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welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. we have reports this morning from jerusalem, sydney, tokyo, the white house, india, london, south africa and mexico city. this is "early start," i'm laura jarrett. >> and i'm christine romans. it is friday, may 21st, it is 5:00 a.m. exactly here in new york. we begin with a ceasefire. will it hold? at this hour israel and hamas are in the early stages of a fragile ceasefire bringing an end to 11 days of blood shed and destruction for now. the two sides, though, are
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further apart than ever. hadas gold joins us live from jerusalem with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, christine. this ceasefire took effect at 2:00 a.m. local time overnight but even in the minutes leading up to that 2:00 a.m. hour there were still red alert sirens going on in southern israel, still reports of air strikes, but after 2:00 a.m. everything went quiet. there was fears amongst israeli officials that in those last few minutes there might be a barrage of rockets launched perhaps towards tel aviv or perhaps even jerusalem but that did not happen. the quiet does seem to be holding so far. the ceasefire coming about after egyptian negotiators were the mediators between israel and hamas and, of course, after that i know creasing pressure from the u.s. from president joe biden who spoke to netanyahu six times in recent days over this military campaign. and on the israeli side the military feeling as though they had reached most of their objectives, they wanted to degrade hamas' ability to launch
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rockets towards israelis, wanted to target hamas commander houses and especially this tunnel system that runs beneath the gaza strip, the israelis saying that that was a key part of the hamas operations how they were hiding weapons, moving people about, but israel never launched a ground offensive like they did in the past, clearly thinking that that would be perhaps a step too far, just sticking with this air strikes and of course the offensive along the border, but now the question is what comes next? of course, gaza needs to be rebuilt, the u.s. said that they will help lead the effort. this will cost billions of dollars. this will take some time and there will be concerns amongst international donors how they can make sure that all of this money that will be funneled into the gaza strip will go to these humanitarian efforts and not towards militants, not towards militants trying to build more tunnels or build more weapons, more rockets, how they will make sure this will actually go to those civilians who have been so deeply affected. of course, hundreds dead, tens
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of thousands have been displaced within gaza. and then the underlying issues are still of course in place. the political divides between -- within palestinian society and i think very importantly is this tension between palestinians and israel, between the arabs and jews within israel itself. that is still a tinderbox that could be set a flame at any moment. despite a ceasefire with the militants in gaza there are still so many tensions on the ground. secretary of state blinken says that he plans to visit this region very soon within the next coming days to try to talk to everybody about a path forward. christine. >> hadas gold in jerusalem. thank you for that. the family of ronald greene demanding answers after police body cam video shows a drastically different story of his death. family members say police told them greene died in a car accident after a police chase, but video obtained by the ap shows greene begging for mercy, saying, i'm sorry. being tased repeatedly.
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you can hear greene screaming and moaning on the ground as an officer puts handcuffs on him. you can hear him there. another kicks him several times. his sister saw the video for the first time on wednesday. >> this is a cover up on so many levels, from the emts to the troopers to the senate, the governor, the da. we've been getting the run around since day one. i'm saddened by the reality of the world that black and brown people have to live in in this day. it's not our american dream. i'm still on the hunt and on a chase for finding justice for my brother, period. >> one officer is on administrative leave in connection with a separate incident. another officer received a 50-hour suspension. a third officer actually died in a car crash in september. in a statement the louisiana state police would only say they did not release the video and
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have been directed by investigating agencies to not release any evidence. >> this louisiana case raises an important question of trust and how that trust is broken when what police say simply does not match up with what happened in reality. in case after case body cam footage and cellphone video reveals shootings, a knee to the neck or just outright lies billed adds unfortunate routine encounters somehow gone wrong. in 2014 a south carolina police officer originally said that walter scott went for his taser and he felt, quote, threatened, but bystander video surfaced showing scott running away as the officer michael slager shot him in the back five times. in chicago initially police claimed laquan mcdonald lurched at officers with a knife yet dash cam video which the city fought to keep hidden showed the 17-year-old walking away as he was shot 16 times by officer jason van dyke. last year originally police released a statement saying
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george floyd died after a, quote, medical incident during a police interaction. no mention of tark chauvin's knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. in the lastity exam we just told you about, louisiana state troopers told ronald greene's family he died after crashing his car into a tree during a high speed police chase. we just showed you the video. that's not what happened at all. instead officers dragged greene face down, handcuffed him, punched him, kicked him, tased him as he pleaded with them, i'm sorry, i'm scared. those are just a few of the cases that we know about and, christine, the part that disturbs me the most is what happens when the cameras are off. >> it's a matter of trust, isn't it, with police departments. that's the bottom line that you're laying out here. it's the trust. how do we trust what's in those police reports and what police departments are saying when video was showing such a drastically different picture. >> it's a matter i think of good journalism 101, right? we have to treat all of our sources with a certain level of skepticism. it is no longer okay to just
