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trans-atlantic teamwork, president obama plays up a special relationship with the uk, as he gets ready to address the british parliament. it's 5:00 a.m. in washington, 9:00 a.m. in reykjavik. and you're watching "world one." tornadoes claim more lives in the midwest. european travelers get a case of deja vu, more flids are
grounded as volcanic ash clouds a continent. and nato keeps up the pressure on moammar gadhafi. tripoli comes in for more bombing. we begin in london where the u.s. president is kicking off day two of his state visit to britain. right now barack obama is at 10 downing street for talks with british prime minister david cameron. they've got lot on their plates, the talks mark a shift in tone for the president. tuesday was mostly about pageantry, meeting the royal family and getting the vip treatment over at buckingham palace. today it is all about politics. and washington's close ties with the uk, that's really going to be at the heart of mr. obama's address to parliament today. he's expected to say american relations with the uk and nato are essential to global
security. to number 10 downing street and to our white house correspondent, brianna keeler. what is president obama's message going to be to david cameron? >> we're just a short distance away from 10 downing street for this hour. one of the big things, in fact the biggest item on the agenda today is going to be libya. this is what prime minister cameron and president obama will be discussing at length. different ways that they can, as we heard the white house say yesterday, keep the pressure on gadhafi, help the rebels. perhaps by using some of the money that has been seized through sanctions. and also looking toor more support from european allies, who perhaps have not been as robust on their commitment as the u.s. and britain. also they'll be talking a lot, certainly about the arab uprisings in general and egypt and tunisia. this is one of the president's items that he really wants to discuss. he announced last week sort of
his plan for how he wants to insure that democracy can take hold in the middle east. in north africa. his plan for egypt and tunisia, which has to do with billions of dollars of assistance. in debt forgiveness and guaranteed loans. so that's certainly going to be one of the big items as he looks for support on that, zain. and those are areas where they may find more agreement. >> what kind of a personal dynamic do they have? >> you know, it's interesting, because obviously they come from different political traditions. i think if you were just sort of watching them yesterday, they're sort of experience together. it's not long-lasting at this point. there isn't a really long history. so this is sort of about building, i guess some of that rapport. it seemed to be pretty good. i can't certainly speak to it, i wish i had been able to be a fly on the wall during their meeting yesterday. i had an opportunity, when you
look at the way the president interacts with other leaders. we saw yesterday, they went over to a school and played ping pong or table tennis as they call it in britain. and they seem to have a very good rapport. they were goofing off, there was a high five. so publicly, the rapport was very good. but make no mistakes, they're going to be dealing with tricky topi. one is going to be the middle east peace process when it comes to israel and palestine, britain more amenable to recognizing the palestinian government as it looks for recognition before the u.n. in september, something that the u.s. is very staunchly opposed to, zain. >> brianna, when we were looking at the video of them playing table tennis there, i have to ask you, did they win? >> no. zain, it was hilarious, as it turns out, it was a doubles match. and i think their contestants were two young boys, maybe 11 or 12 years old.
they got clobbered, it was the president holding up the team and the prime minister is just awful at ping pong. >> what does that say about the state of the trans-atlantic relationship there, brianna keiler? >> let's just hope they're better at diplomacy than ping pong. >> thank you, brianna. well president obama has made no secret of the fact that america's focus in the future will be turning increasingly to asia and not europe. so where does that leave the whole idea of a special relationship with the uk? a little bit later in our show. we're also going to bring you president obama's speech to both houses of parliament live at 3:30 p.m. london time. so make sure to join us for cnn's special coverage of the event starting today at 3:00 p.m. in london, at's 10:00 a.m. in washington. severe storms have ripped through the u.s. midwest, claiming at least eight lives in the past day. a major tornado touched down in
arkansas just after midnight last night. killing two people. earlier, homes and vehicles were test toyed as a series of tornadoes struck central oklahoma. at least five people were killed, and a 3-year-old child is missing. in kansas, two motorists died when a tree slammed into their van. twisters were reported in dallas and in northern texas. let's get more information on all of this and go straight to our meteorologist jen dell guardo. how hard do we have to brace today? >> we're going to be dealing with another day of severe weather across parts of the u.s. but the overnight hours have continued to be deadly through parts of the midwest. we're talking about areas including arkansas. we do have a report now that two people died, through a report of a tornado, that possibly touched down in denning, arkansas. as i show you on the google earth, this is denning, arkansas, located about 158 kilometers to the northwest of little rock.
