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thanks for joining us everyone. as israeli prime minister in the the netanyahu the prepares to address iran's nuclear program before the u.s. congress next week new reports are raising doubts about a past assessment. >> now, we're talking specifically about this -- mr. netanyahu's 2012 address at the u.n. general assembly. that's where he claimed that iran was less than a year away from building a nuclear bomb. "the guardian" newspaper and al jazeera say leaked documents show his own intelligence agency did not agree. >> the revelation comes amid reports of progress between senior u.s. and iranian officials at nuclear talks in geneva. so let's bring in senior international correspondent nic robertson. he is live in london with the latest. so nic, this aapparent
contradiction, what are we to make of that? >> reporter: israeli official will say don't make anything of it. there is no contradiction that men were saying the same thing. what you have is benjamin netanyahu at the u.n. in september of 2012 making a case that iran is really it pushing toward producing a nuclear weapon. and then what you have according to the al jazeera and "guardian" journalists is a leaked document from mossad the iranian intelligence agency, to the south african intelligence agency a week after benjamin netanyahu makes that speech at the u.n. and the mossad report on its assessment of iran's status and building nuclear weapons is that they're not pushing ahead with it as fast as the prime minister is perhaps indicating. saying they're trying to close gaps on technology legitimately. there will ultimately help them move more swiftly toward producing a weapon should they choose. but it says the thrust of this is that it doesn't assess that
iran is trying to produce a weapon at that moment. now the israeli authorities at the moment say really the two men are essentially saying the same thing, rosemary. >> of course it makes sense that israeli officials are playing this down. what impact will these leaked spy cable likely have on mr. netanyahu's address to the u.s. congress on march 3rd given appears he may have exaggerated iran's capabilities? >> reporter: that's certainly the thrust of the article. and that certainly is what the israeli authorities are refuting. this release does come just a week or so ahead of this very important speech for the israeli prime minister. you know, what "the guardian" and al jazeera say is that there are memos, they ranging from confidential to top secret. that these were not a data dump but really a selective release of information, that this is not
information gathered from sort of eavesdropping spying electronic intelligence gathering. this is human intelligence. but it does raise the question particularly if you are in the the netanyahu or the israeli government now. you know why is this document leaked first, why is this one given priority over the, given the sensitivity of when this speech is about to be made. rosemary? >> the timing is certainly very interesting. nic robertson joining us live from london. many thanks to you. there in london british prime minister david cameron will go before parliament today to answer questions on the country's terror response. >> this comes as turkey says britain did not do enough to keep three teenage girls from leaving london to possibly join isis. they were last seen a week ago flying to turkey. turkish police are helping to search you but the deputy prime minister says it isn't their fault if the girls enter syria. take a listen.
>> translator: our ken such as britain -- a country such as britain renowned for scotland yard has not closely followed three girls about whom there were previous allegations. we were inform three days after they left heathrow freely and came to istanbul. this is a reprehensible, condemnable in act for britain. >> and the central question is why did these young girls, one of whom is described as an a-star student, loaf their homes presumably to live with militants? >> t the big question. there are many theories of course including online recruitment by an isis bride from scotland. we look at their moveless and why some say more should have been done. >> reporter: they crossed through security and immigration, three schoolgirls from east london. shamima begum, kadiza sultana, and amira abase. they flew from london to istanbul believe to be headed to
the border with syria. what convinced the girls to loaf their families and head to syria? were there any red flags that police and family should have noticed? in fact one of their classmates left for syria in december. and police talked to the girls at the time warning them of the dangers of traveling to syria. but a school principal insists this the girls were radicalized on line, not in school. >> access to social media networks at the academy is also strictly regulated. students are unable to access twitter or facebook on academy computers. with such measures in place, police have advised us that there is no evidence that radicalization of the missing students took place at the academy. >> reporter: social media chats indicate that at least one of the girls were in touch with mahmoud who left for syria at the age of 19 more than a year ago. she runs a blog urging young muslim women to join isis giving step-by-step instructions on what to bring how to dress,
and what to expect. arrival in isis-controlled territory. in fact terror analysts say women are some of the most successful recruiters for isis on line. >> as far as radicalization and recruitment goes women are better equipped at recruiting other women. in fact they would feel more comfortable talking with women especially on some forums saying well what is it like, what can i expect once i get there, and having a woman communicate with you brings down the role in for feeling comfortable to leave. >> reporter: the families of these three schoolgirls are hoping they will be stopped from entering syria before it's too late. >> you wonder if anything could have been done sooner. six french nationals had their passports taken away for allegedly trying to go to syria for jihad. >> france took their passports under a new law, and the french interior minister says they're going after 40 more people. the travel ban lasts six months but can be renewed for up to two
years. about 400 french citizens are believed to be fighting right now with militant groups in syria and iraq. one of the biggest shopping malls in the u.s. is boosting security after a terror group put a bull's eye on it. >> the sprawling mall of america complex in minnesota held a lockdown drill monday. somalia-based al shabaab called for attacks on malls in the u.s., canada and the united kingdom. brian todd has more on the drill, the threat and al shabaab's history of deadly mall violence. >> reporter: the masked al shabaab terrorist calls on men with firm determination to strike. his inspiration -- this horrific 2013 attack on kenya's westgate mall will where his group killed more than 60 people. now he calls on al shabaab sympathizers to quote "hurry up," saying what if such attack were to occur in the mall of north america in minnesota or west edmonton mall in canada?
