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Davutoglu to Step Down as Turkish PM; Thousands Flee as Fire Swallows Canadian City; CNN Goes Military; Donald Trump Is the Last Man Standing; Prince and Opioids; The Struggles of Venezuela's Health System; Israel Pauses to Remember Holocaust Victims; Rescued Lions Adjust to New Life in South Africa. Aired 10-11a ET
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ZAIN ASHER, CNN HOST (voice-over): Ahead at the INTERNATIONAL DESK: Turkey's prime minister says he will resign.
Plus more evacuations near Canada's massive wildfire.
And Donald Trump starts thinking about his pick for vice president.
ASHER: Hello and a warm welcome to all of you. I'm Zain Asher. Appreciate you being with us.
We start with political upheaval in Turkey, a nation deeply entangled in Europe's migrant crisis and the fight against ISIS as well. They will
now be looking for a new prime minister. Ahmet Davutoglu says he is stepping down. I want to go now to our Nic Robertson, who's joining us
live now from London.
So, Nic, just explain to us why he is resigning and what will this mean for Erdogan's consolidation of power.
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: Well, he says that he thinks it's the right thing to do to step down. What he has done
is emphasized how, while he's been prime minister they've had peace, the economy is doing well, there's been security in the country at a difficult
time, that he has managed the country through several elections in that time.
What he is laying out, this is a change but it's really about the continuity of the AK party, his party and the party of the president as
well. He isn't talking about -- in fact, he's going out of his way to say there is no problem between him and the president at this time.
But if you read carefully into some of the things that he has said, the strongest man is a man who has a clear heart and a clear conscience.
This is -- he appears to be talking about himself, that he has never had to bargain or negotiate to get a position of power. The indication is he's
not about to do that now, that he met for almost two hours yesterday with the president, trying to hammer out their differences apparently.
And he also says, talking about his friend, Erdogan, the president -- and they've been friends for a long time -- saying that, you know, when you
set off on a journey, it's more important that you get there with your friends, not about where you're going, which seems to indicate a difference
on where he and Erdogan think that they're going at this time.
But really the transition here puts more power ultimately in the hands of the president and, if you will, weakens the democratic standing of the
country because really it is the prime minister, not the president, who really has the constitutional power and that seems to be a balance that's
shifting here right now -- Zain.
ASHER: So Nic, I want to talk about what this means for the bigger picture in Turkey because, as you know this comes at a time when Turkey's
dealing with security threats, comes to ISIS and the PKK, and then you have the refugee crisis as well.
How do you think that Davutoglu stepping down will impact foreign policy in Turkey?
ROBERTSON: He's been the preferred interlocutor, if you will, of the European Union for negotiating of the migrant issue, the deal that they've
struck with Turkey recently. Turkey would look after more of the refugees that get returned from Greece. There will be a quicker access for Turkish
citizens to E.U. visas. That's been negotiated with the prime minister.
The prime minister has also been sort of more front and center, if you will, dealing with the United States and the, you know, the situation in
Turkey at the moment. There are a lot of criticisms of the U.S. by the president of Turkey, criticizing the United States for backing the Kurds
So you know, when you look at the foreign policy of the country, that's unlikely to change.
Again, the continuity was one of the things that was being stressed by the outgoing prime minister. However, when you look at the interlocutors,
it is the prime minister who has been the preferred person for the international community to deal with. And the president has taken a much
sort of harder-line view on some of the issues that he has been negotiating.
I mean, I think one of the sort of telltale things behind-the-scenes tensions, there was a blog started in Turkey recently called "The Pelican
Brief," and it was briefing against the prime minister over some of the deals, the deals that he was making with the European Union.
Does that reflect the president's thinking?
That's absolutely not clear at all. Indeed, I think you really have to stress here that the prime minister made clear that the president is,
you know, is part of my family and an attack on him is an attack on me and my family.
So the prime minister is very clearly trying to give the enemies of the party no chance to criticize them.
But, yes, this will have an impact on the way the country is perceived and potentially how the international community does business with it --
ASHER: Yes. And more power for Erdogan, as you mentioned at the top of your answer. Nic Robertson, live for us there, thank you so much.
