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♪ after hammering cuba, hurricane ida is now heading towards the united states. we'll tell you just how strong it could get before making landfall. the u.s. military strikes back. and the fight over face masks, american courts are weighing in, live from cnn headquarters in atlanta. welcome to all of you watching
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us here in united states, canada and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. this is "cnn newsroom." ♪ hurricane ida is barreling towards the united states, gaining strength as it turns northward right now through the guchl of mexico. the storm whipped western cuba as a category 1 on friday and is expected to become a dangerous category 3 or 4 this weekend, putting the northern gulf coast states on high alert. hurricane warnings are posted for parts of louisiana and massachusetts coasts and evacuations are under way. forecasters say ida will likely slam in new orleans on the anniversary of hurricane at
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katrina. joining is meteorologist karen mcquinn this, what's the latest. >> forward to the hurricane advisory, they're complete updates that came in at 5:00, they say extremely dangerous major hurricane. those four words. if they don't get your attention and you are not from louisiana, please take heed at that. because this is probably going to coach the coast as a category 4. this has been very consistent in what they've been saying over the last 12 hours or so. this is the latest information. not a lot of change here. still 80-mile-per-hour winds, prior gusts. it moved over the west coast of cuba. it didn't look all that great. as a meat of fact, it looks like it's actually trying to intensify right now. the western edge didn't look so great but now the eastern edge is looking a little ragged but
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don't let that fool you. even though it's a category 1, we're going to see this rapid intensification. because of the water temperatures, mid-80s and as you get towards the coast, it's very warm. upper 80s. this is a very fragile coastline. low-lying, since loaner is in a bowl. now the computer models are saying if you live in the parishes along the louisiana coast, mississippi and florida coast, be aware, and especially take precautions now. now, you've got 36 hours, before then, you'll feel the effect of this. when it picks up you'll see squalliness. we're looking at very heavy surge. but the storm surge is especially the most dangerous we could see, about 15 feet. that would be the worst case scenario. and that's bad enough, and it comes on the anniversary, kim, of katrina, 16 years ago.
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and this could be category 4. >> yeah, unbelievable, we could be there again. hopefully, it won't as danger option as it was last time. listen, we'll check in with you again in about half an hour, karen maginnis, thank you so much. well, the u.s. is making moves against the terror group believed to be responsible for the kabul airport bombing as the threat of additional attacks hangs over the final days of the evacuation efforts. the u.s. military said it used a drone to take out an isis-k planner in an even afghan province. it's the first response in the attack that killed at least 13 troops and citizens. and u.s. embassy warning those out the gates should leave immediately and the white house
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says another attack in kabul likely. meanwhile, nato ally after nato ally is wrapping up their own evacuation efforts ahead of the u.s. you're looking at the last italian military flight out of kabul. it left the airport friday evening carrying 48 afghans. cnn national security editor nick paton walsh joins me now from doha, qatar, let's start, nick, with that strike. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: a limit statement from afghanistan and middle east as well, saying there was an unmanned drone strike that hit nangarhar, a province in the east of afghanistan. where the u.s. has had say presence in the past and enduring as well. an initial report says it hits a isis planner, not the isis planner. where we've seen the u.s. strike
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back against isis in afghanistan. the broader thing to remember, though, sort of targets like this of opportunity could probably have been on the u.s. target list in the past years or so. but the tempo has changed about how often they're willing to deploy a force against the terrorist groups. it seems now, though, that the operation is struggling, i think it's fair to say, because of that security situation, the u.s. embassy warning citizens to stay away. the state department indicated yesterday there might be as many as 500 whose situation they're still trying to track down who might be in need of evacuation. but that window for that is reducing, we know, from a u.s. official and source close to the situation that at some point during the weekend, the vast bulk of the u.s. diplomatic staff on the airport will depart, rendering it harder to deal with the pace we've seen,
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the blistering extraordinary pace. with the last numbers we received from the pentagon who said between 3:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. yesterday, a slowing pace of which they're able to take individuals from the airport. and that may be an indication how hard it is to get them to the gates, also in the increased risk environment. the escorted taliban have come in with, and they obviously may be as well. it's a disk task, getting canvas for evacuations, and the u.s. has been pained to point out they will continue evacuations in the days ahead. but it stops as being a focus of getting afghans out and american citizens out and more about winding up that significant military operation. the last u.s. presence in
