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the democratic republic of congo. the journalist at the center of the controversial interview with princess diana has a message for her sons, prince william and prince harry. live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom." with robyn curnow. it is 10 a.m. in gaza. u.s. secretary of state anthony blinken plans to visit the region in the coming days. in gaza city they parade through the streets to show they are in control. much of gaza's basic infrastructure was crippled in the conflict. as humanitarian aid arrives, they say safeguards remain in place to keep militants from
getting it. >> there are mechanisms in place, one in particular is the gaza reconstruction mechanism which was established after 2014. it's an agreement between the palestinian authorities, israelis and united nations. we have mechanisms to monitor to make sure the assistance does not fall into the hands it's not intended to be directed towards. >> now the people of gaza are burdened of trying to recover from 11 days of shelling and airstrikes. it won't be easy. the u.n. citing figures saying 250 buildings have been destroyed and 760 shops and homes are unusable. ben wedeman is in gaza. ben. >> reporter: depending where you are in gaza, life seems to be getting back to normal. here in gaza city's main square, children play in the evening cool but just one block away the extent of the damage from the hostilities becomes clear. hundreds of housing units have been destroyed and israeli
airstrikes have pushed the already creaking infrastructure to the brink. the u.n. says that around 800,000 people now lack access to running water, and that's out of a population of around 2 million people. u.n. also says that more than 50 schools were damaged impacting the education of around 600,000 children. on top of that, 17 hospitals have been damaged including gaza's only covid testing center. and then there's unemployment running at almost 50%. life here after the cease-fire is getting back to normal, but there's nothing normal about life here. i'm ben wedeman, cnn reporting from gaza city. we're joined from jerusalem with the latest on the cease-fire. annette, what can you tell us? >> reporter: it is holding. we are only three days in as you
are saying. so far there were some clashes in jerusalem between police and palestinian protesters by the mosque again. despite that and everything else that's going on in the background, the cease-fire is holding. it's expected to do so. it was broken by the egyptians. it's a mutually conditional cease-fire. hamas is calling this a victory. it's showing it was able to fire the rockets at israel despite a massive bombardment. from the israeli's perspective, they say they taught hamas and the militants a lesson. they say they sent a message to hezbollah and there is a price for flying rockets at israel. that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to endure infinitely, but for now things are holding. the egyptians -- there is an egyptian delegation that is
overseeing that. we're expecting u.s. secretary of state anthony blinken to come here. jordanians and palestinians to talk in the next couple of days and shore up the cease-fire that is holding so far. >> holding so far. what night next inflame tensions? >> reporter: unfortunately, there's always a pretexts and things that can always spark further violence. we know ostensibly one of the original sources for this late jest outbreak of violence was the controversy over the court case of the potential eviction of families from the shake jarah area. that was a court hearing postponed to come back before the court within 30 days. that is expected to happen at some point in june. it could be further delayed. and there's also, you know, talk, we were just seeing the
finance minister on one of the local stations here in israel talking about the possibility for a kind of more comprehensive rehabilitation of the gaza strip. that would require the work of two civilians being held by hamas. it's important to note that the backdrop now that the latest fighting is over, eyes are turning to the political situation here in israel. you will be getting some statements from ministers and other political leaders inside of israel which won't necessarily make it to policy, if you like. people might be showing how tough they are on the militants in order to preach to their base and shore up the popularity and any criticism that has been coming from the right that israel didn't do enough, perhaps it should have gone further. this is the backdrop right now.
