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standing down, the u.s. is not planning to strike back after iranian missiles hit a base that houses american troops. >> new plane crash details, what witnesses telling investigators about that deadly crash in iran. and mexit, prince harry and meghan markle announce they are distancing themselves from the rest of britain's royal family. hello, and welcome to viewers here in the united states and of course all around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm michael holmes, welcome to "cnn newsroom." ♪ welcome, everyone, we begin
with the crisis between u.s. and iran where trump administration officials tell cnn even a single american casualty from tehran's missile strikes would have resulted in a u.s. attack on iran. instead, the strikes left only moderate damage, not casualties. iraq's prime minister says his country got advanced notice of the strikes and warned the u.s. >> after days of threatening ani annihilati annihilation, president trump took a somber tone at the white house wednesday. he still bragged about u.s. military might but seemed intent on deescalating the situation. take a listen. >> all of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military basesmebases. our great american forces are prepared for anything. iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.
>> some u.s. officials are suggesting iran's missile strikes missed areas populated by americans on purpose, that the attack was meant to send a message, but top u.s. military leaders insist iran intended to kill u.s. troops. >> and of course cnn has the story ko story covered throughout the region. you monaca ra chi is live for us in baghdad. >> and diplomatic editor nic robertson is in the saudi capital riyadh. there was a new rocket attack aimed at the green zone in baghdad. after all these attacks, what's the mood there? >> reporter: well, you know, it's not unusual, rosemary, to have these sort of rocket attacks in baghdad targeting the green zone. usually there's no claim of responsibility, but they're believed to be the work of iranian backed shia paramilitary
groups here in this country, and of course when you look add it in the context of the current situation, that is why people get concerned when they see these sorts of attacks, and you know, while it does seem like that the crisis between the united states and iran is headed towards deescalation, at least for now, people still are very nervous here. they're really worried that it's not over and that it is iraqis who are caught up in the middle of it all. you can hardly tell ballistic missiles struck iraq just a few hours earlier, but iraqis have seen it all. life here seems to be one endless cycle of war. 30-year-old mohammad has lived through an american invasion, a civil war, and the terror of al qaeda and isis. >> translator: we are a nation used to bloodshed he tells us. we're not afraid of anything. whatever happens, we're not
afraid, but we want the iranians and their militias to leave iraq. shaped by decades of war, iraq is now trapped between its two allies facing off in a dangerous confrontation on its soil. >> translator: we're emotionally exhausted. why should we be dealing with their problems. iraq's not the only country with u.s. bases. go target them elsewhere. >> reporter: here in downtown baghd baghdad when you speak to people some blame iran for the current situation. others blame the united states for this escalation, but the one thing almost everyone here agrees on, they want iraq left out of it. but for years now iraq is where a bloody proxy war has unfolded a passer-by interrupts. >> we want everybody to be silent and to leave this country
in peace. i want to raise my grandson. i don't want him to die. we know this game. we know this is a game. >> reporter: but it's a game so many iraqis have already paid for in blood. >> and rosemary, iraqis are not just worried about a confrontation between the united states and iran here in iraq, they're also worried about these rising tensions between iranian backed proxies and the united states. we have heard from these shia paramilitary groups saying that, you know, at this point while they are -- they seem to be toning down their threats, they have made it clear they want rust troops out of the country, and they're vowing that if the united states does not leave, if they try and stall, that they will fight them like they did during the years of the u.s. occupation here. >> all right, bringing us that
live report from baghdad. many thanks. >> good to see the reaction on the street there. lets go to the saudi capital riyadh, that's where we find nic robertson our diplomatic editor. so more u.s. sanctions. i'm just curious if you think that the calculus has changed because of this when it comes to iran and how they are handling this basically ongoing downs with the u.s. >> reporter: yeah, it's been to and fro. it came to that escalation, it was sanctions, then iran hitting tankers in the gulf and more u.s. sanctions, maximum pressure. iran hitting the saudi oil facilities, iran's proxies after more u.s. sanctions then targeting u.s. bases in iraq, and then the killing of qassem soleimani and then iran's response, and then president trump says, yes, he thinks there's an off-ramp here, but he put some more sanctions. so what's iran's go-to position
