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great to have you along. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm robyn curnow. so just ahead on cnn -- more clashes in jerusalem over the eviction of palestinian families. plus the out-of-control rocket saga is finally over. we'll speak with an aerospace engineer about the heat china is now take over this uncontrolled re-entry. and then india's hard-hit delhi
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region warns it will run out of vaccines in a few days. more on the deepening crisis ahead. we begin in jerusalem, where sounds of eastern prayers filled al aqsa mosque in a moment of peace before violence erupted in the city for a second straight night. tensions hit a fever pitch in east jerusalem over possible evictions of palestinian families. an aid organization says at least 100 palestinians were injured by rubber bullets and stun grenades fired by police. police say they were trying to disperse crowds of people who were throwing stones and fires. i want to bring in hadas gold. what's happening right now? >> reporter: well, last night was almost almost which is the holiest night of ramadan for
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muslims and there were dollars across east jerusalem. i'm standing outside of damascus gate. this is one of the main entrances to the old city of jerusalem for muslims. this was the scene of some of those clashes last night. there was also some unrest in sheikh jarrah which is the neighborhood of where those palestinian families you mentioned who are facing possible eviction, it's where they live. there's also been several days of unrest on that street. and there was also earlier this morning some unrest at the al aqsa compound, which is this space also known as the temple mount. but last night the palestinian red cross says about 100 people were injured. six of them were under 18 including one 1-year-old. police say that these protesters at these various sites were hurling rocks and fireworks at them. police responded with rubber bullets, stun grenades and skunk water, very foul-smelling water which you can actually still smell here in the plaza outside of damascus gate today. but as you noted this comes after friday night which saw some of the worst levels of unrest and tension and clashes that the city has seen in several years.
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that was focused on the al aqsa compound and on the al aqsa mosque, which is also known of course as the temple mount. there has been increasing levels of concern, condemnation and statements from the international community, from the european union, from the u.s. state department and several members of congress, specifically about those possible evictions of those palestinian families in the sheikh jarrah neighborhood. and the arab league announced they are planning to hold an extraordinary session on monday to discuss what they say are the israeli crimes. much of the increasing concern here is on tomorrow because tomorrow is what's known as jerusalem day. it's the day that israel marks when they took control of the western wall and we are expecting a big march of israelis through the old city, which could inflame certain tensions especially depending on where they walk in the old city, if they walk through muslim areas of the old city. it is also the day that we may actually see a ruling from the supreme court on those possible evictions of those families in
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the sheikh jarrah neighborhood. really a confluence of events here, robyn. we've got ramadan which can sometimes be a tense time here. we also have the possible evictions of those families and we have jerusalem day. all of these things, this calendar is really just contributing to the tension that we are seeing. a lot of concern tomorrow on what we may see. and if there could be more violence tomorrow. robyn. >> okay. thanks for keeping us posted on all of that. hadas gold there live in jerusalem. thank you. so the voyage of that wayward chinese rocket is over now. chinese officials say parts of it fell into the indian ocean just west of the maldives. u.s. space command says part of the rocket re-entered over the arabian peninsula but they have not yet confirmed the impact site. when it flew over parts of saudi arabia it was just a speck in the sky. see if you can see it here. the rocket was big and heavy. ten stories high and weighing 22 tons. china's national space agency says most of the devices it carried were destroyed during re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. we're awaiting final
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confirmation on the landing but so far no reports of damage or casualties. will ripley has been following the trajectory of this from hong kong and joins us now live with more on n n e story. so we're still waiting to hear exactly where it rent down. >> reporter: yeah, china claims that it went down in an area pretty close to the maldives, southwest of sri lanka and india, in the indian ocean, robyn. a part of the ocean that a space agency would not deliberately put down this large of an object avenue an uncontrolled re-entry. now, other space agencies do choose the indian ocean but they go much farther south to areas as far away from land and shipping lanes as possible. this touchdown, however, it was really left up to chance. china's space agency did say they were confident they would not be any danger to aircraft or ships and they didn't think they would go down on land. certainly not a land area with a lot of people. but the only reason they were able to say that relatively
