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-- captions by vitac -- ♪ hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world. you are watching "cnn newsroom." and i'm rosemary church. just ahead, real issues for a virtual summit. u.s. president joe biden and china's xi jinping will meet just hours from now to talk out their differences over video link. migrants stuck at the belarus/poland border.
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the e.u. is threatening new sanctions. plus, fears of holiday covid surges, how countries on both sides of the atlantic are preparing. live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom" with rosemary church. the meeting is set to take place in the coming hours as both nations look to ease recent tensions. mr. biden and chinese president xi jinping have spoken twice on the phone. but this will be the first meeting between the two men since the u.s. president took office. and it comes after tensions have flared over taiwan, trade, and human rights. president xi has hinted at a slight warming of relations, saying his country is willing to
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boost cooperation and get the two sides back on track. so, what are the expectations? >> reporter: rosemary, thorny issues are aplenty, but expectations are low because this relationship often described as the world's most important diplomatic relationship has been in a nose dive for quite some time. but things didn't really pick up since mr. biden took office as some had hoped or expected because mr. biden has kept most of mr. trump's china policies and measures and also stated his goal is to form this united front against an increasingly powerful and some would say aggressive beijing with u.s. allies and partners especially among likeminded democracies. that obviously has upset many officials here in beijing with them considering this approach would pose even greater threat to the chinese government than
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mr. trump's going at it alone approach. that problem explains the racheting up of rhetoric and actions taken by both sides in the past few months on issues ranging from taiwan to trade to cybersecurity, to tech, and human rights of course. and that's something very close to president biden's heart with him saying repeatedly he wants to put human rights and democracy at the forefront of his foreign policy agenda to blunt the rise of authoritarianism around the world. that obviously a trend led by china and its leader xi jinping. so given how wide those gaps remain on so many critically important issues between the two governments, few expect to see major breakthroughs on their disputes and disagreements. so the point of this meeting, according to many, is to put a floor on that freefall and to lower the temperature and keep communication air waves open.
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joining me now with more on what we can expect from this summit is a cnn political and national security analyst. good to have you with us. >> good to be with you, rosemary. >> reporter: so the white house down playing expectations for this virtual summit. but the two leaders will will be discussing taiwan, climate change, human rights. so which of these issues will likely prove to be the most pressing, and which ones are open to cooperation and perhaps progress, or presumably with all of that to discuss, there's going to be some progress here. >> well, i think there are some areas of progress. i think it was a little bit of a surprise that china signed onto as much as it did in the end out of the climate conference, cop26. but the areas for cooperation
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are relatively thin here, rosemary. and a few of them are new. while we're hearing the administration say we want to put guardrails on the relationship, we want to make sure that we don't trip into conflict, the competition is fine, but conflict needs to be avoided. i think they may be sort of whistling past what's happened in some past efforts of that. you may remember that it was just six years ago, six or seven years ago when president obama had president xi to washington, and it had been right after a major cyberattack that the chinese managed to steal a huge amount of data out of the office of personnel management. they came to a cyber agreement, and president xi said don't worry about the south china sea, we don't plan on militarizing it. well, since that time, the degree of cyber conflict has risen in the south china sea
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areas are highly militarized. so i think there is reason to question right now whether or not the kind of agreements they make here now are basically sort of papering things over or whether or not they would actually be substantive. >> and what do you think is likely? >> well, i think what's likely is that they're going to say that they came to understand each other better. these are two people who spent a fair bit amount of time together in a previous era. when president xi had not yet ascended, xi is now obviously in a much more secure position. i think he's got reason to question after afghanistan and other events whether or not president biden actually would make a stand, say, to fully defend taiwan with military forces as opposed to support or whether or not the united states actually is going to be able to
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carry through on the set of industrial policies that are coming together in the u.s. to try to compete with china in semiconductors, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and so forth. so i think that what xi wants right now is a period of calm between now and his party congress. so he'll probably say a few things that will lower the temperature. >> right. and of course this will be the first meeting between the two leaders since president biden took office apart from those two phone calls we mentioned. how significant is this, and how might their personal relationship play into this meeting, do you think? >> well, it's a really great question. how much personal relationship can you develop over what is essentially a secure zoom call, right? and it's a little bit hard to read. the white house is saying this is better than just having a phone conversation that lasts 45 minutes or so. they expected this will probably go on for several hours.