going to be? it has been to ramp up tensions through violence. do they believe that now the rules of the game have changed and that is no longer an option because the united states has made it clear that it's willing to target some very sense itive iranian targets, qassem soleimani being foremost amongst them, that's what has the eyunid states allies in the region troubled as well. they wonder has iran's calculus changed, saudi arabia, is it still going to be the recipient of attacks from iran, attacks from the yemens, houthis, but there's another part of the puzzle as well that will trouble riyadh, and that is president trump really looking at this as an off-ramp to make compromise as he talks of bringing in and increasing nato's role in the
region. that is something that would certainly trouble allies like saudi arabia, like the united arab emirates and others in the region. the concern here in riyadh is what comes next, far from out of the woods, and president trump's actions seen as, yes, needed but at the same time destabilizing and not clear where his final end goal is, and that at the end of the day, doesn't bring the certainty that the saudis and other u.s. allies want here, michael. >> yeah, i mean, nic, it would probably be fair to say that even stepping back from the brink put iran, u.s. aside in this, iran's not going to change its activities in the region in terms of its influence or disdain for america or what it wants to happen in the region generally. this may be diffused, but it's not going to change that, is it? >> no, i mean, iran says very clearly that the presidenit wan
u.s. troops out of the region, that it is not going to change -- it has not indicated it's going to change its policies, which sort of built its strategic depth and strength in the region, which is building and strengthening ties to other shia groups, particularly militia groups because that's the way they see they can extend their influence in the region, and of course that's what the united states, that's what the europeans, that's what other gulf states see as iran's detrimental effect in the region, that it wants to extend its influence through these military proxies in the region, and that's the rights of sovereignty of the countries where they do that, and that's seen as very destabilizing, and there's no indication that iran is about to change that because it sees that as its sort of strategic depth and power in the region in a region where they feel they are the -- you know, they're under pressure as a minority. they're going to find ways to fight against that.
>> nic robertson live for us in riyadh in saudi arabia, nic, thanks so much. rosemary. well, michael we have this breaking news on the ukrainian airliner that crashed shortly after takeoff from tehran. iran says the jet was on fire before it went down killing everyone on board. an initial report also indicates the plane changed direction because of an unknown problem and then tried to turn back toward the airport. the cause of the crash remains unclear. for more cnn's scott mclean joins us now from kiev. so scott, iran is refusing to hand over the two black boxes retrieved from the crash sites. how do investigators get closer to finding out the cause of this tragedy? >> reporter: yeah, it could be some time, obviously you mention that initial report that this plane was on fire in the sky, which seems to be backed up by some bystander video that showed up online as well.
and rosemary, i have to tell you, you know, we're here at the airport and there's just been a steady stream of people coming to pay their respects. the president here, volodymyr zelensky has declared a national day of mourning here. he was actually here earlier this morning to add to the massive and growing pile of flowers that have been dropped off by people here. there were 11 ukrainians on board that flight. you can see their pictures there, nine of them were crew members. two of them were passengers. there are no easy answers for these families, though. initially, the reports had been that this was some kind of a mechanical failure. then the ukrainians came out and said they had ruled out terrorism before backtracking saying their investigation is still very much wide open. there were three pilots on board that flight. they had a combined 31,000 hours of experience. that's the equivalent of flying for three and a half years continuously, and so because of that rich experience level, the airline was really reluctant to
even -- to even consider the possibility that this could have been some kind of pilot error. we know that this plane had maintenance done on it just two days ago. this was something that the airline calls 48-hour maintenance, something that's done every two days, and at that time they say that there was no issues, certainly nothing that would have affected airworthiness of this aircraft. as you said, the iranians are not going to turn over the black boxes to boeing, which may complicate this investigation, but the ukrainians are sending 45 people -- in fact, they've already sent, already arrived in tehran, 45 of their own investigators to try to figure out what happened here and also try to repatriate some of those remains. >> tragic for the victims and the families, and of course wanting some answers here, and they won't come anytime soon. scott mclean, live for us there in kiev, thank you so much. well, a royal couple makes a
