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you hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world, you are watching "cnn newsroom" and i'm rosemary church. just ahead, new video reveals the rage in the capitol hill attack. it's fueling concerns about security ahead of joe biden's inauguration. donald trump is planning to use his pardon power again in the last days of his presidency. we will tell you who's in line this time. also, the incoming cdc director makes a stark
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prediction over just how many american lives could be lost to covid-19 by next month. details ahead and a look at what the biden administration plans to do about it. good to have you with us. with the u.s. capitol on effective lockdown and his presidency coming to an end, donald trump is preparing clemency actions for dozens of people, but as of now he will not attempt to pardon himself. sources say mr. trump will issue around 100 pardons and commutations on tuesday. we'll have more on that in just a moment. meanwhile, the u.s. capitol looks like a fortress ahead of president-elect joe biden's inauguration on wednesday.
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there are warnings of armed protests across the country. only small demonstrators showed up at a handful of state capitols sunday, but new video shows why heavy security is still necessary. a warning the video is graphic and contains profanity .
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>> so let's get more on the pardons we told you about. for that we turn to our white house correspondent jeremy diamond. >> reporter: president trump is expected to issue around 100 pardons on tuesday. that will be his final full day in office. the pardons, we're told, are expected to include a mixture of some more controversial pardons to white collar criminals, high profile rappers as well as potentially some of the president's political allies. there will be in this batch several pardons that are more criminal justice reform minded. pardons that would be more akin to those -- to the one that the president gave to alice marie johnson who herself has been advocating with the president for pardons for other individuals who have been incarcerated for a long time. now this final batch of clemency actions will cap off a scramble for securing pardons for
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themselves or other people. "the new york times" is reporting today that some of the president's allies have been paid tens of thousands of dollars to secure pardons or to at least lobby the president to secure pardons for certain convicted felons. our sources are telling us that a self-pardon for the president is not expected at this time or at least that the paperwork has not drawn up. that is something we're told president trump is considering in recent weeks asking whether or not it would be wise for him to do that. we're told the idea of a self-pardon has -- the chances of that have gone down in the wake of these riots that took place on january 6th because of the optics of the president pardoning himself for something potentially that he is now being impeached for.
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jeremy diamond, cnn, the white house. between heavy security and pandemic restrictions, wednesday's inauguration won't look like anything we've seen before, but the terrifying images of the insurrection at the capitol remind us why vigilance must be maintained. alex marquardt with what's being done in washington to keep people safe. >> reporter: here on the streets of washington, d.c., things are quiet. they are not taking any chances. we are here just near the eastern side of the capitol bui building. you can see they've set up eight foot fences, nonscaleable, razor wire along the top. there is a staggering amount of
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security on the streets of d.c. many of which have been closed down for traffic and for pedestrian traffic. thousands, 25,000 national guard troops may be mobilized for the inauguration of joe biden. you can see some of them right here behind me. they have been deployed near the capitol. they are armed and they have been joined by various law enforcement agencies to create this patch work of security, this incredible coordinated security operation. now the fbi has said that there are no specific threats but there is concerning online chatter. they have said in a bulletin that armed groups have expressed interest in carrying out protests in d.c. and in all 50 states, and one of the concerns expressed by the mayor of washington, d.c., on sunday was that because the federal buildings here in d.c. are so fortified, there's so much security in the nation's
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capitol, that would be protestors or rioters could target other parts of the city or state capitols. take a listen. >> i'm not only concerned about other state capitols, i'm also concerned about other parts of washington, d.c. what you're showing is really the federal enclave of washington, d.c., not where the 700,000 of us live so our police department working with our federal law enforcement and the united states army, quite frankly, has a plan to pivot if we have any attacks in our neighborhoods. >> the mayor of d.c. saying this is the most security this city has seen since 9/11. normally there is a lot of security for inaugurations, but not like this. they are confident they will have a secure event. the mayor of washington, d.c., saying all hands are on deck. this scene, this level of security is not what you think about when you hear that phrase peaceful transfer of power.
