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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." >> i've been absolutely clear with president putin. he has no misunderstanding if any, any assembled russian units move across the ukrainian border, that is an invasion. >> if russia further invades ukraine, further uses military aggressive means against ukraine, there will be a high
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price. >> talks between u.s. and russia begin in the coming hours. the latest to resolve the standoff with ukraine over diplomacy. we are live in geneva and moscow this hour. plus, the damage is extensive and the country's needs are dire. we'll have a live report on the aid that's timely arriving in tonga after a devastating volcanic eruption. and grammy award-winning singer meat loaf has died. we'll take a look back at his legendary music career. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: live from london, this is "cnn newsroom" with isa soares. welcome to the show, everyone. it is friday, january 21st. we'll begin with a flurry of diplomatic activity scheduled to get underway this hour angrily prev
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preventing an all-out war between russia and ukraine. u.s. secretary of state anthony blinken and sergei lavrov will meet in geneva, switzerland. negotiations have done little to ease tensions so far. and ukrainian leaders say the u.s. and president joe biden must do more to deter a russian invasion. well, tens of thousands of russian troops a mass on ukraine's eastern border and president biden is having to clean up his comments that a minor incursion could bring a less forceful sports from western allies. have a listen. >> i've been absolutely clear with president putin. he has no misunderstanding. if any, any assembled russian units move across ukrainian border, that is an invasion. it will be met with severe and coordinated economic response. russia will pay a heavy price. >> let's get more on the story. cnn's international diplomatic editor nic robertson standing by
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for us in moscow. in geneva fred pleitgen joins us now. fred, the talks are huge, that is an understatement. what everyone wants to see is a de-escalation of the tensions. what are your spectations from the advantage point? >> reporter: they want to see de-escalation and progress. we'll see whether or not progress is possible between the u.s. and its allies on the one hand and the russians on the other hand as well. the fact the talks are happening at all shows how high both sides understand the stakes are and try to keep this in the diplomatic realm than have things get out of control between ukraine and russia with, of course, russia continuously amassing that force near the border with ukraine. really, it is remarkable the talks are taking place in the first place, isa. remember after the first round of talks here in geneva, the russians afterward said they were so disappointed they weren't even sure whether or not
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further talks would be possible or whether or not those could lead to anything. but now at least the two top diplomats are talking to one another. if you look at the areas where things are really difficult, the russians, of course, put forward the list of demands that they have where they want written responses from the united states, secretary of state blinken said the written responses are not coming at this meeting. the main key places the russians demand there is no further enlargement of nato, no taking into nato of ukraine. and that there is no offensive weapons close to russian borders. that second point, the u.s. has signalled there could be room for negotiations if it's really a big security concern for the russians. then the first point, though, that is going to be the big issue, whether or not some sort of middle ground can be found with that. the u.s. has already said completely saying ukraine is never going to be a member of nato is simply not going to happen. the russians are saying that it's the key point for them, is there going to be any middle ground on that? or maybe they don't come to some sort of solution on that topic
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today, but at least they decide to continue to talk to one another because one of the things that we have heard from the russian side over the past, i would say 12, 14 hours, is that the kremlin has said it would really like to see another top-level phone conversation at least between president biden and the russian president vladimir putin. perhaps things could continue in that sphere, and this meeting today could set the stage for that. isa? >> and the talks ongoing, that's a good sign. fred, do stay with us. i want be to go to nic. nic, president biden's comments yesterday, i know he's clarified them, we just played a short clip of that. but those initial comments, nic, caused somewhat of a diplomatic wobble. is the west, are nato allies united in its messaging response on russia? >> reporter: there are differences and russia certainly was aware of this when it chose to negotiate separately with the united states because it believed it could be a strong influence at nato. and separately with nato as a