surprise announcement, coming up, apparently even buckingham palace was unaware of prince harry and meghan's plans. we'll explain. ion. one or two clicks and everything was up and running. i was printing out labels and saving money. shipstation saves us so much time. it makes it really easy and seamless. pick an order, print everything you need, slap the label onto the box, and it's ready to go. our costs for shipping were cut in half. just like that. shipstation. the #1 choice of online sellers. go to shipstation.com/tv and get 2 months free. i got this mountain bike for only $11. dealdash.com, the fair and honest bidding site. an ipad worth $505, was sold for less than $24; a playstation 4 for less than $16; and a schultz 4k television for less than $2. i won these bluetooth headphones for $20. i got these three suitcases for less than $40. and shipping is always free. go to
welcome back. britain's prince harry and his wife meghan markle, well, they're defining new roles for themselves, and apparently it was news to the rest of the royal family. they announced that they are stepping back from their senior roles in the monarchy and plan to become financially independent. they also plan to divide their time between the uk and north america. anna stewart joining us now live from buckingham palace in london. it's rather extraordinary, anna, perhaps even unseemly dare i say it in how this has publicly unfolded without family consultation. it's not how the royal family does business, is it? >> reporter: no, and if you think about it, prince harry ask his wife the duchess of sussex work for the royal family as part of a family business if you
will. so you can imagine that there is a certain amount of shock here, that they were unaware that the couple was going to release that statement. buckingham palace said we understand their desire to take this approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through. i want to show you some of the headlines this morning. we have the sun which is going with megxit. civil war as harry and meg quit the royals. we have the daily mail, queen's furious, harry and meghan say we quit, and of course the daily mirror, they didn't even tell the queen, and the statement is shocking in itself, but i think the idea that the royal family weren't aware they were going to release this statement was actually shocking people more. i've been speaking to some of the royal mega fans who attend all royal events. they just told me that they feel they now have to choose and that they are very disappointed with
the sussexs. michael. >> yeah, is there any sort of explanation of what we're going to become financially independent means? i mean, is he going to get a job? what would it be? >> reporter: see, that's the line i'm most intrigued by to be honest. how will they be financially independent? currently around 5% of their income comes from the taxpayer, my papers have just flown into green park, michael. and then 95% of their income is derived from prince charles, the prince of wales. whether or not that will still be the case. you're right, they will need to derive some income by themselves. it's hard to see how they can do that, particularly if they still want to be independent of royal family. any job they will get will be a courtesy due to their royal presence, their royal titles. that brings me to another question, their royal titles. the duke and duchess of sussex, will they keep the hrh titles, that remains to be seen. so many questions, and frankly
the palace hasn't had time to b a sosh it a absorb it. >> i'm going to keep you out in the wind because it's fun. you're delightfully wind swept, only you can carry that off. could meghan return to acting perhaps? >> that's a big question. i think she's made it very clear in the past that she won't be acting any more. it's likely that they'll be doing more charitable work. they actually say in the statement they'll be launching a new chapter, a new charitable entity. perhaps that will replace the foundation, the sussex foundation, which is also fairly new. they split off from prince william and the duchess of cambridge foundation. they created their own, it looks like they might be creating another one in the next few months. so many questions. i hope we get some answers. some conversations are had between family members. >> to be a fly on the wall.
nobody does wind swept like you anna stewart doing well there, delightly ca delig delightfully calming here. a new south wales is pledging close to $700 million to help communities rebuild from the ongoing bush fires. officials say 2019 was the hottest, driest year on record there. conditions which have fueled hundreds of fires around the country since september. the smoke has gotten so bad firefighting helicopters have been grounded, but they were able to fly on wednesday and cnn's anna coren was on board for this exclusive report. >> reporter: a break in the weather, visibility at 900 meters. this helicopter was finally given clearance to fly. on board, the air attack supervisor for the new south wales rural fire service.
