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welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. just ahead here on "cnn newsroom," the last american military flight has left afghanistan ending a 20 year war and leaving behind a lot of uncertainty. plus -- >> this was hours of agony. >> under water in ways that we have never seen before. >> hurricane ida causes catastrophic damage across southeastern louisiana and now a massive relief effort is under
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way. the european union boots the u.s. off its safe travel list. we're live in paris for the details. good to have you with us. afghanistan is facing a new reality. the u.s. has ended its longest war in nearly 20 year military presence in the country with the taliban back in power. earlier a taliban spokesman was among a group seen entering the kabul airport just hours after the u.s. withdrawal. he later congratulated the people of afghanistan saying, quote, this victory belongs to us all. president biden will address the nation later today and discuss his decision to keep tuesday's deadline even though many urged him to extend it further. this image from the u.s. defense department captures the very
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last u.s. service member to stand on afghan oil, the commanding general of the 82nd airborne. according to the pentagon, more than 122,000 people were evacuated from the kabul airport, but nearly 200 americans and many more afghan allies were not able to get out. alex marquardt has more. >> reporter: just as the day of august 31st, deadline to leave, began in afghanistan, the announcement was made. >> i'm here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from afghanistan and end of the military mission to evacuate american citizens, third country nationals and vulnerable afghans. the last c-17 lifted off on august 30th, this afternoon, at 3:29 p.m. east coast time. and the last manned aircraft is now clearing the air space above afghanistan. >> reporter: central command's general frank mckenzie says the
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diplomatic sequel now begins led by secretary of state antony blinken who insists that the commitment to afghanistan remains. the final hours have been u.s. officials say the most dangerous. after a massive suicide bombing last week by isis-k that left scores dead including 13 service members. early monday morning five rockets were fired at the kabul airport. isis claimed responsibility. the pentagon says its anti-rocket defense system engaged and no casualties were reported. the vehicle used to launch the rockets turned to ash. it came just hours after u.s. central command said a drone targeted an isis vehicle with a large amount of explosives. it was in a residential neighborhood and centcom saidan. >> it assessed had what was there was going to be used in a high profile attack. >> reporter: but the multiple explosions also killed civilians, a relative told cnn
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at least ten were killed from a single family. seven were children under ten years old. neighbors described a massive bang to cnn. and then everything was engulfed in smoke. they tried to put out the fires with water and took the dead and wounded to the hospital. the pentagon says it is investigating. >> nobody wants to see that happen. but you know what else we didn't want to see happen, we did not want to see happen what we believe to be a very real, very specific, and very imminent threat to the ham mid karzai international airport. >> reporter: and until the final moments the evacuation flights continued but slowed down. from sunday to monday morning, 1200 were evacuated on u.s. planes. more than 123,000 have come out so far, including around 6,000 americans. fewer than 250 americans who want to get out remain according to the state department. those americans who wanted to heave were not able to reach the
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airport. the military was ready to get them out until the last minute, but in the words of general mckenzie, we did not get everyone out we wanted. it has been an extremely dangerous situation around the kabul airport over the past few days. on top of the americans, there are thousands of afghans who are also desperate to get out. this is now a top priority for secretary of state antony blinken who says that the u.s. has gotten assurances from the taliban that people will be able to leave. alex marquardt, cnn, state department. and in part of the afghan capital, there were celebrations as the last u.s. military aircraft took off. a local reporter working with cnn said heavy gunfire could be heard and tracer fire out across the sky. taliban fighters were seen on the streets firing automatic weapons into the air. a video on social media purported to show taliban fighters walking toward the
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airport. later they could be seen in the airport hangar viewing the military equipment left behind. an l.a. times middle east bureau chief was at the airport when taliban fighters entered a hangar housing u.s. military equipment including a ch-46 helicopter and he spoke with cnn about what he witnessed. >> we took this video minutes after the last american plane had left. at that point you have the taliban going through the airport and when they saw that there were no more planes, they then went inside en masse. and we were able to go towards the gate and after a few minutes before manned by the americans. they were able to get in the hangars, the tarmac of course, and they were doing a full sweep of what they had basically been able to commandeer. now it is in their hands.