as i say, the cease-fire is holding and there is the hope that despite other issues, whether it's clashes in jerusalem or the west bank or this court case coming back to the supreme court, that it will continue to hold. >> thanks for that live in jerusalem. thank you. now the conflict and its aftermath has sparked an outpouring of sympathies for the palestinians. large rallies took place in london, paris and new york. more than 90 pro palestinian events have been planned in the u.s. this weekend. we're also watching a volcanic eruption in the democratic republic of congo. those eruptions subsided later on in the evening. we're joined from kenya. larry, hi. what can you tell us about the status of this volcano? people watching it very carefully and the lava lake. >> reporter: this volcano
erupted a month ago here in congo and last evening, this neighborhood which is highly populated place from near the volcano were fleeing. 85,500 people left to rwanda. the rwanda ministry of emergency said they received 3500 people in the neighboring town. this is an active volcano. the last time it erupted in 2002, about 120 people were killed. the most serious one was back in 1977 where more than 600 people were killed. so this is something that geologists have been warning about, that they're seeing patterns that are similar to what they saw before the 2002 and 1977 eruptions and the actual peak could still be at least four years away. last night a few thousand people left this area and some of them are now beginning to come back
to see the extent of the damages. some homes have been destroyed. >> so give us some sense of what is expected over the next 24, 48 hours. >> reporter: what people are doing is trying to come back there even though the democratic republic of congo has not asked people to return. we hear from the government spokesmen that another emergency meeting will be held this morning to assess the damage, look at the sieismological maps and see if it is safe to bring the population back. they're trying to decide what assistance people will need. people have lost their homes, whether it's in rwanda or this border area. this is a highly populated area. this region has had conflict as well. this is the last thing they need. some people are coming back finding their home destroyed. there was an accident while
people were fleeing last night and some people died. we're working to confirm the details and what happened to those who might have been injured. >> keep us posted on all of that. thank you very much for joining us. joining me now is derek van dam with a closer look at this volcano and this eruption. derrick, hi. you heard larry's report on the ground. give us your sense of what you expect over the next 24-48 hours. are folks in the region and nearby in the clear just yet? >> absolutely not. once a volcano becomes active like this there's no telling when it may erupt again even though it may not be actively erupting at this point in time. you can see the fear in people's eyes as they are evacuating from goma and the drc. in 2002, that was a deadly volcanic eruption from the same
volcano. there was another eruption in 1977 as well. unfortunately, fatalities with both of those. i want to recap what happened. nyiragongo erupted at around 7 p.m. that is away from the town of goma and we're going to talk a little bit about the specifics. there's goma on the edge of a lake in the eastern sections of the drc. this is what is called a strato volcano. you can see the town of goma or city of goma is away from the city. it's flowing towards rwanda. away from the metropolitan areas. notice the conical shape of the volcano. it's 11,500 feet high. it's got this explosive characteristic to it. we saw this with some of the
lava flows that steamed out of it. now the byproduct of these is the potential for acid rain. let me explain what happens. when you get volcanic eruptions you have sulfur dioxide emissions. those can potentially create the acid rain. with rain in the forecast, the people evacuating towards rwanda, this is a concern going forward. not saying it's going to happen, but we have seen in the past, the precipitation is in the forecast for goma for the next three days as the potential for further eruptions continues. robin, back to you in the studio. >> derek van dem there. appreciate it. coming up, coronavirus numbers in the u.s. are at lows not seen in months. restrictions lifting across the country. just in time for summer. we'll have the latest coming up. the journalist who obtained the interview with princess diana in 1995 is speaking out. what he has to say about her and her sons.
venturing outside again even if some are taking it slowly. here's natasha chen. >> reporter: sun's out, masks off. all across america more and more people are seeing people's faces in a long time. >> it's been a long time coming. more than 45% of people in the u.s. age 12 and older are fully vaccinated. three states, connecticut, maine, vermont have fully vaccinated at least half of their population. san francisco general hospital reported zero covid patients. the seven day average cases in the u.s. is below 30,000 for the first time in a year. with this progress comes relaxation of rules. knicks have 15,000 seats sold. >> this is what we've been waiting for, new york. bring the culture back. bring the spirit back to new
york. >> reporter: california will drop capacity limits when the state fully reopens on june 15th. >> i think it's about time. >> i think we've been ready for a while. >> reporter: entertainers have been preparing for in-person events even if there will be a few events. >> i've been vaccinated. obviously you would like for everybody to go get vaccinated. yeah, i think it's going to be a little different, you know, because we used to reaching out, touching so many people. i think that will be a little bit scarce if not fist bump. we'll find other ways to feed off the energy of the crowd. >> reporter: some people aren't ready to bounce back to pre-covid habits. personal trainer david nassik is seeing a shift of how he sees his clients. >> they don't want to go back into the gym. it's been good for me with my in-home business. >> reporter: these stunt
performers were practicing in a group after more than a year of training alone. >> i feel sketched out about being out here, but, yeah, i can't stay at home all the time. >> reporter: health experts worry about what happens when hot weather drives people indoors this summer, especially in some states where vaccination rates are lower. >> i'd still wear a mask at work just because i work with the public. even though i'm fully vaccinated, i don't know if they are or not. i feel like it's still good -- >> your whole store got hit. >> my whole work caught it back in december. that was great. it was a terrible experience having it. >> reporter: he's not able to ask customers if they've been vaccinated. even with an honor system that's fool proof, there's a sense the country has turned a corner. >> it's like a hopeful moment and a year -- the past couple of years it's been a lot of really bad news. >> reporter: in other hopeful news, public health england show
two doses of the vaccine are highly effective against the variant first found in india. dr. anthony fauci has also said he's preparing for the possibility that people who are getting vaccinated may need a booster shot but health experts are unsure if and when that may happen. natasha chen, cnn, atlanta. as life in the u.s. returns to some semblance of normality, people wonder where to begin. we talked to a psychiatrist about how to confront all of the anxieties. >> i think right now people are trying to understand what it's like to get back to real life. first of all, naming it and knowing that it's acceptable is the first thing to do. secondly, what are you most afraid of or most nervous about? be able to ask the question and try to acknowledge what you can control versus what you can't.