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group of nations. the differences are perhaps slightly geographic in terms of perception of the russian threat. the united states, canada, the uk, denmark, norway, the baltic states all feel, you know, that sanctions and measures against russian actions in ukraine should be perhaps stronger than some other countries, perhaps some of the southern european nations who are more distant from, you know, the borders of russia and who don't feel the threat, the military threat as much from russia. so there are differences, and a diplomat at nato said, you know, essentially president biden shouldn't have really got into airing the fact that there are differences, and those differences perhaps scenter mos,
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if it's a cyberattack, paramilitary-style assault from inside ukraine rather than russian forces crossing the border initially, what happens if it's something that sort of orchestrated or triggered in ukraine that then russia says that it needs to then send in troops, you know, to support perhaps russians in russian-speaking part of the population in ukraine. there are all these gray areas. and so those differences have been exposed, do exist. and russia is certainly aware of those differences. but there is unanimity that if russia crosses the border with military forces, then that will trigger big sanction and we don't know what those economic sanctions precisely would be. but, you know, i think at this stage it is still very much a united front that's being presented by the united states,
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by nato, by the european union, by the principal leaders that there is, you know, a very clear option to the kremlin right now. either you follow the diplomatic path or there will be a very heavy price to pay, whatever the action. it's just not clear precisely what that, what that price would be. and this is perhaps where the conversation between lavrov and blinken can go today. and certainly will be the center of, you know, how the kremlin assesses the situation at the moment. >> and we shall be keeping an eye on that meeting when it gets underway. important perspective from nic robertson in moscow and fred pleitgen in geneva. thank you both. now, the u.s. house committee investigating the attack on the capitol a year ago is zeroing in on a new witness, the former president's daughter who witnesses say tried to reason with him during the siege. the committee released a letter
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to ivanka trump thursday asking for her voluntary cooperation with their investigation. cnn's paula reid has the story for you. >> reporter: the house select committee investigating january 6 moving in on former president trump's inner circle, requesting a voluntary interview from ivanka trump. >> i'm very proud of ivanka. >> reporter: the committee has already gathered some evidence about what the former first daughter was doing on the day of the insurrection. >> we have firsthand testimony that his daughter ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to please stop this violence. >> reporter: in an eight-page letter today, the committee says it would like to discuss any other conversations you may have witnessed or participated in regarding the president's plan to obstruct or impede the counting of electoral votes. lawmakers also want to know more about what she saw in the oval office, saying a witness has testified that she was there for a call between her father and the vice president when trump
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tried to pressure mike pence to go along with the plan to block the certification of electoral votes. they also want to know why she didn't do more. testimony obtained by the committee indicates that members of the white house staff requested your assistance on multiple occasions to intervene in an attempt to persuade president trump to address the ongoing lawlessness and violence on capitol hill. and they also want to ask her whether her father gave any orders to deploy the national guard that day. the committee is aware that certain white house staff devoted time during the violent riot to rebut questions whether the president was attempting to hold up the guard. trump's state of mind, a key focus of the committee. their letter painting a picture of a chaotic white house and staffers hoping that ivanka, a senior adviser, could get through to her father. they also want to talk to ivanka about how others, including fox news host sean hannity, tried to
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stop trump from talking about the election being stolen and keep him away from certain people. ivanka's representatives issued a statement saying, as the committee already knows, ivanka did not speak at the january 6th rally, as she publicly stated that day at 3:15 p.m., any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. the violence must stop immediately. please be peaceful. it did not say whether she will comply with the committee's request. >> i've got to get -- i have to find 12,000 votes, and i have them times a lot. and, therefore, i won the state. >> reporter: the former president's efforts to overturn the 2020 election also under scrutiny in georgia today where the fulton county district attorney is requesting a special grand jury to gather evidence and compel witnesses. the d.a. fani willis, saying her office has information indicating possible criminal disruptions of that state's election process.
