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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> the breaking news this morning, a chilling new threat from isis releasing a new video overnight. that as the manhunt in europe intensifies for the leaders of the operational terror cell. live coverage starts now. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. it is tuesday, january 20th. christine romans is off this morning. we have breaking news. a disturbing new isis video threatening new hostages. this time it appears to be an attempt to extort $200 million from the japanese government. joining us now with the latest
is cnn's will ripley. >> reporter: john it is a difficult situation as you can imagine for the families of the hostages to appear in the isis video. the executioner whose voice is familiar now to the world and believed to be responsible for the killing of so many people from so many countries. this especially will create shockwaves john. a pacifist country that engages in self defense in a country that two days ago pledged $200 million u.s. in support to fight isis. the prime minister of japan, shinzo abe said it was military support, not combat operations. now two japanese lives are in grave danger. listen to the portion of the video. >> to the prime minister of japan, although you are more than 8,000 away from this
islamic state, you willingly have wanted to take part in this crusade. >> reporter: officially john japan has never paid money for the release of hostages. that is officially there have been speculation that perhaps deals under the table. a figure like $200 million u.s. to be pulled together in three days not going to happen john which means people in japan are bracing for the worst. >> what do we know about these men, will and what they were doing in the war zone? >> reporter: kenji was a journalist covering the conflict. according to his twitter account which last had posts in october. he filed reports. haruna's back story is more clear. he claims to be the owner of a private web site. it is not clear what background he has. both men believed to be captured
in october. >> isis with that terrorist speaking with a british accent demanding $200 million for the hostages. our hearts go out to the families. will ripley thank you. happening this morning, authorities are searching for the man they say is the ring ringleader of the terror cell raided by belgium last week. a man linked to isis they say. the counterterrorism official says the man's name is el abaoud. this is part of an investigation into two alleged islamists arrested on friday. let's go to senior correspondent nic robertson joining us from paris on the latest on these hunts in several countries. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, john. what we understand from the germans at the moment while this
is a wide ranging sweep of arrests, it wasn't to handoff an imminent threat. these were investigations following two arrests of two islamists by german authorities. this is a follow-up on that they say. what we are understanding here in france from french authorities of the nine people they had arrested or still had under arrest from late last week five of them had been released today. the other four appearing early this morning before a magistrate. they will continue to be held for questions. they are all young men in their 20s. in belgium, authorities waiting for the extradition of a man arrested in the past couple of days by greek authorities who the belgiums believe have connections to the islamic groups in belgium. in europe at the moment still a fluid picture. arrests continuing and filtering by authorities of the people arrested. >> that is interesting. you have the four men facing
court situations in france. arrests and raids in germany. you have belgiums looking for people with arrests in greece. nic, any sense it is being coordinated at the international level? >> reporter: the european foreign ministers met in belgium yesterday. this was an opportunity for them to discuss that cooperation. the analysis is it needs to improve. not just with european allies internally. you have the example here of the kouachi brothers and the investigation into them now has thrown up facts even in france mistakes were made and information not shared properly. analysis and thoroughness of investigations of them of the two brothers. not carried out to a high standard. it is not just an improvement and cooperation across europe but an internal examination of
what can be done better of significant failings. >> the nations collectively and individually looking and thinking they need to raise their game in the anti-terrorism front. nic, thank you. you heard him say they are scrambling to close loopholes in the wake of the recent terror attacks. european foreign ministers are meeting in brussels and floated a number of ideas of tracking or restricting movements of suspectedsuspect ed terrorists. let's go to ivan watson in brussels now. good morning, ivan. >> reporter: good morning, john. that is right. europe's top diplomats emerged from a meeting here last night calling for more cooperation within europe and within the middle east when it comes to battling the threat of terrorism. one of the measures they said they would repeat request from the european parliament was to
share more information about passengers and flight lists. that is a motion a strategy that has been blocked in the european parliament in the past to protect privacy. the diplomats saying they will raise that motion again. take a listen to the foreign policy chief also calling for more outreach to arab speaking citizens in europe and abroad. take a listen. >> i think we need to improve our capacity to speak arabic and read arabic and explain our policies and to listen to the messages that are coming from the arab world. >> reporter: meanwhile, the manhunt continues, john for suspected jihadi cell. home grown here in belgium. there have been a number of arrests over the course of the last week. a senior belgium counter terrorism professional tells cnn the suspected ringleader is a belgium moroccan man.