it prompt the homeland security secretary to say this -- >> if anyone is planning to go to the mall of america today, they've got to be particularly careful. >> reporter: jay johnson has since walked that back. johnson and law enforcement officials now say there's no specific credible threat to the mall of america. but this is a massive so-called soft target with more than a dozen entrances. inside shoppers have different perspectives on the al shabaab video. >> i'm scared because i have kids. i have two little ones. so coming here today, i was kind of like i don't know. >> if it happens, it happens. >> reporter: security inside the mall of america has been stepped up since the al shabaab video came out. we got a behind-the-scenes look at security operations. >> we have protocols in place that as things happen we can ramp up and we've implemented some of those strategies. >> reporter: there are measures unique this facility according to a security consultant to the mall of america. >> they have dedicated --
dedicated teams that are actively patrolling the mall of america. they have uniform and plain clothes officers. they have officers train specifically in behavior detection techniques. >> reporter: rosen says this mall has its own intelligence branch. there's a station where teams monitor chatter on social media. the al shabaab video is menacing because it's thought about two dozen somalis from the minneapolis area have been recruited to fight with al shabaab. some are now being recruited by isis. we asked a somali leader in minneapolis how they'll stop potential loan wolfe attackers -- lone wolf attackers within their community. you can prevent even one of these kids from recruiting one other person two other people to go into the mall with guns and think this they're going to become some kind of hero? some kind of martyr? >> we believe we think it won't happen because thanks god we have the best men and women in the law enforcement that engage our community. and our community is working with the law enforcement. >> reporter: brian todd, cnn, minneapolis.
>> that's the problem. even though the united states authorities are saying there's no specific or credible threats here the problem is the appeal to those lone wolves. someone who's a little unhinged perhaps, who wants to go out -- >> we've seen a few examples all over the world. it's unlikely to see a west get-style attack at the mall of america. it is huge. it has much better security. at times like this, you'll want to take every precaution you can. >> people need to be valley view bridge land. >> precisely. u.s. president barack obama is urging congress to approve new funding for the department of the homeland security saying the economy would suffer if it doesn't. the department's spending authority is set to expire at midnight on friday. >> in a speech to state governors at the white house on monday mr. obama added that delaying the new funding would also put america's national security at risk. >> unless congress acts, one week from now more than 100,000
dhs employees, border patrol port inspectors tsa agents will show up to work without getting paid. they all work in your states. these are folks who if they don't have a paycheck are not going to be able to spend that money in your states. it will have a direction impact on your economy, and it will have a direct impact on america's national security because their hard work helps to keep us safe. >> republicans in congress have voted to fund homeland security but the bill would reverse the president's executive orders on immigration. so senate democrats blocked this bill for the fourth time on monday. tensions are sure to skyrocket on the korean peninsula next week. north korea's military is gearing up as the u.s. and south korea prepare for their annual maneuvers. plus another round of winter weather slams part of the u.s. and it's crippling one of the nation's busiest airplanes.
