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controversy erupts over the deaths of elderly nursing home residents. and a possible snag in the white house plan to roll out booster shots. live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom" with robin kurnow. thanks for joining me this hour. afghanistan's new rumors have yet to declare a formal government, and that has presented a small window for afghan women to publicly demand their rights be protected. [ chants ] these women are demanding the right to work and have a continued voice in the country's affairs, especially on education and health. as you can see here, even this small demonstrations was enough to provoke the taliban to try and break it up. meanwhile, anti-taliban forces
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are battling an incursion by taliban fighters. it's long been controlled by the national resistance fraternity and has never been under taliban control. i want to take you straight to kabul where journalist ben farmer is standing by. it's now 12:30 in the afternoon there. he joins us by phone. ben, hi. i wonder if you can talk us through about what's happening in the valley and what the implications of that are. >> reporter: well, there's very, very heavy fighting in the panjshir valley. the taliban they have captured parts of the valley. that's been heavily denied by the resistance. the resistance say there's been a counterattack and that happen they have killed a lot of taliban attackers. trying to get hold of people there is difficult. what we've found, what we've been told by people there is there are ongoing very heavy clashes. the valley has not fallen, but
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there are -- there is fighting going on in the mountains around the valley and at the gates. if the valley fell, there would be a importance to the taliban. it's the onliay holdout against them. there's been a historic role in recent decades in afghanistan. it's put up very stout resistance against the soviets and put up stout resistance against the taliban's first government in the 1990s. so if it fell, it would be a very significant development. >> there's also talk about the significance of these protests, these small protests that we're seeing on the street by some very brave women. what do you make of those? >> reporter: yes. i mean, i agree with you, these women are very brave. the protests are not large. maybe a couple of dozen people. but they are symbolic and significant because they show that there is resistance to any
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sort of strictures that the taliban may be going to impose. and it attracts the attention of the wider world. there's big fear that people will ignore afghanistan and turn their backs on afghanistan, and protests like it are partly aimed at the wider world. women want the world to see that they are still here and they are still fighting for their rights. >> and just talk us through what it's like there on the ground in kabul at the moment, the economic situation in particular. how are people making ends meet? have the banks opened? what is the taliban plan to get the country up and running if, you know, if it wants to govern? >> reporter: i've driven by several banks, and the financial situation is very difficult for a lot of people. banks were closed for a long time. i think there's a limit on how much money can be withdrawn.
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people are not working. business is drying up. there's a lot of closed shop fronts as we speak. the economic situation is going to be difficult. the taliban are saying they're trying to get the banks open again. but i think their most important strategy to the economy will to try and get recognition and try and keep foreign aid flowing. the previous government was almost totally reliant on foreign aid. i think three quarters of its budget was funded by foreign aid. and the taliban will be desperate to keep that money flowing. >> ben farmer there live in kabul. thank you so much, ben. i want to take you now to our nic robertson, closely following the situation in afghanistan and joins us from islam bad. good to see you. i understand that iraqi generals from intelligence, as well, are in kabul at the invitation of the taliban. what is the significance of these meetings? also, what does it tell us about the links between the taliban
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and pakistan? >> reporter: yeah, this is the most senior pakistan official, general hamid, the isi chief, pakistan's intelligence chief. there has long and perhaps murky as you would expect with an intelligence investigation relations with the taliban. i don't think anyone really knows quite the depth and length, if you will, of the connections between pakistan's intelligence service and the taliban. but you know, i think it's broadly understood that through historical connections there is some influence or potentially some leverage. i think the importance of this moment is that the isi commander in chief is taking within a delegation of senior pakistani officials. he's the most senior pakistani official to go to kabul at a time when the taliban seem to be at a moment of difficult decisionmaking over their formation of a government. i think certainly the perception here in islamabad among
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officials was that by now the taliban would have announced their government. it's not clear what the isi chief is going to be talking about with the taliban and precisely the level and who precisely he'll meet with. at this stage we may find out more later. you can be sure they're going to want to understand what's going on with this process of forming a government quite simply because if things go wrong in afghanistan and the international community doesn't recognize ultimately the new taliban government in whatever shape it may be, it's pakistan that fears it will bear the brunt of economic hardship in afghanistan, an outflow of refugees, at a time when they can ill afford to help them. they're helping millions already. so i think from pakistan's perspective, getting a sense of what's actually happening in kabul with the taliban at the moment more than two weeks in power and still not a government, you know, i think that's the crux of it. >> so that was going to be my
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next question, sort of what next? particularly, how does the international community navigate this new alignment in afghanistan? it's still unclear, so much uncertainty. the big question is what next? what do you expect? >> reporter: what we keep hearing from u.s. british officials and other european leaders is, look, we're not going to automatically recognize the taliban government. it's just not going to happen that way. we recognize states but not the government. we'll look at the government. the government and the formation of it and what level do they give to non-taliban members because they said it would be inclusive, what kind of influence and positions the non-taliban members have and who are nose non-taliban members. that's going to be a significant read. i think first and foremost the international community has said, you know, we want the safe passage of our remaining nuclear arms who want to leave, and anyone who worked for us that we're going to give visas to to come to our countries. we want them to have safe passage to get out of kabul.