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repeat police say when we so often see the video shows a diametrically different picture. >> police say or police claim, two different kind of verbs to use there. thank you so much, laura. the economy is reopening and booming and employers are scrambling right now to hire. many raising their wages to attract and retain workers as we come out of the covid pandemic. under armour, amazon, walmart, chipotle, mcdonald's all raising their starting pay. bank of america has doubled its starting wage over the past decade to $20, now vows $25 per hour by the year 2025. it's economics 101, the fastest way to fix a labor shortage is to pay more. this is good business. strategist greg valier says they need to retain labor and this is an interesting twist, inoculate themselves from criticism from the populist left. remember many of their companies
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have deep pockets, give a lot of money back to shareholders and the biden administration is looking to corporate america to help fund his pro-worker agenda. now, the pandemic of course disrupted the labor market, the bureau of labor statistics reported a record 8.1 million job openings in march. 8 million open jobs. that's why more than 20 states led by gop governors plan to stop extra jobless benefits for their residents. the biden administration says it's unable to continue those payments that are being slashed in those states, just can't do it. republican governors call that benefit a disincentive to work. it is one reason on the margin, you know, for the first time ever many restaurant workers, for example, have had a living wage and they got that being unemployed during a crisis. but that's not the whole story. schools are still hybrid in big parts of the country, there are child care shortages right now, women have dropped out of the workplace to manage health care and education crises. getting people back in the job market won't happen overnight. you have to work ought all those kinks and you have to pay people
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enough. no coronavirus patients for the first time in 14 months. that's a major milestone at the san francisco general, one of the bay area's biggest hospitals. it's part of a broader trend we're seeing. covid hospitalizations in the u.s. are now at 30,000 on average. it's still a lot, but it's actually the lowest since last september, but the pace of vaccinations here is the thing to pay attention to, it's down 46% from its peak last month. some states are hoping cash and other incentives will help. "early start" has the pandemic covered coast to coast. >> reporter: i'm vanessa yurkevich in new york. next week vaccinated americans could hit jackpot. here in new york if you get the covid-19 shot at a state-run vaccine clinic you will get a free lottery ticket. the vax and scratch ticket has prizes up to $5 million. and the maryland lottery will award $40,000 to a vaccinated marylander every day until july 4th with one final drawing of $400,000.
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that's a total of $2 million in lottery winnings. and ohio was the first to offer five $1 million prizes last week and two days later more than 25,000 people got vaccinated in a single day, the highest number in weeks. >> reporter: i'm erica hill. starting june 1st michigan will lift all outdoor capacity limits for gatherings and boost indoor limits to 50%. on july 1 the state will take what the governor is calling the final step, lifting broad mask and gather orders, although governor whitmer did note businesses can still require masks. >> reporter: i'm lucy kafanov. iowa's republican governor on thursday signed a bill into law that bans school officials and local jurisdictions from implementing mask mandates, calling it a victory for individual liberties, she said that the state was putting parents in control of children's health. under the new law public and private schools can't require school employees, students or
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visitors to wear a facial covering while on the premises. texas and florida which have republican governors have passed similar measures. >> reporter: i am leyla santiago at the south beast wine and food fest, this is one of the largest events to get back up and running after the covid outbreak. on the surface it certainly feels like things are back to normal but it's not like pre covid. just to get in there are temperature checks, digital screenings, they have rapid testing on hand and they're asking anyone who is not eating and drink to go wear their mask, but, remember, it's a food and wine fest so that's exactly what they're doing. a lot of safety measures in place for what organizers said a few months ago they didn't even know if this would happen. >> reporter: i'm tom foreman in washington, d.c. where the pandas are on the prowl again. the national zoo is reopening. now, they're doing it se conser conservatively, asking people to get timed passes coming in,
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fully vaccinated and to stay away from some exhibits but by and large they're trying to work their way up to 5,000 people, only 20% of the zoo's capacity but it's a nice easy start and those folks will be able to see most of the lions and tigers and bears, and, yeah, if they're lucky even a glimpse of those famous pandas. >> tom foreman and our other correspondents. the pandemic news in the u.s. is mostly good. overseas, though, depends on where you look. sustenance for mountaineering expeditions and long journeys across the world! but most importantly? they give us something to eat when we drink beer. planters. a nut above. ugh, these balls are moist. or is that the damp weight of self-awareness you now hold in your hands? yeah (laugh) keep your downstairs dry up at 2:00am again? with gold bond body powder. tonight, try pure zzzs all night. keep your downstairs dry
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primarily the black fungus, indian prime minister narendra modi today while addressing his constituency through virtual connections did mention that the black fungus is something that india needs to prepare for and against. it is a rare life-threatening infection that is now being seen in patients who are recovering or have recovered from covid-19. what does this do? it affects the skin, it makes the parts of your face black in color, it can also affect your lungs, it can damage tissue and if not treated in time, laura, believe it or not, you could lose your eyesight and go in for surgery, remove your eyes or a part of your jaw. it's as deadly as that. at least 3,000 people from about five states have already reported being infected from this black fungus and this is a very worrying friend that we are seeing. so this is something that the indian health ministry has spoken about, it has acknowledged that the supply for the medication used to treat this black fungus is running