A wildfire in Canada continues to rip through the city of Fort McMurray. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of tens of thousands of
people. One of those residents documented his escape on a dashboard --
ASHER: -- camera. Michel Chamberlain (ph) tells CNN he came home after a night shift at work and everything basically seemed fine. But he
awoke to this. Look at these pictures closely, an inferno basically raging through his neighborhood.
You really cannot tell the taillights from the embers there. The blaze has destroyed at least 1,600 homes so far. You can see the flames
reflected in the windows across the street from the fire and long lines of cars trying to make it out in time, as a lot of people there are evacuated.
CNN's meteorologist Chad Myers is joining us live now.
So, Chad, just walk us through what sort of impact the weather has had on the spread of this fire.
CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Well, there was a ridge, Zain, of high pressure that allowed the temperatures to get all the way to 32. That was
a record, a record temperature. The old record was 27.
So we not only just broke the record, they shattered the record there. And that was just a couple days ago. Now things are cooling down a little
bit in the 20s but the winds are still between 30 and 50 kilometers per hour. So the wind and the weather and the temperatures have really sparked
this fire going. Now the cause is still under investigation truly.
But this is twice the size of the island of Manhattan. Here's what the video looks like here. You can see what has happened here. On the
video, we've been showing this video now. It's been coming in, one shot after another. And it's the same pictures from different people.
They all experienced the same scary exodus from this town, try to move 88,000 people out of one town on literally one road, one road north, one
road south and this is what they got to.
Now I have been in wildfires in the states of Oklahoma and Texas in the United States. But this is a boreal forest. What I'm used to or used
to here down in the plains or the savanna would be a grass fire. This is a boreal conifer evergreen type fire with fire in the treetops.
I don't think you can imagine truly the explosivity of what a conifer, what an evergreen will do. The pine sap, the pine tar that's in a conifer
tree, that's in an evergreen, is almost like it can go off like a gun. It can go off automatically from nothing to completely involved in less than
And that's why these people had to get -- well, had to get out right now because it was getting too late by the time they were there. It's hot
in the car. Cars were on fire. People did get out. I think it's truly amazing that there was not a huge loss of life here and that the evacuation
took place, I don't know, is that 30 minutes, 60 minutes, before it was too late.
It was really a scary time for so many of those Canadians. This is Alberta, it's up here in Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, then you go to
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, way up there.
It's the same boreal forest that goes all the way across Russia. It's those same conifer trees that are up there, just south of the Arctic Circle
ASHER: I still can't get over some of that video that you showed, showing the embers and I'm wondering what all of this means for the air
quality in the surrounding areas.
Chad Myers, we have to leave it there. Thank you so much. Appreciate that.
Violence is down in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where the U.S. and Russian brokered cease-fire there now in its second day. But the fighting
Activists say at least 10 people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a double bombing today east of Homs. While the U.S. and Russia monitor
the situation in Aleppo, our Frederik Pleitgen is embedded with Russian troops conducting operations from Latakia. He filed this report a short
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice- over): Russia's air force still flying missions at a high pace. We saw more than a dozen strike aircraft and fighters take off within only a few
A top general says they're intensifying pressure on ISIS.
"Russian aviation was at work today in Raqqah," he says, "also in Central Syria and Deir ez-Zor. In total, Russian aviation carried out 87
sorties in the past four days."
While the Russian air force has withdrawn several aircraft in the past months, it's ramped up other assets, deploying advance MI-28 gunships that
have already seen combat action.
Despite Russia's announcement that it would withdraw most of its forces from here from Syria, they maintain a fleet of strike aircraft and
fighter jets, showing that Russia is still very much capable of playing a decisive role in the Syria conflict.
The Russians took us to what they say was the signing of a local reconciliation agreement near the town of Hama. Russian military brass say
they are working closely with the U.S. to also make a cease-fire in Aleppo work to finally halt the bloodshed there.
The general says so far cooperation with the U.S. has been positive.
"The coordination of our air operations is going well," he says.
"In the past month --
PLEITGEN (voice-over): "-- a national reconciliation, frank and professional contacts have been established. We share a lot of
On May 9th, Russia will mark its national holiday, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany. The parade will also be held at the air base, even
featuring Syrian troops. But while Russia celebrates past victories, a clear end to its intervention in Syria's civil war still seems elusive --
Fred Pleitgen, CNN, at the Khmeimim air base, Syria.