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afghanistan in this 20-year period. kim. >> thanks so much, nick paton walsh, appreciate it. for the political fallout, we go to washington right now and cnn reporter jasmine wright joins us. president biden has been facing criticism from both sides of the aisle, and the criticism grew and republicans even calling for his resignation. so will the fact that biden acted so quickly on his promise to hunt down those responsible, will that calm some of the criticism that's been aimed at them in the wake of this tragedy? >> reporter: well, kim, we don't know what the political impact of this strike that happened friday night. obviously, it's no coincidence that president biden acted so swiftle in getting this strike done, we know -- as nick said, we don't know if the target as the person actually that
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perpetrated the act that left 13 service members dead on thursday. but what we do know, president biden is trying to send a message to the people until afghanistan and also critics here at home that he will do what it takes quickly to try to protect those troops on the ground as they go into that last phase of that drawdown effort. but as we gauge what the success will be, we don't know that yet, but what we do know, i can tell you, this will be a model of what the president and his administration uses as their over-the-horizon capabilities. that is talking about president biden himself said over these months that would make them comfortable withdrawing from afghanistan, to use the over-the-horizon capabilities to keep their thumb, keep their pulse on any actors who would threaten the united states homeland coming out of afghanistan. but the strike, kim, does leave
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the u.s. in precarious situation as we know things are unstable on the ground. nick just alluded to the fact that evacuations are getting harder, specifically, as more troops are starting to draw down and come out of afghanistan yesterday. yesterday, on friday, the pentagon spokesperson said there were about 5,000 troops still on the ground. so this could become even more dangerous, as we get closer to that august 31st deadline. but president biden yesterday said that though this was a dangerous mission, kim, he also calls it a worthy mission. >> all right. thanks so much, jasmine wright in washington. well, we're keeping a close eye on hurricane ida as it heads towards america's gulf coast. we'll have another update from our cnn weather center just ahead. and the u.s. releases key finding of its report on the origins of covid. we'll share what it reveals and what china has to say about it, in a live report from beijing, that's next.
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state governments don't seem to want to play along. florida governor ron desantis refused to let school districts to mask-up. and a judge shut down his ban on friday ruling that a governor doesn't have an authority for a ban against face masks. and a texas judge ruled that a state can resume its mask mandate for flows despite a measure for governor greg abbott banning such. vaccinations are slowly inching higher with 52% fully vaccinated according to the cdc, but even as vaccinations increase, cases and hospitalizations are skyrocketing. the state of florida reported more cases during the past week than during any other seven-day period since the pandemic began. health officials are attributing those recent spikes to unvaccinated americans.
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we look at one mississippi hospital. >> reporter: dolly is being moved from the covid icu to a regular covid bed. the 82-year-old thinks she got the virus from a family member. >> you don't know that you'll get it then you get it and you think. >> reporter: she was on the fence about getting vaccinated but today her mind is made up. >> with the family -- >> caller: all of your family. >> all of my family. >> caller: this 57 has been in the hospital for more than two weeks, breathing still a chore. also unvaccinated, he just didn't think he needed it. >> i've been healthy for 40 years. i hadn't had a cold for 40 years. >> reporter: he thinks he got the virus at an outside event. did you think covid was not a serious illness?
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>> well s, i thought, you know, when it first started, you know. >> reporter: and what's your thought on it now? >> it's a big deal. it's a big deal. >> reporter: mississippi suffering its biggest case in spikes yet. hospitalizations so many cases so quickly, the trend line nearly vertical. the vast mask of cases, hospitalizations and deaths all among the unvaccinated. >> i think what's most interesting is the detachment. the complete lack of connection of what you see out in the community with what's happening in these hospitals. >> reporter: singing river hospital can't expand covid capacity fast enough. it's cleared beds to serve more covid patients but doesn't have the staff to open it. the beds sit empty. >> it's exhausting both mentally
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and emotionally,.most difficult thing, what do we do with these people on ventilators for weeks and weeks and weeks that aren't getting better. >> reporter: there is a small ray of hope that the center here has seen an uptick of getting shots into arms. >> we were starting to ease into normal life. and then the delta variant, then we're like okay. >> reporter: edna and thomas were most concerned about the delta variant in making his already complicated health situation even worse. >> it would be wonderful to get back to normal. >> reporter: 19-year-old isabel smith got such a bad case, she could barely get out of bed. when you got sick, how sick did you get? >> on a scale of 1 to 10, probably an 8. >> reporter: she wants to get vaccinated as soon as she can,
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her mother thought her daughter who has asthma might die. >> i told her, i'm backing off. >> reporter: singing river hospital has the monoclonal antibody site for outpatients who don't need a bed. what is the demand? >> literally, the phone is ringing off the hook. we could probably do 200 a day, but have 400. >> reporter: while it isn't as good as being vaccinated and prevent the disease from taking root. >> this is not a vaccination. regeneron is strictly for those positive. >> reporter: amanda, 35, was unvaccinated. thinks she got it from a friend shopping.