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out look appears grill -- the outlook appears grim for two men on death row in indonesia. they were convict as part of a drug smuggling ring known as the bali nine and received death sentences. >> indonesia's president says the men's executions will go on as planned. he also warned other countries ton intervene in -- not to intervene in indonesia's right to use the death penalty. earlier we heard from sky news international editor stan grott. >> what does this mean? effectively the final legal avenue has budget exhausted here -- has been exhausted here. the process will now continue. authors in indonesia have been saying that they are likely to move the pair from their current prison in bali to an island prison where they will be executed. and they expect to move them by the end of this week.
once they arrive on the island it will be 72 hours from that point on that they'll be executed by firing squad. >> reporter: attorneys for the australian men say they will appeal again. the u.s. and north korea say joint -- south korea say they will begin flexing military muscle. >> pyongyang see its as pure aggression and has unveiled new missiles and technology as it prepares for the worst. >> paula hancocks is tracking the story and joins us live from seoul with the latest. these drills happen every year. pyongyang would have its people believe it's a prelude to war. what's the real story here? >> reporter: experts are pretty split as to whether or not pyongyang does believe what it says when it believes -- when it says that these drills are basically an exercise a practice for invasion as they announced in a north korean
newspaper this monday morning. or whether or not they're just using it as an excuse to up the rhetoric to testfire missiles of its own, new technology as you say. of course it is winter so winter military drills would happen in most countries anyway. north north korea would be doing this. of course the announcement is march 2nd next monday circumstance the day the joint drills between the u.s. and south korea start, and publicly at least pyongyang is not happy. the wigger the explosion the more impressive the fly-by the bigger the smile. forecast korean leader kim jong-un appears -- north korean leader kim jong-un appears to have a fascination. he spent more time visiting military barracks and soldiers last month than any other public be appearance.
the state ideology of military first is alive and well. >> a dictator managing his dictatorship needs to ensure that the military and the security forces are loyal. so that's part of that going on surveillance missions or monitoring commanders going out and giving field guidance that ensure that they are loyal. >> reporter: pyongyang spends almost a quarter of national income on the military according to state department estimates. far more than anywhere else in the world. a focus that comes at the expense of its economy and its people. the military unveiled new technology test firing new anti-ship missiles as well as regular short-range missiles. the top u.s. commander in south korea told washington last october he has concerns about the rate of pyongyang's development in a number of areas. >> capabilities include several hundred ballistic missiles. one of the world's largest
chemical weapons stockpiles a biological weapons research program, and the world's largest special operations force as well as an active cyberwarfare capability. >> reporter: imminent joint military drills between the united states and south korea are annoying pyongyang as they do ever year. more north korean drills and shows of strength can be expected as can a colorful uptick in the country's anti-u.s. rhetoric. most observers believe that should be a calmer training season than 2013 when tensions were higher on the peninsula than they had been for years. . the u.s. and south korea insist the annual war games are defensive in more. that doesn't matter to pyongyang. there was a meeting a couple of days ago where kim jong-un told his military this he wanted full combat readiness. errol? >> paula i'm wondering if anything suggests the drills will be any more dangerous than
usual. in your report you suggest some experts think the opposite. >> reporter: this is a big year for north korea. this is the year where they will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country's foundation. so certainly they have some big plans, some slogans have already been announced to commemorate the event. we know from north korean officials in their anoums that they'll will have -- announcements that they will have large celebrations. we don't know the details, but it's an important year. the milestones and anniversaries are celebrated very closely, very carefully in pyongyang. so there is a school of thought that any military confrontation beyond the usual ratcheting up of rhetoric may be a distraction in pyongyang. at least that is the hope here in south korea. >> we soon shall see. live from seoul, south korea, just past 5:20 in the afternoon there. thanks. a shore break now. the family -- a short break now. the family of a slain american
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the e.u. commission says it's received the list of reforms proposed by greece under its four-month bailout extention. >> the proposals will be reviewed and must be approved before any more money is released. this information just coming in to cnn this past hour. earlier, though the greek finance minister gave cnn a preview of what's in the proposals. >> the reforms that we have tabled concern corruption tax evasion, and even worse problem, tax immunity which concerns the well to do in this country. this are provisions for dealing with the nonperforming loans of the banking system that are preventing the credit circus from functioning properly. ? is an important chapter on the crisis that's emerged as a result of the failure of the policies of the last five years. >> journalist linda lavrpuru
joins us via skype from athens. we were speaking last hour. we know now the reforms are in place there. but we talked about the fact you said that they were written in a way that they would be approved. do explain that to us. >> reporter: well, i think what this means is that at this point we're looking at a general plan of reforms. you know some key phrases there that combating corruption and tax evasion, proposing a better tax system more structural reforms rather than focusing on fiscal reforms that we have now. it's a program not so much focused on austerity but also reforms that will proposal growth. i think what we're likely to see in the near future is a more detailed plan about how this is going to take place. the reason for this the reason that we're getting this initial list today is because time
serial of the essence. greece is in the bailout program until the end of the month. inner for greece not to fine itself -- in order for greece not to find itself without that extention, without getting more time, we're getting a first grammy a preliminary agreement if you like. this is if all eurozone countries agree to what greece is proposing. and then more time for the details to be ironed out in such a way that everyone agrees. what we're likely to see in the next four months during that extension is the two-month extension given to greece in order to decide what the exact reforms are and have them voted in in another month, two months to implement them. during that period there will be assessments by the creditors. this is an extension to the bailout that we're looking at and not necessarily something that's going to give more money to greece. that will be decided in the end.
