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U.S. Embassy Opening in Jerusalem; New Bombings in Surabaya; Terror Attack in Paris; Royal Wedding Countdown; Flagrant and Hostile Act by America: Palestine Reacts to U.S. Embassy Move; American Bishop To Give The Address At The Service; Prince Harry, Meghan Markle To Break With Tradition; New Details For Prince Harry & Meghan's Big Day. 2-3a ET
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[02:00:13] BECKY ANDERSON, CNN ANCHOR: In just a matter of hours, the United States will break with decades of policy and tradition, officially opening its embassy in Jerusalem. I am Becky Anderson in Jerusalem where we have special coverage for you.
GEORGE HOWELL, CNN, ANCHOR: And I am George Howell live in Atlanta. Welcome to our viewers here is in the United States and around the world. Other stories we're following for you this hour. That, the roar of lava spewing into the air on Hawaii's big island, a new fissure has opened up, posing a new threat and causing new evacuations., plus, this is the week Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot. We take you live to Windsor to see how people are marking the occasion.
HOWELL: With a beer.
ANDERSON: It is 9:00 a.m. here in Jerusalem, where a new era is set to begin in just a few hours. The U.S. will open the doors on its new embassy here, relocated from Tel Aviv. Now, U.S. President, Donald Trump announced the move last year, officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. His daughter, Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner will join Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu for the opening.
Mr. Trump will appear in a prerecorded message, but not everybody is celebrating the move.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, no, Trump! No, no, Trump!
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ANDERSON: Palestinians are planning a day of protests. Jerusalem is a holy city to them as well, and they say recognizing it as Israel's capital undermines their claim. They say the U.S. decision disqualifies Washington as an impartial broker in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. And they are getting support from Turkey's President. Recep Tayyip Erdogan says, "Jerusalem, especially east " Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine. We know this in an Islamic world." That is a stark contrast to comments from Israel's Prime Minister.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can't base peace on a foundation of lies. You base peace on the foundations of truth. And the truth is that not only has Jerusalem been the capital of the Jewish people for millennium and the capital of our state from its inception. The truth is that under any peace agreement you could possibly imagine, Jerusalem will remain Israel's capital.
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ANDERSON: Well, CNN's Oren Liebermann here with me in Jerusalem is already here with me in Jerusalem on what is the start of what can only be described as a politically charged week, Oren.
OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN, CORRESPONDENT: For so many different reasons, with so many different days, and so many different flash points that began yesterday with Jerusalem Day, which if that were the only event this week, it would already be politically charged. It involves what Israel celebrates as the reunification and what they consider the reunification of the old city of Jerusalem here behind us and the city around it.
A parade of Israeli Jews, a provocative parade in my ways through the old quarter of the old city that leads into today. (Inaudible) in honor of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel, that also coincides Palestinians with a day that Palestinians consider the catastrophe of the (Inaudible) state of Israel when 750,000 Palestinians were fled or expelled.
And on top of all of that, it's also the beginning of the month of Ramadan this week, which is just one more reason that this entire week is charged, sensitive, volatile. For Israel, though, there is no doubt. This week is a celebration.
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LIEBERMANN: Israel recently marked its 70th birthday with celebrations and speeches. Among the reasons for the Israeli leaders to celebrate was this.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are delighted with President Trump's decision to move the embassy here. It says a simple thing. Peace must be based on truth.
LIEBERMANN: But why is this such a big deal? Israel has always seen Jerusalem as its capital city. Why not the rest of the world? A bit of history here, Israel was established in 1948. Jerusalem was a split city between Israel and Jordan for nearly two decades after that until 1967, when Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the west bank.
When Israel annexed east Jerusalem in 1980, countries pulled their embassies out of the city in protest. That's because east Jerusalem is supposed to be the capital of a future Palestinian state. The U.S., meanwhile, had its embassy in Tel Aviv. In 1995, the U.S. passed a law requiring the country to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
[02:05:04] But every President since then, Republican and Democrat, has waived the move, citing national security concerns. President Donald Trump promised during his campaign to move the embassy, a promise he kept in December.
DONALD TRUMP, UNITED STATES PRESIDENT: But today we finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.
LIEBERMANN: So where will the new embassy be located? Right here behind me in what is now the U.S. Office for Consular Services. This is where you would come to renew a passport or apply for a visa. The building itself sits right next to the green line, which delineates east from west Jerusalem. It sits firmly in west Jerusalem, but an expansion of the building can make it the embassy in no-man's land, which is a sort of buffer zone between east and west Jerusalem.