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seeing somebody by video allows you to pick up body language and so forth and allows other members of president biden's group, secretary of state tony blinken, the national security adviser jake sullivan, to enter into conversations simultaneously with their counterparts will bring them into the conversation. but it's not the same as sitting down with somebody taking a walk with them the way ronald reagan used to do with gorbachev. so it's something of an in-between, between a phone call and a real summit. >> david sanger, many thanks for talking with us. appreciate it. >>. >> great to be with you, rosemary. ahead of of the biden/xi summit, u.s. treasury secretary janet yellen said the administration was closely watching china's real estate crisis.
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>> there are fears about toxic debt in china and a potential lehman brothers moment. how concerned are you about the risk to the rest of the world by what's going on inside of china right now? >> a slowdown in china, of course, would have global consequences. china's economy is large, and if china's economy were to slow down more than expected, it certainly could have consequences for many countries that are linked to china through trade. >> today is also a big day for president biden on the home front. in the coming hours he will sign off on the roughly 1 trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill, fulfilling a key campaign promise. the massive piece of legislation will help fix america's roads and bridges, modernize train
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systems and expand broadband. mr. biden has tapped former new orleans louisiana mayor mitch landrew to oversee implementation of the bill. steve bannon, a longtime ally of former u.s. president donald trump is expected to turn himself in, in the coming hours. he is facing two charges of contempt of congress after he defied a subpoena of the committee investigating the january 6th attack on the u.s. capitol. but bannon may not be the last member of trump's inner circle to face charges. mark meadows snubbed the same committee on friday when he failed to show up for a deposition. and if he continues refusing to cooperate, one lawmaker says the committee won't hesitate to act. >> we have been moving very quickly to make these decisions. and i'm confident we'll move very quickly with respect to mr. meadows.
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but when-ultimately, witnesses decide, as meadows has, that they're not even going to bother showing up, that they have that much contempt for the law, then it forces our hand and we'll move quickly. >> reporter: steve bannon is expected to turn himself in monday after he was indicted on two counts of contempt of congress last week. a federal judge signed an arrest warrant for bannon, but he's being given the opportunity to volunteer voluntarily. if convicted bannon could face up to one year in prison for each count of contempt. while conviction is far from certain, the indictment alone is a major win for the house select committee investigating january 6th. if they're trying to understand exactly what took place around the attack on the u.s. capitol. members of the committee believe bannon's indictment will send a message to other witnesses who have resisted cooperating including trump's former chief of staff mark meadows. meadows failed to show up for his own scheduled deposition last week. and the committee says it is
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thinking about moving to hold him in contempt as well. meadows is working in the white house in the leadup to january 6th, making the potential case against him a little bit different than it is for bannon. the committee clearly has a lot of questions for meadows including, for instance, whether he used a personal cell phone during that time. they'll also have questions about a memo that was allegedly sent to mike pence to try to convince him not to certify the election. that memo just now coming to light in a new book from abc's john karl. the pressure is building at europe's border crisis. coming up, thousands of migrants in the middle of a standoff between belarus and the european union. plus, counterterrorism officers are investigating a deadly car blast in england. the details, ahead. ery night. nyquil severe. the nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching,
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migrants are getting help to try to break through the border. they reported seeing tents coming down and migrants getting instructions from the belarusian officials. poland issued a mass warning to phones in the area on saturday that the border is sealed and migrants should go back to minsk. many of the migrants are from iraq and syria. and lithuania is also reporting a spike in people looking to enter its territory from belarus. iraq's foreign ministry says it will send the first repatriation flight for iraqi citizens in belarus on thursday. the polish ministry of defense says its forces in the border area are on standby. and we have the latest from matthew chance at a migrant camp in belarus near the border with poland. so, matthew, let's start with you. what's going on at the border right now, and where's all this going? >> reporter: well, yeah. let me paint a picture for you,
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rosemary, of where we actually are. we are in a refugee camp essentially. it's right on the border with poland. you can see the razor-wire fence that's been erected on the polish side to prevent these migrants from getting across into poland, into the european union. you can see the border police there that have lined up along this fence to prevent these migrants from cutting through the razor-wire fence and getting into european union territory. a lot of them say they want to go through poland to germany where they're looking for sort of economic opportunities. let me take you on a walk through this camp a little bit. you can see these makeshift shelters that have been built. there are some tents right now. but a lot of times people have gone into the forest, cut down trees and built their own shelters. that's pretty poor conditions. these sleeping bags have arrived
