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regeneration and renewal. but one thing that won't change here is that, at the home of a cumpari, the door is always open and you are always welcome to join the feast. ♪ this is cnn breaking news. >> hello and a very warm welcome to our viewers in the united states and right around the world. i'm isa soares live in ukraine where dozens are feared dead after russia's latest assault turns a school shelter into a pile of rubble. i'm kim brunhuber at cnn world headquarters in atlanta following our other top stories. a historic election win in northern ireland. sinn fein promises a new era to supporters and opponents. a live report from belfast.
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welcome to the show, everyone. it's 10:00 a.m. in ukraine and 60 people are feared dead after russian forces reportedly bombed the school in the luhansk region of eastern ukraine. images from the scene show the building reduced to little more than a smoking pile of debris. the regional governor says around 90 people were sheltering inside the school when that bomb hit. 30 were rescued from the rubble. so far, two bodies have been recovered and the governor says they are unlikely to find more survivors. to the west, ukraine's military says russia fired six cruise missiles at the port city of odesa. so far, no casualties have been recorded but strikes on historic cities like odesa almost inevitably lead to other collateral damage. saturday, ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy said nearly 200 cultural heritage sites had been damaged so far during this war. have a listen.
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>> translator: today the invaders launched a missile strike at odesa. a city where almost every street has something memorable. something historical. but for the russian army, it doesn't matter. they would only kill and destroy. odesa, kharkiv region, donbas, they don't care. the ukrainian officials say all women, children, and elderly people have now been evacuated from the azovstal steel plant in mariupol. mr. zelenskyy said they're now focusing on evacuating the me medics and wounded trapped in the plant. the school that was bombed as it shelters dozens of ukrainian villages was just ten kilometers from the front lines in eastern ukraine.
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>> reporter: there are fears of high casualty counts after ukraine accused the russians of dropping a bomb on a school in a small village in eastern ukraine. the head of the ilhansing regional military administration accused the russians of fighting with unarmed civilians in a small village seven miles west of the front lines. 90 people were thought to have been taking shelter in the basement of that school when the bomb fell. 30 people have been pulled from the rubble according to that official, though judging by the pictures it is amazing that anyone could have possibly survived. that official said that almost the entire village was sheltering in that place. it was one of the few places left to shelter. the village is not far from donetsk where heavy fighting has been taking place as the russians try to push their way through the front line. this strike will inevitably
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bring back memories of the bombing of that theater in mariupol where some 300 people or more were thought to have been killed. hundreds of people were taking shelter there. even the word "children" was spelled out on the pavement in russian in hopes that it would be spared from the russian bombs. the village has been the target of russian shelling for weeks now. it was in late april that officials there managed a successful evacuation operation that got 49 people out, including eight children. but clearly not everyone had left. scott mcclain, cnn, lviv, ukraine. russia's war has upended life for so many people right across this country. more than 13 million have had to flee their homes in search of safety. alex fled his home in irpin with his 1-month-old son.
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he later gained some fame for a clip of him singing the beatles song "yesterday" to his babies. these days he's singing something a bit more patriotic, have a listen. ♪ >> alex joins me now. first of all, your son is beautiful. i wonder if we'll see that video of you singing with him. how are you doing? how is your son doing? >> thank you, isa. he grows. he's now almost 3 months old. and most of his life he lived in a war. but we are more or less okay, safe. this is the place where we are. we, of course, hear cruise missiles, air raid sirens. other than that we are safe,
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thank you. >> wonderful to hear that you are safe that he is well. as you are from the suburb of irpin, from what i understand, it's the area that's free of russian troops. are you wanting to return, planning to return, or still too dangerous for civilians at this point? >> we desperately want to go home. we really think about it every day. the place is liberated. there's already electricity, water, gas. and people start gradually coming back. so we are thinking about returning there. there's still land mines, there's still explosives in some areas. but we really want to go home. >> and you know this longing to be home, of course, the danger it still faces, it's something that i've been hearing time and time again from people who have been fleeing to lviv, alex.
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you know, as you heard probably earlier in the show, president zelenskyy was saying about 200 cultural sites have been damaged by the russians. when you hear this, how does this make you feel? >> well, this is the war. we know that this country came here, this country came here to erase us as a nation, erase us people. of course, the buildings are damaged, but the -- i think that it's more important that the people stay alive. so lives cannot be restored. the buildings can. so in any case -- sorry. the buildings, we will restore them, that's okay.
