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hello and a very warm welcome to our viewers joining us in the united states and right around the world. i'm isa soares in london. and just ahead right here on "cnn newsroom." >> the justice department remains committed to holding all january 6 perpetrators accountable under law. >> justice is justice and p politics is to be kept separate. >> we have to defend ourselves against violent extremism which is the number one terror threat
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domestically. >> well, exactly one year after the chaos and carnage at the capitol, president biden is expected to point the finger directly upon the president donald trump. it is now a waiting game for world number one tennis star novak djokovic. officials say they will decide if he can enter the country next week. parents in chicago are furious after the biggest school district cancels classes for yet another day. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: live from london, this is "cnn newsroom" with isa soares. welcome to the show, everyone. it is thursday, january the 6th, and exactly one year ago today, hundreds of supporters of then president donald trump stormed the u.s. capitol in scenes that stunned lawmakers, the american public as well as the world. the violence and chaos that unfolded that day came, of
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course, as trump cast out of the results of the 2020 presidential election. in just a few hours, president joe biden is set to deliver remarks marking the one-year anniversary of the attack on the capitol. the white house press secretary laid out what we can expect to hear. have a listen. >> i would expect that president biden will layout the significance of what happened at the capitol and the singular responsibility president trump has for the chaos and carnage that we saw. and he will forcibly push back on the lies spread by the former president in an attempt to mislead the american people and his own supporters as well as distract from his role in what happened. >> well, one year on, america remains divided. you can see there on your screen. a new axios poll shows a slim majority assess joe biden legitimately won the 2020 election. 55% down slightly from 58% just over a year ago. and the poll also shows 57% say events like january 6 are likely
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to happen again in the next few years. meanwhile, hundreds now face charges in connection with insurrection after crowds gather to protest the certification of joe biden's electoral college win. as pro trump rioters flooded into the capitol on january 6, they made clear their intentions and their belief that the election had been stolen. >> we came this far. what do you say? >> we want our country back. >> this is our house. this is our country. >> and there are a number of republicans who continue to support trump and are blasting efforts to investigate the capitol riot. have a listen to this. >> the president didn't incite anything. >> we have a january 6 committee that nancy pelosi is leading that is nothing but a political witch-hunt on republicans and trump supporters.
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>> as they proven yet again today and over and over again, they only care about attacking their political enemies. >> it has turned out to be nothing more than a partisan committee just to investigate the former president. >> we've seen plenty of video of people in the capitol and they weren't rioting. it doesn't look like an armed insurrection when you have people that breach the capitol and i don't condone it, but they're staying within the rope lines in the rotunda. that's not what an armed insurrection would look like. >> well, both house select committee and the justice department are investigating january 6, but the u.s. attorney jen is under increasing pressure to take more aggressive action against those responsible. cnn's paula reid reports for you from washington. >> good afternoon. >> reporter: attorney general ral merrick garland said the justice department is committed to holding all january 6 perpetrators at any level accountable. >> the justice department remains committed to holding all january 6 perpetrators at any
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level accountable under law. whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy. we will follow the facts wherever they lead. >> reporter: the speech comes amid growing calls for him to do more. >> i think merrick garland has been extremely weak, and i think there should be a lot more of the organizers of january 6 that should be arrested by now. >> reporter: the nation's top law enforcement officials vowing their work is not done. >> our answer is, and will continue to be the same answer we would give with respect to any ongoing investigation. as long as it takes, and whatever it takes for justice to be done. >> reporter: the justice department's work runs parallel to the house select committee investigation. lawmakers on that panel say they are looking at whether trump may have committed a federal crime by obstructing an official
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proceeding of congress and could make criminal referrals to the justice department. and they continue to bring in witnesses. former trump white house press secretary stephanie grisham arrived on capitol hill to meet with lawmakers. their meeting follows an in-depth phone call she had with committee member yatsujamie ras. a source telling cnn raskin shared candid details about what was going on in the white house during the insurrection including trump. >> i was hearing from people he was in the dining room watching and enjoying, that people were fighting for him. and i just couldn't, i couldn't watch what was happening to our capitol. >> reporter: grisham became the first trump administration official to resign in the wake of the attack, stepping down on the afternoon of january 6th. she later recalled in her memoir that she sent first lady melania trump a text that said, "do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every american, but there is no place