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these are going to be the first tests. i think that opens the door to what next, if this is a sort of government that the international community thinks is inclusive enough, does represent a broad enough spectrum of afghan interests, can lead to a stable and secure afghanistan. if that's the perception, then you can potentially begin to see, you know, some diplomatic dialogue that will ultimately lead to some of the sort of development projects in the country and the financial connections of the country that the taliban so desperately need. the other side of that coin is if the government doesn't look palatable to the west, organizations like the g7 are not going to give the taliban government the stamp of approval which means the international monetary fund won't up its lending to the taliban, and that's a big problem. >> it certainly is. good to see you there live in islamabad, thank you, nic. coming up this hour, how some afghans are adjusting to new lives in the united states
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and how some american veterans are helping them. plus, u.s. president joe biden says help is on the way to louisiana after hurricane ida pummelled the region. mr. biden saw the damage firsthand on friday while touring communities ravaged by the storm. he emphasized the need to fund climate-resilient infrastructure and promised hard-hit communities that they do have his support. >> we're in this together. so we're not going to leave any community behind, rural, city, coastal, inland, and i promise we're going to have your backs until this gets done. >> well, the state faces a long, long road to recovery with some areas still underwater, as you can see here. more than 700,000 homes and businesses are still in the dark. fuel shortages are hampering recovery efforts. louisiana officials have launched an investigation into the deaths of several nursing home residents. the state attorney general says hundreds of residents were evacuated ahead of the hurricane
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to a warehouse. brian todd with the details on this. brian? >> reporter: wheelchairs and hospital curtains scatter the site of this remote warehouse where five nursing homes residents died. >> this was a nightmare. a nightmare. >> reporter: local leaders now looking for answers for what went wrong. >> that nursing home owner should be held accountable. as far as the investigation, we understand there is one. >> reporter: the warehouse in independence, louisiana, served as a temporary evacuation facility for more than 800 patients from seven area nursing homes. the conditions inside were appalling. >> crowding, mattresses on floors instead of beds, port-o-potties instead of bathrooms and probably not enough of them. it was just things that none of us would want our family members to have to go through. >> reporter: according to one patient who was inside, insects were crawling all over the mattresses. the independence police chief says the facility was prepared for a certain number of residents, but the number nearly
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tripled quickly. >> i believe that the corporate management planned for 350. for whatever reason, they sent in 850. and where they failed was in not proactively seeking to move those patients to an appropriate facility. >> reporter: renado's mother made it out but suffering with a 103-degree fever. >> i could tell she was very upset, but at least she was alive. if we would have known it was a place like this, i would have took her with me. >> reporter: with no power, generators required to provide patients oxygen failed, and the heat was oppressive. the state says the health department tried to intervene tuesday when they heard about the deteriorating conditions. >> all the inspectors visited site, and i will tell you were expelled from the property and prevented from conducting a full
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assessment. >> reporter: cnn obtained property records showing bob dean owns all seven of the nursing homes, plus the warehouse. dean has a history of poor disaster management. he made a similar plan to evacuate residents to a warehouse during hurricane george in 1998. >> i would hope that his license for nursing homes is revoked. it would be the outcome that he doesn't get to do this again. >> reporter: the governor committed to a full investigation, a promise relatives will not let them forget. >> why didn't you contact anybody for help? let somebody know what was going on? contacted one person? people shouldn't be treated like that. you should be held accountable. >> reporter: we reached out several times to bob dean, the owner of the nursing homes and this warehouse facility, for comment and any explanation for what happened here. he didn't respond to us, but he did tell cnn affiliate wvue, quote, we did really good with taking care of people. brian todd, cnn, independence, lab la.