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quite recently over here. they weren't here last time we came a couple of days ago. but the whole camp is filled with this choking smoke. people have been lighting fires to try and keep warm. the conditions are getting increasingly cold. it's about two degrees centigrade now. and at night it dips below freezing. the people here are already desperate, caught in between this razor-wire fence. and the poles on this side and of course the belarusian authorities on the other side. sorry, i've got smoke that's blowing into my eyes. it really is quite sort of overwhelming here. i don't quite frankly know how these people are standing it. a desperate situation. and these desperate migrants are caught in the middle, rosemary. >> absolutely. matthew, many thanks for that. why are we seeing iraqi migrants flooding the border, and what's
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the iraqi government planning to do about this? >> reporter: well, as you saw there, rosemary, in matthew's report, a lot of the migrants and refugees who are ending up on the border are from iraq's kurdistan region. a lot of people have been asking this question of why are iraqi kurds leaving in their thousands, and they have been for months now. this is a more stable part of the country. it's been seen as relatively more stable and more safe. but when you talk to people in the kurdistan region, they say it is the economic situation, it is the high unemployment, it is that feeling that there is no hope where they are right now. so, they are desperately trying to find that better life for them, for their children, for their future, and the only way people believe they can do this, rosemary, is by getting to europe. and people in the past and
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continue to use the sea route going through turkey, for example, trying to cross the aegean, crossing the med train also. you see a lot of iraqis and syrians and iraqi-kurds still trying to do this journey. when this new route opened up basically a few months ago, a lot of people saw this as a safer way to try and get to europe. and iraqis have a difficult time obtaining visas for so many countries. so, when earlier this year belarus made it much easier for them to get visas, so many people turned to this route. they started getting visas and trying to travel, they say that they have been exploited by smugglers and traffickers inside the country and in belarus. they have also, they're being
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used by certain countries, they say, as political pawns in this standoff between the e.u. and belarus. right now as we're hearing iraqi officials in baghdad and in the kurdish region continuing to say that they are working to try and stop people from going. the iraqis stopped flights back in august. there were no direct flights to belarus. people found a workaround. they got to other destinations like istanbul or dubai or damascus. but this has become increasingly more difficult. more and more airlines now are restricting access to these flight. they are stopping iraqis and syrians and others from getting on these flights to minsk. so, it is harder, but a lot of people would tell you, rosemary, that the iraqi leadership, whether in erbil or in baghdad, they need to address the root cause of it, what is making
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people feel so desperate, so hopeless that they are continuing to try these very dangerous and desperate routes to get to europe? >> exactly right. many thanks for bringing us up to date on that story. appreciate it. in england, police have arrested three men under the terrorism act after a car explosion killed one person and injured another near a liverpool hospital. the suspects are all in their 20s. and police say they're keeping an open mind as to what caused sunday's explosion involving a taxi. london's mayor tweeted this. london stands with liverpool. my thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible incident. and for more on this we want to bring in cnn's scott mcclain. he joins us live from london. so what more are you learning about this deadly car explosion, and of course the three men arrested? >> hey, rosemary, what's remarkable here is that we're almost 24 hours on and we have
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very little information as to what actually transpired. we are getting little bits, though, as time goes on. the bbc is now quoting a witness who said that he heard an explosion, he was inside the hospital at the time, he looked outside and saw a bloodied man screaming and getting out of that car. there was a second person still in that vehicle. we can only assume that that was the victim who died. we have no confirmation as to what that person was and what may have been inside that taxi to make it explode or catch fire. the mayor has advised that for the next 24 hours, possibly longer, no new appointments would be taking place at the hospital while police investigating and obviously there's going to be a stepped-up police presence inside the city for the next few days. now, this bears a lot of resemblance to past terror attacks. the prime minister is calling it an awful incident. the mayor is calling it upsetting. but nobody is calling it
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terrorism, despite the fact that the anti-terror police are investigating as well. what we know for sure is that the call to police came in just before 11:00 in the morning that this explosion had taken place out of the liverpool women's hospital. this is a massive facility, it takes up almost an entire city block. it specializes in women's health more broadly, and in delivering babies as well. and what's interesting, and you can see why police are thinking that this perhaps could be terrorism, is that this call came in at 10:59 a.m. yesterday across the uk was remembrance sunday honoring britain's war dead. there was a two-minute moment of silence, one minute after that call came in at 11:00 a.m., there was also a parade taking place, a small parade taking place at the liverpool cathedral. again, this is less than one mile from that hospital. and in the hours that followed, you mentioned, as well, police arrested three men in their 20s. that was about a mile to the
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north of the women's hospital. they also cordoned off and evacuated several houses about a mile or so to the southeast of the hospital. but again, rosemary, reliable information still even at this point is pretty tough to come by. >> all right, we'll continue to stay on it of course. scott mcclain joining us live from london. many thanks. there's much more to come here on cnn. we will check in on the covid vaccination numbers in the u.s. and hear why one expert says it's especially important to be fully protected going into the holiday season. plus, countries in europe cut off the unvaccinated from public life. more on the new measures restricting what they can do and where they can go. that's after a short break. back in just a moment.
