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GEORGE HOWELL, CNN ANCHOR: It is 1:00 a.m. on the U.S. East Coast. Welcome to our viewers here in the United States and around the world. We begin with breaking news that we're following here on CNN in Canada. I'm George Howell.
CYRIL VANIER, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Cyril Vanier. And we're learning that Canadian police are saying there are casualties after a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City. At least five people were wounded they have not yet confirmed however how many people were killed.
HOWELL: With the very latest let's go live to New York's CNN, Brynn Gingress, is live there following the story. Brynn, the Prime Minister just issued a statement saying that we condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge. Calling this - they're calling it a terrorist attack. What more can you tell us.
BRYNN GINGRESS, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Right, George. We're actually - we're actually, getting information right now, details of how many people can be confirmed dead at this point, and a press conference is happening right now in Quebec. And police say, six people were killed in that mosque attack. We also know that eight were injured. Now, again, this is still information that's coming out in a news conference. So, it's unclear if that number will go up, but that is what we have been able to confirm just within the last few minutes.
We know that mosque attack happened last night in Quebec City at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center. And we know then that police said that they made one arrest and that the situation was under control and that the mosque had been evacuated. But that's all that they would say about the investigation.
Now, listen, I heard your report earlier with Paula. And she said that witnesses were saying that there were two gunmen. She was saying that witnesses also reported seeing two gunmen wearing black clothing. Of course, again, this investigation very early. So, that's all information that's still being gathered from the witnesses that were there. But again, I do want to repeat again, authorities saying, in a news
conference, six people were killed and eight injured at hospital, and that's up from the five people that were injured and at the hospital. So, that's what we are learning right now, George.
HOWELL: Brynn, thank you for that information. Again, six people killed. Eight people injured at this center of worship. What more do we know about the suspect involved? We know that one persons with arrested, is in custody. You say that witnesses indicate there may have been two people involved in this. That was earlier reporting as well, from what we saw through a tweet. What more can you tell us.
GINGRESS: Well, there was that discrepancy with authorities as far as one person or two. We do know one arrest has been made. We're not quite sure, if there was a second person, but again, that news conference is happening and we are going to be continuing to learn more information as this early morning goes on.
I do want to mention - you mentioned that tweet from the Prime Minister expressing condolences for the Muslim Community, for the country as a whole. That's actually happening here, where I am in New York City as well. We've had Mayor Bill de Blasio also sending out his condolences. We've also had the Governor of New York sending out condolences as well, saying they'll stand together with the Muslim community, of course, this at a time when there's such uncertainty happening in the United States.
We should also mention that the NYPD has gone ahead and said that they are going to be protecting Muslim communities, the mosques here in New York taking that action in response to what happened in Quebec City.
HOWELL: Brynn Gingress, live in for us in New York following this breaking news. Brynn, we'll stay in touch with you through the early morning here on CNN and get updates from you. But again, Bryn pointing out that six people killed in this attack on a mosque. Eight people injured. One person in custody. Still very early in the investigation. And our Paula Newton, who is based in Canada, is on the way there to get more information as well.
VANIER: Very much a developing story. Stay on CNN for that. And we're also following another big story of course this hour. And that's the Trump White House pushing back against criticism of its travel-ban calling it a massive success story so far, but not many in the U.S. agree.
HOWELL: Thousands of people came together at airports across the country they were protesting for a second straight day denouncing this executive order. The travel ban bars people from seven Muslim- majority countries from entering the United States for three months.
Federal judges in several cities granted emergency stays. Top Republicans and Democrats, they are speaking out against the ban. We get more now from CNN's Dan Simon in Los Angeles.
[01:04:55] DAN SIMON, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: You could see a number of protesters here at the international airport at L.A.X. This represents, really, a small sliver of the number of protesters who were here earlier in the day. But as you can see, the crowd is still strong, still very vocal and they are making their displeasure known about this executive order. We were told by an immigration lawyer that there are still some people who are in detention - people who are still detained but we have been unable to confirm that with federal authorities.