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they have the entire area now. >> and cnn's international security editor nick paton walsh is following all the developments and is joining me now from qatar. nick, what is the latest from there? >> reporter: well, this is the scene from which about half of that extraordinary advantagee airlift we've seen over the last week came. but also the site really from where the end of the united states longest war ended up. a huge stretch of desert frankly where your shoes melt on the tarmac, incredibly hard place to put refugees. and i think they admit the initial challenge was immense as tens of thousands of people poured out of the sky on these extraordinary c-17 aircraft, they have been repeatedly moving one after another. and clearly here one of the last aircraft out of afghanistan landed. so it is a very fraught moment i
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think for many here to feel the emotions of this coming to an end. there have been 55,000 advantageadvantage y advantagee evacuees who have come through. the ultimate question is how many are siv applicants, that will be an important question for the biden administration moving forward. so that they can sprain whether they got the right people, how many of the right people they left behind and what they are going to do with those who may be equally deserving but weren't part of the official scheme. but today is an extraordinary sight we've seen in kabul, video of taliban on the airport itself. at this point towards midnight last night local time, the final u.s. aircraft departed from afghanistan and i think for so many involved in this war over 20 years, a moment of great reflection, possibly sadness at
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how this last month has proven so chaotic despite the heroism of getting so many people from afghanistan and also too a moment possibly of anxiety as we now wait to see what afghanistan looks like without any foreign presence in it. even though the final presence from the united states was so reduced, it is now a country run almost exclusively by the taliban looking for international assistance, looking for continued aid, looking for the airport to get up and running again. maybe that will happen in the weeks ahead for civilian flights. but here the extraordinary effort of the last week you can see in the shear banks of planes that stretch the horizon in front of me. >> extraordinary. nick paton walsh, many thanks. and back in washington, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they have mixed emotions about the end of america's longest war. they are relieved that u.s. troops are out of harm's way,
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but concerned about what will happen to afghanistan under the taliban. democrat adam smith chairs the house armed services committee. >> look, if there was one sort of central failing in this exit, it was to not, you know, take a cold eyed look at what was going on there and say the taliban are going to take over, whether it is weeks or months, it is not going to be years. it is going to be days, weeks or months. and if that is the case, what do we need to do. and two big things, we need to pull more equipment out, two, we needed to get people out sooner particularly afghan sivs. that should have started much sooner than it did. >> and house republican leader kevin mccarthy is hoping to advance a bill today requiring a report on the number of americans still in afghanistan. >> we need more people to know what is going on. we need to fan out across this
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nation and have more people join with us. so if anyone is listening or watching now, we don't care of your party's affiliation. we don't care if you dislike what we stand for. but i know you stand for america. and i know you stand with bringing these americans home. let's have a plan to do that. let's take politics out of it. >> the u.s. state department believes 100 to 200 americans remain in afghanistan. just last week white house press sent jen psaki said it is difficult to get an exact number since americans are not required to notify the u.s. government when they arrive in or leave any foreign country. earlier i asked cnn military analyst colonel cedric leighton about u.s. security now that troops have left afghanistan. >> during the 20 years that we were in that country, we were able to actually make it
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impossible to almost impossible for terrorist groups to actually create a system where they could attack the west and especially the united states. now the other thing that we have to look at in this case, rosemary, is when we have a situation like this, the real difficulty that you end up having is could you actually do something in a way that would prevent that kind of development of terrorist forces in afghanistan from afar. and i think the answer is probably not. i would say that we have a very different environment that we're now dealing with and that difference will make it in some ways more difficult for the taliban to govern and it will also make it easier for groups like isis-k to gain a foothold
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there. >> with regard to the fierce criticism of the u.s. retreat, colonel leighton said there probably could not have been an evacuation of this type and scale without chaos. hurricane ida is now a tropical depression moving north from the u.s. gulf coast. but the monster storm has left untold devastation. as daybreak approaches, more than a million homes and businesses will be waking up to yet another day without power along with tens of thousands more in mississippi. and officials in st. charles parish say that it will likely be a month before the lights come back on. search and rescue operations are under way and already hundreds of people have been brought to safety. in some areas residents were trapped in their homes as the rising floodwaters reached up to 6 feet. at least two people were killed in the storm, but louisiana's
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governor says that number will surely right. the national guard is helping with search and rescue and federal aid is on its way. but the mayor of jean lafitte says help can't come soon enough. >> there are no roads, it is water with houses poking out. highways are rescue water ways now. so first step is rescue. second step, get the water out and third step is going to be trying to get back the power and trying to give these people some relief. i've never seen water that high, never seen a current push in so fast. just be so relentless. certain points 9 1/2 feet, other points 8 feet, 8 1/2 about in one area it created such a major swell, once that swell started
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moving, it came off a little bit, but still nothing that we've ever seen or even dreamed of seeing before. just mega powerful storm hit us in the absolute worst spot. it is a once in a 100 year storm. >> and now people across louisiana are describing the fear they felt as hurricane ida came ashore and the devastation they woke up to monday morning. take a listen. >> reporter: 49-year-old dart stowall lives here and dart was inside the house when it was destroyed, when it collapsed. he was on the second floor of the house and plunged 10 feet to the bottom of the house. he wasn't seriously hurt. he hurt his ankle, his hand, his foot, but he will be okay. >> it was pretty tough. we were right on the eyewall as the eye crossed over and it seemed like it was never going to end. it was steady whipping and people lost their entire roofs.