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>> and buildings can be restored. culture continues, of course, in the people, like you clearly said, alex. we are all looking to head to russia's victory day in moscow. something happens every year. it is a show, as we've been saying, of russia's military might. how will this, you think, make you and other ukrainians feel as we look at those images, as we wait to hear from president putin today? >> you know, i was born in the soviet union. for me this holiday was a big one. in fact, this is such a big and important holiday still in russia. it was the number one holiday in the soviet union. the importance of this holiday is probably equal to what christmas is in the western part of the world.
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by the catholic christians. so in the soviet union, this was number one holiday. and now we all are rethinking this holiday. because i understand now that this was a fake holiday, manipulation, that was aimed to make this feeling that it was the soviet union or even russia that won the war. which is not true. was not just russia. it was not even just russia in the soviet union. ukraine did a lot to win the war. europe did a lot. u.s. did a lot. the entire world fought against hitler during world war ii. and russia kind of got this holiday and made it number one holiday in the country, and now politically uses it to attack
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the other country. and i expect the worst tomorrow from putin, from russia. because this is the only holiday that keeps all the different nations of russia together. they've got to do something on this day. >> alex deberakov, great to have you on the show. keep us posted. wonderful to see video of your little boy. thanks very much, alex. >> thank you, isa. ukraine president volodymyr zelenskyy is expected to join u.s. president joe biden and other g7 leaders in a virtual meeting later today. the white house focus will be on sanctions against russia and shoring up international support for ukraine. the western leaders agree to meet ahead of russia's victory day on monday. we're expected to hear from putin from nazi germany vender in 1945.
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there are fears president vladimir putin might use that occasion to increase his conflict in ukraine where the military has struggled against fierce ukrainian resistance. nic robertson is following this from helsinki, finland. what is likely to come out of this meeting, and how significant is this ahead of victory day in russia tomorrow? >> reporter: of course, this is the 77th anniversary of ve day, victory in europe day, for the vast majority of europe. the 8th of may is that day where they celebrate the unconditional surrenders of the nazis in world war ii. russia chooses to do it a day later. this is significant. the date and the timing is significant. particularly with reference to victory day on the 9th of may and moscow. we've heard that from the white house. jen psaki, the spokesperson at the white house, has said this should not be -- this should clearly be understood, that this is coming ahead of the day that
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president putin is expected to try to make triumphalist, provide a witting narrative to the russians about ukraine, which of course he says that isn't true. we are expected to hear from president zelenskyy. we know his conversations with world leaders and particularly the g7 he will likely be asking for additional support, more support, heavier weapons, the sorts of weapons he thinks it's going to take to defeat the russians. what wear told to expect is he will tell the g7 leaders how he thinks the war is going at the moment, where things stand. we know president biden has spoken in the last few days with the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau. we know that boris johnson, the british prime minister in london, emmanuel macron in france, they've all talked about the g7 coming up. and about this meeting coming up. and the importance of it, of maintaining solidarity, commitment to ukraine.
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but i think, you know, we have a g7 foreign ministers meeting coming next weekend. but i twha president biden is doing here is keeping the momentum going, keeping that support going, keeping the narrative going. these things don't happen by themselves. importantly, it comes after the french president, emmanuel macron, has completed his own elections. he can focus better on the war in ukraine. british prime minister boris johnson also going through national local elections in the uk, he can focus more on this now too. >> important context from nic robertson in helsinki, finland, thanks very much. just ahead, thursday's elections in northern ireland were a game changer. the latest on a historic sinn fein victory after this short break. a familiar face back on the campaign trail in brazil. silva kicks off his campaign for president. are stopping you in your tracks... choose stelara® from the start...