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for lawlessness and violence?" to which trump replied, "no." her cooperation comes as the committee targets other trump allies like fox news host sean hannity, former vice president mike pence, and now we are learning radio host sebastian gorka, subpoenaing his cell phone records. >> the most powerful and one of the greatest presidents we've ever had. >> reporter: gorka is suing the committee and verizon to block that request. his lawyer arguing that unlike other targets, he wasn't involved in planning events on january 6, and only observed speeches at the elipse like any other spectator. in his remarks, garland also addressed what he sees as broader threats to democracy, like attacks on judges, police and journalists, and legislative enactments that make it harder for millions of americans to vote. he noted many of those legislative efforts followed the big lie that the election was stolen. paula reid, cnn, washington. well, another trump ally is
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fighting to keep the committee from obtaining his phone records. mike lindell, you can see the c.e.o. of mypillow, said there was widespread voter fraud in the election. lindell says he hasn't had the chance to review his communications, but he may have had protected conversations either with his lawyer or as a journalist because he's produced movies of alleged election fraud. meantime, january 6 committee member jamie raskin said the committee's goals are far reaching. it will not just address last year's events but will also suggest ways to prevent the attack on democracy from happening again. have a listen to this. >> we are going to have to address the problems in each level there. we are going to have to talk the social media. we're going to have to talk about how to defend ourselves against domestic violent extremism which is the number one terror threat in the country. we're going to have to learn how to defend the whole electoral system, voting rights, the
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integrity of the election, the electoral college process against these kinds of attacks. so that's a complicated task that's facing the committee, but we are determined to do that, as well as getting all of the information to the american people and to the congress. and coming up later on cnn, we take a look at the heroes who protected u.s. democracy. join jake tapper and anderson cooper for a two-hour special event, "live from the capitol january 6 one year later." it begins 8:00 p.m. tonight in washington, d.c. that's friday if you're watching at 9:00 a.m. in hong kong. right here only on cnn. now, tennis star novak djokovic will have to wait until monday to find out whether he can play in the australian open or be deported after an australian court adjourned the decision over vaccine rules. his lawyers are challenging that move. supporters are now gathering
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outside a hotel believed to be where djokovic is present. the top tennis player came under fire after receiving a medical exemption to play in the australian open. cnn is following all the developments on the situation. for more i'm joined by cnn's world sports patrick snell in atlanta. first we go live to sydney where angus watson is standing by. i guess it is a waiting game to finding out decision. give us a sense and our viewers a sense of the sentiment in the country. is there any sympathy for him? >> reporter: an absolutely extraordinary story, isa. a situation where the world's number one tennis player for men is in an immigration detention facility in melbourne, australia, having been detained at the airport overnight for hours while his vaccination status or lack thereof, was poured over by federal officials.
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now, people here in australia were very upset, a lot of them, about the possibility that the australia government would even consider allowing an unvaccinated person into the country against what is broadly accepted as the rule. you have to be double vaccinated in order to come into australia. people were so upset because of the amount of anxiety that exists now, particularly in large cities. sydney where i am, and melbourne where the tennis is set to be held in january. tens of thousands of cases per day in those two big cities despite the fact that over 90% of adults are fully vaccinated, and it's the omicron variant which is tearing through the community and putting record numbers of people in hospital. putting strain on those hospital systems. doctors and nurses working in skeleton crews, complaining of burnout. and here you have a situation in which a famous tennis player, although being an amazing talent such as novak djokovic who has won the australian open nine
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times, going for a 10th, wonderful tennies that could have been played. that all seems it's come to a crashing halt as novak djokovic's vaccine situation has prevented him from playing in this grand slam, isa. >> yeah, especially given the lockdown, especially i'm thinking of city melbourne. you and i spoke at length about the tough restrictions and lockdowns melbourne had to face. i can imagine why people are feeling this way. do stay with us, angus. i want to go to patrick. patrick, give us a sense from the tennis community including other tennis players who may be taking part in the australia open here. >> there is lots of reaction coming in. as angus said, an extraordinary story, that seems to be taking twist after twist after twist. and i suspect we are not done yet. i do want to get to quotes from rafa nadal who was speaking earlier, the spanish tennis legend, of course, one of djokovic's hugeest rivals. let me get to what he's been
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saying. he has been out very directly. nadal saying, i think if he wanted, he would be playing here in australia without a problem. he made his own decisions, and everybody is free to take their own decisions. but then there are some consequence. of course, i don't like the situation that's happening. in some way i feel sorry for him, but at the same time he knew the conditions since a lot of months ago, so he makes his own decision. so rafa nadal there speaking out very clearly indeed. but you know, more reaction from equally high-profile players, the australian tennis legend rod laver, 11 times men's grand slam, calling for greater transparency from the man himself. some really interesting insights, too, from djokovic's former coach, german tennis legend, six-time winner boris.
