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ANA CABRERA, CNN ANCHOR: -- husband and wife, the duke and duchess of Sussex. The wedding was beautiful. Also, historic and unique, unlike any royal wedding before it. We'll show you the most memorable moments in just a second.
But first to what is happening in London right now in England. At this hour, the bride and groom are celebrating with close friends and family at their final reception of the day. We saw them leave Windsor Castle together, just a couple of hours ago.
As you can see there, Meghan had changed her clothes. The gown she was wearing now was designed by Stella McCarthy and we're told this is the last time that we'll see the couple.
Tonight, let's bring in CNN's Nick Watt. He's been in Windsor all day covering this wedding for us. Nick, what is next for this new couple?
NICK WATT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, as you mentioned, they are right now knee deep in this celebration at Frogmore house with 200 of their closest friends and family. Reception hosted by the groom's father, Prince Charles.
They will then come back here later, and they will spend the evening, their first night of married life here at the 1,000-year-old Windsor Castle where grandma is also staying. You can't to it, but when the flag is flying above the castle, that means grandma is home.
Meghan and Harry, the duke and duchess of Sussex will come back here later tonight. He will not be driving it back here. The celebrations will be pretty long and hardy -- Ana.
CABRERA: The historians and authors and analysts all agree, Nick, that this wedding was unlike any other royal wedding. What made it so different?
WATT: It was absolutely like no other royal wedding and I think we can put that purity down to Meghan Markle. She obviously had a great hand in how -- this was her wedding day. We've seen in the past, Lady Diana, for example, she was only 20 years old when she got married. She basically did what she was told. Here, Meghan made everyone do what she told them to do. She clearly chose a lot of the music and speakers for the wedding ceremony this morning. You know, she put her stamp on this. Let's just hear a little bit of the music, "Stand By Me" sung by a gospel choir which knocked everyone's socks off.
WATT: And, I mean, other great moments. Obviously, harry lifting Meghan's veil during the service and the little page boys carrying Meghan's train in, and Meghan herself walking down the aisle by herself.
There was an address by Bishop Michael Curry from Chicago, and it was unlike anything that I would say has been seen in the 600-year history of this chapel. He opened and closed with quotes from Martin Luther King and it was a very powerful, passionate sermon on the power of love. And reporters caught up with him a little later in the afternoon. Here's what he had to say.
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THE MOST REVEREND MICHEAL CURRY, EPISCOPAL CHURCH: It was nonverbal communication throughout the whole thing. And you could watch them look at each other and even when they didn't, weren't talking, the way they looked at each other just sent a message of these people are in love, for real.
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WATT: Now, we are now really seeing the new generation of the royal family to the four, the fab four as they're called, William, Kate and now Meghan and Harry. The duke and duchess of Sussex, house of Windsor will never, ever be the same, again. I mean, that in a good way -- Ana.
CABRERA: You have such an awful assignment, Nick. I'm so sorry you had to cover this royal wedding. You've done a great job. Thank you for bringing us such happy times and such happy moments and I could listen to that rendition of "Stand By Me" over and over and over again. Just loved it. Thank you, Nick.
Let's bring in our next guest who knows almost everything you could about the royal family. Joining us from London is royal commentator, Richard Fitswilliams. Richard, good to see you again. What surprised you most today about today's festivities?
RICHARD FITZWILLIAMS, ROYAL COMMENTATOR: Well, I think what we saw is something, as you just heard, was completely unique. If we're looking for a surprise, of course, the dress was a surprise simply because we were so sure that it had been designed by Ralph & Russo.
[17:05:04] The fact that British journalists probably don't have their spies where they should be when it comes to the royal secrets. We have the royal baby's name wrong, too. The dress was such a surprise. But also, I loved the train, the veil and what fascinating the embroidery of the floral design from 53 Commonwealth countries. Harry and Meghan will see a great deal more of the Commonwealth, especially since he's a Commonwealth youth ambassador. Also, the kiss, this went global and the floral arbor at the entrance to the chapel on the west steps.
CABRERA: I was hoping we could bring that up. You're right, it was just so touching that moment when they -- it seemed almost impromptu. You hear the cheer. So beautiful. You talked about the veil, which was lovely and, obviously, brought in sort of like hugging her new life there in the U.K.