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now she'll get vaccinated. >> i'm convinced get vaccinated. >> reporter: you've done a 180. >> i've done a 180, that's because of getting covid. >> reporter: it has to be administered by health care professionals. edith gordon, thinking she got the virus at a family event. okay with the antibody drip, she's not sure of the vaccine. >> i still don't trust -- >> reporter: which? >> it's just a personal choice. >> reporter: vaccine approval sickening people throughout the south, ripping through south mississippi. what is covid doing to your community? >> it's killing us. it's killing our residents. it's killing our demographics. it's killing the staff emotionally. it's a complete overwhelming situation. >> reporter: the emergency department so overwhelmed here,
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patients sometimes wait days for a bed to open up in the hospital. a deepening crisis with no end in sight. miguel marquez, cnn, pascagoula, mississippi. u.s. intelligence agencies can't say for sure how the coronavirus originally appeared on friday they released the unclassified version of a report that looked into the origin of covid-19. the agencies are still divided on whether the virus is more likely to have leaked from a lab in wuhan, china, or jumped from animals to humans. president joe biden accused beijing of withholding say report to reach the conclusion. but says the u.s. will get to the bottom of it. as you can imagine, this isn't going well on in china. let's bring isn't cnn's david culver in beijing. before the report was made public, china was discounting it, what's china saying now?
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>> reporter: right. it seem this have a very lengthy response to go to this unclassified version. it came out of washington who says their response is longer than the unclassified report about a page, maybe a third. it it's not very long and doesn't bring us any closer really to how that virus started. not that smoking gun evidence, right, kim, that suggests that the virus was in the what about before this outbreak, or perhaps that host an pal that suggests it went from a bat to that host animal and then spread to humans. none of that has been found. what we have is a bunch of circumstantial evidence. and it doesn't say for certain what exactly caused this outbreak. and you have now this inclusion, this inclusive result. that does not totally exonerate beijing.
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one pert hexpert had this to sae a listen. >> setting aside from conspiracy theories about labs in wuhan, the fact that china will not allow a second w.h.o. investigation to find out exactly how the virus jumped from animals to humes is problematic. >> reporter: and that's exactly what that report pushes, is that there needs to be more transparency. there needs to be more openness on the part of the chinese. part of that would be allowing for a phase two of the w.h.o. field mission study. china says that's not going to happen. they've pushed back on that and said they've been open enough and not going forward with it. i want you to look at the words they put out in part in this length statement, they say since the outbreak of covid-19 china has taken an open and transparent attitude. we have released information, shared the genome sequencing of
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the virus and cooperation to fight the disease. all of that done at the earliest possible time. that's just not true, kim. it covered up the silencing of it and mishandling, a lot was put on the wuhan government. and nonetheless, it seems to make it seem that this was preventible for several weeks. we know that not to be the case now. and going forward, it seems that china would like to push back this, and push a propaganda campaign that has been relentless, kim, in recrafting this narrative. that seems to be a concern for the u.s. going forward and really for the international community as a whole. scientists tell me not getting to the bottom of this is really going to be damaging in trying to prevent future pandemics. >> yeah, that's what it all comes down to. david culver in beijing, thanks
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so much. now, we want to take a look at the covid situation around the world. norway has seen a dramatic spike in recent weeks. for a third day in a row the country reported more than 1,000 cases. they've been surging is there since mid-july when norway was only reporting 100 cases a day. the vaccine previously authorized for adults. in australia, new south wales is reporting more than 1,000 community cases. that's the highest case load so far in the pandemic. it comes as sydney has spent nine weeks in lockdown. all right. we are monitoring what the national hurricane center says will be an extremely dangerous major hurricane. a look at what the gulf coast can expect as it gets closer to landfall. and how the danger extends far, far inland. we'll have details after the break. and as the withdrawal of
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♪ hurricane ida is gaining strength as it turns northward in the gulf of mexico. right now, it's a category 1 storm on a scale of 5, up to 5. but expected to become a dangerous category 3 or even 4, before it hits the u.s. later in the weekend. hurricane warnings are posted for much of coastal louisiana and mississippi, including new owners, and authorities are urging people to evacuate
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immediately. emergency officials are preparing for the aftermath by prepositioning crews in the region. joining me now is meteorologist karen maginnis. karen, you got an update from the national hurricane center. what are they saying? >> there are four words you probably never want to hear if you live in coastal sections of louisiana and that is extremely dangerous major hurricane. category 4, saying category 3 and above goes from 1 to 5, anything from 3 to 5 is a major hurricane. look at this. category 1 hurricane now, 80-mile-per-hour winds moving northwest out over the open waters of the gulf of mexico and now endangers this coastline. very fragile coastline, very prone to flooding. new orleans is especially in a bowl and the water can't below out that easily. midday, 140-mile-per-hour winds puts it at middle category 4