It holds very little practical significance in terms of modern day Jerusalem. And yet, that zone retains incredible political importance. The mayor of Jerusalem celebrated the official opening by posting the new road signs.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It sends a very, very clear message to the Jerusalemites and others the intention and the back and the support Israel has in the sovereignty of the city of Jerusalem.
LIEBERMANN: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said more countries were looking at moving their embassies to Jerusalem as well. So far, only Guatemala and Paraguay have committed to taking that step.
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LIEBERMANN: Netanyahu has tried to build a momentum of the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem, trying to get other countries to do the same as well. So far, it is only Paraguay and Guatemala. Guatemala will do so in a couple days, Paraguay later this month. (Inaudible) it's worth noting those are two countries with very large evangelical Christian populations. So you get some idea perhaps why they decided to go that route.
ANDERSON: Joining us is David Horowitz, the Founding Editor of the Times of Israel and the former editor of the Jerusalem Post. David, John Bolton, the new U.S. Security Adviser echoing many in the Trump administration, when he says recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital makes peace easier, point is we have no details on that U.S. peace plan.
And given the timing, this highly politically charged week, it is understandable Palestinians will say this embassy open simply rubs salt into the wound.
DAVID HOROWITZ, TIMES OF ISRAEL, FOUNDING EDITOR: No doubt Palestinians are very unhappy about this, and that the American administration, including interestingly President Obama's former ambassador, are saying this was overdue, this is recognizing reality. And it's true that it's only a couple of countries that have sort of followed the lead.
But last night, for example, Netanyahu, the foreign minister had a big reception to mark this event. Several European ambassadors, including E.U. representatives were, there, something like 30 countries coming. The Israel President, Mr. Rivlin said that this diplomatic blockade on Jerusalem's as Israel's capital has been broken.
And the argument that the Americans and the Israelis and make about this, promoting pieces, well, it's recognizing a reality and now let's move forward. And they also say, and Trump said when he announced that he was recognizing Jerusalem in December as Israel's capital, this does not close the final status of the city, still to be negotiated.
ANDERSON: Oren, that would be easier for Palestinians to take, perhaps, were it not that the U.S. ambassador here and former lawyer to Donald Trump has said there has been no give and take with the Israelis on the opening of this embassy. There was talk when we first heard about this decision back at the end of last year, that Trump had elicited some sort of concession from the Israelis.
But again, I put it to you. Without any details on Jared Kushner's plan for Middle East peace, it is understandable that the Palestinians are absolutely furious about this and see the U.S. as a dishonest broker.
LIEBERMANN: Of course. The status of the city recognizing as the capital of an Israel or a Palestine was supposed at the end. You weren't supposed to do that. The U.S., the international community weren't supposed to do that until the end of negotiations. So first, to do that before negotiations have even begun to appear was offensive to the Palestinians.
And then to do it without some give and take, without an acknowledgment that yes, we've just recognized that Jerusalem was Israel's capital. We intend to perhaps recognize east Jerusalem or part of east Jerusalem as Palestinian's capital. That's what made them furious. And since then, since just a few weeks after that announcement, if not days, they have written off the Americans as arbiters.
They have essentially frozen contact with the Trump administration. One of the big problems for them is that almost every other party the E.U., Russia has said the U.S. has to play a role. They're simply too big of a player to suddenly just cut them out of a process.
[02:09:56] ANDERSON: And they appear to be playing a role. Many analysts will say, and experts around this region will say, alongside Israel and a Saudi-led alliance of Arab countries, notwithstanding the noise the Jordanians have made about the move of this embassy and in the wider Middle East, the voice of -- as it were, the Muslim nation from Turkey.
We are seeing what feels like the reorder of the Middle East. It feels like the order of the Middle East is at stake. Given the decision, David, on the Iran deal by President Trump, the issues that we have now seen over the past week between Iran and Israel, where are we at this point?
LIEBERMANN: This is a potentially incendiary moment, but I would distinguish. I think there is Iran. Iran is seen as a threat by countries like Israel for sure, by the Saudis as well. That's why you see some alliances springing forward. And that's why you also see, you're right, they're the Saudis sort of aligning themselves a little more with Israel with the United States for sure and trying to prod the Palestinians in that direction.
