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and welcome to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada, and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. ahead on "cnn newsroom," the parents of a teenager charged in a deadly school shooting are themselves arraigned. you'll hear their lawyers' response and why more charges could follow. tightening global travel. more restrictions go into effect as the omicron spreads. and a high-tech way to fight climate change that begins with a rather low-tech problem.
we begin in michigan and the continuing fallout from tuesday's deadly school shooting. police say another perp could face charges for helping the parents of the alleged shooter. james and jennifer crumbly have pled not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges. this exclusive video shows the couple being taken into custody from a warehouse in detroit after setting off a fugitive manhunt. police say someone aided the pair while there. >> we believe they were assisted in that location to get there, to get in. and we're gathering that information. and we're going to have totality of that done fairly soon and present that to our prosecutor for potential charges for either aiding and abetting or
obstruction of justice. >> during the crumbley's hearing, they claim they planned to turn themselves in. and denied that their son has unrestricted access to the gun that he used during his shooting spree. >> reporter: hi, there. james and jennifer crumbley found hiding in a detroit warehouse early saturday morning. they were arraigned early in the morning. each faces four counts of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the four teens that their son, ethan crumbley, is charged with murdering. each of these accounts of involuntary manslaughter carries up to 15 years in prison and a $7,500 fine and mandatory dna collection. it is very, very rare to see the parents charged in a high school shooting case, but oakland county prosecutor karen mcdonald explained why she was making that move. take a listen. >> both defendants were aware that he was searching ammunition on his phone at school.
instead of reacting to that as a concerned parent and worried about safety, mrs. crumbley texted, "lol, i'm not mad, just next time don't get caught." and obviously, on this very tragic day on the 30th, they were called to the school and about their son's drawing, which literally depicted threats and acts of violence. and instead of disclosing to the school that he had full access to this weapon, they chose not to, chose not to take their son home, they chose not to tell anybody that he might be dangerous when it was clear and they had every likelihood that he was and instead they left. >> reporter: and instead they left. the prosecutor saying that these parents, had they acted, could have prevented this tragedy from happening. therefore, they are criminally negligent. we did hear from the lawyers representing jennifer and james crumbley, they insist that even
though the crumbleys did not show up for their arraignment on friday, they were not, in fact, fleeing. take a listen to what one of their lawyers had to say. >> last night and throughout the day, we were in contact with our clients. they were scared, they were terrified, they were not at home. they were figuring out what to do, getting finances in order. this case is absolutely the saddest, most tragic worst case imaginable. there is absolutely no doubt. but our clients were absolutely going to turn themselves in. it was just a matter of logistics. and all the prosecution had to do was communicate with me about it. >> so they say this was all about a miscommunication, but the oakland county prosecutor and sheriff say, look, the crumbleys went to a nearby atm, they withdrew $4,000, they did this at a place that wasn't very far from the place that they were expected to turn themselves in. that doesn't seem like someone who was trying to turn
themselves in. one more thing i should note is that there is a third person who police say helped them get into the warehouse where they were found hiding. that person could face charges, as well, aiding and abetting or obstruction. those exact charges will be up to the oakland county prosecutor. athena jones, cnn, pontiac, michigan. >> since tuesday's tragedy, questions have been mounting over whether people at the school will be held responsible for what they did or didn't do before the shooting. earlier, we spoke to cnn legal analyst joey jackson about that. here he is. >> reporter: when you pivot to the school, it's about what they knew, when they knew it, and what specifically they did about it. and apparently, the school did have knowledge as to this child and his misbehavior. there was an indication that he was looking on his phone for ammunition, doing an ammunition search. that concerned school officials enough when he spoke with them. subsequent to that, the following day, we know about a
drawing, which was prettimore p morbid with regard to blood and a body and his statements, and at that point the parents were brought in, and there is where the communication really goes south. at that particular time, the question to be asked is, if school officials were possessed of that knowledge, should they have mandated that this child be removed from school. should they have notwithstanding the parent's objection said, you're taking him home and if you're not taking him home, we'll put him in a safe place, but he's not staying here. so it's whether they fulfilled their responsibility to act reasonably, responsibly, and appropriately under the circumstances knowing them to be at that particular time. a republican congressman is being slammed for his pro-gun tweet just days after the michigan tragedy. thomas massey posted this photo on saturday, showing what appears to be his family gathered around the christmas tree all holding firearms. you can see them there and the caption reads, mary christmas, ps, santa, please bring ammo.