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>> it was coming up the stairs. >> i wasn't afraid of the water, but the wind kept blowing and i felt the walls in the house move. >> the water was just coming in so fast, that, you know, it got to about knee level so quick, i didn't know if it was going to stay there or rise, so i just went up to the attic. and it didn't get too much higher than that, but it was scary. it came in all at once. >> the storm may have moved on, but life-threatening flash flooding is still a concern in parts of mississippi and louisiana. and right now, areas in alabama and tennessee are getting a great deal of rain from this storm system. pedram javaheri is joining us now with the latest forecast. so what are you seeing? >> it is a shell of its former self, but it is really important to note the incredible amount of rainfall in store still. we expect to lose some of the
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tropical characteristics in the next couple days, but as you noted, some of these areas have seen as much as a foot of rainfall and of course much of the area is in the dark, at least a million customers. so generally 3 million to 4 million people across the region of alabama and louisiana and state of mississippi that are in the dark. you put this together, you look at the weather pattern currently in place with people without he place including new orleans and baton rouge as well, areas that will be excessively hot at least over the next 24 to 36 hours. the rainfall amounts also about as impressive as it gets with upwards of 12 inches, some estimates put as much as 18 inches down on the ground. and the concern moving forward is the amount of rainfall potentially in store not just across the south but as what is left of the system my greats north and east, most densely populated corner of the u.s., we
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could see tremendous rainfall as well, about a 1200 mile stretch of land from louisiana out towards cape cod where we have the flood advisories in place. so rainfall estimates go right back up to maybe 6 plus inches, some areas potentially close to 10 inches in eastern pennsylvania getting awfully close to philadelphia, new york city, so some of the major metro cities will see what is left of the storm system and i always try to emphasize the significance of that because when you are in an area where it is a lot of natural ground, the countryside, we know about 90% of what hits the ground is absorbed by the soil, about 10% becomes runoff. and in the south where we've had so much rain in recent weeks, a lot more in the way of runoff when we see flash flooding. but you bring it into an urban environment, a lot of concrete, about 55% of it translates into runoff. so that is the concern that we'll see significant flooding in some of these major cities around the northeast as the system here moves over that
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region and the tropics as active as it gets, we have kate over the open waters, 90% chance larry forms. this would be our 11th named storm of the season, that should happen november 23rd. it is poised to happen here potentially the first of september. so an incredible run of active weather in the tropics. >> pedram javaheri, many thanks to you for keeping such a close eye on all of those details. in california the governor has just declared a state of emergency in three counties due to the caldor fire. it has injured at least five people and forced thousands of others to flee their homes. more than 186,000 acres have burned and hundreds of structures have been destroyed since the fire started. officials don't expect to have the fire fully contained until september 13th. nearly two weeks from now.
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called into help hospitals. the state's public health department commissioner says the unvaccinated are suffering the most. >> we've seen highest number since the pandemic began, 170 outbreaks with more than half of those in k through 12 schools. deaths and hospitalizations continue to be largely among unvaccinated. i can't say that enough. this vaccination, all three work very, very well to prevent against this delta variant. >> america's covid crisis has alarmed europe. the european union is removing the u.s. and other countries from the safe travel list due to rising cases and hospitalizations. melissa bell is joining me now from paris. good to see you.