>> because it's been so smoky and everything, they've got very little intel on exactly what the fire is doing, so they tried to just get some eyes in the sky. >> reporter: since the border fire that crossed from victoria into new south wales roared through parts of the far south coast over the weekend decimating townships, firefighters have been unable to get an aerial view of the monster they're battling until now. with a front stretching more than 60 kilometers wide, it's burned all the way to the sea engulfing one of the largest employers, the wide chip mill. as the smoke billowed and will continue to for weeks, possibly months, this enormous woodpile nearby lies untouched as does the jetty. >> they've protected that well. >> reporter: the priority for firefighters isn't the massive blaze burning out of control, but rather the smaller fires that have jumped containment lines posing new threats to homes and townships. >> there will be a lot of hot, you know, smoldering stuff near
the edges of the fire there, as soon as that hot, dry, wind comes in it will activate the fire again and it will start moving. we're now over the top of aiden township. visibility has been better down here. >> reporter: this is the first time the rural fire service has been able to take to the skies here on the far south coast of new south wales to assess the full extent of the fire damage. smoke has just been too thick grounding full aircraft for days. those water bombing aircraft have just been activated allowing them to hit those fire hot spots as much as possible before conditions deteriorate on friday. two blackhawks soon appeared as ian and pilot nick kennedy directed them to nearby dams to fill up their 3,000 liter buckets with water and extinguish identified hot spots. but it was georgia beach, the
ericson sky crane that made the biggest impact. >> just like clock work. >> reporter: sucking up 9,800 liters of sea water at a time. she got to work dousing the flames. after two hours in the air, it was back to base to refuel before heading out again. >> the fire from my opinion is a bit closer than i originally thought so we'll continue to monitoring and working with the ground crews. >> reporter: for the specialized pilots who have been part of ael attack there's nowhere else they'd like to be. >> no one likes to see property lost. they just want to get to work. >> anna coren, new south wales australia. >> and for more on how you can help the victims of australia's bush fires you can visit cnn.com/impact. >> and by the way, 2019 wasn't just a record setting year in
australia, it was the second hottest ever on the planet. the car pun kis climate change service says the only year that was hotter was 2016, and it wasn't hotter by much, turns out the last decade is considered the warmest on record. think also said most land areas were warmer than average in 2019, especially eastern and southern europe, southern africa, and no surprise australia. for our international viewers a cnn special, the global energy challenge is coming up next. and for those of you in the u.s., we will be right back with more news.
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welcome back to our viewers here in the united states, i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm michael holmes. now, donald trump says iran appears to be standing down after its missile attacks on iraqi military bases housing u.s. troops. he addressed the nation on wednesday making it clear that any further provocation from iran would have severe consequences. >> administration officials say even a single u.s. casualty from iran's missile attacks would have resulted in a u.s. military response. for now, the president says he will impose punishing new sanctions on tehran. u.s. defense secretary mark esper and joint chiefs chairman general mark milley say iran intended to kill americans with its missile strikes, but others
in the administration are suggesting the strikes avoided u.s. targets on purpose and were only meant to send a message. >> chief international correspondent clarissa ward is in erbil in northern iraq. iran targeted that city as well as al asad air base in central iraq causing moderate damage but no casualties. >> reporter: it was extremely eerie to be flying in to erbil at night. the airport was essentially deserted. ours was one of the only flights that have not canceled because one of the missiles that fell in erbil actually landed within the perimeter of the airport. this is obviously extremely important place strategically for the u.s. it is the heart of the fight against isis. a lot of special forces operatives working in and around this area. that fight is now frozen, but we did notice in our hotel roughly 100, if not more, u.s. military contractors, they had essentially been evacuated from
places like baghdad, also from the balad air base amid fears of continuing attacks. the assumption was that erbil was the safe place to send people, but iran sending a powerful message last night that no place is essentially beyond the reach or completely secure from the reach of their missiles. >> clarissa ward there. now, if things between the u.s. and iran worsen again, and we all hope they do not, you just really need to have a look at a map like this to get a sense of what a target rich environment there is for iran or its many proxies whethn it comes to u.s. troops. the u.s. has tens of thousands of troops in the region overall. they've got 12,000 in afghanistan alone, and despite his campaign promise to bring american forces home, president trump is instead sending thousands more that way. some of them on their way as we speak. now, you've got kuwait down
here. there's 13,000 u.s. troops, and that, of course, is a key hub for the u.s., often used as a staging ground for deployment to iraq and also to syria. you've got bahrain down here. now, they've hosted american forces since world war ii, now 7,000 troops are there, and of course the u.s. presence in saudi arabia has always been controversial. that dates back to the gulf war. the kingdom currently hosting 3,000 u.s. troops. and cnn military analyst and retired air force colonel cedric layton joining us now from washington. always good to see you. first of all, i want to ask, what do you make of this disagreement between the secretary of defense and top generals about whether iran was trying to kill u.s. service members as opposed to the widely held belief that they deliberately avoided doing that to head off a massive u.s. reaction? what's most likely true? >> well, it's -- i think it's