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>> he talked about the pros and the cons. i didn't hear novak talking about it. they keep it sort of under their radar a little bit. he's outspoken. he trains differently. he eats differently. he lives his life differently. but something must be pretty good for him otherwise he wouldn't be the 20-major winner. having said that, he's everything a little different. >> reporter: there you go. really interesting insights there from boris becker. a really, really insightful quote as well from a top women's tennis star, ash barty, australian world number one. i think it's a tough one as we've seen a little bit in the last day or so from the australian public. i know how hard it's been for australians, but in particular victorians who have had a real rough trot over the last 18 months and two years. i understand why they may be frustrated with the decision. ultimately, i have no interest in speaking about novak's medical history. it's not my decision. those decisions are made. they're completely out of my control.
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so those are the reactions. why is this really significant? you have three iconic players, roger federer, rafa nadal, novak djokovic. they're all on 20 grand slam titles. why does he want so badly to compete at the australian open? he wants the record outright for himself. he wants number 21. >> we shall wait and see whether he'll be able to take part in the australian open. and i do wonder, patrick, in this conversation another day, if he had been more transparent, things would have played out differently from what we're seeing now. patrick snell for us and angus watson, thank you. now, attorneys for ghislaine maxwell say comments from a juror could be grounds for a new trial. the man told several news outlets, he shared his story of sexual abuse as a child with other jurors. he believes it helped sway their opinions on testimony from two of maxwell's victims. the 6-year-old british socialite was convicted last week if you remember. federal charges including sex trafficking of a minor.
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her attorneys are planning an a meal. -- appeal. still to come, the teachers union failed, saying they need more covid protection. city officials disagree. >> this is bachltinehaving real the flu. we don't close school districts for extended periods of time for the flu. and an influx of omicron is crossing through europe. cases shattering records and some are loosening covid restrictions. we'll explain next. you are watching "cnn newsroom."
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know our schools are safe? we have put over $100 million of resources into our schools over the last two years -- 100,000 children were disconnected and disengaged when whe were fully remote. 100,000, mostly black and brown and poor kids who weren't learning, and who we have to make up a lot of ground with them. and just when we're starting to do that, ctu pulls the rug right out from under them. >> well, the mayor has asked teachers to report to work on friday. the union says they will refuse to work until january 18. in boston the city's public schools returned to classroom to substitute teach. she taught this class on wednesday after hundreds of teachers called in sick. it is unclear how many the sick calls were covid related, but boston's mayor says up to a quarter of employees in some
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schools are out. senior school district administrator also stepped in to help fill the staff shortage. now, many experts agree that children should remain in school and say there are ways to keep both teachers and students safe. have a listen. >> if you want to be protected, get vaccinated, get boosted. the vaccines are available for kids. get your child boosted. on top of that, if that doesn't feel safe enough for you, and these vaccines are working at preventing severe disease and death, by all means wear a high-efficiency mask. if you are vaccinated and boosted and wearing a high-efficiency mask, that is as low as you can get your entire look. i'm tired of using the 2020 playbook. let's just close schools two weeks. we saw how that went march 2020. we're coming up on two years. a kindergartner who started school in 2020 is in second grade and has not had a normal school yet. >> that is the reality. meanwhile, the cdc is recommending children age 12 to
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15 get the pfizer biontech booster. covid infections have soared to an all-time high largely due to the omicron variant. the seven-day average shook out to more than 574,000 daily cases. one expert warns the next month is going to be awful, but that doesn't mean anyone should give up on prevention measures. and omicron is also doing a real number, to be completely honest with you, on europe. it will likely become the dominant variant in germany in just a few days. the german health ministry says it makes up a quarter of cases. france, meanwhile, once again smashed its record for new infections reporting more than 330,000 on wednesday, by far the most ever in the single day. and this comes as a french government prepares really to ease travel restrictions with the uk. and england is also getting ready to scrap a key covid travel requirement as british hospitals grapple with severe staffing shortages.
