is nothing that happens that can't somehow, be prevented with that good, public-health approach. and that's why i do this. >> megan ranney, thank you very much for joining and for all your work. thank you. prosecutors in oregon are asking for public-surveillance video after unrest broke out late-friday night. police say they used pepper spray and smoke canisters to break up a crowd that had gathered. protestors are angry after a police officer fatally shot a suspect. the officer -- the police say the officer was responding to the report of a man pointing a gun in a park. and the officer only used lethal force after attempting to use less-lethal rounds.
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police identified the officer, who shot the suspect, as zachary delong, an eight-year veteran of the force. he will be placed on leave. so, the world has reached a staggering milestone. more than 3 million people have now lost their lives to covid since the pandemic began. in the u.s., the death toll from the virus is the worst in the world, with more than 565,000 people killed by coronavirus. there is some, promising vaccine news with the u.s. officially administering more than 200 million doses. almost a quarter of the population is, now, fully vaccinated. and beginning monday, all adults in the u.s. will be able to get their shot. michigan's third covid wave is so severe that hospitals are running out of space to treat new patients. that state is leading the u.s. in new infections, with nearly-10,000 new cases reported on saturday, alone. according to johns hopkins university. here is polo sandoval with more
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on that. polo. >> several health-care facilities here in the state of michigan reporting that their hospitalization numbers continue to climb. not only reach the levels that we saw during the most recent surge, this past fall and winter. but even exceeding those numbers and that is the case right now at beaumont health. one of the more recognized and largest healthcare systems here in the detroit area. fi officials there telling me they continue to see hospitalizations there climb. a doctor with that hospital system telling me that he is specifically continuing to notice those patients get even younger. many of those, admitting to him that they have attended large gatherings, which go against those recommendations not just here in michigan but really throughout the country. but, also, saying about half the patients that he is seeing right now are infected with that highly-contagious, b.1.1.7 variant, first, discovered in the uk, earlier this year. >> we are seeing many, many more people sick, you know, in families and exposures. and the problem and concern that
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i have is, until everybody gets vaccinated, could there be other variants that, now, escape the immune system? >> reporter: recently, michigan governor gretchen whitmer did expand the current-mask requirement to include children as young as 2 years old. but there continues to be this growing call by many here, in michigan, that some of the other recommendations that are in place. including a recommendation to avoid indoor dining. that, that should, instead, be a requirement, at least for now, as the state of michigan tries to drop some of these numbers. the michigan's health authority calling the situation that's happening here, in michigan, dire. polo sand cnn, detroit. and then, outside the u.s., india is fighting a devastating spike in covid cases there. the country is reporting more than 260,000 new cases in the last-24 hours. it's the fourth time in a row that cases have crossed the 200,000 mark. and it's pushing hospitals to the brink. the city of delhi reported more than 24,000 cases, just on saturday, alone.
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the highest, since the pandemic began. and an official says the city is facing a huge shortage of hospital beds with the government now trying to add 6,000 beds over the next-four days. and countries across europe are -- excuse me -- racing to get more people vaccinated against covid. but that effort certainly has been complicated by eu regulators suspending the use of the johnson & johnson vaccine. well, melissa bell has more, from paris. melissa. >> 3 million covid-19 related deaths, worldwide. that, according to the latest figures from johns hopkins university. a million of those recorded in the greater-europe region. this week, france passed the grim milestone of 100,000 covid-19-related deaths with e emmanuel macron tweeting no name and no face would be forgotten. here in france, 6.3% of the population has now been fully vaccinated. over in germany, the figure is 6.5%. german chancellor, angela
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merkel, this week got her first vaccine in the shape of the astrazeneca shot. that -- a certificate tweeted out by her spokesman, earlier this week. the astrazeneca vaccine that is, only now in many european countries being given to older populations. another hiccup on the road of europe's vaccination rollout has been the suspension, by several-eu countries, of the johnson & johnson vaccine. we await the results of the european-medicines agency investigation that we should get next week to determine whether or not it believes that it can safely be used here, in europe. elsewhere, europeans now really looking ahead to what those rolled-out vaccination programs and tightened restrictions will mean, in terms of being able to reopen their economies, once again. this is what mario draghi had to tell italians this week. >> this risk that the government has taken, and that, surely, meets the expectations of the citizens, is based on a premise