so for the next four months provided this agreement goes through today the eurozone the euro group ministers agree to this we're likely to see greece slowly coming up with more solid solutions. >> all right. that is certainly what they need at this point. reporting live from athens. we apologize to our viewers for the sound quality and the visuals there. many thanks to you, though. still to come, despite a cease-fire agreement, fighting rages on in eastern ukraine. what russia's president says about the possibility of all-out war with ukraine. plus outdated weapons don't stop peshmerga soldiers from taking on isis. up next the man who keeps them fighting on the front lines. plus a winter storm brings isis snow to the state of texas leaving many drives there stranded -- drivers there standed.
welcome back to those of you tuned in from the u.s. and all around the world. this is "cnn newsroom." our last half-hour of the day with me i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. want to check the headlines this hour. "the guardian" newspaper and al jazeera say they obtained leaked documents which show israel's intelligence agency contradicted benjamin netanyahu's claim back in 2012 that iran was close to building a nuclear bomb. israeli officials say there is no between mossad and the israeli prime minister. cnn has not verified the
documents. palestinian sources tell cnn israeli troops shot and killed a palestinian man during a military raid in bethlehem. they say clashes broke out overnight between palestinian youth and israeli troops at a refugee camp there. the 19-year-old of hit in the chest by stray bullet. turkey is helping search for three british teenagers believe to be on their way to syria and to join isis. they flew to turkey last week. the parents of a scottish woman-turned-isis bride think their daughter may have recruit the girls on line. indonesia's president says the executions for two australian men will go on as planned. a late attempt to spare their lives has failed after a judge rejected their appeal for clemency. the two were sentenced to death in 2006 for their role in a drug smuggling ring. the russian president says
that war with neighboring ukraine is "unlikely." >> vladimir putin was answering a question from russian media regarding the conflict in the neighboring country. >> translator: i believe such an apocalyptic scenario is unlikely and hope it will never get to that point. regarding the return of territories, these things are of revengeful nature and it is not about the return of territories somewhere. it's about the fact today's in my opinion government of such a big european country as ukraine should first of all bring the country to a normal life. normalize the economy, social atmosphere establish relations with the southeastern part of the country in a civil way, and ensure legitimate rights and interests of the people who live there. i'm confident it will be done if the minsk agreements are upheld." the mr. putin's comments come as ukraine says it cannot start pulling back heavy weapons as required under the cease-fire
deal. they've accused pro-russian rebels of firing rockets and artillery on villages in eastern ukraine on monday jeopardizing the deal already in place. the ukrainian military says it refuses to pull troops from the front lines as long they're under attack. want to bring in our frrpt donetsk for the latest on the conflict. of course the backdrop as we just reported president putin saying it's unlikely there will be all-out war with ukraine. but in the midst of this, we're looking at a cease-fire hanging by a thread. talk about the situation on the ground there. >> reporter: kiev says there were 12 cease-fire violations overnight. we heard a lot of shelling on the outskirs of the city of don esk, not just in the direction of the airport where there is continued fighting but also in other parts of donetsk over the course of the night. and there is also reports of shelling inny about adult several where of course there --
in debaltseve where of course there were fighters for the rebel side and on the coast near the sea. there are continued violations which is why the ukrainian military say they are not going to withdraw any of their heavy weapons until the guns fall silent. now, the deputy defense minister of the danesque people's republic -- donetsk people's republic state this morning that the rebels have started to pull weapons back. we haven't been able to verify that claim. i want to talk to you about yesterday in donetsk which was a day really of celebrating the achieveless of the rebel soldiers. let's take a look at the what that day of like. rebel soldiers listen out for their names. a roll call of men honored for their service in battle. today in donetsk, it's a public holiday. defender of the fatherland day,
borrowed from russia. night entertainment for the troops even a wedding ceremony. i asked one woman beaming in the winter sunshine why she has a flag of stalin. "stalin was also fighting against fascism, and he won," she says. "we also want to have a victory like he did. stalin also brought catastrophic hunger to eastern ukraine. that's forgotten now in a city where russia can do no wrong. this is all about meeting the people's needs. their most basic needs, food putting on a show for them. also a chance for the rebels to really drive home their agenda. which seems to have a very clear message -- >> you see all people here they think that ukraine is between russia and usa. >> reporter: in amongst the hugs and good cheer, there's also a
sense this war is not done. >> there is no way back. we will fight that the last. we must finish what we started. >> reporter: a little girl mini rebel in the making recites the poetry her grandma taught her, an an. "i ask god for the rebels' victory," she says. "they will kick out the fascist filth. how many people must suffer? how many children? how many old people?" she speaks the rebels' language. wants to fight on their side when she's old enough to carry a real gun. the rebels say that they are hoping to get up to the donetsk airport either today or tomorrow in order to start clearing away the bodies from the fighting there. and they say that they are waiting on the accord of the ukrainians to make sure that there will be no firing when they go and to that.
