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tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight" from havana. the death of fidel castro. the dictator reigning for decades, defying the u.s. nine official days of mourning here in cuba have now begun. the flags at half-staff. tonight, cuban exiles in miami celebrating in the streets of little havana. families who now mourn their leader. and what they say about a future relationship with the u.s. also, the cuba backlash. new questions about the renewed ties with america. president-elect donald trump's team calling it a one-sided deal, suggesting it won't last long. and president obama facing some backlash for his official statement.
president-elect trump pushing back. the deadly rampage in new orleans' french quarter, panic in the streets. one person killed, nine wounded. the hunt for suspects at this hour. and the mystery kidnapping, the mother of two found alive after three weeks. abandoned and tied up on the side of the road. you'll hear the radio call from the first officer on the scene. good evening. on this sunday night, we com we're here to witness the end of an era. after the death of the cuban dictator, fidel castro. he ruled this island nation for 50 years. here in havana, a somber mood. the usually lively city, eerily quiet. in mourning. but the celebrations in miami,
fled the brutal regime. tonight, the people of both nations, as you will hear right here, are wondering what happens now? tonight, all across havana, we notice the flags at half-staff. the cubans honoring their longtime leader. and on the streets of the capital, we see the famous vintage rs but there's something missing, the music. we meet roy, proud of his '56 chevy. and even more proud of his leader. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: he tells us he's already been gone for a long time. that the future depends on relationships with other countries, including the u.s. >> the road to havana paved with glory for rebel chieftain fidel castro. >> reporter: fidel castro riding
coming into power at just 32 years old. he kept his grip on power here longer than any national leader, other than queen elizabeth. castro, born into a wealthy family. they had their own sugar cane plantation. he loved baseball. he loved politics. and he would love power. >> is representative democracy and social justice. >> reporter: castro took power on new year's day, 1959. promising democracy but soon throwing opponents in jail. there were executions. silencing newspapers. and taking over all u.s. businesses here, signing a pact with the soviet union. the u.s. would respond with sanctions. president kennedy approving the invasion. cuban exiles entering at the bay of pigs. it failed. castro won. our barbara walters later crossing through the bay of pigs with castro. >> reporter: do you feel funny crossing the bay of pigs with an american?
>> reporter: american friends, yes. >> it's a friendship relation. >> reporter: it's friendly relation. >> you didn't come here to invade the country. >> reporter: no, we didn't come to -- >> you came here to work and to know cuba. >> reporter: america found itself on the brink of nuclear war in 1962. discovering castro had let the soviets put nuclear missiles in cuba. >> it shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from cuba against any nation in the western hemisphere as an attack by the soviet union on the united states. >> reporter: the soviets removed the missiles. but america would deepen the sanctions. >> the monte carlo of the americas. >> reporter: the nightclubs, the casinos, so popular with american tourists, were shuttered. decades later, 11 million people live here, making just $20 a month. by some estimates, just 5% have
the grocery shelves far from what you see in the u.s. sugar, plentiful here, but most of the powdered milk, for instance, from new zealand. she pulls tomato juice from the shelf. this is tomato juice from spain. but just this year, president obama, the first u.s. president to visit cuba since calvin coolidge. those old cars in the shadow of air force one. he would come here after moving to restore diplomatic relations. and our exclusive interview with the president during his visit. i asked if you'd be visiting cuba before the end of your presidency. and you said, "let's see how things evolve." so why now? >> the time is right. obviously our intention has always been to get a ball rolling knowing that change wasn't going to happen overnight. >> reporter: the president this year saying there are still significant differences around human rights and individual liberties. but we met two 15-year-olds, and we asked them, are they looking
[ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: they tell us they are happy the way they are. a mass gathering is expected here in the next 24 hours to honor fidel castro. this is what's called the plaza of the revolution. they'll be able to sign a solemn oath saying they still believe in the concept of the revolution. and on the streets here, the american tourists, there are more of them than there has been in decades. this group from california. what do you hope now for the cuban people? >> i hope to see them have a better life. be open, more open. more happy, experience more. be able to travel outside cuba and see how other people live and enjoy life. >> reporter: so you're all from
>> reporter: and this group here from rice university in texas. they're here to watch baseball. the americans against the cubans. they got in some baseball, but the rest of the games have been cancelled. they tell me they understand why. what are your hopes? >> i hope for good relations with cuba. because that's what they say they want. meantime, in south florida, jubilation. thousands of cuban americans taking to th who sent more than a million of his people into exile. separating families and denied them the right to return. tonight, it's giving many of them hope that change will come. i was in miami last night. one woman telling me her grandmother was celebrating, hoping to be able to visit loved ones still in cuba. gio benitez with many of those families in miami tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the sounds
shouts of freedom from cuban exiles and their descendants. a three-day party. young and old, banging pots, pans. celebratory cigars and champagne uncorked in the hope of a free cuba. >> i'm not happy because somebody died. death, it is not about that, it is about that we see the future changing. >> reporter: cubans in miami consider the castro family a reign of terror. one still in power. >> raul castro has things in place, the repression continues, the lack of freedom continues. and so, no, it won't be an overnight thing at all. >> reporter: castro's death has exiles reflecting. miami-dade commissioner rebeca sosa was just 8 years old when she fled cuba. her mother and father, political prisoners. she remembers waving good-bye to her dad. what was going through your mind during that moment? i mean, you were so young. >> that is what hurt so much. when i felt that i was not going to see him anymore. that was very hard, and i was very small.