he was last tracked somewhere in greece. over the course of the last weekend, greek police arrested an individual there it. belgium has requested his extradition. he is not believed to be abaoud. it is an algerian man. about whether or not he is extradited depends on whether he is in greece. in the meantime we are also hearing more and more about the suspects arrested here. many of them belgium citizens born here of north african descent and one particular neighborhood in brussels. the capital of belgium and europe. a recruiting ground for terrorists. john. >> ivan watson in brussels. thanks. new this morning, protests turning deadly.
demonstrators in the nation of niger is furious with the magazine of "charlie hebdo." four dozen churches have been set on fire and hotels and bars have been burned to the ground. in yemen, a cease-fire seems to be holding this morning after the issues around the presidential palace. the u.s. backed government in the capital of sanaa says the insurgents want to gain power. a power vacuum in yemen does benefit al qaeda in the arabian peninsula which has been using yemen as a base of operations. happening today, president obama delivers the state of union address in primetime. he faces a new political environment. for the first time he faces a congress completely under
republican control, but a resurgence in the economy and slight bump in poll numbers are bringing a fresh wave of determination. jim acosta has more from the white house. >> reporter: john the white house is already shared much of what will be in the president's state of the union address over the last couple weeks, an official told me there are surprises in store. the white house says the theme of the speech is middle class economics and address is filled with pitches from the president like the tax breaks he is proposing. the tax breaks and the free community college add up to $200 billion. the president would pay for that with new taxes on the rich and fees on big banks. we are also learning more about the president's state of the union message and the white house announced alan gross, the american freed between the
countries, will be in the first lady's box. expect the first lady to defend policies on cuba. the president is feeling embolden with the economy and the low gas prices and the actions on immigration and cuba that have performed well in the polls. his approval ratings are ticking up. it is no surprise the president will take the state of the union message on the road to red states for events in idaho and kansas later this week. john. >> jim at the white house. thanks so much. harry reid the senate minority leader plans to return to work today. senator reid is closely monitored by doctors. the 75-year-old suffered four broken ribs and several broken bones around his right eye last month. he had an accident exercising. his schedule has not been set. he is not expected to attend the state of the union address. the senator admits it is possible he may lose vision in his eye. senate republicans are
forging ahead with a bill to begin construction of the keystone oil pipeline. they could vote on the amendments this afternoon. the battle over the pipeline could drag on into february. the president has already promised to veto this bill. let's talk about money. alison has latest. >> gains overnight. markets in shanghai and hong kong are closing higher at the moment. futures in the u.s. we're seeing them higher as stocks get ready for a shorter trading week. it looks like federal reserve officials are on track to start raising short-term interest rates this year. no big moves until june. short-term rates have been near zero since late 2008. long-term rates could see the reverse effect and go down over the worries of weak global
growth and falling oil prices. google is looking to get in on spacex action. it is close to investing $1 billion. the investment would value spacex at more than $10 billion. at this point, it is not clear what kind of stake google would have in the company. this would be google's latest to spread satellites to remote areas around the world. it is interesting to think so many people do not have access to the internet. >> i just want a good connection in my town. i don't care about the space station. >> i still have buffering. >> alison thank you. 13 minutes after the hour. happening now. dozens dead as fighting intensifyies in ukraine. russia again accused of fueling this fight. we are live with developments overnight right after the break.