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so what is this likely to mean for those americans who did go out and get vaccinated? >> reporter: well, they may yet be lucky. this is just guidance that is being begin by the european council to european countries advising that nonessential travel should now be restricted from the united states, a bunch of other countries, also removed from that safe list, but that is just advice. now it will be down to individual member states to decide what they do specifically for those for instance who have been vaccinated. here in france in particular, there has been a p have people who are vaccinated be given in a sense the right to go about their daily lives. so you need your covid pass to get into restaurants and bars. once you have been vaccinated, you get access to almost nick that you would like to and it could be that that logic is extended member state to member state. but for the time being that advice is that nonessential travel should be limited and that is what the member states will have to consider. that of course has implications
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for tourism but also families who is been separated by the pandemic that seem to keep coming back wave after wave. and one last point, it isn't just a situation in the united states has deteriorated compared to the situation here in europe, it is that europe has now vaccinated a greater proportion of its population with at least one dose than have americans. >> all right. melissa bell, many thanks for the details on that. israel says it is now the first country to offer covid booster shots to anyone 12 or older. more than 2 million israelis have already received their third vaccine dose. israel is battling a resurgence wave of covid infections, but numbers show the new round of shots seems to be working. the virus transmission rate has been declining as the booster rollout ramps up. pfizer says that it will know just how well its booster
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>> u.s. president joe biden there promising help to those impacted by hurricane ida. the storm now just a tropical depression, thrashed the gulf coast before moving north. it left behind downed trees, power lines and millions of people without electricity. at least two people were killed in the storm, but officials are expecting that number to rise. right now search and rescue efforts are under way as louisiana braces for a lengthy recovery. the mayor of new orleans says she is grateful in her words that we didn't have another katrina. but like that epic storm 16 years ago, there is no quick fix for the damage ida left behind. brian todd reports from just outside of new orleans. >> reporter: louisiana reeling tonight from hurricane ida's brutal impact. officials are warning the danger is not over. >> stay where you are. don't try to come home today.
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everyone who comes back only puts more pressure on government services. >> reporter: buildings and homes s destroyed. roadways blocked, trees and power lines down continuing to cause dangerous conditions throughout the state. >> we've just been through horrendous night with winds, rain, gusts, water coming up, rivers rising, power outages. it is incredible. >> reporter: the category 4 storm brought pounding winds and devastating flooding that topped roofs in some places. >> 185 mile-per-hour winds and i believe it. >> reporter: the storm so powerful it temporarily reversed the flow of the mississippi river, desperate search and rescues under way. >> i don't want to mislead anyone. robust search and rescue is happening right now and i fully expect that the death count will go up considerably throughout the day. >> reporter: local officials deployed boats throughout the
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day to conduct water rescues for people caught in the quickly rising water. the city of slidell hit hard by flooding. >> in about a three hour period we had probably 5 to 6 foot rise in the bayou. >> reporter: ida's path of destruction widespread, u.s. coast guard aerials show the severe impact in grand isle, louisiana. >> this is going to be very long ordeal in terms of getting everything cleaned up and certainly getting everything repaired. >> reporter: more than 1 million people are now without power after the storm including the entire city of new orleans. >> we're already seeing the power outages across the area. and the threat isn't over parent. >> reporter: overnight the city experienced an outage in its 911 emergency call system as the storm crossed the state. one major electrical transmission tower in jefferson parish collapsed in to the mississippi river. all eight major transmission lines providing power to the
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northern area are down. city officials are bracing themselves for what could be weeks without power. >> we have to be realistic and prepare people for worst case scenario just like hurricane laura in lake charms les where took weeks. >> reporter: hospitals now battered by ida. one clinic lost part of its roof and generator power. another health care system had to evacuate 165 patients from facilities damaged in the storm. another sign of the desperate straits that people are in for pourer, gasoline, check out this line here, a line here to get gas at a shell station. it stretches way, way down the block down here. people have been waiting in line 2 1/2, 3 hours to get gas. we talked to the owner and he may run out of gas in the coming hours. but people here desperate for gasoline and power and no end to the crisis in sight. brian todd, cnn. representative mandy landry
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of new orleans is joining me now on the phone, she is a democratic member of louisiana's house of representatives. thank you so much for talking with us. >> appreciate you inviting me on. >> so the worst of hurricane ida is over, but for some residents a new nightmare begins now, thoseattics, those who lost everything. let's start with the most important part of this, the search and rescue efforts. how are they progressing? >> that has been going well. luckily we had most of our people who were in particularly dangerous areas, they did evacuate. but our people who lived in lower lying areas who did stay, that has been moving along. luckily it wasn't that many people and what we're dealing with now is just a massive electrical infrastructure problem. >> yeah, that is the big one, isn't it. so talk to us about that because for a lot of people of course
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when you haven't got power and we're talking about a million people in new orleans and surrounding areas without power, when there is no power, there is no clean water. so is there anytime line for when that power may be returned? >> we don't have an estimate yet. you're right, there is around a million people without electricity. and for anyone who has ever been to louisiana or to southeast louisiana, new orleans, you know that august is the hottest time of the year. it is extremely warm right now. so not having any electricity is terrible right now. some of my city, new orleans, does have -- we have running water and safe water, so that is fine, but other parishes are having some issues with water and that makes it just not habitable. we're lucky in new orleans that we can drink water from the tap and flush toilets.
