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india has just reported the highest daily increases of cases in the world since the pandemic began. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to all of you watching here in the united states, canada and around the world, i'm kim brunhuber. this is "cnn newsroom." the u.s. justice department has now opened a sweeping civil investigation into the policing practices of the minneapolis police department. that announcement from the attorney general comes one day after former police officer derek chauvin was convicted of murder in the death of george floyd. >> the investigation i am announcing today will assess whether the minneapolis police
department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force, including during protests. the investigation will also assess whether the mpd engages in discriminatory conduct and whether its treatment of those with behavioral health disabilities is unlawful. >> this investigation comes in the wake of a verdict welcomed by many across the u.s., and now derek chauvin sits in a maximum security prison in minnesota after his conviction. the latest now from cnn's omar jimenez. >> find the defendant guilty. >> reporter: with a guilty verdict on all three charges, derek chauvin went from former minneapolis police officer to convicted murderer. whose new reality is now a prison cell, similar to this one, separate from the general population and at a state prison about 25 miles outside of minneapolis, while in the city -- celebrations.
>> we can finally breathe. >> reporter: from a community that didn't think a conviction was possible. and to a george floyd family that knows the work isn't finished. >> we have to stick together and continue to fight because this world is a place that we're supposed to be united and stand together. >> reporter: a mentality from the streets of minneapolis to the white house. >> this is our first shot at dealing with systemic racism. >> reporter: and part of that local leaders hope can come from the department of justice now launching a probe into practices at the minneapolis police department. minneapolis mayor jacob frye welcomes the investigation as an opportunity to continue working toward deep change and accountability in the minneapolis police department. while the head of the city council, which has tried multiple times to dismantle the police department hopes the doj uses the full weight of its authority to hold the minneapolis police department
accountable for any and all abuses of power. meanwhile, chauvin with his bail revoked awaits sentencing, expected in early june as the judge weighs a number of factors, including aggravating factors, like george floyd being treated with particular cruelty. the presence of children when the crimes were committed, and separately, state sentencing guidelines. the guidelines for someone with no criminal history, like chauvin, are up to 15 years for second and third degree murder and up to roughly four years for second degree manslaughter, but prosecutors are asking for a tougher sentence, bolstered by those aggravating factors, which could increase chauvin's time behind bars. all of it part of the continuing legacy of george floyd. >> i can see him, you know, smiling down on us and just being very, very proud of us. >> it's not about black, it's not about white, it's not about asian. it is only one race and that's the human race and the world let it be known that we all can
breathe again because justice for george means freedom for all. >> reporter: now, a persisting chant we have heard amid the celebrations is one down, three to go. of course, that's looking ahead to the other three officers charged in this case, tao, king and lane all facing charges of aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter and aiding and abetter second degree murder and all three are out on bail. now, in the months after george floyd's death the use of force incidents by minneapolis police actually dropped according to a cnn analysis, but then spiked late last year and black people were the subjects of those use of force incidents at a highly disproportionate rate indicative of the work that people here still feel needs to be done. omar jimenez, cnn, minneapolis. now, as omar mentioned, even with the guilty verdict activists are still demanding police reform. with a long road ahead george floyd's sister spoke with cnn
and had this message to those who may be afraid their loved ones could face the same fate as her brother. listen to this. >> to the families that have been through this, that are going through this, keep the faith. keep the faith and hold on and pray because prayer changes things. and i want to also let the families know that did not get justice for their loved ones, george floyd, my brother, sacrificed his life that day and we not only got justice yesterday for him, but we got justice for all families, all families, that did not get justice for their loved ones and i mean that from the bottom of my heart. >> a case that unfolded in ohio as the chauvin verdict was
coming down in minnesota is drawing national attention. body camera footage shows an officer shooting and killing a black teenager who was lunging at people with a knife. the circumstances may be unique, but the conversation about police accountability is forcing authorities to prioritize transparency. athena jones has more on the investigation. i'm warning, her report is graphic. >> reporter: new videos released in the case of ma'khia bryant, a 16-year-old black girl in columbus, ohio, shot by police after they say she attempted to stab two people with a knife. upon receiving that chaotic 911 call officers were dispatched to the scene. police say they still don't know the identity of the caller. police body cam footage shows officer nicholas reardon approaching people outside a home. >> what's going on?