She also, as part of this ceremony, honored the royal family in a number of ways wearing that gorgeous tiara from the queen. That was her something borrowed. Princess Diana's favorite flowers, "Forget Me Nots" were in the wedding bouquet. A little while ago when Harry and Meghan left Windsor castle she was wearing an aquamarine ring that was Diana's. What were your observations on that front?
FITZWILLIAMS: One of Diana's sisters read the (inaudible) and that was a tribute. And the hymn "Guide Me Great Redeemer" that was sung at Diana's funeral. That was intended as a tribute, just as the engagement ring that Harry gave along with the large diamond from Botswana and he designed the ring himself.
What was so glorious because, after all, despite the spectacle and despite the fact St. George's Chapel and it was the love between two people that were so obvious, that was so wonderful, and you could see how moved Harry was. Almost to tears on one occasion, I thought.
And Meghan had the poise and style and beauty which has become a trademark of hers and completely unphased by the scale of it all especially since she's had a difficult week, but all of that can be, I think, put behind her because what we're seeing is something that is a dazzling success. A crowd pleaser, which, frankly, will go global and on social media. There's never been anything like it.
CABRERA: No doubt about it. More than, I think, let me just look at my notes for how many tweets was it that we saw today, 3.4 million with the #royalwedding. And one of the most tweeted moments of the ceremony was of Reverend Michael Curry's address when he gave that passionate speech about love invoking the words of Martin Luther King Jr. definitely a deviation from the norm. Let's listen to reaction from the archbishop.
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JUSTIN WELBY, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY: It was fantastic, and you could see people just caught up in it.
THE MOST REVEREND MICHAEL CURRY, EPISCOPAL CHURCH: It's real and it's wonderful and it's meant for us all.
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CABRERA: So, Richard, what did you see as the significance of Reverend Curry's presence at the ceremony and his remarks?
FITZWILLIAMS: This was very symbolic of Meghan's American heritage and also the style is completely different from anything that people are used to in this sort of royal circle. It was quite interesting if you looked at the members of the royal family and how they were responding to it.
Reverend Curry has a passion and power and force and very carried away with it. But the point was that he just made it from the clip that you played was his theme, the power of love, and had the example of the way they held hands and exchanged glances and so forth.
It was one of those very, very precious ceremonies that no one who saw it will ever forget it. It is so sincere. I noticed this when they had the television interview after the engagement there was no question how well they responded to each other. The chemistry seemed perfect and here it was. And Harry's expression said it all, as did Meghan's absolutely enchanting smile.
[17:10:07] CABRERA: I mean, this wedding was just as enchanting as Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding but yet so different.
FITZWILLIAMS: Totally different. Because 1,900 people at Westminster Abbie and when you have not one, but two kisses. You had tens of thousands in the gigantic spread. I think a million people were in London for that. And here what was amazing, I have to say, was the vastness of the crowds at Windsor because it is actually quite difficult to get to on a day when it's that packed.
It's a relatively small town and there was a marvelous show of support. The fact that we have an American princess. The fact that she's so proud to be biracial because diversity was a theme of the ceremony. There was no doubt about that and something she will be championing.
But the enthusiasm, it's just, it's almost tangible. I can't wait to see the service, again. But it's something that people will be watching and the iconic images that have gone worldwide.
Several of them, including Harry and Meghan leaving for the evening reception at Frogmore house, a historic residence, that is almost like something romantic that could play out in front of you. Driving away in the Porsche --
CABRERA: It was the Jaguar.
FITZWILLIAMS: -- In his evening suit. Jaguar. I don't drive. I have to admit it. But then when you --
CABRERA: Such a fairy tale all the way around.
FITZWILLIAMS: A fairy tale indeed.
CABRERA: I know I can't get enough of it either. We will give everybody a chance to relive it tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. Meantime, we'll continue our royal wedding coverage right here in the NEWSROOM. Thank you, again, Richard. We have a look at some of the other ways Prince Harry honored his late mother on his big day. Stay with us.