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confidently is because of the odds. 70% of the world is covered with ocean. so odds are it probably would go down in the water. and there also are very few areas that are actually densely populated. but there were areas within the possible impact zone where a lot of people lived. so even though the odds worked out this time, what if they hadn't? we'd be having a very different indication right now. and that is why you have growing calls of condemnation for more advanced western space agencies that may have done similar things in terms of uncontrolled re-entry decades ago. think about nasa's sky lab space station in 1979 that famously littered debris over western australia. that was an uncontrolled re-entry more than 40 years ago. but since then they try much harder to make sure that these items either stay in orbit, which has contributed to a massive orbiting junkyard of space junk, or they bring them down in areas where they definitely won't pose a danger. and there were no definites in
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terms of this re-entry. nasa administrator in the united states senator bill nelson put out a statement on the nasa website overnight. it reads, "space-faring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations. it is clear that china is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris." certainly did make for quite a social media sensation, though, robyn. you mentioned how there were those videos posted from people on the ground in saudi arabia. also in israel and in jordan. just a tiny little speck in the sky there but a lot of people who were following this rocket's trajectory online, on social media, watching livestreams, even an astronomer in japan who took a much more high-quality image of the rocket in its final hours, it showed how interested people were in this. interested and perhaps a bit unsettled despite the tiny odds of any real damage. but china, which is planning more launches like this in the
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future as they work toward completion of their space station by late 2022, could certainly face more criticism and more calls for responsible action if they don't make adjustments to the design of this long march 5b rocket, which is basically designed to have this sort of uncontrolled re-entry, which could mean more scenarios like this in the coming months. >> i want to talk about that more as well now. will ripley, thanks so much for that. live in hong kong. moriba jah is an associate professor at the university of texas at austin and joins me now. great to have you on the show. thanks for coming, sir. so how irresponsible has this whole process been? no matter where it landed. what does this tell you about the chinese space program and its relationship with space, earth, the planets? >> yeah. look, i mean, i think the main issue that exists is that the rocket did not do a deorbiting burn, which would have forced it
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to come in to the atmosphere at a much steeper angle, forcing it to burn up as much as possible, leaving it up to mother nature to take care of it is probably not what we want to continue to do. >> but this is part of the strategic planning of the chinese space program. so are we -- can we expect more of this as the space program develops? >> i believe that unless there's enough pressure from the global community when it comes to space sustainability and space safety then this will become business as usual for sure. >> and how bad do you think it could get? >> well, there is an increased activity of space launches and in fact just two weeks ago we saw a falcon 9 upper stage actually land and not too far from seattle. and even though it had the
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propulsion to do a deorbit burn that failed because statistically things don't work all the time. so i think we're going to see a lot more of these warnings being issued out, which is bad news. >> so this is not then in your opinion just about china's space program. is this about as you call it space sustainability in terms of our relationship with what's going on in terms of the space race? >> exactly. i mean, pretty much any given nation state is free to launch as many things as it wants when it wants. and outer space is a finite resource. at least near earth space. and so with an exponential rise in launches from countries, united states, china, others to follow these things will just become more prevalent. >> what can be done, then?
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>> i think we need to have a candid conversation that this is not the way we want to do business in space. clearly we're not going to stop launching satellites because the technology that space affords does have lots of benefits for humanity. but just doing these things without planning and coordination, without some way to holistically manage this resource i think makes no sense. >> whose responsibility is it to have this conversation? because is it legislating from the u.n.? is it about bilateral treaties? how do you actually then try and move this conversation forward? is it about naming and shaming? what is it? >> right. well, so it doesn't come from asking people pretty please with sugar on top. so i know that. i've tried that and you know, it's not been working.
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certainly the united nations, the committee on peaceful uses of outer space does a lot of good work in trying to put together guidelines that could lead to long-term sustainability. but these are not legally binding in and of themselves. so i think really what has to happen is that each country that signs up to these guidelines needs to make that space law within their own country and enforce these things and show they're enforcing these space laws and at the same time be able to again come to i guess a global table to plan, coordinate jointly and engage in these sorts of practices that could lead to enhanced sustainability and safety of space as a resource. >> and then do you think it likely that at some point in the future one of these dead heavy pieces of large machinery that's orbiting can cause damage here on earth? >> absolutely.