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the pace of covid vaccinations in the u.s. is picking up with millions more people now eligible for the shot. more than 195 million americans are fully vaccinated. that's according to the cdc. and that is almost 59% of the total u.s. population. among that group, about 29 million have now received an additional booster dose as well. as we've mentioned, more than a million children ages 5 to 11 have gotten their first dose just two weeks after the fda authorized the vaccine for that age group. dr. ashish jha is the dean of brown university's school of public health and joins me now from providence, rhode island. thank you so much, doctor, for all that you do and for joining us. >> thank you for having me back,
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rosemary. >> absolutely. so, according to the cdc, nearly 59% of the total u.s. population is fully vaccinated. and more than 1 million children under 12 have received their first covid shot. but former fda commissioner dr. scott gottlieb says there will be a post-holiday covid spike. and he thinks it will get worse before it gets better, particularly in those states that have very low vaccination rates. do you agree with him, and when do you think we'll start to emerge from this pandemic? >> yeah. unfortunately, i think dr. gottlieb is right. i think we are looking ahead to about six to eight weeks of difficult times in the united states. we have about 80,000 infections a day right now. that's actually up a little bit in the last couple of weeks. i expect those numbers to rise in the upcoming week, especially with thanksgiving and the christmas holidays that are coming. i do think january will be better, but the next couple of
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months are going to be pretty tough. >> so, with the holidays upon us, what would your advice be to everyone to sort of avoid the six to eight weeks alie ahead of us and the problems that many people experience in those times? >> number one is absolutely for people to get vaccinated. if you're not vaccinated, if your kids are not vaccinated, it is safe to get together over the holidays if you're vaccinated. it is much, much riskier if you are not. if you're more than six months out from your vaccine, get a booster shot. those are widely available, and they offer another level of protection. and then just being careful around the holidays, particularly around vulnerable people is a good idea. but i do think this is a holiday where we can get together safely if we follow those precautions. >> right. and you did mention the booster shot. u.s. surgeon general dr. vivek murthy is encouraging people toll get vaccinated, of course, and for those who are eligible to get a booster shot.
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but there's still a reluctant portion of the population here in the u.s. and across parts of europe, the anti-vaxxer who's don't appear to remember polio or smallpox. how do you expect and convince these people that getting vaccinated will end this pandemic? >> yeah. it's difficult. obviously, it's been an effort for a while now. but unfortunately i think the misinformation directed towards americans and europeans and others is very well organized and done by parties with ulterior motives. we've got to keep talking to people and engaging people and addressing concerns that they have. i think there are a lot of legitimate questions that people have that we still have to answer. i also think policies like mandates can make a big difference. >> of course, with covid again surging in europe, austria is now ordering lockdowns just for the unvaccinated for the next ten days or so, and any violators will will be fined if
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they don't stay in their homes and if they want to get out and buy some goods, of course, food and other requirements. but is that what will ultimately need to be done in other countries as well, given this is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated? >> yeah. i have to say i'm pretty skeptical of any policy that directs lockdowns just towards unvaccinated people. what i would much prefer is mandates for public gatherings, for workplaces. i think that's a much more compelling way to get people vaccinated. we'll see what the austria experience is and if it works. but i think taking one part of the population and treating them differently in that way is just hard to sustain for any extended period of time. >> of course, we've seen some work groups, some unions, some republican governors push back on any effort to put vaccine mandates in place. so what would your advice be there? what should happen? >> well, advice is i think we're
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all getting tired of this pandemic. we're 22 months in. we need to put this pandemic behind us. we need to bring the acute phase of the pandemic to a close. there's really one major path out and that is vaccines. for republican governors and others who are opposed to mandates, if they have better ideas for getting all of us mandated, i think we'd be open to it. but the key is to get a lot more people vaccinated and help bring this pandemic to a close. well, countries in europe are in crisis mode as rising covid infections prompt new restrictions. and starting today, as we just heard, austria is enforcing lockdown measures for the unvaccinated after reporting record case numbers last week. germany is also restricting access to public spaces in berlin for residents who haven't had the jab yet. proof of vaccination is now needed to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, and other businesses.