We did hear about one person who was released who was in custody for about 24 hours. And we are told that border patrol with through her phone looking at her photos, also going through her luggage before letting her go. That is just one of the stories that we have heard. And as you can see from this crowd behind me, they are upset by what has happened. And you have a number of lawyers also on the ground trying to assist those who may be impacted by this executive order. But given now that we have darkness, still a number of protesters here on the ground and it's clear that they don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon. Dan Simon, CNN, Los Angeles.
HOWELL: Dan Simon, with a big crowd there in Los Angeles. Despite the protests the President of the United States is defending this controversial travel ban.
VANIER: A statement released on Sunday, he said, "America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. I have tremendous feeling for the involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering."
HOWELL: That's a statement from the President. And Mr. Trump also stated his executive order is similar to the former President, Barack Obama's policy. A ban on Iraqi refugee visas for six months in 2011. A point of factual difference here that is important to point out, while Mr. Obama's policy did impose new screening procedures, an outright ban that was never ever implemented.
VANIER: Countries across the Middle East and beyond are reacting to the ban. Our Ian Lee joins us live from Istanbul in Turkey. Ian, what's the reaction Turkey?
IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Cyril, we really only heard from the Deputy Prime Minister at this point. Mehmet Simsek, who said, "Refugees, welcome in Turkey, the world's largest refugee hosting country. We happily welcome, global talent not allowed back into the United States. Now, this announcement by President Trump came late on Friday which was already the weekend here it-being Monday now. We're expecting possibly to get some official reaction from the government. But expect the Turks to walk on a bit of - bit of eggshells, really, with their response. We have seen what President Trump does with criticism, how he reacts. The Turks hope to have better relations with President Trump that with President Obama. So, we are going to wait and see what they have to say, if, really, anything.
HOWELL: What's the reaction from the rest of the Middle East? Can you run us through that?
LEE: President Trump rode a wave of popularity, really, across the entire region when he was elected. A lot of countries in this region felt like they were neglected by President Obama. You had the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi be the first foreign leader to call and congratulate President Trump. You have other countries, especially in the Gulf, who fear -- feel that President Trump will have a stronger line against Iran. But with this announcement, you are seeing some trepidation, especially when we heard from the White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, saying that more countries could be added. They are trying to do what looks like a bit of damage control or at least try to have good relations with the president.
We know that the Deputy Crown Prince of The United Arab Emirates has spoken with Donald Trump. They spoke of friendship. Other countries are talking to the president as well. But there are those countries who are specifically named in that ban, like Sudan, who say that they regret this decision, that they said that there were warming relations between the country and the United States. You also have countries like Yemen who say that this just supports terror and sews divisions and it's not justified. And then you have Iran, which is hit by this as well and says that this is baseless and discriminatory. They have summoned the U.S. interest section in Tehran, that is the Swiss Ambassador. So, the countries that are targeted very angry. The countries that aren't targeted, trying to not be.
VANIER: All right, Ian Lee reporting from Istanbul in Turkey. Thank you very much. And back to the reactions domestically now here in the U.S. we're joined by Doctor Zuhdi Jasser, the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. He joins us via skype from Phoenix, Arizona. Doctor Jasser, you are in favor of Trump's travel ban.
[01:10:15] ZUHDI JASSER, AMERICAN ISLAMIC FOR DEMOCRACY, PRESIDENT: Yes. Let me be clear. Thank you for having me and let me be clear about what I'm in favor of. I'm an American Muslim whose family escaped Syria. I do not believe this is a Muslim ban. If it was, I would be vociferously against it. I believe the narrative of American religious freedom is the primary weapon against radical Islam. But having said that, we have had eight years of non-identified ideology. It's been country violent extremism and nobody knows what that is. So, it's important to vet not only against terror groups. We've been vetting against extremists and violent groups or terror groups. We've not been vetting against jihadists, Islamist and ideologist that threaten us. These seven countries -- I would have added Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, those are just some of the central havens of -- the cauldrons of the ideologies that fuel ISIS so I'm a little bit not understanding why it was only those seven countries. But you know, I think this is necessary. But the good thing is that it's a pause. I would be against it if it was indefinite. As a Syrian- American with family in Aleppo, I don't understand why Syria was put on the indefinite list. That doesn't make sense. And this was done hastily so I hope they can get the messaging right and better for better clarity of what America stands for.