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alex marquardt, cnn, washington. meanwhile, investigations into the violence on capitol hill are proceeding fast with an impeachment. calls for inquiries and of course charges for many of the rioters themselves. but one republican lawmaker spoke to cnn's wolf blitzer and laid blame directly at the president's feet. >> our lives were put at risk because the american people, millions of american people were lied to about the election. congress had no business, authority, or power to overturn the results of the electoral college and neither did the vice president. the president of the united states set the date, the time, the location of this event that happened on capitol hill and the rhetoric leading up to it is why all of this happened. >> the rioters, as i said, they repeatedly said they were sent there by the president, they were sent there by ted cruz, senator josh hawley.
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the president has now been impeached by the house of representatives. do you think the senators should face consequences for their role and for stirring up these rioters? >> i do. i think that any person of any party in any chamber should be held accountable. they should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law. we also understand allegedly there was a member of congress who said the location of the speaker of the house. that's not a reason to give her location and there's a violent riot that killed five people. >> one democratic lawmaker calls the capitol riot an embarrassment but is quick to say those who took part don't represent the republican party. stacy plaskett is a delegate to
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the u.s. house from the u.s. virgin islands. >> this is a terrible embarrassment to our country and we have an opportunity to right that wrong. there are good people in the republican party. i don't want people to believe that the democratic impeachment managers are coming over there to cast aspersions on the entire party. this is something that donald trump has done. this is something that he has incited among the american people and we have in this trial an opportunity to let the world as well as to let citizens of this country who are fearful, citizens of this country who feel wronged that america still is the greatest country of the world. we are a democracy. our founders anticipated something like this and we believe that justice will be done. >> and we will have more on the inauguration security concerns shortly, but ahead on cnn
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"newsroom," u.s. health officials are warning americans to expect many more deaths from the coronavirus by spring. we will find out where that staggering number could be just one month from now.
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the incoming cdc director is warning americans the dark weeks lie ahead as the u.s. continues to battle the coronavirus. in just the next day alone the u.s. is expected to top 400,000 total deaths from covid-19 and in a month from now the numbers could jump even more dramatically. >> nearly 4,000 deaths a day. almost 400,000 deaths total. by the middle of february we expect half a million deaths in this country. >> and while a few states have improved their outlooks, many others haven't fared as well. according to johns hopkins university, 46 states had positivity rates higher than 5% as of sunday.
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the who has recommended governments not reopen until rates stay at or below 5% for at least two weeks. and nowhere in the u.s. is the pain of surging coronavirus cases felt more than in california. even as the state began stepping up its vaccinations, 10s of thousands of new infections were reported on sunday. cnn's paul bercammen has more. >> reporter: more awful numbers out of california today. 42,000 new cases of covid-19 and more than 430 deaths and in los angeles county this weekend we passed that horrible benchmark which is 1 million confirmed covid-19 cases. all of this staffing the resources of hospitals, firefighters, funeral homes and so much more. >> people are working nonstop. they're working hard. talked to a captain who had two hours of sleep trying to set
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this up, trying to set up the logistics part of this huge ontaking. we see him and he has a smile on his face because he's doing everything he possibly can humanly to make us successful and to make us efficient. >> reporter: now they hope to put a dent in those numbers by a mass vaccination campaign, including at this mega site now at dodgers stadium. the goal at one point, vaccinate 12,000 people a day. they did not vaccinate on sunday. one of the things they're concerned about is will they have enough vaccine in the end. right now los angeles county is focused on vaccinating health care workers and people in related fields and then they'll get to more of the vaccinating of seniors and people 65 and older down the road. reporting from los angeles, i'm paul bercammen, now back to you. well now to europe where the
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u.k. has just tightened its travel entry requirements in an effort to protect against new covid-19 variants. its travel corridors are now closed, meaning anyone traveling into the u.k. must show proof of a negative covid test and quarantine for 10 days regardless of where they came from. and in an effort to speed up vaccine distribution, england has transformed some of its cathedrals into temporary vaccination sites. cnn's scott mcclain has more. >> reporter: the bells are ringing in this cathedral in england. this is not a traditional observance. high ceilings and open layout make it and some other cathedrals across the country a perfect space for make-shift vaccination centers. so far a good turnout. 45% of people 80 and over have been vaccinated. >> feel a bit safer. i do feel a bit safer.