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i think there's certainly a possibility. it's not zero. and the fact it's not zero is already a problem. the likelihood of any given object falling on a populated area, that might be low. but when you -- statistically when you have more of these things being launched more frequently, that has an impact as an aggregated, you know, sense. and so we are putting ourself in harm's way the more frequently we launch these objects and the more these rockets aren't forced to, you know, burn up in the atmosphere to come in at a steep angle when they re-enter. so we're going to just see more of these warnings unfortunately. and yes, there's a high possibility that there could be casualties at some point. >> moriba jah, thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you.
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>> well, for more information on space environmentalism and sustainability you can check out professor jah's work on eyesonthesky.org. india's covid crisis is breaking global records every day. how some of india's hardest-hit regions are now once again locking down. the latest developments are just ahead on that. plus a troubling problem for california restaurant owners. why they say they just can't expand services despite coronavirus restrictions being lifted. that story's next as well.
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over the past four days india's covid crisis has run off the rails. a mind-boggling 1.6 million people have been infected just since last thursday alone. that's more than 400,000 new infections per day. more than 22 million people have caught the virus since the pandemic began. they're just staggering numbers. and for the second day in a row the daily death toll has surpassed 4,000 souls. so numerous states across india now are about to impose new lockdowns, curfews or other restrictions as this crisis deepens yet. the central government has resisted calls for a nationwide
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lockdown, and in hard-hit delhi the chief minister is begging for more thak scenes. he says the supply will run out in less than a week. i want to go to paula hancocks. paula is tracking all of these latest developments for us. paula, hi. what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, robyn, those figures that you quote are truly horrifying but also we are hearing from more and more officials and experts that that could actually be a conservative estimate. when you consider those are really the people who have been tested or those that have been in hospital. so the true figure could be far higher. now, we are hearing a lot more criticism over prime minister modi's handling of this pandemic. and by one medical journal "the lancet." which is quite unhush. it's not unprecedented but quite unusual to have such condemnation from a medical journal. they say prime minister modi and his government had squandered
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the early success they had in trying to keep the pandemic under control, also saying that at times the government seemed far more concerned with silencing critics and stopping criticism on twitter than they did in actually trying to get a handle on the pandemic itself, saying that complacency did play a part and it was inexcusable. there is a projection from the lancet which certainly is of great concern saying they believe they could see 1 million deaths by august. now we are on less than a quarter of that at this point. certainly there is a great concern as to when these figures are going to stop increasing, when the peak will be created. the lancet saying that if that 1 million figure is in fact reached then it will be -- show that the modi government is responsible for presiding over a self-inflicted national catastrophe. now, on top of that we're also seeing the supreme court deciding that they're going to
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have a task force or they've order aid task force to be set up with government officials, with academics, with health officials to decide where oxygen needs to be sent and make sure that it is in fact distributed in a fair and equitable fashion. this has really been one of the limitations that we have seen in india, that we've seen many countries around the world bringing and sending, donating oxygen cylinders and the infrastructure to create more oxygen in order to help that shortfall. but the distribution has fallen down. so now we are seeing the supreme court stepping in and saying there needs to be a task force to oversee that. again, something that you would expect the government to be involved in or to be in charge of. and as you say, we are starting to see states themselves bring their own lockdowns in. last year back in march it was a nationwide lockdown, which did have some critics as well as those who said it was the right
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thing to do. but now we're seeing it state by state. in fact, delhi has just extended its lockdown for the third time. robyn? >> thank you for that. paula hancocks there. thank you. so the urgent process to get as many people vaccinated as possible worldwide is definitely not happening at the same tempo everywhere. you know that. i want to take you now around the globe for a look at how different countries are succeeding and in some cases falling short. let's start with canada. >> reporter: i'm paula newton in ought toi where canada says it's one of the first countries in the world to approve the pfizer biontech for children as young as 12. this is literally the shot in the arm canada needs to really ramp up its vaccination efforts. health canada says in clinical trials the vaccine was up to 100% effective in children and adolescents. interesting here as well that they say look, the side effects are similar to those in adults, sore arm, fever, chills. now, it's up to the provinces and territories to really roll
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this out. that won't happen for several weeks. but in the province of alberta parents can start signing up their children as early as monday. >> reporter: i'm cyril vanier in london. the uk's vaccination drive has been an unmitigated success. 2/3 of adults here have received at least one dose and a third are fully vaccinated already. the country is on track to give all adults at least one dose by july. so how did the uk do so well? well, it's been a lot of foresight, great logistics, and some luck. the government invested early in the astrazeneca vaccine, approved it in record time, was very effective at scaling up the vaccination, and prioritized first doses in the early days. giving more adults? immunity quickly. >> reporter: the vaccine rollout here in japan has been painfully slow. while many developed countries have higher levels of full vaccination, the u.s. is among the highest with 32%, here in japan less than 1% of people
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have received two shots and only 22% of medical workers have been fully vaccinated. japan's government maintains that the elderly will be vaccinated by july just in time for the olympics, but many medical professionals find that timeline hard to believe. the reason in part has to do with slow vaccine approvals, chaotic sign-up and distribution, lack of vaccinators and a lack of supply. regarding the olympics, medical professionals here in japan continue to say that vaccines are the key to being able to hold a safe and secure games. but for now while the international olympic committee encourages vaccinations for participants they are not mandatory. well, here in the u.s. demand for vaccinations has been falling in recent weeks. the average daily dose has dropped below 2 million for the first time since early march. now, that's not stopping states from opening up as daily infections keep on decreasing. california plans to reopen fully but restaurants in los angeles are already facing a problem they didn't see coming. paul vercammen has the story. paul.