The Palestinians are saying, no we want nothing to do with this, to the point where the Americans haven't even unveiled their peace plan, because they don't want it immediately rejected. So the Palestinians at the moment are very, very upset. But they're also not talking. They don't have anything to do with this. The Americans, the Israelis would say well, that's not terribly helpful for them.
Trump said, after he announced that truce and the move, he said the Israelis have given something, have got something. Now we want the Israelis to give something to the Palestinians. They can't do that if the Palestinians are not prepared to talk. The Americans, the Israelis, the Saudis would say to the Palestinians that's not productive. You're not helping yourselves. The Israelis got something. You should be at the table. What are you going get? And Abbas is saying no.
ANDERSON: The Palestinian streak here. That is the position that the P.A. Leader is in Mahmoud Abbas.
LIEBERMANN: The Palestinian leadership, but also to some idea shapes the Palestinian street. It's not only in one direction.
ANDERSON: With that, we'll leave it that for the time being. This is a story we will continue to cover of course in depth here on CNN all day today. On Sunday, I spoke with (Inaudible), who describes herself as a Palestinian Jerusalemite. She wrote an essay about her identity and the plight of Palestinians that got her accepted to Georgetown University in Washington. She is 17 1/2 at the moment. Have a listen to this.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I spoke about myself, how I identify who I am as a Jerusalemite and how I feel connected to the city. The city that I am connected with is now basically becoming Israeli. I felt really bad about that.
ANDERSON: Read us just a little bit about the essay, if you will.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. As I was filling out this application, I read Israel was (Inaudible). I panicked while looking at my options because they had not seemed like options to me. They appeared more like statements. I would never call myself Israeli. I do not carry a Palestinian ID. And while I am too patriotic to say other, even my temper (Inaudible) cannot help me at this point.
Being stateless is grueling. (Inaudible) trying to fit the politically complex situation into a seemingly in-complex question, where are you from?
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ANDERSON: The voice of (Inaudible), 17 1/2 self-described Palestinian Jerusalemite. That is the latest here from here, Jerusalem, the time being, at least, George, back to you in Atlanta.
HOWELL: Becky, thank you. Of course, we'll stay in touch with you as you continue to cover the story from Jerusalem for us. Still ahead this hour, another day of terror in Indonesia, what we know about the latest attack and shocking new details about Sunday's bombings as CNN Newsroom continues.
[02:15:00] HOWELL: Welcome back to CNN Newsroom. I am George Howell. We're following developments out of Indonesia, where just hours ago, a new bomb attack rocked the city of Surabaya. That is the same city hit by deadly church bombings that took place on Sunday. At least four police officers and six civilians were wounded in the latest blasts.
An official says four suicide bombers on two motor bikes struck outside of a police station. All this comes after at least seven people were killed by suicide bombers on Sunday. Their targets were three Christian churches. And what we're learning about those suicide bombers is shocking to say the least.
An official says they were husband and wife. Police say they used their own children to help them carry out the blasts. CNN's Pauline Chiou reports.
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PAULINE CHIOU, CNN, CORRESPONDENT: Shock, confusion, and horror, a series of suicide bombings Sunday morning targeting three Christian churches in Indonesia's second largest city, carried out within minutes of each other by six members of the same family with suspected links to ISIS in Indonesia. Worshippers at Santa Maria Catholic Church, the Indonesian Christian church, and the Pentecost Central Church in Surabaya run in disbelief, ushered by police, amid scattered debris, as more people are reported dead or injured.
They are doing mass and my husband was receiving guests. He opened the doors. He's injured really badly. This CCTV footage captured one of the suicide bombers riding a motorcycle before detonating his explosives. According to police, the father drove a van with his wife and two daughters, aged 12 and 9. He dropped them off at one of the churches where they detonated a bomb inside. He then drove to the next church and detonated his bomb in front of the building.
[02:19:51] At the same time, the two sons blew up their bombs while riding motorcycles at the third church. ISIS' media wing, (Inaudible), claimed responsibility for the blasts, describing them as martyrdom attacks without providing any proof to substantiate the claim. The predominantly Muslim country has long struggled with domestic terrorist groups.
