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welcome back to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada, and around the world. i am kim brunhuber. this is "cnn newsroom." our top story. police in atlanta, georgia, are searching for the man who fired a gun inside the airport on saturday. this was the scene in the security screening area, as people hit the floor just as the gun went off. officials say the man had the weapon in his bag when he went through airport security, but when tsa agents stopped him, he lunged for the gun, firing it before taking off with the weapon. on saturday, atlanta police
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identified the man as kenny wells, a convicted felon. they say several warrants have now been issued for his arrest. >> people just came from flying through. and just were like, run, run, run. and then people were just running. and we all just ran outside this door right here. and made our way across to the side of the airport. and just, it was organized chaos. >> officials say no one was shot, but at least three people were hurt in the rush to get out. meanwhile, here's what the situation was like on a plane that had just landed before they knew the full details and that no one had been shot. >> i'm not parking the aircraft at the concourse out of an abundance of caution for your safety. again, we've got an active shooter situation in the airport. we're not parking at the terminal out of an abundance of safety for yourselves.
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>> on saturday, atlanta police identified the man with the gun as kenny wells, a convicted felon. they say he managed to escape the airport with the weapon and officers are searching for him. now, the situation also unfolded during one of the busiest weekends. year, as americans travel ahead of the thanksgiving holiday on thursday. cnn's nadia romero has more. >> reporter: we're getting back to a sense of normalcy here at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson airport, after the security incident that happened at about 1:30 on saturday. so, we know that there was a passenger who had a gun that was in his bags and at some point during the security checkpoint with tsa, it was an accidental discharge. we're still trying to figure out the details, as it remains under investigation. but we do know that passenger during the confusion, the chaos that ensued there after fled the airport. investigators are trying to track him down to investigate and speak with him. that created a domino effect of confusion and at some points, chaos in the airport, as people
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learned that there was an active shooter. later, they found out it was an accidental discharge, but that rumor spread very quickly throughout the airport and on social media. and it stopped everything in its tracks. there was a territory ground stop here at the airport and now that caused some flights to be delayed and an impact on travel, which is why delta airlines is offering a waiver to passengers, whose flight plans were interrupted. this is already going to be, was supposed to be a busy travel weekend ahead of the thanksgiving holiday. now you add in this accidental discharge that really disrupted what was supposed to be happening throughout this weekend. now, the tsa has already reported that they're seeing an alarming rate of guns trying to go through different checkpoints, and the first ten months of this year, some 4,650 firearms were spotted at checkpoints by tsa and in the first ten months of the year, we've already surpassed a record number of more than 4,400 back
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in 2019. that's a concern not here, just in atlanta, but all across the country. but again, things seem to be getting back to normal as the investigation continues as to how this happened on saturday afternoon. nadia romero, cnn, atlanta. >> on saturday, cnn spoke with someone who was in the middle of all of that chaos. he was walking into the airport when unconfirmed reports of an active shooter began sweeping through the crowds of travelers. listen to this. >> it was in atlanta for a wedding this weekend and had just wrapped up, so i was taking the train from downtown atlanta south into the airport. i had just gotten off the train and was walking through one of the main entrances in the domestic terminal alongside baggage claim, making my way towards security. and i had gotten all of 20 steps down the hallway before a combination of other passengers and airport security folks told me that i needed to stop
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walking. so i stopped, i turned around, and i retraced those 20 or so steps that i had taken, and i was sitting at the corner of that hallway for the next maybe three to five minutes. and folks were having conversations about an active shooter, some folks said that they had heard gunshots, but for the most part it was calm. and we saw someone turn the corner and just barrel down that hallway. and that was the point at which all chaos kind of broke out. everyone was dropping their suitcases, folks were running in any possible direction away from what we thought was the center of action. people were sliding under rais and jumping over barricades, just trying to get out of what we thought was harm's way. >> so as you heard earlier in nadia's report, a record number of guns have been confiscated at security checkpoints across the
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u.s. this year. cnn national security analyst juliette kayyem tells us how that can happen and what's supposed to happen. >> a gun at a security checkpoint in atlanta is happening more than once a day at this stage. 450 firearms have been captured in the last year alone. people are doing stupid things, they are not abiding by federal law. so this is the criminal laws that you are looking at. tsa rules are pretty clear that you have to check it. you're allowed to travel with guns or have guns on the other end, you're just not able to have them on your lap in the airplane, thank goodness. so i think there's an automatic violation right there, criminal law, and he clearly has a felon past that may have, that probably prohibited him from maybe having a gun, and that was why he lunged after it. we don't know right now, but this is what has to be determined at this stage. >> and as more people in the u.s. are traveling, the problem