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that people, strictly, respect the reopening rules. so, face masks, social distancing. >> other european countries, also, now looking at how they can begin to ease restrictions and more particularly, how they can begin to lift some of those travel restrictions ahead of the busy-tourist period. the european-tourism industry, which is worth many hundreds of billions of euros has been at a standstill for months. economies heavily dependent on it, really pushing for the european-vaccine passports that should allow europeans to get around, more freely than they have, so far. greece has announced, ahead of the summer season, that anyone who's been negative or been vaccinated from, either, europe, the united states, and a few-other countries, will now be able to come, without quarantining. portuguese authorities, also, saying that they are looking towards the european-vaccine passport mechanism to be able to allow tourists to avoid quarantines as they come to portugal, this summer, too. here in france, authorities looking at may 15th as a
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possible day for some of the lifting of restrictions. and more particularly, the reopening of cafe terraces and museums that have now been closed here in france, since october. melissa bell, cnn, paris. and it was a final farewell fit for a prince. coming up, we look back at the funeral for britain's prince philip as the royal family laid their beloved patriarch to rest. ♪ ♪ like an echo in the forest ♪ ♪ (singing in korean) ♪ ♪ like an arrow in the blue sky ♪ ♪ (singing in korean) ♪ ♪ on my pillow, on my table ♪ ♪ yeah life goes on ♪ ♪ like this again ♪ ♪ oh oh oh oh ♪ age is just a number. and mine's unlisted. try boost® high protein
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ the world watched as britain's prince philip was laid to rest at windsor castle saturday. it was an understated and elegant farewell. scaled down, of course, due to covid restrictions. now, the duke of edinburgh, himself, helped plan the
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ceremony, reflecting his faith and military service. queen elizabeth sat alone in st. george's chapel. a somber figure, who was rarely seen without her husband at her side. anna stewart joins us now live from windsor. anna, hi. certainly, a moment of reflection for -- for the royal family. but also, the whole country, today, as we watch these images. >> it really felt like a moment of national reflection, actually. and i think the image of the queen sitting by herself, in that pew, will be one that we won't forget for a very long time. the funeral was elegant. it was simple. it really reflected prince philip. all, that he loved. all, that he cared about. here is how the day unfolded. an old-school prince going out in his own style. the duke of edinburgh was heavily involved in the planning of his funeral, which began with a short procession, from windsor castle, to st. george's chapel. it was steeped in military
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tradition. his sword and naval cap laid on top of his casket, which was carried by a modified-land rover, he helped design. a decorated veteran of world war ii, more-than-700 military personnel took part in the ceremony. the duke's much-loved carriage and pony stood by. his cap and gloves left, poignantly, on the seat. the prince was a family man. his children, grandchildren, and members of his personal staff walked behind. dressed in mourning suits, instead of military uniforms. brothers, prince harry and prince william, walked with their cousin, peter phillips, between them. the lines of mourners and military guards, a somber contrast to the queen's arrival. stepping out, alone, and taking a seat by herself in the chapel. waiting for the partner, who stood by her, for more-than-seven decades. >> we are here today, in st.
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george's chapel, to commit, into the hands of god, the soul of his servant, prince philip, duke of edinburgh. >> reporter: the ceremony was pared down to just-30 people, due to coronavirus restrictions. it included members of the royal family, and the duke's german relatives. the choir sang a selection of music, handpicked by prince philip. his casket was then lowered into the royal vault where it will stay, until her majesty dies, when they'll be reunited. a bugle sounded the last post. and then, battle cry. action stations. this was the funeral prips nce philip wanted. although, one part he didn't orchestrate was, perhaps, one of the most moving. prince william and prince harry,
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walking together, and chatting after the service. a sign of unity, that would have made their grandfather proud. >> for me, that was the most heartwarming element, actually, robyn. they all sort of filed into the chapel in procession, very formal. but when they came out, they looked so relaxed. they looked like they had taken a breath and had a chance to chat. and it felt like any-other family. you know, grief so terrible but a way of really uniting a family. a time for them to be together. robyn. >> yeah. it really underscored how important rituals are, for -- for -- for families and, i think, for the nation that has had to bury so many people alone, just like the queen, the last year. so, what -- what has changed, in many ways? this image of this grieving family. very much, on show for a family that's known to be austier, what next? >> it's hard to comprehend what that must feel like. he's been her strength and stay,
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for many years, as she's said and it is her 95th birthday this week, on wednesday, so she is still in mourning. going forward, i would expect the queen to spend much more time here in windsor than buckingham palace. and i think we will see other senior members of the royal family, prince charles, prince william, doing more and more in terms of official engagements. we have already seen that during the pandemic, particularly, with all the zoom engagements and i think we will continue to see that. but, of course, queen, much loved by this nation, isn't going anywhere. she always said that she was going to pledge to do her duty to this country, to the commonwealth, for her whole lifetime. but we have to recognize that she is getting older and she did cut a very lonely figure in that church but you know, everyone really loves the queen. i think it was one of those national moments where everyone really felt the same. everyone felt such -- such empathy, i think, for her majesty. robyn. >> i think you are right. i think someone said they just wanted to give her a hug, which i think was probably quite universal.