Particularly the Al Qaeda affiliated Jemaah Islamiyah, which has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks between 2000 and 2010, including the deadly 2002 Bali bombings, which left more than 200 people dead. In recent years, the Asian nation has been fighting against radical extremism as ISIS attempts to recruit new members.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The country's apparatus will not let this kind of cowardice be allowed. I am calling for all layers of the public to fight terrorism, to fight radicalism, which are against the values of religion, our national values of the nations which upholds the value of god and diversity.
CHIOU: Pauline Chiou, CNN.
HOWELL: Pauline, thank you for the report. Now to the Iran nuclear deal, Iran's President says that Europe has a limited amount of time to preserve that agreement. President Hassan Rouhani says that Iran will remain committed to the accord, just so long as its interests are ensured. But there is opposition to that from hard liners.
In the meantime, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif continues his international tour, trying to convince other signatories to keep the agreement despite the United States backing out. His next stop after Beijing is Moscow. U.S. President Donald Trump reinforced his opposition on Twitter, saying this. Remember how badly Iran was behaving with the Iran deal in place?
They were trying to take over the Middle East by whatever means necessary. Now that will not happen. And the U.S. National Security Adviser, John Bolton telling CNN's Jake Tapper, European firms that do business with Iran could possibly face sanctions. Listen.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: President Trump said this week that quote, any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States. Is the United States going to sanction European companies that do business with Iran?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think the issue here is what the Europeans are going to do. If they're going to see that it's not in their interest to stay in the deal, we're going to have to watch what the Iranians do. They'd love to say in the deal. Why shouldn't they? They got everything they wanted from the Obama administration. But I think the Europeans will see that it's in their interests ultimately to come along with us.
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HOWELL: CNN Correspondent covering every angle of this story. We have our Fred Pleitgen standing by in Tehran, Iran. But first, Matthew Chance following the story live for us in Moscow this hour. Matthew, with Javad Zarif's visit to Moscow, it again puts Russia in a position to be a power broker in the Middle East and even work closer with European nations that are at odds with the U.S. decision to back out of this deal.
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN, CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, it does. It's a very unusual position, I suppose for Russia, because we've been used to seeing it on the other side of the political divide from much of the west. It's still on the other side of course, when it comes to the United States because Russia is one of the signatories of the Iran nuclear deal.
It still backs it strongly. And it's working now it seems alongside its European partners, as it would call them to try and salvage whatever aspects of the deal that it can. And you're right. Russia occupies a unique position when it comes to Iran as well. Because it is -- has very good friendly relations with Iran beyond the nuclear deal.
It's fighting side by side with Iran and Syria to support their joint ally Bashar Al Assad of Syria. It exercises a certain amount of leverage over Iran as well. And so what that means for Russia is that it could be the broker to encourage Iran to stay within the framework of the nuclear deal. And that would be a diplomatic coup when it comes to its relationship with the Europeans. The Europeans dependent in many upon Russia now to keep Iran inside that deal, George.
HOWELL: Certainly interesting. It comes down to the question, Matthew, can the deal even be salvaged, Matthew, thank you for the reporting. Now let's cross over to our colleague, Fred Pleitgen live in Tehran. Fred, the Iranian President, again, he made it clear Europe has a limited amount of time here to deep this deal alive, to keep Iran in it.
So the pressure is on. But Iran wants this deal because it means investment. Is there just as much concern there that with U.S. sanctions, that the bite will keep business away regardless of what happens with this deal?
FRED PLEITGEN, CNN, CORRESPONDENT: Yeah. Well, I think absolutely that there is a great deal of concern about the Iranian economy. I think you're absolutely right, that the Iranians do want to keep this deal. It's quite interesting to see right now the sort of power dynamic that we have here in this country between the hardliners and the moderates.
[02:24:54] It's not like they're going against each other at this point in time or have different positions. If you look at Iran's supreme leader, he said look, he doesn't trust the Europeans to keep this deal alive. But he also says it is worth giving a shot. Meanwhile, the moderate President Hassan Rouhani also says Iran wants to stay in the deal, but it has to be the case that Iran's interests will be preserved by any deal going forward that would mean that investment by European companies needs to be something that would not be sanctioned by the United States, or that would not lead to sanctions by the United States.
There are of course different factions, like for instance, the revolutionary guard, the leader of that (Inaudible), a major general, he came out and said he believes Iran should go back to what they call the resistance economy, which is not necessarily closing itself off, but trying to produce as many goods as possible by themselves.