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>> reporter: restaurant owners throughout southern california are telling us they need to rehire or hire more employees. here at aoc, a los angeles landmark, they can't even open up one of their dining rooms because they do not have enough workers. and the owner here wants to open up some other restaurants. so in all they need more than 100 workers. >> i think in total we need to hire about 250 people. and i know that we're not alone in this. other restaurateurs are having this issue. a lot of job sectors are seeing this. but ours is being hit particularly bad. >> reporter: and this restaurant, aoc, l.a. icon, pretty good-paying jobs. i know you had a manager that was getting paid $75,000 a year. but the pandemic hit and tell us what happened to that manager as a consequence of not having a job. >> oh, yeah. it's so expensive to live here in l.a. that she and her husband and their 1-year-old son, they decided to move to bend, oregon where they could afford to live with this uncertainty about their financial future and they had family there. and this is a story that we have across the board with so many employees who have left.
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they've just left the state. it's too expensive. and without a job and without prospects they just had to take off. >> reporter: now, while some restaurant owners in southern california have been very critical of governor newsom and all of his social distancing and lockdown policies, styne is not. she says california would not be where it is now in terms of its low positivity rate if it wasn't for a serious lockdown. she just says now they need to look forward, try to get people back to work. if they can put the restaurant workers back on the job, then that in turn will spark the rest of the economy. reporting from los angeles, i'm paul vercammen. now back to you. >> thanks, paul, for that. so after a strict pandemic lockdown the big apple is hoping to get back to normal life, and that includes attracting tourists to new york's times square. but on saturday evening the famous destination became a crime scene. the new york police department says three innocent bystanders were shot, one being a 4-year-old girl. take a look.
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>> we have a female hispanic, 4 years old, from brooklyn. shot in the leg and expected to undergo surgery at bellevue hospital. we have a 23-year-old female tourist from rhode island, here today to new york city, first to visit the statue of liberty, which was closed, or not available at the time they got the tickets, and decided to come to times square and enjoy the sights. and last, we have a 43-year-old female hispanic from new jersey. what we know right now is we have a dispute that erupted between two to four individuals, males. we have a picture of one person of interest that we have put out on nypd news on our twitter page as well as a video. if you go there, you will see it. we are asking anyone with any information of what transpired here today to please call our crimestoppers hotline. >> and this is the video of the suspect on the nypd website posted to their official twitter
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feed. and also we are following on cnn russia celebrating 76 years since nazi germany surrendered. it's rolling out its military on moscow's red square for a traditional parade. all against the backdrop of testy relations with the west. plus, british prime minister boris johnson is now having to deal with a pro-independence majority in scotland's parliament. what does this mean for the future of the uk? we ask that question next. my plaque psoriasis... ...the itching ...the burning. the stinging. my skin was no longer mine. my psoriatic arthritis, made my joints stiff, swollen... painful. emerge tremfyant™. with tremfya®, adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... ...can uncover clearer skin and improve symptoms at 16 weeks.