CABRERA: Welcome back. Prince Harry and Meghan made a promise to themselves and the world before they tied the knot this morning at Windsor Castle to honor Harry's late mom, Princess Diana on their special day. And between the flowers, the guests and the readings, there's no question they made good on that promise.
Let's bring in our correspondent, Bianca Nobilo. Bianca, we saw a lot of nods to Princess Diana throughout the celebration today.
BIANCA NOBILO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Many nods, Ana. I'll start with the flowers because I learned an additional detail which I think is so charming. The flowers that Meghan had in her bouquet all chosen because they were Princess Diana's favorite. There's a white "forget me not," roses, peonies, were handpicked by Prince Harry last night in Kensington Palace Garden.
So, again, just underscoring the personal touch and the intimacy of the occasion. Of course, many of Diana's relatives were also in attendance. Her sister gave a reading. I think that is of note, too, Ana, because her sister famously is incredibly media shy. She really keeps herself to herself.
The fact that she gave the only reading today in the ceremony and she stood up there in front of the eyes of the world, billions of them to give this reading to show her love for Harry and Meghan and also the memory of her sister was quite something.
And the general order of service, particularly that very notable sermon by Pastor Curry just had the world captured. It really did just capture everyone's imagination. The way he spoke with such fervor and passion about the power of love.
These are ideas that are quite reminiscent of Diana and the way she was tactile and warm and so loving with her voice. And finally, Ana, I would say that the causes, which were close to Princess Diana's heart were represented today in the marriage ceremony.
And that's something which Meghan and Harry are going to take forward in their married life and really continue her legacy in the most important of ways because Princess Diana's philanthropy is one of the defining features of her legacy.
CABRERA: Harry has talked about his deep, deep love for his mom and the wonderful memories he has of her. It was bitter sweet for him because Diana wasn't there, and they were so close. What do you think she would have thought about today? NOBILO: Well, I think if we remember what Harry said in his engagement interview about what Princess Diana would have thought of Meghan. He said they would be thick as thieves, best friends. Everything about Meghan that we learned since then shows how warm she is.
How she responds to crowds when they're on royal engagements. Her behaviors are quite reminiscent of Princess Diana and a connection that many people have made. So, I think it's fair to say that Princess Diana would be delighted with what she's seeing and how happy and moved Prince Harry seems to be.
In Britain growing up we've seen plenty of difficult time that Prince Harry went through when he was going through the grief of losing his mother and to see him today so proud to become Meghan's husband and so moved by the ceremony and so deeply full of love for his wife and this new chapter of his life was really quite inspiring and comforting and great to see.
Princess Diana was also remembered in what Meghan wore. One of her beautiful rings when Meghan and Harry left to Frogmore house to have their more intimate reception and in her Diana's will she did say that she wanted to leave her jewels to the wives of her sons.
[17:20:00] It's so interesting that Meghan didn't wear any during the ceremony and borrowing the stones, but she had one of Diana's beautiful pieces to take with her for this evening -- Ana.
CABRERA: Beautiful. Bianca Nobilo, thank you so much for that insight for us. Programming note, tune in tonight for a look back at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's road to the alter. The CNN special report, "A Royal Match" airs at 7:00 p.m. That's followed by an encore presentation of the royal wedding. Can relive all the big moments beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern right here on CNN.
Back here in the U.S., I want to take you to Texas and Erica Hill in Santa Fe, Texas -- Erica.
ERICA HILL, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, Ana, just ahead you'll hear from a 16- year-old survivor of yesterday's shooting. Struck in the head, he did not realize he had been shot.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One of my friends comes up to me and said you've been shot in the head. I took my shirt off and I put it on the wound.
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HILL: I'm Erica Hill live in Santa Fe, Texas. A small town about 30 miles southeast of Houston outside of Galveston, as well. Today is a town filled with grief, heart ache and with sorrow. Ten lives lost inside Santa Fe High School on Friday morning.
And we're learning more, as well, about the alleged shooter. His family now releasing a statement, the family of Dimitri Pagourtzis, which says in part, "We are saddened and dismayed by yesterday's event at Santa Fe High School. We extend our most heartfelt prayers and condolences to all of the victims."