and that that's a written piece of agreement that's not yet come through. >> i do want to go back to the comment from putin. it's astounding begin what is happening on the grown there and has been happening in the last weeks and months. him saying that it's unlikely now that there would be war between russia and neighboring ukraine. what are we to make of the comment? >> reporter: putin has made various claims all the way alock long which seem to bear little relation to the fact on the ground. and the primary premise this he's always stated is that russian troops are not involved in this conflict. and that clearly is not the case from what we have seen in all of our months arresting on this conflict, from what nato says from what the ukrainians say. so to say that the idea of ukraine being at war with russia
is an apocalyptic scenario when russian troops are on ukrainian soil helping the rebels doesn't seem to bear much relation to reality. it is contingency with the propaganda campaign that has been coming out of moscow in which this is a fight of the pro-russian peoples in the east for independence from a government that is infringing their rights. and this is sort of in line with that message. rose necessary. >> thank thanks for bringing us the latest from donetsk in eastern ukraine. the iraqi defense minister says he's upset with the u.s. pentagon for talking about a timetable for an offensive to retake mosul from isis. >> a central command official said it would likely take place in april or may. the defense minister says the military should never show its hand to the enemy. the kurdish peshmerga
fighters have been fairly successful at taking territory away from isis. our senior national correspondent, ben wedeman, has been on the front lines with them and joins us live from irbell. ben, it is quite impressive. how are the peshmerga able to maintain territory? they have lost some of it. but they aren't armed as heavily in some cases as isis fighters. >> reporter: no indeed. in fact they're well outgunned by isis. isis of course having the advantage of picking up so much of the heavy equipment, humvees, artillery, rifles, left behind when the iraqi army fled from mosul last june. so really the kurds are outgunned, but those are people that were before fighting against the regime of saddam hussein and now are fighting against isis. they have a lot of experience, and they just have to make the most with the little they have.
the sparks fly in the subterranean workshop in erbil's old city. he's busy repairing a battle-battered ak-47 assault rifle. all day and well into the night, this 36-year-old gun repairman fixes the aging weapons the peshmerga, the kurdish military force in northern iraq used to fight isis. "this soviet-era machine gun is older than he is," he explains and is jamming after four or five bullets. he's been at the job since he was a child. this picture taken when he worked in his father's workshop in 1990. in the more than 25 years he's been in this business he's never met a weapon he couldn't fix. this 47-year-old peshmerga fighter has come from near the front lines at kirkuk. easy things we can fix ourselves, he says. bigger problems we bring here.
he makes house or rather trench calls, regularly traveling to the front lines to repair free of charge damaged or malfunctioning guns. business picked up dramatically last summer when isis seized near business by mosul and threatened irerbil and hasn't let up since. "before i was working every day from 9:00 to :"he says. "i wished early every single day." the no more. now the workshop echos with the clatter of gun repair. that is when he's not peering down the barrel of machine guns and pistols to check their sites. his hard ever task today is repairing a lipinski nell-pocked, u.s.-made m16 which tells a story in itself. he says it belonged to the iraqi army then into the hands of isis fighters. when of damaged, and its last owner killed in a coalition air strike. soon it will be working again, this time aimed at isis.