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i live on my own so, you know, it's important. >> reporter: so important that brittain's foreign secretary says the goal in the u.k. is for every adult to be offered a first dose of vaccine by september. as shots go into arms, the u.k. is also taking tougher measures to try to stop new variants of the virus from entering the cou country. starting monday all travel corridors are temporarily closed and all incoming travelers must have proof of a negative covid-19 test and quarantine upon entry. austria is extending its current lockdown until february 8th over fears of new variants. thousands of people rallied calling for the government to resign protesting the third round of closure since march. >> translator: it can't go on like this. the measures are simply too much from all sides. >> reporter: riot police used water cannons on thousands of protesters in amsterdam gathered
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in similar protests after the did you ever government extended its closures. in france there is a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. went into effect over the weekend. in norway health officials are looking into the cases of 23 elderly people who died after receiving the vaccine. the public health institute said it can't rule out common reactions to the vaccine, fever or snaush may have contributed to the deaths of elderly, frail people with underlying diseases. and in france covid-19 vaccines are now available to all people over the age of 75. it is the latest move to help speed up vaccinations and stop the spread of the virus. cnn's melissa bell joins us now live from paris. great to see you, melissa. how are those vaccinations progressing and why is france lagging behind some other european countries? >> reporter: france doing much
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worse than some other neighbors. germany and italy have managed to vaccinate 1 million people. here in france we're at 1/2 mill people. it's been slow. this new phase should make a difference. rosemary, until now vaccines were reserved here in france for residents or those who work there. now they'll be available to those 75 or over not in nursing homes and then it will work down the age groups to try to get as many people vaccinated as they can. this hour european ministers are working to discuss the vaccine rollout. it's been more than three weeks and it's been remarkably slow in getting up to speed, especially as european figures continue to worsen. we know in france the french government even though it's put in place that new curfew from 6 p.m. nationally is keeping a close eye on the figures because it's made clear if they continue to worsen, they will not hesitate to bring in the third
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partial lockdown that you saw protested in holland or austria. angela merkel is germany is facing a very serious situation will be meeting with the heads of the federal states to work out whether a further tightening of the partial lockdown that's in place might be necessary. they'll be looking at things, whether a nationwide curfew as we have in france might be necessary. also sfp 2 masks on public transport. extra measures might be needed there. for the time being vaccinations can continue. they cannot be counted on to bring the figures back under control. >> many thanks to melissa bell. appreciate it. so let's bring in ock ocksana psizic. >> good morning. >> as we've heard and we know, of course, most countries are struggling with administering the vaccinations on a massive
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scale. appointment computer systems have crashed, supply hasn't met demand. it is a daunting task. so how does this get done better and faster? >> certainly. this is not a surprise really. we have had a turbulent start in the u.s. and in the u.k. there are some lessons that we can learn from other countries as well, but that is to be expected given that this is the largest immunization program in history. i do think in the coming weeks and months these problems can be ironed out and learning from that experience on the ground and particularly ensuring that all hands are on deck and that we are leveraging existing public health infrastructure. in the u.s. there is a significant plan to scale up the participation of large community pharmacies, cvs, wall greens, et
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cetera, who have the capability to immunize 50 million americans per month. whereas, we contrast this with the u.k. currently there are plans to include 200 community pharmacies alongside gp clinics and mass immunization centers as well, but there is a part that if you want to do this faster, we should be using all the expertise on hand and pharmacies already are immunizing for flu routinely. they have the training and expertise so with 11,400 pharmacies in england, i think we could be doing more on that front. but we do see some creative, innovative solutions coming from the u.k. as well. for example, in the heart of communities using churches and other sites that are embedded in communities is also going to be very effective in drawing out more people to get their
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vaccines. >> in the u.s. we have learned that the trump administration has no reserves of vaccine doses left despite claiming last week they would release all available reserves. how can those supplies be increased and how do you make sure everyone gets equitable access to those doses? >> and that is going to be proven to be an enormous challenge, not in the u.s. but worldwide as well. in terms of the vaccine itself, what we need to be seeing there is no waist age of any doses right now. sometimes the policies of hospitals and other centers meant that anything that -- whoever didn't meet that particular eligibility criteria wouldn't receive their vaccine, however, there have been a turn around given the reports from the front line and health care workers about this precious resource going to waste so that's the first thing, to ensure we're using what we're
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using appropriately. in terms of getting more vaccines, it's a race against everyone else as well. there have been manufacturing delays, for instance, with the pfizer vaccine that could have impacts later in the year due to refurbishing of their plant, et cetera. all sorts of challenges in terms of increasing supply. what we need to be doing in the meantime is to ensure we're using supply we have as smartly as we have and to ensure as many people who are vulnerable will be able to act on it but equally that none go to waste. >> many thanks to you for joining us. appreciate it. >> thank you. and still to come, streets in front of government buildings militarized as states are taking the threat of unrest ahead of the inauguration very seriously. those unusual scenes when we come back. fragrancer essential mist trans infused with natural essential oils into a mist. to awaken your home with an experience you can see,
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it is shocking in its chaos and rage. new video gives us a fresh insight into just how bad the riot on capitol hill was. a reporter from the new yorker shot the images we were about to show you as rioters walked into the senate chamber looking for elected officials. a warning that the video does contain profanity. >> where the fuck are they? where are they?