gun violence activist fred guttenberg responded with a picture of his teenage daughter who was killed in the parkland shooting in 2018, and he tweeted, since we are sharing family photos, here is mine, one is the last photo i ever took of jamie, the other is where she is buried because of the parkland school shooting. the shooter and his family used to take photos like yours as well. we want to show you live pictures just coming in now from the greek island of lesbos. thousands of migrants from the middle east, asia, and africa are on the island and some have been stuck there for years. he's been going down the line, meeting with these migrants. cnn's vatican correspondent delia gallagher is traveling with the pope skband joins me n on the phone. we're seeing these pictures of
the pope going down the line listening to people. he was talking to them in various languages there. it's quite a touching scene. explain the story behind this and the pope's attachment to this issue. >> well, you know, kim, this is really a place, it's called the refugee center here on the island of the lesbos, and this is actually the second time the pope has come to lesbos in five years. it's a major focus, obviously, for the pope, giving attention to the issue of migrants in the mediterranean. this center holds about 2,000 refugees. they are there all over. i was speaking to some of them earlier from iraq, from syria, from africa. some of them, kim, have been here for six years. not at this particular center. this is a new one built just last year. they have been waiting in these camps for six years. the island of lesbos is very close to turkey. it is a first point of entry for refugees and migrants trying to
get to europe. many people waiting here for a very long time, hoping to go anywhere, they told me. anywhere outside of here. pope francis is on five-day trip of cyprus and greece. it's been a major focus of him for him to encourage european countries and other countries to open their borders and integrate refugees into their society. he calls the migrant issue the war of the moment. he calls the mediterranean a cemetery without tombstones. so that is why he is coming here. now, when he came here five years ago, kim, he did a surprise move and took back 12 refugees on his papal plane. i don't know you remember that. he brought them back to italy. they were syrian refugees. this time the vatican told us on friday that he has made arrangements for 12 refugees from cyprus, where we just were in the last two days, to be transferred to rome in the coming weeks.
so not on his papal plane, but arrangements are being made through the vatican to get some, 12, perhaps more in the coming months to be relocated to italy. so that's the pope's way of showing, in a small example, what he is hoping other countries will do. obviously, it is a massive problem. but i can tell you from talking to the people here, again, with the language, and there's all kinds of languages here. but mostly, you don't even need words, you can just see it on their faces. the hope that they have with the pope coming here and the suffering that they're enduring. they have food, medicine, they have been vaccinated. but one man was saying to me, what he would like to ask the pope is, why is there such inequality. why are some people more important than others. he told me, some refugees, for example, from afghanistan were able to leave the camp. a lot of hope here. certainly, a good day, if you
will for the pope to come and visit. but really, pope francis once again trying to keep the spotlight on the situation of migration in the mediterranean and in europe. kim? >> as we were watching the pictures, which struck me as how many migrants there were and how young so many of them were. quickly, before i let you go, can you let us know what's next in terms of the pope's visit? >> so the pope is on the fourth day of a visit to cyprus and greece. he's flying back to athens after lesbos, so this afternoon, he will have a mass in athens. you know, greece is a mainly orthodox christian country, but there are some catholics there. there are also immigrants from other countries. so he will have that. and then tomorrow, he will meet with some young people in greece and fly out around noon back to rome. kim? >> really appreciate that, delia gallagher traveling with the