The revolutionary guard of course, owns a lot of the businesses here in Iran. So that would certainly strengthen them as well. So there is a little bit of political wrangling. But by and large, the two major factions really seem to be in lockstep going forward. However, they say everything now depends on the Europeans.
And that's why the trip by Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister, is so very important. Basically, what the Iranians are asking the Europeans to do is go against the United States. They say, look, make sure that your companies do not suffer if the U.S. tries to go hit back at them. And that way, you can stay in the deal.
They need to make sure that investment can come into Iran without European companies being afraid to do that. Are the Europeans going to be able to do that? It's going to be very, very difficult to see. Certainly, it is a tall order. However, if you look at some of the statements that came out this morning by the German Foreign Minister, by the Brits, in the past also by the French, they say yes, we want to maintain this deal.
We're committed to this deal. But now they have to show, at least from the Iranian perspective, that they are really willing to do that, and also willing to, as the Iranians put it, stand up to the United States. So that's certainly going to be a pretty tall order for Javad Zarif, as he visits especially Brussels tomorrow.
Today, this trip to Russia is a very important one for him. The big one, though, in Brussels tomorrow where he meets with representatives of the U.K., France, and Germany that is certainly going to be a key date that we're also really looking forward to as well, George.
HOWELL: Very interesting. Those are the intentions, as you point out, laid out by these European leaders. But the question, how does all of that play out in the long run? Fred Pleitgen live for us in Tehran, Iran. Thank you for the reporting. You're watching CNN Newsroom, and still ahead, ahead of historic talks between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un, North Korea plans to dismantle its nuclear testing sites. We'll tell you about that.
Plus, India gets tough with its efforts to stop an epidemic of rape? But will that be enough? CNN is live in India on that story, ahead.
[02:31:01] GEORGE HOWELL, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Welcome back to our viewers here in the United States and around the world. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM. Thank you so much for being with us. I'm George Howell with the headlines we're following for you this hour. Palestinian leaders are calling for a day of protest this after the United States prepares to open its new embassy in Jerusalem. The U.S. President Donald Trump announced the move last year recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinians say that undermines the chain and the city. An Indonesian official says there's been another suicide attack. At least four police officers and six civilians have been wounded by bombers outside a police station in Surabaya. That's the same city where suicide attacks hit three Christian churches on Sunday. At least seven people were killed in Sunday's attacks. The President of Iran Hassan Rouhani says that Europe has a limited amount of time to preserve the Iran nuclear deal after the United States back out of it. Iran's Foreign Minister is now in Moscow after his stop his Beijing.
He's on an international tour to try to convince other signatories to keep the agreement alive. President Trump vowing to save Chinese jobs after his own administration sanctioned a Chinese smartphone maker. He tweeted he's working to get ZTE back into business after it halted operations. The U.S. Democratic Congressman tweeted back saying, intelligence agencies have warned that ZTE technology poses a cybersecurity threat. Top White House officials are predicting a prosperous future for North Korea this if it pursues complete denuclearization. And later this month, Pyongyang plans to hold a ceremony to dismantle its nuclear testing sites. CNN's Ivan Watson has been following this story and joins us live now from Seoul, South Korea. Ivan, international journalists will be invited into North Korea to see what happens. That is surely significant but hasn't something like that happened before?
IVAN WATSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes. It's unprecedented for this actually. I mean in this case what the North Korean Foreign Ministry has done is organizing this around the 23rd, the 25th of May roughly a couple of weeks before the June 12th summit between President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and it says that the Punggye-ri nuclear testing facility which is in this mountain in the north of North Korea that a tunnel that have been used to bring the nuclear bombs into the mountain for testing in the past most recently September of last year that they'll be demolish and there will be international witnesses journalists from five different countries to see that happen and, yes, there has been precedent for that. In fact, almost 10 years ago exactly this month June of 2008, North Korea invited CNN, a U.S. diplomatic envoy to witness the demolition of a water-cooling tower in another facility that was used for plutonium enrichment. This was Yongbyon blew that tower up at a point of negotiations over its nuclear weapons program. And then unfortunately, the negotiations deteriorated and within a year of that ceremony, North Korea conducted another nuclear test, George.
HOWELL: Ivan, so is North Korea making gestures of goodwill ahead of the summit? We're getting to see, you know, what they plan to offer, but now, we're also seeing what the United States may offer in return. Tell us more about what you're hearing.
