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world ♪ ♪ outrage. public and political outrage, over the death of jeffrey epstein. as questions remain about what he was doing and who might have been involved. five missile tests by north korea in a little over two weeks. why is the president praising kim jong-un and criticizing a close ally? also this hour -- >> i was imagining it was one of them that got shot and the others saw it. >> the 2020 candidates get emotional talking about gun
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violence while laying out their plans for reform. it's ahead here this hour. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world, coming to you live from atlanta. i'm natalie allen. this is "cnn newsroom." jeffrey epstein, the multimillionaire who once boasted a stunning array of famous and powerful friends is dead. epstein was being eheld in jail accused of running a sex trafficking ring. he was found unresponsive in his cell saturday morning and pronounced dead in the hospital. prison officials call it an apparent suicide. his death comes after hundreds of pages of revealing documents was unsealed, detailing sex
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claims involving the millionaire. >> reporter: jeffrey epstein had been held in metropolitan correction facility since early july. he pleaded not guilty when prosecutors questioned him about sex trafficking. he was ordered to stay at the federal facility. prison officials say epstein was found dead in his cell early saturday morning. shocking news for epstein's accusers who continue to speak out since his arrest. >> did jeffrey epstein rape you? >> yeah, he raped me. >> reporter: she was angry at news of his death. i am jeffrey epstein won't have to face the survivors of his abuse in court. we have to live with the stcars of his actions for the rest of our lives. an attorney for epstein called
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for an investigation into epstein's death and released a personal statement blaming prosecutions, judges, the press and jail workers for his death. all of these actors seemed to bear a responsibility for this calamity. epstein's death comes less than 24 hours after thousands of pages of revealing documents were unsealed in a case of an epstein accuser. the suit was filed by virginia juffrey, when she says that epstein kept her as a sex slaves for years. one of the men she supposedly had sex with was prince andrew in 2001. in denying her claims, they said, this relates to
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proceedings in the united states, to which the duke of york is not a party. after getting news of epstein's death, her attorney tells cnn, the reckoning by the voices of brave victims should not end with jeffrey epstein's suicide. we hope that the government will continue to investigate the scheme that damaged so many. he had struck a controversial deal with florida prosecutors. and the following year, he pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges, spending 13 months in custody. he got work release privileges that allowed him to go to his office every day. epstein argued that that should be why he shouldn't be prosecuted in new york. lisa bloom is a victims'
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rights attorney. she represents several victims and joins me now from los angeles. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. you sent out a statement from one of your clients. i am angry as hell that the prison could have allowed this to happen. that i and the other victims will never see him face his actions. you stole from us a huge piece of healing that we needed to move on with our lives. i'm going to get to the prison in a moment. but i want to ask you. his accusers have been hurting for some time. but what about now with this outcome? >> it's an emotional, painful day for them. it's been a long journey just for them to call me, to find out what their legal rights are. and we've been working with law
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enforcement behind the scenes, helping law enforcement while protecting their anonymity. they've been thinking of filing a civil suit for months. we thought it was best to work with the criminal system first because that was more important. we're resolved to go forward with a civil case. the death of epstein means that a criminal case against him dies. but the civil cases can go forward, the money cases. how they have been so hurt, the psychological injuries, the ruined careers. and we plan to go after jeffrey epstein's estate and make sure that the victims are compensated from those moneys. >> let's talk about the challenge will. rudy giuliani told cnn that epstein was the mastermind. without him, it becomes harder. how much harder will it be to prosecute any coconspirators?