pope. thank you so much. >> thanks, kim. international travel plans have been thrown into turmoil this holiday season, as countries around the world rush to stop the spread of the omicron variant. many of the new travel restrictions are aimed at arrivals from southern africa, where omicron was first detected. the u.s. will impose new rules on monday that single out travelers from eight countries in southern africa. similar restrictions in the uk also begin on monday. now, parts of europe were already facing new lockdowns, mask mandates and other restrictions before the omicron variant was even know about. cnn's salma an del aziz is in london. take us through the new restrictions aimed at both the delta and omicron variants. >> just as you mentioned, this was a region that was already very much in the grips of another wave of covid-19. we were seeing countries like germany go into partial lockdowns. austria was in a full lockdown. new rules were being put into place in italy around face masks. ireland rolling out new
restrictions on friday evening. the prime minister telling his countrymen that they can't afford to take the risk of yet another variant without having social restrictions in place. but from country to country, of course, the policies and the government approach has been different. some have been focused on social restrictions, others have been focused on booster jobs and vaccinations, but all across the world right now, everyone preparing for what scientists might tell us about omicron. take a look. >> the omicron variant has put the world on edge, triggering new travel bans and lockdown measures. more than 35 countries have reported cases of the coronavirus variant. doctors and scientists are racing to gather data to determine if it's more transmissible, causes more severe illness, and whether it could impact the efficacy of vaccines. >> some of the earlier reports that we have, starting with the province where it was first reserved and across the provinces of south africa, we do think that in fact infectious,
certainly not what we wanted. but we're not entirely surprised. and i think we're much better prepared to handle it. >> but many countries are taking no chances. in germany, chancellor angela merkel announced a nationwide lockdown for all unvaccinated people. italy imposed mask mandates in rome and sicily ahead of the holidays. and ireland introduced new restrictions, closing nightclubs and imposing a 50% capacity cap for indoor events. rio de janeiro canceled new year's eve celebrations after brazil detected its first omicron cases. south african scientists first detected omicron. covid-19 cases in the country nearly quadrupled between tuesday and friday, passing the $3 million mark for the first time since the start of the pandemic. 70 to 75% of the cases sequenced
in south africa in november were confirmed to be of the omicron variant. health officials continue to underscore how important it is to get vaccinated and boosted against covid-19. in the uk, prime minister boris johnson received his booster and urged residents to do the same, as soon as possible. >> the target that we've set ourselves is to offer a booster to everyone eligible by the end of january. and with the first jabs, we'll be working through people by age group, going down in five-year bans. >> reporter: while it may be a few more weeks until scientists know more about omicron, the world continues to act fast to fight the latest obstacle in the coronavirus pandemic. >> now the question is of course, kim, will all of these restrictions, these booster campaigns, will they work? of course, it crucially depends on what scientists find out
about the transmissibility, about the severity of illness, all of these other details that we're waiting on, on the omicron variant. but i think the key here is, kim, is what we've heard over and over again from the world health organization. no one is safe until everyone is safe. i mean by that, of course, the global south, the developing world, where i wonder if people have access to booster jabs. i'm from egypt and i know in that country, it's very difficult to get access to these vaccinations. that's the question, kim. if we continue to see huge pockets of the world that are unvaccinated, will we continue to see these variants develop and grow? >> i think we know the answer. salma an bdelaziz in london, thanks so much. u.s. president joe biden and russian president vladimir putin are set to speak on tuesday. this comes as u.s. intelligence warns that a kremlin invasion of ukraine would be months away. that's based in large part on a buildup of russian forces near the ukrainian border. the u.s. army chief of staff staid on saturday about 100,000 russian troops are already there and it's believed another 75,000 could soon join them.