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is growing. the, thes a reports catching more than 4,600 firearms, a majority of them loaded, at security checkpoint in the first ten months of 2021. and that number surpassed the full-year record of more than 4,400 set in 2019. 450 guns were intercepted at atlanta alone in the first ten months of this year. new video from chinese state media claims to show missing tennis star peng shuai alive and well. you'll remember, peng hasn't been seen since she's accused one of china's most powerful leaders of sexual assault three weeks ago. one clip just published to social media shows peng greeting young tennis fans and signing autographs on oversized tennis balls reportedly at sunday's junior tennis finals in beijing, and this video is said to have been having dinner saturday with her coach and friends at a beijing restaurant. cnn hasn't been able to
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independently verify when any of these videos were taken. for more on this, let's prbringn kristie lou stout in hong kong. kristie, are these videos going any way towards reassuring the international community? >> it's definitely not easing conditions, but just raising more questions. look, over the weekend, you have several individuals linked to chinese state media sending out fresh video of the chinese tennis star, peng shuai, using twitter, which is not available in china, so these videos are being aimed squarely at an international audience. in a series of clips that were released earlier today, we see peng shuai apparently at a youth tennis tournament sponsored by fila. in a series of clips that were released last night, local time, we see peng shuai apparently at a popular restaurant in beijing. a sichuan government restaurant. she's there with a chinese tennis tournament director and two women, in a 45-second clip, peng is not talking, but the others are and they're making sure to emphasize the data.
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they mention november 121st, which is of course today's date. it was about three weeks ago, november 2nd, when peng shuai made that accusation against a very powerful man, the former vice premiere of china, accusing him of him forcing her to have sex with him. she made that accusation on social media and it was taken down since. there is no coverage of the allegations that she made since then on chinese state media or social media. the women's tennis association has continually expressed concern about peng shuai and her situation, has said that they're willing to put their business in china on the linener for her an reacting to this fresh video of her that has surfaced this weekend. let's bring up a statement from the women's tennis association. in it, they say, quote, while it is positive to see her, it remains unclear if she is free
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and able to make decisions and takes actions on her own without coercion or external interference. this video alone is insufficient, unquote. on friday, steve simon told cnn that he wrote a letter expressing his concerns to the chinese ambassador of the united states. the wta says they have yet to receive a response in regards to that. but it's not just the wta that's concerned about peng shuai's situation, it's if white house, the international tennis and sporting commute. now is a very delicate time because of the beijing olympic games, now just two and a half months away. >> thanks so much for that update on that story, kristie lou stout in hong kong, appreciate it. a short time ago, cnn asked robert kuhn, longtime adviser to chinese leaders, for his thoughts on peng shuai and how the chinese government is reacting to her sexual assault accusations. here it is. >> this is unprecedented in
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china for an ordinary citizen to level this kind of accusation against a senior leader, albeit retired, but nonetheless, a senior leader, much revered in china. that said, the whole approach of china will be to protect the system, because china believes that its system is responsible for all the success, china's sec largest economy, bringing 800 million people out of poverty. all of those things are completely dependent upon the leadership of the party, which has been strengthened recently, the sixth plan in their political meeting, where the parties in charge, xi jinping is the core of the pear, xi jinping's thoughts will lead the party ideology. all of that, and we're headed towards the winter olympics, which is very important in china, and suddenly this comes on the scene. so china will do everything possible to lower the heat on this story, but will not
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compromise its core point about the absolute leadership of the party, which means that it will not be subject or make compromises with the so-called independence, which is western values. that is the one thing we can be sure of. >> and our thanks to robert kuhn for his insights there. well, we're getting new details about the fatal shooting in jerusalem's old city. israel authorities now say the shooting that killed a 35-year-old man and injured four other people was a hamas operation. authorities say the alleged assailant was killed. they say it happened near the chain gate entrance to the al aqsa mass, also known as the temple mount. hamas issued a statement describing the gunman as a local leader of the movement and said the shooter was a response at the attempts to desiccate al aqsa mosque. the austrian people have been through lockdowns before and now many are furious they'll
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europe is grappling with some of its highest number of covid infections since the pandemic began, and that's because so many europeans have refused to get vaccinated. so lockdowns and now restrictions are rolling out across the continent, none of which are popular. compounding the surge, the declining effectiveness of vaccines after several months. even a country like portugal, which has one of the highest vaccination rates in europe is seeing troubling upticks in new cases. cases have been going up in the u.s. as well, with the northern hemisphere now heading into winter and people gathering indoors for the holidays, booster shots are becoming more important than ever. >> so for more on the escalating crisis in europe, let's bring in barbie nadeau live from rome.