hey. hey. hey. get down. get down. get down. get down. >> reporter: the video shows bryant appearing to push one person to the ground and then lunging at another person in pink with what appears to be a knife in her hand. officer reardon then fires four shots killing bryant. franklin county children services says bryant was a foster child in the county's care. >> she came after me. >> reporter: newly released body cam videos from two additional officers show the moments after the shooting as well. officers can be seen performing lifesaving measures on bryant and sealing off the scene. officer reardon has been a member of the columbus police department since 2019. police say he is on paid administrative leave while an independent investigation takes place. columbus jay i don't remember andrew ginther said the killing was a failure of the community. >> the fact we had a 16-year-old girl armed and physical violence with other folks in that community.
that's something for us to look in the mirror and say what are we doing or not guilty. >> reporter: the shooting happened about 30 minutes before the guilty verdict was delivered for the murder of george floyd at a time when police use of force around the nation and in columbus specifically sunday renewed scrutiny. >> we will be sharing more in the hours, days, weeks ahead that doesn't compromise the investigation because it's critically important for us, for the public, to have the information that we have so we can be transparent as possible. >> reporter: cnn has reached out to officer reardon and the police union but has not heard back. one more thing that's important to note here, both the mayor and interim police chief are stressing transparency. the police department worked swiftly last night to release that initial police body cam footage, chief michael woods says his goal is to share as much information with the public as possible as quickly as possible. this was especially important last night because you had video shot by bystanders that had already begun circulating on social media sparking an outrage.
athena jones, cnn, columbus, ohio. and the president of the columbus, ohio, city council spoke to cnn, shannon harden stressed the importance of the independent investigation and the need to respect that process, even in the face of community anger. >> i have shed more tears today than i have in any other day of my term of serving this city so the anger and the frustration is real and it's understandable and, you know, what we have seen over the last days with this body camera video is interaction that tragically took the life of ma'khia, but the important thing is that we have an independent investigation. so it's not about you or i answering the question should he have used a different weapon or not. we will have an investigation to look into those things and candidly i can't really speak on how i feel on that because there is an independent investigation and the worst thing that i would want to do is in any way
jeopardize those findings. >> ohio has a police reform bill in the works designed to increase training on how to deescalate situations and add accountability for police. it would also create databases for use of force incidents and officer discipline. the state's republican governor mike dewine announced the bill wednesday saying there is a lot to learn from the tragedies of george floyd's death. dewine has been pursuing some form of police reform for at least a year. in washington bipartisan talks on police reform talks are picking up pace. they are discussing shifting the burden of accountability from individual police officers to police departments. >> we have to criminalize the choke hold and other types of tactics such as the knee to the neck. i think we're going to do that.
we have to change the standard for use of force and make one that is put into place nationally so that the use of deadly force is a matter of last resort and deescalation tactics are required in the first instance. that's something that i think we can do. we need a national database so that rogue police officers who have been brutal, who have been violent, who have engaged in excessive use of force can't just jump from one police department to another police department without any visibility into that officer's prior behavior. u.s. president joe biden is touting 200 million vaccinations since he took office in january. addressing the country on wednesday biden reported more than a quarter of americans are now fully vaccinated, but clearly more work is needed.
cnn's nick watt reports. >> today we did it. today we hit 200 million shots in the 92nd day in office. >> reporter: in just a couple of weeks vaccine supply may outstrip demand in the u.s., so says a just published report. that is both good news -- >> some experts say that the rapid vaccination effort has already saved tens of thousands of american lives. >> reporter: and it's bad news. just over a quarter of americans are now fully separated, that needs to maybe triple to reach herd immunity. could be close. only 61% of adults said they had or want the shot. so that poll is a month old. >> obviously there is an element of vaccine hesitancy or concern that we need to address. >> i'm calling on every employer, large and small, in every state to give employees the time off they need with pay
to get vaccinated. the irs is posting instructions for now employers can get reimbursed for the cost. >> reporter: south dakota just joined a handful of others banning state or local government from mandating vaccine passports to prove inoculation. >> anybody wants to come into my business i would never ask them those questions. i think everybody has their own rights and we want to keep our rights. >> reporter: and the actual virus, red is bad, means case counts are climbing and there is not much red on that map right now. still on average nearly 64,000 new cases are reported every day. >> we all need to mask up until the number of cases goes down. >> reporter: and the rest of the world really matters. last week globally the most cases ever recorded in a week says the w.h.o. and just look at that line in india. cases and deaths are soaring. nick watt, cnn, los angeles.