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controlled, tight circle vote to replace carrie lam as chief executive. kristie lu, tell us about john lee and what his leadership might bring. >> reporter: yeah, well john lee, the sole contender, the ex-security chief who represents security and stability, law and order. he was, as expected, selected as the next leader of hong kong. i'm standing in the hong kong convention exhibition center where something called the 2022 chief executive election took place. but this was not a popular vote. not a popularity contest. the 7.4 million residents of hong kong had no say in who their next leader is. rather, under electoral overall rules you had a less than 1,500-member election committee consisting of 15ly pro-beijing patriots who are eligible to vote and select the next leader of hong kong. that individual is john lee. it's been almost 25 years since china assumed sovereignty over
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hong kong and the sole contender for the city's top job would be the first security official to run it since the handover. >> this new chapter will be a new symphony. >> reporter: and the new conductor, john lee, a former career police officer. >> he is different from previous kinds of leaders that we've had in the past. generally they've come from business or they've come from the elite civil service. he doesn't have any of that. he has networks that are in the police and in, say, public security on the mainland. >> reporter: before serving as hong kong's former deputy leader, lee was its top security official. during the long and often violent pro-democracy protests of 2019, demonstrators held posters slamming lee and other top officials. in 2020, lee enforced a sweeping national security law imposed by beijing and was among nearly a dozen people sanctioned by the trump administration in 2020 for his role in undermining the
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city's autonomy, a charge hong kong and chinese officials deny. last month, youtube suspended lee's campaign channel, citing u.s. sanctions. the move was condemned by china's ministry of foreign affairs. as john lee prepares to become the next chief executive of hong kong, many here say they no longer recognize the city and. a national security law has dismantled the once-vibrant local press and civil society, and a strict zero covid society has dented the reputation of a once-thriving international business home. at a recent press conference, lee pledged to solidify the city's international role. what can you say right now to reassure the international community that hong kong is back open for business? >> covid is not going to live with us forever. at some stage, it will be under control. it is important that we will do a good partisan act so that on the one hand, we will keep the
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disease under control. but at the same time, we will allow business to go about. >> reporter: lee also vowed to boost housing supply and press ahead with article 23, a security measure that was shelved in 2003 after 500,000 people marched against it. with dissent now stifled, protests are not expected to get in the way. >> the hong kong government you could say is caught in a dilemma. they are supposed to be accountable to the central government. but they're also supposed to be accountable locally. the scentral government is now emphasizing the vertical aspect. this accountability-up. >> reporter: if everything goes to plan, lee will be sworn in on july the 1st. exactly halfway through 50 years of "one country, two systems" autonomy beijing promised to hong kong. a law and order candidate poised to ensure law and order in this already changed chinese city.
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just a few hours ago, john lee was selected by a small circle of pro-beijing election committee of patriots. the next move, he will be sworn in on july the 1st, which is a very significant date. it will mark 25 years since hong kong returned to chinese rule. brazil's luiz inacio da silva is trying to get his old job back. heost his bid for president. he'll face the incumbent when voters go do the polls later this year. >> in an event charged with nostalgia, former brazil president luiz inacio lula da silva formalizing his candidacy to be the next president of the country. he's already served as president
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of brazil from 2003 to 2010, but his focus was firmly on showing he's the right man to fix the economy over the next four years. >> translator: we need to put brazil back among the best economies in the world. we need to reverse the slowing process of deindustrialization of the country and create an environment of political, economic, and institutional stability that encourages businesspeople to invest in brazil again. >> reporter: just like much of the rest of latin america, brazil is currently battling high inflation rates that are being made worse by the russian invasion of ukraine. and it is still recovering from the deep economic impacts of the covid-19 pandemic. lula was speaking in sao paolo flanked by other members of his coalition, but the candidates being his vice president of former sao paolo could not attend the event in person as he tested positive for covid-19.