and the chatter in that gun shop when we were there as he was repairing that m might have 16 was that it was ironic that it's only through isis that the kurds can get the american weapons they so desperately need. >> ben, as we zoom out from the battle on the front lines, overall i guess we can focus on iraq. has isis been pushed back? to they still have momentum? how do you see thing? >> reporter: in the north it appears that their momentum has come to a skroeching halt. and really -- a screeching halt. and really the plans according to the kurds is to retake those parts of kurdish territory that isis continues to occupy. if you look at the broader picture in iraq it's much more grim. today the special u.n. representative to iraq put out a statement expressing extreme concern over what they believe is the kidnapping and killing of a substantial number of
civilians in the baghdadi area of anbar province. that's very near the assad air base where hundreds of u.s. personnel are based. now, they believe that it was isis, of course, that did the kidnapping and killing of the civilians. they called. the iraqi government and the international kmount to do what they can to elizabeth -- community to do what they to liberate the area. the iraqi army for itself continues to be in a fairly dismal situation. they have the weapons they have the ammunition but the command structure, the training, that's something americans are working on. it's definitely a work in progress. errol? >> yeah. and that certainly takes some time. our ben wedeman with the latest information there from northern iraq. 20 minutes to noon there. ben, thanks. more of the day's biggest stories here on cnn after this short break.
hitting the united states yet again. this time in the south. in texas, the ice storm crippled one of the nation's busiest airports, dallas/ft. worth. that's where an inbound flight hit a patch of ice and slid off the taxiway while heading to its terminal. all on board were okay we're happy to report. >> the storm has brought high winds and freezing rain covering highways with sheets of ice. check that out. authorities advise people to stay off the roads. as you see some drivers in dallas did not take that advice. >> yeah. take a look at this pileup near amarillo in texas. more than 25 cars and trucks were involved early monday. no one thankfully was seriously injured. another busy airport right here in atlanta has canceled hundreds of flights as wintry weather impacts the region. we have our meteorologist, pedram javaheri, joining us in the studio. what is happening in atlanta? we know it's not really good
when you combine snow and -- >> major problems that was the case about a year ago. >> it will shut everything down. >> you getting tired of the story? i am as well. the crime rates across major cities have plummeted. >> silver lining. >> however, when everything falls out, people -- >> the thieves like to be warm. >> in new york city actually 12 consecutive days until last week. they went 12 consecutive days without a single homicide. attributing -- contributing to cold air. cold silver lining. absolutely. here the national perspective you see about everyone on the eastern half even cross portions of, say, the four corner states eastward exceptions are california and working back toward the west coast. florida, working back to the west coast in california. and parts of, say, wyoming into montana seeing temperature at or above average. the end result when you have this much cold air in place, the
great lakes, 8 .4% covered in ice. this time last year it was only 67%. last we're we peaked at over 92% record and we're ahead of that pace. the southern united states 25 million people under winter weather advisories and storm warnings. radar imagery, zoom in for a closer perspective. over 1 0 flights canceled over atlanta. inbound and another 150 or so outbound. you take a look, we have sleet moving across northern areas of the metro atlanta area. this looks to be the case the next couple of hours. by :10:00 in the -- 9:00 10:00 in the morning, we could see more snowflakes. nothing sticking around but a secondary storm system wednesday night. yet again, atlanta could get in on more additional snowfall there on wednesday night into thursday morning. that's the perspective there. want to quickly tell you to south america. the rainy season in full swing. lock at the footage coming out of areas around peru.