VANIER: If I understand correctly, you want to fight against an extremist ideology, against jihadism. I think everybody in the U.S. would agree with that. What some people arguing is that individuals are being unfairly targeted and put through unduly harsh circumstances.
JASSER: Well, the way this was put through, you know, the folks on the ground, at airports and elsewhere acting very hastily. This could have been done better. I think that the executive order not done through vetting of state and homeland security was problematic. But having said that, this isn't just about extremism.
This is a battle against theocracy within the house of Islam. It's not just violent extremist, but rather, Islamists that don't share our values - that believe in the Sharia state, believe in Wahhabism, and Salafism. So, this kind of things, we as forgetting a little bit of whiplash as this administration starts to finally address ideology and I hope he convenes the commission on radical Islamism he talked about in his campaign. Americans have done this from our founding. We fought against theocracy. And I think that's what's being lost in the messaging is that we're not talking about this as a theo-political threat but rather simply as a violent threat and that's why there's a lot of confusion.
VANIER: All right, Doctor Zhudi Jasser, from the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Thank you very much for your views. We try to get an array of views of course on this travel ban. Thanks a lot.
HOWELL: And it is important to do that, you know. So we hear from so many people around the world, millions who are against this. At the same time, in the United States, there were millions of people who supported President Donald Trump and support what has happened here, this travel ban.
HOWELL: We will take a short break. When we come back, Saudi Arabia is not one of the countries on the U.S. temporary travel ban list. President trump spoke with the Saudi King, Sunday. What the two leaders agreed to about Syria and terrorism? When we're back.
VANIER: Plus, the president is said to announce his pick for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. We'll look at some of the potential nominees ahead as CNN NEWSROOM continues.
[01:15:00] KATE RILEY, CNN WORLD SPORTS ANCHOR: I'm Kate Riley with your CNN World Sport headlines. It's been almost five years since Roger Federer's last major title, but on Sunday, he's back on top after beating Rafael Nadal at the Aussie Open for his 18th Grand Slam title. The clash marks an extraordinary comeback for Federer and Nadal, both of whom with battled recent injury. The match would take five sets and over three and a half hours before Federer would eventually win, and now becomes the first player in history to win five or more titles at three different Slam tournaments.
The F.A. Cup where after Lincoln United reached the fifth round on Saturday. Southern United joined the non-league side making it the first time two non-league clubs have reached the fifth round since the (INAUDIBLE) football league back in 1888. (INAUDIBLE) beat league united, the championship team which sets a staggering 83 league places above them, a second half penalty to the Londoners was enough to see them through.
Meanwhile, in the Africa Cup of Nations, DR Congo and Ghana went to it with a trip to the semifinals on the line. And Ghana would rely on the Ayew brothers on the afternoon, as Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew opened the scoring before his brother Andre, who takes the West Ham in the (INAUDIBLE) with for the winner and see Ghana hold on to a 2-1 final score. Ghana would face Cameroon on Thursday. And that's a look at all your sports headlines. I'm Kate Riley.
VANIER: And the White House says U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi King Solomon have agreed to support "safe zones" in Syria and Yemen for people fleeing the conflicts.
HOWELL: And Mr. Trump spoke by phone with the Saudi king on Sunday. The White House says they reaffirmed their long -- countries standing of friendship and agreed that it's important to strengthen efforts to fight the spread of terrorism. CNN Jomana Karadsheh is following the story for us live in Amman, Jordan. Jomana, a pleasure to have you with us again this hour. What more do we know about this concept of "safe zones" and how is that being perceived throughout the region?
JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, this was an idea, George that several of Syria's neighbors had brought up in the past including Turkey for example. They wanted to see the creation of these areas within Syria, within the border regions, that would basically stem that flow of Syrian refugees across the borders into neighboring countries and into Europe. But it was too complicated and too costly that the Obama administration really did not pursue this. But we've heard President Trump mention it a few times during the campaign saying that this would be one thing that he would want to see happen, that he would be pursuing. But it is so complex, especially when you look at a war zone like Syria, a place that has so many different parties, so many different countries and interests involved in that war.
If you look at what would be required to have these "safe zones", where people would safe enough to stay in them and not be forced to flee their country, that would require, you know, having a no-fly zone for example. And that is something that is going to be extremely costly, according to an estimate by a top U.S. general a few years ago, it's going to cost about $1 billion to enforce a no-fly zone around Syria per month. And then you have the issue of who are the troops that are going to be policing these "safe zones" that are going to be providing the protection for these civilians within Syria? You know, and there are concerns that this could create even more tensions where some groups could be seen as being favored over other groups or you would create these thiefdoms within Syria.
So, there is a lot of concern about that, a lot of questions. It is so complicated, and how is the U.S. going to go about doing this? Are they going to be -- going through the United Nations? Is this going to be unilateral? Is this going to be some sort of an agreement with other countries like the Syrian regime, like Russia, and Turkey? So, like we've heard in the past, George, from President Trump, he comes up with these ideas, but really not much that we know right now, about how this will go ahead especially for something so complicated and that will require significant resources.
HOWELL: The countries talking about moving forward together. The question though, how do they do that? Jomana Karadsheh live for us in Amman, Jordan. Thank you for the reporting.
VARNIER: And with President Trump having been in office for a little over a week now, we continue to monitor the bilateral relations that he is forging with foreign leaders. On that front, one of the main events over the weekend was the phone call between President Trump and his Russian counter-part Vladimir Putin. He talked about improving relations between the two countries, apparently, however, there was no mention of lifting the sanctions that Washington imposed on Moscow over the annexation of Crimea. For more on that, we go to Clare Sebastian in Moscow. Clare, it seems to me that what was said is just as important as what wasn't talked about.
CLARE SEBASTIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely, the word sanctions not mentioned at all in either the read-out that we got from the Kremlin or the one from the White House. But the Kremlin did say that the two sides discussed restoring trade and economic ties that would be mutually beneficial for both countries. That, of course, would be greatly helped by the lifting of sanctions but that was not explicit. He mentioned another few things that once mentioned -- no mention of the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election. We know that President Trump has expressed some skepticism about that.
And another topic not mentioned was NATO, something that came up in other calls that President Trump had with foreign leaders that a serious concern to Russia as NATO has placed for battalions in Poland in the Baltic States on its border, including a U.S.-led battalion. But they did discuss restoring cooperation, though, or strengthening corporation in the areas of non-proliferation, in terms of North Korea, Iran's nuclear program, and they made the issue of fighting terror in the Middle East, a key priority for the two sides to work together.
And obviously something, particularly when it comes to Syria that has so far eluded Russia and the previous U.S. administration. So, very much a sense that this is a new phase, perhaps a new warming of relations between Russia and the U.S, both readouts of that call saying it was very positive, very business-like, and that they looked forward to planning a face-to-face meeting. We don't know yet when or where that will be, though.
VARNIER: And Clare, if they didn't discuss or if they danced around some of the more contentious issues, you mentioned NATO, you mentioned the Russian hacking, you know, what sense are we getting of where this relationship is really going to go, as those two countries will inevitably, if not clash, at least, you know, have to grapple with those countries, with those issues where they are standing on different parts of the issue?