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>> while we're here we might as well set up a government. >> hey, let's take a seat, people. let's take a seat. >> nancy pelosi. >> security officials are desperate to avoid a repeat of scenes like those, both in washington and across the country as inauguration day looms. last week an fbi bulletin warned of possible armed protests of all 50 state capitols. cnn teams are on the scene at state capitols across the country. as cnn's josh campbell reports from michigan's capitol, officials are taking no chances. >> reporter: what you see behind me are military personnel patrolling american streets. these are members of the michigan national guard. they are here outside the state capitol. that following this fbi warning that we've been reporting on about potential armed protests in all 50 states.
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they've left nothing to chance here. a massive security posture. let me show you what the capitol looks like now which is similar to what we saw earlier in the day. you can see not a soul in sight. very desolate here. no protesters. there was a small group out here during the day, about 25 protesters including some self-described members of the so-called bugalu movement that have been on the radar of law enforcement. no violence. no instigators. we talked about what went into the planning and why this didn't have a massive presence? >> we wanted to make sure what happened in washington didn't happen in michigan. we put a lot more security outside, a lot more visible security than normally would be there. naturally we always have security so it's not a big change but we wanted to make sure people who wanted to come out and exercise their first amendment rights were able to do so peacefully. >> reporter: when it comes to
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why they didn't see a large number of protesters, security says it may be this large presence of personnel that served as a deterrent. perhaps people didn't want to come out and engage in violence and get arrested by authorities. it's also worth noting that this wide net that the fbi has cast across the country after the january 6th capitol attack arresting so many people could have also served as a deterrent. the feds saying if you were part of instigating violence, they will be looking for you. finally we've also been reporting that prior to today there were messages on some of these online messaging boards that are frequented by extremist groups that were warning people to boycott protests today saying this may be a trap by law enforcement. they wanted people to come out so they could take them into custody. a lot of theories out there as to why we didn't see these mass protests. law enforcement tells us that doesn't mean this security posture is going away any time soon. a state official said they are continuing to conduct an
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intelligence assessment. that will dictate how long we will see u.s. forces patrolling american streets, especially up to the inauguration of the new president, joe biden. >> reporter: i'm martin savidge at the georgia state capitol. there was an overwhelming show of force. you had armored cars and police vehicles parked on the capitol stels. national guards, even state police heavily armed. streets not just closed but barricaded with dump trucks to prevent people from ramming through. the show up force clearly worked but the wide open question remains, what happens next? >> reporter: i'm dan simon in salem, oregon. aside from a group of libertarians, things remain quiet here. the governor kate brown has activated the national guard to be on stand by in case things do get unruly. we have pointed out portland
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which was the scene of unrest, the fbi set up a command post there to field any intelligence or tips should things get out of control there. from what we understand, things remain peaceful. joe biden won't be wasting any time once he's sworn in as president on wednesday. a memo from his chief of staff iptd cates biden will sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day alone. those orders will include rejoining the paris climate deal and ending the controversial travel ban on predominantly muslim countries. he'll also move to hold after the pandemic. biden has ambitious plans for the first 100 days. let's bring in john defterios. is there a risk here, the bar has been set too high by the president-elect due to the state of the pandemic?