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but when you don't have any electricity in the worst days of august, you really feel what more than life is like in particular for our elderly. they just really kcan't casurvi very long in this heat. >> and what else do you need from the state and federal governments especially those who have no homes to return to and struggling to get access to clean water, food and shelter? >> for our worse off people who cannot go back to their homes, they will obviously need shelter for an indefinite amount of time as well as food, utilities, necessities. but for most people in the new orleans, jefferson parish, st. bernard area, it really comes down to electricity and when we can get that back up. and we just don't know yet. we've never had a hurricane of this magnitude hit the city and
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do this sort of damage. so we're still a little uncertain how long that may be. but like i said, anyone who has ever been to new orleans, it is hot. it is a city that you just can't really walk around in august or early september for too long without getting a little bit of a potential heat stroke. so we're awaiting for more guidance on that. >> representative ma this. landry, thanks for talks with us. >> and i hope everyone keeps louisiana in their thoughts tonight. >> absolutely. thank you. and for more information on how you can help those affected by hurricane ida, just go to and you will find a list of verified organizations already making a difference. still to come for many afghan evacuees, escaping the country was only the first step.
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we did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out. but i think if we'd stayed another ten days we wouldn't have gotten everybody out who wanted to get out and there still would be people disappointed with that. >> we'll continue to pursue a variety of means to help those americans who want to get out after we're gone get out. >> our commitment to working with not just any american citizen who has not yet decided to leave but others who stood by our side, fought by our side, that is enduring. that will continue. >> america's longest war is over, but the biden administration says the u.s. remains committed to helping afghans and americans who still want to leave afghanistan. secretary of state antony blinken says the u.s. and its
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allies are working to reopen the kabul airport as quickly as possible to facilitate more departures. he says between 100 and 200 americans remain in the country. and u.s. president biden will address the nation on afghanistan later today. for thousands of afghans who were able to make it out of the country, one of their first stops is ramstein air base in germany. many there are now living in tents waiting for the next leg of their journey. atika shubert is at ramstein air base now and is joining us now. what is the situation at the air base right now for these ev evacuees waiting for the next leg of their journey? >> reporter: for the base itself, it means that they don't have anymore arrivals coming in, but what it does mean is that you still have roughly 10,000 to 15,000 people in this enormous
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tent city that has been built on the air base. it just stretches right across the tarmac. and what is happening is that, you know, all of these people were supposed to be here for 48 hours and then moved on. but there has been a backlog and the delays in processing a lot of these evacuees mean that they have been stuck there for anywhere between, you know, 4 to 7 days. maximum that they can stay is 10 days. that is per the agreement between the u.s. and germany. evacuees can only be here in transit for a maximum of 10 days before they have to be moved on to their final destinations. the good news is that lot of the flights have now started, so what we're seeing is up to nine flights a day, that is what we saw leave yesterday. so we've seen thousands leaving. for the united states mostly. but the problem is there are still a lot of people being processed here at the camps. so it is frustrating for evacuees, it is frustrating for the base as well because they are trying to provide the best
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care they can, but more than a few days in a tent very basic conditions is difficult for anyone. >> understood. atika shubert with the latest from ramstein air base in germany, many thanks. some call it a hobby. beijing calls it an addiction. the chinese government cracks down on the time kids can spend playing video games. we'll have the latest. it's a simple fact: it even kills the covid-19 virus. science supports these simple facts. there's only one true lysol. lysol. what it takes to protect. most bladder leak pads were similar. until always discreet invented a pad that protects differently. with two rapiddry layers. for strong protection, that's always discreet. question your protection. try always discreet. - [narrator] as you get ready for what's next, custom gear from custom ink can help make the most of these moments. we've developed new tools to make it easy for you.