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>> thanks for that. now in the northeast of the u.s., at least 50 people are confirmed dead after the remnants of that hurricane unleashed catastrophic flooding across the region. communities now face the daunting task of building, rebuilding, and cleaning up what they lost. we'll look at the recovery efforts under way. pete? >> reporter: cleanup across the east coast is just beginning in cities and towns large and small. in center city, philadelphia, crews are racing to clear the vine street expressway. deep water is being diverted into the slowly reed issing schuylkill expressway which swelled to levels not seen in two centuries. >> the recovery process for this is going to take months. >> reporter: the ef2 tornado that swirled through ft. washington, pennsylvania, killed one woman when a tree fell on her house. the twister then targeted the high school township building, police department, and ron copeland's neighborhood. >> it's devastating. it is devastate to see all this. you never think it can happen to you. you never think it's going to
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happen in your neighborhood, but unfortunately there's the proof, it did. >> reporter: the new numbers are becoming more gruesome. across new york, authorities say 11 people were killed when their basement apartments turned into death traps. >> these are people's lives. these are people's homes. these are people's vehicles. these are people who have been traumatized with car rescues and were literally getting people out of their homes and apartments. >> reporter: pennsylvania governor tom wolft toured the damage where officials kacounte 467 calls for water rescues wednesday night alone. more than twice the previous record. how much of this damage do you attribute to climate change? >> most of it. i think fewer and fewer people are climate deniers these days. i think the more you see this kind of thing, the indiscriminate and intense nature of the storms, i'm not sure how you can sit on the sidelines and say we don't need do anything. >> reporter: ft. washington fire
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chief says his childhood neighborhood was crushed by the storm of unprecedented power, now leaving an unimaginable toll. >> just be patient. you know, ecocheck on your neighbors. we're going to get through this. we're going to clean it up. we're going to rebuild. we're going to be stronger than we were before as a result of this. >> reporter: beyond the mortal cost of the dozens of deaths associated with the storm, there will also be a massive monetary cost. governor tom wolf of pennsylvania told me live on the air it is just too soon to say officially how much all of this cleanup will cost. cnn, ft. washington, pennsylvania. and just ahead on cnn, the white house wants to get covid booster shots into people's arms starting this month. but that may not happen. we'll show you why. plus, how vaccine diplomacy has turned into another arena of competition between china and the u.s. details ahead. we've got you taken care of, sgt. houston. thank you. that was fast! one call to usaa got her a tow, her claim paid...