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hurricane. just before landfall, maybe it will wiggle a little bit but i'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between 129 miles an hour and 130 miles an hour. it will move into the lower mississippi river valley, the tennessee river valley. at the top of the hour, meteorologist allison chinchar brings you the latest update. back to you. >> thank you so much. karen maginnis, appreciate it. back to afghanistan now and a swift response by the us on thursday's deadly attack at kabul airport. a few hours ago, the u.s. announced had conducted a strike against isis-k against the horrific bombing that killed 170 afghanistans as well as 113 mfs me service members. u.s. military conducted an
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anti-terrorism operation against an isis-k planner. the strike occurred in the notwiths nangarhar province of afghanistan. and we're going to show you here, this is a live look at the kabul airport where the evacuation efforts are in its final phase before troops are set to leave on tuesday. sam kiley has more on where things stand. >> reporter: a day after 13 american service members, two british citizens, and at least 170 afghans were killed by a suicide bomber, afghans are still trying to get to kabul's airport and to freedom. just over the blast walls, the mission continues. nearly 13,000 people flown out in 24 hours. the wounded american service members have been transferred to ramstein regional medical center in germany.
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now, there's a second mission, hunting down the isis-k terrorists behind thursday's attack. to accomplish that, america will neat continued cooperation from the taliban which still controls checkpoints like this filmed in kabul today. they're implementing around the airport and crowds have thinned abbey gates where the attack occurred. >> there are specific credible threats and we want to make sure we are prepared for them. >> reporter: the pentagon warning this could be rockets or bombs. in kabul, families collected the bodies of their loved ones and survivors come to terms with what has happened. this man was an interpreter for the british and among the hundreds wounded. i fell into the stream and thought i was the only one still alive. i thought all the other people were dead. more than 5,000 evacuees waiting
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at kabul's airport and allies like italy and spain have ended their mission in afghanistan. >> we have the ability to include evacuees on u.s. military out of afghanistan until the very end. >> reporter: the walls of kabul's airports are now stained with blood, as afghanistan counts down the final days of america's longest war. sam kiley, cnn, doha. >> question and concerns are growing how the taliban will rule afghanistan going forward, will it be similar or vastly different compared to 20 years ago. well, cnn's ivan watson has covered afghanistan extensively over the years. and he joining us from hong kong. the taliban has said all the right things, they've allowed women to work and calls itself
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the kinder, taliban 2.0. >> reporter: the funds and the international aid upon which a large chunk of the afghan country, the caveat that afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world. the international aid that afghanistan depended on has tried up, as the support leaders have been driven from the airport. hundreds of millions of dollars are frozen from the international monetary fund and the imf. the banks are closed in afghanistan right now, so there's a shortage of currency and then a question about whether or not the taliban can handle doing things like running a central bank, monetary policy. things like that. when they were in power 20 years ago, the afghan currency was the
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value of toilet paper. i mean, it was kind of a joke, really. and there were different kinds of currency floating around afghanistan. a big question will be can the taliban go from being a guerilla fighting force, to actually running large, complicated cities like kabul, with some 6 million residents. and that's not entirely clear right now. with the speed at which will they overthrew the u.s.-backed government there. then there's the security challenges which as we saw on thursday, still staggering. that you have suicide bombers that killed more than 100 afghan citizens, not mentioning the 13 u.s. service people there. and isis -- that isis branch in afghanistan, has fought with the taliban in the past. we have questions about how cohesive the command and control of the taliban itself is. could there potentially be power
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struggles within it in the future. and it has declared that it will have amnesty for people who worked with the former afghan government, but we're hearing lots of reports of taliban showing up at people's doors. looking for people. and the evidence is that people risking their lives at the gates of the airport, desperate to escape. that shows where they think the taliban will be going. the taliban now have twitter accounts. and they have a social media presence so they give press conferences. it remains to be seen whether or not their foot soldiers will refeed the practices of 20 years ago, where they arrested people if their beards weren't long enough. or if they were caught playing chess. and that's really going to be something that people are going to watch. one final note, i might add, is that you do have nonjihadist but other forces like the panchiris.