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this spike in price led to more restrictions and mandates and that led to these sometimes violent pushbacks. you've been looking at what exactly is driving all of this anger on a couple of fronts. >> that's right. we've been focusing a lot on austria, which is going to have the tighte est anti-covid restrictions anywhere in europe. they're going into a full lockdown on monday, whether you're vaccinated or not, and on february 1st, everyone has to be vaccinated for covid. but they're not happy about it. let's listen. >> it's the last weekend before a nationwide lockdown in austria. tens of thousands of people in vienna protested new covid-19 restrictions. one protester says, i want my freedom back. one would think that we live in a democracy, but now this is a coronavirus dictatorship. austria is introducing some of the strictest measures in the region to try to contain the virus. as of monday, all residents, whether vaccinate or not, are
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back under a stay-at-home order. no one is allowed to leave home, except to work, shop for essentials, or exercise. and in february, covid-19 vaccinations will be mandatory. the decisions have infuriated some in the country, even though austria, like many countries in europe, is experiencing staggering numbers of new infections. the demonstration in vienna was organized by the country's far-right freedom party, which says it will combat the new measures. though the party head couldn't attend after testing positive for covid-19. in the netherlands, city workers in rotterdam are cleaning up after a night of violent protest over a proposed corona pass, which would limit access to indoor public venues to people who are vaccinated or have recovered from the virus. rioters threw rocks at police who responded with water cannons. some residents say they are appalled by how out of control
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the rally became. one man says, i'm very angry about it. they renovated the center of the town and a bunch of idiots destroyed it. crowds are also filling the streets of the capital of croatia, to oppose a covid passport for government and public buildings which goes into effect on monday. loud, agitated pockets of discontent around europe, as governments increasingly lose patients with vaccine resistance and take more drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus, as people gather indoors because of colder weather. the world health organization has said another 500,000 people in europe could die by march, unless urgent action is taken. the rallies for personal freedom and against the restrictions taking place in cities across europe, as strained icus across the region struggle to keep up with a number of covid-19 patients. some of them just fighting to stay alive. >> you know, everybody across
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europe is watching the numbers creep up and watching these restrictions and incredibly worried about the coming months, when people are gathering indoors. nobody wants to give up another holiday season like last year, kim. >> absolutely. and people in this country watching what's going on there with attention, as well. barbie nadeau, thanks so much. appreciate it. juhng jong is a chinese citizen journalist who documented overcrowding hospitals in wuhan like this during the earliest days of the global pandemic. her work has now earned her the 2021 press freedom prize for courage for reporters without borders, but also landed her in a chinese prison, where she's been on a months-long hunger strike. her family hopes they can save her before it's too late. >> reporter: traveling alone to the original epicenter, in the height of china's covid-19 outbreak last year, she documented the plight of wuhan
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residents under a brutal lockdown. for that, 38-year-old juhng jong has been languishing behind bars for 18 months, now on a hunger strike and on the brink of death. her family and lawyer filing a petition for medical parole in the hope of saving her life. in early february 2020, jong, a lawyer turned activist, highlighted harsh realities on the ground. she posted more than 100 clips on youtube, showing hospitals flooded with desperate patients and shops empty. >> translator: maybe i have a rebellious soul. why can't i film that? i was just documenting the truth. why can't i show the truth? >> reporter: in may of last year, authorities detained zhang, then putting her on trial for picking quarrels and provoking trouble, a charge often used to silence government critics. ko according to the verdict seen by cnn, officials accused zhang of recklessly fabricating and
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distorting content that distorted the coronavirus control measures in wuhan and for seriously disturbing the public order. last december, a court sentenced her to four years in prison. family members says she went on a hunger strike after her arrest. her condition rapidly deteriorating. authorities forced to put in a feeding tube. the 5'10" journalist now weigh 88. pounds, a skeleton of her former self. on twitter, her brother posted, she may not survive the cold winter. zhang not the only one targeted for trying to expose the realities in wuhan. another lawyer who posted videos critical of the authority's early mishandling disappeared for more than a year, only renal resurfacing in public. others jailed for 15 months after they archived news reports of the wuhan outbreak that had been censored. others who uploaded the video of body bags in a wuhan hospital have simply vanished from public