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covid has heaped intense pressure on the national health service here and health workers are warning thousands of workers must be addressed. we go to cnn's nina dos santos who joins us in london. explain to us the decision from the government to really ditch the pcr travel requirement given these soaring case numbers we see and the pressure it's putting on the national health service here. >> reporter: well, essentially, isa, boris johnson said that what they didn't want was to dissuade people from traveling abroad, thinking that they might get stuck abroad if they contracted covid. and also they basically think that the omicron strain is a lot milder than previous variants like the delta variant that the uk has had to grapple with before. this is a country where there is a high vaccination rate. and the country is still continuing to offer 900,000 people, plus, daily a booster of a covid-19 vaccination. so they feel that with this milder strain, they can cope. now, the question is whether or not the n.h.s., the health
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system, can cope at the moment. not just because of the number of patients who are being admitted with omicron, because as we know, the death toll from this variant appears to be much, much lighter than in previous variants. but it's also the staffing shortages as well that public services are having to grapple with, particularly the public health service. this morning members of parliament are debating this very issue in one of the committees. jeremy hunt was pointing out that already going into the pandemic, n.h.s. was short nearly 100,000 staff. it is not just the health system affected by this in the united kingdom. it is also transport services, too. one of the main commuter lines into london had to suspend services for a couple of weeks because of staff shortages. and what we know is that even though the omicron variant might be milder. the point is if people have tested positive, they still have to isolate for a period of time. so we've got that mismatch between the isolation criteria,
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the high levels of isolation rates, isa, and the mixed messaging on the requirements for entry with the variant still circulating. remember, the uk now has a high record number of people infected, over 218,000 daily cases just yesterday. that means one in 15 people across england and one in 10 ac across london actually are carrying covid. isa? >> nina dos santos, very good perspective. thanks, nina. good to see you. now, virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency ahead of another winter storm. more than 123,000 customers are still without power because of monday's storm. meteorologist pedram javaheri has the forecast. good morning, pedram. >> yes, isa, we've got plenty of weather to tell you about over the next couple of days, not just a i don't say the southern united states, but back towards irutah jazz of the midwest where the coldest air of the season and impressive wintry lineup here with activity coming in. western michigan, some of these favorite lake effect snow areas could see as much as 16 inches
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over the next 24 or so hours. an incredible run of snow showers across this region. you notice accumulations already really from minnesota to wyoming and work your way back towards michigan. anywhere from 5, 10, even up to 15 inches have already come down in a 24-hour span. but the cold air now sets up shop here and a potential one-two punch of cold air as we go in the next couple of days. we get one round of it come through this weekend, potentially another one early next week. these are the forecast low temperatures, and just take a look at the seesaw battle in places like fargo. friday morning 2 degrees. saturday morning 24 degrees. sunday morning minus 18 degrees. and, again, back and forth we go. minneapolis 3 to 31 to minus 12 speaks to the impressive nature of this cold spell upon us across some of these areas in the northern united states. storm system eventually sets up shop around the northeast. it is going to be a quick mover. we don't expect a significant amount of snowfall in those
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major metro cities, but still, 2 to 4 inches could cause some disruptions from d.c. up towards new york city. 4 to 8 inches, though, across in tier year portions. kentucky into west virginia. watch through much of thursday afternoon, thursday night, and eventually culminate friday around the northeast. back towards the west, across the inter mountain west, a thousand-mile plus stretch of land where we have widespread wi winter weather threats in place. more snow across the western united states. so winter here in full effect for just about everyone, isa, across the united states. send it back to you. >> thank you very much, pedram. now, a somber remembrance today in the united states as americans reflect on the violent insurrection at the u.s. capitol one year ago, and the lasting impact it's had on the offer certificates who valiantly defended lawmakers that day. plus, tennis star novak djokovic faces deportation from australia over canceled visa. we'll have the latest on his
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and save money while you're at it with special offers just for movers at welcome back to "cnn newsroom," everyone. i'm isa soares. if you're just joining us, let me bring you up to date with our top stories this hour. officials in australia are waiting until monday to decide whether world number one tennis star novak djokovic can enter the country. djokovic was denied entry and his visa canceled for not having proper vaccination documents. we'll have more on "cnn newsroom" for that story. and u.s. president joe biden will deliver remarks on the one-year anniversary of the insurrection on capitol hill. mr. biden is expected to