president biden warned on friday that he would make it, quote, very, very difficult for russia to launch an invasion and officials are floating the idea of new sanctions. cnn's joe johns has more from the white house. >> reporter: white house press secretary jen psaki putting out a statement, indicating as her counterpart at the kremlin already had, that president biden and vladimir putin will have their big telephone call on tuesday, on video and one of the major topics to be discussed will be the tens of thousands of russian troops amassing on the ukraine border. that statement says if part, president biden will underscore u.s. concerns with russian military activities on the border with ukraine and reaffirm the u.s. support for the sovereignty and integrity of ukraine. so one of the big questions is whether putin is planning on invading ukraine. the answer to that cannot be known. the president on departure to
camp david this weekend was asked what he would do if russia invaded ukraine. he did not answer the question, but he did say this -- >> we've been aware of russia's actions for a long time and my expectation is that we're going to have a long discussion. >> do you accept putin's red line on ukraine? >> i don't accept anybody's red line. >> reporter: one of the big reasons it's so difficult to figure out what's going on with the russian troops is according to a u.s. intelligence report, they're being moved around in a way so as to obscure their motivations. joe johns, cnn, the white house. cnn anchor chris cuomo has been terminated effective immediately. the news came saturday afternoon cuomo was already suspended by cnn. it stems from how he advised his brother, then new york governor andrew cuomo, as the governor was facing sexual harassment
allegations. documents released by the new york attorney general point to a serious breach of cnn's standards. chris cuomo has released this statement about his termination. it reads in part, this is not how i wanted my time at cnn to end, but i have already told you why and how i helped my brother, so let me now say as disappointing as this is, i could not be more proud of the team at cuomo prime-time and the work we did as cnn's number one show in the most competitive time slot. still to come, a 9-year-old girl rescued from child manger in afghanistan. you may remember our exclusive story about pawana who was sold as a child bride. now she's safe and speaking with our anna coren. introducing the all-new gillettelabs with exfoliating bar. it removes unseen dirt and debris before the blades, for a shave as quick and easy as washing your facace. ♪
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last month we brought you a distressing story about child marriage in afghanistan. many of you were particularly disturbed by the case of 9-year-old pawana who was sold into marriage to a 55-year-old man for around $2,000. his father said it was his only option to feed his family. cnn was granted rare permission to document the disturbing sale and handover.
well, after an international outcry following our story, the u.s.-based nonprofit "too young to wed" got involved and rescued pawana. cnn was there to document it and anna coren brings us this exclusive report. >> reporter: an iranian love song plays from a cassette as a driver navigates his way through the valley in northwestern afghanistan. in the back of his station wagon is a mother and her six children who have just left behind a life of constant struggle and hardship, all they've ever known. among them, 9-year-old pawana. our cameraman, siddiqui, asks her how she's feeling? i'm so happy, she says, with a smile. >> cnn met pawana dressed in pink in an internally displaced camp back in october. her father claims he was selling her to feed the rest of the
family as a humanitarian crisis grips the country. he had already sold his 12-year-old into marriage and told cnn that unless his situation improved, he would have to sell his four remaining daughters as well, including the youngest, just 2. if i didn't have these daughters to sell, he asks, what should i do? pawana's buyer, who lived in a nearby village, confirmed he was taking the 9-year-old as his second wife. >> translator: i'm 55 years old, i have a wife with four daughters and a son. i bought her for myself. i will wait until she becomes older. >> reporter: cnn was granted rare access to film the final payment and handover. the buyer asked for it to take place at a house in his village and not the cab for security reasons. he paid a total of 200,000 afghanis, just over $2,000 u.s.
dollars for pawana in land, shape, and cash. this is your bride, please take care of her, says pawana's father, of course i will take care of her, says the man. as he drags her away, she wimpers. moments later, she digs her heels into the dirt, refusing to go, but it's hopeless. cnn's story caused an outcry -- >> now a distressing story out of afghanistan -- >> the network was inundated with offers of help from the public, aid organizations and n dp gos wanting to help pawana and the other girls in our story. too young to wed took the lead. its executive director has been working to end child marriage and helping vulnerable girls
around the world for over 20 years. she says the perfect storm is brewing in afghanistan and it's the girls that are suffering. >> i know these stories are difficult to watch and they're difficult to do and they bring around a lot of concern, but at the same time, we need to keep people understanding that this is happening, we need to keep ringing the alarm bell. understand these are real girls and real lives. and they can be changed. >> reporter: within bagdis province, there was widespread backlash towards pawana's father and the buyer after our story went to air, with claims they'd brought shame on the community. even the taliban tells cnn the practice is forbidden. >> i request everyone not to sell their children. child marriage is not a good thing and we condemn it. >> reporter: women's rights activist and u.s. citizen maboba sarage who chose to stay in afghanistan after the taliban swept to power to help says it's just the type of the iceberg. >> there's a lot of misery, a lot of mistreatment, a lot of
abuse involved in these things. and it will keep on happening with the hunger, with the winter, with poverty. >> reporter: as a result of the controversy caused by the story, an intervention from the charity, pawana was allowed to return home after almost two weeks with the buyer's family. since pawana has been rescued, i'm very happy for that. he admitted to cnn that under duress from the community, he changed his story out of embarrassment for what he had done and apologized. the buyer is unreachable for comment, but the debt is still outstanding. too young to wed then organized to have pawana, her mother, and siblings removed from the camp with her father's permission. their four-our journey to neighboring harat province was broken up with some childhood fun. before arriving at the motel.