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anna stewart there, live, in windsor. i know you have had a busy day. thanks so much. so, before we head to break, i do want to show you this image. we want to show you prince philip. it was tweeted out by the royal family, after the -- after the funeral. and as you can see here, it shows a tip of the hat by the duke of edinburgh. the final good-bye, farewell, from those who will miss him most. a much-loved prince, indeed. now, coming up on cnn. mass-gun violence is not just a problem, here, in america. so how are other countries handling the issue? we will take a global look at gun control. that is next. plus, closing arguments in the derek chauvin trial. are set to begin next week. a look back at some of the most gripping testimony. that's also coming up. and it's a long flight too. once we get there, we will need... buttercup! ♪ for 175 years, new york life
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welcome back to our viewers here, in the united states, and all around the world. thanks for joining me. i am robyn curnow. it is 32 minutes past the hour. so, indianapolis, indiana, is reeling from a mass shooting there, just two days ago. police say the gunman in the attack, identified as 19-year-old brandon hole bought both of the assault-style weapons he used legally. meantime, mourners came together on saturday to hold a vigil honoring the eight victims. half of those fatalities were members of the close-knit sikh community. there have been at least 45-mass shootings, in just the last month alone. and that's the reality in the u.s., and the u.s. is, of course, facing tougher calls for gun-control measures. and these grow larger and louder. but mass shootings aren't just a problem here, in america. so how are other countries tackling the issue?
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our cnn correspondents around the world take a look. >> i'm nic robertson in london, where gun control's some of the strictest in the world. handguns and automatic weapons are effectively banned. shotguns and rifles can be held, under very tight license. deaths from gunfire are relatively low. the year, ending march, 2019, 33 people were killed. that was three-more than the previous year. but mass shootings are exceptionally rare. 1987, 17 people killed. 1996, 18 people killed. in 2010, 13 people killed. exceptionally, rare. >> i am blake essig in tokyo. here in japan, gun violence is almost nonexistent. since 2000, gun deaths each year have generally been in the double digits with the homicides invo involving gun deaths often in the single digits. of this from a country with a
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population about a third the size of the u.s. most guns are illegal in the country. and under the law, possession is only allowed if special approval is obtained. before that can happen, you must pass a background check, explain to police why you need a gun. receive formal instruction and pass a collection of written, mental, and drug tests. while rare, when it comes to mass killings in japan, those often responsible resort to knives or arson, instead of guns. i am angus watson in sydney, australia. where it's 25 years since the country's worst-ever mass shooting forced the australian government to ban rapid-fire rifles and shotguns. gun-ownership licenses and registrations were, also, tightened. it took just-12 days for the federal government to act, after 35 people were kill sed and man more injured by a man with a military-style semiautomatic weapon. a buy-back scheme and surrenders under amnesty saw over a million
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firearms destroyed. the chances of dying by gunshot wound in australia fell by 50% in the years after the ban and gun-related suicides dropped by 80%. >> well, police, kroacross the united states are preparing for the possibility of protests. once a verdict is handed down in the derek chauvin murder trial. closings arguments are set for monday. omar jimenez takes a look back at what's been an emotional-few weeks of testimony. >> reporter: from the beginning. >> you need a minute? >> i feel helpless. >> reporter: emotions and expertise. >> all that my research is related basically to breathing. >> reporter: have defined the trial for former-minneapolis police officer, derek chauvin, after a weeks-long jury-selection process, the beginning of witness testimony took jurors and the country, back, to may 25th, 2020. some witnesses, who were steps away from what happened, say
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they, still, feel the weight of the decisions they made that day, all-these-months later. >> it's been nights i stayed up, apologizing. and -- and apologizing to george floyd for not doing more. and not physically interacting. >> reporter: the defense, for chauvin, has been hoping to paint jurors a picture of an officer distracted by the perceived threat of a crowd. but doing, exactly, what he was trained to do. >> had to hold the guy down. he was -- was going crazy. wouldn't go in the back of the squad -- >> reporter: as testimony shifted, from what happened, to the use of force involved when it did. >> is this a trained minneapolis police department defensive-tactics technique? >> it is not. >> reporter: a witness later called by the defense disagreed. and felt it was the right thing
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to do. >> i felt that derek chauvin was justified and was acting with objective reasonableness. >> reporter: but maybe, the most-crucial set of testimony came from medical experts on george floyd's cause of death. including, from a chief-medical examiner for hennepin county. >> have you certified deaths as an overdose, where the level of fentanyl was similar to the level of fentanyl in mr. floyd? >> yes. >> reporter: the defense claims drug use and george floyd's medical history are what killed him. prosecutors argue it was because of chauvin's knee on floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. >> there is no evidence to suggest he would have died that night, except for the interactions with law enforcement. >> a person subject to what mr. floyd was subject to would have died, as a result of what he was subject to. >> reporter: but there was one witness, jurors never heard from.