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view. also silence, numerous whistleblowers. the most famous, dr. li wanhan. his eventual death from covid made him a martyr in china with the government begrudgingly embracing him as a hero. to counter all the critical voices, the propaganda's czars later diploid more than 300 state media journalists to wuhan, pulling out all the stops to reclaim the narrative, an effort that's continued to this day, as state media breathlessly cover other country's covid debacles and conspiracy theories on the virus origins, trying to sow doubt and deflect blame. as for zhang zien, she has never waveredner own innocence. >> translator: she tells me that she thinks her arrest, prosecution, trial, and detention were unlawful and only by going on a hunger strike did shelf that she could express her frustrations.
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>> reporter: a desperate call for attention on china's growing intolerance for unfirltered information. >> we did reach out to zhang's family to see if they wanted to comment on record. they declined our request for an interview. they don't want to anger the government any further as to potentially worsen the situation. david culver, cnn, beijing. the thanksgiving travel season is underway, but a storm system may cause delays for those making the journey. we'll have a live report from the cnn weather center, next. plus, a new list is out ranking the world's most polluted cities. when we come back, twowho tops list and how the government plans to handle. it stay with us. my plaque psoriasis... ...the itching ...the burning. the stinging. my skin was no longer mine. my psoriatic arthritis, made my joints stiff, swollen... painful. emerge tremfyant™. with tremfya®, adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... ...can uncover clearer skin and improve symptoms at 16 weeks.
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welcome back to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada, and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. this is "cnn newsroom." back to our top story. police in atlanta, georgia, are searching for a man who fired a gun inside the airport on saturday. this was the scene in the security screening area as people hit the floor just after the gun went off. officials say the man had the weapon in his bag when he went through airport security, and when the tsa stopped him, he lunged for the gun, firing it before taking off with the weapon. on saturday, atlanta police identified the man as kenny wells, a convicted felon. they say several warrants have now been issued for his arrest. the chaos at atlanta's airport came amid the busy thanksgiving travel period. according to the tsa, friday broke pandemic air travel records in the u.s. more than 2.2 million people went through security screenings. in all, the tsa expects more
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than 20 million people to pass through u.s. airports during the holiday rush and there could be more trouble on the way for travelers with a significant storm system threatening to disrupt flights in the coming days. so joining me now is meteorologist derek van dam. derek, sounds like a chaotic travel week could get even worse. >> yeah, that's right. coming off the heels of what happened in atlanta, now we've got to deal with some weather. and i think the wind is going to really steal the show with this particular weather forecast, especially as we lead into the peak of this holiday week and the holiday travel, that will commence today. we'll start with that forecast, because we do have the potential for some delays, as our storm system that kim just mentioned a moment ago, starting to develop, just across the great lakes and through the ohio river valley. it's in the form of a cold front. and that could cause moderate delays from chicago o'hare to cincinnati. we've actually lowered the potential delays in and around the atlanta hartsfield-jackson international airport, just because we think the cold front has slowed down just a little
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bit. i think today in atlanta, if you're traveling in or out of that area, no problems. but across the east coast, the major hubs, d.c. to new york, as well as boston, so laguardia, jfk, maybe some delays, because the wind will start to pick up, as you'll see in just one moment. here's the radar. this is current. chicago to st. louis, we have rain showers, a few snowflakes flying in the air from minneapolis. this storm will gather some steam, strengthen somewhat as it approaches the east coast by later tonight and into monday morning. you can see the rainfall extending from the big apple all the way to the state of georgia, even to the gulf coast. it will quickly clear out, behind it, high pressure, and some of the coldest air of the season so far will enter and that will allow for temperatures to drop below freezing in central park for the first time this year, and also windy conditions starting to commence as well. check this out thursday, just leading into thanksgiving. that is another weather maker for the nation's midsection, so as people travel home from the holidays, they could encounter some delays, as well. here's the wind forecast. you can see tonight, this