for children who have only ever lived in a tent, the novelty of being warm, fed, and safe wasn't wearing off. they rescued me, they've given me a new life, says pawana, i thank the charity for helping me. a few days later, they moved into the safe house. pawana's mother, 27-year-old reza gul, has never lived in a house. she was sold into marriage at 17 and has since had seven children, most of whom were girls. most days in the camp she would beg for food and often her family would go to sleep hungry. now all she wants is to give her children a better life. i have a dream, a wish they go to school and start an education, she says. i have a lot of wishes for them. too young to wed has already begun distributing aid to pawana's impoverished camp, among others. while the small charity is prepared to bridge the gap,
they're calling on the large aid organizations to step up. >> these are communities that have relied on international aid for the last 20 years. and so with a lot of that aid stopping, these people bdidn't stop needing support. we can't let them pay the price, because ultimately, girls always pay the biggest price. >> reporter: i speak to pawana on zoom through my colleague, basir. >> hello, i'm ana. >> how are you? how are you feeling? >> i'm very good, thank you. how are you? >> translator: i'm fine. i'm so happy. i'm safe. i rescued. >> then she asked, when are you sending me to school? she wants to study and become a doctor or a teacher. but fairy tale endings are few and far between for girls in afghanistan, even more so now than ever.
anna coren, cnn. >> and if you would like to help girls like pawana, please visit tooy tooyoungtowed.org and you can learn more about their work in afghanistan and how you can be part of the solution. new travel restrictions aim to clamp down on the spread of the kromm kropp variant with the countries of southern africa being the primary targets. we'll have a live report from johannesburg just ahead. stay with us. everyday conges. and try vicks sinex children's saline. safefe and gentle relief for children's noses. one role of a lifetime...one sore throat. but she had enough. she took new mucinex instasoothe sore throat lozenges.
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bond after setting off a fugitive manhunt. this exclusive video shows the couple being taken into custody from a warehouse in detroit. police say someone aided the pair while they were there and may face charges. the crumbley's lawyer claims they have fully intended to turn themselves in before being arrested. they also deny that their client's son had unrestricted access to the gun he's accused of using at oxford high school earlier in the week. four students were killed in the shooting, six other student were wounded, as well as one teacher. for the second straight day, south africa reported more than 16,000 new covid cases. that's four times more than what it was just a few days ago. but the country's president says that so far, the omicron variant hasn't caused an alarming increase in hospitalizations. cnn'smadowa is in johannesburg, south africa.
the numbers seem to be concerning, what's the latest? >> reporter: the south african president saying that at least so far, based on the numbers they're looking at, this omicron variant does not seem to be leading to an alarming rate of hospitalization, so it might be more transmissible, which means it's easily carried from one person to the next. but it does not necessarily mean anybody who catches it will end up in the hospital or will die. which is a promising sign, but he did hedge his bets here and say, listen, we still need more research and more tests to be able to say that for sure. so the scientists are not quite saying that as yet. in fact, the president's own ministerial task force on covid is advising south africa to prepare for surges in hospitalizations and the possibility that they might need to look at the oxygen supply chain in case it is necessary, because they are still studying it and they will need a few more weeks before they understand a bit more. >> and we've seen the world imposing more and more
restrictions on travel from southern african and more anger from south africa at these restrictions. >> south africans are pretty outraged. i've heard lots of comments. somebody said their countries are adding southern african to the red list and that red list is starting to look very black, which is playing on this afrophobia, as some call it, this discrimination that targets people of african descent and the black diospora. and he talked about what he considers a slap on the face of south africa and the african continent, instead of applauding the south african scientists who were the ones to warn the world about the omicron variant. he said african expertise told the world about this. this is contrary to what the world should be celebrating, scientific excellence, to warn the entire world about the possibility of this new variant, and they're still working on it, and many scientists in other
parts of the world, in the u.s., in the eu, in other parts of the world are speaking to scientists here from the health minister from the national institute of communicable diseases to help them make their own guidelines in their own countries. >> larry, to fight this, obviously, you need more people getting vaccinated. there seems to be plenty of supply in south african. vaccine hesitancy is a big issue. i heard you on an earlier hour, saying something that i hadn't heard before. which was, in fact, some people in the u.s. who were vaccine skeptics are actually having an influence there many south africa. take us through that? >> that is right. there is a significant amount, i should say, of people who are anti-vaxers or hesitant to get vaccinated, partly because they've been long to right-wing commentators, conservative viewpoints from the u.s. joe rogen, for instance, has a following here in south africa and they listen to that and