It goes on to say, we are as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events that occurred. We are gratified by the public comments made by outer Santa Fe High School students that showed Dimitri as we know him, a smart, quiet, sweet boy.
We share the public's hunger for answers as to why this happened and will await the outcome of the investigation before speaking about these events." The 17-year-old alleged shooter, we do know is in solitary confinement in a local jail being held without bond.
Amidst all of this, we are also learning more about the victims. Those who lost their lives and those who also survived. CNN correspondent, Polo Sandoval, spoke with one of those who was struck by a bullet but who did survive. Polo, you have more on that for us.
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Rom Schubert is his name, Erica. He's a sophomore at Santa Fe High School. As we spoke yesterday he recalled about being 30 minutes into his first period yesterday morning when that gunman walked into his art class and began shooting.
Shubert seeking cover under his desk and then found that right moment to get up and run as fast and as far as he could. Even scaled a six- foot wall. It wasn't until after that that he noticed he had been shot in the head.
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ROM SCHUBERT, SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING SURVIVOR: Came in right there. Comes up to me and says, you've been shot. You've been shot in the head. You got shot in the head. I just took my shirt off and put it on the wound.
SANDOVAL: Here you are on your front porch now. How do you begin to explain that?
SCHUBERT: Definitely the grace of God. Just an angle on my shoulder and he's watching over me. I know we're going to get past this and we're going to overcome this and come back stronger than ever. I just want everybody to focus on the super bad -- I mean, everybody to lift up their spirits and it happened, but we can't just sit here and mourn over it. That's exactly what he wants. He wants us to mourn over it.
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SANDOVAL: Remarkably, Schubert now among 13 people who were injured yesterday. Three of them are still recovering at this hospital in Galveston about 25 miles from the shooting, one of them the officer that was injured. Meanwhile, we're also learning more about the dead. At least one of the teachers who passed away, Cynthia Tisdale, a substitute teacher. Her family saying that she loved to teach and left for work yesterday and never came back.
Chris Stone described as a 17-year-old adventurous young man. Sabika Shik, the foreign exchange student from Pakistan and most recently confirmed Jared Black just turned 17, Erica. His birthday party was scheduled for today.
HILL: All right. Polo Sandoval with the latest for us there. Polo, thank you.
There are so many questions, of course, the biggest one at this point is the why. Were there any warning signs that were missed? We just saw that statement from the family making it clear that there was anything that had been missed.
The shooter, we know, played on the freshman and JV football teams. He had no criminal record. Authorities say, Governor Abbot talking about notes that were found that talked about him wanting to commit a shooting, wanted to commit suicide after that shooting.
Pictures on the Facebook page. A black t-shirt with three words, born to kill. Is there more to read into that? Another posting which showed a jacket with various symbols pinned on it.
The Communist Party's hammer and sickle, Nazi Germany's iron cross, what can we make of any of this and where will it stand at this point in the investigation? Let's bring in CNN law enforcement contributors, Josh Campbell and James Gagliano, both former FBI. As we look all of this, Josh, what is actually happening today in the investigation? This is what we heard from the FBI. This is going to be a crime scene for some time.
JOSH CAMPBELL, CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: That's right. This is going to be a lengthy investigation. It's multi-facetted. There's a lot that we're seeing and a lot we're not seeing. Obviously, there was immediate response we saw yesterday. Over 24 hours ago, obviously, that tactical response and pictures and the videotape of this trailer where the devices were allegedly thought to have been assembled.
We saw pictures and the videotape of this trailer where the devices were allegedly thought to have been assembled and, obviously, we saw law enforcement officers surrounding that and processing that. A lot we don't see behind the scenes and that is these witness interviews and the full scope of who this person was and associate and going through his digital footprint and trying to determine, again, do we know everything about this person that we can possibly know before we figure out that we think we have a close case here.
ERICA HILL, CNN ANCHOR: Your point of those interviews, the interviews that were done with law enforcement officials.
And then we're also learning more from the attorneys who are just saying they spent 30 minutes in jail with the accused shooter, calling him confused and said that he is not doing well. How could that complicate matters?