SEBASTIAN: Yes, and that's absolutely true. I think very much uncertain on that going forward. Very little is known so far about how exactly they do plan to work together in the Middle East. And the Russian side, although they are making very positive noises, particularly in the media, about how this will, you know, upset the world order, that it will restore the U.S. as a superpower parallel to Russia and that Europe's role will be waning. It's still not clear exactly how the two sides will work together, and when it comes to sanctions, I think (INAUDIBLE) instructions to look at comments from the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. A few weeks ago, they said that they are operating on the assumption that sanctions will stay in place for the foreseeable future. So, still a lot to be discussed, and certainly a lot of that is expected to come up when they do meet face-to-face.
VARNIER: All right, Clare Sebastian reporting live from Moscow. Thank you very much.
HOWELL: The world will soon learn the president's choice to fill the empty seat on the the U.S. Supreme Court.
VARNIER: He said last week that he would name his nominee on Thursday, but at least two officials say the announcement might come even earlier. CNN's Victor Blackwell has more on Mr. Trump's potential picks.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We have outstanding candidates and we will pick a truly great Supreme Court Justice.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: President Donald Trump is done interviewing candidates according to a senior administration official. And Trump now making it clear, he has winnowed down his list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
TRUMP: I have made my decision pretty much in my mind, yes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Next quest --
TRUMP: (INAUDIBLE) subject to change at the last moment but I think this will be a great choice.
BLACKWELL: If approved, the president's nominee will replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away last February. The seat has remained vacant since then, after senate republicans refused to hold a vote for then President Obama's nominee Judge Merrick Garland. The administration official tells CNN that Trump has narrowed his list to four candidates: three men and one woman.
They are; Judge Neil Gorsuch who sits on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado, he's a former clerk for Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy, he closely aligns with Antonin Scalia's conservative philosophy; Gorsuch is 49 years old; also under consideration is William H. Pryor Jr. who serves on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Georgia, he was appointed by George W. Bush in 2005, Pryor is 54 years old, and disagrees with the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion; Judge Thomas Hardiman sits on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Pennsylvania, he was nominated by George W. Bush in 2006, he serves on the same court as Trump's sister, Hardiman is 51 years old; the fourth finalist is Diane Sykes, she serves on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, she was also nominated by George W. Bush, and Sykes is a former reporter for The Milwaukee Journal, she is 59 years old.
Whomever the president picks, finding support from democrats still upset over their treatment of Obama's court nominee, may pose a challenge.
CHARLES SCHUMER, UNITED STATES SENATE MINORITY LEADER: If the nominee is not bipartisan in mainstream, we absolutely would keep the seat open. I'm hopeful that maybe President Trump would nominate someone who is mainstream and who could get bipartisan support. We shall see, but if they don't, yes we'll fight it tooth and nail, as long as we have to.
BLACKWELL: Victor Blackwell, CNN, Atlanta.
VARNIER: We're going to take a very short break. When we come back, thousands of people have been protesting President Trump's travel ban.
HOWELL: But others are saying give it time. It will keep the U.S. safe. We will look into those opinions as well. We are live across the United States and around the world this hour. You are watching CNN NEWSROOM.
[01:30:09] VANIER: Hi, everyone. Welcome to our viewers here in the U.S. and around the world. You are watching CNN. I'm Cyril Vanier.
HOWELL: And I'm George Howell, with the headlines we are following for you.
VANIER: Let's go back to the top story. Six are dead, eight wounded after a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada.
CNN's Paula Newton is on her way there. She joins us now on the phone.
Paula, what more do you have? Can you paint a picture for us at this stage?
PAULA NEWTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Sure. Obviously, shock and grief throughout Quebec and Canada. Particularly, disconcerting for authorities. The details are that there were at least two attackers. Police say they are under arrest. They are refusing to say anything more and saying the investigation continues, leaving the door open whether or not they had accomplices, conspirators. And they are looking into all of that right now.