americans planning to vacation in another country this summer may need to reconsider the u.s. state department is adding more than 100 countries to its do not travel list because of the risk of covid-19. they include canada, mexico, the uk, france, italy and spain. the recommendations aren't mandatory and health experts say fully vaccinated people can travel safely within the u.s. at low risk. for the first time in more than two decades atlanta's airport is no longer the world's busiest. hartsfield-jackson fell a notch to number two thanks to the pandemic's disruption of air travel. atlanta is expected to return to the top spot when vacations pick up but for now the most passengers are passing through an airport in china. nearly 44 million last year according to the council.
india has posted a tragic world record in new daily covid cases. the health care system is collapsing as a second coronavirus wave tears through the country. we will have the details coming up. plus russian security forces crack down across the country on protests in support of alexei navalny. we're live in moscow after the break. stay with us. i got this mountain bike for only $11. dealdash.com, the fair and honest bidding site. we sold an ipad worth $505 for less than $24. a stand mixer for less than $20. a 4k television for under $2. a macbook pro for under $16. as well as a playstation 4 for under $16. and brand new cars
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protesters in russia say it's a fight for the future as tens of thousands of people marched in 85 cities in support of jailed opposition leader alexei navalny. the numbers, though, weren't as high as organizers had hoped. and in mexico -- in moscow, rather, they cheered for navalny's wife. they were critical of vladimir putin and what they call his abuse of power. in a far east city they chanted "russia without putin." neither 1,500 people were arrested. the protests were to coincide with putin's annual address to the nation where he warned other
countries not to interfere in russia's domestic affairs. >> translator: whoever organizes any provocations to threaten our core security will regret this like they have never regretted anything before. i hope that no one will get an idea to cross a so-called red line in regards to russia. and where this red line lies we will determine ourselves in each specific case. >> let's head live to moscow and cnn's fred pleitgen. fred, let's start with what we heard there, putin's warning to the west, what do you bhak of his necessary analogy and what he didn't say, notably to the mentioning navalny. >> reporter: he certainly didn't, but i think you're absolutely right, i think it was a clear warning to any sort of western nations who are trying to put pressure on russia not of course necessarily about alexei navalny but in general about some of russia's actions, especially ones that we've seen recently. of course, the west has shown itself to be concerned about some of the military moves that
russia is making on ukraine's border in the southwest of russia also in the black sea as well. also some of the things pertaining, for instance, to belarus and the support for alexander lukashenko there was interesting. during that speech vladimir putin singled out the case of lukashenko. he said, look, whether he like him or not he believes that the west was trying to get rid of him and russia says that that is absolutelying in sthag they are not going to allow. clearly putting out red lines there. it was interesting because vladimir putin said if those red lines cross that russia's response would be asymmetrical, swift and also very tough. certainly some pretty tough talk from the russian leader. kim, those remarks were made just before he started talking about russia's nuclear arsenal, some of the new weapons that russia is developing and already has in its arsenal. certainly you can see that vladimir putin clearly trying to show that he is going to be tough against any countries trying to put pressure on the
russian federation. then of course you had what he didn't mention, the case of alexa and it was quite a big turnout, these protests across the country might not have been as big as the organizers billed beforehand but certainly a sizable crowd in moscow. i was at that demonstration pretty much the entire time as it was going on. security forces here in moscow pretty subdued. there were a lot of them especially around the area of the kremlin but certainly not detaining as many people as we've seen in the past. different scene in moss to you, second city in st. petersburg whether there were a lot of detentions and police using club as well. >> thanks so much. fred pleitgen in moscow. president biden hopes to reestablish the united states as a global leader on climate change when he hosts a virtual summit in the coming hours. many western powers are pledging deep cuts to their carbon emissions.