believe it. and i spoke to one gentlemen who works in the hospital, and he's a fpharmacist, and he said over the last 18 to 24 months, conspiracy theorists have won, science has lost. >> that's really a shame to hear. thank you so much for your reporting there, larry madowa in johannesburg. i want to prbring in linda gray and she joins me now live from cape town, south africa. thanks so much for being with us. we just heard from our correspondent in south africa there. i would like to start with your assessment of the situation in terms of the omicron variant. what are you seeing right now and how worried are you about the coming months? >> so we are seeing an increase in the number of positive cases coming through over the last two weeks. 16,366 people tested positive
and gives us an overall case positivity rate of 24%, which is up from about 1% three weeks ago. we are seeing an exponential rise in cases. at this moment in time, like our president said, it looks like a lot of these cases are mild, but obviously, it's too early to tell. and we should prepare for the worst. we shouldn't wait. and every week we learn more about this new variant and every week we know a little bit more, much more about its transmissibility and about its impact in terms of natural ind history. it's early days yet, and we are hopeful that the disease may be mild, but we have to wait and see the next one or two weeks to see what happens to hospital admissions and our icu admissions and the death rates associated with this new variant. >> you bring up the natural history. i want to go back to how we got here. south african scientists are getting a lot of credit for how quickly they found this variant. and a lot of it has to do with
the research infrastructure that was built up to tackle two other diseases, hiv and tuberculosis. so take me through the omicron discovery. how did it come about? >> so we set up a network of genomic surveillance in south africa. and this came off the knowledge and expertise from hiv and tb. and this is surveillance network is throughout the country. and this surveillance network does routine genome analysis. and in johannesburg, they started to notice what we call s-gene knockouts and alerted this network to it. and they saw this target failure, which is a sign that something was different. and so the virologists were able to sequence this s-gene target failure, and find a new variant.
this new variant, when it was sequenced, was found to have many immunoacid changes, multiple immunoacid changes and with some deletions, showing that there was a new variant that was emerging in south africa. and very rapidly, became the dominant variant, particularly in the johannesburg, pretoria area in south africa. >> we don't know exactly the origin of this variant, but there are some theories that some of the variants emerging in south africa, including this one, could be associated directly with hiv. that people with that disease sort of can give the coronavirus a chance to mutate further. walk us through how that might work. >> so we know we have a lot of h hiv-infected people in south africa. and many of them are not on treatments. although we have the largest hiv treatment program in the world, around 3 million people are estimated not to be on treatment. and may not even know that they are hiv infected. and so with our people that are immunocompromised, tb, hiv, and
other people who have got cancer or have organ transplants, the virus may shed for longer, in this group of people and escape immune pressure from a normally good immune response. and when you escape immune pressure, the virus can evolve. and this is probably what happened in south africa and maybe, you know, at a global level, i think we need to note this, but also to say that this omicron variant has also been found in other parts of the world that have not been related to travel to south africa. and so they may be -- so i think we have to understand that there are risks for viral evolution and we have to try to map and understand where -- how this evolution arises and how to prevent it. and probably the most important thing is to increase vaccine coverage. so although we may have a large group of hiv uninfected individuals in south africa, but are not on treatment, we have
very low coverage of vaccines. and so we are unable to really take control of the pandemic in our country, because largely, the population is not vaccinated enough and we do need to make sure that we increase vaccine coverage in our country, and drive that vaccine coverage in an aggressive rate over the next couple of weeks. >> absolutely. or we'll see more and more different variants. and that's being born out. all of those warnings from months ago. listen, thank you so much for joining us. really appreciate it, glenda gray. >> thanks. all right, coming up on "cnn newsroom," a volcano erupting in indonesia has left multiple people dead. now airline pilots are getting warnings about the ash cloud. we'll have a live report up next. stay with us. for people who could use a lift new neutrogena® rapid firming. a triple-lift serum with pure collagen. 92% saw visibly firmer skin in just 4 weeks.