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highlight the singularly responsibility former president donald trump had on the assault. while u.s. capitol police say there is violent rhetoric since last january's riot, no specific threat tied to today's anniversary. the man now in charge of the capitol police admits his department is still badly under staffed, but says it is better prepared to handle potential violence than it was a year ago. cnn's brian todd has more for you. >> reporter: a year after u.s. capitol police battled insurrectionists at the capitol, the new chief of that force, tom manger, aims to reassure an anxious city. >> today i am confident that the u.s. capitol police department has made significant progress addressing the deficiencies that impacted the department's response on january 6. >> reporter: critics have said that's a low bar for a force that was overrun that day. chief manger telling lawmakers and reporters the weakest links
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in the capitol police leading to the break downs on january 6th were his top priorities since he took command in july. >> we are sharing information better. we are assigning responsibilities. people know what their responsibilities are. and we have backups to each one of the different commanders. >> reporter: but a government watch dog is calling for more progress, saying last month only 30 of his 104 recommendations had been implemented so far. >> much work still needs to be addressed in relation to training, intelligence, cultural change, and operational planning. >> reporter: manger counters that a vast majority of those recommendations have at least been addressed in some form. one challenge, staffing. the chief telling cnn they are about 450 officers short of the number they need. >> i think it's going to take us at least two to three years to get up to our staffing in terms of hiring new officers. >> reporter: at least 130 officers have retired or left the department since january 6th, according to the force. >> if you want a well-trained
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officer, it probably takes six to eight months to background and get the right person into the queue and another six months to get them into training. >> reporter: the chief reporting 2021 was a disturbing year, with about 9600 threats recorded against lawmakers. threats, he says, that are continuing. >> the biggest challenge i think we have is keeping up with the number of threats. we have -- we've doubled the number of officers that investigate these threats. >> reporter: manger said many of the threats come in the form of emails, phone calls, social media posts. but some over the past year were more direct. democratic congresswoman norma torres told us last summer after she had a political dispute over twitter with the president of el salvador, she received multiple threats, then an anonymous video, a man's voice narrating it. >> he stated that he was following me and he panned out to a blue vehicle, which i had -- i owned, a blue suv.
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and he said that he was following me, and then panned down to his gun, and said that he had something for me. >> reporter: congresswoman torres's office now tells us the direct threats against her like that one have ramped down since last summer, but they say she's still getting near constant online harassment related to her work on immigration. now, as for any possible threats to the capitol this coming thursday, the anniversary of the attack, chief manger said there are no major red flags at the moment. he says they are keeping an eye on a protest expected at the nearby d.c. jail that day. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> thanks, brian. the president of the well-known florida retirement community the villages is facing felony voter fraud charges, 64-year-old charles franklin barnes was arrested on tuesday, released pending arraignment next month. barnes is charged with casting more than one ballot, although
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it is not clear in what election. three other villagers are charged. novak djokovic is waiting to find out if he will be deported. he challenged the move to cancel under vaccine rules. he came under fire after receiving medical exemption for covid vaccine to play in the grand slam tournament. stuart, great to have you back on the show. give me a sense of the mood within the tennis community. i mean, how much sympathy is there for djokovic? >> reporter: yeah, good morning. i think there's a shock what's played out in the last few days, but also not a lot of sympathy. players were told, you know, months ago that to compete in australian open they had to be fully vaccinated. this meant that the vaccination
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rate on the men's and women's tours shot up suddenly. a lot getting their vaccines to travel to melbourne. there wasn't an exemption in place for medical reasons. novak djokovic decided to go through this process. but some feel that perhaps, in their eyes, he was exploiting a loophole. you know, we've seen what's played out in the last 48 hours that's created this issue at the border in australia for djokovic, something that could have easily been resolved if he had, for example, taken one shot of the johnson & johnson vaccine. >> we do know, i think we've known all along, his position on vaccines. i think, i believe and you can correct me here, he is very much against mandates. and then we have, you know, approval, exemption approved by two panel of medical experts. yet the government has come out and said -- it's been very clear where it stood on non-vaccinated players.