The specter of having that kind of a coordinated attack, in fact, it wasn't one person who was perhaps delusional in some way or needed psychiatric help, but, in fact, it was a coordinated attack -- from what witnesses have said - again, we cannot confirm any of this. Remembering that there is strict gun control here in Canada, that they seem to have had some kind of automatic weapon. Again, nothing police will confirm at this point.
We are still awaiting at this hour press conferences to begin within the next few minutes and hopefully, there will be some clarity what went on in there.
But the head of the Islam society describing a scene of carnage. There were a few dozen people in the mosque during evening prayers. This included families. It was, indeed, very shocking for everyone in that community and elsewhere tonight.
VANIER: Paula, that mosque had come under attack before?
NEWTON: In a way. Certainly, I know it would be investigated as a hate crime. In June, during the holy month of Ramadan, there was a pig's head, a bloody pig's head left there at the mosque and that apparently was accompanied with some type of warning. There have not been incidents since then. And of course, people at the mosque had been vigilant. We had not heard whether or not there has been extra security. No one indicated there was extra security there at the time. Police at this point have no idea if the incidents are connected.
VANIER: Paula Newton is currently on her way to Quebec where that happened in the neighbor of Quebec. Thank you very much.
Ever since U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order enacting a travel ban on Friday, there has been confusion about how far reaching it is.
HOWELL: The White House is saying it does not apply to people who have green cards, which allows them permanent residence in the United States. But they are subject to additional screening when returning to the country.
VANIER: While most of the demonstrations against the ban have been peaceful but there are reports of clashes between Trump supporters and protesters in Portland, Oregon. Police say one person there was injured.
John Thomas, a Republican consultant, joins us now.
You are in favor of the travel ban. First, consider the political angle. There has been a lot of pushback against this executive order since it came out on Friday, since it was signed. There were protests. Do you think this ultimately hurts or helps the presidency of Donald Trump?
JOHN THOMAS, REPUBLICAN CONSULTANT: I think eventually, once it all gets sorted out properly, I think it helps Donald Trump for a couple of reasons. First of all, this was one of Donald Trump's main campaign promises, that he wanted to fight terrorism. And he did say that he wanted extreme vetting. The fact he is coming through on that promise as he is sorting it all out, I think is a political win long term.
The other thing is Donald Trump's larger message to the American people, and we saw it in his inaugural speech, was that it's time to put America first, not the world first but America first. I think once all the machinations of the implementation are sorted out Americans are going to look at it and say, you know what, it may not have been perfect at first but at least, finally, we have a commander- in-chief fighting for us.
[01:35:23] VANIER: Tell us about the implementation and the chaos. What does that tell us about the skill of the Trump administration at this moment in time? It's one thing having a set of policies, it's another, as we are seeing, to actually implement them smoothly.
THOMAS: Yeah, that's one thing that the Trump administration -- at least Donald Trump doesn't have any experience with, is governing. I think he is quickly learning that you have to be very careful what you do because there are obviously ramifications to it.
In defense of the Trump administration, Trump's chief of staff, on "Meet the Press," yesterday morning, said that the reason that they rolled it out as quickly as they did, and didn't notify agencies that this will be happening, you know in a week, a month, or six months, is because they didn't want to give potential terrorists notice that they could come in before this was implemented. It was kind of a sneak attack in a sense to ensure that terrorists don't sneak throw knowing the ban is coming.
VANIER: One of the arguments made against the ban is that it might not actually work to protect and improve the security of American citizens. If you look at nationalities of people who carried out attacks in the past, in the U.S., none of them would have been prevented by the kinds of travel ban that we are seeing now.
THOMAS: You know, it's a good question. And it's hard to definitively say what will stop terrorism. But I think you have to kind of use a healthy dose of common sense. And we know that there are states that sponsor terrorism. And we know that, in some of these cases, I think in the seven or eight countries that were temporarily suspended or barred from travel into the United States, that those governments don't have national I.D. databases in place to work with the United States Homeland Security to vet these people. So, it's not even a matter of wanting to vet. They don't even necessarily have the I.D. systems in place.