WATSON: Yes. That's one of the big questions. What is the U.S. going to give North Korea in exchange for giving up the nuclear weapons program that has invested so much money, and time, and effort into? Well, we heard from some senior Trump administration officials on the Sunday U.S. political talk shows including the new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who's meet twice now face to face with Kim Jong-un and he was suggesting that the U.S. could offer some sanctions relief that it could offer some security guarantees to the Kim regime and also help economically but not, he made clear in the form of financial assistance. Take a listen to how he described it.
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MIKE POMPEO, UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE: This will be Americans coming in private sector Americans, not the U.S. taxpayer, private sector Americans coming in to help build out the energy grid that need enormous amounts of electricity in North Korea to work with them to develop infrastructure, all the things that the North Korean people need, the capacity for American agricultural to support North Koreans so they can eat meat and have healthy lives. Those are the kind of things that if we get what it is the president has demanded the complete verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of North Korea that the American people will offer in spades.
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WATSON: George, it's kind of hard to believe American companies flooding into the hermit kingdom to invest and help with the economy. On the other hand, I think very few of us could have predicted that the diplomatic relations would have gotten to this point just a few weeks ago, a month ago a summit between a U.S. and North Korean leader, George.
HOWELL: It is -- it is certainly significant. We'll have to see of course how this comes together. Ivan Watson live for us in Seoul, South Korea. Thank you for the reporting. Taking you now to India, a horrific pattern is starting to raise concerns. Another teenage girl allegedly raped and set on fire. This is the third attack of this kind reported this month alone. Our Senior International Correspondent Sam Kiley is following the story live in Southern India. Sam, what more are you learning from authorities about this case?
SAM KILEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, George, in this case, there are two people who've been arrested, a cousin and somebody else from the village. They have denied any connection with this brutal rape and murder. The child who survived initially being burned died after it is understood. In fact, we understand from the family speaking to her brother and actually identifying her assailant. Nonetheless, that is now in the hands of the police. The Indian authorities would say this is a sign that they are moving now much faster to deal with what is considered partly epidemic or perhaps endemic to India this problem with sexual violence. We crisscross the country taking a look at this issue and this is our report.
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KILEY: This woman's daughter was allegedly raped and murdered a few days ago. The child had been locked in her own home. Her brother found her bound, and gagged, and aflame in this back room. She was 16. The third child allegedly burned and raped in India in a week. One died and another was hospitalized in almost identical alleged attacks in Jharkhand Province 800 miles away. But outrage over but while some have called an epidemic of violent sex crimes first boiled over this year in January in Jammu, a thousand miles north. The child was held here in the village temple dedicated to the Hindu God of Ram. She was held for several days. She was drugged. She was tortured and she was raped by several men and she was eight years old. The child was a Muslim. Her body was found not far down this jungle trek. (END VIDEO CLIP)
KILEY: The accused in this case have denied all of the allegations against them. But the victim lies buried here in an unmarked grave. To many, she's just yet another victim of a vicious sexual hate crime. But to others, she's a symbol of something more rotten in the body of India.
KILEY: Hindu Muslim tensions over the death of the child mean Muslims have been leaving the area.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (via translator): There's a mob standing everywhere in India waiting for a signal to attack Muslims. They think we'll deal with the (INAUDIBLE) since later. No one is held accountable.
KILEY: Human rights groups are blaming the government and the ruling party.
KAVITA KRISHNAN, SECRETARY, ALL INDIA PROGRESSIVE WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION: I squarely hold the Government of India responsible. The ruling party responsible for creating an Islamophobic and (INAUDIBLE) climate that justifies acts of sexual violence and other forms of violence against this minority.
KILEY: India's government has scrambled to react to public outrage over the attacks on Muslims and Dalit's, so-called Untouchables. Minister, what efforts are the Indian government and its agencies working to try to put an end which critics would say is an epidemic of sexual violence, an epidemic of rape?
[02:40:03] RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD, INDIAN LAW AND JUSTICE MINISTER: There was a commotion in the country and we just followed that, and today, we have chained the law by an ordinance if under 12 years, you'll be given death penalty. If it were a gang rape, you'll be given a death penalty and your life imprisonment shall be for the whole of the life. What is important is I must be very honest to you, we have to improve our conviction more. We have to fast-track our investigation more. We have to synthesize the entire nationally of the living justice to be more alarmed to this challenge.
