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we'll look at the measure bringing a bit of inflation relief and what comes next to get it passed. and millions of people from the europe to the u.s. baking. the forecast is coming up. live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom," with lynda kincaid. >> well, it's now 11:00 on saturday morning in gaza where israeli war planes have pounded militant targets for a second day. airstrikes hit islamic jihad in gaza. a as many as 19 were arrested saturday. israel says the militants have fired nearly 200 rockets toward
israel in retaliation. most of those rockets were intercepted, fell short or landed in open areas. no israeli casualties have been reported. according to the palestinian health minister, at least 11 people have killed by israeli airstrikes, including a 7-year-old girl. >> our fight is not with the people of gaza. islamic jihad is an iranian proxy that wants to destroy the state of israel and kill innocent israelis. the head of islamic jihad is in tehran as we speak. we will do whatever it takes to defend our people. >> our journalist joins us live from southern israel. and this is the most serious escalation in violence in over a year. what triggered this latest flare
up? >> reporter: well, good morning, lynda. that's absolutely correct. the worst cycle of violence in over a year since the may 2021 escalation that lasted 11 days. really, tensions have been running high in israel and the gaza strip for the past week due to an israeli military arrest operation in the west bank, not gaza but the west bank early monday morning. the israeli forces netted what they said was a senior islamic jihad commander. in response, islamic jihad vowed some type of retaliation. they said it would come in the form of a cross-border attack via sniper fire or anti-tank missiles. after lockdown in several communities near the gaza border the israeli government had lost
patience and launched what it said was pre-temtive strike. >> what is the risk that this could escalate further? >> reporter: in this part of the world, escalation is always a distinct and very sad possibility. obviously, there have been casualties inside the gaza strip. no casualties on the israeli side after a day of fighting, but that could all change after a rocket strike by either side. we should remember as ayair lapd
has said. perhaps good news might be in keeping things relatively contained with the possibility of deescalation in the coming days. >> egypt has acted as a mediator in the past. what's its response? >> reporter: as it has tried to do for most of the past week, egypt has been trying to deescalate and mediate between the two sides. a senior leader is in cairo dialoging with egyptian officials. sadly due to the fighting that broke out yesterday, egyptians have not been successful. but after a day or two or month of fighting, mediators, egypt, qatar will bring both sides back from the brink. that's the hope at least. >> thanks very much.
russia claims at least three people were killed in a ukrainian attack in the occupied east. they hit an area leaving at least five people wounded. russian rockets hit the nuclear plant. one rocket struck near a reactor. russian forces have okccupied te plant for months and have been accused of using it as a fortress to launch attacks. >> translator: the occupiers created another extremely risky situation for everyone in europe. they fired at the zaporizhzhia twice in one day. this is the largest nuclear plant in our continent. the one who creates nuclear threats to other nations is definitely not capable of using nuclear technology safely.
>> well, ukraine is hoping to start exporting up to 5 million tons of grain per month. at least three people are dead after a strike in the donetsk region. a bus was hit, leaving at least five wound. the ukraine says cities on its side of the front lines have been taking heavy russian fire for weeks. that's happening as russian officials say ground forces are struggling to make more ground in the east. a new russian offensive could be in the making. russia is reportedly sending in troops and equipment to kherson. military analyst malcolm davis says there's a reason why russia wants to hold onto the south and the city of kherson. he spoke about that with me a short time ago.
>> you look at the geography of the region. kherson is very close to crimea, and russia cannot afford to lose crimea which it annexed in 2014. so the russians realize that the ukrainians need to take this on to protect odesa and thus prevent a russian attack into odess yoe o odesa. both see it as a critical tart. russia must prevent the attack on kherson and protect crimea. so this is turning out to be potentially a decisive battle in the war. >> that was malcolm davis, a senior analyst. heavy fighting has been
grinding on eastern ukraine for months and some people have had enough as some took a train out of the region on friday. president zelenskyy ordered a mandatory evacuation of all civilians. it's expected to affect hundreds of,000 o thousands of people th. some say staying at home is not an option regardless of the mandate. >> translator: they fully destroyed a dorm communal. it's impossible to live. my sons took me to their house and with a paralyzed brother. and for this moment we decided to apply to the engngo to evacu us. the white house says comments president biden made about being hopeful for brittney griner's release don't reflect any developments behind the scenes. it comes after the american
basketball star was sentenced to nine year in prison by a russian court this week for drug smuggling. the u.s. calls her detention wrongful. >> i'm hopeful. we're workin' hard. >> secretary of state antony blinken says the u.s. will pursue russia's willingness to discuss a prisoner swap. the u.s. has offered to swap viktor bout for griner and paul whelan. taiwan says it's detected multiple aircraft and vessels around their coast this morning. taiwan's defense ministry said the activity could be a possible simulated attack. it comes after a record number of chinese aircraft conducted activities in the waters around the taiwan strait friday.
cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr reports. >> reporter: a torrent of chinese aircraft, missiles and ships moved towards taiwan as soon as house speaker nancy pelosi left the island. china marking off areas encircling taiwan where its military is doing more than just drills. taiwan says 68 chinese war planes flew rnaround the taiwan strait friday. tokyo was forced to scramble jets. the u.s. ambassador was summoned. reporters were told that the issue of taiwan is sensitive, taiwan is one of the very few issues that may take china and the united states to conflict or even a war. so extra caution and a sense of
responsibility are indispensable whe it comes to taiwan. but the u.s. is concerned china is unveiling a campaign. >> beijing's provocative actions are a long-standing attempt to change the status quo. >> reporter: in beijing, total rejection of the u.s. position. >> translator: if they really worry about the regional peace and stability, why didn't they react earlier to prevent pelosi from taking a provocative visit to taiwan. >> reporter: they've paused climate talks with the united states and sanctioned pelosi and her immediate family. still a muted u.s. military response in the region. an intercontinental ballistic missile test postponed out of concern china could misinterpret
it. the aircraft carrier "ronald reagan" expected to return to japan next week after staying at sea for just a handful of extra days to maintain a u.s. presence near tie waaiwan. realistically, no one anticipates a war between china and the u.s. but misunderstanding, miscalculation and the worry is there could be a sudden crisis. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. even though it's ended, we are still getting reaction to pelosi's trip. u.s. secretary of state antony blinken is on a trip to the philippines. the situation is vital for many countries. reflecting on the role the strait plays as a critical waterway. the heightened tensions demonstrate the volatility of asia's diplomatic scene.
satellite images show new structures being built at north korea's nuclear site. this shows that pyongyang is taking steps to prepare for a future nuclear test. it is where they've conducted six underground nuclear tests. the development has been ongoing there as well as other locations. still to come, the latest from the capital, as voting is due to start in the senate on a key piece of president biden's legislative agenda. and cities across europe, asia and america are sweltering under yet another heat wave. we'll have the details from the cnn weather center. stay with us. rything. steps... calories... exercise minutes. because proven quality sleep is vital to our health and wellness, only the sleep number 360 smart bed keeps yoyou cool, then sens and effortlessly adjusts for your best sleep. tells you exactly how wewell you slept with your sleepiq score.