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it's 30 minutes past the hour here in new york. after 11 days of carnage a ceasefire between israel and hamas is holding for now. plenty of questions going forward, though, like how will an israeli court rule on evictions in east jerusalem that lit the spark. >> getting to this point involved a week on behind the scenes pressure on benjamin netanyahu from president biden. >> i also emphasize what i've said throughout this conflict, the united states fully supports israel's right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks from hamas and other gaza-based terrorist groups that have taken the lives of innocent civilians in israel. these hostilities have resulted in the tragic deaths of so many civilians, including children, and i send my sincere condolences to all the families, israeli and palestinian, who have lost loved ones and my hope for a full recovery for the wounded. >> president biden is vowing to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of gaza in a way
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that does not permit hamas to restock its military arsenal. secretary of state tony blinken plans to travel to the middle east in the coming days to meet with israeli and palestinian officials. tensions in the middle east could be contributing to a rise in anti-sem tick attacks here in the u.s. the los angeles police department investigating a possible hate crime in hollywood where jewish people dining outdoors were attacked by a group of pro-palestinian men driving by. five victims suffered minor injuries and the nypd hate crime task force is investigating an attack against a jewish man in times square last night. there were also clashes between pro-israeli and pro-palestinian protesters in midtown manhattan after that ceasefire was announced. today president biden will shift his focus from the middle east to another international security challenge, north korea. cnn's jasmine wright is live at the white house with more on this. jasmine, good morning to you. so the second in-person meeting
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with a foreign leader for the president today. what do you expect to see. >> reporter: that's right, north korea will be a major topic as president biden welcomes south korean president moon jae-in to the white house. it's his second time with a foreign leader in the white house but notably it's expected to be the first time that both leaders are maskless, a sign that things are returning back to normal in this country and it also highlights the importance that the biden administration is putting on the indo-pacific region. we know president biden's first foreign leader to come to the white house was that of japan. now, on north korea officials are expected to lay out a new policy towards the country, something that president biden himself has labeled as a top foreign policy challenge today with president moon. officials when previewing it said that they talked to former trump administration officials, they looked towards past failures in creating this new policy that is not going to be about grand bargains or strategic patience, they say
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it's going to be about a more strategic approach that is going towards, right, the goal of denuclearization, but before they get there they are open to possibilities for diplomatic relations. of course, it also is going to focus on trade. they expect some pronouncements with 5g technology, batteries, semi-conductors. we know that u.s. and china are south korea's top trade partners and of course we know that president biden is always looking towards competition with china in his policy proposals, so i'm sure, laura, that this will be no different. and lastly, both president biden and president moon will honor a former -- excuse me, an american veteran of the korean war with a medal of honor, the first time that a foreign leader participates in that ceremony. >> that's notable. jasmine, thanks so much. okay. the reopening is here, the economy is booming. expect the best economic growth since reagan was president, but
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in that red hot economy higher prices and supply shortages are everywhere. inflation is what worries honeywell ceo darius adamcheck. >> the economy is doing a little bit better than people expect. it is -- it is actually humming along. i do believe we have to be pretty careful about unintended consequences which will be inflation. we are seeing fairly substantial inflation, it's definitely here and it's probably a bit more pronounced than most people think. >> he was speaking with my colleague -- my colleague matt egan. honeywell is the world's largest industrial company by market value so what he says really holds a lot of water here. makes everything from n95 masks and jet engines to quantum computers. says they are struggling to keep up with pricing pressure from lane for steel. fed officials do expect prices will rise this summer but say increases will likely be temporary as these supply kinks
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work their way out of the system. investors have been worried about price increases for months. consumer prices in april rose 4.2% from a year ago that's the fastest inflation since the financial crisis. that increased concerns the fed will have to act sooner to stop the economy from overheating. >> those price increases are already here. big reopenings in the u.s., big reopenings in europe as well this week. new coronavirus cases at their lowest point in months there. travel also coming back in a big way just in time for the summer tourism season. scott mclean is live for us in london. scott, what are some of the biggest signs? you live there. what are some of the biggest signs that normal days are ahead? >> reporter: yeah, things are definitely looking up in many parts of europe, laura. cases are dropping, the pace of vaccinations is really picking up and things are on track for what might be almost a normal summer. case in point, in france, for instance, the cafés are reopening, the eiffel tower is set to reopen in july and americans might actually be able to visit it. the eu has just adopted
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recommendations for its 27 member states to open their borders to travelers from some countries, provided that they are fully vaccinated. now, that recommendation is not binding and so it's possible some countries may not actually open their doors to vaccinated americans and so buyer beware on that front. within the block the eu has just approved a vaccine passport scheme set to take effect in july to make travel within countries easier. here in the uk, though, perhaps there's not the same kind of optimism and that's because cases of the indian variant which spreads faster than the dominant uk variant are up 160% in the past week. if you are so keen on a vacation to the uk this summer, i wouldn't count on it. with very few exceptions americans coming to this country for vacation will have to quarantine for minimum five days which would require four tests and that is very unlikely to change anytime soon. >> all right. thanks so much, scott.