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welcome back. even as vaccination numbers in the u.s. slowly increase, covid cases continue to spread driving up hospitalizations. and as you can see, all that red and orange on the map there, the
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case surges are certainly hitting children in states with lower vaccination rates, especially hard. now new cdc research indicates the rate of hospitalization for unvaccinated teens is ten times higher than for those who are vaccinated. the data also shows hospitalizations are highest among kids and teens between 12 and 17. now a white house source tells cnn that the biden administration may have to scale back its ambitious booster plan. it was slated to roll out less than three weeks' time. now it may only include one vaccine, as athena jones explains. athena? >> reporter: confusion and possible scaling back of the white house's covid-19 booster plan for september. less than a day after dr. anthony fauci said -- >> i would not at all be surprised that the adequate full regimen for vaccination will likely be three doses. >> reporter: as the delta
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variant drives new covid cases in the united states to nearly 170,000 a day on average, new data shows a third so-called booster dose of the covid mrna vaccine provides more protection against the virus. >> there's no doubt from the dramatic data from the israeli study that the boosters being done there in and contemplated here support very strongly the rationale for such an approach. >> reporter: in making the case for boosters, fauci explained israeli data shows they reduced the risk of infection by 11 fold and severe ill by ten fooled in over a million people over 60. the risk of infection fell to 68% seven to 13 days after the third days and as much as 84% after a 14 to 20 days. president joe biden announced in late august -- >> the booster program is going
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to start here september the 20th, pending approval of the fda and the cdc committee, outside experts. >> reporter: federal health officials warning the white house they may have not enough data on the moderna vaccine by then to recommend boosters for anyone other than pfizer/biontech recipients. >> you can't make an announcement and say we'll wait to see what the fda and cdc says. >> reporter: the acting fda commissioner explaining why the booster announcement was made before all the data came in. >> when it happened, we don't -- when it happens, we don't want to have a couple more months where we have to get ready and make a plan and then execute against the plan. >> reporter: moderna announced friday it finished submitting its data on booster doses to the fda, still it's unclear if data will be sufficient enough to allow the fad to roach a decision on -- fda to reach a decision on the vaccine boosters by september 20th. athena jones, cnn, new york. meanwhile, the u.s. and
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china both have been using vaccines to win friends and gain advantage on the international stage. david culver shows how it turned into a high-stakes competition. >> reporter: china is feeling mounting pressure in its own back yard, and now mobilizing to counters u.s. influence, trying everything from donating vaccines to flaunting its military might to pushing propaganda. >> china's position is basically anything that its neighbors do that gets then closer to the u.s. or japan or india is bad. >> reporter: which explains beijing's uneasiness with vice president harris's recent travel itinerary. harris met with leaders in singapore before flying to vietnam. part of her visit to hanoi included a planned donation of one million pfizer covid-19 vaccines. but the vice president's scheduled takeoff to vietnam was delayed more than three hours due to health security concerns. that gave china enough time to make its own vaccine donation.
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two million doses pledged by china's ambassador to vietnam, twice what the u.s. promised. a strategic move by china to sway foreign policy in the region. but this goes beyond vietnam. the u.s. has doubled down on efforts to show support for several of china's regional neighbors including reinforcing commitment to america's strongest asian allows and shoring up supply chains with india and australia. in july the secretary of defense traveled to the philippines to renew a key military agreement. >> the oldest ally is the philippines. the other, the increasing important partners of singapore and vietnam, they still can't go as far in poking beijing in the eye as the u.s. might want them to because china is right there, and it is economically vital to their economies, and it is necessary to maintain some degree of good relationships
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because of the security threat. >> reporter: beijing has played up the security threat by flexing their military muscle as naval vessels cruised through the hotly contested waters of the south china sea. they dispatched bombers and fighter jets with merely daily incursions into the defense zone. beijing says it's about protecting sovereignty and are using economic powers using trade tactics against countries in the region. with the u.s. shifting focus to the indo-pacific, chinese state media seizing on the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan. the humanitarian crisis that's unfolding making for easy propaganda. beijing using it to suggest that washington is an unreliable partner. >> seeing w the withdrawal has happened has a lot of allies and partners thinking, okay, the u.s. is indespensible. we don't have any option but to engage with the u.s. if we don't want the alliance with china. man, this doesn't look like the
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competent biden administration we were all promised. >> reporter: for now at least asian leaders holding strong to their american allegiance. with an increasingly powerful china on the horizon, can the u.s. maintain that regional footing? david culver, cnn, beijing. for thousands of afghani vaccine, they've made it safely to the united states. coming up, we'll hear from one translator who's starting his new life in america but is terrified for the family he left behind. we have that story, and new information on a terror attack at a new zealand supermarket. what we're learning about the suspect just ahead. do you want more control of your fragrance? the air wick scented oil warmer has five settings, not three, for r better frangrance contrl than febreze plug. take control of your fragrance with air wick.