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proposal but it would invest in energy and climate programs and would affect prescription drug prices and sets the minimum corporate tax rate at 15%. the move comes as democrats received key support from arizona's kyrsten sinema. democratic senators dick durbin and holland praised the hard work of their party. >> a lot of hard work has gone into this. i want to congratulate senator schumer and all the members of the caucus who've really rolled up their sleeves and made this a possibility, a real possibility. we're waking for the last final word from the parliamentarian to make sure it meets the rules. >> i think we're going to pass the inflation reduction act. and i think the american people are looking for results and
action. and they see republicans talking about inflation as a campaign issue but not willing to do anything about it. >> those efforts to fight inflation came as the u.s. got a better than expected jobs report for july. employers added 528,000 jobs in the month. that means the u.s. economy has recovered all the jobs it lost during the pandemic. and the u.s. unplemployment rat fell to 3.5% which matches the 50-year low we were at when the pandemic began. the news got a mixed reaction on wall street. the stnasdaq lost half a percentage point. the above-average temperatures are fueling drought, and in some places
wildfires. jennifer gray reports. >> reporter: scorching heat continues throughout much of europe. gripping the entire mediterranean wrooenl temperatures in the upper 30s. italy is seeing its driest year on record. average rainfall there is down 46%. the northern part of the country is being hit the hardest by the heat wave. in milan, volunteers deliver food to the elderly. the service has been ramped up in recent weeks to prevent vulnerable seniors from going out in the heat to buy food. temperatures in the city reached 39 degrees friday, according to the italian air force. france is baking in its third heat wave this summer. the prime minister says the country is experiencing the most serious drought it has ever seen, and there are fears things could get worse. nearly all areas of the country have water restrictioning in place. the government launched an emergency plan after more than
100 municipalities ran out of water. >> there are already 100 municipalities in france that have no more drinking water and spli supplies are being delivered by truck because there was nothing left in the pipes. >> reporter: above-average temperatures and dry conditions in northwestern spain sparked wildfires friday. 350 hectares have been burned so far, and fire officials say the fires are coming closer to homes. in madrid, people cool off with fans and fountains. spain's government issued multiple alerts for various parts of the country due to the extreme heat. it's one of the country's hottest summers on record according to the spanish meteorological agency. residents in frankfurt headed to the water park. the meteorological service warned of a high probability of wildfires.
forecasters say there won't be much chance of relief as temperatures are expected to continue next week especially around the iberian peninsula. jennifer gray, cnn. three people are dead after a lightning strike near the white house on thursday. an elderly couple visiting from wisconsin and a 29-year-old male e the male. the three were taken to the hospital after the strike. one other is still suffering from their injuries. you're looking at new video of a waterspout that moved onshore in smith island in maryland, causing significant damage on thursday. multiple homes were trdestroyedy the storm. and an 86 yiel-year-old woman suffered minor injuries when her
house was hit. the emergency management team is tracking the damage and koording assistance. stuck in death valley national park due to flooding. roads going in and out of death valley park closed friday. though officials say a number of people have found a way to leave. no one is stopping them if they want to get out. according to a news release, dozens of cars were buried in debris at the inn in death valley e the park received 1.46 inches of rain, almost matching the previous daily record. joining me now is meteorologist derek van dam. that sure is a lot of rain in a very short amount of time. >> and death valley is desert across interior california. keep in mind the ground isn't able to soak up that amount of rain in a short period of time. when we put this into context, this is an incredible a precipitation on friday.
1.46 inches, 68% of the yearly average total for death valley national park. incredible. second wettest day in 111 years of recordkeeping. the western u.s. has been under drought, but did you know that over 50% of the lower 48, that's the contiguous united states has had its fourth consecutive week of drought conditions? of course this has led to wildfires. we have 70 large wildfires burning in 14 individual states. and of course our heat continues over the central parts of the city. newly-issued excessive heat warnings in omaha stretching to oklahoma city. and some of the most populated areas, anywhere from boston, detroit, philadelphia, you have heat advisories today. that means, as you step outside
you'll feel like nearing the upper 90s to around 100 degrees in terms of the heat index value. that is the temperature and humidity value on your skin. look at this temperature forecast for today incredible amounts of heat. we have a brief break from the excessive heat before the mercury and thermometer starts to climb. and the other story that we continue to monitor is the potential for more flash flooding. you can see from the weather prediction center still the monsoonal throat across the great basin. and then areas of kentucky, additional rainfall taking place as we speak. >> derek van dam, good to see you as always. stick around, i'll come back to you next hour. second verdict against conspiracyist alex jones. how much more the info war host should pay.