going to be interesting to see how this actually plays out, michael. one of the big things with intelligence, of course, is sometimes it can be used to satisfy different viewpoints, but in this particular case, my sfi suspicion, my initial thought was the way in which the iranians programmed their missil missiles, targeted their missiles, it seemed to me that they were deliberately trying to avoid engaging areas in which americans lived and iraqis lived, so there seemed to be some effort at least to avoid contact with americans and to avoid killing them, so that i think is something that at least needs to be taken into consideration. >> iranians view killing a bunch of u.s. soldiers would result in massive retaliation. there's also questions that remain about whether there was an imminent threat that required all of a sudden the killing of qassem soleimani. plenty of members of congress
aren't convinced. how important is it that that evidence is shown or is the administration just saying because we told you so? >> well, the administration loves to say because we told you so, and that's not necessarily something that's unique to the trump administration, but you know, having said that, i think it's very important in this particular case and actually, particularly for this administration, that they be very careful and very deliberate in letting people know that there was, in fact, an imminent threat, in other words something that was going to happen because of qassem soleimani that would actually resulted in the deaths of americans. if that can be shown to senators and to congressmen, then that would go a long way to assuaging their concerns, if it can't be shown that becomes another issue that obviously there's something else and that's something
congress should be very concerned about. >> agree entirely. i mean, you would think if there was some massive plan afoot and you took out the head guy, the plan would still happen. it was interesting i was reading today, the iran backed shia militia, they were saying that it is time for iraq to respond to the killing of soleimani, and whether that happens or not is beside the point. it speaks to a bigger issue. iran has many proxies in many places, not all of them under direct command or control from tehran. what is the risk that one of those proxies acts unilaterally independently? >> i think the risk is very high. in many cases as you know from your experiences over there, a lot of these militias will swear some degree to tehran or some other entity that appears to be above them, but they do act independently, and in many ways it's very much a decentralized execution element, in other words they have somewhat
centralized command and control. but when it comes to executing operations, they do so at a time and a place of their choosing, and in those situations, it becomes very dangerous, and these militias, these groupings could very well act independently and actually cause a great deal of damage potentially leading to misunderstandings that could lead, once again, to bringing both the united states and iran to the brink of open hostilities. >> exactly, unintended consequences. is it fair to say that stepping back from the brink in this situation, in the real world it's not going to change iran's activities in terms of, you know, regional influence, military activity, keeping their tentacles in regional affairs. i mean, that doesn't go away since this current crisis is diffused for now surely? >> that's right, none of this will go away. i mean, we're looking at, you know, in essence it's looking at the top of the ocean and
thinking that there are no waves in the ocean, but we all know that there are waves always present in the ocean, and those waves can, you know, become a massive tsunami if we're not careful. the iranians have a very big organization that is steeped in, you know, growing their tentacles into various places throughout the middle east, and the more influence they think they have, the more they want to grow that influence. there is a lot more that's going to come of this. the iranians are not going to change their behavior because it's completely ingrained not only in their way of life but also in their way of doing things when it comes to actually engaging in political and military operations throughout the region. so they're going to be doing a lot of things that the united states wants them to stop, and it's going to be a challenge to any type of effort to preserve the peace in the middle east or to diffuse tensions between the u.s. and iran, and that, i think, will be the big challenge because at first you'll see this, and you'll say, okay,
everything's done. everything's fine, but the truth of the matter is beneath the surface it's still very rough down there. >> great analysis as always, cnn military analyst and retired air force colonel cedric leighton, thanks as always. >> you bet, any time. >> we'll take a short break, president trump boasts about america's energy independence, a closer look at the u.s. demand for oil from the middle east. plus, former nissan chief carlos ghosn breaks his silence in an interview with cnn opening up about his escape from japan where he is charged with financial crimes. we'll be right back. until we tried finish quantum. finish quantum's three chambers scrub, degrease and shine to get our dishes truly finished. it's not clean until it's finished! - do that are degrading?ideo tapes, film reels, or photos, legacybox professionally converts them to dvds, thumb drive, or the cloud. legacybox is simple and safe,
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it's a better class of sale. emirates. fly better welcome back, everyone. well, in his address on the iranian strike, president trump outlined his vision for a revised role in the middle east. he claimed america no longer needs oil from the middle east, so washington's strategy in the region will change. for more on this, john defterios joins us now from abu dhabi. good to see you again, john. so president trump claiming the u.s. has this energy independence. is that the case? >> growing independence, i should say, but it certainly is not there yet, rosemary, but it really has nothing to do with president trump's policies. this happened well before he showed up to 1,600 pennsylvania avenue. it is the number one producer in the world. crude oil 13 million barrels a