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and the first round of the brazilian presidential election is scheduled for october 2. polls already put lula as a leading candidate. ste stephano, cnn. voters in the philippines go to the polls in less than 24 hours, the son of the country's former dictator against a candidate in the roots of the movement that opposed his father. ferdinand marcos jr. has led in every opinion poll. he faces lenni robredo, who nearly defeated him in 2016. she has links to the people power uprising in 1986 that ousted ferdinand marcos sr. other candidates include former professional boxer manny pack cow, the former mayor of manila, and a police general. sinn fein irish
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nationalists, once considered the political wing of the irish republican army, have emerged as the largest party after thursday's elections. sinn fein supports northern ireland leaving the uk and joining the republic of ireland. as vice president, michelle o'neal looks set to be ireland's first republican minister. >> today ushers in a new era which i believe presents us all with an opportunity to reimagine relationships necessarily on the basis of fairness, on the basis of equality, on the basis of social justice. irrespective of religious, political, or social backgrounds, my commitment is to make politics work. >> and journalist peter taggart joins me live from belfast. peter, we heard sinn fein there promising a new era. they've said, quote, this is a significant moment of change. so how far does this victory get
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them on their long path to reunification? >> reporter: well, they obviously would see it as a boost. a lot of their supporters would see it as a boost. of course, the system of government here is a joint, a power-sharing government between republicans and unionist british politicians. the breakdown, sinn fein is the biggest party, and that's the first time that an irish nationalist or irish republican party has been the biggest in the history, the 100-year history of northern ireland. 27 lawmakers, 25 for the democratic unionist party, so pretty close. the emergence also this election of the alliance party, which is cross-community, where they're neither unionists for nationalists.
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three distinct groups have to work together. of course, the issue for the moment is the democratic unionist party say they will not go back into a power-sharing government because essentially of brexit, because of the checks arising from bringing one part of the united kingdom into this part of the united kingdom, northern ireland. many aren't happy about that, so the actual power-sharing government might not be formed for a while. as for a united ireland, well, a significant difference. certainly sinn fein, they are entitled to have the position of first minister for the first time. so internationally, obviously that will be seen as significant. so we shall see. will it be a boost? certainly sinn fein already saying it could be a referendum on the united ireland within the next five years. will that athappen?
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remains to be seen. >> in terms of the people themselves, i'm wondering whether the people who oppose reunification, they must be feeling a lot of anger. some have said there might be more violence as a result. do you think that's likely? >> reporter: well -- we never know what might happen in this part of the world. obviously you still have paramilitary active on both sides of the divide, brought-british and pro-irish sides. at this stage there's no indication that there will be any upsurge in violence as a result of this election. what we have, i mentioned those three distinct groupings. effectively in the election you had around 40% voting through british, around 40%, rough figures, voting through irish, around 20% voting nonaligned. so as there was a referendum
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tomorrow, how would it go? would there be a united ireland? certainly opinion polls recently and over a number of years would suggest that northern ireland would not yet vote to be part of the united ireland, i.e., break away from the united kingdom. at the moment, i think indications of violence probably are a little bit premature on the back of this result. the issue for a lot of members of the pro-british community is brexit and how that has operated and how they feel there is an irish sea border and how they perceive that they are being treated differently in other parts of the uk. could that possibly manifest in violence? well, who knows. certainly at the moment, largely peaceful in this part of the world. >> many questions on how they'll deal with all of those issues. but still a hugely symbolic victory. journalist peter taggart joining me by phone from belfast, thank you so much, appreciate it.
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governor says it is unlikely there are any more survivors. thevi village is very close to e front lines in eastern ukraine. in the strategic port city of odesa, ukraine's military says russia fired six cruise missiles at the city on saturday. no casualties have been reported. western leaders will keep an eye on president putin on monday for any possible announcements about ukraine. may 9th is victory day in russia when the nation marks the soviet win over nazi germany in world war ii. as matthew chance reports, the event commemorates a past that mr. putin could use now. >> reporter: nighttime on the cobbles of red square. russia's military is plotting its next steps. this is a repercental for the annual victory day parade, may 9th commemorating the soviet
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defeat of nazi germany. it's also a dramatic stage for the kremlin to showcase its military power and to celebrate. "i'm looking forward to its grand scale," says this muska vite. "we will show the power and strength of our country," he says. though who really needs a reminder? these are the latest brutal images from ukraine. where russia is continuing what it calls its special military operation. the kremlin says this is also a fight against nazis. even though ukraine has a jewish president, it's being drilled into russians that their country's soldiers are yet again battling fascists. it's a comparison dismissed in the west but which many russians seem prepared to accept. "every year i go to these rehearsals," says this man, who gives his name as misha, "but i
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think this year it's more special because of the special military operation happening in ukraine," he says. "today i wave the flag to support our army. but i hope it will end soon," he adds, a hint of awareness, perhaps, of the horrific cost. this is what victory day is meant to mark, the soviet union's role in the allied victory in the second world war. russia sustained millions of casualties, paying an enormous sacrifice. but the power of a military parade to bolster national pride has never been lost on the kremlin's leaders, least of all president putin, whose victory day parades have for years heralded russia's resurgence as a military power.