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punitive damages. >> care and concern is so important, and we saw what happens when there is a dearth of that. and so i hope that we all just go home tonight and everybody that's reading these articles and hearing this message and you choose love with your kids because you can. that means being present in the moment with them. >> 26 people were killed in the 2012 massacre at a connecticut elementary school. 20 of those killed were children. jones repeatedly claimed that the massacre was staged and a hoax, but later said it did indeed. jones' lawyer spoke to reporters about his reaction. >> alex jones will be on the air today, tomorrow, next week. he's going to keep doing his
job, holding the power structure accountable. his reaction was that, you know, he'd been found guilty before he ever had a chance to defend this case on the merits. that the, you know, the first amendment is under siege. and that he looks forward to continuing the fight. >> well, the reward amount could be substantially reduced since texas law caps punitive damages. former president trump is expected to address the political action conference in texas today. he follows a lineup of republicans including some on the ballot in the november midterms who echoed his unfounded claims that the 2020 election was rampant with fraud and stolen. ted cruz took a swing at the state of the economy and the democrats. >> we got out of control inflation. the cost of everything is going through the roof. it is so bad, eric swalwell
can't afford chinese dinners. it is so bad that alexandria ocasio-cortez can't afford fake handcuffs. >> reporter: fresh off a victory, kari lake arrives at the political action conference in dallas. in her home state, she is leading in every single county. centering her campaign on donald trump's lie about the 2020 election, a position she promises she will not pivot away from. >> we didn't listen to what the fake news had to say. the maga unit rose up and voted like their life depended on it. >> reporter: u.s. senate
candidate blake masters and mark finchham who wants to eliminate all mail-in ballot. >> thank you, michigan. >> reporter: in michigan this week, republican gubernatorial nominee, tudor dixon. >> yes or no, do you believe donald trump legitimately won the 2020 election in michigan? >> yes. >> reporter: now she dodging that question. these wins are just the latest in the solid advance of those se sowing distrust in u.s. elections. jim marchand is running to
overse oversee his state's elections. >> i believe it was stolen, yeah. i believe there were enough irregularities that we need to do an audit. >> reporter: then there's another michigan candidate who doesn't believe the 2020 results. they show trump's grip on the gop. >> everybody's going to go vote these great candidates like kari lake and override the machines. >> reporter: on the cpac agenda. >> they stole the 2020 election. >> reporter: look ahead to november and beyond. >> we're not going to allow t. >> reporter: i see your hat there. how important is it for you to talk about 2020 as we look at 2022? >> he won, he won in 2020 hands down across the nation.
>> reporter: what does this say about where the republican party is in this country? >> pmaga. they're with trump. >> reporter: donald trump is the closing speaker for cpac even though we've been hearing his talking points from speaker after speaker throughout the convention. and kari lake did tweet out that she will be the speaker right before trump. cnn, dallas. another speaker who took the podium was viktor orban. he was given a warm welcome as he delivered a speech called "how we fight", suggesting a kinship with america's conservative movement. >> we have to be brave enough to address given the most sensitive questions. migration, gender and the clash of civilization. don't worry, a christian politician cannot be racist.
if you separate the best in civilization from his judeo christian heritage, the worst things happen. things were carried out by people who hated christianity. >> orban set the stage for former president trump by criticizing the liberals, the news media and the democratic party. for more perspective, let's bring in head of the u.s. and america's program at chatham house. good to have you with us, leslie. >> thank you. >> as to hungarian prime minister, he's been accused of consolidating power in his own country and undermining democracy. he gave a speech on thursday entitled "how we fight", speaking of his fight against progressive liberals and said globalists can all go to hell,
this, despite the fact that he's going across the globe to push this message, his political views. does he believe this political ideology is a wider movement? >> i think it's a movement with our former president trump to turn it into a global movement to really increase the base, to rally the base here in the u.s. that have supported that part of the republican party led by donald trump that shares a similar set of anti-progressive values and it's clearly a movement and very specific decision to come at this point in time when in the united states of course we're approaching, we're in that primary season, approaching the midterm elections, when viktor
orban, when donald trump and the far right wing of the republican party are really looking to shore up a vote that they know is critical and at risk. but critical to their success. >> orban of course has spoken about how he opposes mixed race society in europe. just two weeks ago declaring in a speech that we do not want to become peoples of mixed race. that speech was condemned by his own advisor who called it pure flaut nazi and resign. but he's hardly the only far-right person. what are these trends are we seeing both in europe and the u.s. right now? >> well, there is clearly a constituency that's pourtsuppor of the values, willing to be