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evening, at least from d.c. to new york, we could see wind gusts from 20 to 30 miles per hour. but as we edge closer into the middle parts of the week and thanksgiving day, kim, that's when wind gusts could exceed 40 miles per hour, and that brings the potential for delays and cancellations. >> all right. sounds like a mess. thanks so much, derek van dam. appreciate it. and the thanksgiving period in the u.s. usually marks the start of the big holiday gift-buying season before christmas, which is so crucial to retailers' bottom line. but supply chain disruptions this year have left shoppers scrambling. cnn's tom foreman reports. >> reporter: over 2 billion times, that's how often the words "out of stock" came up as researchers tracked just 18 different product categories online in october. that's worse than last year and much worse than two years ago. among the hardest-it items, electronics, jewelry, clothing, homewares, and pet supplies.
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the trend has been driven in large part by months of people sitting at home, shopping online in the pandemic. and the holidays are amping it up. >> the demand for the products, as well as the materials to make those products is just far outpacing the available supply of those products, materials, as well as what's needed to move those products through the supply chain to the consumer. >> reporter: imported goods are especially vulnerable. not only are manufacturers and shippers navigating a maze of periodic shutdowns, but even when their cargoes arrive, they are piling up in ports, waiting to unload. rosemary coates is a supply chain expert. >> there's a shortage of truck drivers, there's a shortage of warehouse space, and workers, all along that supply chain. so this is not, you know, a snap your fingers and organize a solution. >> reporter: that means for consumers, the day after thanksgiving could be more like bleak friday, with some products hard to find and prices rising.
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best tips, shop early. if you see what you want -- >> buy it in anow. >> buy it. definitely, buy it in and out. >> reporter: and have faith, just like many retailers, that the holidays will wind up happy anyway. >> so, you ready to fly to grandma's? >> okay. >> retailers met at the white house recently trying to coral the grinchiness of this supply chain problem, but experts say that it's unlikely we'll see anything like normal until after the holidays, maybe in time for christmas 2022. tom foreman, cnn, washington. . more than 20 people are dead as heavy rains wreak havoc in southeastern indian. the air force conducted this
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dramatic rescue, lifting people stranded in a swollen river after a flash flood. heavy rains have swamped the state since thursday and new delhi is still dealing with air pollution that's so bad that officials are considering restricting the use of private vehicles on alternate days. schools in the indian capital have been closed this week. and just over the border, lahore, pakistan, topped the list as the most polluted city in the world, as the thick, acrid air continues to take a toll on living conditions, the government launched a new effort to combat the problem. smog so dense, you can only see a silhouette of this building that's just a few yards away. on the streets, people are wading through the thick smog. one residenti says it's so bad, people are covering their eyes and walking right into traffic. this is lahore, pakistan, which regularly ranks among the most polluted cities in the world. >> translator: now this city, which we call the city of
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flowers, the city of gardens, is gripped by smog. it is engulfed in smog. >> reporter: on saturday, lahore topped iq air's daily ranking of the most polluted cities again, the rank often challenged by new delhi. residents cough. everything smells of smoke. according to a paramedic at a local hospital, patients are coming in with sore tloets because of the smog, not covid. as the haze grips the city in a choke hold, residents are getting desperate. >> when we will leave the house in the morning, the pollution causes irritation to the eyes. it is hard to breathe. the government should find a solution for this smog. >> reporter: a local report says anti-smog squads have been deployed across lahore. they're identifying and sealing factories that aren't meeting the city's standards. in neighboring new delhi, smog towers in some areas are sucking pollutants from the air. residents are now asking government to install more, as the smog continues to affect people's health and livelihoods,
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like this rickshaw driver's. >> translator: the whole day i drive around without any passengers. there's passengers, they prefer cabs. i ask them, where you going? they say, no, there's too much pollution. we'll take a cab. >> reporter: despite some measures to fight smog, the increasing pollution makes the sight of a clear sky still a distant dream. all right. much more to come on cnn, including developments out of sudan, where the ousted prime minister is set to return to power. we'll have the latest in a live report. plus, polls open soon in chile's presidential election and political divisions run deep. both among the voters and the candidates. stay with us. ove men deodorant to the test with nelson, a volunteer that puts care into everything he does. it really protects my skin. it's comfortable and lasts a long time. dove men, 48h freshness with triple action moisturizers.