here's denning, the area very rural. about 300 residents there. we do have reports that homes were actually demolished there. there's trees down, as well as power lines. and the national weather service said to us we talked to them, they said based on tvs, tornado vortex signature. it looks like a tune may have touched down across the region. and they said they saw debris being reflected on the radar. they have to go back later today to survey the area. in fact whether or not it was a tornado. right now we're still dealing with severe weather, you can see tornado watch in place for parts of missouri. some stronger storms going to be moving into areas, including st. louis. and we're still dealing with the tornado watches in place. and those are going to last until about 8:00 a.m. and then we're going to go through the afternoon hours with some afternoon heating and we're going to deal with another threat for severe weather. anywhere you're seeing in orange. we have the moderate risk. including parts of missouri, arkansas, tennessee, as well as
kentucky. and yesterday was a deadly day indeed. reportedly we have a total of eight people were killed. and that includes deaths from actually parts of oklahoma. let's go to this aerial video, showing you areas where homes were damaged and destroy. you're looking at what appears to be a very big tornado. this is out of oklahoma. you have to keep in mind, oklahoma, they are very used to tornadoes coming through. but even still, it was a deadly situation. even reports of a woman actually was holding on to her kids, and she still reported looking for her 3-year-old after she took shelter in a bathtub. as i take you back to our graphic. just under 500, this is the deadliest since records were taken. 60 years, back 1953. typically we see about 55 deaths due to tornado on a yearly basis. so we are way off the charts right now. such a sad story out there and of course they're cleaning up in joplin and they had a tornado warning in joplin yesterday,
luckily a tornado did not pass through that region. >> jen delgado, thank you. more storms are lashing the city of joplin as she was saying, where a tornado killed 124 people on the weekend. gary tuchman reports from a shelter where hundreds are taking refuge. >> reporter: this is the largest shelter in the city of joplin. missouri's southern state university. we're in the basement because of a tornado warning on tuesday night. there are more than 400 people in the cots above us, sleeping in many cases, having their dinners. all of a sudden authorities came into the shelter and started yelling "down in the basement." people started running down in the basement. but a lot of people are in no condition to run. some people were hurt during the tornado and other people are elderly. people have oxygen tanks, people have wheelchairs and are very scared as they tried to come into the basement shelter as quickly as they could. ironically, the children were
having a good time, because they didn't know what was going on. right now they still remain here, even though we've gotten the official word that the tornado warning has been canceled. they want to play it very careful here because the people here in joplin have been through so much trauma. what's amazing about this particular shelter is that 48 hours after the tornado, it was more crowded than 24 hours after the tornado because of fears of another tornado. so far, everything is okay here this time. this is gary tuchman, cnn, in jopl joplin, missouri. you're watching "world one" live from london. nato bombards tripoli for the second night running as moammar gadhafi gets ready for a high-profile visitor. and iceland's volcano, thank goodness, calms down. but the ash is already thrown out and is throwing travel schedules, too. we'll have the latest. [ beep ] [ beep ] ♪
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this is "world one," live from london. our top stories -- u.s. president barack obama is meeting the british prime minister, david cameron, in london. they're talking about libya, afghanistan and a lot of other issues. later, mr. barack obama will speak to british lawmakers where he's expected to say the u.s. and europe must play a leading role in global security. a cloud of ash from a volcano in iceland is now affecting german air space, a day after hundreds of flights to and from scotland were grounded, all airports in berlin were due to closed for takeoffs and landings just a few minutes ago. hamburg international airport and bremen international airport were closed today and the cloud is expected to affect other parts of northern and eastern europe, including scandinavia, poland and russia. the uk's official weather center says the plume will cover all of british air space on wednesday, that does not necessarily mean that there will be masses of flights canceled.