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'cause we are. welcome back to all of our viewers here in the united states and around the world,
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thanks so much for joining me. i'm robyn curnow. you're watching cnn. it is 31 minutes past the hour. now, moscow is celebrating victory day with its traditional military parade. take a look at these images coming out of moscow. this year marks 76 years since the soviet union defeated nazi germany in world war ii. the parade shows off russia's troops, military vehicles and aircraft. and president vladimir putin is in attendance, as you can see here. fred pleitgen is in moscow and has been watching these images and continues to do so. talk us through what has taken place and what's going to happen. >> hi there, robyn. it is a gigantic parade as of course it is every year. where russia shows off its military might and of course also the fact that russia and the soviet union as a whole made a gigantic contribution to defeating nazi germany in world war ii. obviously a day really of -- celebrated as a day of glory here in russia every year. and i think this year this parade is exceptionally important, not just to those in
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power but certainly also to a lot of folks here in russia because quite frankly last year on the 9th of may the parade for the 75th anniversary couldn't take place because of the coronavirus pandemic. but now as you can see here on our screens we can see the troops marching past vladimir putin who's obviously watching all of this very closely. and full array of dignitarys who are in attendance. also of course a lot of world war ii veterans from the soviet union also in attendance as well. vladimir putin greeted them and then said that the russian nation will forever remember their sacrifices, be proud of their sacrifices, and be humbled by their sacrifices. so certainly it's a very important day as it is every year for russia, but this one even more so because of course last year it was so difficult to get that parade off the ground. it actually happened later in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. the country was on full lockdown in may. but now you can see events there
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in full swing. and the other thing, robyn, that of course this year is very important is this parade and this day for russia comes at a time when we do see those rising tensions with the west. we've seen some of the things that have happened over the past months as russia pulled a lot of troops together at the southern border of ukraine. there's been of course standoffs with the biden administration. diplomats being sent out of the country on both sides and also between russia and european countries. so you do see those heightened tensions. at the same time russia obviously demonstrating the power of its military. and of course very much also the history of this nation. all the nations of the former soviet union. and just that military power as well, robyn. >> and what is interesting when you talk about these rising tensions between the west and russia is that many security experts here believe that russia's main threat is asymmetric, is related to cybersecurity. it's not about boots on the ground, which we're seeing here now. despite of course the fact we
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saw those threats on the border of ukraine the last few weeks. how do you think these images will be taken in capitals around the world? >> i mean, obviously one of the things we have to keep in mind is these images i think in capitals around the world in the united states, also in europe as well, i don't think that they'll be seen as a threat because first of all it's something these nations see every year. and then second of all also because the soviet union did make that very, very large contribution to defeating nazi germany. we have to remember that it was obviously soviet troops who marched all the way to berlin and some of those very gigantic bat new zealand world war ii like kursk, like stalingrad, those really did a lot to turn the tide in world war ii. but at the same time i think you're absolutely right. you do have that asymmetrical threat that the united states has been talking about as far as cybersecurity is concerned, cyberattacks are concerned. remember of course the solarwinds attack that caused a lot of problems between the u.s. and russia where you had the biden administration really taking some pretty tough action.
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but at the same time i think one of the things that the biden administration's been talking about and many international leaders have been talking about is that you do see the russian military also get more powerful in many ways. you obviously had those some estimate more than 100,000 troops at the border with ukraine moving there very clearly, clearly perceived as a threat, even though the russians said those were just exercises and nobody should be alarmed by it. you also have a big russian military build-up in the arctic. arctic bases that are being expanded and being made more potent as well. large parts of the russian arctic fleet also having become more powerful over the last couple of years as well. and it was quite interesting. vladimir putin held a speech at the beginning as he always does, at the beginning of this parade where he did talk about the fight that the russians had, the soviet union had against invaders and then talked about countries trying to do something similar again. so you do see that standoff does continue and that there is really that air of tension also
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on this day as well, robyn. >> so very symbolic images that are relevant today as much perhaps as they were 76 years ago. fred pleitgen, thanks so much for bringing us the story and these images. thank you. nicola sturgeon's party has come out on top in the scott, national election even though the party is one seat short of an outright majority. it picks up an extra one compared to 2016 and together with the scottish greens there is now a pro-independence majority. nicola sturgeon is promising another referendum, independence referendum and is warning prime minister boris johnson not to stand in the way. and then sticking with uk politics, sadiq khan has won his second term as the mayor of london. the labor incumbent defeated his closest rival by more than 200,000 votes. scott mclean is in london with that. scott, hi. good to see you. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: hey, robyn, yeah. sadiq khan is from the left-leaning labour party.