KILEY: In 2012, just under 25,000 women were reported rape in India. That figure according to government statistics jumped to about 40,000 in 2016 revealing perhaps the scale of a long-standing problem. Are you all from this town or nearby? This group has survived is in their families from the small town of Bharatpur four hours from Delhi. In almost every case they allege, the rapist were from higher cast and that after reporting the assaults, they had been subjected to brutal intimidation to drop the charges. One, two, three. You have to be strong to survive and attack, brave to report it, and especially, if you're untouchable.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (via translator): A knife was held to her throat by her high cast rapist. He was jailed after she got legal help here. She says that since the conviction, there have been attempts to destroy her house and her crops have been uprooted, her husband and his brothers frequently abducted and beaten. They called me a whore she says.
KILEY: Now, the introduction of special courts, the introduction of a death penalty for the rape and murder of anybody under the age of 12 and a wide range of forensic and also national computerization efforts, the Indian government are saying is going to try to deal with what they admit has been something for a response driven largely by public outrage over these crimes here in India perhaps finally the country on the mend, George.
HOWELL: Very sobering story. Sam Kiley live for us. Sam, thank you for the report. We'll keep in touch with you. Many people visit Hawaii in order to relax. But for the last two weeks, life has any -- been anything but relaxing there.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is almost like a slow-motion train wreck.
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HOWELL: Just ahead how the Kilauea Volcano smoke and lava is affecting Hawaii.
[02:45:50] HOWELL: New volcanic fissures had opened up on the Big Island of Hawaii. This one erupted Sunday morning and was several hundred meters long and spewing the lava high into the air. The eruption forced more residents to try to escape their homes. Our Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri is following it live in the National Weather Center, Pedram?
PEDRAM JAVAHERI, CNN INTERNATIONAL METEOROLOGIST: Yes, George, this is a -- how the professional be a very serious situation over the next couple of weeks. And, of course, we go all seen the images here of the Kilauea Volcano when it comes the main area of interest right there at the main chamber of energy where we had an eruptions at place.
But many, many miles away, you take a look at what's been happening. In the green triangles here, indicative of features that have opened up. The fact the vast majority of them near the Leilani Estates have had the large skilled actions.
But notice, just a bit east of it, in the past several days now, some of the newest fissures have come just to the east of this region. Yellow area is indicative of that east rift zone. So, we know this is expanding farther and farther downstream these east of rift area.
And, of course, the roads have a close in this particular region, the evacuation zone has been in place as well, but fascinating drone imagery here looking right into the volcano, the chamber itself and you notice it is rather void of any magma.
The lava that would be coming to the surface here, in fact, that wasn't the case a couple of weeks ago. The lava lake was really -- right at the summit here on April 23rd, and you see the gradual drop in the beginning portion of May, one's you worst ways to the six is on another couple meters drop back into the 7th of May. You see it's finally beginning to turn off, exit the picture.
At this point, when you take a look at a cross-section of what's been happening here, the lava itself, of the magma has now dropped down some 300 meters beneath the surface. The water table sits at roughly 450 meters beneath the surface, and that is a critical, critical component here. Because officials -- they're talking about this, they're looking exactly how things are playing out across this region. We know if this magma begins to reach the water table, of course, we have a lot of tension go. A lot of gasps -- you know the debris something wedge down on this narrow chamber, as well, George.
So, with all this said, we know an eruption could be imminent, it could be an explosive one. The folders that would be admitted has happened in 1924 across the street in George. And we have boulders the size of trucks. Plus, the 20 kilometers away from this very volcano. Of course, now we know why the evacuations also been extended so far away because it's a very imminent threat here, is the level C trapping.
HOWELL: All right, we'll keep in touch with you Pedram. Thank you.
JAVAHERI: Thank you.
HOWELL: Coming up, we've got new details on the big day for Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Go live the winter England, stay with us.
IT FEELS LIKE.
[02:50:28] JAVAHERI: Well, after a few days of very quiet weather across the United States, it is an entirely different story, big time heat. Into the Southern U.S., records and were set across the region also watches some tremendous rainfall, and of course, severe weather, as well, back into the plane.
But, here is what's happening at their coast forces of orders. There is a disturbance, you're sitting on the Western periphery of the State that is pumping in tremendous amount of moisture. In fact, the National Hurricane Center watching this care for you, 30 percent chance. This good for only the next couple of days into a tropical system, of course, hurricane season.