So, before we let strangers into our house, we probably should know who they are and what their intentions are.
VANIER: Republican consultant, John Thomas, it's been a pleasure speaking with you. Thank you very much.
THOMAS: Thanks so much.
VANIER: U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban would not have barred the people who carried out any of the recent major terrorist attacks on American soil.
Let's look at those. 14 people were killed in the San Bernardino shootings in December, 2015. Syed Farook and Malik Tashfeen were the shooters there. Farook was an American citizen. His wife, Malik, came to the U.S. from Pakistan on a fiance visa.
HOWELL: 29 people were wounded in New York and New Jersey when bombs went off last September. Ahmad Khan Ramey (ph) faces several counts tied to those incidents. He was born in Afghanistan, a country not on the current travel ban. He became a naturalized citizen in 2011.
VANIER: 49 people died in Orlando, Florida, when Omar Mateen opened fire in the Pulse nightclub last June. Mateen's parents are from Afghanistan. But he, too, was a naturalized American citizen.
HOWELL: Now to the Boston Marathon. Killed three people, wounded more than 200 others. This was back in 2013. The Tsarnaev brothers carried out those attacks. Both were born in Kazakhstan and were granted political asylum.
VANIER: And the September 11 attacks claimed nearly 3000 lives. 19 people hijacked planes that day. 15 or those were from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates, one each from Egypt and Lebanon. None of those countries are included in the new travel ban.
HOWELL: Important to point out the facts of the matter because facts do matter.
VANIER: Let's move on to another story, something that we at CNN hold very dear to us.
VANIER: CNN uncovers an international sex trafficking network. Up next, a survivor's story of being sold into marriage at the age of 12.
[01:42:26] VANIER: Welcome back. All this week, CNN's Freedom Project uncovers an international sex trafficking network, in our special series "Bride for Sale."
HOWELL: In southern India, impoverished families are so desperate for money, they're willing to sell their own daughters. One of those victims is speaking out.
Muhammad Lila has the story.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE) MUHAMMAD LILA, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This girl says she was just 12 years old when her parents sold her into a forced marriage to a man from Oman. She calls the so-called wedding night torture.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
LILA (on camera): (SPEAKING FORIEGN LANGUAGE)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: 70.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
LILA: You were 12?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
LILA (voice-over): For two months, she says the 70-year-old man kept her locked in a room using her only for sex.
(on camera): Did he keep doing this to you over and over again?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
LILA (voice-over): Police say there are hundreds of cases like hers in the old city. Young girls from poor neighborhoods sold by their own parents without their consent to elderly tourists who come here looking for sex.
In our investigation, we visited a number of shelters meeting victim after victim, all with horrific stories of physical and sexual abuse.
LILA (on camera): (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGAUGE)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
[01:44:58] LILA (voice-over): Thanks to the courage of girls like her, the CNN Freedom Project uncovered a network of human traffickers, agents, brokers and clerics, who were all part of the scheme.
This is how it works. Agents spread across several countries in the Middle East and Africa contact brokers in this city with India's largest Muslim population. Those brokers convince poor Muslim families to sell their under-aged daughters to a client, usually an elderly man. The client then flies to the city where a corrupt cleric, who is also part of the international network, produce a fake wedding certificate and a fake post-dated divorce certificate. When the client gets bored of using the child for sex, he leaves, never to return.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
LILA: In the afternoon, she invited us to her home.
(on camera): Come walk here with me through this alleyway, this is where she lives. It's one of the poorest parts of the city.
It's only here that you can see the extent of their poverty.
(SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
LILA (voice-over): Her mother tells us five people all live in this one tiny room. Her husband was an alcoholic and they had no money.
(on camera): Did you think by having your daughter married that she would bring in this money to help the family?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
LILA (voice-over): As we step outside, we are hit with another reality. This one precious.
(on camera): This is your daughter? Yeah.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
LILA (voice-over): This is her daughter, born to the same man she was forced to marry. When she became pregnant, after just two months, he divorced her over the phone. She says she was so distraught, she tried killing herself.