day, all the products that's 18 million barrels a day. here's the rub, there's a gap of about 2 million because america consumes 20 million, and they still need that oil from the middle east. take a look at the chart here. the number one and two suppliers going into the united states, saudi arabia and iraq. saudi arabia, in fact, owns the largest refinery in port arthur, texas, in the united states, so the ties are still very tight between saudi arabia and the united states. where the u.s. is a major game changer is in the natural gas market. it's now competing against the major players, russia, qatar, and australia, and president trump is so aggressive on this front he's putting sanctions on companies working on a pipeline coming from russia to germany. so he's out to disrupt the market, take credit for it even, but they don't have energy independence in 2020. not yet. >> and john, president trump also implied that nato partners should get more involved in the middle east. talk to us about that, and of course how relevant the strait
of hormuz is for energy security? >> well, we know it well because it's only a five-hour drive from abu dhabi. it's got a fantastic view going across the strait to iran. it is fascinating. it's the choke point, if you will, to the world. in fact, president trump wants others to share in the burden of policing it because of the 100 million barrels a day consumed around the world, a fifth of it comes from oil producers around the strait. it is used as the key passage point to the rest of the world. if you had problems there and the uae minister of energy told me in an interview yesterday we could see prices shooting up well above $100 a barrel. a decade ago it was $140 a barrel because of demand but also chaos here in the region. the president wants to have it both ways. he wants the americans to still have influence in this region, but he's talking about burden sharing, so we have already britain and japan policing the ships going out of the strait. he's now calling on nato to do the same. the u.s. has all these troops
here, but what's going to be the foreign policy of donald trump in the future if he's reelected. do they stay a prevalent player or not? >> right, many thanks, john defteri defterios. thank you. >> thanks. >> and you can learn more about how energy supplies and demands are shifting around the world with john's series of reports. just watch at cnn.com/globalenergychallenge. carlos ghosn is a wanted man, but he's hardly laying low. more than a week after his daring and rather mysterious escape from japan, the former nissan ceo was out in front of the cameras giving a news conference in lebanon. he claims his arrest in tokyo and the charges of financial wrongdoing against him were all part of a plot to oust him as head of nissan renault. ghosn says he's not running from justice. he's fleeing injustice. >> i would be ready to stand
trial anywhere where i think i can have a fair trial, anywhere, but the only reason for which if i was -- if somebody could guarantee to me, which was not the case of my lawyers. when i asked my lawyers many times, and they will tell you that in japan, will i have a fair trial, they were very embarrassed. they told me we're going to do everything for you to have a fair trial. and they kept saying this to me, which worried me a lot. >> after that news conference, ghosn sat down with cnn's richard quest for an interview and spoke more about his escape. >> the moment the plane is in international space and you pretty much know it's going to land in lebanon, what was that moment like? >> well, as you know, it was not going to land in lebanon. it was going to land somewhere else, but i -- >> but then after that. >> i felt relief. i felt relief, yes, i felt
relief. and you know, the first thought i said is finally i'm going to be able to see my wife. that's my first thought. >> i'm just going to go for this and hope you're going to give me an answer. what was it like in the packing case? >> no comment. look, freedom, freedom no matter the way it happens is always free. >> interpol has put out a red notice that ghosn is wanted by japanese police and he's being summoned to face questioning about all of that in lebanon on thursday. and coming up, justin bieber has made a startling revelation about his health. >> we'll tell you what the singer is saying about it next. when we started our business we were paying an arm and a leg for postage. i remember setting up shipstation. one or two clicks and everything was up and running. i was printing out labels and saving money. shipstation saves us so much time. it makes it really easy and seamless.
welcome back, justin bieber says he's had a rough couple of years battling lymes disease and a serious case of mono nuke leo sis. the singer sharing that news in an instagram post as one does these days, and said he would explain more about his health in a docuseries on youtube as one does these days. >> indeed, and the news comes after the 25-year-old released yummy, his first new solo single in more than four years. lyme disease is a treatable infection caused by bacteria commonly carried by ticks.
much like your favorite characters from star wars, samsung believes you should have your own robot wherever you go. i'd say you should. this is bally, the new personal assistant unveiled at the consumer electronics show in las vegas. >> it looks a bit like a tennis ball, doesn't it? it is much more than that. samsung calls it a life companion. oh, for goodness sake, really? has it come to that? that's a bit sad. if you spill something, bally's built in camera can spot it and tell your smart vacuum to clean it up. if an older person falls he'll see that and call for help, and he can entertain your pets and let you keep an eye on them remotely. >> probably all i'll end up with it. >> that's sad. don't end on a sad note like that. >> thanks for watching "cnn newsroom" stay with cnn for
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