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appreciate it. it's a grimmer story in south america, especially latin america still under siege. argentina's president announced they will enter another lockdown at midnight. matt rivers reports from mexico city. >> reporter: two big coronavirus stories out of latin america that we are watching, first down in argentina where the president of that country is set to impose new restrictions as soon as this weekend after several recent days of new records set for infections in a single day. earlier in this pandemic argentina imposed some of the harshest lockdowns in all of south america. over in brazil for the first time a coronavirus variant first detected in india has now been detected in brazil. after six crew members of a ship traveling from south africa arrived in that country. amidst all of this there continues to be a very slow rollout of vaccines all across this region. we heard earlier this week from the pan american health organization who said that in all of latin america just 3% of
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the people in this part of the world have been fully vaccinated. christine, laura. >> matt rivers, thank you. in japan the vaccine rollout is still moving at a snail's pace while questions mount about holding the summer olympics there. blake essig is live in tokyo. blake, the games are two months away so what is the plan to give people confidence that these games can go forward? >> reporter: you know, laura, it seems with each passing day another new voice casts doubt regarding whether these games should be held. today is no different. a reuters survey just released found almost 70% of nearly 500 japanese companies want the games canceled or postponed. the reason is almost identical to what we've heard in the past from doctors groups and the general public in japan. there are legitimate concerns of increased infection and what could happen to an already strained medical system. even though the ioc has repeatedly said that they can deliver a safe and secure games it's hard to ignore the reality here on the ground.
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japan is still dealing with the fourth wave of infection, severe cases have once again hit a record high and hospitals in several free if he can tours including in tokyo are nearly out of bed space, in osaka the hospitals are beyond capacity with some people dying at home. currently less than 2% of japan's population are fully vaccinated. those numbers are expected to increase starting next week when mass vaccination centers open in tokyo and osaka, officials say the goal is to vaccinate 50,000 people per day between the two locations. there's moderna and astrazeneca vaccines which were just approved for use though medical professionals say that supply isn't the problem, instead it's a lack of organization and medical manpower which they say isn't going to change. all of this, laura, with two months to go before the games are set to start. >> i know you're watching this, but they've got to get this straightened out for people that have the confidence to feel like this is going to be safe to go forward. blake, thank you. to africa now where many countries there have been struggling to secure enough coronavirus vaccines. cnn's david mckenzie live in
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johannesburg for us. why are thousands of shots going to waste? >> reporter: well, it's a good question, christine. and one of the biggest issues and strongest possibilities that this pandemic will continue on and on is the lack of vaccine distribution in countries in africa and the poorer parts of the world. 2% of vaccines distributed at this point have been in countries in africa, so why is this happening? 19,000 odd vaccine doses destroyed publicly in the southern african country of malawi, they say that the vaccines came too late, they were about to expire and contradictory they're saying they want to destroy it to increase public trust. so one issue is getting vaccines into countries, another issue, christine, is actually those countries using them. many countries don't have the capacity, they don't even have the syringes or the manpower to get shots into arms. so this is going to be a very challenging issue going forward. the biden administration has
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donated at least 80 million vaccine doses to poorer countries. this is seen as a very positive step, but even with those donations they need countries to have the capacity to actually get shots into arms. of course, there is a wide diversity of countries, kenya, for example, has run out of vaccines pretty much because they've been so efficient in getting those vaccines out. so a real game changer is needed on this continent by many countries to actually make this a success. >> david mckenzie, thank you for that. we will be right back. [sfx: kids laughing] [sfx: bikes passing]g] [sfx: fire truckck siren] onstar, we see thehem. okay. mother and child in vehicle. mother is unable to exit ththe vehicle. injuries are unknown. thank you, onstar. ♪ my son, is he okay? your son's fine. thank you. there was something in the road...
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