because of the different levels of ash density, airlines can still apply to fly in some places. a british airways plane made a test flight on tuesday, b.a. says it's expecting to operate normal flights today. in iceland, the grimsvotn volcano is calming down. officials in the country are saying that the eruption itself is almost over. let's get more on the situation in germany, where it's not over yet for so many travelers. fred platkin is at cnn in berlin. fred, how long are the airports going to be closed and how long are travelers going to wait? >> reporter: zain, for some travelers, the nightmare is just beginning. two berlin airports, among the largest in germany, just shut down a couple of minutes ago, the airspace closed at 11:00 a.m. local time. which indeed happened a couple of minutes ago, hamburg and bremen airports remain closed since the early-morning hours. 600 flights will be canceled throughout germany today. there will be a lot of very
annoyed travelers. the interesting thing about this, zain, is these really aren't the biggest airports in germany. the major ones are frankfurt and munich airport. if those were to shut that would bring massive travel chaos, not only here in germany, but in all of europe. it looks as though right now those two airports are not going to be affected by the ash cloud. to get back to your question, the german authorities are saying they believe, if the weather holds the way it is right now, that the airports here in northern germany could also reopen sometime in the afternoon hours. however right now they're not willing to say when that's going to be. one of the other interesting things about germany is also that the country actually has a blanket rule for a ceiling level of ash density within the air. it's 2 milligrams of ash per cubic meter of air that's allowed after that or above that level, no planes are alloy loued to fly. that's why there's no flights
from there. when the flights do resume there will be a big backlog, especially if berlin with the big airport, zain? >> and what are the airlines themselves saying? are they okay with the ruling with the density of ash? or are they challenging it like some airports in the uk have? >> they're certainly not happy. they are saying that they believe first of all that it's not scientifically proven that these 2 milligrams of cubic meter per air will harm airplanes. they're saying this is a ruling that is only for germany and other countries in europe are not doing the same thing. so in that sense they don't feel it's a fair deal for them. so there is some criticism of this. but by and large, especially considering the fact that this seems to be quite a short volcanic eruption and we're already hearing that the volcano seems to be dying down, there's not as much criticism as you
would expect to see if the cancellation of flights were to last several days or even a month like it did last time so right now the averills have a fair bit of criticism. the airports as well. but it's not very big and it seems they're going to sit this one out and try to resume flights once the ash density in the skies above germany permit that. zain? >> fred platkin in berlin. where is the ash heading and how bad is it going to be? our meteorologist jen delgado is keeping track of it. president obama is scheduled to go to poland later in his trip. is he going to be able to make it? is the ash heading there? >> is the ash going to be a problem there? i have to tell you parts of poland actually under that advisory. of course it's just to the east of germany, but we have this graphic for you. and this graphic is going to give you an idea about the ash plume. now here is iceland. and then grimsvotn, the volcano located about here. as i put this into play for you, i want you to notice something. yesterday we showed you all the
ash being reflected. it was showing up in yellow as well as orange. right now we're not seeing that. that right there is actually an old image. so things a lot better. the ash plume not visible. but we still have to wait from the vacc to confirm whether or not the volcano has stopped erupting. we're seeing some steam there, a sign of good things. as we take you back to the weather graphics, we want to point out where the volcano is the area in red is the warning area, for the surface, up to 20,000 feet. that's important because that's where planes take off. now the area a little bit higher up, 35,000 to 55,000 feet, that's where planes generally fly. of course now say if you were on a trans-atlantic flight, coming from england, going over towards the u.s., you would typically fly to the south of greenland so it looks like you'll be able to avoid the ash plume. that's good news, but still we're talking about problem, that includes parts of germany,
potentially even into poland. the graphic that you're seeing in the yellow shading, that indicates the low density amount of ash. in the orange as well as the red, that's the higher density. and you can see the spread through parts of germany, as well as into poland. and even potentially we could see some of it going into denmark, but overall things are looking betterment and as fred said, you need to check ahead with your airport. it depends on the country you're flying into and out of, whether or not they impose some flying bans due to the volcanic ash in the air. zain, very happy that this is grimsvotn, a much easier name to say than the other one we won't mention from last year. >> what was it? >> eya -- my mic's going out. back to you. this is "world one" live from london. good luck, but not good-bye for oprah winfrey as the queen of daytime talk gives up her throne. and an english breakfast,