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you had an anti-taliban fighting force that used the actual mountain as a fortress against the taliban. and now, we hear that same community declare that they will resist against taliban rule, which will present yet another challenge to the taliban moving forward. >> yeah, absolutely. listen, really appreciate that analysis, ivan watson in hong kong. well, the world health organization warns that the humanitarian situation in afghanistan is deteriorating. conflict in the collapse of the previous government have impacted health care facilities according to the group's most recent situation report. it says in part, massive humanitarian and health needs continue to unfold across the country. health facilities across the country are experiencing critical shortages in medical supplies and operational costs and concerns in gaps in availability of medicines are mounting. all right. we're joined now by regional
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emergency director for the world health organization eastern mediterranean office dr. rick brennan joins us live from cairo, egypt. thank you so much for joining us. as i just said, critical shortages of medical supplies in afghanistan. where do things stand now, in terms what you have left and what you need most. >> yeah. well, as you're fully aware, over the last two or three weeks, the eyes of the world have been primarily on kabul, and especially that air operation to evacuate national staff and international and tens of thousands of vulnerable afghans. but what we can't lose sight of is the fact that tens of millions of afghans remain. and their needs are increasing daypy day. and for the last three weeks, we've not been able to bring any aid into the country whatsoever. we have tried many, many different options.
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and we're running the road blocks each time. we do hope that in the next few days we may have better news. but it's a critical situation. as you rightly said, supplies at health facilities running extremely low. and our own stock in countries are down just a couple of days. >> and as you say, i mean, the situation there, the kabul airport is untenable. can you try other airports in the country? using other countries, for example? >> yeah. so, you know, some of the options we've explored, bringing in commercial charter flight, that hasn't been possible. we did try to piggyback with some of the military flights into kabul. but again, for security and operational concerns, that didn't work out. similarly, with bringing trucks across the border, again, plenty of operational and security concerns there.