ASHER: While the U.S. and Russia are cooperating on the ground in Syria, it is certainly a very different story under the sea. Our Jim
Sciutto has just had an exclusive first-hand look. He joins us live now from Washington.
So, Jim, you and I were discussing last week the fact that you have these Russian planes actually barrel rolling American planes in the sky but
there are also other potential threats in the water as well.
What have you been seeing?
JIM SCIUTTO, CNN CHIEF U.S. SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: No question, Zain. Obviously the ones in the sky are much more visible. But there is a
competition at sea and underwater as well.
We spoke to the commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe recently and he talked about increased Russian sub activity, both in numbers, in
aggression and also in investments in technology.
So we went out with the most advanced U.S. nuclear attack submarine, one of the many submarines charged with, in effect, tracking Russian
submarine activity. It was an incredible view inside.
SCIUTTO (voice-over): The U.S.S. Missouri nuclear attack submarine, sailing to exercises in a deep dive off Florida. The Atlantic is on the
front lines of a new Cold War. We join for an exclusive embark.
The U.S.S. Missouri is an attack submarine. It could launch torpedoes at other submarines and surface vessels, it could launch missiles at ground
targets, it gathers intelligence. It can also deploy Navy SEAL units for special operations. It is the most advanced submarine in the world.
And it is facing the most advanced threat to U.S. submarine forces in decades. Russia is deploying attack submarines in numbers and with
aggressiveness and advances in technology not seen since the Cold War.
And now China, North Korea, Vietnam, India and others are joining a new arms race under the sea. Commodore Ollie Lewis commands a squadron of
10 Atlantic based subs, including the Missouri.
COMMODORE OLLIE LEWIS, U.S.S. MISSOURI: We're operating in places where we didn't have to rely on an adversary being there to challenge us.
That's changing. We're back to the point now where we have to consider that there's an adversary ready to challenge us in the undersea domain and
that undersea superiority is not guaranteed.
SCIUTTO (voice-over): New threats require a new state of readiness, which we witnessed at every turn. Missouri's 135 crew repeatedly train for
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Fire, tube two.
SCIUTTO (voice-over): They simulate firing cruise missiles from depth at targets on land.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Torpedo course 337, unit running, wire good.
SCIUTTO (voice-over): And they're constantly testing the sub's enormous speed and maneuverability.
We're in the midst of another steep ascent. We're hearing that alarm as we approach 20 degrees. We're going to get to a 25-degree angle. Keep
in mind, I'm standing up straight now. But as I'm leaning forward, that's keeping me vertical in relation to the ground as the angle of ascent gets
These are just exercises but the Missouri, the Mighty Mo to its crew, has repeatedly come nose-to-nose with real-world threats.
When Russia annexed Crimea and launched military action in Syria, the Missouri was deployed nearby. And when a Russian sub turned up off the
coast of Florida in 2012, it was the U.S.S. Missouri called into action to track it.
That's just showing where they can go?
COMMANDER FRASER HUDSON, U.S. NAVY: Honestly I think it's operational experience; if anything were to ever happen, they have experience. They
know those waters. I don't think it's a political statement on their part at all.
SCIUTTO (voice-over): The Missouri's greatest asset may be its silence, invisible to satellites, virtually inaudible to other ships and
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Dive, dive.
SCIUTTO (voice-over): Giving the U.S. the element of surprise.
HUDSON: Whether there is a submarine there or not, they don't know. The potential adversary has to take that into their calculus when they make
the decisions to do bad things.
SCIUTTO (voice-over): And so underwater is where these boats and their crews spend 90 percent of their time deployed. So the U.S.S.
Missouri is coming into port now, Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Florida.
And that's not something, if you're a submariner, that you do very often. Their most recent deployment, they were out for 181 days, 163 days
were at sea. That is the life of a submariner. And that is a call to action the U.S. Navy's 70 --
SCIUTTO (voice-over): -- submarines are getting more and more often.
SCIUTTO: Now the U.S. believes it maintains an advantage in sub technology over its closest competitor, Russia. But they acknowledge that
Russia is making enormous advances, some will say getting closer; they have a whole new class of submarine that's quieter, more difficult to track.