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welcome back, everyone. kids in china will have their video game time greatly reduced. not by mom and dad, but by the chinese government. anyone under 18 is now limited to just an hour of online gaming per day, weekends and holidays between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. part of the crackdown on gaming addiction. cnn's senior producer steven jiang is joining us now live. so how will the government in china enforce this and just how bad is gaming addiction in the country? >> reporter: rosemary,
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enforcement will mostly be carried out by gaming companies which have pledged to implement the new rules. but they also implemented a minor account for very few of their base. and a few weeks ago a major outlet described video games as spirit all spiritual opium and wiping out billions in market value for gaming companies. so this is almost the other shoe dropping. and this is not the first time that the chinese development has tried to limit playtime for minors. back in 2019, they limited to under 18 for 90 minutes per day and three hours during public holidays. and they have also long required real name registration and log-in for all video game. but apparently not enough according to officials because they have received so many complaints from parents who say that gaming addiction has severely impacted the ability of their children to learn, to
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study, their physical and mental health and also causing social problems. so they are trying to frame it as addressing people's concerns and protecting people's welfare. but of course theris is also controversial because its effectiveness is not proven and also some say that this is yet another example of the ruling communist party trying to intrude into every aspect of people's private life especially for the younger generation for political and ideological purposes. >> and what is the reaction from the kids and from the parents, do you know? >> reporter: i think that they are divided. the kids themselves are already the target of many recent government campaigns. they have already been after school private tutoring and now cracking down on celebrity worshipping culture especially among the youth and now these gaming rules leaving some asking sarcastically what are young chinese suppose dod to do in th
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spare time. >> steven jiang, many thanks. a group of heavily armed bank robbers terrorized people on monday after raiding several banks. at least one suspect and two locals were killed in shoot-outs with police. officials say the group also left a trail of explosives across the city and residents were warned to stay inside until they could be deactivated. this is the latest in a series of increasingly violence bank heists in brazil. and it appears the political divide over mask mandates in u.s. schools is not going away anytime soon. >> as you can see, fists are now flying all of this on live television. fists are flying. unbelievable what we are seeing here today unfold live.
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>> parents behaving badly, police in florida stepped in to break up scuffles outside the lee county school district's headquarters after a 30 day mask mandates was announced on monday. more than half of all public school students in florida are now required to mask up. statewide nearly 22,000 students and more than 4,000 school employees have tested positive for covid in just the past few weeks. and not all districts are reporting their data. on friday, a court struck down the governor's executive order banning mask mandates in schools. and before we go, here is something you don't see every day. a dolphin was spotted swimming down the street in a neighborhood on the louisiana coast. flash flooding conditions have been severe as a result of hurricane ida and a woman saw the dolphin's fin while
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returning home to check on the damage from the storm. thank you so much for your company. i'm rosemary church. be sure to connect with me on twitter anytime @rosemarycnn. "early start" is coming up next.
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good morning, it is tuesday, august 31. it is 5:00 a.m. here in new york. thanks so much for getting an early start with us. i'm laura jarrett. >> and i'm christine romans. we have reports from qatar, virginia, new orleans, the white house, beijing and the pentagon as only cnn and "early start" can. but we begin with america's longest war. it is over. 20 years, 2400 american service members killed, more injured. $2 trillion. taking afghanistan from the taliban and then handing it back. what comes next? for afghanistan the u.s. and the world, the last military planes left afghanistan monday a day ahead of president biden's deadline. the last two u.s. officials to step out of the country were top u.s. diplomat and general chri


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