are there things like flying on a weekday where the airport is less congested? being prepared to minimize the stress of the rest of your family by having your headphones, ipads, all of the snacks you need ready so you don't have to worry about. the first thing is having the open conversation with each member of your family, especially the children, and finding out what their anxieties are. >> u.k. health officials are investigating another new covid variant. they've been studying the av 1 strain which is being dubbed the yorkshire variant. authorities say so far there's no evidence that this strain causes more severe disease or makes vaccines any less effective. and we are getting new details on just how desperate the coronavirus situation is in india. officials in the territory of dehli have announced they will halt immunizations due to a shortage of vaccines. even though cases have been falling on average recently, earlier today india reported
more than 240,000 new cases. for more on this let's bring in will ripley joining us from taipei. what can you tell us about the new numbers? >> reporter: robin, this is not just an india problem but a problem region wide in this part of the world. when you're talking about countries in southeast asia like taiwan, india, thailand, countries that thought they had the virus all but under control, we've seen how it can slip through the defenses and so here it was the airports. in thailand they're having a horrible outbreak in their prisons right now. in india, hospitals are struggling to deal with this influx of patients and some are having to treat them in horrific conditions. >> pigs root in filth and water outside this hospital in the state in india. it looks like no place for healing. with its broken walls, abandoned ambulances. but patients are still being
treated here. many for coronavirus. the sick, as well as the staff, must trudge through dismal conditions to get inside. >> translator: the hospital will be 100 years old in four years. it was the only big hospital here several years ago. due to the low lying area, there is an issue of water logging at the hospital. there is filth all over. >> reporter: cases across india have decreased, down from more than 400,000 new cases reported in a day in early may to nearly 260,000. still, the country's health care system is overwhelmed in places. and there's a shortage of vaccines. dehli became the latest state to halt its vaccinations of adults under the age of 45. some help is slowly coming in from russia, with shipments of the sputnik v vaccine. >> by the end of may about 3
million doses will be supplied in bulk. >> reporter: the plan then is for india to begin producing the russian vaccine with the goal of making 815 million doses. the put sputnik v is. this is suffering from a surge of coronavirus cases and a lack of vaccines. taiwan's health minister asking the u.s. for help in getting the critical supplies. cases are soaring in thailand, too, with clusters of covid-19 infections have emerged in the country's over crowded prisons. bangkok began a vaccination drive doing out shots of the chinese cyanovak vaccine. the shortage across parts of asia making this wave of the
coronavirus that much more difficult to contain. apart from singapore, nearly every country in this part of the world is in the low single digits when it comes to vaccinations, and that is especially troubling for epidemiologists because the new variants that are being detected, it's causing the virus to spread much more quickly. and in some cases people have a much more severe case. here in taiwan they just logged hundreds of new cases, once again today, and this country has fewer than 1% of its population vaccinated. one of the lowest rates in the world. ro robyn, it's a crisis. a crisis that will only be resolved when people get those badly needed shots in arms. >> will ripley, appreciate you joining us this hour. much more still ahead on cnn. we'll meet this young girl and her family whose lives have been forever changed by the conflict
between israel and hamas. we'll have more with the bbc's interview of diana, princess of wales. the journalist is speaking for the first time since the investigation wraps up. e muscles recover, and our minds are restored. introducing the new sleep number 360 smart bed.. the only bed that effortlessly adjusts toto both of you. proven qualityty sleep, is life-changing sleep.