A couple of weeks away but you notice, regardless of what it does we did also produce tremendous rainfall in an area that frankly needs some of his rainfalls. We're going to watch that carefully as we could see some localized flooding take place across that region. To the Midwestern U.S., we go Kansas City to Chicago, semi-bumpy flight. Certainly is during the next 24 hours, maybe some delays, as well.
Chicago at 27, Winnipeg a stunning afternoon. Well-deserved 22 degree there in Montreal warms up nicely to about 24. While in the south, we talk about the heavy rainfall working its way into the forecast, we'll notice this. Atlanta's record taps dropped off sharply back to seasonal values of the expensive a lot of rainfall over the next couple of days while back toward the Western US, another heat wave across the Northwestern United States there, and Seattle, around 30 degrees. Belize City, 32, Mexico City remains dry, highs around 27.
HOWELL: Five days away from the wedding of the year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will break from Royal custom. We'll have the head of the Episcopal Church and American Bishop give the address at the service traditionally it's done by senior clergy from the Church of England.
To discuss all things royal wedding, CNN Producer Anna Stewart is live in Windsor, England with us. Anna, we are down this days away.
ANNA STEWART, CNN PRODUCER: Yes, we are T minus five days, George. And behind me, you can see Windsor Castle where it will all take place. There just thing that the queens (INAUDIBLE), but she means she's home, and they got overseeing all those last minute preparations.
That's behind the castle walls, it sink toward the chapel where the couple were actually say their vows and got married. And although the city reckoned is quite quit right now. You know, from Saturday, we are expecting tens of thousands of business just flocked in. And that's going to be in big business for the town. All the shocks and (INAUDIBLE) they're ready.
And last week, I went to visit, one, very special brewery that's made a very special point, take a look.
STEWART: If Pellets fit for prince and princess, to Windsor Knot, a of royal tipple brewed steps away from the castle, make some barley grown to majesty's farm with West Coast American hops.
WILL CALVERT, DIRECTOR, WINDSOR AND ETON BREWERY: And so, we like to thank that its Windsor all farm barley marrying one's of U.S. hops, you know.
CALVERT: Meghan-Harry. And it happened also to be a fantastic beer.
STEWART: The beer is new but the idea is not. The brewery actually processed a different beer for the last royal wedding, also called the Windsor Knot.
CALVERT: And this is the very last brew we produce of it which can still make the purpose in time of the great day.
STEWART: This is going to be ready for the day?
CALVERT: It's absolutely.
STEWART: This is a lot minute brew, let's have a smell.
CALVERT: This is -- this is going to be in (INAUDIBLE) on that day. You can see its finish fermenting now, but it smells a beer and it looks like beer, you cannot get it.
STEWART: It's now ready to me.
CALVERT: You're lovely, yes.
STEWART: And this puree is ready, it's brewed around 91,000 points for special royal wedding beer. And while this is in quite a royal carriage, some of that isn't (INAUDIBLE) quite shy a horse.
The horses also make a knots of the couple's groups. Roger Cler, is part of American (INAUDIBLE), while major is so pretty shy. Local police inspector, around 100,000 people to pour into Windsor for this, the big event. By the pop master suggests grabbing a pipe before they run out. They also assure that's won't happen.
And the Americans have descended in forth, each news network taking over a different puff. The owner of this establishment said he's hosting Fox News and NBC. And it's a sneaky about which point they prefer.
Have around the U.K., a relapse stay open and stay serving an extra two hours this weekend. The British beer and (INAUDIBLE) aviation says the extension could generate an extra $13-1/2 million in sales.
The George Inn hitting the shadow of the castle across the British Harry. Tim Fould is the manager.
Sir, how busy are you going to be on Saturday?
[02:55:22] TIM FOULD, THE GEORGE INN: I'm very, very busy. I think we're going to be fully book and completely full inside and outside before a lunchtime actually.
STEWART: And he expects, they'll be raising the glasses deep into the night.
STEWART: Now, George, problems are not the only business that dashing in. Just look at some of the shops we have here. Mugs, bouncing, I feel like, perhaps, I should get some of the ships over to you guys (INAUDIBLE). So, you too can be royal ready. HOWELL: I'd like the beer, thank you so much. And I will also investigate.
STEWART: You also there at five, OK.
HOWELL: And of course, stay in CNN for special coverage of the Royal Wedding all week long leading up to Saturday's big event. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM. The news continues right after the break.