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the committee is looking into whether there was involvement in the trump white house in the creation or submission of fake election ors. sources tell cnn trump campaign officials led by rudy giuliani oversaw efforts in december 2020 to put forward illegitimate electors from seven states that trump lost. this is a core tenet of the broader plot to overturn biden's victory when congress counted the electoral votes on january 6. paula reid, cnn, washington. now, former trump attorney rudy giuliani was subpoenaed this week, but the january 6 committee sources say he and his allies coordinated the nuts and bolts process of creating fake electors on a state by state level. not one illegitimate election or boasted at a recent republican event that the trump campaign directed the entire operation. have a listen to this. >> we fought authorize
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investigations into the election. he fought for the -- to testify. >> and the seven state sources say were targeted in the fake electors, all states trump loss you can see on the screen. they include georgia, arizona, both long-time red states that turned blue in 2020. well, while u.s. house lawmakers continue to piece together the events leading up to the january 6 insurrection, u.s. president joe biden is looking ahead at a landmark legislation he still hopes to get through congress this year. the key democratic senator who stalled mr. biden's build back better bill is indicating he's in no hurry. joe manchin told cnn, quote, a piece of paper will be starting from scratch whenever we start on that. that's a severe blow to the white house, of course, which spent months trying to craft a
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spending bill that manchin could support. u.s. transportation secretary pete buttigieg says it is too important to give up. he spoke earlier to cnn. >> we know that these are good policies that the american people correctly believe are going to make them better off. whether we're talking about fighting inflation, lowering the cost of insulin, lower the cost of being in the work force by getting people child care that they can afford, getting people pre-k child tax credit, the things we have to do, you name it. these are important policies that are going to make americans better off, help deal with the fact that there's a lot of upward pressure on prices right now. and for that reason we continue to believe that they're going to pass. what form it's in, what legislative vehicle it's in, the ups and downs and twists and turns on capitol hill, that's going to continue to, i'm sure, be a long drawn out story. but at the end of the day, these are good policies that have to get done and we're going to keep pushing for them. >> well, with the 2022 midterm elections now less than ten
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months away, president biden said he was disappointed that voting rights legislation failed to pass congress on wednesday. when he was asked if that failure might delegitimatize the upcoming elections, his answer took many people by surprise. here's what he said. >> i'm not saying it's going to be legit. the increase in the prospect of being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these, these reforms passed. >> well, the dust up over that remark prompted the white house to spend much of thursday trying to explain what the president really meant to say. have a listen. >> he was not trying to predict that the 2022 elections would not be legitimate. quite the opposite. his view and he's told us this privately a lot, is that in 2020 the american people rose to the moment. we had covid. people were trying to suppress the vote. they still turned out in record numbers. what we also need to be clear eyed about, this is what he was
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trying to convey last night, there were efforts in 2020 by the former president and his supporters to attempt to overturn the outcome of the election. we need to be clear eyed about that possibility or the effort to try to do that. we need to educate voters. we need to make sure they know what their rights are. that's what our focus is going to be moving forward. >> that's press secretary jen psaki said speaking earlier to cnn. now to some sad breaking news for you this hour, the american rock star and grammy winner known as meat loaf has passed away. ♪ never had a girl looking any better than you did ♪ ♪ than all the kitchends in sch wishing they were me that night ♪ >> and you took the words right out of my mouth, his bat out of hell i remember very clearly, remains one of the best-selling rock albums of all time. his family wrote on facebook that they were with meat loaf
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during his final hours. and that their hearts are broken. cnn's paul vercammen has a look back at his life. ♪ >> reporter: meat loaf performed sweet suburban melodies. >> i'll go out on the stage as if that's the last thing i'm ever do. if i go out, i'm going out on a stage. >> reporter: meat loaf, where did that name come from? >> there is no real story. i was 8 years old, i've been called meat loaf since i was 8. >> reporter: meat loaf for short was born in dallas, texas. even texas was not big enough to corral his talents. meat loaf would go on to sell more than 80 million records worldwide. one of the top-selling musicians ever. his bat out of hell album became
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staples in college dorms. ♪ the first one selling 43 million copies. >> bat out of hill i was not ready for. i had a nervous break down. i went to psychologists and psychiatrists for two years. i went with them to deal with the word op"star" >> reporter: he starred on the stage and screen. the rocky horror picture show. ♪ and bob paulson. >> first rule is we ain't supposed to talk about it. and the second rule is, i'm not supposed to talk about it. and the third rule -- >> reporter: off screen he married twice, became a father to two daughters. and meat loaf entered reality tv, donald trump's celebrity apprentice. in an infamous episode, he blistered gary busey.