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how exactly will this lockdown for the unvaccinated in austria work? and what has the reaction to this strategy been so far? >> well, the reaction is mixed. of course, those people who have been vaccinated think this is a great idea. they're protecting themselves and others. but the people who haven't been vaccinated for various reasons aren't quite so happy about it. let's see what we heard in austria. >> protesters gather in vienna ahead of new restrictions now in effect and other parts of europe that target the unvaccinated. officials from the world health organization say europe is once again at the center of the pandemic. and some governments are getting tough on those who have not been vaccinated by limiting what they can do and where they can go. in austria, anyone 12 and older who is not fully vaccinated is under a stay-at-home order. that means no going out unless it's for work, taking a walk, or other essential purposes.
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though, children ages 12 to 15 who are regularly tested under government standards can participate in some public activities. >> translator: i think it's very discriminating because i'm allowed to go to work, but the rest of the day i have to stay at home. >> translator: with only 65% of austria's population fully vaccinated against covid-19, one of the lowest rates in western europe, millions of people are now under lockdown, again. though there are some exemptions for those who are reasocently recovered from the virus. officials say the lockdown will initially last ten days, and there will be stiff fines for those who don't comply, which will be enforced through spot checks. >> translator: every citizen, every person living in austria must be aware that they can be checked by the police at any time. >> reporter: germany's capital berlin also signaling out the unvaccinate who did under new restrictions called 2g can no longer dine indoors in
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restaurants or go to bars and other invevenues. the targeted measures come as germany has some of the highest daily numbers of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. not everyone is happy with the new tactics. business owners must now turn away customers if they don't meet the criteria. but some who implemented the rules while they were still optional say there is a sense of relief that come from them. >> translator: for me and my employees, it makes things easier at work. the customers are also more relaxed. we don't always have to check if customers are wearing their mask when's they get up. >> reporter: tough consequences for the unvaccinated. but with soaring new cases of covid-19 in europe, some governments are shifting their tone for those who have not taken the vaccine. so, you see, it's really very variable with the reaction to this. we've seen places like in italy where the vaccination rates are very, very high.
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the numbers are not crawling up quite as quickly. we've had a green pass here to go into restaurants and other establishments for quite some time. mask mandate has always been in effect here. so you see the reactions based on each country are different, and the people are very, very vulnerable to what the government of their countries have mandated. >> it is pretty fascinating to see how all the different countries are responding to this. many thanks for joining us live there from rome. young children in israel could soon be rolling up their sleeves for a covid shot. the israeli health ministry has accepted a recommendation from scientists to start vaccinating children 5 to 11 with the pfizer/biontech shot. it say it's was about 91% effective in preventing covid symptoms in young kids in its trials. experts will determine when these vaccinations will begin in the coming days. and just ahead here on cnn, mixed reviews for the cop26
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activists and world leaders are now setting their sights on cop27 next year in egypt, and offering mixed assessments about whether anything was achieved in glasgow. uk prime minister boris johnson is touting the cop26 agreement that was reached in scotland. he says the deal reaffirms the importance of trying to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius, and it's the first time they have published a mandate to cut the use of coal. others are deeply disappointed. they argue the pac did not meet the urgency of the climate crisis. for more on this we want to bring in cnn's nina dos santos
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who joins us. what was the overall assessment, and was anything truly achieved here? >> reporter: well, if you ask the british prime minister, boris johnson, it was delight and disappointment. others might put it more strongly in saying there was a mixture of grief and relief in the room, depending on which side of the climate change debate you stand and also which type of big country you are, whether you're an enormous merging market like india and china that thwarted the attempt to go away from coal. ultimately, the cop26 negotiations had to run into overtime over the course of the weekend on that contentious issue of fossil fuels and in particular of coal. now, you'll remember that
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eventually we saw the government minister of the uk responsible for hosting these negotiations having an almost tearful press conference over the course of the weekend, saying finally we've done, but i am disappointed that at the last minute plans to phase out coal in the final communique were watered down to phase down coal. that was said to be down to pressure coming from two economies in particular china and india, big carbon emitters here, saying that eventually they wouldn't back a statement that planned to phase out coal. some people might say if you look at the energy crisis, some factories having to shut down amid power shortages, perhaps that brought to attention how sharp this transition is supposed to be by the year 2030. but those who are the optimists look at this deal and say it does two things. one, it's the first time that fossil fuel limits have actually