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>> on the criminal side that may be true. i don't know what evidence the southern district of new york might have against other potential coconspirators. so far, only jeffrey epstein was charged with crimes. even though one of his crimes was conspiracy. i always thought it was odd that nobody else was charged in that conspiracy. perhaps prosecutors continue to look at it. i look at it from the point of view of victims. one of my victims, how upset she was, how justice was denied. another woman i spoke to today said, i have ace sense of relie. even in jail, the victims were afraid that jeffrey epstein might retaliate against them. there's emotions for different victims. there's different people he has harmed. >> absolutely. allegedly were victims in all kinds of ways in different homes in different states, in
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different hundreds for that matter. it's not like there's one collective victim here. i want to talk to you about the fact that he was on suicide watch in prison. and he was taken off suicide watch and apparently committed suicide. what are your thoughts on that? >> it was irresponsible to take him after suicide watch, after an apparent attempt. this is a high-profile guy, who had bail denied. more information was coming out about him every day. he was spending a lot of time with his attorney. people like that, who lose so much so far, are always on suicide watch. it may not be a conspiracy theory. it may be that a guard was not
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looking out when he or she should have been. but something went wrong here. >> right. what are the chances that the women you represent will see some sort of justice, do you think? >> we're not giving um. i've fought other billionaires. another billionaire that is accused of preying on women. i'm going against another one on monday. i'm used to fighting these guys. but this is different because jeffrey epstein is now gone. and his money presumably is left in a will or a trust. and i'm calling upon his family and colleagues to do the right thing. hold the assets. let the victims come forward with credible claims and prove their claims. and give the victims in jeffrey epstein's death, the justice and
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the compensation they were denied in his life. i'm sure people around jeffrey epstein, his family and friends, are better human beings than he was. after all, that's a pretty low bar. they are probably more embarrassed they were associated with him. now, do the right thing. let the victims get compensated so they can go on with their lives. >> right. specials those associated with him, what about the rich and powerful and in some cases, famous men implicated in the documents that were unsealed in are these men free and clear now? >> well, there are criminal investigations. those investigations turn on victims coming forward. people call me every day and say, i have information. i don't want to get involved. i'm afraid.
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and i say the only way that the justice system is work, is if people speak out. the only way i can win a trial is with witnesses. we need live witnesses willing to take that risk. as attorneys, we help them. many women have won before and have been brave. if there's other vim out there who are victims and who know about other men, now is the time for them to reach out to an attorney. and they should feel relatively safe and secure. the primary is dead. north korea is slamming the south for hosting joint military drills with the united states. it is threatening to lock seoul out of future talks if the war
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games continue. the north is showing off what it says is a new weapon, personally seen by its leader, kim jong-un. they released these pictures on saturday. images like these have led to the u.s. and north korea trading threats in the past. but u.s. president donald trump looked to downplay things on saturday. on twitter he said, the north korean leader wrote him a nice letter and wants to meet as soon as the drills end with south korea. and he said he was sorry about missile tests and looks forward to seeing the dictator in the future. it e it's an unusual dance. what do you make of the president's tweets? >> an unusual dance and hard to
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follow. when you look at what the president has put out there, one might struggle to believe that south korea is one of the strongest allies of the u.s., certainly within this region. the way he's fortraying it seems expressing frustration at south korea. and seems like north korea is seizing on that opportunity. we are looking at a statement that came in a short time ago, from a senior official from north korea, using the president's words, saying the president seemed to be okay with the short-range missile tests, as long as they weren't nuclear and they weren't intercontinental ballistic missiles. they see it as self-defense. they are using champipresident s words for support in the last two weeks or so. >> absolutely. despite the back and forth, with kim jong-un and president trump,
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after all of the meetings, there's not been forward movement in anything credible as far as denuclearization since they met over a year ago in singapore. >> even since they met in late june. in two weeks or so, they were going to come to some sort of agreement. seems south korean leaders aren't holding their breath on that one. as i arrived late saturday, got off the plane and checked my phone. our team was updating us. it was two hours after the most recent launch. and i wasn't sure what i would encounter here. it didn't seem like there was panic or concern. at dinner, families were out, folks were together, along the riverwalk, enjoying a cooldown after a hot, humid day.