And that's one of the jobs of these U.S. nuclear attack submarines. It is a competition we don't see. They call this the silent service for a
reason, Zain, but it is certainly a serious issue between the U.S. and Russia today.
ASHER: Fascinating report. Incredible visuals and excellent access. Jim Sciutto, live for us there, thank you so much. Appreciate that.
SCIUTTO: Thank you.
ASHER: Donald Trump is the last man standing in the Republican race for U.S. president. What he's saying about his vice presidential pick and
why Hillary Clinton says Americans will never elect him.
Plus: the people closest to Prince made an urgent plan to get him treatment for reported addiction but help arrived a little bit too late.
ASHER: Donald Trump said he would be the last man standing -- and he is. John Kasich has followed Ted Cruz in ending his presidential bid. Now
Trump is talking about vice presidential candidates and beating Hillary Clinton in the general election. Our Phil Mattingly joins us live now from
So, Phil, just walk us through who is on Donald Trump's short list for V.P., especially when a lot of people are saying they're not interested.
PHIL MATTINGLY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes. That's exactly right, Zain. It's a difficult issue that Donald Trump will be dealing with as he moves
into general election mode. There are a lot of Republicans; John Kasich, who's just announced he was leaving the campaign right here in Columbus
last night, being among them that have been sharply critical of his campaign.
If you look at the top tier representatives of the party that you would want on your short list for vice president, whether it would be
Susana Martinez, the governor from new Mexico; or Nikki Haley, governor from South Carolina; Rob Portman, senator from Ohio, all have already said
they're not interested.
Still, the party is in the process of getting its head around the person who will be their nominee, the person they never expected would be
DONALD TRUMP, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm even surprised by it.
MATTINGLY (voice-over): Donald Trump's elevation to presumptive nominee of the Republican Party happened suddenly, even for Donald Trump.
TRUMP: I thought that I would be going longer.
MATTINGLY (voice-over): His ascent now has conservatives scrambling, deciding whether to back a billionaire, unabashedly vocal about his disdain
for the party.
TRUMP: The Republicans' system is rigged but in a much more sophisticated way.
MATTINGLY (voice-over): Both former Presidents Bush have made it clear they will not support Trump, according to close aides. Bush 41 is,
quote "retired from politics," and his son does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign.
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer --
MATTINGLY (voice-over): -- Trump is looking ahead in hitting his clearest target, the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, falsely
accusing her of being the first to speculate on Obama's citizenship.
TRUMP: You know who started it?
Do you know who questioned his birth certificate, one of the first?
Hillary Clinton. She's the one that started it. She brought it up years before it was brought up by me. And, you know, so she can talk,
look, here's a person under investigation by the FBI. She's only going to get the nomination because it's a rigged deal and, frankly, maybe she won't
even be able to run.
MATTINGLY (voice-over): The new standard bearer of the Republican Party outlining some of his potential policies, taking a cue from Bernie
Sanders, when asked if he will raise the minimum wage.
TRUMP: I'm actually looking at that, because I'm very different from most Republicans. I mean, you have to have something you can live on. But
what I'm really looking to do is get people great jobs so they make much more money than that, so they make much money than -- more money than the
Now if you start playing around too much with the lower level, the lower-level number, you're not going to be competitive.
MATTINGLY (voice-over): And vowing to implement his ban of all Muslims from entering the U.S.
WOLF BLITZER, CNN HOST: You're sticking with this temporary ban?
TRUMP: Until we figure out what's going on. We have to be very tough; we have to be very vigilant, yes.
MATTINGLY (voice-over): Trump now focused on potential running mates.
TRUMP: I'm starting to think about it very soon and we'll be vetting people.
MATTINGLY (voice-over): In a possible push to unify the GOP, name check previous rivals who have since supported him.
TRUMP: I'm going to set up a committee and I may put Ben Carson on the committee, I may put Chris Christie on the committee. I've had a good
relationship with John, I've gotten along with him well. But John will -- whether he's vice president or not, I think it will be very, very helpful
MATTINGLY (voice-over): John Kasich has always said there is zero chance that he would be Trump's V.P. But his future is still left unknown.
GOV. JOHN KASICH (R), OHIO, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I have always said that the Lord has a purpose for me, as He has for everyone. And as I
suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith that the Lord will show me the way forward.