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there's speculation this year's parade will form the backdrop for a major announcement on ukraine. victory day still marks russia's triumphant past. what the kremlin really wants is to celebrate that elusive victory in the present. >> you can watch the victory day parade on red square on monday. we'll have live coverage as troops as well as officials gather from 9:00 a.m. moscow time, or 7:00 a.m. if you're watching in london. the parade is expected to get under way an hour later. that does it for me for this hour. now back to kim in atlanta. >> thanks so much, isa. u.s. first lady jill biden is in eastern europe meeting with ukrainian refugees. right now she's in slovakia as part of her four-day tour. saturday she visited a school in romania and heard heartbreaking stories from women and children who fled the war in ukraine.
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this school in bucharest opened its doors to refugee students after russia's invasion began in february. mrs. biden, also an educator, credits teachers for supporting the refugees. >> as a teacher, i so appreciated what that one teacher said, i'm a teacher, we're going to organize this, we're going to get it together. i think in a lot of ways the teachers are the glue that helped these kids deal with their trauma and deal with the emotion and helped give them a sense of normalcy. >> mrs. biden's trip is timed around mother's day, an occasion that might feel vastly different for the ukrainian mothers and children who fled their homes. pro-choice advocates made their voices heard outside the supreme court saturday following the leak of a draft opinion that would overturn roe v. wade, which legalized abortion in the u.s. cnn's joe johns was there in washington and has the story.
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>> reporter: it was die-hard pro-abortion protesters that showed up on this rainy saturday. demonstrations picked up here in d.c. after the leak of that draft opinion indicating the court is poised to overturn roe v. wade, the landmark supreme court decision that legalized abo abortion in the united states. while the numbers of protesters were few, there's every indication authorities are prepared for larger demonstrations in the coming days. as evidenced by the fencing that goes all the way around the building. the same kind of fencing that was put up around the united states capitol after january 6th, also around the white house at certain times during the trump administration. there's also an indication we will see more activity in the legislature of the united states, the senate is prepared to vote next week on the issue of abortion.
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now in the number of infections across the country. we're not yet seen much of an uptick in death and hospitalization, but there's a lag that usually occurs. so we're quite concerned even about the summer, particularly in the areas of the country where vaccination rates are not so high, people are not so much up to date. and then in the following winter, we're very concerned. most of the predictors, the people that make these predictions, do anticipate that unless we do something, we'll see a significant surge in the winter. we're going to look carefully at the vaccination that's needed. we have advisory committee meeting a few weeks ago. and sometime in the next month or two, we'll be looking carefully at the composition and the recommendations for vaccination in the fall. a consideration is that it might be at the same time as the flu vaccine campaign that we have
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every year, take the vaccine then, also recommend the covid vaccine. none of this is decided. in china, strict lockdowns are creating a mental health crisis as the government doubles down on its zero covid policy. christina wang shows us how despair is growing among people living under the extreme conditions. >> reporter: desperate to break free, one shanghai resident pushed to the brink. >> i want to die, i want to die! >> reporter: enduring the world's strictest covid lockdown, no longer wanting to live. we don't know exactly what triggered this man's mental anguish, but many shanghai residents saw this widely circulated video as a reflection of their own despair as they've been sealed in their homes for over a month. protests have erupted. residents clashing with police. as the days drag on, hopelessness rises.