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so, we -- and in the last few days, the other big concern is that insurance costs, insurance premiums for flights and vehicles coming into afghanistan have skyrocketed. now, we've had some great collaboration with the pakistanis. we do hope they'll be able to bring in supplies in the next few days, but we still have a number of hoops to jump through. but that aid has to start running asap, because the needs are skyrocketing. >> let's talk about that. those needs were obviously massive even before all the recent chaos. now, even worse, with so many people forced from their homes. and then you add things like the recent attack that killed and injured so many in kabul. >> absolutely. and even before recent events, as you rightly say, avefghanist was actually the third
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humanitarian operation on the planet, with over 1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. with so many areas, of course, w.h.o. focusing on health, other humanitarian agencies are looking at food and education, so on. from the health perspective, we're deeply concerned about just access to central health services. we know had the 2,200 health facilities that we monitor in the country, about 95% to 97% of them are actually open and function. but as i said, they're fast running out of supplies. we're worried about the large number of trauma indcases, we'r concerned that women have access to health care. we do know that female health workers are not attending the facilities, not turning up for the facilities as much as before and as a result, we've seen a decline in the attendance of women and children at some of the clinics and hospitals. of course, the covid pandemic
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remains a major concern in afghanistan, just as it is anywhere else. there's a high rate of malnutrition amongst children. there's a broad range of support to highlight that need to get that in asap. >> well, listen, you face so many challenges today, so much at stake. we wish you the best of luck for operations, dr. rick brennan, in cairo, egypt. thank you for being with us. >> thank you, kim. coming up, out of danger and far from home, we'll go live to germany where live refugees are living. in germany. strong hair with new dove breakage remedy. lactaid is 100% real milk, just without the lactose. so you can enjoy it even if you're sensitive to dairy. so anyone who says lactaid isn't real milk is also saying
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new terror thefts are complicates the final days of the u.s. evacuation of afghanistan. u.s. embassy is warning that all americans waiting outside the gates should leave immediately. the white house says another attack in kabul is likely. meanwhile, nearly 20,000
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evacuates from afghanistan are now in germany at ramstein air base, atika shubert is there and joins us live. atika, what's the latest on the conditions in that massive tent city there. >> reporter: well, the conditions continue 0 grow, as more evacuees arrive. ramstein air base really has become a critical hub in this massive evacuation effort. every day, thousands of evacuates are brought here on these huge c-17 planes, you hear them arriving almost every hour or hour and a half. they arrive here. they are temporarily sheltered in these tent -- in these huge tent cities that stretches right across the tarmac. and very basic conditions. the plan is to get them here a short period of time. unfortunately, the flights out are very slow. a number of evacuates have been here several days. flights are picking up. especially as commercial
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carriers like delta air lines are part of that effort to fly them to the u.s. we were actually at the departure gate, hangar 5, where we saw evacuees checking in and boarding flights. ramstein, however, is also where all of those wounded service men in the kabul attack were medevacked for immediate care. they are were brought here yesterda yesterday,, they're now at the medical center. and they can get medical care by 24-hour care by a trauma surgeon and an anesthesiologist. so this air base is very much qualified to deal with the evacuations with the evacuees and the medevac care of the service men. kim. >> thank you so much, atika shubert at ramstein air base. appreciate it. you can learn how to help refugeesgy going to c
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♪ a former manchester united great is returning to his club. cristiano ronaldo has agreed to sign with the team after he expressed interest in leaving his current italian club juventus. the current striker played for man u from 2003 to 2009, scoring more than 100 goals during that time. now, he was rumored to be signing with manchester united before agreeing to return to old trafford. the man convicted of assassinating senator robert f. kennedy in 1968 was recommended for parole on friday. sirhan sirhan spent the past 53 years in prison and had unlikely supporters for his release. cnn's natasha chen has details.
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>> reporter: this was the 16th time sirhan sirhan had been considered for parole. but this time was different because a los angeles county prosecutor elected late last year has a new directive for his office not to attend parole hearings. in talking with prosecutor george gas cone's office, we learned this is a executive decision based on the inmate's reactions to the crime, not just on the crime itself. the parole board did spend time asking sirhan about his remorse, rehabilitation. and seeing whether and how he had changed over the course of 53 years in prison. sirhan says he does take responsibility for what happened saying, quote, every day that i'm alive, that's all i think about. his original death sentence was commuted to life in prison in the early 70s when the california supreme court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional. two children of robert f. kennedy openly supported his rye lease.
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douglas kennedy was present and robert kennedy jr. released a letter saying sirhan should be released and be a guiding figure for him. quote, while nobody can speak definitively on behalf of my father, i firmly believe on fairness and justice that he would strong encourage this board to release mr. sirhan because of sirhan's rehabilitation. and telling the board keeping the politics out and following the law. this proposed grant release goes to the review process. ultimately, the governor has the ability to reverse the decision if he chooses to do so but governor gavin newsom's office didn't offer any statement on it. back to you. >> in the past six hours, six of robert kennedy's children issued a blistering statement. they wrote today's decision by a two-member parole board has inflicted enormous pain. beyond just us, sirhan sirhan committed a crime against our
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welcome to your "new day." so grateful to have you, i'm chr christi paul. >> and i'm phil mattingly. as ida closes in on the louisiana coast, mandatory evacuates kwund way. the latest on the track and potential impacts coming up. and breaking news new mexico afghanistan, overnight, the u.s. retailed against isis-k, what we're learning about the evacuations that are going on. plus, delt


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