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no mention of a missile launch a few miles away. that seems to be the new norm. in a stood out to me. >> thank you, david. pro democracy protests are under way in hong kong for the tenth-straight weekend. thousands are marching in the streets, bringing their pro democracy demand to the world. protesters have gathered in the most public park. ivan, what is the situation there? >> this, officially, the police have announced, is an unauthorized assembly. we've been standing and watching for more than ten minutes, as the crowd streams past peacefully, even though the officials have issued a warning, an appeal, for this crowd to go home. we're in the tenth week of these
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protests. they've taken a number of different forms. here, a mix of demographic. you have young people, families with their kids. senior citizens. i've seen people in wheelchairs, as well. the opposition movement has five demands for the government. key among them is withdraw of the extradition law, which is government has said was killed but not gone. cnn met with an official this week who made it clear there would be no compromise on the part of the government or the central government in beijing. instead, the violent protests must come to a complete stop, before there can be any movement to deal with the grievances of the protesters. this is not a violent gathering
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here. we've not seen any sign of the police, any sign of confro confrontation yet. what we see is after ten weeks, there's still a substantial part of the population who will come out in 70% humidity, who will take their weekends to protest this, despite being charged with criminal offenses. natalie? >> ivan, thank you very much. let's cross to victoria park and see what the situation is with ben wedeman. hello. >> the resolve is present here. we have thousands of people, as ivan mentioned in hot, humid weather, who are gathered in victoria park. this, unlike the march that ivan
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is at, has been issued a permit by the police. there's a movement by some to move and march, but that has not been offici been approved. the government is not budging as far as the five demands the protests have put out. but they are determined to continue with this protest. and what we've seen over the last two and three days, that passive sit-in at the airport. that's been the focus on the protests this weekend. speaking with protesters, they will bring up the five demands. but fundamentally, they are worried that the arrangement worked in between the u.k. and
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mainland china in 1997, that this would be a one-country, two-system arrangement, is beginning to fall apart. the extradition bill was the beginning of the erosion of the firewall. they have different legal systems and different political systems. and the worry is, gradually beijing is asserting more and more control and power over hong kong, long before 2047, when hong kong will become completely a part of china. one country, one system. natalie? >> and that seems to be something that the young people refuse to accept. ben wedeman for us and ivan watson, following developments. thank you both. separatists in southern yemen move against government positions in aidan, provoking an
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angry backlash in saudi arabia. we'll have a live report from the region on this developing story. also, the democratic presidential candidates making promises about gun violence if they're elected. are any of them doable? we take a look. ♪ work so hard ♪ give it everything you got ♪ strength of a lioness ♪ tough as a knot ♪ rocking the stage ♪ and we never gonna stop ♪ all strength, no sweat. ♪ just in case you forgot ♪ all strength. ♪ no sweat secret. all strength. no sweat. so chantix can help you quit slow turkey.key. along with support, chantix is proven to help you quit. with chantix you can keep smoking at first and ease into quitting. chantix reduces the urge so when the day arrives, you'll be more ready to kiss cigarettes goodbye. when you try to quit smoking, with or without chantix, you may have nicotine withdrawal symptoms. stop chantix and get help right away
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the situation in yemen is flaring up again. the saudi-led coalition there says it has attacked what it describes as a target posing a direct threat after armed separatists captured the presidential palace in aidan. aidan is home of the internationally recognized government backed by saudi arabia. it was ousted from the capital sanaa in 2013. separatists have agreed to calls for the cease-fire by the saudi-led coalition. riyadh in saudi arabia, is demanding the separatist withdraw from held positions seized in recent fighting.
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sam kiley joins us from abu dhabi. break down what's happening now and how this might affect the ongoing turmoil in yemen. >> in the first instance, natalie, we've just spoken to a local journalist on the ground in aden. he said that separatists dominate the whole city. and relative calm is coming to the city, perhaps in observation of two realities. the fighting is over because one side has effectively or appears to have won. and secondly, perhaps a response to the agreement to respect saudi calls for a cease-fire. there was an air strike. we understand from our colleague on the ground this was inside the presidential palace, following the capture of the palace, by the southern transitional council forces. but the locals on the ground interpreting this as a warning, if you like, from the saudi arabian s.