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welcome back to all of our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. it's 30 minutes past the hour. i'm robyn curnow live in atlanta. so in afghanistan, the taliban are pressing their military offensive into the mountainous panjia valley north of kabul. heavy fighting was reported between the taliban and the coalition of afghan fighters long opposed to the taliban. it's been a stronghold of this afghan resistance for decades. it's the only piece of the country that the taliban have never controlled. [ gunfire ] that was celebratory gun in kabul after the taliban claim to have seized the panjshir, but the resistance denies it's been defeated. the u.s. president has tapped former delaware's governor to lead the administration's afghan resettlement efforts. more than 40,000 evacuees including afghan refugees have
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been admitted into the u.s. we're hearing from some as we sat down with a former afghan translator starting his new life in america. he's worried about the family he left behind. >> reporter: this is the first day of a new life for zubai and shabano. this tiny one-bedroom apartment in buffalo, new york, is their new home. >> i can't believe that i am here in united states. sometimes i'm telling to my wife i'm not sleep. she says, no, now you are waking up, it's real. >> reporter: it was just one week ago when zubai said he was living a nightmare in afghanistan. >> it was really bad. you were at home, one minute is like one day. >> reporter: the translator worked alongside u.s. forces for four years. he applied for a special immigrant visa two years ago. he was one of the lucky ones -- it was granted just two days before the taliban overtook
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kabul. zubai needed to get his family to the airport. he and his father both worked with the u.s. government and knew if they stayed in kabul their lives would be in danger. he was getting text messages from his friends who were also trying to escape. >> says it's like a horror movie. he says the taliban are like zombies. >> reporter: what are you thinking watching this? >> i can't get out of kabul -- >> reporter: he says he was on his own with visa in hand. he spent days trying to get himself and his family past the taliban with no help from the americans, he says. >> the taliban was behaving very bad. most of them were beating people. i was lucky in three days i got inside the kabul airport. >> reporter: his father -- >> i leave him at the gate. the last thing -- i couldn't talk with him. because i was in hurry to leave
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afghanistan. >> reporter: you didn't get to say good-bye? >> no. >> reporter: the couple fled with just these three bags, leaving everything else behind. family, friends, and former co-workers. a fellow translator says he was days away from getting his visa when the taliban took over. he's still stuck in kabul. he asked we not disclose his name or show his face for his safety. >> people like me, there are a lot of people like me who was looking in the same company, we all left behind. we're currently -- you know, receiving the -- my family and my life is in great danger. >> reporter: his plea to the u.s. government -- >> my message to mr. president joe biden is don't leave us behind. >> reporter: zubai calls friends of his left behind daily. he says his mom is too heartbroken to even speak with him. but he keeps hope. >> i have hope that one day they
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will be evacuated and come to america and i see him here alive. >> reporter: in the meantime, he and his wife are starting over with help from a resettlement agency, journey's end refugee services, which expects to assist many more afghan families in the coming months. the couple says they feel safe, they can finally dream of what lies ahead. >> the feeling that i want to start everything again, it looks like a mountain, very high mountain. now i'm looking how i can climb this mountain. i should find a way. >> reporter: and we didn't disclose the last name of the couple for the safety of their family in afghanistan. their families are like co-workers who said they feel like sitting ducks. they say everyone knew that they worked with the united states, their community, their neighbors. so their lives are at great risk. secretary of state blinken said on monday that the u.s. is committed to getting these
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vulnerable afghans out of the country. but for these families, the big question is who is going to come for them first -- the americans or the taliban. reporting from new york, cnn. >> thanks for that. so the pentagon says more than 25,000 afghan evacuees are currently being housed at several military bases across the u.s., including ft. mccoy in wisconsin. the state is working with a veteran aid organization called team rubicon to provide necessities for those who fled with little or nothing. we are we have more from los angeles. art, hi, good to see you. we just saw one of those evacuees who came with three backpacks. how great is the need of people who made it here already? >> yeah, i think that story is pretty common, and frankly, three bags is probably -- the high side of having material good with you. the needs are great. basic necessities, everything from clothing to footwear, undergarments, then just the