chance joins us. >> reporter: good morning, john. that is right. a serious deterioration in the security situation around donetsk. that has been deployed by the international community to assess the situation. it comes after several days of fierce fighting between government forces from ukraine and pro-russian rebels that control large areas of eastern ukraine. much of the fighting as you mentioned, although spreading into the areas, much of the fighting has been focused on donetsk airport. it is a hub. it is devastated. there were stunning images broadcast a day or so ago from a drone that showed the devastation. this was a gleaming symbol of european/ukraine. it is in utter devastation. it is important which is why the fighting is taking place, it has
an airstrip which is potentially functioning and the rebels and government forces want to keep hold of it. we are seeing a lot of fighting in that area right now. that fighting is spreading out into other areas. both sides are accusing each other of violates the truce that was brokered in september. it is a dangerous situation. >> a lot of concern, matthew. both sides swirling out of control. thank you. 18 minutes after the hour. a formal indictment for christopher cornell, a man accused of plotting a terror attack at the capitol could come tomorrow. his plot was thwarted with the help of an informant. jury selection begins in the trial of james holmes. he is charged in the 2012 movie
theater massacre that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded. the process of seating a jury will be a lengthy one. prosecutors estimate there are 9,000 prospective jurors in the denver county. breaking overnight. a deadly bridge collapse stretching down a portion of 75 in cincinnati. the bridge gave out last night. not clear what caused it to happen. a construction worker is dead and truck driver suffered injuries. according to the cincinnati fire department, that information is released. we will give you updated developments when we receive them. a leg injury as protesters disrupted highway traffic chanting black lives matter. in san mateo, california, some protesters snarled traffic for
hours there. in new york, hundreds took part in a dream for justice march taking to the streets in harlem chanting racist cops have to go. snow is in the forecast for the mississippi valley today. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri for the look at the weather. >> good morning, john. welcome back. let's talk about the great lakes and upper midwest. snowshowers prevalent this morning. not way in the much of significant accumulation. the coldest time of the morning in the low 30s. in green bay down to 23 degrees. feels colder after the loss on sunday sunday. the south is the big story. warmth taking place. above average after a cold start to much of the southeast here. upper 60s in dallas. charleston at 67 degrees. we are following this disturbance with the piece that pushes to the northeast.
the big weather maker relatively speaking from wednesday night down to philly with significant accumulation in spots. depend on the trek. at most, 2 inches in philly. that is the weather maker we are tracking for you over the next couple days john. thank you, pedram javaheri. 21 minutes after the hour. thousands protesting the mysterious death of a prosecutor found dead after accusing his government of covering up a deadly terror attack. this is a fascinating intriguing and disturbing story. and now te gives you home security and control in a new and revolutionary way. introducing plug & protect from livewatch security, an easy to use wireless security system customized just for your home. control from any smartphone, tablet, or computer and monitored by professionals 24/7. go to livewatch.com to get plug & protect
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it sounds like the plot of a spy novel. that is making some people in argentina suspicious. hours before he was set to testify before a high level - cover up in a terrorism investigation, a prosecutor was found dead in his apartment under circumstances that suggested a suicide. this is a development that sparked huge protests across argentina. cnn international correspondent shasta darlington has the story. >> reporter: the prosecutor alberto nisman accused of covering up iran's role of the jewish center bombing years ago. he has now turned up dead. his detectives who were set to
protect him found his body hours before he was scheduled to appear before a committee in congress to talk about the allegations. they found his body in his bathroom. his body was blocking the door. they had to push it open. next to him was a.22-caliber shotgun and the shell casing. this is prompted some criminal analysts to say this is a suicide. a lot of opposition leaders and lawmakers are not buying that. the timing is too suspicious. many had conversations with nisman saturday about his testimony he would give. they want a thorough investigation. the agents only found his body after calls that nisman did not answer. they went to his door. he did not answer. they picked up his mother together and forced their way into the apartment and they found the body. nisman was appointed to investigate the bombing of the jewish center a decade ago. he has been doing it ever since then. in 2013 he came out and said he
believed and had proof that iran and hezbollah worked together to organize the bombing. iran denied any involvement. it was last week that he said that he believed the argentine president was trying to cover up the iran involvement. this is an event which is important in argentina's history. it marked relations back in 1994 when 80 people died in the attack and 300 injured. the investigation will turn from the bombing to the mysterious death. we are waiting for the results of the autopsy and phone tappings as well as camera footage. john. >> shasta darlington thank you. pope francis makes it official. the trip to the united states will include trips to new york and washington, d.c. announced with the previously scheduled trip to philadelphia.