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million covid cases since the start of the pandemic. that's more than a quarter of those infections have now been reported just in this past month during, of course, the omicron surge. if we show you a look at coronavirus headlines right around the world, austria is now the first country in europe to mandate vaccines for adults. the country's parliament passed a law on thursday making it compulsory for residents over 18. now, the mandate will be enforced beginning march 15th, and violators could face nearly $700 in fines. early next month, france will start easing some of its covid-19 restrictions. sports and venues will be allowed to reopen february 2nd. later in the month bars will follow suit. and with just two weeks to go really until the start of the winter olympics, olympic officials say covid has been detected among the guests who have already arrived in beijing, but they have stressed that no infection has occurred in the closed loop which includes the
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olympic village and venues. well, cnn has your covid headlines around the world. jim bittermann is in paris with the latest restrictions in france. first let me go to kristie lu stout with more on the covid cases ahead of the winter olympics. kristie, these cases will be of concern no doubt to authorities as we prepare now for the olympics in less than two weeks. >> reporter: yes, it was a matter of math these would be detected. it's just two weeks to go before the start of the beijing winter games and cases of covid-19 have been detected in recent arrivals heading into beijing for the games. we have a statement from the ioc and organizers tell us this. the positivity of arrivals testing is 1.53%. for regular screening testing inside the closed loop, 0.02%. the ioc adds and emphasizes there is no infection inside the closed loop. we know nearly 11,000 people, we're talking about athletes, officials, volunteers, media, they're all set to arrive in
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beijing for the winter games. the closed loop system we've been reporting about for the last few weeks, that is up and running. it covers all stadiums, venues and accommodation. and to get into the closed loop system, all arrivals have to test negative twice before flying into beijing. all athletes and participants, they have to stay inside the bubble and undergo daily covid-19 testing. fully vaccinated participants, they can enter the closed loop with that quarantine. if you're not vaccinated, you have to go through 21 days of quarantine once you touchdown in beijing. whether or not you test positive for covid as we talked about before, if you test positive, you cannot compete, you cannot take part. if you are symptomatic, you have to stay at a designated hospital for treatment. asymptomatic you go to isolation. whether or not that's inside the loop, we don't know about that, isa. >> very strict rules all around. kristie lu, stick around. jim, no doubt for so many, i remember you and i talking early
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in the week where we were talking about cases soaring. >> reporter: absolutely. and, in fact, they're leaving the restrictions here despite the fact the cases each day have been coming in around 400,000 or so, new cases each day, each 24-hour period. also despite the fact that something like 19,000 classrooms in this country, school classrooms, remain closed because of covid. but the prime minister announced last night easing the restrictions as you mentioned earlier, which includes an end to mask wearing in public areas starting on the 2nd of february, also on the 2nd of february, employers will no longer be mandated to have their workers working from home, but they're going to be -- it will still remain a recommendation of the government. and the reasoning behind the government's decision on this easing of restriction, basically based on the fact that there are two things happening. the vaccine pass is going to come into effect on monday. that's given the fact that the
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constitutional corporal clerk, it hasn't happened yet, but we expect it to happen soon. the second thing is the number of people in i.c.u. beds has stabilized the last week or so. because of that they're looking at the data and saying maybe we cans ease up all of it. isa? >> jim bittermann in paris, kristie lu stout in hong kong, thank you very much. and still to come right here on "cnn newsroom," they rush aid to tonga following disasters. blake? >> aid is finally arriving in tonga six days after that massive and deadly volcano. i'll have the latest on the recovery efforts as aid begins to trickle in. blendjet's new year's sale is on now! make your resolutions come true with this incredible deal on blendjet 2.