the european union announced aims to reduce emissions by 55% by the end of this decade, the uk has set a target of 78% reduced emissions by 2035 and biden is expected to announce a u.s. goal of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030. now, china has repeatedly been singled out for his heavy reliance on coal and fossil fuels. it's the world's number one carbon emitter, there is interest what president xi jinping says when he addresses the summit. steven, any idea what we are expected to hear from president xi. >> reporter: president xi is expected to say to tackle an issue like global climate change you have to have a multilateral approach instead of letting any single government dominate its agenda. now, his mere attendance is actually already very noteworthy because it's considered a good will gesture from beijing to washington that the chinese
leadership is at least willing to carve out a special lane for cooperation at a time of growing tensions between the two governments in a whole range of areas from trade to security to human rights. his attendance is also seen as a challenge from china to a u.s.-led agenda on this issue, especially from beijing's perspective the u.s. has all but lost its moral high ground on this issue after four years of trump. but of course the chinese have been saying that they are only willing to participate in these kind of talks when they're being treated as an equal of the u.s. and they are not going to make unilateral concessions to satisfy u.s. demands. on top of its already ambitious goals of peaking its emissions by 2030 and becoming carbon neutral by 20 of 0 but the chooets have said they are going to stick to their own targets and road maps and also actively working with partners including
france and germany and mr. xi is expected to drive home the point when it comes to tackling the climate issue they have to really need a new global order based on multilateralism and justice instead of in his words higeminy and coercion. >> keeping an eye on this for sure. thanks so much. and join cnn for a climate town hall on climate policy as senior biden administration officials will answer questions on how president joe biden plans to remake u.s. climate policy. that's on friday night at 10:00 p.m. eastern, saturday morning at 10:00 in hong kong. and joe biden could become the first sitting u.s. president to declare the massacre of more than a million armenians by the ottoman empire a genocide. the move could further fray relations with turkey, but would fulfill a promise mr. biden made during his campaign. both presidents trump and obama avoided the term to avoid angering turkish president ra
jip erdogan. president biden hasn't spoken with him since taking office. turkey argues turkish muslims and armenian christians died in vie lance in world war i and the death toll sin flated. this just in from hong kong, investigative journalist troy has been found guilty of making false statements after searching a public database to expose details of an attack on pro democracy act choices and uncovering possible wrongdoing in the crack downs of the protests. choy could face up to six months in prison. it shows how press freedom there is at risk. to repeat just in bao choy has been found guilty in hong kong. for many people the reaction to the derek chauvin verdict was a relief, justice served, but a fox news host is convinced something else motivated the
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floyd. there were hugs and tears following the verdict as people expressed relief that justice had finally been served. crowds also gathered at a memorial for floyd, leaving flowers and lighting candles on the street where he died almost one year ago. but reaction to the verdict on fox news was dramatically different. tucker carlson suggested fear was what was really behind the jurors' decision. cnn's chief media correspondent brian stelter has details. >> please don't hurt us. >> reporter: tucker carlson inviting new outrage with his assumptions about what motivated the jury in minneapolis. >> the jurors speak for many in this country. everyone understood perfectly well the consequences of an acquittal in this case. >> reporter: carlsson invoking mobs that, quote, destroy our cities and claiming politicians intimidated jurors in the derek chauvin case. stoking fear while suggesting the jury was fearing rioting. >> i'm kind of more worried about the rest of the country which thanks to police in
action, in case you haven't noticed, is like boarded up. so that's more my concern. >> reporter: carlsson cutting off his guest. >> no, done. >> reporter: social media commenters said carlsson was melting down. it even stirs debates on sports tv. >> these are the kind of things that make people shake and make people shiver. >> it's indefensible. >> reporter: carlsson was leading a right wing media narrative about riots with the web side m eediate saying that x news is focusing on post chauvin violence that never happened, rerunning last year's fires. >> to be very brutally honest about this -- >> reporter: in d.c. gop lawmaker marjorie taylor greene getting what she wanted, attention, with this lie that d.c. was, quote, completely dead tuesday night, people scared to go out fearing riots. hundreds of residents corrected
her, laughed at her, with the "washington post" saying her imaginary d.c. sounds like a scary place, which was the point. india is now facing a covid crisis like no other as a second wave hits like a tsunami. the country has just reported almost 315,000 new cases, the highest daily increase anywhere in the world since the pandemic began and it posted more than 2,100 new deaths, also its highest daily increase so far. the capital, new delhi, just received less than half the amount of oxygen it needs to treat covid patients and could run out within hours. its health minister says the city is facing a severe shortage of icu beds and officials say cream for yums aren't able to keep up with the number of bodies and grave yards are running out of space. anna coren is live for us in
hong kong. what we're hearing and seeing is absolutely frightening. what's the latest? >> reporter: kim, the situation is dire in india and experts say it is only going to get worse. you mention those record daily numbers of 315,000 daily infections recorded in the last 24 hours. more than 2,100 deaths. that surpasses the united states. so we have a global record here. you mention the acute shortage of icu beds, there is an acute shortage of oxygen. today the high court weighed in, criticizing the central government for its mishandling of the second wave of this pandemic saying that the shortage of oxygen in india is ridiculous. we have to remember that india exports oxygen. so the fact that it can't get it to the hospitals is just causing utter dismay, complete frustration and heart break
because people are dying. there was then reports in one state that there was a leak in one of the main oxygen tanks and that oxygen supply that was traveling to the critically ill patients suddenly stopped and 24 patients died, an investigation is now under way. we have spoken, kim, to experts who say this was avoidable. that after the first wave, after things had died down, the government congratulated itself and there was this sense of complacency. there was no stockpiling, no preparation, social gatherings were allowed on -- you know, en masse. religious festivals were allowed. they then produced these superspreader events. let me go through the numbers for you. 1st of march there were 12,000 cases recorded, a month later that shot up to 80,000 cases. today some 22 days later that is now 315,000 daily cases.