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>> reporter: it seems so, rosemary, domestically and internationally. joe biden did pledge after the campaign and after elected he would be a man of action. i think the priority list has to be, let's take a look, that $1.9 trillion package here, stimulus package. i don't think it will remain that big by the end of the negotiations. that is the ambition. it is built in with covid-19 measures, 100 million vaccinations and $1400 on the stimulus check added to the $600 takes it to 2,000. can he get the senate republicans to buy in? at the same time biden is trying to appease the progressive side of his party. there is a lot built into the package and this nuance of trying to keep the business community backing him as well. the u.s. chamber of commerce and roundtable like what joe biden has put together. they want to see it completed
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and pro business. internationally you talked about it, rosemary, the paris climate agreement. it's worth bringing up again because of john kerry's weight behind this as a special envoy and the u.s. pulled out of it before and everybody was shocked as a result of it. the muslim travel ban was in place in early 2017, adjusted a few times. it will be xed out. and trade relations very important. the foreign minister of france said biden should suspend the sanctions to the european union. you can't imagine life in the way it is today between the united states and china. the relationship in at&tors, tit-for-tat sanctions going forward. rosemary, i didn't even bring up the world health organization or the iran nuclear deal. joe biden will be extremely busy and has to measure this out as he goes forward. >> multiple crises. multiple challenges. we'll see how he goes.
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john defterios, live for us from dubai. many thanks. we're joined now by a professor of international politics at city university of london. and a visiting professor at london school of economics. thank you so much for being with us. >> good morning. very happy to be here. >> so the u.s. is a nation on edge counting down the days to an unprecedented inauguration and bracing for what most of us will be a peaceful transfer of power but once joe biden takes office he will need to hit the ground running in the midst of multiple crises. how will he do that? >> it will be very difficult. he is inheriting many crises. there's the pandemic and the eruption of political violence as we saw on the 6th of january and the protests which broke out last year in regard to police
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violence and so on. he's inherited a very large number of crises and i think the kind of program that he's putting forward, which in the big picture is very ambitious to deal with all of those kinds of areas plus the shape of the global system, i think that an ambitious agenda is the only thing that is likely to work, but i think there are also barriers to it which could be to do with the makeup of the party itself, the democratic party and its kind of broadly neoliberal ideology but also the sort of donors that they have. it's the necessity of a radical change and a 1930s new deal and the political forces which are related to the democratic party over the last 40 years or so. >> as you mentioned, joe biden's agenda is ambitious. he runs the risk of over promising and under delivering at a time when the country faces
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a pandemic, deep divisions, high unemployment and hunger for so many americans which is just ridiculous for the super power. so how much can biden achieve through executive orders? because he does pose and hope to sign a number of those. >> yes. i think in domestic and in foreign policy the executive order has become a kind of move of choice. you look at president trump, he has actually more than doubled executive orders usage in his four years than pretty much george w. bush in his eight and barack obama in his eight and bill clinton in his eight. that's partly because of the makeup in the senate and the house but i think the national emergency in addition to executive orders can be a tool with dealing with it.
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the executive order could be mobilized on iran, world health organizations, climate change, saudi weapon sales, the war in yemen, cuba, north korea, whether they want to move towards a peace treaty. the executive order is a tool and the proclamation and the national emergency, i think that would be very, very important as well. >> how much of a distraction would you expect the impeachment trial of donald trump to be as biden tries to fulfill this ambitious agenda? >> i wouldn't frame it as a distraction because i think it's actually tackling one of the fundamental problems of american democracy, of a crisis of democracy at this time. the fact of the behavior of the last administration, president trump, but also his broader political faction and so on, we're not looking at a truth and
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reconsideration commission so much as a reckoning of what led to all of that crisis on the 6th of january. >> well, russia's top disso he dent returns to the country five months after an attempt on his life but alexi navalny was barely on the ground before police arrested him. cnn is in moscow with detales.
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germany is joining the u.s. and e.u. leaders calling for the release of a jailed kremlin critic. alexey navalny is being held outside moscow after flying back to russia. cnn's frederick pleitgen is in moscow for us. good to see you, fred.