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do you think perhaps mixed messaging or like you said, he exploited a loophole here? >> well, i think if there is any sympathy for him at all, it is perhaps in the way this has been handled in terms of the paperwork on the australian side to receive -- to be told that you've been approved for an exemption. we saw that triumphant he put up two days ago, announcing he was on his way down under. to then discover when he arrives at passport control, he can go no further. he's being detained whil
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now, officials in philadelphia are investigating a fire in a public housing unit that killed 12 people, including eight children. fire officials say 26 people lived in the three-story row house which was converted into two houses. the tragedy reached the white house with first lady jill biden sending condolences on twitter. one neighbor heard screaming as the flames tore through the building wednesday. >> a quarter of 7:00, i heard a woman scream. oh, my god, oh, my god! and i went to the window, i couldn't see anything because it was on my side of the street. and i got dressed, and by the
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time i got downstairs, the fire trucks were turning the corner. t i was a teacher all my life. i can't wrap my head around the tragedy of these relatives that are going to have to pick up their lives after this. >> cnn obtained the cell phone video from the scene. firefighters say once the building was engulfed, there wasn't much they could do to slow the fire down. now, right now russian forces are in kazakhstan helping to bring back order after massive anti-government protests. that is according to a statement from the collective security treaty organization, the alliance former soviet states. well, kazakhstan's government resigned wednesday after protests such as this swept across the country. a journalist tells cnn authorities warned residents while an anti-terrorist
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operation is underway. cnn's nic robertson is monitoring and joins us from moscow. nic, give us a sense of what you're hearing from sources on the ground. the violence and protests are ongoing. >> reporter: yeah, there is still a great deal of uncertainty on the ground, according to residents about what's happening. they described the situation on the streets in the center of the city as being scary quiet, that the authorities, as you say, have warned them to stay indoors because in certain areas authorities describe what is antiterrorist operations going on. people ventured out to get basic essentials, grocery stores, a few are open. some stores have been looted. people trying to find pharmacies that are open. people -- a few people braving the conditions, trying to see if they can get the essentials for their daily needs. but the bigger picture at the moment remains very murky and
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clouded. a police official has been on television in almati saying that eight police and national guards men have been killed overnight in fighting. but also describing in very chilling language that dozens -- and this is quoting this police person speaking on television in almati -- dozens of protesters were liquidated. that's the language being used, an indication that they have killed dozens of protesters. they say they are verifying the depa identities of the protesters without offering evidence they were storming government buildings. what happened last night in almati is still far from clear. the internet remains very patchy, down most of the times. the president speaking to the country last night in kazakhstan said that the people, the protests were terrorists and they were getting outside help. and as you say, russian para
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troopers now arriving in kazakhstan as peace keepers for a, quote, limited period. >> very worrying situation developing in kazakhstan. i know you'll stay on top of that. nic robertson for us in moscow. thanks, nic. still ahead right here on the show, covid cases spiking in japan, forcing leaders to consider emergency steps to curb the spread of infections. we have a live report on that is next. detergent alone, can't. blendjet's holiday sale is on now for the #1 gift this holiday season, the blendjet 2 portable blender. it packs the power of a big blender on the go, and it crushes right through ice. just drop in your favorite ingredients, even frozen fruit, and make a smoothie any time, anywhere. blendjet cleans itself. just add a drop of soap, water, and blend.
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now, covid-19 cases in japan have topped 2,000 for the first time in months. those numbers come as the country's foreign minister calls on the u.s. to impose covid restrictions on american military bases in japan. early this week, the governor of okinawa blasted u.s. military for not containing the virus spread. government data show more than 800 american personnel have tested positive in the prefecture. cnn's blake essex joins us from tokyo. they believe they have been unable to contain the virus. not enough being done on the military bases. what restrictions do they want to see and what is the reaction from the united states? >> reporter: isa, as you said, cases involving u.s. military
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personnel are being reported at several different american installations across japan. and because of that, a call was held early this morning japan local time, between japan's foreign minister and the u.s. secretary of state. it lasted about 35 minutes, and one of the reasons for the call was for japan to request stricter measures be put in place at u.s. military bases. that includes restricting all service members from leaving their base. okinawa, japan's southernmost prefecture has been one of the most hardest hit areas during this recent surge in cases, and okinawa's local governor as you had mentioned is blaming the u.s. mill friday for failing to contain the virus and contain the variant to local communities. they acted promptly to reduce the spreading to local communities. more stringent mitigation measures have been put into place following the recent rise in cases. those measures include a mask mandate while on and off base regardless of vaccination status, and increased testing for new arrivals.
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now, across the rest of japan, the case count is nearly doubled every day this week. as the 6th leg of infection seems inevitable to prevent the rapid spread of cases in certain parts of the country, public broadcaster nhk reports the japanese government is considering authorizing a quasi-state of emergency ordinary for three prefectures. yamaguchi and okinawa. quasi-state of emergency is enacted. that means the local government will be able to limit the hours of operation of bars and restaurants and potentially impose fines on those bars and restaurants, isa. >> so potentially more restrictions coming their way, blake essex from tokyo. thank you very much, blake. the nfl is looking at contingency plans for the upcoming super bowl. the standard procedure for any game, but they want back up venues in case of weather issues or what they call unforeseen circumstances. the nfl still expects the title game to go on as scheduled on february 13th in inglewood,
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