significant rainfall leading to some large-scale flooding across the region. in fact the buildings here, a thatched going down under the rainfall. rivers bursting their banks. some 12 bridges have washed away. 25 fatalities. and some 200 schools destroyed or damaged by the floods that have taken place in recent days. since sudden into sunday, some areas -- saturday into sunday some areas seeing a foot of rainfall, 300 millimeters. a lot of water for a lot of people. leave you on a brighter note. take you to the state of wisconsin. what do you doduyou do with all the snow? a giant snowman. >> that's a good effort. >> 22 feet tall. >> people coming to see that? >> i think so. that's a traffic cone. >> thank you very much. more of the world's biggest
breaking news now. a fifa task force has recommended a shorter world cup in qatar in 2022. >> that's right. fifa is the international governing body of football. the task force would also like to see the 2022 world cup held in the winter. on this breaking development, we want to bring in the executive editor for world soccer magazine. joins us live on the phone from london. so what do you make of this quite surprising development? >> reporter: well it has been in the cards i think for several months. this they would go for a winner slot. the question was which month. it seems they have decided that november and december is the time to go for. the basic idea was that the original dates, normal dates for
world cup, june and july would be imnobl qatar because of -- impossible in qatar because of the heat in the summer in the desert. they have decided to go for a winner world cup, a revolutionary one step. you might call it a giant step for world soccer. >> considering you have football players from around the world this will be participating in this event, what will the impact be to the regular football schedules now that there's a winter world cup? >> the impact will be enormous. but mostly it will hit europe because the european clubs provide 75% of the players who compete in the world cup. and all the superstar players. it means that a great big hole is garbed in the middle of the traditional european season which is going to upset the clubs and the leagues. >> the selection of qatar in and of itself was controversial. there are also questions of how the workers in qatar would be able to make the stadiums that
would be able to accommodate such a huge event. executive editor for "world soccer" magazine speaking to us from london on this breaking development that fifa has recommended to hold the 2022 world cup in winter during the months of november and december. we want to talk about the academy awards. a star-studded event, hundreds of millions of people tuning in worldwide. sunday night's show brought if far fewer viewers than expected. >> that's right. just 36.6 million americans watched the oscars this year. that's down about 16% from 2014 when ellen degeneres hosted. these are the lowest numbers since 2009. hundreds of millions of people around the world tuned in to watch the academy awards. there were far fewer viewers than expected. i feel like we did just mention that. we want to reiterate these important points.
>> for those who did watch the oscars, you may have noticed actor john travolta getting touchy feeling with a couple of the leading ladies. jeanne moos takes a closer look at the star's hand-on approach. >> reporter: john travolta walked the red carpet with his wife but got called on the carpet for what happened on stage with iodine -- i-dina menzel. first she got revenge mangling his name like she did hers last year. >> my dear friend glom gasingo. >> reporter: then he glommed on to her face. >> my darling, my beautiful -- >> reporter: the comparisons range from mr. spock's mind-melding moves -- ♪ to the vp who does creepy old guy better. it may seem vice president biden has the edge with his hands-on newsling. the defense secretary's wife to the daughter of a senator.
travolta earned the hash tag "creepy uncle john." i for one was not creeped out. that face cupping was a bit. he was an actor acting. leave john two violet alone. travolta -- john travolta alone. travolta re-created the moment. >> apparently i played with her chin too much. >> reporter: and got flack for planting a surprise kiss and hand on scarlett johansson. think she looks peeved? no. watch the video. this is what was found on his architecture of scarlet's gown. >> i want to feel it. oh, that's totally working -- >> reporter: travolta explained why he bierchutchered the name last year, saying hoe of so star struck meeting golden hawn backstage that he didn't pay attention when any told him the name had been changed on the
teleprompter to phonetic spelling. >> i thought huh? >> reporter: he call her adele dazeem. gaffes that are over in the blink of an eye. what do we do? >> milk it scarlet, milk it. >> my beautiful, my -- >> so many awkward, uncomfortable moments. those smiley face cartoon characters you see in texts and emails they're about to get a lot more diverse. apple plans on introduce a new set of emortgagies featuring different skin tones. >> this is in response to critics who demanded more options. you see the new options here. the changes are planned for apple's next software upgrade later this year. lock out for that. this is really good news. >> a great story. >> single mom in the u.s. state of north carolina just had hear entire life changed in a really good way. >> yeah. marie holmes just got her share of a whopping $564 million
powerball jackpot. she had to split it though three ways because there were two other winners. homes still get $127. she's not complaining. she says she will use the money it travel and give her four children a comfortable life. >> anything my kids ask for i can get. i don't have to tell them no. >> reporter: are you good at telling them no? >> yes. >> still a mom officials say homes' new york is large the largest under california history. >> this is grate. maybe this will help. this has been i'm rosemary church. >> errol barnett. "early start" is next for those of you in the u.s. for everyone else, stay tuned for max foster in london.
. the clock is ticking on a homeland security shutdown. senate majority leader trying to find middle ground. what does mitch mcconnell propose? and is this the woman who lured three british girls from home to join isis in syria? a new focus on the isis bride as officials from britain and turkey try to find the missing trio. freezing rain and ice. look at that. sent a plane skidding off the runway. trucks dangling from