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>> i will invoke my fifth-amendment privilege today. >> reporter: which means closing arguments for each side are left to tie together the emotions and expertise of the trial, for the instinct and interpretation of the jury. >> if i were you, i would plan for long, and hope for short. >> reporter: omar jimenez, cnn, minneapolis. >> so, coming up on cnn. russian-opposition leader alexei navalny is nearing death in prison according to his team but he is still continuing his hunger strike. we will talk about that next. plus, the philippines is bracing for a supertyphoon, the strongest one ever recorded in the month of april. we will have the latest on that, as well. (vo) we live in a world of fees. airlines, hotels,
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the press secretary for the russian-opposition leader alexei navalny says his health is deteriorating so badly in p prison, he is actively dying. now, navalny has been on a
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hunger strike for more than two weeks. his spokeswoman says he may only have a few days left to live. navalny's team is calling for supporters to join a rally that was meant to call for his freedom, but is now meant to fight for his life. at the same time, russian prosecutors are trying to label anybody protesting the situation as extremist. that could set the stage for his movement to be barred from campaigning in elections. well, earlier, we heard from a colleague of alexei navalny, who described what they know about his health, so far. take a listen. >> alexei navalny, today, on the 18th day of his hunger strike. we received results of his tests about-two days ago. and they show dangerous level of potassium, which is associated with possible renal failure and heart problems. so, we are very concerned about his health. >> navalny started his hunger strike to protest prison officials refusing to grant him access to proper-medical care.
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he posted on instagram that he's been threatened with force feeding but his colleague tells us why he's sticking with the strike, despite the danger. >> the hunger strike is the last measure that an inmate can apply, in this circumstances. it's not something that people do, lightly, and put their lives in danger. all that he requests is that he -- he is given proper-medical care. with a doctor, of his choice. especially, it's important, since his recovery after his poisoning with novichok-nerve agent, last august, is not really complete. >> so, czech republic has accused more than a dozen employees of the russian embassy of being intelligence officers and ordered them to leave the country. russia's foreign ministry called them expulsions and they called them tricks from prague. now, sam kiley has more on moscow's recent-aggressive posturing. >> reporter: the czech republic
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has announced the expulsion of some-18 agents. >> translator: as foreign minister of the czech republic, i made the decision to expel all personnel at the russian embassy in brag prague identified by our secret services. within 48 hours, 18 staff of the russian embassy must leave the czech republic. >> this all coming, whilst the russians are building up their forces on the border with ukraine. amidst complaints from nato that, at the same time, the russians are trying to seal off the sea, which is largely shares landfall with ukraine and russian territory. because the russians are saying that they are closing it to foreign navies. but at the same time, nato is saying this is an attempt to raises tensions, at a time when they want to try and reduce tensions with russia. following the announcement from the united states, of these
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expulsions and a number of other sanctions that, they say, the united states says it's going to impose on russia, following attempts by russia to interfere in the 2020 elections and, indeed, in a massive cyberattack, which the united kingdom has also blamed on russia. so, amidst all of these tensions, though, there has been a small glimmer of hope that, perhaps, this is all part of a resetting of the relationship. back, to the bad, old days, if you like, of the obama administration, when there was less of a -- approach coming from the trump administration. a great deal of admiration expressed by donald trump for vladimir putin. but what is coming from biden is an offer or a suggestion that the two leaders meet, face to face, sometime in the near future. perhaps, in the sum -- summer, somewhere in europe. sam kiley, cnn, moscow. >> thanks, sam, for that. now, the first supertyphoon of the season is breaking records as it approaches the
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philippines. it is winds equivalent to a category-five hurricane. take a look at this. signal-two alert has been issued for parts of eastern philippines. let's go straight to derek van dam. derek, what can you tell us about this? >> yeah, robyn. this is an absolute monster of a storm. but the most important information we need to get out to anyone watching, who have family or friends or perhaps you live in the philippines. the brunt of this storm, the worst impacts of the storm will stay offshore. that is good news. we want to hear that. but this is still a storm that needs to be taken very seriously. it is a formidable typhoon. a supertyphoon. it was at winds of 305 kilometers per hour, about-six hours ago. now, down to 280. so, some weakening taking place. this is the official forecast from the joint typhoon warning center. you can see it is moving at a northwesterly rate and it is expected to change to a more north to northeasterly direction over the coming days. and that is good news because that is going to help steer it away from the coastline of the philippines. nonetheless, you can see, the