welcome back to all of our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. it's 29 minutes past the hour. i'm robyn curnow and you are watching cnn. so this is day three of a cease-fire that has restored calm for the people of israel and gaza, a key israeli cabinet minister though is now warning that as rockets are fired towards israel, the israel
government will target the leader of hamas. 11 days of israeli shelling and airstrikes has left gaza in shambles. they say more than 250 buildings were destroyed, more than 760 shops and homes are unusable. nearly half of gaza's 2 million people are without ready access to water. of course, many civilians have been caught in the middle of the conflict between hamas and israel. arwa damon went to one hospital in gaza to show us the impact on one of the innocent's, a little girl. >> reporter: sarah has injuries to her skull, lungs, arm and leg but doctors say the worst are the multiple pieces of shrapnel lodged in her spine and spinal
cord. she can't feel her legs, her aunt says, and doctors fear she may never again. especially not if she stays here. the family says there was no advanced warning before the strike. they had no idea what was coming. susu, that's what her older brother omar calls her. she needs an advanced neurosurgical center. we don't have one of those in gaza. doctors say there is hope she will be able to stand on her feet, her father says. he's begging for help. he wants his little girl to have her life back, a life filled with gleeful cries of joy.
a life where she can stand on her own. she's struggling psychologically, her father says. she keeps asking me, why, daddy? why did they have to do this to me? arwa damon, cnn. >> so in the u.s. the conflict has been turning up the pressure on president joe biden. some of his fellow democrats are criticizing him for not taking a tougher stance. saturday cnn's jim acosta asked the senate democrat if his party's view of the region was changing? >> the overwhelming number of democrats support israel's right to defend itself and the close relationship between our two countries, how important that relationship is to the united states security. i think president biden handled this crisis extremely well.
he met at the highest level through conversations with the leaders of the israel government. he was able to get the egyptians to engage hamas. he was able to move forward on a cease-fire. he was able to now set up a plan in which we can try to bring some civility to gaza. i think all of that is in our national security interests and is supported by democrats and republicans and the american people. >> senator carden said there is a path to deal with the long-term future for the palestinians to reach a two-state solution. now the white house is expanding humanitarian regulations. they can apply for temporary status for people whose home countries are considered unsafe to go back. it will affect 100,000 haitians. former president trump tried to remove that designation for haiti but that issue has been bogged down in courts. the former bbc journalist
who sat down with diana princess of wales for a major interview in 2005, he has a message. he says he's deeply sorry. he said he never wanted to harm diana and doesn't think he did. an inquiry came out saying bashir had used, quote, deceitful methods to secure that interview. prince williams claimed this worsened diana's paranoia. isa soares joins me with more. hi. >> reporter: very good morning to you, robyn. it's the first time we are hearing from march din bashir, the reporter behind that really bombshell interview with princess diana quarter of a century ago. it's the first time, like you said, robyn, we are hearing from him post the dyson report that really revealed bashir used deceitful behavior to secure that interview. the bbc knew what he did, of
that deceit, and then covered it up. speaking to the sunday times i've got the front page here to show you, he said -- you can see there, broken man. he can't quite admit he wronged diana. now as you said, in that interview -- in this interview with the sunday times he does say that he is deeply sorry. have a look. i've taken an extract from it. you can get a sense of what he said. he said this, i never wanted to harm diana in any way and i don't believe we did. everything we did in the terms of the interview was as she wanted from when she wanted to alert the palace to when it was broadcast to its content. my family and i loved her. he even showed the photo, put the photo up, you can see here, of his wife in hospital having had their third child as proof of how close they were, diana and his family were, diana visited his wife in hospital.