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south africa's president, jacob zuma is planning to travel to libya for talks with embattled leader, moammar gadhafi. he's going to be arriving on monday. explosions have rocked tripoli with nato airstrikes hitting the same target with a second consecutive night. rockets struck a building near gadhafi's compound, which his government claims is used for military volunteers. nato says it's a vehicle storage facility. gadhafi's government says 19 people have been killed and 150 wounded in the attacks. cnn's nema al bagir is in tripoli and joins us now. >> there is of course an
historical relationship between jacob zuma, members of the anc, the african national congress and moammar gadhafi. libyans are proud of the support they provided to the anc during the apartheid years. so perhaps there's a sense this this is a friend coming to speak frankly with another friend. the fact that mr. zuma will be arriving during the heaviest bombardment we're having to date is perhaps now being seen as a carrot and a stick approach. jacob zuma will be looking to find a zig fied way, we're being told for moammar gadhafi to step aside. that's really a lot of the conversation that's being had here in tripoli. even amongst some of those within the inner circle is how can the leader step aside or step down or be found an alternate role that will allow him to save face. but still be in keeping with what the rebels want for there
to be a cease-fire negotiation moving forward. zain? >> how long can gadhafi even hold out under all this bombardment? >> at the moment the sense is that the biggest threat to the libyan authority's ability to stay in power and to hold tripoli, is this issue of fuel. the sanctions are hitting fuel ships coming in. which probably sounds slightly strange. we all know that libya is a massive fuel producer. but what they do produce, because it's very high quality they refine for jet fuel, for the more expensive types of fuel. the cheaper fuel, benzene, petrol fuel, they actually import. that's what's hitting tripoli very hard. we're seeing petrol queues, but three lines deep. people telling us they're spending two or three nights waiting to get fuel. that of course is affecting everything. nato says as far as they're concerned, it's important,
because affecting gadhafi's forces ability to move around. and it's also affecting people's ability to go on with their daily life. it's affecting fishing boats going out and food being able to come to go to market. so that's the thing, domestic anger, both at nato and perhaps at their government for not being able to find a swifter way through this. perhaps could be what ratchets up the pressure on gadhafi. zain? >> nima elbaghir in tripoli, thanks a lot. here's some other stories we're talking about. after 25 years, oh no, the queen of daytime talk is giving up her throne. hundreds lined up to see the final broadcast of the open with a oprah winfrey show. the audience members say it was
such an emotional farewell. but it's not the end for oprah. she'll have a film, publishing and cable channel to keep her busy. half of all americans say they'd be strapped for cash if they had to deal with a minor financial emergency. according to the national bureau of economic research, 50% of americans say that they would struggle to pay an unexpected $2,000 bill. meanwhile, people in the netherlands say they feel the most financially secure. among the countries surveyed. with almost 60% of people saying they were confident they could fork out the extra cash. and finally british expats in denmark have started a campaign to bring back this stuff. it's marmite. i hate it personally. but a lot of people love it it's pretty strong-flavored english yeast. it's a spread and it's been banned in denmark under laws that restrict foods with added vitamin or any kind of a mineral. marmite had escaped the notice
of danish food authorities until a shop stocking this stuff was found selling it. coming up on his state visit to the uk, president barack obama reaffirms an historic relationship. but just how special is the bond between britain and the u.s.? and an ash cloud set to spread misery over northern europe turns travelers' plans into dust. but could the forecast be changing? [ female announcer ] every morning, all across america, women have discovered the secret to a great day because they've discovered the power