courted as you might say. but what's most interesting is it hasn't won out. people have been very concerned. you mentioned le pen. the numbers were very high. but the backlash against that speech, the july 23rd speech that orban gave that you referred to was very clear. he mentioned that when he came to texas. we heard from some people who attended the conference in dallas who said they wanted to hear what he had to say. they wanted him to clarify his position that they didn't support it. so it's really, you know, it's a risky position to assert. it's clearly the agenda that he's pushing, you know. is, is illiberal, under the pretense of christian, pushing against lgbtq, very clearly
stoking a politics that is divisive, that is dangerous. and that is, i think, a, not a majority view, and one that is part of the desperation in pushing so hard and making these trips i think because there is a recognition that this is a minority position. >> and leslie, we are talking about functioning democracies here. any of these outcomes, presumably, reflect the will of the people in fair and free elections. what's the best response when it comes to countering the influence of the extremes? in this case, the far right. >> it's a really difficult question. i think, you know, the one advantage that the united states has, we had a president, donald trump, who would love to have rolled out the playbook with more success. he would like to have had the success in dismantling democracy that viktor orban has had in
hungary. our institutions are strong. they're not as strong as we might have thought they were, but our civil society is very robust. the pushback has been intense. i think things like the vote that we saw in kansas demonstrate that even in conservative states people value pro-choice. they value positions. they have rights that they've become used to. so i think it's really that civil society mobilization. the final part of viktor orban's speech in dallas was very telling. he said, you know, we're facing elections in europe and in the united states in 2024. these are a battle for western civilization. again, really trying to stoke the deep division on a platform that's very dangerous. >> leslie, good to get your perspective on all of that. thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you. well, hundreds of migrants
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>> translator: it is our oath that we are loyal soldiers and we will be loyal soldiers. they are using time in their favor, but we will stay here until the demands are met. >> translator: we are here for reforms for change, to change the regime that has ruled us since 2003 until today. and we have yet to receive any benefit. no health care, no security. no services. no electricity. god willing, all fragments of iraq's population will join. more than 600 migrants are finally on solid ground after their boat arrived in italy on friday. but they've arrived in the middle of an election, with migration a hot political issue. cnn reports. >> reporter: finally, some relief, at least for the moment. the 659 migrants rescued at sea off the coast of libya by
doctors without borders nine days ago have finally been allowed to disembark in southern italy. two women are pregnant and 150 of the migrants are minors, including five infants. the ongoing migrant crisis comes as italy prepares for elections on september 25th. after the government under mario draghi fell earlier this month. politicians are not missing the opportunity to use what is a horrific situation for those seeking asylum for political gain. matteo salvini who blocked ports to ships in 2018 and 2019 wants a chance to do it again. he visited an island where thousands of migrants have landed this summer and where the hot spot is often overflowing. he said having a welcoming center on the island was like
hanging up a sign inviting people to come. >> translator: immigration will come back to be a limited, controlled, contained phenomenon. >> reporter: he is part of the center-right qcoalition. they are leading the vote with six weeks to the vote. more than 42,000 people have made it so far in 2022, according to the italian ministry of the interior. many have also died trying. and for those who did make it, another challenge is looming. those who were allowed to disembark will now be processed. those who qualify can apply for asylum. the rest will instead be repatriated to their home countries. cnn, rome. a former astronaut calls
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welcome back. spacewalks at the international space station are being halted over the concerns of the state of of decades-old spacesuits worn by astronauts. kristin fisher reports. >> reporter: european space agency astronaut matthias maar was wrapping up a spacewalk when he noticed water leaking out of his spacesuit. it was eerily similar to what happened to an italian astronaut. water from the cooling tubes inside the spacesuit was leaking into his hell memet, and he alm drowned. >> for a couple minutes i experienced what it's like to be
a goldfish in a fishbowl from the point of view of the goldfish. >> reporter: it's a nightmare scenario according to garrett reeseman who went on to be the first spacesuit engineer at spacex. >> if you fill the helmet you can't breathe, and you can't take the helmet off. so you're in a very bad, bad mace. and it got serious. >> reporter: they have stopped all spacewalks until matthias' faulty spacesuit is returned to earth for inspection. but even if it's fixed the problem is these spacesuits or emus are decades old and there's not many left. >> it goes all the way back to apollo, pre-1975. the helmet's exactly the same that we wore on the apollo suits. >> reporter: nasa knows it's a problem. they're partnering with two commercial companies to develop
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