MATTINGLY: Zain, here in Ohio, all eyes will remain on John Kasich, not necessarily about a potential vice presidential selection but about
whether he'll support Donald Trump at all.
His criticism really growing a lot sharper over the last couple weeks, of the type of candidate and campaign Trump has run, something that's not
just limited to John Kasich, an issue that Donald Trump's campaign is going to have to work hard to resolve in the weeks ahead -- Zain.
ASHER: And, Phil, just walk us through how Donald Trump is coordinating with the RNC to prepare for the general election.
MATTINGLY: I think this is a huge issue right now and a positive one for Trump's campaign.
If you look at some of the difficulties they've had over the primary season and that's in having a ground game, using a data system that helps
you really target voters, target supporters, this is the RNC's specialty.
When Reince Priebus came out and called Donald Trump the presumptive nominee on Tuesday night, that word meant more than just what you might
have thought it was. That meant that the RNC could officially start to work hand-in-hand with Donald Trump.
Now obviously, there is some bad blood between a lot of Republican National Committee members and the Trump campaign. The attacks have really
been relentless between the two over the last couple of weeks.
But RNC officials saying flatly they will now coordinate with Donald Trump. That should help Trump build up the operations that he's been
lacking up to this point, operations that he will sorely need if he plans to defeat Hillary Clinton in what will likely be a multibillion-dollar
campaign in the fall -- Zain.
ASHER: That's (INAUDIBLE) to watch. Phil Mattingly, live for us, thank you so much. Appreciate that.
Hillary Clinton is still fending off her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, but is focusing more and more on Donald Trump.
Speaking with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Clinton says she's certain that Americans will not elect Trump in November and called him "a loose cannon."
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: He's made references to your marriage and to your husband. Are you --
HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, he's not the first one, Anderson. I just -- I can't say this often
If he wants to go back to the playbook of the 1990s, if he wants to follow in the footsteps of those who have tried to knock me down and take
me out of the political arena, I'm more than happy to have him do that.
COOPER: You're ready for that?
CLINTON: Oh, please. I mean look, this is, to me, a classic case of a blustering, bullying guy who has knocked out of the way all the
Republicans, because they were just dumbfounded. They didn't know how to deal with him and they couldn't take him on on the issues because they
basically agreed with him and they didn't know how to counterpunch.
COOPER: Do you think they waited too long?
CLINTON: You'll have to ask them. I can't run their campaigns. They have to run their own. I can only tell you the campaign I'm going to run
and the campaign I'm going to run is about what we will do in the future.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ASHER: A defiant Hillary Clinton there. Now it is mathematically impossible for Bernie Sanders to win --
ASHER: -- enough delegates to beat Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination. But he believes there's still a chance through a
convention battle in July.
Two weeks have passed since the death of music legend, Prince, and we're learning new details about his reported addiction to painkillers and
also about an 11th-hour attempt to get him help. Here's our Stephanie Elam with more.
STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The night before he died, Prince's representatives making a desperate call to Dr. Howard
Kornfeld, who specializes in treating people who are addicted to pain medication.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He set into motion a plan to deal with what he felt was a lifesaving mission. That mission was to get Prince to a doctor
in Minnesota Thursday morning.
ELAM (voice-over): Unable to travel from California immediately, Kornfeld and his son, Andrew, who works at his father's treatment facility,
on an overnight flight to Minneapolis. Andrew arrived at the Paisley Park estate Thursday morning with two of Prince's associates, anxiously
searching for the singer but discovering him unresponsive.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One of the staff members started screaming; Andrew heard the screams and went to the elevator, where he saw that Prince was
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (from captions): Rescue units for a medical at Paisley Park.
Person down, not breathing.
ELAM (voice-over): Andrew Kornfeld now identified as the 9-1-1 caller, telling the dispatcher, quote, "The person is dead here and people
are just distraught."
ELAM (voice-over): This, as a former lawyer for two of Prince's dead siblings, says they revealed the icon battled an addiction to Percocet
decades before his sudden death.