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verjee. our top stories a the this hour. it's day two of u.s. president barack obama's state visit in the uk. he's at downing street for talks with the british prime minister, david cameron. they're talking about libya, afghanistan and a lot of other issues. tomorrow, mr. obama will head to france for a g-8 meeting before heading to poland, ash cloud willing. severe storms have rip throughouted u.s. midwest, claiming at least nine lives in the past day. a major tornado touched down in arkansas jst after midnight last night, killing two people. earlier, homes and vehicles were destroyed as a series of tornadoes struck central oklahoma. at least five people were killed and a 3-year-old child is missing. in kansas, two motorists died when a tree slammed into their van. seven police officers have been killed in a suicide attack in the pakistani city of peshawar. the bomber rammed a truck that was loaded with 300 kilograms of explosives right into a police station, destroying it. more than 20 people were injured. the pakistani taliban has
claimed responsibility for the attack. as fighting in libya continues, the south african president, jacob zuma, is planning to visit the capital, tripoli, as early as next week, to hold talks with moammar gadhafi. nato air strikes hit the city for a second consecutive night on tuesday. the government says 19 people were killed. back to our top story now, barack obama in the uk and the so-called special relationship. it's likely to be at the heart of his address to parliament today. but when did it all begin? cnn's dan rivers explains. >> that unity of purpose and of action, which has made victory possible and certain for the united nations in this war. >> the special relationship between britain and the u.s. will be forever be associated with the close friendship between president roosevelt and prime minister winston churchill. who knew his country's survival depended on american help. >> the relationship between my grandfather and roosevelt was absolutely single-minded pursuit
by my grandfather. to persuade president roosevelt to enter the war. >> so churchill chose ditchly house in oxfordshire to convention the americans to provide millions of dollars in military aid as the first step to them entering the war. this was the crucible of the british/u.s. special relationship. and at ditchly the legacy still endures today. hosting u.s. secretaries of state and british foreign ministers on numerous conferences of bilateral issues. down the decades, the chemistry between the two leaders has sometimes been strong. but between president reagan and margaret thatcher, it was at its zenith. able to withstand thatch ever's withering tirade over the u.s. invasion of grenada. >> apparently reagan as thatcher was really whacking him down the line, reagan picked up the phone, held it up in the air
like that, so people around him marvelous. and even the cameron cool relationship is still underpinned by a bedrock of intelligence-sharing and military ties. >> i don't think the british-american relationship crucially depends on the chemistry between the leaders. because the real relationship takes place between the peoples of the united states and britain. between the intelligence services that are very, very much in sync. >> we fight to prevail. >> president clinton and tony blair also enjoyed a shared ideological vision. but again, it wasn't always buddy-buddy. as shown by clinton's temper over 10 downing street press briefings that the u.s. was reluctant to commit ground troops to kosovo. >> it taught blair a few lessons of how you handle the white house and how you handle in particular, bill clinton. and that the simple existence of
the phrase special relationship does not remove these difficulties. >> it's all a long way from the weekends at ditchly, when churchill spent day and night negotiating angelo-american relations. but six decades after churchill coined the phrase, that bond of the special relationship remains unbreakable. dan rivers, cnn, ditchly, oxfordshire. let's talk about the special relationship in a little more detail with katherine mayer, the london bureau chief at "time" magazine. if i hear that phrase one more time -- >> i'm afraid you're going to hear it a lot. >> how special is it, really? >> it's a lot, it's a special relationship. it just happens to be a bit more special on one side than the other. it's especially onesided relationship. it's not that the uk is not an important ally for the u.s. but the uk is completely permanently obsessed with taking the temperature of its relationship with the u.s. and
clearly, it is the smaller partner. >> what can we expect today with president obama's speech in westminster hall? >> i think it's going to be very optimistic speech. i think he's going to talk about reshaping the world, seizing the opportunity of the arab spring. the post bin laden world. the thing that people in westminster are watching very carefully is what he says, if anything, about deficit reduction. because clearly, he has been seen to be following a very different path to the deficit-cutting government here. and so what's happening here is that they're rather desperate for him to say that actually he's now pretty much on the same course. because then they, another phrase they like, in addition to special relationship, is perfect alignment. so they can talk about the perfect alignment of britain and the u.s. on policy, if that happens. this. >> those are the lawmakers, what about the british people? what do they think of obama? he's still pretty popular. >> he's a rock star.