this champagne bottle, with a clear message. >> "open only when fidel dies." >> and gio benitez with with us live in florida. you have heard from families, witnessed the jubilation. but what is the main hope moving forward? >> reporter: they want to see a free cuba. they don't want to move back to the island. america is home. david? >> gio benitez, thank you. fidel castpa heated controversy, about the reaction to his own death. president obama accused of being too easy on castro in his own statement. and donald trump with harsh words. jonathan karl at the white house tonight. >> reporter: donald trump greeted fidel castro's death as good news, at first issuing a simple tweet. "fidel castro is dead!" punctuating the fact with an exclamation point. hours later, he elaborated with
brutal dictator whose legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. from president obama, a much different response. offering, quote, "condolences to fidel castro's family." the president made no direct mention of castro's long record abusing human rights. instead saying, quote, "history will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and the world around him." the difference is not surprising. after all, it was obama who reopened ties with cuba and trump who said he might undo that move. >> we will cancel obama's one-sided cuban deal. >> reporter: but trump's latest statement made no such threat. >> jon, any indication that president-elect trump will move to reverse president obama's cuba policy?
policy with the stroke of a pen. it seems more likely he will pressure the cuban government for concessions on human rights. meanwhile, president obama and president-elect trump continue to talk regularly. including a phone call yesterday that the trump team says lasted 45 minutes. david? >> jon, thank you. any possible change from the white house is introducing uncertainty into the relations between the u.s. and cuba. just last march, closer ties were marked with the president's visit here. since then, u.s. tourism has stepped up. hotels, airlines, stepping up their plans. jim avila on what's at stake right now. >> reporter: a sunday afternoon game of dominoes on the porch in havana. bars and nightclubs are closed for the cubans until after the funeral. the visitors have noticed. >> missing all the music which
the first half of this year. starting monday, american airlines flies from miami, united from newark and delta from atlanta. bringing the total number of direct flights to more than 100. fidel's death unlikely to cool the warming relationship between the u.s. and cuba. but the freeze could come from the north if president-elect donald trump follows through on that campaign warning. >> we will cancel obama's one-sided cuban deal made by executive order if we don't get the deal we want and the deal that people living in cuba and here deserve. >> reporter: this havana family, watching special programming today on cuban tv. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> reporter: they say they are on alert because of trump's hardline statements. >> and jim is with us tonight. you've covered cuba for decades
i've heard from so many people here today, they have uncertainty when it comes to president-elect trump, and whether it will halt what they've already seen here. >> the death of fidel castro, not having much to do with what happens here. castro is viewed as a grandpa, an old man that didn't have much to do with their daily lives. but donald trump, they're on alert to the changes he will make. >> jim, thank you. and we turn to other news this sunday evening. the move to conduct recounts back in ths. jill stein raising more than $6 million now. and hillary clinton's campaign saying they will participate in the process. as she nears the 2 million mark in the popular vote. president-elect trump is blasting this move on twitter. tom llamas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, president-elect trump, who won in the electoral college but trails hillary clinton by nearly 2 million in the popular vote, sending this stunning tweet.
who voted illegally." a baseless claim, and trump providing no proof. it comes as he rails against the rust belt recount. green party candidate jill stein forcing a recount in wisconsin. and now hillary clinton's campaign joining the effort, which could expand to michigan and pennsylvania. clinton lost those three states by just over 100,000 votes. it's unlikely a recount would change that. trump himself spent months warning the election would be tainted. >> it's a rigged election. believe me. and we know it's a rigged system. 1.8 million dead people are registered to vote. >> reporter: now it's clinton's lawyer who says the campaign has been bombarded with supporters, quote, "urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked." team clinton says it's joining the recount "to ensure the
that is fair to all sides." but they concede their own investigators have not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology. trump says clinton should stand by her own words. >> we must accept this result and then look to the future. donald trump is going to be our president. >> reporter: he calls the recount effort a "green party scam to fill up their coffers." adding, "so much time and money will be spent, same result. sad." and david, donald trump also focused on building his cabinet. the big battle, romney versus giuliani for the secretary of state spot. we well -- kellyanne conway saying romney went out of his way to hurt trump during the primary season. >> tom llamas, who anchors this newscast on the weekend, thank you.
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[ speaking foreign language ] we ask what they think of a cuba without castro. inside that car, nothing but silence. and then, this. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: the man tells us cuba without castro is nothing. a nation, numb, after living nearly 50 years under castro's rule. at havana university, the young people, chanting "fidel." >> all: fidel! >> reporter: cuba, just 90 miles away from florida. different scene. in little havana, many of the cuban americans who escaped castro, or whose parents or grandparents did, are now relieved. and for so many, now hope for a better relationship with cuba, without fidel castro. thank you for watching here from cuba on a sunday night. i hope to see you right here tomorrow night.
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