now although it says he does say he is deeply sorry to prince william and prince harry, he said he was wrong to use those fake documents, he doesn't believe that the way he got the interview -- that the interview itself actually changed anything, had any bearing on diana. he said that, yes, he was wrong in getting that deceitful paperwork, deceitful fake documents, but he said it had no bearing on the interview and throughout this interview, he can't quite bring himself to admit that he duped her. i think that is really what comes out of it. and he also rejects the notion that we heard from prince william, that scathing criticism we heard from prince william this week that he believes the way he conducted the interview just fueled princess diana's
isolation as well as her paranoia. some may go as to say this interview with martin bashir shows his defiance. others may say, robyn, it shows an arrogance of sorts, which it's clear that this interview that took place a quarter of a century ago is still having a huge impact. the fallout is still spreading. in fact, the last 24 hours, tony hall, lord hall who was head of the bbc, martin bashir was reporting there, at the time he was conducting the interview, he has stepped down as head of -- as chairman of the national gallery, perhaps because of the fact that prince charles is patron of the national gallery. now in a statement this is what tony hall had to say. i have today resigned as chair of the national gallery. i have always had a strong sense of public service and it is clear my continuing in the role would be a distraction to an
institution, he says, i care deeply about. as i said two days ago, i am very sorry for the events of 25 years ago and i believe leadership means taking responsibility. what is clear from this, robyn, is that this crisis goes to the very heart, to the dna of the bbc and that is integrity and transparency. and so many, many questions need to be answered right now as to who knew about this coverup. why did they cover up for so long? why was some reported hostility towards whistleblowers who wanted to come out and tell the truth, bbc whistle dl blowers? and why was bashir rehired by tony himself as religion correspondent knowing what he did. plenty of questions not just from the bbc taxpayers but from members of parliament in the
last 24 hours too, robyn. >> thanks for that update. appreciate it. live in london. coming up next on cnn, the ex-girlfriend of a trump ally is cooperating with investigators in a sex trafficking probe. what could that mean for a house republican. the link between qanon and evangelical christians and what's being done to stop it. that and all of those stories. you're watching cnn.
welcome back. so there's more trouble for embattled u.s. congressman matt gaetz. the ex-girlfriend is cooperating with investigators in a sex trafficking investigation. paula reid has more from washington. paula. >> reporter: we know from our sources that the congressman is being investigated for possibly violating federal sex trafficking, prostitution and public corruption laws and they're also looking into whether he may have had sex with
a minor. now this ex-girlfriend is someone investigators have wanted to speak with for a while. to be clear, she is not the same person as the under age girl. these are two different people. but this ex-girlfriend was linked to the congressman in the summer of 2017 and that, for investigators, is a key period in determining whether he actually had sex with a minor. now it's not clear if this woman has a formal cooperation agreement with the investigators but she has signaled she's willing to talk to them, play ball, but her lawyer refused to comment as did the justice department. news of her signalled cooperation came as the congressman's former wing man, joel greenberg, told federal investigators that yes, indeed, congressman gaetz did have sex with a 17-year-old. the congressman and his legal team have repeatedly denied the congressman has ever paid for
sex with a minor or had sex with a minor as an adult. they addressed his former wing man's credibility. >> he's literally sitting in jail right now because he originally accused someone who was innocent of having had a relationship with a minor. >> reporter: and the congressman is correct. joel greenberg has serious credibility issues. on monday he did plead guilty to falsely accusing a political rival of having sex with a minor. that was just one of six federal charges that he pleaded guilty to, down from 33 charges he was facing. he has entered a cooperation deal so he has to fully cooperate in any investigation. because of his credibility issues, we know it's unlikely investigators take anything joel greenberg says as face value. we know from our reporting that there are other witnesses who have been called before the grand jury and that there are hundreds and hundreds of records
that investigators had. so this case does not hinge on the testimony of joel greenberg. the congressman is clearly trying to shift attention to greenberg's credibility even though he's just one tiny piece of this case. we know investigators are still gathering evidence. all of that will likely fall to federal prosecutors here in washington to assess and decide whether they have enough to proceed with an indictment. paula reid, cnn, washington. while matt gaetz denies he had a relationship with a minor, a congressman is admitting he had one. anthony bouchard said he got a 14-year-old girl pregnant when he was 18. he married her once she turned 15. rashard made the revelation ahead of the story downplaying the relationship as a romeo and juliet story in a facebook video. meanwhile, there's growing