i was down at the palace yesterday when the car left. people screamed as if justin bieber left. actually that was william and kate leaving. however i went down to the palace gates and there was a woman there and she kept saying to me, i saw him, i saw him, he's beautiful. >> really? >> yeah. and i thought she meant william and she did actually mean obama. >> what about the tough issues like libya right now? like the fact that you know, the uk is slashing military spending and that's got to worry washington. >> it does. but there is actually, i do believe one part of the spin that we're getting, which is that there is fairly near-perfect alignment on a lot of foreign policy issues. in libya, they're now looking for a kind of surge. they haven't really got the equipment for the surge. but we're hearing about helicopters going in. everybody wants to get that over as quickly as possible. and they, i think there's very broad acceptance that america's not going to pile in there. afghanistan, which was the other potential flashpoint, again, you
know, it's about the speed of withdrawal. but not the, they're in agreement about drawing down, about a political settlement. so these are, these are, these are all negotiable issues. there's no big stumbling block. i mean this is a pretty harmonious visit from that point of view. >> so there are no deal-breakers here, just some hiccups? >> right. >> thank you so much. katherine mayer from "time" magazine. thank you. we'll bring you president obama's speech to both houses of parliament live at 3:30 p.m. london time. join us for cnn's special coverage of the event starting today at 3:00 p.m. in london. that's 10:00 a.m. washington. we want to get more on the volcano of iceland. grimsvotn is settling down. iceland's official weather agency says it is not likely to blow up again. cnn producer adam reese is in
iceland's capital, reykjavik and we can talk to him now. >> reporter: zain, good morning, it's not over yet. geologists say they'll see the end of the eruption soon and it's unlikely to blow up again and volcanic activity is reduced considerably this morning. very much calming down. however, they do expect to see a few more small explosions. the ash plume is not visible on satellite images, that's good news. and any ash that we're seeing in the air now is old ash. and it's just a matter of time when the ash does dissipate. keflavik airport is now open and they expect conditions there to improve. they expect that the next time this volcano will erupt could be in five to six years. >> we've all been worried, so many people just bracing themselves, complaining about iceland and the ash that's affecting so many of us. what about the people themselves in iceland? the local population that live
around this volcano. what's been happening with them? >> well, we were there late last night. there still is this thin layer of ash blanketing the ground. there have been no injuries, no deaths. experts and rescue teams were there yesterday. but no one asked to be moved to reykjavik. and they're pretty much just getting through it, as they always do. >> is there a possibility, according to scientists in iceland, that this volcano could erupt again at some point down the road? or is there another volcano that may erupt and give us all trouble? >> well, as you know, this island has plenty of volcanoes. this one in particular has been pretty cyclical. the next one they do predict would be in about the next eruption of this one, in about five to six years. but for now, the eruption looks
to be ending. things are getting better. and hopefully that means that the air space over europe will soon clear up as well. >> adam reiss, with some good news there, reporting from reykjavik in iceland. thanks so much, adam. let's see what newspapers around the world are saying. from the uk, "the independent" high drama is a battle of competing interests. it goes on to say, i fear that this unhappy episode may dampen our dreams and demand for future travel. if that happens, the aviation industry will shrink and fares will rise. >> the irish "times" has this headline -- recession-weary iceland in no mood for new struggle with force of nature. the article says as ash clouds return hopes for a social revival have given way to mess mix on the economic front. and finally, "the herald" here, the headlines, thousands stranded as ash cloud brings chaos. it says the implication is that things have not changed since
last year, when the ash cloud disrupted the journeys of ten million people and cost the airline industry more than $1 billion pounds. one issue views, you can read the articles on facebook.com/worldonecnn. who is going to sub in for this man at a top english football club? chelsea looks set for new manager. and in the nba playoffs, the bulls and the heat engage in an epic encounter in miami. guess what happened? we'll tell you. ♪
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soon of course that's going to be just two. now one of them now looks increasingly likely to be the miami heat. lebron james and his boys had the momentum as they had won the last two games to take a 2-1 lead over chicago. let's go now to game four. the eastern conference finals. the third quarter here, miami on the break, lebron getting the pass and finishing with a thunderous dunk. pulling miami closer to the bulls who had been ahead, 65-63. this was a tight game in the fourth quarter. we're tied 85-85 with 12 seconds left to play. lebron is backing down ronny brewer and is called for the offense. he's fouled. chicago put the ball in rose's hands, rose on the isolation play he pulls up for the three and the win, but he didn't make it still tied, that means overtime. and in overtime. rose turns it over, dwyane wade takes it all the way for the lay-up and the heat go on to win, 101-93 the final score. and that gives miami a commanding 3-1 lead going into