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he's also a guy who rose to prominent not just here in london, not just nationally but really around the world back in 2017 thanks to his very public spats with then u.s. president donald trump. he won re-election in this city but not by the kind of margins that were initially predicted. some polls were showing him winning an outright majority on the first ballot. that didn't happen. things were much closer than expected. his conservative opponent shawn bailey ran a much better race than i think many had thought he would. so things were closer than expected. he promised to bridge the gap between the classes in this city, acknowledging the sort of culture wars that have been going on, acknowledging the divisions in the country more broadly thanks to brexit. but his lackluster victory is really a sign of a larger trend that we saw across the uk in these local elections where the labor party had really lost a lot of ground to the conservative party. they even managed to lose the
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one federal seat that was up for a bielection they had held on to for decades. if you read the commentary in the british press, robyn, it's almost like deja vu. it reads very similar to the kind of stuff we were hearing after the 2019 federal election where boris johnson won a majority mandate. complaints that this labour party has lost touch with its traditional base of support and instead become this party that caters to big city elites and the very, very poor. >> and while that is happening there in the south, scotland has also had a pretty consequential election. and i mean consequential for the whole of the uk and the actual existence of it. just talk us through what we're seeing there in terms of trends. >> reporter: sure. so yeah, nicola sturgeon's scottish national party was one seat short of an outright majority and i should say in scotland's system, rather confusing system of proportional representation it is very, very difficult for any party tro do that. but the real story is the
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kingmaker in scotland right now is actually the green party, which is also a pro-independence party. so when you tally up all the pro-independence msps you have a very clear majority. so will there be a referendum on scottish independence? it's a difficult question. the short answer is probably not anytime soon. and that is because the decision around scottish independence, robyn, that's a decision to be made by lawmakers in westminster, in london. the entire uk parliament. and prime minister boris johnson has made very, very clear over the last few years that that is simply not something that he's interested in doing. so what are the options for these pro-independence leaders in scotland? they could hold a referendum or they could vote to hold a referendum in the scottish parliament and wait for the legal challenges to come in. they could also hold an unauthorized wildcat referendum in which case, well, it might not be legally binding, it might not be internationally recognized but just this morning the leader of the scottish greens said that -- seemed to
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indicate they wouldn't support something like that, saying that any referendum that would be held they would want to make sure it was legally binding and obviously internationally recognized. so the road to scottish independence is still a pretty long one. despite the results, robyn. >> okay. thanks so much for that. scott mclean in london. good to see you. thank you. so coming up on cnn, a gruesome attack on a school in afghanistan is horrifying the world, and it is also raising questions about how safe the country will be for women and girls once the u.s. leaves. botanica by air wick is crafted with natural and responsibly sourced ingredients. preserving nature is important. so, together with world wildlife fund, we're giving back by re-seeding native wildflowers and grasslands. learn more at airwick.us.
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u.s. leaves. nick paton-walsh has more. >> reporter: this horrifying attack occurring in the west of kabul outside the saeed al shahuda school. it appears from accounts on the scene that many of the victims were in fact schoolgirls, leaving at the end of their school day. aftermath pictures showing a vehicle heavily damaged. it was -- those at the scene picking at the school bags and school books of the victims there. dozens injured, dozens having lost their lives. a blast that occurred on the holiest day of the muslim holy month of ramadan and in an area of kabul predominantly populated by the shia minority. they've often been targeted in the past by extremists and they could be two possible reasons why this particular target was chosen. firstly, the many extremists find the idea of girls going to school to be abhorrent. it is not permitted in some parts of afghanistan where the afghan government does not have
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reach and insurgents have control. and also two, the shia minority are considered a target by some of the more extreme groups, specifically the branch of isis that functions in afghanistan and pakistan. the taliban insurgency clearly said they were not involved in this attack, but their one tweet does not necessarily speak for the many different branches of the insurgency. some increasingly hard-line and extremist. but this attack does speak to the growing security vacuum many fear will get worse as the u.s. continue their withdrawal from afghanistan. they said it started on may the 1st. it's already under way. and it will be done by september the 11th if not significantly beforehand. but that leaves the afghan government facing military pressure from the insurgency on many different fronts. and while the capital of kabul will likely be secure for the months ahead it is of course vulnerable to attacks like this. devastating attacks that have over the past years been sadly common inside kabul and other parts of afghanistan too.