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into your voice remote or go online today. nearly after a month after a military coup toppled sudan's government, a deal has been reached to restore the leaders to power.
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sudan's military has faced intense pressure after it grabbed power on october 25th, both internationally and inside the country. let's bring in larry ma ddaowa. what are you hearing? >> we're hearing several groups rejecting this, general abdel fattah abraham, and these opposition groups say there will be no legitimacy, no partnership, and no deal between the coup police reports and the civilians. one of the most important statements has come out of the forces of freedom and change. this is the same opposition body that was instrumental in the appointment of an della back in 2015 after popular protests led to the ouster of strongman bashir.
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now they're saying that the crime of undermining the legitimate regime, killing female revolutionaries and others and force disappearance, excessive repression, and other documented crimes require the leaders of the coup the opportunists and the remnants of the former regime who formed this coup authority to be brought to immediate trial for justice. that has nothing to do with this agreement. they're call the coup plotters a gang and that they will use all peaceful means to they are removed from power and there's a trial from them. we're seeing other statements, protesters who say they do not recognize this deal. which according to our reporting, they met into the early hours of sunday morning to hash out this political agreement. where the prime minister will be reinstated and general abraham will restore the council of ministers that he himself got rid of back on october 25th when this coup took place, and that there would also be a unified army set up, that there would be investigations into the 40 people who have been killed in
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protests and more than 100 people injured. and they would restructure this power-sharing agreement with some kind of agreement with how many military members there would be in that deal. so already, strong condemnation from people who have been on the streets since this coup first took place on october 25th. >> so, i mean, the ingredients of this agreement were generally what the international community and the biden administration have been asking for, but with this opposition to this, i'm wondering what happens next. >> this is going to be a difficult one to walk. because if you've already seen the civilian movement rejecting this deal before it's officially announced, we expect it to be announced in the coming hours, and they also need international legi legitimacy. they need their african union, the u.s. and the u.n. to say this is exactly what they've been asking for. but it seems to fall short of
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that, because it seems to give some legitimacy to the military, to the coup plotters, who overthrew and aborted the democratic transition. so it will be difficult to convince international partners and the protesters that this is the best deal they can get and they can stop protesting. so far it seems the cause for civil disobedience will continue until the civilians get full control of what they want. a civilian-led transition and trial for the military who led, who took over their democratic transition. >> interesting. well, listen, thanks so much for the update on this developing story, larry madowa, appreciate it. >> polls will open in chile's presidential election in just about 15 minutes from now. many voters hope the results will bring stability after years of turmoil. but if none of the seven candidates wins a majority, the top two finishers will go into a runoff next month. now, many observers expect that will be a young leftist and a staunch conservative, sometimes compared with donald trump. rafael romo looks at those two
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fr front-runners and whether either one can unite a deeply divided country. >> reporter: october 2019, santiago, chile. a democratic country long known as one of the most stable democracies in latin america erupts into chaos. the government of president sebastian pinera declares a state of emergency in an desperate attempt to contain security clashes between protesters as well as widespread acts of vandalism. it was not until president pinera asked for forgiveness for his country's inequality and promised to hold a convention to write a new constitution that protests calmed down, but by then, there had been tens of deaths. the by-product of these protests was a profound polarization and a sense of turmoil that set the current stage as chileans go to the polls sunday. >> what's at stake is how all of these things will sort