game five. game five going back to chicago. all right let's go on with tennis and rafael nadal is the with world number one and the king of clay. he's won the french open five times and lost just one match ever at rowland garros, he struggled to get through the first round in paris on tuesday. the spaniard did have some difficulty coping with the big american john isner, rafael went two sets to one down but his incredible fitness did see him through. he held to kol back as isner began to wilt. rafa clawing his way back and won in the end. and barcelona football club have arrived in london to prepare for saturday's champions league final against manchester united at wembley. they are here two days ahead of schedule. that was because of concern that ash from the icelandic volcano will disrupt air travel this week. so the spanish giants decided to
play it safe and travel early. they arrived at their hotel in the early hours of wednesday morning. a big question mark about the fans, thousands of fans who are going to want to travel to london as well. can they make it? >> well, by all indications, the iceland situation is going to finally have a cap on it. because it's no longer erupting. hooray. let's look at what's trending on social media right now, it's a sports story at number three, the hunt is on, the race is hotting up to replace this guy, he is carlo, ancelotti, the manager of the chelsea football club. social media is buzzing with speculation now about who is going to take over from him. because he is gone. favorites among the tweets are former bosses, jose mourinho. and number two, getting around the cloud, the volcanic ash got people worried about flying and they've been talking about it
online and tweeting by traveling by train as an alternative. a popular search is for euro star, the rail service, that links london to paris to brussels via the chunnel tunnel. and number one, to boldly go where no man has gone before, nasa says it's designing this new capsule it take humans into deep space. that means future missions to the moon and possibly mars. this is such a popular story on cnn.com. you can find out more also by going to our facebook page, w1 cnn. blanketed in ash, how iceland's latest eruption is transforming the landscape.
tokyo. a quick recap of the top story, it's day two of u.s. president barack obama's state visit to the uk. he's meeting the british prime minister, david cameron, at downs street in london. they're talking about libya, afghanistan and a lot of other issues. later, mr. obama will speak to british lawmakers, where he's expected to say the u.s. and europe have to play a leading role in global security. the pakistani taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed seven police officers in peshawar. the bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives right into a police station. the explosion destroyed the three-story building. 23 people were injured. european air travel authorities say about 700 flights have been canceled wednesday. the volcanic ash cloud drifting from iceland has made airports closed in berlin and other german cities. good news, they're supposed to reopen by wednesday afternoon and iceland's official weather agency says that the grimsvotn
volcano will stop erupting soon. a lot of the ash we're going to see is old ash and they say it will hopefully drop and won't become an issue. right now the french foreign minister, christine lagarde is holding a media conference in paris, let's listen. >> translator: spirit of openness and working together as i've always had in my different responsibilities, thank you. i'm now -- >> she just announced moments ago that she is running. >> translator: and i'm going to explain the way in which we'll proceed, i'll listen to a few questions and i'll then make the same kind of declaration. had is for the foreign press, who are also present to a large, in large numbers amongst you. i'm delighted to meet you.
>> there is a battle at the imf about who is going to replace dominique strauss-kahn. this is the french finance minister, christine lagarde, she just announced that she will be running as the leader for the imf. let's continue to listen to what she has to say. we'll do that in a moment. john deftarios. a good choice? >> she's a good front-runner. she gets an a for the timing. there's going to be number of issues on the table. this is one of the issues that's squarely on the table and this positions her well-positioned at the global position she's been looking for. it comes on the eve of the g-8 meetings taking place this weekend where she's gf to a key role. >> where's the real battle here? for the number one spot or for the number two spot? >> the real battle now is to try
to secure the number one spot. where she's trying to do. the only real challenger is the central bank governor of mexico. who is relatively unknown. and some of the others have dropped out. with her in the running, who has overwhelming support, if you read between the lines of the u.s. treasury secretary. the real battle is for number two. i think it's quite fascinating that we have a candidate from mexico representing in a sense north america. woo have not heard from the chinese just yet. there's a good candidate who an adviser to the managing director right now. >> doesn't lagarde want to be president one day? doesn't she have presidential ambitions and a people in the imf are somewhat concerned. >> i don't think we should overlook, during the crisis of dominique straussstrauss-kahn, she's a female candidate potentially going into the top
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