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but they may now perhaps be receiving greater attention from the outside international community because of how it's possibly perceived as a consequence of the power vacuum of the u.s. and nato leaving. but shocking frankly scenes that what the u.s. charged charge d'affaires to afghanistan ross wilson called in a tweet the future of afghanistan could be attacked in what he referred to as this unforgivable attack. really horrifying scenes of exactly what kind of extremism could be trying to have its ideology seen more frequently inside afghanistan and the insecurity of the months ahead. nick paton-walsh, cnn, london. >> well, i asked michael kugelman of the wilson center about this, and this is what he had to say. >> this is only going to become worse. as bad as it's been now, u.s. forces are on their way out of the country. and even with u.s. boots on the ground in recent years there
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have been record level -- a record number of civilian fatalities in afghanistan. and yet with u.s. troops on their way out that means that afghan security forces will not be getting the training and the advising and the various types of assistance including counterterrorism assistance that u.s. forces have provided. so this suggests that a country that is already suffering from significant levels of destabilization, terrorism, viernlgs it could well only get worse. in the absence of progress in a peace process that is right now very, very fragile. >> michael kugelman there with the wilson center. now, a state of emergency extended in japan as covid cases spike. but the olympics are still planned to go on. later we talk to one paralympian willing to risk her life to compete. - if you want a rockstar team like ours,
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welcome back. i'm robyn curnow. so the olympic torch is heading to tokyo after completing its journey through nagasaki on saturday. but with less than three months to the beginning of the olympics there are growing calls to cancel the games. japan extended a state of emergency in tokyo due to a surge in covid cases. more than 300,000 people have signed an online petition to
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have the olympics canceled. now, despite the growing number of cases japan's prime minister says the games are still on and athletes say they are risking their lives by participating. but selina wang has the story of a paralympian hoping to compete in her fifth games. >> reporter: she's a paralympic legend known as the butterfly lady. 73-year-old kim besho dons her trademark hair clips for every match. she's vying to be in her fifth summer games, a competition besho says she's risking her life for. how are you feeling amid the uncertainty of these games and this pandemic? "i'm prepared to die under these circumstances," she tells me. "but i don't want to die of covid. if i die i want to die in a competition after a winning smash." besho like the thousands of olympic hopefuls around the
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world is training constantly despite mounting anxiety. she's been unable to get vaccinated amid a fourth wave of covid cases in japan. she doesn't even know yet if she can be in the paralympics. qualifiers are just weeks away in slovenia. vaccinations are unbelievably slow here, she tells me. "i called the health center and health ministry many times asking what is going on with vaccines." bessho says she's unable to get vaccinated before her qualifiers and she's scared to go on an international trip. even though the games are just months away, japan has only fully vaccinated less than 1% of its population, drastically behind other developed countries. just 0.1% of senior citizens have had a single dose. a key lawmaker said vaccinations for people over 65, which only started this month, may not be finished until end of this year or next.
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the prime minister has declared another state of emergency in several prefectures as japan reports thousands of new cases a day driven by more contagious variants. compare that to last march, when the games were postponed. the country was reporting less than 100 cases a day. experts say the games could turn into a superspreader event. even one of the highest-ranking members in japan's ruling party said this month that cancellation remained an option. but bessho is no stranger to adversity. she played sports as a child, volleyball, track, and skiing. when she was 38, her husband fell ill and died. she was diagnosed with cancer two years after. the operation to get rid of the cancer left her paralyzed. the doctors said she would only have three years to live. "at the time i wanted to end my life. i couldn't do anything myself," she tells me. "i became disabled. but i was also given a great
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gift. to play wheelchair table tennis." she started the sport at age 45. by 56 she was playing in her first paralympic games. but after her fourth paralympics she suffered another setback. she was injured in two severe car accidents. "i've been through so many hard times. but i'm mentally strong and i have a fighting spirit in me," she tells me. "no matter how old i am, i'll still beat the younger players." and bessho says she'll fly through the paralympics just like a butterfly. selina wang, cnn, tokyo. >> just the story we need. wonderful to see that. thank you. i'm robyn curnow. you can follow me on twitter and on instagram @robyncurnowcnn. i'm going to hand you over to kim, who picks things up now. more on cnn after the break.
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