it's absolutely frightening. everybody we know certainly in the delhi bureau for cnn have been impacted by covid. they have relatives, family members that they are trying to get into hospital, trying to get oxygen so. there really is a sense that the government has abdicated responsibility to its people and that people feel very much alone, kim. >> as you say, those earlier decisions now coming back to haunt them. anna coren, thank you so much for that. as some european countries grapple with a third wave of the virus, german lawmakers have advanced a bill which would give the federal government greater authority to impose the country's first nationwide covid restrictions. mean while, switzerland is planning to roll out vaccine certificates once the country's vaccination coverage rate reaching 40% to 50% and as vaccinations pick up in france local travel restrictions there are expected to be lifted on may 3rd. for more let's bring in salma
abdelaziz who joins me in london. in germany the federal government getting more powers. what do we expect the government to do with them and what's been the reaction? >> reporter: kim, this is an extremely controversial law and shows how concerned and how worried the german government is about this latest spike this cases. what is this new law? it's an emergency break that was already in place that allowed the 16 federal states once they reached a certain threshold, i think it's 100 cases per 100,000 residents, if they reach that threshold then restrictions need to be put into place and it was up to each of those federal states to do so. what we've seen s yes, there's been a spike in those areas but local governments had yet to impose those rules. that's why we're seeing what's happening now with the german chancellor stepping in, pushing an amended law through parliament that would i a lou the federal government for the first time to impose nationwide measures. now, this is not being taken very well by some people.
just as parliament was debating this yesterday you had thousands of demonstrators outside angered by this, police had to break it up using pepper spray, complaints that they were not wearing masks, that there was no social distancing in these demonstrations, but they do capture a sentiment, a feeling of anger, a feeling of being exhausted after a year of pandemic and now seeing the federal government put these rules into place or try to put these rules into place, rather, because this has yet to pass. it could pass as early as saturday. it's created a backlash and people are really tired with these rules. so the question is how and if this law passes, how will the government enforce it. how will it hold each of the federal states, who you will it hold each local government to account to push these new measures in place and while all of this is happening, of course, kim, you are looking at a very real spike in cases and more people going into hospitals. >> lots of questions still to answer there. thanks so much, salma abdelaziz in london. indonesia's navy says it
knows where to find a missing submarine that had been conducting torpedo practice off the course of bali. they have begun recovery operations. officials say the sub and it's 53-member crew are 2,000 feet flow the surface. that's 300 feet deeper than the sub is capable of diving. cnn's blake essig is covering this story for us from tokyo. i understand you have new information and possibly some new hope. what can you tell us? >> reporter: yeah, kim, look, the ultimate goal is to bring all 53 people on board the missing submarine back home alive and right now it's a race against time. we know the 53 people on board the missing submarine have been miss forg about 38 hours and the sub still hasn't been found. we also just learned according to the navy the submarine only has enough oxygen for the crew to survive until saturday
afternoon local time. now, a search and rescue operation is currently under way. the sub went missing early sunday morning during a war simulation exercise in the bali straight about 100 kilometers off the coast of bali. they were cleared to launch a torpedo but gave no response. after contact was lost there was an oil slick seen in the same area. they believe it is as a result of the submarine tank linking because it is so deep or because they released the fluid to help them rise to the surface. this particular sub as a dive capability of 500 meters but is currently believed to be at a depth of 700 feeters. if that's the case it could be fatal for the submarine and all those on board. >> we will be watching this story for sure. thank you so much, blake essig
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the u.s. imposed new sanctions on two state-owned business in myanmar wednesday and said it would take murt action. it's the latest punishment in response to the coup in february and violent crackdowns on protesters. the sanctions are on the myanmar timber enterprise and the myanmar pearl enterprise. the treasury department noted both businesses are economic resources for the myanmar military. of a fan peace conference backed by the u.s. is now on hold. the talks were supposed to begin saturday in istanbul but the taliban have said they won't come to the table until all foreign forces pull out of afghanistan. the delay is a blow to president