He says half-brother Duane Nelson told him he used to get the drug for Prince to help him calm down after shows, adamant he was not just a
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He mentioned it to me in the context of how stressful it was for him, having to fulfill that need and how hard it was
ELAM: Now since both of these half-siblings have already passed away, CNN cannot independently verify what this lawyer is telling us. However,
we do know that Duane Nelson at one point worked for Prince here at Paisley Park. And he ended up getting fired and then suing his famous half-brother
ASHER: Many thanks to our Stephanie Elam for that report. Still to come on the INTERNATIONAL DESK, Venezuelan doctors feeling the impact of
their nation's brutal economic crisis. We visit a hospital, where it is a daily struggle to treat the sick and the wounded.
And later, rescued from abusive conditions half a world away, three former circus lions adjust to their new home in South Africa. That's
coming up -- next.
ASHER: Welcome to the INTERNATIONAL DESK. I'm Zain Asher. Let's get you caught up quickly on your headlines.
ASHER: Want to turn to Venezuela's economic crisis. We've seen empty stores and the long lines for basic food and supplies. Now the shortages
are hitting Venezuelan hospitals. Here's our Paula Newton with more.
PAULA NEWTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): You are about to get a rare look inside one of Venezuela's largest public hospitals. The searing
view of the catastrophic conditions stalking patients the moment they step inside.
The true state of these hospitals is contentious. Doctors granted us access because they want you to witness just a fraction of the suffering
and indignity that their patients endure every day.
As we rush through the corridors, Dr. Rani Viesmele (ph) details the long list of shortages: medicines of all kinds, syringes, saline solution,
IVs, gurneys, even cleaning and sterilization supplies. And then he takes us to meet Jose Louis Vazquez.
"I was shot so they could steal my bike," he recounts.
"The bullet came in and came out the other side."
And then he goes on to say there is only a makeshift drain for his lungs. The hospital has no gauze, no needles and he had to buy this
And then he shows us where he keeps his money. Counting out the cost of his needle, the equivalent of $10 that he can't afford.
Next door we gather to meet Winifra Mesa (ph), just 21, with a horrifying tumor on her neck. She is clearly in pain. Her mother tells us
they've been waiting for the operation but it was canceled today: no medical supplies.
Winifra (ph) lies waiting in a hot room, bringing her own sheets and drinking water in a hospital that is crumbling, no working toilets or
So Dr. Rani (ph) here is telling us that, throughout the entire hospital, you'll have scenes like this. The infrastructure is absolutely
crumbling and falling apart. There are leaks everywhere. The water doesn't work.
Then he shows us a wing which was supposed to open months ago.
So these are operating rooms that were inaugurated by the government just last year and the doctor says that they have never seen any equipment
in here and they've never been used.
We find Luis Igal (ph) go in the corridors, 40 days in the hospital, still waiting for surgery.
And on the meantime, he, too, buys his own medicine, he says, and he has even had it stolen inside the hospital.
Behind closed doors, the doctors vent their frustration, not over their salaries at barely $30 a month but at what they now describe as a
humanitarian crisis not yet acknowledged.
"We used to have operating rooms working 24 hours a day," she points out.
"The surgeons would work a lot. This was an elite hospital."
Still, I want to know why Dr. Rani (ph) would risk his career by speaking out.
He answers that, "Supposedly, there is still democracy and free speech here. It's part of my job," he says.
"It's part of my commitment to the patients and we have to raise our voices."
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Things are not getting better, just getting worse.
NEWTON: Have you had cases of people dying?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, of course, of course.
NEWTON (voice-over): Places of healing, rendered horrific by years of unending financial misery. Here, you find the human costs of Venezuela's
ASHER: And Paula Newton joins us live now.
So, Paula, just explain to us --
ASHER: -- what is President Nicolas Maduro doing about this?
NEWTON: Certainly trying to do what he can to bring medicines into this country. The shortage of medicines has been acute. That's very
difficult. This country is broke.
And so as earlier in the week we told you about a woman who couldn't get chemo, I mean, Zain, that story is repeated over and over again.
The other thing that they are trying to do is deal with the lack of infrastructure, as you saw. These hospitals around the country are falling
apart and because the investments weren't there years ago, they have been unable to really bring them up to speed.
There are whole wings of hospitals throughout this country that have been closed and not being able to give the care that you need. You heard
in our report that surgeon saying we used to have these operations around the clock. Now people are waiting for it.