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm isa soares. if you're just joining us, let me bring you up to date with our top stories this hour. u.s. secretary of state anthony blinken and russian foreign minister sergei lavrov are in geneva, switzerland, for a new round of talks. tens of thousands of russian troops amassed on the border with ukraine with more on the way to neighboring belarus. ukraine fears an attack and a possible repeat of moscow's 2014 annexation of cry mia. the committee investigating the january 6 insurrection want a meeting with ivanka trump. they have testimony she was at the white house on january 6 and asked her father twice to stop the violent riot. we'll have more on both those stories in the coming hour. now, more than 10 million
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people in the eastern united states are currently under winter weather alerts. coastal parts of virginia and the carolinas are set to experience a rare snow and ice event. the governors of those three states have issued states of emergency in preparation for the weather to come. keeping an eye on all this is derek van dam. joins us now. and, derek, what advice have people been given as they prepare for this ice storm? >> you know, quite flanrankly, , what people can do to help themselves is stay off the roadways, help the authorities out there. so you're not getting into accidents and having to cause authorities to come and rescue you. the ice storm will get worse progressively through the course of the day. right along the coastal areas of the carolinas, and that is where we have our winter storm warnings and ice storm warnings in place. it is all part of a larger storm system that stretches from the coastal areas of the carolinas through the deep south and it's even bringing a rain/snow
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mixture to southern texas, and even into louisiana. look at this storm intensifying through the course of the day today. you can see that shading of pink indicating that rain, snow and freezing rain we're anticipating, it will see temperatures drop behind it drastically, and our temperatures will crash behind it. so we'll end this event with snowfall. a rare snowfall, i should note, for some of the coastal areas of the carolinas. so myrtle beach to charleston, should start to see a few snow flakes to fly by saturday morning. here's the latest thinking by the national weather service. you can see the ice storm in the wilmington and newburgh region. shades of pink to the north, that's a winter storm warning where we anticipate anywhere from 4 to upwards of 6 inches of snow. here's the evolution of the storm through the course of the day today. you can see how the cold front crashes through, brings in colder temperatures behind it. we transition from ice over to snow. that is only going to make travel more treacherous as the day and evening wears on. forecast accumulation calls for
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anywhere from a quarter to half an inch of ice. higher amounts around wilmington as you work your way inland. same for portions of south carolina. it will remain snow for places like norfolk and to the extreme southeastern sections of virginia. this is the broader picture. again, it's all part of a storm system that's bringing a texas-size cool down to the lone star state where temperatures there, get this, isa, have dropped 39 degrees fahrenheit in houston, texas, in about a 24-hour period behind this cold front. and that is why we have some freezing rain taking place across the southern portions of texas. >> stay safe, everyone. appreciate it, derek van dam there. thank you, derek. >> right. ot now, we now want to take you to tonga, that took a hit from the devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. this is what they're seeing, the sources of drinking water are polluted. much of the agriculture wiped
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out. several countries are rushing aid to tonga, including desperately needed water. while international phone service knocked out by the eruption slowly coming back online. blake essex is monitoring he joins me from tokimyo. blake, it's day six since the eruption. talk us through where things stand in that recovery effort. >> reporter: well, you know, isa, one of the big things to develop today is the main communication lines for the island nation, which are still a few weeks away from being restored, there is some good news on that front. international call service has been restored for tonga's main island. this service is very limited and can support 400 calls at the same time. again, great news, but tonga is made up of more than 170 islands and roughly 100,000 people living there, in habit about 36 of those islands. while a majority of the population live on the islands
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where cell phone service was partially restored, there are still tens of thousands of people still unable to communicate with the outside world. although communication remains a problem for the time being because of ash contamination, a shortage of drinking water and food, the big problem here for those people living in tonga is the food, food insecurity as well as water insecurity. according to tonga's speaker of the house, all agriculture has been runed. starting thursday, international aid began to arrive after the airport was cleared of ash. that includes planes filled with humanitarian aid, water and other supplies starting to arrive from new zealand and australia. royal navy ship from new zealand has also arrived in tonga. it has on board with it a desalination plant that can produce 70,000 liters of freshwater daily. arriving soon, japan is flying in two planes worth about 500 tons of bottled water. the uk is also sending a royal navy ship from tahiti filled