JAMES GAGLIANO, CNN SENIOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: Well, again, you have to be careful. These are attorneys and their client, and they have to have his best interest in heart here.
From the law enforcement perspective, we're looking at two things, signal intelligence, which is, as Josh pointed out, dumping all the digital and social media platform, trying to get the manifestoes or screeds and journals and trying to distill any kind of motivations out of that, whether there were any accomplices in this. The second piece is human intelligence. Talking to the family. We understand the parents are grieving, had nothing to do with this. They're victims in this as well. Anybody that knew this kid, any of the fellow students or teachers.
Important, this was a score, because in most of these incidents, especially of recent, last five, 10 years, we don't have the treasure- trove of intelligence of actually capturing the subject. So, there was a period of time from when the police picked him up and took him down to the station. Now, police can only interview a subject and not provide them the Miranda rights if one of these two things don't happen. If they happen together, you've got to do it. And that's custody, interrogation. So, they put him in the car and he's in custody. He's detained. They can ask him questions if they read him his Miranda rights. If they don't do that and he just starts making unprompted statements, that's good. That's a treasure trove. Police are trained to use active-listening skills. You want to build a report, you want to build empathy, not sympathy, and you want to express understanding but not agreement. Obviously, in this incident, they did a bang-up job, got a confession, got him to speak before there was a lawyer involved, and now they have those statements and they'll use that to prosecute him.
HILL: As you point out, one of the things they're looking for, whether there could be an accomplice or not. We know two people who were detained. Our Nick Valencia reporting that those two people they are confident were not part of this, that authorities are saying they do believe that he acted alone.
Josh, how does that change the equation?
CAMPBELL: So, when the initial report came out that we have one person that is in custody and then another person is that detained, a lot of us looked at that and said that could change this a little bit. One person acting alone in some twisted and depraved way going and killing people in the building behind us, that is something, obviously, is of concern. If that person is able to convince someone else, another like-minded person, to then assist him, again, now, we have a much greater problem on our hands. Thankfully, it doesn't look like that is the case. Law enforcement officers were able to conduct those interviews of these two individuals that were persons or interest and eventually looks like cleared at this point.
HILL: Part of what they're trying to figure out, too, is they're trying to determine a motive. Yesterday, we were talking about what appeared to be explosive devices, and they were not operational. In addition to learning about these writings, a lot of people said this must have been preplanned because you're not going to put all these things out there and then just wake up one day and have it be random.
Can you have, though, James, a little bit of both in this situation?
GAGLIANO: Absolutely. Not getting into his mind -- and I have not seen the journals and I don't have access to any of the information law enforcement does.
GAGLIANO: I guarantee they have a better understanding. They got some search warrants and looked at some places where they believe the, quote/unquote, "precious cooker device and the pipe bombs" were built. He was missing critical components. We talked about this earlier. He was missing a power supply, which is fairly important in the construction of a bomb. And he was missing the explosives. Were these used as decoys. Remember, law enforcement works sequentially, crisis resolution, meaning interdicting the bad guys, consequence management, meaning going around and saying is there anything now after we have taken the bad guy out and arrested him or put him down, are there anything like those devices that could potentially harm people. And then in tandem, work the investigation. They have to be done in that critical order, though.
HILL: We know the FBI, too -- we were talking about this off air. We're just about out of time. But the FBI reaching out and putting out a plea to anyone who has pictures or videos of anything that happened yesterday inside the school. Those also will be added to the investigation. And it's remarkable how social media, even in that respect, could play such a role as well.
Appreciate it. Thank you, both
Ana, we'll send it back to you now in New York.
[17:34:39] ANA CABRERA, CNN ANCHOR: There's so much more to learn in that investigation.
Thank you, Erica.
Coming up, some breaking news from the "New York Times" of another meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr and foreigners who were eager to influence the 2016 election. This time, it wasn't with the Russians. The details, next.
CABRERA: Welcome back. You're in the "CNN NEWSROOM." I'm Ana Cabrera.
We are learning details on a second meeting that happened at Trump Tower between the president's son, Don Jr, and a small group of people offering to help Donald Trump get elected president. This meeting with Donald Trump Jr included an emissary for two Arab princes and an Israeli social media specialist. Happening just three months before the election.