evidence that the wild conspiracy movement known as qanon is seeping into christian ee van gevangelical area. they're saying qanon has no place in what they preach. >> this was the flag that went into the senate when the doors were broken. the christian flag. >> in the name of jesus, amen. >> amen. >> they thought they were doing the work of god because pastors and leaders have lied to them! >> nothing in scripture leads us to claim a political system in the name of christ through force. >> i don't like to get off track and off the bible, but as a pastor i have to guard the flock. so the one i wanted to speak to
as far as conspiracies is qanon. >> is qanon compatible with christianity? >> no, because it's a false belief system, almost a religion, but it's not true christianity. true christianity is that jesus christ is our ultimate hope, not q, not donald trump, not any other person. >> reporter: months after the january 6th insurrection qanon lives on. it's more popular amongst evangelicals than any other religion. >> do you think people of faith there is a specific appeal? >> the bib blib call world view is there is a god who is in control of the whole world view. one day jesus will come back and will judge the wicked. q qanon's belief is there is a q and donald trump will judge. pastor s are sounding the
al alarm. >> when patriots took back branches of the government in 2016 their life was turned onto the vast corruption network that had infiltrated into the highest powers in the states. >> it is a demonic hedge around joe biden. >> joe biden is a fake president. >> have you had any conversations with your flock who have bought into qanon? >> i've tried to talk to them but it doesn't go very far. >> they don't want to hear? >> a lot of times they're not really open to hearing my side of things or explanation it is. >> reporter: qanon ties in with what is known as christian nationalism. >> the term christian nationalism in and of itself is ironic. there's nothing christian about nationalism but what it has turned into is basically christians believing that their nation is, you know, kind of up
with scripture and with the bible and the tenants of our nation are up there with the tenants of our faith. >> reporter: this is the granddaughter of billy graham and niece of trump supporting pastor franklin graham. she along with 200 other prominent evangelicals signed a letter in denouncing christian nationalism and the role it played. >> for some qanon is a religion. >> what you're finding for these people, this is somewhere where they fit in. >> is there not enough sense of community in churches? what do you think is this appeal? >> i think churches were absolutely designed to be about community and i don't think that's what a lot of people find. i think churches have become extremely exclusive. i'm not sure jesus would be welcomed in an american church today. >> are you concerned at all by speaking out that you could be alienating some of your
congregation or do you think it's just the right thing to do? >> there's always a risk. as pastor my role is to teach the people and that's something i have to do if, i have to do it and i take the consequences that come. fortunately i've received a lot of support from my people for speaking out. >> thank you for that report. now the final round of the pga championship is just hours away. several notable golfers are in contention, including one who would make history with a win. the details on that next. the light. ♪ it comes from within. it drives you. and it guides you. to shine your brightest. ♪ as you charge ahead. illuminating the way forward. a light maker. recognizing that the impact you make comes from the energy you create. introducing the all-electric lyriq. lighting the way.
phil mikkelson is just 18 holes away from becoming golf's oldest major champion, that is unless he stumbles and somebody grabs the win from him. at the age of 50 lefty leads the pga championship. we have the report. >> reporter: one of my favorite expressions in sport is also the simplest, just when you think you know the story, golf happens. on saturday the pga championship phil mikkelson was rolling back the years making five birdies and leading with five shots with eight holes to play but then
things unraveled and it looked as though it might slip away from him. he used all of his skill, experience and fed off the energy of the crowd to make sure he was still a stroke clear by the end of the day. >> i think that because i feel or believe that i am playing really well, i have an opportunity to contend for a major championship on sunday, i know i'm having a lot of fun and i'm very appreciative the way the people have been supportive. it is nice to have people out here enjoying the game and supporting us the way they have. it's been a lot of fun. >> mikkelson goes to bed knowing sunday could bring his sixth major title, 17 years after the first. at the age of 50 he also could become the oldest man to win a major. brooks koepka is looking for his fifth major and his third pga championship in just four years. >> it just feels good. it feels normal. this is what you're supposed to do. this is what you practice for. right where i want to be and
we'll see how tomorrow guys. i'm in the final group. that's what you want. at least i can see what phil is doing. i don't have to look back and see what he's up to. everybody will be in front of me so i know what i have to do. >> koepka and mikkelson will make for a box office pairing but with five players within four strokes of the lead anything could happen, especially with the wind expected to pick up on sunday changing the dynamics of a course that is already one of the toughest in golf. back to you. >> thanks. so the world's biggest and possibly most eccentric has a new champion. take a listen. ♪ ♪ >> the betting favorite italian rocker won the eurovision song contest on saturday. the event was staged in