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with water and medical supplies. and australia has sent a naval ship expected to arrive next week. that ship will not only be carrying humanitarian and medical supplies, but four helicopters and small boats to help distribute supplies to those outer islands. isa? >> blake esseg for us in tokyo. good to see you. we spoke to the pacific head for the international red cross. we asked how much of the aid delivered so far is making. have a listen. >> we've been able to mobilize with australian red cross and the new zealand red cross, and they have been supported by their government. we've got a ship that's on its way to tonga. we've got water containers, solar lanterns and shelter kits which will be all part of what the team will be distributing on the island. so, we have, currently we have
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enough supplies they are able to distribute, and this will be to replenish what they actually distributing. >> well, for more information on how you can help the people of tonga, please visit our web page at now, the peruvian president is declaring a climate emergency after massive oil spill caused by the same under water volcano eruption and tsunami. officials say about 6,000 barrels spilled into the sea last week after a ship was struck by waves triggered by that eruption. teams are still trying to contain the oil. the president calls it the most worrying ecological disaster on the peruvian coast in recent times, adding that peru cannot shy away from its responsibilities. now, accusations of blackmail from number 10 aimed at silencing, excuse me, boris johnson's critics in parliament. we have a live report just ahead. and a new report says the former pope failed to take
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now, british prime minister boris johnson's facing one of the biggest threats yet to his political career. some members of his own party have openly called for him to step down and stop holding parties. if you remember during lockdowns, not one of those critics is claiming he and tori lawmakers have been targeted by downing street to stay silent, even threatened with blackmail. cnn's salma abdelaziz joins us now with the latest. salma, what more can you tell us about the allegations some mps have been blackmailed here? >> reporter: isa, this comes from a senior tory mp, several members of parliament those who expressed interest in pushing for a no confidence vote
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expressed they do not have support for prime minister boris johnson, have been intimidated. he says they've been threatened with negative leak in the media. one member of parliament christian wakeford, that's the member of parliament who defected this week, crossed the aisle and joined the opposition saying he was threatened with funding being withheld from a school in his town. the senior member of parliament telling any mps who feel threatened, intimidated, he said this amounts to blackmail, to report that to the speaker of the house of commons, and even to the police, isa. so, very serious here. prime minister boris johnson has for his part denied this himself, denied these allegations himself and said he's seen no evidence of this alleged blackmail. but let's take a step back. let's take a step back from the he said, she said of the situation. the reality is the conservative party is absolutely at a crossroads here. they need to decide what they're going to do with their star candidate, boris johnson, right. the man who was able to
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galvanize the tory heartland, the man who was able to get people to vote conservative who had never voted before. quite simply, his support is based on the fact that prime minister boris johnson does so well at the polls. he is the successful poll signi -- politician in that sense. you're looking at the person with the lowest approval rating since he took office. the labor union trailing behind the labor party in recent polling. we interviewed one mp this week telling us he received hundreds of correspondences from angry voters, frustrated that the government isn't following the rulsz. what i'm trying to paint is a picture of mps worries about their own seats in parliament, about whether or not they're going to win next time that they're up for ballot, right. so, if that continues to happen, if more mps continue to turn against prime minister boris johnson, no longer see him as
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that success story that's going to help them at the ballot box, that's when you could see a no confidence vote triggered. 54 voters -- 54 mps, if they submit that letter, that no confidence vote could happen, isa. >> constituents have been very vocal about the crisis that have unfolded. all the an pparties at downing street. thank you very much, salma. former pope benedict failed to act on allegations of sexual abuse. hundreds of victims were found and a few cases were reported while the pope emeritus was munich's archbishop known as cardinal joseph radsinger. >> translator: in a total of four cases we have found that