biden's plan to peacefully withdraw u.s. troops by september 11th. over the last 20 years many afghans who have helped american forces were promised safe haven by the u.s. government, now they fear that promise will never be fulfilled and that the taliban will come for them once u.s. troops are gone. our jake tapper reports. >> reporter: forced to run for his life. >> this afghan man fled his own country fearing he might be killed all because he worked as an engineer for the u.s. government in afghanistan. >> i don't regret for my service. >> reporter: he requests we call him by an alias, abdul, protecting his identity because he says his life is in danger from insurgents hunting him down. >> two people came to my door, that was the worst situation i
faced, i was thinking i would be killed. >> reporter: abdul is like thousands of afghans who helped american troops during the nearly 20-year war and are anxiously waiting for a special immigrant visa to come to the united states. a visa promised to them by the u.s. government. a promise that has turned into a nightmare for many due in part to lots of red tape and a years' long vetting process. >> the united states is not making good certainly not rapidly enough on the issue of bringing these people who helped us and literally saved american lives to this country. >> reporter: the qualifications for a special immigration visa are clear on the state department's website. you must be an afghan national, you must have worked for the u.s. in afghanistan for at least two years and you must have experienced ongoing threats because of that work. but the reality for abdul who applied for the visa in 2016, not as clear. >> i was thinking i was able to
go and get my visa. >> reporter: after years of waiting and being told he was nearing the finish line, abdul was denied a visa on a technicality and his story is not unique. right now about 18,000 afghans who helped u.s. troops are stuck in that bureaucratic pipeline waiting for visas according to a state department official. >> it's time to end the forever war. >> reporter: and now with president biden vowing to pull all u.s. troops out of afghanistan by september 11th, the u.s. is running out of time to approve all these requests. >> they've got to be evacuated now. >> reporter: matt zeller a leading expert on this issue who served in afghanistan is not hopeful that will happen. >> the taliban are going to do everything in their power to kill them and they're doing it now. >> reporter: he worked on a report detailing the dangerous conditions for these afghans, hoping to bring attention to this dire issue. >> one of the first things that they teach you in basic training is that we don't leave anybody
behind. we're leaving people behind. >> reporter: ra mesh is one of the ones not left behind, he is now living in the united states after serving as an interpreter for u.s. forces for eight years, but that did not come without a price. >> they can call you in front of your family and they just are telling you that we will kill you in front of camera and we will put it on youtube. so that your family can see it and suffer it all the time. >> reporter: the taliban harassed him and his family, threatening to kill them if he kept up his work and he refused. >> as for my family, myself, my friends, even my wife's family under threat of death because of working with u.s. >> reporter: ramish applied for a visa in 2015, his thankful was approved and he moved here eight months ago. now he's telling his story in hopes washington will act to save people still in danger like abdul. >> if anyone can help, help those people who is left behind
in afghanistan. help those interpreters, those translators and those brothers and sisters. >> reporter: as for abdul, time is running out. he is still trying to make it to the u.s. waiting in a different country and worried he will be sent back to afghanistan where he may end up paying the ultimate price. >> if i am going to be sent back to afghanistan it's clear i will be killed. >> reporter: jake tapper, cnn, washington. and during an a announced visit to afghanistan last week secretary of state antony blinken was asked about the visa issue and says he's committed to working on it. changing pace now, how the mighty have fallen. some of europe's waitiest football clubs give up the money grab and admit they messed up. from super league to super failure next. stay with us.
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so-called super league have caved to the backlash, pulled out of the plan and apologized to fans. juventus has signaled it's leaving. barcelona and real madrid are hanging in there but one of the organizing master minds admits to reuters the competition is no longer viable. the british prime minister welcomed news of the dropouts. >> i think that one of the most worrying features about the european super league proposals is that they would have taken clubs that take their names from great famous british towns and cities and turned them just into global brands with no relation to the fans, to the communities that gave them life and that give them the most love and support and that was in my view totally wrong. >> and prince william whose president of the england's football association says he's glad the united voice of fans
has been heard. queen elizabeth had a quiet 95th birthday on wednesday as she continued to mourn her last husband. for the first time in more than 70 years of marriage prince philip wasn't with her. there were no official engagements, buckingham palace released a statement saying how much the monarch appreciated the messages she had received. she called the tributes to the late duke of edinboro a comfort. and that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. "early start" is up next.
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