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basic needs are all things that are very, very real at ft. mccoy right now. >> so you have been helping to distribute and to also organize a lot of these donations. has there been a lot of goodwill, have people been giving? >> yeah. it's been an incredible support from the community. and locally inside of ft. mccoy, in the surrounding area, people have been dropping off materials that have been asked for. they understand the necessities. we've been able to put out a list of good that's we desire to have. this monday in chicago the city has an opportunity to donate goods, and they'll be transported to ft. mccoy for all of these afghans. >> and just give us some more details. you say footwear and underwear and basic clothes, what else is needed? >> reporter: i think those basic necessities up front, you know, clothing especially. modest clothing. culturally appropriate. it is really, really important. for babies, there's needs -- diapers, formula, all of the
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basic necessities continue to be present and required. and i'm sure that list will evolve. obviously in a place like wisconsin the weather's going to change, and they'll continue to have additional needs. >> this is a veteran aid organization that you head up. how much support have you had from veterans wanting to help, particularly veterans who -- who fought in afghanistan? >> yeah, i think for -- especially for afghan veterans that fought in afghanistan, there's an immediate connection. you know, they want to reconnect. they want to be able to be a part of the solution. i think this has been ongoing for weeks as we've watched the news, you know, unfold in front of us. people have wanted to find a way to they could have impact. this is certainly one. there has been a tremendous outpouring of support from afghan military veterans that have served over there. >> and what kind of feedback are you getting from evacuees? >> reporter: you know, haven't had any direct feedback from them, but i think that last guest kind of arcticulated what
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they've done. there's a sense of relief that see escaped and there's anticipation of what their lives are going to be like as they move forward. certainly we can control some of that, and i think this is where this welcome effort and making sure they have what they need to start their resettlement properly is an important piece that we can play. >> art de la cruz. appreciate you joining us. thanks for all the work that you and your team has been doing. and you can learn more about team rubicon and their efforts by visiting the website at so coming up on cnn, new details on friday's terror attack in new zealand.
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scene on friday in a market near auckland when a man grabbed a knife and went on a stabbing rampage. police shot and killed him. the number of victims has been updated to seven wounded, five people still in hospital, three are in a critical condition. for more let's go to selena wang from tokyo. what more do we know about this attacker? >> reporter: well, we learned from the prime minister today during her press conference that the attacker was actually released from prison in july after they took every legal measure they could to keep him in custody. now his identity cannot be revealed because of suppression orders, but we know that he was a sri lankan national, that he had spent three years in prison, and he was initially arrested in 2016 in the auckland airport. now the prime minister has said that after he was released, he was under intense police surveillancy requiring up to 30 police officers at any one time because of those concerns of his violent and extremist views. take a look at what else the
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prime minister had to say. >> at every turn, every legal avenue that was available was utilized. and when it was no longer possible to legally have some person detained, that is when the police came in with the constant monitoring. but what you can see, and overseas examples have dem demonstrated when you have a lone active individual it is incredibly tough. >> reporter: the police were monitoring the man as closely as possible without being detected on friday when he went into that supermarket and that these took the knife and stabbed shoppers before the police shot and killed him. police said that the fact that they reacted within 60 seconds showed that they did everything they could have within the law. now new zealand of course has been on high alert for attacks since the 2019 christchurch
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attacks in two mosques by a white supremacist gunman, and ardern emphasized the recent attack was carried out by an individual, not by a culture, not by a faith, not by an ethnicity. listen to how she ended her statements today -- >> the last thought is from the imam from the mosque who knows the impact of terrorism better than anyone. he said and i quote, all terrorists are the same regardless of the idealogy, they stand for hate, we stand for peace and love. we have to within our powers to ensure the actions of an individual do not create a knock-on of hate, judgment, and vitriol. >> reporter: last month the government had discussed strengthening the country's counterterrorism laws, and that would make it illegal to plan a terror attack whether or not it was actually carried out, and ardern said that she is vowing to get that law passed as soon as possible. robyn? >> thank you so much for that
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update there. thank you. so coming up on cnn, california's recall election is approaching fast. we'll look at whether some voters helped to re-elect gavin newsom will decide to stay home this time.