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cardinal radsinger could be charged with abuse. two acts were committed during his tenure and sanctioned by the state. >> now, benedict, the 16th, stepped down as pope in 2013. his tenure was overshadowed by a growing scandal of allegations of sexual abuse of minors. cnn vatican correspondent delia gallagher has more on the report and the response so far. >> reporter: this is a massive report running more than 1,800 pages, covering about a 75-year time period from 1945 to 2019, looking at cases of sexual abuse in the arch diocese of munich. it was released thursday afternoon, and the initial responses from the vatican and from pope emeritus benedict say they need time to read it and look into the findings. cardinal marks who is the current archbishop of munich is also implicated in the report
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for mishandling two cases of sexual abuse during his tenure. he is a close adviser to pope francis. he also gave a brief statement to the press on thursday saying he would need time to read the report. and he will be holding a press conference next thursday to discuss it. this report was commissioned by the catholic church in munich. it was part of their historical reckoning, part of their way of holding themselves accountable for what happened in the past. reports like this have been going on in diocese throughout the world as part of the catholic church's effort at transparency. this report, of course, all the more important because it does include the years in which the pope emeritus was archbishop of munich from 1977 to 1982. so now it is up to the vatican to respond to these findings. we'll see what they have to say
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in the coming days. delia gallagher, cnn, rome. >> thank you, delia. at least 17 people have died and dozens more are injured after huge explosion in western ghana on thursday. officials say it happened when a truck carrying explosives for mining operations collided with a motorcycle. the blast appears to have completely levelled one town in western ghana, trapping people and animals in the rubble underneath collapsed buildings. police say most of them have now been rescued and sent to various hospitals. at least 29 people have been killed during a stampede in lie beer i -- liberia. it is feared the numbers will rise. this was the scene outside the hospital earlier. a church gathering in monrovia, there were reports of robbers rushing the crowd. the government has declared three days of national mourning. one survivor explained what she endured.
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>> translator: because of the crowd, i told my big sister, i said, i'm feeling bad. let's go home. me and my sister were coming. as soon as we reached the gate, that's when we saw a big crowd. people pushing each other, falling down. that's when i told my sister, let's go back, but we couldn't. they had already closed the gate. by then we were outside. we couldn't go back inside. people died. people were stepping on my back, my chest. i fainted and by the time they came to, i was in the hospital. >> an investigation into the deadly incident is underway. cnn will return after a very short break. tony here from taking to the streets to talk about credit. can you repair your credit yourself? yes. -great. how? uhhh... how long does credit repair take?
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now, peloton stock is spinning. it's down 20% after cnbc report revealed the company has temporarily halted production of its bike and treadmill products because of waning consumer demand. now, the report claims production of the higher end bike was paused in december and won't resume until june. the bike costs about $2,500.
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internal documents viewed by cnn said it is due to steep prices as well as increased competition. now, british singer adele won't be saying hello to her fans, rather, i'm sorry after post po postponing her las vegas residency. she was set to begin at caesars palace. fans are no doubt upset she postponed at the last minute. a tearful adele said she isn't ready after half her crew came down with covid. have a listen. >> i'm so sorry, but, um, my show ain't ready. we've tried absolutely everything that we can to put it together in time and for it to be good enough for you, but we've been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and covid. >> adele clearly devastated there. well, tickets for the concerts went on sale last month and caesars reported record breaking sales.
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adele says the dates will be rescheduled. legendary brazilian singer has died according to a statement from her family. she died of natural causes thursday at her home in rio de janeiro. suarez was born into poverty after her sultry voice lifted her to spain in brazil. she won many awards. suarez was outspoken about inequality and anti-black racism in brazil. the family's statement said she, quote, sang until the end, as her song goes. she is survived by eight children. she was 91 years old. i will miss her voice for sure. that does it here on "cnn newsroom." i'm isa soares in london. do stay in touch. details on your screen. our coverage continues on "early start" with christine romans and laura jarrett. i shall see you next week. have a wonderful weekend.
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♪ all right. here we go, everybody. it is friday, january 21st. happy friday. 5:00 a.m. in new york. thanks for getting an early start with us. i'm christine romans. >> and i'm laura jarrett. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. we begin here with high stakes diplomacy happening right now. u.s. secretary of state tony blinken arriving just there in geneva to meet with russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov. here's a live picture right now of the room where that meeting is about to take place shortly. right now as many as 100,000 russian troops are amass


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