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talk to us about the latest information you have on navalny's situation. what happened when he hit the ground? >> reporter: yeah. well, i'll tell you what, rosemary, it is a very fast-moving situation surrounding alexey navalny after returning to moscow and his immediate detention before making it across the border into officially russian territory. he's in a russian detention facility in heimke. what we're hearing from his camp, so far a lawyer and no one else -- no lawyer and no one else has been able to visit him yet. his people have not seen him yet, have not managed to speak with him and he has not managed or consulted a lawyer either. the other big thing that's happening now is a hearing is going on that the russian authorities called at the last minute with barely no sort of notice where they're determining how long he will remain in detention until there is a trial for a fraud case that he says was politically cooked up in
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2014. obviously things moving very, very quickly here after what was a remarkable sunday as alexey navalny's plane was supposed to land here in moscow and got diverted to a different airport before he timely made it onto the ground. here's what we saw. a final kiss, a final hug with his wife and then opposition leader alexey navalny is led away by russian security forces. detained after landing. his first time back in russia in five months since he was medivaced to 2k3wegermany. navalny saying he's not scared. >> reporter: everyone is asking me if i'm scared, he said. i'm not afraid. i feel completely fine walking towards the border patrol. i know that i will leave and go home because i'm right and all the criminal cases against me are fabricated.
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when alexey navalny boarded the plane he was still joking when addressing reporters. me, arrested? that's impossible, he joked. the events that unfolded were remarkable. as navalny was in the air, hundreds of supporters and many journalists gathered where his flight was initially supposed to land. scuffles broke out and riot police arrested several people. minutes before landing the flight was diverted to another airport. navalny saying he believes the move shows president vladimir putin was afraid of his return. this is not just the power of some despicable crooks, he said, but the power of an absolutely worthless people. they are jeopardizing the air safety of a wonderful big safety. why? just so putin can say, who needs
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him? an exclusive cnn investigation implicated russia's intelligence service, the fsb, in the plot to poison navalny. the kremlin denied involvement. clarissa ward even confronted one of the agents alleged to be behind the plot. >> reporter: my name is cla residential ris is a ward. i work for cnn. >> reporter: after he recovered, navalny said he wouldn't give putin the satisfaction of keeping him out of russia and russian authorities said he violated the terms of his probation which navalny says is politically motivated. alexey navalny never made it out of the airport. he will remain in custody until the end of january russian authorities say. and again, rosemary, things
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moving very quickly here in moscow as that hearing is underway to determine how long initially he will remain in detention. we're just hearing from one of his allies saying his camp only got about a minute's notice before that hearing began. that hearing is ongoing right now. of course we will update as soon as we hear any sort of decision or any other sort of information coming out of that. >> we are watching this story very closely. frederick pleitgen joining us there with an update. appreciate it. tennis players are stuck in quarantine ahead of a major competition in australia. when we come back, how some are still getting their training in from their hotel rooms.
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well, instead of preparing for the australian open, frustrated tennis players are having to exercise and train in their hotel rooms. at least 72 athletes are being confined to their rooms for two weeks after people on their chartered flights tested positive for coronavirus. though players are concerned about having to compete after the quarantine, organizers say
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the event will go ahead next month. for more on all of this, i'm joined by journalist angus watson. good to see you, angus. how are players reacting to having to train in their hotel rooms? >> well, there's a lot of upset among the playing group, rosemary, as you can imagine. there are over 100 tennis players who will join the first round of the australian open when it begins on february 8th and just 72 of them, men and women, will be forced into this quarantine arrangement in hotels. everyone has to quarantine, but the people who were potentially exposed to the virus on these charter flights won't be allowed to leave their hotel rooms at all during that 14-day quarantine process. other players will be allowed to leave for five hours per day to practice ahead of the start of the big competition. it's created a bit of an uneven playing field. djokovic is in quarantine have
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said that the australian government should make separate rules for these tennis players ahead of the big tournament to make sure they're ready to go. the australian government and victorian state government has said it's not going to happen. there's one rule for everybody. the context is there are 38,000 also australians around the world who want to get back into the country and they're not able to do so because of limited spots on flights coming into the country and limited availabilities in quarantine when they get here, rosemary. australians are happy to have the tennis players, but it means they need to follow the same rules. rosemary. >> pretty hard to train in a hotel room. many thanks. thank you for your company. i'm rosemary church. "early start" is up next. you're watching cnn. have yourselves a great day.
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welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "early start." i'm christine romans. >> and i'm laura jarrett. it's monday, january 18th. happy martin luther king day. it's 5 a.m. in new york. we start this morning with parts of washington, d.c., on lockdown with concerns about more domestic terrorism. president-elect biden will be sworn in on wednesday and security, well, it's tight. federal officials have warned that antigovernment extremists are more likely emboldened after the deadly insurrection at the

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