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multiple videos of bodies lying motionless, facedown, outside of apartments, have gone viral on social media. this one shows two dead bodies. residents speculated they'd jumped to their death from their windows amid desperation during lockdown. the lockdown has sparked logistical chaos, leaving residents struggling to get food and medical care. multiple hospitals refuse to treat a violinist's extreme bomb natural pain. his son wrote in a social media post his father was later found outside his building in a pool of blood. he said his father had jumped from his apartment window. he said his father left a suicide note that said, i'm saying good-bye to my friends and family because i can't stand the pain. cnn has been unable to independently verify the authenticity of this story. the hospitals have issue d
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denials. the family have not responded to multiple requests for comment. this is china's most affluent city. residents like marketing executive rita zung, who loved her social and sophisticated life in shanghai, never expected they'd be fighting for survival. >> i have been undereating for about a week. then at the end of that week, i was just feeling very depressed. there's a fear whether i'm going to walk out alive. >> reporter: at least 27 cities are under some form of lockdown, impacting 180 million people. china's leaders are still doubling down on its zero covid policy, calling it a "magic weapon" to keep the country's covid deaths low. even if the harsh measures leave emotional scars that haunt residents years down the line. selena wang, cnn. emperor penguins are tall,
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the midwestern united states this mother's day weekend, you'll experience a record heat wave. temperatures will average 15 to 20 degrees above normal. several records were set on saturday. joining me to discuss all this is meteorologist derek van dam. the combination of dry winds and this hot weather is really dangerous. >> yeah, it's stifling, in fact, for many residents across texas. but look, it gets hot in texas. we know that, right? so what's the big deal about temperatures reaching 100 degrees? this is why it's significant. let's talk about amarillo, for instance. this is the town across the texas panhandle. yesterday they recorded a temperature of 100 degrees. that shattered their old record high temperature. this is also the earliest date that that particular location has reached 100 degrees. the previous oldest date was may 15th of 1996. other notable record highs that were broken yesterday, saint
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angelie, 107. denver reaching the upper 80s to lower 90s across the colorado springs area. where is the heat going? across texas, a lot of humidity there as well. move into the southern plains and eventually into the midwest. prepare yourself, chicago, grand rapids, michigan, my hometown. you've got an extended stretch of summer-like temperatures which we should normally see around the middle of june to july. we have the potential to reach over 190 record high temperatures following today through the first half of this week. look at the temperatures into san antonio, dallas, further north into wichita, kansas, chicago, and st. louis. all topping the 90s. as kim aptly put, we have the combination of dry conditions, record heat. that means critical fire danger. that is not good news for new mexico's second-largest wildfire in all-time history, the calf canyon fire still scorching 172,000 acres. red flag warnings in place across much the great basin with
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relative humidity values 5% to 15%. extremely dry, eto ignite the dry brush on the ground. emperor penguins are so large, they can stand as tall as a 6-year-old child. but their relatively imposing height doesn't protect them from our changing climate. as lin la kin dade reports, some colonies in the antarctica may disappear in the next 30 to 40 years. >> reporter: these emperor penguins are native to antarctica, the largest of all the penguin species. due to climate change, scientists say they're at risk of extinction. unlike adelely penguins which build nests on the continent, these penguins breed directly on marine ice. ice melting puts lives of baby penguins at risk. >> translator: when the ice platform loses stability, the little penguins, the ones that are growing, the chicks of that season might not have their
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feathers. they might not be ready to go to the sea. the ground they rest on where the colony is developing breaks. and if the water reaches them, they aren't ready to swim. they don't have their definitive grown-up waterproof feathers. and they die because of the cold and drown. >> reporter: scientists say for almost three years in a row, all the chicks from one colony died because of the loss of ice. researchers from argentina travel to these colonies to study the penguins. they counted, weighed, and measured. and the geographic position is recorded. these scientists say some colonies in particularly vulnerable areas may disappear within the next 30 to 40 years. >> translator: the disappearance of any species is a tragedy for the planet. whether small or large, plant or animal. it doesn't matter. it's a biodiversity loss, and surely the connections they have with the environment are much more than a human being can imagine.
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the food chains of extreme places have fewer links, fewer members. it means that the disappearance of one of them would have very serious consequences on the ecosystem. >> reporter: the u.n. agency which is responsible for promoting international cooperation on climate-related concerns recently warned of increasing extreme temperatures, unusual rainfall, and ice slides on the continent. losing emperor penguins would be another grim and sad consequence of climate change. linda kincaid, cnn. that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. i'll be back with more news after a quick break.
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welcome to all of you watching uts hers here in the u states, canada and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. 60 people are most likely dead after russian forces bombed a school in the luhansk region of ukraine. video shows the building reduced to little more than a smoking pile of debris, the regional governor says around 90 people were sheltering inside when the bomb hit. 30 were rescued from the rubble,


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