Now, the "New York Times" talked to several people with knowledge of this meeting and reports that a social media expert at this meeting talked about how his company could help a political campaign gain an advantage. "The Times" also reports this company, "By then, had put together a multi-million-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump."
Joining us now, CNN White House reporter, Sarah Westwood.
Sarah, walk us through the players at this reported meeting in the summer of 2016.
[17:40:18] SARAH WESTWOOD, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: Ana, this episode has raised a whole new set of unanswered questions about the connections between the Trump campaign and foreign interests. Erik Prince is someone who is reported to have bene at this meeting. He is the founder of Blackwater and the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and someone who has already been connected to the Trump campaign through this alleged meeting he set up last year to allegedly create this back channel between the Russians and then President-Elect Donald Trump. George Nadir, a businessman, who is reported to have been at this meeting, does have reported connections to the United Arab Emirates. He is someone we have known through other reports has caught the eye of special counsel, Robert Mueller. All of this connects a lot of threads that have been running through the Mueller investigation so far. And it undermines the Trump allies' argument that the investigation is looking at a witch hunt.
CABRERA: Explain, though, why this meeting mattered. What was the purpose?
WESTWOOD: Well, allegedly, these were representatives of foreigners who were offering the Trump campaign a leg up against Hillary Clinton in the campaign. Obviously, foreigners intervening in an American election is illegal. A lawyer for Donald Trump Jr denies that was a case. In a statement to CNN, Donald Trump Jr's lawyer says, "Prior to the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr recalls a meeting with Erik Prince, George Nadir and another individual, who may be Joel Zamal. They pitched Mr. Trump Jr on a social media platform for marketing strategy. He was not interested and that was the end of it."
Again, all along, including the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Trump campaign has denied repeatedly that they ever accepted help from foreign interests, but just the fact, Ana, that they were willing to meet with foreigners who were offering this kind of a legal assistance has raised the suspicion of investigators.
CABRERA: As you point out, they are cooperating with the Mueller investigation.
Let's switch topics and talk about this new report from the "Washington Post" that the president has personally pushed the U.S. postmaster general to double the rate of postal service charges for Amazon and other firms to ship packages, a move that could cost these companies billions of dollars. Is this President Trump using his position as president to settle up a personal vendetta?
WESTWOOD: Certainly, President Trump has lashed out repeatedly against Amazon. And he has done so in the context of the "Washington Post" coverage of him that he doesn't like. As you know, Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon, also owns the "Washington Post." President Trump frequently connects the two on social media. This report suggests that he used his position to push the post office to double the rates it charges Amazon, even though reportedly advisors around him tried to tell him that doing so would cost the post office money because Amazon would ship its goods elsewhere, seeking competitive rates in the private sector if the post office were to raise the prices that they charge Amazon. This report suggests that President Trump did try to use his animosity against Amazon in a way that would hurt the company. But so far, the rates that the post office is charging Amazon, Ana, have not changed.
CABRERA: All right, Sarah Westwood, we know you are staying on top of these. Thank you so much.
WESTWOOD: Thank you.
CABRERA: A rarely targeted tourist destination, Armenia, is one of Europe's hidden gems. In a news "PARTS UNKNOWN," Anthony Bourdain explores how the country is emerging from conflict.
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ANTHONY BOURDAIN, CNN HOST, "PARTS UNKNOWN": Genocide.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This isn't about revenge. This is about recognition.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If we lose, we know that we will be destroyed, annihilated.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm the generation who literally learned alphabet with a candlelight.
BOURDAIN: Armenia has endured a lot.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This isn't some geopolitical conflict on a map. Every family is touched.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Every day, 100 people leaves Armenia.
BOURDAIN: But it remains a place that millions of Armenians are very, very sentimental about. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I, myself, I will never leave Armenia. I was born
in Armenia. I will die in Armenia.
BOURDAIN: I've been hearing it for years, when you go to Armenia, when you go to Armenia, when are you going to Armenia? Well, finally, I'm here.