Now, she is left with a bitter-sweet reminder of the abuse that she faced. She filed a police case and the authorities arrested the middle man involved in selling her.
It has taken years to recover. But now, with her voice, she's vowing to never let anything like that happen to anyone else.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
LILA: And that pain is what she is fighting to keep away from her daughter.
Muhammad Lila, CNN, India.
[01:50:37] VANIER: Powerful Santa Ana winds are blowing through southern California while another strong storm marches towards the state.
HOWELL: Our Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri is following that in the International Weather Center -- Pedram?
PEDRAM JAVAHERI, AMS METEOROLOGIST: It's been a wild weekend across parts of California. Guys, great to see you both. When you think about what has been occurring here, the winds almost a
category two in spots in the foothills in the mountains of orange and San Bernardino counties. A classic Santa Ana in place. Six million people are under high-wind advisories at this hour. Expected to expire Monday morning. Winds in some of these areas, at Glendale, Ojai, Temecula easily up to 30 miles per hour. Some winds could get up to 40 to 50 miles per hour. The reason it's important, you know what happened in recent weeks. Los Angeles almost tripling their monthly average for rainfall so far in January. And San Diego almost doubling their rainfall average. Factor in the saturated soil, the powerful winds, of course, trees can begin to come down. That is a concern across parts of California.
I want to show you the Santa Ana setup. It is fascinating if you are tuned in from parts of the world that don't experience down-sloping winds. As that happens they want to warm as they go from a high elevation to a low elevation. High elevations temperatures stay into the 50s. For every thousand feet, it drops in elevation, it warms up about five and a half degrees Fahrenheit. You bring it down to the valley and you are talking about it getting close to 90 degrees. That's where they got close to Saturday into Sunday. Ventura, 82. 66 is what is considered normal. Los Angeles into the 80s, also 60s what is normal. You see how Pasadena did as well. This is, of course, coming after weeks and weeks of heavy rainfall. January, areas of rainfall there, up to 10-plus inches across parts of northern and central California. Southern California picked up closer to five to six inches. And of course, that translates to over eight feet of fresh snow in the higher elevations. Wonderful news for the snowpack. And really a fascinating way to look at things is the dramatic improvement in the amount of land that was conferred by exceptional drought. The peak of it was December 2014. Over 91,000 square miles of land had exceptional drought. Notice it's almost all of the state in that category. Fast forward to the last couple of days, zero square miles in that exceptional drought. Fantastic news.
Look offshore, another storm system knocking on our door steps. Slated to arrive Wednesday into Thursday. We'll get some rain in Los Angeles Thursday into Friday. More wet weather ahead of us across California, guys.
HOWELL: Pedram Javaheri, thank you so much.
JAVAHERI: Great seeing you.
VANIER: Hollywood honored its best and brightest on Sunday at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Many of the winners used their moment in the spotlight to share their thoughts on Trump's controversial travel ban.
HOWELL: The sci-fi series, "Stranger Things" won best drama ensemble. And in a politically charged speech, actor, David Harbour, brought the crowd to its feet. Listen.
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DAVID HARBOUR, ACTOR: Through our art to battle against fear, self- centeredness and exclusivity of our predominantly narcissistic culture and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths --
HARBOUR: -- that serve as a forceful reminder to folks --
HARBOUR: -- that when they feel broken and afraid and tired, they are not alone.
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[01:55:22] VANIER: And here are some of the night's other big winners. Denzel Washington received the best actor award for the film "Fences." Emma Stone won best actress in her performance in the movie musical "La La Land."
HOWELL: Best motion picture ensemble went to "Hidden Figures" in probably the biggest surprise win of the night. And "Orange is the New Black" won for best ensemble in a comedy series.
VANIER: That's it for now. You are watching CNN. I'm Cyril Vanier.
HOWELL: And I'm George Howell.
The news continues next hour with my colleague, Rosemary Church.
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