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themselves out in the context of a new government, a new president, and of course, the main candidates tend to be people who really quite different from what we've been used to in chilean politics up until now. >> reporter: out of seven presidential hopefuls, two polar opposites stand out, unless one wins more than 50% of the vote on sunday, the two will advance to the second round to be held on december 19th. gabrielle is a candidate of the hard left who describes himself as a democrat. he supports abortion rights, champions a welfare state model, and leads a coalition that includes chile's communist party. >> the communist party has been part of the government coalition before. it was in a government coalition between 2014 and 2018. but it was much more of a junior partner and in this coalition, it plays a much more important role. >> reporter: in a campaign video, he says his platform is based on issues like decentralization, feminism, the
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climate crisis, and dignified jobs for everyone. a candidate of the hard right has proposed to build a ditch or mote on chile's border to stop the flow of migrants from other countries. he promises to be tough on immigration. those who are in the country illegally, he says, will be invited to return to where they came from or we will provide transportation to do so. >> he comes from the ule party, which is the party that basically already -- intellectual and political heirs of the myner roe dictatorship and he left that party several years ago, about three or four years ago, he deft that party and founded his own party, the republican party. >> reporter: and even though there may be a surprise, funk says out of those two extremes, voters are trying to find an answer to the original demands of the 2019 protests. now they're seeking political
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change, better social services, a stronger government that deliver better pensions, education, and health care, in addition to a throw the bums out attitude, a desire to get rid of the traditional parties, the same way it's happened in other countries in recent years. r rafael romo, cnn, atlanta. nasa has developed technologies it hopes will protect the planet from life-destroying asteroids and it's set to embark on it first t test mission this week. we'll have that story after the break. stay with us. which is a lot. so take care of that heart with lipton. because sippin' on unsweetened lipton can help support a healthy heart. lipton. stop chuggin'. start sippin'.
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if weather permits, nasa will send a craft into space on wednesday with an unusual mission, to crash directly into a near-earth asteroid. it will be the first test for a system scientists hope will protect the planet from the kind of disaster that killed the dinosaurs and is still the stuff of movie blockbusters. our michael homes has the story. >> reporter: it's a space story seen several times in the movie, like in the 1998 sci-fi film, armageddon. >> the united states just asked us to save the world. anybody want to say "no"?
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>> na . >> reporter: an asteroid threatens earth, astronauts, the military, and even oil rig drillers try to save mankind. some cities don't make it, but in the end, the planet survives. a hollywood ending which nasa is hoping to make a reality with its first planetary defense test mission. scientists say they have identified the kilometer-wide asteroids like those shown in the blockbusters and there is no danger of them hitting earth in the coming centuries. but nasa says it wants to study what could be done if a earth-threatening asteroid is z discovered. on wednesday, it will launch a mission called d.a.r.t., the double asteroid redirection test, that will send an unmanned spacecraft into space and if successful, it won't be returning home. d.a.r.t. is set to launch aboard a space-x falcon 9 rocket and will travel through space for the next nine months. its destination, a near-earth
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asteroid named ditimus and its moonlet. >> these asteroids are not a threat to the earth, they are not on a path to hit the earth in the foreseeable future. >> reporter: traveling at a speed of 6.6 kilometers a second, d.a.r.t. will then deliberately crash into the moonlet to try to jolt it from its regular orbit. scientists back on earth will monitor the collision using satellite imagery and ground-based telescopes to see how much the moonlet changes course. >> one day, an asteroid is z discovered on a collision course with earth, and we have an idea of how big that asteroid is, we will have an idea how much momentum we need to make that asteroid miss the earth. >> the targeted moonlet is a little larger than one of the pyramids in egypt. nasa says there are 10,000 known asteroids that are just as big
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or bigger that could potentially cause major regional damage if they ever hit the earth, although none of them are tracking this way. d.a.r.t.'s cam kamikaze mission could provide life-saving data if an asteroid ever comes too close to earth. gunnar solskjaer is leaving. michael careick will take charge of the team while the team looks to appoint an interim manager to end the season. before we go, a woman with covid defied doctors from waking up from a coma on the exact day her family is going to take her off of life support.
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