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opponents of a controversial texas anti-abortion law won a small victory on friday. a judge issued a temporary restraining order that bars the group texas right to life from suing planned parenthood providers in the state. the law bans abortions after only six weeks and is the most restrictive in the nation. also allows private citizens to sue anyone who helps a pregnant person seeking the procedure. >> what texas has done is to offload, you know, its, you know, responsibilities to protect the constitution and empower individuals to be bounty hunters. the $10,000 is a minimum. a court could impose more fees. but also, attorneys' fees, on the people who are sued. and this was not going to be limited to abortion were the
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court to hold it up. it means that any constitutional individual right could be on the chopping block. texas could deny people the right to vote and say but we're just going to empower private individuals to do this, or the right of kids to get education, a whole host of individual rights. >> planned parenthood said in a statement that it is, quote, relieved that the court acted quickly to grant the restraining order. and ten days from now, californians head to the polls to decide whether to keep governor newsom in office or kick him out. the democrat is facing a recall election. as we report, he's having a hard time engaging with a key demographic who helped put him in office. >> reporter: gary montana's day as a maintenance technician is show jammed he doesn't have time to care about the upcoming california recall election. a registered independent, he carries one overriding feel being democratic governor gavin newsom. >> the lack of i don't think he
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understood like the average person voted you in. >> reporter: he's most upset about newsom dining at an exclusive restaurant in the middle of the pandemic. while he worked. it is in california's latino communities where covid's impact was felt the most. everyone in montana's family got covid. >> i just saw the lack of leadership. that to me was like, okay, that's what -- when i thought we needed to recall the governor. >> reporter: roonts make up an estimated 30% of california's voters. >> all roads to victory come september 14th are going to lead through every latino neighborhood in the state of california. am i right? [ cheers ] >> reporter: key in whether governor newsom keeps his job. >> thanks for your help. >> reporter: why democrats are blanketing spanish language media with ads -- [ speaking foreign language ] as are the republican challengers. [ speaking foreign language ]
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>> reporter: with less than two weeks to go to recall election day, the drive is getting the base out to vote. progressives have been knocking on doors through the central los angeles neighborhood while some say this -- >> have you heard about the recall? >> no. i have not. >> reporter: and there is frustration over the governor's economic policies. >> they're newsom, right? we don't want him in there. >> reporter: most in the predominantly latino community say they'll vote no on the recall. >> keep him in office. >> we could end up with something worse, something like donald trump. >> thank you, california -- >> reporter: in 2018, 64% of latinos voted for newsom. part of a resounding victory sending the democrat to the governor's mansion. while the most recent recall poll shows latinos support keeping newsom, there are questions about whether those voter will even cast a ballot.
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>> sometimes bwe show up and sometimes we don't. it depends on what the issue is. and sometimes we're the ones who can change the whole paradigm, and sometimes we just don't show up, and everybody wonders what's happened. >> reporter: one frustrated independent field so disconnected, he's considering voting republican. >> yeah. i would rather see someone more in touch with the people. >> reporter: montana and the other voters we met in the story, none of them had actually turned in their ballot yet. that is something important to watch. now the governor will get some help trying to rally those voters. in addition to other democrats in the state with national figures, senators amy klobuchar and elizabeth warren both will be in los angeles this weekend standing beside governor newsom hoping to energize that democratic base. kyung lah, cnn, los angeles. finally, defending champion naomi osaka is out of the u.s. tennis tournament, the u.s. open, suffering a loss that
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really nearly lefter in tears. the japanese star was frustrated in the third round by the canadian team falling in three sets. osaka lost her cool when she dropped a point and hit a ball into the crowd. she later did apologize and spoke about her such. >> basically i feel like i'm kind of at this point where i'm trying to figure out what i want to do. and honest don't know when i'm going to play my next tennis match. sorry. but -- sorry. >> thank you, everyone. >> okay.
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yeah. i think i'm going to take a break from playing for a while. yeah. >> so osaka, the world number three, pulled out of the french open over anxiety and depression, raising the profile of mental health issues in sports. you're watching cnn. i'm robyn curnow. you can follow me on twitter and on instagram at robincurdnoncnn. the news continues. hi. so you're the scientist here. does my aveeno® daily moisturizer really make my dry skin healthier in one day? it's true jen. this prebiotic oat formula moisturizes to help prevent dry skin. impressive! aveeno® healthy. it's our nature.™ try the body wash, too.
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