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let's have a look at what this means for the so-called coalition which so far has been focused on fighting huuti rebels in the north. we have two elements of the coalition pitted against each other, each with backing of different arab supporters. on one hand, you have the southern transitional council, who have been backed by the united arab emirates. and the other side, the government, backed we saudi arabia, with a significant element of a group called isla. the council would allege are linked to the muslim brotherhood and seen as dangerous for the future of yemen. meanwhile, the southern separatists have never made any bones about the fact that they want to have a semiautonomous
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region or autonomous region in yemen. their name is separatists. you have a complete splintering of the coalition that has backing, notably from the united states, in their fight. but not for struggles that at the moment, could jeopardize a humanitarian effort and efforts to feed 20 million yemenis. >> you reported on that aspect. it seems the citizens always caught in the middle. all right. sam kiley, with the latest on that. now, we want to tell you about a story developing in libya. the u.n. says three of its staff are dead after a car bomb exploded in again benghazi. this came amid talk of a
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cease-fire. the truce was supposed to last through the'd ail ahad da holiday. we'll take a short break. when we come back, gun control in the united states. becoming a major topic on the campaign trail. the democrats give proposals to end gun violence. that story when we come back. she said, get the one inspired by dentists, with a round brush head. go pro with oral-b. oral-b's gentle rounded brush head removes more plaque along the gum line. for cleaner teeth and healthier gums. and unlike sonicare, oral-b is the first electric toothbrush brand accepted by the ada for its effectiveness and safety. what an amazing clean! i'll only use an oral-b! oral-b. brush like a pro. (inhale, exhale) air wick you don't live in one corner. fragrance shouldn't either. air wick's new technology releases fragrance upwards and outwards unlike febreze.
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welcome back to our viewers here in the u.s. and all around the world. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm natalie allen with our top story. the u.s. justice department has opened an investigation into the death of multimillionaire and
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accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein. he was found unresponsive in his cell saturday. the bureau of prisons calls it an apparent suicide. a source says he was taken off of suicide watch in late july. north korea says its leader has overseen the launch of a new weapon. it released these images of kim jong-un on saturday. and they come as u.s. president donald trump says, he's looking forward to more talks with mr. kim. the north korean dictator wants to meet after the end of drills with south korea. authorities in russia are confirming an explosion at a testing last week involved radioactive materials. russia's nuclear energy company says five scientists were killed. the company says they died as a result of a test on a liquid
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propulsion system. pro democracy protesters are marching in hong kong for the tenth-straight weekend, demanding things from the government, including greater rights and a bill proposal that would extradite to china, they want that bill withdrawn. communities in the u.s. and mexico are remembering the 31 people who died last weekend in 2 mass shootings in the u.s. there was a mass on saturday for the eight mexican nationals killed in el paso, texas. the alleged gunman told police he was targeting mexicans when he opened fire, ultimately killing 22 people. >> translator: it was a very strong blow to mexicans. a very strong blow to those of the border. we're a united community.
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we're a community that feels very sad about this situation. >> translator: i'm nobody to forgive. if he were close to me, i would tell him, you know you did wrong. and god forgive you because i can't. meantime, one of the nine victims gunned down in dayton, ohio, was buried on saturday. he had only been in the united states for a couple of years. the subject of gun violence is obviously a hot topic on the campaign trail. many of the democratic presidential hopefuls laid out their plan to curb violence at a forum saturday in this key state of iowa. >> reporter: 16 of the 24 presidential candidates came to this gun sense forum here to lay out their investigation to combat the issue of gun violence in this country.