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been agreed upon in this type of format. and it keeps this concept of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees above preindustrialized levels alive. so it keeps that 1.5 degree target alive. it aims, as you said, to reconvene this party in a year's time in egypt to try and reinforce some of those commitments that they've made here with more important targets. they're also bilateral agreements on the sidelines. most notably, the united states and china are going to cooperate on methane reduction on decarbonization and things like that, and another hundred countries trying to pledge to stop deforestation and again control methane. there were bilateral agreements that were helpful. there was eventually this attempt to try and keep the climate change movement alive and those targets. activists like green peace and greta thunberg, they say it
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missed grasping the urgency of the climate emergency that the world is facing. >> nina dos santos joining us live from london. many thanks. schools and government offices in new delhi are now closed for a week as severe air pollution blankets the city. thick smog has hung over the indian capital for days. and air pollution levels in and around the city are expected to remain poor. so, what is latest on this severe air pollution that's closing schools and buildings? and what's government saying about it? >> reporter: rosemary, you can see a haze or smog behind me. it's not as thick as it was this morning. and over the weekend the pollution levels have come down comparatively when you actually think of the days that have gone by the last two weeks they're having parts of delhi and areas
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reporting severe pollution levels. the pandemic numbers have come down, covid-19 cases have gone down in d at the time of the accident l-- ddelhi. this time it's because of air pollution. you and i have spoken about this in the last two years. we've spoken about how pollution seems to be a permanent problem in the winter season and surrounding areas. a lot of reasons have been attributed for heavy pollution levels in delhi. when farmers burn the crops to clear the fields to sow seeds for the winter season. along with that industrial pollution as well as emissions from other sources. now, according to the delhi government, they have been taking steps to do whatever they can to reduce the pollution levels. but if you look around me, there's been no permanent solution to this problem because supreme court has once again
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intervened, this time because a 17-year-old student put in a petition in the supreme court asking what the government is really doing about pollution levels in and around delhi because it's impacting not only the students but also the economy. because construction work has also stopped now for the next three days here in delhi. dust is another factor along with open waste burning that attributes to the pollution levels. the supreme court has now intervened. they are expecting both the delhi government which is ruled by a regional party and narendra modi's party to come up with solutions and they have to be permanent in nature and not just a quick fix for the years to come. because it's seen that over the years both the state government as well as central government have been reactive more than proactive in finding solutions. now, when you inhale this smog and this pollution, it leads to
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a respiratory issue, and children and adults have been complaining of this. i live close to delhi. i have three air purifiers at home. but still the air quality inside my home is very poor currently. rosemary? >> many thanks for bringing us that report live from new delhi. take good care. next here on "cnn newsroom," growing concerns over queen elizabeth's health after the british monarch canceled what would have been her first public appearance in weeks. we're back with that in just a moment. neuriva plus fuels six key indicators of brain performance. more brain performance? yes, please! neuriva. think bigger.
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welcome back, everyone. well, cuba is bracing for protests on monday. the same day the island nation begins to reopen to tourists. the government is ready to welcome foreign visitors once again following what it calls a successful covid vaccination campaign. but opposition groups plan to use the day to demand greater freedoms and the release of jailed activists. cuba's government is already cracking down surrounding the homes of activists on sunday, including well-known playright.
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u.s. secretary of state antony blinken tweeted his support to the opposition, calling on the cuban government to demonstrate respect for human rights. buckingham palace says a sprained back forced queen elizabeth to cancel her planned appearance at sunday's remembrance day event. the ceremony which honors the uk's war dead went ahead. prince charles, who turned 73 on sunday, laid a wreath on his mother's behalf. the ceremony has always had great significance for the queen. she is commander in chief of the british armed forces, and she served in the auxiliary during world war ii. despite growing concerns about the 95-year-old monarch's health, prime minister boris johnson said she looked well when he saw her last week. >> i just wanted to reassure everybody by saying that i did see the queen last week on
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wednesday in windsor, and she's very well. it shouldn't need saying, but i just wanted to say it anyway. >> u.s. president joe biden has long paid tribute to his family's irish roots. and on saturday he celebrated the irish rugby team's 29-20 victory over new zealand. the president called the irish rugby football union from his retreat at camp david. team members chanted "usa" and asked for an invitation to the white house. on sunday a pub in ireland tweeted this clip from that video call. >> great win, man. by the way, when i was down in new zealand not long ago, i was bragging about you guys. they almost didn't let me off the island. do you know what i mean? [ laughter ] congratulations, fellas. >> yeah, they loved that call. thanks so much for your company.
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