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morning, a chilling new threat from isis. threatening to kill new hostages if their demands are not met. this as officials make a desperate push to stop terror in europe. leaders trying to figure out how to prevent future attacks. our live team coverage starts right now. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. 30 minutes past the hour. christine romans is off today. we have breaking news this morning. a chilling new isis video. threatening new hostages. this time it appears to be an attempt to extort $200 million from the japanese government. joining us with the story is
cnn's will ripley. good morning, will. >> reporter: john just within the past few minutes, japanese prime minister shinzo abe spoke about this. he expressed outrage and determination on the part of the japanese government to continue moving forward with the pledge made just two days ago to contribute $200 million u.s. in non military aid to fight isis. when the prime minister was questioned specifically about isis demand that japan now pay $200 million for the release of two citizens seen in the awful video posted on social media by isis. showing on the left kenji, a journalist. he posted in october he was in the middle east covering the conflict. on the right, haruna who disappeared in august. the owner of a private military company. the prime minister came up short and would not say whether there are negotiations to possibly
secure the release of these two men. here is what the isis video says. >> to the prime minister of japan, although you are more than 8,500 kilometers an away from this islamic state, you have willingly wanted to take part in the crusade. >> reporter: john the voice is believed to be jihadi john seen on tape executing two americans and two british citizens. now two japanese citizens kneeling between them. it appears that two citizens of this pacifist country in grave danger. >> will it is chilling to see the video. the man with the british accent some countries we know will pay ransom for hostages. the united states has not. what is the tradition in japan? >> reporter: japan has never officially paid a ransom to
secure the release of citizens. however, there have been reports speculation of some under the table deals. it is note worthy to point out would japan pay, he did not specifically answer that question. he stopped short of answering that question. went on to say the japanese government will do whatever it takes. however, a $200 million figure clearly that is not going to happen. we know in previous cases from other countries, smaller amounts have been necessitygotiated down. >> will our hearts go out to the families of the men in the video. happening this morning, authorities searching for the man they say is the ringleader of the terror cell raided by police in belgium last week. a man they say is linked to isis. a senior official says the man's name is abdelhamid abaaoud.
parliament investigation into the two alleged islamists arrested on friday. we have senior correspondent nic robertson joining us live from paris. operations and developments all over the continent, nic. >> reporter: indeed, john. the arrests in germany not linked to the immediate terror threat. it doesn't seem that they are stepping in to thwart some kind of major incident. the investigations just beginning. here in france more developments. the nine people who were held in police custody for questioning, five of them had been released last night following days of questioning. the four others, all young men in their 20s will appear before a magistrate in paris today.
that's when we are told we can expect to hear the details of the charges against them. so we will begin to learn a little more of what the police are beginning to understand about the attacks of two weeks ago, john. >> nic robertson in paris for us covering the developments. i appreciate you being with us. european officials scrambling to close loopholes in the terror attacks in europe. european foreign ministers have been meeting in brussels and floated a number of ideas of tracking or restricting the movements of terrorists in europe. many of those policies are in place in the united states. let's bring in ivan watson with the latest. >> reporter: this is the first meeting of the europe top diplomat since the deadly attacks of "charlie hebdo" in paris. a suspected belgium home grown
jihadi plot was raided by belgium police with the arrests and manhunt continuing. europe's top diplomat saying they have to coordinate more among themselves and with arab neighbors with the mediterranean sea. that includes speaking arabic. take a listen. >> i think we need to improve our capacity to speak arabic read arabic and explain to the arab speaking population our policies and also to listen to the messages that are coming from the arab world. >> reporter: john one of the measures they are proposing is to share more information about passengers on flights. their data. now that's a measure that has been proposed in the past. it has been blocked by the european parliament in defense of privacy of european citizens. diplomats have said they will bring it up again and hopefully push it there. >> these are happening in the