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have a look at this, incredible images from indonesia where a volcano erupted saturday. people literally running for their lives. officials say at least 13 people have been killed and scores more injured. thousands have been displaced. now pilots are being warned to be alert with ash clouds towering up to 50,000 feet into the air. search and rescue operations are underway and local officials say block roads are hindering efforts. for more on this, i'm joined now by blake essig in tokyo. blake, the visuals are quite stunning. the damage and loss of life devastating. you've been monitoring this story. what's the latest? >> reporter: yeah, you know, kim, just incredibly dramatic video that was captured as this event was taking place. but as of today, search and rescue efforts are currently underway. earlier today, sadly, the bodies of six minors who died following the eruption were found at a river near a local village. some of the bodies still inside their trucks. officials say at this point, the exact number of casualties and those displaced result of the
eruption remains unknown and that's in part because officials say that there are a number of villages that they can't reach because of heavy mud and fallen trees that have blocked roads. now, the number at this point of casualties currently sits at 13, but cnn has spoken with several evacuees who haven't opinion able to locate their own family members and say that they fear that there are many more victims that haven't been found. the volcano erupted on saturday afternoon, sending people living in the area running for their lives, as the volcano spewed a column of smoke and ash, turning day into night. officials say that more than 900 people have been displaced and they're currently now in evacuation centers made up of schools, a mosque, village halls and homes. currently, the military is sending personnel, gear, equipment to help with the search and rescue efforts. they've also established a temporary hospital for the wounded. separately, doctors and nurses have been sent to local health facilities to help treat victims, as well. and we do have some good news to
report at this point. so a spokesperson for the country's disaster mitigation agency says that ten people who were trapped after the eruption were rescued earlier today and have been evacuated to safety. as for those still on the ground, authorities continue to warn people living around the slope of the volcano to avoid the area for fears of another volcanic, more volcanic activity. in fact, two lava flows have been identified just today with hazardous volcanic materials re recorded. but despite the warning, a nurse near the location tells cnn that some villagers have gone back to their village to save cows and goats, kim. >> we'll keep monitoring that story. blake essig in tokyo, thanks so much. and we'll be right back.
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unlikely pair that's part of a new strategy to fight climate change. norwegian technology company n2 implied says it has found a way to reduce emissions from livestock slurry. >> in essence, we're harnessing lightning to zap livestock slurry and lock in harmful emissions like methane and ammonia. and as we know, methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and livestock are absolutely an emitter of that and we're here to solve that challenge. >> reporter: the heat trapping potential of methane is 128 times more than carbon dioxide. more than 100 countries signed on to a global pledge to fight methane. >> together, we're committing to collectively reduce our methane by 30% by 2030, and i think we can probably go beyond that.
>> reporter: n 2 implied is testing its equipment at various sites across england. a slurry is fed through this machine, which absorbs nitrogen through the air. then the slurry is blasted with a 50 kilowatt plasma torch, simulating a lightning blast which locks in both methane and ammonia. >> an over 99% emission, so practical elimination there. 95% reduction in ammonia emissions. and we practically double the nitrogen content of the slourry which can be used as a more sustainable fertilizer source. >> what comes out is called nitrogen enriched fertilizer, in the form of an odorless liquid. >> this technology delivers a reduction of 199 tons of carbon equivalent every year, with one
machine based on a 200-cow dairy farm. so we're now looking to scale out this technology across the uk livestock sector. >> reporter: lightning-zapped manure just one of many innovations to cut methane emissions from livestock. in ireland, scientists are feeding cattle seaweed to reduce the methane in their manure. and researchers in new zealand and germany are potty training cows to reduce methanes and also water pollution, an idea that scientists admit began as a joke, but shows promising possibilities. >> that wraps this hour of "cnn news newsroom". i'i'm kim brunhuber. i'll be back in just a moment with more news.
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