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[17:44:54] CABRERA: And you can join Anthony Bourdain, "PARTS UNKNOWN," this Sunday, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, here on CNN.
Still ahead this hour, rivers of molten lava destroying everything they touch, forcing residents to be airlifted to safety. More of these dramatic pictures and a live report, next.
[17:49:58] CABRERA: Investigators are working to find out what made a plane crash in Cuba, killing 110 people. The flight was operated by Cubana de Aviacion and crashed yesterday afternoon shortly after takeoff. One witness says the plane appeared to swerve and then revved its engines right before crashing just six miles or so from the Havana Airport. There were 113 people on board. So three people survived, all of them currently in critical condition. The cause of this crash still unknown. But we do know Cubana recently had to ground some of its aging fleet due to safety issues in this plane. That crash was almost 40 years old.
More than two weeks after the first eruption, Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano continues to threaten lives and homes on the big island. And you have to take a look at these latest images. Fast-moving lava splattering, bubbling, flowing through neighborhoods. Officials say lava has destroyed 40 structures so far. Hundreds of people have been forced to leave their homes. Huge eruptions from fissures below Leilani Estates are spreading molten rock and lava in all directions. Authorities also tell CNN volcanic ash emissions remain high. Toxic gas is also spewing from new fissures, or cracks in the ground. Officials are urging people to be ready to evacuate.
Let's bring in CNN's Stephanie Elam, joining us live from Pahoa, Hawaii.
Good to see you're away from that lava, Stephanie. What are the main concerns at this point?
STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, Ana, we were going to try to get you a better picture inside for this conversation we're having right now, but officials are saying it's just too dangerous in there, that first responders are moving back because of those toxic gases, and the moving lava, which started to percolate up more in some areas inside of Leilani Estates, which is behind me. You can see that it is cloudy behind me because it has been raining here, as it is wont to do here near Hilo, Hawaii. But it's also part of that are volcanic gases, and that is a concern, mixing of those gases and also this lava percolating up over the earth in multiple places. In some places, where it has died down, it is back alive, coming out of the earth, and it is taking out some homes we have seen. Yesterday, there were about four people who had to get airlifted out because of the roads around -- there's no way to safely get them out with this fresh eruption of lava coming out of the earth.
When you see it, it's not just like it oozes out like I think sometimes we think. It is bubbling up. It is percolating. Sometimes it's shooting several feet into the sky. You can see it far into the distance. And the sound is thunderous. When you get close to one, we got close to one yesterday, you feel it in your chest. The smell is very noxious. All of that is why they're asking people who live in this area to pay attention. When they say to get out, get out. Because people on the southern side of this island, where it's going roll down that way, it could roll down that way, depending on how much lava comes out of the earth toward the ocean. They're saying be wary. And if we tell you to leave, leave -- Ana?
CABRERA: When we look at these pictures right next to the screen, Stephanie, there's so much lava that you've been describing as it bubbles and splatters and is going quickly throughout some of these neighborhoods, yet it's a big island. So how much of the island is actually impacted?
ELAM: It's a really big point that folks in Hawaii want people on the mainland to understand, that this is about four-square miles or so you're talking about that this is really affecting. Obviously, the Volcano National Park, that is bigger. But for the people who are dealing with this threat, it's a much smaller area where this rift zone is and where these homes are. The rest of the island, if you were to go over to the other side of the island in Kona, you would have no idea any of this is going on, let alone, the rest of the Hawaiian Islands, where this has no impact on them whatsoever.
And because people here are used to living with Kilauea they are not at all surprised by it necessarily. For the folks who have lived here a long time, they have seen eruptions in the past. This is part of living on a volcanic island. So life does tend to go on. I talked to one young whom, despite the fact she's evacuated, she managed to get a job and has been working there for about a week, even though she's living in a shelter right now. Life is continuing here as much as possible.
But for the people who live inside Leilani Estates, it's such a long waiting game and it's not like a tornado or an earthquake where it happens, and it's done, and you begin the cleanup. It's a long waiting process. In the end, they don't know when that's going to happen -- Ana?
[17:54:31] CABRERA: Our thoughts are with those affected, certainly.
Stephanie Elam, thank you for that report.
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