context of what is going on in frank and belgium and germany. the belgiums furiously seeking members of the terror cell they raided last week. there is a ringleader they believe is on the loose. what is the latest there? >> reporter: that's right. this is a belgium man of moroccan descent. he has been known with links to syria and isis. he hails from here. brussels. not only the capital of belgium, but the head of the european union. he was last tracke in greece. over the course of last weekend another individual arrest by greek police. we are not getting updates on where abaaoud may be. you recall the belgiums arrested
five suspects here in belgium. there are two more awaiting extradition in france and also this individual in greece who we're told is an algerian national. whether or not the belgiums can get their hands on him is the legal defense. if he resists extradition, it could take weeks for the belgiums to get him from greece back to belgium. john. >> ivan watson for us in brussels. thank you. new this morning, protests turning violent and deadly. demonstrate ors in niger were and angered over "charlie hebdo" killings. a cease-fire seems to be
holding this morning after fighting broke out near the presidential palace. this is part of the houthi insurgents to gain power. this would be a worrying issue for the officials. a power vacuum is benefits al qaeda in the arabian peninsula which has been using yemen as a base of operations. happening tonight is the state of the union address by the president. he will deliver this facing a new political environment. for the first time, he face ace congress completely in republican control, but a surging economy and slight bump in the poll numbers is bringing a fresh wave from the white house. jim acosta has the latest on the speech. >> reporter: the white house has shared much of the state of the
un union address in the past weeks, there is some surprises in store. the address will be filled with pitches like the tax breaks he is proposing for middle income earners. president would pay for the community college with taxes on the rich and fees from the banks. we are learning more that the white house is stating alan gross will be in the first lady's box. expect the president to defend his policy on cuba once again. white house officials say the president is feeling embolden with the economy recovering low gas prices and executive actions on cuba and immigration which have performed well in the polls. his approval ratings are ticking up. it is no surprise the state of the union message will be on the
road to red states for events in idaho and kansas later this week. >> thank you, jim. do not miss the state of the union here tonight on cnn. one man watching it on tv is senator harry reid who will not attend the speech. he suffered an accident a few weeks ago exercising. senate republicans are forging ahead with the bill to begin construction of the keystone oil pipeline. the battle over the $8 billion pipeline could drag on into february. the president has already promised to veto that bill. let's get an early look at our money right now. cnn's alison kosik has more on that. >> we are seeing green arrows. stocks overseas are higher. futures are higher here in the u.s. which we saw the markets close monday because of the martin luther king holiday. we are keeping our eye on oil prices. oil below $50 a barrel. china clocked in with the gdp
number. the economic growth continues to slow down. that is part of the reason we are seeing oil prices continue to fall because less demand for oil won't bring down a growing supply. saudi arabia is considered a key player in oil prices. it seems content to sit it out and let the market dictate supply and demand. 49 deaths linked to the faulty ignition switch by cars by gm. the initial was only 13. that included people who would be sitting in the front seats of the cars that were involved in the front-end crashes. this new number is reflecting anyone sitting in any seat in any car involved in a crash related to the defect. the change actually comes right ahead of the january 31st deadline to seek compensation for victims. we can imagine the number can grow of the people killed in the kinds of crashes as they sort of expand the criteria for the
it is not clear what caused it. the cincinnati fire department says the body of the construction worker has just been recovered. louisiana governor presidential hopeful bobby jindal is not backing down over the no go zones for non muslims in the united states and u.k. this is after fox news profusely apologized and issued a correction for the remarks that a commentator made last week. when pressed by our reporter he pressed immigrants assistance on non assimilation in non western countries and claimed the left wants to turn this into an attack on religion. watch this. >> look i heard from folks here our neighborhoods where women don't feel comfortable going in without veils. that is wrong. we know there are neighborhoods police are less likely to go
into the neighborhoods. >> you need proper facts to back that up. i lived here a long time. i don't know of no go zones. >> i said so-called no go zones. the left wants to pretend like this problem is not here. >> a spokesperson says it is very surprised, shocked and disappointed by governor jindal's remarks, especially after fox news apologized. a formal indictment for chris cornell, the man accused of plotting an attack at the u.s. capitol could come tomorrow. cornell is being held without bond after the arrest last week. cornell was on the fbi radar for months. alleged plot to detonate bombs at the capitol was thwarted with the help of an informant. james holmes trial is expected to begin today. he is charged in the movie theater massacre in 2012 that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.