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forecast wind gusts. they are weakening within the 24-to-48 and 72-hour period. but there are, still, the outer rain bands that will bring strong winds, heavy rain, potential for flash flooding, as well as landslides across this region but a widen con ses sus of models we look at as meteorologist helping forecast this trek, the particular path of the form, all, indicating this will stay offshore. that is what we want to see. here are the computer models that we compare the american and the european on either side. and you can see, the strongest of the wind centered right near the eye of the typhoon or the hurricane. that is where we would have the most destructive force of this particular storm. and you can see that stays off the region and into southern luzan as well. i have been in hurricanes of this magnitude before, it is a matter of kilometers for our international viewers, it makes a big difference to see that eye wall stay a hundred miles off the coastline because that is going to be the difference,
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between complete destruction, and minimal destruction. so nonetheless, the public meteorological department in the philippines still hoisting a level two for portions into the southern region. that means that you need to take this storm seriously, because, within the next-24 hours, you could experience winds over-100 kilometers per hour. what a storm, but really dodging a big one here. >> okay. thank for that. we will come to you with any new developments. derek van dam there. appreciate it. some of your favorite stars are joining forces for a huge concert, pandemic style, of course. what they are hoping to achieve? that's next. taking align can help. align contains a quality probiotic to naturally help soothe digestive upsets 24/7. try align, the pros in digestive health. and join the align healthy gut team up and learn what millions of align users already know. how great a healthy gut can feel. sign up at also try align dualbiotics gummies
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some of the biggest names in entertainment are joining together for another global citizen virtual concert this may. this time the goal is to raise awareness on the covid vaccine. so lynda kinkade talks to one of the cofounders of global citizen about what they hope to achieve. >> reporter: jennifer lopez, the foo fighters, and selena gomez are just a few of the big names coming together in a concert to reunite the world. their name, to get covid-19
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vaccines to everyone in every corner of the globe. ♪ lean on me when you're not strong ♪ >> reporter: last year's "one world together at home" concert hosted by lady gaga -- ♪ smile even though it's aching ♪ >> reporter: set out to raise funds to support frontline workers. ♪ ♪ you wind up like the wrecking high behind that mess you use ♪ >> reporter: talk about big names, elton john performing. certainly tapped into incredible support from celebrities. that concert raised almost $130 million to assist with the pandemic efforts. what are you hoping to achieve this time? >> firstly, i should say, yes, lady gaga and everyone who curated "one world together at home" did an extraordinary job and it raised $127.9 million. i'm pleased to be able to tell
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your viewers that 100% of that money has been deployed to provide frontline community health workers with personal protective equipment. so today we're thrilled to be able to announce "vax live," the concert to reunite the world. a first of its kind global broadcast focused on calling on world leaders and on the business community to urgently support vaccine equity, but also to encourage vaccine uptake. >> this year's "vax live" is set to be held in a stadium in los angeles. ♪ we can dance if we want to we can leave your friends behind ♪ >> global citizen cofounder hugh evans said the concert will encourage donations to help vaccines for health care workers in the poorest countries. >> so many nationed on the planet haven't received a single dose. >> reporter: most wealthy countries have procured far more sooection than they'll need. in the united states there's enough for almost four doses per
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person. in canada, enough for almost nine doses per person. >> i would encourage those nations that are on track to vaccinate the majority of their populations to immediately start doting those excess doses. here in the united states, by june, the u.s. alone will have 45 million excess doses just sitting in warehouses. there are 27 million frontline health care workers around the world, doctors and nurses, the true heroes of this pandemic. let's give it to them. >> reporter: "vax live," the concert to reunite the world, is set to happen on may 8th in california. lynda kinkade, cnn, atlanta. i'm robyn curnow. i'll be back with more cnn in just a moment.
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