They understand here that this is a humanitarian crisis. They have a lot of security around those hospitals and that means national guard
security. They want to make sure that things do not get out of control in those facilities because the other thing that we're starting to see, Zain,
are protests outside those hospitals by people who are just absolutely fed up.
ASHER: Paula, just talk to us more broadly about how the oil prices has worsened this particular situation.
NEWTON: It's interesting. You know, when you speak to the doctors, they're saying the health system has been unraveling for two years now.
But the last 30 days have been most acute and that's because of the hyperinflation, the fact that they can't import anything right now. No one
will give them anything. If you're the government going on the open market for those medicines, the supplies are gone, the inventories are gone and
they do not have the hard currency. They just don't have the cash to buy that medicine, which is why even the government here is now talking to the
U.N. about trying to bring in humanitarian aid into this country to make sure they can keep up with the stocks of even basic things, Zain, like
ASHER: You mentioned protests, Paula.
Are we seeing large-scale demonstrations yet?
NEWTON: We're not seeing large-scale demonstrations. But they certainly pop up outside the hospitals. Today one of the hospitals just
now at this hour is going to have a press conference describing their problems.
But, again, it's mainly the kinds of medical professionals that you saw my piece, the nurses, the doctors, the orderlies that just can't take
it anymore because they see the need in front of them and they just, you know, say, we have to do something. Those doctors that you talked to, they
didn't have any lights in their room.
And they decided to move their desks and their tables into the hallway of the hospital in order to get the attention of the government. And
finally they gave them some electricity in their working rooms.
ASHER: Heartbreaking to see how doctors are desperately trying to treat patients amid those conditions. Paula Newton, live for us there,
thank you so much. Appreciate that.
A woman has been found alive six days after a devastating building collapse in the Kenyan capital. Rescuers dug slowly, trying not to injure
the woman further.
They were able to give her first aid through the rubble before they pulled her to safety. Her rescue comes two days after emergency workers
pulled a tiny infant from the wreckage as well. Kenya's national disaster center says that 33 people have died in the collapse so far.
Want to turn now to a somber day of reflection in Israel.
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ASHER (voice-over): The sound of sirens there, filling the air as people pause to remember victims of the Holocaust. More than 6 million
Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War II.
Israel's prime minister and president were among those on hand in Jerusalem for the official state ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust
Memorial. Observances were also held across the country as well.
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ASHER: Still to come at the INTERNATIONAL DESK --
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They've had people staring at them and poking at them and laughing at them all their lives. Now they can go and be free.
ASHER (voice-over): We check in on the largest lion relocation ever as the big cats settle into their new homes. That's next.
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ASHER: It was the largest single relocation of lions ever, 33 big cats rescued from abusive conditions in circuses in Peru and Colombia and
taken to a sanctuary in South Africa last week. CNN's David McKenzie shows the challenges the lions face as they adjust to their new lives.
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Feeling out their new surroundings at the sanctuary in South Africa. These are no ordinary
lions. For years, decades, they were kept in horrific conditions, performing in traveling circuses in Peru and Colombia.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How do you force a lion to listen to you?
You break their spirit. That's what you do.
MCKENZIE (voice-over): Nineteen-year-old Savannah Hoises' (ph) dream was always to save lions in distress. And these lions have been declawed,
nearly starved and often tortured by their circus owners.
Years of investigation by the charity Animal Defenders International led to the ban of circus animals in the two countries -- and to this, the
33 rescued big cats going across the world in a cargo plane, the largest single relocation ever.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Rescue on this scale is really important because it actually tackles the problem.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's their birth right to be in Africa. It's where they belong. I mean they're African lions. And now they've been
brought back to their homeland.
MCKENZIE (voice-over): But still, so much to learn.
Lions are incredibly social animals and what they're doing here is trying to get them used to each other because, for years, they were kept in
isolation in these circuses. And, in fact, this enclosure is six times bigger than the kind of cage they were put in for all that time.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They've been on display all of their lives. They've had people staring at them and poking at them and laughing at them
all their lives. Now they can go and be free.
MCKENZIE (voice-over): Freedom for these lions but so many others still forced to perform -- David McKenzie, CNN, Emoya Sanctuary, South
ASHER: All right. That does it for us here at the INTERNATIONAL DESK. I'm Zain Asher. But don't go anywhere. "WORLD SPORT" with
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