the process of seating a jury will be a lengthy one. this morning, a software executive, his wife and four children unaccounted for after a fire destroyed the mansion in annapolis, maryland. firefighters have not been able to search the wreckage. there is no evidence the fire was deliberately set. the cause is under investigation. a day of protests. some turned violent on the birthday of dr. martin luther king jr. in seattle, six people arrested and a police officer suffer aid leg injury as protesters disrupted a march while chanting black lives matter. in california traffic was snarled for two hours. in new york hundreds took part in a dream for justice march in harlem chanting racist cops have
to go. virginia governor is hospitalized this morning getting treatment after a horse riding accident last month. mcauliffe was vacation with his family and broken ribs. he was admitted to the hospital on monday because of the increase of fluid around his lungs. the procedure to drain the lungs was successful. he is expected to return to work in the next few days. tom brady thinks this next story is a joke but the team says it will cooperate fully with the nfl investigation with the team intentionally deflating footballs over the win over the colts on sunday. under inflated footballs can be easier to catch in lousy weather conditions. they could face a fine and possibly lose draft picks in the league determines the weight of
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the ukraine prime minister claims russia has quote transferred military forces and equipment into his country. the prime minister lists a number of tanks and rocket systems which are not sold at local street markets in donetsk. let's go to moscow right now and matthew chance joins us. matthew, what are the russians saying about this? >> reporter: they are denying it. they are denying any military hardware has crossed the border from russia to ukraine. accusations like this since the conflict began a year ago. russia has denied them along with the accusations of the regular forces fighting alongside the pro-russian rebels in ukraine. there have been allegations in the 24 hours that several hundred russian soldiers crossed the border to fight along side the pro-russian rebels.
that has been called insinuation by the kremlin. they are not admitting to any of these allegations that are being put to them by the ukrainians. what we definitely are seeing john is an upsurge in fighting in eastern ukraine. particularly the airport at donetsk. it represents the symbol of industrial output in eastern ukraine. it is strategically important because it has an airstrips and both sides want it. they are fighting to the death to control it. >> you get the sense both sides think the situation is spiraling out of control. matthew chance in moscow. thank you. a few minutes before the hour. the number of deaths died to the faulty gm ignition switches is rising as the deadline to file claims is looming. alison kosik is bringing us an early start on our money next.
reportedly it is set to keep short-term interest rates until later this year. they have been near zero since late 2008. the fed meets next week. no big moves are expected. once again, not until june. long-term rates could go down over worries from investors about weak global growth and falling oil prices. the death toll linked to the faulty switches by gm is taking an increase to 49 deaths. it was originally 13. the new numbers reflects anyone in the car related to the crash related to the defect. it could mean more claims. there is a january 31st deadline to seek compensation. the wealthiest 1% is expected to own more than anyone else on earth by next year.
ox-fam estimates it will have as much wealth as the other 99% combined by 2016. that is the biggest inequality gap seen in years. this comes as the president is unveiling proposals for tax breaks on the wealthy in the state of the union address. sure to be a crowd pleaser for some not others. >> a political non starter. alison kosik, thank you. "early start" continues right now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> the breaking news this morning, a chilling new threat from isis releasing a new video overnight. that as the manhunt in europe intensifies for a terror cell leader. we'll tell you how european leaders are trying to stop terror at home. live team coverage starts right now. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman.
it is tuesday, january 20th. christine romans is off this morning. the breaking news is a chilling new video from isis threatening new hostages. this time it appears an attempt to extort $200 million from the japanese government. we want to get to the latest on this. let's bring in cnn's will ripley. good morning, will. >> reporter: john this is really devastating news for japan which is a pacifist country. for the prime minister shinzo abe in the middle east right now. just two days ago in a diplomatic push and push to bring japan into a major role on the global stage announcing $200 million in aid to help fight isis. two days later, isis comes out with the video on social media essentially telling japan all right, now we are going to charge you $200 million or take the lives of two of your citizens.