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senator elizabeth warren layed out a new policy proposal that aims to cut down the gun deaths by 80%. joe biden was on stage talking about the impact of the movement from gun violence survivors and those families that have lost loved ones to gun violence. listen to what he had to say. >> what i am going to do if you choose to make me your president, is turn what you have a cause into a movement. things have changed. we're not any longer just talking about the major things that have to be done, relating to dealing with gun violence in america. we have to educate the american public. >> reporter: you've also heard the democratic contenders criticize president trump, saying his message has divided the country.
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listen to what kamala harris had to say. >> people say to me, did donald trump cause those folks to be killed? no. of course, he didn't pull the trigger. but he's certainly been tweeting out the ammunition. >> reporter: there was a lot of talk about policy but there was also emotional moments. the most emotional, coming from california business andrew yang, who was asked a question by a woman whose young child was killed by a stray bullet. listen to andrew yang's reaction. >> i have a 3-year-old and 6-year-old boy. just imagining -- i was imagining it was one of them that got shot and the other saw it. that scene she described, i'm sorry, it's affecting. when there's a gun in the household, you're more likely to get shot or to kill an intruder
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in the house. those are just numbers. >> reporter: that was one of the more emotional moments about this forum. you're hearing more and more, the democratic candidates talking about gun control in the wake of the mass shootings last week. let's talk about it with thomas gibb. he's a lecturer in political science at university college lan london. thank you for being with us. >> thank you, natalie. >> you just heard on the campaign trail. we had one candidate who broke down. and you had kamala harris saying president trump didn't pull the trigger but tweeted out the ammunition. a lot of passion coming from the democratic side. the bottom line is, what will come from it? what are your thoughts? >> unfortunately i'm pessimistic about the prospects of any change happening at least between now and 2020.
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there will be a lot of window dressing and lip service that republicans give to the issue of gun control. but ultimately, because of the power and influence of special interests, particularly the national rifle association, it will be difficult to get a coalition onboard, particularly of republicans to address this gun issue. if there is going to be a change, it will require a political affiliation over guns. we're going to continue to have the same conversations that were downed in this vortex of negativity and tribalism and polarization. >> a reconfiguration. how could you see that? can you envision that? >> the key way this can be done is to reframe the issue. less around guns and more around the issue of homeland security. ultimately, this really is a domestic terrorism issue.
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some of the gunmen, particularly in el paso, being motivated by an ideology. it's like religious extremists that have attacked the united states from abroad. homeland security and national security is an issue that republicans in the past have been able to get behind. they had an advantage on this issue. i think that if the issue can be framed more along those lines and less along just the lines of, are people able to have guns? if so, under what conditions? it's more than likely to create the conditions for change. >> right. if you get it away from the political spectrum, one candidate posed the question, can we talk about this issue without it being politicized. that stops it right there, doesn't it? >> exactly. both sides are so intractable. both sides have dug in their
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heels so much. both on the right and the left. there's very little room for compromise. little areas for the political coalitions to actually come together without feeling like one side won and one side lost. the extent that you can create a win-win scenario, that's more likely to promote change in washington. >> what about the nra? the controlling gun lobby in the united states. they're having internal problems. could that effect the equation? >> the national rifle association, for the last two or three decades has been extremely effective at maintaining their relatively hard-line agenda. they've taken a no compromise approach. and unfortunately, it doesn't seem like they're willing to bend. they're knonot willing to be
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flyable. there could be strains with the organization. i think they know what they're doing and what they want to get out of this. and unfortunately, because they pulled the purse strings of so many politicians, it becomes very difficult for republicans, particularly, to go against them because they fear that if they do, that the national rifle association is going to come into their district, pour money in that district, endorse candidates and they will be out of office. it's their life in professional politics. >> right. but the nra has been having money issues. $30 million went to the campaign of donald trump. it remains to be seen how that might affect who they suppor and how. one final question -- where does this put donald trump? >> it puts donald trump in a
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tricky situation. he's made nods that he's open to change. background checks and other measures designed to limit and restrict the supply of guns and the ability of individuals, m particularly with mental health issues to obtain guns. he's also reliant on the national rifle association, just like all republicans are. every time you see him say something like, i'm open to a change on guns, at the same time, that's coupled with a comment about how he's still supportive of the national rifle association and how he's been a huge advocate, particularly with the judge appointments on that issue. it's a tough notion to balance there. >> when he refers to the nra, he refers to it as wayne, the first name of the head of the nra. we appreciate your insights. thomas, thank you. >> thank you. coming up here, russian
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protesters are answering a government crackdown with more demonstrations. why are they in the streets? we'll have a live report from moscow coming up here. y! good job, brain! say hello to neuriva, a new brain supplement with clinically proven ingredients that fuel five indicators of brain performance. neuriva.
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tens of thousands of people took to the streets of moscow saturday, to demand free and fair local elections. you can see the treatment of people that took to the streets. a monitoring group said hundreds were arrested at some 50,000 people rallied in the russian capital. it's being called one of the country's biggest political protests in years. demonstrators demanding independent candidates in moscow elections.
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many fed up with the policies of vladimir putin. fred is in moscow. >> reporter: it's interesting to see the longevity of the protests. over the past couple weekends, a few demonstrators turn up and a lot of arrests in moscow. yesterday, a lot of demonstrators turning up and fewer arrests. the protests that but i think the authorities were surprised how many people turned up. it was awful weather. was around 50,000 people that turned out to demand that the local elections have the opposition candidates. the authorities put the number a lot lower, not surprisingly.
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they said it was about 20,000 people. but nevertheless, it was a giant turnout that took place. the protesters are saying they want those candidates to be able to participate in the elections. there was opposition candidates that were arrested before the protests took place. the leader has been in jail for a while now. another big issue is police brutality. people say they've had enough of that and they want change. the longevity will be interesting to see. whether next weekend the russian authorities will allow another one of these rallies again. >> i want to talk about another story from russia. what are you learning about the mystery explosion at a russian
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testing range. some people working there have died. >> yeah. that's where the messaging has been all over the place, and instilled the confidence, nationally, as well. there was a big explosion at a testing area in the north of the country. originally they said it was an engine that blew up. the authorities said there was no rise in radiation. and the local authorities said there was a small rise of radiation for a short period of time. that statement was deleted and the military said there was no rise in radiation.
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five people were killed in that blast. some were blown into the sea and found dead there. i want to read to you a statement. the tragedy occurred during works related to the engineering and technical support of isotopic sources in a liquid propulsion system. something radioactive going on there. about a year and a half ago, vladimir putin came out and said russia wants to develop what he called a radioactively powered cruise missile, natalie. >> all right. a story we will continue to follow. thank you, fred. an actor goes to oversea what migrants are facing in the mediterranean. what richard gere is saying about it. do.
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lending his voice to the jeffrey crisis. >> we're here on the "open arms" boat. i just arrived here. we brought as much water and as much food as we possibly can, for everybody on the boat. >> reporter: actor and activist richard gere visited rescued migrants on a ship, stranded in the mediterranean. >> the most important thing for these people here is to get to a freeport. to be able to get off the boat and get on land and start a new life. >> reporter: the group of 120 migrants, which includes 32 chi children, was rescued on august 1st, by open arms. but authorities blocked the boat from entering port in italy and malta. when richard gere heard news of the boat's plight, he reached
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out. soon after, he was bonding with families and showing pictures of his baby son. in recent years, an escalating migrant crisis has led many countries to tighten controls, as tens of thousands land on their shores. 38,000 migrants have made it to europe by sea so far this year, according to the united nations. and 839 people have perished trying to make the dangerous crossing from north africa. back on land, gere compared the crisis to america's own immigration troubles on its southern border. >> and it will stop, if we say stop.
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